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Volume 5  |  Issue 12 |  April 23, 2014

Bell Ringing

The end of the year is almost here (how did that happen?), and this last edition of the New Student News gives you the information you need to make the most of the last few weeks of the semester. Throughout the summer, most Hampshire offices will be open. If you have questions pertaining to the fall semester or moving back to campus in September, please feel free to contact us at any point. If you don't know whom to call, you can always start with the dean of students office at 413.559.5412 and we will direct you to the right place. All returning students should plan on coming back on Monday, September 1 (Labor Day). More information about that will be sent to you via email in August.

Finally, congratulations to most of you on finishing your first year at Hampshire! And now that you're not a new student anymore, why not consider helping us to welcome the new incoming first-year students? We'll be creating a photo album of welcoming wishes on our Facebook page, and hope that many of you will share in this project. To participate, stop by Cake Friday or the Portfolio Making Party (more details below) to have your photo taken for our Facebook album.

We hope you have a great summer, and we'll see you in the fall!

 -- Jessica Ortiz, director of new student programs


Packing Up, Moving Out
Where did all that stuff in your room come from? Funny how stuff accumulates over the course of the year, isn't it? Here are some tips for packing and moving your belongings.

Don't pay for boxes--you can find free boxes at all sorts of places. The easiest place to check is Atkins Farms; they leave free boxes by the cash registers daily, so you can help yourself. Grocery and liquor stores are also good places to inquire about boxes; they're often glad to have someone take them away. Try checking at Duplications (library ground floor) as well!

Store it!
Students may store up to three boxes on campus. Storage policies can be found on the residence life website, as well as information about where you will store your items (based on where you are living next year). Contact the housing operations office at x5453 for storage hours. For students who will be living off-campus, there is no summer storage space available.

Want more tips? Watch the New Student Programs blog for more information in the coming weeks.

Give Us Your Feedback
Have a great idea for a program new students in the fall? Want to help us build our outreach? The New Student Programs End of Year Survey will be coming to F13 entrants' inboxes in the coming weeks. We hope you'll participate!


Wednesday April 23: Ask the Experts Library Drop-In Workshop Deadlines looming? Feeling the crunch? Need help researching and organizing your final papers and projects? Join the research librarians for this special drop-in workshop on Tuesday, April 23 from 7-9 p.m. in the Johnson Library, 1st floor. Stop by, get your questions answered, and enjoy some free snacks!

Monday, April 28: Hampshire course pre-registration ends
Have you registered for the Hampshire courses you want to take this fall? This is the last day to do so before fall semester. The deadline to submit Five College requests has now passed.

Tuesday, April 29: Portfolio Making Party
Are you ready to pass Division I? Want some company while you put together your portfolio? Join us on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the FPH Faculty Lounge for free snacks, portfolio-making supplies, and advice. We hope to see you there!

Friday, May 2: Last day of Hampshire classes
Many of you have made it through your first year. Congratulations! Some students will stay after the last day of classes to finish up course work; others will leave. Plan to to your faculty advisor to determine how long you should plan to remain on campus.

Friday, May 2: Cake Friday
Celebrate the last day of classes with the office of new student programs! We'll be serving free cake and snacks in the Dakin/Merrill Pavilion on Friday, May 2 at 4 p.m. Stop by for a snack break, pose for a welcome photo for the incoming students, and celebrate your accomplishments. You've earned it!

Saturday, May 17: Commencement
All students are invited to attend commencement: no tickets are necessary. To learn more about the ceremony and surrounding festivities, review the Commencement section below.

Sunday, May 18: Houses close at 10 a.m.
All students must move out of campus housing by this time. There are no exceptions. If you are going to stay until May 18, please plan accordingly so that you will be moved out by 10 a.m. More information about the process for moving out of campus housing will be provided in a future post on the New Student Programs blog. You will also receive more information from the housing operations office over the coming weeks.


Bridge Cafe



Spring Jam


Spring Jam: Saturday, April 26, Library Lawn
Spring Jam is just around the corner! Spring Jam is Hampshire's annual spring concert; it's an all-day festival that takes place on the library lawn with music, food, games, and more. Organized by the Hype Committee, it's bound to be a great day. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements in your email about the schedule of events. You won't want to miss it!

Commencement 2014
Commencement takes place on Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. on the library lawn, and all students are welcome to attend. No tickets are required, but be sure to arrive early to get a seat. There will also be overflow seating in the FPH Main Lecture Hall, where a video simulcast of the ceremony will take place. Seating on the library lawn is intended for immediate family members, so you are encouraged to watch from the outskirts or in the Main Lecture Hall. To learn more about the ceremony and surrounding festivities, review the commencement website.


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