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IN THE NEWS

Dean Peck Discusses the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Baruch College Praised for Bringing Attention to Water Efficiency

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nominations for Presidential Excellence Awards Now Being Accepted Online

Faculty Experience Survey Underway

Take Part in the CUNY Cares 2009 Toy Drive

EVENTS

Workshops and Seminars

Nov. 17: Lending to the Underbanked in the Aftermath of the Subprime Crisis

Nov. 19: Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

Arts and Culture

Nov. 16 and Nov. 20: Mendelssohn and Schumann’s 200th Anniversary with the Alexander String Quartet and Guests

Nov. 19: Mendelssohn and Mozart with the Alexander String Quartet

Oct. 29 - Dec. 14: Mercedes Matter: A Retrospective Exhibition

OFFERINGS

WordCampNYC: WordPress Conference

December is “Save Yourself” Month!

News

Dean Peck Discusses the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Jeffrey Peck, Dean of the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences at Baruch College spoke to WCBS Newsradio on Monday about his experience in East Germany around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Listen to the audio.

Baruch College Praised for Bringing Attention to Water Efficiency

The Network for New Energy Choices, a nonprofit group that promotes policies that ensure safe, clean and environmentally responsible energy options called attention to a recent Baruch College panel discussion on fostering efficient water and energy use in buildings. Hosted by the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, the event highlighted how water and energy concerns are affecting the real estate and building sectors. See the full article.

Announcements

Nominations for Presidential Excellence Awards Now Being Accepted Online

Baruch College faculty and staff members can now submit nominations online for the following categories of the Presidential Excellence Awards: 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].) The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 4th, 2010.

Faculty Experience Survey Underway

Faculty members are encouraged to complete the Faculty Experience Survey produced by the University Faculty Senate by November 25th. The survey plays an integral role in the Senate's examination of faculty life and experiences at individual campuses and across CUNY. If you have not received your user ID and password by mail, please call the firm handling the survey at 866-975-7133. Faculty members who were not on the CUNY payroll on April 1, 2009 are not being surveyed at this time.

Take Part in the CUNY Cares 2009 Toy Drive

CUNY Cares is encouraging faculty and staff to contribute a new, unwrapped toy for distribution to children enrolled in our campus child care centers. A gift can mean so much to a child who otherwise may have to do without. Baruch College is accepting toy donations for children between the ages of two and a half and five years old. Please bring your donations to Student Life on the second floor of the Newman Vertical Campus. For more information visit http://www.cuny.edu/special/promotions/toy-drive.html

Workshops and Seminars

Nov. 17, 6 pm – 8 pm | Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-220, 55 Lexington Ave

Lending to the Underbanked in the Aftermath of the Subprime Crisis

While there is much uncertainty about the future of banking one thing is certain: lending to underserved/low income consumers will never be the same. This panel will explore how it is changing. If subprime was a bad model for extending finance to underserved, underbanked demographics in the U.S., what is the right way? How will the underbanked get access to the capital they deserve? Who will provide that capital? RSVP by calling 646-312-3231, emailing cci@baruch.cuny.edu, or register online. More info

Nov. 19, 7 pm – 9 pm| The Field Building, Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Ave.

Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

Prof. Michael Sandel of Harvard University will offer a glimpse into the exhilarating experience of his famed lectures on political philosophy and the vexing issues of our day. His presentation and new book, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, will challenge us to think through the moral challenges we confront as citizens and how they can be illuminated by reasoned moral argument. RSVP by calling 646-312-3231 or email Matthew.LePere@baruch.cuny.edu. More info

Arts and Culture

Nov. 16 and Nov. 20 | Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Avenue, Free to the Baruch College Community

Mendelssohn and Schumann’s 200th Anniversary with the Alexander String Quartet and Guests

As Baruch Performing Arts Center’s resident chamber music group and perennial favorite, the Alexander String Quartet returns to BPAC for its 24th season, celebrating the bicentennials of Mendelssohn and Schumann. More info

Nov. 19: Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Avenue, Free to the Baruch College Community

Mendelssohn and Mozart with the Alexander String Quartet

The Alexander String Quartet shares their interpretations of Mozart and Mendelssohn in this afternoon performance. More info

October 29 - December 14 | Sidney Mishkin Gallery, 135 East 22nd Street

Mercedes Matter: A Retrospective Exhibition

Best known today as the founder of the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Mercedes Matter was a constant presence on the New York art scene. This retrospective of Mercedes Matter's paintings and drawings includes three of her earliest works. Two were completed at age nine, and one at age 15. In all, her rarely seen work spans seven decades from the 1930s to the 1990s. More info

Offerings

WordCampNYC: WordPress Conference

On November 14-15, Baruch College will play host to WordCamp NYC, a
conference centered around the use and development of WordPress, the most popular open source blogging/publishing software in the world. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events where WordPress users can share ideas on how to improve their blogs/sites.
Sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Newman Vertical Campus, with a Sunday afternoon program taking place at Mason Hall. A two-day conference pass is $40.00 or a "mini pass" for the Mason Hall portion can be purchased for $25.00. More information can be found at http://wordcampnyc.org.

December is “Save Yourself” Month!

Below is a listing of professional development courses for November 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 here 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.

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.

Time Management Strategies

For administrative staff — assists participants in taking control of the time in their work day. Participants will identify unproductive work habits and learn a wide array of time management tips and techniques to maximize their effectiveness. Focus will be on setting priorities and planning as the cornerstones of developing productive work habits. Participants will also identify those strategies that best fit their work style and the realities of their work environment.

Date: 12/02/2009
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
Course No. C8002
Cost: $60 per person

Stressmakers and Stressbreakers: How to Stress-Proof Your Life

For all staff — focuses on how we can better manage the stress we experience and develop greater resiliency to handle challenges both in and outside of the workplace. The workshop explores the ways in which job stress can impact our ability to concentrate, to work well with others, to experience job satisfaction, and to perform well both on and off the job. Participants will learn strategies and coping mechanisms for increased stress control.
 
Date: 12/08/2009
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
Course No. C9086
Cost: $60 per person

Leading Short-Term Improvement Projects

For professional staff — presents an overview of project management concepts and introduces the framework of the project management lifecycle. Participants will learn such concepts as stakeholder management, project initiation and scope verification, and the use of specific tools to achieve project success.
 
Date: 12/11/2009
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
Course No. C9014
Cost: $60 per person