Friday, March 4, 2011
Good morning. I’m going to keep my remarks at today’s convocation rather brief, because we have a wonderful guest speaker in Dr. Uri Treisman and I want to be able to give you as much time as possible with him. So, welcome back to – dare I say it – the Spring Semester. Considering the terrible winter we experienced and our tight schedule, I think that we were very fortunate that we only lost one day of classes. Of course, the fact that we were able to continue our operations without interruption was the result of the extraordinary efforts of the people in our Department of Buildings and Grounds. Our custodians, laborers, power plant, and maintenance crews made it to campus when it was nearly impossible for the rest of us to do so. Then, in the cold and wind and snow, they set about the task of clearing our roadways, sidewalks, and parking lots. This was an incredible effort and I would like to thank all of our B&G people and their supervisors – Campus Facilities Officer Anthony Corazza, Chief Superintendent Tom Brzozowski, and Superintendents Zeco Krcic and Jim Weaver – for helping us get through this difficult winter.
Good Evening. I’m delighted to be here this evening to share in this celebration. An honors program, such as this Phi Theta Kappa Induction, marks a special occasion for all of you gathered here. It particularly recognizes the extra effort that is required for excellence. I know that all of you have earned this recognition not only by your performance in class, your written work, and your grades on exams but, also, by the daily effort that you have put forth in pursuit of your educational goals. Many of you have worked while attending classes, some of you have had family obligations, others returned to school after a long absence – yet, despite these challenges, you succeeded. In fact, you excelled, and you should be proud of that this evening. This moment of celebration belongs to you. You deserve it.
Good Morning. Welcome to the ribbon-cutting for our new athletic field at Kingsborough Community College. Isn’t it spectacular! For the past six months through cold temperatures, snow and rain, we have watched the field’s incredible transformation. And, today, we are thrilled to finally begin play following this program. So let’s begin.
Good morning. I’m delighted to be here today to open our 5th annual Eco-Festival – Kingsborough’s three-day series of events dedicated to learning about our environment and the environmental challenges that face us now and in the not-too-distant future. It wasn’t too long ago – in 2008 to be exact – that our Eco-Festival won the City University of New York Sustainability Award for outstanding environmental education and advocacy. Since that time, I think that our program has gotten even better with wider participation, more events, and an array of well-known and distinguished lecturers. Now, I realize that this year, we’re a bit behind all of the activities that occurred last week surrounding the annual celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd. Unfortunately, sometimes there are unavoidable scheduling conflicts here on campus. Nevertheless, our dedication to this program and to the cause of learning about the critical issues of our environment that loom before us with increasing urgency remains undiminished. Also undiminished is our dedication not only to learning more about our problems but also to becoming an active part of the solution to those problems.
Good morning and welcome back. I’m delighted to see so many of you who are now old friends (not friends who are old, but old friends) and some new faces as well. It’s a good time for all of us to get together – we can both reflect on some of what has been accomplished over the fall and winter and also look forward to what promises to be a busy spring. In addition, we’re at a point – at least, I hope we’re at a point – that we can see our way clear to the end of a cold and snowy winter. We’ve just come through the snowiest month in New York City’s history. This is the first time in my experience at Kingsborough that we’ve had to close the college twice because of snow, and I hope we’re done with it for the rest of this winter.
I am deeply saddened about the news of a powerful 7.0 earthquake that has struck Haiti. Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti and the people around the world, especially our students, faculty and staff who have been affected by this devastating tragedy.
It is anticipated that the impact of such a powerful earthquake will be severe and the people of Haiti will need not only our prayers but our assistance. I am, therefore, asking the Kingsborough community to prepare to render aid in whatever way we can.
We are monitoring the situation and exploring the best way to assist. We will get back to you with information regarding the most effective way our community can help.
I am deeply saddened about the devastatingly powerful 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile and claimed hundreds of lives. We extend our deepest condolences to the people of Chile and the people around the world, especially our students, faculty and staff who have been affected by this catastrophic event.
It is obvious that the impact of this powerful earthquake has been extremely severe and the people of Chile will need not only our prayers but our assistance. I am, therefore, asking the Kingsborough community to assist in whatever way we can.
As we did for the earthquake that struck Haiti, we are monitoring the situation and exploring the best way we can assist. We will get back to you with information regarding the most effective way our community can help the people of Chile.