Arrive in time for the all-faculty meeting at 3:00 pm. Please stop at Campus Safety (a small building on the left as you enter the main part of campus) to pick up a packet containing your room key and an updated schedule.
Parking: Please do not park on street in front of houses except to unpack. You will get a parking permit and parking map in your packet. Park only in designated areas. Campus Safety Officers will ticket cars illegally parked; fines will be collected.
All-faculty meeting: 3:00 pm, location TBA; refreshments will be served. New faculty meeting immediately following.
Dinner: 5:30–6:30 pm, Commons Dining Halls
Readings by faculty: 7:00 pm, Deane Carriage Barn; a reception will follow in the Student Center.
New student orientation: 9:00–10:15 am; you are welcome, but your attendance is optional.
Orientation for all faculty and students: 10:30 am, Tishman Auditorium.
First lecture: 1:00 pm, Tishman Auditorium.
First workshop meeting: 2:45-3:45 pm, in various classrooms.
Graduate student readings: times TBA, Tishman Auditorium.
The last academic event will be 9:00-11:00 am on June 23; most faculty and students depart on Sunday afternoon or evening, but all are welcome to stay until 11:00 am on Monday, June 24. When making transportation arrangements, please be sure leave enough time to be in attendance for the entire final workshop.
The nearest airport and train station are in Albany, NY, which is about 45 miles from Bennington College.
Transportation from Albany to Bennington College, there are a couple of car services you can contact for a ride from Albany to the campus:
Please let Dawn Dayton (802-440-4452) know if you plan to use a service. The program pays for the ride. To make a reservation, please call the service directly, and well in advance. They will have your name on a pre-approved list of faculty and guests. (A note: With the cost of transportation from Albany to Bennington now at approximately $90 one way, we may pair you up with another faculty member or guest. If you know of another faculty member arriving or departing at approximately the same time, please consider arranging to share a ride to or from campus.) We will make car reservations for our guest lecturers and readers.
A caveat: There will be more than 150 students, staff, and faculty arriving for the residency, many needing rides from Albany. If you wait too long or (perish the thought) until you arrive in Albany to make for transportation, you may have to wait a very long time for a ride, so be sure to reserve your car service or rental car as much ahead as you can. You might also be thinking now about making carpool arrangements and reservations for your return trip to the airport at the end of the residency.
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Type of clothing: Informal and varied. Most people opt for comfort. Some like to dress up for the graduation ceremony and dinner-dance, some don't. It's your choice. The weather is usually warm, but may become chilly at night. Average daytime temperature is 72–82. Expect fluctuations, humidity, some rain, and 100% genuine Vermont insects.
Sports: Walking shoes, hiking boots, tennis rackets, softball or baseball gloves, Frisbee, swimsuit—if you like to swim in a cold lake or town pool. The College Student Life Office and Meyer Recreation Barn usually have some equipment for tennis, basketball, volleyball, and softball. Bicycles can be signed out through Crossett Library.
Miscellany: To help assure your creature-comfort needs are met, you might want to consider bringing a surge protector-combo-extension cord, an extra lamp, a face cloth, an alarm clock, a bathrobe, slippers, a coffee mug, and ground coffee (if you’re a hard-core, round-the-clock coffee drinker), waffle (egg-crate) mattress, music. You might want to bring your own fat bar of soap, sheets, and bath towel, if you don't like basic institutional issue (tiny bars of soap, white flat sheets, and very small towels). Note: Extension cords without built-in surge protection are not allowed in student housing. Candles and incense are also not allowed in the student houses.
Storage: You may leave a box of your "stuff" here between residencies. Please note that our storage area is on the third floor of a building with no elevator. We require plastic storage boxes with good lids (Rubbermaid or such available at the Bookstore) clearly marked with your name and graduation date. Typical stored items: reading lamp, bedspread, pillow, big bath towel, seasonal clothes, a fan, etc. We cannot store unboxed items.
The Crossett Library will be open every day throughout the residency. The staff is very helpful. Faculty books are prominently displayed during the residency. See Crossett Library online for more information.
The Bennington College Bookstore will have Writing Seminars faculty books, any course books faculty recommend, and a good selection of alumni work. You can contact Joseph Cardomone (802-440-4361) for information.
The Bennington Card is the official identification card of Bennington College. Issued to all members of the College community, it is required
for identification and access to essential campus services.
Most are on the second floor in the Barn, others are in Dickinson (the building attached to Tishman). Workshops may be held in living rooms at the teacher’s discretion. Please contact Victoria, if you have preferences about your classroom.
The College Media Center, located in Dickinson, will be open Monday-Friday during the residency. If you need a computer or any technical assistance, the Media Center is the place to go. For further information, please contact Charlotte Welch (802-440-4479), the Computer Center Coordinator.
Crossett Library will be open every day. Computers and printers are available for research and Internet access (email). If you want to check out a book, log on to the Internet, or do a little word processing, and you don't need computer technical assistance, then Crossett Library is the best bet. Professional library research assistants are available Monday through Friday. Note: Crossett Library has wireless Internet connection. Most of the faculty houses and apartments also have wireless connection.
If you plan to require writing assignments during the residency, please alert your students prior to the residency so those with laptops can choose whether or not to bring them.
Bennington College sits on 470 acres of rolling meadows and woods, very lovely to walk, and not at all hard to look at.
The Meyer Recreation Barn, located below Crossett Library next to the maintenance building, offers a fully equipped exercise facility, including free weights, weight machines, cardiovascular equipment, and a climbing wall. Note: Shoes with black soles are not allowed in the aerobics room; they are fine elsewhere—weight room and cardiovascular area. See Hours and Information for more information.
Laundry machines are located on campus in Commons and in some faculty houses. The Commons laundry room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to washers ($1.50 per load) and dryers ($1.00 per load), the laundry room has a vending machine that dispenses detergents and softeners. Supplies are also available in the Student Center. Next to the ATM in Commons is a change machine. Laundry service is also available on campus.
There is a U.S. Post Office on campus in Commons (see Post Office on Hours and Information). There are regular pickups and deliveries from UPS and Federal Express. You will have your own mailbox. You may ship things to yourself ahead of residency--clearly able your own name and "Writing Seminars" on the address. The address is Bennington College, 1 College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201.
Meals will be served in the Dining Hall located in Commons. Meat and vegetarian dishes are offered at each meal. While there is a strong commitment to veggie-food, the kitchen may not be able to accommodate your special diet. Please advise the office by May 30, if you have any dietary restrictions and make it a point to talk with the dining services director after you arrive.
Please do not park on the street in front of residential houses except to unpack. You will get a parking permit and parking map at registration. Parking is free, but please park only in designated areas. Campus safety officers will ticket cars illegally parked; fines will be collected.
Bring your original to the copy station outside the Writing Seminars Office, where there is a box for receiving material. Fill out and attach the copy request form. Please allow a 24-hour turnaround. There is no charge for copies to faculty.
All rooms are single and modestly furnished with a bed, pillow, dresser, desk, lamp, and chair, plus sheets, blankets, pillows, and two (rather small) towels. That's it. The rooms are pretty basic, nothing fuzzy or fancy. See suggested items to bring. Each house has a living room and a kitchen: stove, sink, refrigerator, microwave oven, but not many cooking utensils as meals are provided in Commons. We will provide a coffeemaker and a teakettle, coffee, tea, milk, and sugar.
In accordance with Vermont State law, the College is required to provide employees, students, and visitors with clearly stated guidelines on when and where they may smoke. The state policy restricts smoking in all places of public access. The policy has been formulated in recognition of the Surgeon General’s conclusion that: smoking is injurious to health; and involuntary (or second-hand) smoking is a cause of disease in nonsmokers The College has designated its administrative, academic, and other public buildings smoke-free. Smoking is not permitted inside any of these buildings nor within 30 feet of entryways and exits of all buildings. Smoking is not allowed in any faculty or guest rooms or residences.
If you will be staying in one of the student houses, the College will provide optional telephone service for your room. In faculty houses, there is one phone shared by the occupants. Cellphone reception is variable around campus, depending on location and your service provider.
615-794-2203; 802-440-4454 firstname.lastname@example.org
802-440-4452; fax 802-440-4453 email@example.com
Elaine Fletcher Chapman
Student Lectures Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean of the College