New in Student Life
We are delighted to announce the follow staffing changes and appointments:
- Jiray Avedisian ’14, Assistant Director of Student Life (House Chair Program)
- Killian Walsh ’14, Student Life Kilpatrick Fellow
Confirmation emails for 2014–15 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.
- The Dining Hall and Student Center are making changes to their meal offerings this term in an effort to expand menu options and provide alternatives to what has previously been made available to the Bennington Community. Students will no longer be able to use their meal allowances to buy items for cash equivalency, but all items in the commissary will be discounted five to ten percent, and the Snack Bar Express selections are getting expanded to a broader range of options, including more regular gluten-free offerings. Daily specials in the Student Center will be refined to both increase their quality and offer a direct alternative to what is available in the Dining Hall during the same meal period. The gluten-free and locally sourced foods on offer in the Dining Hall are also seeing an expansion, along with the addition of new vegetarian options from the Student Center’s á la carte menu. A survey will be distributed to students in September for the development of new menu items and options in the Student Center.
- For returning students, Dining Hall will be open starting August 31.
- The Snack Bar and the Snack Bar Express will reopen on September 1.
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).
Important reminder: If a student chooses to be covered by a policy other than the College’s plan, she/he must acknowledge and certify that she/he is covered under another valid and collectible insurance policy and does not wish to supplement her/his insurance by completing a waiver and insurance billing form by September 2. Students who have not opted-out of the College insurance by the due date will be enrolled automatically in the Consolidated Health Plans (CHP) offered by the College. The 2014–15 annual premium is $1400.
Extended/Special Hours for Various Campus Services
- The Bookstore will be open August 31, 11:00 am–2:00 pm; and September 1, 9:00 am–4:00 pm. Regular hours resume on September 2.
- Business Office accounts can be handled in the Bookstore on August 31, 11:00 am–2:00pm; and September 1, 9:00 am–4:00 pm. Regular hours resume on September 2.
- Post Office will be open for package pickup only on August 30, 10:00 am–1:00 pm; August 31, noon–4:00 pm; and September 1, 11:00 am–4:00 pm. Regular hours resume on September 2.
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.
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 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; 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 2014 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 (2014–2015) on your vehicle by September 11. Decals are issued at the Office of Campus Safety. The cost is $120 per year, which must be paid in advance 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.