people you should know: elora pindell!

Written by summer program assistant Jon Butler 11F

EloraSometimes, you have to share a room. About 75% of new student rooms at Hampshire are singles. But sharing can be fun, and if you knew Elora Pindell 08F, you’d wish you were in the 25% of doubles with me, sharing space with an awesome coworker.

Elora and I share an office in the Merrill Student Life Center, and we’re basically partners in crime. Together, we fight mayhem and confusion to bring you the best possible new student experience, day in and day out. She’s the summer orientation assistant (read: orientation logistics expert) and definitely someone you should know.

Elora was “born and raised on the playground,” in Philadelphia, PA. She is a brilliant writer, and came to Hampshire through the James Baldwin Scholars program. After her first year, she was impressed with the supportive community she found in her friends and classmates, and became a peer mentor for a first-year Baldwin Scholar. She did her Div. III in creative writing and Africana studies, writing a collection of short stories addressing the intersection of race and gender. The Writing Center was her second home; she worked there as a Writing Intern, helping other students craft and edit their literary endeavors. She also took classes there, and claims it is one of the best spaces on campus, closely contested by the quiet patios behind the Yiddish Book Center.

Elora’s pro-tip for incoming students is to plan a semester to study abroad. It’s a “once in a lifetime experience, just fill out the applications and go!” The cultural perspective is invaluable, and she notes that it’s probably cheaper to go while you’re in school (ask the Global Education Office about grants and scholarships!). She also got involved with the student group Excalibur, which screens sci-fi movies and TV shows with a large projector on Saturday nights. She didn’t expect to join the group, but after going to a screening and loving it, she was hooked. They always have amazing food from area restaurants, and that certainly doesn’t hurt. Elora recommends dropping in on lots of student groups, because they just might surprise you. And even if you don’t like it, most groups have food at their meetings, so at the very least you’ll get some free snacks out of it!

If you want more Elora (which you should), check out this short video describing how Divisions work at Hampshire, she’s the narrator: http://goo.gl/aqffR

That’s all for now, keep asking questions! I’m putting together ideas for videos, so stay tuned for fresh content in the coming weeks.

Your SSIOETDWH,

JB

people you should know: jon butler!

Written by super secret insider/“summer program assistant” Jon Butler 11F

Jon ButlerHope everyone is enjoying their summer! My name is Jon Butler, I’m your new Super Secret Insider on Everything to Do With Hampshire. They tell me my job title is “Summer Program Assistant,” but that’s just a cover. Armed with video equipment, a bicycle, killer sunglasses, and an extremely attractive squishy foam robot, I will voyage across campus to bring you into the world that is Hampshire College. It’s a beautiful world, and there is so much to know! I’m here to help answer your questions, make sure you are comfortable and confident, and generally run around campus asking questions, having fun, and making videos for you! I am a current Hampshire student, going into my final year (Div. III!), so I have plenty of ideas for things to show you. However, I want to highlight the things YOU want to see, so hit me up on the We Got In! Facebook page with your questions and ideas. Your wish is my command!

I am a transfer student; I came to Hampshire from Connecticut College in 2011, and I never looked back. Hampshire is an incredible place, and every year I find more reasons to say so! If you are anything like I was when I graduated high school, you’re hoping that college will be a bit different. Tired of having to learn things the same old way, sitting in rows and listening to teachers talk about the same old ideas, copying them down so you can study for the same old tests? That is not Hampshire. As a transfer student, I can talk about Hampshire not only from my own experience here, but also comparatively, from the perspective of someone who has attended a more traditional liberal arts college. Get at me with your questions!

I study Marine Ecology, and love everything to do with the ocean. I’m captain of the Men’s Soccer team, and spend lots of time with Hampshire’s outdoors program, OPRA. Want to try kayaking? Rock climbing? Maybe restorative yoga or aikido? OPRA offers tons of (free) programs that are super fun, get you out meeting awesome new people, and oftentimes take you to some of the most beautiful spots in the Pioneer Valley. If you log onto TheHub, click “Search for Courses” and search for classes under the Subject “Outdoor and Rec Athletics,” you can see the offerings for next year. I’m taking Restorative Yoga, because what better way to start your Wednesday morning?

It’s going to be a great summer, and I’m almost as excited to start making videos as I am to meet you all in the fall. Get stoked!

Your Super Secret Insider on Everything to Do With Hampshire,

JB

Don’t use Facebook? Have questions that you want to ask via email? You can always find the office of new student programs at newtohamp@hampshire.edu. We’re happy to help!

understanding the cel-1 requirement

CEL1If you’ve begun your advisor questionnaire on TheHub, you’ve likely encountered a question about what types of campus service learning activities you’d be interested in during your first year at Hampshire. In addition to the seven courses you must complete in Division I, all first-year students are also asked to fulfill the Campus Engaged Learning requirement, affectionately referred to as CEL-1, in order to pass Division I and move on to Division II. You cannot sign up for CEL-1 activities until after you’ve arrived on campus, but for those of you who can’t wait to learn more, read on for lots of great information!

What is CEL-1?
CEL-1 is a Division I requirement that asks you to engage in 40 hours of collaborative work/projects/learning outside of the traditional classroom during your first year. CEL-1 activities thus take place on campus and/or enhance campus life. With an emphasis on mindful participation, documentation and reflection, CEL-1 activities provoke observations about the meaning of community and the relationship between your coursework and your other pursuits. The requirement allows you to weave together multiple experiences (i.e. you can take more than one CEL-1!) throughout the year that build a dynamic, comprehensive Division I experience.

How does it work?
CEL-1 activities are offered by the Hampshire community and take on several different forms. Sponsors include the array of community members on campus, including campus program staff, Hampshire faculty, Division II and III students and student group leaders.  You are welcome to craft your own CEL-1 activity, provided that it meet the guidelines and has a non-Division I sponsor. You’ll be asked to document this work as you go so that you’re better equipped to write about it in your final Division I Portfolio and Retrospective Essay. Documentation can take many forms as well: journal entries, photography, collection of materials, video, artwork, etc.

What counts?
Past CEL-1 activities run the gamut of experiences, including various arts-based projects, design/build work, outdoor adventure and leadership, food/farm/sustainability initiatives, identity-based groups, student-run courses, social justice organizing, event planning, and so so much more! Membership in an recognized student group, completion of an Outdoors Program/Recreational Athletics (OPRA) course, and completion of an Experimental Program in Education & Community (EPEC) course can all count towards your CEL-1 hours, so there are countless ways for you to complete the requirement.

How should I begin?
Appropriate CEL-1 activities will be ones that you discuss and decide on with your tutorial advisor, but you are welcome to start brainstorming and getting involved in projects as soon as you arrive on campus and the semester begins! The CEL-1 website will guide you through completion of the CEL-1 process, and will provide an overview of the available activities once classes start. This website is where sponsors can upload information about activities they are offering, and where Division I students can learn more details, browse opportunities, and register for activities. To browse available opportunities from last year (and get a sense of what you might be interested in), click ‘Old/Past’ in the Status toolbar on the Browse tab of the site.

When should I begin?
Because this is campus-based engagement, the expectation is for you to get here and familiarize yourself with the opportunities available to you. You will be updated about the CEL-1 process during and after orientation, and will be asked to sign up for activities after you’ve arrived on campus. You’ll be advised to begin this process early in your Division I, and will receive lots more information after classes begin.

Where can I find more information?
You’ll be receiving more information during orientation and after you arrive, but in the meantime, you can read more about the requirement on the CEL-1 website and the Center for Academic Support and Advising’s CEL-1 page. Have a burning question that can’t wait? E-mail cel1@hampshire.edu for more information. They’re happy to help!

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu with any questions about new student orientation, your arrival, or your first year at Hampshire. We’d love to hear from you.