Monday, May 12, 2014





Hey Barnard Women! Here is some info on University Commencement, which is the Wednesday following Barnard Commencement:

Commencement Week is just days away! Below are some final updates that we would like to make you aware of as we get into the homestretch of the planning season.
Tickets and DistributionRegistration has now been hard closed as of 5:00pm on Friday, May 9. NOTE: If you selected that your registration close earlier, you can disregard this message.
By now, you should have received updated reports of all of your students’ registration for your final records (electronic tickets) or distribution (hard printed tickets): registered students with guest tickets, registered students that did not request guest tickets, and students that have not registered to attend the Commencement ceremony and request guest tickets.
If you are a school that selected electronic tickets, these reports are just for your records should you get questions from your students. If you are a school that selected hard printed tickets, these reports give you a tool to track those students who may or may not have needed tickets, and to make sure that your students on the list have either picked up their tickets or are scheduled to via your distribution.
If there are any additional special cases where a student became eligible after the May 9 deadline, and is requesting guest tickets, please let us know by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 14. We will do a final distribution before May 16, as supplies allow.
If you chose hard tickets and you have completed your ticket distribution, please return any unclaimed tickets to the Commencement Office at your earliest convenience.
There have been some instances of students trying to sell tickets to their friends and classmates, so please make sure that your students are aware of the language below:
The selling or buying of University Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited. Please be cautious of offers to buy Commencement tickets. Tickets hold no official resale value and may be an unauthorized copy, therefore deemed unusable and denied entry to the ceremony on University Commencement day. Commencement tickets are solely for the purpose of allowing the friends and relatives of graduating students to attend the ceremony. All unwanted tickets should be returned to the respective school if a graduate or guest(s) no longer plan to attend University Commencement.
Commencement Day Logistics for Guests and GraduatesGraduates
As has been the case in past years, graduates do not need a ticket to gain access to upper campus for the line-up of the procession on Commencement morning. We ask that each student bring their CUID and be dressed in their academic regalia. If a student has lost their ID or their ID is no longer valid since they graduated in the fall, please advise your students that they should be dressed in academic regalia and bring with them either their registration confirmation emailor a letter on your school letterhead indicating that they are eligible to participate in the ceremony.
As Commencement is held rain or shine, we strongly advise that you communicate to your students that they should come prepared for any type of weather. If you provide ponchos to your students for your class day ceremonies, please remind them to bring those with them on Commencement Day if the weather forecast suggests rain.
Finally, please remind your students that they should distribute their guest tickets (electronic or hard printed tickets) to their friends and family beforeCommencement Day. Graduates and guests enter through different locations of campus that morning; therefore, it is incredibly difficult to coordinate getting last-minute tickets from graduates to guests.
GuestsSimilar to the above, please remind your students that all guests must have a ticket in order to enter the following gates for the ceremony:
-          114th Street gates (between Broadway and Amsterdam) for the general admission seating outdoors.
-          115th Street and/or 116th Street and Amsterdam gates for guests with disabilities, limited mobility, the elderly needing assistance, or those needing sign language interpretation for the general admission seating outdoors.
-          The Levien Gymnasium entrance of the Northwest Corner Building (at 120th Street and Broadway) for the general admission seating indoors. This venue and entrance is full accessible.
PLEASE NOTE: On Commencement morning, guests will not be allowed admittance to the ceremony unless they possess a general admission ticket. These tickets will be scanned and/or collected upon entry. Tickets allow entrance to the outdoor viewing area on Morningside Campus and the indoor viewing area in Levien Gymnasium on Commencement Day, however they do not guarantee a seat. Seats are on a first come first served basis, they are unassigned, and cannot be reserved. We strongly encourage guests to arrive early to ensure they find seats. Should seating reach capacity in either location, guests will be directed to the alternate location. Guests should also be made aware that tickets cannot be shared. If the ticket was already scanned, it will be invalid and will not allow admittance to the second party using it. In addition, the selling of tickets is strictly prohibited.
Once guests enter campus and find their seats, exiting campus will be allowed. However, all exits are final and re-entry will not be granted. There will be plenty of port-o-sans available for restroom use and Café 212 will be open inside Lerner Hall should guests need a refreshment.
Finally, guests are strongly discouraged from bringing large bags, purses, and backpacks with them to the Commencement ceremony. All bags are subject to search, which will inevitably slow down the general admission lines and create frustration amongst the guests.
We will make sure to communicate this language as well, but wanted you to have on hand to ensure students had the appropriate information to give to their guests. On Friday, May 16, we will also be sending an email to all graduating degree candidates regarding the information above, as a friendly reminder.
Volunteers Even though we are just one week away, we are still looking for Event Host volunteers for Class Day ceremonies on the South Lawn and University Commencement, Marshals for University Commencement, and Low Library volunteers. Please pass along the word that if colleagues in your school or department are interested in volunteering for the fun week of ceremonies, they should visit the links below to complete the volunteer forms.
Event Hosts provide guest services to the graduates, families, and friends attending University Commencement and the school ceremonies held on the South Lawns.
Marshals guide our academic and degree candidate processions at University Commencement.
Low Library Volunteers (contact Jessica Cragnolin at jc3714@columbia.edu)
Graduating Student Newsletter
The April/May Issue (our final issue) of our Graduating Student Newsletter had been sent to the relevant graduating students in late April. Below is a link to a copy of this final newsletter for your reference:
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/creative/epub/commencement/2014/april/
Commencement Social MediaThe Office of Public Affairs has decided to use #Columbia2014 as the hashtag for Commencement related posts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other various social media portals. Feel free to include this hashtag with relevant publications that you see fit.
We are looking forward to a great Commencement Week and wish you all the best in your school ceremonies!

Friday, April 25, 2014

DEADLINES AND THINGS TO DO BEFORE COMMENCEMENT!

 




DEAR SENIORS! As Commencement draws nigh, those of you who will be participating may want to keep these items and deadlines in mind:



  • Be sure to check the program listing for your first and last (or middle and last) names and majors.  Omissions or changes must be reported to Lillian Appel (lappel@barnard.edu) immediately, since the program is going to press shortly.
  • Be sure to call the phone line, x47518, to record your name no later than Monday, May 5.  Please be patient if the mailbox is full; wait a day or two and try again. This is to ensure the Dean pronounces your name correctly.
  • Tickets for the Barnard ceremony will be distributed beginning in early May.  Watch for an email announcing when/where.  
  • Get ready to register for and download your Columbia tickets no later than Friday, May 9 .
  • Please pick up a cap and gown from the Columbia bookstore during the store's business hours, and be sure to present a Barnard ID.  (A few late-filing students may need to pick up a letter from Lillian Appel in 6 Milbank to bring to the bookstore.)  When picking up attire, students should check to ensure a black tassel is packed in with the cap and gown.
  • Please register now for the Baccalaureate service.
  • I hope you are all taking care of any financial holds so the diploma may be released (after the University Commencement).
More details will be coming as we get closer--e.g.,times to assemble for the Baccalaureate, BC and CU ceremonies, etc.

Happy weekend! -- Dean Friedman

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SENIOR WEEK ACTIVITIES!!!!

Hey Seniors! The final two months of the semester are about finishing your work...but the last couple of weeks are also about having lots of fun. See the following for info on Senior Week Activities, coordinated by the 4-School Senior Week Committee:

1. SENIOR WEEK CALENDAR IS UP!
- SAVE THE DATES :)
April 25th, ALL TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE @ 1PM
* (tickets for the Sunset Cruise, Columbia Club, and Masquerade Ball are limited and will sell out fast!)
May 15th, Sunset Cruise
May 16th, Rockaway Beach/BBQ/Columbia Club
May 17th, Coney Island/Masquerade Ball
- “Like” the Columbia Senior Week Facebook page to stay updated!
https://www.facebook.com/columbiaseniorweek


Although these are not as cool as a Millie the Bear shirt or a plain Barnard Blue shirt might be, I guess these are pretty nice too:

2. CU APPAREL SALE!
- The deadline has been extended to Friday, April 4.
All products are American Apparel Tri-Blends (aka the best quality product available!)
Tanks ($14), V-Necks ($15), Hoodies ($35)
Purchase online via TIC: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9893377 or to pay with cash, purchase at the TIC office!
- Check out the CU Apparel Sale Facebook event for more information
https://www.facebook.com/events/727006534006397/

See your friends' presentations: Centennial Scholars!

MARCH 27 | 7PM MIRIAM GLECKMAN-KRUT
THEY SAY JOHANNESBURG IS RADIOACTIVE:
A PANEL DISCUSSION ON MINING AND HUMAN RIGHTS
IN SOUTH AFRICA
North and South Towers, Sulzberger Hall

MARCH 31 | 7PM ANNA BAHR
ABORTO AUTÓNOMO: REMNANTS OF PINOCHET, RADICAL
FEMINISM, AND THE RISE OF ABORTION HOTLINES IN
CONTEMPORARY CHILE
Ella Weed Room, Milbank Hall

APRIL 3 | 7PM HANNAH FORRESTER
HEY, PUNK, WHERE YOU GOIN’ WITH THAT FLOWER IN
YOUR HAND: THE 1960s PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS OF
SAN FRANCISCO, NEW YORK, AND LONDON
Ella Weed Room, Milbank Hall

APRIL 7 | 6PM TOBY MILSTEIN
FASHIONING CHANGE: PHOTOGRAPHS OF
AN EMERGING GLOBAL MOVEMENT
Exhibit April 2 - 9, McCagg Art Gallery, Diana Center

APRIL 10 | 7PM LULU MICKELSON
MENDING FENCES: A SAGA OF URBAN DIPLOMACY
IN MANHATTANVILLE
Altschul Atrium

APRIL 16 | 7PM DARE BRAWLEY
POLITICS AND PRACTICES OF VISUALIZATION
McCagg Art Gallery

APRIL 24 | 7PM ADAIR KLEINPETER-ROSS
 : REFLECTIONS OF MOROCCO
North and South Tower

APRIL 28 | 7PM INDIA CHOQUETTE
THEN NOTHING (A NOVEL IN PROGRESS)
North and South Towers

APRIL 30 | 7PM GABRIELLE LEWIS
OF AND OFF THE BOOKS: INFORMAL ECONOMY
NETWORKS IN CITIES
Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall

MAY 1 | 7PM CLEMENCE WHITE
A PRAGMATIC WELFARE STATE: EXAMINING
NORWEGIAN PRISONS
Postcrypt Art Gallery, Earl Hall

Friday, March 14, 2014






SENIORS! For those of you who are eligible, the Commencement website is now LIVE. Go here for all the info you need about tickets, diplomas, caps and gowns, videos, etc. AND SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FAMILIES!!!!

www.barnard.edu/commencement


Monday, February 3, 2014

Lots of things to look forward to!

Dear Seniors,

Now that program filing is over, let the semester begin! As you embark on this final semester, take the time to reflect on all the wonderful things you have accomplished so far: all the classes, you've taken, all the books you've read, all the friends you've made. You still have several months to enjoy these and to make new memories to take with you once you step beyond the gates!

If you have never participated in a cultural program hosted by the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs, check out their events this month:

VISP Culture Celebration
Wednesday February 12, 6-8pm, Diana 2nd Floor Cafe
Celebrate the cultures of Barnard's Visiting International Students from Denmark, China, Brazil, Spain, Ghana, the UK, and Serbia! All are welcome at this event featuring food, music, and more from around the world.
International Students and Friends Tour of the United Nations
Friday February 28meet in Barnard Hall at 9:45am for travel to UN. Tour will end around 12:30.
If you would like to get to know our international students a little better, we would love to have a few staff/faculty guests for the event! Please email me if you are interested, as space is limited.

VISP Culture Celebration
Tuesday March 4, 6-8pm, Diana 2nd Floor Cafe
Celebrate the cultures of Barnard's Visiting International Students from Australia, Vietnam, South Korea, Italy, Russia, Norway, and South Africa! All are welcome at this event featuring food, music, and more from around the world.

For some of you, the clock is ticking: where will you be after graduation? Don't despair if you don't yet have a plan! Options abound.  Keep your eyes open for last-minute fellowship opportunities, like this one, for post-graduation language study: 

US Dept of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarships link: http://gsas.columbia.edu/content/flas-fellowship-academic-year#apply

Here is another cool fellowship opportunity, particularly if you are interested in health professions:

Imperial College London
Faculty of Medicine Master’s Degrees Scholarships 2014/15
Closing date: 31st March 2014.

We are currently accepting applications for our Faculty of Medicine Master’s Degree Scholarship programme which offers a variety of generous awards to outstanding candidates who plan to study one of our Master’s Programmes (full list here: http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/teaching/postgraduate/) in the 2014/15 academic year. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2014.

We are currently offering:
·         2 fully funded places  to overseas students (consisting of tuition fee payment and a £17,500 stipend)
·         10 stipend only awards (available to home and overseas students) which offer a £17,500 stipend  

For more information about the scholarships (including how to apply), please visit our website: http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/prospectivestudents/mastersdegreescholarships/

The Faculty of Medicine offers a diverse portfolio of full time and part time Master’s courses for students from a range of backgrounds, including bioscience graduates, health professionals and engineers. Joining one of our courses means becoming part of Imperial’s student community of 13,000 students from more than 125 countries. You will also become a member of our Graduate School and have the opportunity to take advantage of an award winning professional development programme that not only supports your programme of study or research, but also equips you for your future careers. Finally, you will be invited to learn from world class experts, access cutting edge facilities and have London's opportunities on your doorstep.

Contact:
Jim Osborne
Postgraduate Taught Courses Administrator
FEO - Faculty Education Office (Medicine)
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
Sir Alexander Fleming Building
London  SW7 2AZ

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


It's almost officially winter -- just a few more days! -- and so it is almost the end of the semester. As you seniors prepare to finish up your last fall semester and head home or away to distant locales, I hope you remember your end of semester checklist:

a) If you have any work outstanding, please be in touch with your instructors (and your Class Dean!).
b) If you have any incompletes, be sure the right paperwork has been filed and that you get your work done by the deadline.
c) If you are deferring any exams, please make sure you are aware of exam deferral procedures (or ask me!).
c) If you are working on a thesis project, it's important to get some rest over the break; it can also help you feel better prepared next semester if you do a little thinking about it (or even light writing) while your brain is less encumbered over the break.
d) If you haven't yet met with your academic adviser about course selections, program filing, or other course-related questions, or if you will be making changes to your program, please try to do so as soon you get back from break.
e) When you return in January, you'll be getting more information from us about Commencement! So watch your email!
f) Stay warm, stay dry, have fun!

I wish you all a happy holiday season, and I'll see you in the spring semester!

Dean Friedman
Some info for those of you interested in engineering:

Thinking about your next steps?  Columbia University’s IEOR Department has a number of graduate programs perfect for students looking to use their quantitative skills in the real world:
·        M.S. in Operations Research: our most flexible program, featuring a new Business Analytics concentration. This concentration provides an excellent foundation for those interested in this cutting edge industry.
·        M.S. in Industrial Engineering: featuring a new Systems Engineering concentration.
·        M.S. in Financial Engineering: our top-ranked flagship program in financial engineering.
·        M.S. in Management Science & Engineering: an exciting program offered in conjunction with Columbia Business School.
·        Ph.D. in Operations Research or Industrial Engineering: for especially talented students interested in research and academia.

Please click here for our MSORMSIEMSFEMS-MSE and PhD brochures. We also encourage you to ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Still have questions? Email us at admit@ieor.columbia.edu or call 212-854-2942.   We look forward to receiving your application!

Sincerely,
IEOR Admissions
http://ieor.columbia.edu/admissions-3

Fall 2014 Deadline (PhD): December 15 
Fall 2014 Deadline (MSFE): January 6
Fall 2014 Priority Deadline (MS&E ONLY): January 6
Fall 2014 Deadline (MSOR, MSIE, MS&E): February 15

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hey Seniors! A great opportunity awaits! 


For over 48 years, The White House Fellowship has been America’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service. You may be a candidate or know qualified candidates who are interested in the Fellowship. This nonpartisan program is designed to provide emerging leaders an opportunity to experience the process of governing the nation while working alongside public servants at the highest levels of the Federal government.

The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships chooses 11-19 professional men and women to spend a year in Washington, D.C. learning about public service leadership. Fellows are placed in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-level Executive Branch officials. In addition, they regularly meet in roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors.

Notable alumni include; General Colin Powell, President of Univision Network’s César Conde, CNN Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, General Wesley Clark, and author Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Please consider applying or share the attached letter from President Obama and Mrs. Obama that encourages promising leaders to join the Program. The White House Fellows Program is now accepting applications online until January 15, 2014 at 5:59pm (EST)Inclusive dates of the Fellowship year for the 2014-2015 Class are August 26, 2014 to August 26, 2015. Please visit our website to learn more about the program.   

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the White House Fellows Office at 202-395-4522.

Sincerely,
President’s Commission on White House Fellowships

Learn more about the White House Fellowship
Download the application
Watch White House Fellowship Youtube videos

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Events, Program Filing, Commencement, Yeah!



Hello Seniors! It's really fall -- the ivy on Milbank is turning! So here's a quick note to cover a few fall-related things:

First, for our international students:

Barnard Celebrates International Education Week

November 11th-15th, 2013

Join Barnard's Office of International Programs, in collaboration with other campus offices, departments, and centers, in a week-long celebration of Barnard's international community!
All week long
Come by our table outside Liz’s Place 11am-2pm every day to see what’s going on at Barnard internationally!  Sample cuisines from a different country each day in Hewitt and the Diana Café, and taste teas from around the world at Liz’s place. The Committee on Arts will be displaying student artwork relating to the themes of diversity in the Diana Center and in the Altschul Atrium in collaboration with the Committee on Diversity and OIP. You can also get involved in your Residence Hall! Check out the schedule of events taking place in campus residences throughout the week: http://barnard.edu/sites/default/files/res_life_iew_programs_fa13.pdf
Daily events
A full schedule can be found at http://barnard.edu/global/iew. Over 20 events scheduled throughout the week include:
Monday, November 11th : Celebrate the Americas

Study Abroad General Information Session 
12:15PM - 1PM | 324 Milbank
Hewitt’s International Dinner
5-7:45PM | Hewitt Dining Hall
Tuesday, November 12th: Celebrate Europe
Being an International Student: At Barnard and Beyond (lunch provided; RSVP and send dietary needs to Evan Englander at eengland@barnard.edu)
12PM - 1PM | Diana 302
Athena Global Shorts Screening
6PM - 7:30PM | Diana LL104
Wednesday, November 13th: Celebrate Africa
Passport Application/Renewal
11AM - 2PM | Diana Lobby

McAC presents: Feminism Without Borders (with President Spar)
5:30PM - 7:30PM | 328 Milbank Hall

Thursday, November 14th: Celebrate the Middle East

Explore International Careers with the State Department
1PM-2PM | Diana 502

Friday, November 15th: Celebrate Asia
Red: Stories and Rituals of Menstruation Across Cultures
2-4pm
 | Well Woman office

SGA presents: A Night Around the World
7pm-9pm
| Diana Center Event Oval
Next: Be aware that Program Filing for Spring 2014 begins on Monday, November 11, but that some department lotteries opened yesterday! Program filing ends on Monday, November 25th. IF you need special approval for anything from me in particular, please get your requests in to me before November 25th, as I will be out of the office during that week before Thanksgiving.
Also: We're gearing up for the road to Commencement 2014! If you haven't already, please fill out the Google Form I've sent around here: 
https://docs.google.com/a/barnard.edu/forms/d/1U_JdPsPojqhHMHP3snqOB8e7WyY4Rz3XV6CjWPnp_D4/viewform