The Waldorf Education Model

by on July 2, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »

waldorfIn 1919, in Stuttgart, Germany, Austrian Rudolf Steiner opened the first Waldorf school, which emphasized a humanistic model of pedagogy. Today there are over 1,000 schools in 60 countries. Here’s a the first part of a longer video that explains what Waldorf education is all about.


Bill Gates Tells People Not to be Like Him

by on June 4, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »

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A recent blog post by Bill Gates, perhaps the most famous college dropout in the world, urges students to not be like him and graduate from college.


Checking in on MOOCs

by on March 11, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »

moocIn the fall of 2013, we devoted our issue of Luminaria to exploring the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) phenomenon sweeping higher education. A year-and-a-half later, articles like this one in the Times, by an education analyst, suggest MOOCs have not reached their full power, because they do not yet issue degrees. Have you taken a MOOC? What do you think? Share your comments below!


LEC Student Profile: Tanvir Rahman

by on February 18, 2015 in Paths To MCNY with No Comments »

tanvirMy name is Tanvir Raman. I am from Bangladesh. I completed my associate’s degree in March 2014 from Professional Business College. My major was Office Technology. Last September I went to MCNY to find information about a bachelor’s degree. I met Christopher Saldivar there, who is the Associate Director of Admissions. I told him that I was looking to do my bachelor’s but am confused which major to study. He told me there is a new major, Emergency Management Business Continuity. He explained that this major has a lot of jobs in the market. I agreed to sign up for class in January 2015. So far I am enjoying my classes. I am getting lot help from the Learning Enhancement Center. It is helping me to develop my writing. MCNY is a pretty college is clean all the time. There are so many computers in the college, students have no problem using them. The MCNY library is awesome; it has all the textbooks for classes. You can go to the library to read or make copies to bring home to study.


What’s Your Ideal Writing Space and Process?

by on February 4, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »

ian mcewanIn this short interview clip, the acclaimed British novelist Ian McEwan talks about his writing space, his writing process, and throwing away a piece of paper isn’t like putting a dish in the dishwasher.


Scholars and Activists Speak Out About Why ‘Black Life Matters’

by on January 21, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »

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This recent post from the Chronicle of Higher Education samples the comments of four scholars and activists from a recent conference at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, called “Black Life Matters.”


Specialist Hours for Spring 2015

by on January 15, 2015 in LEC Info with No Comments »

How to schedule a session

We find that most students choose to schedule sessions in person, either with their specialist or with our office manager, Sandra Ariza. But you can call and/or email your specialist at any time (see below for current specialist hours in Manhattan and the Bronx) or call and/or email Sandra, ext. 2438,

Specialist Hours





(Ext 2449)


(Ext 2429)


(Ext 2416)


(Ext 2418)



12 – 5


9 – 6 (M)


2:30 – 7

2 – 6

10 – 2

9-1 (B)

2 – 6 (M)


12 – 5

3 – 7

11 – 7 (B)


1 – 7

11 – 7

 9:30 – 6:00

9 – 5 (M)


9 – 6

 9 – 6:30


10 – 2

   10 – 1 (B)

Student Recognition Ceremony, Fall 2014

by on December 18, 2014 in Events with No Comments »

One week ago, as the Fall 2014 semester drew to a close and students prepared for their much-earned holiday break, we at the LEC hosted our third Student Recognition Ceremony, in which we honor MCNY students who have had three or more sessions in the LEC this semester. The ceremony was, as usual, held in the 12th floor Art Gallery at the Manhattan campus and M.C.ed by LEC and Mentor Program Coordinator Dwight Hodgson. President Thompson gave a speech in which he announced the college’s permanent move to its Rector Street campus; he was followed by Dan Katz, Vice President for Academic Affairs. LEC Specialists commented next, and then alumna Clarita Liepolt, M.P.A. Emergency Management, gave the keynote address. Closing remarks from Director of Academic Support Parker Pracjek. Fruits, veggies, sandwiches. Pictures below.


President Thompson.


Dwight Hodgson and Parker Pracjek.


Barrington Scott, LEC Math Specialist.


Keynote Speaker Clarita Liepolt.


Final remarks.


The Importance of Straight Talk

by on November 20, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »

anne williamsIn this interview with the New York Times, Anne Williams-Isom, chief executive of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit antipoverty organization, talks about the importance of her mentors.


The Scariest Book You Ever Read

by on October 23, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »

mathisWhat scares us? In a blog post, two writers, Ayana Mathis (left) and Francine Prose, talk about their encounters with terrifying books. Interestingly, both refer to books they first read as young children.




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