Arrive in time to register (noon–5:00 pm). If you will be arriving after 5:00 pm, you can pick up your registration packet and room key at Campus Safety (a small building on the left as you enter the main part of campus).
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.
Registration: noon–5:00 pm, Commons Lounge (Commons is the large brick building at the center of campus and can be seen from the Campus Safety; the lounge is on the first floor entering from the side of Commons facing the wide lawn); light refreshments will be served.
Dinner: 5:30–6:30 pm, Commons Dining Halls
Readings by faculty: 7:00 pm, Deane Carriage Barn.
Notes: There are no overnight accommodations for students before Thursday, June 13, nor after Sunday, June 23. There are also no accommodations at any time for your pets. Overnight guests are not encouraged or accommodated easily, but if you must host a guest for a night, please talk to someone in the office.
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 train station (Amtrak) and airport (Albany International) are in Albany, NY, which is about 45 miles from Bennington College. For Amtrak, please call 800-872-7245 or go to amtrak.com for information. Be aware that reservations are required for some trains. The trip from Manhattan takes about 2.5 hours and is quite pleasant. Enterprise has a car rental agency in Bennington (800-736-8222). There are also all the usual car rental agencies at Albany airport.
The Office of Student Life will coordinate a reasonably-priced, ride-sharing system so that those arriving at either the Albany airport, train, or bus station may be able to pool together to share the 45-mile ride to campus. Dawn Dayton, our Program Coordinator, will email you the details by May 1. Shuttle Schedule.
If you need or prefer to coordinate a ride yourself (using the student directory, which will be included in the workshop-packet mailing to contact other students), OR if you are coming in early or late and need a way to get to Bennington, please contact:
The cost of a one-way trip from Albany is about $100, excluding gratuity (check details when you call). If the pooling effort works out you might be able to split the cost two or three ways. Confirm the cost of the trip when you make the reservation.
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 late to make reservations for transportation, you may have to wait a very long time for a ride, so be sure to make your transport arrangements as much ahead as you can. You might also be thinking about making car-pool 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 Thomas McKenna (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.
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, or see Information Technology.
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 (see Crossett Library online for more information. Note: Crossett Library has wireless Internet connection. Most of the faculty houses and apartments also have wireless connection.
Few faculty require students to write during the residency, preferring to think of the residency as a time to listen and talk, but if you think you'll wan to do some writing in the privacy of your room, bring your laptop. Student houses have wireless capacity, although some areas get better reception than others. Each student room has an Internet outlet. Note: Teachers who require some writing for workshop will alert their students before the residency.
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 Meyer Recreation Barn for more information.
Laundry machines are located on campus in Commons and in some student 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 for 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.
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. If you ask, us, we will provide your house with a coffeemaker and/or a teakettle.
New students are housed together, if possible, as are graduating students. The great mass in the middle share houses. Before the residency begins, we will ask you what your housing needs are regarding any health issues. We will then assign rooms accordingly.
We expect you will live together amicably and work out the issues of communal living. All houses are "quiet" houses. There is no smoking allowed in any of the houses.
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.
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