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Chancellor Praises Expansion of ASAP and CUNY Start

Chancellor Milliken restated his commitment to obtaining a fair contract for faculty and staff. The Chancellor also announced $20 million in performance funds from the state budget that will be alloca >>

Public meeting of the Board of Trustees

The Irish and the Italians: A New York Story

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Statement by CUNY Board of Trustees Chairperson Benno Schmidt

We strongly support the efforts of CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken and the University’s administration in working to obtain a fair contract with faculty and staff. The Chancellor has indicated that the resolution of the collective bargaining is his highest priority and the Board of Trustees is in complete agreement. >>

New Human Ancestor Walked Like Us, Climbed Like an Ape

The mysterious human ancestor called Homo naledi was primed for success in a prehistoric triathlon, new research shows—if the challenges were walking upright, climbing trees, and handily wielding tools. >>

The Gray Whale Sneaks Back into the Atlantic, Two Centuries Later

Two years ago, tour boats taking passengers to look for dolphins off the coast of Namibiasaw a strange sight: out of the water, a humped, bumpy dark gray back rose up, striped with scars and spotted with barnacles. >>

Who’s Listening to Parents?

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg put himself in charge of NYC public schools, and Bill de Blasio has continued mayoral control, but is that the best thing for students? Public Advocate Letitia James co-hosted a group of experts at CUNY School of Law to discuss it. She said parents citywide feel the school system doesn’t hear their concerns, and the group discussed how to improve the system. ... <podcast>

GC Student Agustin Indaco to Present at NYC Media Lab Summit

Ph.D. student Agustin Indaco (Economics) has been selected to present the GC’s interactive installation “On Broadway” at NYC Media Lab’s annual summit on Friday, September 25. >>

Report On Credits For Transfer Students

A University-wide study has reported on ways to streamline course credit transfers among community and senior colleges. Too many transfer students find their college credits rejected by their receiving colleges, each of which has discretion to shape its own general education courses and credit requirements, according to the report of a working group convened by Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Lexa Logue. The report found that transfer students "confront a variety of uncertainties and risks, including the risk of having some credits rejected, which can slow their progress toward their degrees and increase their costs."... >>

Colleges Helped In Census Drive

The University played a significant role in the U.S. Census Bureau's massive effort to complete its 2010 New York City count. The University provided facilities in the five boroughs, 17 sites in all, to help the Census Bureau recruit and train students, staff, and community members for its biggest operation: going door-to-door to count households that failed to respond to mailed forms. Patricia A. Valle, an assistant regional census manager, stated that without the University's help "we would not have been able to test and train the thousands of people who came forward to be part of this tremendous undertaking."... >>

The Trial of the 19th Century

A new book by Harold Schechter, professor of American literature and culture at Queens College, recounts a sensational 1840s murder and trial that included an O.J. Simpson-like media circus and the jousting of well-matched legal teams for the prosecution and defense. Killer Colt: Murder, Disgrace, and the Making of an American Legend has a cast that includes the victim, a busy local printer named Samuel Adams, the accused killer, John Colt -- older brother of Sam Colt, inventor of the famous six-shooter -- New York Mayor Robert Hunter Morris, 90 witnesses, and an enthralled public. Was Colt guilty or not guilty? Read the book to find out.... >>

Pilot e-Textbook Initiative

The University has joined forces with IBM and New York City's Department of Education in a pilot e-textbook initiative at Stuyvesant High School aimed at better equipping students to succeed in higher education and then in a global workforce. In the trial program a group of 102 ninth graders will test Kindle DX e-book readers to download text and supplemental materials for geometry, biology and social studies classes. The partnership "takes aim at holding down costs and will offer students tools to better prepare them for college-level work," says Allan H. Dobrin, CUNY executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer. ... >>

The World Through Women's Eyes

International filmmakers brought "The World Through Women's Eyes" into focus at the Graduate School of Journalism in April with a global documentary festival launched to recognize the importance of such films in covering world events at a time of declining international news coverage. "It was all that we envisioned at the start and more ... not just filmmakers talking about films," says film board founder and chairman Lonnie Isabel. CUNY's journalism school has also started a documentary film class and Isabel expects that student film projects and discussions will be part of the next documentary festival. ... >>

CUNY's Website Is a Big HitCUNY's Website Is a Big Hit

The University's website -- -- has increased traffic by more than 50 percent to a record 1.64 million unique visitors per month since its 5.0 redesign one year ago. It is now the second most searched site on Google in the New York metropolitan area. In March 2011, the site produced a record 6.6 million page "hits" or pageviews. Among the most visited pages were the homepage, the portal log, admissions related pages, and employment and job search pages. In addition to providing vital services to faculty and students, the site, which is managed by the Office of University Relations, is also becoming a favorite for lifelong learners. ... >>

Honor for Anti-Apartheid Hero

Jonathan "Johnny" Clegg -- the renowned South African musician, human rights activist and anthropologist -- received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from The CUNY School of Law on April 5. Best known for songs such as "Asimbonanga" ("We have not seen him") -- a tribute to Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge, Neill Aggett and other anti-apartheid heroes and martyrs -- Clegg and his bands Juluka (the first mixed-race band in South Africa, formed with the Zulu musician Sipho Mchunu,) and Savuka defied apartheid laws by performing for racially mixed audiences, resulting in numerous arrests for Clegg and band members. ... >>

Rising Star at Queens College

Liliete Lopez, a graduate of Hostos Community College now attending Queens College, has been honored as a "rising star" by the Queens Courier. Because she is blind, Lopez wasn't permitted to go to public school until she moved to America from Nicaragua at 13. But she's flourished in this country. Since 2009, she's been the treasurer of the CUNY Coalition for Students With Disabilities, which represents 9,000 students. Last fall, she was elected vice chair of disabled student affairs for the University Student Senate. ... >>

CUNYfirst Speeds Things Up

At a recent conference at City College, Queensborough Community College students Aradhna Persaud and Ashley Grant gave the new CUNYfirst system a test drive. Persaud logged into her student center, checked her adviser-approved course plan, searched for classes and put two into her shopping cart. It was easy, she says and while it was just a demonstration, using CUNYfirst (fully integrated resources and services tool) will eventually be the normal routine for students, faculty and staff. It will replace a jumble of inefficient, campus-based computer systems -- some dating to the 1970s. When it's fully deployed, every University information system will seamlessly mesh with every other. ... >>

Professor Tracks Ex-Convict's Life

For eight years, Greg Donaldson, a communications and theatre arts professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, followed the life of Kevin Davis, a former prisoner who spent seven years behind bars. Out of that came the book Zebratown: The True Story of a Black Ex-Con and a White Single Mother in Small-Town America. The title refers to a neighborhood in Elmira, one of New York's many upstate cities noted for rusting factories and a big prison where "mixed-race couples and their children abound." ... >>

Today at CUNY

Chamber Music Live Concert
Oct 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Queens College

Sasha Abramsky, The House of Twenty Thousand Books
Oct 9, 2015 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Graduate Center

Campus Tour & Information Session
Oct 9, 2015 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
City University School of Law

October @ Calandra Institute: Flag raising at Mother Italy sculpture
Oct 9, 2015 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Queens College

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