August 27, 2018
CALENDAR Items in red are of primary academic concern
Tuesday, August 28
9:00am Registration for Class of 2021, Dining Hall
9:45am Registration for Class of 2020, Dining Hall
10:30am Registration for Class of 2019 + Eli Whitney, Dining Hall
6:00pm First-Year Dinner, Dining Hall
Wednesday, August 29
1-4 pm Dean B’s drop-in hours I, BK Office (Entry F, first floor)
Thursday, August 30
10-11:30 am Dean B’s drop-in hours II, BK Office (Entry F, first floor)
1:30-3:00 pm Dean B’s drop-in hours III, BK Office (Entry F, first floor)
Friday, August 31
Friday classes do not meet; Monday classes meet instead
1:00-3:30 pm Dean B’s drop-in hours IV, BK Office (Entry F, first floor)
Saturday, September 1
10-5 JUNIORS (+SENIORS on waitlist) Yale Outdoor Education Center (email form sign-up)
Sunday, September 2
4-5pm BKCC meeting, Mendenhall Room (open to all)
Monday, September 3
Labor Day; classes do not meet
8:30am New Haven Road Race (5k, 20k, half-marathon)
2:00pm BKCC Capture the Flag, Cross Campus
3:00pm Ice Cream social, South Court
Th 6 Sept Big/Little Sib cupcakes, Common Room
Fr 7 Sept Mentorpalooza dinner, Swensen House
Fr 7 Sept BK Film Society, outdoor cinema, Cross Campus
Welcome back! I hope everyone’s summers were as productive and relaxing as mine! I did geology field research in southern Africa, including about a month of sleeping out under the austral constellations in the Namib desert. Then spent the last month reuniting with my family. I look forward to sharing experiences with as many students as possible!
Now that we’re all back on campus, the main events are welcoming the BK Class of ’22, attending mandatory registration meetings, and starting to shop our classes. But first things first: a warm welcome to our new BK Dean Brianne Bilsky, or “Dean B”! She will introduce herself a bit more in the Dean’s Corner, just below. Note that her drop-in office hours are variable this week and next: see the calendars above and below for details.
The major social event this week is for BK’20 (and BK’19 as well, if there’s room): a day trip to the Yale Outdoor Education Center, on a bkeautiful lake in eastern CT. Juniors and Seniors have received separate email invitations from the college office. Don’t let the early date of this amazing event lull you into complacency, under the false impression that we will have similarly awesome outdoor experiences all through the year – the Center closes down after next weekend, not to reopen until May! So this event, which is the premier BK college event for Juniors in academic year 2018-19, is not to be missed! Signup forms are here: for Juniors and for Seniors (via waitlist)
Next Monday, on Labor Day, we have two big events. First is the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race, which has a starting time of 8:30am, but BK-ites should gather in front of Battell Chapel (Elm+College Sts) for a group photo at 8:15. We still have some free registration spots left. Refer to last week’s email, or stop by the BK office to use our promo code.
On Labor Day afternoon 2pm, the BKCC Capture the Flag contest pits our First-Year students against everyone else in the Thundernest. Can the newcomers pull off an upset? Or will BK’20 continue their undefeated streak? In any case, ice cream will follow, in South Court.
Next week, we’ll start the BK lottery series, which will appear here in the Headlines section. Stay tuned….
Peace, HoC Evans
Welcome back! I hope all of you had a wonderful summer and are excited to begin the fall semester! I, for one, am very glad that you’re here because now Berkeley is really starting to feel like home. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several of you in person already and look forward to meeting the rest of you soon. If you see me around on campus or in the dining hall, don’t be shy about saying hello. Additionally, feel free to stop by my office during drop-in hours over the next two weeks (see schedule below) if you have questions about classes, academic regulations, or simply want to introduce yourself.
Berkeley est optimus!
APPOINTMENTS AND DROP-IN HOURS
As many of you know, Damaris is my Senior Administrative Assistant. She is wonderful, kind, extremely helpful, and ensures that the Dean’s office runs smoothly. Stop by to say hello and/or introduce yourself if you haven’t had the opportunity to meet her. She loves engaging with students.
Drop-in hours start Wednesday (first day of class), and they are as follows for the next two weeks:
- Wed., Aug. 29: 1:00-4:00 pm
- Thurs., Aug. 30: 10:00-11:30 am and 1:30-3:00 pm
- Fri., Aug. 31: 1:00-3:30 pm
- Tues., Sept. 4: 1:30-4:00 pm
- Wed., Sept. 5: 10:00-11:30 am and 1:30-3:00 pm
- Thurs., Sept. 6: 10:00-11:30 am and 1:30-3:00 pm
- Fri., Sept. 7: 10:00-11:30 am and 1:30-3:00 pm
APPOINTMENTS: Due to shopping period, only drop-in hours will be available this week and next.
If you have a routine question that you wish to send by email, please send it to both Damaris and me, and whoever can answer it first, will. Please remember that Damaris is at lunch from noon to 1:00 pm every day so plan accordingly especially when calling/emailing to schedule an appointment.
MANDATORY REGISTRATION: SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS AND SENIORS
Registration will take place in our dining hall on Tuesday, August 28, at the following times:
- Sophomores (2021): 9:00am
- Juniors (2020): 9:45am
- Seniors & Eli Whitney (2019): 10:30am
Late Arrivals will be fined $50, so please be on time.
YALE DEGREE AUDIT
CHECK YOUR ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS ONLINE!
Please note that YOU are responsible for keeping track of your distributional requirements and enrolling for courses appropriately.
Yale Degree Audit is a system that can help and is located on the Academics tab of Student Information System (SIS). If you have questions after reviewing this information for yourself, please be in touch with me or Damaris.
COURSE ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
Course Load: A schedule of 3 or 3.5 course credits and a schedule of 6 course credits or more needs my permission before the schedule is handed in. Schedules of fewer than 3 course credits are not permitted unless you are part of the Eli Whitney Students Program. Schedules of 4 or 4.5 credits are strongly encouraged for first-year (first term) students. Please find the required form here for those requests.
Course Overlap: Enrollment in courses that overlap requires special permission. Online Couse Selection does not check for conflicts in class meeting times (that is the student’s responsibility – see “overlapping meeting times.” Contact me if this applies to you.
Course Schedule: Once you print your final schedule, you cannot go back in to OCS to make changes and print a different final schedule. The inclusion or removal of a course must be hand written on the printed final schedule itself (in the Include and Remove Sections). If you need to add or remove anything on your course schedule, please see Damaris.
Professional School OR Graduate School Courses:
Graduate School courses
Blue forms are not required for graduate school course enrollment. Most graduate school courses can be added to the OCS worksheet for 1 Yale College course credit. Exceptions to this are independent study/research courses and courses that have historically been approved for a Yale College course credit value other than 1. A list of exceptions is provided on theUniversity Registrar’s Office website and includes instruction as to how to proceed with enrollment, if enrollment is allowed. Students are directed to this information during the course registration process in OCS.
Professional School courses
Blue forms are required for ALL professional school course enrollment.
- Course schedules: Students should add professional school courses (including second-half courses) to their schedules before they seal. Courses not available to be added in OCS must be written on the paper schedule. Late additions require a Course Change Notice (CCN), for a $20 fee.
Independent Study Limits (Directed Reading, Directed Research, etc.): There are limits on the number that a student can enroll in during a given year and over four years. See here. Enrolling in an independent study requires the additional permission of the relevant Director of Undergraduate Studies.
COURSE SCHEDULE DEADLINES
Course schedules must be sealed online, printed, and signed by appropriate advisers before being submitted to the Berkeley Dean’s Office. Secure necessary appointments with advisers early on!
The deadline on each of the dates listed below is 5:00 pm sharp. Schedules submitted at 5:01 pm are late. Students submitting a late schedule are fined $50.
- Class of 2022: Monday, September 10
- Classes of 2021 and 2020: Tuesday, September 11
- Class of 2019: Wednesday, September 12
The Fall IM season will begin sometime after this week. Our Fall IM Secretaries are Ryan Lim ’19, Amelia Farinas ’20, and Owen Ogden ’20. Contact any of them if you’re interested in participating or even captaining one of our Fall sports:
Football, Soccer, Cross-Country, Volleyball, Golf, and more!
This semester, BKCC will continue to have its meetings in the Mendenhall Room on Sundays, late afternoon (4-5pm). All students are welcome! And don’t forget to come out to our annual Capture the Flag competition on Old Campus, 2pm Monday (Labor Day)!
Lauren Chapey (President), Safia Speer (Vice President), Ohshue Gatanaga (Student Activities Committee Chair), Qusay Omran (Secretary), and Charlotte Emerson (Publicity Chair).
Hey there BK!
Are you a proud member of Berkeley College who’s looking for a leadership role on campus? If so, you’re in luck! The BK Fellows Program is looking for an Associate Liaison to join our team and ultimately take over the student-led portion of the program once our senior leaders graduate.
What You’ll Do
- Assist in launching programming to build relationships between current BK students and our wonderful alumni network
- Organize communications to the BK community;
- Low time commitment (infrequent, as-needed meetings; ~2 hours/week of work)
- Run the student-led portion of the Program starting Spring of 2019
- Benefits: gaining leadership experience in the BK community, learning more about and connecting with our extensive BK alumni network, helping to establish new programming that will allow BK students to build meaningful connections with notable alumni
What We’re Looking For
- Second and third year students (‘20 or ‘21)
- Organized, pays close attention to detail and quickly responds to emails
- A passion for the BK community and the benefits of the Yale alumni network
If you’re interested, please reach out to Max (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Varsha (email@example.com) with the subject line BK Fellows Program Associate Liaison Position so we can chat about potentially bringing you on board!
Cheers to a great semester,
Max & Varsha