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CSA Blog September 2014

Strategies for Midterm Preparation (10/3)

Friday, October 3
1:30-2:30 p.m.
401 Lerner

Midterms are just around the corner, so optimize your study sessions and feel confident about your next exam! Athalie Alexander and Sandra Gomez from the Office of Disability Services will show you tips and techniques to create a study plan, prepare effectively, and minimize test anxiety.

Click here to RSVP!

Global Core Petitions are Due: Wednesday, October 1

Columbia College students must complete two courses from the approved list of Global Core courses for a letter grade.

Peer Advising Post: To Drop or Not to Drop (a class)

Peer Advising Post: To Drop or Not to Drop (a class)
By Katie Kester CC '17

CC Drop Deadline Next Week !

It’s the end of September, and we’re a few weeks into the semester.  All of our classes and activities are starting to gear up to full speed.   Now is a good time to ask yourself – am I taking on too much?  Will I be able to successfully to manage all of these classes or is there somewhere I should cut back?

A Conversation with Dede Gardner CC'90, Producer of 12 Years a Slave (10/2)

Join us for a conversation with Dede Gardner CC’90, producer of 12 Years a Slave

Dede Gardner CC’90, producer of the Academy Award-winning Best Picture 12 Years a Slave and president of Plan B Entertainment, joins alumni and students for an intimate conversation where she will explore her acclaimed body of work and journey as a filmmaker.

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Computer Science Info Session for all SEAS, CC, GS, and BC Undergrads (10/20)

Computer Science Department would like to invite you to our major information session. Prof. Adam Cannon, the Associate Chair of the Undergraduate Education, will go over the major requirements, and current CS majors will talk about their experience as CS/Info Science majors.

Monday, October 20
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Davis Auditorium (Shapiro)

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Earth and Environmental Engineering Open House (10/6)

Earth and Environmental Engineering will have an open house on Monday October 6, from 6-7:30 p.m., in Mudd 924. Light refreshments will be served. Prof. Pierre Gentine and Xi Chen will host the open house.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Open House (10/8)

Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering will have their open house on Wednesday, October 8th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in the conference room located in the main office of the EE department.

Interested in Graduate School at Columbia Engineering? (10/7)

You are invited to attend a special information session about applying to graduate school at Columbia Engineering specifically for currently enrolled undergraduate students.

The session details are as follows:

Tuesday, October 7
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Davis Auditorium

Columbia Engineering Outreach Programs

The mission of the Columbia Engineering Outreach Programs is to provide traditionally under-served students with multiple entry points to academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and improve the quality and reach of STEM education at all levels. Activities are designed to encourage sustainable long-term partnerships with local schools.

Scientific Research Workshops: Part II: Research at Columbia: the What, When and How (10/10)

Undergraduate Research Workshop Part II
Research at Columbia: The What, When and How

Friday, October 10

1:00–2:00 p.m.
401 Lerner

CC Drop Deadline is NEXT WEEK!! - Tuesday, October 7

NEXT TUESDAY (10/7) is the last day for Columbia College students to DROP a Fall 2014 class without the mark of W.  After Tuesday (10/7) you have until Thursday, November 13 to withdraw from a course and recieve a W.

Secrets of Grad School Admission (10/10)

Interested in grad school but not sure where to begin? Join us for this panel discussion by admissions professionals, advising staff, and current graduate students in SEAS and GSAS to learn more about what comprises competitive applications, including insider tips about personal statements, letters of recommendation, and more. You will also hear from career, preprofessional, and fellowships advisors about the factors to consider when researching and evaluating graduate programs, application processes, and funding opportunities.

Friday, October 10th

Medical Services Open House (10/2)

We are pleased to announce the completion of the Columbia Health Medical Services 2014 summer renovation. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
John Jay Hall Lounge

Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, September 26.

Refreshments and door prizes will be available for our guests!

Center for Career Education - This Week at CCE: Sept. 22-26, 2014

In This Issue: Sept. 22-26

  1. CCE Employer News - Learn more about full-time positions with SapientNitro, an advertising and marketing agency.
  2. Announcements - jump start your job search, Seniors ; learn about science research; visit the Creative Artists Agency.
  3. Calendar at a Glance: Today, Sept. 22 is the first day of Fall On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) - note: not all industries recruit in this way.

Undergraduate Human Rights Program Open House (10/9)

Are you considering a major/concentration in human rights? Interested in learning more about academic requirements, course advising, and opportunities for human rights students? If so, then come to the UHRP Human Rghts Major and Concentration Info Session on Thursday, October 9 from 5:15 - 5:45 p.m. in the West Ramp Lounge in Lerner Hall

The Open House will be followed by a presentation from the Columbia University Students for Human Rights student group (CUSHR).  Please also stay for Pizza and a talk with Professor Joseph Slaughter, Human Rights DUS.

Post-Change of Program Add/Drop: Remember to Complete Your Request

The Post-Change of Program Add/Drop period started last week.  CC and SEAS students may add or drop courses in SSOL, with faculty or departmental approval, until the drop deadline (CC = Oct 7 and SEAS = Nov 13). Once faculty or departmental approval is granted, students will be sent an email to that effect and then must complete the registration action in SSOL by officially adding/dropping the course to/from their schedule.

CCE Senior Career Kick Off (9/26)

Friday, September 26, 2014
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Center for Career Education Conference Room

Info Session: Columbia Program in Tropical Biology and Sustainability in Kenya (9/29)

In partnership with Princeton, Columbia runs a field semester abroad program in the Spring focusing on ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, environmental engineering, and sustainable development. Based at Princeton's Mpala Research Centre, student also travel to places such as the forested slopes of Mt. Kenya, the wildlife-rich savannas of Laikipia, and the coffee and tea plantations of western Kenya.

Presidential Global Fellowships Information Sessions (9/26)

Supported by a generous grant from President Lee C. Bollinger, the Presidential Global Fellowship funds a highly select group of current first year CC, SEAS and GS students to study abroad in summer 2015. The Fellowship aims to help these students develop a strong global foundation for their Columbia education by supporting them in finding meaningful opportunities to engage a broad range of global topics throughout their undergraduate career.

Info Session: Columbia in Beijing at Tsinghua University (9/24)

Columbia University in Beijing provides a rare opportunity for advanced students to directly enroll in a broad range of courses at Tsinghua University, one of China's top institutions. In order to apply, students must have completed at least three years of college-level Chinese, preferably more, or the equivalent, and have a firm grasp of reading and writing in Chinese. Students who have completed at least two years of Chinese in heritage tracks (W track at Columbia) may also apply. Come learn more on Wednesday, September 24th from 4-5 p.m.

Columbia in Paris Information Session and Art and Music Hum at Reid Hall (9/22)

The Columbia in Paris program located at Reid Hall, Columbia’s Global Center in Europe, offers students an incredible opportunity to master French language skills by engaging in immersive academic coursework in a variety of majors while integrating into French culture. There are NEW opportunities to take Art or Music Humanities at Reid Hall starting Spring 2015. The equivalent of at least two years of college- level French is required to participate in the program.

World Leaders Forum: Pre-event Workshops TODAY (9/19)

At the recommendation of President Bollinger, the UCGT is pleased to add a teaching component to the World Leaders Forum available exclusively to undergraduate students. As part of this special initiative, the UCGT is hosting two pre-event workshops with faculty experts TODAY Friday, September 19th.

Center for Career Education - This Week at CCE: Sept. 15-19, 2014

In This Issue: Sept. 15-19

  1. CCE Employer News - Learn more about our collaboration with the digital advertising and marketing company DigitasLBi.
  2. Announcements - Prepare for the CCE Fall Career Fair on Tuesday, and attend the fair on Friday.
  3. Calendar at a Glance: Sept. 15-19 - Hone your interviewing skills by scheduling a mock interview on Sept. 17, Sept. 23, or Oct. 1.
  4. LionSHARE Opportunities - Apply to work at the NBA, intern with an advertising agency, interview with The Boeing Company, and more.

World Leaders Forum: Sept. 22-26

President Lee C. Bollinger invites you to join him in welcoming global leaders to the 12th annual World Leaders Forum.
Please note the following:

Scientific Research Workshops: Part I: What is Science Research? (9/26)

Scientific Research Workshops

  • Part II:  Research at Columbia: the What, When and How
    • Friday Oct. 10th, 1:00–2:00 p.m., 401 Lerner

New Study Abroad Program in Istanbul Info Sessions Columbia Global Seminar: Byzantine and Modern Greek Encounters (9/18)

Columbia has launched a new spring semester study abroad program in Istanbul, building upon existing relationships with Boğaziçi University and the Columbia Global Center in Turkey. The program is anchored by two seminars, taught by Columbia Professors Martha Howell and Karen Van Dyck, that address the question of how, from the Middle Ages to the present, westerners have interpreted and incorporated features of Greek culture in Istanbul.

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies Information Session (9/16)

Come learn more about studying abroad in Kyoto! Students on the program Take advanced coursework in Japanese language at the 3rd, 4th & 5th year levels plus courses in Japanese studies. Additionally, students participate in a Community Involvement Project  (do volunteer work, join a student club, or study a Japanese art with a mentor) and live with a homestay family.  Need-based Scholarships available and vary between $500-$5,000.

Heyman Center for the Humanities Fall 2014 Program



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Fall 2014 Events

The Writing Center

The Writing Center provides writing support to the entire Columbia community, from first-year undergraduates to faculty. In one-on-one consultations and workshops, our consultants offer feedback and strategies to help you improve at every stage of your writing, from brainstorming to final drafts. To learn more about what happens in a Writing Center consultation, click here.

Writing Center Schedule, Fall 2014

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Last day to Add, DROP or Change a Section of a Core Class: Friday, September 12, 2014 by 5 PM

After this date students MAY NOT drop or change sections of their Core classes (Literature Humanities, Contemporary Civilization, African Civilizations, Art Humanities, Music Humanities, Frontiers of Science).

Students with questions and concerns should see their academic advisers. This Core Drop Date happens much earlier than the regular drop date, so it is imperative that students keep this deadline in mind as they work out their schedules.

Statistics Graders and Help-Room Assistants Needed

The Department of Statistics seeks undergraduates to serve as graders or in help-rooms for undergraduate statistics courses.   Candidates should drop off a transcript as soon as possible with Ms. Dood Kalicharan in the Department office, room 1005 SSW, MC 4690, 1255 Amsterdam Avenue.

Please label your submission Grader/help-room.

The NOW Habit! (9/12)

Academic Success Programs & CSA Academic Resources in Support of Excellence

The NOW Habit!

Friday, September 12, 2014
2:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.
401 Lerner Hall

Dr. Shirley Matthews, will present information on study techniques and time management. This is a great opportunity for students to learn tips that will help them be productive in their studying this semester.

American Studies Open House (9/16)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
5:30-6:30 pm
American Studies Center, 319 Hamilton

Come meet faculty, staff, students and friends of American Studies

Refreshments provided


Thinking about Studying Abroad? Come to the Fair! (10/10)

Come explore your options at the annual Study Abroad Fair. Don't miss this chance to speak with academic program representatives, returned study abroad students, Columbia faculty, and staff from more than 50 approved study abroad programs and international universities. This is the one study abroad event that you don't want to miss! All undergraduates welcome...

Come speak with:

Apply to be a member of the Visiting & Exchange Student Network!

Visiting & Exchange Student Network (VESN)

Did you know that Columbia College and SEAS hosts approximately 80 undergraduate visiting students from universities around the world each semester?
This semester, these students represent over 15 different countries including:

China  ~ Germany  ~  United States  ~ France ~ Switzerland ~ United Kingdom~ Austria~ Canada,

Center for Career Education - This Week at CCE: Sept. 2-5, 2014

Happy first day of classes!

Seniors, you might be starting a full-time job search, evaluating an offer from a summer internship, preparing applications for graduate school, or paralyzed by the thought of leaving Columbia! Irrespective of where you are, prioritize visiting our Center to discuss your plans and connect with employers, alumni, and resources that match your interests. That goes for Juniors, Sophomores and First Years too! Once you're acclimated to classes, visit us and we'll help you to connect with relevant opportunities and resources.

Interested in joining CU-EMS? Come to an info session this week! (9/3) & (9/4)

Information sessions will be held on 9/3 and 9/4 at 8:30pm in Hamilton 408. We will be talking about joining CU-EMS as well as the sponsorship for the EMT-B course that is starting on 9/8. Students who are interested must attend one information session to sign up for an interview slot.

Scheduling an Appointment with Your Adviser

If you have tried to schedule an appointment with your adviser on an iPad or iPhone and encountered trouble, please try again using a desktop or laptop. The web-based system used to set up appointments, is currently being worked on to correct a problem connecting students with adviser availability. Thank you for your understanding.


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