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2012 ASAP Events
- On December 7, Kingsborough Community College ASAP students attended an event jointly sponsored by Kingsborough, Baruch College, and Ernst & Young. Read more >>
- Queensborough Community College ASAP held its annual Open Mic Holiday Party on December 10. Read more >>
- On December 20, Hostos Community College ASAP held its End of Semester Networking Celebration.
- On November 16, Kingsborough Community College ASAP students toured WABC-TV's Manhattan studios and met with staff members and WABC's Vice President of Community Affairs. Read more >>
- On November 30, a group of Bronx Community College ASAP students attended the Broadway play "Bring It On."
- On October 11 Bronx Community College ASAP students attended a Career and Transfer Fair.
- On October 16, Kingsborough Community College ASAP students attended an information session held by the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies and learned about the program, as well as legal careers. Read more >>
- On September 11, the ASAP Transfer Scholars Program held its annual reception. Recipients of this year’s Sidney and Laura Gilbert Achievement Awards and continuing ASAP Transfer Scholars gathered at the Macaulay Honors College and were honored by ASAP staff and CUNY leadership, among others. Click here to see photos from the reception >>
- La Guardia Community College ASAP students visited the corporate offices of Steve Madden on September 14. Read more >>
- On September 24, La Guardia Community College ASAP students attneded a career trip to the Hyatt Grand Central hotel. Read more >>
- On September 25, Borough of Manhattan Community College ASAP, in collaboration with BMCC's Center for Career Development, hosted a Retail & Holiday Recruitment Expo. Over 40 companies offering both permanent and holiday retail positions participated in the event. Over 40 ASAP students attended, more than ten of whom were interviewed and gained employment.
- ASAP Summer Institutes took place at all colleges in August 2012. Institutes included orientation, ice breakers, and team building activities designed to foster connection among students and build rapport with ASAP staff. Kingsborough, LaGuardia, and Queensborough's Summer Institutes included arts education workshops led by EKOarts. BMCC, Bronx, and Hostos' incorporated interactive workshops incorporating Ted Talks videos, and writing and story telling activities.
- Summer developmental and credit-bearing classes were offered to incoming ASAP students at all colleges between June and August. Incoming students also participated in a range of early program engagement activities that included, depending on the campus, contact with ASAP advisors, small group meetings, and participation in the ASAP seminar. Continuing ASAP students at all colleges also attended summer courses to accelerate degree momentum.
- On Thursday, May 24 LaGuardia Community College ASAP's Leadership Team held "Achieving Success After Progression," a talent show and workshop designed to raise awareness for undocumented, high school, and international students. Learn more >>
- On May 23, Borough of Manhattan Community College ASAP's Leadership Team hosted "Forward Ever, Backward Never," an event aimed to raise awareness about human trafficking and HIV/AIDS. In addition to a fashion show, the event included guest speakers, and the team provided attendees with informative pamphlets. Proceeds from the event were donated to Safe Horizons and Village Care Rivington House. Learn more >>
- LaGuardia Community College ASAP students took a career trip on May 18 to the Show Media corporate offices.
- On May 18, Kingsborough Community College ASAP students participated in the Trump SoHo Hotel Real World Visit. Students toured hotel suites and meeting spaces and learned about the hotel industry—and participated in a Q&A session with representatives from the hotel's human resources office, sales team, front office, culinary staff, training and evaluation team, and marketing department.
- Hostos Community College ASAP students specializing in Criminal Justice went on a site visit to the Bronx Defenders Offices on May 11. The group met with a team of attorneys who discussed their career paths and the choices available to students in Criminal Justice; students asked individual questions and toured the offices.
- On May 7, LaGuardia Community College ASAP students took a career trip to and tour of American Airlines at LaGuardia Airport.
- The Hostos Community College ASAP Leadership Team held "Stress and Health Awareness for All" on Saturday, May 5. The event was geared to bringing health awareness to the community: free blood pressure and dental screenings and free massages and yoga workshops were offered to help people take simple steps to manage stress and be more aware of their personal health. Learn more >>
- On May 4, ASAP students at Kingsborough Community College participated in the New York Methodist Hospital Real World Visit, a collaboration between KBCC ASAP and the college's Career Office. Students toured the laboratory and pharmacy, as well as the physical therapy, occupational therapy, and radiology departments, and met professionals from various health care fields.
- Queensborough Community College's ASAP Leadership Team held "Break the Cycle" on May 2. The event featured a talk by a representative from the "White Ribbon Campaign," an organization that houses women who have been abused and where all the money that we are raising will go. "Break the Cycle" also featured a self-defense instructor to encourage women to stand and speak up against domestic violence. The team also held a raffle, and served pizza and drinks. The main goal of the event was to raise money for "White Ribbon Campaign" and to raise awareness of domestic violence. Learn more >>
- On April 27, LaGuardia Community College ASAP student took a career trip to the Ideeli corporate offices.
- On April 26, the Kingsborough Community College ASAP Leadership Team held Eco-Cafe, an evening of live music, fashion, and poetry located in KBCC's main cafateria. The event, also co-sponsored by the Student World Assembly and the Liberal Arts Council, focused on this year's Leadership Team theme, "Our Earth Community: What is MY Role?"
- Hostos Community College ASAP students attended the April 13 performance of Fuerza Bruta through the Spring Break Cultural Activities program.
- On April 12, Hostos Community College ASAP students attended Bodies: The Exhibit as part of the Spring Break Cultural Activities program.
- Hostos Community College ASAP students attended the April 11 performance of the Tony Award-winning play War Horse; the trip was part of the Spring Break Cultural Activities program.
- On April 10, Hostos Community College ASAP students participated in the Spring Break Cultural Activities program, vising NY Skyride and the Empire State Building Observation Desk and taking a virtual tour of New York City in a simulator platform.
- Hostos Community College ASAP held a networking event on March 22. The event, a collaboration with the Creative Arts Team (CAT), was both a business etiquette workship and a mock networking reception geared towards helping students develop sharp networking skills.
- On March 16, LaGuardia Community College ASAP students took took a career trip to and tour of the Hyatt Grand Central Hotel.
- On February 28, Queensborough Community College ASAP held its first Mocktail Networking / Welcome Back reception. Spearheaded and facilitated by the Career & Employment Specialist Stephen Atkins, the event treated ASAP students to a two-part workshop designed to educate them about how to present and conduct themselves at networking events. The first part of the workshop was led by the Creative Arts Team (CAT), and presented students with scenarios that students might encounter during interviews and networking events. The second part of the workshop, facilitated by ASAP staff and faculty, was an exercise that allowed students to test their ability to intelligently and effectively communicate in real-life situations. Based on student feedback, Queensborough ASAP has also added this event to its Fall 2012 schedule of events.
2011 ASAP Events
- On December 12, Queensborough Community College ASAP held its annual holiday party and open mic, at which students were able to showcase their talents. Read more >>
- On October 26, a group of 25 ASAP students from Queensborough Community College attended a performance of the Broadway musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
- On October 19, Queensborough Community College ASAP students participated in a "Financial Freedom Workshop." Run by the ASAP Career and Employment Services team, the workshop offered students tips on how to manage their money and their credit.
- On September 26 at "Re-Imagining Community Colleges: A National Colloquium," Chancellor Matthew Goldstein praised ASAPs program model and honored six ASAP alumni : Loukman Lamany (Bronx '11), Giezel Amador (La Guardia '09), Sinai Cuahutenco (Hostos '11), Fatima Ali ('09), Linda Berkeley (BMCC '11), and Jamel James (Kingsborough '11). Read more >>
- On September 14, Borough of Manhattan Community College ASAP students participated in an application workshop, during which they learned tips on filling out online and paper job applications in anticipation of job fairs that were scheduled to take place later in the semester.
- All six participating community colleges met their fall 2011 ASAP enrollment targets. Incoming students attended 2 - 3 day Summer Institutes designed to welcome students to the ASAP program and begin early community building. Summer Institutes included interactive team building workshops, opportunities to meet with ASAP staff, and college exploration activities. Students also participated in arts education workshops led by cultural partners--the Creative Arts Team, EKOarts, and Story to College--that focused on themes including openness to change, self advocacy, effective communication skills, and taking responsibility for one's actions.
- University Director Donna Linderman served as a consultant to the Tennessee Board of Regents Accelerated Pathways Initiative in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. She and other national experts spent two days working with Tennessee community college leadership to consider how they might adopt promising practices in a statewide initiative to improve graduation rates across their community colleges.
- On June 17 representatives from each ASAP campus and the central ASAP office met to discuss the ASAP Seminar program. At the meeting, an ASAP Seminar mission statement was agreed upon. To learn more about the ASAP Seminar program and read its new mission statement, click here >>
- An ASAP Transfer Scholarship Reception was held on Monday evening, June 20, 2011 at the CUNY Graduate Center to recognize new and continuing recipients of the ASAP Transfer Scholarship. Over 100 quests were in attendance. Family, friends and ASAP staff members from CUNY community and senior colleges were in attendance to show their support. ASAP University Director Donna Linderman served as hostess and Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs John Mogulescu delivered welcome remarks. ASAP Transfer Scholar Fatima Ali, Queens College class of 2011, was a featured speaker. The ASAP Transfer Scholarship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women.
- On Friday, May 27 the Borough of Manhattan Community College Leadership Program team held a talent show as a part of its 2011 project, “ASAP Action and Awareness Project.” At the talent show the team collected donations including canned goods, clothing, books, and monetary contributions. The team also collected donations on campus in the weeks leading up to the show.
- On May 16 Queensborough Community College was home to “The Big Red Event,” a fashion show planned by the college’s ASAP Leadership Program team. Intended to raise AIDS awareness and support HIV prevention, the fashion show featured QCC students and friends wearing clothing in various shades of red. Italso featured speakers including family and friends of individuals with HIV/AIDS, as well as a HIV-positive individual. Read more >>
- On April 28, the La Guardia Community College Leadership Program team held “The Make It Happen Rising Stars Talent Show,” which included comedy, poetry, dance, and musical performances, among other things. The show reflected the slogan for the team’s 2011 project, “Invest to Success,” which refers to the importance of investing time and energy to one’s academic career, as well as the communal value of individuals’ commitment. Read more >>
- The “Green Festival” took place on April 14 at Bronx Community College. Organized by BCC’s ASAP Leadership Program, the event aimed to “support health and wellness” on the BCC campus and “educate the public about sustainability” with regard to food. The day included a tree planting to commemorate the outgoing president of BCC; a “Race for Health”; a community panel; music; refreshments; and cooking demonstrations. Read More >>
- ASAP staff from across CUNY came together for a program-wide retreat on Thursday February 17th at the Macaulay Honors College (West 67th Street) for a full-day all-staff workshop. The retreat included a workshop on goal setting for students led by Dr. Kathryne Leak, Hunter College School of Social Work, presentations on effective tutoring programs by LaGuardia and Queensborough ASAP teams, and a workshop facilitated by Narativ, Inc. that used storytelling approaches to enhance listening and communication skills.
- ASAP launched its third leadership program with student teams from all colleges gathering at the Creative Arts Team (CAT) studio in midtown Manhattan to embark on this project. The program includes workshop activities with CAT, planning work at their colleges to develop leadership and collaboration skills, and finally execution of an event/activity for their local community in May 2011.
2010 ASAP Events
- ASAP Career and Employment Specialists from all colleges met for a best practices workshop at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
- On December 6 2010 the Queensborough Community College ASAP staff and students celebrated their third annual Holiday Open Mic event. Performances included dancing, guitar playing, singing, poetry, and a comedic skit. To see pictures from the event and read reactions from performers and guests, click here >>
- ASAP advisors from all colleges came together for a best practices workshop at the CUNY Graduate Center.
- Queensborough Community College ASAP was selected as one of ten Bellwether Award Finalists by the Community College Futures Assembly for their submission detailing ASAP as inspiration for the creation of the Queensborough Community College Freshmen Academies in fall 2009.
- Ten Bronx Community College ASAP radiologic technology graduates (summer 2007) passed their local and national certification examinations and are now licensed radiographers.
- LaGuardia Community College ASAP advisor Ingrid DeLeon and students Andrew Greene, Ramatoulaye Diallo, and Jaime Alvarado attended a New York City Council Higher Education Committee Hearing on graduation and retention rates at CUNY.
- Bronx Community College ASAP student Aliza Koszuk (dietetics major) was profiled for her work overseeing a community garden over the summer by CUNY Matters. The community garden was initiated by the Bronx Community College ASAP leadership team in spring 2010. For more information, click here >>
- A total of 587 new students began the fall semester with the ASAP program across all six community colleges.
- Summer Institutes to welcome new ASAP students were held at all six community colleges. ASAP Summer Institutes consisted of orientation activities and workshops to put students on the path to success. Students also participatd in interactive workshops involving performance approaches led by EKOarts and the CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT) to build community and enhance communication among students. To see videos of the Summer Institutes, click here >>
- A breakfast was held at Borough of Manhattan Community College to celebrate fall 2009 ASAP Transfer Scholars' completion of their first year of baccalaureate study and to recognize new 2010 Transfer Scholars. In attendance were family, friends, funders, and ASAP staff. The event also included a panel discussion with ASAP students and graduates and college staff.
- Graduation and award celebrations for ASAP students were held at all six community colleges.
- Student teams from all six community colleges completed projects developed as part of the ASAP Leadeship Program. Projects met a need or addressed an issue of importance in their local college community and ranged from autism awareness to a community gardening project. For more information, click here >>
- On April 26th, the EKO Arts team joined Queensborough Community College ASAP students for another fantastic afternoon and performance. All activities were centered on "Exploring the place where serendipity, opportunity and planning intersect," which is the main theme of "Six Degrees of Separation", a play by John Guare.
- Hostos Community College ASAP held its annual Passport New York Program. The program provides opportunities for students to face fears associated with change and transition through a team-based competition that journeys throughout Manhattan. Students are assessed on demonstration of leadership, navigation and map reading skills, ability to maintain calmness under pressure, effective communication and team support.
- Bronx Community College and LaGuardia Community College ASAP programs held annual award ceremonies honoring high-performing and graduating students. To read LaGuardia students' keynote addresses, Click here >>
- ASAP held a full-staff retreat at the Wave Hill Cultural Center in the Bronx. The retreat included a focus group with ASAP students, presentations by college staff, and discussions of survey data and program elements. Guests included Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs John Mogulescu and New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) Deputy Director of Evaluation Carson Hicks.
- Thanks to funding from the Robin Hood Foundation through MDRC, LaGuardia Community College joined the ASAP random assignment study. The study is now recruiting for fall 2010 at LaGuardia, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Kingsborough Community College. Eligible students will be assigned to ASAP at these colleges using a lottery method.
- Thanks to funding from the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), Borough of Manhattan Community College is now recruiting students for a new pilot evening and weekend program for working adults for fall 2010. For more information, click here >>
- ASAP launched its program-wide Student Leadership Program with teams of students from all six community colleges. The program supports development of leadership and collaboration skill building through workshops with the CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT). Each team will organize an event/activity addressing an issue of importance to their ASAP community to be implemented at their home campus in spring 2010. To see a photo of ASAP student leaders with CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, click here >> <pdf>
- The ASAP University Director served on roundtable at the 2010 National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at Kingsborough Community College. The event was organized by MDRC and included state legislators from 11 states.
- All six ASAP community colleges completed recruitment for spring 2010, admitting 350 new students across all six colleges.
- LaGuardia Community College and Kingsborough Community College held three-day orientations for incoming spring 2010 ASAP students including interactive performance workshops with arts education partner EKOarts.
- Bronx Community College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Hostos Community College , and Queensborough Community College held 1-3 day orientations for incoming spring 2010 ASAP students, including interactive workshops led by the Creative Arts Team (CAT), CUNY's resident educational theater company.
2009 ASAP Events
- All six colleges hold end-of-year celebrations and graduation ceremonies in preparation for an additional 186-195 fall 2009 graduates.
- ASAP and MDRC received a grant for $1.1 million from the Robin Hood Foundation to support the ASAP random assignment study and to expand the study to LaGuardia Community College in fall 2010.
- CUNY and the New York Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) release the ASAP Early Outcomes Report <pdf>citing impressive 2-year graduation rates of 30% vs. 11.4% for a fall 2006 comparison group of similar students.
- ASAP held a reception for 48 Transfer Scholarship recipients and their families at the Graduate Center on October 8th. The program is supported with funds from the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (JFEW) and the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
- ASAP begins recruitment for its random assignment study led by MDRC at Kingsborough and Borough of Manhattan Community College with a goal of 300 students for spring 2010.
- ASAP began the fall semester with 430 new students and 400 continuing students across six CUNY community colleges. New students had family income within 200% of the federal poverty guidelines and had 1-2 developmental course needs.
- ASAP University Director Donna Linderman participated in a panel discussion on community college obstacles hosted by the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College on 9/16/09. The panel ended a week-long fellowship for a select group of professional journalists covering community college issues.
- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg identifies ASAP as a key component of his new "Gateway to the Middle Class" community college initiative, announced on August 13th at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Click here to see a video of the press conference with the Mayor introduced by Borough of Manhattan Community College ASAP student Ebony Childs.
- All six community colleges held 3-day summer institutes for new ASAP students. Summer institutes included orientation activities to the college, an overview of ASAP program requirements and parameters, team building, and interactive workshops led by partner arts educators from EKOarts and the CUNY Creative Arts Team. Click here to see a video of the Kingsborough Community College Summer Institute.
- ASAP received a 3-year grant for $3.7 million from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to expand the program at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Kingsborough Community College, inaugurate a 5-year random assignment study of the program at both colleges led by MDRC, a noted social research policy organization, and support the ASAP Transfer Scholarship and Advisement Program.
- ASAP held a full-staff training on Dr. Skip Downing's advisement curriculum On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life July 20 and 21 at the CUNY Graduate Center. The curriculum and textbook will be used in the program-wide ASAP seminar in the 2009-10 academic year.
- CUNY ASAP received a 2-year grant for $190,000 from the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (JFEW) to inaugurate a transfer scholarship and advisement program for high-performing 2-year graduates transferring to select CUNY senior colleges in fall 2009: Baruch, Hunter, Brooklyn and Queens.
- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Alexandra Logue deliver welcome remarks at the Kingsborough Community College spring graduation ceremony, citing ASAP successes and an impressive projected 2-year college graduation rate of 46% and a projected CUNY-wide 2-year graduation rate of 30%.
- All six colleges hold end-of-year celebrations and graduation ceremonies for 2-year graduates. Click here to read two students' keynote addresses.
- ASAP University Director Donna Linderman served as a featured speaker at a convening conference hosted by the Lumina Foundation May 3-5 at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, IN. The conference was entitled "Strategies for Post-Secondary Success: Practices for Access, Retention, and Completion in Post Secondary Education."
- ASAP student leadership teams finalize their spring 2010 deliverables. Click here to learn more about ASAP student leadership team projects.
- ASAP students from across CUNY visited Columbia University for a presentation by the School of General Studies on March 13th. Students were given a tour of campus by a Borough of Manhattan Community College graduate who is now enrolled at Columbia and all students received application fee waivers.
- ASAP held a full-day retreat at the Wave Hill Cultural Center in Riverdale, NY on February 19th. The retreat involved all ASAP staff and student representatives from all six community colleges and provided them with the opportunity to hold in-depth discussions about best practices and next steps.
- ASAP students from all campuses visited Baruch, Hunter, and John Jay Colleges on consecutive Fridays. Students toured campuses, learned about the transition from community to senior college, heard from students and staff about campus life, and met with faculty.
- ASAP launched a Student Leadership Program. Four to six ASAP students from each college were nominated by their advisors to serve together on a leadership team. Students participated in a 2-day workshop program at the CUNY Graduate Center led by the CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT) with a guest CUNY Leadership Academy. Student teams identified issues important to their ASAP communities and began to plan an event to be held at their respective campuses in spring 2009. For more information, please visit the ASAP Leadership Program page.
2007 - 2008 ASAP Events
- ASAP students and staff attended a Broadway performance of Arthur Miller's All My Sons. The production provided discounted tickets to ASAP.
- CUNY Central ASAP launched a professional development program for advisors and job developers at all campuses. Advisors and job developers were invited to choose from a menu of workshops, interactive webinars, and professional conference opportunities relevant to their daily work with students.
- The University director facilitated a roundtable on ASAP at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) national conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. On the panel were Presidents Regina Peruggi from Kingsborough and Gail Mellow from La Guardia, ASAP director Lesley Leppert from BMCC, and BMCC ASAP student Nathaniel Wheeler.
- ASAP students, advisers, and the ASAP University Director attended a performance of the Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities. Free tickets were provided to ASAP courtesy of Camp Broadway and the Weiner Nusim Foundation. Click here to read student reviews of the performance.
- LaGuardia Community College ASAP held a workshop on culturally sensitive advising practices for advisers from across the CUNY ASAP program.
- Queensborough Community College ASAP students initiated a service learning program focused on higher education awareness program for pre-teens living at the Saratoga Inn, a homeless shelter near Kennedy Airport.
- ASAP established a new partnership with the Hunter College School of Social Work. Graduate interns from Hunter have been placed at Hostos, Bronx, and LaGuardia Community Colleges for 21 hours each week to provide our students with personalized counseling and referral services. Social work interns are supervised by Hunter faculty and by counseling center staff at each college.
- Queensborough Community College ASAP established a business partnership with the Queens Medical Society. Students with interest in careers in the health professions have the opportunity to work part time at the Medical Society.
- 667 ASAP students, or 35% of the cohort, took summer courses to accelerate movement towards graduation.
- CUNY Central hosted a workshop for advisors and job developers at the Graduate Center in August 2008. Staff from all campuses shared best practices and strategies for common challenges.
- Borough of Manhattan Community College ASAP students participated in a career fair organized by the ASAP job developer in May 2008. More than 40 employers attended.
- CUNY ASAP hosted a cross-campus event ASAP-wide reception for ASAP students at Hunter College in April 2008 with CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs.
- Kingsborough Community College ASAP students participated in the second round of the ASAP seminar in May 2008. The seminar was taught by ASAP advisors and provided practical approaches to a range of student needs including development of study skills, time management, communication skills, and confidence building.
- Bronx Community College ASAP advisors held a workshop series on a range of issues impacting student performance, including time management, organization skills, and note taking.
- On December 12, 2007, a CUNY team testified before the New York City Council Committee for Higher Education. Testimonies were delivered by Selma Botman, Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost; Annalisa Lewis, ASAP Director, LaGuardia Community College; Richard Rivera, ASAP Director, Kingsborough Community College; and Kevin Jones and Nathaniel Wheeler, ASAP Students, Borough of Manhattan Community College. Click here to read Vice Chancellor Botman's testimony or here to read Nathaniel Wheeler's testimony.