March 10, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, I am writing with some updates to our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In this memo I'll talk about travel restrictions that we're putting in place, as well as restrictions on large, non-essential gatherings. First, however, I'd like to address on-line instruction. The hotline that we've put in place is up and running, and many of the calls are from students who, for one reason or another, feel particularly vulnerable in the face of the virus. Some have pre-existing health conditions, or compromised immune systems. Others live with… Read More »

March 09, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, I am forwarding, with this note, instructions for classes and offices to begin setting up on-line communication protocols.  You’ll see a range of tools that you have access to, and we’re repeating the call for faculty members and students, as well as office staff, to identify the platform they will use, and then practice. Faculty will need affirmative permission from a department chair and deans to move an entire course on-line, but students can request on-line access to classes still being taught in person.  Faculty should acquiesce… Read More »

March 06, 2020
In an effort to more effectively assist and keep track of members of our community who have elected to self-quarantine due to COVID-19, we have implemented use of a community hotline. If you have made the decision to self-quarantine, please let us know by calling: 212-650-7682 or 212-650-8801.   Once we know about your decision, we can work with you to ensure you have the latest information on campus measures and check-in with you from time to time to make sure you're doing well. This will also allow us to provide you with access to any campus contacts you may need. Thank you… Read More »

March 06, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, I wanted to write with a few updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how we are handling things that may impact campus operations. I’m sending this memo to the campus, but we’ll immediately post it onto the web (there will be a prominent link on the homepage). In this memo, I’ll discuss what we know about keeping the campus safe and secure, talk about travel in general (mainly referring you to a memo the Chancellor distributed yesterday) and finally discussing what we need to do today to prepare for contingencies in the future. … Read More »

March 01, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, CUNY and CCNY are closely monitoring the latest updates and developments regarding COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, a respiratory illness causing flu-like symptoms. As a campus, we are following CDC and New York (City and State) Health Department guidelines. There are currently no changes to our normal routines and activities, and we hope not to make such changes.  Any update to that situation will be posted on the college’s website, and we’ll update that as soon as any need arises. Your first stop on campus, if you need information… Read More »

February 21, 2020
Dear Members of the Campus Community, Before I moved into the president’s office, I served as faculty advisor to the CCNY Outdoor Club, a student-run club, built around the efforts of a few deeply committed undergraduates.  Under the auspices of that club, we built an internship program with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) established a summer leadership program for students at their Harriman Outdoor Center facility, and planned a series of outings. At the core of the project, though, was a vision that I think is entirely consonant with the larger mission of CCNY—that the… Read More »

February 11, 2020
Dear Members of the Campus Community, It's has been a while since we convened a town hall meeting and I think it’s time we get together. I'd like to convene on the 27th of February at 12:30 PM in the Aronow Theater.  Unlike past town hall meetings, I'd like this one to include each of our three main campus constituencies; students, faculty and staff. When we meet, I'd be pleased to answer questions that you may have about campus direction, our financial situation and budget, and other matters of concern. I'll also use the opportunity to present news of our progress against our… Read More »

January 23, 2020
Dear colleagues, On February 3rd at 9:00 am in the morning, the college will be calling a press conference to present the results of an economic modeling study, describing the impact that CCNY has in the local state economy (10 contiguous counties nearest to NY).  The study, conducted by a group called EMSI, presents CCNY’s annual economic impact on those 10 counties, and also the “for dollar” return on investment to students, to the state, and to society.  The study is rigorous and transparent: the 50 report pages are accompanied by an almost equal number of methodological… Read More »

December 12, 2019
Dear Campus Community, I am writing to announce that Diana Cuozzo, who had recently served the college as its Interim Chief Diversity Officer, has agreed to remain in the position on a full-time and permanent basis. Last year, after an intensive search staffed by a group of committed faculty and staff, I reviewed a short list of two candidates, but was not able to hire either into the position, but I remain grateful to the effort and thought that the committee devoted to the search.  All that time, Ms. Cuozzo was diligently, and with tremendous professionalism, executing the… Read More »

October 09, 2019
Dear friends, As many of you know, last year a study was released that indicated that up to 40% of CUNY students suffer from food insecurity at some point in the year. On our campus, we know that these difficulties may also extend to other members of our community, including staff and faculty. In 2016, a partnership between NYPIRG and the Colin Powell School established a small food pantry with limited facilities in a 6th floor NAC office. Because that space had limited capacity to protect and secure food, it represented a good start - but only that. Welcome to phase 2! I'm… Read More »

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