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February 2002
CUNY Responds: Rebuilding New York
CUNY Alumnus/Prize-winning Journalist Reports from Islamabad, Jalalabad, Kabul
City Tech Students Envision Rebuilding St. Nicholas Church
U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins Mulls Emergency Service of Verse
John Jay College and FEMA Address Urban Hazards
Helping Students Write about Trauma
Biography of a Life Cut Violently Short
CUNY Law Practice In the Public Interest Since 9/11
Graduate Center 9/11 Digital Archive
Windows on the World Chef Returns to City Tech following 9/11
Walt Whitman Sums Up “Human and Heroic New York”
Inaugural Conference on "Women and Work"
For Alzheimer’s Patients Life’s a Stage
Kingsborough Center Incubator of Global Virtual Enterprises
Governor Proposes State Budget
White House Urged to Support Pell Grant Increase
President Jackson Named to Schools Board
Fine Way To Learn About Steinway

City College Scholar-Director Chosen Cultural Affairs Commissioner by Mayor

Claire Shulman Honored by QCC

CUNY Counsel Elected Legal Aid Society Chair

Law Dean Glen Honored by State Bar

“American Art at the Crossroads”—
April Symposium at Graduate Center

Challenging Summer for Students in Vassar/CUNY Program


White House Urged to Support Pell Grant Increase

Matthew Goldstein
On January 10, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein wrote President George W. Bush to express his enthusiastic support for increased Pell Grant funding that was part of the education bill recently
approved by Congress.

The bill raises the maximum Pell Grant by $250 to $4,000, which would result in an increase of $14 million in tuition assistance for the 83,000 CUNY students projected to receive Pell Grants next year. The Chancellor also applauded the education bill's $34 million increase in funds for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program.

"This legislation," Goldstein wrote, will have "a beneficial impact on the more than 400,000 students who attend the twenty campuses of The City University." Recalling Benjamin Franklin's observation, "an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest," the Chancellor noted in his letter, "With a total impact on local economies estimated at nearly $13 billion, CUNY and its graduates will help leverage the funding provided in this bill into a robust and thriving economy throughout the country."

Law to Aid Undocumented Students
On January 14, the Chancellor wrote to Bronx State Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera to express support for his bill (A9556) designed to allow undocumented and out-of-status immigrants to attend CUNY at the resident tuition rate. Approving of this legislation, the Chancellor emphasized his "great pride in CUNY's historic role as a ladder of upward mobility for many generations of immigrants and migrants." He also added, "I support the principles and remedy inherent in your legislation, consistent with CUNY's historic commitment to access."

Goldstein also informed Assemblyman Rivera that he has asked the colleges to make students affected by the 1998 law eligible for the University's Hardship Deferral Program. The University ceased allowing students this benefit in order to conform with federal law. Free legal assistance for students is available from the CUNY Citizenship Project.

$1.5M Grant for Honors College at CCNY
Early in February, the Chancellor announced a $1.5 million grant from the Herman Muehlstein Foundation to support the Herman Muehlstein Honors College at City College. The Foundation, founded over 50 years ago and dedicated to education, will be funding enhanced math and science outreach, pre-freshman summer math and science programs, and increased faculty supervision. The University's Honors College, said Goldstein, "helps our City and State attract and retain the best and the brightest." Next fall, two new Honors Colleges (on the Lehman and Staten Island campuses) will join the existing five.