As we begin the 2014-15 academic year, it’s a pleasure to greet and remind you that The Student Handbook now is accessible only in electronic format. Copies of the popular Calendar/Planner for 2014-15 will be distributed and/or available for pickup during Welcome Back Week. I encourage you to utilize the Calendar/Planner as a tool to help manage time and balance priorities while striving for your potential.
The expectations of all in the community are stated clearly in The Student Handbook and you are encouraged to read the policies and regulations carefully. All students - undergraduate and graduate, full and part-time, should know, understand and follow the guidelines developed collaboratively by students, faculty and staff to assure that all behavior influences the community positively and enables all to achieve their individual goals.
Pay close attention to the varied learning, leadership development and service opportunities available. As you clarify your goals and plans, include time to become involved and ultimately lead some aspect of life on campus. Getting engaged on campus through active participation in a few of the clubs and organizations, community service, performance and publication groups, athletic teams, honor societies, etc. described at: www.marywood.edu/studentactivities/clubs/ will serve you well. Research shows that students who are engaged achieve at a higher level academically and their talents, skills and interests often are developed more fully through involvement in campus life. Furthermore, the long-term outcomes, the values and life-skills developed, should be of lasting benefit as you begin a career and accept service and leadership opportunities in your future communities.
Information about cultural, social, athletic and other programs of interest on and off-campus is updated regularly at: www.marywood.edu/studentactivities and weekly listings of similar programs will be distributed via email. Check these resources regularly to learn more about events of interest on campus, in the city and across the region.
Best wishes for a challenging and rewarding year!
Amy Paciej-Woodruff, Ph. D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Life