President's Message: To: The York College Community From: Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, President

As we near the end of our spring semester I pause to encourage our students to continue the hard work toward final exams; and to thank the dedicated faculty who help to make it all possible.

I especially look forward to shaking the hands of many of these impressive students at Commencement on May 29.

I would like to once again congratulate students, faculty and staff, who took the journey to Selma, Alabama, in March to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, an event, which came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.” Our students, some of them Social Work majors, have returned to us transformed by the experience and ready to ponder activities and actions, “Beyond the Bridge.” These intentional interactions we provide our York students help them to make the connection between the theory of the classroom and the experience of the field.

I am also pleased to report that York’s proposal to establish the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Business was recently approved by CUNY’s Committee for Academic Programs, Policy and Research (CAPPR). The program will be ready to enroll its first class for the fall of 2016. The Master in Physician Assistant Studies is also on target to launch in fall 2016. My thanks to all faculty members who contributed to the creation of our well-received proposals; and these two new Masters programs signal that it is a new day for York as we approach our 50th year of existence.

Finally, on May 21 the York College Foundation will host its Merit Scholarship Benefit Dinner at Russo’s on the Bay, in Howard Beach. It promises to be a delightful evening with accomplished honorees: real estate developers, Mattone Group LLC; Ntozake Shange, an award-winning novelist, poet and playwright (For Colored Girls…); and Paul Williams, president and CEO of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY). Tickets are available in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Your support means a great deal to our students who count on merit scholarships to continue and complete their degree.

Let’s really make the rest of the semester count.