I write to inform you on some significant actions in Washington, D.C., and Albany that could greatly benefit CUNY and our students.
On Jan. 17, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. This bipartisan budget agreement restores the student aid programs that sequestration had cut and increases Pell Grants to $5,730, effective in 2014-2015.
Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, the impact of climate change on New York City, the causes of crib deaths, and minority participation in medical education were among the exceptional faculty research subjects honored recently by The City University of New York. Some 250 faculty members received $379 million in grants for research that expanded the boundaries of science, detailed potential improvements in public health and deepened knowledge in other academic disciplines.
HAVE YOU HEARD? Working with NASA, Medgar Evers students launched a satellite … CUNY students and alumni won 23 National Science Foundation fellowships last year … The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter celebrated its 40th anniversary ….
If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities, by political theorist Benjamin Barber, provides a provocative and original look at how some mayors are responding to transnational problems more effectively than nation-states mired in ideological infighting and sovereign rivalries. More than a dozen mayors from around the world were interviewed by Barber, a senior research scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center.
In 1776 Samuel Shaw, the mayor of Boston, referred to New York City as “a motley collection of all the nations under heaven.” Nearly a quarter millennium later, the city’s population is even more exuberantly and colorfully motley: Almost half of the city’s adults are foreign-born, and 168 “home” languages are spoken by its public school students. The city that hosts the United Nations is itself a metropolis of united nations.
For Queens College junior Isioma Ononye there’s little question about the goal — working in a job you love. The challenge is how to get there. And Gloriana Waters, CUNY’s vice chancellor for Human Resources, is providing some help.
Supervisors from the University’s Central Office learned more about how to evaluate those who work for them during four half-day workshops in December and January.
AT Brooklyn College, plans are under way to transform a portion of Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard into the Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, a new film school that will boast the largest production studio outside of Hollywood.
On a recent trip to Honduras, Brooklyn College Political Science professor Mark Ungar witnessed a judge gunned down in the middle of the afternoon in front of a bank. The day before, while Ungar lectured at the law school of the National Autonomous University of Honduras, a student was fatally shot at the school.
More Than 700 Students Join New CUNY Service Corps.
November is CUNY Month, which this year coincides with heightened interest in higher education, following President Obama’s recently proposed plan to enhance college affordability and accountability.
Driven by leaps in freshman and transfer admissions, enrollment at The City University of New York increased to more than 270,000 this fall as more students and families seized the opportunity to attain a high-quality yet affordable college education amid daunting college costs and enrollment declines elsewhere.
Seron Douglas dropped out of high school in the 11th grade when his son was born. He was living in the Bronx with his single mother. “She was doing cleaning jobs; my father was not around,” he said. The birth of his son, Seron Jr., would be a turning point for Douglas in what had been a dissolute youth spent mostly in the streets.
The doctor is in. Residents in 3,000 New York City households are getting free medical check-ups thanks to the Health Department and the CUNY School of Public Health. Participants in the second New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NYC HANES) not only get life-saving vital signs information but also $100.
Stepping out of the subway station at 149th Street and Third Avenue in the South Bronx, you hear the sounds of honking cars and noisy crowds pulsate through the hardscrabble streets like the borough’s heartbeat. But walking further, after passing a smoke-filled falafel truck, a pawnshop, and a weed-choked lot, you soon encounter a striking silver oasis of homes known as Via Verde, or the “Green Way.”
Great teaching is at the heart of a great university, and Avi O. Liveson is among The Princeton Review’s The Best 300 Professors (Random House 2012) selected from among 42,000 submissions and 1,000 semifinalists nationwide.
I escaped the funnel into Vietnam in 1969 by 48 hours. My second — and unevadable — draft notice arrived in the mail on a Monday, but I had enlisted in the reserves of the Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps the previous Saturday (I did not reveal that I was thinking of dropping out of Stanford Law School).
The University’s renowned faculty members continually win professional-achievement awards from prestigious organizations as well as research grants from government agencies, farsighted foundations and leading corporations. Pictured are just a few of the recent honorees. Brief summaries of many ongoing research projects start here and continue inside.
Like so many employees, CUNY donors give to charity when they can — a lot or a little depending on their own financial situations. Giving makes people feel good.
Working women whose children are breastfeeding typically need to express milk while at the office. It is certainly a nurturing process. But many are far more comfortable if they have privacy.