May 2012 ODS Newsletter

Happy last-day-of-classes to all (4/30)--and welcome to the SP'12 Reading Period! All of us in ODS wish you the best on your remaining coursework and tests--and we'll see many of you in the coming week during final exams from Fri 5/4-Thur 5/10.  If you need some fresh ideas for places to study or find peace and quiet--please stop by ODS to pick up a copy of *47 Places to Relax and Revive in Morningside Heights*.

ODS Free Massage Day!

As ODS veterans know--this is one of our most popular events: a day to take a break and do something nice for yourself by having a 30-min free massage with Barnard 's own Chenita Townsend, LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist). Chenita will be available this Wed 5/2 from 10am-5pm in the FIT-Bear Room, tunnel level Barnard Hall--by appointment only. Sign-ups must be *in-person* in ODS beginning at 10am tomorrow (Tue 5/1)--first-come first-served so please come by early to get your spot on the massage table!

Senior Exit Interviews

Just a reminder to all graduating seniors to call Susan L to set up your Senior Exit Interview (15-20min) with either Okie (LD/ADD students) or Susan Q (all others). These brief mtgs are very helpful in letting us know what things have been helpful during your time at Barnard--and also can assist us with new services or ideas for the future. Thanks in advance for taking the time to talk with us--and congratulations once again on your graduation!

DARA: Disability Access Recognition Awards

Thinking back on the past semester--has there been a member of our community (faculty, student or staff) who has been especially supportive, understanding and/or creative in working with you and responding to your disability-related needs? If so, please nominate them for a DARA! All we need from you is a simple email with your name, the name of the nominee and the reason for nomination: "I would
like to nominate this individual for an access award because..."


Calling all students who would like to serve as an ODS peer mentor in the coming academic year! During the summer, we will be sending *Welcome to Barnard* emails to all new self-identified members of the Class of 2016--and we include the first name and email address of a current student with a disability (E-Mentor) who the new student can be in touch with online re: any questions she may have about ODS and Barnard. We need E-Mentors in all disability categories--and although it's a very minimal time commitment--it is also a wonderful way to welcome new students with disabilities to our community. Please email squinby@barnard and ods@barnard if interested--and thanks!