Spring 2016 Welcome Message from President Marcia V. Keizs

As we launch our spring semester I am delighted to welcome everyone: new and returning students, faculty and staff and to wish you all a productive, healthy and happy 2016.

I am thankful that we weathered our near historic first snowstorm of the season even as we continue to dig out the main parking lot and the pathways to and around the campus. Additionally, the progress on Phase I of the exterior repairs, to prevent water penetration, is 90% complete. You will see that most of the scaffolding encasing the Academic Core Building has now been removed; and the timeline for Phase II of this process will be developed upon receipt of additional capital funding.

The underground emergency piping repair is now complete and the east parking lot, including handicapped parking, has been returned to its original configuration. Safety repairs of the six escalators on the north side of the Academic Core have been completed but await final inspection. There is more work here and we will update you as we know. Capital projects to maintain and preserve the campus are needed but never without disruption; I am delighted you return to see some progress.

While on the topic of facilities, let me take this opportunity to remind everyone that all of us who spend time in Albany in the next few weeks and months will be talking with our legislators and members of the Governor’s staff about the critical importance of support to CUNY. As well, we will continue to place the funding of York College’s proposed Academic Village and Conference Center (AVCC) front and center. The 160,000 square-foot project will house the School of Business and Information Systems, Information Technology, Art Gallery, and many of the student support offices currently housed in the Academic Core Building (Bursars, Admissions, Financial Aid offices, etc.). It will be a game-changer for our campus and a beacon in the downtown Jamaica area. I will keep you posted on our progress in this and other important matters during the semester.

In preparation for the Spring semester, the Office of Academic Affairs sponsored two workshops for chairpersons and adjunct faculty to continue to assure the best possible outcomes for students. These workshops focused on, among other topics, best practices in retention and advisement as well as strategies in managing challenging classroom behaviors.  Continuous professional development is a critical component of what we do here at York.

I want to add a word of thanks to our Student Government Association that continues to take its role as student leaders seriously by participating with us during the break in hosting new CUNY Trustees Una S. T-Clarke and Jill O’Donnell-Tormey and as they continue to assure that my administration remains responsive to the concerns of all students.

 Welcome to the Spring semester!