Policies and Logistics

COVID-19

Based on the most current information available about the COVID-19 pandemic in Richmond, all Spiders in the Bridge to Success program should plan to live on campus in a residence hall. Students are expected to comply with University policies about vaccination, testing, mask wearing, and distancing as indicated by the current stage of the physical distancing framework at the time of the program.

Expectations

  • Successfully complete a one unit course in a Field of Study General Education course
  • Virtually participate in all writing and academic skills workshops and Program events
  • Work closely with Bridge to Success student staff on all your assignments
  • Check University email address throughout the day for communications from professors, the Bridge to Success Program Director (Dr. Nathan Snaza), and University staff.
  • Follow all University of Richmond policies and all applicable laws

Students must get written permission of the Director to miss any of the required sessions.

Bannerweb, Blackboard, and Zoom

For access to important information about course registration, lesson planning, and remote class participation, please take some time to become familiar with three important sources: Bannerweb, Blackboard, and Zoom.

Bannerweb is an online system where you will register for class, check final grades, track your progress to graduation, and be able to see your schedule. You will need your NetID to log in and the first time you use it you will set a PIN, and you will need to install Duo on a second device for two-point authentication. Please log into bannerweb.richmond.edu.

Your high school may have used a website for hosting course content and Blackboard is the University's main platform for this. When you log in to blackboard.richmond.edu you will see page for each course in which you are enrolled. This summer you will use two pages: one for your Field of Study course, and one for the Bridge to Success Program. These pages will contain downloadable syllabi, course readings, and assignment prompts. You may also be asked to participate in asynchronous (not all at the same time) discussions using the Discussion fora on Blackboard.

If any program events cannot be safely held in person according to Virginia public health guidelines, we will primarily use Zoom, an online synchronous video conferencing platform, for classes, workshops, and program events. This will enable face-to-face interaction with peers, professors, writing consultants, staff, and invited experts. See the University’s page on Zoom here to download the application and create a Basic (free) account using your University email address.

Courses

Students will enroll in one of three available courses meeting a requirement for graduation. The Program Theme for the summer of 2022 is “Power and Enchantment,” and students will be asked to rank their course preferences in Slate. We will do the best we can to place everyone in their first choice, but we also need to balance the number of students in each section so we cannot guarantee that you will receive your first choice. However, all three of the courses are interesting and have similar assignments, and each of them satisfies one of the Field of Study requirements toward graduation.

History 199: "Witches and Magic in Early Modern Europe.” Taught by Dr. Sydney Watts.

Music 123: “Meaning and Music.” Taught by Dr. Jessie Fillerup.  

English 299: "Witches in Literature and Film." Taught by Dr. Nathan Snaza.

 

What You Will Need for the Program

  • A computer. You will need to be able to access email, BannerWeb, Blackboard, Zoom, and the University library Written assignments will typically be completed either in Microsoft Word or Google Docs and submitted electronically to professors. If you require a computer or help accessing high speed internet, please see this link.
  • A university email account.
  • All course books will handed to you during move-in on June 19th.
  • This may seem obvious, but a lot of time, preferably in a distraction-free environment. Successful completion of the Bridge to Success Program will require approximately 30-40 hours of work per week reading, taking notes, participating in online discussions, and completing assignments.

Program Launch

On Sunday, June 19, 2022 students will move into Gray Court residence hall between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Dr. Snaza will be on hand to distribute OneCards and books and to answer questions. Following move in, there will be two events to kick off the program.

At 4:00 p.m. Program staff and University leaders will welcome new Spiders and their families, and explain the program's vision. This will take place in the Humanities Commons in the Humanities Building.

At 5:00 p.m. EST, BTS participants and program staff will meet to go over all expectations, requirements, and policies, and to answer questions in Humanities 121/122.

Please feel free to reach out to Director Nathan Snaza with any questions or concerns before or during the summer program at nsnaza@richmond.edu.