Monthly Archives: January 2018

Baruch Japanese Club at the Club Fair (Thursday, Feb. 1st, 2018)


Hello everyone,

Welcome back, we hope you had a wonderful winter break!

As you may know, there will be a club fair this Thursday, February 1st during club hours in the Main Gym. Japan Club will be joining Baruch’s many clubs at the fair, so please be sure to stop by and say hi to our eboard! We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have about getting involved and provide you with games and candy.

Here’s to another great semester!

Best regards,
Kimberly Martinez
Secretary, 2017-2018
Baruch Japan Club

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The Conversation Partners Program (CPP)

The Conversation Partners Program (CPP) matches native and nonnative speakers of English for informal conversations. The partnerships are a great way for nonnative students to gain confidence in English, for native speakers to gain experience in communicating across language barriers, and for both native and nonnative speakers to expand their cultural knowledge, make friends, and build a network of professional contacts. To participate, students should be willing to commit to meeting their partner about one hour per week for a minimum of 6 conversations. We also feature fun events throughout the semester, like trivia night, tea time, game night, professional development, and a closing ceremony for community building.


Please let your students know the following dates:

  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
  • Orientation Option 1: February 15, 2018, 12:45 pm-2:00 pm
  • Orientation Option 2: February 28, 2018, 6:00 pm-7:15 pm


To download the flyer for Blackboard, Blog, or Course Site, please visit this link and click on the flyer at the bottom:


Note: CPP often has more nonnative than native students signing up so please encourage both nonnative and native speakers to participate.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me via email: Thank you!




Elizabeth Minei, Ph.D.

Communication Studies

Director of the Conversation Partners Program

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The Paula Berggren Enrichment Fund

“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”
–National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended

This fund, created by a generous donor and now about to launch its fourth year of operation, has two main purposes:  to assist students who wish to enroll in courses in the humanities at Baruch but lack the financial means to do so; and to enable classes in the humanities at Baruch to participate in extra-curricular activities that enrich students’ intellectual experience and understanding of their coursework.

Funds will be allocated by a committee lodged in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences that will meet several times a year to review applications by members of the Baruch community.  Student applications for tuition support in the fall semester should be made as early as possible in the registration process, preferably before the due date for tuition payment.  Applications from faculty for course activity support should be made as early as possible, but if funds remain available, worthy applications will be accepted until the last month of the semester in question.

Members of the committee for the academic year 2017-18 are Paula Berggren, Professor Emeritus of English; Susan Tenneriello, Associate Professor of Theater; and Boo Choi, Director of Administrative and Financial Services for the Weissman School.  Please direct applications to

Student grants will be credited directly to the Bursar to cover the funded cost of tuition.  Funding for extra-curricular class activities will cover visits to museums, theaters, concerts, or other approved events; students will be expected to contribute a modest sum toward the costs of admission.  Funding does not cover transportation or food and will be capped at approximately $40 per student.

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