Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Physics Study Room Starts This Wednesday

For students in all levels of Physics classes. 

7-9 p.m.
514 Altschul

  • Bring your homework
  • Bring your questions
  • Bring your ideas
  • Bring your friends

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weather-Related Closing

The following message was sent to the Barnard community this morning:

Dear Members of the Barnard Community,

Due to the snowstorm, Barnard College will be closing at 2:00 PM today, Monday, January 26, and remain closed on Tuesday, January 27. All classes and public events beginning after 2:00 PM today are canceled, and all non-essential offices will be closed. Non-essential personnel should check with their supervisors if they have questions or concerns. Essential personnel, including those in Facilities, Public Safety, and Residential Life, are expected to make every effort to report to work.

Hewitt Dining Hall will be open for regular operations on both Monday and Tuesday. The McIntosh Student Dining Room in The Diana Center will close after lunch on Monday and remain closed on Tuesday. Liz's Place in The Diana Center will close at 6:00 PM Monday evening and remain closed on Tuesday. The Diana Center and Barnard's library in Lehman Hall will be available to students on both days with regular hours, but library services including circulation will be closed. Please be advised that due to the snow, certain entrances, pathways, and staircases around campus may be closed. The main gate at 117th Street & Broadway will always remain open.

For further weather-related updates, please check www.barnard.edu, phone 212-854-1002 or tune in to the AM radio station CBS 880.


Rob Goldberg
Chief Operating Officer

Your Spring Program: DEADLINE to finalize your Spring 2014 program

The deadline to finalize your Spring 2015 academic program is this Friday, January 30.

That means...
  • The "List of Courses" under your Spring 2015 tab in myBarnard should reflect all courses that you are taking for credit this semester, including any P.E., dance technique, Varsity sport, or performance course for which you will earn credit this semester. If you are unable to add a course that you know that you are in, or if you are unable to drop a course from your program that you will not be taking, visit or contact the Registrar's office (107 Milbank, registrar@barnard.edu).
    • As noted in several posts below, the credits for P.E. or dance technique courses will not appear until the third week of classes.
  • If you are enrolling in courses that require enrollment in discussion sections or labs that have separate course numbers and call numbers, those additional parts of your program should also appear in your "List of Courses," even though they will not carry additional credits.
  • Friday, January 30, is the last day on which you may officially add a course to your schedule. If you need to add a course to your schedule after that date, you will need to petition the Committee on Programs and Academic for permission to do so (you can obtain a petition and learn procedures at the Registrar's office), and a late add fee may be charged.
  • Friday, January 30, is also the deadline for your adviser to submit approval online for your fall program. Be sure that you have taken steps ahead of time to schedule a meeting with your adviser before the deadline.
  • Remember that, if your program is not finalized and approved by your adviser by the end of the day on Friday, you will be charged a late fee, which will become progressively higher for each day past the deadline.

FAQ: previous college credits

If you took college classes before matriculating at Barnard, remember that you may now request evaluation of those classes for possible Barnard credit, by completing this form and submitting it to the Registrar's office (107 Milbank).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Opportunity: Summer Internships Available at Mohonk Nature Preserve

2015 Vince Schaefer Research Internship

Interns will work with Preserve Conservation Science staff, world-class scientists, and land managers on:
  • forest condition survey and habitat analysis
  • invasive species management
  • recreational impact assessment
  • detailed data collection & management
Be a part of an exciting research community working closely with researchers, educators and land management professionals.

Interns will develop an individualized research project, complete a written report, and present their findings in an oral presentation at the end of the summer.

Dates: June to mid-August (10 weeks)
Eligibility: College freshmen & sophomores
Stipend: $3,200
Other support: Housing is available on an as needed and space available basis

To apply: Assemble, package and submit the following information via US Mail:
  • a copy of your resume;
  • cover letter which clearly states your reasons for pursuing this internship and what you hope to gain as part of your career goals;
  • your transcripts;
  • and two letters of recommendation.
To: John Thompson, Director of Conservation Science, Mohonk Preserve Daniel Smiley Research Center, 1000 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561

Application Deadline: Only complete applications will be considered. All materials must be received by March 15, 2015

For additional details: http://www.mohonkpreserve.org/jobs-fellowships-and-internships

Friday, January 23, 2015

FAQ: joining a P.E. class after the lottery deadline

If the P.E. lottery does not result in a placement for you, or if you did not enter the lottery in time but now wish to join a P.E. class, you can do two things next week to try to secure a place in a course:
  1. Visit the P.E. Department (200 Barnard Annex) to see what classes still have space available after the lottery placements and/or
  2. Visit individual P.E. classes (meeting times and places are posted in the online Directory of Courses) to see if space is, or may become, available.
  3. One of the self-paced classes may be a good fit for you.  If interested, contact Laura Masone and George Padilla ASAP to see if you qualify (must have experience knowing how to exercise on your own).
Note: Any classes missed will count as absences, even if you join a class later in the week, and the number of allowable absences in a P.E. class is fixed and firm. So visit the department and/or classes as soon as possible to see where you can find a spot.

If you are unsuccessful in all attempts to add a PE class this semester and you didn't take one last semester, you may be able to defer your PE requirement to next year.  Such deferrals are granted only in person, and only on a case-by-case basis. If you need to explore this option, go to the PE office to schedule an appointment with Lisa Northrup, department chair, or another faculty member.  The PE Office will reopen on Wednesday, January 28.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Study Abroad General Information Sessions

A message from the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs:

The first Study Abroad General Information Sessions for Spring 2015 will be:

Tuesday January 27, 12 - 1 pm,  302 Milbank
Thursday January 29, 12 - 1 pm, 302 Milbank

We will schedule additional General Information Sessions scheduled during the semester. Check the Study Abroad Calendar on the Global Barnard website for future dates and times.

We ask all students who are considering study abroad during their time at Barnard to attend this general information session. Whether you are interested in language immersion, field studies, or a traditional classroom-based experience there is a program for you. Each year more than 200 Barnard students spend a semester or a year studying abroad in countries all over the world.

FAQ: deferred exam information

If you received permission for a deferred exam in a Fall 2014 class, be sure to check this page of the Registrar's website to confirm the time and place of the exam on Friday, January 23.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Spring 2015 Dance Class -- Hip Hop

Math, Statistics, & Computer Science Advising

Calling all Barnard students interested in majoring in math, statistics, or
computer science:

This semester we'll have two program planning meetings during the first
week of classes, one for math & stat, and the other for computer science.
There will be a panel of professors and students to answer questions about
your program for this semester, planning for coming semesters, research
opportunities, TA opportunities, and future possibilities. This is geared
towards all years, not just beginning students. There will also be sheets
available to list your name and email for quantitative classes you're
taking, so that you can more easily find friendly faces and people to work
with in your classes. Both meetings will take place in *Milbank 333*.

The math & stat meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan 21st at 6pm.
*Professors McDuff, Bayer, and Neumann are coming from the math department, and Professor Dan Rabinowitz is coming from the statistics department.

The computer science meeting will be on Thursday, Jan 22nd at 7pm
*Professor Bayer and Professor Cannon will attend.

You are more than welcome to attend both. In addition to the program
planning portion, there will be time to meet your peers and hear about some
other exciting things being planned.
Even if you are just considering these areas of study, we highly encourage
you to attend! Please email any questions to Emily Blady at
We look forward to seeing you there!

DEADLINE: registration for the spring semester

Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 21, is the deadline to register through myBarnard.

If you have a hold on your registration for any reason, be sure to take care of it as soon as possible; you’ll need to see the relevant person, address the issue, and get a signed clearance form to take to the Registrar's Office (107 Milbank).

If you miss the deadline, you will be charged late fees, so register as soon as possible -- it will only take a few minutes.

Have a great first day of classes!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Important Information: registration for the Spring 2014 semester

Starting today, Friday, January 16, returning students will be able to register with the College through myBarnard, to confirm that they have returned to campus, that their accounts are up-to-date, and that they are ready to begin classes.

You will need to register from a computer on the Barnard or Columbia campuses (i.e., a campus computer or a personal computer accessing the campus network). For a review of registration procedures, visit this page of the Registrar's website.

The deadline for completing the registration process is Wednesday, January 21.

Remember that the process of registration is distinct from the process of program filing (enrolling in individual courses for credit, the deadline for which is Friday, January 30).

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Important Information: registering for the spring semester

Registration for the Spring 2015 semester begins tomorrow, Friday, January 16. Remember that registration is unrelated to program filing. Remember that you register through myBarnard (click on the Academics tab, and then the "Registration" link under myAcademic Record on the right-hand side), and if you get a blank screen, you may need to deactivate the pop-up blocker in your internet browser.

The deadline to register (to let the College know that you’re on campus and ready to go) is next Wednesday, January 21st. If you miss the deadline, you will be charged late fees, so register as soon as possible -- it will only take a few minutes.

If you have a hold on your registration for any reason, be sure to take care of it as soon as possible; you’ll need to see the relevant person, address the issue, and get a signed clearance form to take to the Registrar.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Your Spring Program: special permission for academic programs

If your academic program for Spring 2015 will carry more than 18 points of credit, you will need your class dean's permission, in addition to your adviser's approval. Note: Remember to consider your P.E. or dance technique courses, even though the points for these won't appear in your program until after the filing deadline.

If you need this special approval, please plan to meet with your class dean during an appointment or during walk-in hours to discuss your schedule. (See procedures for appointments and walk-in hours in the right-hand column of this blog.)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Your Spring Program: lottery for Physical Education courses

In order to enroll in a P.E. class for the Spring 2015 semester, you should sign up for the P.E. lottery through myBarnard during the first week of classes, between Tuesday, January 20, at 9:00 a.m., and Friday, January 23, at 12:00 noon.

Results will be posted after 5:00 p.m. on January 23, and P.E. classes will begin meeting during the second week of classes. You can find more information about the lottery at the Physical Education department’s website.

If the lottery does not place you into a P.E. class, see the Physical Education department in 200 Barnard Annex for assistance or visit the first class meeting of P.E. classes to see if space becomes available.

Once you have been placed into a P.E. class, you must add it to your eBear program in order to receive credit for it. Note: The credit for a P.E. class or Dance Technique class will not appear on your eBear program until the third week of classes.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Your Spring Program: enrolling in dance technique courses

If you plan to enroll in a Dance Technique course this semester, you can add the course to your Spring 2015 program in advance, but enrollments will be determined and confirmed during the first class meeting. During the first class, the instructor may hold brief placement auditions to determine whether you are at the right level for the class.

You must add the dance technique course to your myBarnard program in order to receive credit for it. The credit for a P.E. class or Dance Technique class will not appear on your myBarnard program until the third week of classes.

Note: The only dance technique courses that are graded pass/fail are Ballet I and Modern I. All other dance technique courses are graded using the letter-grade system; students may apply the pass/d/fail option to dance technique courses at their own discretion.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Your Spring Program: program filing period begins

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 6, you may make changes to your Spring 2015 program by adding or dropping classes, and you will have L-course "appointment times" available every weekday (with the exception of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday). You may work on your program and do L-signup from any computer, on-campus or off.

Remember to pay attention to the "Comments and Reminders" box each time you make a change to your program, so that you will know if there are extra steps that you need to take to confirm your enrollment in a course. Also remember that some professors will finalize enrollments during the first week of classes, so it may be a good idea to have some alternative courses in mind, just in case.

The deadline to file your complete and accurate Spring 2015 program, approved online by your adviser, is Friday, January 30. Remember that you should meet with your adviser in person to discuss and confirm your course selections, so when you return to campus, be ready to contact your adviser to schedule an appointment.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Break

The First-Year Blog is taking a long winter's nap. Posts with information about the spring semester will begin to appear on Monday, January 5.

In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!

Opportunity: Arthur Liman Public Interest Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program

To:  All Barnard Students
From:  Adjua Starks, Dean for Pre-Professional Advising
Re:  The Arthur Liman Public Interest Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School supports undergraduate and graduate students working in the area of public interest.  Broadly defined, public interest law includes helping those who lack resources to retain attorneys, engaging in advocacy work as well as participating in shaping public policy.  The Liman Summer Fellowship offers students an opportunity to participate in public interest law projects.  Past fellows have worked on issues relating to immigrants' rights, workers' rights, prison conditions, educational adequacy, reproductive rights, and juvenile rights.

All currently enrolled Barnard students are eligible to apply.  This includes seniors who wish to work during the summer immediately following their graduation.

Three fellows will be selected by a Barnard committee.  The Liman Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,500.  In past years, selected Liman Fellows were also provided college subsidized housing in a Barnard residence hall for the duration of the fellowship only if their summer internship was in the New York metropolitan area.  Fellows selected from Barnard will be required to attend the Liman Colloquium at Yale Law School in April 2015 along with other fellows from participating schools.  Barnard fellows must also complete a final report describing their summer fellowship to be submitted at the beginning of September.

At the time of application, students need not have identified a specific project.  The Liman Program and Barnard's Office of Career Development will help individuals with finding appropriate summer internships.  However, if students are interested in specific substantive areas or projects, they should describe them in their applications.

The application must include the following:

--A cover sheet listing your current contact information (address, phone, email) and class.

--A resume, which should list relevant prior experiences working or volunteering in public service.

--An essay not to exceed 5 double-spaced pages (in Times New Roman, 12 point font) describing why the applicant is motivated to work in public interest law.  The essay should do more than recite activities from the applicant’s resume.  If the applicant is considering a fellowship at a specific host organization, a short statement about the host’s work as well as a confirmation that it is a non-profit organization must be included.

--At least two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member who knows the applicant’s work well.  The recommendations must be included with the application.

--A copy of the applicant’s unofficial current college transcript.

Applications for Summer 2015 fellowships must be submitted in hard-copy form only (no e-mails, no faxes, etc.) by no later than 4pm on Friday, January 23rd, 2015.  All parts of the application must be delivered at one time and in one complete package to the Office of the Dean of Studies which is located in 105 Milbank Hall.

If you have any questions about the program in general, you should feel free to visit the website:
http://www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/undergraduatesummerfellowship.htm, or email me at astarks@barnard.edu.  Please follow the Barnard timeline for submission of your Liman Fellowship application as specified above.  Do not follow or rely upon the timeline information listed on Yale's website.  Thank you.

Dean Starks
Pre-Professional Adviser
Office of the Dean of Studies
Barnard College

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: http://tinyurl.com/ADDACLASS

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: http://tinyurl.com/ADDASAB

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: https://adda.typeform.com/to/JAO2Rk

If you have any questions, please reach out to lhb2116@barnard.edu or nat2131@barnard.edu.

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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/bcshr/ 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 http://economics.barnard.edu/economics-help-room 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: peertopeer@barnard.edu, 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 exam...no 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:  http://barnard.edu/counseling/resources/anxiety#test

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 first-year@barnard.edu.  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 kkt2115@columbia.edu.