Diversity and Student Life
TODAY: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Open Enrollment Begins Now!
Have you completed at least 12 hours of Associate Degree coursework at Bates? Do you have a GPA of 3.5 or better? Would you like to be recognized for your scholastic excellence? Are you interested in scholarships? You may qualify for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society membership, the world’s largest honor society of community college students! Your local chapter at Bates Technical College is the Beta Upsilon Omicron Chapter, and the eligibility period is now open from October 17th through end of the day November 21st. During the eligibility period—if you meet the above qualifications—you will be contacted directly by Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters via your e-mail, and can go “on-line” to complete an application, and pay a one-time, lifetime membership fee of $70.00. Have more questions, or want to know more? Attend an informational meeting TODAY, Monday, October 20th at 11:30AM in the Downtown Diversity Center Conference Room—E301. Hope to see you there!!
TODAY: College-level SkillsUSA – Looking for Students
SkillsUSA gives Bates students a way to compete with other students from across the state in both technical skills and leadership. Downtown and south campus meetings start next week (every 1st and 3rd Monday, downtown and south).
· 3rd Monday | Oct 20 | 11:30am | South Campus Cafeteria
· 1st Monday | Nov 3 | 11:30am | Diversity Center (E301)
SkillsUSA builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. Find out how SkillsUSA can benefit you as you prepare for the workforce.
International Education Week – Let’s Celebrate!
Are you an international student or recent newcomer? We’d love to have you share about your country during our International Education Week Festivity, November 21, 2014. Some ways you can share:
· Play or perform music; or how instruments are used in your country’s music—a traditional dance or song
· Put on a fashion show of traditional clothes
· Put together a slide show using PowerPoint or Prezi, for example
· Create a poster display with pictures and information about your country—such as location/geography, history, language(s), religious/social customs, trade, etc.
· Share food that is typical for your country and explain how it’s made—samples are great, too!
Or come up with your own idea! You can share individually or team up with others from your country and do a group presentation! If you are interested in participating, please email Laurie Arnold, International Student Advisor at email@example.com with the following information:
Country you are from
Type of Presentation (see above)
Also, let Laurie know if you would like to team up with someone else from your country if more than 1 of you signs up. We already have sign ups from KSA, Taiwan, Colombia, Japan and Russia.
An Empowering Conversation about Human Trafficking – October 30
A diversity presentation with Khrushida Begum, guest speaker and human rights advocate. The event is Wednesday, October 30 from 11am to 12pm in the Diversity Center (E301). PASSPORT EVENT!!
Add Some Flavor with SALT – Look for Your Invitation!
Check your inbox for an email invitation to join SALT in the next few days! What Is SALT? SALT was created by American Student Assistance, a nonprofit organization, to Bates Technical College’s students and alums like you become more financially savvy. Activating your SALT membership allows you to take advantage of members-only features, like:
· Interactive money management tools that show you how to take control of your finances.
· An interactive and personalized Repayment Navigator that helps you understand your student loan repayment options.
· Loan advice from SALT’s expert counselors.
· My Money 101—a self-paced, online resource that teaches you practical money management strategies for budgeting, credit cards, banking and more.
· Access to thousands of jobs and internships to jumpstart your career.
Remember to check your email for a message from SALT with your invitation to join. If you do not receive your SALT email in the next week or so, contact SALT’s Member Support team at 855.469.2724 or with Financial Aid. The best part—all of Salt services are free of charge!
Information Technology – Software
Office 365 Education for Students is an Office 365 plan that is available for free to students who attend academic institutions that have purchased Office for faculty and staff available at www.Office.com/GetOffice365. This plan allows students to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access on up to 5 PCs or Macs and Office apps on other mobile devices including Windows tablets and iPads®. The plan also includes 1TB of OneDrive storage, managed by the school, and students can edit and collaborate using Office Online, Yammer, and SharePoint sites. Active full- or part-time students at qualifying schools are eligible if they:
· Have a school-specific email address provided by the school (for example, contoso.edu) that can receive external email
· Are of legal age to sign up for an online offer individually (13 years old)
· Have Internet access
Students can use the plan until they graduate or are no longer enrolled at a qualified school. Student eligibility may be re-verified at any time. At expiration, the Office applications enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means documents can be viewed but it isn’t possible to edit or create new documents. In addition, online services associated with the school email address, for example Office Online and OneDrive, will no longer work. Enroll by going to the website below and signing up. http://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education
Student Accounts – Important Information
Starting immediately, newly created student accounts will be using Bates[student SID] as their temporary password (example: Bates800000001). We strongly suggest that students change the default password at the first log on. The purpose of this change is to provide an added level of security for student accounts. The new policy will not affect current student passwords, however, we recommended that instructors encourage current students to change their password from the default Bates07, if they have not already done so. Students who need assistance logging on, accessing their college email, or have questions can call the Student Help Desk at 7055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014-2015 Fall Quarter Dates
November 5 Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
December 5 Last day of the quarter