e-News for Faculty and Staff - Baruch College

Oct. 17 - Oct. 25



Oct. 24: Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner
Oct. 25: Reunion 2008
Oct. 26: Reunion 2008 Brunch

Arts and Culture

Oct. 17: 55 Underground
Oct. 19: Weissman Speaks on Pre-Holocaust Life in Poland
Oct. 21: A Reading and Conversation with Francine Prose

Workshops and Seminars

Oct. 20: TIAA-CREF Retirement Representative on Campus
Oct. 22:
Zicklin Graduate Leadership Speaker Series
Oct. 23
: Halliday Financial Group Seminar on Retirement and Assets
Oct. 23: Zicklin School of Business Conference on Volatility


Human Resources

New Procedures for Staples On-line Ordering
Benefits Open Enrollment/Transfer Period in November
Reminder: Baruch's Policy on Smoking

Baruch on Politics

Learn About Political Evens on Campus this Fall

Image - Alumni Events this week at Baruch

Friday, Oct. 24 | 6:30 pm | Office of Alumni Relations

Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

Baruch College's annual event to recognize alumni athletes.

Newman Vertical Campus, 14th Floor
More Info: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/alumni/reunion2008/

Saturday, Oct. 25 | 4:30 pm | Office of Alumni Relations

Reunion 2008

Reunion 2008 celebrates the Classes of 1958, 1968, 1978, and 1983.

Newman Vertical Campus, Lobby
More Info: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/alumni/reunion2008/

Sunday, Oct. 26 | 11:30 am - 2 pm | Office of Alumni Relations

The Reunion 2008 brunch features the presentation of the William and Anita Newman Medal for Philanthropy, along with a recognition ceremony for Professor Emeritus Irving Greger, director of House Plan at the College for many years.

Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-250
More Info: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/alumni/reunion2008/

Arts and Culture

Friday, Oct. 17 - Wednesday, Oct. 15, 9:30 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

55 Underground

Opening act: AtomicTom
Featured performer: Glacier Garden (Rock)

Glacier Garden was formed in 2006, and have developed a loyal fan base devoted to their progressive music – a modern sound and sensibility that is tempered with the hard beat of old fashioned rock-and-roll. Tickets are $8.00.

More Info: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=329

Sunday, Oct. 19, 5:30 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

Weissman Talks: Pre-Holocaust Life in Poland

A discussion about pre-Holocaust life in Poland with clips from the documentary film "Image Before My Eyes". Dean Jeffrey Peck will serve as the moderator. This event is free. For reservations, call 646-312-4085 or e-mail performingartscenter@baruch.cuny.edu.

Engelman Recital Hall
Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

More Info: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=377

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5:45 pm | Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

A Reading and Conversation with Francine Prose

The award-winning writer and Fall 2008 Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch reads from a selection of her works.

Information and Technology Building, 151 E. 25th Street
Newman Conference Center, Room 750

More Info: Francine Prose, Fall 2008 Harman Writer-in-Residence

Wednesdays, Noon - 1 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

Listen to The BPAC Hour on www.wbmbradio.com to learn about performances and hear great music and conversation with local artists.

Workshops and Seminars

Monday, Oct. 20, 5 pm | Office of Human Resources

TIAA-CREF Retirement Representative on Campus

Ms. Judith McCaffrey, the TIAA-CREF retirement program representative, will be at Baruch College to provide one on one counseling.

More Info: Individual counseling sessions calendar

135, E. 22nd Street, Room 200

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6:15 pm | Zicklin School of Business

Zicklin Graduate Speaker Series Welcomes Matt Blank, Chairman & CEO, Showtime Networks Inc.

The event includes a formal presentation, lunch, and an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to speak with the guest.

Newman Vertical Campus, 14th Floor
55 Lexington Avenue

More Info: http://events.embark.com/event/baruch/newstudentevents/

Thursday, Oct. 23, 5:30 - 7 pm | Office of Human Resources

Halliday Financial Group Seminar on Retirement, Real Estate, and Asset Protection

Experts will be on hand to discuss practical solutions to retirement, real estate, and tax issues facing CUNY faculty and staff. Refreshments will be provided.

More Info: www.baruch.cuny.edu/hr/documents/HallidaySeminar08.pdf

Information and Technology Building, Room 763
151 East 25th Street

Thursday, Oct. 23, 8:00 am - 5 pm | Zicklin School of Business

Financial Markets Conferences: Volatility

Day-to-day price swings are often large and intra-day volatility elevated, especially at market openings and closings. What explains this? What does this say about the quality of the markets? Registration fee: $595.

More Info: www.baruch.cuny.edu/conference/financialmarkets/

Newman Vertical Campus, 14th Floor Conference Center
55 Lexington Avenue


New Procedures for Staples On-line Ordering

To: All Users of Baruch’s Staples On-line Ordering System

From: David Garlock, director of purchasing

In order to provide more efficient service to all departments using the Staples On-line ordering system for expendable office supplies, we are modifying our existing guidelines, as follows:

1. Restrict ordering of supplies to once a month, whenever possible.
2. Cluster supplies ordering so that no single order is less than $100 to reduce the volume of invoices that require processing.
3. Sign one Packing Slip (labeled THIS IS NOT AN INVOICE) and forward it immediately to Accounts Payable (Box D-0509). If there is a problem with the materials ordered you should get in touch with Staples to rectify the problem and notify Accounts Payable at the same time (646-660-6571; lee.chee@baruch.cuny.edu).
4. DO NOT ORDER xerographic paper from Staples On-line. It must be ordered through Graphic Paper, under the terms of an existing State of New York contract.
5. No furniture or equipment of any kind should be ordered from Staples On-line.

By streamlining the ordering process, you will enable Staples, Purchasing, and Accounts Payable to provide speedier and more effective service to the College.

When non-routine or exceptional circumstances occur please contact Purchasing at
(646-660-6154; david.garlock@baruch.cuny.edu). As in the past, we will work with Staples and the Controller’s Office to see if an exception can be made that may warrant overriding these guidelines.


Open Enrollment/Transfer Period for Health Plans, Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Benefits Buy-Out Waiver Program

To: Full-time Benefit Eligible Employees and Benefit Eligible College Assistants

From: Donna Katz, SPHR DK, Associate Director of Human Resources

Date: October 3, 2008

I write to inform you about the open enrollment/transfer period for the benefit programs listed below. Please pay close attention to the dates.

Benefit Plan                               Open Enrollment/Transfer Period

Health Plans                              November 3- November 28

Flexible Spending Accounts   September 22- November 14

Benefits Buy-Out Waiver         September 22- November 14

Delta Dental                              October 31- December 1

Health Plans

During the transfer period for health plans, you may:
• transfer to another health plan;
• add or drop an optional rider;
• add or drop dependents, this is the only time that you can make changes in your dependent status without a qualifying event;
• elect to waive your health coverage; and
• change your health premium tax status.

Health benefit information and applications are available in the Office of Human Resources (OHR) at 135 East 22 Street Room 200. Information on health plans can also be found at www.nyc.gov/html/olr/html/health/prog_info.shtml. The rate sheet can be found at www.nyc.gov/html/olr/downloads/pdf/healthb/emp_rates.pdf. Health benefits applications can be found at www.nyc.gov/html/olr/downloads/pdf/healthb/erbapp.pdf. The completed application, along with marriage and birth certificates for dependent children (if applicable), must be returned to OHR. Please make sure that you select a primary care physician for each family member for all plans except GHI/CBP.

Changes to your health plan will become effective January 15, 2009 (reflected in the following paycheck). Review your pay stub at that time to make certain the changes you elect are reflected.

Please keep in mind that rate changes may occur during the year in some health plans.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible spending accounts give you the opportunity to put aside money on a pre-tax basis for the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DeCAP) and the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA).

DeCAP provides you the opportunity to use tax-free dollars to pay for expenses to care for your dependents, so that you and your spouse may work. HCFSA helps you pay for health-related expenses unreimbursed by your health, dental or vision care insurance. Over the counter drugs are also included.

Information and application forms are available in OHR.

You can also download the brochure at and the enrollment application at
www.nyc.gov/html/olr/downloads/pdf/fsa/2009_FSA_ProgramBrochure.pdf and www.nyc.gov/html/olr/downloads/pdf/fsa/2009_FSA_EC_Form.pdf.

Employees currently enrolled in these plans will receive enrollment materials from the City of New York’s Pre-Tax Benefits Office. Each year you must re-enroll directly with the City of New York. Enrollment applications must be returned directly to the City Of New York at the address at the top of the form. Deductions will be reflected in the January 29, 2009 paycheck. Review your pay stub at that time to make
certain the changes you elect are reflected.

Health Benefits Buy-Out Waiver Program

The Health Benefits Buy-Out Waiver Program allows employees to waive their health benefits if they have non-City health coverage through another source. A cash incentive of $500 for individual and $1000 for family coverage, per calendar year is paid in your regular paycheck. The incentive is paid in two installments. The first installment covers January 1-June 30, and is typically paid in July. The second
installment covers July 1-December 31, and is paid typically in January.

Application forms are available in OHR. You can also download the two applications, the health benefits application and the buy out waiver form at www.nyc.gov/html/olr/downloads/pdf/healthb/erbapp.pdf and www.nyc.gov/html/olr/downloads/pdf/fsa/2009_MSCfrm.pdf.

The two completed applications, along with proof of insurance coverage and marriage and birth certificates for dependent children, if applicable, must be returned to OHR.

Delta Dental -PSC/CUNY Covered Employees Only

Application forms to enroll and opt out are available in OHR. Full-time, tax-levy employees, based on their employment status, are eligible for the above plans. College Assistants are eligible for the above plans if they have an appointment of at least six months and have worked for the College for at least 90 days, with at least 40 hours per payroll. These criteria must be maintained in order to remain eligible.

If you require additional information, please contact OHR at (646) 660-6590 or e-mail


Reminder: Baruch's Policy on Smoking

The College's policy prohibits smoking within 20 feet of a building door, window, or air intake. Smoking is limited to outdoor designated smoking areas. These areas will be identified with signage. All other areas outside of Baruch buildings are smoke free zones. The smoking areas are located between Third Avenue and Lexington Avenue in the following three spots:

· On the south side of East 25th Street, mid-block
· On the north side of East 25th Street, closer to Third Avenue
· On the north side of East 24th Street, closer to Lexington Avenue

Smokers are responsible for the proper and safe disposal of smoking materials in designated smoking receptacles. For the full policy, visit www.baruch.cuny.edu/hr/no_smoking.htm.


Baruch on Politics

Visit www.baruch.cuny.edu/politics08 to find out about events on campus this political season.