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Volume 6  |  Issue 8 |  February 5, 2015

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Spring semester certainly feels like a misnomer during the winter months. We hope you're staying warm and finding ways to embrace the cold weather.

In January we welcomed 27 new students to campus as they participated in a four-day orientation program. Please join us in welcoming these new folks as you meet them, and look out for special programs taking place for all first and second semester students this spring. Whether you arrived at Hampshire in the fall or the spring, rest assured that the office of new student programs will continue to keep you informed of important information throughout the semester.

What else can we do for you? Let us know. Most importantly, if you have a question that no one seems to be able to answer, email us. We will find the answer and get back to you as soon as possible. No question is too big or too small. Trust us. Just ask. We would love to hear from you.

-- Jessica Ortiz, director of new student programs



Zipcar at Hampshire
Zipcar is car-sharing that provides students with the freedom to take a car when they want to. Hampshire's Zipcars are located in reserved parking spaces behind Johnson Library. Zipcar’s cutting edge technology allows members to reserve cars online or on their mobile device, 24/7. Low hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day. Best of all, students only need to be 18 and have had a license for one year. To learn more, visit the Hampshire Zipcar website.

Planning for Summer
Time to start thinking about what you're going to do this summer. Need some help? Read our special edition newsletter for assistance with finding jobs, internships, travel, and housing opportunities. Beat the crowd and start your planning now.


Tuesday, February 10: Eric Carle Museum Reception
All Hampshire students are invited to a special (free!) dessert reception at the Eric Carle Museum. Look at fabulous art, enjoy luscious desserts, fruit, and coffee while listening to live music. Have fun creating a piece of work in the art making studio. The entire museum is yours to explore for the evening! Join us for music, food, and fun from 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, February 12: Advising Day
No classes today. Instead, meet with your advisor. Be sure to schedule an appointment in advance to discuss how your classes are going and your general academic progress. All campus offices are open on this day.

Monday, February 16: Orientation Leader and Resident Advisor Applications Available
Interested in being an orientation leader or resident advisor this fall? Applications will be available on Monday, February 16. Watch the Student Daily Digest and your Hampshire email for more information about job descriptions, required dates, and application materials.

Monday, March 2: Orientation Leader and Resident Advisor Applications Due
Applications for both positions are due at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 2. More information regarding how to apply will be available the week of February 9.

Wednesday, March 4: Mid-semester self-evaluations due
All first and second semester students are required to submit mid-semester evaluations for their courses on TheHub by this date. This is a good way for you to communicate with your professors about how you think you are doing in their courses. Consider asking each of your professors what, specifically, they are looking for in your self-evaluations.

Saturday, March 14-Sunday, March 22: Spring Break
Spring break will take place from March 14-22. Check back for more information in our March edition.



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student on bike Hampshire Impact Study
This February, the Hampshire Learning Project will be starting a longitudinal research study on student experiences and outcomes called the Hampshire Impact Study. The study will follow a group of students through their time at Hampshire and after graduation, in an effort to gain insight into what happens for students at Hampshire and how student experiences and outcomes can be improved. The Hampshire Learning Project will be randomly selecting a group of first-year students, who will be compensated for their participation in interviews during their time at Hampshire and beyond. Are you a first-year student? Watch your inbox in the coming weeks to see if you've been selected to participate. We hope you'll consider taking part in this great opportunity. Want more information? Check out this video for more details, or contact the Hampshire Learning Project with any questions.


Summer Academic Programs
Hampshire College offers a variety of summer academic programs designed to reflect our academic philosophy by linking critical engagement to experience-based education. Our programs support diverse learning communities: undergraduates, pre-college students, graduate students, professionals, practitioners, and life-long learners. Interested in taking part in a summer program at Hampshire? Visit the summer academic programs website for application information and other details.

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