Bearcat Buzz – February 26, 2021
Saturday, March 27- Sunday, April 4- Spring Recess
It has come to our attention that students at Baruch College and other CUNY campuses have received a message with the subject “Important Message from College Finance Department.” The message offers a “covid-19 financial aid grant.” The message is NOT from the College; it is a scam designed to get students to divulge their personal information. If you have received this message, please delete it. If you responded to the message and provided your personal information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with changing your passwords and taking further action, if necessary.
The College has distributed previous warnings about email scams. Please keep the following in mind regarding any message you receive:
– Do not provide personal information (home address, user names, etc.) in response to emails, text messages, or websites that come from someone you do not know or from a suspicious email sender.
– Never provide your password in an email.
– Do not deposit checks from unknown senders.
– Do not click on links or open attachments in suspicious emails.
– Be wary of messages requesting urgent action.
While we work actively to identify and prevent these messages, our ability to keep users secure is critically dependent on the Baruch community being educated and skeptical about fraudulent messages. Please remain alert, as scams can happen at any time and dupe individuals of all ages and backgrounds and all levels of tech sophistication.
This is a reminder to bring your attention to recent job scams and email hoaxes. Although it is not from Starr Search, we want to bring it to your attention. Here is the latest job scam that we received: Job Scam. If you received these types of job scams, please delete it immediately and flag it as spam in your Baruchmail email system. Do not engage in any correspondence with the sender. Please read this announcement to on how to look out for warning signs and to better protect yourself against these hoaxes and scams.
Look out for the following warning signs in any job posting you encounter:
· Hiring manager promises a large salary with minimal work required.
· Hiring manager offers you a position without any sort of interviewing process being conducted.
· Hiring manager is using a personal email or an address that doesn’t match the company name.
· The position expects you to transfer wire funds between accounts.
· The company sends you a large check and requires you to cash it using your personal account.
· The company/hiring manager asks for personal information like social security number or bank account.
· Do not deposit any check before you start working at a new job
· Do not lend any money or pay fees to prospective employers
· Do not share any personal information unless it is submitted to a trusted source
· Be aware of any free checks or calls that look questionable and ask for personal information
· Apply for jobs directly to company website, Starr Search and any other trusted source
For more information visit The Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information on Job Scams.
Resources for Reporting Suspicious Employers and Fraudulent Job Postings
Are you the victim of a fraudulent job posting? Please see the following resources available for you to get help.
· Starr’s resources on how to avoid job scam.
· Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Unit accepts reports of job scams and provides instructions for ﬁling a complaint.
· U.S. Department of Justice accepts reports of job scam incidents that have occurred over the Internet.
Remember to trust your instincts. If communication with an employer or company feels suspicious, end the communication immediately. Report fraudulent activity to us immediately. Please contact us at email@example.com.
To ensure the safety, security, and well-being of our students, Baruch College has determined that a moratorium had been placed on pledging and rush activities in all Baruch social fraternities and sororities at least through May 31, 2021. Read a message from the Provost for more information on the moratorium. * To anonymously report any hazing activity please fill out the Hazing Incident Report Form.
If you are finishing your coursework in the Spring, Summer or Fall terms, apply now for graduation! Login to your Student Center in CUNYfirst to complete the online application for graduation or submit an Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar. For more information, please email GraduationAudits@baruch.cuny.edu.
Summer: June 15 (online application opens February 16)
Fall: September 15 (online application opens June 16)
Spring: February 15 (online application opens September 16)
Lexicon’s 2021 yearbook is on sale now! The first 50 students to buy the yearbook receive the Diamond Tier Senior Package for free – this year’s package includes a Pilloplush (pillow that turns into a blanket), Bluetooth Speaker, Crewneck, Mason Jar, and Tote Bag!
The following 50 students to purchase the yearbook will receive the Platinum Tier Senior Package, which will include a Bluetooth Speaker, Crewneck, Mason Jar, and Tote Bag. After the first 100 sales, students who purchase the yearbook will receive the Gold Tier Senior Package, which will include a Crewneck, Mason Jar and Tote Bag. The last day to purchase a yearbook and receive the senior package will be May 1, 2021.
We invite all members of the Baruch community to come together and join us in celebrating Women’s History Month 2021. WHM 2021 aims to highlight the strength, courage, and resilience of phenomenal women and to call attention to the ways women have and are Overcoming Obstacles. Follow our Instagram account,@baruchwhm, where we feature our events, public figures from different time periods and exceptional women from Baruch. Stories and posts will include inspirational quotes, self-care tips and an opportunity to share your personal stories.
WHM Opening Ceremony: Transforming Struggles into Art: A “Tiny Zoom Concert”
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 | 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
This year’s Women’s History Month theme, Overcoming Obstacles! speaks directly to the experience of women artists in Latin America and the Caribbean. The rich and diverse cultures of the region owe a tremendous debt to these creative and resilient women who mastered the magic of transforming their struggles into art. As part of the Opening Ceremony for Women’s History Month at Baruch, ISLA is proud to present a “tiny Zoom concert” and conversation with Yancy Abril. Join us as we kickoff Women’s History Month!
Register to attend the Opening Ceremony
Imposter Phenomenon: Reclaiming Your Confidence
Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
The Imposter Phenomenon is a systemic issue that affects the lives of countless people, however many are oblivious to the problem. Women, especially non-cis folks of color, are constantly questioning their intelligence, skills, and achievements as a result of this pervasive issue. With expertise from the Baruch Counseling Center and the Graduate Center, Our B.I.A.S will shine a light on the systemic roots of the imposter phenomenon and work together to find a solution and raise awareness.
This event open to all cis and trans women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women.
Register to attend Imposter Phenomenon: Reclaiming Your Confidence
Nominations for the Phenomenal Women Campaign
The Women’s History Month Committee is accepting nominations for the Phenomenal Women Campaign. Nominees will be featured on our social media during the month of March. If you know a student, faculty, staff or alumni that has contributed directly to the Baruch community, nominate them! Contributions can include but are not limited to: work in a department, leadership experience, research, academic accomplishments or awards, community work/organizing, extra/co-curricular activities, etc.
Nominees can include but are not limited to: cis- and transgender women, non-binary, gender fluid individuals and folx who experience systems of patriarchy. You can submit your nomination using the using the Women’s History Month Phenomenal Women Nomination Form. Nominations will be accepted through March 17, 2021 at 11:45 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our free immigration lawyer services are up and running. The Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate Student Assembly provide current undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to speak with an immigration lawyer twice a semester. Appointments can be scheduled for the of Spring 2021 semester. Please make an appointment via our online form on the Student Life website. Make sure to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!
In an effort to recognize the outstanding work of the student organizations at Baruch, the Office of Student Life is excited to begin accepting nominations for Student Organization of the Month for the month of February! Nominate an organization whose actions, experiences, and/or activities have had a substantial impact on the Baruch College community. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:45 p.m. and you can submit your form on MyBaruch.
Craving a more fulfilling college experience? Want to become a part of a close-knit community of high-achieving students? Learn how to become a Provost or Inquiry Scholar within Baruch’s Honors Program. Honors students receive priority registration, individual advising with a dedicated advisor throughout their academic career, access to smaller classes, and a myriad of professional development opportunities. Contact Harmony.Osei@baruch.cuny.edu to discover what an Honors education can do for you. Club members can request to have an Honors staff member give a brief presentation to club members. For more information visit the Baruch website.
Stop the Hate! Join the Safer Space Training presented by Shane Windmeyer from Campus Pride.
Friday, March 5, 2021 1:00 p.m.
The Ombuds offers an avenue for Baruch-based support and stress reduction to all members of our community. All have access to the opportunity to share concerns and consider options as they manage conflicts within our distant but connected College campus.
The Ombuds office is open for Zoom meetings. All members of the Baruch community are welcome to discuss with the Ombuds unresolved conflicts they are experiencing involving other members of the Baruch community. The Baruch Ombuds offers a confidential, neutral, and independent space to discuss these challenges.
Professor Mindy Engle-Friedman, Ombuds at email@example.com or Glenda Hydler, Assistant to the Ombuds at Glenda.Hydler@baruch.cuny.edu.
The Ombuds also offers Ombuds Open Office (OOO) hours on Zoom Meeting ID: 898 4158 9501 on Thursdays, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. to provide information about the role of the Ombuds and how the Ombuds can help. Those who visit during the OOOs will be offered 10 minutes of private conversation to briefly discuss concerning issues, provide referrals, and arrange follow-up meetings. These brief individual meetings take place on a first-come, first-served basis with the Ombuds admitting a person to the Zoom session only when the previous 10-minute meeting has ended and when the next time slot becomes available. For more information visit the Baruch website.
Get Hired! is a new job search program launching on Thursday, February 18th to help seniors and recent graduates (December 2019, 2020) to find employment. It is our most robust job search initiative yet, please spread the word!
Please contact Alena Grunberg at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Be a positive influence for first-year students! First-Year Seminar (FYS) peer mentors play a vital role in acclimating incoming first-year students to the rigors of college life. Peer mentors can be a major influence on the educational goals and successful transition of new students to the College. If interested email the following: Resume Brief statement (no more than 250 word count) why you are interested in becoming a peer mentor for the First Year Seminar. Email above information to email@example.com or any questions you have. Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Monday, March, 8, 2021.
In response to the current environment, the Counseling Center offers free and confidential individual and group counseling and Support sessions:
Are you struggling with a new transition, feeling lonely, wanting to make new connections or having trouble in your relationships? The Counseling Center is offering two groups called Relationship to Self and Others, during 2020-2021. The groups are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. on Zoom. To participate, in the Tuesday group, please send an email to Jenny Choi at Jenny.Choi@Baruch.cuny.edu. To participate in the Thursday group, please send an email to Kai Lin Fu at Kailin.Fu@Baruch.cuny.edu.
Black Mental Health Matters (BMHM) Support Sessions for Baruch Students
Wednesdays: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. In light of the recent events of racial violence and injustice towards Blacks and the outcry for support, the Baruch College Counseling Center would like to invite you to join Black Mental Health Matters. These support sessions aim to foster and support the growth, networking, collaboration, success, and well-being of Black Students. If you are interested in finding a safe space to meet and talk with others who may have similar experiences as Black students, then this group is for you. The sessions will be led by two Black Psychologists, Dr. Jael Amador and Dr. Gary Dillon, who work from a social justice and multicultural framework. To participate in these support sessions, send an email to Dr. Jael Amador at Jael.Amador@baruch.cuny.edu from your Baruch student email account and we will send you the Zoom link.
Pop in to visit with your questions, stories, or inquiries Friday 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information visit the Student Disability Services website.
Zoom Meeting ID: 705 036 3745
Come join the Office of Alumni Relations and Volunteer Engagement for our first virtual roundtable of the semester focused on Entrepreneurship on Tuesday, March 9 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.on zoom! You will have the opportunity to speak with alumni experts who: – Founded and run their own business – Understand the in and outs of building a company from scratch – Navigate the markets of healthcare, service delivery, consulting and more! RSVP today!
All ARC facilities (gyms, fitness center, pool, racquetball) remain closed through March 31. Visit BaruchAthletics.com for more information.
Bearcat Bites with Nia Dawson of Women’s Basketball. Please visit the Baruch Athletics website for more information.
Sweatheart Challenge Returns February 14 to 28. Please visit the Baruch Athletics website for more information.
A Total of 124 Student-Athletes Named to Fall Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll. Please visit the Baruch Athletics website for more information.
Thinking of conducting research but don’t know where to start? Get expert guidance and learn about the process during a Thesis Writing Workshop on Thursday, March 4th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., via Zoom. Crafting a thesis or independent study is a unique opportunity to develop expertise in your field of choice. A portfolio which includes research differentiates you during the job search process and on graduate school applications. Take advantage of this opportunity to set your thesis or independent study up for success! Feel free to visit our Undergraduate Research page.
Start the Spring semester off strong. File your 2021-2022 FAFSA today at studentaid.gov. Don’t forget to obtain or retrieve your Federal Student Aid ID at fsaid.ed.gov to sign the 2021-2022 FAFSA electronically; If dependent, at least one of your parents will need one, too. Baruch’s Federal Code is 007273. The NYS TAP (NY residents only) code is 1409.
The Application is now LIVE to apply for the Financial Women’s Association Mentoring Program! The FWA Mentoring Program is a two-year program in which undergraduate women are matched with a mentor in the financial field. The program also provides professional development and networking opportunities for mentees. Rising juniors who have TWO full years left of undergraduate studies are eligible to apply. Additionally, eligible applicants must hold a 3.5 GPA or higher, and be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Apply on the Baruch website.
Baruch College and The City University of New York (CUNY) are responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Working together on creating, implementing, and modifying policies and plans. To ensure that you have the most up-to-date guidance, directives, and resources, please check out:
Baruch Colleges COVID-19 Updates
Baruch’s Division of Student Affairs COVID-19 Resources
CUNY Coronavirus Updates
CUNY Continuity for Students
CDC- What You Need to Know
CDC- Key Facts
CDC- Traveling FAQs