Thursday, October 30, 2014

FAQ: dance technique courses and the p/d/f option

The pass/d/fail option can be used for dance technique classes, just as it can be used for academic classes.

The only dance technique classes that are automatically graded on a pass/fail basis are "Ballet I" and "Modern I." All other dance technique classes are graded using letter grades (which are therefore included in the calculation of your GPA). So if you would like to have the letter grade for a dance technique class covered with a "P" on your transcript, you will need to follow the instructions for utilizing the p/d/f option.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Opportunity: spend Thanksgiving with a Barnard alumna!

If you're far from home and won't be visiting family or friends for the Thanskgiving Holiday, Alumnae Affairs and SGA have an invitation for you:  why not have dinner with someone who has a special connection to you -- a Barnard alumna!

The Student/Alumnae Thanksgiving Dinner is a new tradition, which gives you the opportunity to experience Thanksgiving with a Barnard alumna in her own home.  This program is designed to help foster friendship and mentorship, and to give students staying in New York over break a chance to spend the Holiday with someone special.

If you'd like to let SGA know that you're interested, click here to complete the google form that will go to SGA -- deadline for form submissions is November 7th, 2014. If you have questions before or after you submit your form, feel free to contact SGA by email at

Monday, October 27, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Study Abroad Info Session for Pre-Health and Science Students

From the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs:

Opportunity: Participate in Barnard's Curriculum Review

Every 15 years, Barnard reevaluates its academics to better meet the needs of students. Now is your chance to be a part of this important process that will affect your own academic life and that of future students. What do you think about the 9 Ways of Knowing? How about major offerings? While you may not have had as much opportunity as some older students to experience these issues firsthand, you will arguably be most affected by any policies or changes, so make sure your voice is heard!

Please join the Provost at the following open student sessions where you can pose your questions:
SGA Town Hall: Academic Curricular Review:
  • Tuesday, October 28th 4PM-6 PM, North Tower Sulzberger Hall 
  • Wednesday, November 19th 6:30 – 8:30 PM, 324 Milbank 

Can't attend one of these?  The Provost also has open Student Office Hours:
  • Tuesday, October 28th 3:00 PM- 3:30 PM
  • Monday, November 10th 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Tuesday, November 25th 3:00 PM- 3:30 PM
  • Monday, December 8th 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • All office hours are held in 101 Milbank Hall

FAQ: using Psychology laboratory classes for the LAB requirement

As you know, the LAB requirement of the Nine Ways of Knowing must be fulfilled by taking two semesters of science courses that have attached laboratory sections, and the two semesters must be in the same science (e.g., two semesters of Biology with labs, two semesters of Environmental Science with labs). Lab courses are composed of at least two components: the lecture and the lab. (In some cases, the lab also has an additional required component called either a recitation or a lab lecture.) The lecture and lab typically must be taken concurrently, so students typically take two different semesters of lecture+lab (e.g., BIOL 1500 (lecture) + 1501 (lab) and then BIOL 1502 (lecture) + 1503 (lab), or EESC BC1001 (which includes both lecture and lab) and then EESC BC1002 (which includes both lecture and lab)).

In the case of Psychology, the configuration of lectures and labs can be slightly different. All students who wish to take Psychology courses must begin with PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology, unless they have AP or IB credit for the course. Until somewhat recently, students who wanted to take Psychology laboratory courses for the LAB requirement would need to take Intro to Psychology as a prerequisite for all other courses, and then take two semesters of the lecture+lab courses to fulfill the LAB, so that the LAB requirement often meant a three-semester commitment, with one lecture course, then two separate lecture+lab courses. It is still possible to fulfill the LAB requirement in this way.

However, there is one lab that can be taken separately from the lecture component: PSYC BC1010 Introductory Laboratory in Experimental Psychology. This 1.5-credit lab can be taken concurrently with the Introduction to Psychology lecture to fulfill one semester of the LAB requirement; if students take PSYC BC1001 and PSYC BC1010 together, they would then take one more semester of a lecture+lab Psychology course to complete the LAB requirement. Alternatively, the PSYC 1010 lab can be taken at a later time than the lecture (and it is the only PSYC lab for which this is the case)--i.e., students can take PSYC BC1001 Intro to Psyc in one semester (or place out of it via AP or IB), and take PSYC BC1010 Introductory Laboratory in another semester, and the combination will still be considered one full semester of the LAB requirement. In that case, students would still have a three-semester commitment, but the amount of coursework required over those three semesters would be a bit lighter than in the past, with one lecture course, one stand-alone lab, and one lecture+lab course. Note: The Psychology Department does not allow students to take PSYC BC1010 lab if they have already taken another lab course in the department.

Got Questions?If you have questions about the PSYC BC1010 Introductory Laboratory course or about other lecture+lab courses in the Psychology Department, or about fulfilling the LAB requirement with Psychology courses, please check the FAQs on the departmental website (,  visit the Psychology Department Office at 415Q Barnard Hall or email the Department at

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Opportunity: Extended Barnard Reach Out (EBRO)

From the Office of Career Development:

Extended Barnard Reach Out (EBRO) is a weekly program, running from November to March, that brings together a group of 10-15 first-year and transfer students to discuss and critically engage with service issues in New York City. Each week, students will participate in service projects, go on site visits, hear from public service professionals, and discuss ways of making a meaningful and sustainable impact in their community.

In the past, participants have volunteered at a Brooklyn community farm, participated in a service project at Free Arts NYC, heard from professionals working to combat educational inequality, and hosted a group of high school students for a Barnard tour.

The 2014 EBRO will present similarly exciting civic engagement opportunities, with an updated model focused on deeper engagement, learning, and analysis of the issues presented in our volunteer opportunities. EBRO will meet on Friday afternoons from 12:00pm - 2:00pm (with some sessions starting at 11:30am), beginning on November 21st, 2014.

The Fall 2014 Extended Barnard Reach Out application is now available here.  Applications are due by Friday, November 7th at 11:59pm.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Register & Vote

Suffragettes demonstrate voting procedures at
Polling Place, ca. 1917. (Barnard College Archives)
Election Day is Tuesday, November 4.

This November, every single Congressional seat in the U. S. will be on the ballot.  Many states will elect governors and state legislators.  One third of the states will vote for U. S. senators.  A lot is at stake.

You have probably read about the efforts to make it harder  for students, senior citizens, people of color, and rural residents, to vote.  Don't disenfranchise yourself!

Seven Frequently Asked Questions about Voter Registration:

1.  Who can vote?
Any U. S. citizen resident in the 50 states or District of Columbia who will be 18 years old on or before Election Day is eligible to vote.  Specific state eligibility requirements and information on registering are available from local election boards.
But you can't vote if you aren't registered.
So I encourage you to register NOW, so you'll be able to vote,  in every election.

2.  Should I vote in New York, or should I vote in my home state?
This depends on the politics in your state and on what you think is most important.  This becomes a question worth researching; talk to your classmates, your family, and your political-science-major friends and professors, and keep up with the political news, both state and national.

3.  How do I register to vote in New York, and when is the deadline?
Unless you  have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since October 10th (in which case you have until October 24th), the deadline to register to vote in New York this fall has already passed.  If you want to vote in New York in a future election, register now:

4.  I want to vote in my home state.  How do I register to do that?  How do I actually vote?  What are the deadlines? 
Deadlines vary from state to state, as do procedures.  Some states allow online registration, and some don't.  Absentee ballots in your home state once you are registered can be obtained, but procedures and deadlines for this vary also.

For every state in the union, information about Registration (also for U. S. territories) can be found at:

5.  How do I get information about absentee ballots in my home state?
For every state in the union, rules for Absentee Ballots (also for U. S. territories) can be found at the same website:  Just click on the name of your home state and press the "go" button.

6.  The pulldown menu on the "votesmart" website doesn't work with my browser, so how can I get information for my home state?  
If the pulldown menu doesn't work with your browser, just add the 2-letter state code to the URL and type the whole thing in.
For example: If your home state is California, you would type
while if it's Massachusetts, you would type

7.  What resources are there to learn more about the candidates and issues?
Many important questions are answered on the websites listed above.  You can also find great info at from our friends at Columbia's Office of Community and Government Affairs at


Columbia Turbo Vote is a tool that makes it easy to register and vote for hometown issues while away at College.

Who’s on the Ballot is a quick and easy to use website and mobile app that provides New York City citizens the location of polling places, information on candidates, sample ballots, and voter registration information. The project is based on the simple fact that the more informed we are, the more likely we are to participate in elections. Our mission is to provide voters with the tools they need to make an informed choice on Election Day.

Who’s on the Ballot is a not-for profit project of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Opportunity: More Writing Center Hours Available

An Announcement from the Writing Center:

Due to popular demand, the Writing Center has added more weekly hours beginning this Sunday(10/26). To make an appointment, please visit the Center's online scheduler.

Detailed sign-up instructions and policies are also found at If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call 212.854.8941.

Thank you, and we hope to see you in the Writing Center!

Opportunity: MoSAIC Math & Art Festival

MoSAIC Math & Art Festival
Columbia University will be hosting a festival celebrating the connections between mathematics and the arts on Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26, 2014, from 10 am to 5 pm each day.

The MoSAIC Festival includes a variety of hands-on workshops, lectures, a mathematical art exhibit, short films, and an area for informal exchange. It is designed to be easily accessible by audiences high school age and up.
For more information visit

Friday, October 17, 2014

Workshop: Time & Stress Management

Having trouble keeping track of multiple responsibilities?  Feeling stressed?  Looking for advice?  Try this:

Time & Stress Management Workshop
Special Guest Facilitator: Leslie Limardo, Associate Dean for Academic and Administrative Support Services at Columbia School of General Studies
Thursday, October 23rd
12-1 p.m.
202 Milbank


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Opportunity: Volunteer at Athena Center Women's Entrepreneurship Day

An invitation from the Athena Center for Leadership Studies

Athena Center for Leadership Studies: Women's Entrepreneurship Opportunities
YES: Want to support a sold out event supporting high school women of color who are or want to be entrepreneurs? 200 young enterprising sisters (plus their families) are coming to campus November 1st and the Athena Center is the hosting sponsor and we'd love you in the room with us! Women's Entrepreneurship Day: Governor Cuomo will be declaring Nov 19th as the day of the woman entrepreneur, and President Obama will be making remarks (his grandmother is getting an award) as will media mogul Nely Galan and Quvenzhane Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild." The event is happening at the UN and we are looking for volunteers to help the day of, or leading up to it.

Email by Oct 17th with your interest in volunteering for either event, along with hours of availability on the day-of.

Opportunity: Biofeedback Training to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

An invitation from Well Woman and Furman Counseling Center:

Your Spring Program: first steps in planning your spring semester

Following the program planning meetings held for all first-year students on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15, here are some materials for reference as you begin to plan your spring semester.

Note: You will need to be logged into gBear in order to access the linked documents.
  1. A timeline for the rest of the Fall 2014 semester. Note: When you view the document online, you can follow the underlined links to the relevant websites for more information. 
  2. A checklist to keep track of your General Education Requirements (including the Nine Ways of Knowing) (Revisit this game from the summer for a fun way to remind yourself of the requirements)
  3. A schedule of the upcoming departmental program planning meetings (posted below, after the break).
  4. In case you missed the meeting: a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation.  
Watch the FY Blog for reminders of upcoming dates and deadlines and for reminders of procedures!

Scheduled as of October 13, 2014

(Details after the break)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Opportunity: Critical Language Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is now live and available online at:
Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website:

For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!

CLS Website:
CLS Facebook page:

For questions, please contact:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Advising: reminder of required program planning meetings

Remember that you should plan to attend one of the "program planning meetings" for all first-year students that will be held next week. These program planning meetings will be on Tuesady, October 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, October 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., each one in the Diana Event Oval. All first-years are required to attend one of these sessions.

At the meetings, you'll learn important information about the timeline for the remainder of the semester, including the process and procedures for advance program planning for the spring semester (e.g., upcoming deadlines, lottery sign-ups, course enrollment, departmental program meetings). You'll also learn more about procedures and policies that may be relevant to this semester (e.g., the pass/d/fail policy, the course withdrawal procedure, policies and procedures regarding final exams).

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Opportunity: Participate in Cicero Speech Contest

Invitation to Participate in Cicero Speech Contest

Dear Barnard Students,

The Speaking Fellows Program would like to invite you to take the stage and participate in the second annual Cicero Speech Contest, held on November 13th, 2014 at 6 pm in the James Room.

This is a forum for discourse, to speak up, to be courageous in advocating for what you believe. Participants compete in one of two categories (persuasive advocacy and impromptu speeches), win prizes for first and second place in each (worth $100, $50 and $25), showcase their skills to esteemed judges comprised of faculty, alumnae and administrators, and move their audience of peers and Barnard community members. Join us, invite your classmates, faculty, friends and family, and effect the change you want to see!

You can learn more and sign up for the contest BY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12 at:


Barnard Speaking Fellows

Opportunity: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House this Saturday -- Free Shuttle Buses from Morningside Heights to

Lamont Doherty Observatory invites you to a public open house this Saturday,  You can get there via a free shuttle bus from 120th street.  This annual event gives you the opportunity to hear working scientists -- including Barnard faculty -- share their research in hands-on presentations for people of all ages.  The Olmsted-designed campus (same person who designed Central Park and Prospect Park) is beautiful at this time of year, giving you the chance to see some of the Northeast's famous fall foliage.

More details available here.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is a unit of the Earth Institute, Columbia University.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world. Its scientists study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean, providing a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humanity.

Advising: resources for writing

If you haven't already had to submit a paper for one of your classes, you surely have one due soon. As you work on your first college essays, take a moment to review the helpful guidelines offered in these publications:
  • The Preparation of Papers, a resource prepared by the Barnard English Department which contains advice and guidelines that are useful for papers across all disciplines, not only those written for English classes.

Opportunity: see the world at the Study Abroad Fair!

Barnard's Office of International Programs and Columbia's Office of Global Programs are excited to be hosting the annual Study Abroad Fair! Come by and meet representatives from over 50 study abroad programs all over the world, in addition to mingling with study abroad returnees and members of the Office of International Programs.

What: Study Abroad FairWhen: Fri, Oct 10, 12:30-3:30 PM
Where: Roone Arledge Auditorium (Columbia)

Additionally, at the fair, a representative from the New York Passport Agency will be there to accept passport applications. To submit a passport application, you will need to bring specific documents with you. Visit the Study Abroad Fair information page to learn more about what documentation you will need to have if you'd like to apply for a passport.

To learn more general information about studying abroad, feel free to browse the entire Study Abroad website.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

REMINDER: deadline to drop a course from Fall 2014 program

The deadline to drop a course from your Fall 2014 program is THIS TUESDAY, October 7, at 4:30 p.m.

To drop a course from your program, you will need to visit the Registrar's Office (107 Milbank) to pick up a drop form, complete the form and have it signed by your adviser, then submit the form back to the Registrar's office.

Note: The deadlines for declaring the "pass/d/fail option" for a course or for withdrawing from a course (which is different from dropping because the course stays on your transcript, with a "W" next to it) are much later in the semester, and the FY Class Dean will go over those policies and procedures at the program planning meetings on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Opportunity: Class of 2018 Meet & Greet

Invitation from your SGA Class Reps:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Important Information: Family Weekend (Oct. 24-25)

The schedule for Family Weekend is now available online.

If your family members and friends are interested in visiting campus that weekend, please encourage them to look over the schedule and to register for the weekend, as well as any individual programs that might require reservations.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Opportunity: be an ambassador at Barnard!

An announcement from the Office of International Programs:

Do you love languages and cultures? Do you like to travel, or have an interest in studying abroad? Do you want to make some international friends while showing them around Barnard and NYC?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Office of International Programs invites you to submit your VISA application! The Visiting International Student Ambassador (VISA) Program will give Barnard students the chance to welcome international students visiting Barnard through VISP (Visiting International Student Program), now in its sixth year. This spring Barnard will host visiting students hailing from Denmark, Italy, China, South Korea, Ghana, Australia, South Africa, Spain, Norway, Brazil,Vietnam , and Russia. With your help, these students will integrate into Barnard's community, immerse themselves in American culture, explore NYC, and have a semester they will never forget.

Ambassadors will meet 1-2 times during the Fall 2014 semester and also communicate with VISP students before their arrival. During the Spring 2015 semester, Ambassadors will help organize events on and off campus for VISP students, approximately 2-3 events each month.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please read more at The online application is due October 15.

Any questions? Email

Monday, September 29, 2014

Opportunity: Workshop on Balancing Your Life

Life is a balancing act.

Join us for an interactive discussion on finding and keeping balance in the important areas of your life.

Tuesday, 9/30 @ 6:00 PM
Webster Living Room

Sponsored by:
  • Furman Counseling Center 
  • First Year Class Dean 
  • Well Woman

DEADLINE: for dropping a course

The deadline to drop a course from your Fall 2014 program is next Tuesday, October 7 at 4:30 p.m.

To drop a course from your current program, you must pick up a drop form from the Registrar's office (107 Milbank), complete it, have your adviser sign it, then submit it back to the Registrar's office. The course will then be removed completely from your Fall 2014 program.

If you are considering the idea of dropping a course, talk to your adviser and/or your class dean before making the decision, to ensure that you've considered all of your options. Also, remember that you must be working toward the completion of at least 12 points of credit this semester; if dropping a course would leave you with less than 12 credits and yet seems like your only option, you must see the First-Year Class Dean for special permission, which is given only in extraordinary circumstances.

Note: The deadlines for declaring the "pass/d/fail option" for a course or for withdrawing from a course (which is different from dropping because the course stays on your transcript) are much later in the semester, and the FY Class Dean will go over those policies and procedures at the program planning meetings on Oct. 13 and Oct. 14.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Advising: mark your calendars!

Although you're just now getting through your first big assignments and midterms, it will be no time at all before you'll need to think about your plan for next semester. Don't worry: you still have a few weeks before you need to give it too much thought, but you'll want to have a sense of what will be happening and when.

The First-Year Class Dean will be holding two general "program planning meetings" for all first-year students. At the meetings, you'll learn important information about the timeline for the remainder of the semester, including the process and procedures for advance program planning for the spring semester (e.g., upcoming deadlines, lottery sign-ups, course enrollment, departmental program meetings). You'll also learn more about procedures and policies that may be relevant to this semester (e.g., the pass/d/fail policy, the course withdrawal procedure, policies and procedures regarding final exams).

These program planning meetings will be on Tuesday, October 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, October 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the Diana Event Oval. All first-years are required to attend one of these sessions.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Meet the Office: Barnard Speaking Fellows

The Speaking Fellows are specially trained Barnard students who work with speaking-intensive courses and other academically centered programs, helping students improve their presentation skills. We aim to cultivate and empower the “speaking culture” at Barnard by teaching students to be reflective about what they say and how they say it.

To learn more about the Speaking Fellows, visit the program's website, and visit Fellow Voices, the Barnard Writing and Speaking Fellows' blog.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Advising: Economics Department Open House for New Students

The Economics Department is hosting an Open House for new students potentially interested in majoring in Economics. Please come even if you are just beginning to explore Economics as an option. Lunch will be served!

Monday, September 29
12:30 to 1:30 pm
Room 21 Lehman Hall, in the basement.

If you can't stay for the entire hour, please come for just part of the time. You will meet faculty, other new students, and current Economics majors. Please contact Professor Sharon Harrison at if you have any questions.

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.