win this week’s care package!

Care Package FrontHey, you’re back! And it’s Thursday! It must be time for this week’s care package giveaway question.

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before midnight TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. Got it? Great!

If you could memorize one book from history in its entirety, which book would you want it to be?

work for new student programs this summer!

photoThe Office of New Student Programs is hiring a summer program assistant for this summer. Interested in a part-time job opportunity on campus? Read on for more details!

We are searching for a summer program assistant to help augment our services to incoming first-year and transfer students. Duties include: managing social media accounts, writing and photography for new student programs initiatives, video creation and editing, compiling and creating content for the office’s monthly e-newsletter, data collection, logistical support for new student orientation and other office programs and activities, responding to inquiries from incoming students and families, and general administrative support.

The summer program assistant reports to and will collaborate very closely with the new student services coordinator, Jessica Ortiz. Work is completed independently, on a schedule arranged between the student and the supervisor, and with regular weekly check-in meetings. The position is twenty hours per week from approximately June 3 through August 30, with shifts between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The summer program assistant position pays $8.00/hour.

To obtain an application, please e-mail Jessica Ortiz at jortiz@hampshire.edu or pick up a hard copy in the Dean of Students Office, Merrill Student Life Center, 2nd floor. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please contact Jessica Ortiz at jortiz@hampshire.edu for more information.

win this week’s care package!

Care Package Front

Are you ready? It’s time for the last care package giveaway question before break!

All first and second semester students are eligible to win a care package – just post an answer to the following question in the comments before midnight TONIGHT to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents tomorrow morning. Ready? Okay!

If you could win an all expense paid trip to anywhere in the world for spring break, where would you go?

people you should know: brittanie tarczynski, temporary sexual offenses counselor

Written by program assistant Cat Guzman 10F

Brittanie for BlogHere at New Student Programs, we think it’s especially important for all newcomers to be in the loop about the variety of essential resources on campus that revolve around all kinds of issues, both fun and serious. At Hampshire, sexual offenses are taken extremely seriously and the college does its best to ensure that people are provided with all the necessary resources they might need. While help can be found through a variety of people such as interns and house directors, it’s crucial for students to know that we have a Sexual Offenses Counselor on campus.

I communicated with Brittanie to talk about her position and its significance to students on campus, and she started off by telling me that a student should contact her if “they think that a sexual offense has occurred and want to know what to do about it either personally or on behalf of someone else, or want to just talk it out with someone.” Additionally, students can contact Brittanie if they simply want to know more about Hampshire College’s Sexual Offense Policy.

On the question of the most important piece of her role as Sexual Offenses Counselor, she stressed the significance of her job “to listen and support survivors in any (if any) course of action they choose to pursue,” and expressed the most effective part of her position to be the confidentiality of her role.

She understands and respects the fact that new students at Hampshire are coming from all different places with different experiences and perspectives, so she strongly recommends that all students, “no matter how they identify, no matter what their identities are, should make sure that they understand the definition of consent and Hampshire’s Policy about both consent and sexual offenses” which can be found on pages 99-104 of the Community Standards section of Non Satis Non Scire, Hampshire College’s Student Handbook.

You can find it here: http://www.hampshire.edu/shared_files/community-standards.pdf

Brittanie highlighted the fact that “there is no prototype of a survivor or perpetrator,” and made sure to note that regarding consent, “a student cannot be held responsible for not giving consent but they can be held responsible for not getting consent. If you do not have explicit verbal consent in the affirmative from your partner OR you are unsure about their consent, ASK QUESTIONS. If it’s still unclear or you have any doubts whatsoever, DO NOT PROCEED.” And of course, if you (or anyone you know) think you that might have experienced a sexual offense, do not hesitate to reach out to her.

There is so much to be discussed about the topic of sexual offenses as it is a serious issue on college campuses everywhere, so I’ll add a couple of more things that Brittanie made sure I mention in this post:

  • Rape is not the only sexual offense covered in Hampshire’s Policy. Many students think that this is the only offense for which they could pursue an investigation or seek help, but various other offenses are considered unacceptable and worthy of sanctions by Hampshire College.
  • For sexual offenses, the only confidential resources are Brittanie Tarczynski (x5743 line 2), ordained clergy, including the Director of Spiritual Life, Liza Neal and Coordinator for Religious Identity & Political Intersections, Rachel Schoenfield (x5282), and Health and Counseling Services (x5458). We also have a 24 Hour Sexual Offense Crisis Line for Hampshire College only that is confidential (x5527). House interns, house directors and everyone else (including new student programs staff) ARE NOT confidential resources, but mandated reporters of sensitive information on campus. That doesn’t mean you can’t talk to them or that they cannot be helpful; it just means that they can be private but not confidential.
  • Brittanie will not pressure anyone into taking any particular course of action following a sexual offense—she is there to assist in providing emotional support and an explanations of options both on and off campus for  the individuals who seek her help.

You can find Brittanie in the Wellness Center in Enfield on the 2nd floor, on Mondays and Fridays from 2-9 p.m., and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30-9 p.m. She encourages anyone wishing to speak with her to schedule an appointment at 413-559-5743, line 2. More information is also available on the sexual offense services website.

This kind of issue can impact anyone on a college campus, and we hope this post was informative! Have any questions or concerns? As always, send them to us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

time management

Time Management ColorOn Tuesday, February 26 from 4-5PM in FPH 101, Joel Dansky, disabilities services coordinator and academic support skills specialist, presented a special time management workshop for an audience of new and returning students. Did you miss it? Need more information? You’ve come to the right place! Read on for details on what happened, how to find support, and further time management resources.

What Happened:
While participants enjoyed some delicious snacks, Joel presented a brief powerpoint which addressed the many challenges that students face with regard to time management, and offered strategies to help students to plan ahead, make the most of the unstructured time between classes, and work more efficiently. Joel then introduced a three part system for organization,The Big Picture,” “The Weekly Grind,” and “The Daily Plan,” which led to an interactive portion of the presentation. Through the use of a variety of different handouts related to these models, participants had the opportunity to create a color-coded, visual representation of their weekly and monthly schedules, and identify pockets of valuable time that they didn’t realize they had!

What We Learned:

  • Procrastination, distraction, and perfectionism are the three enemies of effective time management. Think you do best under pressure? The work you produce isn’t likely your best work, just the best you can do with the limited time you’ve allotted. Planning ahead can help to alleviate stress, no matter your reasons for waiting until the last minute. By creating small, manageable goals and structuring your time more effectively, you’ll accomplish more and yield better results!
  • The “Big Picture” is a useful tool for mapping an entire semester, and is available in hard copy in the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) each semester. Participants received an 11″x17″ academic calendar for this activity, but you can do it yourself with a planner or a regular calendar. At the start of the semester, gather your syllabi and mark down all of the important dates and deadlines for each course on your calendar. Once you have a full picture of what you’ll need to complete and when, you can identify key steps and work backwards to create small goals for yourself. This will help you to start things ahead of time, and avoid the confluence of too many deadlines all at once.
  • The Weekly Grind” allows you to create a visual representation of what a typical week looks like for you. Participants mapped out their regular schedule on a weekly calendar in an effort to identify blocks of time between fixed appointments, classes, and other obligations. What did they notice? They have more time than they think they do, and you might too! Take these chunks of time and specify what you’d like to accomplish in each, and give some structure to the larger periods of free time (long weekends, etc.), making sure to vary the types of work you do each day. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can accomplish!
  • Find a daily planning system that works for you. One calendar that you look at every day is better than several that you don’t, so find something that is portable, visual, and spacious enough for a to-do list, and keep it with you throughout the day. Don’t overload yourself, but do keep your planner as up to date as possible with class, work, and meeting times, as well as appointments, deadlines, and fun things.
  • Do you write best in the morning? Can’t get any work done in your room? Consider what times of day and where you do your best work, and plan accordingly!
  • The best system is the system that works for you, so feel free to try a few things as you work to get yourself organized. No system works 100% of the time — keep yourself open to new ideas and ways of planning. Don’t hesitate to reward yourself for accomplishing particular tasks. There are lots of different ways to get motivated!

Use These Resources:

  • Want hard copies of the workshop handouts? Interested in some personalized time management support? Get in touch with the workshop facilitator, Joel Dansky, at jdansky@hampshire.edu. He’s happy to help!

Questions? Let us know! E-mail us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu for more information.