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Family Orientation Program

Welcome to the Bridgewater State University Community!

 

We are looking forward to your arrival on campus.

The Family Orientation program provides family members of new incoming Bridgewater State University students the opportunity to learn more about the Bridgewater State University student experience. Family members will have the opportunity to attend sessions on topics such as academics, community, housing, billing and payment, financial aid, campus safety and support and more. Family Orientation is a great way to learn more about the college and connect with other families.

There are a total of 6 sessions offered in the month of June. Family Orientation takes place on the first day of each new student orientation program. The Family Orientation program begins first thing at 8am in the morning and will conclude by 5pm.

The Family Orientation Program will include:

  • An overview of Academic Support Services
  • Opportunity to meet with a variety of Staff and Administrators
  • Information Sessions
  • Bridgewater Basics ” A day in the life of a college student”
  • Campus Services Fair
  • Lunch
  • Great Connections!

To register for the Family Orientation program please click on this link: http://bit.ly/1kbd7vg.  There is a $25.00 per person fee associated with the day long program. For Additional information please refer to Off2BSU.com and the Twitter account OFF2BSU. 

Check in for the Family Orientation Program begins at 8:00 am in the Rondileau Campus Center. Parking for Family Orientation is at the Spring Street Parking Lot.

The dates for Family Orientation are:

  • Session 1 Monday  June 9
  • Session 2 Thursday June 12
  • Session 3 Monday  June 16
  • Session 4 Thursday June 19
  • Session 5 Monday  June 23
  • Session 6 Thursday June 26

An introduction to Social Justice!

 Welcome to Bridgewater State University!!!  The Institute for Social Justice was launched in fall 2012. It comprises the Community Service Center, the Friends and Mentors (FAM) for Change program, Jumpstart, the President’s Task Force to End Homelessness, and two Residential Learning Communities focused on community service and social justice.  One of the Institute’s goals is to offer academic and co-curricular service and engagement opportunities that provide students the training they need to be change agents. Below are some FAQs to help you learn more about the work we do.

 

 

How can I get involved in service through the Institute for Social Justice?

 

Visit our website at https://my.bridgew.edu/departments/ISJ/SitePages/Home.aspx.  The Community Service Center offers many programs for students to get involved in.  Opportunities are posted on Student Announcements and students can go to our event sign up page to sign up online. You can visit the Community Service Center’s website at  https://my.bridgew.edu/departments/CommunityService/SitePages/Home.aspx

 

What are your main programs?

 

The Friends And Mentors for Change Program pairs college students up with high school students from Brockton High School.  The mission of FAM is to improve youth’s academic achievement, social competence, and avoidance of high-risk behavior by providing influential relationships with caring mentors who work to help the mentees achieve their maximum potential. If you are interested in learning more, contact Kenny Monteiro, Assistant Director, at Kenny.Monteiro@bridgew.edu.

 

Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program, has a mission to work towards the day when every child enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. This high quality, early language and literacy program cultivates adult-child relationships in low income neighborhoods in Brockton and Taunton. Bridgewater State University students commit to working 200-300 hours, which includes pre-service and ongoing training sessions, classroom assistance time and volunteer projects in the community. If you are interested in learning more, contact Nicole Mitchell, Senior Site Manager, at Nicole.Mitchell@bridgew.edu.

 

Monthly programs consist of:

-       Serving lunch at The Table, located at Father Bill’s and MainSpring in Brockton

-       Serving dinner at Father Bill’s and MainSpring in Brockton

-       Delivering food and furniture through My Brother’s Keeper, located in Dartmouth and Easton

-       Engaging in activities with children through Big Sisters Big Brothers in Brockton

 

Residential Learning Communities provide students with the opportunity to live with their peers who are committed to learning more about service and social justice.  First year students can sign up, through Residence Life, to live in the Service Based RLC, located in Scott Hall.

 

Social Action Grants are available to individual students and student groups. They provide up to $1,000 in support of projects that work to promote fairness, equal access and equal opportunity, ensure basic human rights, support diversity, and work to end prejudice and discrimination.  Applications and information can be found on the ISJ website.

 

The Take a Break and Make a Difference program provides students with the opportunity to spend a long weekend at Camp Sunshine, an organization for children with terminal illness and their families.  Students can also spend a week during winter and/or spring break engaging in community service.  Past issues have focused on poverty, immigrants & refugees, and education.

 

What are the benefits of engaging in community service?

 

Through service, students learn about themselves, make connections with their peers and community organizations, gain skills, make positive impact in the local communities, gain exposure to social issues and diversity, enhance their classroom learning, and have fun.

Living the reslife!

Planning to live on campus?

Welcome!  The staff in Residence Life and Housing is looking forward to meeting you!  Here is some information you may find helpful as you take the next step in becoming an independent adult.

If you were accepted with housing you can expect to receive a packet in the mail from Residence Life and Housing during the month of March.  It will include instructions on how to pay your housing deposit and submit your Residence Hall License Agreement; that is your contract for housing for the academic year.  It will also include a small booklet called the Residence Life and Housing Press which includes lots of great information about living on campus.

If you have not already done so, the first thing you should do is claim your BSU user account so that you can access the BSU intranet and receive important emails.  It will be well worth your while to browse around on the Residence Life and Housing website https://my.bridgew.edu/departments/RLH/SitePages/Home.aspx . The On-campus Housing, the Residence Life and the Current Resident Students links all have lots of details about the residence halls and the on-campus experience.

Are you nervous about leaving home and living with roommates?  Here are some tips that may help:

First year students will have the option to select roommates based on profiles entered when they contract for housing online.  Students also have the option to be matched and assigned by Residence Life and Housing staff. We suggest that you meet with your roommate(s), if possible, or at least have a few telephone conversations during the summer.  Don’t make snap judgments before getting to know the individuals.  Facebook or second hand information is not always the real deal.  You don’t have to be best friends to have a good roommate match.

Talk about who will be bringing the larger items you will be sharing, like TV’s and refrigerators, how you plan to set up the furniture, and what you like and don’t like.  Make sure you are all in agreement about having guests in the room.  The more openly and honestly you communicate with each other, the better your experience will be.

In addition to having all the campus resources readily available, the Residence Life experience is all about meeting new people and learning to understand and accept differences.  You will meet students from different backgrounds and cultures who have had experiences unlike your own.  Being open and respectful with everyone will help you to learn valuable life skills that are an important part of your education.  The most important thing you should bring to campus is a POSITIVE ATTITUDE!!

Looking forward to seeing you at Orientation!

Meet the University Police!

Meet the Bridgewater State University Police

  

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The Bridgewater State University Police Department is charged with the protection of the lives and property of more than 12,000 Bridgewater State University students, faculty, staff, and visitors on nearly 300 acres of University land and 38 major buildings, as well as the streets and other passageways adjoining University property.  Police Department staff work with community members to prevent crime, solve problems, and take proactive steps to make Bridgewater State University as safe as possible.

BSUPD is widely recognized as the premier state university police department in Massachusetts.  The department stands ready to deal with the same kinds of incidents that any small-city police department handles. All BSU police officers attend municipal police academy training and have full police authority on campus and throughout the town of Bridgewater.  The Department enforces state laws, including motor vehicle laws, as well as university rules and regulations.   Indeed, the department is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and law enforcement tools, enabling it to respond to virtually any emergency.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all about our department!!!

Bridgewater State University Police

200 Great Hill Drive

Bridgewater, MA 02325

Emergency: 911

Dispatch:  (508) 531-1212

Fax: (508) 531-6180

Email:  bsupolice@bridgew.edu

Smart Phone Application:  http://mypdapp.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/BSUPD

Intranet Site:  http://www.bridgew.edu/studentlife/safety-campus

The Bear Necessities: Advice from students

Frankie on Commuting

When I first started commuting my Sophomore year here at BSU, I had a few worries on my mind. I was concerned that I wouldn’t have any opportunities to meet new friends, and I was concerned that I wouldn’t keep in contact with my old ones. I had been told so many times that the only way to get the college experience is to live on campus, but that’s completely wrong. Your college experience is whatever you decide it’s going to be, and I decided that being a commuter student was the best option for me.

Being a commuter student gives you a certain sense of freedom on campus. You can come and go as you please, and you have the option of having a car on campus, a luxury you wouldn’t have as a resident. When you’re on campus, there is always somewhere to go or something to do, whether it’s connecting with other students in the commuter lounge, eating at Bear’s Den or joining any of the clubs and organizations we have to offer. Personally I’ve been involved with Program Committee, WBIM Radio Station, intramural sports and I’ve held jobs as an Orientation Leader and the Student Marketing coordinator in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.

At the end of the day when I need time to relax from classes, work and involvements, it’s always an amazing feeling to return to my own bed, not to mention a home cooked meal never hurts. Commuting has definitely given me a sense of responsibility as a college student as well as pushed me to get as involved on campus as I could. I’ve met some of my best friends as a commuter student, and I wouldn’t change my college experience for anything.

Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone!

Meet your SOC’s

Welcome to Bridgewater State University’s Off2Bsu Blog! If you’re reading this, congratulations on embarking on one of your greatest experiences: College life. Here at Bridgewater, we take great pride in our students, faculty, and our first year orientation program! As a great way to introduce our blog series on Bridgewater and orientation we’re going to introduce our Student Orientation Coordinators! These two students are working to make sure your orientation experience unforgettable!

Meet Jen Haugen

 

Hey everyone! My name is Jen and I am one of the Student Orientation Coordinators for the 2014 Orientation program. I am a Junior majoring in Sociology and Special Education. I am a member of a sorority on campus in which I hold a coordinator position. I have been a part of the Residential Learning Communities, been a mentor for the ICE program and other various jobs on campus. Most recently, I studied abroad in Thailand over winter break! I was an Orientation Leader last summer and I am so excited  to meet the class of 2018! Welcome to Bridgewater State University!

 

Meet Kris Tangen

Hi! My name is Kris Tangen and I’ll be posting these blogs throughout the year as we welcome new students, transfer students, and parents alike. I am one half of the Student Orientation Coordinator team (SOC) and I’m delighted to meet all of you out there. I am currently in my fourth year here at Bridgewater State and I’ve been working with the summer and winter programs for orientation for three years. I’ve truly enjoyed my time here at BSU and have gotten involved in so many ways. I’m involved in intramurals, special olympics, fraternity life, Relay for life, take back the night, student leadership committee, and am currently working two jobs on campus. I am currently a history major with a minor in secondary education in hopes of working with students for the rest of my days!

Orientation is a great experience for students and parents to understand the true college experience condensed into a few short days. For some students it is a glimpse into their next four to five years, for others it’s an opportunity to connect with the campus through living on campus or commuting. Either way, we hope you enjoy our future blog posts and grow some bear pride. Here at Bridgewater we like to say “Everyday is a great day to be a bear”. Once again, welcome to Bridgewater State.

We encourage any questions and comments and if you have any please feel free to contact Jen, myself, or Christina McCauley