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Posted: March 23

All School of General Studies offices will close at 3 p.m. on Fri., March 24. This includes both the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Educational Financing. 

All School of General Studies offices will close at 3 p.m. on Fri., March 24. This includes both the Dean of Students and the Office of Educational Financing. All GS offices will resume normal business hours on Mon., March 27 at 9 a.m.

Posted: March 23

The Academic Planning and Administration Office of Columbia College is seeking a student to work part-time as an Academic Planning and Administration Bulletin Assistant. The student will serve as the Assistant Editor of the Columbia College Bulletin.

Position Dates: April - July 2017

Position Description
The Academic Planning and Administration Office provides resources for Columbia College students, all instructors teaching Columbia College students, and all faculty and staff charged with advising Columbia College students in the academic departments. 
The Academic Planning and Administration Bulletin Assistant serves as the Assistant Editor of the Columbia College Bulletin. The main function of this position is copy editing and proofreading submissions from academic departments and administrative offices.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in editing information submitted by various departments and preparing information to be added to the Columbia College Bulletin
  • Using the Columbia College style guide to provide editing for language, spelling, style, grammar, punctuation, and formatting, to ensure language consistency across all Bulletin text submitted by academic departments and administrative offices
  • Entering edited text into Bulletin systems: CourseLeaf Catalog (CAT) and CourseLeaf Course Inventory Management (CIM)
  • Assisting in training new CourseLeaf users and coordinates with Columbia College Information Technologies (CCIT) on CIM issues raised by users
  • Assisting with event planning for the Columbia College Class Day (i.e. graduation) and University Commencement activities, such as the Awards and Prizes ceremony and Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony

Position Requirements

  • Excellent verbal, oral, and written skills as well as interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Proficiency with PC computers, MS Word and Excel

Time Commitment
Part-time; 10-15 hrs/week in April and May, 25-30 hrs/week in June, 10-15 hrs/week per week in July, until mid-July

Employment Type
Casual

Compensation
$14 - $15 per hour, commensurate with experience

Apply
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Amy Khon, Assistant Director of Academic Planning and Administration.

Posted: March 10

GS Speaks is a workshop series designed to give students the opportunity to speak in public more often, more skillfully, and with greater confidence.

Event Description

Public speaking comes in many forms: in front of a crowd, at the head of a seminar table, across the desk from an interviewer, and more. GS Speaks is a workshop series designed to give students the opportunity to speak in public more often, more skillfully, and with greater confidence.

Workshop Schedule

GS Speaks: Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Fri., March 24, 12-1 p.m.
Lewisohn Hall 212A

GS Speaks: What’s Your Thing? Conquering the Fear of Public Speaking
Fri., March 31, 12-1 p.m.
Lewisohn Hall 602

GS Speaks: Other Kinds of Public Speaking
Fri., April 7, 12-1 p.m.
Lewisohn Hall 212A

GS Speaks: Recapping and Putting Skills into Practice
Fri., April 14, 12-1 p.m.
Lewisohn Hall 602

Posted: March 2

Registration for all three summer sessions is currently open. Course descriptions and additional information are available on the Columbia Summer 2017 website.

Event Description

Registration for all summer sessions opened on Mon., Feb. 27. Course descriptions and additional information are available on the Columbia Summer 2017 website.

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors prior to registration to discuss program requirements. For important information about taking summer courses as a GS student, visit the Summer Courses page.

Upcoming Registration Deadlines

Summer Session 1 (D): Mon., May 22 - Fri. June 30
Regular Registration Period: Mon., Feb. 27 - Mon., May 22
Late Registration Period: Tues., May 23 - Fri., May 26

Summer Session 2 (Q): Mon., July 3 - Fri., Aug. 11
Regular Registration Period: Mon., Feb. 27 - Mon., July 3
Late Registration Period: Wed., July 5 - Mon., July 10

12 - Week Session (X): Mon., May 22 - Fri., Aug. 11
Regular Registration Period: Mon., Feb. 27 - Mon., May 22
Late Registration Period: Tues., May 23 - Fri., May 26

Posted: Feb. 28

Students are encouraged to participate in an important assessment. The Student Health Survey is used to gain a better understanding of the health behaviors of students at Columbia University and your participation will ensure that GS students are represented.

Students are encouraged to participate in an important assessment. The Student Health Survey is used to gain a better understanding of the health behaviors of students at Columbia University and your participation will ensure that GS students are represented. The survey has been sent to students' LionMail addresses. Gift cards and travel vouchers are offered through a random drawing to all survey participants.

The survey is confidential. Students will not be asked to put include their name or other identifying information on the survey or any official documentation of this research, and only aggregate data will be used.  Further information can be found here.

Posted: Feb. 21

GS students who will be outside of the United States on Columbia-related travel during or after the summer 2017 term must work with the office organizing their travel to ensure they comply with the new Undergraduate International Travel Policy.

The below email was recently sent to all undergraduates, introducing the University’s new Undergraduate International Travel Policy. GS students who will be outside of the United States on Columbia-related travel during or after the summer 2017 term must work with the office organizing their travel to ensure they comply with the Undergraduate International Travel Policy. Although this new policy adds a few additional steps to the pre-departure process, it does not replace any of the requirements already in place across the University (i.e., ISOS MyTrips, etc.). Students with any questions or concerns about this new policy should contact gsinternational@columbia.edu.  


Dear Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and General Studies Students,

We are writing to let you know about our new Undergraduate International Travel Policy, which applies to any student global travel that is organized, funded, arranged or recognized by Columbia taking place on or after Tuesday, May 2, 2017. This is a complement to the University’s International Travel Planning Policy, which was updated this spring.

Our policy mandates that once you have been accepted into a global program or secured an independent global opportunity, you must obtain school-level approval by completing the School Sponsorship application before traveling out of the United States. This policy applies to all international academic, service, internship or research trips coordinated through the Center for Career Education, the Office of Global Programs and Fellowships, and Undergraduate Student Life, as well as experiences organized or funded in any way by a faculty member, recognized student group, department, institute, program, or school in the University.

We realize that this may seem like an extra logistical step in an already complicated process, but we assure you that it is for your own safety and well-being. We encourage you to take advantage of global experiences at Columbia, and consider them to be important parts of your undergraduate education; however, we also realize that traveling abroad can entail risk, even for the most seasoned travelers. Preparing for an enriching and safe experience in each global destination requires a different strategy, and should there be an emergency, we need to know how to reach you.

To complete a School Sponsorship application, you must login to the Undergraduate Travel Web App no later than four weeks prior to your departure, and must update your application with any changes to your itinerary while abroad. You are also required to be in compliance with the University’s policy, which includes maintaining adequate health insurance with international coverage while abroad.

You can visit the travel policy website for more information about the Undergraduate International Travel Policy and to learn the steps you must take prior to departure. If you have questions about how this policy will affect you or your upcoming travel, please email utrc@columbia.edu.

Sincerely,

Peter J. Awn
Dean
School of General Studies

Mary C. Boyce
Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

James J. Valentini
Dean of Columbia College and
Vice President for Undergraduate Education

Posted: Jan. 30

The ARC's Reading and Argument Coaching Program is designed to help students in humanities and social sciences classes make sense of their reading assignments and to learn to form arguments in response.  

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) invites students to take advantage of the Reading and Argument Coaching Program, which is designed to help students taking social sciences and humanities courses to make sense of their reading assignments and to learn to form arguments in response. Spring 2017 appointments have now opened. To learn more and to book an appointment, please see the ARC website.

Event Date and Time: Tues., March 28, 9:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Event Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall

Students are invited to join Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response for “Diversity and Cultural Competency: Towards Inclusiveness in Sexual Assault Prevention and Response”, a training by Dr. Alan Berkowitz, PhD. 

Event Description
Join Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response for “Diversity and Cultural Competency: Towards Inclusiveness in Sexual Assault Prevention and Response”, a training by Dr. Alan Berkowitz, PhD.

Dr. Berkowitz will be conducting two separate trainings. Individuals who wish to participate can attend a single session or both. For participants who wish to attend both trainings please make sure to RSVP for both sessions.

Session 1: Overview of Critical Issues: Bringing Intersectionality and Cultural Competency Into Our Work
Time: 9:15 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Session 2: Looking at Best Practices from a Culturally Inclusive Perspective: Bystander Intervention and the Social Norms Approach
Time: 12:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Register

Application Deadline: Thurs., April 6, 5 p.m.

GS Student Life invites students to apply to serve as Orientation Leaders for the Fall 2017 New Student Orientation Program (NSOP).

GS Student Life invites students to apply to serve as Orientation Leaders for the Fall 2017 New Student Orientation Program (NSOP).

Time Commitment

Orientation Leaders are required to attend all of the following events:

  • Orientation Leader Study Break: Wed., May 3, 2 - 4 p.m.
  • OL Training: Thurs., Aug. 24, 1 - 5 p.m. and Fri., Aug. 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Week of Orientation:
    • Mandatory Programs: Mon., Aug. 28, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Tues., Aug. 29, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Speed Meeting and Pizza Party: Tues., Aug. 29, 7 - 9 p.m.
    • Community Forum: Wed., Aug. 30, 6 - 11 p.m.
    • NYC Event: Thurs., Aug. 31, 6 - 11 p.m.
    • In addition to the events above, OLs are required to sign up for four NSOP events during the week of Tues., Aug. 29 - Sun., Sept. 3.

Position Description

  • Aid in the execution of Orientation events
  • Foster a welcoming community for incoming GS students during Orientation
  • Interact with new students and share your experiences with GS and Columbia
  • Serve as a representative of the School of General Studies
  • Work with a diverse team of OLs
  • Work with GS administration 
  • Serve as a mandatory reporter for sexual violence during the week of Orientation

Position Requirements

  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Must be able to work in a diverse team environment
  • Must be punctual and dependable
  • Must be proud to be a GS student
  • Must have excellent communication skills and a desire to work with incoming students

Interviews
A 15-minute individual interview and a 90-minute group interview are required of all applicants. Please provide your availability, and your interview will be scheduled after submitting the application.

Contact
Students who have any questions regarding the Orientation Leader position or the application should contact gsorientation@columbia.edu.

Apply

Featured: Architecture
Date and Time: Wed., April 12, 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: 
McCagg Gallery, 4th Floor, Diana Center

Students are invited to attend department open houses, where they will have the opportunity to learn about courses offered, as well as requirements for declaring a major or concentration. Research, internships, and job opportunities will also be discussed.

Event Description

Students are invited to attend department open houses, where they will have the opportunity to learn about courses offered, as well as requirements for declaring a major or concentration. Research, internships, and job opportunities will also be discussed.

Upcoming Open Houses

Architecture
Date and Time: Wed., April 12, 12 - 1 p.m.
Location:
McCagg Gallery, 4th Floor, Diana Center

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