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10 Helpful Items for LVC Freshmen to Know
07.07.11 |
College is a new experience for students, especially incoming freshmen. The following is a list of ten things to know before arriving on campus in August to help you enjoy your four years here.  

1. Free activities/services
Lebanon Valley College offers numerous activities and services free of charge, including wifi across campus. Laundry can be done free of charge in the dorms, and the fitness center and exercise classes are open to all. Numerous events on campus have free admission including all athletic events, student and faculty recitals, Colloquium movies, comedians, and some weekend bus trips. Students can also rent music CDs, DVDs, and TV series on DVD free through the library.

2. Dining options
The newly revamped dining hall in Mund College Center is just one of a few dining options available to students. The Dutchmen Den, located in the New Student Center, is open during the evening and provides various convenience store items along with a heroes sub shop. For beverages such as coffee and hot chocolate, along with bakery and to-go items, visit the Intermetzo café in Synodinos Commons.

3. Support services
Various types of aid are available to all students enrolled. Academic services include peer tutoring, given for every course offered. To schedule an appointment, students can fill out a request form or call 717-867-6799. The Writing Center is open to all and assists with writing related assignments. Those needing help are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 717-867-6970, emailing, or filling out the online form, but drop in is available. Another highly-utilized office is career services. Working with students to find internship and job opportunities, along with graduate/professional school information, Career Services is just a walk away!

4. Study abroad
Numerous study abroad opportunities are available to students during their time at the Valley. Traditional semester-long programs are offered in several countries and shorter trips through academic departments are taken. Domestic programs to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. are also offered so make sure to check out information on each through the Study Abroad office.

5. Getting involved
There’s no shortage of opportunities for students to become involved. The Student Activities Office assists over 85 clubs, organizations, and initiatives run by students. An easy way to find your interests is the student activity fair, held on Wednesday, September 7 at 4:45 p.m. on the social quad. Student government and EDGE leadership are just two of the many ways to develop leadership skills and gain experience. Community service projects are also important to life at the Valley, so make sure to lend a helping hand. Contact Chaplain Paul Fullmer, director of community service and volunteerism, to find out how you can help.

6. Valley Traditions
Colleges across the nation have events that started long ago, but Lebanon Valley is bursting with traditions. Study up and understand the importance of the Red Avenger, the football game against Albright, and Hot Dog Frank day. In the spring, ValleyFest is a weekend-long event with vendors, activities, and several musical performances. Dutchmen Day also occurs around this time, giving students a day off from classes to have fun and celebrate the return of warm weather. The biggest tradition on campus is Tender Thursday, a weekly event in which Dining Services serves chicken tenders. Soon enough you’ll be craving lunch every Thursday!

7. A Warning to Heed
To lighten up the list and continue to assist you in various ways, it’s important to give warning about the black swan housed on campus. It resides outside Arnold Sports Center and despite the belief it’s a graceful, gentle animal, it’s best to stay away. The black swan is not very friendly and prefers to be left alone. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

8. Financial Aid
It’s important for students to check their accounts every year to make sure necessary funds have come through and everything is correct. Forms will need to be completed including FAFSA and LVC’s Institutional Data Form, and both items are done annually. Student account information can be viewed through AccessLVC so make sure to log in often!

9. Sustainability
Lebanon Valley is committed to maintaining a sustainable campus and the Sustainability Task Force is here to help. They even have super heroes of sustainability,Green Man and Enviroboy, to guide you on their efforts. Recycling receptacles can be found across campus and sustainable products are used by dining services. Join the initiative and recycle!

10. Stay Connected
Every LVC student is given an email address through the College – make sure to stay on top of checking it as course announcements and other important information is sent to you through webmail. MyLVC is also important as it gives you information on the school and links you up with Blackboard should your professors use the platform. One can always stay in contact with the Valley through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. Lastly, make sure to sign up for the emergency alert system through the e2campus alert system utilized by LVC.

Many other questions can be answered by visiting the student affairs website.

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