win this week’s care package!

Care Package Front

Happy Friday, friends. It’s 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 11:59 p.m. on Sunday to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents Monday morning. Ready? Okay!

If you could arrange a concert with any three musicians or groups (current or past) to play on the same bill, who would you invite?

win this week’s care package!

Care Package FrontHappy Friday, friends! It’s time for the first care package giveaway question of the semester!

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 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 21 to be included in the drawing for this week’s care package. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the respondents on Monday. Ready? Okay!

If you could make a sequel to any movie you’ve ever seen, which one would it be?

how to approach faculty

Written by former program assistant Cat Guzman 10F

Welcome, new students! Now that the semester is underway, you’ve probably realized that one of the best things about Hampshire is the accessibility to faculty. You may have lots of questions, and there are so many potential sources to give you the answers. But do you ever feel intimidated, hesitant, or just plain shy in approaching faculty? During this time of transition to college life, social adjustment can feel tricky in and out of the classroom. Knowing how to approach faculty members is a necessary skill in advocating for yourself and maintaining a successful academic experience. Here are some tips to building these important relationships:1. Keep in touch with your advisor! During your first meetings, be sure to talk about classes, review your strengths and weaknesses, and share your future goals. Remember, advisors are a tremendous resource at Hampshire—there are here for you.

2. If you’re ever feeling confused, lost, overwhelmed or concerned in the classroom or about certain course material, don’t wait—communicate with your professor! There are a few ways you can do this:

  • Plan your questions, and approach them after class to discuss them. In my experience, this is the best way to get quick questions answered!
  • Sign up for office hours! Some professors are busier than others, and are therefore a bit harder to reach. Signing up for their office hours (usually posted on your course syllabus, their office door, and/or their Hampedia page) ensures one-on-one time with them, and is especially helpful when you’re looking to have a thoughtful conversation.
  • You can also contact them through email and their course website to try and find a time to meet outside the classroom. Just remember: faculty inboxes can sometimes be filled the brim, so if you’re waiting for a reply, it may be best to actually follow up in person with your professor. Note: when writing an email to faculty, make sure to include a greeting, provide a clear overview of what you’re writing about, and don’t forget to sign your name! The more information they have, the easier it will be for them to respond to you.

3. Teacher’s Assistants (or TAs) are older Division II or Division III students who help professors throughout the semester. They’re great conduits between you and faculty, so use them well!

4. The Deans of the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) are also available to help make connections. CASA’s expert tips helped to provide the framework for this blog post, and they have lots of great information to share. Don’t hesitate to visit their office, located in the Lemelson Building, or call them at x5498.

5. As with all campus communication, please make sure to check your Hampshire email regularly. Faculty, staff, community members, and other students will use this email address to reach you, and you are expected to follow up on email communication through this account throughout your time at Hampshire.

Faculty are always willing to help, but they can’t read minds, so it’s crucial for you to take the first step in approaching them. Introducing yourself and keeping in regular contact is a great way to start the year and to stay on top of your progress in class.

Best of luck with the semester!

Questions or comments? E-mail us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

get involved in game development!

Interested in game development at Hampshire? The Five College Game Jam is coming up this Saturday, September 13, and Ira Fay, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Game Design reached out to share some details about how to get involved in game development at Hampshire, which we wanted to be sure to share with you. Read on for lots of great information!

Getting in Touch
The best way for students to be informed about game development related activities is to join the GameDevelopment e-mail list at http://lists.hampshire.edu/mailman/listinfo/gamedevelopment. There are also a number of activities listed on the CEL-1 site already, so make sure to stop by and learn more about ways to get involved AND log hours towards the CEL-1 requirement.

Upcoming/Ongoing Events

Five College Game Jam
Make a game in 5 hours! Free food!
Saturday, September 13, noon – 5 p.m.
Find it on the CEL-1 site: https://campusengagedlearning.hampshire.edu/?&CEL_m=RE&CEL_aid=536

Game Gatherings
Play and analyze board and card games.
Thursdays, 1 – 3 p.m., Library (Basement, Chris Young B9 room)
Find it on the CEL-1 site: https://campusengagedlearning.hampshire.edu/?&CEL_m=RE&CEL_aid=539

Game Dev Lunchtime Talks
One hour presentations from famous game devs. Free food!
Thursdays, noon – 1 p.m., Library (Basement, Chris Young B9 room)
Find it on the CEL-1 site: https://campusengagedlearning.hampshire.edu/?&CEL_m=RE&CEL_aid=540

Game Analysis: Magic the Gathering League
Explore game design concepts within the newest release of the popular card game Magic: the Gathering. No experience necessary. Cost: $25 (and possibly some free spots)
Join the MagicLeague e-mail list for more info and to enroll: https://lists.hampshire.edu/mailman/listinfo/magicleague
Find it on the CEL-1 site: https://campusengagedlearning.hampshire.edu/?&CEL_m=RE&CEL_aid=538

Game Analysis: D&D Miniatures (DDM) League
Explore game design concepts within the D&D Miniatures (DDM) game. No experience necessary. Cost: $25 (and possibly some free spots)
Join the DDMLeague e-mail list for more info and to enroll: https://lists.hampshire.edu/mailman/listinfo/DDMLeague
Find it on the CEL-1 site: https://campusengagedlearning.hampshire.edu/?&CEL_m=RE&CEL_aid=537

Have questions? Want more information? Email us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu. We’re happy to help!