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New Student News

Volume 6  |  Issue 9 |  March 4, 2015

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Spring semester has been a busy one here in the office of new student programs, as we’ve taken on some great programming initiatives just for new students. Did you see the flyers for Navigating Classroom Discussion or Getting It Done last month? These workshops were the first of our spring semester skills-based workshops for new students, which pair useful academic skills information with delicious (and free!) food. Did you miss them? We provide an overview of each program on our blog shortly after the workshop takes place, with contact information for facilitators and a brief overview of the information that was presented. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit our blog. In addition to overviews of our workshops, you’ll find information on other past programs, profiles of staff members who work with new students, and other fun things.

More programs will be taking place after spring break, including a workshop with the research librarians called Finding the Right Sources, the spring semester Make Your Own Trail Mix program, and another BINGO Extravaganza. Be on the lookout for more information on these and other programs after spring break. We hope you’ll join us.

We’re always looking for new programming and outreach ideas. Do you have an idea for a program? Send us an email and share it with us. We’d love to help.

-- Jessica Ortiz, director of new student programs



The Sexperts are a group of students who serve Hampshire's community as sexual health peer educators. Addressing issues from the nuts and bolts of safer sex and contraception practices to broader issues of how identities intersect with sexual health, the Sexperts combine theory and practice as an important campus resource. The Sexperts attend and facilitate trainings on sexual health, sexual anatomy, STIs, contraception, and sexuality. The Sexperts are dedicated to providing not only medically accurate information, but also to serve as a forum for talking about all aspects of sexuality, including pleasure, sexual preferences, safety, communication, identity, and relationships. Read the Sexperts blog to ask questions and learn more.


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.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Division II but Were Afraid to Ask
Soon to pass Division I? Get a head start on Division II at one of these special workshops, facilitated by deans in the Center for Academic Support and Advising. Tuesday, March 10, 4-5 p.m. in the Merrill Living Room or Thursday, March 26, Noon-1 p.m., location TBD.

March 14 through March 22: SPRING BREAK
There are no classes during Spring Break!
What's open? Houses are open; you are welcome to stay on campus. The Hampstore is open (weekday, daytime hours only), as are all campus offices. The post office will be open as usual, and the Multisport Center will be open for business too (though the Weight Room will be closed during the break).
What's closed? The dining commons closes after dinner on Friday, 3/13, and reopens at dinner on Sunday, 3/22. The Bridge Café will be closed as well, and will reopen on Monday, 3/23. Staying local? Plan on stocking up on food at Atkins or another local grocer during the break. Also, though school offices are open, most faculty are not on campus during Spring Break.

Monday, March 30: Finding the Right Sources
Feeling ready to start thinking about those final papers and projects? Need help finding the sources you need? Join the research librarians for a special skills-based workshop from Noon-1 p.m. in the FPH Faculty Lounge. Free lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Wednesday, April 1: Advising Day
Be sure to make an appointment with your advisor today. This is the time to talk about the classes you are thinking about taking in the fall and get your advisor's feedback.


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6th Annual Five College Queer Gender and Sexuality Conference: March 6-7, Franklin Patterson Hall
The Queer Conference is student-led and aims to offer an accountable and supportive environment to further explore a wide range of topics and their intersections, such as race, genders, sexualities, ability, class, kink, survival strategies, and many more, in a specifically queer context. The Queer Conference strives to provide a safer space for engaging, learning, and fostering community with a wide range of workshops, panels, performances, and lectures by student leaders, Five College faculty and staff, off-campus educators, and nationally-known performers and speakers. Register now or visit the conference website for more information.

17th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture
The 17th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture will be held on Monday, March 30 at 4 p.m. in the Robert Crown Center. #BlackLivesMatter co-founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi will deliver a talk entitled “Black Lives Matter: Indict the System." This event is free and open to the public, and is being planned in partnership with the 12th Annual ASK for Social Justice program, a week-long symposia from March 29 through April 3, organized by Hampshire's Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center. This year, ASK (Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge for Social Justice) will confront anti-Blackness in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement and offer to the community workshops, film-screenings, lectures, and performances.

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