Counseling and Behavioral Health

Are you feeling stressed, depressed, worried about yourself, having problems in relationships, feeling overwhelmed by life and NYU? If so, you can speak with a counselor confidentially about these and other personal issues.
Contact Counseling and Behavioral Health at 212.998.4780 to make an appointment with Margaret Bailey, LCSW in the Office of Counseling and Student Services, 82 Washington Square East, 2nd floor. You may also contact Ms. Bailey directly at 212.998.506
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‘Tis the Season to Give 2009

Be a part of the NYU Season of Giving from November 4th to December 16th. Steinhardt is hosting a drop-off location in the 1st floor lobby of Pless Hall to help you donate non-perishable food, gently worn coats, and unopened toiletries.

Quick Notes for Effective Study Strategies

  • Set up regular times to study. Studying should become a habit, like going to the gym or getting up in the morning and brushing your teeth, part of your regular routine. Something you don’t even think about anymore.
  • Studying will also be more effective if you have more frequent shorter blocks of time rather than the ubiquitous "all-nighter".
  • Learn effective study strategies. Making charts, outline, highlight, color-code notes, rewrite notes, use index cards, etc.
  • And learn to read effectively.
    • Preview the material. Ask yourself what do you need to get out of the material.
    • Read the material but make it an active pursuit. Highlight, take notes, outline, answer questions that have been raised.
    • Review the material. Did you answer the questions you set up for yourself? Are you able to outline the material? A good exercise is to explain the material to someone else.
  • Do not sabotage yourself. Know yourself. If you are a night owl, then don’t set the alarm clock for 6 am. It just isn’t going to happen. If you are an early bird then don’t plan on staying up until 3 am. It just sets you up for failure.

Jeanne Bannon, Director of Counseling and Student Services, invites you to one of her Study Skills Workshops. Call or email her for an appointment at or 998-5065.

Advisement for the Spring Semester

November marks the time in the semester to meet with your advisor to plan your Spring schedule, and to look forward to other opportunities for academic study. In preparation, it is important that you review some of the policies and procedures that guide your study; that you be aware of your progress toward completion of degree requirements; that you be prepared to discuss your next steps.

Advisement is a “right” and a “responsibility”, and is at its best when both you and your advisor work in partnership throughout the advisement process. As you plan, take advantage of opportunities that will enrich your academic experience:

The Collective Conversation on Advisement, Steinhardt’s group of faculty, advisors, student affairs staff, and students, will be meeting year long to engage together in conversation about advisement. The goal is to understand our different ways of delivering advisement in the School, and to improve advising services to students. The collective plans to define overarching principles that guide Steinhardt advisement, and complete a portfolio of best practices by department.

We say that advisement is at its best when both student and advisor work in partnership together. Would you take a few minutes to tell us what you think? What should be our guiding principles? Role of the student? Role of the advisor?

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H1N1 Preparation for the Fall 2009 Semester

Dear NYU Students & Parents:

The start of the academic year at New York University is upon us and a few short days from now, we will be welcoming both new and ongoing students back to campus for the Fall semester.

As expected, H1N1 flu has remained a focus of attention for health authorities and providers, including campus health officials across the country. Consistent with the advice of public health authorities, NYU plans to remain operational and continue our educational mission in the face of possible outbreaks on campus.

New York University has prepared throughout the spring and summer to address the expected increase in the number of flu cases this fall as students and staff return to classes (please refer to for a brief summary of our planning and the latest updates throughout the academic year).

At this juncture, we are writing to remind you of the ways in which you as a student and as a parent, can help yourself and your son or daughter – and, by extension, the entire NYU community – to prevent the unnecessary spread of flu and infection. For students studying abroad for the entire semester, please consult with the Student Life staff upon arrival at the site for specific guidelines as not all of the following will apply.

First, if you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches) before coming to campus for the start of classes, please wait until you are fever free (at rest, temperature less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit) for at least
24 hours before arriving. Please e-mail to advise us that you will be arriving late and this office will notify your academic advisers about any absences from orientation activities or classes. If you are living in the residence hall, your assignment will be secured by emailing from your NYUHome account with the subject line "DELAYED CHECK- IN" about your illness and anticipated move-in date.

Second, if you have any chronic illnesses such as asthma or diabetes, please make sure that you discuss with your personal health professional any precautions that you might need to take prior to coming to campus. You can also call to discuss your concerns with a NYU Student Health Center (SHC) clinician at 212-443-1000.
– All students, whether living in NYU Housing or off campus, should also consider preparing a "stay at home kit" with over the counter items such as a thermometer, fever reducing medicine (e.g. acetaminophen, ibuprofen, but not aspirin), surgical masks (to be used when ill and in shared space environments), Gatorade and other electrolyte type drinks, and a few nonperishable food items such as protein bars, and soups. Although the University will provide food and other supplies to ill students living in NYU Housing (see section below "Where Can You Go To Get Help If You Are Sick With the Flu?"), it is always good to be prepared.
– If you get sick during the semester, please stay in your residence hall room if you live on campus, or apartment/house if you live off campus; stay away from class and other public areas until you are fever free for 24 hours.
Contact a friend, parent, or a resident assistant (RA) if you live in NYU Housing, so that someone knows you are ill and how that person can assist you.
– Students living in residence halls who are from the local area are advised to return home to recover from their illness until they are fever free and able to return to campus.
– Call the NYU Student Health Center if you need any advice or have any concerns at 212-443-1000.
– If you are ill, your instructors are being asked to be flexible in their approach to student absences because of the flu. This self-isolation will give your body time to recuperate and will help prevent the unnecessary spread of the flu to others.

– How Will You Know If You Have the Flu?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines flu-like illness this way: A fever of 100.4F or greater, plus a cough or sore throat and possibly other symptoms like runny nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, vomiting or diarrhea. Fever is often a key factor, although it is not always present with H1N1 flu. If you have the other symptoms listed but have no fever, call your personal health professional or the NYU Student Health Center for advice.

– Where Can You Go To Get Help If You Are Sick With the Flu?

You may not need to see a health professional if your symptoms are mild. When in doubt, call your personal health professional or call the NYU Student Health Center at 212-443-1000 or consult the SHC website at for the latest advice and guidance. The vast majority of people who become ill have mild to moderate severity and recover fully in a week or less, without any medical intervention. However, if you are ill with flu and are pregnant or have any chronic illness, please call your personal health professional or the Student Health Center right away.

If you miss class because you are ill, please contact your instructors directly to request an accommodation. In addition, please also notify your academic adviser. If this is not possible, you may contact for assistance.

If you become ill with flu and are staying in NYU residence halls, the University will make arrangements to provide food for you in your room.
Residence hall staff will be checking on students regularly and transportation to the NYU Student Health Center will be made available for those who require an assessment but cannot get there under their own power. Always call the Student Health Center first when you have a concern. However, if you are having trouble breathing, or have severe symptoms, call 911 or NYU Public Safety (212-
998-2222) for immediate assistance.

– How Can I Decrease My Chances of Getting Flu?

The best way to stay healthy is to wash your hands often and vigorously for 30 seconds with soap and water, cough or sneeze into a tissue, or if not available, into your elbow or sleeves BUT NOT into your hands. Keep your hands away from your face. Hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol are also effective when soap and water are not immediately available, especially prior to eating, or after shaking hands or touching high traffic and high usage hard surfaces (phones, computer keyboards, etc). While you can count on NYU to be vigilant in keeping high traffic areas clean, it is important that each student take precautions to increase our ability to reduce the spread of germs and flu.

We expect seasonal influenza vaccine to become available in mid to late September and will inform the NYU student community on how to obtain a vaccination. Similarly, when H1N1 vaccine becomes available (although delays are anticipated), students will also be notified.

Stay informed by checking the Student Health Center website at regularly for advice and updates as we expect that public health guidance will be updated and summarized regularly for the NYU community.

Our best wishes for a successful academic year,

Linda Mills
Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and University Life

Henry Chung, M.D.
Associate Vice President, Student Health


Additional resources:

Information on the NYU response to the flu:

Information on the flu from U.S. health officials:

Recommendations for colleges and universities:

Volunteer Research Assistants Needed

Volunteer Research Assistants Needed for a research project examining positive parenting beliefs and practices in low-income African American communities.

Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Jacqueline Mattis and Dr. Christine McWayne Department of Applied Psychology

  • A collaborative partnership project with Head Start centers throughout New York City • A study aimed to develop culturally relevant measures to assess parenting in low-income African American communities
  • Develop your research skills and volunteer in an early childhood preschool setting!
  • Work alongside research team members;
  • Volunteer in a Head Start preschool classroom;
  • Gain training in qualitative and quantitative data collection/entry, community-based research, and focus group methodology!

If you are:

  • Dependable,
  • Enjoy community work, and
  • Able to volunteer at least two mornings a week
  • We want to hear from you!

Contact Project Manager: Linnie Green

From the Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Ceremonies, rituals and celebrations in May will mark the academic achievements of undergraduate and graduate students in the Class of 2009. Graduating students and their families will gather at Yankee Stadium for the University Commencement Exercises and at Radio City Music Hall for the Steinhardt Baccalaureate Ceremony and the Valedictory Celebration, and at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts for the Doctoral Convocation.

Around the same time, we are planning activities and events that are our traditions for welcoming incoming students.

If you intend to enroll for summer study and/or resume your studies in the fall, it is also time to meet with your advisors to discuss your academic progress and your next semester’s class schedule. How is your own educational planning moving you closer to

your career goals? Are there academic options that can further enrich your academic experience? Take the Challenge, Take Charge, and Work It Out! Take advantage of the many opportunities noted in the following pages that will enhance your studies and promote personal growth and development. Be involved! Stay informed! Visit our Web site

frequently at

Best wishes on final projects and examinations. Drop by our office and/or email us at Stay in touch. We want to know how you are doing and be of assistance in the ways that we can.


All About Graduation

April 2009

20-25 Senior Week

25      Senior Formal, 8 pm-1 am, New York Hilton

27      Strawberries & Champagne Toast to the Class of 2009, 6-8 pm, Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Fl.

MAY 2009

8        Doctoral Convocation, 3 pm, The Skirball Center for Performing Arts

11      Baccalaureate Ceremony, 11:30 am, Radio City Music Hall

11      Valedictory Celebration, 3:30 pm, Radio City Music Hall

12      Grad Alley, a Commencement eve celebration, 5-8 pm, on and around the Square

13      177th All-University Commencement Exercises*, 11 am, Yankee Stadium (See below)

On Wednesday, May 13th, the NYU community will join together to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2009 in the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The Stadium is the new home to the 26-time World Series Champion New York Yankees.

With banners flying and wearing their purple caps and gowns, the Class of 2009 will make history as it enters the new Yankee Stadium for New York University’s 177th Commencement Exercises. Visit or call 998 4166 for a full schedule of activities.

Questions about Commencement? Go to

Graduation Application

September, January, or May

Students must inform the Office of the University Registrar/Degree Audit and Graduation Services of their expected graduation date through Torchtone, 212 995 4747. The graduation application periods are:

Conferral of Degrees Graduation Application Period

May 2009 Apply between 10/06/08 – 01/30/09

September 2009 Apply between 02/03/09 – 06/05/09

For more information, visit

Graduation Ceremonies

NYU Steinhardt will honor the undergraduate Class of 2009 at its Baccalaureate Ceremony, the master’s and advanced certificate Class of 2009 at its Valedictory Celebration, and the doctoral Class of 2009 at its hooding ceremony; see calendar below. These events are by invitation only and tickets are required for degree candidates and guests. Questions about the Baccalaureate Ceremony, Valedictory Celebration, or the Doctoral Convocation? Go to or call 998 5065

Teacher Certification

If you are graduating in May and have not yet registered for the required New York State Certification Examinations, now is the time to do so. Please visit Not sure which exams to register for? Contact Mark J. Perez, Steinhardt Certification Officer for the Steinhardt School at 212 998 5033, or your department’s certification liaison.

Graduating Seniors 2008-2009

Visit for all the information you need for graduation.

Getting Ready

Download your Graduate Student Checklist for Master’s and 6th Year Certificate candidates. Visit to download your copy.

Congratulations Class of 2009!

We hope you will STAY CONNECTED by visiting to find out ALUMNI EVENTS, join Facebook and LinkedIn, sign-up for the E-newsletter, or update your contact info so we can STAY IN TOUCH!

A Message to Seniors

Senior legacy, a campaign for raising money for a Senior class gift, has been a tradition at Steinhardt since 1999 and supports the Steinhardt Student Emergency Fund. In 2003, President Sexton began matching monies raised by seniors university-wide to support a university-wide gift. As their contribution this year, seniors voted to have the legacy gift fund unpaid internships. Contribute to Senior Legacy. Participate in activities connected with it. For more information or to make your donation please check out our video, which explains the program at www.steinhardt.nyu.


— Dana Schmidt (USG Senator)

Alexandra Taylor (USG President)

Ian Riccaboni (Senior Class President)