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In our efforts to provide support for the transition of incoming students and their families, clear and comprehensive communication is essential. While we believe students are primarily responsible for their educational experience, we also acknowledge the integral role you play in the success of your students. Check this page for ongoing updates emailed out to families on our email list.

Summer 2022 Communication

May 16, 2022: Welcome Information from First-Year Experience

Welcome to the Lehigh Family!

 

Our mission in the Office of First-Year Experience (OFYE) is to provide support and resources for the academic and social transition of new students and their families. We believe students are primarily responsible for their educational experience. We also acknowledge the integral role you, as parents and families, play in the success of your students. For more about our philosophy on parents and families as partners, please visit our family website.

 

We want to share some initial resources and information with you to help you as you go on this journey with your student.

 

Welcome Kit

The Welcome Kit is a helpful publication we ask students to carefully review. It has an abundance of information students need to know over the summer to be prepared for August. We had planned for a printed version to be at your doorstep already, but unfortunately there have been many unavoidable hiccups along the way with paper supply and more. These will be shipped to the student mailing address this week.

 

Lehigh Student Portal

The Lehigh Student Portal (go.lehigh.edu/lehighportal) is a one-stop-shop for important information. On Tuesday, May 17, students will be given access to new information on the portal. This page is just for first-year students and has been created to help them keep everything organized using the Summer Checklist. The Summer Checklist includes links to forms they must complete, important information to review, etc. and will ensure they don't miss any important deadlines over the summer. This is not something you will have access to, but we want you to know that it exists to help your student stay organized. (It is important for students to learn these responsibilities early on, which is why they are the only ones who should be accessing their portal.) Please note that there is no set time the portal will go live - it is a process and we will send an email to the students when the content should have switched over.

 

Email Reminder

Your student’s Lehigh email address will be ready for use Tuesday, May 17. Beginning May 18, ALL official university communications will be sent to their Lehigh email. We tell them to check their Lehigh email account often. If your student shares they are not receiving information, please encourage them to check their Lehigh email account.

 

Housing Information

The Housing Contract is available for students on their Summer Checklist starting May 20. In this contract they will submit housing preferences (such as their roommate preferences, themed community, and gender preferences) and choose a meal plan. The deadline to complete this is June 6.

 

PreLUsion Registration

If your student is interested in registering for one of our preLUsion programs, please note the link will go live at 11:00 AM EDT both on the summer checklist in the portal and on our prelusion webpage. This is an attempt to accommodate a multitude of time zones.

 

Family Resources

We encourage you to check out the wealth of resources on our website – from the FAQ’s to the transition resources – we hope they will be helpful. We will be in touch later this month with more information about an exciting online summer webinar series to introduce you to university staff, campus resources, and helpful information as you work with your student to prepare for August. 

 

Save the Date!

Please save the date for the Kick-Off to the Summer Webinar Series with the OFYE which will be held on zoom on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM EDT.

 

We will continue to communicate with your student via email and will reach out to you every few weeks throughout the summer with updates.

 

You can contact us at the OFYE if you have questions at fye@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-1300.

 
May 24, 2022: Announcing the Summer Webinar Series

As a family member of a newly admitted Lehigh student, you have undoubtedly been instrumental in their educational pursuits. We recognize you play an important role in your student’s transition process, and we are excited to have a healthy level of involvement from you and other family members as we seek to provide support for your student’s academic, professional and personal development.

 

Our Summer Webinar Series will introduce you to a variety of campus resources, provide support on discussions that may be helpful before their arrival, and introduce you to campus partners and administrators who will be instrumental in your student’s transition and success. We hope you will join us! Sessions will be recorded as appropriate and posted on our summer webinar webpage. The schedule will continue to be updated so we encourage you to return to the website throughout the next month.

 


Summer Schedule

 

Office of the First-Year Experience Welcome & Summer Webinar Kick-Off

Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

Register Here

This session will kick-off the summer webinar series in a fun and interactive way! Get ready to play a little trivia to test your knowledge about what you might need to know as a parent or family member of a student (and yes, there will obviously be Lehigh SWAG prizes!). We will share what to expect for the summer, support and resources the OFYE will provide to support and enhance student success, and the ways in which families can directly support their student in the preparation leading up to August arrival and their first-year transition.

 

Introduction & Overview of the Center for Career & Professional Development

Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

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In this session you will learn more about the resources, career tools, digital platforms, & support that us available to all Lehigh students through the Center for Career & Professional Development. With first-year students in mind, we will review where students can begin in the career journey at Lehigh and how students can connect with our center & team.

 

Not Just "The Talk": How to Help Prepare Your New Student for College Relationships and Sexuality

Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

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College is a foundational time for building healthy intimate relationships, and new college students are at the highest risk for experiencing sexual and relationship violence. Most new college students don't receive comprehensive, medically accurate, and inclusive sexuality education prior to coming to school which puts them at a disadvantage. But...parents and guardians can help by initiating these types of conversations prior to the start of school and this session is designed to help navigate talking with your new college students about their values, expectations, boundaries, desires, non-negotiables, consent, and communication.

 

Talking with Your Student About Alcohol

Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

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A significant part of your student’s growth during the next four years will be rooted in their ability to make responsible and smart life decisions. Join us for a talk with faculty and staff about Lehigh’s community standards regarding alcohol including policy and consequences as well as alcohol-free social alternatives to ensure a safe environment where your student can thrive.

 

Tech Talk for First-Year Students and Families: Ask Lehigh computer techs!

Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

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Join us on Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. EDT for Tech Talk for First Year Students and Families!  Learn about Lehigh's computing and networking environment, our tech support, and get advice on personal device purchase and configuration from Library and Technology Services (LTS) computing and hardware specialists.

 


To see previous emails sent to families of incoming students, please visit our communications webpage.

For more information about our resources and services for families, please explore our website.

 

Student Reminder Highlights

Please encourage your student to visit their portal for their summer checklist and check their Lehigh email often. The housing deadline is June 6! Please encourage your student to visit their portal for their summer checklist and check their Lehigh email often. The housing deadline is June 6! Health forms will be mailed to your student's house shortly, but much more information can be found on the Health & Wellness Center webpage. They are due July 15, but do often require a trip to the physician's office.

 

We look forward to engaging with you this summer and as we prepare for the start of the academic year! 

June 22, 2022: June Updates & Reminders from the OFYE

Greetings:

 

We hope you’ve had a great start to your summer. As we get closer to August, we are excitedly preparing for your students' arrival to campus.

 

Summer Webinar Series

Have you attended a Summer Webinar yet? Not to worry if you missed one. Sessions are recorded and posted on our summer webinar webpage. Check out the upcoming schedule and register for a future session.

 

Talking with Your Student About Alcohol

Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

Register Here

A significant part of your student’s growth during the next four years will be rooted in their ability to make responsible and smart life decisions. Join us for a talk with faculty and staff about Lehigh’s community standards regarding alcohol including policy and consequences as well as alcohol-free social alternatives to ensure a safe environment where your student can thrive.

 

Tech Talk for First-Year Students and Families: Ask Lehigh computer techs!

Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

Register Here

Join us on Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. EDT for Tech Talk for First Year Students and Families!  Learn about Lehigh's computing and networking environment, our tech support, and get advice on personal device purchase and configuration from Library and Technology Services (LTS) computing and hardware specialists.

 

University Counseling & Psychological Services

July 12, 2022 at 1:30 P.M. EDT

Register Here

Join us in exploring the resources available for your student at University Counseling and Psychology (UCPS) Services, and have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the available resources.

 

Preparing to Launch

July 14, 2022 at 1:30 P.M. EDT

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Join us in exploring what you and your Lehigh student might experience during the transition to college, and how you might respond. Come prepared for an interactive and open discussion. This session will be led by Dr. Briana Luppino, Director of Outreach and Staff Psychologist in University Counseling and Psychological Services.

 

Introduction to the Fraternity & Sorority Experience at Lehigh University

July 19, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

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The Office of Fraternity and Sorority affairs will be presenting a webinar focused on the fraternity and sorority experience at Lehigh University. Parents and families are invited to learn more about the joining process and the overall experience should their student be interested in joining a fraternity or sorority during their time at Lehigh University. With about 30% of the student body involved in Greek Life and 20+ organizations to join, we hope you find this session helpful as your student prepares to attend Lehigh!

 

Attend a Sendoff with your Student! 

Each year, alumni and parents across the country host student Sendoff to welcome incoming students and families to Lehigh. These informal gatherings are a chance to learn more about Lehigh, meet your students’ fellow classmates, and get tips on campus, classes, and more. Find the nearest Sendoff to you and register to attend!

 

Upcoming Important Dates & Deadlines for Students

Students should continue to return to their Summer Checklist for important links and reminders for each month. Below are a few highlights that may be helpful to you to discuss with your student:

Less than 60 days until Orientation! We look forward to meeting you in August.

 

To see previous emails sent to families of incoming students, please visit our communications webpage.

For more information about our resources and services for families, please explore our website.

 
July 18, 2022: July Updates & Reminders from the OFYE
We are excited to welcome you and your student to campus in just over a month or so! Below is some helpful information to inform you of what’s to come…
Orientation
You’ll say farewell to your students after the welcome lunch at 1:30pm, because Orientation will start at 2:00 on Thursday, August 18 and will run through Sunday, August 21. Orientation is mandatory for students and will be helpful for their transition to familiarize them with campus resources, make connections and get them ready for a successful year. The official schedule will be available on our website in August, they’ll get a physical copy at check-in and we’ll have a smartphone app, Guidebook, where they can customize their schedule based on their Orientation group which they’ll receive at check-in. Please review the schedule on page 15 in the Welcome Kit if you are looking for more details about each day.
Students will learn more about the Lehigh community and begin Crafting our Communities with Care, our theme for the year. We’ll talk a lot about this during Orientation as they begin to form relationships and discuss how they will play a role in the Lehigh community. We’ll talk about ways we can care about ourselves and others to uplift the Lehigh community.
We are also a part of the larger Bethlehem community and they’ll learn more about our home, South Bethlehem, on Friday and even hear from our mayor at their University Convocation. In the evening, many students will be eating in local restaurants as a part of Faux Friday and will join us on the local greenway for some free ice cream and a relaxing and fun atmosphere. We are encouraging all students to bring a new (or gently used) copy of your favorite book from their childhood or adolescence for Reading is cLUtch! They’ll write an inspirational message inside the front cover and we will collect these at the Greenway to share with the South Bethlehem kiddos.
Parent & Family Orientation
We hope you’ll join us! This is as much a transition for you as it is for your student. Even if you’ve dropped off multiple children at college, every experience can be different and we hope we’ll have the chance to connect with you. 
We will have a Family Welcome tent with information and refreshments outside of the Orientation Check-In at Iacocca Hall. Family Orientation will occur in the afternoon on Thursday. Again, you’ll say goodbye after lunch (sorry! we will rip that bandaid off real fast!) and then you can watch the Student Kick-Off before you have the Family Kick-Off. We will post the schedule on our Family webpage in early August but it will run from 2:00pm - 6:00pm on Thursday. We will have the exact same program running on Monday, August 15 for pre-arrival programs from 1:00pm - 5:00pm so there is no need to return later in the week. The program will include remarks from our Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, a College Welcome where you’ll learn more about the expectations of your students’ academic experience, a campus resources session, and the Family Farewell where there will be refreshments and the University President, Joseph J. Helble will address parents and families before your departure.
Summer Webinar Series
You can join us for the last session of the Summer Webinar Series, an introduction to Fraternity and Sorority Affairs on July 19 at 7:00 P.M. EDT! Register Here. Check out our website for previously recorded sessions.
 
Summer Checklist Reminders
 
Students should continue to return to their Summer Checklist for important links and reminders for each month. Below are a few highlights that may be helpful to you to discuss with your student:
 
In July they should be sure to submit their health forms (due July 15), enroll in or waive the university health insurance, review their housing assignment and register for courses in the upcoming weeks. They can ship items to campus for pick up at the mail center, but the Mail Center cannot accept those until August. Additionally, they should consider insuring their personal items through renter’s insurance or homeowner’s insurance.
 
Course Registration Reminders For Students: What To Do When…
As a parent, you should not be registering them for classes. They will need to complete this process throughout their college experience, so let them get started. And…I know how stressful it can be. Here’s what we shared with students to assist them. Perhaps if they come to you with questions you can remind them of these resources!
 
Deciding which courses to take in fall? Review your course packet, check the portal and your email for additional information, see the first-year enrollment website for sample schedules, and contact your academic unit.
Have questions about utilizing the registration system? Review the First-Year Enrollment website for videos on how to utilize the registration system and contact Registration & Academic Services. 
Having trouble during the registration period? Use the Live Chat on the Registration & Academic Services webpage to talk with someone in the moment.You should have all the information at your fingertips between emails from Registration & Academic Services, links on your portal, the fysenroll.lehigh.edu website with video tutorials and same schedules.
July 22, 2022: Updates from the OFYE & Housing Services
Greetings:
 
With move-in dates approaching, we are getting excited to welcome you to campus! As a reminder, you can read past communications here
 
Move-In
Move-In day is Thursday, August 18, unless you are signed up for an early arrival program or sport. There will be a team of volunteers to assist you that day! Please follow these directions when you arrive to assist us with traffic flow. You’ll check-in at Iacocca Hall on the Mountaintop campus between 8am and 11:30am to receive your parking pass and Orientation materials. Follow the color-coded directional signage down the mountain to your residence hall to pick up your keys and unload your belongings. 
 
All student health forms and paperwork must be complete before you can move in. You can see additional instructions about this process on the Health & Wellness Center website.
 
Your parking pass must remain on your dashboard during the move-in process. Someone must stay with your car when you arrive at your residence hall. Staff, faculty and student volunteers will assist you in unloading your car. Please make sure all boxes, suitcases, bags, and other items are clearly labeled with your name, building, and room number. Once your car is unloaded, you will move it to your designated campus parking garage to allow others to unload (follow the directional signage to the closest parking location).
 
Packing can be made a lot easier when you know what to bring and what to leave at home. Use this packing list to help you make some of those decisions and check out the housing website if you need specifics on your residence hall room.
 
Orientation Video
We shared some great information about our Orientation program in our last email, but we want you to see the excitement that your student will experience from Move-In to Orientation. Check out the OFYE Youtube page to view a video of the experience.
 
Family Orientation
As a reminder, Family Orientation is a helpful resource to support your student in their transition, and we hope you will join us when you are on campus. We run Family Orientation programs on Monday, August 15 (for pre-arrival programs), and on Thursday, August 18. On both days, Family Orientation begins with a Welcome lunch at 11:30am and programming runs until 4:30pm on Monday and 6:00pm on Thursday. Students will be busy with their pre-arrival program or with Orientation on Thursday, so join us as we welcome you as parents and families of Lehigh. Sessions include:
  • Welcome Lunch: Come enjoy our Welcome Lunch featuring locally grown and organic foods while mingling with faculty, staff, and fellow new students and families! 
  • Parent & Family Kick-Off: Hear from the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • College Welcome: Meet the college's Associate Dean or Program Directors to learn more about what your student's academic experience will entail. 
  • Campus Resources 101: Join us for an informative and comprehensive session that provides a general overview of academic, housing, involvement and other resources available for your student at Lehigh. 
  • President’s Farewell: Stop by to hear remarks from our University President, Joseph J. Helble ‘82, and grab a refreshment before heading off.
 
Summer Checklist Highlights
Students should continue to return to their Summer Checklist for important links and reminders for each month. Below are a few highlights that may be helpful to you to discuss with your student:
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us in the Office of the First-Year Experience at fye@lehigh.edu or 610-758-1300 or for Housing related questions, email inhouse@lehigh.edu or 610-758-3500.