Tuesday, October 17, 2017

NEW Resource: Barnard Spanish Help Room

Are you a Barnard student taking elementary or intermediate Spanish at Barnard or Columbia?

We'd like to introduce you to the NEW Barnard Spanish Help RoomThe Spanish Help Room meets in Altschul 303:
  • Sundays 7-9 pm
  • Mondays 7-9 pm
  • Tuesdays 7-9 pm
  • Wednesdays 7-9 pm
Brought to you by the Dean of Studies Office and the Barnard Department of Spanish & Latin American Cultures, this is a brand-new place on campus for drop-in help by and for Barnard students to support study of:
  • Elementary Spanish I
  • Elementary Spanish II
  • Intermediate Spanish I
  • Intermediate Spanish II
Bring your notes!
Bring your textbooks!
Bring your questions!
Bring your friends!

Monday, October 16, 2017

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Opportunity: Barnard Law Week

Considering law school?  Want to learn more, meet other people, get advice, and explore this interes further?

Then check out this week of helpful workshops!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Need Help with Data? Try the Empirical Reasoning Center

What is Empirical Reasoning?
Empirical reasoning is the process of thinking critically about organizing, analyzing, and visualizing qualitative, quantitative, and/or geospatial data.

The Empirical Reasoning Center Provides:
  • Training & Technical Assistance 
    • The ERC offers training for statistical analysis, textual analysis, and geographical information systems software. We support both Macs and PCs. 
  • Individual Guidance
    • The ERC can help individuals through each step of the research process from basic research design and formulating a hypothesis to data analysis and visualization to interpreting and presenting results. 
  • Classroom Support 
    • The ERC supports courses with supplementary training sessions focusing on using analysis softwares, finding appropriate datasets, and interpreting and understanding the narrative of quantative and qualitative data. 

Vist the ERC during weekly walk-in hours in LeFrak 102 for help on assignments that require you to work with data using Excel, STATA, SPSS, R, Python, MATLAB, GIS Software (ArcGIS, QGIS, CARTO, Social Explorer and more), LaTeX

Hours and specialties of various ERC staff are listed on the ERC website

To get the most out of ERC walk-in hours:
  • If you’re coming for assistance with an assignment, please bring a copy of the assignment as written by your instructor.
  • If you need help with a dataset, please bring the dataset along with you.  You can bring it on a flash drive or email it to yourself.
  • We have computers in the ERC with all of the software we support, so you don’t need to bring your own - but if you want to, that’s fine too!
Visit the ERC website for:
Software Tutorials
Schedule of Upcoming ERC Workshops

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What to do if you missed the Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m. drop deadline

The last day to drop a class and have it completely removed from your transcript was yesterday, Tuesday, Oct. 10.

What if you missed this deadline and still want to remove a class from your schedule?

1. You may still withdraw from a class, meaning it will remain on your transcript with a W (W deadline is Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m.).  Meet with your adviser if you would like to discuss this option.

2. If you have extremely extenuating circumstances that caused you to miss the deadline, meet with your class dean to discuss the possibility of petitioning for a late drop.

What if you want to try not to miss future important deadlines?
1.  Add First-Year Deadlines to your gBear Calendar and use the recommended reminder settings.

2.  Check the FY Blog a couple of times a week.  And/or sign up to get a daily digest of FY Blog posts right in your inbox!  Just enter your email address in the "Follow this blog" box on the FY Blog to get a daily digest of  FY Blog posts.

3.  Follow Class of 2021 Facebook page and/or @BCFirstYear Twitter.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

REPOST: How to Drop a Course Before October 10th

Now that the registration period is closed, you may be wondering if it’s still possible to drop a course. October 10th is the last day to drop a class without receiving a “W” on your transcript for the course (W standing for “withdrawal,” meaning you dropped the course after the deadline). 

If you still want to drop a class, you cannot do it online. To drop a class at this point, you need to pick up a drop course form from the Registrar’s Office and make an appointment with your adviser to discuss your schedule change. It’s recommended that you make an appointment with your adviser as soon as possible to ensure that you can meet before the drop deadline. Only your adviser’s signature is required for the drop course form; a dean’s signature is not necessary. Once you meet with your adviser and they sign your form, you'll need to return the form to the Registrar's Office.

You can only drop a course if it will not bring you below 12 credits this semester. If you feel that you have extremely extenuating circumstance, please contact your class dean ASAP to discuss your options.

While you cannot add courses to your schedule at this point, it may still be possible to change levels within a subject. For example, if you’re currently enrolled in Calculus III and need to drop down to Calculus I, it’s possible to switch as long as the professors of both courses and your adviser approve the change. If you wish to change courses within a subject, contact your adviser and professors ASAP.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Advice from Primary Care Health Service: Staying well & getting well in college

A message from the Director of Primary Care Health Service:

Hi Everyone-

Welcome to Barnard!  After your first month in college, I hope you are settling in-meeting new friends, becoming familiar with the campus, being challenged in your classes.  Many of you may have found out already on how easily it is to "catch a cold" or get sick while living in such close proximity to many other college students.  While it is common for people to get sick when a large number of people from all different environments live in close quarters, there are a number of preventative measures you can take to keep germs at bay. 

Here are a few to keep you as healthy as possible.

  1. Wash your hands often-especially before eating, after using the bathroom and  after getting off the subway
  2. Get 7 to 8 hours a sleep at night and try to stick to a sleep schedule of going to bed and waking up around the same time.  It cannot be overemphasized that sleep enhances brain functioning, physical health and general overall well being.
  3. Wash your bed sheets with hot water at the minimum every two weeks to limit germs.
  4. Wash all glass, cups, plates, and utensils with hot water and try not to share them.  
  5. Get your flu vaccine.  You can get it anytime Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Primary Care Health Service (PCHS) in the lower level of Brooks Hall.  It is free for those of you who have our health insurance-Aetna Student Health.  If you have another insurance plan, the vaccine is $20 and may be reimbursable by your insurance.  
  6. If you do feel that you are coming down with something, rest.  This is the first line of defense to strengthen your body.
  7. All students can be seen at the Primary Care Health Service-regardless if you have our health insurance plan or your family's.  Visits are free.  There may be charges for medications. We have walk in hours from 9:00 to 11:30 every morning and we can provide documentation that you were seen if you need that for class.

Here is a list of medical supplies and over the counter medications that  you should keep in your room:

  1. Topical Antibiotic ointment-Neosporin, Bactracin
  2. Band Aids
  3. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  4. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for headaches, body aches, cramps, throat pain or if  you feel that you may have a temperature
  5. A digital thermometer-they are $10 or less in any pharmacy
  6. An ice pack that you can re-use.
  7. Airborne/Emergen-C to drink if you feel cold symptoms coming on.  
  8. Your preferred Cold medication-for example Day Quil, Ny Quil.  

Here's to a happy and healthy year and please do not hesitate to come see us at PCHS if you are feeling sick.

UPDATED Resource: Economics Help Room

The Economics department is happy to announce that the Economics Help Room (EHR) is opening for the semester on Monday, October 2, 2017.

The EHR is located in 117 Barnard Hall. The hours (all in the evening) are:

  • *NEW* Sundays 7 to 9 pm
  • Mondays 7 to 9 pm
  • Tuesdays 7 to 9 pm
  • Wednesdays 7 to 9 pm.
As of now we don't have enough tutors to staff the EHR on Sundays. We will keep you updated if and when that changes!

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:


or just go to the Economics department home page, and find a link to this page.

PE and Dance credit reminder

Several of you have been asking about PE and Dance credits.  Here is some helpful info/reminders:

How many credits are PE and Dance classes? 
If you are a first-year student taking PE or Dance to fulfill your PE requirement, your PE or Dance class is worth 1 credit.  The registrar updated these during the third week of classes, but there may have been a few technical issues that are being addressed ASAP.  If you still have a 0-credit Dance or PE class on your schedule, you may wish to go to the Registrar's office in 107 Milbank and ask if you need to fill out a form or do anything else.

What if I'm playing a Varsity Sport? What does that count for, and how can I get credit?
Satisfactory participation on a Varsity athletic team during the fall or spring semester will fulfill the one-semester Physical Education requirement and will earn you 1 credit. If your place on a Varsity athletic team has been confirmed, then you should be registered for the course connected to your Varsity team to your fall schedule on Student Planning (Search the Catalog there for PHED-UN1005 INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS, and pick the sport you're playing from among the available sections).  If you have not yet registered for your Varsity sport, it is not too late, but you will need to petition for a "late add."  Meet with your class dean to discuss the petition process.  

Monday, October 2, 2017

UPDATED Resource: Barnard Computer Science Help Room

The wait is over!
The Barnard Computer Science Help Room is now open!

Milbank 333B
*NEW* Mondays 5-7 p.m.
Tuesdays 1-2 p.m. & 3-5 p.m.
Thursdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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

Opportunity: FREE Public Policy and Leadership Conference

Are you an undergraduate student in your first or second year?
Are you passionate about public service and being a voice for your community?
Are you committed to changing the world?

If so, consider applying to the annual Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) at Harvard University, held February 8-11, 2018. Applications are due Wednesday, November 8.

Harvard Kennedy School hosts the PPLC every February to inspire talented and driven first- and second-year undergraduate students like you to pursue careers in public policy and become future leaders in:
  • Federal, state or local governments
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Nonprofits
  • Intergovernmental organizations
  • International institutions
  • Social enterprises

At the PPLC, you will have the chance to experience what it’s like to study public policy in a graduate school environment. The conference is FREE, and you will also find out about possible fellowship and scholarship opportunities that could help fund your graduate studies.

As a PPLC participant, all of your travel costs, accommodations and meals are paid for by the Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion.

Application and Eligibility
Our 2018 PPLC application requires you to submit the following:
  • Your online application
  • Your resumeA personal statement essay
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Your undergraduate academic transcript, which may be unofficial. If you are a first-year student, please submit your high school transcript.
Applications are due Wednesday, November 8.

Applying to the PPLC is competitive. To be considered, you must:
  • Be a first- or second-year undergraduate student enrolled at a two- or four-year U.S. institution
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient
  • Have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or above
  • Demonstrate an abiding commitment to public service through activism, student leadership positions, civic participation at school or in your community or as a volunteer. Include these details in your resume and personal statement essay.
PPLC alumni have written about their experiences at this life-changing conference. Read their stories. Yours could be among them. Apply.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Reminder: VOTE for First-Year Class President & Vice President before noon TODAY

Just a few hours left to vote for First Year President and Vice President!!! Voting polls close TODAY at NOON, and can be accessed through the MyBarnard portal, by clicking the "Campus Life" and then the "On Campus" tabs. If you have any difficulty finding the voting portal, feel free to reach out to sgaelections@barnard.edu. Results will be announced via email by 5:00pm TODAY.

Be an informed voter! For more information on the 6 Presidential, and 4 Vice Presidential candidates, check out this link: https://tinyurl.com/qa9qyv7

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Opportunity: Extended Barnard Reach Out (EBRO)

The New York City Civic Engagement Program (NYCCEP) is now accepting applicants for Extended Barnard Reach Out (EBRO)!
Extended Barnard Reach Out is a weekly program for first years and transfer students. You'll learn about major social justice issues facing our world today, and will have the chance to not only engage with experts working on these issues but will also test out ways you can make an impact too!
The application is due by Friday, September 29th at midnight

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Opportunity: Cicero Speech Contest

Want to demonstrate your public speaking skills to the Barnard community? Have an issue you're passionate about and wish more people understood? Then sign up for the 2017 Cicero Speech Contest! Winners will be awarded CASH prizes!

Sign up by Monday, October 2nd at 11:59PM to compete in ONE of two categories:
  1. Persuasive Advocacy Speech (5 minutes, prepared in advance, with a proposal and a call to action; all participants will have the opportunity to meet with a Speaking Fellow for a one-hour conference prior to the contest)
  2. Impromptu Speech (3 minutes, created on the spot, based on prompt given 30 min. before speech).

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 18th at 6 PM in Sulzberger Parlor (Barnard Hall, 3rd floor) and will be opened this year by President Sian Beilock! For more detailed descriptions of each category and general guidelines, please visit: www.barnard.edu/speaking/events.
Sign-up form also available here.

Questions? Email speaking@barnard.edu.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Opportunity: Bio 1500s Workshop

Looking for a chance to review material for BIOL BC1500 Intro to Organismal & Evolutionary Biology?

Want to go over this content in an interactive way with some friendly upper-class students who took this same course?

The Biology 1500 Workshop (formerly known as help room) is here for you!

Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays
-- first meeting this Sunday 9/24/17!
7:30-9 p.m.
Altschul 530

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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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. - 4 p.m.

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

Please do NOT click the link if you've received an email that looks like this:

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.

What to do if you missed the Registration/Adviser Approval Deadline (was Friday, 9/15/17)

What to do in some common scenarios:

1.  If you have fully registered (green) for all fall 2017 classes but have not secured your adviser's approval of your final course selections, contact your adviser ASAP to schedule a meeting to discuss your schedule.  Your adviser will be able to click "Review Complete" to approve your schedule during the meeting.  Late fees may apply

2.  If you have not registered for a class or classes that you are taking this semester, you may need to petition for a "late add," and late fees may apply.  Visit your class dean ASAP to discuss.

3.  If you need to drop a class, don't worry!  It's not too late at all!  The deadline to drop a class and have it fully removed from your record is October 10.

Just don't forget that, in order to drop a class by this deadline, you will need to get an actual paper form from the Registrar, obtain your adviser's signature, and return the form to the Registrar, all before 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 10. 

It's also never too late to add First-Year Deadlines to your gBear Calendar and set up reminders so you never miss another deadline!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

DEADLINE REMINDER: Registration & adviser approval needed by 9:45 p.m. THIS FRIDAY, 9/15/17

By 9:45 p.m. this Friday, September 15:

1.  Your Fall 2017 Course Plan in myBarnard/Student Planning must show, in green (i.e. fully registered)all courses that you are taking this semester, including any PE, Dance technique, Varsity sport, or rehearsal/performance course for which you will earn credit this semester. 

2.  Your adviser must approve your course schedule by clicking "Review Complete" in myBarnard/Student Planning.  Ideally, they will do this during an advising meeting with you.  If there are extenuating circumstances making it impossible for you and your adviser to meet until next week, your adviser may click Review Complete upon confirming an appointment day/time with you for next week.  Need advice/approval and can't reach your adviser?  Visit us in the Dean of Studies office!

Don't forget to drop any classes or waitlists that you no longer need.

If you are unable to add a course that you know that you're in, or if you are unable to drop a course or leave a waitlist for something you're not taking, please visit or contact the Registrar's office (107 Milbank, registrar@barnard.edu).

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 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 15 is the last day 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 (contact your class dean if you need info about this), and a late fee may be charged.

You may still drop courses until the Drop Deadline, which is October 10, but you will need an actual paper form to do so.  To drop a course after September 15th, 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 10.

**Note about Courseworks/Canvas**
Until the registration deadline, your CourseworksCanvas 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. Courseworks will catch up eventually. The most important thing is to make sure that your enrollments are accurate on your myBarnard/Student Planning Fall 2017 page.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Barnard Bearings

Our friends in Student Life want to help you get your bearings (Get it? BEARings...)as you navigate the first-year transition.  See below for an invitation to some great upcoming programs!

Join for Barnard Bearings events throughout the first half of the semester. Barnard Bearings is a new initiative focusing on the college transition and acclimation process for first-year students. Come learn about time saving habits and techniques, meet new people, become a budgeting bear, and help ensure you have the best transition possible! We will have giveaways at all events!