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NEWS

Baruch College Convocation 2009

SPA Center’s Study Details Strains on NYC Social Services

Faculty from Weissman History Department Make News

US News & World Report Ranks Baruch College Among The Best In The Nation

Summer 2009 Alumni Magazine Available Online

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Health Plan Rate Changes

Expanded Help Desk Coverage

BCTC Announces Automated Directory System

Deadline Approaching for Adjunct Overload Requests

EVENTS

Workshops and Seminars

Sept 2nd: "The Buck Stops Here"

OFFERINGS

Faculty Fellowship Publications Program

Diversity Projects Development Fund

15% Off NYCSHS Test Prep for Teens

CAPS Fall 2009 Catalog

News

Baruch College Convocation 2009

Baruch College Convocation 2009 was held in Mason Hall on Thursday, August 27. Provost James McCarthy welcomed a full house of freshmen and introduced interim President Stan Altman. Dr. Altman forged a bond with the students by presenting himself as “the freshman President of Baruch College.” He offered his own life and career as a case in point of what can be accomplished when one is open to unexpected opportunity. “The story of Baruch College is an example of what can be achieved when one believes the impossible is possible.” he said. Other speakers were Undergraduate Student Government President Tanvir Hossein and author John Elvis Smelcer.

>> Full Article

SPA Center’s Study Details Strains on NYC Social Services

A survey of New York’s social service agencies by The Center for Non-Profit Management in the School of Public Affairs and the Human Services Council received major attention from the New York Times on Friday, August 21 with a follow-up piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The report, titled “The Helpers Need Help,” details severe funding losses and cutbacks in agencies that provide help to New York’s most vulnerable populations. The report will be formally released at a special forum at Baruch College on Wednesday, September 9, 1 – 3 pm, NVC 14-220.

Faculty from Weissman History Department Make News

Two members of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences History Department made news this week. Professor Bert Hansen’s book on the history of medicine in popular culture, Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio (Rutgers University Press), was reviewed in the New York Times science section on August 25. Distinguished Professor of History Ervand Abrahamian was prominently cited in a New Yorker “Talk of the Town” piece on Iran’s political show trials (Aug. 31, 2009).

US News & World Report Ranks Baruch College Among The Best In The Nation

Baruch College has earned a 2010 gold badge as one of the best colleges nationwide from America’s Best Colleges, 2010 Edition, published by U.S. News & World Report magazine. In the just-released report Baruch took honors in several categories. The magazine, which assesses schools regionally, ranked Baruch College at #36 overall in its list of best master-degree granting institutions in the north, and #6 among best master-degree granting public colleges in the region.

For the first time, Baruch College, with an acceptance rate of 23.5%, was named the most selective college in its region. Baruch also retained its place in rankings for ethnic diversity of the student body, coming in at #1 for the eleventh year in a row. The College was cited for its outstanding freshman retention rate (88.5%), for the low level of debt incurred by its graduates, and for its high number of international students.

Summer 2009 Alumni Magazine Available Online

As Baruch College begins the new academic year with plenty of pride and momentum, you can go online to check out the latest issue of Baruch College Alumni Magazine, Reaching New Heights of Excellence. Learn how the College continues its steady rise with innovative curricula, insightful conferences, targeted research initiatives, modern facilities and technology, student and alumni services, and a new fundraising campaign. Also, don’t miss the latest campus news and profiles of exciting students, faculty, and successful alumni.

>> Baruch College Alumni Magazine

Announcements

Health Plan Rate Changes

The New York City Health Benefit Program (NYCHBP) has implemented new rates effective in September. The new rates should be reflected in the September 24, 2009 paycheck. As you know, the optional rider for prescription drugs is usually provided by your welfare fund and the cost is not passed along to you.

The new rate charts can be found on the Human Resources website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/olr/downloads/pdf/healthb/emp_rates.pdf

If there are any questions, please e-mail Donna.Katz@baruch.cuny.edu or call 646-660-6590.

Expanded Help Desk Coverage

In order to ensure that phone calls to the computing center help desk (x1010) are answered during high volume periods, the BCTC has contracted with an outside company to handle overflow calls when our staff are unavailable and after hours. Presidium is a firm that specializes in help desk support for higher education. When all BCTC staff are occupied helping callers or when the desk is closed, callers are routed to a Presidium representative in Kentucky or Virginia.

BCTC staff have been working with Presidium staff over the summer to train them regarding our most frequently asked questions. Presidium staff will ask each caller for a name and e-mail address before they ask for a report of the problem to verify that a caller is a member of the Baruch community.

Please note that calls from a faculty member in a classroom are treated as IT emergencies and Presidium will immediately route them to a Baruch media services technician when one is on duty. BCTC will be monitoring the performance of the vendor and will appreciate feedback regarding the service.

BCTC Announces Automated Directory System

BCTC/Telecom has announced a new internal telephone directory information service for Baruch College users. The new system, which uses speech attendant technology, provides one step directory look-up and direct connect services. Simply dial *411; when prompted, say the name of the person or department you are trying to reach, and let the system connect you to the proper extension. Remember to dial the * before 411 for system access.

If your name is not included in the directory or if you have any questions, e-mail voicecom@baruch.cuny.edu. Please include your name, department and phone number to be listed.

Deadline Approaching for Adjunct Overload Requests

To: Deans, Directors, and Chairs

All adjunct overload requests for Fall 2009 must be in the Professional Staff Congress (PSC)/CUNY Office by Monday, October 5, 2009. Overloads are required for any adjunct working more than 135 hours at one campus or if the adjunct is teaching more than 135 hours at one campus and teaching more than one course up to 6 credits at another campus. The only permissible reasons to request approval for an adjunct overload would be that there was no one else available to teach the particular course, no one could work the required hours, or the person has a particular expertise in the subject matter.

Since the Office of Human Resources will need time to process requests before sending them to the Central Office for processing; all overload requests and questions should be emailed to Carolene.George@baruch.cuny.edu by Friday, September 4 with the following information:

• Name of the adjunct
• Last 4 digits of the social security number
• Classes the adjunct is teaching
• Detailed explanation in memo form of the need for the overload
Adjunct workload form

>> Read the full memo

Workshops and Seminars

Wednesday, September 2nd, 5:30pm | School of Public Affairs

"The Buck Stops Here"

A round-table discussion with NYC Comptroller candidates Melinda Katz, John Liu, David Weprin, and David Yassky. The discussion will be moderated by David S. Birdsell, Dean of the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College and Carol Kellermann, President of the Citizens Budget Commission. RSVP

Offerings

Faculty Fellowship Publications Program

The Faculty Fellowship Publications Program (FFPP) is a University-wide initiative designed to assist full-time untenured CUNY junior faculty (Assistant Professors) in the design and execution of scholarly writing projects essential to progress toward tenure.

Each selected faculty member's work will be discussed and reviewed at regularly scheduled seminar-type meetings, led by a senior-level faculty mentor. The program requires participants to support each other in all phases of publication preparation through constructive commentary. The group mentor is also available for individual consultation. The program is expected to begin in January 2010 and run throughout the spring semester. Three (3) credit hours of reassigned time will be given to the selected participants.

This year's program is limited to faculty from the following disciplines:

Area and Ethnic Studies Creative Writing Film and Media English Humanities
Education Social Sciences Clinical Nursing Sociology / Social Work Sciences

To be eligible, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

• Must be an untenured Assistant Professor hired before September, 2008 (faculty in substitute appointments are not eligible)
• Must be employed full-time for at least one academic year in the current title
• Must have an earned doctorate or qualifying Master’s degree (e.g., MFA)
• Must have a letter of endorsement from the College provost / dean of faculty and from the department chairperson supporting the reassigned time.

For more information and how to apply, please click here.

Diversity Projects Development Fund

The Diversity Projects Development Fund was established by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Human Resource Management to assist in the development of educational projects, scholarly research, creative endeavors, and professional activities, which promote diversity, multiculturalism, and non-discrimination. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis (up to $5,000) and proposals will be selected based on such criteria as relevance to Fund objectives, impact on the University community, and potential for successful continuation past the grant period.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a current full or part-time member of the University Instructional Staff.

For more information and how to apply, please click here.

15% Off NYCSHS Test Prep for Teens

Save money as you help your child prepare to score high on the upcoming New York City Specialized High School Exam. Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS) offers a 15% discount to the children of Baruch faculty and staff members. Intensive test preparation classes begin Saturday, September 12. Find out more here or call Patti Juza at x5114.

CAPS Fall 2009 Catalog

Over 1000 courses at Baruch’s Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS) Division begin at the end of September and faculty and staff members can enroll for free on a space available basis. Immediate family members enjoy a 15% discount on CAPS enrollment.* If your department would like a supply of catalogs, please call CAPS at x5000. Or visit the CAPS web site to download the catalog or check for the latest course information online: www.baruch.cuny.edu/caps

*ESL classes and courses offered by CAPS educational partners cannot be discounted.