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Something to do: August 25 – September 13, 2014!

Open Auditions for Fall Main Stage One Act Plays

Date: Monday and Tuesday August 25-26
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Blackbox Theatre

Students only need to attend either Monday or Tuesday. Callbacks will occur on Wednesday 8/27 from 7-9pm.  No audition material is needed. The production dates will be October 1-5. They are in search of a diverse cast of both men and women. Everyone is welcome! Experience is not required!

Pioneer Scholar Welcome Party

Date: Tuesday August 26
Time: 10:45 a.m. -noon Location: Frazier

All freshmen first-generation college students are welcome to mingle with their peers and meet their Pioneer mentor. Free food and prizes! For more information contact Lindsey Peetz-Murray, 502-272-8062 lpeetz@bellarmine.edu.

International Student Welcome

Date: Tuesday August 26
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: Hilarys

Pre-Physical Therapy Association Preparing for Applying to PT

Date: August 27

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Miles 145

The meeting this Wednesday, August 27th, at 6:30pm in Miles Hall Room 145 will go over the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS). A representative of the Graduate Admissions Office will be present to speak about PTCAS as well as answer any questions that students may have regarding the application process. The NEW PRIORITY DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1, 2014.

Bowling Team Interest Session

Date: Wednesday August 27
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Terzo Lobby

By attending the meeting your student does not make any commitment.  If he or she is are unable to attend but still interested, please have him or her contact David Rohlmann drohlmann01@bellarmine.edu, Megan Szczepanski mszczepanski01@bellarmine.edu, or Ron Freking rfreking@bellarmine.edu.

Meet Your Tutor

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Time: 10:45 – noon
Location: UDH Lobby

Before grabbing lunch in UDH, students can mingle with ARC tutors and writing consultants to learn how these services can enhance their academic experiences.

STAGE’s 2nd Annual Zombie Make-up Workshop

Date: Friday, August 29
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fireplace room

Come get zombie-fied to prepare for Louisville Zombie Attack at the Zoo with STAGE. Free makeup workshop with local makeup designer, Corey Elmore. Come in as a human and leave as a zombie!

Students must register to reserve a space, only 30 spots available.

Email kthesing01@bellarmine.edu with any questions!

Hindu Temple Trip

Date: Friday, August 29
Time: 4 p.m. departure
Location: Meet at the Campus Ministry Office for carpool

Students are asked to please wear conservative clothes like pants and shirts with sleeves.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Meera Patel at mpatel03@bellarmine.edu

Labor Day Weekend

For students living on campus, the first break in the academic calendar inevitably seems to ask: “Do I stay or do I go?” Since Labor Day weekend is just mere weeks from the start of school, many choose to stay on campus and take advantage of the extra time to get acquainted with living at Bellarmine and the surrounding Louisville area. The Department of Housing and Residence Life, the SuRF, and Commuter Services has planned a packed weekend of activities free for Bellarmine Students called, “Labor Day in the ‘Ville”:

  • Friday, August 29 – Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop. Students can ride a bus from Bellarmine to a Frankfort Avenue drop off near a trolley stop. Students can board free trolleys to travel along Frankfort Avenue and explore galleries, shops, and restaurants.
  • Saturday, August 30 – Residence Life is celebrating with the Outsized Influence Music Festival. Hosted on the campus quad from 3-10pm, there will be live music and food trucks from around the city. Come enjoy local music and food!
  • Sunday, August 31 – Louisville Bats baseball game. $1 hotdog and $1 Pepsi night – free fireworks after the game. A number of tickets will be provided to students. Details TBD.

Women’s and Gender Studies Information Session

Date: Wednesday, September 3
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Fireplace room

This interdisciplinary program draws on courses for the minor from Communications, English, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, and IDC as appropriate.  For a full list and the requirements of the minor, see the Bellarmine Catalog at this page:  https://catalog.bellarmine.edu/2014-2015/dept/wgst.

The Involvement Fair

Date: September 4, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Location: Quad

Students can check out all the ways they can get involved on campus. Over seventy Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), academic departments, and various special events will have tables where students can meet members and sign up. If your student is interested in joining a club, an intramural sport, or a group affiliated with his or her major (such as the student nurses association), this is the time and place!

Student Government Association Assembly

Date: September 5

Time: 3:05 p.m.

Location: Hilarys

All students are welcome to attend this first meeting of the SGA.

Dance Team Fall Tryouts

Date: September 6 & 7

If your student is interested in trying out for the Bellarmine Dance Team and missed the tryout in May, there will be a fall tryout for the 2014-2015 season! Dancers interested in attending will be sent an online video to learn in advance of the tryouts.The clinic will run 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday September 6, with tryouts beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday September 7. Those planning to try out need to RSVP so the coaches can send the video links. (Email jklutka@bellarmine.edu OR RSVP on Facebook). If students are unable to make the tryout, video auditions are accepted. More information can be found on the Bellarmine Athletics website, as well as on the Bellarmine University Dance Team Facebook page. If you have any questions, you can send an email to jklutka@bellarmine.edu.​

Phi Mu Recruitment : September 8-10

Phi Mu sorority is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 recruitment week. Applications are available online.

Applications are due by September 8 at noon. Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation and transcript by delivering them to the Phi Mu mailbox located in the SAC​ . Recruitment week is September 9 & 10 at 7 pm in Hilary’s. Questions? Email Rachel Fischer, Membership Director, at rfischer02@bellarmine.edu.

Canoe Regatta

Date: Saturday, September 13
Location: McNeely Lake
Sponsored by BAC & the SuRF

The 2nd Annual Canoe Regatta is coming soon! Teams of two can sign up to compete in canoe races at McNeely Lake. Lunch and transportation will be provided for all participants. Awards will be given to the top competitors along with prizes for best team spirit and costumes. Students can register online at www.imleagues.com/bellarmine. Email bac1@bellarmine.edu or cjennings@bellarmine.edu for more information.

To stay up-to-date on the latest Bellarmine Activities Council information and events, follow online:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BACatBU
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bacatbu
Instagram: http://instagram.com/bacatbu

Check out Louisville Connections!

Louisville Connections is a program sponsored by the Student Activities Center that provides monthly opportunities for all students to EXPLORE, DISCOVER and CONNECT with the city of Louisville. From horseback riding lessons to local theater productions to culturally specific events, Louisville Connections aims to expose Bellarmine students to the electric and diverse areas surrounding campus. Tickets are generally provided either for free or at a minimal cost. Transportation is also provided for select events. Visit our page on U Knight at https://orgsync.com/70302/chapter to see our full schedule of events for the Fall.

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Q & A with Bellarmine’s Tutor Coordinator, Maureen McCoy

Maureen McCoy stands in Bellarmine's new space for scheduled tutoring sessions.

Maureen is in Bellarmine’s new space for scheduled tutoring sessions.

Bellarmine’s Tutor Coordinator, Maureen McCoy, who is beginning her second year in the position, graciously took a break from her busy schedule to explain a little more about what peer tutoring is at Bellarmine.

Just give us the basics.

The Academic Resource Center, known as the ARC, is home to Bellarmine’s Tutoring Center, where free peer tutoring is available to all students in many 100-, 200-, and some 300-level courses.  The center is located on the B-level of the W.L. Lyons Brown Library. Tutoring takes the form of large group weekly sessions, or individual and small group scheduled sessions (made by appointment only).

What do you mean by “peer tutoring”?

Our tutors are Bellarmine upperclassmen who are trained to lead group or individual tutoring sessions and who excelled in the courses for which they are tutoring.  They can assist students in improving their general study skills and critical thinking skills. Our goal is to help students improve their learning experiences in all of their classes, not just the ones we tutor!

How is tutoring in college different from tutoring in high school?

Tutoring in high schools is often associated with remediation or getting caught up on homework. Tutoring in college is a tool that students can use to be proactive about their success right from the beginning of the semester. Regular meetings with tutors or attendance at weekly sessions can help students stay on top of material and improve their understanding. Typically, college classes move at a faster pace and students are expected to know material more in-depth.

What are some other benefits of tutoring?

Tutors can answer your student’s course content questions and help students figure out how to study or prepare for classes. They are trained to be able to help with things like time management, handling stress, taking better notes, and reading textbooks. Our tutors are here to help students become more independent learners, meaning that we want them to develop skills that will help them succeed throughout their academic careers, not just in Calculus or Anatomy.

This all sounds great! How do students access tutoring?

Students enrolled in courses that have weekly group sessions are informed about the time, day, and location through their Bellarmine email accounts. Students do not need to sign up in advance for these—they can attend whenever they choose.

Students enrolled in courses for which scheduled tutoring is available will also receive an email with information on how to request an appointment (which can also be found on our website). So encourage your students to keep up with their email!

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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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