• Baruch College Officially Opens Pedestrian Plaza on 25th Street
• Baruch’s MFE Students Place 3rd in Trading Competition
• Professor Kristin Sommer “Silent Treatment” Study Garners Media Coverage
• Women’s Basketball Team Win CUNYAC Championship
• Book Return Process Begins Early
• #22/24 Women's Basketball and #10 Men's Volleyball Continue Among Ranked Teams in Their Sport
• #10 Men's Volleyball Sweep Lehman College, Cairn University
• Baruch Baseball Drops 4-2 Contest to Brockport
• Baseball Team Drops Opener to New Paltz (2-0), Perez Pitches Best Opening Game in Team History
Baruch Performing Arts Center Events
• Mar. 01: Repast Baroque Concert: Mxnxstrxnxdxsx (The Minstrels)
• Mar. 01 - 03: CAT Youth Theater Performanc
• Mar. 02: Uncaged, Concert 2: C4 Choral Composer/Conductor Collective
• Mar. 05 & 06: Making Trouble, Making History: Jewish Women in Art and Entertainment
•Mar. 01: African Culture Soiree
• Mar. 12: Business Assistance Forum: Getting to the Next Level: Here, There & Everywhere
• Mar. 19: Harman Writer-in-Residence: A Reading and Conversation with Hilton Als
Book Return Process Begins Early
Due to the impending renovation of the bookstore, Baruch College needs to begin its return process early. Faculty are encouraged to ask that all students purchase their textbooks within the next 2-3 weeks. Renovation of the bookstore is set to begin tentatively on April 1. Faculty, who would like the bookstore to hold onto any specific books for a longer period of time in the semester, can make arrangements by contacting Nicole VonGonten, Assistant/Textbook Manager, Baruch College Bookstore at (646) 312-4850 or email@example.com.
Baruch College Officially Opens Pedestrian Plaza on 25th Street
On February 20, 2013, Baruch President Mitchel Wallerstein, faculty, staff, students and elected officials from the Manhattan community gathered to officially open the 25th Street Interim Plaza, located on 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues. The pedestrian plaza, which includes Baruch-colored tables and chairs (blue and silver) offers Baruch students and the Manhattan community a new public space to gather and engage.
“It would not be possible without the support of Matthew Goldstein and the local community government, who recognized that District 6 has the least amount of public space than any other district in Manhattan,” President Wallerstein said during the ceremony. “Baruch is represented by a dedicated and hardworking Community Board 6, whose members voted overwhelmingly for the plaza. This plaza will break new ground as the first public/private plaza.”
CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein congratulated President Wallerstein and the Baruch community in the creation of the pedestrian plaza.
“Public spaces are a critical component in building a community," Chancellor Matthew Goldstein said. “Students transverse between the two edifices [the Newman Vertical Campus and the Library Building that surround the plaza]. It’s the first time in history that we will have an integrated campus.”
The ceremony also included remarks by CUNY Vice Chancellor for Facilities, Planning, and Construction Management Iris Weinshall, Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, Charles Meara (on behalf of Speaker Christine Quinn) and Baruch Alumni and Baruch College Fund Trustees Lawrence N. Field (’52) and Dan Clivner (’85).
Articles about the ribbon-cutting event have appeared in The Epoch Times, DNAinfo.com and The Ticker.
Baruch’s MFE Students Place 3rd in Trading Competition
Baruch College’s Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) students won 3rd place at the 10th Annual Rotman International Trading Competition held Feb. 21-23 at the University of Toronto. Hosted by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the competition brings teams of students and faculty from universities worldwide to participate in a three-day conference. RITC utilizes simulated trading cases that closely mimic different aspects of real world markets. Congratulations to the 2013 MFE team members: Andrew Chang, Juan Pablo Alonso, Kenneth Chan, Kelvin Zhang, Richard Postelnik, and Sean Zhang.
Dan Stefanica, Director of the Master of Financial Engineering Program, said the success of this year’s team is due in part to the preparation and guidance they received from MFE alumni and coaches including Baruch College graduates Eugene Krel, Yike Lu and Alexei Smirnov, who were members of the 2012 team that placed 1st in the RITC. To view the official results visit the Rotman International Trading Competition website. Learn more.
Professor Kristin Sommer “Silent Treatment” Study Garners Media Coverage
It's mentally healthy to abruptly end a conversation with someone obnoxious rather than to continue speaking with them, according to Kristin Sommer, associate professor of psychology at Baruch College, who is the lead author of the study that was recently published in The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. In the study Sommer says it is depleting for people to force themselves to have difficult conversations when all they want to do is ignore the person. Sommer and her co-author, Juran Yoon, pulled information from two studies and nearly 120 people, in which participants were asked to talk to another person and act either "highly likeable (polite and egalitarian) or highly unlikeable (rude and bigoted) acquaintance." The participants were then taken to a private room to complete a task. Sommer and Yoon concluded that participants performed badly in the task after ignoring a likeable person, and performance was better when they used the silent treatment on an offensive person. Sommer’s work has received media coverage by CBSNews, The Zimbabwe Star and others.
Women’s Basketball Team Wins CUNYAC Championship
The women’s basketball team won their sixth straight CUNYAC Championship and seventh in the past eight years on Saturday afternoon at Nat Holman Gymnasium on the campus of The City College of New York. The Bearcats defeated the Bulldogs of Brooklyn College, 73-62, behind 27 points from Tournament MVP Francess Henry to also advance to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year and seventh time in team history. Learn more.
The women's basketball team will play Lebanon Valley in the first round of the NCAA Championship Tournament on March 1 at 8:00 p.m. in Annville, Pennsylvania. The winner of Friday night's game will advance to play against either #5 Montclair State or Regis. Learn more.
#22/24 Women's Basketball and #10 Men's Volleyball Continue Among Ranked Teams in Their Sport
Two intercollegiate teams at Baruch College continue to be among the nationally-ranked Division III teams in the country for their respective sport. Learn more.
#10 Men's Volleyball Sweeps Lehman College, Cairn University
The men’s volleyball team swept a pair of opponents on Tuesday night in the ARC Arena. The Bearcats (10-3, 2-0 CUNYAC), ranked #10 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (A.V.C.A.) Division III Top 15 Poll, started by sweeping the Lightning of Lehman College with scores of 25-12, 25-13, 25-17 in a CUNYAC contest. Learn more.
Baruch Baseball Drops 4-2 Contest to Brockport
The baseball team lost 4-2 to SUNY-Brockport in a non-conference contest played on Sunday afternoon at the Kean University baseball field in Union, New Jersey. Learn more.
Baseball Team Drops Opener to New Paltz (2-0), Perez Pitches Best Opening Game in Team History
The baseball team lost their season opener to the Hawks of New Paltz State by the score of 2-0 on Friday afternoon at Silver Lake Park in Valhalla, New York. Learn more.
Baruch Performing Arts Center Events
Repast Baroque Concert: Mxnxstrxnxdxsx (The Minstrels), Engleman Recital Hall, Friday, March 1 @ 8 p.m.
The evening of 18th century French music takes its title from François Couperin’s witty caricature pieces satirizing, among other things, ‘menestrandise’ (minstrelsy) and the activity of the Parisian Guild of Minstrels. The program will include character pieces, dances, and sonatas of Marin Marais, François Couperin, J.P. Rameau and Charles Dieupart. Learn more.
CAT Youth Theater Performanc, Nagelberg Theatre, Friday, March 1 @ 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2 @ 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 3 @ 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
What meaning can we make from viewing the world through the concept of Inside Out? Sweaters and socks can be turned inside out - but so can people and lives. When do we view things from the inside out and when from the outside in? Can we ever know someone inside out? Through a myriad of themes including relationships, responsibilities, health, and poverty, the CAT Youth Theatre presents INSIDE OUT, an entertaining and provocative original piece. Learn more.
Uncaged, Concert 2: C4 Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, Baruch Performing Arts Center Saturday, March 2 @ 8 p.m.
C4 turns the tables and aims to focus on the 'now' and how our own presence in the present can help us escape the anxieties of tomorrow. Compositions featuring poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins and Emily Dickinson, and texts on Buddhist intention and the universality of choice reflect on the impermanence of life and a mindful attitude towards the present. The program features works by Huang Ruo, Christian Carey, and C4 composers Hayes Biggs, Daniel Andor, Timothy Brown, Harry Einhorn, Fahad Siadat, Bettina Sheppard, and others, featuring 5 world premieres. Learn more.
Making Trouble, Making History: Jewish Women in Art and Entertainment, Engleman Recital Hall, Tuesday, March 5 @ 6 p.m.
The opening celebration begins with a talk by writer/Brandeis University historian Joyce Antler, accompanied by scenes from MakingTrouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women. A panel discussion with novelist Jennifer Gilmore, art historian Gail Levin, and filmmaker Suzanne Wasserman will follow. This event is the kick-off to “Solo in the City: Jewish Women Jewish Stars” featuring Sandra Bernhard (March 8), Jackie Hoffman (March 9), Tovah Feldshuh (March 10), Sheba Mason (March 13), Rachael Sage (March 28), Inna Faliks (March 30), and Judy Gold (March 31). Learn more.
March 1, 6:00 p.m. – 10 p.m., African Culture Soiree
Baruch Performing Arts Center
The purpose of the African Cultural Soiree is to develop the self-confidence and build the self-esteem of young African women. In addition this program strives to uplift, inspire, and promote ambitions and aspirations of young African women and uphold the African culture and identity. Learn more.
March 12, 8:00 a.m. – noon, Business Assistance Forum: Getting to the Next Level: Here, There & Everywhere
7th Floor, Information & Technology Building (Library Building)
This FREE event kicks off with a networking breakfast at 8 a.m., and features resources for small businesses with workshops focused on growing your business, with an intro to exporting and online marketing tools. Opening remarks will be presented by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, representing New York's 12th District Resource. Learn more.
March 19, 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Harman Writer-in-Residence: A Reading and Conversation with Hilton Als
Rackow Conference Room (Room 750), Information & Technology Building (Library Building)
The spring 2013 Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College is Hilton Als. Mr. Als is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of “The Women,” a meditation on gender, race, and personal identity and “Justin Bond/Jackie Curtis.” Hilton Als’ new book, “White Girls,” will be published by McSweeney’s in 2013. Learn more.