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Procedures for Severe Weather and Other Emergency Closings
CUNY Professional Development Classes for January '09
"Civility and Violence: Preventing Workplace Violence" New Sessions Added!
Correction: Blogs@Baruch Now Available For Spring '09 Courses
CUNY Work/Life Program


Arts and Culture

Jan. 24 : "The Snow Quest"

Baruch College will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1.


Procedures for Severe Weather and Other Emergency Closings

To: The Baruch College Community

FROM: Elizabeth Robinson,
Director of Human Resources

If it should become necessary to cancel classes or to close Baruch College buildings because of severe weather conditions or other emergencies, the following radio stations will broadcast and/or webpost current CUNY messages after 6 a.m. on the day involved. Announcements will indicate whether day classes, evening classes, or both are canceled.

Radio Station                                                            Web Sites

WADO              1280 AM                                         www.wado1280.com
WBLS               107.5 FM
WCBS               880 AM                                          www.wcbs880.com
WFAS               1230 AM                                                       
                           103.9 FM and106.3 FM               www.wfasfm.com
WINS                1010 AM
WLIB                 1190 AM
WOR                 710 AM                                           www.wor710.com

The announcements will also be posted on the CUNY web site at www.cuny.edu.
If classes are canceled, all staff, except those designated as essential to provide emergency coverage, are released without charge to leave balances. The Security Office (646 660-6000) is open 24 hours a day; the College switchboard(646-312-1000) will also be staffed for emergency coverage. When changing conditions require early closing during the workday, Human Resources will notify each office directly by telephone or e-mail, and the radio stations will alert students and faculty members about canceled evening classes.


CUNY Professional Development Opportunities for January '09

Click here to fill out the course application.

Below is a listing of professional development courses for January 2009 from the Office of Professional Development and Learning Management (CUNY University Training). To register for one or more courses, please complete the application located at the above link and fax the completed application to Leah Schanke in the Office of Human Resources at 646-660-6591 or e-mail application to Leah.Schanke@baruch.cuny.edu. University Training likes to receive applications at least two weeks before the start of a course, and popular courses do fill up quickly.

For further information on professional development programs from CUNY University Training, please visit the CUNY web site: www.cuny.edu/training.

For questions regarding registering for any of the courses, please contact Leah Schanke, our Training and Development Specialist, at Leah.Schanke@baruch.cuny.edu or at 646-660-6618.

Delegation and Time Management (for managers, supervisors, and team leaders)
Description: Course focuses on skills for organizing, planning, prioritizing, delegating, and tracking work assignments.
Date: January 12
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Central Office at 41st Street
Course No.: C2004
Cost: $60 per person

Fundamentals of Supervision (for current and potential supervisors)
Description: A presentation of the issues, challenges, and typical situations related to supervising “front-line” employees. Participants will review basic skills and key techniques required to function as an effective supervisor.
Date: January 21, 22, and 23 (3-day course)
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: New York City College of Technology
Course No.: C1031
Cost: $180 per person

Leading for Excellence (for managers and supervisors)
Description: Introduces participants to the leadership qualities that encourage improved staff performance. Focus is placed on proactive adaptation to change, a more “active” assumption of responsibility and accountability, and taking initiative to ensure success. Participants will learn to empower themselves and others to take action.
Date: January 27 and 28 (2-day course)
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
Course No.: C9043
Cost: $120 per person

Managing Multiple Bosses: Meeting Demands and Conflicting Priorities (for administrative staff)
Description: Focuses on skills for meeting multiple deadlines, setting goals and priorities with each manager, managing conflict, and communicating proactively to build rapport. Participants will learn to prioritize multiple requests and demands on their time while handling voice mail, email, drop-ins and various interruptions.
Date: January 30
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Central Office at 41st Street
Course No.: C5046
Cost: $60 per person


"Civility and Violence: Preventing Workplace Violence" New Sessions Added!

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  (New!)                    2 pm to 4 pm
Tuesday, Jan. 13 (New!)                  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.


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.baruch.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


CUNY Work/Life Program

To: The Baruch College Community

From: Elizabeth Robinson ER
Director of Human Resources

The City University of New York has a deep concern for the well-being of all its employees, and realizes that we are not always prepared to handle some of the challenges we encounter in our lives. To help employees and their families balance their personal and professional responsibilities, the University is offering free, confidential assistance through the new CUNY Work/Life Program administered by Corporate Counseling Associates (CCA) Inc. This very important benefit is available to all University employees and their dependents.

The CUNY Work/Life program provides a wide range of information and support. It offers traditional personal counseling for stress, family problems or substance abuse. However, many other services are also included, such as referrals for child care and elder care – even pet care! You can find out how to have meals delivered to an elderly home-bound parent. Or you and your spouse can learn about choosing the right school for your college-bound teenager. Your family can seek financial advice for help with budgeting, or get legal assistance in recording your wills. Simply call one of CCA's experienced and professional counselors at (800) 833-8707. They are available to help you around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your call will be completely confidential.

Please be sure to take advantage of this valuable benefit and find out how the CUNY Work/Life program can help you. You can also access numerous articles, resources, and tips at http://www.cuny.edu/worklife.


Arts and Culture

Saturday, Jan. 24, 11 am; 2:30 pm, 6 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

The Snow Quest

Looking for a great holiday gift for children? Get tickets to “The Snow Quest”, a magical journey filled with original live music and dance. Quirky animals (a reindeer, a bunny, a goose, a monkey) inhabit an enchanted forest and help two princesses find their way to each other, defeat the evil villain, and break his spell, which has banished snow for 100 years. Recommended for ages 3 to10.

General admission: $20.00
Baruch adult: $10.00
Baruch child: $5.00

Engelman Recital Hall,
Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

More Info: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/632245