Orientation for New Students
Welcome to St. Vladimir's Seminary! May the Lord bless you in all your endeavors during the forthcoming semester and throughout your seminary career.
Remember also that the time you spend here is a gift. It is meant to prepare you for service in Christ’s Church. We hope that you will use this time not only to learn about our Faith but also to learn about yourself. We hope that you will use this time not only for training and formation but also to deepen your love for the Lord. We wish you the very best in this, your first semester of studies and prayer at St Vladimir’s Seminary.
Yours in Christ,
Dr. John Barnet
The Rev. Dr David Mezynski
Friday, August 26 (3:00 pm) through Sunday, August 28
The orientation program at St. Vladimir's Seminary includes not only informational sessions to introduce new students to seminary life but also a series of structured activities for students to explore the nature of Christian vocation and begin building community. For this reason, orientation is required for all incoming degree candidates, part-time as well as full-time, and encouraged for non-degree students.
» Fall 2016 Orientation Schedule
Three Hierarchs Chapel stands as the place where the seminary community comes together to celebrate the liturgical services. The members of the seminary faculty and staff, students and their families, and many people from the local area, attend services in the chapel, singing the responses, reading, serving in the altar, offering homilies, and preparing the chapel for worship. When students enroll in the seminary, and so become members of the community, they are expected to participate fully in the seminary’s rich liturgical life and to take responsibility for their part in the life and worship of the chapel, as follows:
- Residential Eastern Orthodox students in the Master of Arts or Master of Divinity program are required to enroll in Liturgical Music 030 or Liturgical Music 030A (byzantine chant of the Antiochian archdiocese), section placement dependent on skill level as determined by voice-testing, attend rehearsals, and sing in one of the chapel choirs, as assigned.
- All other residential students, including Eastern Orthodox students in the Master of Theology program, are voice-tested and strongly encouraged to enroll in the basic music courses, attend rehearsals, and sing in one of the chapel choirs, unless they are expected to attend Malankara or Coptic chapel services.
- Non-residential students are encouraged to enroll in the basic music courses, attend rehearsals, and sing in one of the chapel choirs, schedule permitting.
Exemption. Should a student believe that there is a compelling reason not to take the basic music courses, attend rehearsals, or sing in the choir, he or she should speak to Mat. Robin Freeman, director of music, who is responsible for designing a suitable program of musical instruction for each student, about petitioning the faculty council for an exemption.
Disability Services at St Vladimir’s Seminary helps to ensure equal educational access and opportunity for all members of our community. The Office of the Chief Executive Officer of the Seminary oversees Disability Services and works individually with students to create an effective and comprehensive accommodation plan in accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act states:
No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 7(20), shall solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
In its mission to train priests, theologians, and educated laity, St Vladimir’s Seminary strives to embrace and support all those who answer the Lord’s call to serve in His vineyard. Disability Services works with administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure that students with disabilities have reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The seminary will offer reasonable aids and services to assist otherwise qualified persons in achieving success in its programs, services, and facilities.
» Frequently Asked Questions
REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION
1. Registration of Disability. Applicants who have been accepted for admission, or current students who seek accommodation for a disability, are encouraged to contact Ann Sanchez, Disability Services Access Coordinator (Rangos G10, x323), as soon as possible to begin the process of developing an accommodation plan. Students are not eligible to receive academic and/or campus accommodations until they have registered their disability with the Disability Services Access Coordinator, nor does Disability Services grant accommodations retroactively. If new accommodations are needed, students must meet with Disability Services to discuss adjusting the accommodation plan and provide updated documentation, if needed.
2. Procedure. Students who seek academic and/or campus accommodation for disability must provide the Disability Services Access Coordinator with the following information:
- Identification of disability and supporting documentation;
- Detailed explanation of how the disability currently affects and substantially limits the student’s ability in the academic and/or campus setting;
- List of accommodations the student may have received in the past; and
- List of accommodations the student is requesting at St Vladimir’s Seminary.
3. Examples of Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations vary for each student depending upon type of disability, needs, and supporting documentation. Examples of accommodations the seminary has provided to students include, but are not limited to, early registration, academic coaching and academic support services, including part-time study, extended test-taking time, assistance with books in alternative formats, and assistance in accessing campus buildings. Students are responsible, however, for arranging certain personal services, such as attendant care, mobility training, and transportation.
4. Requirement to Submit Requests Each Semester. Current students are responsible for submitting accommodation requests—to the Disability Services Access Coordinator—each semester, indicating the specific courses and/or activities involved and the accommodations sought in each case. Students must then pick up their letters in person and give the letters directly to their professors after class or during office hours, or to supervisors in the case of non-academic activities. This process allows students to self-identify and begin to discuss accommodations with their professors. We encourage all students to have a conversation with their professor about how they learn best.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: First Friday of the Semester
The following forms must be submitted to Gabrielle Russin, Student Affairs Administrator (Rangos 116, x348), by the first Friday of the semester. Students who do not submit all required forms and supporting documentation by the deadline—incomplete forms will not be accepted—will have their registration suspended, will not be permitted to attend classes, and will be charged a late registration fee of $50. If all medical forms are not on file with the Student Affairs Administrator within thirty (30) days after classes begin, those students will be administratively withdrawn from the seminary. Please note that the immunization form requires a doctor's signature.
» Immunization Form
» Proof of Health Insurance Form
Note for MDiv students: Completion of a pre-admission physical is required for Clinical Pastoral Education. The physical, which is sometimes performed by the sponsoring hospital at no additional cost to the student, includes a TB test and proof of MMR vaccination.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: First Friday of the Semester
Students who park a vehicle on seminary property are required to maintain legal registration and insurance for their vehicle. Students with a legally registered and properly insured vehicle will, upon completing the Seminary’s vehicle registration form, be issued a parking sticker for the current academic year at no cost, if completed on time. To receive a sticker, students must submit the vehicle registration form and a copy of their registration and insurance information to Gabrielle Russin, Student Affairs Administrator (Rangos 116, x348), by the first Friday of the semester. Students who do not submit the vehicle registration form and required documentation by the deadline will be charged a parking sticker fee of $50.
» Vehicle Registration Form