Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Some practical advice for tomorrow

Dear Graduating Seniors:

You made it. Tomorrow is the big day. I am proud of you and all that you have accomplished, and I want to leave you with some very practical advice for tomorrow (and some of it, I think, can be applied to your lives beyond Barnard!).

1) For University Commencement, WEAR SUNSCREEN. It will be hot tomorrow, and you will be sitting in the blazing sun for a couple of hours.

2) For the receptions happening between University and Barnard Commencements: FIND THE MAP when you enter campus. The MAP will have the locations of the various department receptions. Find your department, take your family and/or friends, and say hello to your devoted teachers and mentors.

3) For Barnard Commencement: You will want to look fancy and everything, but be aware that WEARING HEELS MIGHT NOT ALWAYS BE THE BEST IDEA. The stairs leading up to the stage and down from the stage are rickety little temporary steps, and one false move with a spiky heel could mean a sprained ankle. I recommend flats or wedges, or walking really, really carefully.

As you can see, this could be some good advice for your life beyond college as well: remember to wear sunscreen, heels may not always be a good idea (and flats are cute!), and remember to always read the map, whether it be a real map, a Google map, Waze, or the important internal map inside your heart and soul that keeps you on your path to success.

With best wishes,
Dean Friedman

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal!

Seniors! Commencement Rehearsal

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We are excited to celebrate with you.

To help you prepare for the upcoming festivities and the Barnard Commencement Ceremony, you are required to attend the Commencement Rehearsal on Monday, May 15There are two rehearsals - please attend the rehearsal according to the major with which you will be seated at Barnard Commencement. Details are below.


11:00-12:30 pm Africana Studies to Environmental Science
1:30 - 3:00 pm Ethnomusicology to WGSS

- receive vital information regarding commencement activities
- learn about the Barnard Ceremony processional
- receive Commencement tickets and processional number
- Vote for the Bryson Award
- Complete Career Development Survey
- Get your graduation gift from the Class of 2017 Senior Class Council!

Dean Alina Wong

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Baccalaureate this SUNDAY!

Hey Seniors! This Sunday, May 14th, is the first of many wonderful graduation-related celebrations. Kick off the week of Commencement with attendance at

BACCALAUREATE SERVICE, St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University -- wear your regalia!

Line up at Barnard Hall steps at 8:45am SHARP. We will cross the street together and gather on the 1st floor of Low Library (if you miss the 8:45 Barnard line-up, you can come join us at Low -- but hurry! We are required to be at Low by 9am).

The procession will begin at 9:30; the program starts at 10. Come hear THREE of our proud Barnard seniors speak -- DaMonique Ballou, Harleen Kaur Sethi, and Maliha Sultana.  Dean Hinkson and Provost Bell will be there as well.

Can't wait to see you all there! For more info, visit: https://commencement.columbia.edu/baccalaureate-service

Tell your families to come! It's a very beautiful interfaith event.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Congratulations to our Senior Marshals and our Senior Speakers!

Congratulations to our 2017 Senior Marshals, who have exhibited great commitment in various leadership roles at the College! We received dozens of applications from very deserving students; it is always tough to make these choices, as you are all winners in our hearts! Here is the list of those chosen to represent you all as Marshals:

Sara Abedi
Yasemin Akcaguner
Maria Awwa
Lizzie Benzik
Aharisi Bonner
Hannah Brody
Erin Bryk
Margaux Charmey
Maeve Duffy
Maya Edwards
Waverly Engelman
Madeline Finkel
Sara Heiny
Cara Hoffman
Kayla Hug
Prianka Jhaveri
Rumana Kasime
Colette Kelly
Sarah Kim
Fatima Koli
Margot Langstaff
Emily London
Molly LoRe
Ndia Mbonde
Pooja Pandey
Amanda Ruiz
Meital Sapir
Ziasmin Shahinoor
Emma Stephens
Lucia Solarzano
Naomi Tewodros
Alexis Weber
Naomi Wong
Alexandra Zhang

And Congratulations to our two selected student speakers, Molly Lo Re and Ilana Lehmann, who will join Senior Class President Prianka Jhaveri in addressing our Commencement audience! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Senior Week info from Student Life

Dear Seniors,

This year promises to be the most accessible Senior Week yet for Barnard seniors. The initiative for fully subsidized tickets for Senior Gala is made possible due to financial support from the Senior Class Council and SGA Rep Council.

Fully subsidized Senior Gala tickets will be available to Barnard seniors with $0-10,000 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to be verified by Financial Aid. Your EFC is calculated annually based on information you provide in your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you have an EFC of over $10,000, you will not be eligible for subsidized tickets. Please note that there are limited quantities of subsidized tickets and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. It can take up to 3 business days to verify eligibility. You must fill out this form by  Friday April 1 at 12:00:  https://goo.gl/forms/Qxj9gPZFFcvIRkfb2

If you have any questions, please e-mail Ana Angeles at aangeles@barnard.edu.

We came. We saw. We conquered. From the first time we stepped onto Morningside Heights to the moment we walk across the graduation stage as Columbia University and Barnard College's Class of 2017, each of us have taken hold of this amazing experience and made it our own. But before we wrap this chapter up, let us come together one last time for a weekend of fun and celebration. From May 11 to May 13 be sure to grab your friends (or make new ones!), and don't miss out on Senior Week 2017!

Senior Gala
May 11th, 2017, 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM ET
Pier Sixty
An age old Columbia tradition, Senior Gala serves to bring together the entire Class of 2017 the way Convocation did so many semesters ago. From over fifty countries across the world to the humble Morningside Heights, we came! This year, make your way to the breathtaking Pier Sixty and dance the night away with your fellow seniors as we commemorate our years of hard work and exhausting self-discovery. There will be plenty of entertainment, endless hors d'oeuvres, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, and a spectacular waterfront view to experience at its fullest. And of course, don't forget to "dance till the stars come down from the rafters."

Senior Bazaar
May 12th, 2017, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
Brooklyn Bazaar
From Milbank classes to EC parties, Butler Library to NoCo, protests to celebrations, fall to spring, we saw it all. However, with many of us soon leaving Morningside Heights behind, it is only fitting for us to escape this bubble together one last time. Thus, for the second event of Senior Week, come out to Williamsburg with your senior class for an afternoon of Brooklyn Bazaar fun. Each ticket comes with full access to the arcade, ping pong tables, blacklight mini golf, karaoke rooms, photobooths, and more. Food and drinks (including one bar ticket for beer, champagne, and wine) will also be included, so be sure to venture out to Brooklyn and see all that there is to see!

Senior Fest
May 13th, 2017
On campus (TBD), Columbia University
Details coming soon ;)

Ticket Information
All tickets will be made available on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET here: https://cuseniorweek2017.eventbrite.com. This year, all three events will require a valid ticket for entry, but be sure to note that Senior Fest is a FREE ticketed event. Additionally, the Senior Week Committee has made available 400 discounted combination tickets on a first come first serve basis, so be on the lookout!

Tickets prices and applicable quantities are as follows:
Earliest Bird Combo (CUID/BCID) $100.00 (200 tickets)
Early Bird Combo (CUID/BCID) $110.00 (200 tickets)
Regular Gala (CUID/BCID) $90.00 (500 tickets)
Regular Gala (Guest) $125.00
Late Bird Gala (CUID/BCID) $100.00 (unlimited)
Regular Bazaar (CUID/BCID) $30.00 (unlimited)
Regular Bazaar (Guest) $40.00
Regular Fest (CUID/BCID) FREE (unlimited)

To stay up to date with Senior Week, follow the Senior Week Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/cuseniorweek. For questions or concerns, please contact the Senior Week Committee at seniorweek@columbia.edu or message the Senior Week page on Facebook.

With Love,
Your Senior Class Council

Prianka Jhaveri - President
Emma Sukenik - Vice President
Pooja Pandey - Treasurer
Brittany Wadhwani - Secretary
Roshni Mehta - Class Rep
Kadaja Brown - Class Rep

Monday, April 17, 2017

Careers in Psychology

Careers in Psychology
Research?  Academia?  Clinical?

Come and hear about the numerous careers in Psychology

 E'mett McCaskill, Ph.D
Hannah Hoch, Ph.D
 Sumati Gupta, Ph.D

Discuss their pathways within Psychology

 Thursday, April 20, 2017

203 Diana

5:30 pm

Dinner will be served

Monday, April 10, 2017


Caps and gowns will be available for pick-up at the Columbia Bookstore, during its regular hours of operation, beginning Wednesday, April 12 through Tuesday, May 16. There is no charge for the cap and gown, but you must state that you are a Barnard student and present your Barnard ID to avoid being required to pay for the attire. (Be sure to check that a tassel has been packed in the bag you’re given before you leave the bookstore.)

Registration for tickets to University Commencement is live! Register now at columbiacommencement.universitytickets.comStudents are required to log in with their UNI and password. The system will ask you to register for the Ceremony, and will then give the option to request up to four guest tickets for the Commencement Ceremony. Remember to print these tickets in advance!

For updated Commencement information please go to https://barnard.edu/commencement

Monday, April 3, 2017

Opportunities Beyond Barnard

Still Unsure About Life
Beyond Barnard?

Explore a Weekend in Business School
Harvard Business School

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Email from Dean Hinkson to all Graduating Seniors!

Dear Graduating Seniors,

Please read this complete email as it provides important information on a number of topics...

Barnard Commencement tickets - Each graduating senior will be eligible to receive 7 tickets. If you do not have need of all 7 tickets, please let me know.

Extra Barnard Commencement tickets - There will be extremely limited availability of extra tickets, towards that end, I will send you a request form the week of April 17th.  This will allow you to request extra tickets and I will aim to get back to you with a decision the following week. Please do not assume you will get extra tickets until you receive a confirmation message from me.

Commencement Rehearsal -  Please block your calendars now for mandatory commencement rehearsal on Monday, May 15th from 11-3. You will receive your Barnard Commencement tickets at rehearsal.

Barnard B&B - for those of you who have relatives who will be coming from out of town to attend commencement, you will find information about campus housing for them at: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1961075.

Moving out of campus housing - Please note that all graduating seniors will need to move out of campus housing by noon on Thursday the 18th of May.

Barnard Caps & Gowns - Barnard provides caps and gowns to our graduates, so please do not purchase them. They will be yours to keep.

Looking forward to celebrating your graduation with you,

Dean Hinkson

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LAST Day to P/D/F This Thursday

This Thursday, March 23, 2017
a Course for Spring, 2017

Click HERE for more details regarding the P/D/F Option

Your instructor will not be informed of your decision to Pass/D/Fail. Your instructor will assign you a letter grade, which will be converted to P/D/F.
  • A letter grade of A+ through C- will appear on your transcript as a P.
  • A letter grade of D will appear on your transcript as a D.
  • A letter grade of F will appear on your transcript as an F.
While a grade of P is not included in your grade point average, grades of F and D are included.

Restrictions for Pass/D/Fail

You may not elect the Pass/D/Fail option for:
  • First Year Writing or First Year Seminar.
  • classes going toward your minor (if any).
  • classes in your major field.
You may elect the P/D/F option for a class in your major field ONLY:
  • if it will NOT be used to fulfill a major requirement; and
  • if it exceeds the number of points required for the major; and
  • with the specific approval of the Department Chair.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Take this Quick Survey: Perceptions of Undergrad Life

Perceptions of Undergraduate Life and Student Experience [PULSE] survey

Help us take the PULSE of the Barnard student body! 
Take a break from studying and complete an engaging survey about your academic and co-curricular experiences at Barnard. The Dean’s Office will use your responses to better understand our students and enhance our services. Check your email for your personal link to the online survey in the “Request from Dean Friedman” sent on 3/14, or watch for another reminder from Dean Hinkson the week after break. 

Don't miss this chance to make your voice heard -- the survey will close soon!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Opportunities at Harvard Business School

Get Your Money Right!

The Senior Experience 
in collaboration with 
Dean of Studies Office 

Financial Fluency 101:  Budgeting, Taxes, and other Money Questions Answered

Join Christine Shin, '84
as she guides graduating seniors in:
Personal Budget Management
Making Health Insurance Decisions
Filing Taxes

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
6:00 pm 
405 Barnard Hall

Refreshments Will Be Served

Friday, March 10, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Road to the Rhodes Scholarship

Interested in Fully Funded Graduate Study at the world-renowned Oxford University?
Find out what it takes to become a Rhodes Scholar. 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
5 pm - 6pm 
202 Altschul
Hear from three former Rhodes Scholars, including Barnard's Professor Basker as they share:
What Makes a Good Candidate
How to Apply
Benefits of the Fellowship

Friday, February 24, 2017

Networking As an Introvert






6:00PM – 7:00PM