Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Athena Digital Design

Applications are out for Athena Digital Design Agency's Spring HTML/CSS class, Ruby class, and Student Advisory Board. We will be accepting applications until December 30th.
Coding is the language of the future. Become literate with Athena Digital Design.
Our mission is to champion and inspire Barnard women on their journey into coding literacy through web development. Participants will begin by learning the fundamentals of web design so they can be competitive in the new economy. Apply here:

Members of the Student Advisory Board take on a leadership position on the agency startup team in various capacities ranging from project management, finance, marketing, and more. No coding knowledge is required and SAB members take the ADDA class in the Spring. Apply here:

For students with experience in front-end development, check out our Ruby on Rails course to be offered for the first time next semester! Apply here:

If you have any questions, please reach out to or

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Space for talking, listening, and processing this Sunday Dec. 7

One more resource for students looking for a place to come together along with some friendly, caring, good listeners from Student Life and Dean of Studies:

Join us for some tea and togetherness
This Sunday, December 7, 4-6 p.m.
Altschul Atrium

Resources Reminder: Counseling and More

Recent events on campus, in New York City, Ferguson, and Cleveland, bring up many emotions for members of our community.  The end of semester may also bring a decrease in sleep and an increase in stress for many of us.

Whatever you may be feeling, there are resources on campus where you can find peers, professionals, and space to get some support.  Please see Dean Hinkson's recent email for additional information, as well as what you see below:

Furman Counseling Center offers several forms of support for Barnard students:
  • Our counselors offer one-hour workshops throughout the year to help students develop personal skills in a variety of areas, such as maintaining balance, stress management, romantic well-being, and smart emotional living. Watch for announcements and flyers about these workshops on the Sophomore Blog and in the residence halls.
  • Furman is open until 7 p.m. on Friday, December 5, (854-2092), and an after-hours clinician will be available over the weekend (855-622-1903). The clinician call line will be available after hours and over the weekend.  
Your class deans and the Dean of the College are available to meet with you by appointment and during walk-in hours, and we be available via email this weekend, December 6-7, 2014.  Need to see someone but can't find an available time that fits in your schedule?  Call the Dean of Studies office at 212-854-2024 any time 9-5, Monday through Friday.

Well Woman is the health promotion program and wellness center at Barnard College. Our mission is to promote the health and wellness of Barnard students through a variety of programming activities. Our philosophical approach to wellness focuses on an integration of body, mind and spirit, which moves us toward a more proactive, healthier existence. We use as our model the Wellness Wheel which includes physical, intellectual, occupational, emotional, social and spiritual, service and cultural dimensions which represent all aspects of human growth. The open center of the wellness wheel reflects the notion that each "spoke" impacts on the others and that we cannot be truly healthy if we neglect any aspect of the wheel. However, it is important to remember that gaining total wellness is a journey and a process that continues throughout life.
  • In addition to usual open hours, Well Woman has open hours this evening (Friday, December 5, 2014), 
Your RA and Res Life staff are on site, trained, and ready to listen and support you.

Nightline is an anonymous, nonjudgmental peer listening hotline that primarily serves the Columbia/Barnard community and its affiliates by providing them with a listening and referral service. Staffed by committed, caring, and trained Columbia/Barnard undergraduates, Nightline offers a safe space for you to talk about anything that is on your mind. Operating by the mottos, "We are here to listen" and "We are here to get you through the night," Nightline is here to listen to anything you have to say; no problem is too big or too small.
  • Nightline is here to listen every night of the academic year from 10:00PM-3:00AM at (212) 854-7777.
  • Anonymous: All Nightline peer listeners, excluding the Directors of Nightline (who no longer take calls) are anonymous, and remain so during the entirety of their time at Barnard/Columbia. Callers also have the privilege of anonymity--listeners do not ask callers to identify themselves, nor do they have means to gather this information. The phones used by Nightline have no caller ID.
  • Nonjudgmental: No matter what you want to talk about, be it sexual orientation, depression, eating disorders, family, friends, or just stress, we are willing to listen and will never judge a caller on what you have to say. No problem is too big or too small.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Peer-to-Peer Learning Resources Available During Reading Week December 7-12, 2014

Existing Help Rooms with Reading Week Hours:

Computer Science Help Room
406 Barnard Hall
Tuesday, Dec. 9:  6-8 pm
See for updates

Economics Help Room
Sulzberger Annex 102 
Sunday, December 7: 7-9 pm
Monday December 8: 7-10 pm
Tuesday, December 9: 7-9 pm
Wednesday, December 10: 7-9 pm
Thursday, December 11: 7-9 pm
See for updates

Barnard Math Help Room (College Algebra, Analytic Geometry, and Calculus I, II and III)
Milbank Hall 333
Monday December 8: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday, December 9: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday, December 10: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday, December 11: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday, December 12: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Final Exam Review Rooms Staffed by Tutors from the Peer-to-Peer Learning Program
Sponsored by the Dean of Studies Office:
Contact Dean of Studies Office if you need more info:, 212-854-2024

Elementary Arabic Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Tuesday, December 9: 10 am-12 pm

General Chemistry Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Tuesday, December 9: 6-9 pm (time changed)

French Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Wednesday, December 10: 9 am - 12 pm (additional hour added)

Physics Study Room
514 Altschul
Wednesday, December 10: 7-9 pm

Organic Chemistry Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Thursday, December 11: 8 am-11 am

Spanish Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Thursday, December 11: 12-3 pm

Calculus Review Room
Milbank Hall 307
Thursday, December 11:  4-7 pm

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Essay and Video Documentary Contest

The Pennsylvania Bar Association is holding an annual essay and video documentary contest for Pennsylvania college students on the importance of state and local policies to the protection of civil and equal rights.  The contest is open to all Pennsylvania residents who attend college, and monetary prizes as well as in-kind prizes will be awarded in both the essay and video documentary categories.  The following is a breakdown of prize amounts:

--First Place--$1,250.00 each for the top essay entrant and the top video-documentary entrant.
--Second Place--$500.00 each for second place essay and video-documentary entries.

In addition, the following in-kind prizes will be awarded:

--Copies of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania & United States Constitutions
--Copies of Professor David Kairys’ book, “Philadelphia Freedom:  Memoir of a Civil Rights Lawyer”
--Copies of the movie “Philadelphia” starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington
--Tickets to the National Museum of American Jewish History

The deadline for entry submissions is March 15, 2015, and winners will be announced on April 15, 2015

The Pennsylvania Bar Association is a voluntary association of more than 29,000 lawyers.  The PBA promotes justice, respect for the rule of law, professional excellence, and betterment of the legal profession.  The PBA is also deeply committed to enhancing public understanding of the legal system and to improving access to legal services for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

Going Home Discussion Group

The Furman Counseling Center and Alcohol & Substance Awareness Program (ASAP) is hosting a "Going Home Discussion Group" event on Thursday, December 4th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the Brooks TV lounge next to Lewis Parlor. Please see below for further information on the event.

Event Information:

When: Thursday, December 4th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Where: Brooks TV Lounge next to Lewis Parlor
What: Going Home Discussion Group led by Furman's Post-Doctoral Fellow
Who: Presented by Furman Counseling Center and ASAP; co-sponsored by Well Woman
College is an independence-building and self-finding experience. Going home for winter break is something to look forward to, but it can also be a culture shock for students. This process group will provide a safe, confidential space to discuss challenges that may surface for students over the winter break and how to manage these concerns. These challenges may include (but are not limited to) negotiating expectations from parents, reconnecting with childhood friends, relationships with siblings, sexuality concerns, eating concerns, and substance use concerns.  


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Schwarzman Scholars Program--Study in China

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.

Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:
  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies
Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.

For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Applications open in April 2015.

Each year, up to 200 exceptional men and women will be accepted to the program.

45% US
20% China
35% Rest of world

A joint Barnard-Columbia information session will take place on Tuesday, December 2, at 4pm in 403 Kent Hall.  Only current Seniors and Juniors will be eligible to apply in the first round, but it's an opportunity for Sophomores and First Years to look ahead and learn about the opportunity.