In the News
      • Dean Elliot Joins CNBC's "Closing Bell" to Discuss Latest Zicklin CFO Outlook Survey
      • Prof. Korenman Selected for 2012 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize
      • Prof. Kirby Examines the Influence of Ancient Mathematics on the Modern World
      • SPA Students and Alumni Rack Up Recent Achievements
  • Announcements
      • Reminder: You're Invited to the Annual Baruch College Holiday Celebration
      •  A Message from Provost James McCarthy Concerning Commencement
      • Invitation to Suggest Titles for the Fall 2012 Freshman Text
  • Sports
    • •  Swimming Teams Excel at ECAC Regional Finals
  • Baruch Performing Arts Center Events
      Dec. 9: The Graduate Arts Association in A New World: Music & Poetry for a New Generation
      Dec. 10 & 16: Platanos Y Collard Greens
      Dec. 15: The Heritage Ensemble Chanukah Concert
  • Offerings
    • Jan. 10 - Jan. 31: CUNY Professional Development Courses

In the News

Dean Elliot Joins CNBC's "Closing Bell" to Discuss Latest Zicklin CFO Outlook Survey

Elliott on CNBCZicklin School of Business Dean John Elliott sat down with CNBC for their show "Closing Bell" to discuss the latest CFO Outlook Survey conducted by Zicklin and Financial Executives International. The survey polls CFOs of public and private businesses in the U.S. and Europe (Italy and France) on their economic and business confidence and expectations. This year's survey shows a plummeting view of the economy and business among CFOs. Learn more about the survey and watch the "Closing Bell" video.

Prof. Korenman Selected for 2012 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize

SPA  professor Sanders Korenman was recently selected to receive the presitigious 2012 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize for his co-authored article titled "The Child and Adult Care Food Program: Who is Served and Why?" The award was established by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. The prize pays tribute to Professor Frank Breul's career as educator, administrator, and editor of Social Service Review.

Prof. Kirby Examines the Influence of Ancient Mathematics on the Modern World

Laurence Kirby, Ph.D., mathematics professor at Baruch College, offers a distinctive look into the story of mathematics and its influence on the modern world, in Plimpton 322: The Ancient Roots of Modern Mathematics. The 33-minute film, produced by the Baruch Computing and Technology Center, can be viewed online at http://faculty.baruch.cuny.edu/lkirby.

With New York City as backdrop, Professor Kirby takes viewers on a tour of our mathematical debt to ancient cultures in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. We witness their ideas still playing crucial roles in our society and 21st-century technology. At the center of the film is a 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablet known as Plimpton 322, which was excavated in Iraq around 1920 and now has its home in New York. In the film, Kirby is joined by a cast of scholars who help uncover the richness of the tablet and its heritage. More info

SPA Students and Alumni Rack Up Recent Achievements

CasconeCurrent and former Baruch College School of Public Affairs students are making news for their achievements:

MPA student Jason Cascone (pictured, left) was recently profiled in a Channel Thirteen Metro Focus article for his brave work as an FDNY rookie on 9/11.

Upon graduation from Baruch, Caitlin Hannon, BSPA'10, joined Teach for America as a high school English teacher. She is currently teaching middle school English in Indiana, and was featured in the Hechinger Report.

Mohammad Javed, a SPA undergraduate, has been selected to receive a $4,500 NextGen Award from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance to support 300 hours of internship experience in a nonprofit agency. Mohammed is the 28th Baruch student to win this award since the program was started 4 years ago.

Alumna Tara Bono (MPA'11), a climate change professional, recently spent three weeks in Australia learning what the other side of the world is doing in response to climate change. Bono met with leading researchers and toured some of the most advanced renewable energy labs in the world. More info

Lawrence Hal Gerstein, BBA '73 Public Administration, was recently named a George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Psychology-Counseling at Ball State University. He has been at Ball State since 1983, and graduated with a M.A. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1976 and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Social Psychology in 1983 from The University of Georgia.

Announcements

Reminder: You're Invited to the Annual Baruch College Holiday Celebration

snowmanAll Baruch College faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual Baruch College Holiday Celebration in celebration and thanks for the year's accomplishments:

When: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Where: Newman Vertical Campus
Rooms 14-220 and 14-250

NVC 14-220: Eclectic Cuisine, Music and Mingle
NVC 14-250: Seating; Glatt Kosher Options; Wine, Beer & Drinks

Pass the word: All Baruch faculty & staff  (full and part time) are invited.

A Message from Provost James McCarthy Concerning Commencement

Each year, during our graduation ceremony, the College grants honorary degrees to one or more individuals. We are in the process of identifying candidates for honorary degrees to be given at Baruch's June 2012 and 2013 commencement ceremonies. Your suggestions in identifying recipients are requested.

The qualifications for honorary degree recipients can be found here. All persons suggested will be presented for consideration to the College's Committee on Honorary Degrees.

Send your recommendations for honorary degree recipients, along with a short biographical sketch of each person, to the Honorary Degree Committee. E-mail recommendations by December 16, 2011 to Provost.Office@baruch.cuny.edu, Subject: Honorary Degree Recommendations.

Invitation to Suggest Titles for the Fall 2012 Freshman Text

The Freshman Text Selection Committee has begun the process of picking a common reading for the Fall 2012 incoming freshman class and faculty and staff are invited to suggest titles for what will be our thirteenth annual freshman text.

This activity is one of the few opportunities for the entire Baruch community to engage together in a shared intellectual pursuit. All entering freshmen receive a free copy of the selected text and are asked to read it prior to attending the fall Convocation where the text is the subject of the keynote address. Titles can be fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary, biography or autobiography, a work of drama or even a graphic novel. This year the committee is particularly looking for titles that:

  • students will be eager to read on their own over the summer and discuss;

  • will challenge students intellectually;

  • faculty can incorporate into their course reading lists;

  • can be discussed across the disciplines;

  • have not already appeared on most high school reading lists;

  • ideally do not exceed 300-350 pages.

In addition, this year we are looking especially for titles that explore one or more of the following areas:

  • identity formation through the arts, culture, sexual orientation, or migration;

  • civic/global awareness;

  • speaking out against abuse or injustice;

  • ethics and integrity;

  • community and technology—crossing boundaries: the influence of technology on privacy.

If you would like to recommend a book for consideration, please email Mark Spergel (Mark.Spergel@baruch.cuny.edu) no later than December 13th. The committee welcomes one or two suggestions per individual. For a complete listing of past titles selected as the freshman reading, click here.

Sports

Swimming Teams Excel at ECAC Regional Finals

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The men's and women's swimming teams each posted their best team finishes at the annual ECAC Season Warm Up Open Championships hosted this past weekend by the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, New York.

The men finished in fifth place, while the women were sixth, against a field of competition from among the Division I, II and III levels from throughout the Northeast United States. More info

Baruch Performing Arts Center Events

Dec. 9, The Graduate Arts Association in A New World: Music & Poetry for a New Generation

Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

From the best of Broadway to the latest in pop and poetry, Baruch College's Graduate Arts Association steps into the spotlight with a special evening showcasing their creative talents of song and spoken word. A special reception with food & refreshments follows the production. More info

Dec. 10 & 16, Platanos Y Collard Greens

Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

Platanos Y Collard GreensPlatanos & Collard Greens is a sweetly enacted tale of secret lovers — two college students from different cultures attracted at first sight — until mom finds out and has a heart attack! This smash hit play is now in its seventh season! If you haven't seen it yet, it's time to experience this hilarious romantic comedy. More info

*Limited Time Offer: Buy tickets and use discount code "special" to save 10% - or get a package deal to Platanos and upcoming play King of the World.

Dec. 15, 7 pm, The Heritage Ensemble Chanukah Concert

Engelman Recital Hall , Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

Heritage EnsembleThe Heritage Ensemble is a quintet devoted to the concert performance of traditional and familiar Hebraic melodies in various jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian styles, with a touch of classicism for good measure. However, the Heritage Ensemble is not merely about taking Hebraic melodies and giving them new musical twists. Concerts are about an amalgam of musical and cultural backgrounds that, when combined, result in a fresh and compelling sound. More info

Offerings

Jan. 10 - Jan. 31: CUNY Professional Development Courses

Below is a listing of the remaining courses offered for January 2012 from the Office of Professional Development and Learning Management (CUNY University Training). To register for one or more courses, please complete the application located here and fax the completed application to Andrew Smilowitz in the Office of Human Resources at 646-660-6614 or e-mail your application to HR.Learning@baruch.cuny.edu no later than 7 days before the class date. Most courses are free or have a reasonable fee that will be charged to the College, not to individual department budgets.

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

For questions regarding registering for any of the courses, please contact Andrew Smilowitz at Andrew.Smilowitz@baruch.cuny.edu or 646-660-6592 or Leah Schanke at Leah.Schanke@baruch.cuny.edu or 646-660-6618.

Tuesday, January 10, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Business Writing: Clarity Through Critical Thinking (C2036)

Location: To be announced
This one-day course will help you to use critical thinking skills and provide practice in a specific writing model to improve your business writing and ability to complete both large and small writing projects by precisely analyzing information and assessing a particular task, subject, or issue. (for professional staff)

Friday, January 20, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
First Look: Microsoft Office 2010 (WTT181)

Location: Baruch College
This new workshop is designed for tech-savvy employees who wish to increase their comfort level in the latest versions of the Office Suite. The workshop provides an abbreviated review of the 2010 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, and MS Office Picture Manager.

Friday, January 20, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Outlook (WTT301)

Location: Baruch College
This course will provide participants with the skills needed to start sending and responding to e-mail in Microsoft Outlook, as well as maintaining the calendar, scheduling meetings, and working with tasks and notes. Participants will also learn how to track, share, assign and quickly locate various Outlook items.

Tuesday, January 31, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Successful Workplace Communications (C1022)

Location: To be announced
This course provides participants with methods to improve everyday interactions with co-workers and enables them to work more productively in group situations. Evaluate your own communication style and explore methods and techniques for improving your personal communication. (for administrative assistants)


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