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IN THE NEWS

Schwartz Institute Creates New Tool for Assessment of Student Videos

NY1 News Covers Baruch's Small Business Assistance Forum

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reception for Baruch College's Upcoming Jewish Studies Center Nov. 10

CUNY Votes Initiative Plus 25% Off at Bookstore

Baruch College Task Force on Sustainability General Meeting October 26

Send in Your Recommendations for Honorary Degree Recipients

EVENTS

Oct. 21: The Russell Banks CEO Leadership Lecture Series Featuring Kenneth Langone, Co-Founder The Home Depot

Oct. 26: Media Coverage of the Nonprofit Sector

Oct. 26: The War on Terror: Lessons Learned, Future Directions

Oct. 28: Boardroom Secrets: Corporate Governance for Quality of Life

Oct. 30: The Berber Language Today (in Morocco)

ARTS AND CULTURE

BPAC Events

Now - Nov. 7: The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presents
Fyvush Finkel Live!

Oct. 24: Beauty Beyond Borders, A Tribute to the Women of World Music

Oct. 28: Las Rutas De Julia de Burgos by Oscar Montero: A Staged Reading

Nov. 2: Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal Film Screening

OFFERINGS

October is Technology Month!

Faculty-Driven Assessment in Humanities Seminar at the Graduate Center

See Elf on Broadway and Enjoy a Special Discount

News
 

Schwartz Institute Creates New Tool for Assessment of Student Videos

VOCATBernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute Director Mikhail Gershovich, along with Patricia Juza, director of language and test preparation programs in the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies, spoke to The Chronicle of Higher Education late last week on the use of web video as an assessment tool for students' communication skills. Go to the article to learn more about the technology developed for Baruch College and how it's being used in the classroom.

NY1 News Covers Baruch's Small Business Assistance Forum

Hopeful New York City entrepreneurs picked up tips from Baruch College's free business forum done in collaboration with the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership last week. Missed out? NY1 hosts video and a recap of the event here.

Announcements

Reception for Baruch College's Upcoming Jewish Studies Center Nov. 10

Please join the Baruch community in celebrating the soon-to-launch Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College on Wednesday, November 10 with a reception starting at 5:30 pm and a panel discussion on Jewish immigration to New York at 6:00 pm. RSVP to Sidney.Ko@baruch.cuny.edu or call 646-660-6132.

The Center, part of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, will offer interdisciplinary courses and public programs that explore the role of New York and American Jewry in national and global culture and politics, Israeli politics and society, and the Holocaust. Courses and programs will examine American Jewish history and culture, beginning with the first waves of large-scale Jewish immigration from Europe in the nineteenth century. Through a series of lectures, panel discussions, and special events, the Center will also address some of the biggest issues and challenges on the agenda of the American and New York Jewish communities -- Jewish philanthropy, Jewish business ethics, Jewish politics, Jewish identity and continuity, the changing face of American Jewry, and many others. For more information about the event and the Center, please visit http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/campaign/jsc.htm.

CUNY Votes Initiative Plus 25% Off at Bookstore

25% offThe City University of New York has launched the “CUNY VOTES” initiative, a comprehensive, non-partisan 23-campus campaign to banish voter apathy among college students and to set a national example aimed at inspiring the general voting population to get to the polls.

Students, faculty, alumni and staff from throughout the five-borough CUNY community are encouraged to vote on Tuesday, November 2 -- and to demonstrate their commitment visibly by wearing their college colors to the polls. Thanks to the participation of Follett, the Baruch College bookstore will generously be offering a 25% discount on all regularly priced (non-clearance) collegiate apparel through Wednesday, November 3 for this purpose. The bookstore will also be supporting “CUNY VOTES” by distributing buttons every day until the election. Don't miss out on the opportunity to grab Baruch College apparel at 25% off -- and wear it when you vote on Election Day!

Baruch College Task Force on Sustainability General Meeting October 26

The Baruch College Task Force on Sustainability invites all members of the Baruch College community to its first meeting of the fall 2010 semester on October 26th from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in the Information and Technology Building, Room 763, 151 E. 25th St. The meeting will serve as a forum to update one another on various sustainability initiatives throughout the College. Please RSVP to Matt Lepere at Matthew.LePere@baruch.cuny.edu or 646-312-3231 along with any sustainability-related updates you'd like to present to the group. An agenda will be sent out closer to the date of the meeting.

Send in Your Recommendations for Honorary Degree Recipients

Graduation capEach year, during the graduation ceremony, the College grants honorary degrees to one or more individuals. Honorary Degrees are intended to serve as a means to recognize the achievements of persons who have made significant contributions to the progress of the University or its colleges and to the principles for which the institutions stand or to their academic or professional disciplines. The committee in charge of identifying candidates for honorary degrees to be given at Baruch's June 2011 and 2012 commencement ceremonies is currently seeking suggestions for both honorary degree recipients as well as persons to deliver the commencement address. The person need not be eligible for an honorary degree.

In general, candidates for honorary degrees should fall in one or more of the following categories:
• Persons of national or international reputation in an academic disciple that holds a significant place in the curriculum of the awarding college;
• Persons who have made significant contributions in either thought or action to American higher education or in a professional field closely related to an academic interest of the University or the awarding college;
• Persons who have made significant contributions over a sustained period of time to the development of major programs at the University or at one of its colleges;
• Persons who have given long and distinguished service to the University or one of its colleges but who were not in its employ;
• Persons who have made major contributions to furthering principles that are at the center of the University's purpose and mission.

Please send your recommendations for honorary degree recipients and/or commencement speakers, along with a short biographical sketch of each person, to the Honorary Degree Committee by October 22, 2010 to Provost.Office@baruch.cuny.edu, Subject: Honorary Degree Recommendations.

Events
 

October 21, 9:30 - 10:30 am: Information and Technology Building, Room 750, 151 E. 25th Street

The Russell Banks CEO Leadership Lecture Series Featuring Kenneth Langone, Co-Founder, The Home Depot

Kenneth LangoneThis year's Russell Banks CEO Leadership Lecture will feature Kenneth Langone, Co-founder, The Home Depot, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Invemed Associates LLC, and philanthropist. Dr. John Elliott, dean of the Zicklin School of Business, will host the event as the moderator. Russell Banks ('40) is an alumnus of Baruch College and former adjunct professor of management at Baruch College. Please RSVP to Kinshasa.Best@baruch.cuny.edu or 646-660-6075.

October 26, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm: Information and Technology Building, Room 750, 151 E. 25th Street

Media Coverage of the Nonprofit Sector

Three separate panels will engage in discussion on the following topics:

    • Why cover the nonprofit sector?
    • How is the nonprofit sector covered now?
    • How can coverage can be improved?

Speakers will include journalists, nonprofit leaders and foundation officials. Keynote Speaker: David Jones, President, Community Service Society of NY
RSVP to nonprofit.workshops@baruch.cuny.edu or call 646 660-6743.

October 26, 12:40 - 1:45 pm: Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-270, 55 Lexington Ave

The War on Terror: Lessons Learned, Future Directions

This panel discussion sponsored by the Department of Political Science will feature Mitchel Wallerstein, President of Baruch College; Dov Waxman, Associate Professor of Political Science; and Howard Lentner, Professor Emeritus of Political Science.

October 28, 12:30 - 2:30 pm: Information and Technology Building, 7th Fl., 151 E. 25th Street

Boardroom Secrets book coverBoardroom Secrets: Corporate Governance for Quality of Life

Join the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity as they host Dr. Ylmaz Argüden, author of Boardroom Secrets: Corporate Governance for Quality of Life. Event includes a presentation by Dr. Argüden, a Q&A session, and light lunch. Register online or call 646-312-3231.


October 30, 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Newman Vertical Campus, Room 6-210, 55 Lexington Ave

The Berber Language Today (in Morocco)

Join the Department of Modern Languages and the American Society of Geolinguistics in a discussion of the state of the Berber language in Morocco today, language planning, educational offerings, teacher training. Featuring Mohamed Ourais (NYC Technical College).

Arts and Culture

BPAC events

Now - Nov. 7: Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presents Fyvush Finkel Live!

With a remarkable career from the Yiddish and English stage to his Emmy Award winning performance on Picket Fences, the multi-talented Fyvush Finkel takes us from the rich heyday of Second Avenue to mainstream stardom on stage and screen. Fyvush will be joined by his sons Ian and Eliot and special guests Merwin Goldsmith and June Gable. More info

Oct. 24, 1 pm: Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

Beauty Beyond Borders, A Tribute to the Women of World Music

Beauty Beyond Borders is a tribute to the wonderful women of World Music. This 50-minute concert is presented by World Music extraordinaire musician Martina Bruno and her live band, who presents an amalgamation of musical styles that includes Hindu Chant, Celtic Tune, Israeli Folk Song, Zouk Style, A Cappella, Columbian Folklore, Haitian Compas, Salsa, American Pop and American Dance Track, as well as a small introduction to Toto la Momposina and the history of Cumbia. More info

Oct. 28: Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

Las Rutas De Julia de BurgosLas Rutas De Julia de Burgos by Oscar Montero: A Staged Reading

The Paul Andre Feit Memorial Lecture Series and the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Baruch College present a staged reading of Las Rutas de Julia de Burgos by Oscar Montero (Professor, Lehman College, The Graduate Center, CUNY). The play is based on the life and works of Puerto Rican writer Julia de Burgos (in Spanish). To be followed by a question/answer session.For information about the play, please see www.lasrutasdeJuliadeBurgos.com.

Nov. 2, 7 pm: Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal Film Screening

Written and produced by Johanna Fernandez, Assistant Professor of History and Black and Hispanic Studies, in collaboration with Director Kouross Esmaeli of BigNoise Productions, the film Justice on Trial investigates the civil rights and constitutional violations in the controversial case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the award-winning radio journalist and world renowned death row inmate whose prolific writings in defense of social justice have earned him the moniker, "Voice of the Voiceless."

Christina Swarns, director of the Criminal Justice Project and an attorney who previously made an amicus argument in the Abu-Jamal case, will join the filmmakers for a Q&A following the screening. More info

Offerings
 

October is Technology Month!

Below is a listing of Technology courses for October 2010 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 Leah Schanke 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 training web site. For questions regarding registering for any of the courses, please contact Leah Schanke at Leah.Schanke@baruch.cuny.edu or 646-660-6618. NOTE: Applicants for all PDLM technology workshops may be required to complete an on-line pre-class assessment to determine appropriate class level. A URL for the assessment location will be sent to registered applicants.

Excel 2003/2007, Level 2

Expanding on the skills learned in Level 1, this workshop will give participants the ability to rotate chart text, plot data, work with objects, and sort and protect data. Participants will create headers and footers and work intensively with formulas and functions (such as "If" functions). Prerequisite: Excel Level 1 course or equivalent user capability.

Date: 10/26/2010
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: ERP Training Facility, 555 West 57th Street
Course No: WTT 241
Cost: $25 per person

Word 2003/2007, Level 2

Expanding on the skills learned in Level 1, this highly interactive workshop will give participants the ability to create flyers by using backgrounds, borders and shading, pictures, clipart and WordArt, create fill-in forms, work with tables using formulas, and work with documents to include the use of reference commands. Participants also will work with macros and explore how to protect a document. Prerequisite: Word Level 1 course or equivalent user capability.

Date: 10/27/2010
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: ERP Training Facility, 555 West 57th Street
Course No: WTT 231
Cost: $25 per person

Publisher 2003/2007, Level 1

This workshop encourages participants to bring their imagination to class. Participants learn the basic skills for designing a professional publication with Microsoft Publisher. Also presented will be information on preparing publications for print, the "nudge" option, grouping elements, layering, and using the design checker. Prerequisite: Word Level 2 course and/or PowerPoint Level 2.

Date: 10/29/2010
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: ERP Training Facility, 555 West 57th Street
Course No: WTT 171
Cost: $25 per person

November 2 - January 2, Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th St.

Baruch Employees: Enjoy a Special Discount for Elf on Broadway

Elf9 Weeks Only: November 2 - January 2
$89.75, Orch/Mezz seats for pre-Thanksgiving performances (thru 11/24) excluding all Saturday evening performances.
Visit BroadwayOffers.com and use code ELFNYTX
Call (212) 947-8844 and mention code ELFNYTX

 

Faculty-Driven Assessment in Humanities Seminar at the Graduate Center

A professional development seminar is being offered by the Assessment Council with the support of the Graduate Center on Friday, October 29, 2010 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Skylight Room of the Graduate Center. Space is limited to 40 seats. Please RSVP by Oct. 26th via email to hjohnson@brooklyn.cuny.edu. The program will feature:

Prof. Matthew Moore, Chair -- Philosophy (Brooklyn College)
Topic: Program Assessment in Philosophy

Prof. Carlos Riobo -- Foreign Languages & Literature (City College)

Topic: Reflections on Assessment in an English Department

Prof. Richard Braverman, Deputy Chair -- English (City College)
Topic: My Experience in Assessing Four Programs in the English Department

Profs. Regina Galasso, ValerieThiers-Thiam, & Philippa Kim -- Modern Languages (BMCC)
Topic: Outcomes Assessment in the Modern Languages Department
Seminar Information: