Friday, October 21, 2016

Everyone wants to know what you think -- fill out surveys to help programming reflect your needs

Now is your chance to shape current and future programming at Barnard.  Make sure your voice is heard by filling out several surveys you should recently have received:

NSOP assessment! Did one program stand out to you? Did you love your Orientation Leader? Was there something about NSOP that wasn't that great? Be sure to fill out the assessment that was sent out from Denise Boneta and make sure you give your feedback! If you have questions about where to find it, email It takes between 5-10 minutes to complete, and your feedback can significantly shape our planning process for 2017! 

SGA First-Year Council Survey! Your SGA First-Year Class Council knows that you are an opinionated class and wants to make sure that they focus on the issues YOU want addressed. Make your voice heard here:

Thursday, October 20, 2016


By now you should have learned about the change in the financial aid process.  

On September 13, 2015, President Obama signed an executive order that will allow families to complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using income information from the 2015 federal tax return.  This is the same information that you and your parents(s) reported when filing the 2016-17 FAFSA.  As a result, the 2017-18 FAFSA may be filed as early as October 1, 2016. 

With this new change, we decided to host:

FASFA DAY oFriday, October 21st in the Lefrak Center, Instructional Lab #113. 

Come by anytime between 10am-1pm and complete your FASFA for 2017-2018 with the help from Barnard's very own financial aid counselors!


Refreshments will be served!

Please RSVP, by emailing Dean Tollinchi at

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Roadmap for the Rest of the Semester & Spring Advance Registration

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 "Rest-of-Semester Roadmap" meetings for all first-year students. 

All first-year students should attend one of the following:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
ALT 202 Lehman Auditorium


Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

BAR 304 Held Lecture Hall

At the meetings, you'll learn important information about

Policies & Deadlines relevant to the rest of this semester
  • Pass/D/Fail
  • Withdrawing from a course
  • Final Exams

Dates & Procedures for Spring Advance Registration
  • When to meet with your adviser to talk about spring course selection
  • When and how to learn more from departments about specific subjects and possible majors 
  • When and how to register online for spring courses
  • Courses with special procedures

Monday, October 17, 2016

TWO chances to learn more about Barnard's dual-degree or accelerated Engineering programs with SEAS

For Barnard students interested in the 3/2 or Express Master's Degree program with Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science, here are two opportunities to learn more:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

History Department Program Planning Meeting Wed. 10/26, 4-5 p.m.

This is the first of many opportunities to learn more about many different departments, programs, and majors, as you begin to think about what classes to take in the spring and future semesters.
  • Considering a History major or minor?
  • Want to fulfill your Thinking with Historical Perspective requirement?
  • Just want to take a History class and not sure where to start?
  • Like snacks?
Look no further!

History Department Program Planning Meeting
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
South Tower, Sulzberger Hall
Refreshments served

Monday, October 10, 2016

Updated FY Dean Walk-In Hours This Week

Due to some technical issues, some changes to the First-Year Dean's Walk-In Hours this week may not be updating correctly on the Meet with the Deans website.  The most correct and up-to-date info is:

First-Year Dean Walk-In Hours Week of October 10th:
  • Tuesday, 10/11/2016, 1-2 p.m.
  • Friday, 10/14/2016, 1-2 p.m.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

DEADLINE: for dropping a course TUESDAY, 4:30 P.M.

The deadline to drop a course from your Fall 2016 program is next Tuesday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m.

You can not do this online.  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 2016 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.

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.  Stay tuned for more info about those options.

Resource: Banard Computer Science Help Room

The wait is over!
The Barnard Computer Science Help Room is back as of this week!

Milbank 333B
Tuesday 6-8 PM
Wednesday 7-8 PM
*More hours will be added as we hire more tutors.

Join the Barnard Computer Science Help Room Facebook Group to keep up with all the updates you need.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Resource: Bio 1500 Help Room

Are you looking for some extra support in BIOL BC1500, Intro to Organismal & Evolutionary Biology?
Just want to review the content in an interactive way with some friendly upper-class students who took this same course?

The Biology 1500 Help Room is here for you!

Sundays 12-1:30 p.m. 118 Barnard Hall 
Wednesdays 8-9:30 p.m. 303 Altschul

Majors & Careers: What's the Relation?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Interested in studying abroad?
Want to learn about the options and procedures you need to know as a Barnard student?

Attend one of theses Study Abroad Information Sessions!
These sessions give a complete overview of the study abroad process at Barnard and are an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Friday September 30, 227 Milbank, 12 - 1 pm

Thursday, October 13, 307 Milbank, 1:15 - 2 pm

Friday, October 21, 227 Milbank, 12 -1 pm

Wednesday, October 26, 214 Milbank, 1:15 - 2 pm

Friday, November 11, 227 Milbank, 12 -1 pm

Thursday, November 17, 306 Milbank, 1:15 - 2 pm

Monday, December 5, 227 Milbank, 12:15 - 1 pm

Wednesday, October 5, 12 – 3 pm
Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium, Columbia University
Meet with returnee study abroad students AND 40+ program representatives to learn about academic year, semester and summer abroad! Programs provide students with a variety of overseas experiences including practicing Japanese in Japan, studying economics in the UK, researching psychology in Brazil or even completing an archaeological dig in Italy

Please go to for a full schedule of Barnard study abroad events.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Guest Blog Post: Professor Kim Hall "for colored girls: a recipe for success"

Did you read and or discuss #BarnardReads selection For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf ?

Whether or not you participated in this #BarnardReads, have you read, seen, or wondered about this choreopoem written by Barnard alumna Ntozake Shange (BC '70)?

Are you curious how Barnard students and faculty have related to this work and author, and to the college experience?

See this guest blog post from Professor Kim F. Hall, the Lucyle Hook Chair of English and a Professor of Africana Studies:

for colored girls: a recipe for success

Dresses and a poster from that production, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” will be on view at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The museum opens Sept. 24. STEPHEN VOSS FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
You may have heard that the play for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf  turned forty this week. On September 15th, it premiered on Broadway and catapulted Barnard alumna Ntozake Shange (BC ‘70)--six years out of college--into fame. People flocked to see this new form, the phenomenal choreopoem, which was unlike anything on the commercial stage at the time. Women of all colors were transformed by the experience of seeing a stage made into a woman’s space where women loved, mourned, raged and healed together. The artwork for the performance in subway stations and ads made Shange the most visible writer --and most visible black feminist--in the city. Zake (as her friends call her) and the play brought to light some long simmering antagonisms over gender politics in the Black Arts Movement and black communities.  A newspaper writer reported overhearing a black man on 125th & 7th telling his friends "I heard the CIA was behind that girl's play.”

Poet and longtime woke bae E. Ethelbert Miller captured the era in this stanza of his poem, "For Ntozake Shange":

I have listened to their voices
in groups of threes & fours
I have overheard their hatred
for your plays & poems
I have watched them try to spell your name
failing like europeans deciphering hieroglyphics

When the play toured, people called local theaters in protest.

For the past three years, I have been caretaker of the Digital Shange Project and have taught incredible Barnard students (the Zakettes)  in The Worlds of Ntozake Shange courses. In class, we didn’t just learn about Shange’s work and historical context, we left with a heightened awareness of how Shange and other feminists made the tools they needed for survival and our capacity to do the same.

Ntozake Shange Papers, Barnard Archives and Special
Collections, scanned by Amanda Perry BC ‘16. 
Zake (then going by her original name Paulette Williams) struggled with health issues (suicide is not just a metaphor), with being made to feel an outsider, and with a curriculum that did not offer the tools she needed for success as she defined it. But she did what many Barnard students do: she worked with others to create what bell hooks calls ‘beloved community’ and created the things she felt were absent from her life. For example, the Ntozake Shange Collection in Barnard Archives and Special Collections has a copy of the literary collection, Phat Mama, which Zake, Thulani Davis (BC '70) and other Barnard students made to showcase their own work.  At lunch with the 2014 Zakettes, Zake and Thulani  told us how important that collaboration was to their future lives as writers and feminists.  They literally made the book, finding someone who could teach them how to stitch each copy.  During the making, they dreamed of a future that saw them in their fullness.

I almost called this post “A blueprint for survival” because the idea of a blueprint as a model which, if you follow it precisely, will create something wonderful. However, Zake came to Barnard with very specific experiences as a middle-class black women in the 70s; thus, it is more appropriate to think of for colored girls and Zake’s Barnard experience as a recipe -- directions to which you can add your style and season to taste. I’ll finish with directions drawn from my class’s experience of living the legacy of for colored girls. But first, a recommendation specifically for your class: don’t let your college experience be defined by buildings (or their absence):  seek out the Barnard librarians. They know TONS and can offer many ways to find and make sense of the massive amounts of information you will be expected to turn into knowledge.  But most important they are models for doing deceptively difficult jobs with joy, purpose and social awareness. They embody beloved community.

Learning the Zakette way:

Remember:     classrooms are not the only space for learning
collaboration is a powerful antidote to isolation and competition

listen while reading. .  . music, poetry, nature/
 meditations can change your relationship to words 
move (in any way you can; before writing if you can)
cook with others when you can

            make things
            find god in yourself

experience the city; learn its history

Reach out. ask for help when you need it

Friday, September 23, 2016

Opportunity: FREE tickets to events around NYC through Urban New York

A message from Barnard Student Life:

Hello First-Year students,

You are in luck! As first-year students you are eligible to apply for free tickets to events around New York City as part of the Urban NY program. Urban NY is a university-wide program designed to expose students to the sights and sounds of New York City by offering them FREE admission to events and programs in the area. The lottery opens on Monday, September 26 at 9AM and runs through Sunday, October 2 at 11:59PM.

For the link to register, please visit the Urban NY webpage at or the Barnard Student Life facebook page on Monday, 9/26 at 9am.
We hope you'll take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Good luck!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Reminder: FY Class Council elections end THIS FRIDAY AT NOON

Cats agree -- make your voice heard by voting for your First-Year Class Council!

Voting takes place this week on myBarnard -- cast your vote by this Friday, Sept. 22, at 12 noon.

Resource: Physics Workshop Room

Taking Physics?  Got questions?  Want to talk with some friendly upperclass Barnard Physics majors who want to help you make sense of it all?

Look no further than the Physics Workshop Room!

Mondays and Wednesdays
7-9 p.m.
Altschul 514

Resource: Statistics Help Room

The Department of Statistics offers a help-room service for students enrolled in STAT UN1001, UN1101, and UN1201.
The purpose of the help-room is to supplement the regular teaching assistant and faculty office hours with peer-to-peer tutoring, and to facilitate the formation of study groups.\

Help Room Hours and Location – Fall 2016
Sunday: 12noon to 4:00 pm – Room 903 SSW, 9th Floor

Monday: 4:00pm – 7:00 pm – 601 Watson, 6th Floor

Tuesday: 4:00pm – 7:00 pm – 601 Watson, 6th Floor

Wednesday: 4:00pm – 7:00 pm – Watson 6th Floor Lounge

Thursday: 4:00pm – 7:00 pm – 601 Watson, 6th Floor

Resource: Math Help Room

Got questions about math?  Math Help Rooms have answers!

For help with: College Algebra – Analytic Geometry, Calculus I, II and III courses
Milbank 333
Monday through Thursday:  10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (staffed by Barnard undergrads 6-10 p.m.)
Friday:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For help with:   Calculus IV and Higher Math courses
406 Mathematics Building (at Columbia)
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Resource: Economics Help Room

The Economics department is happy to announce that the Economics Help Room (EHR) is opening for the semester on Sunday, September 18th, 2016.

The EHR is located in Sulzberger Annex 102 (adjacent to Barnard Hall and Sulzberger Hall, and in the Admissions Office's Welcome Center).

The hours (all in the evening) are:
Sundays 7 to 9pm
Mondays 7 to 9pm
Tuesdays 7 to 9pm
Wednesdays 7 to 9 pm.

Tutoring will be available for Intro to Economic Reasoning, Math Methods, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Statistics, and Econometrics. The tutors are your peers, and the EHR is a judgment-free zone. There is no such thing as a stupid question in the EHR!

If you use the EHR, please keep the following in mind:
First and foremost, at the start of the semester, there will be an adjustment period, so not everything will go smoothly at first. We appreciate your patience as we “learn on the job.”  You should feel free, at any time, to send any comments via email to Professor Harrison ( , or to stop by her office (244 LeFrak Center, Barnard Hall) to chat about your experiences.  All comments will be kept confidential.

Second, when asking for help with homework, please also bring your textbook and notes with you. The tutors might not have had the same professor as you do, and therefore might not have used the same textbook. Therefore, it will be helpful for them to see how you were taught the material.

Third, there will be sign-in sheets. Please sign in! It is important that we keep this record of use.

You can find updates about the EHR throughout the semester at:
or just go to the Economics department home page, and find a link to this page.

Trying to drop or add a class on Student Planning after the Registration Deadline?

Friday, September 16, the registration deadline, was the last day students could make changes to their fall 2016 schedules online.

At this stage, if you still need to drop or, in rare cases, add or change a class, prepare yourself to use some 20th century technology:  actual paper forms that require handwritten signatures.  

Here's what to do in some common situations:
  • To add a discussion section or a PE class:  Pick up an Add form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed, and submit it to the Registrar's Office.  (There is no late fee.)
  • To add a full academic course, you must petition to the Committee on Progarms and Academic Standing.  Meet with your class dean ASAP to learn more about the petition process.  (If your request is granted, there is a late fee.)
  • To drop a course: Pick up a Drop form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed (usually by your adviser), and submit it to the Registrar's Office.  The course will be completely removed from your record, but there are no tuition refunds at this point in the semester. The drop deadline is Tuesday, October 11, 4:30 pm.  
  • To change sections of a course: Pick up a section-change form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed, and submit it to the Registrar's Office.
  • To withdraw from a course after October 11 and on or before the Withdrawal Deadline of November 17 Pick up a Withdrawal form at the Registrar's Office, have it signed (usually by your adviser), and submit it to the Registrar's Office.  The course will remain on your transcript, with a "W" where a grade would otherwise be -- you won't earn credit for it, and it won't enter into your GPA.  The withdrawal deadline is Thursday, November 17, 4:30 p.m.
  • To elect the Pass/D/Fail Option:  You will ultimately be able to do this online through Student Planning, but this is not yet available.  Stay tuned for further information.  The Pass/D/Fail deadline is also Thursday, November 17.
Please note:
All students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits.  You will not be permitted to drop a course that causes you to fall below this minimum

Monday, September 19, 2016

Opportunity: Columbia Office of Global Programs Study Abroad Info Sessions

Want to learn more about a specific study abroad program available for Barnard and Columbia students? Check out these upcoming info sessions:

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies Information Session

Date: Thursday, September 22nd
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Core Conference room, 202 Hamilton

Program Highlights:
  • Take advanced coursework in Japanese language at the 3rd, 4th & 5th year levels plus courses in Japanese studies.
  • Participate in a Community Involvement Project – do volunteer work, join a student club, or study a Japanese art with a mentor.
  • Live with a homestay family.
  • KCJS Need-based Scholarships available. Awards vary between $500-$5,000. 
Must have completed at least two years of college-level Japanese for the fall semester, and five semesters for the spring semester, or the equivalent.

Upcoming deadlines:                                           
Spring 2017: October 5
Fall 2017 & Academic Year 2017-18: March 15

For more information: 

Interested but can’t attend? Schedule an appointment to meet with Robin Leephaibul (Robin Leephaibul Advising Calendar) or email her at   

Tropical Biology and Sustainability in Kenya Information Session

In partnership with Princeton, Columbia runs a field semester abroad program in the Spring focusing on ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, environmental engineering, and sustainable development. Based at Princeton's Mpala Research Centre, student also travel to places such as the forested slopes of Mt. Kenya, the wildlife-rich savannas of Laikipia, and the coffee and tea plantations of western Kenya. Courses can be counted toward the E3B and Sustainable Development major/concentration. Come learn more at the information session!

Date: Friday, September 23
Time: 12pm
Place: 1106 Schermerhorn Extension

For more information: 

Interested but can't attend?
Schedule an appointment to meet with Meg Booth (Meg Booth Advising Calendar) or email her at   

Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) Info Session

Date: Friday, September 23
Time: 2pm
Location: 606 Kent Hall (Office of Global Programs & Fellowships)

Studying abroad at the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) offers an incredible opportunity to master German language skills by engaging in intensive academic coursework while integrating into German culture. Students enroll at the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, which hosts a variety of departments including Biology, Economics, Political Science and much more. Students may also consider taking select courses at other universities in Berlin such as the Humboldt.  Berlin’s vibrant nightlife, art scene and fascinating history create an exciting environment to experience life in the new Europe.  The equivalent of at least two years of college- level German is required to apply to the program. Studying in Berlin for the full academic year opens the possibility of arranging full-time internships during the semester break in February and March.  Motivated students, with the help of the program, have arranged many interesting internships over the years in political foundations, government offices, hospitals, opera houses, public relations firms, and schools.

For more information:

Application deadline for Spring 2017: October 15

Interested but can't attend?
Schedule an appointment to meet with Meg Booth (Meg Booth Advising Calender) or email her at   

Columbia in Beijing at Tsinghua University Information Session

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 27th
Time: 3-4pm
Place: 403 Kent Hall

Columbia University in Beijing provides a rare opportunity for advanced students to directly enroll in a broad range of courses at Tsinghua University, one of China's top institutions. 

Students must have completed at least three years of college-level Chinese, preferably more, or the equivalent, and have a firm grasp of reading and writing in Chinese. Students who have completed at least two years of Chinese in heritage tracks (W track at Columbia) may also apply. 

For more information: 
Upcoming deadlines:   Spring 2017: October 14
                                        Fall 2017 & Academic Year 2017-18: March 15

Interested but can’t attend? Schedule an appointment to meet with Robin Leephaibul (Robin Leephaibul Advising Calendar) or email her at   

Completing your Fall 2016 Registration if you missed Friday's deadline

The deadline to receive adviser approval and finalize your fall 2016 registration was Friday, September 16.

If you missed the deadline....

Don't panic!  

That said, you will need to get your adviser's approval ASAP and may be charged progressively increasing late fees if you do not, so:
  1. Print out your fall 2016 Course Plan from Student Planning (write in any classes you meant to add; cross out any classes you meant to remove).
  2. Contact your adviser and ask him/her to sign the printout indicating his/her approval.
  3. Bring this signed paper to the Registrar's office in 107 Milbank
  4. Add "First-Year Deadlines" to your gBear calendar and setup email reminders so you won't miss the next deadline.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Family Weekend October 14-15 -- more info coming soon!

Several of you (and your families) have been asking for more information about the upcoming Family Weekend.

More detailed information should be available online early next week.  In the meantime, FYI programming will begin with registration on Friday morning, October 14th.  If your family can't make it on Friday, there will be another opportunity for registration on Saturday, October 15th.  There will be a variety of programs for students and families throughout both days.

Your Fall Program: Things to consider if you're thinking of taking more than 18 credits

If your final program has more than 18 credits once the fall semester begins, you will need permission from your Class Dean.  Since the drop deadline is not until October 11, you do not need this permission by the registration deadline today.

Particularly if you are still "shopping," it is okay to finish this week with a few more than 18 credits. If you think you're likely to continue with this courseload, please plan to meet with your class dean in the next couple of weeks, and definitely before the October 11th drop deadline.

In the meantime: ask yourself some questions if you're thinking of taking more than 18 credits:
  • Why does this courseload feel necessary?
  • How many academic classes are included in your schedule?
  • Does your planned schedule include breaks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day?
  • How varied will your workload be?  Are all the classes reading-intensive, or are some based on problem sets or other kinds of work?
  • What extracurricular commitments do you have planned?
  • If it turns out to be too much, what will you drop?
  • Do you have a planner or calendar program to keep track of deadlines and assignments? 
    • Sit down with all of your course syllabi and enter every exam and assignment due date into your calendar.  Are these dates very close together, or are they staggered throughout the semester?  
    • While that calendar is still out, look up the Academic Calendar, and put the registration deadline, drop deadline, W deadline, and P/D/F deadline in your calendar.
  • What kind of finals and final assignments are expected?  Do they seem manageable all together, or will it become too much at the end of the semester?
  • If you're unsure, try out your schedule for a week or so to see how everything feels.  While you're doing this, ask yourself:  
    • Are you using downtime to do homework?  
    • Are you getting enough sleep?  
    • Are you feeling that you have enough mental space to think about what you're learning, or are you always rushing off to the next responsibility?  
    • Do you have time to see friends, talk to family, and participate in whatever extracurricular responsibilities or activities are important to you?
Above all, be honest with yourself. 
If you're feeling pressure to take on more than you think is manageable, meet with your adviser or class dean to discuss how to fulfill requirements and explore your academic interests without feeling overwhelmed. 

Remember:  college is not a contest, and it's not a race.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DEADLINE: Finalize your Fall 2016 course registration by 9:45 p.m. THIS FRIDAY

The deadline to finalize your Fall 2016 course registration is  9:45 p.m. this Friday, September 16.

That means...
  • As of 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14th, you will only be able to add and drop courses online if you have met with your academic adviser and he/she has approved you to register online.  If you are trying to add/drop on Student Planning and get an error message saying "Adviser has not given you approval to register for classes," please contact your adviser ASAP.
  • By 9:45 p.m. this Friday, September 16, your Fall 2016 Course Plan in Student Planning must show, in green (i.e. fully registered)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 taking courses that require registration in discussion sections or labs that have separate course numbers, those additional parts of your program should also appear on your Course Plan, even though they may not carry additional credits.
  • Don't forget to drop any courses or waitlists that you no longer need.
  • If you are unable to add a course that you know that you are in, or if you are unable to drop a course or leave a waitlist for something are not taking, please visit or contact the Registrar's office (107 Milbank, 
    • Remember that a credit for a P.E. course, Dance technique course, or Varsity sport will appear after the registration deadline (if the course is eligible for a point of credit for the P.E. requirement). During the third week of courses, the credit for the class will change from 0 to 1, and your total credits will adjust accordingly as well.
  • Friday, September 16 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 Standing 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.
  • Your adviser does not need to approve your final course selections.  If each of your courses is green, says "Registered," and has a green check, then you do not need to take further action -- you are registered.  
    • You may still drop courses until the Drop Deadline, which is October 11, but you will need an actual paper form to do so.  To drop a course after September 16th, you will need to pick up a drop form from the registrar's office, meet with your adviser for his/her signature, and return the signed form to the registrar's office no later that 4:30 p.m. on October 11.
    **Note about Courseworks**
    Until the registration deadline, your Courseworks page may not look exactly like your myBarnard / Student Planning page because it takes some time for an added class on myBarnard to appear on Courseworks, and it takes some extra time for a dropped class to disappear from Courseworks. But your Courseworks page will catch up with your myBarnard enrollments. The most important thing this week is to make sure that your enrollments are accurate on your myBarnard/Student Planning Fall 2016 page.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Opportunity: SGA First-Year Class Council Elections

    Dear Barnard Class of 2020:

    Barnard’s Student Government Association is excited that the First-Year Class Council Elections are under way. However, there is still time to get involved!

    SGA First-Year Class Council Elections:

    All first-year students are eligible to run for the following positions
    • First-Year Class President
    • Vice President
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    Note: if you are interested in running for First-Year Class President or Vice President, SGA’s Representative Council meets every week on Monday evenings from 8-10PM in the Second Floor Dining Room of The Diana Center. First-Year Class President and Vice President sit on the Representative Council, and therefore must attend every meeting. They must also attend the SGA Retreat from October 7th-8th.

    To run for a position during First-Year Elections you must:
    • Drop in during one of the remaining time frames, for a 10-minute info session at which you will receive information about the open positions and elections process, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions:
      • Tuesday, September 13th | 12:00pm - 2:00pm & 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
      • Wednesday, September 14th | 11:00am - 3:00pm & 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    • Follow the submissions and deadlines of Elections Timeline below. 

    Elections Timeline:

    Thursday, September 15th by 11:59PM: Submit your Intent to Run form, Platform, photo & (optional) flyer to the Elections Commission at

    Friday, September 16th @ 9AM: Confirmation of Candidacy due, Electronic Campaigning Begins.

    Sunday, September 18th @ 4PM: Candidates Forum in Diana LL103. Come support!

    Monday-Friday, September 19th -23rd: Voting on

    Friday, September 23rd by 5PM: Elections results via email.

    All first-year students are eligible to apply for the following by application
    • First-Year Class Representatives 
    • SGA Committee Members. 
    These applications can be found on

    Check out our website ( for more information about SGA. If you have any questions, please contact

    Yours truly,

    SGA Elections Commission

    Sarah Kim, Senior Representative to the Board of Trustees
    Sara Heiny, SGA President
    Sarah Katz, University Senator
    Jessica Reich, Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees
    Prianka Jhaveri, Senior Class President

    Opportunity: Athena Center Leadership Labs

    An invitation from the Athena Center:

    Athena Center Leadership Labs:  Workshops to help you prepare for leadership success in your personal, academic, and professional endeavors—all based on our Athena CORE10©, ten skills and attributes for effective leaders.

    September 26 – October 28

    Visit this site for 10 exciting workshops, FREE and open to all Barnard students:

    Here are a few examples of workshops we are offering:

    • Who is a Social Entrepreneur and How They Will Change the World with Tolu Olubunmi
    • Work Smarter Not Harder with Laura Anne Edwards
    • Resilience in Work and Life: Overcome Obstacles to Your Success with Caroline Ceniza-Levine
    • Feminist Trip to the UN with Dr. Heather Hurwitz

    This year we also have a special Presidential election year workshop on September 26th. Why has it taken us until 2016 to have a woman candidate for President in the US? Come watch this historic presidential debate and join in a dynamic discussion on what it means for women and feminists, and the impact for women leaders of the next generation.

    Questions? Contact Sarit Abramowicz at