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Letter from the President Dear Class of 2017, All of us here at Westfield State University are very excited to welcome the Class of 2017 as the newest members of our fine learning community. As a member of the Class of 2017, you have joined a select group of more than 34,000 throughout the world who call Westfield State their alma mater. You also have the unique distinction of being the 175th class at our historic institution. We are proud of the opportunities and support services that our university has to offer and we hope this academic year is the beginning of a wonderful four-year journey to graduation. Itâ€™s a great time to be here, as Westfield State continues to shine as the crown jewel of the state university system. We have an impressive slate of activities, events, clubs, athletic and academic opportunities that will connect you to both our beautiful campus, the City of Westfield and the world beyond our campus borders. It is easy to see why U.S. News and World Report listed us among the top 40 public institutions of higher learning in the north in its 2013 Best Colleges edition. In this booklet, you will find information and resources that will help you to take full advantage of the Westfield State first year experience. If I can be of any assistance, please know that my door is always open to you. My best,
Dr. Evan Dobelle
Mission Westfield State University fosters intellectual curiosity, encourages critical thinking, inspires civic engagement, and promotes a global perspective. A public teaching institution offering quality programs in the liberal arts and sciences with complementing professional studies curricula, we are grounded in our founding principles of academic excellence and educating all in a diverse and welcoming community. Westfield State develops the knowledge, skills, and character essential for students to reach their full potential and become responsible leaders in society. We contribute to the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the region.
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Success in College and Beyond First-year Website: westfield.ma.edu/firstyear First-year Hotline: 413-572-8402 First-year Email: email@example.com
First Year Forward Philosophy Statement Westfield State University sees the first year as a time of transition and growth in which new students find their place as engaged members of the diverse academic, civic and social communities at the University. During this transition, students’ primary task is to come to understand the process and goals of college education, and to develop the skills and dispositions needed to succeed in college and beyond. Through liberal arts and sciences core curriculum and introductory majors’ courses, students build a broader understanding of different forms of knowledge. They deepen their ability to question their own knowledge and beliefs, becoming more nuanced critical thinkers. They learn to assess their own needs, access resources, and advocate for themselves in overcoming challenges in a new environment. For many of Westfield’s new students, the transition to college is also a time of increased independence and interaction with people of diverse backgrounds, requiring new levels of personal responsibility, social awareness, and civic engagement. Co-curricular activities and residential experiences support students in strengthening their understanding of their roles in the university community and beyond.
We strive to foster and promote a collaborative and dynamic climate, one that honors and supports the contributions, perspectives, and needs of each first-year student. In this environment, we facilitate the intellectual, social, and ethical development required for successful transition to college by providing the following: • Sustained and supportive engagement with staff, faculty, advisors and peers • Intellectually challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines where the relationship between both is honored • A range of pedagogical approaches to learning including both individual and collaborative strategies • Academic advising and career guidance that invite students to explore academic and professional opportunities • A residential program that provides students a safe and independent living experience where civic responsibility and engagement are encouraged and expected • Student governance organizations, community service and service-learning opportunities that promote civic engagement • A dynamic and enriching co-curricular environment offering services and programs that invite student engagement as contributors and leaders in a variety of educational, social, and governance activities
First-Year Program Goals
First-Year Academic Courses
Goal 1: To promote the understanding of the values and goals of a college education. Goal 2: To enable students to understand the policies, procedures and resources relevant to academic success. Goal 3: To enhance the essential academic skills of first-year students. Goal 4: To encourage students to engage in higher levels of personal, social and civic responsibility. Goal 5: To encourage a connection to the university community.
In the fall, all new students will be offered two academic courses which have been designed specifically for first-year students. Courses will include English Composition and a course in another discipline. These courses will fulfill requirements in the common core of study.
First-Year READ, Class of 2017 The First-Year READ is designed to encourage critical thinking, reading and writing among the newest members of the University community as well as spark conversation with faculty across disciplines. The 2013 selection is Half the Sky â€“ Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Herly Wu Dunn, 2010.
First-Year Convocation The University will offer a First-Year Convocation on September 3, 2013. The ceremony will formally welcome new students to the University. Convocation offers one of the few occasions, other than commencement, when a full class assembles with faculty and administrators of the University. Stay tuned for further details.
First-Year and Parent Online Resources The University website is full of helpful information for new students and their parents and families. Check out our pages for first-year students, parents and parent resource guides. westfield.ma.edu/firstyear westfield.ma.edu/parents
Orientation While at Orientation, students will have the opportunity to make connections within the University community and get all the information needed to succeed at Westfield. Students will network with faculty, staff, administration, fellow students and classmates. Students will also work with an Orientation leader to ensure that their transition to Westfield State is a smooth one. Students will have the opportunity to get a feel for campus life by staying overnight in a residence hall, eating in the Dining Commons, and interacting with current students. Parents are also encouraged to attend Orientation to receive important information, interact with members of the campus community and get a feel for campus life. For more information and registration details, please visit westfield.ma.edu/nso. Registration opens May 1st.
Academics For some students, choosing a major is easy. They have known what they want to do in life since childhood. Most, however, discover their path in their early undergraduate years. At the University, students may enroll in a major or as an undeclared student. Undeclared majors have the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplines to find the right fit. Professionals in the Academic Advising Center and Career Center look forward to helping you discover your passion and academic and career direction. For a complete list of majors, visit westfield.ma.edu/academics. All students need 120 credits to graduate. These credits include the Common Core, Major Required Courses and Electives. Many students choose courses from different academic disciplines to complete a minor, or perhaps a second major. With careful planning and regular visits to academic advising, a student is able to complete all degree requirements in four years. The Common Core can be accessed through the online college bulletin at westfield.ma.edu/registrar
u Be sure to review the Academic Calendar. Important dates and
Art Athletic Training Biology Business Management Chemistry Communication Computer Information Systems Computer Science Criminal Justice Economics Education English Environmental Science Ethnic and Gender Studies
deadlines are noted in this document. http://www.westfield.ma.edu/prospective-students/academics/ academic-resources/academic-calendar/ u Did you know that occasionally a Tuesday can be a Monday?
We need to balance class days for courses that meet Monday/ Wednesday/Friday with those that might meet Tuesday/Thursday so we make up the days in this fashion! For example: On Tuesday, October 15th you will follow a Monday Schedule Important Dates to Make Note of: First-Year Move In
New students will be able to check-in on Sunday, September 1 between 9am and 3pm. Labor Day Opening Day/First Year Convocation Classes begin
September 2 September 3 September 4
General Science History Liberal Studies Mathematics Movement Science Music Nursing Political Science Psychology Regional Planning Social Work Sociology Spanish Theatre Arts Undeclared
Academic Planning Your first semester schedule will be built for you based upon a few criteria: 1. Placement Testing: (see page 13) 2. Course Selection Worksheet: The Registrar’s Office will send out a packet of information to all first year students that includes a “Course Selection Worksheet”. You will use this form to indicate preferences for first semester Core or elective classes. The Registrar’s Office will automatically register you into major required courses as recommended by your academic department. This form also allows you to indicate other factors that could influence your course schedule such as whether you are an athlete or a commuter student and cannot have courses at specific times. 3. Previous Course Work: If you’ve taken Dual Enrollment courses through your high school please make sure you send your transcripts to Admissions. If you took any Advanced Placement courses please have the College Board send your test scores to Admissions. If you receive credits for any of these academic programs it could influence how you are registered for your first semester. How to view your Schedule and access Textbook information *Beginning in early August* 1) Log into your myWestfield account: · Username equals your first initial, full last name
and last four digits of your Campus-wide ID (ex: jsmith5678) · New Student Initial password is your Campus-wide ID including the “A” (ex: A12345678) 2) Go the Academics tab – Registration Tools · Select Student Detail Schedule – remember to select the Fall 2013 semester. · You can also select WSU Barnes and Noble Booksellers. Link provides a list of books (including ISBN’s) for the courses you are registered in for the selected term. 3) Schedule – Class Changes – Adjustments · First-year students may only change courses/schedules in person. Visit the Registrar’s Office, Parenzo 107. Sept 3rd, 1:00 – 4:30pm Sept 4th – 10th, 8:30am – 4:30pm
What happens after? Mid-fall, you will be responsible for registering yourself for the next semester. This happens once you’ve met with a Peer Advisor in the Academic Advising Center. After this session, you will consult with your Faculty Advisor or Professional Advisor if you are Undeclared.
Accuplacer Placement Testing Proper course placement is important in fostering the academic success of college students. In order to ensure that students enroll in courses that match their individual skill levels and prior preparation, Westfield State University uses a Reading Comprehension Test, an Elementary Algebra Test, and a Writing Skills assessment.
Who must take placement tests?
When will testing take place? Placement testing will take place during New Student Orientation in June. If you do not attend orientation, Accuplacer testing will take place on Opening Day in September. If you have any questions, please call Academic Achievement at 413-572-5561.
All first-year students must complete the Accuplacer Algebra test. This test consists of 12 multiple-choice questions. For this test students are given a pencil, scrap paper and a pop-up calculator is provided for certain questions. The Reading Comprehension test is comprised of 20 multiple-choice questions. Students with an SAT score of 510 or better are exempt from the Reading Comprehension test. The final component of the placement exam is the writing skills assessment. This requires students to write a brief essay pertaining to one of several topics presented. Students who exhibit below college level writing skills may be registered into ENGL 0101 - Plus Workshop (based on available space).
Doing Well at Westfield State We want you to succeed, both while you are at Westfield State and beyond. To help ensure that success, we have many resources in place to assist you on your journey. Take a moment to review just some of the support systems in place on campus, and know that if you ever need help, resources are available to you.
YOUR FACULTY ADVISOR Every student is assigned a faculty advisor. Meeting with your faculty advisor is integral to academic success. Your advisor will help you navigate through the course selection and registration process, and will help you understand the Common Core and major requirements. Together you will map out your course schedule to meet your graduation requirements and career goals. Your advisor wants to help you make the most of your experience at Westfield and will help you explore various opportunities that the University has to offer. Visit your faculty advisor early and often. All faculty post weekly office hours. Your Degree Audit will list your assigned advisor. You can always visit the department to inquire about your unique advisor. Undeclared students are advised by the Academic Advising Center. The Advising Center is also available to assist you in mapping out your course schedule as well as discussing your major, career and life goals. Professional Academic Advisors and Peer Advisors assist you with the development of a meaningful education that is
consistent with your academic, personal and professional goals. Peer advisors are upper-level students who work closely with newer students to help guide their academic career choices. westfield.ma.edu/AcademicAdvising The Banacos Academic Center is home to the Learning Disabilities Program, Disability Services and Tutoring Services. The Department offers specialized support for students with learning differences. Program Assistants are assigned to students with documented learning needs. The Center also provides assistive technology and coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities. westfield.ma.edu/BanacosCenter Peer Tutoring is also housed in the Banacos Center and is available at no charge for all students on campus. Tutors are available in most areas of the curriculum. westfield.ma.edu/BanacosCenter
The Career Center is a valuable resource for students seeking assistance with academic major and career exploration advising, job postings, resume assistance, interview skills, professional networking events, graduate school advising, community service, and internships. westfield.ma.edu/careercenter The Counseling Centerâ€™s mission is to facilitate self-discovery, personal growth and self-empowerment. The highly qualified staff assists the student in defining the problem, identifying specific goals, and producing change. westfield.ma.edu/counseling
Ely Library The Ely Library, located in the Ely Campus Center, is a great place to study, work on projects with friends, and get the help you need. Yes, we have books and journals, but we also have DVDs, streaming video, e-books, and more. Our librarians can get you started with your research projects, help you understand assignments, choose a great topic, and teach you how to find the information you need. We have computers, lots of outlets for laptops, comfy chairs and group study rooms. We even have laptops you can borrow for use in the library. Food in the Library? No problem, just
help us keep the library clean for everyone. Students can get help by phone, online chat, email, and yes, even in person. To keep up on library hours, events, and updates, you can follow us on Facebook. See our website for details. lib.westfield.ma.edu
Go Global - Students who return from an international education experience agree: study abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you canâ€™t afford to miss. Besides being fun and exciting, study abroad is a unique life changing experience that will help you grow academically, personally and prepare you for your career. At Westfield State, opportunities to study abroad range from 3-week trips during semester breaks to semester or year-long programs in every world region. westfield.ma.edu/educationabroad Courses Open to First-year Students include: ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY: COSTA RICA, Course begins on-campus; travel takes place in January SERVICE-LEARNING TRAVEL SEMINAR: NICARAGUA, travel in January SERVICE LEARNING TRAVEL SEMINAR in a U. S. city such as Miami, New Orleans, San Antonio or San Francisco, travel in January or May
Honors Program The Honors Program is designed to provide academically motivated students with intellectually challenging courses from an interdisciplinary perspective and/or with a specialized topical focus. The honors experience extends beyond the classroom and may include attendance at special events, receptions with guest lecturers, field trips to cultural events, participation in conferences, informal gatherings to provide students with opportunities to socialize and learn, and Honors Housing. Priority registration is available to honors students in good standing. Incoming first-year students with combined SAT scores (Critical Reading and Math) of 1150 may be considered for participation in the Honors Program. westfield.ma.edu/honors
Reading & Writing Center The Reading and Writing Center helps students further develop their understanding of reading, writing and critical thinking. It is staffed by professional consultants and peer tutors who teach the entire writing process from preparation and research through grammar and punctuation, with the goal of helping students write clearly, precisely, engagingly and thoughtfully. westfield.ma.edu/reading
TRiO Student Support Services is a U.S. Department of Education federally funded program providing ongoing support throughout a Westfield studentâ€™s college career. Trio offers eligible program participants free, comprehensive academic and personal support designed to assist with persistence to graduation and preparation for graduate or professional school. westfield.ma.edu/sssp Urban Education Program provides supportive services to students from diverse educational, economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds (African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Native American.) For over thirty years, the Program has identified eligible candidates for admission and provided them with the academic and personal support necessary to ensure their retention and graduation from Westfield with marketable skills. westfield.ma.edu/UrbanEducation
Residential Life Residential Life exists to promote the optimal experience for each Westfield State University resident, contributing to the educational mission of the University through the provision of a supportive, secure, and developmental living environment. Since students spend 90% of their time at the University outside of the classroom, we have designed our residential services, programs, and amenities to: • Be an integral part of residents’ educational experiences; • Promote students’ educational, personal, and social development; and • Serve as a vital resource to increase students’ awareness, persistence, satisfaction, and graduation. Residence hall life is characterized by diversity, spontaneity, activity, and self-discovery. Through experiences within the residential environment, students are able to grow not only intellectually, but culturally, spiritually and emotionally. Each resident has the right to expect, and the obligation to contribute to, a climate of mutual respect, trust, support and interdependence. To encourage and facilitate such growth the CLEAR Community Plan was developed. CLEAR focuses on helping students build a community within their Residence Hall. Success has been seen in the decrease of damages over the past
two years and the increase in students supporting one another and caring for their surroundings. Residence Education develops and implements diverse programming in the residence halls and allows students to track participation in out-of-classroom activities through their co-curricular record. Each Resident Assistant is required to host three programs a month and one faculty program a semester as a way to further educational efforts in the residence halls. The OWL Advantage program is an institution-wide, out-of-classroom programming effort, developed to encourage students to attend the many programs hosted on campus. By attending targeted, educationally-focused programs, students can earn rewards for participation such as gift certificates, flex dollars and other prizes. Featured events for 2012-13 have included: • The annual Haunted House and Fun Stop (October) for area children, which also serves as a fund-raiser for local charities • Several sexual assault awareness, prevention & risk reduction programs focused on first-year students • Over 80 events featuring faculty and administrators in the residence halls • An ‘Ok-SOBER-Fest’ week of programs focused on ways to have fun at college without alcohol (October) • Habitat for Humanity ‘Alternative Spring Break’ build (March)
For more information please visit: OWL Advantage Program, westfield.ma.edu/prospectivestudents/campus-life/residential-life/passport-to-adventure Our campus housing includes five traditional halls, three apartment areas (including Lansdowne Place, our downtown apartment building) and University Hall, our newest, suite-style residence hall opening in August 2013. Three of the residence halls have been devoted exclusively to first year students: Davis, Dickinson, and Scanlon Halls. Detailed descriptions of each building can be found on the Residential Life page. All Westfield State University residence halls are coed with single sex and some gender-neutral bathrooms. Over 70% of campus student bedrooms are doubles and 20% are singles (most singles are in our apartment-style areas), with smaller numbers of quads, and triples. All student rooms include internet, cable TV, and local telephone service, in the student’s room fees. Each residential area has the following amenities: • Lounges and/or study rooms • Laundry room • Main lounge with large-screen TV • Information desk • Community kitchen(s) • Hall Council and staff offices • Mailroom • Recreational equipment • Vending machines
After submitting the required deposit, First Year students will receive a packet containing housing information. After reading through the provided materials, students need to return the Residential License Agreement and Housing Preference Form. The Residential License Agreement is a contract between the student and the University agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions and to live in housing for both Fall and Spring semesters. The Housing Preference Form is used to help match students to a roommate. Both forms need to be postmarked by June 3, 2013 in order to guarantee housing for the 2013-2014 academic year. Any questions regarding the housing process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail â€“ Students are assigned mailboxes in their residence halls, and the mail is delivered there, with the exception of large packages. Students will receive an email notifying them of packages. All packages must be picked up in the mailroom in the basement of Parenzo Hall. Package materials and stamps can be purchased from the Campus Center window in the lower level of Ely. Packages less than one pound can be mailed from the Campus Center window; heavier packages should be brought to the mailroom for FedEx/ UPS/USPS delivery.
Your mailing address: Name of Student Name of Residence Hall, Westfield State University 577 Western Avenue Westfield, MA 01086
Taking Care of Business Finances Student Accounts: to stay enrolled at the University, always complete and return bill paperwork and payment on time! Failure to do so will result in prompt administrative withdrawal from the University. westfield.ma.edu/offices-services/student-accounts/
Health Insurance All students must have health insurance. You must log into www. universityhealthplans.com/ to either enroll in or waive the health insurance offered by the University.
Refund Card The Westfield Refund Card must be activated to receive any refunds due to you by the Student Accounts office. You can choose to have a paper check, direct deposit, or open a checking account and use the associated debit card. If you donâ€™t select a refund preference, there will be a significant delay in delivery of your refund. westfield.ma.edu/wrc
FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their childrenâ€™s education record. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Full FERPA details can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
Financial Aid Careful financial planning and knowledge of the financial aid process are essential for you and your family to prepare for and meet the cost of your college education. The Financial Aid office has teamed up with SALT, www.saltmoney.org to offer our students access to a website that provides tutorials on financial aid including how to save money, track your loans, and calculate your repayment.
You can also learn more about Tips for Financial Success on our website at www.westfield.ma.edu/prospective-students/ financial-aid/tips-for-financialsuccess/.
Be sure to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before February 15 of each year for priority consideration. The FAFSA is the first step in qualifying for any financial aid. Instructions on how to apply for the FAFSA can be found on our Financial Aid page at www.westfield.ma.edu/FinancialAid. We offer various types of financial aid programs at Westfield State: • Loans • Grants • Federal Work Study Programs • Waivers • Installment Plan
Technology We are proud to let you know that our campus is 100% wireless. Our wireless network even extends across the street to Stanley Park, so students often sit at the park with their laptops and enjoy the sun while they work. Here are answers to some common technology questions: Should I bring my computer from home? Yes, if you wish. We also have computer labs throughout the academic buildings, the campus center and the library for student use. Residence Halls Internet Access - Every room in our residence halls has at least one data outlet for Internet access. If your room only has one Internet outlet, the hub found in your room can be used to connect multiple computers. All of our Residence Halls have wireless Internet access as well. To register on our network, simply plug your computer into the Internet outlet or network hub, turn the computer on and open a web browser. You will be brought to our Campus Manager registration page. Simply follow the instructions and you will be online in no time! IMPORTANT! The Campus Manager checks to see if your computer has the latest software and virus protection updates and also that your computer is free of viruses. If these criteria are not met, the Campus Manager will not allow your computer on the network.
Music Downloads: The use of file sharing programs (i.e. limewire) is prohibited at Westfield State. If a student attempts to access one of these programs while connected to the Westfield State network the program will not function. Wireless Internet Access - The entire campus is wireless. To access our wireless network, simply follow the instructions on how to connect to a wireless network that came with your laptop. The name of our wireless network is ‘wsc’. Once connected, open your web browser and you will be automatically redirected to our login page. Enter your username and password as described above. If you live in the residence halls, use the wireless network ‘resent’. How do I get answers to my computer questions? You can call the Help Desk at (413) 572-HELP (4357) or visit them in the Commuter Cafe Student Lounge area of Wilson Hall.
What is MyWestfield? MyWestfield is the portal where you can keep track of everything you need to know, from class schedules to what’s going on each week, to finding information that you need as a student at Westfield. You can access MyWestfield from the top of the home page of our website at westfield.ma.edu. Get answers to your technology questions at westfield.ma.edu/it
Emergency Notification System - When you become a part of the Westfield State family, you need to take a minute to activate your emergency notification. Visit the home page of the website at westfield.ma.edu, click on Emergency Notification System at the top of the page, and follow the instructions. In the event of a campus emergency, you will be notified via email, voicemail and text. You will be asked to provide emergency contact information also. In addition to the emergency notification system, the campus is equipped with an exterior audible and voice communication system.
CAMPUS Wide ID (CWID) Number This is an identification number given to each student at the Unversity that always begins with a capital A followed by 8 digits. This number is used to access the student academic record or account. THE CWID IS ALSO REFERRED TO AS YOUR “A” NUMBER. Getting your University ID’s: All students have their photos taken at orientation for a student ID. You will receive your ID on move in day. If you were unable to attend orientation, you can go to the campus card window located on the first floor of Wilson Hall in the Commuter Café and have your photo taken and obtain your ID. If you are a commuter student, you can pick up your ID up on the first day of classes from the Campus Card Window.
What you can access with your ID: Sodexo Bucks - Meal plans come with the option of 19, 14, 10, or 5 meals per week. $150 in “Sodexo bucks” are included with the purchase of a meal plan (except for the 5 meal plan). They do not carry over to the next semester or school year. “Owl Bucks” can be purchased by contacting the Card Services Office in Wilson Hall, Room 140-B, ext. 8184. Owl Bucks - are available for use at campus food service venues as well as the University Bookstore, residence hall laundry machines, library copy machines, many campus vending machines, and off campus at local restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies and more. Balances DO carry forward from one academic semester to the next as long as a student remains enrolled. You can reload your owl bucks card at westfield.ma.edu/offices-services/campus-cardprogram/buying-owl-bucks/. When a student graduates or withdraws from the University, Owl Bucks balances are transferred in full as a credit back to the student account. Your Residence Hall – In order to get into your residence hall you will need to tap your I.D. card to the magnetic scanner located at each entrance of the residence halls. This ensures safety to our residence halls.
Residence Hall Restrooms – In Courtney, Scanlon, and Lammers Hall in order to get into the restrooms you will need to tap your I.D. Card to the magnetic scanner located at the entrance. This ensures safety to our residents. The Wellness Center – In order to access either the Woodward Center gym or the our new updated Wellness Center in the campus center you will need to scan your I.D. In Ely Library- In order to check out a book, video, dvd or sign out a laptop your ID card will need to be used. Or in order to print documents from Library printers your ID card will need to be swiped. Form of Identification – In order to pick up a package or get discounted movie tickets you will need to show your WSU I.D.
Getting Around Our campus isn’t hard to navigate, but when you’re new here, you may need a reminder of where buildings are, and for that you should visit our interactive campus map at westfield.ma.edu/map. You can also print a copy of the map. Directory – Need to know where someone’s office is, or where to find a department on campus? Visit the home page at westfield.ma.edu. Scroll down to where it says “INDEX” and “FIND PEOPLE”. To locate a department on campus, use the Index. To locate a person, use Find People. Transportation – Going off campus is easy for students who wish to use the PVTA (Pioneer Valley Transit Authority) buses that pick up and drop off in front of Scanlon Hall. There is no cost to students who show their I.D. Bus schedules are available online or in the lobby of Parenzo Hall and in the Ely Campus Center information window. The PVTA also runs the campus shuttle, the Owl Express, between the South Lot, main campus and Horace Mann Center. http://pvta.com/schedules.php Downtown Westfield – Downtown Westfield boasts beautiful greens and parks, walking paths, restaurants and shops that are popping up all around. Downtown is also home to one of our residence halls, Lansdowne Place. Downtown is accessible via the PVTA buses, which also
travel locally to the Westfield Shops and Walmart, where you will find more shopping, eating and exploring. www.thedistrict.com Westfield State is convenient and centrally-located to so many attractions, major urban areas, other colleges and universities, transportation, and points of interest. The best the Pioneer Valley has to offer – within easy driving reach: 2 hours from Boston, Providence & Albany 3 hours from New York City 1 hour from Hartford 30 minutes from Northampton and Amherst 20 minutes from Springfield 1 hour from Brattleboro Less than an hour from six ski resorts, kayaking, white water rafting and mountain climbing 15 minutes from the Holyoke Mall 20 minutes to Six Flags New England 20 minutes to The Basketball Hall of Fame 30 minutes from the Berkshires, Tanglewood, Lee Outlets Less than 45 minutes from Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Amherst College, University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, Western New England University and more.
Welcome Week Before You Leave Home
If you’re living on campus for the fall, please review the “Things to bring/Things not to bring” list (online in the ‘Res Life Courier’ section of the Residential Life webpage.
2. Receive drop-off area and parking directions from Public Safety staff and unload your belongings 3. Go to the check-in desk to sign for your room key and receive your Room Inventory Form 4. A staff member will escort you to your room 5. Complete your Room Inventory Form and return it to the check-in desk 6. You will then receive your University ID and important residence hall and University information 7. Now, go spend some time with your roommate and section members!
ELY ONE STOP – The following services are offered in the Ely Campus Center on Sunday, September 1st from 11am – 4pm
• Locate your academic schedule, which contains your ‘A-number.’ • Register your computer for Internet access; instructions are provided at http://www.res.westfield.ma.edu/bcm. • Confirm that you have sent all required health records to Health Services. • Double-check all deadlines, mailings and information
Check-in at your residence hall is on Sunday, September 1st from 9am – 3pm for new students and on Monday, September 2nd beginning at 9am for returning students. Please check in at your residence hall FIRST and THEN take advantage of the other opening day services listed below. The steps for resident check-in are as follows: 1. Proceed to your residence hall
· Financial Aid – information on procedures · Student Accounts – billing and payment information · Academic Records – class schedules/information · Information Technology – technical support for gaining access to the internet · Subway – will be open starting on September 1st from Noon - 11pm
· Family Day information (NOTE: Family Day is September 21st) · Adding Owl Bucks to IDs · ‘Proud Parent’ shirt pick-up
Accuplacer Exams – Will be held on Sept. 3rd from 10am-noon for students who did not attend New Student Orientation in June. Testing will be in Bates PC Lab 03.
· Student IDs for incoming commuter students (all resident student IDs will be provided at your hall) ALL CAMPUS OFFICES – Offices will be open for regular business hours on Tuesday, September 3rd. Other Services Available on Sunday and Monday: · Bookstore, Ely first Floor Open 9am – 5pm both days · Residential Life, Scanlon Open 9am – 4pm both days · Health Services, Scanlon Open Sunday 11am – 4pm · Card Office, Wilson 124B Open Sunday 11am – 4pm and Monday Noon - 3pm · Food Services – The first meal on the dining plan is Brunch on 9/2 in the Dining Commons; please look at postings when you arrive on campus regarding hours for all other campus restaurants · Programs/activities – See ‘Welcome to Westfield’ schedule posted on campus
Student Life Collegiate Link
Clubs and Organizations Being part of a club or organization is a great way to enrich your college experience and make friends. Westfield has over 70 clubs and organizations. Don’t see something you wish we had? Many students start new clubs and organizations when they are here, based on their area of interest. Visit the clubs and organizations page to find a club that’s right for you! westfield.ma.edu/clubs-organizations
Athletics Sports –Westfield has a tradition of athletic excellence. With 21 varsity teams competing in Division III of the NCAA, and over 40 competitive and structured intramural and club sports, you are sure to find something active that you like to do! Want to know what is going on at Westfield State University? Visit the Collegiate Link Bulletin Board (sign into MyWestfield. You will find CollegiateLink under the “Campus Life” tab). Updated every week, this is a great way to keep up with all the exciting events.
Team Nickname: Owls School Colors: Blue & White Outdoor Stadium: Alumni Field (4000 seat capacity) Indoor Facility: Woodward Center (1000 seat capacity) National Affiliation: NCAA Division III
Conference: Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Mascot: Nestor the Owl Athletics website: www.westfieldstateowls.com
Health and Wellness Health Services - We are committed to keeping our students as healthy as possible, so that they can be productive and successful here at Westfield State and beyond. Our Health Services office provides coordinated health care, wellness education and disease prevention. All students are required to fill out health and immunization forms prior to attending Westfield State. westfield.ma.edu/healthservices Wellness Center – Our newly renovated Wellness Center in the Ely Campus Center is a 2-story fitness facility with state of the art equipment. Over 3500 students are members of the wellness center! westfield.ma.edu/wellness
Bookstore – The Westfield State University Barnes and Noble bookstore is located in the Ely Campus Center. Stop by and shop for some Westfield State clothing, and be sure to research all of the ways you can get the books you need for classes, new, used, rented or e-textbooks. westfieldstate.bncollege.com Family Day – Each fall, we invite students to bring their families to campus to tour, see how their student is adjusting, and just enjoy a day of family fun on our campus. Food and activities are planned throughout the weekend. Family Day is Saturday, September 21st. Alcohol, Other Drug and Tobacco Policies: The purpose of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy is to promote a campus environment that is compatible with and supportive of academic success and personal growth. westfield.ma.edu/prospective-students/ campus-life/student-handbook/student-life-policies/alcohol-andother-drug-policy/
Employment and Community Service Opportunities Federal Work Study Positions Work-Study is a federal- and state-funded program awarded to students with demonstrated need. Federal Work Study provides an opportunity for part-time employment on-campus, or off-campus with approved community service organizations. Priority is given to those students with demonstrated need who are not eligible for other forms of aid, for example, grant assistance. Awarded students receive information packets with instructions for securing a job beginning in late July or early August. Sometimes people get confused about work-study. Keep in mind that if you are awarded work-study, you should not deduct the amount awarded from your bill. Think of it as the opportunity to get a job and make that amount of money, to be used as personal expense money or to help cover the cost of college.
Trust Fund Positions Any student is eligible for a trust-funded position regardless of their financial aid status, provided that they are authorized to work in the United States. Trust fund positions are posted in the Student Services/Employment section of the â€œMy Westfieldâ€? student portal. Students are responsible for applying for positions and once hired, all required paperwork must be completed and verified prior to beginning employment. Students can also visit the Career Center for other job opportunities both on and off campus.
WSU Jargon 333: The address and former name for the Horace Mann Center, or HMC, still used by few upperclassmen. A#: This also refers to a studentâ€™s I.D. number or CWID. Add/Drop: The first five class days of every semester when a student is allowed to make adjustments to their academic schedule without any penalties. You can add a class or drop one you are no longer interested in. Academic Advising Center: Office located on the first floor of Parenzo Hall that assists all first year students in navigating how to choose their courses for the upcoming semesters as well as introduce them to the on-line registration system.
Banacos Academic Center: The Department that offers support for students with disabilities. Program Assistants are assigned to students with documented learning needs. The Center also provides assistive technology. Peer Tutoring is also housed in the Banacos Center and is available free of charge for all students on campus. Bulletin: College publication issued in the beginning of every academic year. That includes institutional policies and procedures as well as course information for each major department. This book is thought of as a studentâ€™s unofficial academic contract with the school. Available online this year; and only electronically next year.
Center for Instructional Technology (C.I.T.): Department that promotes and develops online courses and programs, and provides course websites for face to face courses. CIT is also responsible for the Online Learning (PLATO: People Learning and Teaching Online) at WSU. Course Offerings Booklet: Publication that comes out every semester listing the upcoming courses that will be available the following semester. The Course Booklet includes important dates for the semester. Degree Evaluation: An academic checklist or roadmap that helps the student evaluate their progress toward degree completion. Department Chair: The head faculty member of an academic major. Each major has one.
Dever: The auditorium located in Parenzo Hall where many of our campus’s music recitals, dance shows, and theater performances can be seen. Dining Commons: The dining hall located at the center of the main campus that has a wide variety of food stations for students to choose from breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Known commonly as the “D.C.” Green House: The green house attached to Wilson Hall. Health Services: The campus department behind Scanlon Hall that provides health care, wellness education, and disease prevention to Westfield State. Your medical records are stored in Health Services.
Information Technology: The department responsible for providing the campus with the proper technology to access internet services, handle email, and data access. The Help Desk is an important service and can be reached at Ext. help (4357). Institutional Security Officer: These officers are members of our Public Safety Department who are responsible for daily patrols on campus - mainly in the residential halls. Known commonly as “I.S.O’s”. Intramurals: Campus department that organizes athletic events that allows all students to compete against one another. Juniper Park: Academic building behind the Apartment Complex that houses university classrooms as well as an elementary school.
Matriculate: The time at which you became an enrolled student at Westfield State (example: I matriculated to the University in September of 2013). Nestor: Westfield State’s beloved owl mascot. Noble Hospital: If you ever have a medical emergency that needs immediate attention you will be able to go to Westfield’s Noble Hospital. Noble handles emergency room services. Overload: When a class has no remaining seats available - the professor may be approached about opening up an additional seat. Pandini’s: The eatery connected to the Dining Commons best known for their pizza! Many students refer to it as “Dini’s”.
Parenzo Gym: The gymnasium located behind the Banacos Center that is used for intramural events as well as practice space for varsity athletes. Public Safety: The Department that oversees safety and security, policy enforcement, and emergency response. Residential Assistants (RAâ€™s): These are students who are leaders in each section of every residence hall. They work with students to create and maintain an atmosphere that fosters meaningful educational opportunities as well as valuable personal growth experiences. The resident assistant (RA) performs diverse responsibilities including role model, peer counselor, activity planner, resource person, administrator, and crisis responder.
Resident Directors (RDâ€™s): These are residential life administrators who live in each building supervising the RAs as well making sure that students are safe, following all college policies, and gaining the most from their residential experiences on campus. Senate Banquet: The student government association (SGA) throws a formal event during the spring semester that includes dinner and dancing. Now called the Owl Ball. South Lot: The large parking lot that allows our resident students to have their personal vehicles on campus as a form of transportation. Spring Weekend: A weekend-long event held in April of every year that showcases a large concert and tons of campus activities during the entire weekend to celebrate the end of the academic year.
Stanley Beach/Stanley: Students refer to the picturesque Stanley Park located across form the Woodward Center as just Stanley and in the warm months of the year you will find students catching rays and playing Frisbee here. Student Government Association (SGA): The longest standing forum on campus. SGA consists of a 75-member Legislature and an eight-member Executive Council. The Executive Council is selected annually through a campus election held in the spring. The Legislature is made up of elected representative students from each Class and Residence Hall, Commuters, Multicultural Representation, Alumni Affairs Representation and Representatives at large.
Swipes: Term used for the number of meals you used on your pre-paid dining plan on your plan. (example: “I’ve used 6 swipes this week” means “I’ve eaten six meals at the D.C.”). Syllabus: Professors will provide a syllabus on the first day of class. This document will outline course title and meeting times, contact information for the professor, expectations and attendance policies, grading policy, test dates and required text (s) and supplies. TRIO: A federally funded Student Support Services Program that provides additional support, including tutoring for students who have been accepted to the program based on certain criteria.
Tutoring: A service through the Banacos Academic Center that allows students to access free tutoring services for a class that they may be struggling in. U.E.: The Urban Education Program, intended for students attending Westfield as a first-generation college student, and/ or those from a ethnically diverse background. The Program helps introduce them to college/student life during a unique Summer Bridge Program. U Hall: The newest residence hall, located between Lammers Hall and Ely Hall. University Hall (U Hall) will open in fall, 2013 and house 400 students. Woodward Center: Our athletic building on campus where students can go to cheer on their favorite Owls team or to get in a good workout in the gym.
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May 1st: Accept Offer of Admission and pay deposit
May 1st: Orientation Registration Opens
JUNE 1st: Proof of Residency Forms Due
JUNE 1st: Health Forms Due
JUNE 1st: Academic Course Selection Form Due
JUNE 3rd: Housing Preference Form and Residential Life Agreement Due
JULY 25th: F all Bill Due – mailed July 4 and must be postmarked July 25
SUMMER: P urchase First-Year Book Access Course Schedule Online Start Packing
Proof of Residency Form As a reminder, all students must complete a Proof of Residency form and return it to the Office of Admission no later than June 1, 2013. If we do not receive your form, your offer of admission may be rescinded. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Admission at (413) 572-5218 or email@example.com.
Final Transcripts As a reminder, all First Year students MUST submit a copy of their final transcripts to the Office of Admission no later than June 30, 2013. Transfer students MUST submit a copy of their transcripts to the Office of Admission no later than August, 2013. If you have any questions please contact the Office of Admission at (413) 572-5218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? First-year Hotline: 413-572-8402 First-year Email: email@example.com First-year Website: westfield.ma.edu/firstyear
First-year Hotline: 413-572-8402 First-year Email: firstname.lastname@example.org First-year Website: westfield.ma.edu/firstyear