Office of the President Blog https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/ en Thu, 22 Feb 2024 15:30:43 -0500 Spring 2024 Town Hall Meetings https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/presidentsoffice/blog/spring-2024-town-hall-meetings Dear Members of the Campus Community, I hope this note finds you well and you are settling in for our spring semester. I want to set aside some time this semester, as last, to speak with our community in town hall formats, centering mainly around opportunities for you to address questions to me and to other members of the administration. The Faculty/Staff town hall meeting will take place on Thursday, March 7 at 12:30pm, and the Student town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 12:30pm. Both meetings will be in Marshak Lecture Hall 3 and will be in-person only. I look forward to speaking with you again. Sincerely, Vince Boudreau President Thu, 22 Feb 2024 15:30:43 -0500 Vincent Boudreau https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/node/30328 President's Holiday Party - Date Change https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/presidentsoffice/blog/presidents-holiday-party-date-change Dear Campus Community, I have recently been reminded that our holiday party corresponds with the first day of Hanukkah, and I want to ensure that Jewish members of our faculty are not in a position of choosing between a campus celebration and family obligations. Because of that, we are moving the Holiday Party to December 14th. We will gather at 5pm. Sincerely, Vince Boudreau President Mon, 04 Dec 2023 13:11:42 -0500 Office of the President https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/node/29808 Vice President Celia Lloyd’s Retirement https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/presidentsoffice/blog/vice-president-celia-lloyds-retirement Dear Faculty and Staff,   As many of you know, Vice President Celia Lloyd has announced her retirement as of February 1st, 2024. It is difficult to know where to begin to describe Celia’s long tenure and many different roles at CUNY and CCNY. Celia came to CUNY more than 30 years ago and has been at CCNY for the last 25 of those 30-plus years. She came to City College as the Senior Registrar and also served as the Interim Director of Admissions, the CUNYfirst Coordinator and, most recently, the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Celia has clearly had a large impact on our campus, and her keen eye for talent has resulted in three terrific hires that will leave us on very solid footing when she leaves: Director of Admissions Joanna Kucharski, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Naomi Nwosu, and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Ramon De Los Santos. To ensure a smooth transition and to make the most of Celia’s remaining time at CCNY, we are making significant changes in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs now while Celia is still on campus to help and advise. Effective immediately, Celia will focus on the 1847 Academy and The Hub (formerly Gateway), with two important goals: getting the 1847 Academy off the ground by Spring semester and fully integrating academic divisions into the workings of The Hub so that undeclared students are moving into majors in a timely manner. The remainder of Celia’s substantial portfolio moves to Naomi and Ramon, with Naomi taking over the Enrollment Management portion and Ramon taking over Student Affairs. Celia has worn many hats at City College and performed each of her roles with care, integrity and skill. I am grateful that she will be with us through January helping in the transition to new leadership in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. We will be celebrating Celia’s many contributions to the College in January. Stay tuned for the announcement.   Sincerely, Vince Boudreau, President and Tony Liss, Provost Mon, 04 Dec 2023 12:18:21 -0500 Offices of the President and the Provost https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/node/29807 Interim Associate Provost for Research https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/presidentsoffice/blog/interim-associate-provost-research It is my pleasure to announce that Professor Ranajeet (Ronnie) Ghose has agreed to step in as Interim Associate Provost for Research when Rose Wesson takes her position as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at CUNY on Friday, December 1st. Ronnie came to City College in 2002 as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department (now Chemistry and Biochemistry).  In addition to having a productive and well-funded research program, Ronnie has considerable administrative experience, serving as a Program Director in Molecular Biophysics at the National Science Foundation, Vice-chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Chair of the College Research Council from 2018-2020. A search for a permanent Associate Provost for Research will begin soon.  Please join me in welcoming Professor Ghose to his new role and thanking and congratulating Rose once again on her new role at the University. Thu, 30 Nov 2023 11:26:05 -0500 Tony Liss, Provost https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/node/29778 Campus Closure on Tuesday, November 21 https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/presidentsoffice/blog/campus-closure-tuesday-november-21 Dear Members of the Campus Community, I hope that you had a restful holiday break, and that the time off has allowed you to gear up for the fast run we’ll all have to the end of the semester. I’m writing to share what I can about our campus closure last Tuesday. On that day, we received a phone call in which someone threatened to commit an act of violence on campus at a specific time—without, however, targeting any specific individual or group on campus. We investigate all such threats, dismiss those that do not seem credible, and apprehend many who make such calls. However, since we were unable to verify this as a hoax in a timely fashion, I decided that the only prudent decision was to close the campus. At this time, however, our investigation has proceeded to a point where we can say that no threat to our campus remains. As we have done in past such incidents, our Public Safety Department is working closely with law enforcement authorities to apprehend the responsible party. Threatening calls are both a violation of our campus disciplinary code and, usually, a violation of the law. We take these threats seriously and collaborate closely with law enforcement agencies to identify those individuals who make them as part of our continued efforts to keep our campus safe. I would like to thank our public safety team for their swift action last week. Their work, and their close collaboration with law enforcement, clarified the nature of the call and allowed us to return the campus to safe footing. I look forward to seeing you all on campus this coming week.   Sincerely, Vince Boudreau, President Mon, 27 Nov 2023 12:06:37 -0500 Vincent Boudreau https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/node/29752 President's Holiday Party https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/presidentsoffice/blog/presidents-holiday-party-0 Dear Friends, It’s Karaoke time again! I’m really happy to invite you all to the CCNY Holiday Karaoke party. There will be food, drinks, and the shared company of our campus community. I hope you’ll all make time to stop by and lend your voices or your ears.   We’ll gather on Thursday, December 7th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Shepard Hall Room 350. We ask those of you who plan to sing, to select your songs in advance by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/ and when you do, select a non-vocal Karaoke version of your song. For your pre-selected song choices, please fill out this Google form. If you experience any difficulties with the form, you may reach out via phone call (7285) or email ( gowumi@ccny.cuny.edu ). The deadline to sign up for song selection(s) is December 4 by 5pm. I’m really looking forward to this gathering, and listening to some of you! Sincerely, Vince Boudreau President Thu, 16 Nov 2023 16:37:47 -0500 Vincent Boudreau https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/node/29714 Chief Diversity Officer, Sheryl Konigsberg https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/presidentsoffice/blog/chief-diversity-officer-sheryl-konigssberg Dear Members of the Campus Community, I am pleased to announce that today we welcome our new Chief Diversity Officer, Sheryl Konigsberg, to campus.  Sheryl comes to us after years of work as an attorney in the Bronx DA’s office, and carries with her a wealth of experience in managing investigations into bias, harassment, and other forms of discrimination.  She also comes with years of experience in trauma informed interview techniques.  At CCNY, she will shoulder additional responsibility for deepening our diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, and will be actively seeking out the places on campus where that work is underway, in order to strengthen our campus-wide initiatives in this area. Diana Couzzo will remain on staff for a few additional weeks to ease Sheryl’s transition.  Diana came into this office during a period of significant difficulty and executed the CDO’s responsibilities with a combination of efficiency, precision, and sensitivity.  She agreed to remain in the position on a remote basis while we searched for her replacement, an arrangement which was difficult for her, but essential for the preservation of continuity in our office of diversity and inclusion operations.  I am deeply grateful for her support and service over these past years. Please welcome Sheryl to campus and join me in wishing her the greatest success in the work that she’ll be doing at CCNY. Her email is skonigsberg@ccny.cuny.edu Sincerely, Vince Boudreau, President Mon, 13 Nov 2023 17:29:36 -0500 Vincent Boudreau https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/node/29689 Final Funeral Arrangements for Prof. David Rumschitzki https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/presidentsoffice/blog/final-funeral-arrangements-prof-david-rumschitzki The funeral for Professor David Rumschitzki will be held on Sunday at 9am at Shomrei Hadas Funeral Parlour. The address is 3803 14th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218. Afterwards, the family will proceed to the cemetery. Sincerely,   President's Office Fri, 03 Nov 2023 18:24:30 -0400 President's Office https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/node/29652 Update on Funeral Arrangements for Prof. David Rumschitzki https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/presidentsoffice/blog/update-funeral-arrangements-prof-david-rumschitzki Dear Members of the City College Community, The funeral for Professor David Rumschitzki has been postponed to Sunday morning. We will send along further details as we receive them so please keep an eye out. Sincerely,   President's Office Fri, 03 Nov 2023 15:56:07 -0400 President's Office https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/node/29651 Funeral Arrangements for Prof. David Rumschitzki https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/presidentsoffice/blog/funeral-arrangements-prof-david-rumschitzki Dear Members of the City College Community, I am deeply saddened to report that Dr. David Rumschitzki, of the Chemical Engineering Department, has passed away.  He spent his last minutes as he spent much of the past 40 years—in his office, among friends, working to advance the educational careers of students and to develop his own profoundly innovative engineered contributions to human progress.   David came to CCNY in 1983 and so leaves our community as one of its longest serving and most engaged members. His research and teaching career led him to work on questions regarding the chemical processing of cholesterol in the blood, with a particular interest in how different cells engage the process of maintaining cholesterol homeostasis.   David’s interest in arterial health was both professional and personal.  He was one of the most assiduous stewards of his own health that I’ve ever met.  As late as yesterday, he was preparing to run in the NY Marathon.  He ran, exercised, rode his bike for transportation and recreation and restricted his diet to vegetarian foods. He literally threw himself into his work, and his personal commitment to discovering pathways to better health was evident in his every professional contribution. On campus, he was legendary for his stewardship of student research, his engagement with student clubs and his participation in faculty committees, including this year and in years past, in the executive committee of the faculty senate.   Those who knew David best understood that he drew no distinction between his personal and professional life: many people say this, but for David, CCNY was his home and we were all his family. CCNY and the Grove School will not be the same without David among us.  We have been notified by Professor David Rumschitzki's sister, Pamela Grossman, that the funeral service for David will take place at: Mount Moriah Cemetery, 685 Fairview Ave, Fairview, NJ 07022 at 2:30 PM today (https://mountmoriahcemeterynj.org/) We will put together a memorial event in the coming weeks and will communicate particulars about that. Sincerely,  Vince Boudreau President  Fri, 03 Nov 2023 14:14:41 -0400 Vincent Boudreau https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/node/29650