Dear Faculty, Staff and Students of York College:
Let me be the first to welcome you to the start of the 2006-2007 academic year, the year in which we will celebrate York College’s 40th Anniversary. Welcome back from much needed vacations, progress made on research projects, publications, or artistic endeavors to those of you who have been with us, and welcome aboard to those of you joining us for the first time, our new freshmen, new transfer students and new faculty and staff, to the start of what I expect will be a productive tenure at York College.
During the course of the academic year, you will hear from me periodically via this medium, which I use to keep the whole community posted on some of the new academic, programmatic, budget and other occurrences at the college. Of course, many of you will be attending the Faculty/Staff Fall Convocation on October 10th (revised date) at Noon in the Performing Arts Center at which time I will bring the college community up to date on the state of the college.
Today, my main purpose is to welcome the newcomers to our academic community. The students among you will find the first few days and weeks a time of adjustment, but with the help of all of us --- your faculty in the classrooms, your advisors and counselors, your fellow students, especially the York College student government, you will find an array of services designed to help you as you adjust to this new and exciting learning environment.
In the case of our new faculty, I want you to know that you are joining colleagues, many of whom have served this college for a number of years, who have brought dedication, intellectual rigor and collegiality to their work. You too will be adjusting, and I assure you there are many individuals ready to help. Just turn to your department chairperson and to the Office of Academic Affairs for guidance. I look forward to introducing you to the broader college community at convocation.
We also have some new administrators in our midst or individuals who have been at the college but who are assuming new roles. I am pleased that you will bring your energy and wisdom to bear on some of the difficult challenges facing us as a college.
I hope that today, our first day of classes, will find you refreshed and rested. Our students are counting on you to deliver on the promise we have made to ensure an intellectually challenging and nurturing environment.
Finally, in late June 2006, I wrote to you to share the achievements of the 2005-2006 academic year. At the convocation and thereafter, I will be sharing with you York College’ s overall goals for the 2006-2007 academic year that have been presented to and endorsed by Chancellor Goldstein.
Welcome back, and welcome to York College in our 40th year.
Marcia V. Keizs