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Rubin Fellows Program Welcomes Six Baruch College Professors


Notice of CUNY's Manhattan Borough Hearing and the January 2011 Public Hearing

Invitation to Suggest Titles for the Fall 2011 Freshman Text


January 13: Small Business Presence on the Web

January 19: Cities as Accelerators of Sustainable Development


BPAC Events

Dec. 1 - Jan. 9: Baby Universe: A Puppet Odyssey

Jan. 12: Repast Baroque Mythologies


Opportunity to Serve as a Manhattan Community Board Member

Academic Excellence

Rubin Fellows Program Welcomes Six Baruch College Professors

As a component of Baruch's recent partnership with the Rubin Museum of Art, six Baruch College professors have officially become members of the Rubin Faculty Fellowship Program. Under the program, they will revise the curriculum of their course(s) or develop a new course that integrates the arts and humanities. The newly-named fellows include Dr. Carla Bellamy, Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Dr. Katrin Hansing, Black and Hispanic Studies; Dr. Karen Shelby, Department of Fine and Performing Arts; Dr. Lilia Ziamou, Zicklin School of Business; and Drs. David C. Hoffman and Jerry Mitchell of the School of Public Affairs. More info


Notice of CUNY's Manhattan Borough Hearing and the January 2011 Public Hearing

CUNY's Manhattan Borough Hearing will take place jointly with a Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm, in room 14-220 of the Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an interaction between the Board of Trustees, the Officers of the University, and the communities and constituents of the CUNY colleges. Persons wishing to speak should contact Baruch's Office of Government and Community Relations at (646) 660-6095 before 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 13, 2011. Speakers will be limited to three (3) minutes. No substitution of speakers will be permitted. Written statements are recommended (guidelines here). These statements may be any length.

Invitation to Suggest Titles for the Fall 2011 Freshman Text

On behalf of Provost James McCarthy, you are invited to suggest titles for what will be the twelfth annual freshman text. This activity is one of 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, 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;
• 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;
• ethics;
• the influence of technology on privacy.

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/orientation/freshman-text.html

If you would like to recommend a book for consideration, please email Mark Spergel (Mark.Spergel@baruch.cuny.edu) no later than January 15th.


Jan. 13, 6 pm: Newman Vertical Campus, Suite 2-140, 55 Lexington Ave

Small Business Presence on the Web

This workshop will introduce basic web concepts and guide the entrepreneur in creating a web presence. Issues such as hosting, websites and content management systems will be discussed. Design principles and web prototyping will also be explored. Register online.

Jan. 19, 6 pm: Information and Technology Building, Room 750, 151 E. 25th Street

Cities as Accelerators of Sustainable Development

Expert panelists will parse out the factors that make cities and urban livelihoods sustainable and reflect on the short-term and long-term changes required to mainstream sustainable practices and policies. Come contribute to the discussion of how cities can accelerate local and global sustainable development, resilience, and prosperity while adapting to the challenges of climate change, resource scarcity, and globalization. More info

Arts and Culture

BPAC events

Dec. 1 - Jan. 9: Nagelberg Theatre, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

Baby Universe: A Puppet Odyssey

An original piece presented with over 30 puppets, 5 actors/puppeteers, masks, a robot, animated video projection and a space-age score, Wakka Wakka spins the bizarre tale of "Baby Universe." More info

Jan. 12, 8 pm: Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

Repast Baroque Mythologies

The ravishing soprano Nell Snaidas joins Repast for a program of music telling mythological tales including Clerambault's dramatic cantata "Medée" and Tartini's violin sonata "Didone Abbandonata." More info


Opportunity to Serve as a Manhattan Community Board Member

Manhattan's community boards are local organizations composed of 50 volunteer members serving staggered two-year terms. Community boards are tasked with being the independent and representative voices of their communities. Each community board has three distinct responsibilities: monitoring the delivery of city services such as sanitation and street maintenance; planning and reviewing land use applications including zoning changes; and making recommendations for each year's city budget. The boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city's many unique neighborhoods. Currently, half of Manhattan's 600 community board seats are up for appointment on April 1, 2011.

Two informational meetings have been set up, one this evening at 6:30 pm, and another on Tuesday, January 11, with Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer to review the details on community board membership. For full information on these meetings, click here.

If you would like to put in an application for appointment, please view the full Community Board Application and complete the following steps:
• Review the "Facts about Community Boards" and "Facts about Community Board Membership."
• Complete the attached application and include a copy of your resume or biography.
• Return the application to the office of the Manhattan Borough President postmarked or hand delivered no later than January 14, 2011.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Jessica Silver, Director of Community Affairs and Constituent Services, at 212-669-8135 or jsilver@manhattanbp.org, or Shanifah Rieara, Director of the Northern Manhattan Office, at 212-531-3030 or srieara@manhattanbp.org.

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