The start of the new year at the College is always exciting, and this year it’s going to be something even bigger: Orientation for new students takes place August 29 – September 3, a week that coincides with the Republican National Convention in New York City. While there are bound to be some delays and inconveniences, everyone at the College is working to make Orientation easy, safe and a good beginning to the 2004-05 academic year. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to allow extra time to get to the College.
The area most affected by the city’s increased security measures will be around Madison Square Garden, where the convention is being held, and Pennsylvania Station, which is directly underneath the Garden. Amtrak, LIRR, NJ Transit and west side subways will probably experience delays. Consider ways to avoid this area if possible, and if not, be sure to have official ID handy, allow extra time for security checkpoints and try not to carry large bags. SVA’s residence halls are on the east side of Manhattan, where we hope there will be minimal delays. All Orientation events will go on as scheduled, and we look forward to welcoming the class of 2008 to SVA.
Image: (left to right) Coordinator of Health Services Christine Gilchrist, Associate Director of Student Activities Tina Crayton, Director of Campus Life Ellen Clinesmith and Associate Director of Residence Life Shadia Sachedina prepare for Orientation; photo by Brian Glaser.