Vol. 7 No. 2 September 2008 Six Days That Last a Lifetime By Richard Curtis, Past Parent ’04 A Newsletter by Haverford Parents If you have any doubt that Haver- for Haverford Families dent is reluctant to seek help, help will ford is different from any other college, ask a student about freshman orienta- tion. At first you will receive a blank stare, then a correction: “They’re not seek the student. But oversight does not stop with Customs Folk. It extends to faculty and administration as well. IN THIS ISSUE A Marvelous Investment In her welcoming statement, posted at From The President freshmen, and we don’t call it orienta- www.haverford.edu/firstyear, Raisa Not long ago, a news organization your life? If so, how? The answer is: tion.” The correct Haver-terms are Williams, dean of first-year students, Haverford’s asked me a question that I get asked a college should literally change your “First-Year Student” and “Customs,” invites newcomers “to contact me for Study Abroad Program lot, whether I’m at the supermarket, life. It should shape your values and respectively. But that is just the any assistance and/or guidance you on the tennis court, or dropping in your ambitions, as well as provide beginning of the differences. The Ultimate Haver-fans: during an Intro session at Haverford’s you with analytical skill sets you will Week’s rich culture. might need. Haverford considers its six-day “Customs Week” Sports Parents Office of Admission: “Is college need to achieve and sustain those First and foremost are the Honor Code I work as part of a team of dedicated faculty, to be closer to immersion in a new culture than a Orienteers, who help their charges reorient their administrators, and students who are eager for your worth the money?” ambitions. If college achieves these Six Days That Last a Lifetime And I’ll tell you what I’m pleased goals, it is worth the money, routine tour of dorms and facilities with a reading of moral compasses to a higher level of responsibility arrival…” the sex-and-alcohol riot act thrown in. First-year to themselves, each other, and the school’s value At many other schools, six intensive days of to tell everybody else: you’re making absolutely. ’Fords and their parents do get a tour. But beyond the system. Peer Awareness Facilitators conduct orientation might seem like enough of an inocula- a good investment. As a member of Haverford’s class Editor: OK, so that isn’t news: with a of ’74, I recently returned to be its expected sights, for example, they will find them- dialogues about issues such as alcohol, sex, and tion to carry students for all of their undergraduate Pamela Brownstein, P ’10 single Google search you can turn up president after a career as a hematolo- selves lingering in the arboretum to learn about the eating. The goal is to reduce the isolation that years. But in their wisdom, Haverford’s founders, and school’s profound reverence for its trees. Indeed, one countless articles, essays and analyses gist-oncologist and stem cell biologist. every newcomer feels and to enhance the sense of school administrators who followed in their foot- Contributing Editors: of the customs is planting a tree in the arboretum in that prove, again, that nearly all And what I now realize after two community. Ambassadors for Multicultural Aware- steps, understood that the inoculation process re- Richard Curtis, Past Parent ’04 degrees more than pay for themselves decades of clinical practice and honor of each class, a tree that students can call their ness facilitate frank discussions about race, class, and quires a year before it “takes.” As stated on the Web Michele Dickey, P ’10 (an M.A. in a few fields is the sole scientific study is that a school like own and visit in years to come. gender. Upper Class Advisers, who are trained in site, www.haverford.edu/firstyear/faq.php, “Customs Stephanie Fischer, P’11 soft spot); some degrees, such as those Haverford, which is informed by the And yes, there is an introduction to the rules and academic matters, monitor your student’s academic Week is the Orientation, but Customs is what hap- Marc Inver, ’71, Past Parent ’06 you get for studying law or medicine, Quaker tradition of community both So without even much of a regulations, but all within the context of the Honor performance. Specialists are also designated for pens afterward. It’s the interactions and education generally pay enormous dividends. Joan G. Levenson, P ’09 socially and academically, isn’t just metaphorical stretch, I believe that a Code, the custom of customs. Created in the spirit of helping international students. that happens far outside the classroom, in the halls minting graduates. We’re creating place like Haverford is, indeed, a the school’s Quaker origins, it is intended to govern Surrounded as first-year students are by HCOs, and spaces where professors fear to tread, where frosh Newsletter Production Coordinator stem cells. source of the most important stem students’ behavior throughout their undergraduate PAFs, AMAs, and UCAs (generically known as teach Customs People and the other way around.” Communications Office Manager: years—if not for the rest of their lives. Every resource of Haverford College is designed to The investment is You heard me right. The 300 or cells for our world: the students “Customs Folk” but more akin to big brothers and Janine Beaman so young men and women who will whom we have the privilege of learn- Incoming students are housed with a group of sisters), it is all but impossible for personal problems prepare students, not merely for six days or even a clearly worthwhile, receive diplomas next May are re- ing from and training. Through their 12 to 16 first-year companions, plus a hand-picked to fester into major ones or for any dorm’s social year, but for a lifetime of integrity and community Senior Executive Administrator: markably similar to the stem cells lives in a community with deeply support team of six to eight experienced and spe- dysfunction to fall between the cracks. The doors of service in keeping with its mission: Non Doctior Sed Violet Brown given the result: that I have worked with in the lab, engaged faculty and staff, our cially trained students from higher classes. Their Customs Folks’ rooms are always open. And because Meliore Doctrina Imbutus—“Not more learned, but The Parents’ Fund: students who will and I believe that such similarity re- students are steeped in the most titles alone will give you a good idea of the Customs those leaders’ antennae are highly sensitive, if a stu- imbued with a higher spirit.” veals the true, enduring value of a radical learning, take continuing Tiffany L. Lewis go on to change college education. Here’s why. joy in the adventures of discovery Stem cells are rare cells, maybe through which they engage in, and the world. one in a million in any organ or tis- prepare for lives of renewal for the SAVE THE DATE: sue, but they are precious and potent. world and of themselves. They FAMILY & FRIENDS WEEKEND Each stem cell has the ability to give become leaders in business, medicine, OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 2 So I’ve found myself tweaking the rise to daughter cells that can build law, education and the arts and, in very question itself. Instead of asking and repair surrounding tissues, while Haverford’s case (given our need- “Is college worth the money?” what if also growing, developing and renew- blind admission policy), have been DID YOU KNOW... Back issues of Founders Green we ask, “How valuable is a college ing itself. These educated stem cells enabled to do so regardless of socio- can be found online at degree?” can travel, and they can learn to do economic background. www.haverford.edu/forparents Sure, financial factors figure into different tasks, in different sites, de- The investment is clearly worth- such an equation. But how can your pending on the needs of their world. while, given the result: students who WRITERS WANTED: degree – and the experience of earn- Stem cells need to be nurtured in will go on to change the world. Founders Green newsletter needs contributors. ing it – enrich your life, and the particular microenvironments, where So, where’s the value in a college If you are interested in writing for this world in which you live it? After all, they are educated by other cells with degree? Only this: the value you publication, contact Violet Brown: shouldn’t it keep paying dividends which they inhabit the microenvi- place in being able to teach, to learn, firstname.lastname@example.org beyond the financial, for the rest of ronment. Stem cells educate their to heal, to bridge difference. To surrounding cells (that provide their change the world, and yourself. own education), and they work best Thanks so much for the when they sense and learn from opportunity to work with your other stem cells. wonderful children this year! Steve Emerson ’74 President September 2008 Haverford’s Study Abroad Program The Ultimate Haver-fans: Sports Parents On the Road to Global Citizenship By Marc Inver ’71, Past Parent ’06 By Stephanie Fischer, P’11 Close to 50 percent of Haverford’s juniors study abroad times each semester, Mancini and students from the Grades from courses taken abroad will not appear In addition to being a huge fan of Haverford as an ter, Lauren ’10, co-captain for the 2008-09 academic for a semester or a year. This year, Haverford students Study Abroad Advisory Board explain timelines and on student transcripts and will not be averaged into alum and a past parent, I am also a sports fan. My year of the crew team, a club sport. will study in countries including Argentina, Australia, guidelines. Students are encouraged to meet with the student’s GPA. However, on request, Haverford rooting interests have been traditional, focusing on “We planned to come down from Connecticut to Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Mancini at least once before starting the application will forward the transcript from non-U.S.-based the professional teams from my hometown of all of Haverford’s races, but we had no idea that there Egypt, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, process. programs to graduate schools. Students are responsi- Philadelphia. But I have also rooted for the ’Fords in would still be room for parental involvement,” write Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Nepal, Russia, and Most students apply to only one program. If ble for ordering transcripts directly from U.S.-based various ways, as an undergraduate and more recently the Dickeys. They recall the very first race, when eligibility requirements and deadlines are met, programs and having them sent to the appropriate as an active alum. When my daughter Sarah became they met Mary Ellen and Howard Nusbaum of New Sweden. “Almost all majors are represented abroad, students usually are accepted into the program of graduate schools. involved with a lacrosse player while at Haverford, I York City, parents of Jeffrey ’08, co-captain at the including mathematics and the sciences. Medical their first choice. In some cases, courses taken abroad can fulfill attended a few of her games, and I have been present time. The Nusbaums produced a tent, a grill, and an schools, law schools, and employers look favorably graduation requirements. Students should bring back at track meets as well as volleyball, soccer, and extensive selection of food from their Prius. Their on a study abroad experience,” says Donna Mancini, Departmental Requirements essays, exams, and other materials for review. It is up basketball games. In so doing, I have been struck supplies came in handy because while Haverford Haverford’s dean of global affairs. The following are Many academic departments have identified to the department to decide, before the program by the devotion and involvement of the parents provides lunches, drinks, and related items, other Mancini’s recommendations for students interested specific programs they prefer, and students should begins, whether to award credits earned abroad of these Haver-athletes. Their presence has been schools have tents and warm food. “At the Knecht in studying in another country. check the Web site to learn about them. The toward the major. obvious partly because fans at these games usually Cup on the Cooper River, we unwittingly set up programs on the approved list were recommended number in the tens of tens, not tens of thousands between Lehigh and UNC; Lehigh had a generator Benefits of Studying Abroad after visits by faculty from Haverford, Swarthmore, Finances (we are NOT, after all, Penn State). But it is also for a percolator and food warmers, and UNC had an Students report that studying abroad is a life- or Bryn Mawr. Students pay full Haverford tuition for all pro- their enthusiasm and knowledge of their children’s industrial-sized grill and sliced vegetables for stir-fry, changing experience that develops independence, To be eligible to study abroad, students must have grams and receive Haverford credit toward their sports that stands out. And I have especially come and former classmates. I also found about a dozen of and parents were deep-frying a turkey!” The Dickeys maturity, and self-confidence. The desire to improve a minimum GPA of 3.0; students with lower GPAs degrees. Generally, students pay Haverford housing, to appreciate their efforts to be on hand to root for our friends and a bunch of Jake’s elementary school note that they have become friends with some of the foreign language skills and become immersed in must apply to the International Academic Programs meal, and related fees, with airfare included in the their children. friends (one who is now at Haverford),” Judy adds. other parents and plan to see them at places other another culture is often just the starting point. Advisory Committee. In all cases, students are cost. If the program does not include airfare, an Judy and Israel Alter—parents of baseball players Those sentiments are echoed in the comments of than a racecourse: “Being a Haverford crew parent Students who are exposed to other cultures develop encouraged to stay in touch with their advisers and allowance for the cost of a roundtrip ticket is Tal ’98 and Jake ’11—are a case in point. Judy writes: other parents, such as Kevin and Beth Dooley. They has given us a wonderful, unanticipated sense of an awareness that helps them to become global inform them of any changes in their courses before deducted from the tuition. Students make their “In a different time and era, doctors in the Washing- live in Minneapolis but Kevin regularly flies in to belonging.” citizens and interact effectively with people from they go abroad and once they get there. Credit is own travel plans. Specific information about each ton, D.C., area suburbs would cancel out Wednesday watch their son play lacrosse. The Dooleys write: Howard Nusbaum has fond memories as well. “To different backgrounds. guaranteed if a “C” or better is obtained in appropri- program, including costs, is available on the Web site afternoon hours so that they could play golf. That “Haverford athletes make an impressive commit- my eyes, they were a great bunch of kids: unfailingly ate courses from approved programs. in the Program Description section and in the black rarely happens today, but my husband Issie does ment to their sport and their teammates, and for our appreciative, hard-working, and with just the right Deadlines binders in the Resource Library (Chase 213). cancel office hours Tuesday afternoons during son, Matt ’10, playing lacrosse for Haverford is an amount of competitive spirit. I will miss those Many deadlines are earlier than might be Financial aid is available for eligible students. baseball season. That is when Haverford College has important part of college life. By going to weekend weekends of grilled sausages under a pop-up tent expected, so students and their parents scheduled Centennial Conference games. He likes to games, we try to be supportive without being intru- that only sometimes stays rooted, and with the should begin researching programs by the Passports say that when he is old he will not be sorry he went sive. We get to know his teammates through their occasional victory, moral or otherwise. It was nice to end of freshman year. Students should take Students must have a valid passport to too many of his sons’ games. I agree. Our boys’ on-field play, and to share with their parents our share a part of my child’s life and to be a part of the into consideration their academic require- before they begin the application process. involvement with sports gives us an opportunity to enthusiasm for the team’s dedicated efforts and Haverford community, even though I did live one ments, the type of experience they are seek- Passports may take two months to obtain, connect with Haverford in a way that could not accomplishments—win or lose. It’s a generous lot— hundred miles off campus.” He notes that he and ing, and their extracurricular interests. and it is not possible to get a visa until a otherwise be possible. We don’t come to games to we know the boys’ names, numbers and hometowns Mary Ellen will miss Haverford crew, and he asks, Students need to declare their intent to passport has been issued. Haverford requires talk. As a matter of fact, our child’s actual playing (from down the road to down from Texas!), how “Are there graduate school sports teams?” study abroad no later than October 5 for parents and guardians to have up-to-date time is not a big factor. We come to games to support their studies are going, what they’re up to this I could interview countless other parents of the spring semester and February 5 for the passports in the unlikely event they need to his team, see him with his friends and in his element, summer, where out-of-towners like us should go for Haverford scholar-athletes and hear similar stories fall semester. Once students complete the travel abroad in an emergency. and get to know the parents of his friends. Occasion- Sunday brunch. We’ve reminisced with past players of dedication. Most of us who have sent children to internal application, the information will be ally we take a few Haverford kids out to dinner and and supportive alums—Matt’s part of a quietly proud Haverford have made sacrifices of one sort or an- placed in the database of the Office of Inter- The Best Resources get a peek at his life we certainly don’t get in e-mails program.” The Dooleys add that lacrosse has become other, and many of us have been involved with national Academic Programs. That will Alumni and ’Fords who have recently or conversations. We also have had the opportunity a gratifying connection to Haverford, a link Haverford in one fashion or another, but there may allow them to receive notices about dead- returned from study abroad can offer to get to know the other fans in the stands, which “nurtured through sideline conversations, post-game be something unique about having a child on the lines, visas, insurance, and airfares. Specific excellent guidance. Not only can they often include Greg Kannerstein, the former athletic hugs, and recaps, and the parent-organized tailgate playing field. Perhaps it is the combination of program deadlines vary; information about share the pros and cons of being away from director and now dean of the college, and Wendy buffet afterward—a great way to catch up on our watching offspring in action and sharing the the process is available on the Haverford Haverford for an extended period, but they Smith, the current athletic director. son’s week, without the e-mail! These spring Satur- experience with other parents. Perhaps it is that Web site at www.haverford.edu/deans/IAP/. can offer perspectives on choosing a “I was looking through photographs from Tal’s day glimpses of life at Haverford help eclipse the sense of being permitted to cheer out loud. Students must attend an information program and what they learned from years at Haverford in search of Jake as a little guy. geographical distance between home (Minneapolis) Whatever it is, my hat is off to all the sports session before beginning the application their experiences. What struck me was who else was in the photo- and college … for us and for him.” parents out there, and I look forward to joining process. During those sessions, held several graphs. I found our boys’ three living grandparents Michele and Michael Dickey have had a similar you in the stands at future Haver-outings. Stephanie Wu ’09 and Ariella Foss ’09 met at the Notre Dame Cathedral while on a (one from Israel), an uncle, two aunts, five cousins, experience through the involvement of their daugh- break from their semesters abroad in Leuven, Belgium and Berlin, Germany.