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Welcome to spring semester

President Peter Cohen

Spring is universally a time for transition and new beginnings. To that end, we'd like to welcome the nearly 1,600 new freshman and transfer students starting a new chapter in their lives with us this spring.

As our continuing students can confirm, we're committed to helping you reach your goals. If you find yourself wondering if you're on the right path or if you know all the options available to you -- don't go it alone! Academic advisors, career counselors, and personal counselors are waiting to assist you.

Don't forget another important resource: your professors. Make an appointment to speak with them during their office hours. They can provide important insights and suggest career options you may not have considered.

Here is an overview of what's happening at KCC and CUNY:

  • Kingsborough has once again been identified as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, allowing us to compete for a top prize of one million dollars.

  • CUNY is conducting searches for a new Kingsborough president and to replace retiring chancellor James B. Milliken. We'll share more information as it becomes available.
  • Faculty have been busy trying to make college more affordable. When you search for courses in CUNYfirst, use the course attribute to find classes offering zero-cost textbooks, which can mean a savings of several hundred dollars each semester.
  • This past fall, we cut the ribbon for the new Engaged Kingsborough hub, marking the end of the 1st phase of our Student Union & Intercultural Center (SU&IC). Centrally located across from the main cafeteria, in room U-113, the hub partners with KCC offices and departments to offer wellness services, walk-in resume feedback, free credit reports, exploration of majors, and much more.  You can find the full schedule here:
  • Future plans for SU&IC include the repurposing and renovation space on the 2nd floor above the cafeteria, with improved meetings spaces and student lounge area, as well as the completion of the U219/220 capital project, allowing us to bring engaging and dynamic programming and speakers to campus. This spring, we're offering a taste of what's to come with four special programs:

Monday, March 19, 2018
12:40pm-1:40pm | Room U-220
Dr. Eben Wood of the English department shares stories about his travels through the country, what North Korea is like now, and how its past history led to our current moment of crisis and confrontation with the United States.

Wed. April 11, 2018
12:40pm-1:40pm | Room U-220
Dr. Bruno Gulli, philosophy professor, talks about identity, the limitations of individuality, and the possibility that identity might simply be a stage in an ongoing process of formation through transindividuation.

Tues. April 17, 2018
12:40pm-1:40pm | Hall of Flags
At 17-years old, Seymour Kaplan enlisted in the U.S. Army and left Brooklyn to fight against Nazi Germany. One of the first American soldiers to enter Dachau Concentration Camp in April 1945, Kaplan, a Yiddish speaker, served as a translator for the camp survivors. He will share the shock of what he witnessed.

Tues. May 1, 2018
12:40pm-1:40pm | Room U-220
An interactive conversation about Muslim American youth growing up in the U.S. over the past 15 years with Dr. Michelle Fine, distinguished professor of critical psychology and urban education at The CUNY Graduate Center and co-author, with Selcuk Sirin, of "Muslim American Youth" (NYU Press). The presentation will be followed by a panel of Muslim American students at KCC.

For thousands of you, spring marks a bittersweet time: your final semester at Kingsborough. Remember to apply for graduation between March 19 and April 18. As you transition from student to alumnus, know that we are all proud of you.  

Whether it's your first or your last – or something in between – make this the semester you try something new: Get involved with a club, take part in an activity, and meet new people. Remember: College is more than textbooks and tests. 

Have a good semester!

Peter M. Cohen, M.S.W.
Interim President, Kingsborough Community College

Click here to read Interim President Cohen's bio.

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