Thursday, December 18, 2014

Milestone: Well done, Class of 2018!

As you finish your exams and head into the winter break, I hope that you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment in completing your first semester of college.

When you arrived here a scant few months ago, most of you had no idea what to expect from your classes, your professors and your peers, so in order to get to this point you have had to make some significant adjustments to any number of new challenges and new expectations. And if it hasn’t been easy or straightforward every step of the way, that’s because it’s not supposed to be.

So give yourself credit for learning and adapting, and use the winter break to celebrate your achievement by getting some well deserved rest!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Opportunity: Athena Digital Design Agency: apply to take a class or join the Student Advisory Board

A message from the Athena Digital Design Agency:

Applications are out for Athena Digital Design Agency's Spring HTML/CSS class, Ruby class, and Student Advisory Board. We will be accepting applications until December 30th.

Coding is the language of the future. Become literate with Athena Digital Design.
Our mission is to champion and inspire Barnard women on their journey into coding literacy through web development. Participants will begin by learning the fundamentals of web design so they can be competitive in the new economy. Apply here:

Members of the Student Advisory Board take on a leadership position on the agency startup team in various capacities ranging from project management, finance, marketing, and more. No coding knowledge is required and SAB members take the ADDA class in the Spring. Apply here:

For students with experience in front-end development, check out our Ruby on Rails course to be offered for the first time next semester! Apply here:

If you have any questions, please reach out to or

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Important Information: end-of-semester procedures and policies

This message was sent by email to all students by the Dean of Studies on Thursday, December 11:

Dear Students,

Congratulations on making it to the end of classes and the start of reading week. The past few weeks have been a time of intense emotion and reflection, as many of us are processing the national and campus events of past weeks and semester as a whole. Examination period is about to begin, and the Office of the Dean of Studies is aware that this might be a time of heightened stress and anxiety. Please be sure to contact your adviser(s) or  Class Dean if you are experiencing any difficulties that might impede your successful completion of the semester; everyone stands ready to help you navigate your way through this next week. In addition, in the remaining days of this semester, students who are in crisis will not be turned away from meeting with a counselor at the Furman Counseling Center. Furman staff will work with students and to develop the best plan to meet the students' needs.

We would like to go over several  important pieces of information that will help you make it through finals. With the flurry of exams and papers looming, we want to be sure that everyone is aware of college policy and practice, so that if something should come up, you won't be taken by surprise. Please note that if you do decide to apply for an incompletes or to delay an exam, the fact of missing a grade and/or not completing at least four courses this semester may have an impact on your academic standing (per federal guidelines). Please see your Class Dean if you have questions about how applying for an incomplete may affect your status. We want you to be healthy this semester AND to complete your work in a way that will not compromise your status in the long-term.

INCOMPLETES:  Incompletes are usually given in cases of illness, personal emergency, or other compelling circumstances. If you need to request an incomplete, and the instructor is amenable, pick up a copy of the incomplete form at the Registrar's Office, or online at the Registrar's site, and proceed from there. If you would rather not speak with your instructor, please see your Class Dean, who can help you communicate your needs to your instructor(s). The deadline for incomplete forms has been extended to Thursday, December 18. These forms go to the Registrar. (Please note that incompletes apply only to coursework, not final examinations. For information about deferring exams, see below.)

FINAL EXAMINATION INFORMATION: The current exam schedule remains the same, unless your instructor informs you otherwise; if a student finds herself scheduled for three exams within a 24-hour period or four within 48 hours (or, of course, if she is somehow scheduled for two exams at the same time), then she should be to go to the Barnard Registrar's Office (107 Milbank), where she will receive further guidance as to how to proceed.

Deferral of a Final Examination: If it appears that you will be unable to take a final exam because of illness or emergency, contact your instructor first, and obtain permission to defer the exam. Instructors will grant permission to defer an exam on the day of the exam only in case of illness or emergency, and some instructors may require documentation from a health care professional. Students must also then contact the Dean of Studies Office (x42024) on the day of the exam, before the scheduled start of the exam. If the instructor has approved your request, the dean will explain next steps. Deferred final exams for the fall term will be administered in January, at the end of the first week of classes, by the Registrar's Office. Your eventual final grade for the course will be joined on your transcript by an "X," which signifies that you deferred the final.

Illness during an exam: If you become ill during an examination, inform the proctor, hand in the exam, and go directly to Health Services. If you've completed less than 40 minutes of a two-hour exam or less than one hour of a three-hour exam, you should qualify for a deferred exam (see above.) If you leave the exam more than 40 minutes into a two-hour exam or more than an hour into a three-hour exam, you'll be graded on the basis of the work you've completed to that point.

Grades: Final grades are indeed final. Grades may be changed only in cases of clerical error or in the event that for some unusual reason the instructor needs to reevaluate the work of the entire class. Grades may not be recalculated on the basis of reexamination or the submission of  additional or revised work.

Academic Integrity: As you write papers or complete exams, whether in a proctored environment or in the comfort of your residence hall, keep the College's Honor Code in mind. Under pressure, it can sometimes be tempting to make a regrettable decision, such as using untrustworthy and undocumented sources, collaborating on an exam, or claiming someone else's work as your own. It's very important to keep in mind that taking actions that violate the Honor Code is never, ever the way to respond to a  difficult or pressured academic situation. There's always a better choice. Also, as members of a community of scholars, we must appreciate that truthfulness and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge are essential to the successful functioning of that community. While violating the Honor Code can have serious repercussions for individual students, it can also do real damage to the ties that hold us together as an academic community.

Academic Probation: Please be advised that if you are on academic probation (or Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Warning), incompletes or deferrals may have an impact on your academic standing. To discuss your probationary status, please contact the Dean of Studies Office at x42024.

If anyone has any questions about any of these issues, please let us know, and we can help direct you to available resources and get you the help you need. In the meantime, I hope that while you're studying, you'll also be sure to get your rest, take care of your health, and keep in  mind that winter break is just around the corner. Try to stay healthy and connected; take care of one another. Good luck with your exams and papers, and best wishes,

Monday, December 8, 2014

UPDATED: Peer-to-Peer Learning Resources Available During Reading Week

Want to study for finals with your peers?

Check out these resources available December 7-12, 2014

Existing Help Rooms with Reading Week Hours:

Computer Science Help Room
406 Barnard Hall
Tuesday, Dec. 9:  6-8 pm
See for updates

Economics Help Room
Sulzberger Annex 102 
Sunday, December 7: 7-9 pm
Monday December 8: 7-10 pm
Tuesday, December 9: 7-9 pm
Wednesday, December 10: 7-9 pm
Thursday, December 11: 7-9 pm
See for updates

Barnard Math Help Room (College Algebra, Analytic Geometry, and Calculus I, II and III)
Milbank Hall 333
Monday December 8: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday, December 9: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday, December 10: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday, December 11: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday, December 12: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Biology 1500 Supplemental Instruction Marathon Hours
Monday December 8th Lectures 1-12 · Session A 4:00-5:00pm DIA LL103 -- Hannah & Miriam
· Session B 7:00-8:00pm DIA LL104 --  Rose & Hannah
Tuesday December 9th Lectures 13-24
· Session A 4:00-5:00pm DIA 504 --  Rose & Cherie
· Session B 7:00-8:00pm MIL 405 --  Yonina & Cherie
Wednesday December 10th Lectures 25-37
· Session A 4:00-5:00pm DIA Ll103 --  Yonina & Shira
· Session B 7:00-8:00pm DIA LL103 --  Shira & Miriam

Please note Session A & Session B will cover the same material each day.

Final Exam Review Rooms Staffed by Tutors from the Peer-to-Peer Learning Program
Sponsored by the Dean of Studies Office:
Contact Dean of Studies Office if you need more info:, 212-854-2024

Elementary Arabic Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Tuesday, December 9: 10 am-12 pm

General Chemistry Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Tuesday, December 9: 6-9 pm (time changed)

French Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Wednesday, December 10: 9 am - 12 pm (additional hour added)

Physics Study Room
514 Altschul
Wednesday, December 10: 7-9 pm

Organic Chemistry Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Thursday, December 11: 8 am-11 am

Spanish Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Thursday, December 11: 12-3 pm

Calculus Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Thursday, December 11:  4-7 pm

Milestone: last day of classes of your first semester of college

It's hard to believe that it's already the last day classes.  You've almost made it through your first semester of college, although it probably feels that the end is nowhere in sight as you contemplate everything that needs to be done in the next two weeks.  I hope that you'll remember to do a few things over the next two weeks in addition to studying:
  • Sleep!
  • Get some exercise.
  • Eat some veggies.
  • Take some slow, deep breaths.
  • Have some social time somewhere other than Butler Library.
  • Most importantly: be kind to yourself and your peers.
And remember that your performance on a final exam represents your performance on a final more, no less. For each one, study hard, do your best, and then move on. You're almost there!

More helpful tips -- and some relaxation exercises -- on the Furman Counseling Center website:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Space for talking, listening, and processing this Sunday Dec. 7

One more resource for students looking for a place to come together along with some friendly, caring, good listeners from Student Life and Dean of Studies:

Join us for some tea and togetherness
This Sunday, December 7, 4-6 p.m.
Altschul Atrium

Friday, December 5, 2014

Resources Reminder: Counseling and More

Recent events on campus, in New York City, Ferguson, and Cleveland, bring up many emotions for members of our community.  The end of semester may also bring a decrease in sleep and an increase in stress for many of us.

Whatever you may be feeling, there are resources on campus where you can find peers, professionals, and space to get some support.  Please see Dean Hinkson's recent email for additional information, as well as what you see below:

Furman Counseling Center offers several forms of support for Barnard students:
  • Our counselors offer one-hour workshops throughout the year to help students develop personal skills in a variety of areas, such as maintaining balance, stress management, romantic well-being, and smart emotional living. Watch for announcements and flyers about these workshops on the FY Blog and in the residence halls.
  • Furman will be open until 7 p.m. tonight (854-2092), and an after-hours clinician will be available over the weekend (855-622-1903). The clinician call line will be available after hours and over the weekend.  

Your class deans and the Dean of the College are available to meet with you by appointment and during walk-in hours, and we be available via email this weekend, December 6-7, 2014: you can reach me, as ever, at  Click this link to make an appointment or see when walk-ins are.  Need to see someone but can't find an available time that fits in your schedule?  Call the Dean of Studies office at 212-854-2024 any time 9-5, Monday through Friday.
  • Worried about a class? Confused about program filing?  Just need a friendly, nonjudgmental listener?  Have a question but aren't sure whom to ask?  We're here for all this and more.

Well Woman is the health promotion program and wellness center at Barnard College. Our mission is to promote the health and wellness of Barnard students through a variety of programming activities. Our philosophical approach to wellness focuses on an integration of body, mind and spirit, which moves us toward a more proactive, healthier existence. We use as our model the Wellness Wheel which includes physical, intellectual, occupational, emotional, social and spiritual, service and cultural dimensions which represent all aspects of human growth. The open center of the wellness wheel reflects the notion that each "spoke" impacts on the others and that we cannot be truly healthy if we neglect any aspect of the wheel. However, it is important to remember that gaining total wellness is a journey and a process that continues throughout life.
  • In addition to usual open hours, Well Woman will have open hours this evening (Friday, December 5, 2014), 

Your RA and Res Life staff are on site, trained, and ready to listen and support you.

Nightline is an anonymous, nonjudgmental peer listening hotline that primarily serves the Columbia/Barnard community and its affiliates by providing them with a listening and referral service. Staffed by committed, caring, and trained Columbia/Barnard undergraduates, Nightline offers a safe space for you to talk about anything that is on your mind. Operating by the mottos, "We are here to listen" and "We are here to get you through the night," Nightline is here to listen to anything you have to say; no problem is too big or too small.

  • Nightline is here to listen every night of the academic year from 10:00PM-3:00AM at (212) 854-7777.
  • Anonymous: All Nightline peer listeners, excluding the Directors of Nightline (who no longer take calls) are anonymous, and remain so during the entirety of their time at Barnard/Columbia. Callers also have the privilege of anonymity--listeners do not ask callers to identify themselves, nor do they have means to gather this information. The phones used by Nightline have no caller ID.
  • Nonjudgmental: No matter what you want to talk about, be it sexual orientation, depression, eating disorders, family, friends, or just stress, we are willing to listen and will never judge a caller on what you have to say. No problem is too big or too small.

Your Spring Program: additional add/drop times

Next week (December 8-12), undergraduates may make adjustments to their Spring 2014 programs. You will have L-course sign-up appointments for about 12 hours each day (no priority based on class standing), and you will have around-the-clock access to add/drop open-enrollment courses to your myBarnard program.

Please note that you are not required or even expected to make any changes at all during this week; this is simply an opportunity. You should list on your program only those classes you really believe you will take, and in the interest of fairness, you should not take up a space in a class that a fellow student might desperately need.

You do not yet need your adviser's approval for any changes that you make next week. If you need to make adjustments, you should do so based on the conversation you had with your adviser in November, and of course you will have further discussions after classes start in January.

Note that this week does not provide an extension of the advance program filing deadline that passed on November 24. If you have not yet received your adviser's approval for that deadline, you will not be able to add/drop during this time -- if this applies to you, you should print your program, have your adviser sign it, and bring it to the Registrar ASAP. (Students who do not file approved advance programs may be subject to withdrawal from the College. Only students who will be on study leave in the spring are not required to file advance programs.) Your adviser will not be able to approve your program online until January.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Going Home Discussion Group

When: Thursday, December 4th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Where: Brooks TV Lounge next to Lewis Parlor
What: Going Home Discussion Group led by Furman's Post-Doctoral Fellow
Who: Presented by Furman Counseling Center and ASAP; co-sponsored by Well Woman

College is an independence-building and self-finding experience. Going home for winter break is something to look forward to, but it can also be a culture shock for students. This process group will provide a safe, confidential space to discuss challenges that may surface for students over the winter break and how to manage these concerns. These challenges may include (but are not limited to) negotiating expectations from parents, reconnecting with childhood friends, relationships with siblings, sexuality concerns, eating concerns, and substance use concerns.  DINNER WILL BE SERVED.

Opportunity: Summer Institutes for US Undergraduates in the United Kingdom

Applications for 2015 Summer Institutes to the UK are now open!    

Please Note: The application form will be online for 2015 application period.  If you are interested in applying, we recommend you draft your application on the paper form provided and then complete the online form.  
Scottish highlandsThe US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These summer programmes provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer programme.
Participants in these programmes will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic programme at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.
If you have any questions about the programme, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
“This was genuinely the best summer of my life, and I'm so incredibly grateful to the Fulbright Commission as well as to all of our academic professors, coordinators, and peer mentor for making this such an amazing experience I will never forget. This is my proudest accomplishment.”- 2014 Participant
There are nine Summer Programmes available for US students in 2015:
The Summer Institutes will cover the majority of participant costs.  This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university/institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance. Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.
When asked about the 2013 UK Summer Institute programmes:
- The majority of participants stated that they would recommend a Summer Institute to their friends.
- A majority of students said their understanding and knowledge of the UK had substantially changed   over the course of the institute.
-All participants stated they had a very good or excellent experience with the host institutions

Applications are due: 26 February  or 5 March  2015.
Please use the application instructions as a guide during the application process. 
Please note the specific deadline of the Institute you choose.  Deadlines are listed on the programme webpage.
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Opportunity: Info Session on The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program

The Office of Academic Success and Enrichment Programs at Barnard College will be hosting an information session for the The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program (MHIRT) on Friday, December 5 from 11-noon in Diana Center, LL104. Last year's participant and Barnard student, Karole Collier, will be present to discuss her experience.

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program (MHIRT) is led by ICAP at Columbia University in partnership with the IFAP Global Health Program at the College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA) at the CU School of Social Work. Funded by NIH, the program provides fully funded mentored research training in global health for minority and under-represented students from Barnard College, Columbia College, the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the School of Social Work, the School of Nursing, the College of Dental Medicine and the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH).

ICAP’s MHIRT program provides a fully-funded opportunity for up to eight undergraduate and two graduate students each year to participate in an 11-week summer programdesigned to provide:

(1) exposure to landmark findings and current challenges in global health and health disparities research
(2) training in qualitative and quantitative research methods
(3) hands-on experience conducting mentored research in the Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, Kenya, or Swaziland
(4) career and graduate admissions counseling.

The program will start with two weeks of training at ICAP in New York, followed by an eight-week international placement at one of four international training sites and culminating in a final week in New York.

Trainees must be members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and/or from rural and low socioeconomic groups. First-Years can learn about this now to apply in a future year:  Undergraduate applicants must have successfully completed at least two years of coursework; most majors are eligible.

For complete eligibility criteria and additional information contact Katie Tang at

Your Spring Program: reminder - adding FY English or FY Seminar

The planned programs for Spring 2015 have been uploaded, and the rosters for FY Foundation courses show that some first-year students did not add their approved FY English or FY Seminar class to their Spring 2015 programs, as instructed.

If you do not have a First-Year English or First-Year Seminar course on your Spring 2015 program, be sure to add it during the upcoming add/drop period NEXT WEEK (Monday, December 8, through Friday, December 12). Remember that you can find your assigned course in relevant lottery area of myBarnard:
  • Click on the "Academics" tab. 
  • Under either "FY Seminar Lottery" or "FY English lottery," click on "Lottery Result." 
  • Note the five-digit call number at the beginning of the listing of your assigned course. Use that call number to add the course to your Spring 2015 program.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Opportunity: Schwarzman Scholars Program--Study in China

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.

Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:
  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies
Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.

For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Applications open in April 2015.

Each year, up to 200 exceptional men and women will be accepted to the program.
45% US
20% China
35% Rest of world

A joint Barnard-Columbia information session will take place on Tuesday, December 2, at 4 p.m. in 403 Kent Hall. Only current Seniors and Juniors will be eligible to apply in the first round, but it's an opportunity for Sophomores and First Years to look ahead and learn about the opportunity.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Reminder: Spring 2015 Advance Program Filing Deadline TODAY

As a reminder, you need to have your adviser's approval for your entire spring 2015 advance program no later than 6:00 p.m. today, Monday, November 24.

See previous blog post for more detailed information.

If you are reading this post after the deadline and have not had your spring program approved
Don't panic!  That said, you will need to get your spring courses approved ASAP and will be charged progressively increasing late fees, so:
  1. Print out your advance program from myBarnard.
  2. Contact your adviser and ask him/her to sign the printout indicating his/her approval.
  3. Bring this signed paper to the Registrar's office in 107 Milbank

Friday, November 21, 2014

FAQ: first-year Physical Education requirement

If you did not fulfill your one-semester Physical Education requirement in the fall, you must do so in the Spring 2015 semester. You can fulfill the requirement by taking either a Physical Education course or a dance technique course.

In order to enroll in a P.E. class, you should sign up for the P.E. lottery through myBarnard during the first week of classes Tuesday, January 20 at 9 a.m. through Fri Jan 23 at 12 p.m.  Results will be posted after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, and P.E. classes will begin meeting during the week of Monday, January 26. You can find more information about the lottery at the Physical Education department’s website.

In order to enroll in a dance technique course, you should add the course to your Spring 2015 program and attend the first class meeting. The instructor will determine enrollment during the first week of classes, and since space in dance technique courses is limited, it may be a good idea to have alternative classes in mind, just in case. Note: A dance technique course does fulfill the Physical Education requirement; it does not fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts requirement of the Nine Ways of Knowing.

Note: The credit for a P.E. class or Dance Technique class will not appear on your myBarnard program until the third week of classes.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Resource: Economics Help Room Extending Hours

A message from the Economics Department:

The Economics Help Room has extended its hours for the rest of the semester. We are now open Sundays, and also for an extra hour on Mondays!

Sunday 7-9 pm

Monday 7-10 pm

Tuesday 7-9 pm

Wednesday 7-9 pm

Thursday 7-9 pm

All in Sulzberger Annex 102. Please email Professor Harrison at if you have any questions or comments.

Also, the Help Room will be closed this Tuesday and Wednesday, November 25 and 26, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will re-open on Monday, December 1. Happy Thanksgiving!

Majors Fair TONIGHT

SGA Sophomore Class Council invites first-years and sophomores to:

Majors Fair
TONIGHT, Thursday, November 20th, 6 – 9 PM
James Room, Barnard Hall

This is a place for both undecided and declared students to meet representatives (current students!) from their prospective majors and learn more about their fields of interest.  More than 20 majors will be represented!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

American Studies Majors and Prospective Majors Meeting TONIGHT

Program: Beyond Barnard's Borders: Creating a Globalized Community

"Beyond Barnard's Borders: Creating a Globalized Community" will bring Dean Hollibaugh (International and Global Strategy), Peter Connor (French Department), Carolyn Middleton (Office of Admissions), and several Barnard students together to discuss the relation between current Barnard campus culture and our globalized society.

  • What is Barnard's place in the world? 
  • How does the Barnard community create a globally-conscious campus both inside and outside of the classroom? 
  • Does this method need enhancement and, if so, what are such means?  
  • Please join us as we explore these and other questions!

Monday, November 17, 2014

DEADLINE: program filing for Spring 2015 semester - next MONDAY

The deadline to have a full-time (minimum of 12 points of credit) advance program for Spring 2015 on myBarnard, and to have your adviser's approval entered online, is next Monday, November 24, at 6:00 p.m.

Don't forget to add your First-Year English or First-Year Seminar course to your spring program:
  1. Click on the "Academics" tab. 
  2. Under either "FY Seminar Lottery" or "FY English lottery," click on "Lottery Result." 
  3. Note the five-digit call number at the beginning of the listing of your assigned course. Use that call number to add the course to your Spring 2015 program.
Once your adviser has submitted approval for your advance program, every class on your Spring 2015 List of Courses should have a check next to it under the "Status" column. When your adviser first submits approval, the checks will be red; when the approval has been processed by the computer system, the checks will turn blue.

If you add or drop a course after your adviser has submitted approval, you must contact your adviser again to have approval resubmitted, or it will not be an approved part of your advance schedule.

If you haven't already done so, be sure to meet with your adviser by the deadline next Monday, or you will be charged late fees that increase with each passing day.

Opportunity: celebrating International Education Week

An announcement from Barnard's Office of International Programs:

Join Barnard's Office of International Programs, in collaboration with other campus offices, departments, and centers, in a week-long celebration of Barnard's international community!

Barnard Celebrates International Education Week
November 17th-21st, 2014

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. Join Barnard's Office of International Programs, in collaboration with other campus offices, departments, and centers, to celebrate Barnard's international community!

Monday, November 17th
Tuesday, November 18th
Wednesday, November 19th
Thursday, November 20th
Friday, November 21st


Come by our table outside Liz’s Place 11am-2pm every day to see what’s going on at Barnard internationally!  Sample cuisines from a different country each day in Hewitt and the Diana Café, and taste coffees from East Africa & Latin America and teas from Asia at Liz’s place.

Get involved in your Residence Hall! Check out the schedule of events taking place in campus residences throughout the week.

Daily events:
A full schedule can be found at Over 20 events scheduled throughout the week! (Details after the jump below...)

Your Spring Program: L-course sign-up begins THURSDAY for first-year students

L-course sign-up times begin this week, and are offered each day in order of seniority. Beginning on Thursday, November 20, first-year students will have appointment times to sign up for L-courses. Note: you can find information on L-course sign-up procedures here, and you can find your personal L-course sign-up appointment times on your Spring 2015 myBarnard page.

Remember to have a few back-up classes in mind in case spaces are not available by the time you are able to try to add L-courses (and remember that you will have another chance to try to enroll in them in January).

Resources: don't forget about your personal librarian!

Got papers to write?  Need help at any stage of the research process?  Have you met your personal librarian yet? She could be helping you identify the perfect sources for your upcoming research paper. She could be guiding you to the shelf that houses all of the works by your favorite author. She could be explaining the ways the Empirical Reasoning Lab could be useful to your social science homework. Or she could be a beautiful unicorn.

Point is, she could be really helpful and inspiring, so remember that she's there for you!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

FAQ: sign-up procedures for classes in the English Department

The lottery for First-Year English, held last week, was only for the specific class titled "First-Year English."

First-year students interested in other classes in the English Department will be able to sign up for classes during this planning period along with all other students, using the regular sign-up procedures governing open-enrollment classes and L-courses.

(Any other class in the English Department that requires a lottery placement would be limited to juniors and seniors only.)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Resources: Depression Awareness Events in November

November is Depression Awareness Month.  Check out these two great upcoming events from the Furman Counseling Center:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Undergraduate Mentoring Event: Why Major in the Sciences?

An invitation from Women in Science at Columbia (WISC):

Are you thinking about majoring in a scientific discipline?
Join us for an evening with Women in Science at Columbia (WISC) to hear about what studying science is all about!

Date: Thursday Nov 20
Time: 7:00 – 9:00PM 
Location: Fairchild, Room 700

Unlike the Majors Open House events that focus on specific requirements for completing the degree, we plan to focus on “bigger picture” reasons why studying science is gratifying and provide the opportunity for undergraduates to learn more about their potential field of interest  from current graduate students in STEM departments at Columbia.

For those who are interested, this will also be an opportunity to link undergraduates with potential graduate student mentors.

Dinner will be provided.

Please RSVP here if you plan to participate in order to receive more details on the agenda for the event:

Questions about this event? Can’t make it but want to learn more? Please contact Undergraduate Mentor Co-Chairs Michelle VanTieghem: and Katherine Zee:

FAQ: the Nine Ways of Knowing for the Class of 2018

Three years ago, the Nine Ways of Knowing were reviewed and clarified by Barnard's Committee on Instruction, and two of the categories were changed accordingly. Because many online resources are comprehensive, you will sometimes see references to General Education Requirements that apply to previous generations of students.

So when you look at the list of classes that fulfill General Education Requirements, be sure to look at the lists of courses approved to fulfill "Ethics and Values" (not "Reason and Value") and "Social Analysis 2" (not "Social Analysis") when looking at the list of Current Courses Satisfying General Education Requirements or the Comprehensive List of Courses Satisfying General Education Requirements.  As always, you can also play this game.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Important Information: detailed final exam schedule now available

The detailed, course-by-course schedule, which includes the rooms in which exams meet,  is now posted for both Barnard and Columbia:

[Note that the master schedule has been on the Columbia web site since August, and it has not changed.  Faculty and students could (and should) have made travel arrangements based on that schedule.]

On the Barnard schedule, note the instructions regarding exam conflicts or exam hardship:

If you have exam conflict (two exams at the same time) or exam hardship (defined as three exams within a 24-hour period or four exams within a 48-hour period), please go to the Barnard College Registrar's Office (107 Milbank). Please also note that you should not make travel reservations until you are certain of your exam schedule.  Having an earlier flight is not considered a valid reason for missing a final exam.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FY Foundation lottery results will be available WEDNESDAY

Updated information on the FY English and FY Seminar Lottery:  Due to the extended deadline and some technical issues, results of the First-Year Foundation Lottery will be available Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

Look for your results on myBarnard in the same place where you entered the lottery.  Then don't forget to add the class to your program online using the call number.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Advising: information about the Barnard-SEAS combined program

If you are interested in learning more about the Barnard-SEAS combined program, in which students can earn both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in 5 years, here are two upcoming information sessions you can attend! At either session, you'll be able to meet with with Combined Program admissions, financial aid and advising staff, learn about the requirements of guaranteed admission, and ask questions about the application process.

Combined Plan Information Session at Barnard
Monday, November 17, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Sulzberger Parlor
With Pizza!


Combined Plan Information Session
Friday, November 21, 2 p.m.  -- check-in begins at 1:30 p.m.
213 Low Library, Columbia University
Pizza will be served. If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP online.

Want to do a little research first?  You can review the requirements for guaranteed admission and English language proficiency requirements. You can also meet with Dean Friedman, the Barnard Combined Plan Adviser, to discuss your coursework and how it fulfills the program's prerequisite course requirements.