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New Power Down Policy

Beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2009, Baruch College will join public institutions and agencies across the state in an important effort to reduce energy consumption. In compliance with a state mandate from the Office of Taxpayer Accountability (OTA), Baruch College will be implementing a “Power Down” policy for computers and printers within the Baruch College network. For more information, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bctc/powerdown09.htm.

IN THE NEWS

Results of Baruch College-Sponsored Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report Making Headlines

Baruch Students Make Their Mark in Currency Trading Competition

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A New Place to Send Your Weekly E-news Items

Sign Up for the Holiday Blood Drive

EVENTS

Workshops and Seminars

Dec. 1: Perspectives on Immigration: Gertrud Hüwelmeier

Dec. 1: A Reading and Conversation with Danzy Senna

Dec. 3: Second Annual Paul André Feit Memorial Lecture: Dr. Marjorie Agosin

Dec. 3: A Touch of Genius, Braille's Biography

Arts and Culture

Dec. 2: Weissman Talks: A Screening and Discussion of the 1975 Film Hester Street with Baruch Faculty and Joan Micklin Silver

Dec. 2: The Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series Presents Trio da Paz

OFFERINGS

December is “Save Yourself” Month!

News

Results of Baruch College-Sponsored Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report Making Headlines

A recent report co-sponsored by Baruch College has been garnering a lot of press over the last week. The report, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), takes a closer look at entrepreneurial activity in New York State. Surprisingly, this year's results show that the rates of entrepreneurship throughout New York have dropped substantially below national averages. Additionally, the report indicates that established New York businesses tend to be smaller, create fewer jobs, and are more often launched by entrepreneurs out of necessity than opportunity. The results have been picked up and analyzed by a host of media outlets including Crain's New York Business, WCBS radio (mp3), nationally syndicated Bloomberg Radio (mp3), and the Epoch Times. For more information, see http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/news/GEM09.htm

Baruch Students Make Their Mark in Currency Trading Competition

The Fifth Annual Texas A&M Foreign Currency Trading Competition, a monthlong, inter-university competition, concluded on Oct. 31 with three Baruch College Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MFE) students taking spots among the top 40 out of 295 total competitors. The competition gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real market conditions using a free $50,000 simulated trading account. Students compete for the highest rate of return in order to win money and a personal trading account worth $10,000. Baruch competitor Bhargav Mandadi took 7th place in the competition, with an 80% return; Emil Gheorghui ranked 20th, with a 40% return; and John Jurcevic ranked 39th, with a 20% return.

Announcements

A New Place to Send Your Weekly E-news Items

Want to see your news and events in the Weekly E-news? Faculty and staff should now send all submissions for consideration directly to weeklyenews@baruch.cuny.edu by 5 pm on Wednesday each week.

Sign Up for the Holiday Blood Drive

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, a blood drive will be taking place at Baruch College in Room 1-107 of the Newman Vertical Campus. To schedule your appointment go to: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/studentaffairs/StudentLife/events/blooddrive_form.htm.

Workshops and Seminars

Dec. 1, 4 pm | Newman Vertical Campus, Room 8-210, 55 Lexington Ave.

Perspectives on Immigration: Gertrud Hüwelmeier

The 2009-2010 Perspectives on Immigration Lecture Series continues with Gertrud Hüwelmeier of the Philipps-Universitat Marburg delivering a lecture titled "The Globalization of Religion: Mobile People and Traveling Spirits?" The talk will be approximately 45 minutes and followed by questions and discussion. Contact Jonathan Engel at the School of Public Affairs for more information.

Dec. 1, 4 pm | Newman Conference Center, 151 E. 25th Street, 7th Fl.

A Reading and Conversation with Danzy Senna

Danzy Senna's most recent book, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, is a compelling personal history that traces her biracial roots: her white blue-blood mother's family, the Howes of Boston, and her black activist father's family, the Sennas. Ms. Senna is also the author of Caucasia and Symptomatic. Journalism professor Bridgett Davis will introduce Ms. Senna. A reception will follow the talk.

Dec. 3, 12:30 – 2:30 pm | Newman Vertical Campus, Room 3-160, 55 Lexington Ave.

Second Annual Paul André Feit Memorial Lecture: Dr. Marjorie Agosin

Dr. Marjorie Agosin, professor of Spanish at Wellesley College and distinguished writer, will lecture on Jewish Latin American literature. Dean Jeffrey Peck, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, will offer opening remarks.

Dec. 3, 6 – 8 pm | Information and Technology Building, 151 E. 25th Street, 2nd Fl.

A Touch of Genius, Braille's Biography

Mike Mellor, author of A Touch of Genius, the definitive biography of Louis Braille, will read and sign from his book on the life and work of Braille. Reception, book signing and exhibit tour of the 20-panel traveling display produced by the National Braille Press follow Mellor's presentation. RSVP to 646-312-1420, the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP). The exhibit itself will be on view from November 23 through December 23 in the Newman Library.

Arts and Culture

Dec. 2, 6 pm | Nagelberg Theatre, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

Weissman Talks: A Screening and Discussion of the 1975 Film Hester Street with Baruch Faculty and Joan Micklin Silver

Following a screening of the 1975 film Hester Street (Midwest Films), Dr. Jeffrey Peck, dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, leads a live onstage discussion about the content and significance of the film with Baruch faculty Jessica Lang (English) and Ruth Adler (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature). For reservations, call the Baruch Box Office at 646-312-4085 or 5073. More info

Dec. 2, 7 pm | Engelman Recital Hall, , Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

The Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series Presents Trio da Paz

Featuring three of Brazil's most in-demand musicians, Trio da Paz updates the infectious spirit of jazz-oriented Brazilian music. Formed in 1990 by guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer Duduka da Fonseca, the trio redefines Brazilian jazz with their harmonically adventurous interactions, daring improvisations, and dazzling rhythms. All three are seasoned masters of both jazz and Brazilian music with impressive resumes. More info

Offerings

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 your 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, Baruch College training and development specialist, at Leah.Schanke@baruch.cuny.edu or 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 am – 5 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 am – 5 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 am – 5 pm
Location: Central Office at 57th Street
Course No. C9014
Cost: $60 per person