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

Meet the New Dean of First-Year Students: Michael Martinez

The Dean’s Interns took a short trip to Stokes Hall to meet with the new Dean of First-Year Students, Michael Martinez, who officially began his post today.  Michael succeeds Raisa Williams, the first person to hold the position, after her many years of service.  He joins us after working at Bates College for three years as the Dean of Multicultural Affairs.

Growing up in Oklahoma and Texas in small towns, Michael’s college options always seemed limited.  He even mentioned that his parents moved to Texas so that he could enroll at the University of Texas-Austin and pay in-state tuition.  However, a program that started at his high school expanded his horizons, and he would eventually attend Princeton University.  At Princeton in his first year, Michael struggled with homesickness and the difficult academic transition.  After adjusting, he enjoyed an enriching college experience.

After graduating, Michael returned to Texas to work for the same program that helped him in high school before taking the Dean of Multicultural Affairs position at Bates.  He is incredibly excited to join Haverford and experience “Haverford for the first time this year in the same year that the first-year students are experiencing it.”

Michael was struck by how Haverford emphasizes “holistic education and empowering students to take on leadership roles and to define what the educational experience is here.”  He views the first-year experience at Haverford as one that is “student created.”  Michael aims to build strong relationships with first-years that last for all four years at Haverford and “take students in and explore Philadelphia.”  At Bates, he would take students to Boston but being so close to Philadelphia, Michael wants to do this more regularly.

When asked about what advice he would give to first-year students, he stressed the fundamental importance of determining “why you’re here.”  Michael mentions outside pressure from family or community can often blur the real reasons for a student to pursue college education: “It ultimately has to be about why you want to be here.”  Also, he advises students, “don’t be afraid to ask for help,” whether that be from fellow classmates, professors, or upperclassmen.

Please warmly welcome Michael Martinez to Haverford.  He is excited to meet all of you in the fall and work with you during your time here.  His passion and exuberance for college education will surely follow him to Haverford when first-year students arrive on August 28.


Karl and Nate with Michael Martinez, the new Dean of First-Year Students

Karl and Nate with Michael Martinez, the new Dean of First-Year Students

Student Activities: Part 2

Hi everybody! We hope you all are enjoying the last few days of June. As a quick aside, we’ve received many questions regarding student ID numbers. Here is a link where you will be able to find your number: www.admin.haverford.edu/servlet/reality/hcadmin/newstudentid. Carrying on from our Monday post on student activities, we would like to discuss student government and leadership at Haverford. In addition to the leadership involvement opportunities that are available in the student organizations discussed on the last post, Haverford has a strong tradition of student self-governance. Students’ Council, Honor Council, and JSAAPP constitute student government.  Co-presidents, co-vice presidents, co-secretaries, co-treasurers, one representative from each class year, and officers of academics, multicultural affairs, athletics, campus life, and arts comprise Students’ Council. Their collective responsibilities include but are not limited to communicating the position of students to faculty and administration, appointing student leadership positions, organizing plenary, and allocating funding to student organizations. For more information about student council, take a look at sc.haverford.edu/.

Honor Council is the branch of self-governance that is responsible for matters related to the Honor Code. Honor Council is comprised of sixteen members, four from each year. Of these sixteen members, two are co-chairs and two are co-secretaries. Honor Council works on community outreach activities such as abstract discussions, overseeing Honor Code ratification, and organizing discussions with faculty, as well as administering all suspected Honor Code violation proceedings. For more information, please look at honorcouncil.haverford.edu/.

JSAAPP stands for Joint Student-Administration Alcohol Panel, and is responsible for presiding over the alcohol policy, which is ratified annually by the student body at plenary. Keeping in line with the trust, concern, respect the Honor Code advocates for, students at Haverford are given a lot of responsibility and autonomy. JSAAPP, along with the rest of student self-governance is a strong example of this. In addition to the three branches of student government, students serve on almost every committee of the college, including planning committees, faculty search committees, or the Committee on Student Standing and Programs.  Stay posted for more about student life next week and we hope you are as excited to arrive as we are to have you here!



Health Services: Sickle Cell Trait Testing


Haverford will be requiring new and returning students to either confirm their status with regard to this condition.

Recent legislation passed by the NCAA has brought nationwide attention to the issue of Sickle Cell Trait and its impact on participation in physical activity. As a result, Haverford will be requiring new and returning students to either confirm their status with regard to this condition (by showing a relevant health record or getting tested), or sign a waiver declining to show a previous test result or be tested now. Information on how to choose one of these options is summarized below, and available in more detail on the Moodle site established to take students through the process. It is important to keep in mind that you must enter this site and choose one of the options before returning to campus at the beginning of the fall semester, whether or not you plan to participate in athletics or club sports, and even if you may have completed the Physical Education requirement already. Students can also request sickle cell trait newborn records to be released to the College.  Please forward signed medical release to your doctor/hospital.

General Information on Sickle Cell Trait

Sickle Cell Trait is the inheritance of one gene for sickle hemoglobin and one for normal hemoglobin. Sickle Cell Trait is not the same as Sickle Cell Disease, which is an inherited blood condition that can be found in a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. If a person receives a sickle cell gene from both parents, he/she will inherit Sickle Cell Disease. If, however, he/she inherits only one sickle cell gene, then that person is said to have “Sickle Cell Trait”. Sickle Cell Trait is a life-long condition that will not change over time.  During intense exercise, red blood cells containing the sickle hemoglobin can change shape from round to quarter-moon, or “sickle” shape; these sickled red blood cells may accumulate in the bloodstream and block normal blood flow to the tissues and muscles. During intense exercise, athletes with the Sickle Cell Trait have experienced significant physical distress, collapse or even death. Even when exercise is not intense, other factors such as heat, dehydration, altitude and asthma can increase the risk for, and worsen complications associated with, the Sickle Cell Trait.

As all Haverford students are required to fulfill the Physical Education requirement and many participate in varsity, club or intramural sports, Haverford College recommends that every student be tested, or show proof of prior testing, for the Sickle Cell Trait. Each student should obtain his or her medical records or arrange for the test to be done on his or her own, at his or her own expense. Haverford College will keep students’ test results confidential in accordance with federal and state law, and Haverford College policy, although the Haverford College medical staff, athletic department and coaches will be aware of a student’s Sickle Cell Trait status in order to provide optimal care for him or her. If you have the Sickle Cell Trait, it will not affect your ability to play your sport, your standing on a team, or your ability to participate in a physical education program or club or intramural sport.

Your Next Step Each returning Haverford student must either be tested for the Sickle Cell Trait, provide us with proof and the results of a prior test, or sign a waiver declining to be tested. You may wish to check with your family doctor and/or parents to see whether you have test results that are readily available. Your options are outlined on the following site, which includes the possibility of declining to confirm your status as well as information on how you can be tested at Haverford. moodle.haverford.edu/course/view.php?id=5616 (Note: you should use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari as your browser) So to summarize the process, all students must: 1. Go to the Moodle site and read the Sickle Cell Trait Fact Sheet (prepared by the NCAA) 2. Choose to a) confirm your status or b) decline to confirm, print and sign a waiver, and send it to Health Services 3. If you choose b) above, you’re done! 4. If you choose a) you will follow the instructions to provide test results or arrange for testing (results to be sent to Health Services) 5. If your test is negative, you’re done! 6. If your test is positive, you will sign a waiver, watch an educational video, and then you’re done! Many thanks for your cooperation in this important effort. Once you’ve taken care of this, you will not have to do so again during your time at Haverford.

Questions? Contact Gregory Rosnick at grosnick@haverford.edu or 610-795-6129. Please leave a detailed message and he will return your call.

Deadline extended for the TRI-CO program

Since several people reported encountering technical difficulties in submitting their applications for the Tri-Co Equity, Identity, and Social Justice Summer Institute that will take place from August 21-27, we’ve reactivated the link to the form and will be accepting applications through Monday, June 24, at 11:45 p.m. 

You can find the online form here: forms.haverford.edu/view.php?id=39842 and you can read the full information about the program here: www.haverford.edu/deans/OMA/leadership_institute/index.php

Please note that while you can save your work on the application, you must  hit the “submit” button to ensure that your application has been sent – those people who have successfully submitted their applications have been notified, so if thought that you submitted an application but you haven’t heard from Dean Theresa Tensuan that the committee has received your application, you can a) click on the link that you received when you saved your work in progress, b) start a new application, or c) fill in the attached form, and email it to Arielle Diggs (adiggs@haverford.edu) who will notify you when she receives your application

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Arielle Diggs, Graduate Assistant in the Dean’s Office and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, or Theresa Tensuan, Dean of Multicultural Affairs and the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Student Activities: Part 1

Hello Class of 2017! We hope you are all getting excited to be here in just over two months! We’ve spent the last week here overrun by golfers and people who look like golfers (why do the spectators dress like they’re playing? Maybe NFL fans should do the same), but now things are getting back to normal and we’re sorting through housing forms! Quick reminder, if you haven’t submitted your questionnaire yet please do so by June 19th. In an effort to give you an insider’s view on life at Haverford from a student’s perspective, we would like to share a little bit about student activities at Haverford. One of the most distinctive elements of Haverford is the trust and responsibility the college places in the hands of students, and as a result student activities endeavors are taken seriously.

The college has around 145 operating student clubs of various sizes and goals, a tribute to the powerful involvement of students in dictating the direction of life on campus. These clubs include academic organizations, affinity groups, special interest groups, athletic clubs, student government, media groups, performing and visual arts groups, spiritual clubs, and community service and advocacy groups (more information and a complete list can be found at www.haverford.edu/activities/). In addition to supporting its club members, many student organizations run campus-wide events that bring the community together. For example, ‘Fords Against Boredom (FAB) will support free, non-alcoholic events nearly every weekend on campus and in Philadelphia. Some examples of past FAB events include Ben and Jerry’s Bingo, Dating Game, FAB Quizzo, Casino Night, Phillies games, and musical performances. All clubs are completely student-run and are funded by Students’ Council at the beginning of each semester.

Haverford would like to support as many student interests as possible, so if there is a club you would like to see that does not yet exist, you are welcome to start one. Starting your own student organization is as easy as meeting with the Coordinator of Student Activities and if necessary applying for funds through Students’ Council. You can begin the process of starting your own student club as early as first semester of freshman year. Leadership workshops and room to get involved in student government are also plentiful—be sure to check in next week to learn more about that. In the mean time, have a great week!

Peer Advisors and Educators aka: the Customs Team

Among the many advantages in attending a small college like Haverford, and one of which we are very proud, is the extensive guidance system. One segment of that system that you should know about is the considerable role of the upper class students who serve as the Customs Team.  Members of the team include: Ambassadors for Multicultural Affairs (AMA) , Customs People  (CP), Honor Code “Orienteers” (HCO) , Peer Awareness Facilitators (PAF) and Upper Class Advisers (UCA).

Each first-year student is assigned to live in a Customs group for the length of the year.   While the UCAs and the CPs  live with the first year students in their group, they will  work together with the rest of the  Customs Team to ensure that you learn all there is to know about Haverford and the tri-college community.

Customs Team members will most likely reach out to the first year students during the summer.  Their enthusiasm and their genuine commitment to welcoming the in coming students to the Haverford community give them a special place among  our college traditions.


The Summer Tri-College Institute

Consider applying to participate in TRICO 2013


The Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Summer Institute is a weeklong orientation sponsored by Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges for first-year students who are interested in exploring issues of identity, power, privilege and social justice. The institute focuses on the ways in which such power dynamics relate to race, class, sexuality,gender, ability, and religion; participants will explore how these social identities relate to one another.

The goal of the program is to enable first-year students to gain knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the curricular and co-curricular areas of campus life; and learn how to become effective social agents for change within their own institutions, in the United States, and the world.

The 2013 Summer Institute will take place from August 21-27. Participants should enter the program with the understanding that they will engage in a process of development and change as they learn about themselves, their identity groups, systems of power and their institutions. All entering first-year students are invited to apply; however, spaces are limited.

For more information, and to submit an application,  please check out the OMA (Office of Multicultural Affairs) web site at: www.haverford.edu/oma

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Arielle Diggs, Graduate Assistant in the Dean’s Office and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, or Theresa Tensuan, Dean of Multicultural Affairs and the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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Residential Life and First-Year Housing Options

The Office of Residential Life, led by Marianne (Smitty) Smith, Director of Residential Life, is responsible for assigning all first-year housing. In conjunction with two summer interns, Smitty assigns first-years to one of twenty-three customs groups in four locations using a thoughtful process that that emphasizes the make-up of Customs groups (groups of students matched with upperclassmen who will live together freshman year). To allow this to occur, please submit your Student Entry Record and Housing Questionnaire by June 19 if you have not already! While we understand there are numerous reasons students might want to request a specific residence hall, a greater value is placed on the people who will shape your community rather than the building in which you will be living.

All four housing options offer exciting features to their residents:

Barclay Hall offers a prime location in the center of campus activity. Students are placed mostly in doubles or singles arranged in two-person suites, but there are also a few singles that open right onto the corridor. Students love the wide halls, high ceilings, and large lounge located on the first floor, which includes a cable TV. There will be six customs groups in Barclay for the 2013-2014 school year.

Gummere Hall is also located centrally on campus. All rooms in Gummere are singles with most arranged in four-person suites, but there are also a few singles that open right onto the corridor. Gummere’s basement offers a social space with cable TV. There will be nine customs groups in Gummere for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Haverford College Apartments (HCA) are a five minute walk from the center of campus and offer freshmen the unique benefits of apartment living. Each apartment includes its own kitchen, equipped with a stove and refrigerator, although all first-year students are required to be on the meal plan. Each four-person apartment contains two doubles, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a common space, the most spacious setup available to freshmen. For the first time this year, the first floor apartments in each freshman building will be joined, allowing for easier interaction among residents. There will be four freshman apartment buildings, each representing a customs group, for the 2012-2013 school year. These four first-year buildings are nestled amongst 13 upper-class apartment buildings.


Tritton Hall is one of our two new residence halls.  This newest freshman dorm housed its first residents last year. All rooms in Tritton are singles and each floor is configured into two customs groups.  Each customs group will feature a kitchenette, common area, and laundry room. There is also a study room on each floor.  The outdoor courtyard provides a fantastic place for all students to relax. There will be four customs groups in Tritton for the 2013-2014 school year.


No matter which dorm you are placed in, the Customs program at Haverford will make sure you have a fantastic adjustment into college and enjoy your first year here!

For more information about life at Haverford, visit www.haverford.edu/reslife/first-year_students.php.

Meet the Summer Interns

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Hi everyone! I’m Karl, an (as of last month) alum working as one of the two Deans’ Office Interns for the summer. I’m originally from St. Louis and have had an amazing time the past four years at Haverford. I majored in history, minored in political science (at Bryn Mawr), so if you have any questions about those two departments or taking classes at BMC please ask! During the past four years, I’ve served on the Residential Life Committee, Students’ Council, and the Student Political Network, and I encourage all of you to take advantage of the many extracurricular activities Haverford has to offer. Nate and I will be here through early August answering questions, assigning housing, and serving as a general resource for all of you. You can contact us through email (hcnewstudents@gmail.com), the facebook group, or by calling the reslife office. We’ll also be regularly updating this blog (along with Raisa) with important information regarding deadlines, forms, and the freshman experience, so please check back frequently. I hope you all enjoy the summer break, and congratulations on your graduation (or soon-to-be graduation) from high school! Trust me, you have a great four year ahead of you.

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Hello to all of the excited members of the Class of 2017.  My name is Nate, and I am a rising Sophomore at Haverford.  I hail from the wonderful city of Baltimore, Maryland and had an incredible experience last year as a Freshman.  While my major is still undeclared, I will most likely major in Economics or Psychology so let me know if you have any interest in those fields because I would be glad to share what I know about those departments. Outside of academics I am a member of the Varsity Squash team and I will be a Peer Awareness Facilitator (PAF) next year for the Customs program.

As Karl mentioned, we will be updating this blog with information that will be important to you.  Our biggest task this summer will be housing all of you in the various first-year residences on campus so get excited for that.  If you have any questions, please contact hc.new.students@gmail.com or call the Office of Residential Life.

I hope all of you have an amazing summer, and I wish everyone the best with the remaining weeks of school you may have.  My advice for this summer is to relax and keep busy.  As difficult as it is to wait until August 28, if you find ways to fill your time this summer, move-in day will be here much faster.  Try something new, spend time with your friends, and take a trip if you can do it.  I am looking forward to meeting all of you soon.