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Something for your student to do!

Your student shouldn’t be worried that there is “nothing to do” those first few days of the semester!

BU Night at Kentucky Kingdom, 5-9pm, Sponsored by Bellarmine Activities Council (BAC), Wednesday, August 20

BAC will be giving away one free admission ticket and meal card (worth $8) to the first 300 students to visit the park the night before classes start.  Transportation to and from the park will be provided for all participants.  To reserve a ticket, students are asked to please complete the BU Night at Kentucky Kingdom Registration Form on U Knight at https://orgsync.com/68572/forms/109544 by Tuesday, August 19.  They must be registered on U Knight before they can complete the form.  All spots are first come, first serve.  Contact Emelia Dunston at edunston@bellarmine.edu for more details.

BU Night at the Kentucky State Fair, Sponsored by Louisville Connections, the Department of Residence Life & Student Government Association, Friday August 22

Students can enjoy a night out at the Kentucky State Fair on Friday, August 22.  There are 300 free gate admission tickets available for the first 300 students with a valid Bellarmine ID.  Tickets are first come, first serve (limit of 1 gate admission ticket per student with a valid Bellarmine ID).

Students must sign up on U Knight at https://orgsync.com/68572/forms/110242 to reserve their tickets.

Tickets will be available for pickup in the Student Activities Center beginning Wednesday, August 20.  Students must register online to receive a ticket.

Free transportation to and from campus is available.  Buses will depart from Frazier Hall at 5:30pm and will return to campus at 11pm.  If students need a spot on one of the buses, they must make sure to select that option on the registration form.

Contact Emelia Dunston, Director of Student Activities for Campus Programming (edunston@bellarmine.edu) for more information.BU State Fair Poster 2014







Sparks at Knight, Allen Building Parking Lot (Rain Location:  SuRF Indoor Tennis Courts), Saturday, August 23 at 6pm

Bellarmine Activities Council invites students to Sparks at Knight, the Bellarmine Campus Carnival, on Saturday, August 23!  The Carnival will feature inflatables, games, delicious carnival treats, the Honey Hill Mobile Petting Zoo and a live performance from Audiostrobelight (http://teamstrobelight.com/).  Make sure to stick around and catch the fireworks display at the end of the night.

Welcome Back Luau for Students Living on Campus

Date: August 24, 2014

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Location: Anniversary Lawn

Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association (RHA)

Residents are invited to celebrate the kickoff of the school year and meet their new Floor Representatives. There will be luau cuisine, inflatables, and music!


No need for the tape measure.

According to Lauren Keeling, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission, this time of summer inevitably brings questions from incoming parents and students regarding Residence Hall specifics: dimensions of rooms and amenities. Further, some families have even requested to stop in and formally survey a future room. Lauren explains that coming to campus and personally surveying a student’s potential room is not typically an option because most rooms are currently occupied by those participating in summer courses and programming on campus.

In lieu of seeing a room in person, we have several online resource provided for those of you who want to help your future Knight iron out the details. Though, extremely meticulous planning probably isn’t necessary. Remember, the living environment is important, but it must serve the function of enhancing the student’s educational experience. Here are some resources provided by Admissions and the Department of Residence Life to help you and your student logistically plan for the move.

Amenities broken down by hall are here. It is worth noting that all halls/rooms include: carpet, AC/heat, wireless internet, twin XL beds, desks/chairs, closet/wardrobes, vending/ice machines, recreational areas, study areas, lounges with TVs, study spaces, computer labs, microwaves, refrigerators, and laundry facilities. All halls, as well as campus, are smoke free.

While you’re at the link above, you can click on each hall and see a photo of a student room. This will give you a good idea of how much “stuff” will fit. There are many more photos of the halls (including a bathroom in Siena Quarto), in this album on the Bellarmine Admissions facebook page.

Remember to keep things in perspective– you’re only planning for 10 months, not a lifetime.

  • Collaborate with the roommate(s) to see if some items are sharable. Roommate assignments have been mailed to students’ home addresses.
  • Wait until everything is moved in to buy extras. There is only so much space!
  • If possible, have your son or daughter live for a few weeks to see what is truly needed. Labor day weekend is a good time to stock up if needed.

Finally, Residence Life publishes a handy Move-in Guide that outlines the specifics of moving into a Bellarmine Residence Hall, from checking in as a family on August 16, to your student living with a roommate, to safety and security.

Happy packing!

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The final reason it rocks to be a parent of a sophomore…

You already know precisely what to do with the vacant space left in your home!




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It still rocks to be a parent of a sophomore because…

There is no need for you to learn a new language. Galileo, Pioneers, Brown, ARC, UDH, Focus, K-new, Sienas, and Anni are already part of your vocabulary.



Anniversary Hall (“Anni”)


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Next reason it rocks to be a parent of a sophomore….

Students now have so many Bellarmine t-shirts, the amount of laundry they’ll bring home is drastically reduced.

Thanks Jean Marie Smith and Eric for your comments and contributions on the last post. Keep them coming! Why do you think it rocks to be a parent of a sophomore?

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