Hi new ‘Fords!
As you all start to learn more about the offices and programs at Haverford, the other members of the First Year Dean’s Council and I figured you might want a quick way to learn about the (MANY) acronyms you’ll encounter here. There are also haver-puns which are super fun! Here goes! (Don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed, you’ll learn it soon once you’re on campus). – Shreya Kishore
ADS: Access and Disability Services
Your go-to for accommodations/resources related to disability. Have a medical requirement to live in a carpet-free dorm? Need particular arrangements in a class? These scenarios, and many others, are taken care of by ADS.
CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services
Haverford offers FREE counseling and psychological services to all students. You can schedule appointments online for in-person appointments with one of several counselors. This service is well-used; over their four years, 50% of Haverford students have at least one CAPS appointment.
CCPA: Center for Career and Professional Advising
If you want jobs/internships/interview practice/résumé advice/job-shadow experience/networking help, go here! CCPA is probably my favorite acronym right now because they funded a networking event in New York City that I went to last week.
CPGC: Center for Peace and Global Citizenship
One of Haverford’s 3 interdisciplinary centers, the CPGC sponsors internships, brings speakers to campus, funds research, and operates a lovely, organic/fair-trade café.
DC: Dining Center
This one ya gotta know. All first years are required to be on the full meal plan, so you’ll be spending a lot of time at the DC next year.
FYDC: First Year Dean’s Council
Another important one, because the FYDC writes this blog! We are current first year students here to welcome all of you and answer any questions you have
GIAC: Gardner Integrated Athletic Center
The gym! The GIAC (we do pronounce it as jee-ack) contains a gym with cardio/weights equipment, a basketball court, a dance/yoga/step aerobics studio and a meeting room. Varsity athletes will spend a lot of time here for practices. But if you’re not on a varsity team, you can work out and take your PE classes here, too.
HCA: Haverford College Apartments
A shorthand for one type of residence hall on campus. Some of you will live in the HCAs next year!
HCAH: Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities
Another interdisciplinary center that sponsors speakers, events, and internships. The VCAM (Visual Culture, Arts, and Media) just opened in fall 2017 and houses the HCAH offices.
KINSC: Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center
(Most people say out the letters K-I-N-S-C, I pronounce it as a word)
This last center is both a building and a center. You’ll take science/math classes in the KINSC building. The KINSC also funds summer internships, speakers, and events.
MCC: Multicultural Center
The MCC is a room in Stokes Hall that serves as a community space for multiculturalism-related groups/events. Groups can reserve it. It has really comfy couches.
OAR: Office of Academic Resources
The OAR ( called letter-by-letter O-A-R, not pronounced ‘oar’ like on a rowboat) is perhaps the office with the most diverse offerings. From quiet study rooms to individual consultations on beating procrastination to study breaks involving yummy food, the OAR provides any and all support, equipment, and space you may need to help you to do well in school.
OMA: Office of Multicultural Affairs
The OMA supports events and programs that promote multiculturalism on campus. These include the Identity, Equity, and Social Justice institute and many others. The OMA has also sponsored a kitchen/stocked pantry for when the DC is closed over fall and spring breaks.
SEO: Student Engagement Office
The SEO helps manage clubs and funding for student activities. If you want to get free SEPTA (subway) tickets, you can reserve some in advance through the SEO’s website.
Haverhome: Haverford is basically your home.
Havercrush: Crushing on someone at Haverford? This is you word.
Havercat: The legendary cat that lives amongst us. (you also encounter it in the middle of a class)
Haverdad: A typical and generic haverman. (yeah, I know what I just did there).
Havermarried: Two Haverford students who are married.
Haverfriend: A friend from Haverford.
Havertime: Five minutes past the actual time.
Haverbubble: The bubble that students are in when they are at Haverford.