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Congratulations Seniors! We want to wish you well on your achievement. Please check out the commencement web page for all the details regarding Commencement Day: http://www.bvu.edu/commencement/. Please note that on Commencement Day, Sodexo will be serving a commencement brunch that is open to your friends and family. Tickets for the brunch buffet may be purchased at the Sodexo Foodservice Office between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Friday, May 24, with tickets also being sold from 9-11 a.m. Commencement morning in the foyer outside Anderson Auditorium or at the door. We would encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance so as to make your Commencement Day run as smooth as possible.
Is Your Student Ready for the Summer?
The Ten Tasks Your Student Must Complete Before Leaving Campus
1. Fall Schedule: Your student should make sure that he/she as an appropriate schedule of classes for the fall semester. Students should have met with their advisor and registered for classes April 2nd through April 9th.
2. Summer Storage: Students will need to pack up their belongings and move out of their residence hall by 6:00pm May 23rd (except graduating seniors). Even if your student is going to be in the same room in the fall all personal items must be removed and they must go through the room check out process.
3. Organize Paperwork: Encourage your student to organize any paperwork he/she may need during the summer before packing. Examples of important paperwork are materials for coursework, syllabi, notifications and letters from the school, bills, etc.
4. Textbooks: Students who rented books must return them on time in order to avoid additional charges. If they wish to sell their books they may do so through the Campus Store or on their own through student-student connections.
5. Housing: Room selection for returning students took place in April. Your student should leave campus knowing the residence hall, room and their roommate(s) when they leave.
6. Internship: If your student is planning to do an internship over the summer or in the fall semester they need to make sure that they have completed and turned in any required paperwork (another example of paperwork that should not be packed).
7. Fall Jobs: Your student may want a work-study position as part of their financial aid package when they return in the fall. It does not hurt to line up a job now in order to get a slight jump on the process. While most offices will not be able to make a commitment now, expressing interest is a good step that will put the student’s mind at rest over the summer.
8. Connections: Students should be sure that they have conversations with faculty, their faculty advisors, coaches, strength and condition coach, etc. before leaving. They can get questions answered and leave knowing what is expected of them over the summer and when they are expected to return. Faculty and staff may not be easily accessible over the summer.
9. Leadership Planning: Is your student going to step into a leadership position in the fall such as student senate, club officer, tutor, orientation team member, peer mentor? If so, they should gather information and resources now to assist them in planning and preparation they will do over the summer.
10. Plan for the Summer: Not all students will spend the summer the same way. Some will work, some will volunteer, some will travel, etc. These activities take planning and coordination so students should have their plans in place when they leave the campus. Hopefully, they have also shared their plans with you!
Why is Summer Orientation Important for My Student?
Now that you have decided to attend BVU the summer orientation for incoming students is the first step in the transition from high school to college. Here are the reasons you will be glad you attended.
Getting Acquainted with BVU
There is a lot “getting to know” opportunities. This is your chance to spend some extended time on campus and learn where things are such as the food court, campus store, your residence hall, and the recreation center to name a few.
You will get to meet other incoming students who will become your classmates, teammates, roommates and residence hall neighbors. You will get the opportunity to form new relationships and build those into friendships on-line over the summer. This means you will arrive in August with a whole new circle of friends!
Orientation is also an opportunity for faculty and staff at BVU to meet you. Our admissions staff has spent a lot of time with you and has told us a lot of great things but now we want to meet you and begin to form those relationships that will continue throughout your time at BVU.
You will get a lot of information that will help you arrive in August a bit more prepared for the start of your college career. We will tell you about campus safety, parking, meal plans, residence hall policies and other services that are available.
The academic program and requirements will be explained and you will meet with professors to register for classes so you know your schedule when you arrive in August.
The BVU Culture
It may sound strange at first, but you will be joining a community that has its own unique culture. By spending time with the Orientation Team, Residence Life Staff, Student Activities staff and faculty you will get a sense of what it will be like to become a Beaver!
Our students, faculty and staff will give you helpful tips and the “inside scoop” on how to be successful at BVU.
The Journey Starts Now
You will walk onto campus as an accepted student and leave as an official student of BVU! You will know you residence hall assignment, the classes you will be taking, your email address. You will receive your laptop computer and your official BVU ID!
By the time you leave, you will have met and made new friends, interacted with upper classmen, faculty and staff and you will have taken the first step toward achieving your future goals.
Lane Gries - BVU Head Strength & Conditioning Coach describes off-season performance training. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmqQrxIB4xQ
It's Your Show! New Student Orientation
Now is the time to reserve your spot at Buena Vista University! Orientation dates fill up quickly, and preference is given to those who sign up first. Make your reservation now, and get your spot at BVU.
Sign up now at bvu.edu/YourShow!
CHECK YOUR RIDE
As part of the 24/7 For Your Safety initiative, the Office for Student Affairs, in cooperation with Fitzpatrick Auto Center, encourages all BVU students to Check Your Ride before you travel at the end of the semester. Simply go to Fitzpatrick Auto Center, 1301 N. Lake, during the week of Wednesday, May 15 – Wednesday, May 22 to have a Fitzpatrick technician give your vehicle a quick safety inspection. Fitzpatrick technicians will check all of your fluid levels, check all your belts and hoses, and check your tire pressure. The best part is…. IT’S ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! Just bring your BVU Student ID with you in order for you to participate. If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Student Affairs.