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Room Selection Update from Residence Life

Important Update from Residence Life about room selection–

I’d like to update you all following room selection for class of 2017:
Make sure you or your parents have paid the $200 housing deposit to the Business Office. If you have not paid by 4 p.m. today, you will not be allowed to participate in room selection with your class. There are no exceptions.

Just some information to help you make excellent, informed decisions on Thursday night:

Room Selection starts at 7 p.m. in the Main Dining Hall. Come in and have a seat, we’ll start calling numbers. Remember that you will be turned away if you have not the paid the housing deposit.
The bulletin board in Prothro has been updated so you can see which rooms are still available.
All Green Village Apartments, singles in Patteson House, quads, and triples have been filled. There were 18 singles available as of last night, but more than likely all of these will be selected by rising juniors tonight. Plan accordingly.
If you chose a spot on an affinity hall, you will not be able to choose another room.
If you have class during your room selection date/time, complete the online proxy form before 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Emails will not be accepted.
Stay calm and don’t allow the selection process to create unnecessary stress in your life. Come prepared, but be flexible. All will be well.

Good luck,

Looking for a Roommate for Next Year?

Join the Residence Life Staff for Roommate Round Up tonight (March 31) in the Robertson Lounge (FAC) from 7 – 8 p.m.

The first segment of the event will be an informational session and Q&A for all students who have questions about room selection, or who are worried or confused about the process.

The remaining time will allow everyone to snack and mingle. This will be especially helpful for anyone concerned with finding a roommate for next year.

Did we mention there will be snacks? Come join us tonight!

See you there,
The Office of Residence Life

Room Selection for SophoMORE Year

It’s hard to believe, but it’s time for students to start planning for their SophoMORE year housing! The Office of Residence Life has developed a Room Selection Guidebook that contains all of the information that students need to know. It is extremely important for first years to read through this guide prior to room selection. The guide is available online at this link.

Affinity Housing Options for Students

Greetings from Residence Life!

You know the old saying, “You can’t choose your neighbors”? Affinity Housing (formerly Themed Floors/Hall) gives you an opportunity to change that!

If you are interested in creating a floor dedicated to an academic or intellectual pursuit that you love, now is your chance. Below, you will find a link to the application for Affinity Housing for the 2014-15 academic year.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this concept, it may be helpful for you to know that some of our previous and current themed floors include the: Honors Floor, International Hall, Eco Floor, Environmental Floor, Community Service, Arts Appreciation.

We would love to continue successful themes from the past, but are also excited to see what other interests (or affinities) you may have. For 2014-15 year we are especially looking forward to including our new students (both first years and transfers) on these affinity floors.

Yes, Sweet Briar is small, but there are a lot of different paths to follow. Finding your special group of people is important…and you can help new students do that in their first semester here!

Please take a look at the application to gain a better understanding of the specific requirements. All applications are due no later than February 23rd. If you have any questions, please contact Co-Curricular Life (434) 381-6134 or email Annie Jones (anniejones@sbc.edu).

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online.

Second Semester Opening

Spring Semester
It’s almost that time again; spring semester begins next week! The residence hall rooms re-open at 8am on Tuesday, January 21 and classes begin on Wednesday, January 22. I’m looking forward to having students back on campus again; it’s way to quiet around here without them.

For students that need assistance getting back on campus from the Lynchburg airport, Amtrack or Greyhound stations, Co-Curricular Life offers a complimentary shuttle service. The deadline to reserve a spot on the free shuttle is 9am on Friday, January 17th. You can sign up via this link. If you have questions or problems with the online registration, please call (434) 381-6113 or (434) 381-6134.

Roommate Discussion Ideas

By now, most of the first years not only know the name of their roommate, but have spoken with her. I know it can be exciting and sometimes a little stressful to learn to live with a roommate for the first time. I can assure you that a lot of time and care went into the process of pairing roommates this summer. We hope that students will spend time getting to know each other and we are sharing a list of suggested discussion topics to assist you with this process.

Roommate Discussion Topics

1. Do you come from a large or small family? How close are you with your family?

2. Have either of you had a roommate before? If so, what was that experience like?

3. What are some of your habits that make you each unique?

4. What are some behaviors that annoy each of you?

5. Are you early or late night people? What is your agreed definition of “early” and “late”?

6. Are you each fairly quiet or loud?

7. Bedtime etiquette: When your roommate(s) is/are trying to sleep, is it ok to:

Talk on the phone

Play music

Study with the lights on

Have guests

Use the computer

8. What do you each do when you are upset or stressed?

9. How would you like to interact with each other when you are upset or stressed?

10. How do you each talk about difficult things that bother you?

11. How will you talk to each other when you do things that bother one another?

12. Where do you each envision doing most of your studying? (i.e. room, library, living room, etc.)

13. What times of day do you each usually study?

14. Do you each prefer complete quiet or background noise, like music/tv, when studying?

15. What type of environment can you NOT study in?

16. Are you a neat or messy person? Will it drive you crazy to live in someone else’s clutter? Is a messy desk and an unmade bed a problem?

17. Please describe how you will divide cleaning your shared space.

18. How much notice will you give each other (if you decide to do so) before an overnight guest comes to stay?

19. What is your agreement on sharing your “stuff”?

20. What items are you comfortable sharing with each other?

21. Does sharing with your roommate also give them permission to share that item with a friend that they trust?

22. From the topics covered in this agreement, what are some areas you each feel you may have significant differences?

23. Based on your conversation, is there anything else that should be discussed or documented?

24. When something comes up and your roommate or you do something different than what you agreed on, how will you handle the situation?

Finding a Roommate for Next Year

Students are making plans to select rooms for next year and quite a few are also looking for roommates as well. The Office of Residence Life will host a “Meet and Greet” event on Tuesday, March 26th between 6-9pm in Johnson Dining Room. The goal of this event is to provide a forum for students that are looking for roommates to meet similar students and determine if they will be compatible to live together next year. I would highly encourage first year students to attend this event!

Student Re-Enrollment for the Fall

It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year! Students must pay a re-enrollment fee which will allow students to participate in room selection and registration. Both of these events are coming up soon so it’s pertinent that students turn in their $200 immediately, if they have not already done soon.
The deadline for the re-enrollment was due on Friday, March 15. Did you’ll miss the deadline? If so, your daughter can pay in cash or check today in the Business Office (third floor Prothro). Parents and students can also pay online with debit or credit cards by clicking here.

Unsure if your daughter needs to pay the re-enrollment fee? Students can access their financial account online at any time under:

“mysbc.edu” Go to MY ACADEMICS and View STUDENT ACCOUNTS

Students will see their balance and activity as well as HOLDS on accounts. Financial aid information is available under the FINANCIAL AID heading as well.

Important dates by which student accounts must be current in order to participate:

March 15
Room deposits or Re-Enrollment fees are due. This $200 deposit is non refundable and must be paid before a student can participate in the Room Selection Process.

March 19-22
Room Number Draw (Students randomly select a number which determines the order in which they will select their room for next year)

April 2
Room Selection (The process by which a student and her roommate(s) sign up for their specific room for next year.)

April 10
Registration begins for Fall Term classes begin.

A student may not participate in Room Selection nor Fall Term registration unless all student account balances are paid. Should there be questions contact the following offices located on the 3rd floor Student Commons:

Business Office – Rita Cash, Accounts Receivable Coordinator, 381-6200, rcash@sbc.edu

Financial Aid – Wanda Spradley, Associate Director Financial Aid, 381 -6156, spradley@sbc.edu

Spring Break Closing Instructions

It’s hard to believe, but Spring Break begins on March 9! Residence Life has shared the following information with all students and I thought it might be helpful to share this message on the blog as well.

Spring Break Closing

Spring Break closing begins on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8 a.m. At this time, the residence halls will close. No one will be allowed to remain in the residence halls after 8 a.m. on March 9th. The Residence halls will reopen on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 8 a.m. No one will be permitted in the residence halls before that time or at any other time during semester break.

The last meal served will be dinner at Prothro on Friday, March 8th, and dinner will be the first meal served in Prothro on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

If you encounter problems with timing, transportation, or other concerns regarding closing for break, please contact Residence Life by Monday, March 4th. There will be a shuttle service to and from the airport. This service is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you must sign up with the chaplain’s office prior to the break. Another option is the local taxi service, Tabb’s Taxi. Please contact Cora at (434) 944-3437 or tabbcab@comcast.net.

Before Leaving:

· Defrost and unplug your refrigerator (please make sure there is no food left in it).

· Unplug all electrical items, with the exception of fish tanks. Please label the cord to the fish tank.

· Turn off lights and ceiling fans.

· Close and lock windows and leave shades/curtains open.

· Turn radiator down but not off (if applicable).

· Remove all valuables.

· Thoroughly clean room and empty trash.

· Discard all perishables from your room and the common area refrigerator; keep dry goods in a sealed container.

· Remove all personal items from hallways and common areas.

· Do not request that staff water your plants during break; they should survive if well-watered and covered with a plastic bag.

· If you need to leave a vehicle on campus during break, make arrangements with Campus Safety; secure bikes in bike racks.

· Lock the door to your room!

Residence Life staff will be entering rooms to ensure that all of the check-out requirements listed above have been completed and that rooms have been left in the appropriate condition for the break. College staff may be making health and safety checks and conducting routine maintenance or repairs in the residence halls during break.

Getting Ready for the Class of 2016!

We are busily preparing to welcome the class of 2016 on August 25th! We placed the new student packets in the mail today. I know the new students are anxiously awaiting the envelope containing their housing information for th

is fall! While I know it is very exciting to find out your roommate so you can begin the process of getting to know each other; we strongly encourage students and parents to review all of the material in the packet. There is a lot of other important information for your review.

Students and parents should feel free to contact Co-Curricular Life this summer if you have any questions. 434-381-6134