Bearcat Buzz – March 5, 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.
2021 Virtual Commencement Experience will be held on May 27, 10:00 a.m.
You must file an Application for Degree form with the Registrar’s Office. Only an official notification from the Registrar’s Office should be accepted as a definitive statement of graduation. Receipt of a commencement letter from Student Life does not signify that you have fulfilled all your academic requirements and does not indicate that you are eligible to graduate.
Cap and gown are not required for the 2021 Commencement Experience on May 27. However, you may wish to order a cap, gown, hood, and/or tassel to wear for your family celebration or a watch party, or just as a keepsake. You may order by going to our Commencement Order Form. Please note that the deadline to order and have your items shipped directly to you by May 27 is April 30. Orders placed after April 30 may not arrive until after May 27. For more information visit the Student Life website.
Congratulations Class of 2021 It’s your year – Capture the moment! Senior Portraits for the 2021 “Lexicon” Yearbook Beginning Monday, March 22nd to March 25th (Lifetouch Studio, 515 Smith St. Farmingdale, NY 11735.) Schedule your appointment at www.ouryear.com, entering school code 87182. Portraits will be taken in your own Business Attire, and Cap & Gown. Academic attire will be provided. There is no cost to have your portrait taken and photographs will be available for your personal portrait needs. Please be prepared to provide the photographer with your major at the time of your sitting. Don’t forget that you can use these portraits for your Professional Networking and Job Search sites.
Please do not miss this opportunity to be photographed for the 2021 Lexicon Yearbook.
Please Note: We at Prestige Portraits are very excited to be able to capture this important milestone in your school career. At this unprecedented time, we have put in place all CDC recommended guidelines for taking senior portraits. No-touch posing and social distancing will be implemented. Photographers and assistants will not make physical contact and will keep 6ft distance from subjects, customers and employees. All work areas will be cleaned after each sitting and all studio provided attire will be steamed cleaned between each subject. All photographers and assistants will be wearing face masks at all times. It is important that you arrive on time for your scheduled appointment.
No walk-ins permitted.
Additional dates are not guaranteed at this time.
PLEASE NOTE THAT BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY YOU VOLUNTARILY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL OF THE RISKS.
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. To purchase a 2021 yearbook please visit here: Yearbook 2021
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)
One of our favorite times of the Spring semester is here! Student Government applications will be made available Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Additional information related to the Student Government Elections can be found on the Student Life website. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Coffee, Conversations & Connections
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Join us for our virtual coffee, conversation and connections event. We will be highlighting women’s issues by having open and honest discussions around work/life balance and the effects of street harassment. We hope you join us!
Register to attend Coffee, Conversations & Connections
Empowered Movie Night
Friday, March 12, 2021
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lights, Camera, Action! Join the Baruch WHM Committee and unwind for a fun movie night! Learn about a wonderful woman who overcame many obstacles.
Register to attend Empowered Movie Night
Refusing to be Silenced – An Open Mic Night (CUNY-wide)
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month with an open mic; showcasing the creativity and community that encompasses overcoming obstacles and having our voices heard. Artists and creators of all disciplines are encouraged to sign up to present. And make sure to join us on March 23rd to share in honoring women’s journeys and the refusal to be silent!
Register to participate in Open Mic Night sign up by March 11
Register to attend Open Mic Night
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 email@example.com.
Interested in getting involved with clubs? Make sure to check out their virtual events and activities by going onto MyBaruch! Continue to check this webpage in the future to find more engagement opportunities throughout the academic year. Visit MyBaruch for more information.
Baruch AIS Python / Workshop Series III
Association for Information Systems
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Analyzing Case Studies Workshop
The Writing Center
Thursday, March 11, 2021
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
12:30 – 12:15 p.m.
Join the Office of Student Life, Filipinos Uniting Students in Other Nations, Vietnamese Student Association and the United Chinese Language Association on Thursday, March 11 from 12:30- 2:30 p.m. for an informational and healing event regarding anti-Asian violence in America. Register now!
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The 2021 CUNY Emerging Leaders Conference will take place on March 19th, 2021 from 12:00 -4:00 p.m. on Zoom. The Keynote Speaker will Be Giovanni Derice. Self-ish: helping students navigate self-care though self-awareness. Register Today for the conference.
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.
On Friday, March 12, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. join us for the CUNY Town Hall in solidarity with the Indian Farmers Revolution, which will highlight the human rights violations taking place in India through speakers, open discussion, and an open mic night. Register now!
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.
Dear Black students,
In light of the recent events of racial violence and injustice towards Black, African American and African descendant communities, the Baruch College Counseling Center would like to remind you of and 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. Past topics have included:
- Self-care during the pandemics (Covid-19 and Racism)
- Being Black at Baruch
- Intersecting Identities
- BLM Movement and Advocacy
- Power and privilege
- Finding motivation
- Coping with loss
- Social distancing
- Remote learning
- Developing community
- Power dynamics in and out of the classroom
- Food/Housing/financial insecurities
…and much more. If you are a Black student who is interested in finding a safe space to meet and talk with others who may have similar experiences, then these support sessions are for you. These support sessions are 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 Jail.Amador@baruch.cuny.edu from your Baruch student email account and we will send you the Zoom link.
In solidarity and support,
Drs. Amador & Dillon
Note: In a previous version of this post, it was brought to our attention that we used offensive language. Despite our intent, we acknowledge that our impact was hurtful. For that, we offer to you all our sincerest apologies and a commitment to continue to learn and grow as we continue our work. We have also corrected our communications on all platforms.
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
Let’s Read & Talk about Ijeoma Oluo’s work. Book talk moderated by Elizabeth Merrick on March 11, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Even if you haven’t read, please feel free to join.
Zoom: Meeting ID: 869 8849 1032.
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!
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. Due by March 26, 2021.
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.
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