New in Student Life
We are delighted to announce the follow staffing changes and appointments:
- Michael Cohen, Acting Director of Community Standards
- Amy Kuzmicki, Acting Director of Residential Life
- Jeanne Coleman, Student Life Coordinator
- Michiel Considine ’13, Assistant Director of Student Life (Recreation and Wellness)
- Brandon LaDue ’13, Student Life Intern
- Sage Ober, Assistant Director of Student Life (Housing and House Chair Program)
- Matthew Scott ’06, Assistant Director of Student Life (Events, Clubs, and Activities)
- Samantha Tymchyn, Assistant Director of Student Life (Housing and House Chair Program)
- Joel Vall Thomas ’13, Student Life Intern
Confirmation emails for 2013–14 housing will be emailed to all returning students at their Bennington email addresses by August 19. If you do 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 first three weeks of the fall term during which you can apply to make adjustments based on available space.
- For returning students, Dining Hall will be open starting September 1.
- The Snack Bar and the Snack Bar Express will reopen on September 2.
Associate Vice President for Planning Ben Szalewicz in partnership with John Tompkins of Aramark, worked over the summer to improve the Commons experience. This fall, we will be able to offer an upgraded and more accessible student cooking area, a new produce market/salad bar area, more locally sourced food options, and a new menu, as well as a general improvement of the serving areas.
Health and Psychological Services
Health and Psychological Services will open for regular business on September 2. Appointments can be made by calling Psychological Services at 802-440-4451 (campus x4451) or Health Services 802-440-4426 (campus x4426).
Extended Hours for Various Campus Services
- Bookstore will be open August 31 and September 1, 11:00 am–4:00 pm, and September 2, 9:00 am–5:00 pm.
- Business Office will be open August 31, 11:00 am–2:00 pm; September 1, 11:00 am–3:00 pm; September 2, 9:00 am–4:00 pm; regular hours resume on September 2.
- Post Office will be open for package pickup only on August 31, 10:00 am–1:00 pm, September 1, noon–4:00 pm, and September 2, 11:00 am–4:00 pm; regular hours resume on September 3.
Please note: The online Hours and Information section offers additional information about various facilities and offices, so check it often.
Student Involvement Fair
Interested in getting more involved on campus? Come to the Student Involvement Information Fair on September 4, 5:00–7:00 pm, on Commons Lawn (rain location: Student Center). Representatives from all current student 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!
Fitness and Recreation Update
Interested in athletics and recreation on campus? Be sure to ‘like’ the Bennington Athletic Department on Facebook for all the latest news!
Meyer Rec Barn Classes
All Meyer Rec Barn classes (yoga, Zumba, and Pilates) will require a prepaid punchcard, which can be purchased in the Office of Student Life. Classes cost $3 for students and $5 for faculty and staff.
Once again, Homecoming will take place this fall. Please contact Michiel Considine in the Office of Student Life if you are interested in joining the planning committee.
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; 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
All students will need to obtain a Fall 2013 validation sticker. The sticker is affixed to the front of the College ID card and validates the use of the GMX shuttle service. Students will not be permitted access to the shuttle without the sticker. The sticker is free and can be picked up at any time in the Office of Student Life or at the Campus Safety Office.
If you have a vehicle on campus, you must purchase and display a new decal on your vehicle by September 10. Decals are issued at the Office of Campus Safety. The cost is $120 per year, which can be paid with cash, check, or with your Bennington Card in the Business Office (payments cannot be accepted at Campus Safety). Please have your current insurance card, registration, and license with you to obtain the parking decal. Vehicles without valid parking decals by September 10 will be issued a $50 fine. 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.