LAST FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO DO

 

As you get ready for your arrival, there are some things that need your attention

Every student in the Class of 2017 MUST complete:

1.  The Academic Integrity Tutorial
at  moodle.haverford.edu/course/view.php?id=4574    under:  Academic Integrity Tutorial (Class of 2017 and Transfer Students)

This is not an optional Tutorial. The information contained will be followed up with additional information when you arrive, so we need each one of you to complete it before you arrive on campus August 28.  (We can actually tell who has not completed the tutorial!)

2.“Lasting Choices: Protecting Our Campus From Sexual Assault” online course at: www.studentfyi.com

To access the course:
  •  First-time users should select the link to create a new account on the right side of the screen.
                Use Haverford’s institution registration code: 0491-S101-XY12
                Please create a username and password
  •  Use the username and password when you log in using the link provided in Step 1.
  •  Begin the course.
  •  Once finished with all the Modules, please select the “certificate” link.
You will not be recognized as having completed the course until you click on the “certificate” link.

If you need to stop, you can log back in, and the course will resume where you left off.

We are so excited to meet you in less than 1 week!

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Message From Customs Co-Heads Regarding Seminars with Faculty

Members of the Class of 2017 and incoming guest, exchange, and transfer students:

We would first like to welcome you to Haverford, and we are honored to have the opportunity to help you transition into becoming a Haverford student. As Customs Week Co-Heads it is our job to welcome you to Haverford, and to help transition you into the broader Haverford community by equipping you with the necessary information as well as showing you how our campus operates.

As part of Customs Week, all first-year students participate in small, seminar style discussions with members of the faculty. These seminars are intended to help introduce first-year students to ‘the academic discussion’, and provide an opportunity to engage in earnest and intellectual discourse before the start of classes.

Topics for the discussion range from perspectives on climate change to musings on Nelson Mandela. There are 17 seminars from which you may choose, and space will be limited to 25 students in each seminar. By following the link below, you will find a list of the members of the faculty who will lead these discussions along with their
respective topics and a brief description. Take a few moments to look over the offerings; choose one that is of interest to you. Once you arrive on campus for Customs Week, you will receive the exact details about your seminar in your Customs Week schedule.

Enrollment in these seminars is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you find that the seminar for which you want to register is already full, simply sign up for another seminar that piques your interest.

To sign up, go to the following website, log in with your Haverford username and password, and please select a seminar by August 19, 2013.

Seminars with the Faculty:

www.haverford.edu/customs/seminars_with_faculty/

We very much looking forward to meeting all of you in a few short weeks. Until then, enjoy what remains of your respective summers.

Best,

Alex Lee and Vin Dioguardi
Customs Week Co-Heads 2013

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IMPORTANT TASKS THAT NEED TO BE COMPLETED

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There are a number of important tasks that are required before you arrive on campus August 28: Complete the Technology Orientation, as explained in the “Getting started with Technology at Haverford” post. See blogs.haverford.edu/firstyear/2013/06/25/getting-started-with-technology-at-haverford-2/    for details. Academic Integrity at … Continue reading

Update on deadlines

June 28, 2013 - Your Faculty Adviser needs to know a bit about you before you arrive.  Please feel out the adviser survey which you can find at: www.admin.haverford.edu/servlet/reality/hcadmin/introletter

August 2, 2013 - Writing sample

www.haverford.edu/writingprogram/

July 21, 2013 - Confidential Health Record -    www.haverford.edu/healthservices/services/forms.php Must be submitted by July 21, 2013. Students under 18 may need assistance/information from their parents when completing the form.  There is a fee penalty if the form is late so, take a look at all the information in the Health Center web site to make sure you are ready to make a healthy transition.www.haverford.edu/healthservices/services

August 28, 2013 - Information on getting started in Haverford’s technical network is available through iits.haverford.edu/help-center/getting-started-at-haverford/ There is an important Quiz which you should complete as soon as possible, but no later than the 28th of August. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

Proficiency in a language other than one’s own, ancient or modern, serves many ends. It deepens an appreciation of one’s own language, increases sensitivity and understanding of the nature of language itself, and enables the student to gain a far more intimate understanding of different cultures than is possible through translations.  Further, with regard to specific disciplinary ends, many graduate programs require a reading knowledge of at least two languages other than English.

For all these reasons, Haverford College requires all of its students to complete two semesters of college-level study of a language other than English by the end of their junior year. Beginning with the Class of 2016 this requirement may be satisfied in one of the following three ways:

(a) One full year of language study in one language at the level in which the student is placed by the appropriate Haverford College language department; or

(b) Language study in a course conducted under Haverford College’s approved International Study Abroad Programs, and as certified in advance by the relevant language department chair at either Haverford or Bryn Mawr, or by the Educational Policy Committee when the language has no counter department at either Haverford or Bryn Mawr; or

Language courses may be taken at Haverford or at any of the cooperating colleges: Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and with advisor and registrar permission, the University of Pennsylvania. The Haverford department, however, must determine placement. Other restrictions which apply to the language requirement are as follows:

Courses taken to fulfill the language requirement do not meet divisional distribution requirements and may not be taken NNG (non-graded option) at Haverford, CR/NCR at Bryn Mawr or Swarthmore, or P/F at the University of Pennsylvania

 

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FOR INFORMATION ON THE LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAMS:

Please keep in mind that in order to help us place you at the level which is best suited to your preparation and potential, you are expected to give your best effort while taking the exam, under the principles of the Haverford Honor Code.

Students who have never taken these languages do not need to take the placement test.

Chinese Placement Exam: There are two parts to this exam.  One part needs to be completed online by August 10, 2013. The second part will be completed on Thursday, August 29th, the day after you arrive on campus.  Please read the instructions at: www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/GuidetoLangPlacement.html  You will find the placement instructions at the bottom of the page. 

Spanish Placement Exam – will be available online from Sunday, August 12th until Sunday, August 26th at midnight through Moodle at Spanish Placement Test Fall 2013 .

Students who are planning or just considering enrollment in a Spanish course at Haverford or Bryn Mawr College at any point in the future must take the Placement Test.     The online Spanish Placement Test must be taken before arriving on campus, even if students are not planning on taking Spanish during the first year.

Students who have never taken Spanish do not need to take the placement test.   There will be an Elementary Spanish section reserved for absolute beginners.

French Placement Exam -  Available at:  French Placement Exam (2013)  (the password is: paris-dakar).

German Placement Exam – The German Placement Test  will be available at: moodle.haverford.edu/course/view.php?id=4391  from Thursday, July 11, 2013 at NOON until Tuesday, August  27 at NOON.

Japanese Placement exam – Will be available at:on campus on Thursday, August 29th at 8:30 AM. Consult your Customs Week Schedule for the exact time and place.

Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin and Russian – There are no formal placement exams for these languages.  Students will be able to speak with faculty representing these departments at the Academic Fair taking place on Monday, September 3rd. or by arranging an appointment to meet with the faculty teaching the introductory class during the shopping period, Sept.4-7.  Students who have never taken these languages do not need to take the placement test.

Welcome from Instructional and Informational Technology Services

We here in IITS know you have lots on your mind as you prepare to join us in the fall.  Among the many things you need to take care of before you arrive is making sure your computer is ready for four years of the most amazing academic experience you’ll ever have!
We’ve prepared a website - iits.haverford.edu/help-center/getting-started-at-haverford/ – that outlines what you need to do before you come to campus.  It touches on:
  • How to stay connected to IITS so we can help you when you need it
  • If you’re looking for a computer, some baseline specifications that we suggest for a solid four-year ready computer
  • Details on making sure you don’t bring music and software piracy to campus.  If you have file sharing software on your computer (BitTorrent, etc.) make sure it’s gone before you attach your computer to our network.
  • Software suggestions.
  • A link to the technology orientation in Moodle, which you need to complete by August 22.
Check out the site and if you have questions remember you can always reach out by email – ProDesk@haverford.edu – and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you might have.
Have fun this summer, stay safe and stay cool!
Steve Fabiani
Director, Client Services
Haverford IITS

Placement exams

When choosing your courses for the first semester, you will probably need information about the level at which you should enter a particular field of study. This process is known as “Placement.” In areas where you are particularly well prepared, you may be placed into intermediate rather than beginning level courses. Where no placement exam is given, an interview with the department chair can determine your status.

Most of the placement exams and surveys are available on line this summer and should be completed by August 9.   I encourage you to complete them before you arrive on campus so  your adviser has the placement results when you meet and you can take advantage of all that Customs Week offers and.    Some language placement exams are only available when you arrive at Haverford during Customs Week.  If you are not able to complete the online tests, please contact your Dean, Raisa Williams (rwilliam@haverford.edu) or 610-896-1293.

One other thing to keep in mind about placement exams and their results is that credit and placement are separate issues at the College.  High scores on AP exams will carry credit but will not automatically assure advanced standing in a particular subject.  Such placement depends upon judgments made by the departments concerned after testing or interviews.  Advanced placement on exams administered during Customs Week or on line does not carry credit.  In other words, although students may receive both credit and advanced placement in a given subject, it is perfectly common to receive one without the other.  The two processes are independent of each other.

Please remember that in order to help us place you at the level which is best suited to your preparation and potential, you are expected to give your best effort while taking the exam, under the principles of the Haverford Honor Code.

Information on Language Placement Exams will be coming soon via a blog next week.

Other placement exams available:

Mathematics: news.haverford.edu/survey/index.php?sid=55233&newtest=Y&lang=en

Physics: www.haverford.edu/physics-astro/placement.php.

Chemistry: www.haverford.edu/chem/dept/placement/exam.php

Economics: www.haverford.edu/economics/docs/placement-2013.docx UPDATE: Econ submission instructions. Please print out the exam, complete it and either: scan it back into the computer and send by email to apreston@haverford.edu; or mail to Anne Preston, Department of Economics, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford PA 19041

Update on deadlines

By now you have received information about many programs and there have been a number of deadlines attached to them.  Here is a recap:

Email activation is due as soon as you receive your credentials.  Signing up to receive blogs and following up with the information provided in them  needs to be a PRIORITY this summer as you begin your transition to college.  If you have not received your credentials you need to contact your Dean, Raisa Williams ( rwilliam@haverford.edu) or 610-896-1293.

June 19 - Student Entry Record and Housing Questionnaire (www.haverford.edu/reslife/first-year_students.php)

June 28, 2013 Your Faculty Adviser needs to know a bit about you before you arrive.  Please feel out the adviser survey which you can find at: www.admin.haverford.edu/servlet/reality/hcadmin/introletter

Writing sample  August 2, 2013www.haverford.edu/writingprogram/placements.php

July 21 - Confidential Health Record -    www.haverford.edu/healthservices/services/forms.php Must be submitted by July 21, 2012. Students under 18 may need assistance/information from their parents when completing the form.  There is a fee penalty if the form is late so, take a look at all the information in the Health Center web site to make sure you are ready to make a healthy transition.www.haverford.edu/healthservices/services

Information on getting started in Haverford’s technical network is available through iits.haverford.edu/help-center/getting-started-at-haverford/ There is an important Quiz which you should complete as soon as possible, but no later than August 28.

FUTURE DEADLINES, MOST OF WHICH WILL NEED TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOU ARRIVE AUGUST 28., WILL INCLUDE:

PLACEMENT EXAMS FOR LANGUAGES, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS, MATH,ECONOMICS

THE ACADEMIC INTEGRITY TUTORIAL

Stay tuned………

Writing Seminar Information

WELCOME CLASS OF 2017!   The Writing Program placement on our website (www.haverford.edu/writingprogram/)  is now active at the link “Placement in Seminars”.  You’ll find there the list of seminars from which you will be choosing, as well as instructions for the essay that you’re being asked to write.  Preferences and your own essay are due by  Aug. 2, 2013. Following the links in turn should take you through the placement process with relatively little difficulty.  Any questions?  Let me know– All best, Debora Sherman, Director of College Writing (dsherman@haverford.edu)

Getting started with Technology at Haverford

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Technology will play a large role in your Haverford education. You will be hearing more about this in a future post. However, you will find a lot of information about technology at Haverford in a quick “Technology Orientation” posted on Moodle.  Moodle is the system your professors will use to post course materials, as well as the system used by some departments to share information.The Technology Orientation includes a short quiz.
You will need to complete this by the end of non-academic registration on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Get started now!
Go to  moodle.haverford.edu/course/view.php?id=4600 and log on with your email username (just the beginning, NOT the @haverford part) and your email password.

BONUS: If you complete the assignment before 8:00 AM (EST) Tuesday, August 27 you will be entered into a drawing for assorted prizes.