Friday, November 21, 2014

FAQ: first-year Physical Education requirement

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Resource: Economics Help Room Extending Hours

A message from the Economics Department:

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

Sunday 7-9 pm

Monday 7-10 pm

Tuesday 7-9 pm

Wednesday 7-9 pm

Thursday 7-9 pm

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

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

Majors Fair TONIGHT

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

American Studies Majors and Prospective Majors Meeting TONIGHT

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

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

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

Monday, November 17, 2014

DEADLINE: program filing for Spring 2015 semester - next MONDAY

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

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

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

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

Opportunity: celebrating International Education Week

An announcement from Barnard's Office of International Programs:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Resources: don't forget about your personal librarian!

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

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

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 14, 2014

Resources: Depression Awareness Events in November

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Undergraduate Mentoring Event: Why Major in the Sciences?

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

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

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

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

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

Dinner will be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Important Information: detailed final exam schedule now available

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FY Foundation lottery results will be available WEDNESDAY

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

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

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Advising: information about the Barnard-SEAS combined program

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

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


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

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

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sign up TODAY for Speaking Fellow Workshops

The Speaking Fellows Program is offering a series of public speaking workshops -- Public Speaking and the Intellectual Voice -- open to the entire Barnard community.

Please see below for several upcoming, one-hour long workshops drawing on knowledge and activities from a variety of fields (including debate, negotiation strategies, even improv comedy!) to help you practice, improve, and experiment with your speaking style.

Space is limited, so please sign up for workshops at More information is available at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Writing and Speaking Programs' Coordinator, Rebecca Kelliher, via email ( or phone (212.854.8941).

Empower Your Participation in Classroom Discussions
Wednesday, 11/12 6:30-7:30PM | Monday, 11/17 6-7PM in Barnard 217
4 participants/workshop

This workshop focuses on seminar discussion skills using certain debating techniques.  With the support of your peers, you will learn how to respond to your classmates' ideas effectively; how to challenge those ideas in insightful, productive ways; and how to take charge of and cultivate your speaking responsibilities at the seminar table.  Developing these skills will help you become a more reflective, creative thinker, no matter how comfortable (or uncomfortable) you are speaking up in class.

Crafting an Effective Presentation
Friday, 11/14 1:30-2:30PM in Barnard 205
2-4 participants/workshop

This workshop guides you through the presentation-building process, from the generation of ideas to your delivery.  These skills can be applied to a range of contexts, such as presenting a research project or senior thesis, giving a speech for a special event, expressing your opinion on a reading for class, or even creating a short personal statement to have ready for a potential employer.  In a supportive, peer environment, you can feel comfortable experimenting with your speaking style, building the confidence to become a persuasive, dynamic speaker.

Speak Your Way to Success: Negotiation Techniques and Skills
Monday, 11/17 8:30-9:30PM in Barnard 205
4-6 participants/workshop

People are often thrown off by negotiations. How do you best approach high-tension, high-stress situations that have so much riding on them (even though we all seem to always be in one)? How do you set up the room? What language do you use? How do you keep calm? This workshop focuses on how to navigate any type of negotiation (whether in the professional world or a dorm room dilemma that needs to be solved) and how to enter into the conversation feeling prepared and calm instead of heated and frustrated.

Your Spring Program: important information and overview

Some important information and reminders about advance program planning for Spring 2015:
  • For a quick refresher about program filing, read over the instructions on the Registrar's website.
  • Starting today, you are able to add Spring 2015 courses to your advance program if they are open-enrollment courses (i.e., if they do not have a maximum capacity noted in the online Directory of Courses).
  • As you add courses, pay attention to your “Comments and Reminders” box to see if there are extra steps to take in order to reserve your place in a particular course.
  • During the week of November 17, L-course sign-up will become available to you based on your class year: first-years will have appointment times to sign up for L-courses beginning on Thursday, November 20. Note: you can find information on L-course sign-up procedures here, and you can already see your personal L-course sign-up appointment times on your Spring 2014 myBarnard page. Remember to have a few back-up classes in mind in case spaces are not available by the time you are able to try to add L-courses (and remember that you will have another chance to try to enroll in them in January).
  • You must have a minimum of 12 points of credit on your advance program for Spring 2015.
  • If your advance program ultimately contains more than 18 credits, you will see a message that indicates that you will need your class dean's approval. This approval is required only during the final program filing period in January if you wish to maintain more than 18 credits on your Spring 2015 program.
  • The deadline to have a planned advance program on myBarnard, and to have your adviser's approval entered online, is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, AT 6:00 P.M. You are expected to meet with your adviser at least once before this filing deadline to discuss your plan for the spring semester. Make sure that you are aware of your adviser's schedule so that you meet in plenty of time to receive approval before the deadline.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

DEADLINE: FY English and FY Seminar lotteries

Remember that you must enter your submissions for the First-Year English and First-Year Seminar lotteries for Spring 2015 classes by TONIGHT at 11:00 p.m.

If you do not enter a lottery submission, you will be placed into a section of the appropriate First-Year Foundation course, according to what spaces remain after lottery placements have been made.

Friday, November 7, 2014

DEADLINE: pass/d/fail declaration OR course withdrawal

Next Thursday, November 13, is the deadline for taking either of two actions:

1) The deadline to declare the pass/d/fail option for a course is Thursday at 11:00 p.m., through myBarnard. You can find the rules governing the pass/d/fail option, as well as instructions for utilizing it, here on the Registrar's website. You do not need your adviser's approval to select the P/D/F option, but it would be a good idea to discuss the matter with your adviser to ensure that you have thought through the decision.

2) Also, the deadline to withdraw from a course is this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. You do need your adviser's approval in order to withdraw from a course. To withdraw from a course, pick up a withdrawal form (same as the drop form) from the Registrar's office (107 Milbank), complete the form, have your adviser sign the form, then submit it to the Registrar's office. The course will remain on your transcript with a "W" next to the number of credits, indicating that you officially withdrew from the course midway through the semester.

Remember that all students are expected to carry at least 12 points of credit per semester; if you have extenuating circumstances and need to drop below 12 points of credit by withdrawing from a course, you must see the First-Year Class Dean for special permission, which is given only under extraordinary circumstances.

Considering staying in a challenging course?  Don't forget to check out the helpful resources at

Opportunity: consider being an exchange student at Spelman College

Barnard has a special domestic exchange program with the premier Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs): Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.  Want to learn more?  Then check out this upcoming event:

What:  Information Session on domestic exchange program with Spelman College
When: Wednesday, November 12th, 1-2pm
Where: Diana 501

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by completing this form:

Opportunity: Biology Journal Club

Are you taking BIOL BC1502 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology in Spring 2015?

Did you earn a 4 or 5 on the AP Bio exam (or a 5,6, or 7 on the IB Exam)?

Want to read classic and current scientific articles in along with other students who share your interest in Biology research?

Then check out this class: 

BIOL BC1599. Biology Journal Club. 1 point
Tuesdays 1:10-2:00. Class is offered P/D/F (not for a letter grade).
Enrollment restricted to first-year students who are enrolled in the BIOL 1500 series and who received a 4 or 5 on the AP test (or equivalent grade on the IB exam).
Weekly meetings will focus on classic and current scientific literature in Biology. Students will prepare and post questions and comments about each week's readings before class, and students will lead discussions about the reasons that research was conducted, the success of the research, and future directions suggested by the discoveries reported.

FAQ: Physical Education and dance technique classes for spring semester

If you are planning to take a Physical Education course in the spring semester, you will need to enter the P.E. lottery, which will take place at the beginning of the spring semester. Instructions for entering the lottery will be posted in January. Therefore, you cannot add a P.E. course to your advance program in November.

If you are planning to take a Dance technique course in the spring semester, you can sign up for the class during advance program planning period. Therefore, you can add a Dance technique course to your advance program in November. However, your enrollment in the course will not be confirmed until you attend the class during the first week of classes in January, where audition requirements or space requirements may need to be considered.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Opportunity: Resume & Coverletter Workshop

Calling all First-Years!
     Would you like to get started on securing a job or internship this summer?
     Are you interested in upgrading your resume or working on your cover letter?
     Do you have general career questions or concerns that you would like to discuss?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have just what you need!
Join us on November 12th 7-8 pm for a workshop with the Barnard Career Development very own Peer Career Advisors (PCAs)! 
Location: 2nd Floor Diana (McIntosh Room)

Bring your resumes, cover letters, questions and concerns and get a head start!

Resource: Drop-In Research Assistance from Barnard Librarians

Got a research assignment?  The Barnard Library has you covered!

Opportunity: Compete for Columbia in the Mathematical Competition in Modeling

From the Math Department:

Mathematical Competition in Modeling Organization Meeting
6 p.m., Thursday, November 13 
Mathematics, Room 507

Are you interested in using math / science / computer programming to model the world around you? Are you looking for a quick and intense researchexperience?

The Mathematical Competition in Modelling (MCM) is an international competition with over 6000
teams participating last year. This year it will be held from February 5 to 9.

If you are interested in learning more or competing in the MCM for Columbia, come to this organizational meeting. (Pizza included).

For more info on the competition, see 

Your Spring Program: important lotteries this week for Spring 2015 classes

Remember that the lotteries for Spring 2015 courses in the First-Year English program, the First-Year Seminar program, and the Psychology Department are now open.

Reminder:  if you are entering the lottery for both Psychology and FY English or Seminar, check for time conflicts before submitting your lottery selections -- make sure that none of your Psych selections conflict with any of your English/Seminar selections.  Remember that you will not be able to change your English/Seminar class once you are placed in one.

For more information about each lottery, see the relevant post on the FY Blog:

First-Year English (course offerings and lottery instructions)

First-Year Seminar (course offerings and lottery instructions)

Psychology Department (lottery instructions and links to department information)

FAQs about fulfilling LAB requirement with Psychology courses

Monday, November 3, 2014

Opportunity: History Department Open House for Prospective Majors

Your Spring Program: lottery for PSYC lab and stats courses

If you hope to take a Psychology laboratory course or a Psychology statistics course next semester, you will need to enter the department's lottery.  Psychology lecture courses are open enrollment, and you sign up for them via the regular Advance Program Filing process (add them on myBarnard; get your adviser's approval).

The Psychology lottery will begin on Thursday, November 6, at 12:00 a.m., and will close on Wednesday, November 12, at 11:00 p.m. You can enter the lottery through the "Psych Lab/Stat" link via the Academics tab on myBarnard (see screenshot below). There, you will find detailed instructions, which you should read carefully. You should also consult the Psychology Department website for information about fulfilling the LAB requirement with Psychology labs, as well as frequently asked questions about the Psychology lottery, and also read the post immediately following this one.

The results of the Psychology lottery will be posted on Friday, November 14, outside of the Psychology Department (415Q Milbank). Number one question:  when will I find out if I'm getting into a class from the waiting list?  No new information will be available until the first week of classes in the spring semester.

Once you have confirmed your placement in a lab or stats course, you are responsible for adding it to your myBarnard program before your adviser approves your advance program.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Reminder: Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday 11/2/14, 2 a.m.

Spring Forward; Fall Back

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night, November 1, 2014.  Daylight savings time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Enjoy the extra hour of fall break!