I take great pleasure in welcoming you to Queensborough Community College’s 2011-2012 academic year.
We begin this semester on a high point as a recipient of a $500,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant to help raise an endowment to support interdisciplinary programs at The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives (KHRCA). The College’s fundraising goal is to add $1,000,000 to the KHRC endowment which will be matched up to $500,000 by the NEH Challenge grant. Queensborough was one of only six community colleges in the country to receive this grant and offers us an unparalleled opportunity to serve as a national model of excellence for faculty-led efforts to integrate a community college’s offerings and its humanities programs.
Among our other recent achievements is the launch of our completely redesigned website and— for the first time!— an online edition of the Faculty Handbook. An online edition has the advantage of allowing us to easily and periodically update the content when necessary. These major technological accomplishments are due to the extraordinary efforts and talents of the College’s Academic Computing Center (ACC) and the Academic Senate Committee on Publications, respectively
As always, Queensborough supports and encourages its faculty to pursue pedagogical research, publish scholarly books and articles, compete internationally in academic forums and continue the tradition of mentorship to our outstanding students who hail from more than 140 different countries.
It is the integration of research, reflective critique, connected knowledge and effective teaching that distinguishes our faculty from others— and allows Queensborough to shine as one of the finest community colleges in the nation.
I wish you a rewarding year and look forward to seeing you soon at our many exciting events and celebrations.
Dr. Diane B. Call