Simmons College Fall 2012
Welcome to Grad/Dix Housing Inside 2
Welcome from the Director of Residence Life and an introduction to the Residence Life team
Of all the safety concerns on campus, fire safety is where the student's action or inaction can have the greatest impact on other students and the community.
Improvements Learn more about improvements happening around the campus this summer!
Get answers to questions you didn’t even know you had!
Academic Calendar Plan your vacations and mark your calendar for all of the important dates throughout the year!
Frequently Asked Questions
Fooding Get the scoop on meal plans, meal plan changes, fenway cash, and microfridge rentals.
What to bring
Don’t forget the basics! Let us remind you with this handy guide. You should also know that Simmons provides each student with a bed, desk, chair, and dresser. The average Graduate/Dix Scholar room measures 10’ x 12’ but please note that not every room has these precise measurements. Each room has at least one window with either a shade or blinds. Bathrooms on floors 1-3 are co-ed.
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Make your space your own
Welcome to your new home! Dear Graduate Student/Dix Scholar, I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of your summer vacation. As your move-in date draws near the Residence Life staff is busy preparing for your arrival. This newsletter contains a lot of important information to prepare for your move. Please note the schedule of important dates on page 6. Use this schedule as a guide for the year ahead and to plan your vacations accordingly. Also, I highly recommend rereading your Housing License Agreement, as it highlights important deadlines and policies you should be aware of throughout the year. This year will begin my 7th year at Simmons College. I am proud to be a part of the Simmons College Residence Life staff and as I have found that we house some of the most amazing and intelligent students in Boston. I look forward to getting to know you over your time in housing. The Office of Residence Life is located on the 2nd floor of the Health Center. I welcome you to stop by and introduce yourself. I am honored to be able to introduce the 2012-2013 academic year residence staff. The res staff team is led by seven full and part time staff members who are the Residence Directors (RD) of each hall: Assistant Director, Julia Golden, RD of South/North Halls), Residence Life Coordinators Gina Louis (RD Smith/Evans Halls) and Vanessa Martinez (RD Simmons Hall), Kristi Swartz (RD Dix Hall), Sarah Shives (RD Morse Hall), Edward Byrne (RD Mesick Hall). These professional staff members will
welcome you on campus this fall and be available as resources throughout the year. Many of our RD staff are interested in higher education administration because of the wonderful experiences they have had at their own undergraduate and graduate institutions. They are very excited to share create relationships with you and help support the community in North Hall. Twenty-five amazing student leaders will serve as the Resident Advisor (RA) staff. These Simmons students are ready to serve as resources and mentors through your first year at the college. Youâ€™ll meet your RA, Kris McDonough on move in day, around the hall and at your 1st all hall meeting. The Residence Life Professional Staff and the Resident Advisors are dedicated to supporting you and helping you have a successful residential and academic experience. We look forward to seeing you on campus next week! Sincerely, Jessica Faulk Director, Residence Life
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Frequently Asked Questions Moving in can be stressful and confusing, so we've tried to simplify the process by anticipating some of your questions. If you have questions about the move that are not covered here, please check out the Res Life website at www.simmons.edu/reslife or feel free to contact us at 617-521-1096 or firstname.lastname@example.org How do I know what time I will move in? Graduate students & Dix Scholars can move-in on Friday, August 31, 2012 between 9:00am-5:00pm. For additional arrival times, the Office of Residence Life will be open Sunday, Sept 2nd from 1pm-5pm and Monday-Friday, from 8:30am - 4:30pm. Will I have internet access in my room? We have wireless access over the entire Simmons Residence Campus and Academic Campus. Students can also bring an ethernet cable to directly connect to internet in their room. Is there storage space for boxes or luggage? Unfortunately, no. Consider storing these and other nonessential items at home or throwing a piece of decorative fabric over them and turning them into attractive coffee tables.
How can sign up or change my meal plan? You must select a meal plan prior to your arrival on campus! To select or change your meal plan, first login in to your account on AARC See page 8 of this newsletter for more details. Is parking available for resident students? Parking on campus is not available for resident students. Visitor parking is available at the garage that is accessible from Avenue Louis Pasteur. If you have family or friends visiting on the weekend, be sure to pick them up a discounted parking pass during weekday hours. Call x2289 with questions. Is there bike storage? There is a bike park on the side of Bartol Hall. You may also keep your bike in your own room. Bikes may not be stored in hallways or other public areas of the residence halls. We recommend that you register your bike with Public Safety and keep your bike locked when not in use.
Can we put the bed on cinder blocks to create storage space underneath or bring in my own bed lofting materials? No, but you may use bed risers such as those available at Bed, Bath & Beyond as long as you are not also bunking the beds. May we bring our own refrigerator or MicroFridge? Yes, as long as they meet college housing agreement guidelines: Refrigerators must be no larger than 4.5 cubic feet, and Microfridges must be no larger than 3.6 cubic feet, and be energy star compliant. Learn more about renting a microfridge on page 8 of this newsletter. Will I have cable television in my room? Yes, all rooms are cable ready. You will need to bring a coaxial cable in addition to your television. Will I have a phone service in my room? Yes, but you will need to bring your own phone to campus. You will have free local calling, and a shared room phone number. You will receive more information about this service once you arrive on campus. Can I see pictures of the rooms before I come? Check out the photo gallery on the Residence Life Webpage to find pictures of rooms similar to yours. What is the mattress size? All mattresses at Simmons are standard twin mattresses. Where do I do laundry? There are washers and dryers in each residence hall. You can use quarters or purchase Fenway Cash on your ID to use the laundry machines. Fenway Cash is like dollars connected to your ID. You can add points that can be used for vending machines, laundry, and food in the Fens or Quadside, etc. To add points to your account go to the Campus Card Office located in the basement of the MCB or access our account online at http://www.fenwaycard.com. Can we have pets? The only pets you may have are fish in properly maintained bowls smaller than five gallons.
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What to Bring Items for room: • standing lamps (no halogen lamps) — • curtains • rugs (again, we suggest waiting to purchase until arrival) • stereo • T.V. and cable cord • trash can Things for your desk: • desk lamp • stapler with extra staples • 3-hole puncher • glue • stationary and stamps • calculator • erasers • crayons, markers, colored pencils • calendar/planner • pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, highlighters • scotch/masking tape • scissors • ruler • note pad Bathroom and laundry: • laundry basket/bag • laundry detergent • drying rack • soap/soap dish • hair dryer • flip flops for shower • Towels • shower basket - while in some halls there are small cubbies in the bathroom where you can leave your shower items, we recommend that students choose to use shower baskets to carry everything back and forth from their rooms. • shampoo/conditioner • deodorant • shaving cream/razors • nail clippers • tweezers
Fall 2012 Things for you and your room: • pillow for your bed • sheets and comforter for standard twin bed • phone with Caller ID • power cords/surge protector • three-prong outlet adapters (especially for Morse & Simmons) • storage boxes/crates • bulletin boards/dry erase board • flashlight • hangers • sewing kit • storm/winter boots • camera and film • umbrella/rain coat • bathing cap and suit for pool • dishes – a plate, mug, bowl, fork, spoon, and knife • can opener • facial tissues • paper towels • fan • first aid kit – Band-Aids, antibiotic cream, etc. • cold medication/aspirin • easy care plants • alarm clock • Posters Other important things: • Computer • key chain • social security card • address book • money (but keep large amounts safely in the bank) • insurance card • prescription medication • 3M Command Adhesive or blue painters tape for hanging items on the wall (avoid damages at the end of the year!)
Due to fire safety, the following are NOT allowed in the residence halls: • tapestries and cloth wall hangings • microwave/any cooking appliances • halogen lamps • candles & incense, wax warmers, or any other type of flame/burning unit • coffee machines without automatic shut-off • holiday lights on top of paper • more than 25% of room walls covered in paper or fabric • Non-Flame Retardant Furniture is not allowed. For more information on this and other fire safety regulations please see pg. 5 Other items to leave at home… • car (there’s no student parking available for residents, and it is extremely difficult to find street parking, as well as expensive to finance parking options) • hammer, nails, and power drills as they will damage the walls Final suggestions: • Bring your bicycle (with a secure lock system) or roller blades • Make sure you have local access to your bank account, or consider opening a new account at a local bank. • Remember to write down your friends’ addresses (e-mail and traditional mail) and give them yours. • Don’t forget to bring any tools you may need to put together small furniture items on move in day!
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Fire Safety State law prohibits the use of upholstered furniture in student rooms unless it is treated with a fire-retardant chemical and is labeled as such. Upholstered furniture includes couches, futons, and overstuffed chairs. Waterbeds, lofts, and hanging chairs are prohibited in residence hall rooms. Decorations may not be hung from the ceiling or sprinkler pipes. Furniture which contains polyurethane foam will not be permitted due to their increased risk of being flammable. All furniture brought into the residence halls should have one of the following labels: NOTICE: THIS ARTICLE IS MANUFACTURED FOR USE IN PUBLIC OCCUPANCIES AND MEETS THE FLAMMABILITY REQUIREMENTS OF CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF HOME FURNISHINGS TECHNICAL BULLETIN 133. CARE SHOULD BE EXERCISED NEAR OPEN FLAME OR WITH BURNING CIGARETTES. NOTICE: THIS ARTICLE MEETS ALL FLAMMABILITY REQUIREMENTS OF CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF HOME FURNISHINGS BULLETIN 117. CARE SHOULD BE EXERCISED NEAR OPEN FLAME OR WITH BURNING CIGARETTES. The minimum size of the label shall be two inches by three inches and the minimum size of the type shall be 1/8 inch in height. All type shall be in capital letters. For more information on Massachusetts fire safety regulations please see the following website: http://www.mass.gov
Health & Safety Checks Once a semester Residence Life staff will check residence rooms for fire safety hazards and prohibited items. If you are found to be in possession of one of these items it will be confiscated and donated. In the case of prohibited furniture, the resident in question will be asked to remove the furniture at their own expense.
Candles, incense & open flame The most frequent causes of residence hall fires on campuses are been candles and incense. Candles, oil lamps, incense, alcohol lamps, wax warmers, and open flame burners are prohibited.
The high temperatures reached by halogen bulbs constitute a fire hazard and a potential source of burns. In addition, the geometry of the floor models tends to make them very unstable and easily tipped over. These lamps are prohibited.
Electrical Equipment Extension cords may be used, but they should not be run under rugs, in travel ways, or under furniture. Do not tack extension cords to base- boards or other areas of the room. The storage and use of the following electrical appliances in student rooms are prohibited: • Toasters and toaster ovens • Coffee pots without an automatic shut-off • Space heaters • Heat generating humidifiers or vaporizers • Open heating coils
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Date August 31, 2012
Event International Student move-in, 8:30am—4:30pm ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
August 31, 2012
Residence halls open for Graduate and Dix Scholars, 9:00am –5:00pm —————————————————————————————————–———————————————————————————————————————————-
September 2, 2012
Residence halls open for new undergraduate students, 8:30am-11:30am Fall Orientation begins for all new undergraduate students ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
September 2, 2012
Residence Halls open for returning undergraduate students, 1-5pm Office of Residence Life (ORL) open for returning student check in ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
September 2– September 5 Fall Orientation continues for new students Check in for returning students continues at ORL, 8:30am-4:30pm ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
September 5, 2012
All College Convocation: Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff, 10:00am Undergraduate Honors Convocation, 2pm (required for new UG students) ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
September 5, 2012
All Hall Residence Meetings, 8pm (required for new UG students) ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
September 6, 2012
Classes begin for fall term ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
September 7, 2012
Connections Carnival: Student Involvement Fair & BBQ, Res Quad 4-7pm ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
October 8, 2012
College closed for Columbus Day* ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
October 9, 2012
Academic Holiday. Administrative Offices Open —
October 31, 2012
John Simmons Founder’s Day Celebration, Java City 3pm ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
November 12, 2012
College closed for Veterans’ Day Holiday ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
November 13, 2012
Final day to request approval to withdraw from Spring housing** Final day to register for winter break housing (free for grad/dix) —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
November 16, 2012
Final day to register for Thanksgiving Break housing (free) ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
November 21, 2012
Residence Halls close for Thanksgiving Break at noon* ——————————————————————–————–———————————————————————————————————————————–——————-
December 19, 2012
Residence Halls close for Winter Break at noon* ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
January 10, 2013
Residence Halls open for new spring semester students ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
January 12, 2013
Residence Halls open for returning students ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
January 14, 2013
Classes begin for spring term ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
February 18, 2013
College closed for Presidents’ Day* ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
March 11-15, 2013
Residence Halls close for Spring Break at noon* (housing free) ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
March 18, 2013
Classes Resume ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
March 29, 2013
Final Day to withdraw from residence for Fall 2013 ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
April 15, 2013
College closed for Patriots’ Day* ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
May 5, 2013
Residence Halls close at noon for all students except graduating Seniors, Dix Scholars and Graduate Students ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
May 10, 2013
May 11, 2013
Residence Halls close for graduating Seniors, Dix Scholars & Grad Students ——————————————————————–————–——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
*Please note: When the college is closed there is a 24-hour Professional Staff member on duty. Call Public Safety x1112 to contact the staff on duty.
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ResCampus Upgrades Check out what’s happening on campus! 1. North Hall Lounges
Morse Hall North Living Room
North has seen major changes in this last year with brand new carpet, paint, and furniture in the living room and TV lounge. We hope you’ll enjoy these beautiful spaces for studying and relaxing!
North TV Room
2. North Hall Roof When you arrive on campus you will notice that North Hall is undergoing some major repair. The scaffolding outside of the hall is in place to help with the complete replacement of the North Hall roof. We expect construction to be completed by the end of September.
New Main Campus Cafe
South Living Room
3. New Main Campus Cafe The College Center has just become the premiere hang out space on campus! Simmons just completed a renovation of the Café, which now boats new counters, carpeting, and a better location to provide faster service. To view the entire floor layout, visit the Buildings and Grounds webpage! http://www.simmons.edu/offices/fin anceadministration/administrative/buildi ngs-grounds/index.php
Moving Resources At move in, a large number of rented moving carts and dollies will be available to make your move go smoothly. Additionally, Residence Life has purchased a small number of carts and dollies to be available yearround for students to use during midsemester moves and before and after break periods! Please note, North does not have an elevator or ramp so items will need to be moved in by hand from the carts.
While we generally recommend waiting to see your residence room before deciding on all of your decorations, we understand that some of you want to get a head start. For those interested in buying curtains, the window size in each room and hall varies. You can use the measurements of the window frame below as guidelines for buying adjustable curtain rods and curtains. North: 44" wide and 60" high
Sports Pride TV (To be mounted)
We offer three meal plans so each student may choose the one that best meets their dining needs. All the meal plans are the same price and the meal plan is included in your room and board fees. The meal plans are: • 225 meals & 100 dining points per semester + 10 guest meals • 185 meals & 150 dining points per semester + 10 guest meals • 145 meals & 200 dining points per semester + 10 guest meals The meals expire from semester to semester, but the points carry over each semester. If a student runs out of dining points, they may add more money to their ID card in the form of Fenway Cash. To find out more about Fenway Cash, visit the website at: http://fenwaycard.com The meals work in Bartol Hall, for an all you can eat meal experience, and in the Fens**, a pay as you go dining experience. Points work in a variety of locations around campus. Please note that you may change this plan after arriving on campus, until September 20, 2012.
** A Cash Equivalent meal is equal to the cash value of retail product/meal between $4.00 and $6.00 at the Fens Café only. Any amount under $4.00 or exceeding $6.00 must be paid with Dining points, Fenway Cash, Cash, Visa, or MasterCard.
Meal Plan Changes You must select a meal plan in AARC before Monday, August 27th in order to have access to your meal plan when you arrive on campus in the fall. The deadline for changing meal plans for the Fall 2012 semester is Thursday, September 20th.
To select or change your meal plan, first login in to your account at aarc.simmons.edu. Select the “Student” menu then click on “academic profile”, under which you will find another link to select your meal plan. You have the option to pick from the three meal choices.
Microfridge Rental Interested in renting a microfridge for the academic year? To reserve a Microfridge for 2012-2013 please go to the following website: www.collegerefrigerators.com or call 1-800-637-7567. Students can rent these combination refrigerator, freezer, and microwave units for $185+tax for the academic year or $108+tax for the semester or purchase one for $389-$399.ssu Orders must be received by Monday, August 27 th , and the Microfridge will be delivered to your room prior to your arrival on campus. For more information, visit www.collegerefrigerators.com.
Did you know you can add money to your Fenway Card to make purchases on and off campus, at over 75 different locations? The card features a prepaid spending account – Fenway Cash – which allows you to make easy, cashless purchases with just a simple swipe! Watch your email for more information on how you can add money to your card and be ready for all your fall purchases. Visit www.fenwaycard.com for more info.