Message from the Chancellor

October 31, 2012 | News from the Chancellor

Dear members of the University community,

All members of The City University of New York community–students, faculty, staff, alumni and our many friends of CUNY colleges–are diligently working to cope with the aftermath challenges associated with Hurricane Sandy.

I want to express our deepest concern and strongest support for those who may have suffered personal or property loss during this difficult time. Our profound condolences go to the families and friends of Jacob Vogelman, a 23-year old MFA student enrolled in Brooklyn College’s Department of Theater and of his 24-year old friend, Jessie Streich-Kest, both killed by a falling tree in Ditmas Park.

All campuses should provide appropriate grief and other counseling services as part of the overall rebuilding process. Please be advised that Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management Gloriana ( Ginger) B. Waters and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Frank Sanchez are working to identify available resources and best practices.

Let me also bring to your attention the CUNY /Work/Life Program, a voluntary, free and confidential support service for CUNY employees administered by Corporate Counseling Associates, Inc. Further information about their counseling services, as well as some specific recommendations related to Hurricane Sandy, can be found at www.cuny.edu/worklife. The website offers some concrete advice on surviving the aftermath of traumatic events.

More resources for your college community can be found at the FEMA website (http://www.fema.gov/), the American Red Cross Greater New York Region (http://www.nyredcross.org/) and NYC311 (http://www.nyc.gov/apps/311/) . For those members of the CUNY community who want to aid their neighbors, please remember that Citizen CUNY is an easy way to find volunteer efforts (www.cuny.edu).

This has been and will continue to be an extremely challenging period for New York and its residents. New Yorkers are resilient and will rise to those challenges – CUNY will as well.

Matthew Goldstein
Chancellor