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.”

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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, sariza@mcny.edu.

Specialist Hours
 

MATH

WRITING

 

Barrington

(Ext 2449)

Ren

(Ext 2429)

Yasmine

(Ext 2416)

Nathan

(Ext 2418)

Monday

 

12 – 5

 

9 – 6 (M)

Tuesday  

2:30 – 7

2 – 6

10 – 2

9-1 (B)

2 – 6 (M)

Wednesday

12 – 5

3 – 7

11 – 7 (B)

Thursday

1 – 7

11 – 7

 9:30 – 6:00

9 – 5 (M)

Friday
 

9 – 6

 9 – 6:30


Saturday  

10 – 2

   10 – 1 (B)
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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.

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President Thompson.

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Dwight Hodgson and Parker Pracjek.

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Barrington Scott, LEC Math Specialist.

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Keynote Speaker Clarita Liepolt.

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Final remarks.

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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.

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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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LEC Student Profile: Shawnese Singleton

by on October 21, 2014 in Paths To MCNY with No Comments »


Picture1Shawnese has lived in Teaneck, NJ, and Harlem. She learned about MCNY when her cousin graduated from here with a Masters in Public Affairs. The school felt at home for her from the first day. She liked the small class settings, which allowed her to really know her professors, and the class schedule worked with hers. She is only in her first Purpose as an undergraduate in Human Services — she takes classes at the Bronx Extension Center but one day she hopes to do her Masters here as well.

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How Public Education is Changing (Animated Version)

by on October 9, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


This video depicts a speech given by English educationalist Sir Ken Robinson about the changing paradigm of public education all over the world in full animation. Cool graphics, intriguing ideas.

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The Problem with the Ivy Leagues

by on September 30, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »


studentsThe most-read article in the history of the magazine The New Republic is “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League.” Published in July as an excerpt from author William Deresiewicz’s book Excellent Sheep, it started a national conversation about higher education, and one of the most interesting responses, published in the same magazine, is titled “The Trouble With Harvard.” Both offer provocative thoughts on education, classes, standardized testing, and the point of college.

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Student Recognition Ceremony, Summer 2014

by on August 2, 2014 in Events with No Comments »


On the final day of July, just two weeks before the Summer 2014 semester concluded, the LEC hosted its second Student Recognition Ceremony, honoring MCNY students who had spent three or more sessions in the LEC. The ceremony, which was held in the 12th floor Art Gallery at the Manhattan campus, featured introductory remarks from LEC and Mentoring Coordinator Dwight Hodgson and Director of Academic Support Parker Pracjek, as well as comments from LEC Specialists. This time, Dan Katz, Vice President for Academic Affairs, addressed to the students, and the event had its first keynote speak, Emergency Disaster and Management alumnus Elie Jerome (who provided us with the photos, except for the one he’s in). Below are pictures from the event.

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Parker Pracjek, Director of Academic Support (left), and Yasmine Alwan, Writing Specialist (right), laugh with keynote speaker Elie Jerome (center)

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Imagining Mark Twain Writing About Common Core Testing

by on July 21, 2014 in Must Reads with No Comments »


twainIn this article — which may be of specific interest to students in MCNY’s M.S. Ed. program — David Perrin, a high school English teacher in Illinois, imagines what Mark Twain, one of our country’s most important satirists, would have thought about the U.S.’s trend of standardized testing. Referencing a range of people from Louie C.K. to Glenn Beck to Helen Keller, the article also links to two of Twain’s original texts: a parody of a Brooklyn teacher’s misinformed students and an essay skewering public schools for rote teaching methods.

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