In the News
      • Prof. Guest on Telemundo in Two-Part Feature Tonight
      • IRS-Certified Baruch Students to Once Again Offer Free Tax Return Preparation
  • Announcements
      • Presidential Excellence Awards Nominations Being Accepted Through 2/24
      • Statistical Consulting Laboratory at Baruch College Open for Service to Baruch Faculty and Ph.D. Students
  • Events
    • Feb. 9: Zicklin-Capco Institute Paper Series in Applied Finance
      Feb. 14: Green Gamification: Combining Social Media & Game Mechanics to Promote Sustainability
  • Sports
    • • 7th Annual Battle of Lexington Comes to Baruch Feb. 9
  • Baruch Performing Arts Center Events
      Feb. 5: An Evening of Original Music with Gretchen Farrar, John Kamfonas, Eugene Marlow & Judith Sainte Croix
  • Offerings
      Feb. 9 - March 1: CUNY Professional Development Courses

In the News

Prof. Guest on Telemundo in Two-Part Feature Tonight

Professor Ken Guest recently spoke to Telemundo regarding Hispanics seeking work in China Town. The story, a two-part feature, will air tonight. The first part airs at 6 pm and part two at 11 pm, on Telemundo Channel 47. See www.telemundo47.com for more information.

IRS-Certified Baruch Students to Once Again Offer Free Tax Return Preparation in Several Languages

VITAIt’s tax season once again, and thanks to a Baruch College student organization, New Yorkers may be eligible to have their tax returns prepared at no cost. The Baruch Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program starts Tuesday, February 7 through Tuesday, April 17 at five locations throughout the city.

The VITA tax program welcomes everyone, but is specifically aimed at immigrant and low-income New Yorkers who may not be able to afford the service or face language barriers. Last year Baruch VITA volunteers prepared more than 5,658 returns for clients, which led to $5,343,036 in refunds. More info

Announcements

Reminder: Presidential Excellence Awards Nominations Being Accepted Through 2/24

Established and maintained by grants from the Baruch College Fund, the Presidential Excellence Awards are given to faculty members to stimulate and reward outstanding achievement and to enhance the College as a center of excellence. The Awards Committee is now seeking nominations for the Presidential Excellence Awards for Distinguished Scholarship, Distinguished Teaching, and Distinguished Service. All full-time faculty members, with the exception of Distinguished Professors, are eligible for these awards. (Adjunct members of the faculty are eligible for the Distinguished Teaching Award [Adjunct Faculty].) Faculty who have received Presidential Awards become eligible for another award in the same category after seven years. A list of recipients from the past ten years is available here.

Letters of nomination are welcome from any source within the Baruch Community, including departmental executive committees, deans, chairpersons, colleagues, and students. We also invite self-nominations and nominations from Baruch alumni. For more information on the awards, click here. To submit a nomination, click here. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 24, 2012. No nominations will be accepted after this date.

Statistical Consulting Laboratory at Baruch College Open for Service to Baruch Faculty and Ph.D. Students

The statistical consulting laboratory in NVC 11-170 (Ph: 646-312-3434) is again available to serve Baruch faculty and PhD students. Lab personnel include Statistics Prof. Shula Gross and a graduate assistant. Consulting is available on a drop-in basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4 pm throughout the semester. Consultations include traditional aid in analyzing survey or data-base data, and setting up and interpreting output for statistical models. Non-standard help includes interpreting, responding to referee comments and special editor requests. or reading technical papers employing unfamiliar statistical methodology associated with your work.

You may also schedule a consultation by sending an email to shulamith.gross@baruch.cuny.edu, Subject: Statlab Consultation. Your message should include a brief description of the problem, possibly accompanied by partial data files and relevant output. Every effort will be made to respond promptly to your email.

Events

Feb. 9, 8 am: Zicklin-Capco Institute Paper Series in Applied Finance

Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-220, 55 Lexington Ave

The Zicklin School of Business of Baruch College and the Capco Institute will host its inaugural annual conference of the Zicklin-Capco Institute Paper Series in Applied Finance. This one-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about best practices in applied finance and insight on trends and the future of financial services. Panelists, which will include members of today's leading financial institutions, will discuss these issues in four sessions. Click here to view the full day's schedule.

Feb. 14, 4 pm: Green Gamification: Combining Social Media & Game Mechanics to Promote Sustainability

Information & Technology Building, Room 750 (Rackow Conference Room), 151 E. 25th St.

Social Media WeekNew research from Ogilvy Earth suggests games can be a powerful way to foster brand engagement and customer loyalty while driving green behaviors. Innovative companies are “gamifying” their marketing campaigns to fulfill human desires for rewards such as status, goods, achievement and reciprocity. This session features thought-leading social entrepreneurs who will demo and discuss their companies’ game-based marketing techniques that reward green actions by using mobile Apps, website tools and social media. More info

Sports

7th Annual Battle of Lexington Comes to Baruch Feb. 9

 basketball

The Battle of Lexington, Baruch’s marquee athletic event, will return for the seventh straight year on Thursday, February 9th, in the ARC Arena. The Bearcats will host the Bloodhounds of John Jay College in an exciting CUNYAC basketball doubleheader. The women’s game will tip off at 5:30 pm, followed by the men’s game at 7:30 pm. Baruch has never lost a game in the Battle of Lexington, however, John Jay will look to play spoiler this year. Come support the Bearcats next Thursday to find out what happens! More info

Baruch Performing Arts Center Events

Feb. 5, 4 pm: An Evening of Original Music with Gretchen Farrar, John Kamfonas, Eugene Marlow & Judith Sainte Croix

Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

This Sunday concert will be followed by a reception provided by Artspire and New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). NYFA was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year it provides over $1 million in cash grants to individuals and small organizations. More info

Offerings

Feb. 9 - March 1: CUNY Professional Development Courses

Below is a listing of the remaining courses offered for February 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 seven 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.

Thursday, February 9, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Working Green: Sustainability for CUNY Facilities Managers and Supervisors (PDP351)
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
For Facilities Managers and Supervisors
This course is a general training and education program designed to introduce all CUNY employees to the CUNY Sustainability Project, the concept of "going green," and the roles we all can play in creating a more sustainable CUNY and a more sustainable world.

Friday, February 10, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Excel Level 1 (WTT141)
Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Word Level 1
Location: Baruch College
Participants will learn the skills for creating, editing, and formatting Excel worksheets. An introduction to formulas, functions, and the chart wizard also will be presented.

Tuesday, February 14, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Dealing With Difficult People (C6060)
Location: Central Office at 41st Street
For Administrative Staff
Learn to manage your own behavior, explore coping mechanisms, and develop more effective communication skills when confronted with a difficult person or situation.

Wednesday, February 15, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Having That "Challenging" Conversation (C9158)
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
Gain the skills to deliver difficult news or unpleasant feedback to colleagues, customers, or employees in a direct, yet, respectful manner.

Friday, February 24, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Creating Workplace Civility (C9100)
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
This course gives employees the confidence to proactively and effectively address problematic situations while maintaining their professionalism.

Tuesday, February 28 – Thursday, March 1 (3 Days), 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Foundations of Management (C1006)
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Supervision or two years managerial experience
For Managers and Supervisors
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
Get an overview of the managerial role in the public sector, including issues related to effectively managing people and processes. Emphasis is placed on dealing with internal and external customers, devising and implementing process improvement, and tracking measurable outcomes.


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