CUE Conference/OER Showcase Registration is open

Over the last three years, CUNY has developed a national and international reputation in the field of Open Education Resources (OER). Faculty, staff, and students at CUNY are helping to push forward open educational practices and are leading the charge to revolutionize undergraduate education.

In order to highlight this important work, the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Library Services are joining forces to co-host the 2020 CUE Conference and the CUNY OER Showcase. “OER to Open Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Empowered” will be held virtually on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29t and 30.

This year’s conference seeks to feature the transformative work being done in higher education at CUNY. The two keynote speakers are Drs. Robin DeRosa and Rajiv Jhangiani. For more information, go to the registration page.

Register online.

Hope to see you there.

By the Division of Academic Affairs

Join us for an Archives History Day Virtual Event

Please join the Library’s Archives & Special Collections for an Archives History Day virtual event on Tuesday, October 27th at 2:30pm (CC Clue), “William Gamble: The Life of a Revolutionary Era Britain in New York.”

The Archives & Special Collections owns a volume of calligraphy specimens executed by William Gamble (c. 1730-1794) that includes a prospectus for an encyclopedia, a fanciful Gamble coat of arms, an example of micro-calligraphy, and a map showing British troop encampments on Staten Island. Gamble had purchased a commission in the British Army as a way of seeking his fortune and was posted to the Colonies in 1755.

Independent scholar Joe Wages will share the results of his research into Gamble’s activities leading up to, during, and after the American Revolution.

Register online

Learn more at our News & Events blog.

Hope to see you there.

By Amy F. Stempler

Important Notification to the Campus Community

I am writing to let you know that one of our Dolphin Cove residents received a positive COVID-19 test yesterday and is in isolation. Roommates have been notified and are now residing separately and following directives that we received from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

Based on DOHMH guidance, all Dolphin Cove residents were provided a list of COVID-19 symptoms and instructed to self-monitor for those symptoms for the next seven days.

Please be assured that my office is working closely with Dolphin Cove, CSI Health and Wellness Services, and the DOHMH to monitor this situation, ensure that we are taking all appropriate safety measures, and tend to the needs of impacted students.

By Jennifer S. Borrero, JD

Re-Entry Update

As we move into the fall, CSI continues on a path toward slow campus re-entry. Over the weekend, we had the sobering news of the first two cases of essential personnel on campus who had tested positive for COVID-19. This is a signal that, although campus occupancy remains low, we need to be vigilant in monitoring and tracing those with symptoms. Those in contact with the individuals have been notified to quarantine for two weeks, and the areas where the people worked have been deep cleaned over the weekend. Because of these new cases, we are holding off on expanding the number of people approved to come to campus for the time being, and will have to restrict campus visits on weekends. For the present time, work will have to be concluded by 3:00pm on Saturdays and we can’t allow access on Sundays.

As we remain in Phase 1 of campus re-entry, we are maintaining a cap of 450 staff, faculty, and students on campus any given day. Those coming to campus need to be approved in advance and must complete the Everbridge health screening application in order to gain entrance to campus.

Building 6S is fully functional, and hosting researchers, as well as students in Physical Therapy. Work continues on signage and HVAC in 5N and 5S, the other two buildings identified in the re-entry plan as highest priority, and those buildings are near the end stages of that preparation. 

The co-chairs of the re-entry subcommittees met on Friday to receive updates and to formulate a strategy for the rest of the semester and beyond. Rather than regularly convening the entire committee, the subcommittees will meet monthly, as will the committee and subcommittee co-chairs. I will also continue to provide updates at least twice a month to Academic Affairs, or more often as new developments occur. 

As President Fritz and I have indicated several times, we expect Spring 2021 to look very much like the current semester, with most instruction and campus business conducted online. We hope to continue to move ahead, preparing the campus for more extensive re-entry as budget and personnel are available to implement the necessary changes. However, a the two new cases, and the general trends toward increased COVID incidence in New York indicate, we need to continue to be cautious, individually and as a campus.

By Michael Parrish