e-News for Faculty and Staff - Baruch College

Dec. 12 - Dec. 18


Baruch Upgrades to Blackboard 8.0 in Spring '09
Blogs@Baruch Now Available For Spring '09 Courses
Personal Data Changes/Mailing of W2s
TIAA CREF Retirement Rep on Campus Dec. 15
Reminder: Graduating Students and Loss of Health Coverage
January Sessions of "Preventing Workplace Violence" Workshop
Reminder: CUNY Campaign For Voluntary Charitable Giving


Workshops and Seminars

Dec. 17: Food, Hunger, and Democracy: Voice, Value, and Votes

Arts and Culture

Dec. 12: The Reel Time Film Festival
Dec. 13:
Holiday Concert Extravaganza Benefit
Dec. 14: Film Premiere: "The Parrot" by Katie Orjonokidze


Baruch Upgrades to Blackboard 8.0 in Spring '09

Beginning in the Spring 2009 term, CUNY will be upgrading to the latest version of Blackboard, Version 8. Those courses currently being taught in the Fall 2008 semester and those during the January 2009 intersession will remain on Blackboard version 6. CUNY has informed us that in the Spring 2009 term, Blackboard courses from the Fall 2008 term will still be available to students who need continued access (for example, students with incompletes).

The Spring 2009 courses have been set up in Blackboard 8 for you to begin developing content in them. They can be viewed by following these steps:

Viewing spring 2009 Courses in Blackboard 8.0

1. Go to CUNY portal (http://www.cuny.edu)

2. Log in with your CUNY portal Username and Password

3. Click on NEW Spring '09 Courses - Blackboard 8

4. Under “My Courses,” you should see your new courses

If you previously taught courses in Spring 2008, those courses are available to you in Blackboard 8. If you would like, you can copy content from your Spring 2008 course to your Spring 2009 course. This is done in the same way as with the current version of Blackboard (by clicking on Control Panel and then Course Copy).

If you need any help accessing your Spring 2009 courses, copying from Spring 2008 to Spring 2009, or working with Blackboard in general, please do not hesitate to contact me using the contact information below.

Finally, in order to provide an introduction to the new Blackboard system, we are offering workshops on Blackboard 8 in December and January. You can find the schedule here: www.baruch.cuny.edu/bctc/training/faculty_training.html


Kevin Wolff
Instructional Designer

Baruch Computing and Technology Center


Faculty Invited to Integrate Blogs@Baruch Into Spring '09 Courses

The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute extends faculty an invitation to take advantage of available support for the integration of weblogs into spring semester courses.

The Communication Institute maintains Blogs@Baruch (http://blsciblogs.batuch.cuny.edu/ ), an online publishing platform built on the WordPress Multiuser framework, and customized for the Baruch College community. The Institute has helped members of the community shape this software into a variety of uses, from course-related student journals, to online photo galleries, to spaces for the discussion and exchange of course material, to personal faculty website, and so forth.

To learn more about Blogs@Baruch, and to see examples of the how the
software is being used, please visit http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/support/using-weblogs-in-college-teaching/.

Faculty members interested in discussing how this technology might be brought into the service of their teaching should contact Luke Waltzer, project manager for digital learning at the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, at Lucas.Waltzer@baruch.cuny.edu or at 646-312-2069.


Mikhail Gershovich
Director, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute;
Coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum Program


Personal Data Changes/Mailing of W2s

To: The Baruch College Community

From: Josie Montero
Payroll Director

Each year in late January, W2 forms are mailed to each employee at their home address that we have on file. If you have moved during the year, you must fill out the attached personal data sheet and return it to the Office of Human Resources (OHR) by December 18, 2008 in order for your 2008 W2 to be sent to the correct address.

In addition, this form can be used to update other personal data changes. You can cut and paste this link into your browser:

If you have any questions, please contact OHR at 646-660-6590.



TIAA CREF Retirement Rep on Campus Dec. 15

The TIAA-CREF Retirement and Supplemental Retirement Annuity Program Consultant for instructional staff, Ms. Judith McCaffrey, will be on-site at Baruch College to provide one-on-one counseling sessions on Monday December 15 in the Office of Human Resources at 135 East 22nd Street Room 200.

Employees can sign up directly at www.tiaa-cref.org/moc. Use the drop down box and select New York State, scroll down and double click on Baruch College.

If you have any questions, please call Ms. Marta Thomas 800-842-2733 ex. 3129.


Reminder: Graduating Students and Loss of Dependent Status Continuation of Health Coverage

Under the City Health Plans, coverage for an unmarried, dependent, full time student terminates when the student graduates, ceases to be a full time student or on December 31st of the year of the student’s 23rd birthday, whichever is earlier.

If your dependent falls under one of the above categories, you can purchase continuation of health insurance (COBRA) at full cost plus 2% administrative costs. Please notify us as soon as possible using the attached form: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/hr/documents/cobra_request_dep_status.pdf. A COBRA package will be prepared and sent certified mail to your dependent.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at Donna_Katz@baruch.cuny.edu.

Donna Katz, SPHR
Associate Director HR


January Sessions For The Mandatory "Civility and Violence: Preventing Workplace Violence" Program

Register by email to hr.learning@baruch.cuny.edu (Note: New registration e-mail address).

Baruch College is committed to preventing workplace violence and ensuring a safe and secure academic and work environment for all members of the College community and its constituents.  As a public employer, CUNY is required by law to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence.  One way to reduce the potential for workplace violence is to intervene before a situation escalates into a violent incident. All faculty and staff are required to attend this mandatory training on how to recognize signs of a potentially violent situation.

“Civility and Violence” is the new name for the ongoing mandatory training program on preventing workplace violence. If you attended a “Preventing Workplace Violence” session in 2007 or 2008, you need not attend this class again. Over 700 faculty and staff have attended a session. Please note that adjunct faculty members and college assistants are required to attend.  Adjunct faculty members who do NOT have professional hours will receive the non-teaching adjunct rate for their attendance.

The schedule for upcoming sessions is as follows:
 Wednesday, Jan. 7              10 am to 12 noon
Thursday, Jan. 8                   2 pm to 4 pm
Tuesday, Jan. 13                  10 am to 12 noon

All of the above sessions will be held at the Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave, Room 14-269.

To register for one of the training sessions, please send an e-mail to hr.learning@baruch.cuny.edu, stating the session you would like to attend.  You will receive a reply with a confirmation.

You can review CUNY's Policy on Workplace Violence at this link: www.baruch.cuny.edu/hr/documents/CUNY-Policy-workplace_violence.pdf.

If you have any questions regarding the policy, please contact our Training and Development Specialist, Ms. Leah Schanke, at (646) 660-6618.


CUNY Campaign For Voluntary Charitable Giving 2008

The CUNY Campaign for Voluntary Charitable Giving (The CUNY Campaign) is an annual charitable fundraising drive that takes place throughout the CUNY University system. Its basic purpose is for the entire university to come together and take hold of he many issues facing our city today and make a difference. A guide to participating organizations will be provided to familiarize you with the services/missions of the organizations. The Baruch College Fund is included in the organizations to which you can contribute.

To learn more about the CUNY campaign initiative, visit www.cuny.edu/campaign. To make a pledge or a donation, contact Pat Imbimbo, director of the Starr Career Development Center, at 646-312-4683, or send your check and/or pledge form to her attention at Box B 2-150.


Workshops and Seminars

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 12 pm | Zicklin School of Business

Food, Hunger, and Democracy: Elevating the Voice, Value, and Vote of the Nonprofit Sector

Participants include Robert Egger, president of the D.C. Central Kitchen and the founder of the V3 Campaign; Aine Duggan, vice president of research, policy and education for The Food Bank For New York City; and Fred Fields, associate vice president, Strengthening NYC Nonprofits United Way of New York City. RSVP required. Please e-mail nonprofit.workshops@baruch.cuny.edu or call 646-660-6743.

More Info:

Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-220
55 Lexington Avenue


Arts and Culture

Friday, Dec. 12, 12:15 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

The Reel Time Film Festival

Admission to each film is only $2.00. Cash only is accepted at the Box Office.

Engelman Recital Hall,
Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

More Info: www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=344

Saturday, Dec. 13, 3 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

Holiday Concert Extravaganza to Benefit Mission Schools International

Enjoy an afternoon of opera and Broadway classics and relish in the sounds of the World Children’s Choir who will perform a selection of international and American holiday songs.

Engelman Recital Hall
Newman Vertical Campus

More Info: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=373

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

Film Premiere: "The Parrot" by Katie Orjonokidze

When this Georgian housemaid is left alone for the weekend with a curious directive, she realizes she'll need help to figure it out. This dark comedy based partly on a real life experience told to the writer leaves you guessing at the outcome, while giving real insights into the immigration experience.

Engelman Recital Hall
Newman Vertical Campus

More Info: www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=392