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      • Baruch Earns National Rankings by The Princeton Review, Forbes and Diverse Magazine
      • Tibetan Monks Build Traditional Sand Mandala at Baruch
      • Baruch College Graduate Earns National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Announcements
      Submit Recommendations for 2013 and 2014 Honorary Degrees
      Show Support for Ending Domestic Violence
      Baruch College Announces 2012-2013 Sidney Harman Writers-in-Residence
  • Sports
    • • Fall Sports Teams Have Mixed Results
  • Calendar
      September 13, 6 pm: “The Politics of Fracking”
      September 13, 6 pm: Reading and Identity-Jewish Immigrant Women
      September 20: Webinar -  Cheating In An Online Environment: How To Prevent, Detect, & Deter Dishonesty
      September 21 to October 19, 2012: Mishkin Gallery Presents “Decisive Moments: Urban Environments and Street Photography” Exhibition

In the News

Baruch Earns National Rankings by The Princeton Review, Forbes and Diverse Magazine

The 2012 Baruch College recently earned national rankings for its rigorous academics, affordable education and diverse student body by three national publications.

THE PRINCETON REVIEW: For the fifth consecutive year, Baruch College has been named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review, which features Baruch College in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 377 Colleges. Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book. In the Princeton survey, students reported that Baruch College has: “great computer facilities, a great library, diverse student types on campus, and very little drug use.”

FORBES: Baruch College has been ranked #20 among America’s “Best Buy Colleges” on the just-released Forbes college ranking list. Baruch also ranked #351 among “America's Top Colleges,” leading the charge for all other CUNY senior colleges.

DIVERSE ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION: Baruch also received national recognition for providing undergraduate and graduate academic excellence to its multicultural students. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Magazine released their Top 100 list of national institutions that conferred the most bachelor’s and master’s degrees to multicultural students in academic year 2010-2011. In the area of undergraduate programs on Diverse’s list, Baruch College was ranked #58 overall in the category of “Total Minority/All Disciplines Combined.” Baruch College ranked #59 overall for conferring graduate degrees in the category of “Total Minority/All Disciplines Combined.”

Tibetan Monks Build Traditional Sand Mandala at Baruch

Tibetan art

A Tibetan tradition was brought to the Baruch College campus on September 4 as part of the Baruch-Rubin Museum of Art Project, a partnership designed to incorporate the arts into the Baruch curriculum. Tibetan monks from Namdroling Monastery in South India spent the day building a sand mandala in the college’s Newman Vertical Campus Building. Construction of the sand mandala, measuring 3 by 3 feet, was completed in one day.

The monks were invited by Dr. Stan Altman, Director of the Baruch-Rubin Museum of Art Project and Professor of Public Affairs, and Dr. Laurence Kirby, Professor of Mathematics, who recently received a Baruch-Rubin summer grant to explore the use of mandalas in mathematics for explaining the concept of symmetry. A mandala is a circular diagram and geometric composition, highly technical and precise, representing an idealized Tantric Buddhist, Hindu or Bon Meditational Deity and surrounding idealized universe. It is often used as a meditation tool. The project was done in collaboration with Student Life and the Non-profit Leadership Alliance, and was led by the Tibetan monks who included: Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, Lama Rapjee Wangchuk, Lama Jigmey Tenzin, Lama Tenzin Chogyal, Lama Passang, and Lama Tashi.

The Baruch-Rubin Museum of Art Project, established in July 2010, aims to enrich students’ college experience and improve their critical thinking skills through exposure and participation in the arts. Baruch College was awarded a five-year grant of $1 million ($200,000 per year) by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation to incorporate the arts throughout the Baruch curriculum.

Baruch College Graduate Earns National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

CarrilloBaruch College graduate Belen Guerra-Carrillo was recently awarded a fellowship by the National Science Foundation for her graduate research efforts. Her recent achievement earned Guerra-Carrillo a spot on The City University of New York’s new team of award-winning “Science All-Star” students who have won National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships, the most prestigious awards a graduate student in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) can receive. The awards recognize and support exceptional students who have proposed graduate-level research projects in their fields. In 2010, Guerra-Carrillo earned a B.A. in psychology with a minor in mathematics from Baruch College. Guerra-Carrillo is entering a doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley and plans to study the physical effects on the brain when people learn and how those changes affect academic performance.


Submit Recommendations for 2013 and 2014 Honorary Degrees

Each year, during our graduation ceremony, the College grants honorary degrees to one or more individuals.  We are in the process of identifying candidates for honorary degrees to be given at Baruch´s June 2013 and 2014 commencement ceremonies.  I write to ask for your suggestions in identifying recipients.

The qualifications for honorary degree recipients are described below.  All persons suggested will be presented for consideration to the College’s Committee on Honorary Degrees.

Send your recommendations for honorary degree recipients, along with a short biographical sketch of each person, to the Honorary Degree Committee. E-mail recommendations by November 16, 2012 to, Subject: Honorary Degree Recommendations. 

Honorary Degrees are intended to serve as a means by which the University can 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. 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.

For purposes of considering candidates for honorary degrees, elected officials representing the State or City of New York shall not be eligible for consideration during their terms of office.

Show Support for Ending Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and New York State has invited all New Yorkers to show their support for ending domestic violence by wearing purple on Wednesday, October 17th. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence impacts the workplace through time and attendance, productivity, health care costs, and security and liability. For more general information on domestic violence, visit For concerns regarding domestic violence, please contact one of our trained faculty and staff members who can provide confidential assistance:

Leah Schanke, (646) 660-6618, Human Resources 
Tracy Ford, (646) 312-1309, Graduate Admissions - Zicklin School of Business
Gloria Paulus, (646) 312-4649, SEEK Program
Mark Spergel, (646) 312-4271, Orientation and New Student Programs.

Baruch College Announces 2012-2013 Sidney Harman Writers-in-Residence

The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College welcomes two distinguished writers as the Sidney Harman Writers-in-Residence for 2012-2013.

Katherine Vaz and Hilton Als will be teaching in the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Vaz will be teaching a semester-long fiction workshop, and Als will be teaching a class in reviewing and criticism. Katherine Vaz is an award-winning Portuguese-American fiction writer and a nonfiction writer for The New York Times. She is the author of Saudade (St. Martin’s Press), which received critical acclaim as the first contemporary novel from a major New York publisher about Portuguese-Americans. Hilton Als is a staff writer and theater critic for The New Yorker. Prior to The New Yorker, Als wrote for the Village Voice and The Nation and was editor-at-large at Vibe. His first book, The Women, a meditation on gender, race, and personal identity, was published in 1996. In 1997, the New York Association of Black Journalists awarded him first prize for both Magazine/Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment.

In addition to teaching, Vaz and Als will present college-wide readings in The Asriel and Marie Rackow Conference Room, Room 750, 151 E. 25th St., Baruch College. Vaz’s reading will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at 5:45 PM and Als’s on Tuesday, March 19th at 5:45 PM. Both talks are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program visit


Fall Sports Teams Have Mixed Results

The men's soccer team played to a 2-2 draw against Fitchburg State University in the consolation match of the Roger Williams/Turfer Classic played in Bristol, Rhode Island.

The Colonials from Western Connecticut State University defeated the Baruch College Bearcats in five sets in a non-conference women’s volleyball match played at the ARC Arena in New York City.

The women's volleyball team split their two matches at the SUNY-Cortland Invitational in Cortland, New York. The Bearcats swept Pitt-Bradford in a morning match with scores of 27-25, 25-19, 25-23, but lost a heart-breaker during the afternoon against Lebanon Valley in five sets (23-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22, 14-16). With the results, the Bearcats own a 1-3 record on the young season schedule.


September 13, 6 pm: The Politics of Fracking

Room 14-220, Newman Vertical Campus

Our panel of experts will discuss how fracking is being addressed in the political and policy arenas. Do supporters of fracking exaggerate its economic benefits while understating its environmental harm? To what extent will fracking benefit local communities and not just the entrenched interests of the mining industry? Do opponents overstate the potential for environmental degradation? Should the decision to allow fracking be left to individual communities? If we reject fracking, what are the implications for the development of alternative sources of energy?
Contact: Matthew LePere
Phone: 646-312-3231

September 13, 6 pm: Reading and Identity-Jewish Immigrant Women

Engleman Recital Hall, BPAC

The Jewish Studies Center  and the Women's Studies Program at Baruch College will present “New Books, New Lives: Jewish Immigrant Women,” a talk followed by a discussion by Trinity College Professor Emerita Barbara Sicherman. Sicherman’s presentation will be based on her 2010 book, “Well-Read Lives: How Books Inspired a Generation of American Women,” at this free public event at 6 p.m., September 13, 2012, Engelman Recital Hall, located in the Baruch Performing Arts Center, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue. For reservations or questions, contact Jessica Lang, Director of the Jewish Studies Center at

September 20, 1:00-3:30pm: Webinar -  Cheating In An Online Environment: How To Prevent, Detect, & Deter Dishonesty

Information and Technology Building, Room 320a (Besso Lab)
Please join faculty and administrative colleagues in viewing this webinar (from 1:00-2:30), followed by our own discussion. Although some issues of academic integrity are specific to online courses, many are not: all members of the faculty (and administrators) are invited, whatever your current involvement with online or hybrid courses. The webinar will be presented by “Innovative Educators” and led by Dr. Perry C. Francis, a member of the faculty at Eastern Michigan University in the Department of Leadership & Counseling.
RSVP to Vanessa Cano:

September 21 to October 19, 2012: Mishkin Gallery Presents “Decisive Moments: Urban Environments and Street Photography” Exhibition

The Mishkin Gallery, 135 E. 22nd St.
Baruch College presents the exhibition Decisive Moments: Urban Environments and Street photography at the Mishkin Gallery from September 21 to October 19. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Curated by Emily Ackerman, the show features works by nine renowned photographers: Garry Winogrand, Andy Warhol, Jeff Mermelstein, Elliott Erwitt, Milt Hinton, Donna Ferrato, Joel Meyerowitz, Gilles Peress, and Jerome Liebling. With the introduction of portable cameras, especially small rangefinders like the 35mm Leica, the field of street photography came into its own. Photographers could now “shoot from the hip,” thus capturing expressions and interactions between subjects who were often unaware that they were being photographed.  The documentation of society, both its greater issues and its smaller mannerisms, its large-scale protests and its unplanned connections, was now the purview of photographers prowling the urban environment for images of “real” life.


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