Saturday, August 29, 2015

Important Information: Adviser Group Meeting Locations for Monday 8/31/15, 3-4 p.m.


Meet your adviser and fellow advisees for the first time Monday afternoon, 8/31/15, 3-4.p.m.!

How to know where to go:
  1. Log into myBarnard and click on the link for your Fall 2015 program of courses.  Below your Program of Courses, you will see your adviser's name.
  2. Staying logged into myBarnard, look at this list [requires gBear login] for the location of your adviser's group meeting.  (Some advisers are unavailable for the group meeting -- in that case, the list will indicate which group you should join, and you may contact your adviser directly to schedule an individual advising appointment later this week or early next week.)
Questions?  Problems? Call the Dean of Studies Office at 212-854-2024

Friday, August 28, 2015

Repost: "Barnard First-Year Deadlines" Google Calendar

Never miss a deadline!  Add "Barnard First-Year Deadlines" to your gBear calendar to stay on top of key administrative deadlines.  Please note all times indicated are Eastern Time.

To add "Barnard First-Year Deadlines" to your gBear calendar:

1. Log into myBarnard and open your gBear calendar.

2. On the left-hand sidebar, under "Other calendars," locate the "Add a coworker's calendar box" (you may need to click on the tiny arrow to the left of "Other calendars" to make this box appear.

3. Copy and paste this entire link into the box (this will only work in gBear; the calendar cannot be added to other gmail accounts) and press enter:

4. A calendar called "Barnard First-Year Deadlines should now appear under "Other calendars"

5. Hover your mouse over this and you will see a downward-pointing tiny arrow in a tiny box to the right of the text.

6. Click on the tiny arrow, and a menu of items will appear. From this menu, select "Edit notifications"

7. This page will enable you to create customized notifications and add "Barnard First-Year Deadlines to a smartphone." All items in this calendar will are formatted as all-day events, and the default setting is "no notification." Recommended setting: "By default, notify me via email 1 day before each all-day event at 9:00 a.m."  

8. After selecting your desired settings, don't forget to save!

NOTE: Dates and times come from the Barnard College Academic Calendar. Know a deadline that should be in "Barnard First-Year Deadlines" but isn't?  We are still beta-testing this calendar, so please email if you have suggestions.

Fall 2015 Barnard/Columbia Placement Exams

If you know what level of math, science, or language class is appropriate for you based on test scores (AP, IB, SAT II) or because you know you're starting from the beginning, then you may begin attending your correct class on the first day of classes.

If you don't know where to start, these placement exams are here to help! All students who "self-placed" into language levels over the summer without SAT/AP/IB scores are required to take placement exams.  If you can't make it to a placement exam because of a conflict with a required program, you should contact the department to ask what to do.

For more general subject-based advising or Q & A, see the post on this blog about Departmental Open Houses to see when you can visit a department to learn more about course offerings, and recommended courses for interested first-years.

Interested in something that doesn't have a placement test or an Open House? Contact the department directly using the contact info on the website.

Placement test info for this fall:

Math & Science:

Chemistry: Thursday, September 3, 3-4 p.m., 202 Altschul
Mathematics & Statistics: No placement exams are given.  Math and Statistics faculty will hold placement consultation hours Thursday, September 3, 3-5 p.m. in 333 Milbank.  

Arabic: Friday, September 4, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 103 Knox

Bengali: Please consult Stéphane Charitos in the Columbia Language Resource Center, (212) 854-6341,

Chinese*: Thursday Sept. 3, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., location TBA
French: Friday, September 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Milbank 405
German: Friday, September 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Milbank 328
Hebrew: Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm., 103 Knox
(The department is aware that Barnard students may arrive a few minutes late due to required Barnard NSOP programming that ends at 1 p.m.)
Hindi-Urdu: Thursday, September 3, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 103 Knox
Friday, September 4, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 103 Knox
Italian: Wednesday Sept. 2, 2pm or Fri Sept. 4 at, 10 am. Both in 501 Hamilton Hall

Japanese*: Thursday Sept. 3, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 411 Kent.  
Latin: Please consult Professor Nancy Worman, 217 Milbank,

Korean*: Thursday Sept. 3, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room: 423 & 511 Kent

Persian: Thursday, September 3, 1-3 p.m., 104 Knox

Polish: Please consult Professor Anna Frajlich-Zajac,

Portuguese: Please consult Professor Ana Paula Huback,

Russian: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2:00pm-4:00 pm in Hamilton 703**

Spanish: Taken online at myBarnard.  If your score in the online test qualifies you for exemption from the language requirement at Barnard, you must take another version of this test Thursday, September 3, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Room 352 of the International Affairs Building (Language Resources Center Computer Lab).  The exam itself should take 10-20 minutes – you do not need to make an appointment to sit for this exam; just bring a proper photo ID.
Turkish: Thursday September 3, 2-4 p.m., 101 Knox. Students also need to schedule an oral proficiency interview with Zuleyha Colak.
*Make-up tests for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean: Friday, Sept 11th, 10-12:30pm. If you need to take the make-up test, please begin attending your best estimate of your correct level when classes begin – you will be able to switch levels if necessary once you receive your placement test results.
**Sign up at the Russian written exam for a follow-up oral exam; Barnard students should be sure to select oral exam times that don’t conflicts with required Barnard NSOP programming on Thursday 9/3.  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Your Fall Program: enrolling in Physical Education courses

(Photo courtesy: Barnard Archives)

All first-year students are encouraged to try to take Physical Education during the fall 2015 semester. Students enroll in PE at Barnard by means of a lottery. If the lottery does not result in a PE class placement for you, you may still be able to attend a class on the first day and add it if there is room. If not, you will not be penalized for postponing your requirement to the spring -- you should plan to enter the PE lottery then.

Answered "yes" to the question "Do you plan to take P.E. in fall 2015" on the course selection form, you will receive preferential placement over students who did not.  If you did not express this preference, you may still participate in the lottery.  In either case, follow the directions below:

To enroll in a P.E. course, you must do the following:
  • Register for the lottery on myBarnard between 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 8th and 12:00 noon on Friday, September 11th. You may register at any time during this open lottery period; your odds do not increase if you submit your form sooner than later. When you register, you will be asked to rank three class preferences. You can find the schedule for all P.E. courses here in the Physical Education department’s section of online Directory of Courses. Before submitting your list, make sure that your selections do not conflict with your academic courses.  Note: While being given preference increases the odds you will be placed  in a P.E. course, it does not guarantee you a place or guarantee you your first choice of classes.
  • Rosters for each P.E. course will be posted online in the P.E. lottery section of myBarnard after 5:00 pm on Friday, September 11th.  Search for your name  to find the course in which you have been placed.
  • Once you are assigned to a P.E. course, you must then add the course to your online academic program, using the 5-digit call number assigned to the course. The course must be listed as part of your final program on myBarnard as approved by your adviser, or you will not receive credit for the course. If you add the P.E. course to your program after your adviser has approved your program, you must ask your adviser to re-approve your program.
    • If the lottery does not assign you to a course, you may speak to the Physical Education department on Monday, September 14th and/or attend the first class meeting of P.E. courses to see if space is available.
    • If you change your academic program after September 11th and the change causes a conflict with your assigned P.E. course, you may speak to the Physical Education department on Monday, September 14th and/or attend the first meeting of other P.E. classes to see if space is available.
    • If you cannot be placed into a PE class this semester, you should plan to enter the PE lottery for spring 2016.
  • Begin attending your P.E. class during the second week of academic classes . P.E. classes will begin meeting on Monday, September 14th. If you miss the first class meeting, your place may be given away to another student.  If you must miss this first class due to religious observance, please contact your instructor.
Satisfactory completion of a Physical Education class this semester will fulfill the one-semester Physical Education requirement and will earn you one point of degree credit. If you do not take a Physical Education course this fall, you must either take one in the spring or take a dance technique course in the fall or spring instead.

Note: The credit for a P.E. class will not appear on your myBarnard program until after the program filing deadline has passed (i.e., the week of September 15). 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Opportunity: New Comparative Literature Course designed for YOU

Check out this new course, specifically intended for entering students:

Your Fall Program: enrolling in Dance technique courses

If you indicated during the summer your plan to enroll in a Dance technique course, we have notified the Dance department of your interest in the particular class that you chose. While this notification will not necessarily guarantee you a place in the class, you may be given priority over students who did not indicate interest in advance.  Note:  Even if you indicated your interest in a particular Dance technique class over the summer, you are not yet officially enrolled in the course; you must follow the instructions below to secure a place and to enroll in the course. If, on your summer program form, you did not indicate a plan to enroll in a Dance course but would now like to do so, you may try to enroll in one by following the instructions below.

In order to enroll in a Dance technique course, you must do the following:
  • Attend the first two class meetings. You can find the schedule for all Dance technique courses here in the Dance department’s section of online Directory of Courses. During the first class, the instructor may hold brief placement auditions to determine whether you are at the right level for the class.
  • After your placement has been confirmed,  add the 5-digit call number for the course to your myBarnard program. The Dance course must be listed as part of your final program on myBarnard as approved by your adviser, or you will not receive credit for the course. If you add the Dance course after your adviser has approved your program, you must ask your adviser to re-approve your program.
  • Satisfactory completion of a Dance technique class this semester will fulfill the one-semester Physical Education requirement and will earn you one point of degree credit. Barnard requires every student to complete at least one semester of Physical Education or Dance technique by the end of her first year.
If you indicated that you plan to take a Dance technique course, but you would like to take a fall-semester Physical Education class instead (or in addition to a Dance class), space permitting, you may do so either by signing up for the online lottery on myBarnard (see instructions on this FY Blog) or by attending the first meeting of the P.E. course.

Note: The credit for a Dance technique class will not appear on your myBarnard program until after the program filing deadline has passed (i.e., the week of September 18). 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FAQ: Course Listing for General Chemistry BC2001x

If you have been pre-enrolled in CHEM BC2001x General Chemistry, you will have three related listings on your preliminary program:
  1. CHEM BC2001x (the course lecture), 
  2. CHEM BC2011x Section 1,2,3,4 or 5 (the laboratory lecture), and 
  3. CHEM BC2012x Section 1,2,3,4 or 5 (the course lab).
The section numbers for BC2011 and BC2012 correspond to the day of the week your laboratory section meets: section 1 meets Monday afternoon, section 2 on Tuesday and so on. Your laboratory recitation and course lab should have the same section numbers - all students in the course must take these courses on the same day. Although these course components are listed separately, they are considered part of a unified course of study and are considered one of your academic courses.

Your Fall Program: L-courses and myBarnard & Comments and Reminders on myBarnard

If you have an L-course on your program -- i.e., a course that is capped online through the Registrar's office and therefore has a red "L" under the "Status" column on myBarnard -- you do not need to do anything further to confirm your enrollment in the course, except to attend the first class.

Similarly, if you're looking at your preliminary fall program on myBarnard, you may encounter a note telling you that you will need to participate in a lottery or sign up for a lab section separately. If you selected a course or a lab section during the summer program planning process and it appears on your myBarnard List of Courses, there is nothing else you need to do at this stage.

At the "understanding myBarnard" program during NSOP (Tues & Wed, Sept. 1 & 2nd -- see related post to sign up for a session), you will learn much more about the notations on myBarnard, and how/when to add and drop various kinds of classes.

Monday, August 24, 2015

#BarnardReads pre-discussion question from Professor Wendy Schor-Haim

This week before NSOP is a great time to look at one or two of the Barnard Reads texts that we'll be discussing next week -- we can't wait to continue the conversation with you!

If you're reading or thinking of reading Professor Schor-Haim's selections (Feminist explorations with Professor Wendy Schor-Haim: Begin your collegiate feminist explorations during NSOP! Join 2014 Emily Gregory award winner Professor Wendy Schor-Haim in discussing chapter 6 of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” and June Jordan’s “Many Rivers to Cross. [you must be logged into gBear to open this link]”), here's a question from to get you thinking.

Professor Schor-Haim writes:

I have an alternate title for our discussion that I'll tell you when we meet. In the meantime, please do some brainstorming and answer this question: If you were leading our discussion, what would you title our Barnard Reads session? You won't be handing anything in to me, so feel free to scribble your thoughts on a napkin, your arm, or any other handy surface. Remember, we're just brainstorming...I'm interested in hearing the connections that you make between these two texts and what in the texts led you to your title(s). I'm very much looking forward to meeting you soon!

Opportunity: Participate in Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey

Friday, August 21, 2015

First-Year Preliminary Programs Online NOW

You may now view your fall 2015 preliminary program of courses on myBarnard!  See the posts below for instructions on how to find it and answers to common questions.

Got a questions that's not addressed ?  Email -- we will post additional FAQs as needed.

The Student Side: Getting (even more excited) Part 2

Did it work? Have I sold you? Are you getting even more excited about coming to Barnard?

At this point, you will be at Barnard in a mere nine days. I can tell that you are all eager to come to campus and I want to keep the momentum going.  So, to continue from last week's post, here are Barnard moments 10-19 that you should get excited about.

10. I ended the last post by writing about some of Barnard's most eagerly anticipated traditions. It seems fitting that I start this post with one more. To me, the Athena Film Festival is a quintessentially Barnard event. The festival is the perfect confluence of strong women, a thoughtful analysis of the status quo, a pushback against said status quo, and the creation of a community. The Athena Film Festival showcases a variety of films that, "highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world." Get excited to volunteer at the festival, watch the films, and maybe even meet some notable guests. Last year's guests included Jodie Foster and Rosie O'Donnell.

FAQ: Your Preliminary Fall Program of Courses

Your preliminary fall 2015 academic program will soon be viewable on myBarnard -- we anticipate that it will be available by Monday at the latest.

To find it: log into myBarnard, click on the "Academics" tab, look under the "My Courses" heading on the right-hand menus, and click on "Fall 2015."

The answer to almost any question you may have when looking at your preliminary program is: Don't worry, you will be able to sort it out in consultation with your adviser.  
No changes may be made to your program yet.  You will be able to make changes when you get to campus and have had the chance to meet with your adviser.  You'll be able to add and drop courses beginning the Thursday of NSOP.

Some common questions/situations:

How do I know which First-Year English or First-Year Seminar class I'm in?
If you were placed into a First-Year Seminar, you will see the course listed under the Department "FYSB" and then see the title of the individual seminar. If you were placed into a First-Year English section, you will see the course listed under the Department "ENGL" and then see the title "First-Year English." To confirm the topic of First-Year English that you will take, see the post directly below this one, about FY English sections.  Your First-Year Foundation (English or Seminar) course is the only part of your program that can not be changed.  These classes are all filled to capacity, and we made every effort to place you in one of your 10 chosen topics.  Regardless of topic or course, these small, discussion-based, writing-intensive courses are a highlight of many students' first year at Barnard -- any one of them will give you the chance to get to know a professor and a small group of fellow students in an intensive and supportive academic environment, while you learn important techniques of textual analysis and college-level essay writing.

Why do some of my courses have a red L next to them, and what are the "L-course signup appointments" listed below my program?
At Barnard, some courses are designated as limited-enrollment ("L") and can only be added and dropped online during specific times. If one is in your program, we took care of this process for you, and the L-course is a part of your preliminary program. You'll get more information during NSOP about how and when you may switch into a different L-course if needed.

I really wanted a particular class, but it's not in my program.
Some classes had extremely limited space available (or none!) during the summer, but you may still be able to add in the fall, when other students may be dropping classes and many professors allow you to join a waiting list.  Consult with your adviser!

I don't think there are enough classes in my program!
Ultimately, you will have a final program of an average of 15 credits.  If you don't see that many now, don't worry!  Several of your selections may have been full or in conflict with one another during summer placement, which meant the computer was not able to place you in a full program of courses at this time.  You will be able to add courses in consultation with your adviser during NSOP.

I wanted a Columbia class or an advanced class, but you didn't put me in it.
With the exception of the Columbia/Barnard classes that were available via the drop-down menus in the course selection form, Columbia courses and courses beyond the intermediate level were not available during the summer selection process.  If you think one of these courses may be right for you, you may be able to add it in consultation with your adviser during NSOP.

How do I know if a class requires me to add a discussion section or lab, or some other special procedure that I may not know to ask about because I've never been to college before?
If you are in a class that requires students to sign up for a lab and/or recitation section online before the class starts, then you have already been placed in these -- you will see them in your preliminary program.  If your class requires you to sign up for something additional or follow any other special procedure, that will be noted in the "Comments and Reminders" box on your Fall 2015 Program page -- it's good to get in the habit of checking this box.

What is a discussion section?
Many large lecture classes, such as Film BC3201 INTRO STUDY & THEORY OF FILM require you to also enroll "discussion sections," a companion-class that allows a smaller group of students to review course material with the guidance of a teaching assistant (TA). Sometimes, you need to sign up for these online (in which case the "Comments & Reminders" box will tell you to add a discussion section that has a course number like FILM BC3204 -- you can then add it in consultation with your adviser when you're on campus). In other cases, there is a physical sign-up sheet or other informal method that you'll learn about on the first day of class ("Comments & Reminders" will generally let you know to expect that if that is the case).

What if I'm not sure if I'm in the right language, math, statistics or chemistry level?  Or if I just need advice on which classes to take in a particular field?
If you don't have test scores that make your placement obvious (see the FY Guide for details), don't worry!  Check the NSOP schedule and upcoming blog posts for some helpful departmental offerings during NSOP:
1.  Placement exams in languages and Chemistry
2.  Placement advising hours in Mathematics and Statistics
3.  Departmental Open Houses in a wide variety of fields.
4.  If there is no formal placement or advising event, you can always contact the department directly with any questions.

What about PE, Dance Technique, and learning who my adviser is?
Stay tuned to the FY Blog over the summer and throughout the year -- information on these and many other important topics will soon be posted.

Fall 2015 First-Year English Topics

If you were placed in First-Year English, your list of courses will not specify the topic of your course. Here is the list of topics, based on section numbers:

Course Number Section Course Title Points
ENGL BC1201 1 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I 3
ENGL BC1201 2 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I 3
ENGL BC1201 3 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I 3
ENGL BC1201 4 ENG: Women and Culture I 3
ENGL BC1201 5 ENG: Americas I 3
ENGL BC1201 6 ENG: Women and Culture I 3
ENGL BC1201 7 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I 3
ENGL BC1201 8 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I 3
ENGL BC1201 9 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I 3
ENGL BC1201 10 ENG: Women and Culture I 3
ENGL BC1201 11 ENG: Americas I 3
ENGL BC1201 12 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I 3
ENGL BC1201 13 ENG: Women and Culture I 3
ENGL BC1201 14 ENG: Women and Culture I 3
ENGL BC1201 15 ENG: Women and Culture I 3
ENGL BC1201 16 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I 3
ENGL BC1201 17 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I 3
ENGL BC1204 1 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I Workshop 4
ENGL BC1204 2 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I Workshop 4
ENGL BC1204 3 ENG: Legacy of the Mediterranean I Workshop 4
ENGL BC1204 4 ENG: Women and Culture I Workshop 4

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Bilingual thoughts from Spanish Professor Ron Briggs on his #BarnardReads selection, Valeria Luiselli's Faces in the Crowd

What have you been reading this summer? Professor Ronald Briggs of the Spanish department has been reading Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli. This book is one of the options that you have for the inaugural Barnard Reads Program during NSOP. To help you dive into the book, Professor Briggs has written a bit about in (in English and Spanish of course!).

Join the conversation by commenting on Twitter or Facebook with the #BarnardReads hashtag!

Faces in the Crowd, Los ingrávidos, Rostos na multidão
Valeria Luiselli has described Faces in the Crowd as "a novel about people falling apart," and critics have noted that while her characters speak with great clarity when describing the urban environments they inhabit, this clarity vanishes when the topic turns to their own motives and goals.

The question of who these character/narrators are and how we should consider them is also an important factor in the book's title, or two titles, since Faces in the Crowd is a significant departure from the Spanish original, Los ingrávidos (The Weightless Ones). A review by the Brazilian newspaper O Globo points out that the book's Portuguese title, Rostos na multidão, is based on the English translation rather than the Spanish original, and it argues that the original is both more effective and more poetic, given that the book is narrated by characters whose lives exist outside the laws of physics (and fiction).

O Globo's argument raises several questions, and I'm especially interested in the possible motives behind both titles. What are their respective advantages and disadvantages? To what degree do they affect how we read and interpret the book?

Faces in the Crowd, Los ingrávidos, Rostos na multidão
Valeria Luiselli ha descrito Los ingrávidos como "una novela que trata de gente en el proceso de desintegrarse", y los críticos han notado que la claridad de sus personajes/narradores, tan aparente cuando están describiendo los lugares urbanos que habitan, les abandona a la hora de hablar de sus metas y motivos.

La cuestión sobre la identidad de estos personajes/narradores y la mejor manera de analizarlos es un factor importante en el título, o más bien los dos títulos, del libro, ya que la versión inglesa, Faces in the Crowd, no es igual al título original, Los ingrávidos (The Weightless Ones). Una reseña del periódico brasileño O Globo nota que el título de las versiones lusófonas de la novela, Rostos na multidão, se basa en el versión inglesa en vez del original y argumenta que el original es más poético y más eficaz, ya que la novela es narrada por una colección de personajes cuyas vidas en cierto sentido existen fuera de las leyes de la física (y la ficción).

El argumento de O Globo sugiere varias preguntas, y a mí me interesa especialmente los motivos posibles por los dos títulos. ¿Cuáles son las ventajas y desventajas de cada uno? ¿Hasta qué punto nos afectan a la hora de leer e interpretar el libro?

Monday, August 17, 2015

FAQ: course listing of BIOL BC1500/BC1501

If you have been pre-enrolled in BIOL BC1500 Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, you will have three related listings on your preliminary program:, which you will see on myBarnard by the end of this week or early next week.
  1. BIOL BC1500 (the course lecture), 
  2. BIOL BC1511 Section 1 or 2 (the course recitation), and 
  3. BIOL BC1501 Section 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13 (the course lab).
Although these course components are listed separately, they are considered part of a unified course of study and are considered one of your academic courses.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Student Side: Getting (even more) excited Part 1

It's that time of year. The time after you've submitted your housing forms and course requests. The time after you've stalked all your classmates on social media, and have the Barnard course catalog memorized. You can probably list the Nine Ways of Knowing better than some upper classmen, and you totally know how to navigate the tunnel system. (If you don't know all of this, don't worry. I'm being hyperbolic for effect.)

It's that time of year. The time to start getting (even more) excited. These past few months I've written about daily life, dorm life, classes, and advising. I've had the pleasure of answering your emails and talking to you on the phone. I can tell that you are going to be an incredible class of bold, beautiful Barnard women. And now I want to share in your excitement.

During my first semester at Barnard I would periodically (read: every day) stop while walking through campus and look around. Then I would remind myself: I did it, I'm here. Four years later, it's still incredible to me that I was able to have the college experience that I did.

Or maybe it's not. Maybe it's the fact the everyday moments at Barnard were what made my four years here so special. Yes, you'll remember the first time you finished finals, or when you get your first internship or ran your first club meeting. But there are little moments that will make you stop on campus and say, I'm at Barnard, and I'm so glad.

So without further ado, I rounded up nineteen big and small Barnard moments (get it? 2019?) from my and other's experiences that you should be excited for. For this post, I will be going through moments 1-9.

1. Campus. I can't emphasize enough how great it is to have a campus in the middle of a city (and to have a campus where nothing is more than a five-minute walk away). Get excited for hanging out in the quad and basking in the sun on Lehman Lawn.

2. Speaking of campus, check out that fancy orange building in the picture above. That's the Diana Center and it's magical. There is a special law of the Diana center where if you are in the building for more than five minutes, you will run into someone you know. It's one of the best social hubs on campus, and also has great nooks and crannies to study.

3. The Diana is so fabulous, there are a few more things that you need to get excited about. One of them is Liz's Place. At 8:00 AM, 3:00 PM, or 2:00 AM, Liz's place will keep you caffeinated and fed. And when you go there, be sure to become best friends with the baristas, including Claudia (tell them Hilana says hi).

4. On the second floor of the Diana, the cafe serves the best pizza within half a mile. So many of my friends told me that I had to talk up the pizza on this post. So here's the plug: eat it, you won't be sorry.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Game to Play While You Wait for Your Preliminary Fall Program

As you think ahead to the fall semester and beyond, are you having trouble keeping your General Education Requirements (also called GERs, also called the Nine Ways of Knowing) straight in your mind? You can look them up in the First-Year Guide (pp 12-13).  You can check the Provost's website, where you'll also find a Comprehensive List of Courses Satisfying General Education Requirements, and you can look at the List of Current Courses Satisfying General Education requirements.

And now introducing this game:  2048: 9WaysOfKnowing Edition!

What do the acronyms stand for?
First-Year Foundations: First-Year English (FYE) & First-Year Seminar (SEM)
Cultures in Comparison (CUL)
Ethics and Values (EAV)
Historical Studies (HIS)
Laboratory Science (LAB)
Language (LAN)
Literature (LIT)
Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)
Social Analysis (SOC)
The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FAQ: preliminary course schedules / adviser assignments

We are hard at work creating your preliminary fall schedules and matching you all with academic advisers.  You should be able to see your courses online on myBarnard on Friday, August 21, and your academic adviser on Friday, August 28th.  

We know you're anxious to see your schedule and meet your adviser, and we thank you for your continuing patience! When schedules become available, the First-Year Class Dean will send an email that will provide some important information about viewing and understanding these initial placements. If you have additional questions, you won't have to wait long to get answers -- you'll meet your deans and your adviser early during Orientation week. There will be plenty of time for you to discuss your initial schedule with your adviser, and -- before you know it -- to visit classes and consider your options.

Important Information: be careful with your email accounts

To reiterate an important point that was posted earlier in the summer:

Be wary of phishing emails that ask you to send personal information over email. Remember that neither Barnard nor Columbia (nor, for that matter, any reputable business or organization) will ever ask you to provide your login, password or Social Security Number in an email. DO NOT REPLY to any mail that does ask for such personal information.

If you have questions about any email that you receive which asks for such information, please email Student Computing.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

FAQ: schedule of final exams

Once you are certain of your fall courses, you can plan ahead for the end of the semester by determining your final exam schedule. You can view a preliminary schedule of final exams here. While this schedule is not as detailed as the one that will be posted later in the semester, it is generally an accurate preview of the final exam schedules at Barnard and Columbia, and it can be used for preliminary planning purposes. (Schedule changes to this schedule are rare, but it is always a good idea to double-check the detailed schedule that will be posted in November.)

To read this projected schedule, look first within the chart for the meeting day/time of one of your classes, then look at the headings of the row/column that you're in to see the day and time of the final exam. You'll also see that there are some classes listed below the chart that are exceptions to the schedule grid.

Note: 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. If in doubt, talk with each of your professors to confirm your final exam schedule in your individual classes.  Remember: you will need to move out of the residence halls 24 hours after your last final.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Important Information: your Barnard mailbox information

If you are thinking about shipping some of your belongings to Barnard--or if you're already dreaming of future care packages--you'll need to know your campus mailing address. Your mailing address will not be the same as your room assignment in the residence halls; the student mail services have a central location in the middle of campus in the lower level of Altschul Hall (across from the student center).

To learn more about using the student mail services and receiving mail and packages at Barnard, visit the student page of the Mail Services website here. Your mailbox assignment and combination will be viewable late next week on your myBarnard page: To find this info:

  1. Log into myBarnard and click on the Student Services tab at the top.  
  2. Then, in the right-hand column under "myMail & Print," click on MailBox Combination. 

(If you follow these steps and get a blank page or an error message, the information has not yet been posted -- check back soon for updates.)

Mail Services will be able to accept packages for new students beginning on Thursday, August 27 (3 days before move-in). If you wish to ship packages to yourself for move-in, please be sure that the carrier (UPS, Fed Ex, etc.) will deliver the package to Barnard on August 27 or later. The Mail Services office will be open on move-in day (Sunday, August 30) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., so that you can pick up any packages that you have sent to Barnard and move them into your room.

See the Res Life move-in page for more info: