SVA welcomed the College’s newest students during Orientation 2005, which took place August 28 – September 2. Approximately 900 freshmen and transfer students took part in more than 30 programs and activities around campus, including trips to local museums and shows, a karaoke contest, game nights in the residence halls and the annual Day of Service, in which students participated in community service projects around the city; in addition, the College presented several workshops to help incoming students navigate their academic and studio programs. “This year’s incoming class was one of the biggest in some time, which created some logistical challenges,” said Ellen Clinesmith, director of campus life. “But the Campus Life staff made Orientation work, and we had fun doing it!”
Both new and returning SVA students found two major renovations awaiting them: the new Kool Bloo 2 cafeteria on the second floor of 209 East 23rd Street, and the revamped Student Center at 217 East 23rd Street. Both spaces featured new looks, new furniture and new concepts: the cafeteria has an updated layout and menu from new food-service vendor Kool Bloo, and the Student Center has been redecorated and re-christened the Monkey Bar Lounge, courtesy of the Visual Arts Student Association (VASA), SVA’s student government. Kool Bloo has also opened a second cafeteria on the West Side, at 133-141 West 21st Street.
Image: Game night in the New Residence; photo by William Savona.