SUNY Engineering Info Session for Juniors, April 30

Greetings from the State University of New York!

We would like to invite students from your class of 2015 to join us on Wednesday, April 30th to learn about SUNY’s two and four-year engineering and engineering technology programs through a special-focus group information session, specifically designed for high school juniors and their families.  We will explore the magnitude of SUNY’s engineering majors, how to prepare for an engineering career, and discuss the future job outlook.

Students interested in attending may register for this event at

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Sonia Sotomayor Wrote an Epic Dissent Against the Supreme Court Decision Upholding Michigan’s Affirmative-Action Ban

From New York Magazine:

A 6-2 Supreme Court decision today went in favor of a constitutional amendment approved by Michigan voters in 2006 banning affirmative action based on race, gender, ethnicity, or national origin in hiring or college admissions. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was joined by John Roberts and Samuel Alito, said, “One of those premises is that a democracy has the capacity — and the duty — to learn from its past mistakes; to discover and confront persisting biases; and by respectful, rationale deliberation to rise above those flaws and injustices.” In other words, it’s not necessarily a race thing. “It is demeaning to the democratic process to presume that the voters are not capable of deciding an issue of this sensitivity on decent and rational grounds,” he wrote.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor disagreed with a passion.

Joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Elena Kagan recused herself and Stephen Breyer was with the majority, but wrote his own opinion — Sotomayor delivered a 58-page dissent, “longer than the combined length of the four opinions in support of the outcome,” the AP reported.

Read the full story, and get the link to Sotomayor’s dissenting argument, here.

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Small U.S. Colleges Battle Death Spiral as Enrollment Drops

From Bloomberg News:

At a Dowling College campus on Long Island’s south shore, a fleet of unused shuttle buses sits in an otherwise empty parking lot. A dormitory is shuttered, as are a cafeteria, bookstore and some classrooms in the main academic building.

“There’s a lot of fear here,” said Steven Fournier, a senior who lived in the now-closed dorm for his first three years. “It’s not the same college I arrived at.”

Dowling, which got a failing grade for its financial resources from accreditors last month, epitomizes the growing plight of many small private colleges that depend almost entirely on tuition for revenue. It’s been five years since the recession ended and yet their finances are worsening. Soaring student debt, competition from online programs and poor job prospects for graduates are shrinking their applicant pools.

Read the full story here.

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NYC DOE Parent Academy Spring Workshops

Parent Academy Spring Workshops focusing on College and Career readiness. The dates, times, and locations for each session are below followed by a tentative agenda.  Please make sure your families are aware of and attend these workshops!

Borough: Brooklyn Workshop
Date: Saturday, April 26th
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location Boys and Girls H.S. 1700 Fulton St | Brooklyn, NY 11213

Borough: Manhattan Workshop
Date: Saturday, May 10th
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Bread and Roses H.S. 6 Edgecombe Avenue | Manhattan, NY 10030

Borough: Bronx Workshop
Date: Saturday, June 7th
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: P.S./M.S. 29 (Melrose School); 758 Courtlandt Ave | Bronx, New York, NY 10451

Borough: Staten Island Workshop
Date: Thursday, June 12th
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Location: Staten Island Technical High School, 485 Clawson Street | Staten Island, NY 10306

Tentative Agenda

  • Welcome
  • College Readiness 101: Resources and Tools
  • Defeating Test Anxiety
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Saving for College 529 & Financial Aid
  • WRAP UP—Raffle
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ABAFAOILSS College Access Workshop & Fair

The Association for Black Admissions and Financial Aid Officers of the Ivy League and Sister Schools (ABAFAOILSS) invites your students to attend their Signature College Access Workshop & Fair, hosted by Barnard College:

Saturday, May 10th
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

College representatives from highly selective institutions will provide invaluable insight and advice on the college application and financial aid process.

Meet admissions representatives from all ABAFAOILSS member institutions and 80+ colleges and universities from the tri-state area at our college fair. Bring friends and family members and get ready to ask lots of questions!

Check in and Registration
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Barnard Hall, 1st Floor Lobby

Breakout Sessions

Selective College Admissions
9:30 AM — 10:20 AM or 10:30 AM — 11:20 AM
Barnard Hall, Rm 304

Financial Aid Literacy
9:30 AM — 10:20 AM or 10:30 AM — 11:20 AM
Altschul Hall, Rm 202

College Fair
11:30 AM — 1:30 PM
LeFrak Gymnasium, Barnard Hall

RSVP here by May 7

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12-Day Summer Program at Hunter College

APPLY NOW for an early admission to the program.

Click HERE to Download an APPLICATION!

Our FREE 12-DAY LEADERSHIP AND DEBATE TRAINING program includes workshops in debate techniques, public speaking, critical thinking, policy research, writing speeches, articles, and developing the skills to analyze contemporary public policy issues.  Highly accomplished female professionals, who work in the top echelons of the corporate, business, government, and not for profit sectors as well as women business owners, elected officials and diplomats,  come as guest lecturers and also conduct workshops.

An example of the accomplished speakers and inspirational role models who participated in our 2013 training programs are: youngest female New York Assembly Member Nily Rozic; Josephine Ojiambo, Deputy Ambassador to the UN Mission for Kenya; Kai Brown, Director of Production at Black Entertainment Network (BET); Zenaida Mendez, president of the New York State chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW); Kathleen King, founder and president of the highly successful, national company, Tate’s Bake Shop; and Dodai Stewart, a deputy editor at Jezebel (the online blog). After mornings full of motivation and affirmation, our non-profit debate training partner the New York City Urban Debate League works to help our trainees to become confident public policy debaters.

We also provide breakfast and lunch during our FREE 12-Day Leadership and Debate Training Program with reading materials and graduation gifts.

Important Dates

Wednesday, April 30th 2014
If you apply by this date and your application is selected, please save Saturday, May 10th for an interview and the final decision will be emailed to you by Friday, May 16th.

Monday, June 30th 2014
If you apply by this date and your application is selected, please save Wednesday, July 2nd and Thursday, July 3rd  for an interview and the final decision will be emailed to you by Tuesday, July 7th


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College Counselors: The Unsung Heroes of American Education

From Huffington Post:

At this time of year on America’s college campuses, seniors are counting the days until graduation — always a multi-layered moment filled both with celebration and with sadness.

But what our seniors may not realize is that their professors, coaches, and mentors are counting down too, often with similarly mixed feelings.

It’s still March, but already I find myself feeling wistful about the approaching graduation of students I first met three short years ago during their first year at Franklin & Marshall College. There’s the young man whose passion for astrophysics led him to discover a rare extragalactic pulsar. There’s the young woman who founded a new forum for students to pursue intellectual inquiry. There’s the sociology major teaming up with a professor to present papers on criminology at scholarly conferences.

Each of these students — and countless more — have taken full advantage of our academic resources while developing themselves personally through community life in our College Houses, performing arts, sport, work, study abroad, and campus citizenship.

When I reflect on the meaning they have made from these experiences, I feel a great deal of gratitude for the many influences that brought them here.

Read the full article here.

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