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Online calendar, College Week, and Coffee-Hour Minutes

  • To submit an event to the calendar and College Week: Use the online submission form. Events submitted by Tuesday morning each week will be posted to the website calendar within two days and considered for College Week for the following week. Events and programs are added all the time to the calendar—share them, add them to your calendar, enjoy them!
  • To submit an announcement for College Week and website: Email your announcement information to College Week by Thursday at noon to be printed in College Week and listed on the website for the following week.
  • To announce in Coffee-Hour Minutes: If you would like to submit information, please send to coffeehour@bennington.edu by Thursday at 9:00 pm. Please make sure submissions are brief and ready to print. All events will be formatted to fit into a calendar (date, time, location) and submissions are subject to editing.

Academic Services Announcements

  • GRADUATE SCHOOL SERIES. The first discussions of the Graduate School Series begin next week. Talk with faculty about life after Bennington, how to determine if grad school is right for you, and how to prepare your application.
    1. Society, Culture, and Thought Monday, April 27, at 1:00 pm in Barn 240
    2. Science and Mathematics Monday, April 27, at 1:00 pm in Dickinson 232
    3. Literature Monday, April 27, at 7:00 pm in Barn 124
    4. Dance Thursday, April 30 at 8:00 pm in Martha Hill.

Cooper’s Corner

Got questions? Ask Tina!

Are you a staff member who loves to read, hang out with intellectuals, and eat snacks? Join the staff book club by emailing Tina Cooper with a book suggestion!

From my corner to yours,

Tina

Housing Announcements

  • If you are/will be 21 YEARS OR OLDER after August 30 and are a freshman, sophomore, or junior, please email housing@bennington.edu with your name and current housing situation.
  • Lottery sign-up sheets for SHINGLE COTTAGE AND LONGMEADOW are available at the front desk in Student Life. Please sign up by May 4; decisions will be made by May 8.
  • SUMMER HOUSING applications are available at the front desk in Student Life. The application is due by May 8 and decisions on housing will be made by May 15.
  • The HOUSING LOTTERY will be held in Down Commons on Wednesday, May 13, with the Singles lottery happening at 6:30 pm and the Doubles lottery happening at 7:30 pm. Housing Coffee Hour will take place Sunday, May 10.

PAC Announcements

  • PROGRAM & ACTIVITY COUNCIL FALL 2015 APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW If you’ve got a passion for campus event planning and community engagement, then working with the Program Activity Council might be for you. PAC applications for Fall 2015 are now available for pick up in the Student Life Office. Feel free to email Matt Scott with any questions.

Wellness and Athletics

  • HEALTH SERVICES has established an open hour weekly on Tuesdays, at 1:00 pm. The purpose of this open hour is to provide students with a welcoming opportunity to discuss any issues related to health or the provision of health care on campus and off. Because of the special ethical and legal nature of doctor-patient relationships, we will not be able to give medical advice during these sessions, but can assist and direct students to resources where they may obtain such advice.
  • VOLLEYBALL will be happening this term on Commons Lawn Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6:00 pm.
  • BASKETBALL is happening every Monday night at the North Bennington Village School. Contact Charlotte Uden to be added to the email list for updates and information on carpooling and special Space Jam style dunks.
  • WIFFLEBALL: This spring the Bennington Athletic Department will be hosting Wiffleball on Tuesday evenings! Get out that corked bat and come hit some dingers! Games will be held at 8:00 pm in Greenwall. All skill levels welcome! Contact Nate Guevin or Kevin Gilligan for more info!
  • Do You Have Questions About WELLNESS ON CAMPUS? The Bennington College Wellness Peers Alana Cooper, Benny Ehlers, Zoe Heegaard-LeGros, and Abby Mahler welcome your questions and suggestions for programming, speakers, and services you’d like to see on campus. Please email BeWell with your input.
  • MIND, BODY, FOOD is a therapeutic group focused on developing a healthier relationship to one’s body and eating. It uses mindfulness and other tools to address disordered eating, through a combination of education, discussion, and weekly homework assignments. Facilitated by Lisa Citarella and Dr. Randy. Meets Fridays 5:15-6:15pm in Commons 24. The cost is $25 per session. A sliding scale is available.
  • SUBSTANCE USE: MYTHS AND MISINFORMATION: A psycho-educational group regarding substance use. The focus of the group is on moderating consumption and keeping safe, rather than insisting on abstinence. Open to all interested students. In-group education and discussion, no assigned homework. Facilitated by Lisa Citeralla. There is no charge for these sessions. Meets Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 pm in the Student Center, every other week starting March 11.
  • VINYASA YOGA W/ TRACEY FOREST: Find your center, tone your body, make peace with your Self. Join Certified Yoga Instructor Tracey Forest for Vinyasa Flow Yoga Mondays from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meyer Rec Barn starting March 2nd. Bring a blanket and yoga mat if you have them. This class is free.
  • Interested in VOLUNTEERING WITH BEWELL? We are currently looking for students willing to be sober on party nights in order to provide assistance for peers in need. We are also interested in collaborating with visual artists to create posters for wellness events! Email bewell@bennington.edu or talk to any BeWell peer for more information.
  • Join Emily Costello and Sean Gordon for FITNESS @ BENNINGTON, from 7:30-9:00 pm on Mondays and Thursdays in the Meyer Rec Barn. Come for the whole thing, come for half, it’s non-committal! We’ll teach you how to build muscle and/or lose body fat, dorm room workouts, effective cardio, plus much more to help you reach your fitness goals.
  • INTERESTED IN SWIMMING? Bennington College is offering a van to the Bennington Rec Center for open swimming on Tuesday evenings from 5:00-6:15 pm. Cost per visit is $5. Season passes are $35. Interested students should meet at the flagpole at 4:50 pm. For more information please contact Rieke Windel.

Announcements

  • Seniors: Tickets for COMMENCEMENT DINNER will be available for purchase online this week through May 13. You will be emailed when ticket sales are open. Please note that each student has their own ticket (covered in the graduation fee) and each student is entitled to purchase up to four guest dinner tickets at $40. Contact commencement@bennington.edu for more information.
  • The ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES faculty members are hosting a forum discussion on: “What does it mean to be “sustainable”? The event is April 22, from 6:30-7:30 pm in the UpCafé.
  • Filmmaker Luther Price will present three SHORT FILMS on Monday, April 20, at 7:00 pm in Kinoteca. He will also present six of his own films and host a discussion about the works on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:00 pm in Kinoteca.
  • CONTRA DANCE at the Deane Carriage Barn. Traditional Music Ensemble and the Susquehanna String Band present a contra dance at the Deane Carriage Barn, featuring music and dance from Ireland, Québec, New England, and Appalachia. Beginners and experienced dancers welcome, and all dance will be taught. Wear comfortable shoes and light, layered clothing. Swing into spring on April 21 at 8:00 pm in the Deane Carriage Barn.
  • POETRY AT BENNINGTON. Kevin Young is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Book of Hours, and the editor of eight others. He is currently Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English at Emory University in Atlanta and curator of Literary Collections at the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library. Wednesday, April 22, at 7:00 pm in Tishman.
  • The SENIOR CLASS PHOTO will take place Friday, April 24, at 12:30 pm SHARP at the End of the World. Please contact the Office of Student Life with any questions. Rain date: Monday, April 27, at 12:30 pm.
  • SCIENCE WORKSHOP. Dr. Barbara John, from the University of Wyoming, will give a talk titled, Magmatism vs Tectonism: the key to understanding slow spreading mid-ocean ridges, on Friday, April 24, at 1:00 pm in Dickinson 232.
  • EARTH TRIO 2015. Faculty member Susie Ibarra, with Michael Century and David Rothenberg, will perform original compositions, including a new Trio for Accordion, Bass Clarinet, Percussion, and Electronics, at RPI’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm: The Nightingales of Berlin by Rothenberg. Friday, April 24, at 8:00 pm in the EMPAC Concert Hall, located in Troy, New York.
  • Bennington College is thrilled to announce the official commencement of a Sister Cities Partnership between Tagum City, Mindanao, Philippines and Bennington, Vermont. The Sister Cities Partnership will support initiatives for youth and education, cultural exchange through the arts, and business and trade. On April 25 the celebration begins with a brief ceremony featuring music by the Philippine Kulintang Ensemble and the Bennington College Songwriters club. Events throughout the week include a food drive for Kitchen Cupboard, hikes through Park-McCullough, a special Philippine cuisine inspired dinner, film screenings including prominent Philippine directors, and a talk featuring Bill Scully on sustainable energy in Vermont and in Mindanao, with a community Q&A immediately following. All events are open to the public and free. If interested in attending the Saturday Brunch at 11:00 am, please RSVP online at rsvpify.com.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY TRAINING. CAPA will hold two trainings—one for homeowners and one for students—to educate the public on tools, materials, and fixes that can reduce heating costs in the winter and keep homes cool in the summer. Participants will learn about local resources and statewide programs that can help them create an energy plan for their home—and take the next step on home energy improvements. Led by Dave Keefe, an energy consultant with Efficiency Vermont. HOMEOWNER TRAINING: Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 am. STUDENT TRAINING: Saturday, April 25, at 1:00 pm in the CAPA Symposium.
  • Join your House Chairs for their annual HOUSE CHAIR AUCTION! Come and bid on various goods and services, such as home baked bread, an elaborate prank on a person of your choosing, or a hand-woven rug (to name a few). There will be a variety of door prizes and a host of merchandise. The auction will be held on Saturday, April 25, at 8:00 pm in the Student Center.
  • In a conflict with a peer? Our PEER MEDIATION PROGRAM as part of the Bennington College Mediation Clinic (BCMC) is available to all students who would like assistance in resolving conflicts between students. Peer mediators will promote communication and develop skills to support constructive dialogue. Please email BCMC@bennington.edu with questions or stop by Student Life for more information.
  • Help CROSSETT LIBRARY continue to be one of Bennington students’ top two favorite libraries. Head to tinyurl.com/crossett2015 and spend five minutes participating in the BEST EXPERIENCE you will have at Bennington. At alum events you will fondly recollect with other alums that time you took this survey. On your deathbed, you will mind-numbingly recall every detail of the survey to your grandchildren, who will listen with feigned excitement while they scroll Google behind their future-people eyelids. If you skipped the last paragraph, all you need to know is we will burn all the books in the library if you don’t take this survey. Do you want that on your conscience? Oh, and we have raffle prizes. So go fill out the survey, please? Seriously, we’ve got a lighter and your favorite book ready (yeah, we know which one it is!).
  • Make sure to check your email! In the next few weeks, SEPC will be conducting a survey on the advisor/advisee relationship. We can’t wait to see the results.
  • Does anyone want to have a catch? Michiel Considine is looking for any breathing human being interested in THROWING A BASEBALL with him. If you own a baseball or baseball glove, are breathing, and would like to have a catch, please reach out to Michiel directly. He’s a pretty okay guy. Even if you don’t have the equipment, you can probably check it out of the Rec Barn. Interested parties should contact mconsidine@bennington.edu for more info.
  • SAVE THE DATE: Bennington faculty members will hold a series of discipline-specific conversations about GRADUATE SCHOOL beginning Monday, April 27. All students (not just seniors!) are invited to attend. More information coming soon!
  • The exhibition CYANOTYPES AND DRAWINGS by Tom Fels of North Bennington will be on view at the new Left Bank Gallery, on Main Street in North Bennington, from March 17 through April 29. A public opening for the exhibition will be held on April 4, from 4:00-6:00 pm.
  • Plots in the COMMUNITY GARDEN (near the observatory) are available for any member of the campus community who will be around through the summer. Contact Kerry Woods (kwoods@bennington.edu) if you’re interested. Plots will be available sometime in late April or early May. (Note: The community garden is not the same as the student farm.)