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.




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

Instructor with Students in Computer Lab
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.

Academic Requirments for Graduation

It may seem  incongruous to talk about graduation before you begin your first class, but I would like to give you a framework for structuring your time at Haverford.

To graduate from Haverford College, a student must complete successfully a minimum of 32 course credits.  The typical course load is 4 courses per semester.  Each course will carry 1 credit, except some of the Intensive Language courses which carry 1.5 credits.  There are also semester long Orchestral and Choir courses that carry .5 credits.  The credit earned in a course is listed in the course description found in the Tri-College Guide (www.trico.haverford.edu/cgi-bin/courseguide/cgi-bin/search.cgi)

Additionally, up to a total of 4 course credits may be granted from any combination of the following:

  • Advanced Placement scores of 5 (1 credit) or 4 (.5 credit);
  • A maximum of 4 credits from the International Baccalaureate for higher level examinations only, with grades of 5 or above;  Work in “A” levels, with a grade of B or above;
  • A maximum of 4 credits from the French Baccalaureate, with scores of 12 or above with a coefficient of at least 5;
  • A maximum of 4 credits from the Swiss Maturite for scores of 5 or higher;
  • A maximum of 4 credits from the German Abitur for scores of 10 or higher;
  • Approved college work before matriculation at Haverford in degree granting departments and programs;
  • Approved summer courses taken between academic years at Haverford.


In all cases, scores or transcripts must be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar, Haverford College.

Students admitted as freshmen must spend at least six semesters at the College and must earn at least 24 course credits in residence.  This residency requirement automatically limits the amount of credit earned at other institutions, either before or during your time at Haverford, to 8 credits overall.

Many of the Deans, as well as the Registrar, have offices in Chase Hall.

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!


Orchestral and Choral programs

If you are interested in playing in the orchestra or singing in a choir, you need to read this information and complete the Musical Interest Survey found at forms.haverford.edu/view.php?id=42116 by August 1, 2013.

As an instrumentalist there are many opportunities to perform both in the orchestra and in chamber music.  The orchestra rehearses once a week, Thursday evenings from 7 to 9:30, with one to two performances each semester.  Sectionals are also on Thursday evenings and run by top professional musicians from the Philadelphia area, including some members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Repertoire for the fall of 2013 include Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 in c minor and a new Symphony by Haverford College Professor of Music, Ingrid Arauco.

The chamber music program is exciting and open to all instrumentalists.  The program reflects a wide range of instrumental styles and instrumentation including a brass quintet, percussion ensemble, piano four-hand, woodwind duos and trios, and flute choir. Every year chamber music ensembles have the opportunity to perform in master classes given by internationally renowned artists.

CHORAL MUSIC AT HAVERFORD AND BRYN MAWR The bi-college community is home to an unusually large variety of faculty-led and student-led singing groups embracing a wide range of musical styles.

The Chamber Singers are a select mixed chamber choir of 34 voices who perform a challenging and varied repertoire ranging from works of the classical masters, to international folk-based styles, to the close harmony of vocal jazz. There are frequent solo opportunities for members of Chamber Singers, both with Chamber Singers and in major works with the Chorale.   Rehearsals for Chamber Singers are Monday and Tuesday afternoons in MacCrate Hall (Haverford) and Thursday afternoons in the Music Room at Goodhart Hall (Bryn Mawr) from 4:30-5:45.

Many of the students who sing in Chamber Singers are also leaders or members of one of the many student a cappella groups.  Announcements for auditions for these groups will be posted during the first week of classes.  We also work closely with the athletic department to try to enable singer/athletes to be able to take advantage of both sports and music opportunities as much as possible.

Wednesday night is Chorale night in the bi-college community!  As many as 140 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members look forward to a mid-week break singing the great masterworks of the oratorio repertoire in performances with full orchestra made up of advanced players from the bi-co orchestra supplemented by professional music students from Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music. Fall 2013 will be devoted to the music of Beethoven:  the last movement of his 9th Symphony (the “Ode to Joy”) and the Kyrie and Dona Nobis Pacem movements of his Missa Solemnis.

For any questions about the bi-college choral program check out our website at www.haverford.edu/music/choral/choralpro.php or email director Thomas Lloyd at tlloyd@haverford.edu or call him at (610) 896-1006.


Auditions for the Orchestra, Chamber Singers and Chorale, will be held during Customs Week and the first weeks of classes.

More information on Auditions for instrumental music can be found at: www.haverford.edu/music/appliedmusic/instrumentalAdmissions.php

More information on Auditions for singers can be found at:


Once accepted into any of the above ensembles, you have the option of registering for 1/2 unit credit (pass/fail) (registration for credit is required for Chamber Singers or Chorale).  Graded credit is also awarded for private study.


Partially subsidized lessons with a broad range of some of the fine professional musicians in the Philadelphia area are also available to students at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges.  If you are interested in private lessons for credit and/or subsidy, just indicate this at the time of your audition.  Lists of teachers will be made available during the first week of classes.

See www.haverford.edu/music/choral/privatestudy.php for more information about our voice teachers and registering for voice lessons.

For further information about music at Haverford, go to www.haverford.edu/music/


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.


Welcome to the Haverford community Class of 2017!morris

In order to assure you have a smooth and healthy transition to your new community, there are a number of things you must complete this summer:

End of June: 

Sickle Cell Requirements (New for 2013): Visit: moodle.haverford.edu/course/view.php?id=5616   Contact Greg Rosnick at 610-795-6129 if you have any questions.

 July 21

(a) Physical Examination (PE) Form, including record of current immunizations.  You can download a copy of the PE Form from our website:www.haverford.edu/healthservices/files/Physical_Examination.pdf

Please send the PE Form, completed by a health care provider (not a parent), to Health Services via fax (610-896-1090) or mail, or scan and email the form to both the administrative assistant and director.

(b) Confidential Health Record   www.admin.haverford.edu/servlet/reality/hcadmin/confhealth

You can access the First-Year Students web page via our main web page: www.haverford.edu/healthservices/  *Be sure to click “Submit” when done and look for the confirmation message.

A late fee of $75 will be charged for failure to submit fully completed health forms by July 21, 2013.

Due by August 1

All Haverford students are required to have proof of health insurance. Waive or enroll in health insurance only on line. To waive or enroll or to see a full list of accepted insurance plans, go to our website www.haverford.edu/healthservices/insurance.php

A late fee of $35 will be charged for failure to complete the on line registration by August 1, 2013.

It is recommended that you enroll in the college insurance program if your current health insurance does not work within a 10-mile radius of the Philadelphia area (plans such as HMOs, Foreign/international, PPOs that pay out of network only). Students can submit bills directly to their insurance plan or pay by check or cash. Students are responsible for all incurred medical expenses. Students should bring their insurance card, or copy of their card, with them during their initial visits to the Health Center to be scanned into our system.

New this year, if your insurance changes after you have completed the waiver process or it changes outside of the open registration period, which is from now until the August 1st deadline, there is an up-date feature that will be available after August 1st, 2013. This feature will then be available to students who have completed their waiver process to access anytime their insurance might change until the next open registration period. This feature does not replace the registration/waiver process and is only for up-dating insurance information due to a subsequent change.

August 1  (International Students)

Note that, from time to time, overseas health insurance has proven not to work in favor of students. Since the United States does not offer public health services for non-citizens, hospital costs can be alarming. Because Haverford requires its students to have adequate private health insurance, we highly suggest you purchase the college plan available at www.haverford.edu/healthservices/insurance.php

Students must meet the Health Services requirement before arriving on campus for the International Students Orientation (ISO).

Due before or upon arrival on campus

If you will be younger than 18 years of age at time of arrival, your parent/guardian must complete the Consent to Treat a Minor Form and send it to Health Services. Please download the form from our website: www.haverford.edu/healthservices/files/Consent_to_Treat_a_Minor.pdf

August 28 (Opening Day)

While the Health Clinic is closed between the end of spring semester, we will review voicemail and email and follow through as needed on a weekly basis. Please do not call other departments on campus with Health Services related issues. Thank you!

Mailing address:               Haverford College Health Services

370 Lancaster Avenue

Haverford, PA 19041-1392

U.S.A. (Only add if being mailed from outside the U.S.)

Fax:                                        610-896-1090

Phone:                                   610-896-1089

Website:                             www.haverford.edu/healthservices/

Email:       Please email both Dotty Gardler, Administrative Assistant, and Catherine Sharbaugh, Director, at dgardler@haverford.edu and csharbau@haverford.edu


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!