e-News for Faculty and Staff - Baruch College


Journalism Dept. Receives $1 Million Gift from Harnisch Foundation

Blogs@Baruch Highlighted in Annual Technology in Higher Ed Report

School of Public Affairs Program Wins "Excellence in Recruiting" Award


Fall 2009 Freshman Text Selection Process

Nominations for BCAA Faculty Service Award Due Mar. 13

MetLife Retirement Program Rep on Campus, Feb. 4

TIAA CREF Retirement Program Rep on Campus, Feb. 9

CUNY Professional Development Opportunities


Arts and Culture

Feb. 5: "The Long Night and the New Day" Opening

Feb. 6: Free Dress Rehearsal for "Golda's Balcony", Featuring Tovah Feldshuh

Workshops and Seminars

Feb. 3: Intellectual Property Workshop


Feb. 4: Battle of Lexington Avenue: Baruch Bearcats vs. CCNY  Beavers


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Journalism Dept. Receives $1 Million Gift from Harnisch Foundation

The Harnisch Foundation, established by philanthropist Ruth Ann Harnisch and her husband, Baruch College Fund Trustee William ('68) Harnisch, has donated $1 million to Baruch College's new Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions.

The grant will be used to establish a state of the art multimedia newsroom/classroom for journalism students, and also for the creation of a consortium that will protect and advance the practice of journalism. Click here to read more about the gift.


Blogs@Baruch Highlighted in Educause "Horizon Report"

Blogs@Baruch, the online publishing platform maintained by the Bernard L. Schwarz Communication Institute, has been cited as one of five exemplary “Scholarly Community Blogs” in the annual Horizon Report. Produced by the international education research organization Educause, the annual Horizon Report is a survey of the latest technology trends in academia. To read more about the report, visit http://cac.ophony.org/2009/01/22/on-the-horizon/.


SPA Wins American Humanics Excellence in Student Recruitment Award

American Humanics, a national alliance of universities and nonprofit organizations, presented its 2008 Excellence in Recruiting award to Baruch's School of Public Affairs for its effective recruiting methods. During the 2007-2008 academic year, membership in Baruch College's AH program increased by 130%. The program was recognized for its innovative use of online communities and social networking tools to keep students connected. Representatives from Baruch College attended the American Humanics Management/Leadership Institute from Jan. 4 - 7, when the award was presented.



Fall 2009 Freshman Text Selection Process

To: The Baruch College Community

From: Provost James McCarthy

The Freshman Text Selection Committee has begun the process of picking a common reading for the Fall 2009 incoming freshman class. I invite you to suggest titles for what will be our tenth 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 but 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;
• do not exceed 400 pages.

The committee welcomes one or two suggestions per individual (rather than a complete list of your favorite books!) For a complete listing of past titles selected as the freshman reading, go to: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/firstyear/freshman_text_form.html

If you would like to recommend a book for consideration, please email Mark Spergel (Mark.Spergel@baruch.cuny.edu) by February 5th. The committee will then meet to determine a short list of titles from all suggestions received by the deadline and announce its decision by mid-semester. Hopefully this timeline will provide faculty with sufficient advance notice to incorporate the text into their fall syllabi.


Nominations for BCAA Faculty Service Award Due Mar. 13

To: The Baruch College Community

From: Awards & Scholarship Committee, Baruch College Alumni Association

The Baruch College Alumni Association will present a “Faculty Service Award” to the best-qualified nominee who meets these criteria:

1) The services provided by the faculty nominee should provide an inspiration for student emulation and appreciation.

2) The services rendered should be above and beyond the faculty member’s regular duties and responsibilities.

3) The services to the students and/or the college should have taken place over a continuous period of years.

4) The services to the students and/or college may have taken place on or off campus.

Recommendations for the award will be accepted from any source within the Baruch College Community. They must be supported by facts as to how the nominee meets all the stipulated criteria, must be in writing, and must be concise.

The Alumni Association will select the award recipient from the submitted recommendations.

One nomination can be endorsed by as many Baruchians as the recommendation justifies. Nominations should be received no later than Friday, March 13, 2009. Please click here to download a copy of this memo and the nomination form. Once you have completed the form, you can send your responses to :

Baruch College Alumni Association
Box A1605
1 Bernard Baruch Way
New York, NY 10010
Phone: (646) 660-6080
Fax: (646) 660-6116
E-mail: bcaaalumni@baruch.cuny.edu


MetLife Tax Deferred Annuity (TDA) Program Representative on Campus

To: All Full and Part Time Classified Staff Members

From: Donna Katz, SPHR
Associate Director of Human Resources

Rosa Morales, the representative for MetLife Tax Deferred Annuities will be on campus Wednesday February 4 from 11 am to 4 pm in the Human Resources Office, 135 East 22nd Street, Room 200.

For appointments, please call Ms. Morales at 917-217-8533.


TIAA CREF Retirement Program Representative on Campus

To: Full and Part Time Teaching and Non Teaching Instructional Staff Members (Faculty, HEO’s, Registrar, CLT’s, Continuing Education Teachers and Adjuncts)

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 February 9 in the Office of Human Resources at 135 East 22nd Street, Room 200.

Please call 1-800-732-8353 to sign up for an appointment.


CUNY Professional Development Opportunities for February '09

Visit the following link to fill out the course application: http://web.cuny.edu/administration/ohrm/training-development/PDLMAPPLICATION5.doc.

Below is a listing of professional development courses for February 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 one week 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.

Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Effective Leadership
(for managers and supervisors)

Description: How do you manage people without manipulating them? How can you manage your personal emotions and "read" those of your employees? A review of the basics with lots of interaction.

Date: February 10 and 11 (2-day course)
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
Course No.: C9207
Cost: $120 per person

Giving Effective Ongoing Feedback (for managers and supervisors)

Description: Feedback can be the key to retaining talented employees.
Date: February 17
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
Course No.: C1041
Cost: $60 per person

Dealing with Difficult People (for administrative support staff)

Description: A favorite among administrative support staff. Helps participants understand the needs of their managers.
Date: February 18
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Central Office at 41st Street
Course No.: C6060
Cost: $60 per person

Clown: A Diversity Experience (for all staff) New!
Description: Basic diversity concepts presented in a non-threatening manner.
Date: February 20
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
Course No.: PDP121
Cost: FREE


Arts and Culture

Thursday, Feb. 5, 6 pm | Sidney Mishkin Gallery

"The Long Night and the New Day" Opening Reception

The pioneering social realist Benton Spruance has been all but forgotten in recent decades, as abstract art and post-modernism has eclipsed many once-prominent social realists. This exhibition presents 39 of his lithographs, many inspired by the Great Depression and the post-World War II era.

Sidney Mishkin Gallery
135 E. 22nd Street
More Info: 212-802-2690

Friday, Feb. 6 , 3:30 pm | Antonowsky Performing Arts Center

"Golda's Balcony" Dress Rehearsal

Tony Award-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh stars in this poignant biography of former schoolteacher, trade unionist, and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. RSVPs are required to attend this free dress rehearsal.

Nagelberg Theater
Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue
More Info/RSVP: 646-312-5073


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Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6 - 8 pm | Field Programs in Entrepreneurship

Intellectual Property Workshop

This workshop will introduce entrepreneurs to the most important asset of their business: their intellectual property and how to protect it through patent, trademarks, and copyright protection.

Newman Vertical Campus, Suite 2-140
More Info: Visit the Field Center's website


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Wednesday, Feb. 4, 5:30 pm | Baruch College Athletic Department

Battle of Lexington: Baruch Bearcats VS. CCNY Beavers

The Baruch community is invited to attend this CUNY Athletic Conference basketball doubleheader. The women’s game will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by the men’s game at 7:30 pm. in the main gymnasium of the Athletic & Recreation Center (ARC Arena, VC-B2 Level).

Newman Vertical Campus, Athletics & Recreation Center
B2- Level