Update from President Marcia V. Keizs

As we near the finish line of our spring semester, I pause to encourage our students to stay on track and continue to progress toward your degree.

To those of you, such as Journalism major, Andrew Johnson, who will be attending graduate school at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; and Community Health major, Stephane Labossiere, who has accepted an offer from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he will pursue graduate studies in Community Health Education; and Kathia Lamour, was accepted into the Columbia School of Social Work, congratulations!

We have good news on many other students as well. Students, such as Peter Rybakov, has received offers from several Physical Therapy programs including Long Island University; Nadira Swinton is fielding offers from law programs including at Suffolk University and Charlotte School of Law; and Ali Syed is still weighing his medical school options among the offers he is receiving. We are all very proud of your success and look forward to hearing of your decisions!

I urge all seniors to notify the Office of Marketing and Communications (in 2H03) of your acceptance letters and any scholarship or fellowship offers for graduate school as you prepare to graduate from York. Please also tell us of the job offers that you are receiving. We need you to share this information not just so we can celebrate you, which we are quite happy to do, but to share with the CUNY Office of Media Relations as well and to share with local media outlets.

I would also like to reiterate that we have been allocated $30 million in the 2014 -15 New York State Budget agreement in capital funding toward York College's proposed Academic Village and Conference Center (AVCC). This is encouraging news for this much-needed addition to our campus. The 162,180 gross square-foot AVCC will house the college's School of Business and Information Systems, student affinity spaces, enrollment management offices and a state-of-the-art conference center that will be used by the college and the Queens community. As yet, this is only a down-payment toward the ambitious project, which will be built at an estimated cost of $250 million.

We continue to work toward this goal and are thankful to the governor, the State Legislature, the University Chancellery and our students, faculty and staff who have supported this effort. I thank all of you for your hard work and look forward to the rest of this semester with great anticipation.