Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have designated November as CUNY Month 2013, The City University of New York’s annual opportunity to showcase its campuses to the public through open houses, admissions and financial-aid workshops, cultural events, lectures, art exhibits, performances, sports tournaments, book talks, workshops for veterans and immigrants, and special events at its 24 colleges and professional schools in the five boroughs.
The governor’s proclamation states that with the University’s commitment to “upholding its mission to ‘educate the whole people’ CUNY continues to make a high quality education accessible to all; it is fitting,” he added, “that we join in recognizing the University’s distinguished heritage and fundamental importance in advancing the personal and professional growth and well-being of people in New York State and beyond.”
The mayor stated: “Whether students aspire to careers in science, technology, media, health, or any other traditional or emerging field, CUNY offers many paths to success.” He added that Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly “expertly leads a dedicated team of teachers and researchers – and we can look forward to these professionals preparing more students for the challenges of the knowledge economy, while they further enhance CUNY’s already sterling academic reputation.”
Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly noted that “CUNY Month coincides with heightened interest in higher education following President Obama’s recently proposed plan to enhance college affordability and accountability. This is a fitting, if unplanned, coincidence,” he added. “The hundreds of open houses, workshops, and public events on our campuses this month are reminders of the University’s remarkable mission to ensure that all students have access to a high quality, personalized education by award-wining faculty mentors. The extraordinary number of CUNY student award winners demonstrates that our students get the one-on-one attention that leads to their success in school, in their careers and in life.”
CUNY Month events are listed at CUNY.EDU/CUNYMONTH. Here are some highlights:
Graduate Study: The CUNY Graduate Studies Fair at the Grand Hyatt Hotel showcases a wide range of graduate programs in high demand careers with employability and job growth, such as education, nursing, business administration, the sciences, engineering, computer science and environmental and sustainable studies. Also, learn about opportunities for MPH and MS degrees at the Graduate Student Information Session at CUNY’s School of Public Health; and attend an Information Session about the School of Professional Studies’ Online MS in Business Management and Leadership at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Lectures: Hear the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, in a conversation with City College President Lisa S. Coico and Professor Lyn Di Iorio. Join New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak as he offers a reporter’s reflections on the Roberts Court. Examine the experiences of American residents deported to the Dominican Republic and Haitians who have entered that nation seeking work in “Unwanted: The Faces and Voices of Haitians and Dominicans,” presented by Professor Luis Barrios at John Jay College. Join Professor Rebecca Bratspies and Dr. Robin Nagle as they discuss sustainable cities and the value of knowledge, at the CUNY School of Law. Attend a physics colloquium by CCNY Professor Lucas C. Parra entitled “When Brains are in Sync.” Attend the Sustainable Energy and Design Conference at Bronx Community College.
Arts and Culture: View paintings and drawings reflecting the childhood experiences of Holocaust and concentration camp survivor Rosemarie Koczy (1939 – 2007), on display at Queensborough Community College. View works by Theresa Ferber Bernstein (1890 – 2002) — probably the only artist to have made and exhibited work in every decade of the 20th Century — at Baruch College. Enjoy performances by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble at Lehman College, and the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene at Baruch College. Take the kids to “Stuart Little,” at Kingsborough Community College to experience the charm, wisdom and joy of E. B. White’s classic novel; and to a reading of “Sleeping Beauty” by premier storyteller David Gonzalez, at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of El Diario La Prensa, the largest and oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in New York City, at Hostos Community College.
Study Abroad: Learn about CUNY’s Study Abroad opportunities in some 50 countries during International Education Week.
Citizenship: Get help applying for citizenship through Citizenship Now! sessions at various campuses.
Honor Our Troops and Veterans: March with CUNY’s Veterans Day Parade Float on November 11th; and donate “Treats for Troops” at John Jay College, which will be sent to service members overseas and distributed to homeless veterans in our area.