Online calendar, College Week, and Coffee-Hour Minutes

  • To submit an event to the calendar and College Week: Use the online submission form. Events submitted by Tuesday morning each week will be posted to the website calendar within two days and considered for College Week for the following week. Events and programs are added all the time to the calendar—share them, add them to your calendar, enjoy them!
  • To submit an announcement for College Week and website: Email your announcement information to College Week by Thursday at noon to be printed in College Week and listed on the website for the following week.
  • To announce in Coffee-Hour Minutes: If you would like to submit information, please send to by Thursday at 9:00 pm. Please make sure submissions are brief and ready to print. All events will be formatted to fit into a calendar (date, time, location) and submissions are subject to editing.

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS are added all the time to the online events calendar—share them, add them to your calendar, enjoy them! To have your event/program added to the calendar, please use the online submission form.

Cooper's Corner

Got questions? Ask Tina!

  • Have you made out of pocket purchases on behalf of your club or student leader position? Stop by Student Life to hand in your receipts and get reimbursed! Don’t wait until the last minute, drop them off today.

Dean X-Change

  • Holly McCormack, Dean of Field Work Term, answers: Why is the FWT registration date a week earlier than in the past few years?

    When FWT registration had been the Friday before Thanksgiving break, students reported it being ill-timed--having to finalize FWT site details and academic work right before many students left campus for the holiday. Similarly, with only 2.5 weeks before the end of classes and interrupted by the holiday, it prevented our office from processing more than 600 registrations in time to identify and offer sufficient support to an annual cohort of approximately 100 students with missing registrations or with plans that fell through at the last minute. Faculty too were pressured to review and approve advisee site information in the highly demanding final two weeks of fall term, making unapproved sites very difficult to remedy at that point. With moving the registration due date to a week earlier, we’re able to alleviate a number of these issues and better assist students having trouble securing an FWT site. If you still need help with your FWT plans, you can make an appointment on Genbook or by calling x4321, or stop by daily walk-in hours from 12:00-2:00 pm in Barn 112.


FWT and CDO Announcements

  • Congratulations to all who have secured a FWT site. If you need help planning the next stages of your FWT, stop by Barn 112 during walk-in hours Monday and Tuesday from 12:00-2:00 pm. Additionally, you can book an FWT Advising session on Genbook or email questions to
  • Talk with us if you have concerns. Given world events and heightened global awareness about security issues, we invite you to talk with our staff if you have any apprehension about your FWT plans in relation to safety.
  • See where your peers are going. Check out the FWT 2016 map across the hall from Barn 112 to see where Bennington students will be this winter. To connect with others looking for housing, follow the link in the email you received on November 6 to share your own FWT location and view a Google sheet showing where other students are going.
  • Need additional funding for your FWT? Go to the WorkLink document library under file type “General FWT Information” for our new guide to “Crowdfunding Your FWT.”
  • Planning a FWT abroad? Check out our new “FWT International Resource Guide” on the WorkLink document library, or come to Barn 112 to pick up a copy.
  • Still looking for FWT housing? We’ve created an optional survey to compile information about where students will be for FWT 2016. To connect with others looking for housing, follow the links in the email sent to you on November 6 to share your information and view student responses.
  • Check out free housing offers and other resources on WorkLink. Go to the document library under file type “housing resources” for lists of housing ideas organized by city. You can also view a new Google Sheet with listings of free housing offers from alumni and parents. Also, visit the FWT Facebook page and fill out the “Where will you be for FWT 2016?” poll. View the list of students who will be in your city and message potential roommates.
  • FWT walk-in hours, every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00-2:00 pm. This time is available for resume and cover letter proofreads, referrals to the Alumni Relations Office for networking, and quick questions about how to customize your FWT on WorkLink. Walk-in sessions typically last 15 minutes and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Need help planning your FWT? Book a “FWT Advising” session online through Genbook. Or come visit us in Barn 112, where you can get quick tips on how to search WorkLink, review new and notable positions on our FWT Listings Board, and search our Career Library resources.
  • Check out new FWT listings on WorkLink. If you have been granted an FWT extension or are still looking for an FWT site, there are still many unfilled positions. If you need help searching for these on WorkLink, please come to our walk-in hours. Here are five new or notable site listings:
    1. Marketing Intern, the Westmoor Club, Nantucket, MA (paid)
    2. Exhibition, Collections, or Marketing Interns (3 positions), Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT
    3. Development Intern, Point of View / PBS, Brooklyn, NY (travel stipend)
    4. Studio Assistant, Alejandro Guzman Studio, New York, NY (stipend)
    5. Research Intern, Fortune Society, Long Island City, NY (travel stipend)

Grants and Scholarships

See Noelle Murphy for more information.
  • January 19: Davis Projects for Peace proposals due. See Noelle Murphy as soon as possible to discuss your project ideas.

Wellness and Athletics

  • Bennington Wellness (BeWell) is proud to roll out the Alcohol Information Page, a resource for students on their own or with friends to look up answers to basic questions they may have about alcohol. It has 13 sections ranging from defining a drink to how to help a friend.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous will be hosting weekly meetings on Mondays at 7:00 pm in Dickinson 212.
  • Basketball will be happening on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Village School of North Bennington. A carpool will meet at the Flagpole at 7:00 pm on those days. People interested in playing should contact Charlotte Uden for information and updates!
  • The Climbing Wall is open Monday through Friday from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Meyer Rec Barn. Go climb a wall.
  • Fitness@Bennington, hosted by Emily Costello and Sean Gordon, offers both a group and individualized approach to physical fitness for all skill levels. Learn how to train for either fat loss or muscle growth, how to properly use gym equipment, and about guidelines for adequate nutrition and supplementation. Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 pm in the MRB.
  • Do you have questions about wellness on campus? The Bennington College Wellness Peers Alana Cooper, Benny Ehlers, Zoe Heegaard-LeGros, and Abby Mahler welcome your questions and suggestions for programming, speakers, and services you’d like to see on campus. Please email BeWell with your input.
  • Interested in volunteering with BeWell? We are currently looking for students willing to be sober on party nights in order to provide assistance for peers in need. We are also interested in collaborating with visual artists to create posters for wellness events! Email BeWell or talk to any BeWell peer for more information.

Community Engagement

  • Bennington ACTS is partnering with the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless in collecting signatures to get an item on the ballot for the Annual Town Meeting held on March 1, 2016. This item would allocate $25,000 of the town budget to BCCH. This money is a staple of the BCCH budget, but can only be acquired if enough signatures are gathered. If you are a registered voter in Vermont, come to Student Life to sign the petition (House Chairs also have a copy of the petition). Contact Michael Thomson with any questions.
  • If you are unsure how to become involved with the local community, there is now an updated list of 30+ community organizations and engagement opportunities on the College website. From the homepage, click on “Campus Life,” “Community,” and “Community Engagement” to learn what’s out there and what’s the best fit for you. If you’d like more information about any of the organizations, contact Michael Thomson.


  • Support your musical friends and peers at the Composition Showcase this Monday, November 23 from 8:30-9:30 pm in the Deane Carriage Barn Fireplace Room. Come and listen to the compositions created this term!
  • Do you have what it takes to deliver a bomb speech and represent your class? Apply to be the senior speaker for Commencement. Please send in applications as soon as possible. Direct applications and any questions to Nicole Arrington.
  • There will be some space opening up in Shingle, Longmeadow, and Faculty Row #2 for Spring 2016. If you would like to be considered, please sign up for the lottery by December 4 at 5:00 pm in Student Life.
  • Following the Christoff:Finio visit for the planning of the renovation of Commons, an email account was established for members of the Bennington community to send their ideas, comments, and input on the renovation plans. Send your thoughts to to join the discussion.
  • How to submit a Coffee Hour Minute: send an email by Thursday at noon to with your announcement (please keep it around 100 words or under!) or visit the Coffee Hour minutes submission page under Student Resources on the website. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
  • The Bennington Mediation Process gives quick and easy access to mediation for all students. If you would like to request mediation, refer another student to mediation, or learn more about mediation and the BMP, contact
  • The Office of Student Life is creating a Community Engagement Opportunities List to connect students to opportunities in the Bennington area. If you are interested in engaging in the community, whether through organizations that address food relief, homelessness, elder care, education, or something else, please
  • Introducing: The Bennington Express! In response to the Town Hall conversations last term, we are pleased to announce an additional dedicated, daily transportation service for the Bennington community: The Bennington Express, an on-demand daily shuttle from 11:00 am-2:00 pm Monday through Friday that will leave from the flagpole and provide service to downtown Bennington locations: Hannaford, Walmart, CVS, Staples, Four Corners, Brown Cow Cafe, Southern Vermont Medical Center, doctor appointments, etc. The service is being provided by Green Mountain Express. Just board the shuttle at the flagpole and give the driver your downtown Bennington destination and your approximate pick up time.
  • Introducing the Bennington FLEX Series: The Bennington FLEX series was created to inform and improve campus co-curricular work through skills based leadership and information sessions. The FLEX series is directed toward club and organization leaders specifically, though not exclusively. If you wish to attend an upcoming FLEX event or acquire more information, drop by Student Life or email
  • First-Year Research Appointments. Crossett Library will be offering the following times for first-year research appointments. You can contact Joe Tucker or Jared Della Rocca to schedule time to meet and discuss your research needs. Alternatively, you are welcome to swing by the Reference Office during the week and talk - our door is always open.
    • Joe Tucker: Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm; Fridays, 2:00-3:00 pm
    • Jared Della Rocca Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 am