November 4, 2012 | Uncategorized
After a very difficult week, I welcome everyone in the NCC community—students, faculty and staff—back as we re-open NCC on Monday, November 5. With so many among us without power, heat or water and others with serious property damage, it will be good to see you Monday and resume our lives together.
CUNY campuses continue to serve as shelters for many New Yorkers who are not able to return home. Some of those campuses resumed classes Friday, and all will be “up and running” this coming week. Beginning Monday, we want to resume our campus life and catch up with one another. Many of us have been in contact by email and telephone, but it will be so much better to see one another and to restart our teaching and learning on campus.
This week’s schedule:
Monday, November 5, we will have coffee and refreshments in the Atrium as people return. We are also planning Town Hall gatherings for students at both 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., again with refreshments, in Room 401 to debrief and tell our stories from this historic week in the life of our great City. In addition to processing the extraordinary event we all just experienced, classes will resume the regular Monday schedule, with at least some classes featuring student presentations.
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 6 and 7, we will hold the Community Days we had planned last week, but in reverse order. In other words, on Tuesday, the schedule for October 31 will be followed, with the morning session beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the afternoon session starting at 1:00 p.m. The Wednesday, Community Day will follow the October 30 schedule. Our guest speaker, Colin Beavan, will speak to Houses 1 and 3 in the morning starting at 9:00 a.m., and he will address Houses 2 and 4 beginning at 12:45 p.m. Please be reminded that both Tuesday and Wednesday are regular days of school and your attendance is required.
To register for Community Days log into My NCC, https://my.ncc.cuny.edu/, click on “Register here.”
Thursday and Friday, November 8 and 9, will follow the regular class schedules for Thursdays and Fridays. Please keep in touch with your instructors about readings and assignments for this week.
To make up for lost time, as we are required to do by New York State law, we have revised our calendar for the semester to hold classes the week of December 17 – 21, which includes the addition of only one day (December 21) to the calendar.
We want to hear from you:
We would like to assess our student needs in light of the hurricane and its aftermath and will be sending all students a brief questionnaire soon, probably through Hobson’s Retain. I urge you please to take a short time to complete the questionnaire. The New Community College is here for each of our students, and we need your feedback at this crucial moment.
Log into My NCC, https://my.ncc.cuny.edu/, click on “Let Us Know”, and complete a brief survey.
“Patience” and “Fortitude”
Before the break, your projects centered on sustainability, and Hurricane Sandy has given us all a lot to think about in those terms. Our City has responded quickly to extraordinary conditions, and having learned how vulnerable we are to such superstorms, City planners and citizens will intensify their efforts to make New York even better able to respond. Your work at NCC focused as it is on the City and its challenges, is relevant to this planning. We know many of our people are still in very difficult circumstances, and I am certain we will find means as a college to support others in New York City.
We gathered at our convocation in August on the front steps of the New York Public Library and took note of the lions named “Patience” and “Fortitude” between which we lined up on the steps. I have reminded myself often in this past week how important those two attributes are in our lives, particularly in times such as we have just experienced.
I look forward to seeing you Monday.