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Hampshire College New Student Newsletter

Volume 7  |  Issue 4 |  November 4, 2015

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The semester continues to move right along as we roll into November. How was your first Hampshire Halloween? I am always impressed by the creativity of Hampshire student costumes and the talent of student performers.

November is a busy time for everyone, with just over a month until classes end. You might be starting to think about final papers, projects, and portfolios (keep breathing...). There are lots of folks with whom you can discuss your questions, and one really great place to visit is the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA). CASA staff can give you a better idea of how to do everything from writing a self-evaluation to putting together a portfolio for a class, and are happy to answer any questions you may have!

Hampshire's definitely about charting your own course--but remember, there are always people here to help you and give you advice. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

-- Jessica Ortiz, director of new student programs



Health Services offers flu shots
Flu shots are now available at health services at no cost to students, Monday through Friday, by appointment. Health services will also be holding one additional flu clinic in the Dining Commons, from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10.

Make Your Own Trail Mix
Need a snack break? Stop by the Dakin Living Room on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. to make yourself a study snack. Free pretzels, peanuts, almonds, granola, raisins, craisins, chocolate chips, and M&Ms. Yum!

November BINGO Extravaganza!
Love playing BINGO? Of course you do! Join New Student Programs on Thursday, November 19 at 7 p.m. in the FPH West Lecture Hall for a fun night of bingo, free snacks, and great prizes. We hope to see you there!



November 5: Advising Day
Advising Day happens twice per semester; this is the second time. There are no classes on this day, but all offices are open. Use this time to check in with your advisor about the courses you are planning to take for the spring semester. Your advisor must meet with you and approve you on TheHub to sign up for courses before you will be able to register, so don't forget to schedule a meeting with your advisor for Advising Day. If you have questions about Advising Day, speak with your advisor or call the Center for Academic Support and Advising at x5498.

November 9: Spring course registration opens
Courses for spring semester are now viewable on TheHub, so you should take a look and come up with a tentative list of courses that you'd like to take. You will receive an email from central records letting you know when registration times are posted on TheHub. You will then have to log in and look under your "approvals and holds" menu to see what registration time you have been assigned. Questions? Call central records at x5421.

November 13: Enrollment notification deadline
This is the date by which you must notify the Center for Academic Support and Advising if you are not going to be here for spring semester. If you are thinking about taking a leave of absence or going on field study, you will need to let CASA know before this date.

November 16: Last day to drop courses with a "W"
As the add/drop period is now over, you can no longer drop courses without them still appearing on your transcript. If you are still signed up for a course you are no longer in, you'll want to be sure to drop it on TheHub before November 16. A "W" ("withdrawn") will appear on your transcript next to the course name. If you don't drop it by this date, you will receive a "no evaluation" notation for the course (which is equivalent to failing a course).

November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
Planning to stay on campus for Thanksgiving break? See below for details on what’s open, what’s closed, and helpful hints.

December 7: Hampshire spring course preregistration ends
Have you preregistered for next semester yet? Please be sure to do so prior to the December 7 deadline.



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Important Information about Thanksgiving Break

What's Closed?

All campus offices close Wednesday, Nov. 25 at noon and reopen Monday, Nov. 30 at 8:30 a.m.

The post office window is closed these same days, but the mail room will reopen on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. if you need to check your mailbox.

The dining commons serves its last meal Wednesday, Nov. 25 at noon (lunch) and reopens Sunday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. for dinner. The Bridge Cafe will serve its last meal Tuesday, Nov. 24 (dinner) and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30 for breakfast.

The Hampstore closes Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 12:30 p.m. and reopens Monday, Nov. 30 at 8 a.m.

The PVTA will not be running on Thanksgiving Day, and service is very limited on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28. Please consult the transit calendar if you are planning to ride the bus.

What's Open?

The houses are open. You can stay on campus over the break, though most people will leave. As always, area staff will be on call in case of any urgent situations, and they can be reached through the switchboard at 413.549.4600.

Campus police department is always open, 24/7, 365 days a year. You can reach them at 413.559.5424 for non-urgent calls, or 413.559.5555 (x1911 from on campus) in EMERGENCY situations.

Atkins Farms is in walking distance of campus if you are here, don't have a car, and need to get food. Atkins is open Thanksgiving Day from 7 a.m. to noon.


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