Bearcat Buzz – April 16, 2021
Monday, May 17- Last Day of Classes
Tuesday, May 18- Reading Day
Wednesday, May 19- Tuesday May 25- Final Examinations
Tuesday, May 25- End of Spring Term
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.
Baruch’s Healthy Minds Survey launches on Thursday April 8th. Survey results will allow Baruch to expand and improve mental health and suicide prevention efforts on campus. The survey is completely anonymous and your name will not be linked to your responses. Please participate in the survey before it closes on May 5th and make your voice heard! Look out for emails from the Office of Student Affairs for your unique survey registration link.
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.
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)
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.
Navigating Through the Intern Life
Alpha Kappa Psi
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
12:40 – 2:30 p.m.
Fairy tales Remix ft. Memes
Books & Beyond
Thursday April 22, 2021
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Careers in Environmental Law Panel
Thursday, April 22, 2021
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Professional Development Event with Madeline Pollis
Weissman School of Arts and Science Graduate Arts Administration Network
Friday, April 23, 2021
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Modern Health is facilitating free healing circles through April for Asian/Asian-American/Pacific-Islander students who are in search of safe spaces to process the recent violence against AAPI-identified people. Modern Health is also offering educational webinars about how to combat Anti-Asian Racism that are open to all. For more information visit Modern Health’s website.
Please join us as we celebrate the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American commUNITY during the month of April! The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month includes Asian cultural club programming, learning and appreciation of the culture, as well as highlighting the unity which brings this community together. We invite all Baruch members to join us as we come together to celebrate the people, stories, and experiences this April!
Follow our Instagram account, @baruchapida, where we will feature all events and social media campaigns regarding Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Month. Additional cultural events will be held throughout the month through various cultural organizations. Please find additional information about these events directly at the clubs’ social media platforms and the @baruchapida Instagram.
United Chinese Language Association: @baruch_ucla
Vietnamese Student Association: @baruchvsa
Filipinos Uniting Students in Other Nations (FUSION): @fusionatbaruch
Indian Student Association: @baruch.isa
Wednesday, April 21
Join us for a discussion with Senator John C. Liu; Senator Liu was the first Asian American New York City Council member and Comptroller, and one of the first two Asian Americans elected to the New York State Senate. Zoom.
APIDA’s Filipino Cooking Class
Thursday, April 22
History and values can be found in a culture’s food. Join us in learning and cooking a traditional Filipino dinner with a local Filipino-American chef. Zoom.
Baruch College Student Government Election 2021-2022 is right around the corner; this election is for the Undergraduate Student Government. This year election voting will be administered online through Qualtrics. All currently enrolled students are eligible and should vote in this year’s Student Government elections! Elections will be open starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 26th and will close at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28th.
You can review the candidate’s information and photos prior to voting on the Student Government Elections Website. Please ensure you are prepared to cast your vote prior to voting. You may only access/submit this ballot one time.
To vote please visit the Student Government Elections Website. Results will be shared with the Baruch community on April 30.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience any problems.
Residence Life is looking for Resident Assistants for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students who wish to apply are encouraged to attend a RA information session. Applications are available and due Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. For more information visit the Residence Life page on the College website. For specific questions, contact the Residence Life Coordinator Amanda Pryor at Amanda.Pryor@Baruch.cuny.edu.
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.
Creative Inquiry Day on May 9th- 16th celebrates the strength and diversity of undergraduate research and artistic expr ession at Baruch College. This spirited day of intellectual engagement and collegiality provides an invaluable opportunity for our students to participate in a community of ideas, articulate the exigency of their research in the world beyond the classroom, broaden their scholarly, professional, and personal communication skills, take risks, and have fun.
Students in all majors can submit individual or group projects, which they will present to fellow students, faculty, administrators, and others from the Baruch community. The type of project is flexible, for example:
– a summative PowerPoint slide of a project with audio highlights
– a poetry reading or musical composition
– portfolio of artwork
See the Creative Inquiry Day website for more information.
Join Nicola Scalise, Career Coach and Baruch alum, and learn how to succeed in your job search! Gain insight into how you can navigate job searching in industries that you have little experience with but want to break into! May 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom.
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 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.
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.
Join the Office of Alumni Relations and Volunteer Engagement and Flatiron Health on Thursday, April 22 from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. to learn more about what a day in the life of working in finance, accounting, and operations for a healthcare technology company! You’ll have the opportunity to speak with Flatiron Health employees working in accounting and finance. Learn about working for Flatiron Health, the company’s mission, and how they began their jobs in finance and accounting. Register today!
The CUNY LGBTQI+ Hub is a centralized online location for resources, information, and events to support LGBTQI+ students, staff, and faculty throughout the City University of New York (CUNY). Join us to learn more about The Hub, its features, and how to navigate it. Register by April 19, 2021.This launch event and The Hub itself are sponsored by the CUNY LGBTQI+ Council, a committee of faculty and staff dedicated to supporting the intersectional LGBTQI+ communities across the university system, and the CUNY Office of Student Inclusion Initiatives.
Open to students, educators, and community members interested in learning more about New York’s growing offshore wind energy industry, its career opportunities, and its environmental benefits. Join experts from the offshore wind energy industry, government, the labor movement, and higher education to learn about New York’s plans to build, install, and operate hundreds of wind turbines in the waters off New York City and Long Island. Join us on Wednesday,
April 28, 2021 from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. Register today!
Grants for Graduate Study for Foreign Service Careers. On Thursday, April 22nd from 12:45-2:00 p.m. join an overview of fellowships that fund graduate school for U.S. Foreign Service Careers such as the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship and the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. The session will offer advice on selecting a fellowship; and give suggestions on competition strategies. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and include: graduating seniors, and recent bachelor’s degree recipients; and young professionals. For more information contact: Baruch Fellowships Advisor, Valeria Hymas, Valeria.Hymas@baruch.cuny.edu.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants in ALL fields of study for graduate study, research projects or English Teaching Assistantships in a country outside the U.S. This presentation on Thursday, April 27th at 4:00 p.m. provides am overview of the Fulbright program, discusses the differences between study, research and English Teaching Assistantship grants, and reviews the Fulbright competition timeline and major application components. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens. Contact Baruch’s Fulbright Advisor with any questions: Valeria.Hymas@baruch.cuny.edu. Register to attend.
ARC facilities remain closed through May 31. Visit BaruchAthletics.com for more information.
Interested in Playing College Sports? Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country, Tennis Seeking New Talent.
Greetings Bearcat Nation! Looking for some more Bearcats gear? We have got you covered! Visit our Pop Up Shop through April 16.
Come join the Office of Alumni Relations and Volunteer Engagement on Tuesday, April 20th from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. for their second virtual roundtable of the semester focused on Arts! You will have the opportunity to speak with alumni experts who: – Develop campaigns, content, and more for communities, organizations and companies – Navigate the art industry, especially during the pandemic and beyond, to find more opportunity for artists to shine – Work in a variety of fields including museum administration, nonprofits, graphic design and more! Register on the Baruch website.
In the midst of COVID-19, stay safe, stay home, and register to vote online through DMV with a State issued ID and apply for an absentee ballot online. If online is not an option, you can access these forms under the Register to Vote heading on this site.
– Register to Vote Primary Election Deadline: May 28, 2021
– Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: June 15, 2021
– Primary Election: June 22, 2021
All 2021 NYC special and primary elections will use Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) as a new voting system following 73.5% of NYC voters selecting this system in a 2019 ballot referendum. Now, with RCV:
- all NYC voters will vote for their top five candidates in order of preference
- any candidate must win 51% of the vote to win an election
When no candidate in an election for a local office wins 51% of the vote:
- votes are then counted in rounds
- each round, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated
- if your highest rated candidate is eliminated, your vote will move to your next highest rated candidate
- rounds will continue, eliminating candidates with the lowest votes, until a candidate receives 51% or more of votes
With this new system, a winning candidate better reflects voters’ preferences because they are able to rank and support multiple candidates. This system will also save NYC taxpayers millions of dollars because it prevents expensive runoff elections. Visit NYC Campaign Finance Board for more info.
NYC Votes and CUNY are aiming to get 25,000 CUNY students to pledge to vote in 2021. When you sign up, you will receive election updates and reminders to help you stay engaged. Use your power. Vote. Take the pledge to vote in 2021.
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