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IN THE NEWS

Baruch Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Featured on WCBSTV

Dean Birdsell and Professor Muzzio on New York Politics

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

New Additions to the Baruch College Historical Installation

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Middle States Comprehensive Institutional Self-Study Now Available Online

Academic Calendar Snow Day Make Up

Baruch College Waste Audit Preparation

SPORTS

Women's Basketball Wins CUNYAC Tournament Championship, Move on to NCAA Division III Tournament

EVENTS

March 16: The Russell Banks Women's Power Lunch

March 17: "Good" Fraud Management

ARTS AND CULTURE

Last Call for Submissions for Focus on Photography: Images from the Baruch Community

March 8 - March 11: The Great Works Reading Series Presents Antigone by Sophocles

March 9 - April 11: Sin (based on the I.B. Singer Short Story The Unseen)

March 13: The Vivaldi New Four Seasons by Musica Sequenza

 
In the News
 

Baruch Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Featured on WCBSTV

This year, some 380 Baruch College students have been IRS-certified as tax preparers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. WCBS TV channel's Cindy Hsu came to Baruch to speak to volunteers and local residents who participate in this unique and rewarding program. Watch the video.

Dean Birdsell and Professor Muzzio on New York Politics

Dean David Birdsell and Professor Doug Muzzio of Baruch's School of Public Affairs have both been in the media this week, commenting on Congressman Charles Rangel's decision to step down from his position as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee as well as the general state of New York politics. Clips are available from WNBC and PBS's Newshour.

 
Academic Excellence
 

New Additions to the Baruch College Historical Installation

The historical installation in the lobby of Baruch College’s Information and Technology Building is growing apace. A pillar devoted to the life and legacy of Bernard Baruch has been added to the two 20-foot high murals on the east and west walls. Find out more about these new additions.

 
Announcement
 

Middle States Comprehensive Institutional Self-Study Now Available Online

Every 10 years all colleges and universities in the United States are required to undergo a review by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education to confirm that their academic programs and educational offerings and services are in compliance with mutually agreed upon standards. As part of the process, Baruch conducted a self-study, now viewable at http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/middlestates/, documenting the College’s success in meeting the fourteen standards set forth in the Middle States Association’s publication, Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation. Demonstration of the College’s compliance with these standards is an integral part of the re-accreditation process. The self-study was conducted by a steering committee co-chaired by Provost James McCarthy and Saxe Distinguished Professor Terry Martell.

The effort was coordinated by Professor Stanton F. Biddle on assignment to the Provost’s Office from the Newman Library. The Middle States External Review Team site visit is scheduled for April 11-14, 2010. Details of the visit will be announced as plans are finalized.

Academic Calendar Snow Day Make up

Due to the snow days experienced by the CUNY colleges on February 10 and 26, 2010, all campuses are required to add two make-up days to their spring 2010 calendar. As a result, the following changes have been made to our Academic Calendar (this information is also available at http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/registrar/due_dates.htm#Spr2010):

· Monday, April 12: Last day to withdraw with a 'W' grade
*changed from April 8 
· Monday, May 17: Final day of spring classes (not a change)
· Tuesday, May 18: Make-up day for February 26. All Friday classes meet.
· Wednesday, May 19: Make-up day for February 10. All Wednesday classes meet.
· Thursday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 26: Final exams
The revised Spring 2010 Final Exam Schedule is under construction and will be posted soon. Exams that had been scheduled to take place in the gymnasium will take place on May 25 and 26.
· Thursday, May 27: Math departmental exams and make-up day for exams

Baruch College Waste Audit Preparation

Baruch College will conduct its first waste audit on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 from 9 am to 7 pm. We invite the entire College community to participate. The Baruch waste audit will show us the type and quantity of materials thrown into our trash. In particular, it will help us identify how much recyclable waste regularly enters the general waste stream. This information will help us project cost, energy, and environmental savings if improved recycling practices were undertaken at Baruch. We are hoping this event will bring sustainability awareness to our College community and lay the foundation for a new system designed to increase recycling at Baruch. We need your help in making this a success. To register, please contact Presidential Leadership Intern, Varun Nagpal.

 
Sports
 

Women's Basketball Wins CUNYAC Tournament Championship, Move on to NCAA Division III Tournament

Fresh off their victory at the CUNYAC Women’s Basketball Championship, the Baruch College women's basketball team will be heading to Brunswick, Maine to face Bowdoin College tomorrow night as part of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Bearcats earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by defeating rival Hunter College in the final round of the CUNYAC Championship. The winner of Bowdoin-Baruch game will advance to the second round of the tournament on Saturday night to play the winner of the Western Connecticut State - University of New England match up.

 
Workshops

March 16, 12:30 - 2:30 pm | Information & Technology Building, Room 750, 151 E. 25th St.

The Russell Banks Women's Power Lunch

Please join Baruch's Executives on Campus for dialogue between three extraordinary women on leadership and keys to success in areas of public affairs, business, and the arts! Also, take part in mini workshops on networking and becoming a gobal executive. RSVP to yvell.stanford@baruch.cuny.edu or call 646 660-6098.

March 17, 4:00 - 6:00 pm | Information & Technology Building, Room 750, 151 E. 25th St.

"Good" Fraud Management

Join the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity for an overview of top fraud and corruption cases in 2009 and a discussion of why leading organizations now view fraud management as a profit, rather than a cost center. The discussion will be lead by PricewaterhouseCoopers Fraud, Risks, & Controls leader Jonny Frank. Click here to register or call 646-312-3231.

Arts and Culture

Call for Submissions for Focus on Photography: Images from the Baruch Community

You are invited to submit your photographs for potential inclusion in Focus on Photography, a juried exhibition that will be presented this spring at Baruch’s Mishkin Gallery. All members of the Baruch community — students, staff, and faculty — are welcome to participate. The entry deadline is tomorrow, March 5, 2010. Click for more info and submission information.

BPAC events

March 8 - March 11: Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

The Great Works Reading Series Presents Antigone by Sophocles

This one-hour edited reading of the Greek tragedy by Sophocles is presented by the Baruch Performing Arts Center and the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences. More info

March 9 - April 11: Nagelberg Theatre, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

Sin (based on the I.B. Singer Short Story The Unseen)

With all the lush richness of an I.B. Singer short story comes this deceptively simple play complete with devil, demons, and infidelity. On Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, the Devil and his demons descend on the tiny town of Frampol. Satan has chosen this most solemn of occasions to test the faith of plump and middle-aged Nosn and Royze Temerl and in the process ruin their lives. But in the end who is the victor and who the vanquished? More info

March 13: Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

The Vivaldi New Four Seasons by Musica Sequenza

Musica Sequenza, an early music ensemble founded by Burak Ozdemir, is comprised of young Juilliard musicians who all share a common passion for music from the early ages. The ensemble performs music ranging from renaissance to late Rococo, on both modern and period instruments. More info