The Colleges of The City University of New York Provide Services in Aftermath of the World Trade Center Tragedy

September 18, 2001 | The University

Memorials, counseling, blood drives and fundraisers are just some of the continuing services organized by the Colleges of The City University of New York on campuses throughout New York City in the wake of the World Trade Center attack.

“The community of The City University of New York — our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends — has responded with determination and fortitude as we work to help our City, State and Nation rebuild and renew,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

Following are examples of activities on the campuses:

SENIOR COLLEGES

Baruch College: During the holiday period (Sept. 17-19), the Newman Library will remain open during its usual hours for student use. Counseling services will also remain available during this period. A College-wide ecumenical observance will take place Thursday, September 20, at 12:45 p.m. in Mason Hall. The service will be a time of reflection, sorrow, and respect for all those in the Baruch extended family who were injured or lost in the attack on the World Trade Center, and for all those whose lives have been so profoundly changed. For Thursday and Friday (Sept. 20, 21) and thereafter, as long as it is needed, there also will be emergency walk-in counseling in the Career Development Center room 2-150 in the Vertical Campus to accommodate persons needing additional support during this difficult time.

In the Newman Library, space is being provided to the New York State Comptroller’s office, which lost its New York City facilities to the emergency situation in downtown Manhattan.

The Golden Key Honor Society, Undergraduate Student Government and a number of other student organizations will be collecting funds for the Red Cross relief effort at various locations around Baruch, including the second floor of the Vertical Campus. Donors will be given red-white-and-blue lapel ribbons. Along the curved lobby wall at the 25th St. side of Baruch’s new Vertical Campus building, rising on the high wall as you enter at 24th St., and expanding into the triangular corridor halfway between them, 11 X 14 sheets of newsprint hang corner to corner and side to side, filled with student comments, sketches, prayers, and expressions of anger, grief and well wishes. Baruch students have been invited to post their comments and drawings as the days go on. They have done so thus far in markers of every color and in many languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Polish, Russian, and Greek.

Brooklyn College: The following services are available to our community throughout this difficult time: Students, staff, and faculty may come to Personal Counseling Services, 1303 James Hall, or call (718) 951-5363 until 5 p.m. Students can find information and additional help at The Office of Student Life, 2113 Boylan, or call (718) 951-5352. On Thursday, September 20, at 2:30 p.m. there is a planning meeting for “Hands Across the Campus” in The Office of Student Life. The event, which will include poetry readings and music, will be held Wednesday, October 24, at 12:15 p.m. “Hands Across the Campus” is an opportunity for all members of the campus community to gather and demonstrate unity and support by holding hands across the main Quadrangle.

Other scheduled events: “Let’s Dialogue,” Monday, September 24, Noon to 2 p.m., Gold Room, Student Center (SUBO). The event is for the entire campus community to share feelings and thoughts about Tuesday’s tragedy. For more information, please contact Student Life at the above number; Program Services, at ext. 5528; CLAS Student Government, ext. 5524; or the Center for Diversity, ext. 5766. Brooklyn College Blood Drive, Tuesday, September 25; Tuesday, October 9; Wednesday, October 10; and Wednesday, November 28, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Student Center (SUBO). For more information, call the Health Programs Office, ext. 4505; the Office of the Dean for Student Life; or the Emergency Medical Squad, ext. 5859.

The College is also publishing a special edition of the campus newsletter, Around the Quad, with information on the various services, resources, and events available to the campus community. Copies will be sent to students, faculty and staff at their home addresses. Members of the Brooklyn College faculty and staff met Monday morning to discuss and plan an ongoing outreach effort by the College to guide the community through the coming weeks and months, such as curriculum material resources published on the Web site, psychological services to the campus and community, phone networks for students, and many other activities.

City College: Any member of the City College community may call 212-650-5774 to make an appointment for a confidential counseling referral. Students are staffing a student helpline that can be reached at 212-650-8899. The Clinical Psychology Faculty will run a workshop for faculty on Thursday, September 20th to assist them in counseling students. Students from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY Medical School visited emergency headquarters and reported back to CCNY about specific needs of the rescuers. Persons with Internet access can go to www.ccny.cuny.edu for the latest updated information from CCNY.

The CCNY Campus Ministry and the Office of Development and Institutional Advancement will coordinate a commemoration ceremony on the campus. The CCNY Center for Worker Education has scheduled a community meeting for its students on Thursday, September 20th from 6 PM to 8 PM in Aronow Theater, North Academic Center, 138th Street and Convent Avenue. The agenda will include plans for when and where CWE classes will resume; advice on counseling; and small group gatherings to offer support and to reconnect with classmates, faculty and staff. President Williams is issuing daily messages to the College community that are circulated and posted on the College’s web site.

Hunter College: Hunter’s high-traffic crosswalk at the 68th Street campus contains a “Healing Wall,” where members of the community have been filling up blank easels with their thoughts and feelings; some are displayed in the street-level lobby. Two events were held on Friday, September 14, which will be repeated on Thursday, September 20. “The Hunter Community Gathers to Share Witness,” a program of shared stories and music organized by the administration and led by Social Work Professor Steve Burghardt, attracted several hundred members of the community. In addition, a large area of the West Building lobby was set off for conversation and counseling; visitors, who were encouraged to leave memorabilia at a memorial table, received purple label pins and information on volunteering/donating to the disaster relief effort. One student who reached out to personnel at Hunter’s nearby armory and firehouse is collecting chocolates, thank you notes and other morale-boosters for these courageous individuals. The President’s Office has also sent e-mail notifications about volunteer opportunities. Counselors are on call daily. The Brookdale residence hall, located near Bellevue Hospital, had stayed open to provide temporary accommodation for nursing staff in between shifts. The College is also planning a memorial service for those associated with the Hunter community who lost their lives.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice: The College has provided temporary office space and technical assistance to a federal agency that was displaced by the devastation that followed the assault on the World Trade Center. The College has also provided facilities to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and police officers, firefighters and other rescue workers. John Jay is also serving through the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Foundation as a headquarters for donations for The New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund. Checks payable to the Foundation may be sent to John Jay College of Criminal Justice Foundation, Room 623, 899 Tenth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10019. The John Jay fund will direct aid to the Department of Sanitation, Port Authority Police and other state, federal and local agencies. The New York City Fire Safety Foundation is also housed on the John Jay campus. Donations to that fund should be sent to the New York City Fire Safety Foundation, 555 West 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019. The College held an Emergency Town Hall Meeting last week that was an open forum for faculty, staff and students who shared concerns and feelings about the tragic events.

Lehman College: The College will host a Bronx-wide prayer service at 6:00 P.M., on Thursday, September 20, 2001, organized by the Bronx Borough President’s Office and other elected officials. For further details, call (718) 960-8111.

New York City Technical College: Three areas are set up where people can obtain individual counseling on an ongoing basis, and this week is expanded to include focus groups on specific issues including anger and grief. Counseling services are available in Namm Hall 108 (Mon, Wed. and Thurs., 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tues., 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as in Namm 229, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the other end of the campus, services are being provided in Vorhees Hall 203. The hours there are Mon., 1-4:30 p.m., Tues. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thurs., 4:30-7 p.m. and Fri., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Faculty and Staff Service Center (718.260.5352) will be offering support groups on coping with trauma on Tues., Sept. 25, and Fri., Sept. 28, noon to 1:30 p.m., in Namm Hall 307, with group size limited to 15 participants. On a long term basis starting this week, the Hospitality Management Program, under the direction of Prof. Julia Jordan, is assisting City Harvest and other agencies to prepare food for the recovery workers.

Queens College: The College’s Counseling and Advisement Office (718-997-5420) will be open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist any member of the campus community “whatever the need and on any level” on a walk-in basis. The Office is located on the first floor of “B” building. Continuous counseling is also being offered by the Campus Ministry. It is expected that counseling services will be needed in different phases in the coming weeks as individuals seek to cope with the aftermath of the tragedy. The Office offered group counseling sessions last week after a campus-wide Coming Together memorial with remarks by Interim President Russell Hotzler and campus clergy. An on-going fund raising effort by the Day Session Student Association has raised about $3,000 for the Red Cross. NYPIRG has organized a Stuff-A-Van campaign through which supermarket consumers are urged to buy supplies and contribute them to a van which will deliver these contributions to NYC authorities. Campus clubs have been meeting to discuss ceremonies of support and condolence for World Trade Center victims and their families, including tree-planting events. More activities will be planned over the coming weeks. For information, call the Queens College Office of News and Information Services, (718) 997-5590.

York College: The Reverend Dr. Hortense Merritt, York College campus minister, is offering prayer and spiritual counseling. Room 1E01 Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m through 2 p.m. or call 718- 262–2636 for appointments.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Kingsborough Community College: On Thursday, September 20th, at 2:00 p.m., Kingsborough Community College (KCC) will hold a memorial service in the College’s Performing Arts Center. Area clergymen will join students, faculty and staff in remembering those who lost their lives during last week’s tragic events at the World Trade Center and those who are still missing. They will also share words of hope and encouragement with all those who continue to labor in lower Manhattan as part of the rescue effort.

In addition to Thursday’s service, KCC is offering crisis counseling for all students, faculty and staff, and is working with College community leaders to maintain a supportive environment for all who are part of Kingsborough.

LaGuardia Community College: On September 20 at 5:30 p.m. the College will sponsor a “Vigil for Community Dialogue and Remembrance.” This is a forum organized by the College and open to the community-invitees include elected officials, community leaders, students, faculty staff and friends of the College, Location: Mainstage Theatre, 31-10 Thompson Avenue (entrance of Van Dam Street.)

Queensborough Community College: College President Eduardo Marti has been walking the campus and talking with students, and group and individual counseling has been provided. Counselors are addressing orientation courses, and continue to offer open fora to help the QCC community come to terms with what has happened. A public e-mail forum is underway with faculty and counselors sharing methods for dealing with crisis, and participants are encouraged to post their own ideas, readings and strategies. A Crisis Management Team whose role it is to ensure the maintenance of a safe work environment on campus is available to respond to situations that may arise in light of the varying emotions that now exist. Meanwhile, Student Government has mobilized a water and food drive, working with the Salvation Army and Red Cross, and a blood drive has been scheduled for early November.

Information on the status of BMCC and other CUNY facilities affected by the World Trade Center disaster is being posted and regularly updated on the University web site at www.cuny.edu.