e-News for Faculty and Staff - Baruch College

Oct. 24 - Oct. 31


Podcast: Baruch Business Report on the Economic Turmoil
Flu Vaccinations for Faculty and Staff
Update on the Blackboard 8.0 Upgrade
Psychology Professor Seeks Volunteers For Healthy Living Study


Reminder: Reunion 2008 Weekend

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

Arts and Culture

Oct. 27: "Second Life" by Ashlin Halfnight
Oct. 28: Weissman Talks: Pre-Holocaust Life in Poland
Oct. 29: Repast Baroque Orchestra
Oct. 30: Eugene Marlowe’s Heritage Ensemble

Workshops and Seminars

Oct. 28: Can Church and State Be Separate?
Oct. 28:
Politics, Pundits, & Polls
Oct. 28
: Blogging the 2008 Elections: A Panel Discussion
Oct. 30 : She "Cackles", He "Laughs": Gender and the 2008 Elections



Podcast: The Baruch Business Report on the Economic Turmoil

Listen to Dean John Elliott and Prof. Terrence Martell discuss the details and possible results of the $700 billion economic rescue plan. To download this episode of the Baruch Business Report, visit www1.cuny.edu/forums/podcasts/?cat=5


Flu Vaccinations

To: Baruch College Employees

From: Elizabeth Robinson, ER
Director of Human Resources

Baruch College will be offering the flu vaccine, at a cost of $20, as a benefit to Baruch College employees. The vaccine will be available on Monday November 3 from 2 to 6 pm and Thursday November 6 from 12 to 4 pm.

Please see the attached link for location and additional information: www.baruch.cuny.edu/hr/documents/flu08.pdf.


Update on Blackboard 8.0 Upgrade

Dear Campus Community,

Beginning in the spring 2009 term, CUNY will be upgrading to the latest version of Blackboard, version 8. CUNY has notified all campuses that we must begin to put together a transition plan for this upgrade. Those courses currently being taught in the fall 2008 semester and those during the January 2009 intersession will remain on Blackboard version 6.

With Blackboard version 8, the features you currently use will still be available. However, there are several features that have been enhanced in the new version. In Blackboard 8, you will have the ability to:

  • send e-mail announcements to all your students enrolled in your courses
  • manage communication with students based on students' activity in the course (e.g., performance on tests, last log-in)
  • quickly see whether there are unread posts in discussion boards
  • view enhanced progress reports in the gradebook
  • make use of social bookmarking tools (for storing, searching, and sharing links to important websites)
  • utilize integrated plagiarism deterrence software

set up self-assessment and peer review options for students
Blackboard has provided a brief overview of the new features in Blackboard 8. Please visit www.blackboard.com/resources/BbASB/bbasb_brochure2.pdf for a more detailed description of these features.

In order to provide an introduction to the new Blackboard system, we are offering workshops on Blackboard 8 in the fall term. You can find the schedule here at www.baruch.cuny.edu/bctc/training/faculty_training.html.

Finally, if you have not already met me, my role at Baruch is to work with faculty in their instructional use of technologies such as Blackboard, including leading this migration to Blackboard 8. I would be more than willing to assist you with any questions you might have about the new version or about Blackboard in general. I am meeting with CUNY on this transition over the next several weeks and will keep you posted as to the progress.


Kevin Wolff
Instructional Designer
Baruch Computing and Technology Center
Library Building, 151 East 25th Street, Room 618
(646) 312-1149


Psychology Professor Seeks Volunteers For Healthy Living Study

Do you want to lose weight and improve your health?

If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 and 20 to 100 pounds overweight, you may be eligible to take part in a 12-month weight loss study! You will learn how to improve your diet and exercise behaviors by participating in behavioral weight loss treatment, Weight Watchers, or a combination of both.

For more information and to see if you qualify for this program, call (646) 312-4450 and ask about the Healthy Living Study!


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

Reunion 2008 Brunch

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 Baruch College for many years.

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


Arts and Culture

Monday, Oct. 27, 7 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

"Second Life" by Ashlin Halfnight

Tim’s having trouble holding onto reality. Video games bleed into pornography, and both bleed into real life. Then things get even more dangerous – he falls in love. This event is free.

More Info: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6 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: www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=378

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 8 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

Repast Baroque Ensemble

Repast celebrate the addition of their new harpsichordist, Avi Stein. The members of Repast perform music that shows the enormous variety of French baroque music. Baruch students are free. Faculty and staff may attend for $12.00.

Engelman Recital Hall
Newman Vertical Campus

More Info: www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=353

Thursday, Oct. 30, 1 pm, 7 pm | Baruch Performing Arts Center

Eugene Marlowe’s Heritage Ensemble

Eugene Marlowe’s Heritage Ensemble will grace the stage with having developed a repertoire of Jewish liturgical songs and Israeli folk songs arranged in various jazz and neo-classical styles. This event is free for students. Faculty and staff may attend for $10.00.

Engelman Recital Hall
Newman Vertical Campus

More Info: www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=354


Workshops and Seminars

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6 - 8 pm | School of Public Affairs

Can Church and State Be Separate?

A lecture by Christopher L. Eisgruber, provost of Princeton University and co-author of "Religious Freedom and the Constitution." Part of the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series on Equality and Justice in America.

More Info:

Newman Vertical Campus, Rm. 14-220
55 Lexington Avenue

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5 - 7 pm | School of Public Affairs

Politics, Pundits, & Polls

This panel discussion features experts on polling and elections and is moderated by Professor Doug Muzzio of the School of Public Affairs.

Information and Technology Building, 7th Floor
55 Lexington Avenue

More Info: www.baruch.cuny.edu/spa/home.php

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 - 9 pm | School of Public Affairs

Blogging the 2008 Elections

Bloggers and journalists discuss the ways in which Internet coverage has shaped this year's presidential elections.

Info: www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/academics/journalism/bloggingevent.htm

Information and Technology Building, Newman Conference Center
151 East 25th Street

Thursday, Oct. 30, 1 pm - 2 pm | Claire Mason Lecture Series

She 'Cackles', He 'Laughs': Gender Stereotypes in 2008 Presidential Campaign Coverage

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the leading authority on gender bias in assessments of women as leaders.

More Info:

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