Orientation Fall 2013
Dear Incoming Perkins Student:
Welcome to the Perkins community! You are eagerly expected at the Fall 2013 New Student Orientation. As Director of Recruitment & Admissions, I am very excited that you will be joining our community.
Fall Orientation is Thursday, August 22, 2013 and will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the Prothro Hall at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX. Attendance to all parts of New Student Orientation is required of all entering students. You will have an opportunity to meet your student colleagues, peer advisor, faculty members, and administrative staff. Please plan to park in the Meadows Museum underground parking garage (#60 on your campus map). You will need to enter the left driveway of the garage. Once you arrive on campus, proceed to Prothro Hall (#27 on your campus map) to check-in at the lobby, have your picture made in Prothro 106, and then proceed to the Refectory to enjoy a continental breakfast. As we will have a busy day, please dress comfortably for our day together.
Bridwell Library will be offering a seminar on theological research. Entitled Bridwell 101, the seminar will introduce you to the methods of theological scholarship and research. There will be one session of Bridwell 101, (Wednesday, August 21 at 6:00 PM) that will compliment New Student Orientation. It is highly recommended that you attend this session, which will differ from the information given during the library presentation during orientation.
To help you plan, we included links to all necessary documents for your careful review:
All new students are expected to read the chapter, “‘Who do you say that I am,’ Jesús or Jesse? A Reflection on Christology and Christian Identity” from the book, Jesus in the Hispanic Community: Images of Christ from Theology to Popular Religion, Eds. Harold Recinos and Hugo Magallanes. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009. pp 105-117. This should be read and reflected upon prior to orientation. During orientation we are planning to have small group discussions about the reading. The chapter is listed above, linked, and should be brought with you to orientation.
Registration for Classes
Normally, students at Perkins meet with their academic advisor to discuss which courses they should select for their upcoming semester. However, as incoming students, the courses that you may select from are formulated to ensure that you will have the pre-requisites to enroll in upper division courses later. Guidelines from the Perkins Registrar found at the link above are there to assist you; course selection and registration happen online at http://access.smu.edu.
Using the course planning guide, the Perkins Schedule of Classes, and following the directions from the Perkins registrar, you will be able to see which courses you should take based on your degree plan. Students enrolling in our Extension Program should refer to the specific course planning guides for Houston-Galveston. Also, please read the memo from Division I if you are considering taking a biblical language. Pre-requisites still apply for students in the MTS degree program, but there is no specific course planning guide to chart course options. Non-degree students should remember their enrollment is valid for one year, and they must also follow all pre-requisites.
Registration for courses opens to incoming students on July 2 for Fall 2013 courses. You can register for courses on-line via http://access.smu.edu using your Login ID (SMU ID number) and password.
SMU ID and login information should have been sent in the mail from the SMU Division of Enrollment Services and Information Technology Services (ITS) after you were admitted. If you did not receive this information, please call the ITS Help Desk at 214-768-4357; when calling, make certain to identify yourself as a new, incoming student.
After logging in, if you find that you do not have registration privileges, it may be because you have not returned your Intent to Enroll form. An Intent to Enroll form is included as a link. Please fill it out and fax it to us at 214-768-4245 or email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Your health history and immunization forms must also be sent to the Health Center prior to enrollment.
Please note that we have clearly marked the courses available to first-year students in Dallas and Houston-Galveston. If you are a transfer student from another theological graduate school, please contact Janelle Hampton, Perkins Registrar, prior to registration to determine your eligibility to enroll in other courses (email@example.com) or call 214-768-2152.
For MSM students, you must first take the music exams administered by the Meadows School of the Arts before you can register. Once these exams have been taken, please contact Dr. Michael Hawn, Director of the Sacred Music program, to learn which classes you may take. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During orientation, students enrolled in Dallas will be asked to pay a $30/per year community life fee. The parking rates for the 2013-2014 year are as follows: (9 credits or less per semester) $145, (10 or more credits per semester) $280. For those needing this service, permits may be ordered on our website once you are registered for classes. Then, using your SMU ID and password, log on, select order permit and follow the steps. You will need your vehicle plate number, make and model. All charges are posted to access.smu.edu on student accounts.
All new students will have the opportunity to purchase Perkins T-shirts, hoodies and travel mugs. (It may be a good idea to bring your checkbook to orientation.)
Also, please be aware that once you have been assigned an SMU e-mail address, SMU e-mail is the only way that we will get in touch with you for announcements from our office , including the weekly Perkins newsletter, so be sure to check your SMU e-mail account regularly. During Orientation, you will have your SMU ID card made, so please come prepared to have your picture taken.
Transportation to Dallas (Extension Program Students)
Students will be asked to provide their own transportation to Dallas. Current information on Southwest Airlines** can be found at www.southwest.com. Information on Greyhound bus service can be found at www.greyhound.com.
**Prices will vary based on time of purchase. Perkins is in no way endorsing any particular airline, but has outlined Southwest Airlines flights only as an example of the cost to travel by air to Dallas.
If you are beginning your classes in the Houston-Galveston Extension program, Perkins will provide shared accommodations for one night at a Dallas hotel close to campus. To register for a hotel room for the evening of August 21, please email me no later than July 20.
Tuition and SMU Housing
Your tuition payment due date is Tuesday, September 20. Questions about federal student loans can be directed to Barbara Waters at email@example.com. Tuition and fees for the Fall and Spring terms are $836 per credit hour in Dallas and $732.50 per credit hour for extension courses. Please review the Division of Enrollment Services payment plan options at http://smu.edu/bursar/paymentplans.asp.
If you have made (or are making) arrangements for on-campus housing, SMU residence halls and commuter rooms will be officially open for graduate student move-in on Tuesday, August 20 at 9:00 a.m. You will need to check in at McElvaney Hall (#56 on your campus map) front desk to get your keys. Please bring a picture ID with you when you check-in.
Other Important Dates
You will need to mark your calendars with a few important dates. Note the link included to the list of Spiritual Formation Retreat dates and locations. This retreat is required of all M.Div., C.M.M., and M.S.M. first year students.
Fall classes begin Monday, August 26. This may vary, however, based on your individual class schedule.
Please read all of your orientation materials carefully and thoroughly. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. If you have relocated, we ask that you forward your new address and phone number to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at your earliest convenience. I look forward to having you in the Perkins community. See you at orientation on Thursday, August 22!
Herbert S. Coleman, II
Director, Recruitment & Admissions
A few books that might be helpful as you prepare for your first year of seminary include:
How to Think Theologically by Howard W. Stone and James O. Duke
How to Read a Book by Mortimer Jerome Adler
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Seminary Student Writes by Deborah Core
Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms by Donald K. McKim.