End of Year Message from President Keizs

As the end of another calendar year presents itself, I want to take a moment to thank our college family for a successful fall semester and to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season after all our accomplishments.

We applauded our students who, under the guidance of the Division of Student Development, raised funds to aid survivors of the recent tornado in the Philippines. We also welcomed new faculty and a robust Class of 2017 into our midst; and we supported our students with reassuring words and sustenance as they prepared for and took their finals.

As a campus, we were also delighted that CUNY designated York as the Queens site for Governor Andrew Cuomo's Start-Up NY, an incentive-rich program to attract business to our community. I was also given the honor of serving on Mayor-elect de Blasio's transition team bringing my education experience to bear. All these opportunities bode well for York's image as an important part of our borough, city and state.

Unfortunately, sometimes even the best of news can be marred by heart-rending events. By now many of you are aware that we recently lost one of the bright lights of our campus family. In November our student, Manuel Luna Ceron, went missing for several days and died unexpectedly. We mourn his passing and will keep his memory alive in our hearts and minds.

Life is tenuous and I encourage all of us to use the holiday break - whether three days or one month - to reflect and reinvigorate mind and body in preparation for a successful spring semester.