ODS News March 2012


Happy mid-spring break to all--and here's hoping that there is a lot of rest and relaxation going on for each of you as we move forward and embrace the second half of the SP'12 term at Barnard! As many of you know, ODS was test-central last week and Susan L did a spectacular job with all of the access arrangements for the many students who took exams in the Weber Lounge in Reid Hall. Please remember that we continue to ask that to the greatest extent possible--all students with disabilities should take their tests with the rest of their class--with disability-related accommodations as necessary. In our April ODS Newsletter--Susan L will send out an early reminder re: finals and our procedures during final exam week (Fri 5/4-Thur 5/10).

American Cancer Society Daffodil Days


On Tuesday, March 20 ODS will have bunches of daffodils ($10 each) and daffodil plants ($10 each) for sale to benefit the ACS annual Daffodil Days program. Think Spring, think cancer survivorhood and purchase some daffodils to brighten your dorm room as Spring arrives on 3/20. Please remember ODS is open to students 10am-4:30pm, closed 1-2pm.


Room Selection Begins for AY 2012-2013

As you know, the deadline for all Disability Housing Requests (DHRs) was 2/15, the Disability Housing Committee (DHC) met on 2/23, and decisions to all requestors were emailed on 2/24. All other students who did not complete a DHR should go through the regular room selection process and follow the regular Res Life guidelines and time-frames!

Marsteller Career Internships for Summer, 2012: first reminder

It's never too early to be thinking about what you'll be doing this summer--and here's an early reminder that the deadline for all prospective Summer 2012 Marsteller Internship applicants is Wednesday, April 4 at 11:59 pm (online application). Named in honor of Julie V. Marsteller--Barnard's first Dean for Disabled Students and the Founder of ODS--the Marsteller Program is exclusively for students with disabilities and is one of a number of Alumnae and Donor-Sponsored Internships administered by Valerie Chow in the Office of Career Development. Available on the the OCD website--the online application is simple and straightforward--with grants of usually $700-900. Internships should be at least 8 weeks in duration--and applicants need a signed letter of support from their prospective internship supervisor. Please apply for a summer Marsteller----and good luck in the application process!  Note: students may apply for a new Marsteller grant--even if they have received a stipend previously.



Jackson-Stricks Scholarship Program: Applications due April 18!

The National Council of Jewish Women (New York Section) is pleased to announce the continuation of their scholarship program "to students with physical challenges who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the NY Metropolitan area". Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded--and the very brief application can be downloaded from the Council's website at www.ncjwny.org--or you may contact either ODS or the Council at 212/687-5030 x14. Good luck on your application!

From our ODS Student Web Designer

The March 2012 Career Development newsletter featured a lot of exciting news, but what spoke the loudest to me was the “Rachel’s Corner” section. As summer approaches, many students begin to panic about “what next!” especially our hard-working Barnard women. “Rachel’s Corner” provides us with a lot of helpful advice, the first of which is to reach out to our contacts (family, friends, former employers, etc.) and spread the word that we are looking for a job/internship. Another good bit of advice was that even if a company is not advertising that they are hiring, or has no information about interns, you should reach out to them anyway--because if they like you, they will find a place for you! Lastly, “Rachel” tells us that if we are planning to return to our lifeguarding job--why not take the next step and turn it into something else entrepreneurial (e.g., Pool Party, Lifeguard Inc.?!) The newsletter also has a helpful chart listing all of the workshops running this semester which are open to students.