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Fall Prelusion 2017
August 21-23, 2017
Registration will open Wednesday, May 10, when the evoLUtion:1 tab on the Portal goes live. At that time, you will be able to register through the evoLUtion:1 Portal tab, under the May section of the Summer Checklist. If your plans change over the summer, refund requests must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org before June 30. No refund requests will be accepted after June 30, 2017.
preLUsion Registration is Now Open! Register here.
FALL 2017 Prelusion Programs
- alLUsions: Literary Lehigh
- Discover Lehigh
- Fabricate: LU
- Food for Thought
- Launch into Business
- Lehigh Women Engineers (LWE)
- Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP)
- Urban Ops: NYC
- Volunteer Experience (VE)
College opens a space for creativity and self-exploration. alLUsions introduces you to a community of writers at Lehigh University. This program uses writing as a means to develop new relationships with other incoming students interested in creative writing, literature, and the written world. To this end, alLUsions explores three different literary environments: Bethlehem’s Northside, New York City’s bookish treasures, and Northeastern Pennsylvania’s natural beauties.
alLUsions begins in Bethlehem’s Northside, exploring the haunts of the city’s most famous poet, H.D. We then travel to New York City for a daylong investigation of the city’s unparalleled literary tradition and living culture. You will tour and write in New York landmarks like its art museums, the world-famous Strand Bookstore, and Washington Square Park, an inspirational oasis for Mark Twain, Henry James, and the Beat poets, among many others. alLUsions juxtaposes this urban landscape with a day of relaxed hiking in the countryside, where you will take in Ricketts Glen State Park and its twenty-four named waterfalls.
Throughout this journey, you will write and share your work in order to nurture connections with each other and with Lehigh’s larger literary community. You will become acquainted with the English Department, the Drown Writers’ Series, and the Writing Center, although writers from all academic backgrounds and interests are encouraged to participate. Regardless of intended major, alLUsions is a program that focuses on the many ways that language helps us to connect with the world that surrounds us.
Cost: $330 Capacity: 15
Minimum number of participants required for the program to run: 5
Set off on a discovery of your new hometown! On this expedition, you’ll discover the history of Bethlehem and how Lehigh came to be – you’ll even visit the hometown and mansion of our founder, Asa Packer! Exploring campus and Bethlehem will help you familiarize yourself with both, and you’ll get to learn about Bethlehem Steel and the impact the company’s rise and fall has had on your new community. Plus, current students will teach you all the ins-and-outs of Lehigh and all the little secrets upper-class students wish they knew sooner! Fall in love with your new school while beginning to discover your place in helping with the reinvention of Bethlehem.
Discover Lehigh is a great program for students that want to attend preLUsion but do not have a particular area of interest. We will focus on getting you comfortable within the Lehigh community, sharing your new home in Bethlehem with your peers, and self-exploration.
As a part of this three-day discovery, here are some activities that you will experience:
- Tour Asa Packer’s mansion in his hometown of Jim Thorpe, PA
- Explore North and South Bethlehem
- Enjoy different dining experiences in Bethlehem and the surrounding areas
- Connect with peers and upperclass students
Cost: $230 Capacity: 20
Minimum number of participants required for the program to run: 5
For more information contact Amanda Walter email@example.com
Do you enjoy working with your hands? Or, have you never held a screwdriver before, but want to learn how to get started making things? Come explore many of Lehigh’s fabrication facilities and learn how to leverage these tools to support your educational and personal growth. Be empowered to create something functional from raw materials, and leave with a one-of-a-kind keepsake to mark the start of your Lehigh journey.
Participants will engage with a variety of on-campus resources, ranging from a traditional cabinetry-grade woodshop to CNC machining to various 3D printing technologies (and the staff who run them!). These resources are available to all Lehigh students, yet require training to use. Get a leg up on your fellow classmates by exploring Lehigh’s state-of-the-art facilities.
As part of this intensive, exciting foray into making, students will:
- Engage with faculty, staff, and upperclassmen interested in making things
- Explore traditional methods of work, such as bending sheet metal to give it form and cutting wood precisely to shape
- Learn to harness the powers of programming and electronics with an arduino microcontroller
- Get exposed to the exciting emerging technology of 3D printing by designing and printing components of your project.
- Spend an afternoon exploring the local area, learning some of the history of an old manufacturing city, while familiarizing yourself with your surroundings at Lehigh.
- Enjoy local food options surrounding the university in South Side Bethlehem’s arts district as well as North Bethlehem’s historic district.
- Experience the thrill of taking disparate components made with a wide variety of skills, and combining them into a final, functional, personalized work of art.
No special skills, abilities or experience is necessary whatsoever, we will teach you how to start using these wonderful resources on campus!
Cost: $375 Capacity: 12
Minimum number of participants required for the program to run: 8
For more information contact Brian Slocum firstname.lastname@example.org
What better way is there to get to know your new community than by learning about the area’s unique cuisine, eating delicious meals, and sharing good conversation with your fellow Lehigh students? Food for Thought will take you on a culinary journey through Lehigh, Bethlehem, and the Lehigh Valley. As we explore these areas, we will consider how thinking about what we eat opens up avenues to nuanced understandings of our identities, cultures, and communities.
We’ll enjoy the restaurants of North and South Bethlehem and receive a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to feed about 5,000 Lehigh students on campus every day. We will hear from local food activists about the issues facing the Bethlehem community, consider the problem of food deserts, and cook our own meal and bake fresh bread from scratch. And we will explore the Lehigh Valley with a focus on food--visiting local farms, markets and restaurants from Easton to Emmaus.
Whether you call yourself a “foodie,” are passionately interested in sustainable food production, or are simply interested in learning more about the local area through a unique lens, you will begin your time at Lehigh with a greater appreciation for the complex processes and rich meanings behind every meal.
*Food for Thought can easily accommodate any dietary restrictions and allergies. Please contact Danielle with any questions or concerns you may have.
Cost: $315 Capacity: 10
Minimum number of participants required for the program to run: 7
GlobaLehigh takes you on a virtual three-day trip around the world as you immerse yourself in culture, cuisine and all things global. As you experience your first taste of campus, your activities will extend far and wide. Here are just a few of the activities awaiting you:
- Take a behind the scenes tour of the United Nations headquarters and meet with a diplomat
- Eat your way around the world
- Network with Lehigh alumni working in international careers
- Explore the many different views of Globalization
This journey will be led by current students highly involved with all things Global at Lehigh. See for yourself why Lehigh University is truly a Global community!
Cost: $275 Capacity: 20
Minimum number of participants required for the program to run: 12
Begin your career path in business a few days early! Get acquainted with the College of Business and Economics (CBE) and the Rauch Business Center community. Discover the CBE culture, learn about majors, and meet business faculty and staff. You will have the opportunity to interact with alumni and learn from experienced professionals. Build a strong foundation for your business education as you embark on your journey to becoming a successful young professional. This program will include on-site visits to local and metropolitan corporations where students will deepen their understanding of business operations, gain insight into real-world issues the company faces and learn how global forces impact business decisions and action plans.
- Introduction to the CBE and Rauch Business Center resources and facilities
- Develop relationships with future classmates and CBE upperclass students, staff, faculty, and alumni
- Gain a better understanding of the CBE curriculum
- Connect with the Center for Career and Professional Development
- Travel to businesses in New York City and/or Philadelphia
- Participate in roundtable discussions with guest speakers
- Discover clubs and organizations to enhance professional development opportunities
- Improve networking skills and learn how to create a professional network
This program will be led by the CBE Undergraduate Programs Office.
Cost: $320 Capacity: 15
Minimum number of participants required for the program to run: 8
As an incoming woman engineer, you may be wondering about the dynamic, creative, exhilarating and rewarding field that you are about to enter. With many of Lehigh’s top engineering students being women, you are joining an impressive and elite group. To begin college with a leg up, come join us as we learn the ins and outs of Lehigh Engineering!
During your three days with Lehigh Women Engineers, you will engage in guided lab activities that will offer hands on experiences to help get you acclimated to academic study at the college level. You will also be given the opportunity to visit various departments, research centers, and other parts of campus as you are introduced to the multitude of programs, clubs, and resources here at Lehigh, all of which are dedicated to your success in Lehigh Engineering.
But perhaps most importantly, you will create the foundation to build a strong community among women engineers as you embark on this exciting new chapter of your life!
- Participate in hands on activities in the various labs at Lehigh
- Get a head start on making lifetime friends with your classmates
- Meet the Dean and selected faculty members in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
- Work with current women engineering students who will guide you through your Lehigh experience
- Explore the areas within walking distance of campus
Cost: $225 Capacity: 100
Minimum number of participants required for the program to run: 25
For more information contact Shaku Jain-Cocks email@example.com.
Do you enjoy being adventurous, meeting new people and being outdoors? If so, then OAP is for you! This program takes you into the great outdoors where you will spend your time taking day and night hikes, rafting down the Delaware River, playing paintball, riding a zip line, and developing new friendships. Day one, you will arrive on campus and drop off your belongings in your residence hall rooms before heading out. This trip will be completely off-campus. Participants will be staying at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) with upperclass student leaders. While at PEEC, students will be housed in guest lodges, cabins, or yurts. This year, you will participate in Paddle, Battle and Adventure.
Rafting on the scenic Delaware River, sunbathing, swimming and fun make this trip memorable. RAFTERS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM.
Kittatinny Paintball features exceptional mountaintop playing fields overlooking the beautiful Delaware River. Kittatinny’s fields, featuring natural forests with huge boulders and bunkers, are designed to make each game exciting and fun! Paintballs are water-soluble, biodegradable and non-toxic. Everything you need is provided.
ADVENTURE: Zip Line
Take a ride on the dual racing zip line, one of the longest zip lines in the USA – over 3000 feet long. Soar 150 feet in the air overlooking the Delaware River. No special skills or abilities needed to enjoy this ride. If this adventure isn’t for you, don’t worry, there will be plenty of other activities to do.
Cost: $400 Capacity: 100
Minimum number of participants required for the program to run: 50
For more information contact Andrea Barker firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you curious about the inner workings of environmental sustainability? If so, join the growing Lehigh community interested in sustainability. As part of the SustainabLEHIGH adventure, you will explore the Lehigh Valley through biking, canoeing, eating organic meals, visiting a farm and camping on our very own island. Not only will you have non-stop fun, but the learning experience and connections provide you with a strong foundation for future leadership in environmental sustainability initiatives at Lehigh.
As part of this exciting three-day adventure, you will:
- Meet like-minded students, campus leaders and sustainability champions
- Camp on your very own island (seriously!)
- Bike and canoe down the Lehigh River
- Visit a local farm that free ranges their animals
- Eat delicious organic meals
- Learn about environmental sustainability-related clubs, classes, initiatives and campaigns
Also, visit our website, where you can find leader biographies, photos, and more program information: sustainability.lehigh.edu/SustainabLEHIGH
Cost: $315 Capacity: 15
Minimum number of participants required for the program to run: 6
For more information contact Katharine Targett email@example.com
Your supplies: A map, a video camera and some cash to spend.
Your mission: To explore and stay overnight in the hottest tourist destination in the United States with a group of your new friends.
Urban Ops gives you the opportunity to begin your Lehigh journey by exploring the university and New York City. Throughout this experience, you will participate in a ropes course, meet and network with Lehigh alumni, and learn concepts of group dynamics that will help you navigate the plethora of involvement opportunities at Lehigh.
Each group will be led by a highly trained squad leader to scout NYC where you will gather information using only the resources provided to you.
Cost: $400 Capacity: 35
Minimum number of participants required for the program to run: 20
For more information contact Matt Kitchie firstname.lastname@example.org
Begin your journey at Lehigh through service! As a participant of VE, you will immerse yourself in three days of community service within the Lehigh Valley. During this time you will discover area agencies, take action to help alleviate issues facing their new community and build new but lasting friendships. VE is hosted through Lehigh’s Community Service Office, which offers students a pathway to continue engaging in meaningful service through their four years at Lehigh if they so choose.
All VE participants get the opportunity to serve at agencies in South Bethlehem and the surrounding Lehigh Valley. Some agencies include:
Volunteers of America: It’s more than just fun and games at VOA, a local youth center for children ages 6-13. VOA attendees make an impact by being a positive role model for a group of youngsters!
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center: Get your hands dirty while you help maintain and enjoy this environmental education center. Various activities may include: deepening park waterways to promote healthy aquatic life, restoring trails, removing invasive plants and creating habitats for indigenous amphibians.
New Bethany Ministries: Help organize and load a food bank on the South Side, and support an agency that helps committed families and individuals gain independence.
Victory House: Cook for or support an agency that provides homeless men, including veterans, with temporary housing and food assistance.
Bethlehem Area School District: Volunteer at elementary, middle, and high schools in the Lehigh Valley that follow the United Way’s Community school model. Their mission is to be a resource to all in the community, not just students. This includes education, health, and social services. Trips are led by community-oriented, upper-class students who are committed to providing you with the best first three days on campus you can have. Evenings are spent taking part in activities with your fellow volunteers that help you become acquainted to your new home and new friends.
Also, visit our website, where you can find leader biographies, photos, and more program information: lehigh.edu/service
Cost: $265 Capacity: 25
Minimum number of participants required for the program to run: 10