Happy New Year from Campus Life!
It seems like just a few weeks ago that I was welcoming new students and families at Orientation and yet here we are settled back in for Spring semester. This is the first year in our new structure as a Campus Life Office so we are reviewing nuts and bolts, programs, processes and environment to provide a supportive living and learning experience for our students. I am pleased to share with you some new initiatives and important dates from my area.
Carey Bachman will join our staff on February 18th in a redesigned position as Director of Student Activities and Leadership. Carey comes to us from SUNY Geneseo where she has worked in student activities for nine years. She will play an integral role in expanding our current leadership training and developing a comprehensive leadership program for undergraduate students.
Many leadership opportunities for next year are actually decided during the Spring Semester. February 1st is the deadline for applications for the 2013-2014 Resident Assistant Staff. Orientation Leaders and Admission Ambassadors will be selected in March and student government positions in April. For all of these opportunities the first step is for interested students to ask for more information and apply. If you think your son or daughter would be a good candidate for any of these experiences, encourage them to take the initiative and visit us for more information.
The housing lottery has gone online and so have the lines for room selection! Students will do online housing contracts after Spring Break, select roommates and actual rooms using randomly assigned lottery numbers based on class status from the Registrars Office. The web based process will be similar to registering for classes on Naznet and includes actual floor plans. Students will be able to monitor which rooms have been selected so they are aware of the options prior to their time slot. Information sessions will be held in all residence halls and every RA will be trained to assist students on their floors. We will have a computer lab staffed for students who are more comfortable making their choices with assistance but anyone with internet access can select their room from on campus to overseas. We have actually sent the first information to our students who are studying abroad this semester.
Also new for next year, we are offering expanded options for students to live with groups of friends with a common interest. We anticipate this to be a popular option particularly for sophomores who are not eligible for apartment living. Additionally next fall, we will be supporting Nazareth's global initiatives by fostering a vibrant community of American and International students sharing culture, language and friendship in Medaille Hall. This is an option for lottery and students can learn more about our global village at info sessions or by contacting our office.
Parents of graduating seniors will be receiving answers to all things commencement (May 12, 2013) through our Commencement website. Free portrait sittings are offered on campus in February and we welcome your nudge to have your senior sign up for one!
There are so many things to share with you and I'm running over on my corner, so I'll close with one special event. You should have received a postcard about Siblings Weekend on February 15-17. Please visit the online registration site to register your younger children for this fun filled weekend by clicking here.
Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
Jane E. Kelly
Director of Campus Life &
Assistant Vice President for Student Development