Enrollment & Student Services Office – December 2009 A newsletter for Connections Merrimack College Parents and families Dear Parents, “Clicker” Program Engages Students with the The Office of Enrollment and Student Services is Touch of a Button pleased to provide parents a monthly online newsletter to better By Heather Notaro inform you of some happenings, deadlines and accomplishments that “If you haven’t clicked in yet, this is your last chance,” stated Associate may be of interest to you Professor of Chemistry Dr. Anthony Fernandez in his General Chemistry class. about Merrimack. If you have any questions on these announcements, or Fernandez is one of a group of faculty members in the School of Science and any other business or Engineering using a new Student Response System by Turning Technologies, personal matters, please more casually referred to as a “clicker” – a small remote the size of a palm with contact me at 978-837- 5106 and I will try to twelve buttons (0-9 or A-J) and two informational buttons. answer any concerns you may have related to your This new system, researched and brought on campus by Drs. Kathleen son’s or daughter’s (or FitzPatrick (Health Science), Anthony Fernandez and Stephen Theberge (both of both) experience at the college. Chemistry), is revolutionizing student engagement in the classroom. Mary Lou Retelle Students purchase a “clicker” like a book and use it throughout the semester. Vice President for Faculty members install special software and insert a USB stick into a computer. Enrollment & Student Next, they project a question on a screen, and students are asked to click in Services their answers via a multiple choice format. The USB picks up radio-frequency signals from the student’s clicker and records responses based on a unique CONTACT US serial number linked to individual students. Admission Office 978-837-5100 After leaving an appropriate amount of time to “click in”, the faculty member then displays a bar graph on the screen showing the percentage of students Financial Aid Office who clicked in for particular answers. This information provides an abundance 978-837-5186 of guidance for instructors. Bursar’s Office 978-837-5105 “We can find out how well students understand the material either revisit a lesson, or move on” said Theberge. “If the majority of the class gets an answer Student Life Office 978-837-5507 wrong, we can discuss the topic again and re-poll the students the next class to see how far they’ve come.” Residence Life Office 978-837-5507 “If the clicker program was standardized across campus, students could use the Academic Support same clicker in a variety of classes for their entire education at Merrimack,” Services said Fernandez. “It would be easier and more cost effective for the student and 978-837-5278 the College.” C O N N E C T I ON S End- of- Semester Push – Can Parents Help? For many college students, the final push of the semester is an extremely stressful time. This is the time when many students realize that their time-management skills may not be the best. This is the time when students realize how much reading is left, how many papers are still unfinished (or not yet begun), how much material will actually be covered on a final exam. Students are overwhelmed, tired, sometimes sick, and often nervous or downright frightened. During this stressful time of the semester, parents need to be supportive, but give a student some “space” to deal with his issues. Students will react to pressure differently. Some will rise to the occasion – and even thrive on the adrenaline of the final push. Others will fall apart, have a meltdown, – and then pull themselves together and tackle what they need to do. Some may forge ahead as they have all semester, almost oblivious to the added pressure at this point. Others may crumple under the stress. Parents need to be prepared for anything. Remember that your role is supportive and that you need to let your college student cope in the best way that she can. It is often difficult to stand back and watch as your college student struggles, but this is part of the independence that your student needs. They may make some choices that are helpful and some choices that are not particularly wise. They will learn from their choices either way. Resident Advisor Applications Now Available Students who are looking to get involved, make a difference and have fun should consider this exciting opportunity! Applications for Resident Advisor positions beginning in Fall of 2010 are now available. A Resident Advisor’s main focus is to work with other students and residence hall staff members to create a positive community environment that will contribute to the growth of the students. The RA plays a critical role in helping create a place where students feel at home while here on campus. Helping fellow students succeed and enjoy their experience here at Merrimack is what the RA job is all about! Interested students can download an application from MyMack on the Residence Life tab or pick up one at a Residence Hall front desk today. Applications are due by Friday, February 12, 2010. Residence Life Information Residence halls will close at 7pm on Friday, December 18 for Christmas break; residence halls will reopen for the spring semester on Monday, January 18 at 10am. Housing selection for the 2010-2011 academic year will occur during the third week of March. A $500 housing deposit must be made to the Bursars’ office by Friday, February 26th for students to be eligible to participate in the room selection process. In addition, all medical/special housing requests are due to the Residence Life office by Friday, February 26. C O N N E C T I ON S Athletics Update Field Hockey coach Anne Rounce was named the Division II Field Hockey Coach of the Year by womensfieldhockey.com, becoming the first coach to win national honors at Merrimack in 23 years. The Merrimack hockey team improved to 7-1 at home, its best start at Lawler Arena since joining Hockey East, with a 3-1 victory over Northeastern. The Warriors also have played in front of two sellout crowds at Lawler Arena, the first sellouts since February of 2002. Sophomore Robbie Sabadoz from the men’s soccer team and freshman April Daugherty from the field hockey team were named All-Americans. Eleven players from the 2009 Northeast-10 Champion football team were named to the All-Conference team, including sophomore quarterback James Suozzo, who was the Northeast-10’s Most Valuable Player. A year after advancing to its first-ever Final Four, the Merrimack men’s lacrosse team earned a number five national ranking in the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll. Study Abroad We are still accepting applications for Merrimack College’s second study-travel course to Spain, which will take place from May 24th-June 3rd, 2010. By enrolling in the Convivencia course, students may earn four credits to satisfy a requirement in the following areas: Humanities, World Languages and Cultures, or Jewish Christian-Muslim relations. Please visit www.merrimack.edu/studyabroad for an application and detailed program information, and contact the Office of International Programs at 978-837-5210 with any questions. Announcement from the Office of Financial Aid The Office of Financial Aid has mailed the 2010-2011 Financial Aid Application and FAFSA filing instructions to the upper-class students. The packet of information was sent to resident students’campus mail boxes. Please make sure your son or daughter checks their mail box for this blue form and brings it home for completion. Commuting students, co-operative education and study abroad students will have their packets mailed to their home. Enclosed with the form is the FAFSA Filing Guidelines sheet outlining how to electronically file the FAFSA for next year. Application information for juniors and seniors on how to apply for the Friends of Merrimack Scholarship is also provided. As a reminder, filing deadlines are as follows: Returning Students On-line 2010-2011 FAFSA Application April 1, 2010 2010-2011 Merrimack College Blue Student Information Form April 15, 2010 Friends of Merrimack (Juniors/Seniors only) May 1, 2010 The Office of Financial Aid wishes all a happy holiday season. CONNECTIONS Note from the Registrar The Fall 2009 grades are due from faculty by 5pm on Tuesday, December 22nd. Grade reports are not mailed to students. Grades will be viewable to the student via the college portal, myMack. Some Upcoming Events at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, February 6, 2010 - National Marionette Theatre presents “Hansel and Gretel” - 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 2010 - Eighth Annual A Cappella Night - 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2010 - “Come Together” a Tribute to the Beatles - 7:30 p.m. You can buy tickets online for these and many more events at www.merrimack.edu click on COMMUNITY. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!