Steering Committee Monthly Reports

May 2019

The Steering Committee reports that the vote to amend the QCC Governance Plan resulted in a change to the chairing of Academic Senate meetings. This change was necessary to be in compliance with Middle States standards. Thanks to all who voted and to the efforts of FEC in organizing and publicizing the process.

Today a vote on an email communications proposal will be brought to the floor. The Steering Committee thanks the Senate for its candid discussions on this matter.

We acknowledge new senators who begin their service today: Professor Rezan Akpinar, Department of Health, Physical Education and Dance; Dr. Trikartikaningsih Byas, Associate Professor, Department of English; Dr. Jeff Jankowski, Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences; Dr. Zivah Perel Katz, Associate Professor, Department of English; Dr. Jean Murley, Associate Professor, Department of English; Professor Barbara Rome, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing; Dr. Vazgen Shekoyan, Associate Professor, Department of Physics; and Dr. Kersha Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences. Welcome!

The Steering Committee thanks the chairs and secretaries of Academic Senate Standing Committees who attended an important organizational meeting this semester. Your participation helps improve the running of these committees: Peter Bales, Alison Cimino, Sara Danzi-Engoron, Liz Di Giorgio, Janet Franzese, Stephen Hammel, Tirandai Hemraj-Benny, Todd Holden, Larissa Honey, Tim Keogh, Kevin Kollack, Cary Lane, Ben Murolo, Ken Pearl, Kim Riegel, Barbara Rome, John Talbird, Agnieszka Tuszynska, and Chudi Ukwuezi.

A sub-committee of the Steering Committee on accessibility issues has met four times this semester and has accomplished the following: created charges, met with Ben-Ami Freier of SSD and Dean Landy, created a flier on how to access an accessibility course on Blackboard (to be distributed in the fall semester), and requested to present at the Spring Faculty Meeting.  Next semester goals are to present at the Spring Faculty Meeting, create a flash session for faculty on accessibility issues encompassing resources from CATS, LEADS, SSD, & CETL, and address other issues related to accessibility issues as they arise from faculty.  Special thanks to faculty who have attended and volunteered their time and efforts: Zivah Perel Katz, Angela Ridinger-Dotterman, Mark Carpenay, Jody Resko, Nicole McClam, Leslie Ward, Margot Edlin, Sara Danzi-Engoron, Christina Matheson, & Tammi Rothman.

The Steering Committee was invited to a recent tour of the new campus facility on Cloverdale Avenue. A Steering Committee representative attended, and we thank President Timothy Lynch for demonstrating his commitment to shared governance. The Steering Committee and President Lynch have agreed to remain in communication regarding progress in space allocation and the new facility.

The Steering Committee salutes Dr. Joel Kuszai as he steps down from the committee, and thanks him for his service.

Academic Senate Steering Committee

Dr. Joel Kuszai, Chair

Dr. Steven Dahlke, Vice-Chair

Dr. Jannette Urciuoli, Secretary

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.