Winter Student Resources
Welcome to the Ox-Bow Resource page! The 2018 Winter Session will run from January 7-20. We are excited that you have registered for a class and will be joining us on campus this winter. Below you will find a number of topics that will prepare you for your time on campus. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
Please take the time to read your Student Orientation Guide. This will answer any questions you may have regarding travel, campus life and class structure.
Class Syllabus and Supply List
Grad Projects (Kelly Kaczynski) Syllabus/Supply List
Multilevel Painting (Matt Morris) Syllabus/Supply List
Performative and Spacial Articulation (Kamau Amu Patton + Jon Santos) Syllabus
*Plan to print any readings before you arrive to campus as there is no printer available for large-batch printing.
Arrival to Ox-Bow
Please plan to arrive between 2:00 and 5:00 pm EST on Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Upon arrival, please check-in in the dining hall, located on the first floor of the Inn. There you will be given your housing assignment along with parking and unloading instructions. Please make sure you arrive on time. Attendance to your first class meeting, Sunday evening at 8:00 pm, is mandatory. If something happens and you are going to be late the first evening we ask that you notify the campus office as soon as possible by calling (269) 857-5811.
*Work-Scholarship Students: You must be on time or your award will be jeopardized.
Sunday/First Day Schedule
2:00 – 5:00 pm: Arrival, Check-in, onsite paperwork
5:30: ORIENTATION Meeting for all Students + work scholarship meeting
8:00: FIRST CLASS MEETING
Transportation to Campus
Students provide their own transportation to and from Ox-Bow. We strongly encourage students from Chicago to make use of the Greyhound/Indian Trails bus service to Holland or to make every effort to carpool.
Indian Trails buses service the West Michigan area. The closest stop is in Holland, MI (twenty minutes north). From Chicago, there is a 9:45am bus that departs from the Greyhound Station on Harrison St. This will get you in to Holland by 3:15pm, on the Sunday arrival day. Please call Indian Trails at 1(800) 292-3831 or visit www.indiantrails.com to double check schedule information and to purchase tickets.
*Ox-Bow will pick you up from the Holland Bus Station! A taxi shuttle will take you to and from the bus station. Please email Shanna Shearer (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan on taking the bus so we make sure to have enough room.
The closest airport to Ox-Bow is the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, MI (50 miles/1 hour from campus). Unfortunately, we cannot provide a pick-up at the airport. One-way taxi fare from the airport to Ox-Bow is approximately $75, but this rate should be confirmed. We recommend Saugatuck-Douglas Car Service (269-543-3355) or Coleman’s Shuttle Service (616-355-2006). Please utilize our shared google document on the student resources page of the Ox-Bow website to organize shared taxi rides with others who may be flying to Grand Rapids.
Carpooling and Taxi Sharing
We have set up a google doc that students can use to communicate about traveling to Ox-Bow on Sunday, January 7, 2018:
Remember to include your contact information. Ox-Bow is unable to give out student contact information.
Internet and Phone
Part of the charm of life at Ox-Bow is experiencing a haven away from the busyness of life. That being said, and due to the location of the camp there is limited Internet and cell reception on campus. General access computers are not available, but we do have Wifi in the main inn so feel free to bring your laptop. There are landlines in the old and new inn, which are available to students to make local calls, and can be used for others to contact you, while on campus. The numbers (posted above each phone) are (269) 857-7634, (269) 857-7904, and (269) 857-1682.
For a full description of life on campus, please download the orientation guide.
Those students receiving a merit scholarship will be notified by Tuesday, November 7th. Once you register for a class, your scholarship will be reported to the SAIC scholarship office. Please note that many times it takes a few weeks before these scholarships are processed and appear on your account. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your award 1(800) 318-3019.
In the winter, Ox-Bow awards 11 work scholarship positions to students. If you are a work scholarship recipient, you should have received a work scholarship contract that outlines your responsibilities. If you would like a copy of these duties, please email us. Some work assignments begin on Sunday after dinner, so you must be present at the 5:30 pm orientation. If you aren’t able to fulfill the responsibilities outlined or have to drop your class, please notify us as soon as possible so that we can give someone else the opportunity. The award covers room and board and will appear on your SAIC Peoplesoft account. Please note that many times it takes a few weeks before these scholarships are processed and appear on your account.
All winter classes are billed through SAIC. Charges will appear on your PeopleSoft account. If you are not an SAIC student, but are taking the class for credit the school will bill you directly. You may make a payment directly to the Bursars office or send a check to our office, and we will deliver it to the bursar’s office.
Please read carefully, Ox-Bow's drop policy is not the same as SAIC's drop policy.
To drop a course, students must submit the request in writing to using Ox-Bow's online drop form. Call (800) 318-3019 for more information. Simply not attending does not constitute a drop. Additionally, it is not possible to drop an Ox-Bow course through the SAIC Portal or through the SAIC Registrar.
The following drop fees will be assessed dependent on when you drop your course (scholarships cannot be used to cover drop fees):
From the first day of registration until 4:30 pm on December 8th: Students will receive a full refund (tuition and room + board) but will be charged a $250 drop fee plus any associated lab fees.
If you drop after December 8th: No refunds will be given. Drops due to an unforeseen emergency (i.e. hospitalization, etc.) are eligible to be contested through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Refund Review Board. Proper documentation is required and refunds are typically partial. Please contact Ox-Bow’s registrar at email@example.com or (800) 318-3019 for further information.