In the News

A Note from President Wallerstein on Our Recent Rankings

As we start off the new school year, I am proud to report that Baruch College has garnered several recent national rankings for its top quality education and campus offerings. Over the summer, the Princeton Review named the College one of the best for undergraduate education — placing us in the top 15% of U.S. colleges. Also over the summer, Forbes Magazine chose Baruch as a "Best College Buy" and, for the first time, ranked the Zicklin School of Business among the "Best Business Schools" at #50th on the national list. The good news continued in September. U.S. News & World Report named Baruch College the #3 Top Public University in the North, up from last year's #4 spot. Baruch is also #21 for "Top Regional Universities," our highest position ever. Read the rest of President Wallerstein's message.

Visitors Leadership Program Brings Officials from China's Chongqing University to Baruch College

Visitors Program participants

On Monday, a group of officials from Chongqing University (in Chengdu) visited the College under the U.S. State Department's (USDOS) Visitors Leadership Program to engage in dialogue with Baruch faculty and administrators about a wide range of issues in American higher education as well as education reform. Specific areas of interest to the group, which included 10 deans from the Chinese University, were outlined — effective university management; planning for academic majors and specialties; evaluating teaching, courses and degrees; and effective models for developing and expanding international academic exchanges and partnerships were just a few of the topics discussed.

This was the latest installment of the College's collaboration with the USDOS Visitors Program, in which faculty and administrators with a given expertise provide orientations to groups of scholars, government officials, journalists, diplomats, and others. 

Undergraduate Student Government Committee Engages in Arts and Community Outreach

Halloween Reading DayA new Baruch College undergraduate student government committee focused on art and community outreach has had a productive start to the fall semester, working with the Kips Bay Neighborhood Alliance and members of Community Board 6 to provide services to the local community. The next project they will be participating in is a reading day for children in elementary school at the Kips Bay Library for the Halloween season. The USG participants are also looking to other local arts opportunities, such as helping to choose the next art installation that will go on the façade of the Carlton Arms Hotel, adjacent to the NVC. The hotel plans to replace the silver faces which currently appear on their side wall facing the NVC.

Announcements

Applications Available for State Economic Development Projects

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched his plan for a number of New York Regional Economic Development Councils, with the goal of redesigning the relationship between the state government and businesses to stimulate regional economic development and create jobs statewide. To that end, each Regional Council, representing the 10 regions across New York State, will develop a plan for the development of their region. The state will work with these Regional Councils to align state resources and policies, eliminate unnecessary barriers to growth and prosperity, and streamline the delivery of government services and programs to help the Regional Councils carry out their plans for development.

In addition, through a new Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) that combines resources from dozens of existing programs, the Regional Councils can now apply for $1 billion in state funding for projects they determine to be part of their regional strategy. Consequently, the Empire State Development Corporation recently opened up the application process for the NYC Economic Development Regional Council projects. Funding is currently available for the following projects:

Affordable Housing
Community and Waterfront Revitalization
Direct Assistance to Businesses
Energy and Environmental Improvements
Low-Cost Financing
Municipal/Public Infrastructure
Parks, Historic Preservation and Heritage Areas
Sustainability Planning Assistance
Transportation Infrastructure
Workforce Development

To learn more about the requirements of the application, you can access the CFA and any related materials at http://nyworks.ny.gov.

Wear Purple in Support of Domestic Violence Awareness Oct. 19

DV RibbonAll faculty and staff are encouraged to show support for ending domestic violence by participating in New York State's Go Purple Day  on Wednesday, October 19. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so wear purple throughout the month, but especially on Wednesday, 10/19, the date New York State is suggesting all New Yorkers do so to show their support for this cause.

There are other ways you can help victims of domestic violence during October and throughout the year — and spread the message that violence will not be tolerated. From donating a cell phone, to making donations of clothing and toiletries, to volunteering your time at domestic violence programs, there are ways to make a difference. See suggestions at http://www.opdv.state.ny.us/difference/donate_volunteer.html

Legal Requirement for Spring 2012 Textbook Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) now requires colleges to publicize the materials assigned for each course section at the time of registration. CUNY has developed a system that will enable faculty to submit their textbook information for posting with the course registration information used by students. Baruch must use this system (BookList) to report textbook information for spring 2012 courses by the time registration opens on November 8. Within the next 2 weeks faculty will receive a message explaining how to use the BookList system. In the meantime, faculty should obtain the bibliographic information about the textbooks they will be using in the spring (ISBN, author, title, edition, etc.). We will only have three weeks to enter the textbook information for all courses and ensure that the College meets its legal requirement. The information entered into BookList will be provided to the Baruch College Bookstore, therefore it will not be necessary for faculty to prepare a separate textbook adoption form. If you have any questions, please contact Arthur Downing, the campus liaison to CUNY regarding this initiative.

Sports

Bearcats Place Fourth at 5K Hunter Meet

women’s cross country team
The women's cross country team finished in fourth place at the 5K Hunter Developmental Meet on Sunday morning at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. 
The race featured 128 runners and 16 teams from throughout the metropolitan region. The women's cross country team competes next on Sunday, October 2 at the Lehman Invitational scheduled for 10:15 am at Van Cortlandt Park. More info

Events

Oct. 3, 6 pm, An Engine for Good: The B-Corporation for Social Entrepreneurs

Newman Vertical Campus, Room 2-140, 55 Lexington Ave

Come join this Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship event to discover what is set to become the future of social entrepreneurship. The panel discussion will explain the certification process, tax benefits, environmental and social auditing standards, and firsthand experiences of companies belonging to the first generation of Benefit Corporations. More info

Arts and Culture

Tonight, 7:30 pm: Ustad Shahid Parvez on Sitar

Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, affectionately called "Ustadji" by his students, descends from six generations of sitarists. He is one of the leading exponents of the Etawah Gharana, a musical tradition or "family" committed to this most famous of Indian instruments. He was trained by his father and guru, Ustad Aziz Khan. More info

Oct. 1-8: 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

Oct. 2, 3 pm: New York Piano Society in Concert

Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

This suggested-donation event will feature outstanding concert performers of the New York Piano Society whose primary professions lie in areas other than music. More info

Oct. 3-6: The Joel Segall Great Works Reading Series: Antigone by Sophocles, Directed by Christopher Scott

Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue

This 60-minute abridged reading of the world-famous Sophocles play will be performed by a company of professional actors. More info

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