Bear Essentials for the Barnard Bulletin. 4/15/13-5/6/13

ADVANCE PROGRAM FILING  FOR  FALL 2013: Please read the Registrar's email memo about Program Planning procedures.   All information is also available on the Registrar’s website, and much will be in the Comments and Reminders area of the eBear program screen.   Programs must be entered online, and approved by your adviser online, by 6:00pm on Monday, April 22.  Please check with your adviser early on to find out when s/he will be available to meet with you.


NEED FINANCIAL AID FOR 2013-2014?  Applications are due Tuesday. April 23rd.  All documents can be downloaded from the Financial Aid website at  Click on “Application Procedure & Forms” and then “Returning Students” and you will be connected to all required forms.  There are also links to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form and the CSS Profile form on-line.  All tax forms should be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office in Milbank Hall.  Please call our office at (212) 854-2154 or email us at if you have any questions.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:  Every F-1 student who will be traveling outside the United States after the end of the semester must obtain a new signature on your I-20 prior to leaving the country if the last signature is more than six months old.  You will need the new signature in order to be admitted back to the United States.  Dean Ani Bournoutian and Mark Farrell  in the Dean of Studies Office, are  authorized to sign I-20s.  Seniors who are interested in working in the United States after graduation should make an appointment to see Dean Bournoutian as soon as possible to begin the application process for optional practical training.


TRAVEL MEDICINE:  If you are traveling outside of the US (especially if you are going to Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Central or South America, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and/or the Pacific) over, during the summer or in the fall semester, you may need required or recommended vaccines and/or malaria prophylaxis. Travel health counseling can prepare you for a safe and enjoyable trip! Please call the Primary Care Health Service (212-854-2091) to set up an appointment for a pre-travel visit.


STUDENTS WHO WILL BE ON STUDY LEAVE IN THE FALL:  On the “Before Leaving Barnard” page on the Study Abroad website ( is the list of tasks you need to complete for study abroad. 


STUDY ABROAD GENERAL INFORMATION SESSION:  Monday, April 15th, 12-1p.m., 325 Milbank, Thursday May 2nd, 5-6 p.m., 302 Milbank and Friday, May 3rd, 12-1 p.m., 302 Milbank. Come learn the basic policies and procedures about study abroad from the Office of International Programs!


EBEAR COURSE APPROVAL REQUEST PROCEDURE TRAINING:  Wednesday, April 24, 12-1 p.m., 325 Milbank and Monday, April 29th , 12-1 p.m. 325 Milbank. During these training sessions, Dean Young will teach prospective study abroad students how to fill out your course approvals via eBear in order to receive Barnard credit for courses taken abroad. 


MANDATORY PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION:   TUESDAY, MAY 7, 5:00 - 7:00p, 405 MILBANK  The Office of International Programs will host a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation for all students studying abroad in the Fall 2013 or Academic Year 2013-2014 on May 7 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in 405 Milbank. If you do not attend, you risk not being able to study abroad under the auspices of Barnard College (which means you are no longer a registered Barnard student and you may not receive Barnard credit for the courses you take overseas.) We will have visitors from other offices on campus, such as the Dean of Studies Office, Residential Life, and the Furman Counseling Center - so please arrive ON TIME so we can get started promptly. If you have an ACADEMIC conflict (i.e. review session) that night, please email to learn about next steps. 


STUDY ROOMS:  Students may reserve rooms 405 and 406 in Barnard Hall for study groups during the Reading Period and Finals , May 7 through May 16, (8am to 2am each day).  To sign up for a room, please call 212-854-2024 or stop by the Dean of Studies Office. 



Monday 4/22/13 12:00-2:00: Stop by the main floor of the Diana Center to get your FREE anti-anxiety mug and learn about stress management and anti-anxiety techniques.

Tuesday 4/23/13 12:00-1:00: Mindfulness & Meditation Workshop. Learn what mindfulness means and review research based techniques such as mindful eating, walking meditation, and diaphragmatic breathing that can help us stay present and free us from anxiety. Location: 6th Floor, Diana Center/Green Roof

Wednesday 4/24/13 12:00-2:00: Nails & Tea. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with tea and the Well-Women! Treat yourself to a manicure with fun nail polish colors. Location: Well-Woman, 119 Reid Hall (first floor of the Quad)

6:30-7:30: Anti-Anxiety Workshop. Anxiety expert Stacey Klein, LCSW comes to Barnard. Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Does it feel like you’re always ruminating about the past or worrying about the future? This workshop will work to help you better understand your own anxiety and teach you powerful tools to reduce anxious thoughts and feelings.  Location: Ella Weed Room

Thursday, 4/25/12  6:30-8:30: Movie Screening about anxiety followed by discussion. FREE pizza will be served.Location: Brooks Hall TV Lounge

Friday, 4/26/13 10:00am-3:00pm: Drop-In Day at Furman. If you are feeling anxious or stressed, come meet with a Furman counselor. No appointment needed! Location: Furman Counseling Center, 100 Hewitt Hall