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Jonathan Lash – Ideas Into Action

February 11, 2015 – 12:20 pm | Comments Off on Jonathan Lash – Ideas Into Action

“Ideas into Action” is President Lash’s latest installment in his series of blog posts for The Huffington Post.
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Parent to Parent: Housing/Move-in Advice

July 23, 2013 – 10:09 am | 22 Comments

It’s that time of year again, when parents of new students begin to think about the transition to college. Al Friedman, parent of Sam 06F and Rachel F09, compiled lots of advice from his and his kids’ experiences and from other families who’ve contributed to this discussion before. This week, comments on housing/move-in are posted below. Additional information from the College is italicized.

Looking for more information? Ask other parents a question in the comments* below. Are you a seasoned pro and have advice for families of new students? Join the conversation and share the tips and tricks you’ve learned over the years! *Comments may be caught by our spam blocker; if this happens, we will approve the comment the next business day.

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Resource Round-up – Who’s here to help your student during the 2015-2016 academic year?

September 8, 2015 – 10:59 am |

It’s official! The new school year has started.

After the excitement of move-in day (see our “mind of a greeter” video) and four orientation days packed with information and fun, the Hampshire class of F15 will be welcomed into the community during today’s convocation ceremony. New and returning students, faculty, and staff will hear from College President Jonathan Lash and Trustee Luis Hernandez 70F during an annual event that sets the tone for our upcoming year.

For those of you who just said goodbye to your students as they embarked on their first year at Hampshire, we know you and your student both had a lot of information to absorb during orientation. Returning parents, we know each year can bring new questions and challenges.

So we thought we’d round up some of the key offices and resources on campus that can help you and your student navigate the coming year:

  • The Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) provides support and assistance to students so that they can achieve their academic goals. CASA monitors students’ academic progress and can answer questions about the Divisional process, integrating field study and study abroad into academic work, and more.
  • For first year students, the Office of New Student Programs is a source of support, information, and social activities. New parents, please encourage your student to follow the New to Hamp blog and subscribe to the New Student News. They can also follow the office on Facebook.
  • The division of student life offers many resources and centers to support students in all aspects of campus life – from career services to spiritual life and wellness. See a complete list here.
  • You can find Hampshire’s academic calendar here, and the Student Handbook includes all academic policies and norms for community living at Hampshire.

And if you want to keep up on all the Hampshire lingo, this list of common acronyms will be a good start.

Looking for a resource that’s not on this list? Forgot the name of someone you heard from at Family Orientation? Leave a comment here or contact Alumni & Family Relations staff at family@hampshire.edu or 413-559-6638.

Opening Day is Next Week

August 26, 2015 – 3:47 pm | Comments Off on Opening Day is Next Week

As Opening Day approaches, here are some resources and reminders.
Opening Day is Thursday, September 3. Family and friends are invited to join new students. Please plan to arrive between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. For …

“It’s What Hampshire Parents Do” – by Maureen Kennedy P11

August 20, 2015 – 4:19 pm | One Comment

I’m on vacation in Alaska, in a cabin with no running water, but saw the new material from the Admissions folks. It’s FABULOUS! And you should feel free to take some materials at Friends and …

“Speaking of self-advocating…” by Maureen Kennedy P11

July 22, 2015 – 3:39 pm | One Comment

Speaking of self-advocating – I remember years ago going to an event at our public high school focused on college for kids with special needs. The speaker identified schools with support services for students with …

Maureen Kennedy P11 on staying in touch

July 10, 2015 – 11:25 am | 3 Comments

I grew up the oldest of nine, outside of Washington, D.C. When I went off to college, I recall probably sending my parents a note telling them where I would be spending Thanksgiving and then …

Some Helpful Words from Maureen Kennedy P11

July 1, 2015 – 1:25 pm | One Comment

Hi there! I’m Maureen Kennedy, one of the incoming Parent Council chairs at Hampshire College. As background, I went to Mt. Holyoke College and even took two classes at Hampshire in the late ’70s, have …

Read the New Student News

June 24, 2015 – 11:48 am | Comments Off on Read the New Student News

Last week incoming students received the first issue of this year’s New Student Newsletter, published by the Office of New Student Programs. This  newsletter comes out periodically throughout the summer, bringing students important information, dates, …

Jonathan Lash – Ideas Into Action

February 11, 2015 – 12:20 pm | Comments Off on Jonathan Lash – Ideas Into Action

“Ideas into Action” is President Lash’s latest installment in his series of blog posts for The Huffington Post.
Check out the post here.>>