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Baruch College Receives Funding Support for Various Campus Improvements from the City Council and Borough President in the CFY 2011 Budget

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With the generous support of Baruch College’s City Council Member Rosie Mendez (2nd C.D.), $520,000 in capital funds have been secured in the City Fiscal Year 2011 Budget to complete the installation of a wireless communication system in the subterranean levels of the Newman Vertical Campus. This project, which was listed as a campus-wide priority in Baruch College’s capital request to the City Council this year, will help ensure communications are available in the event of a health or safety emergency within the Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC) space or the Athletic and Recreation Center.

Funds to upgrade the data storage capacity of the Subotnick Financial Services Center, a fully equipped, simulated trading environment operated by the College’s Zicklin School of Business, were also appropriated out of the $520,000 capital funds. As a result, the Subotnick Financial Services Center, which provides research data to economists to monitor the local and national economies and to gauge important financial trends of relevance to New York City, will now be able to continue to warehouse data, of which three years’ worth, or 64 Terabytes, has already been collected and is continuing to grow. An estimated 400 GB in data growth each week has caused a strain on the campus’ technology infrastructure and these funds will go a long way to remedy the situation.

Councilwoman Mendez also helped to appropriate $80,000 in discretionary expense funds to support services that go to the College’s student body. Contributing City Council capital funds for these endeavors were sponsored by City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn (3rd C.D.) and Manhattan Delegation Co-Chairman Daniel R. Garodnick (4th C.D.).

At the same time, Baruch College has been informed that $180,000 in capital support funds have been appropriated from Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer in addition to $44,000 for “new computer technology” equipment. The funding will be used to create an IT service desk staffed by professionals within the main computer lab — an area in high-demand by students — to offer assistance and encourage further exploration of information technology use without disturbing those who are working nearby. The funding for the new computer equipment will be utilized by the School of Public Affairs for the creation of a GeoSpatial Data Lab, which will provide information to agencies that require geospatial processing. The lab staff will collect, transform, map, and analyze census and other publicly accessible, or client-supplied, spatial data, at various units of analysis to help decision makers provide service to the city, state, and nation.

The College is deeply grateful for the dedicated efforts of Councilwoman Mendez and the Borough President’s Office in securing funding that will go toward the continued improvement of our campus and its offerings to both students and the public.