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.
What 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.
Shawnese 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.
The 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.
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.
Parker Pracjek, Director of Academic Support (left), and Yasmine Alwan, Writing Specialist (right), laugh with keynote speaker Elie Jerome (center)
In 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.
Anyone remember “Reading Rainbow,” the show geared toward getting kids to read? It ran on PBS from 1983-2006, and in 2012 it became a downloadable app. Now it has a funny new Kickstarter campaign, starring its longtime beloved host, LeVar Burton, raising money to improve the app. Check it out below.
I was raised in Coney Island, Brooklyn, along with my three sisters and brother. I witnessed issues such as addiction, domestic violence, and gun violence damage many of the families around me. During those years, I was also lumped into stereotypical assumptions of character based on my ethnicity and what neighborhood I called home. The discrimination that I experienced and my environment are reasons I am enrolled in MCNY’s Human Services degree program today. My first attempt at college was in 2004. The transition from Leon M. Goldstein high school to John Jay College was not easy. I was 17 years old, fresh out of high-school, and full of anxiety. Reasons for dropping out of John Jay were: 1. Confusion, 2. Enrollment in courses I was not interested in and 3. The inability to juggle the demands of work, school, family and my social life. Subsequently, I spent my time quitting every job that hired me because there were no opportunities for growth. I also completed training programs along the way, which I felt would broaden my horizons. Although I did well, I exited each program with an overall sense of unpreparedness and lack of sufficient work experience. I decided to return to college because a degree is necessary for me to achieve the level of success I desire. My first college experience was a culture shock. I felt like I was doggy paddling my way through my classes, barely able to keep my head above the water. The second time around, factors that have contributed to my success at MCNY are: accepting feedback, having clear goals, utilizing available resources, and learning how to manage my time. In addition, the faculty continuously challenges me to raise the bar of my own expectations. I have learned not to be ashamed to ask for help, to take charge of my learning; revisiting the basics often is necessary, and achieving a balance is difficult but possible.