Campus Wide Resources for Excellence


The Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) is a student-run networking and mentoring program dedicated to the goal of academic excellence. Student coordinators, in collaboration with faculty and deans, plan workshops designed to communicate the wisdom and experience of upperclassmen to new students. Open to all students in all disciplines, MSP sponsors workshops and panel discussions, and can help you find jobs on and off campus, internships, and make other useful contacts. Please come to the first meeting, Friday, September 6, at 5:30pm for pizza and to learn more about the opportunities available through MSP. You can contact the Faculty Director, Jeff Tecosky-Feldman ( for more information, or visit the website.



The Rufus M. Jones Institute for Leadership is Haverford College’s leadership development program. In accordance with the mission of the College, the program will encourage students to utilize the diverse resources on-campus, in the surrounding communities, and around the world to build the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to become positive change agents in our increasingly global society.

The Rufus M. Jones Institute for Leadership, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, aims to provide the Haverford College community with opportunities to build skills and share experiences, knowledge, and resources in the arena of leadership development. More specifically, the Board administers the Rufus M. Jones Institute for Leadership, plans and implements the curriculum, retreats, speakers, and workshops, advises enrolled participants, and is constantly working to expand the Institute and connect Haverford College community members to leadership development opportunities in the surrounding area and around the world.   Please explore the curriculum and exciting activities at:


WOMEN IN SCIENCE -an on-campus group that seeks to encourage involvement from women in the sciences at all interest levels — from students planning on majoring or minoring to non-majors.  In addition to acting as a supportive social space, Women in Science is involved in mentoring, providing advice on career and academic opportunities, and building connections with women in science in the Tri-Co.

Incoming women interested in the sciences can learn more about the group, sign up for a mentor, or join the group’s mailing list by e-mailing the co-heads  Ana Nourmahnad (, Maggie Perkoff (




Optional religious affiliation survey

Walter Hjelt Sullivan is the Director of Quaker Affairs and provides support for student religious life here at Haverford College.

To that end, he as developed this optional survey of religious affiliation for all in-coming first year students. You may easily elect to keep your responses confidential.

The short Google form should take no more than one minute of your time. Your support in filling it out would be greatly appreciated; however, it is not required.

If you have any questions about the survey, about Quakerism, or religious life on campus, Walter can be reached at

10 Things You Should Know about Your Libraries

Students use the libraries’ services and resources for many different purposes.  For a brief introduction, see photos and details on this website: If you answer the 9 questions at the end before August 28, you will be entered into a drawing for gift cards from the Wawa, the store where everyone gets their snacks

Check out the links for student theses, research guides, rare books, DVDs, the Global Terrorism Research Project, and more.  Watch for an email this month from your personal librarian who will be your first point of contact for all library and research needs.

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Students, faculty, and librarians giving lightning talks about their digital projects

Account Message Mistakenly Sent

Please find below a message from IITS regarding a message that many of you received last night. The issue appears to be resolved. Some of you did not receive the message IITS refers to here, so please disregard this post.


Dear Student,

We’re writing to let you know that the message you received about 9 hours ago indicating that your Haverford account was to be deleted was sent in error. We are very sorry for this mistake.

We found a glitch that caused our student record-keeping system to have two records for you. We erased the duplicate record, which caused the system to send you that notice. The notice went out before we could catch it.

Again, we are very sorry for the inconvenience and confusion this caused you. Your account is, and will stay, fully intact.

Should you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 610.896.1480 or via email at


The IITS ProDesk Team

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:

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


Alex Lee and Vin Dioguardi
Customs Week Co-Heads 2013


8th Dimension – Community Service at Haverford

8th Dimension, Haverford’s Office of Community Service, would like to extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2017. I hope you are all excited to start your time at Haverford. You all bring thousands of hours of community service experience with you to college, and we cannot wait for you to continue your passionate work while here at Haverford.


550004_461316380608102_1834701784_nCommunity service is an incredible way to discover the Philadelphia area, do concrete work that improves lives, learn things that cannot be taught in a classroom, and meet all kinds of new people. You are definitely going to volunteer at least once on campus while you’re here–our first-year service days are coming up!–but our hope is that you will be able to volunteer as often as you want, and our job is to help you figure out how.

There are many, many ways to get involved while you’re on campus.


First-Year Service Days are one of 8th Dimension’s oldest traditions, in which all first-year students participate. You will have the opportunity to spend a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday in September working alongside your peers to help a local organization in need. We take care of everything from transportation to lunch! You just have to show up ready to help. This event is a great way to get to know other first-years, learn about an awesome volunteer organization, and enjoy a day of being off-campus as a break from the craziness

of your first month of college. We try to have one-time service days early and often at 8D. Service Days cover a wide variety of activities and interests. In the past, they have included environmental clean-ups, housing and school improvement projects, Philadelphia AIDS walk, urban farming, playing with kids at a local community center.


8th Dimension also facilitates ongoing student-run projects (SRPs) that are run by your

fellow Haverford students. SRPs are great opportunities for students to make a weekly commitment to volunteering with a group of your fellow students. SRPs also cover a wide range of opportunities, including tutoring, hospital work, income tax assistance and more. These are super easy to get involved in, and we encourage freshmen to do so!


If you have a specific interest that isn’t covered by our SRPs, we’ll work with you to find an individual placement.


We have an enormous number of agencies with which we can help you get involved, and if you aren’t sure how you want to get involved, we have an entire staff of students who want to talk to you about different opportunities.

No matter what kind of service you’re getting involved in, we will reimburse your travel costs, which makes the opportunities nearly limitless.

To see more examples of our service projects and find out how you can get involved… 

Visit our website!

Email us!

We hope you are excited to get involved while at Haverford as we are to help you get involved. Contact us to talk about your community service interests, and like our Facebook page! We will see you at the student activities fair, our fall info session, and your First-Year Service Days! Can’t wait!

Academic Advising Timeline

Many students have asked about registering for their fall schedule of courses.  The Academic Advising blog of June 14th gave you an overall introduction to the Advising Program at Haverford College.  Below is a Timeline of Advising activities for the fall semester.

advising-2aTime Line for Academic Advising

The following are recommended times for meetings to discuss your academic plans.   You can set up additional times to meet with your Faculty Advisor and UCA whenever you feel it would be helpful.

During Customs Week 2013

August 28  – September 2     Meet your Upper Class Adviser (UCA) and set up an appointment to discuss your academic plans.  Make sure to make plan for shopping week.

September 2 – Meet your faculty adviser individually to plan your course schedule

September 2 – All Haverford Academic departments, and some of the Bryn Mawr Departments, will be represented by faculty who are eager to share their resources with you and to answer your questions.

September 3 – Sept. 10      Shopping week: Explore some classes of interest – review syllabi.

Sept.10-11       Submit your final registration to your faculty adviser for approval

Remember that you are not registered for classes until your faculty adviser approves your registration.

imagesEarly November 2013

Meet with your UCA to discuss possible schedule for Spring semester

Make appointment to meet with your faculty adviser to discuss Spring courses

Submit schedule for faculty adviser approval by November 1

You will need your  faculty adviser to approve your pre- registration.


Get your Housing Assignment

The much anticipated housing assignments are finally here.  Karl and I encourage you to check your email (if you haven’t already) and find out where you are housed for next year. Smitty, Raisa, Karl, and I put many hours into placing each of you, and we are thrilled with the results. We encourage you to start contacting any roommates or suitemates, and you will be contacted  by members of your customs team soon.

If for some reason, you did not receive an assignment or if you have questions about your location, let us know at or 610-896-4900.  We will be available to answer phone calls from 8:30-4:30 on Monday-Friday.  Please look at the Residential Life page before calling because many questions you may have can be found there.



Karl and Nate pressing the button to send out housing assignments

Karl and Nate pressing the button to send out housing assignments



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    for details. Academic Integrity at … Continue reading