In the News

Baruch College Ranks Among Nation's Best Colleges

Rankings badges
Adding to earlier rankings by The Princeton Review and Forbes Magazine for academic year 2011-2012, Baruch College has recently received the following rankings recognitions:
U.S. News & World Report:
#3 Public Regional University (North); #21 Top Regional University, our highest ranking ever in the category; a top 100 Best Business Program; and #3 in Campus Ethnic Diversity.
The Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine: A Top 25 School for Entrepreneurship
Quantnetwork: #5 for Masters in Financial Engineering (MFE) Program, in good company with Princeton University, Columbia University, and Stanford University.

Congratulations to the Baruch College community!

SPA Student Research Contributes to NYC Council Members' Decision to Open Up Public Participatory Budgeting

A New York Times story recently covered the decision of four city council members to "let ordinary citizens determine how government uses tax dollars" — $4 million to be exact. The idea for this participatory budgeting plan was influenced by similar experiments in Brazil, a concept that former Baruch College MPA student and National Urban Fellow Troave Profice looked at during her recent mentorship with Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, one of the four pioneering council members who are taking on this plan. View the NY Times story.

Baruch's Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) Supports Coalition Installing Accessible Pedestrian Signals

Accessible Pedestrian SignalThe P.A.S.S (Pedestrians for Accessible and Safe Streets) Coalition, founded by 11 organizations including Baruch's Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP), applauds the Department of Transportation (DOT) for its plan to improve the safety of all New York City streets and markedly increase the number of Accessible Pedestrian Signal's (APS) installed throughout the five boroughs.

The intersection of 7th Avenue and West 23rd Street in Manhattan recently underwent major renovations. The PASS Coalition had its experts visit the intersection and identified potential design problems for the deaf and blind and also offered solutions such as the proper installation of detectable warning strips at curb ramps and crosswalk cut-throughs.

Dr. Karen Gourgey, Director of CCVIP and Chair of the PASS Coalition states,
"Those of us who are blind or visually impaired value the pedestrian-friendly and age-friendly initiatives of DOT; we want to assure that our particular needs are taken into account as these changes are made. APS installations such as these at 7th and 23rd are a big step in that direction."

Baruch Debate Team Competes in Northeast Regional Opener

On September 16th, five students from Baruch traveled with CUNY Debate, a consortium of all CUNY policy debate societies, to SUNY-Binghamton for the Northeast Regional Opener, the single largest debate event in the nation in the last six months (including the National Championships).

The three-day event was very successful for the whole squad, including Alex Cedano and Alando McIntyr, who went 5-1 in preliminary debates to be the third seed in the Novice Division and moving on to four elimination rounds in which they defeated James Madison University in Octofinals and teams from West Point in the Quarter-final and Semi-Final debates. Joining them in Novice, Baruch debater Sana Shahid competed with a partner from John Jay. The first time debaters had a very impressive 3-3 showing at the tournament, and narrowly missed being in elimination rounds.

Congratulations to all of the competing students and debate team organizers on their impressive success at this first tournament of the season! The next tournament for the team will be October 1-2 at the University of Rochester.

Sports

Women's Volleyball Sweep CSI; Jessica Wu Named CUNYAC Rookie of the Week

Women's Volleyball
The women's volleyball team swept the Dolphins from the College of Staten Island in three sets in a CUNY Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) home match played on Tuesday night in the ARC Arena. The Bearcats won their third consecutive match with scores of 25-9, 25-11, 25-12. Jessica Wu, the CUNYAC Rookie of the Week, led the attack with 10 kills and a season-high 10 aces, while Lauren Hayden notched eight kills. The women's volleyball team will return to action on Friday, September 23, as they will compete in the FDU-Florham Quad in Madison, New Jersey. More info

Events

Sept. 26, 6:30 pm, Corporate Communication Practices & Trends: U.S. Study 2011

Newman Vertical Campus, Room 8-210, 55 Lexington Ave

Corporate Communication International as completed its 2011 study of practices and trends in U.S. corporate communication. This year's report, built on initial benchmark findings and seven previous studies, takes a current snapshot of the practice in U.S. corporations. The study surveyed publicly held companies including the Fortune 1000 and conducted follow-up interviews with senior corporate communication executives. Prof. Michael B. Goodman, CCI director, will explore the study's key insights, current practices and key functions. Learn about staffing, reporting lines, executive salaries, budgets and more. Hear executive voices describe the status of their role, their responses to contemporary challenges, and their thoughts about emerging trends. RSVP to 973-270-0038 or cci@corporatecomm.org. More info

Arts and Culture

Sept. 23 - October 26: : Narrative, Sketch, Document

Mishkin Gallery, Administrative Building, 135 E. 22nd Street, First Floor

Andy Warhol Sylvester Stallone and Unidentified Woman, undated Gelatin silver print, 8 x 10” Collection of Baruch CollegeNarrative, Sketch, Document: The Changing Roles of Photography, which will run through Oct. 26 at Baruch's Mishkin Gallery, is divided thematically into three sections and showcases images from 1926 through 2007. This show will demonstrate how the meanings of individual photographic images change as they traverse time. More info

Sept. 7-25: A Blue Sky Like No Other

Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

As the world commemorates the tenth year anniversary of 9/11, Baruch Performing Arts Center announces the world premiere of the theatrical production A Blue Sky Like No Other, one man's personal, first-hand experience of the events that took place at the World Trade Center that morning. A Blue Sky Like No Other serves as a tribute to the members of the New York City Fire Department who sacrificed their lives to save others. With real-life slide and video projections and original music, everyday citizen Steve Fetter tells the tale from his eye-witness perspective in a remarkable and captivating manner that also touches on how his life ultimately changed. Use code FIVE for $12 tickets with your Baruch ID. See the box office in the lobby of the NVC. More info

Sept. 7 - Oct. 2: Septimus and Clarissa

Nagelberg Theatre, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin from Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs. Dalloway, Septimus and Clarrisa takes audiences on a harrowing ride inside the minds of a shell-shocked World War I veteran and an upper-class housewife forced to face her deepest fears. This visceral exploration of Woolf's groundbreaking novel dives deep into the tensions of post-WWI London to expose the darkness that lurks beneath the fragile surface of peace. More info

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