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One of the more disconcerting parts of growing older, I’ve discovered, is watching the subtle change in who remembers your birthday. When I was growing up, my father would herald the occasion by marching into my room in the morning with a yellow rose he had picked from the garden. My mother would follow behind with balloons and presents. That was nice. More recently, though, the most regular celebrants have been my dentist’s office (Happy Birthday! Time for your annual cleaning!) and, sadly, my insurance agent (Happy Birthday! Time for—what? Another tick up the actuarial charts??) This year, my daughter inaugurated the day by throwing up in the kitchen sink and then, somewhat sheepishly, wishing me well. At least she remembered.

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With a double-major in economics and Russian regional studies and a minor in psychology, Mariya Meshcheryakova '12 is fluent in the art of bridging diverse academic areas.

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On April 20, more than 400 alumnae and friends of Barnard College gathered at New York’s historic plaza hotel for the school’s annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction: Igniting Excellence. Featuring live and silent auctions in addition to an online auction, the event raised a total of 1.7 million dollars for Barnard’s financial aid program.

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Reunion offers an opportunity for the alumnae association to recognize especially distinguished graduates who have achieved renown in their professions, or contributed their time and talents selflessly on behalf of Barnard as volunteers.

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The advent of the Kindle and iPad has changed not what we read but how we read it. Before these devices, we obtained books in stores, libraries, or through friends and mail-order clubs; we tucked one into a bag or briefcase, and when we read it, turning the pages, we savored the movement of the bulk from the right side to the left as it neared the end. Although books on tape (now on Cd) changed where and when we could enjoy a book by turning it into a listening experience, new media devices maintain the need for active and involved reading. While online publishing allows otherwise unknown authors a place to sell their work, e-books allow us to carry a multitude of books in one compact device. In response to these massive changes taking place, book publishers are rethinking their approach to the business.

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“Accidental librarian” Lisa Norberg plans to bring innovations to Barnard’s library system.

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Sharing your expertise through powerful arguments

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How to banish nervousness and insecurity

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Slideshow of reunion 2010

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