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Welcome New and 
Returning Students!

Whether you are new to Earlham or a familiar presence, I am pleased to welcome you into the new semester.  As we begin a new year together, the information we provide here will help you get off to a strong start.

Your 2017-2018 Student Handbook includes academic and community policies, procedures, important dates and timelines. You will be expected to read this information carefully. Your rights and responsibilities as a member of the community are important to your success academically and personally, and the Division of Student Life exists to support you in your efforts.

The Handbook is organized around five co-curricular learning goals, all of which support your academic goals and provide opportunities for your development as a scholar-leader:

  1. Living in Community
  2. Engagement and Leadership
  3. Diversity and Inclusion
  4. Service and Spiritual Exploration
  5. Wellness

These learning goals are related to Principles and Practices which is Earlham’s foundational statement of our values, beliefs and our expectations of how we live in community with one another, but don’t confuse order with value. In order to truly be inclusive, “community” requires disparate voices to articulate a shared vision. Earlham is among the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, and you will gain a deeper understanding of your own values in proportion to the time you invest in learning about the values of others. Our co-curricular goals are at the heart of your ability to thrive in and out of the classroom. These goals will be folded into our institutional priorities of holistic wellness, sustainability and co-curricular engagement.

As the year unfolds, I encourage you to take advantage of all that Earlham offers in terms of opportunities, be it research, the performing arts, service to the larger world, or athletics. We know that students who make strong, positive connections with other learners have improved performance in the classroom, but of equal importance, they are healthier and feel more at home on the campus. One of the most powerful learning opportunities you will experience is the act of caring responsibly for one another and expecting integrity of yourself and your fellow students. Play fair. Do what is right. Challenge what you know to be wrong. Listen intently. Think for yourself. And above all, remember that you are part of something larger than yourself, your living environment and your classroom. You are an Earlhamite.

Have a wonderful — and safe — year, and don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help.

Shane Peters
Interim Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students

 

Hello Class of 2021, and welcome to Earlham College! On behalf of Earlham Student Government (ESG) 2017, we’d like to say that we are very excited for your arrival on campus and we’re looking forward to having a great semester with you all.

ESG is responsible for representing student voices at the College and connect students with faculty, staff, senior administrators and alumni. We are the Co-Presidents of ESG 2017, which means we coordinate all ESG activities and advocate for student interests at the highest levels of the College administration. We both wanted to take on this role because we wanted to create concrete, sustainable changes that will benefit the student body. This position comes with many responsibilities and commitments, but we both like to balance out our lives with some fun extracurriculars. So far, we have had an incredible semester of learning and leadership, and we look forward to another productive semester in office.

Yunjoo is a junior Neuroscience major who would like to go on to attain an M.D. Yunjoo works with Residence Life as an RA, and also loves to play tennis and practice cello. She is currently part of the varsity tennis team, and hopes to join the Earlham Chamber Orchestra and String Quartet again next semester. Yunjoo also works at the Science Commons desk and is working as a chemistry TA this semester, so feel free to stop by and say hello if you see her around! Yunjoo devotes a lot of her free time to studying and finishing school work, but she also likes to go to the various restaurants in town. Her favorite places to eat are Thai Tara and La Mexicana.

Arish is a returning third year from Ghaziabad, India. He is double majoring in Biochemistry and Neuroscience with a minor in Ancient and Classical Studies. He served in ESG 2016 as the Clerk of the Senate. Arish loves Earlham, and especially the people he has met here, be it students, faculty, or staff. He hopes to get an MD-PhD and build robust careers in research, academia, and international politics. Arish is also involved in Spectrum, works as a Writing Consultant at the Earlham Writing Center, will serve as an RA for Earlham Hall, and loves binge-watching Netflix right before finals. He is excited to spend the Spring 2018 semester studying abroad in Athens, Greece.

The primary ESG bodies that the Co-Presidents lead are the Student Executive Council (SEC) and the larger Student Senate body. The SEC is an excellent group of devoted student government officials: Moataz Noureddine ‘19, VP of Communications; Maleeka Shrestha ‘19, VP of Nominations; Abdul K Awol ‘19 and Khyrul Khan ‘19, Student Organizations Council (SOC) Co-Conveners; Natalie Blatz ‘19, Secretary of Finance; Swati Pant ‘19, Events Coordinator; and Abhay Chaudhary ‘20, Clerk of the Student Senate. Tracy Dubs and Erica Hoffman, our ESG Co-Advisers, put tireless hours into providing us with invaluable support and guidance.

This past spring semester, members of ESG started out by attending two leadership conferences at the beginning of the semester so that they could be more prepared to take on the many responsibilities that came with their roles. ESG organized a Day of Kindness and the Richmond Community Clean-Up, and carried on the tradition of Maroon Mondays. Yunjoo sat on the Diversity Progress Committee (DPC) and Arish convened the Campus Life Advisory Committee (CLAC). We were also involved in moderating an All-Campus Forum regarding Trump’s executive bans, and have organized an All-Student Forum regarding an All-Gender Housing Proposal.

For the upcoming Fall semester, ESG will continue to work on the All-Gender Housing proposal brought to us by a committed and concerned group of students, and uphold ESG traditions such as Maroon Mondays. We are also working with the Homecoming committee to organize some really fun events during Homecoming weekend, and with the Alumni Council to set up a structure for students to connect with alumni. We are also excited about holding the elections of the next ESG in November, because you can get involved! This is an opportunity open to all students regardless of class year, because the most important qualification for being an executive member is a commitment to being deeply involved in campus affairs.

Another way of getting involved with ESG is through Student Senate (Wednesdays, 6 pm, CST 103). You can also privately contact us to communicate any issues or thoughts that you may have. Look out for our monthly email updates from the Co-Presidents and more updates in ‘Today at Earlham’. Additionally, find us around campus to talk with us about our ESG experiences or to simply chat with us!

Excited for an excellent semester ahead,

Yunjoo Shin ‘19 and Arish Mudra Rakshasa ‘19 ESG 2017 Co-Presidents.

 

Earlham College publishes two basic handbooks that provide essential information to students about the College’s programs, policies, resources and services.

  1. The Curriculum Guide details academic policies, requirements and opportunities within the curriculum. Expectations for the major, minor and degree requirements are presented in this format. It also includes a listing of faculty, the academic calendar and descriptions of curricular resources such as our libraries, informational technology and student services.
  2. This Student Handbook is not a contract. It is a resource for important campus and residential policies, descriptions of services provided by various College offices and other useful information regarding life on campus. Policies and interpretation are subject to change as circumstances warrant.

Updated regularly, both the Curriculum Guide and the Student Handbook refer to many documents that are on the Earlham website in their complete, authoritative and most up-to-date form at www.earlham.edu/curriculum-guide and www.earlham.edu/student-handbook.

All Earlham students, faculty and staff are expected 
to understand and abide by the information and policies contained within the Student Handbook and Curriculum Guide.

 

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