Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Snow day! FY Dean will have additional walk-in hours THURSDAY for those with time-sensitive Qs

Barnard is closed on Wednesday, March 21st due to inclement weather.  Because we know you may have time-sensitive questions, the First-Year Dean will hold extra walk-in hours on Thursday, March 22 (assuming the college will be open then), as follows:

FY Dean Walk-In Hours Thursday, March 22nd:
12-1 p.m.
4-5 p.m.

You may also make an appointment via https://barnard.edu/dos/about/deans

Opportunity: lecture & workshop with disability justice and queer activist Eli Clare,

Student Life and Barnard SGA are honored to bring writer and disability justice and queer activist Eli Clare, who will be on campus March 21 & 22 for a lecture and workshop. This program is co-sponsored by Barnard Student Life, Barnard SGA, Barnard Council for Diversity and Inclusion, BCRW, Sociology, and GendeRev. 

Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend. However, due to limited space, we encourage folks to register using the links below.

Lecture: Gawking, Gaping, Staring: Living in Marked Bodies
Wednesday, March 21, 8pm, Ella Weed, 223 Milbank

Description: Disabled people, trans people, fat people, and people of color all know what it's like to be stared at. Through words and images, Eli explores the internal experiences of living in marked bodies and the external meanings of oppression and bodily difference.

Workshop:  Moving Beyond Pity & Inspiration: Disability as a Social Justice Issue

Thursday, March 22, 2pm, Mehler Parlor, Elliot Hall

Description: Many people, both on college campuses and in the non-profit world, frequently interact with disabled people but with little awareness of disability as an issue of cultural competency and social justice. Often the major disability issues faced by disabled people are not about health but about disability-based marginalization and discrimination, which in turn impact access to education, employment, housing, and social services. Participants will leave this training with tools to create more disability access in their work places and communities.
Moving Beyond Pity: Workshop RSVP

Invitation: Bold, Beautiful, Black @ Barnard March 26-28

An Invitation from Student Government Association of Barnard College - SGA &Barnard SGA Committee on Inclusion and Equity:

Bold, Beautiful, Black @ Barnard is a three-day event from March 26-28, 2018 aimed at uplifting and celebrating the black population of Barnard College. All members of the Barnard and Columbia communities are welcome to attend!

Check out the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/216714005573972/
Follow our event: http://instagram.com/bbb_at_barnard
Bold - Monday, March 26, 2018

Bold, Beautiful, Black at Barnard Kickoff
11:00 AM-2:00 PM, Diana Center Lobby
We will kick off our event with a table in the Diana Center lobby, where we will release a zine and give out goodies with Well Woman.

Open Mic Night: Queer Narratives
7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Liz's Place
An open mic night to celebrate and engage in queer narratives on campus.
Beautiful - Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Keynote: Where Do We Go? A Reflection on the Past of Black Students and the Future*
6:00 PM-7:30 PM, James Room, Barnard Hall
This panel will highlight the experiences of five Black alumnae, one from each decade since 1970; Frances Sadler '72, Cynthia (Cindy) Groomes Katz '86, Binta Brown '95, Cindy Similien-Johnson '07, and Jada Hawkins '16. This panel will be moderated by Poetess Gladlyn Innocent. This event requires a ticket; therefore, RSVP for this event via the Eventbrite link below.


Activist Tribute
7:30 PM-8:00 PM, Barnard Library
After the keynote, there will be a brief tribute to the activism within Black communities from Black womxn and non-binary people. Participants can create zines, and we will be giving away free Caribbean Students Association gala tickets!
Black - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Relaxation Station
11:00 AM-2:00 PM, Diana Center Lobby
SGA's equity committee will be tabling and giving away free coloring books, teas, and other goodies.

Blasian Narratives Screening (Co-Sponsored by AAA)
7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Milbank 302
We will be screening a documentary highlighting the blasian experience, to be Black and Asian. A discussion will happen afterward and there will be a giveaway of surprise goodies.

*Requires ticketed admission.

Advising Period for Fall 2018 registration: April 2-13 (Registration is April 16-20)

Don't delay -- contact your adviser today!

Advising Period:  April 2-13th
All students who want to register for fall 2017 classes need to meet with their academic adviser sometime between Monday, April 2nd and their first online registration appointment.  

As rising sophomores (!), your appointment times will begin on Wednesday, April 18th, so if you can't fit in an appointment during the designated advising period, you can have your advising meeting Monday or Tuesday of the week of April 16th if needed

*NOTE, if you or your adviser observes Passover: please be particularly sure to plan ahead to avoid scheduling conflicts.

You may begin "planning" courses beginning April 2nd -- that's when you'll see the "Fall 2018" page in Student Planning.  Be sure to also look in the Columbia Directory of Classes for full course descriptions, prerequisites, and special registration procedures. 

Your goal should be to have to have all the courses you hope to take (and a couple of "Plan B" options) in the "planned" (yellow) stage before your registration time on April 18th, so all you have to do then is click the "register all" button.

At your advising meeting, plan to discuss:
  • how the semester is going
  • any difficulties you may be having
  • what classes you're enjoying
  • what requirements you want/need to prioritize
  • questions you have about current and future coursework, majors, research opportunities, etc.
  • classes you're considering for fall 2018
  • At the end of the meeting, your adviser will "unlock" your ability to register -- be sure to ask them to do this if they don't remember

Next up:

Registration Period: April 16-20
You may begin registering online at your first assigned registration time (for rising sophomores, these begin Wednesday, April 18), as long as you have (1) met with your adviser and (2) secured their approval by then.

See myBarnard in the coming weeks for your registration time -- if no times are listed, they aren't available yet; check back soon.

See the Student Planning Videos & Guide on myBarnard if you need a refresher on how to plan, get adviser approval, and register for courses.

Deadline to Withdraw from a Class (requires signature!) -- THURSDAY , 4:30 p.m.

The deadline to withdraw from a course is Thursday 3/22 at 4:30 p.m. You need your adviser's signature on a withdrawal form in order to withdraw from a course.

To withdraw from a course:
  1. Make an appointment to meet with your adviser.
  2. Pick up a withdrawal form (same as the drop form) from the Registrar's office (107 Milbank), Complete the form, meet with your adviser to discuss and obtain their signature.
  3. Submit the signed form to the Registrar's office before they close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16. 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 complete at least 12 points of credit per semester; if you have extenuating circumstances and believe you need to drop below 12 credits by withdrawing from a course, you must see the Office of Disability Services 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 http://barnard.edu/dos/academic-support.


I tried to withdraw from a class by clicking "drop" on Student Planning, but nothing happened!
A:  See directions above -- you must meet with an adviser and submit an actual paper form (welcome to the 20th Century!) to the Registrar's office.

I'm confused by the form! Do I need an instructor signature? What's a call number and where do I find it?
A: See this annotated form:

I withdrew from a course following the proper procedures, but it is still on my schedule and timeline in Student Planning
A:  Don't worry!  A student will not see the W (which is a final grade) until grades are in for this semester.  But if the course is gone from Courseworks, you have successfully withdrawn from it.

I want to withdraw from something that will mean I have fewer than 12 credits. Can a dean sign my form to let me?
All students are expected to complete at least 12 credits per semester; if you have extenuating circumstances and believe you need to drop below 12 credits by withdrawing from a course, you must see the Office of Disability Services for special permission, which is given only under extraordinary circumstances.

REPOST: How to Elect the Pass/D/Fail Option on or before the March 22 deadline.

Instead of taking a course for a letter grade, students can elect to Pass/D/Fail a course. If students chose this option, a course will show up on their transcript with a P (if they received a grade of A+ to C-), a D (if they received a D), or a F (if they failed the class).

Rules to know:
  • Students can Pass/D/Fail any class except First Year Writing, First Year Seminar, classes for their major, or classes for their minor (if applicable). 
  • A course taken Pass/D/Fail can still fulfill Foundations general education requirements. 
  • You still receive credit for P/D/F courses, but grades of P don't figure into your GPA.
  • Students are allowed to elect the Pass/D/Fail option for a maximum of 23 credits. 
    • NOTE: even if you later uncover a grade of P, it willstill count toward this 23-credit maximum.
  • P/D/F does not require adviser approval, but it's always a good idea to discuss this choice with an adviser or a dean.
To change a class from letter-graded to Pass/D/Fail, click the “Pass/D/Fail Option” under the Academic Planning tab in myBarnard.

Pro Tip: Use a browser other than Safari to avoid technical difficulties.

If you're using a browser other than Safari and still having technical difficulties, please visit the Registrar's window at 107 Milbank during their 9:30-4:30 open hours on or before Thursday's deadline

From there, you’ll be taken to a page where you’ll have the option to select a course you’d like to take Pass/D/Fail. The deadline to elect to Pass/D/Fail a class can be found in the Barnard Academic Calendar.


Once you have selected the course you would take to take Pass/D/Fail, click the submit button at the bottom of the page. From the time that Pass/D/Fail is open until the deadline, you may chose to invoke or revoke the Pass/D/Fail options as many times as you like. Once the deadline passes, whichever Pass/D/Fail option you have selected cannot be changed.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Not too late to request a FREE peer tutor

Are you taking math, science, computer science, foreign language, music theory, symbolic logic -- basically, any more-homework-than-paper-writing-based class?

Are you going to office hours, help rooms, working with a study group, etc. but still wishing you had some more individualized and consistent support?

Peer-to-Peer Learning is here to help!

For large-group or drop-in help:
See earlier blog post or our website for the Peer-Led help and workshop rooms on campus -- these are great resources for drop-in assistance, or in some cases structured review.

For more individualized, weekly, regular peer support: 
Schedule a meeting to see if individual/small-group tutoring may be right for you!  Small-group tutoring:
  • Is free for Barnard students!
  • Matches 1-3 Barnard students, who are taking the same class with the same instructor, with a peer tutor who is a fellow Barnard student who has taken this class or the equivalent. 
  • Requires a 2-hour-a-week time commitment: you, your tutor, and fellow group members will agree up on a regular weekly time or times, and you all commit to attend regularly.
  • Has the same expectation of academic honesty as the rest of the college -- if you're ever in doubt about the boundaries of allowable collaboration for a particular class, be sure to check with your instructor or ask the Honor Board.
  • Is subject to availability. We make every effort to match all students who request tutors (and are constantly seeking to hire additional tutors!), but we are not always able to accommodate all requests.

For additional support (in all classes, and particularly those where tutors may not be available), please also keep in mind:
Want to apply to be a tutor?  It's never too late -- we are always looking for more tutors!
See past blog post for more info and how to apply. 

Resource Reminder: Workshop/Help Rooms for drop-in peer support

Check out one of these Workshop/Help Rooms!

Biology 1500s Workshop
805 Altschul
  • Sundays*, Mondays*, and Wednesdays*
  • 7:30-9 p.m.
***Each evening will cover the most recent lecture material with peer-designed worksheets and peer-led group work to help you practice and internalize new concepts.

Barnard Computer Science Help Room
Milbank 333B

  • Monday 4-6
  • Wednesday 11-12
  • Wednesday 1-3
  • Thursday 12-2

Economics Help Room
The Economics department is happy to announce that the Economics Help Room (EHR) is opening for the semester on Monday, January 29, 2018The EHR is located in 102 Sulzberger Annex.  The hours (all in the evening) are:
  • Sundays  7 to 9 pm
  • Mondays 7 to 9 pm
  • Tuesdays 7 to 9 pm
  • 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 a google sign-in sheet. Please sign in! It is important that we keep this record of use.

You can find updates about the EHR throughout the semester at http://economics.barnard.edu/economics-help-room, or just go to the Economics department home page, and find a link to this page.

Math Help Room
For 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  Calculus IV and Higher Math courses
406 Mathematics Building (at Columbia)
  • Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Organic Chemistry I Help Room
409 Barnard Hall
  • Wednesdays 7-9 p.m.
  • Thursdays 7-9 p.m.

Physics Workshop/Help Room
Altschul 514
  • Mondays 7-9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 7-9 p.m.
Barnard Spanish Help Room
118 Barnard Hall 
  • Sundays 7-9 pm
  • Mondays 7-9 pm
  • Tuesdays 7-9 pm
  • Wednesdays 7-9 pm
For Barnard students taking any of the following Spanish classes at Barnard or Columbia:
  • Elementary Spanish I
  • Elementary Spanish II
  • Intermediate Spanish I
  • Intermediate Spanish II
Columbia 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 – Spring 2018
  • Sunday:           12pm – 4:00pm Room 903 9th Floor School of Social Work Building
  • Monday:          4:00pm – 7:00pm Watson Hall 6th Floor Conference Room 
  • Tuesday:         4:00pm – 6:00pm Watson Hall 6th Floor Conference Room 
  • Wednesday:    4:00pm – 6:00pm Watson Hall 6th Floor Conference Room 
  • Thursday:    4:00pm – 6:00pm Watson Hall 6th Floor Conference Room 
The School of Social Work building is located at 1255 Amsterdam Avenue (between 121st and 122nd street). Watson Hall is located at 612 West 115th Street (between Broadway and Riverside Drive).

Want more personalized peer support? Schedule a meeting to see if individual/small-group tutoring may be right for you!  

Friday, March 16, 2018

Contest Deadline Extended!: Submit an original design for the Barnard Dean of Studies Peer-to-Peer Learning Program Sticker Design Contest!

Barnard’s Peer-to-Peer Learning Program is looking for sticker designs to represent the importance of our tutoring program at Barnard! Peer tutors provide academic and moral support to their fellow students, in subjects ranging from Spanish to chemistry, and we want to make sure that students are aware of this wonderful program offered to them! What better way to advertise than with really cool stickers!

Since this is a student-led program, we want students to be involved in the design process.

Do I have to be involved in the program to submit?

If you would like to submit a design for the sticker contest (and we hope you do!), please adhere to the following guidelines.
  • Your sticker should be an original design; hand-drawn or digital. Please remember that we will need a digital format for printing. If you choose to do a hand-drawn design, please make sure that the quality will have adequate resolution once it is scanned.
  • Sticker size should be a 3" x 3" square. Attached below is a sample of a 3" x 3 square. 
  • The design should include the words "Peer-to-Peer Learning."
  • Please include the website URL: barnard.edu/dos/academic-support
  • Have some type of representation of Barnard. This may be in the form of the Barnard "B," Millie the Bear, etc.
  • Do not include a signature in the design. The winner will be contacted and receive credit for their original design.
  • The deadline for submissions has been extended to SUNDAY, APRIL 1 by midnight. Please send your design to peertopeer@barnard.edu or bring the design in a sealed envelop to 105 Milbank Hall. All submission subjects should read "ATTN: Peer-to-Peer Learning: Sticker Contest." 
We will be selecting up to three winners. Now, wouldn’t it be awesome to leave a lasting legacy at Barnard and see your sticker design proudly displayed on student’s lap top cases and water bottles? We think yes. Not to mention, we have prizes, as modeled by Dean Grabiner!

Job Opportunity: Summer Communication & Office Assistant for Dean of Studies Office

Help the First-Year Dean and others in the Dean of Studies Office in communicating with the entering first-year class about deadlines, registration, curriculum, college life, and more.  Answer phone calls and emails.  Create blog posts, videos, and/or other social media.  Assist with mailings, questionnaires, and other office work as needed.

Job Requirements
- rising sophomore, junior, or senior status
- excellent written and oral communication skills
- ability to handle confidential information with discretion
- familiarity with various social media platforms and/or ability to independently seek out resources to improve knowledge in this area
- ability to balance candor with professionalism and positivity when representing Barnard to others

Application includes:
- Resume
- Coverletter
- Sample blog post

Apply today via BarnardWorks Job ID #7111

Advice needed: your tips for the class of 2022

Remember how the Guide to Your First Year at Barnard College offered helpful tips from the previous class? 

Now you are the experts on the Barnard first-year experience! 

Please help next year’s incoming class by offering them the benefit of your experience. 

What's a piece of advice that helped you acclimate to Barnard’s academic or residential or social worlds? 

What's something you wish you’d known? 

Many of your tips will be selected for the new edition of the Guide.  

To share your wisdom:
  1. Log into myBarnard/gBear.
  2. Click this link: https://goo.gl/forms/kh1XlJvC1xmmuaeM2
  3. Fill it out as many times as you have pieces of advice!* 

*Please note: By entering your full name and submitting the form, you indicate your permission to print your advice, with attribution.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Opportunity: Barnard-faculty-led summer courses, in New Mexico (Anthropology) & Paris (French/Translation Studies)

Barnard College is pleased to offer three faculty-led programs for academic credit in summer 2018.

See individual class websites linked below for full description, application timeline, cost, financial aid, etc., but please especially note:
  • Financial aid is available for eligible Barnard students
  • Translation class in Paris requires prior French classes
  • If student takes both anthropology courses, they will satisfy their entire Foundations science requirement

Application Procedures:
To apply, submit the program application by Friday, March 23, 2018. The application may be emailed to summerstudy@barnard.edu, faxed to 212-280-8797, or hand delivered to the Provost’s Office, located in 110 Milbank Hall.

For current Barnard students, a complete application includes the following:
Students will be notified of the results of their application within two-three weeks of the deadline, and will be required to pay a tuition deposit at that time to hold their place in the program.

Translating Theatre Workshop, Paris, France

Program Description: Barnard’s prestigious Center for Translation Studies is going to Paris! In this four-week program, students will immerse themselves in French culture by attending theater performances and navigating daily life as a Parisian, all while working collaboratively on translating five French plays into English with a foremost practitioner.  Classes will be held in Columbia University’s historic Reid Hall and students have the option of living with a French family or in an apartment in the city.

Academics: “Translating Theatre” is a workshop format course that combines hands-on translation practice (French to English) with discussion of theoretical and dramaturgical issues specific to translating theatre. We begin our work with the observation that all theatre performance is inherently translative in its interpretation of a text, and inversely that the translation of a text is a performative act. From this point, we consider how the linguistic translation of a text intended for performance is shaped by the context of its enactment and reception. We discuss and translate, both collaboratively and individually, from five French-language plays during the workshop session. We will also attend, as a class, new productions of the plays in Paris; these experiences will enrich our exploration of the conditions, possibilities, and limits that performance presents to theatre translation.

Field Methods in Archaeology, New Mexico

Program Description:
“Field Methods in Archaeology” is a 4-week, intensive introduction to the key methods of archaeological fieldwork through participation in an ongoing research program in northern New Mexico. Students live and work in an immersive research setting alongside professional archaeologists, gaining training in survey, excavation, and artifact analysis while also being introduced to larger questions of research design, archaeological interpretation, and the ethical and political complexities of fieldwork. Students are housed in an adobe residence in the center of the beautiful and historic community of Dixon, just one mile from the Rio Grande with a view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and will have daily access to a General Store, Library, Post Office, and Cafe. Fieldwork and field trips during the course provide an opportunity to explore many historically significant sites throughout northern New Mexico. Please also consult the Anthropology Department's Archaeological Field School website for more information.

The 2018 summer field season advances the project’s investigation of 17th, 18th, and 19th century village life among both indigenous and settler colonial communities on the northern frontier of the Spanish empire. Fieldwork will convene in two neighboring areas. The first is the historic plaza of what is today the village of Dixon, NM. While Dixon was officially established as a center of a Spanish land grant in 1725, past research has documented the presence of well-stratified midden (trash) deposits adjacent to the plaza that extend back to the late 17th century. Our goal will be to conduct excavations within this midden area to recover evidence of shifting patterns of Hispano food consumption, craft production, trade, and landscape use during the early colonial period. The second research area is the contemporary tribal reservation of Picuris Pueblo, whose ancestors have been living at the same site for over a millennium. Through a formal collaboration between the Picuris Nation, Barnard College, Southern Methodist University and the University of Arizona, we have been granted permission to undertake pedestrian survey, geophysical survey, and limited subsurface testing on tribal lands to document the extensive system of agricultural fields surrounding the pueblo as well as the many historic camps on the community’s periphery, the latter of which include traces of former visits by Jicarilla Apache traders. These archaeological features are key to understanding the nature and extent of the local economy at Picuris during the colonial era. Comparisons between the remains at Picuris and those at nearby Dixon will permit us to assess the wider nature of inter-community relationships as the residents of colonial New Mexico developed economies around newly introduced domesticates (particularly sheep, goat, cattle, horses, wheat and fruit trees), newly expanded trade networks, and newly transformed landscapes.

Laboratory Methods in Archaeology, New Mexico

Program Description:
“Laboratory Methods in Archaeology” course is a 4-week intensive introduction to the analysis of archaeological artifacts and samples in which we explore how the organic and inorganic remains from archaeological sites can be used to build rigorous claims about the human past. Students live and work in an immersive research setting, examining materials excavated from nearby archaeological sites as well as geological and biological settings examined as part of the course. Specialized laboratory modules focus on the analysis of animal bone, botanical remains, ceramics, and chipped stone artifacts. The course will be held in the midst of the beautiful SMU-in-Taos campus, just south of Taos, New Mexico. Centered on the reconstructed buildings of an 1850s American cantonment, SMU-in-Taos includes a dedicated archaeology laboratory, computer center, library, and a collections facility with hundreds of thousands of excavated objects spanning the past five millennia of Southwestern history. Students will reside on the campus’s campground (with adjacent shower and bathroom facilities), share meals at the campus’s cafeteria, and have access to all campus resources. Please also consult the Anthropology Department's Archaeological Field School website for more information.

The course centers on four primary modules: (1) Chipped Stone analysis, (2) Ceramic analysis, (3) Paleoethnobotany, and (4) Zooarchaeology. In each module, pairs of students are responsible for analyzing a pre-colonial or colonial assemblage of artifacts, previously excavated in the Taos region. Student analyses and lab reports will serve as a permanent record of these assemblages. Each team of two students will compose a 10-page Final Assemblage Report summarizing their analyses in the 4 Module Reports and drawing synthetic conclusions about the site and context in question. During the final afternoon together, each team of two students will present on their findings from throughout the course.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Opportunity: Barnard Noyce Teacher Scholars Summer Internship Program

Dear First-Year and Second-Year Students,

Have you given any thought to your summer plans? Are you interested in exploring STEM education or research during the summer?

If the answer is, “Yes!”, look no further than the Barnard Noyce Teacher Scholars Summer Internship Program.

The summer internships sponsored by the Barnard Noyce Teacher Scholars Program provides a $4,725 stipend and $1,110 housing allotment for first and second-year students to strengthen their knowledge and/or background in a STEM-related field and apply such knowledge to STEM education. Placements are available in a variety of educational research settings or you can secure your own placement.

In the fall, Noyce Summer Scholars present their summer internship experiences.

If you’re interested, you can learn more about the process on our website here or contact Program Coordinator Nicholas Staropoli (nstaropo@barnard.edu). 

Applications can be found on the website and are due by March 23rd.
Enjoy your break!


Enjoy your Spring Break

It's hard to believe that you're almost 3/4 of the way through your first year in college.  The First-Year Blog wishes you a restful and restorative break -- whatever else you're doing, we hope you will also take some time to sleep!

If you're staying on campus, please note that there may be fewer services available to you than when class is in session -- double-check if you're planning on doing something that that thing is in fact happening.

Looking ahead to post-break:  please note two rapidly-approaching deadlines:
  • March 22, 2018 at 4:30 PM -- deadline to withdraw from a class with a W (paper form, signed by adviser, must be turned in to Registrar in 107 Milbank)
  • March 22, 2018 at 11:30 PM -- deadline to elect P/D/F option (via myBarnard)

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Employment/leadership opportunity: mentor entering first-year students as a Peer Academic Leader (PAL)

The Office of the Dean of Studies is excited to invite applications for the Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) program, a mentoring initiative that pairs rising sophomores, juniors and seniors with first-year students.

Selected students will be trained to offer advice and guidance to first-years (think: revealing the best study spaces in Butler, tips on how to find your niche in the campus community) and serve as role models, student leaders, and representatives of the College. The first-year mentees will be a small cohort of students who self-identify as First Generation and/or Low Income.

PALs will be chosen after a selective application and interview process, and will be compensated for their time. PALs must be, and remain, in good academic and disciplinary standing. PALs are expected to commit to being on-campus for both the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters, with no commitment to study abroad, and they will be required to attend ALL training sessions and individual and group meetings. Once trained, PALs will be able to offer academic advising, refer on-campus resources, and share social and college life adjustment strategies to the younger students in their PAL group.

If you are someone who is discreet, respectful, professional, uses good judgment, maintains confidentiality, knows how to get a seat in the library during Reading Week, and wants to serve as a role model for fellow Barnard students to look up to, we encourage you to apply to be a PAL!

Peer Academic Leader Application Application deadline is April 2, 2018. After submission of the application, selected applicants will be contacted for an interview with the selection committee.

Peer Academic Leader Application

Opportunity: Beyond Barnard Spring Break Fellowship Bootcamp

Are you interested in applying for a competitive fellowship and would like to learn more about what it takes to be a strong candidate?  Join Beyond Barnard for their Spring Break Fellowship Boot Camp on March 12, 13, 14, and 15 from 11:30am - 1:00pm, Elliot Hall.  Learn about the various components of applying for a competitive fellowship and participate in all or any of the workshops being offered during spring break that are most applicable to your interests.  Here's the breakdown of workshops:

Monday, March 12:  Identifying Fellowship Opportunities
Tuesday, March 13:  The Elements of a Strong Application
Wednesday, March 14:  Crafting a Personal Statement or Proposal
Thursday, March 15:  Interviewing for Fellowship Opportunities.

If you have any questions, please email beyondbarnard@barnard.edu.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bio, Econ, Orgo, and Spanish Help/Workshop Rooms CANCELED today Wednesday, 3/7/18 due to weather; Physics Workshop moved to internet

Due to the college's weather related 4 p.m. closing, please note that the following Help/Workshop Rooms are CANCELED tonight:

Biology Workshop
Economics Help Room
Organic Chemistry I Help Room
Spanish Help Room

The Physics Workshop will meet tonight via the magic of the internet. Students in PHYS BC2002 Electricity & Magnetism: check your email for info about how to join.  

Stay warm and dry!

First-Year Dean Walk-in Hours Wed 3/7/18 4-5pm CANCELED

Due to weather, the First-Year Dean will not have the walk-in hours previously scheduled for 4-5 p.m. today, Wednesday, February 7.  

If you were planning on coming, please schedule an appointment using this link:  https://barnard.edu/dos/about/deans

Monday, March 5, 2018

Warning/Reminder: email scams, spam, "phishing," and viruses

Several students have reported receiving an email that appears to contain a job offer.  Even if it appears to come from a friend of yours, be skeptical of any such emails!

Some tips to avoid accidentally opening and sharing malicious or fraudulent emails:

Not expecting an attachment? Don't open it -- ask first! Curiosity is understandable but risky.

Already opened it?  Contact Student Computing ASAP for advice and assistance.

Got something that seems too good to be true (job offer, free money, etc.)?  It probably is.

Someone asking you something that seems weird (password, bank account, social security number)?  Be wary of phishing emails that ask you for personal information. 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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Reminder: Open House for students interested in Computer Science major - TODAY, Wed, Feb. 28

Curious about the Computer Science major?
Learn more at this upcoming Open House, WEDNESDAY in the CS Lounge:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How to Elect the Pass/D/Fail Option before the March 22 deadline.

Instead of taking a course for a letter grade, students can elect to Pass/D/Fail a course. If students chose this option, a course will show up on their transcript with a P (if they received a grade of A+ to C-), a D (if they received a D), or a F (if they failed the class). Students can Pass/D/Fail any class except First Year Writing, First Year Seminar, classes for their major, or classes for their minor (if applicable). A course taken Pass/D/Fail can still fulfill Foundations general education requirements. Students are allowed to elect the Pass/D/Fail option for a maximum of 23 credits. This does not require adviser approval, but it's always a good idea to discuss this choice with an adviser or a dean.

To change a class from letter-graded to Pass/D/Fail, click the “Pass/D/Fail Option” under the Academic Planning tab in myBarnard.

Pro Tip: Use a browser other than Safari to avoid technical difficulties.

From there, you’ll be taken to a page where you’ll have the option to select a course you’d like to take Pass/D/Fail. The deadline to elect to Pass/D/Fail a class can be found in the Barnard Academic Calendar.

Once you have selected the course you would take to take Pass/D/Fail, click the submit button at the bottom of the page. From the time that Pass/D/Fail is open until the deadline, you may chose to invoke or revoke the Pass/D/Fail options as many times as you like. Once the deadline passes, whichever Pass/D/Fail option you have selected cannot be changed.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Learn more about majors and departments at Program Planning / Open House meetings

Want to learn more about a possible major?
Curious about a field and not sure where to start?
Want to hear from faculty advisers and fellow students who share your interests?

Attend a Departmental Program Planning Meeting / Open House!

How do I know when and where a department has its meeting?
  1. First, log into myBarnard
  2. Then, click on this link to view a Google Spreadsheet of upcoming meetings (form requires myBarnard login).
  3. Department you're interested in not on the list?  They are being added all the time, so keep checking.  You can also contact a department chair directly to ask if they will be having a meeting and, if not, if they would have time to talk with you about your interest.
As of the date of this post, the following departments have scheduled upcoming meetings:
  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Comparative Literature & Translation Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Science, Environment & Sustainability, Environmental Biology Program Planning Meeting
  • Environmental Science, Environment & Sustainability, Environmental Biology Prospective Majors Meeting
  • French
  • German
  • Human Rights
  • Italian
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Spanish and Latin American Cultures
  • Statistics
  • Theatre
  • Urban Studies

EVEN MORE Writing Fellow Drop-in Hours

Writing Fellows have two exciting drop-in hour announcements for you! They are adding a new, second weekly drop-in hour every Monday in the Diana Center 1st floor lobby from 8-9 PM. That means Writing Fellows will be available every Monday from 7-9 PM for you to drop-by with any writing you'd like to conference about.

Also, they are offering "midterms drop-ins" from Monday, February 26th through Sunday, March 4th. Those will be held in the Writing Center and the schedule will be as follows:

Monday, 2/26 from 3-4 PM; with Ana Lam

Tuesday, 2/27 from 10-11 AM; with Madison Lichak
   from 11AM-12 PM; with Lauren McGary

Wednesday 2/28 from 3-4 PM; with Gabrielle Messner
   from 5-6 PM; with Sylvia Korman

Thursday 3/1 from 11AM-12 PM; with Charlotte Rauner
   from 12-1 PM; with Tina Shan

Friday 3/2 from 1-2 PM; with Lily Kane
   from 3-4 PM; with Claire Burghard
   from 4-5 PM; with Vyoma Sahani

Saturday 3/3 from 9-10 AM; with Samantha Ong

Sunday 3/4 from 4-5 PM; with Vyoma Sahani

Please familiarize yourself with the Fellows' drop-in policies before attending these hours, and feel free to email writing@barnard.edu if you have any questions.

Monday, February 19, 2018

FY Dean Walk-In Hours Tues 2/20, 11:30-12:30 & 4-4:30

Need a last-minute conversation or signature on on a drop form? 

Adviser unavailable?  

Get assistance for quick, time-sensitive stuff with some extra FY Dean Walk-In Hours 
Tuesday 2/20/18

Opportunity: Career Compass: First Steps for First-Years

An invitation from Beyond Barnard:

Dear Barnard First Years, 

As you head into the final third of your First Year (time flies, we know!), it's a moment to start reflecting on your time at Barnard so far. Here at Beyond Barnard, we think this is an opportunity to start thinking concretely about your skills and interests, and to build on your understanding of yourself.

So we're writing to invite you to Career Compass: First Steps for First Years! 

It's a two-part series that will take place Friday, February 23 and Friday, March 2. The sessions are from 1PM-4PM (snacks will be served!), here at Beyond Barnard's headquarters on the Second Floor of Elliott Hall. (REGISTER HERE, SPACE IS LIMITED).
Whether you have a career path or two already in mind, or have no idea what fields might be a good fit for you, or are somewhere in between, these two workshops are for you! Using career assessments and facilitated discussion, you’ll explore four aspects of "career fit": personality, interests, skills and values. You'll also have the chance to meet more of your peers, and connect with our team.

Led by Beyond Barnard’s career advisers, these two hands-on sessions will get you thinking about who you are and how your college experiences -- academics, activities, work, internships, and more -- can help shape your career possibilities. You'll also have opportunities to ask questions about Beyond Barnard's resources, and about how to make the most of them throughout your college career and as alumnae.

Don't hesitate to ask any questions at beyondbarnard@barnard.edu. We are excited to hear from you and look forward to seeing you soon.

Opportunity: Grammar Workshops continue THIS WEEK

The Writing Fellows are pleased to announce the start of their annual Grammar Workshop SeriesThis series will serve as a creative laboratory where students will review grammar basics, experiment with grammar rules, seek personalized grammar counsel and gain self-awareness of their own stylistic habits---all toward the goal of becoming more effective writers. Each workshop will include playful, imaginative writing exercises that will help students re-engage the serious work of academic writing with greater clarity and control.

The workshop dates, times & topics are listed below. Please RSVP to writing@barnard.edu if you plan on attending!

**THIS WEEK** #2 Powerful Punctuation | Friday, 2/23 | 10:30-11:30 AM | Milbank 324
The history of punctuation is the history of a culture’s development from oral to written. We don’t need punctuation to understand someone’s speech, but we do need it if we want to make sense of that speech once it’s been written down. In the texts we read and write today, periods, commas, dashes, semicolons, colons, parentheses (and more) help us parse the meaning of what might otherwise be a confusing string of words. (Believe it or not, legal decisions have actually hinged on the presence or absence of a comma!) This workshop will sharpen the tools in your punctuation toolbox, equipping you to firmly suture clauses together, briskly chop others up, and lead all of your sentences to meaningful conclusions.

#3 Trailblazing Transitions | Friday, 3/2 | 10:30-11:30 AM  | Milbank 324
Do your thoughts arch gracefully or swerve precipitously from one sentence to the next? Are your juxtapositions, comparisons, contrasts, and conclusions able to carry the load? Or are you leaving your reader with only a gaping chasm between the thoughts in one sentence and those in the next? Transitional words, phrases, and sentences are the bridges that carry our thinking from one sentence to the next, transferring the freight of our argument from one statement to another and allowing our readers to follow our train of thought without faltering. In this workshop, we’ll examine the architecture of a wide variety of transitions, from serviceable foot bridges to grand suspension bridges — not to mention the all but invisible connections created through juxtaposition. With these models in mind, we’ll practice laying down ready-made transitions as well as building our own.

#4 Special Topics for ESL Students | Friday, 3/30 | 10:30-11:30 AM | Milbank 324
When to use the? When to use a? When to use neither the nor a? Does one say in Barnard or at Barnard? Does one research on a topic or just research a topic? Articles and prepositions are those tiny but telling details of the English language that can trip up just about anyone who’s not a native speaker. (And even native speakers stumble over them from time to time.) This workshop will introduce you to resources and ways to think about articles (the and a) and prepositions (on, in, off, at, by, to, over, through, etc.) that you can lean on as you write and revise.

#5 Incredible Quoting | Friday, 4/6  | 10:30-11:30 AM | Milbank 324
Think of the quotations in your paper like precious cargo: having been carefully chosen, they must now be handled with care. Situated in just the right place in a paragraph, and cushioned by a strategic arrangement of your own words, a quotation adds credibility to a writer’s assertions and reveals the texture of the text you’re analyzing. But dropped willy nilly into your writing, without regard for the sentences surrounding it, a quotation’s value decreases rapidly. In this workshop, we’ll examine how skillful writers pluck lines from other texts and integrate them into the syntax of their own sentences. We’ll then practice different ways of introducing and integrating quotations into our own writing, from deciding on the best quoting verb to finding the right rhythm.

#6 Breaking the rules | Friday, 4/13 | 10:30-11:30 AM | Milbank 324
Avoid using the passive voice. Never end a sentence with a preposition. Never begin a sentence with “but” or “and.” “They” refers only to a plural subject. Sentence fragments are bad. Chances are you’ve heard all or some of these usage rules during your time in school. So what’s the story behind them, and when can breaking these rules actually be rhetorically effective? In this workshop, we’ll consider these supposed usage taboos and any others you’re wondering about. Once you understand the story behind them, you’ll be able to decide when you want to follow them to the letter and when you want to deviate meaningfully from them.