Important Fall 2013 Information for ALL Cheyney University Students
August 15, 2013
What CU Students Need to Know
August 15, 2013
Welcome to Cheyney University!
If you are a new student or returning student, we have great expectations for you. We expect that you will acquire a deep yearning for lifelong learning. Your matriculation into Cheyney University is just one of the many steps you will need to take to become competitive, knowledgeable, flexible, and compassionate world citizens.
The faculty at Cheyney University is very interested in your intellectual and social development, and they will challenge you to expand your perspectives and improve your communications skills. Also, the faculty expects for you to prepare with readings and questions before attending classes, so that you can learn from each other and add to the learning experience for all.
By the time you reach your junior year, we expect for you to begin making a transition into the competitive work world by participating in an internship experience and by working with the staff in career services. During this time, it is also important to begin to develop your brand and to improve further your written and communications skills—remember you will be expected to be a contributing member of teams.
As many of you know, when you enter the competitive and global working environment, you will be expected to continue to learn in your profession, to employ technology to solve problems, and to work collaboratively in teams. We want you to learn how to work in teams while at Cheyney University; thus, we encourage you to become engaged with one of the many learning communities, fraternities or sororities, band, choir, academic clubs, and/or other collegial organizations such as the 100 Black Men Collegiate Chapter.
Again, welcome to Cheyney University. We want to get to know you, support you, and help you develop into the conscientious and courageous leaders needed for the 21st century.
Michelle Howard-Vital, Ph.D.
August 8, 2013
Dear Cheyney University Students,
You are about to embark on a new academic year full of potential and possibilities. Those of you who are athletes begin practicing one week from today, returning students start moving into the residence halls on August 19th, and classes commence for all of you just a week later. This is a busy time and we, at Cheyney University, look forward to your arrival and to your success!
A quality education from Cheyney University should be a transforming experience for you. I want you to know that our faculty and staff are here to help you and to create a positive and rigorous academic culture. In addition, the Academic Success Center will offer you tutoring and computer access, The Writing Center will help you become an effective communicator, and University College will help freshmen and transfer students adjust to life at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
This year, incoming freshmen will have a selection of more than a dozen Living-Learning Communities which will be spread throughout campus residence halls. Within these discipline-based communities, students will find common interests among their peers, as well as support and feedback from like-minded residence advisors, peer mentors and faculty advisors. The goal is to structure positive and supporting cohort teams for those of you who live on campus.
We’ve also made some organizational changes this year to help you and your families navigate the registration and financial aid processes quickly and more conveniently. Thus, the offices of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid are now centrally located in the Wade Wilson Administration Building, along with the Bursar and Registrar offices. This provides efficient one-stop-shopping customer service for you and assures that you can complete the registration and financial aid processes quickly and efficiently.
Some other changes include, for your convenience, expanded dining services at Ada Georges Dining Hall and the Marcus Foster Snack Bar. I am also excited to report that, after several years of preservation work and remodeling, Humphreys Hall will be occupied this fall with Humphreys Scholars and, from time-to-time, visiting scholars.
Please know that in order to help enrich your academic experience, the University offers a wealth of opportunities for student engagement, including the Arts and Lectures series, the Entrepreneurial Learning Center lecture series, dozens of student organizations, and 12 intercollegiate sports teams. So, keep your eyes open for opportunities to get involved on campus.
The new academic year is in your hands. By your daily actions, you will shape your future. Make it a bright one!
Michelle Howard-Vital, Ph. D.
Dear Cheyney University Student,
The start of the school year is almost here! Your Cheyney University of Pennsylvania family is looking forward to your arrival. Please know that we are doing everything we can to make your registration, financial aid, and move-in process quick and easy. In light of that, here are some things that you should know in order to make things run smoothly.
This year, Cheyney University will have 13 Living Learning Communities (LLC) in all residence halls. LLC at Cheyney University are groups of students who have similar academic majors or interests and often take one or more of the same courses. All new students (freshmen and transfers) are required to actively participate in learning communities in order to live in the New Residence Hall. The LLC include:
• Communication Arts
• Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management
• Red Cross Public Service and Volunteerism (all majors welcome)
• Social and Behavioral Sciences
• Science Technology Engineering Mathematics
• Spanish Culture and Language
• Transfer Students
• Undeclared Majors
• Phenomenal Women: Zora Neale Hurston (for women only)
• Malcolm X (for men only)
• Students Eagerly Exploring Knowledge (University College must assign you to this)
*You can find a description of each LLC at https://www.facebook.com/cheyney.livinglearning
To sign up, please contact Tiffany Alexander, M.S., Coordinator of Student Engagement-Learning Communities at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-399-2440.
A helpful student resource is the Academic Success Center (ASC). Located on the 2nd floor of Vaux Logan, it offers services such as tutoring and computer access to assist students in becoming efficient and effective learners through a student-friendly environment. Students can participate in individual and group academic support programming, such as tutorials and workshops, which can be accessed on-line. You can also use the ASC computer lab for internet and word-processing work. The ASC is a spacious and quiet environment to study – you are encouraged to use it.
Remember, for your convenience, the Wade Wilson Building is a one-stop shop for all of your processing needs. The Registrar and Bursar Offices are on the 1st floor. The Registrar and Bursars Offices are on the first floor. The Admissions and Financial Aid Offices are on the second floor.
So, plan ahead, complete all necessary paperwork, take care of all outstanding finances and do whatever else you need to do to ensure that you are cleared for classes which start August 26th.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and be safe.
Dr. Suzanne D. Phillips
Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Life
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Heartfelt Greetings To Our New Cheyney University Students & Welcome Back To Our Returning Students!