Welcome home! Back@Barnard is a series of events and experiences throughout the first week of classes, September 5th until September 12th, designed to encourage students to explore campus life and resources, meet new people, have fun, and attend traditional programs like the Activities Fair, the Block Party, and Convocation. It's our way of introducing and welcoming incoming students to their new home and campus life and our way of welcoming back our returning students. We hope to see you at some of the exciting events during Back@Barnard!

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The Back@Barnard schedule can be found on the Barnard NSOP Guidebook. Here are instructions: 
1. Download the Guidebook app in the Apple or Android app store
2. Search for "Barnard New Student Orientation Program 2017" 
3. Download the Barnard NSOP guidebook and look for the Back@Barnard tab!
List of programs:

Student Employment 101, 9/5 1pm-2:30pm, James Room
Need a part-time job? Attend the Student Employment 101 Session to learn more about on-campus and off-campus jobs, internships and civic engagement opportunities!

Back@Barnard Block Party, 9/5 5pm-7pm, All over campus
Join students from all four classes and members of the faculty and administration at this annual tradition! We will celebrate the first day of classes and the start of a new academic year! Enjoy free BBQ and a special gift from the Student Life team. We hope to see you there!

Beyond Barnard: Curating Your Life Beyond the Gates, 9/6 12pm-1pm, 504 Diana
Interested in Law, Business, Engineering, or other professional schools? The pathway to success in these fields entails you to prepare early! Join Nikki Youngblood Giles, Associate Dean for Pre-Professional Advising, as you chart your course to professional success. Learn about the application process, financial aid opportunities, and research opportunities for graduate school, law school, business school, and dual degree programs at Barnard. Don't know where your interests lie? Come discover the enriching possibilities within the gates and beyond.

NYPL Card Sign-Up, 9/6 12pm-2pm, Barnard Hall Lobby
Librarians from the New York Public Library will be on campus helping students, staff, and faculty sign up for NYPL cards! Just drop by the Diana center from 12-2, show your BC/CUID, fill out a form, and you'll get your brand new library card right then and there.

Activities Fair, 9/6 12pm-4pm, Diana Event Oval
Get involved with student clubs and organizations! Learn about all of the different clubs and organizations that you can be a part of and explore the opportunities and possibilities available to you!

Welcome B@ck from Res Life!, 9/6 Evening / Varies, Your Res Building
Welcome B@ck to life on campus! Res Life is excited to have you return to campus. Each hall will start their Welcome B@ck program at a slightly different time, so visit your lobby/building staff for specifics!

Meet Dean Cohen, 9/7 11am-12pm, Diana Center Lobby
Meet Dean Melinda Cohen, the Dean for Health Professions Advising at Barnard. Come say hello, learn more about our office resources and ask questions!

The Tutoring and Learning Center Info Session, 9/7 11am-2pm, Diana Center Lobby
Come join us at our table and learn more about working for the Tutoring and Learning Center! We’re always on the lookout for amazing tutors who want to make a difference in the lives of young high school students. This position is a great opportunity to help students in the community while gaining professional skills in effective communication and teaching/tutoring pedagogy.

Barnard/SIPA 5-Year Dual Degree Program Information Session, 9/7 1pm-2pm, 504 Diana
Interested in public administration, foreign service, or international relations? Barnard students are invited to come and learn more about the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)’s 5-Year Dual Degree Program with Barnard. This program gives exceptional undergraduates the opportunity to earn their undergraduate degree and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in just five years. Come and learn more about the program and how to apply.

Commuter Lounge Decoration, 9/7 4pm-5pm, Commuter Lounge
All commuters are invited to help decorate your lounge in the Diana center!! Similar to door tags that residential students get, commuter students will have the chance to decorate their home away from home however they want. Each class year will receive a section of the lounge to make their own.

Back@Barnard Comedy Nite, 9/7 7pm-8:30pm, James Room
Join Barnard Student Life in a night full of laughter and fun at the Back@Barnard Comedy Nite. Come out and LOL with new friends and fellow classmates!

Career Fair, 9/8 12pm-4pm, Diana Event Oval

Well-come to Barnard!, 9/8 1pm-4pm, 119 Reid Hall
Well-come to Barnard! Join Well-Woman and Being Barnard for an open house where you can: learn more about our programs, explore the office, meet the peer educators and staff, get the scoop on our wellness resources and events, grab a poster, make a button, and learn our top tips for starting the semester off *well*

Student Life Open House, 9/8 3pm-5pm, 301 Diana
Come meet the friendly Student Life staff and learn about our programs and events. We'll have Barnard swag to get the year started. You can also check out the Social Justice Education Resource room - a space for studying, gathering, reading, and organizing. Student Life is located on the third floor of the Diana Center - just follow the colorful pillars!

Barnard Bearings: Making Connections, 9/8 5pm-6:30pm, Sulz Parlor
One of the best things about the college experience is meeting new people and forming relationships across campus. We want you to find meaning and belonging in our community!

The Tutoring and Learning Center Info Session, 9/11 11am-2pm, Diana Center Lobby
Come join us at our table and learn more about working for the Tutoring and Learning Center! We’re always on the lookout for amazing tutors who want to make a difference in the lives of young high school students. This position is a great opportunity to help students in the community while gaining professional skills in effective communication and teaching/tutoring pedagogy.

Athena Center Open House/Info Session, 9/11 12pm-1pm, Vagelos Alumnae Center
The Athena Center for Leadership Studies offers various opportunities for students at Barnard and beyond. Ranging from curricular programs to leadership development workshops, the Athena Center teaches students how to take an active role within their own lives and make informed and strategic decisions that reflect their personal and professional aspirations. Learn more and meet the staff in a casual environment. Light snacks will be served.

Back@Barnard Open Mic., 9/11 5-6:30pm, Liz's Place
This is no ordinary Open Mic! Come by Liz's Place to hear a performance from a fellow student! After she performs, we will open up the room for an Open Mic! Everyone who participates in the Open Mic gets a free frappuccino. All audience members can enjoy free cookies and coffee from Liz's Place.

Financial Fluency 101, 9/11 6:30pm-8pm. LL103 Diana
Start the new semester on the right foot with this interactive workshop on how to manage your money while at Barnard. From loans to credit cards, this is a great opportunity to ensure you make smart decisions when it comes to saving and spending your hard earned cash.

Meet McAC!, 9/11 6:30-8pm, Liz's Place (SLC Office)
Join McAC (McIntosh Activities Council) for an evening of coloring books, crafts, and snacks and get to know members of Barnard’s programming board. Learn about how we plan traditions like Midnight Breakfast, Spirit Week, and Big Sub and how you can get involved! Check our Facebook page for application links and deadlines.

Sophomore S'mores, 9/11 7pm-9pm, Quad Courtyard
Welcome back, Sophomores! Reconnect with your fellow classmates after the long summer in the Quad Courtyard, your last year's home. Come with your roommates or hall mates from your first year or invite a new sophomore transfer student, and enjoy s'mores/sundaes under the stars.

Welcome to SGA Meeting!, 9/11 8pm-9pm, Diana Center Cafe
Welcome to Barnard! We at Barnard's Student Government Association (SGA) would like to invite you to join us at our weekly open meeting held in the Diana Center Cafeteria. With alums of SGA present, we will discuss how SGA has been impactful in the past, how we intend to continue supporting students this year, as well as discuss how YOU can get involved in SGA through First-Year elections or by applying to sit on one of our many committees. Please join us this Monday, September 11th for our first meeting! Pinkberry will be served!

Student Employment 101, 9/12 1pm-2:30pm, James Room
Need a part-time job? Attend the Student Employment 101 Session to learn more about on-campus and off-campus jobs, internships and civic engagement opportunities!

Barnard Convocation, 9/12 4:30pm-6:30pm, Riverside Church
Join the Barnard community for our annual all-school convocation to honor Barnard’s rich history and traditions.

Study Abroad Session, 9/12 7pm-8pm, 409 Barnard
Are you considering spending a semester or a year studying in another country? If so, you should come learn from Dean Wendy Garay how study abroad works at Barnard. In this session, you will hear about how to start the process, choose a program, understand eligibility requirements, fund your time abroad through financial aid and scholarships, and much more!

Departmental Open Houses:

Religion Department Open House, 9/6 11:30am-1:30pm, 218 Milbank
Come hear about the courses and faculty of the religion department! Find out what it means to study religion from an academic perspective.

Chemistry Dept. Open House, 9/6 12pm-1pm, 806 Altschul
Please attend this open house, sponsored by the Barnard Chemical Society (student organization) and the Chemistry Department to get answers to any questions you have about the department, courses, or the chemistry or biochemistry major.

Math Dept. Open House, 9/6 5pm-6pm, 333 Milbank
The Math Dept. Open House is a chance to meet the faculty and other students, learn about math courses and programs, and get answers to your questions. Refreshments will be served.

Education Open House, 9/6 6:30pm-7:30pm, 222 Milbank
Join us as you meet your faculty and learn more about our minors as well as explore our course offerings!

History Department Open House, 9/7 10am-12pm, Event Oval Lobby, Diana Center
History faculty will be at the Event Oval Lobby to meet and greet students and to answer questions.

Biology Department Open House, 9/7 2pm-4pm, 912 Altschul
Come meet faculty members of the Biology department and the Neuroscience and Behavior Program. Learn about the Introductory Biology Sequences, the Biology Major and how to get involved in research or work around the department. Bring your questions, we look forward to meeting you!

Neuroscience & Behavior, 9/7 4pm-5pm, 323 Milbank
New and returning students can learn about the requirements for the major and opportunities for research in the Neuroscience & Behavior program.

Music Dept. Open House, 9/7 4pm-6pm, 324 Milbank
An Introduction the Barnard Music Program presented by Director of Music Gail Archer.

Film Studies Open House, 9/7 4:30pm-6:00pm, 405 Barnard Hall
Come to the Film Program Planning Meeting! You will be able to talk with other prospective and current film students, learn the ins and outs with the major, and speak with faculty about their current classes.

Environmental Science Open House, 9/7 6:30pm-7:30pm, 404 Altschul
Come meet the Environmental Science Department! Learn about being a major or minor while enjoying some light refreshments. Information on our current course offerings, research opportunities, and upcoming trips will be available.

Sociology Department Open House, 9/8 10am-11:30am, 332 Milbank
The Sociology Department Open House is a chance to start off the academic year with an informal social gathering. Faculty will be around to answer any questions about the program or just reconnect after the summer. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us!

Comparative Literature and Translation Studies Open House, 9/8 12pm-1pm, 318 Milbank
Join us to learn about our program, classes, and the major & minor. Have a chance to meet other Comp Lit students and our faculty. All are welcome!

Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures Open House, 9/8 1pm-4pm
The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures invites students interested in the cultures and languages of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea), Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia), South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka), and the Middle East (Arab States, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia) to come and meet each other and our faculty. We are the parallel department to MESAAS and EALAC at Columbia, and the majors are the same. Welcome!

What's happening in the Dance Department for fall 2017?, 9/8 2:30pm-3:30, 306 Barnard Hall
Do you have questions about how dance courses can fulfill Foundations requirements? Do you wonder how you're going to balance studio technique courses, general education requirements, choosing a major, choosing a major advisor or fulfilling major or minor requirements? Are you curious about what courses and events are scheduled in the Dance Department? Come talk to Barnard Dance faculty to meet everyone who's interested in these questions!

Economics Open House, 9/11 12pm-2pm, LeFrak 206
Please come to the Economics Open House if you are a new student considering a major or minor in Economics. Current faculty and experienced majors will be there to answer your questions. Latecomers are welcome; this will be a very informal gathering. Lunch will be served. Please contact Professor Sharon Harrison at if you have any questions.