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Event Location and Time: Earl Hall Auditorium, 7 - 11 p.m.

Students are invited to join the Office of the University Chaplain and the Muslim Student Association this month for Ramadan programs every night will students are on campus. The program includes Iftar (meal at sunset) as well as Maghrib and Taraweeh prayers. 

Students are invited to join the Office of the University Chaplain and the Muslim Student Association this month for Ramadan programs every night will students are on campus. The program includes Iftar (meal at sunset) as well as Maghrib and Taraweeh prayers. For more information or questions, please email Amina Darwish, Muslim Student Life Coordinator ad3522@columbia.edu.

Background
In 2019, Ramadan begins Sunday, May 5 at sunset and ends Tuesday, June 4 at sunset. Observation of the start and end dates may vary by one day depending on different schools of thought within the Islamic tradition. The majority of Muslims in America will be observing Ramadan this year on the aforementioned dates. Ramadan is on a lunar calendar and moves up 11 days each year.

Many practicing Muslims observe fasting and additional Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan. Fasting is typically observed by abstaining from food and water from dawn to sunset and is considered mandatory by many Muslims throughout the month of Ramadan.Taraweeh prayers are about two hours every night during Ramadanand are generally considered to be highly recommended rather than mandatory.

For Students

  • Students seeking religious accommodations for their observation of Ramadan should contact their professors as soon as possible.
  • For questions about Ramadan or religious accommodations, please contact Columbia’s Muslim Life Coordinator Amina Darwish at a.darwish@columbia.edu.

Programming
Muslim Life at Columbia is coordinating programming for both fasting and prayers throughout Ramadan.

A. Meals
Iftars, the evening meals during Ramadan, will be held in the Earl Hall auditorium while students are on campus. Specialized iftars include a Commencement iftaron Wednesday, May 22 at 7 pm and an alumni iftar on Friday, May 31at 7 pm. For information about additional iftars at Columbia, please visit the Columbia Muslim Student Association Facebook page.

Columbia Dining is open at JJ’s Place for the pre-dawn meal. All students and Columbia affiliates are welcome in JJ’s Place.

B. Prayer
Providing the Taraweeh prayers on campus gives students, staff and faculty the flexibility to attend as often as their schedules permit. Taraweeh prayers will be offered every night in Earl Hall starting Sunday, May 5 from 10 pm to 12 am.

Posted: May 14

Throughout the academic year, GS Student Life and the Dean of Students Office host a variety of events for the GS community in which Student Life volunteers may be involved. These events include Postbac Planning Day, New Student Orientation, meet & greets, alumni events, and memorials. Through their service, volunteers have the opportunity to develop relationships with new and current students and administrators, as well as to foster a welcoming community for postbac students.

Throughout the academic year, GS Student Life and the Dean of Students Office host a variety of events for the GS community in which Student Life volunteers may be involved. These events include Postbac Planning Day, New Student Orientation, meet & greets, alumni events, and memorials. Through their service, volunteers have the opportunity to develop relationships with new and current students and administrators, as well as to foster a welcoming community for postbac students.

Apply

Posted: May 6

The School of General Studies Academic Resource Center (ARC) is hiring tutors.

Description
The ARC is dedicated to supporting the diverse nontraditional student body at GS in achieving academic excellence, and we could not do this without our talented staff of Columbia undergraduate, postbac, and graduate students.

At the ARC, our approach is 100 percent student-centered. We understand that every student comes into the University with unique educational and life experiences; our job is to provide the resources necessary to translate each unique resume into a successful Columbia experience. That’s true for the students we support, and it’s true for the student tutors, coaches, and administrative staff who join our team.

Our tutors are our front lines in supporting students in math, science, economics, and foreign languages. As a tutor, you would:

  • Provide academic support to students in specific subject areas, individually and in pairs
  • Facilitate larger recitation-style review groups
  • Assist students in developing good learning strategies and habits
  • Help alert GS students to other resources available to them
  • Increase your own mastery of the subject you tutor
  • Gain valuable professional development through regular training and close contact with ARC leadership

Tutoring is a challenging and rewarding experience. It requires dedication and a genuine interest in helping others through the learning process. It offers the chance to develop intellectually and professionally, and to make a real contribution to the Columbia community. If that is of interest, we sincerely hope you will apply.

The School of General Studies Academic Resource Center (ARC) is hiring tutors for the summer 2019 and fall 2019 semesters. The ARC is in need of tutors for the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics I & II
  • Calculus: Pre-calculus, Calc. I, II, & III
  • Statistics
  • Calculus-based Statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Economics: Principles of Econ, Intermediate Macro and Micro, and Intro to Econometrics
  • French

Compensation
$20 per hour- undergraduate students; $25 per hour- graduate and postbac students

Apply
For more information and to apply, please visit the ARC website

Posted: April 25

Alice! Health Promotion is hiring an information specialist to gather facts, resources, and the latest research findings for Go Ask Alice!, Columbia’s health Q&A Internet resource as well as submit comprehensive research documents that Go Ask Alice! writers use when writing responses for publication.

Position Description
Alice! Health Promotion is hiring an information specialist to gather facts, resources, and the latest research findings for Go Ask Alice!, Columbia’s health Q&A Internet resource as well as submit comprehensive research documents that Go Ask Alice! writers use when writing responses for publication.

Position Responsibilities

  • Gathering, reviewing, and organizing information from reputable medical and scientific literature, websites, and other sources to be used for Go Ask Alice! website content.
  • Recording researched information as detailed reports to be used by writers to prepare new or update existing answers for the Go Ask Alice! website.
  • Consulting by phone or e-mail with medical providers and health professionals while researching.
  • As requested, reviewing and offering feedback on answers based on research prior to live posting on the Go Ask Alice! website.
  • Assisting with the site’s overall production.
  • Performing basic clerical and administrative tasks, including typing, filing, sorting mail, answering telephones, running errands, and greeting and directing visitors, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned, which will include, but is not limited to, participation in professional development workshops, supporting unit-wide events and initiatives, and attendance at all-Alice! staff meetings.

Position Requirements

  • Strong research skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to synthesize complex information into familiar language for a broad audience
  • Ability to work with sensitive health-related content
  • Familiarity with health and science

Time Commitment
The selected students must be available 10 hours per week to work in the Alice! Health Promotion office between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Apply
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to alice@columbia.edu with the position title as the subject line.

Posted: April 24

Students are invited to preview and test the new School of General Studies website to help improve the user experience. Sessions will be approximately 45 minutes in length and take place in 612 Lewisohn. Participants will be selected on a rolling basis and receive a $25 Amazon gift card for their participation.

Students are invited to preview and test the new School of General Studies website to help improve the user experience. Sessions will be approximately 45 minutes in length and take place in 612 Lewisohn. Participants will be selected on a rolling basis and receive a $25 Amazon gift card for their participation.

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Posted: April 16

T-shirts featuring the GS shield, as well as GS baseball caps, are available for sale exclusively in the Columbia University Bookstore.

T-shirts featuring the GS shield, as well as GS baseball caps, are available for sale exclusively in the Columbia University Bookstore!

If you have trouble locating them, please ask a sales associate for assistance.

Posted: April 16

Please tell us about yourself or other students you think we should feature on the GS website and social media accounts, as well as other channels.

GS is full of extraordinary students doing amazing things and we would like to share more of those stories. Please use this form to tell us about yourself or other students you think we should feature on the GS website and social media accounts, as well as other channels.

Note: No stories will be shared without the consent of the student.

Posted: April 10

GS students are encouraged to complete the Columbia GS Newsletters Feedback Survey.

Students interested in helping improve the way we post and circulate important information to all GS students are invited to participate in the Columbia GS Newsletters Feedback Survey.

Application Deadline: Thurs., May 23, 5 p.m.

The Office of Admissions and the University Visitors Center are looking for Ambassadors/Tour Guides to represent GS and the nontraditional undergraduate degree program.

Position Description
The Office of Admissions and the University Visitors Center are looking for Ambassadors/Tour Guides to represent GS and the nontraditional undergraduate degree program.

These positions offer current students the opportunity to meet prospective and incoming students and share their experiences and knowledge with them. Ambassadors/Tour Guides will lead prospective students and their guests ona tour of the historic Morningside campus, sharing personal insights and campus history.

Guides will work closely with the Office of Admissions to perform additional responsibilities, including telecounseling and answering prospective student questions on message boards.

Guides will represent their personal GS program, yet on occasion, guides from one group will be asked to give tours for other groups: for example, GS undergrads may give tours to prospective Postbac Premed students. Ample training will provided for all guides.

Position Requirements

  • Must love GS and Columbia University and want to talk about it with prospective and admitted students and guests
  • Must be customer-service oriented, articulate, and have good public speaking skills
  • Must be conscientious, reliable, and team-oriented
  • Good memorization skills necessary
  • Interest in campus history and involvement in student life a plus
  • Must be in good academic standing

Time Commitment and Scheduling
Training will begin on Moday, June 3.

Ambassadors lead tours for prospective students throughout the summer. Typically, Friday tours run from 1 to 2:30 p.m., while Wednesday tours run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Occasional Thursday tours run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The tour calendar varies based on the time of year.

Requirements

  • 3-4 hours/month
  • Summer commitment (June-August 2019); longer commitment and academic year availability welcomed

Training
A comprehensive training is required for all new guides, including:

  • Shadowing current tour guides on at least three tours
  • Attending at least two information sessions with prospective students
  • Giving at least one mock tour to GS Communications staff and current tour guides

Employment Type
Work-study or casual

Compensation
$16/hour

Apply
To apply, fill out an application and send your resume to:

Chris Quach,
Graduate Assistant, Columbia University Visitors Center
clq2107@columbia.edu

and

Robert Pettersen
Senior Admissions Manager
rjp2114@columbia.edu

Graduating seniors are invited to attend end-of-year departmental receptions for the department(s) in which they are majoring and concentrating. Some departments request RSVPs in advance; please check deadlines.

Event Description

Graduating seniors are invited to attend end-of-year departmental receptions for the department(s) in which they are majoring and concentrating. 

Upcoming Receptions

Political Science
Date and Time: Tues., May 21, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: 707 IAB

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Date and Time: Tues., May 21, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Schermerhorn 603
RSVP to Yasmin Yabyabin

Sociology
Date and Time: Tues., May 21, 12 p.m.
Location: 606 West 122nd Street, 5th Floor, 509 Knox Hall
Description: For graduates and their families.

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Date and Time: Tues., May 21, 12 - 3 p.m.
Location: 420 Hamilton Hall 

Chemistry and Biology
Date and Time: Tues., May 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: 7th Floor Lounge, Havemeyer Hall
Description: For Chemistry and Biology Department Majors, Concentrators; families welcome.

Physics and Astronomy 
Date and Time: Tues., May 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: 
800 Pupin Hall - Theory Center
Description:
 For Physics and Astronomy Majors; families welcome.

History
Date and Time: Tues., May 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Center, IAB 1501
Description: For History Majors, Concentrators; families welcome.

Comparative Literature and Society
Date and Time: Tues., May 21, 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Deutsches Haus, 420 W 116th St
RSVP

East Asian Languages and Cultures
Date and Time: Tues., May 21, 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: 
403 Kent Hall
Description:
 Department honors and prizes will be announced.

Film and Media Studies
Date and Time: Tues., May 21, 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: 
507 Dodge Hall

Ecology, Evolution, Environmental Biology
Date and Time: Wed., May 22, 8 a.m.
Location: Room 1015, Schermerhorn Ext.

Computer Science
Date and Time: Wed., May 22, 12 p.m.
Location: CS Department, 4th Floor Mudd
Description: For graduating majors and concentrators in computer science, computer engineering, information science and CS/Math students and their families. 

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Date and Time: Wed., May 22, 12 p.m.
Location: 401 Knox Hall
Description: For graduating majors and concentrators; friends and family welcome. Email Michael Fishman to RSVP with number of guests.

Linguistics
Date and Time: Wed., May 22, 12 p.m.
Location: 709 Hamilton Hall

Music
Date and Time: Wed., May 22, 12 p.m.
Location: 620 Dodge
Description: For graduating majors; friends and family welcome.

Philosophy
Date and Time: Wed., May 22, 12 - 2 p.m.
Location: 7th Floor, Philosophy

Slavic
Date and Time:
 Wed., May 22, 12 p.m.
Location: 709 Hamilton

Statistics
Date and Time: Wed., May 22, 12 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: 10th Floor Lounge, SSW
Description: For Statistics majors; families welcome. 

Architecture
Date and Time: Wed., May 22, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: McCagg Gallery, 4th Floor, Diana Center
Description: For graduating majors and concentrators.

Classics
Date and Time:
Wed., May 22, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: 
618 Hamilton Hall
Description:
 For graduating majors and concentrators; friends and families welcome.

Germanic Languages
Date and Time: Wed., May 22, 12:30 - 1 p.m.
Location:
405 Hamilton

Weatherhead East Asian Institute 
Date and Time: Wed., May 22, 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: Room 918, IAB 
Description: RSVP to Lucy March

Anthropology
Date and Time: Wed., May 22, 1 p.m.
Location: 606 West 122nd Street, 5th Floor, 509 Knox Hall
Description: For Anthropology majors, MAs and PHDs

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