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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Baruch College to Hold 44th Commencement Exercises on 5/27/09

President Waldron Receives Prestigious Ellis Island Medal

Blackboard 8.0 Update

EVENTS

Arts and Culture

May 15: New York City Classical Guitar Society presents Dennis Koster

May 16: Break of Reality's Official CD Release Concert

“Our Neighborhoods: Where We Come From”

Baruch on CUNY TV

SPA's Event on Mayoral Control of NYC Schools

CUNYAC Volleyball Finals featuring Baruch College

OFFERINGS

Discounts from CAPS for Teen Summer Programs

Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Professional Development Courses in May

Announcements

Baruch College to Hold 44th Commencement Exercises on 5/27/09

Baruch College’s 44th Commencement Exercises will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 27, in the main arena at Madison Square Garden, 7th Avenue and 32nd Street. This event marks the culmination of the academic year and is the crowning achievement for the thousands of students who will be receiving their degrees. More info

President Waldron Receives Prestigious Ellis Island Medal

Baruch College President Kathleen Waldron has been awarded a 2009 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition (NECO). The medal celebrates “the richness and pluralism of American life,” pays homage to the immigrant experience, and recognizes outstanding individual achievement. It will be presented to President Waldron on May 9, as part of a festive weekend celebration at Ellis Island. The awards ceremony includes a Gala Dinner that supports NECO’s several partnership organizations, raising money for children in poverty around the world. President Waldron joins an outstanding group of prior medalists, including former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, author Gay Talese, Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman and golfing great Arnold Palmer.

President Waldron’s selection honors her commitment to cultural diversity and to the decades-long CUNY tradition of providing educational opportunities to immigrants and the children of immigrants. The medal also recognizes her own immigrant heritage: her maternal grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Italy at the turn of the last century.

Blackboard 8.0 Update

From: President Kathleen Waldron

As you know all too well, the Blackboard 8.0 system has been functioning sporadically over the course of the spring semester. I realize this has been difficult and appreciate your commitment to our positive learning environment and your flexibility in adjusting to these inconveniences. We continue to coordinate with our colleagues at CUNY, who are working daily to resolve the issues.

Headed by Brian Cohen, Associate Vice Chancellor and University CIO, the dedicated CUNY CIS team recently migrated the entire system to a new environment at Blackboard Inc.’s hosting site in Virginia to operate the system more smoothly. Please continue to visit Baruch College’s Blackboard site, where we post all the information we have.

As we plan for the summer semester, we will continue to keep abreast of the Blackboard status and will contact directly any faculty who are teaching during those months.

I appreciate your cooperation and know we are fortunate to have teams here and at CUNY that are focused on a long-term solution.

Arts and Culture

Friday, May 15, 8:00 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

New York City Classical Guitar Society presents Dennis Koster

Mr. Koster first made his mark among New York flamenco aficionados while still in his teens, both as an accompanist for dance companies and as a featured soloist. His concerts have long been known for their provocative and engaging mix of masterful classical transcriptions and flamenco selections. More info

Saturday, May 16, 8:00 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

Break of Reality's Official CD Release Concert

Break of Reality is a cello quartet gone mad. The esteemed three cello and drums/percussion group present their newest CD "Spectrum of the Sky" for the first time in their official CD Release Concert at Baruch Performing Arts Center’s 600-seat Mason Hall. The group will perform its original compositions along with covers of popular rock groups like Metallica and System of a Down. More info

“Our Neighborhoods: Where We Come From”

A series of semester-long photography works by the students of Art 4900, taught by Fine and Performing Arts Professor Leonard Sussman, is on display in the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Located on Level B2 of the Newman Vertical Campus, the works depict the amalgamation of the many diverse cultures that exist within our neighborhoods. The exhibit is open daily from 9am to 9pm. More info

Baruch on CUNY TV

SPA's Event on Mayoral Control of NYC Schools

Missed the panel discussion on the the re-authorization of mayoral control of New York City public schools? Watch it on CUNY TV, broadcast throughout the five boroughs on cable channel 75. The event will air on CUNY-TV on the following schedule:

Monday, May 18 at 10 am, 4 pm and 10 pm.

Saturday, May 23 at 5 pm.

Saturday, June 6 at 5 pm.

CUNYAC Volleyball Finals featuring Baruch College

Ranked 11th nationwide in the NCAA Division III, Baruch College Men’s Volleyball team will be starring on CUNY TV in the CUNYAC Volleyball Finals on May 17th at 3pm. Tune in to watch as undefeated top seed Baruch College faces off against uptown second seed rival Hunter College. CUNY TV is broadcast throughout the five boroughs of New York City on cable channel 75. Please check with your local cable provider to certify as some cable systems may carry CUNY TV on a different channel. More info

Offerings

Discounts from CAPS for Teen Summer Programs

Continuing and Professional Studies offers a 15% discount to Baruch faculty and staff members who enroll their children in our Teen Summer Programs. Your teen will have a fun and challenging experience! We offer Teen Language Intensives in English, French, Italian, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish. Or help your child prepare to score high on an upcoming New York City Specialized High School Exam or the ACT, SATI or SATII needed to get into college. Find out more here. Or call Patti Juza at x5114.

Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Register by email to hr.learning@baruch.cuny.edu.

Baruch College is committed to promoting the health and safety of its employees. Domestic violence can spill over into the workplace, compromising the safety of both victims and co-workers and resulting in lost productivity, increased health care costs, increased absenteeism, and increased employee turnover. As a public employer, CUNY is committed to full compliance of all applicable laws governing domestic violence in the workplace. All faculty and staff with supervisory responsibilities are required to attend this mandatory training on how to respond appropriately to domestic violence concerns.

May sessions are as follows:

Tuesday, May 19: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

May 19 session will be held at the Library Building, 151 East 25 Street, Room 763. To register for one of the training sessions, please send an e-mail to hr.learning@baruch.cuny.edu, stating the session you would like to attend. You will receive a reply with a confirmation.

You can review CUNY's Policy and Procedures for Domestic Violence at this link: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/hr/documents/CUNYPolicy-DomesticViolence.pdf.

If you have any questions regarding the policy, please contact our Domestic Violence Liaison, Ms. Leah Schanke, in the Office of Human Resources at 646-660-6618.

Professional Development Courses in May

May is Managers and Supervisors Month!

From: Leah Schanke
Training and Development Specialist
Office of Human Resources

Course Application can be found at this link: http://web.cuny.edu/administration/ohrm/training-development/PDLMAPPLICATION5.doc

Send completed course applications to HR.Learning@baruch.cuny.edu or fax to Fanny Zou at 646-660-6591.

Below is a listing of Managers and Supervisors courses for May 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 Fanny Zou in the Office of Human Resources at 646-660-6591 or e-mail application to HR.Learning@baruch.cuny.edu. University Training likes to receive applications at least 10 days 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: http://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.

Managerial Leadership

An overview to assist managers and supervisors in combining their leadership styles with their managerial responsibilities. This course will focus on ways to use leadership skills as strategic tools to realize goals by building a work culture that promotes trust and high performance. (SCP core course)

Date: 5/19 and 5/20 (2-day course)
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Central Office at 41st Street
Course No.: C3032
Cost: $120 per person

Team Building

Managers and supervisors will review the tools and techniques for building an effective team. Supervisors, team leaders and managers will learn to turn existing work groups into teams and how a team approach can result in improved work performance and productivity for the work unit.

Date: 5/28 and 5/29 (2-day course)
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
Course No.: C1233
Cost: $120 per person