ANNY Annual Conference Provides Insights for Lehman’s 2014 Periodic Review

During April 8-10, 2013, the Assessment Network of New York(ANNY) held its first annual conference hosted by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. ANNY is a professional network established to assist New York State’s colleges and universities in their efforts to assess student learning and institutional effectiveness. Colleges and universities outside of New York State can participate and have participated in ANNY events. Lehman College’s Assessment Coordinator, Raymond Galinski, played...

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Get a degree and some wisdom

When talking about subtle ideas, it is best to be as clear as possible. Here I go... Lehman College has taught me something priceless.  It has taught me that if you love what you do, everything else falls into place. I am nearing the end of my Sophomore year and this has been the message that the professors and faculty have instilled. In addition, the faculty at Lehman exhibit a positive attitude - my goal is to become a Physician's Assistant and the idea I will take from Lehman is one that...

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Lehman College Opened My Eyes

I want to drop the needle on the record so that Bernard Purdie's drums, Hubert Laws' flute, and Gil Scott-Heron's voice could carry us through this recollection together. Yeah, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" was on a lot of boom boxes and on people's minds as my generation left behind the cocoon of high school and entered the wide open world that was Herbert H. Lehman College in September 1970.

Civil Rights clashes, Vietnam, the tragic loss of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy in...

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Student Use of the Library: Spring 2013 Survey

Last fall, I conducted a survey to learn about how my students were using the library. I wanted to compare the outcomes with those of a national survey. This semester, I repeated the survey in search of persistent themes.

The major findings from my survey included:

  • 86% of students who used the library said that they would be "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to use the library again (83% in fall 2012).
  • 86% of students who used the library during the current semester visited the library on at...
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Three Chords, Fifty Years

Fifty years ago this week the Kingsmen, a band from Portland, Oregon, recorded “Louie Louie,” which should get a commemorative postage stamp if anyone mailed anything any more (actually, especially because they don’t). In many ways, that recording both launched and came to typify the genre of music roughly known as garage punk.  This genre was in full swing by 1966, faded from the scene by 1968, but refused to die.  Successive generations of bands since the mid-80s have been reviving,...

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Cyprus Offers a Lesson in Economic Risk

Among the principles taught in courses ranging from economics to finance is that of diversification. In general, diversification can reduce risk exposure for firms and individuals. In substance, concentration and narrow focus can amplify risk. The very recent headline-garnering financial system crisis in Cyprus offered a cautionary tale of the dangers associated with a lack of diversification.

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) staff report from its 2011 Article IV Consultation with...

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So you want to work in TV! Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment Panelists at the Multimedia Center

Lehman College's Multimedia Center/Lehman Studios was thrilled to host The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) on Wednesday, March 20th, for their renowned "Made in NY" panel discussions. The panelists all had deep expertise as professionals in television production.  Moderated by Todd Asher, MOME's First Deputy Commissioner (at the far left), the panel included (from left to right) Glynis Burke, electrician and gaffer, Mark Britt, jib and camera operator, Kenneth Prins, audio...

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The Mid-Term Exam: Gaining Insight into Student Effort

Each semester, my mid-term exam contains a single survey question. The survey question has asked about student use of the BlackBoard, student confidence, student awareness of some relevant economic development, among other content. A major purpose of the question is to gain insight into student effort.

No potential credit is listed for the survey question. No penalties are indicated for a lack of response. The question is not even mentioned when the exams are handed out. As a consequence,...

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QE as a Macroeconomic Tool

Since late 2008, the Federal Reserve has engaged in a range of extraordinary monetary policy measures aimed at bolstering the economy. Among the tools deployed is what has been termed “quantitative easing” or “QE.” Briefly, QE entails the Fed’s purchasing longer-term securities, as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke recently told the Congress, “to support economic growth by putting downward pressure on longer-term interest rates.” At present, the Federal Reserve is purchasing $40 billion in...

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The Bermuda Triangle...of an Education Internship

The title of this post explains it all.  Five months have passed and everything is as I expected: confusion, frustration, bewilderment, wonderment, learning...lesson planning, lesson planning, lesson planning. I suppose you could say it's all in a day's work as a teacher. However, even in this state of unpredictability, I am having a grand time teaching my first grade class. In my absence from the blog, I have been observed three times, video taped twice and have attended umpteen meetings...

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Spring in the Bronx: The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show

In what has become an annual ritual to mark the start of the spring season in the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden has opened its 11th annual orchid show. This year, the orchid show runs from March 2 through April 22.

Typically, the Orchid Show features thousands of orchids. The orchids vary in sizes, shapes, and colors. Among the orchids in the show are small reed orchids, giant pansy orchids, and exotic slipper orchids.

The 2013 show was designed by Francisca Coelho. Ms. Coelho graduated...

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Next EdCast will feature Mayoral Candidate, Bill Thompson

On Friday, March 1st, EdCast will have mayoral candidate Bill Thompson as its guest.  Previously, Comptroller John Liu, also an announced candidate, appeared on EdCast.

EdCast is a show written and produced by educators for everyone interested in education. EdCast is shown monthly on CUNY-TV and BronxNet and is produced and recorded at Lehman Studios.

A recent article from DNAinfo.com (click on the image for the full article).

 

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Lehman Changed My Life

When I applied to Lehman in 1970, I was desperate. My husband had left me and our three small children. I only knew I would not go on welfare. I joined the Woman's Movement and decided I should go to college. At first, Lehman refused my admission, kindly telling me that I could try a community college. I took that refusal letter, turned it over, and wrote in red ink, "I have to support myself and three small children and I don't think I can do that without a college education. I'm skinny and...
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Research Paper Outlines: Background and Findings

Each semester, I assign a research paper worth 20% of the course grade. The paper should contain 15-20 double-spaced pages, along with endnotes documenting sources of information. Its writing should conform to the Modern Language Association (MLA) style.

This semester’s paper asked students to select a target company, research that company, identify a position or type of position within the organization of interest to the student, and to lay out a case why the company should hire the student.  

Thi...

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Reciprocity at Lehman College

My job title is "College Assistant." Let us explore the semantics of this title. An assistant is someone who helps out with minor tasks, with the larger task often assigned to someone else. While the definition works if you are explaining the requirements of a college assistant to someone, it is insufficient when considering what something means to each individual. My understanding of my position is akin to that of a young child and a superhero: I feel like I am saving the world! OK, perhaps...

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My Dreams Come True @ Lehman

I have just turned 30 years old, and it has taken me all this time to finally make my way to Lehman College . Wherever my life has lead me, attending Lehman as always been a dream. Growing up the Bronx, I have always wanted to be part of something beautiful, and who could ask for a more beautiful campus so close to home? Finding out that my father also attended Lehman gave me something to connect with him on. Now that I am here, Lehman is everything I knew it would be, and I'm inspired with...

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President Obama Discusses Higher Education in his State-of-the-Union Address

On February 12, 2013, President Obama provided Congress his latest assessment of the State-of-the Union. In his address, he briefly discussed education ranging from pre-school to Higher Education.

When it came to Higher Education, the President made two major points:

  • Higher Education makes it more likely that one will be employed and that one will have a chance to join the middle class.
  • College affordability and value added are important.

Economic data have consistently revealed that...

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Mobile First Web and Content Strategy: Lehman website is mobile!

At the 12 CUNY IT conference this past December I had the pleasure to give a presentation together with David Stevens, Manager of Web Services, Lehman College and Gerlando Termini, Web Developer, Lehman College about our work in the development of Lehman's website.

 

Each of us talked about different aspects of the project.
 
David opened with an overview of Lehman's evolving web eco-system and the mobile sites crucial role in the college's overall web content strategy.
 
Gerlando walked the...
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Like Mother, Like Daughter

One of seven children, living in the projects, alcoholic father, desperately poor, sixth grade dropout. Yes, that was my mother's story, the story of her childhood anyway. She was determined not to let that be the story of her whole life.

Earning a college degree became her goal: the ever-present but elusive dream! Finally, nearing forty and with three children, she enrolled at Lehman. And she sure was enthusiastic. She loved Lehman! She rocked her Lehman hoodie like it was going out...

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Blogs@Lehman Turns One!

1st Anniversary of Blogs@Lehman

February 14th marks the first year anniversary of our experiment with the Lehman College Blog. In its first year, the blog has connected our community by providing a space to share authentic stories about Lehman's impact. Your blog posts have enabled us to learn from each other.  They have been informative, educational and inspiring.  Thank you for sharing your experiences.

Do you have a story to share about life at Lehman?  Please review our guidelines and submit a post.

Here are four fast...

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