Message from Xenia Markowitt, Dean of Students
I am so happy to be joining the Bennington community as the Dean of Students. I feel as if I have been preparing to come to Bennington my whole life, a sentiment we probably share. I hope to bring all my experiences to bear in helping to forge a vibrant student life at the College. The Student Life staff form an amazing group of professionals who have spoken with such passion about their work at the College. We will look to meet this mission by engaging with you at every opportunity, and supporting student initiatives that contribute to the well-being and learning of the College experience. I cannot wait to meet you.
New in Student Life
We are delighted to announce the follow staffing changes and appointments:
- Xenia Markowitt, Dean of Students
- Michael Thomson ’15, Student Life Kilpatrick Fellow
Confirmation emails for 2015–16 housing were emailed to all returning students at their Bennington email addresses on or before July 30. If you did not receive this email, please contact the Office of Student Life. We sincerely hope that you are pleased with your housing assignments; however, there will be a room change period during the fall term during which you can apply to make adjustments based on available space.
The Dining Hall and Student Center Café have evolved yet again. We will be serving Maine Root as our soda-fountain program. This company produces beverages with non-GMO, fair trade, organic, cane sugar. This aligns nicely with our vision of healthy cuisine here at Bennington College.
We continue to enhance our locally-sourced food options in both the Dining Hall and the Student Center Café. In season, much of our produce is sourced from our very own, on campus, Purple Carrot Farm as well as nearby farms in VT, NY & MA. Vegetarian and vegan options remain a strong focus and, when serving meat, we strive for healthy sources. Menu creation is achieved with dietary restrictions in mind to assure enough options are available to our guests who are slightly allergic to, intolerant to, or extremely allergic to foods such as gluten, fish, soy, eggs, nuts, etc. Our dining staff is trained in these areas and will be happy to prepare a special dish for students who would like an alternate choice of a featured menu item that is safe for them to consume. Halal meat is also available.
The dining managers are continuously available for consultation to discuss diet and menu concerns.
- For returning students, Dining Hall will be open starting August 30.
- The Student Center Café will reopen on Monday, August 31.
Health and Psychological Services
Health and Psychological Services will open for regular business on August 31. Appointments can be made by calling Psychological Services at 802-440-4451 (on campus x4451) or Health Services 802-440-4426 (on campus x4426).
Important reminder: If students choose to be covered by a policy other than the College’s plan, they must acknowledge and certify that they are covered under another valid and collectible insurance policy and does not wish to supplement that insurance by completing an opt-out waiver available online at CHP and insurance billing, consent, and assignment form (by August 1 for fall undergraduate students). Students who have not opted-out of the College insurance by the due date will be enrolled automatically in the CHP offered by the College. The annual premium is $1,606.
Extended/Special Hours for Various Campus Services
- The Bookstore will be open Sunday, August 30, 11:00 am–4:00 pm. Regular hours resume on August 31.
- Business Office accounts can be handled in the Bookstore on Sunday, August 30, 11:00 am–4:00 pm. Regular hours resume on August 31 .
- The Post Office will be open for package pickup only on Saturday, August 29, 10:00 am–1:00 pm; Sunday August 30, 12:00–4:00 pm. Regular hours resume on August 31
The online Hours and Information section offers additional information about various facilities and offices, so check it often—information for fall term will go live around August 29.
Beyond the Classroom: Student Engagement Through Clubs and Organizations
Interested in getting more involved on campus? Come to Beyond the Classroom on September 3, 5:00–7:00 pm, on Commons Lawn (rain location: Student Center). Representatives from all current student organizations and from several local and national nonprofit organizations will be there to talk about their groups, and registration forms will be available for students interested in starting something new. Hope to see you there!
SEVIS requires that all international students are registered (through SEVIS) for the upcoming term. In order to comply with this, all returning international students must stop into the Academic Services Office and fill out a short SEVIS registration form. Students who do not complete this process will not be registered and, as a result, will jeopardize their status. If you have any questions, please refer to the International Student Services page or contact Kate Child (802-753-2491; on campus x2491).
Computer Anti-Virus Software
Information Technology would like to remind you to update your anti-virus software before reconnecting to the campus network, as you are responsible for keeping your computer virus-free while connected to the network. If you need an Anti-Virus Program and prefer not to purchase one, AVG-Free is one possible solution. Another free solution for Windows users is Microsoft Security Essentials.
Campus Safety and Parking
If you have a vehicle on campus, you must purchase and display a new decal (2015–2016) on your vehicle by September 7. Decals are issued at the Office of Campus Safety. The cost is $120 per year, which must be paid with cash, check, or with your Bennington Card in the Business Office (payments cannot be accepted at Campus Safety). You must also have your current insurance card, registration, and license and present it to Campus Safety to obtain the parking decal. Vehicles without valid parking decals by September 11 will be issued a $50 fine every 24 hours until the decal is obtained. The campus parking regulations will be issued with every decal, and all members of the community are required to adhere to all parking policies.
Off-campus students are required to register their cars with Campus Safety, but there is no annual fee. Parking is available in all student lots. More information will be provided upon registration.