Friday, September 19, 2014

Help Rooms are Here to Support Your Academic Success

Confused about how to get started on a problem set?
Stuck on a hard problem?  
Unclear on a key concept?  
Want to do your homework around other people who are working on the same subject?  
Want to network with other women interested in the same subject?
Variously called Help Rooms, Workshop Rooms, or Study Rooms, these are student-facilitated spaces where you can go to get help, company, and mutual support in a variety of fields:

General Chemistry Help Room
Beginning Sunday, September 21, for all students in General Chemistry -- especially useful for students preparing for the first Gen Chem exam on Monday, Sept. 22.
Sundays          4-6 p.m.       805 Altschul
Wednesdays   8-10 p.m.     903 Altschul

Math Help Rooms

For students in all levels of Math, nearly all day every weekday -- click on the room number for a current schedule for that room:
333 Milbank Hall for help with College Algebra, Calculus I, II, and III
406 Mathematics Building for all other courses.

Organic Chemistry Help Room
Beginning Monday, September 22, for all students in Organic Chemistry
Monday          8-10 p.m.     805 Altschul
Tuesday          8-10 p.m.     805 Altschul
Wednesday     8-10 p.m.     805 Altschul

Physics Study Room
For students in all levels of Physics classes. Bring your homework; bring your questions; bring your ideas; bring your friends.
Wednesdays 7-9 p.m., 514 Altschul. 

Computer Science Help Room
Attention all Barnard women enrolled in a computer science course - the Barnard CS help room is up and running for the semester! Meet other Barnard women that are also taking computer science, and get help from Junior and Senior CS majors. The help room will meet starting this week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6-8 in 406 Barnard Hall. Contact Livi Byer ( with any questions.

 Economics Help Room
The Economics department is happy to announce that the Economics Help Room (EHR) is opening for the semester on Monday, September 22.  The EHR is located in Sulzberger Annex 102 (adjacent to Barnard Hall and Sulzberger Hall, and in the Admissions Office's Welcome Center). The hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 to 9 pm.

We will keep track of use, and if demand is high we will open the EHR for more hours later in the semester.

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, some of the tutors in the EHR are new, and so not everything will go smoothly at first. We appreciate your patience as we “learn on the job.” We will be asking for feedback from you formally via a survey, which you’ll receive by email after you’ve visited the help room. You should also feel free, at any time, to send any comments via email to Professor Harrison ( , or to stop by her office to chat about your experiences.  All comments will be kept confidential.

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

Third, there will be sign-in sheets. Please sign in! It is important that we keep this record of use.
You can find updates about the EHR throughout the semester at: or just go to the Economics department home page, and find a link to this page.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Economics Department Open House

The Economics Department is hosting an Open House for new students potentially interested in majoring in Economics.  Please come even if you are just beginning to explore Economics as an option.

Monday, September 29 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in Room 21 Lehman Hall, in the basement.  Lunch will be served.

If you can't stay for the entire hour, please come for just part of the time. You will meet faculty, other new students, and current Economics majors.

Please contact Professor Sharon Harrison at if you have any questions.

Fall 2014 Short Courses

ENGL BC3097   The English Conference  (1 point)
10/29 - 11/5  
last day to add:   10/30  (needs department permission)
last day to drop:   11/4

COMS W3101  Programming Languages  (1 point)
Sections 01 and 03            
9/8 - 10/14
too late to add now

Sections 02, 04 and 05   
10/20 - 12/8
last day to add:  10/27
last day to drop:  11/19

AFRS BC3001  Gender & Sexuality Southern Africa  (1.5 points)          
10/22 - 11/7
last day to add         10/24
last day to drop         10/29

Critical Language Scholarship Program for Summer 2015 Study Abroad

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is now live and available online at:
Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website:

For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!

CLS Facebook page:

For questions, please contact us at:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Business School Information Session

Thinking about attending business school?  On Monday, October 6, from 6:00-8:00pm, the Directors of Admission at Harvard Business School, the Yale School of Management, and the Wharton School (U of Pennsylvania) will offer an information session in 104 Diana.  

Food and drink will be served, so we would appreciate your letting Dean Runsdorf ( know by October 1 whether you plan to attend.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Visiting International Student Ambassador (VISA)

The Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs (OIIS) invites you to apply to be a Visiting International Student Ambassador (VISA).

Visiting International Student Ambassador (VISA) Program - deadline October 15

Do you love languages and cultures? Do you like to travel, or have an interest in studying abroad? Do you want to make some international friends while showing them around Barnard and NYC?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Office of International Programs invites you to submit your VISA application! The Visiting International Student Ambassador (VISA) Program will give Barnard students the chance to welcome international students visiting Barnard through VISP (Visiting International Student Program), now in its sixth year. This spring Barnard will host visiting students hailing from Denmark, Italy, China, South Korea, Ghana, Australia, South Africa, Spain, Norway, Brazil, Ireland, and Russia. With your help, these students will integrate into Barnard's community, immerse themselves in American culture, explore NYC, and have a semester they will never forget.
Ambassadors will meet 1-2 times during the Fall 2014 semester and also communicate with VISP students before their arrival. During the Spring 2015 semester, Ambassadors will help organize events on and off campus for VISP students, approximately 2-3 events each month.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please read more at The online application is due October 15.

Any questions? Email


Monday, 9/22
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor of Barnard Hall

Tuesday, 9/23 
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
North Tower, 17th Floor of Sulzberger Hall 

First year of college is behind you. Have you experienced some disappointments or unmet expectations during the past year? Come discuss how to turn these into opportunities to reassess and explore your personal and academic interests. Learn how to make more intentional choices as you go through your remaining years of college.

Sponsored by Furman Counseling Center and Dean of Studies Office. Juniors will be present to participate in the conversation and to provide advice from their own experiences as sophomores.

We are serving Chipotle!
Due to limited space, please contact Janelle Torres in the Dean of Studies Office at to reserve a spot in advance.