NYU Martin Luther King, Jr. Week – February 3-8, 2014

For the ninth-consecutive year, NYU will commemorate Dr. King’s visit and his legacy by hosting a week-long schedule of special events from February 3-8, 2014. The theme for this year’s NYU Martin Luther King, Jr. Week is The Power of Courage: Passion. Purpose. Perseverance. Events include a conversation with professor, author, and MSNBC show host Melissa Harris-Perry, with special guest, activist, and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs and others. (RSVP here.)

Let’s Talk International – February 4, 2014

Let’s Talk International is a semi-structured discussion group and safe space for study abroad returnees, international students, third culture kids, and anybody interested in international/intercultural experiences to explore topics such as identity development, cultural adjustment, cross-cultural relationships, and general navigation of life across cultures.

Make new friends and learn more about the program at the spring semester kick-off!

Date: Tuesday, February 4
Time: 12pm – 1:30pm
Details: Click to register and learn more. Lunch is provided. Space is limited.

Empowered! Identity and Achievement among students of color on a predominantly white campus

NYU Steinhardt and the Opportunity Programs share Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, as we endeavor to cultivate a generation of future leaders to chase their passion, realize their purpose and be EMPOWERED to persevere.

This discussion will explore the perceptions among students of color which could lead to withdrawing from their education. It will provide strategies for self-empowerment and tools for long-term achievement to enhance their personal and professional development.

This event will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 12:30-2:00 pm in the Pless Hall 3rd Floor Lounge.

Please RSVP here.

Dr. Michael Sean Funk,
Director, Academic Achievement Program, College of Arts and Science, New York University

Graduate Students: Join us for the NYU Libraries Spring Welcome Week Workshops

Hello from the NYU Libraries:   As another spring semester kicks off, we’re offering a chance to brush up your skills with a series of Graduate Student workshops. These workshops focus on learning how to organize your bibliographies, finding out to how to track down tricky citations, understanding the intricacies of processing and analyzing data, and even simply knowing your way around an American research library. For the complete listing of these sessions, and to sign up, go to:
–> http://library.nyu.edu/grads
We look forward to meeting you and wish you the best of luck this semester!
— The NYU Libraries Graduate Student Working Group

NYU Steinhardt Student Affairs Operations during Winter Recess

NYU offices will close for the Winter Break at the end of business on December 20; however, a limited number of staff, who are key resources, will be monitoring voicemail and/or email for emergency situations that require attention before we return on Thursday, January 2nd:

* For time-sensitive school/academic matters, please e-mail Steinhardt Student Affairs at steinhardt.student.matters@nyu.edu

* The NYU Public Safety Emergency Line is staffed 24/7 (212-998-2222).

* While the Student Health Center (SHC) is closed for Winter Break, in case of a life or limb-threatening emergency, dial 911 to contact local emergency services.

*Urgent Medical Needs: While the SHC is closed for winter break, call the SHC main number, (212) 443-1000 to speak with a triage nurse. He or she will speak to you about your symptoms and recommend an appropriate course of action.

* Some students may feel distressed over the winter break for a variety of reasons.  If you would like to talk to a counselor 24/7, even during the winter break, please contact the NYU Wellness Exchange at 212-443-9999 or by email at wellness.exchange@nyu.edu .

* If you have a spring billing question please call 212-998-2806 or e-mail bursar.studentaccounts@nyu.edu

* If you have an urgent financial aid concern, the Office of Financial Aid will be working remotely and responding to voicemail and email on December 23rd,, 26th,  27th, 30th and 31st. Please call 212-998-4444 and listen to the message for instructions.  Students may also send an e-mail message to financial.aid@nyu.edu.   Please be aware that it may take a few business days to look into your concern and respond to the issue. Many general questions may be answered by viewing the StudentLink website www.nyu.edu/studentlink.

* The Office of Residential Life and Housing will be monitoring voicemail and email throughout the winter break.  Please leave a message at 212-998-4603 or email them at housing@nyu.edu.

If you have an urgent residential situation, please call the Department of Public Safety (212-998-2222) and they will contact the Office of Residential Life & Housing Services staff member on duty.  Please note that there are on-call staff members – Resident Assistants and professional staff members – available throughout the winter break for any student concerns in the residence halls.

The University will reopen on January 2nd and we will be able to respond to all other inquiries or concerns in the New Year.

A Message From the Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Dear Steinhardt Students,

As we move into this holiday season, you will hear different interpretations of what it all means. But, it’s really up to you to decide what this season means to you. It’s probably a good time, too, to reflect on where you are, and where you want to be. While you’re reflecting on these questions, with almost a month between now and the beginning of spring semester, you may want to take advantage of Winter Session or Steinhardt’s Intersession Spring offerings from January 6-24, 2014. Certainly do something meaningful, give yourself a gift, have some fun, stay healthy, and remember that it’s really OK to make only New Year’s resolutions that you know you will keep.

Happy holidays, best wishes for a successful spring semester and a very productive 2014.

Associate Dean Patricia M. Carey


From the Steinhardt Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

We would like to see you at our Spring Town Hall Meetings, Revamp your Resume, and other exciting events! Keep your eye out for updates on Steinhardt’s All University Games team and out Annual MLK Oratorical Contest. If you missed apply for the Competitive Professional Development Reimbursement Fund, you apply next semester (application deadline for the spring is May 2, 2014). Please contact us via our feedback page for information on how to be involved, get connected or stay informed.

Spring 2014 Course: Microphone Fiends: Hip Hop and Spoken Word

The application for Gallatin’s Spring 2014 course, Microphone Fiends: Hip Hop and Spoken Word is available. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!
ARTS-UG 1375: Microphone Fiends: Hip Hop and Spoken Word
Instructor: Bryonn Bain      Wednesday, 3:30-6:10; 4 units
Permission required. Apply Here: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/dam/gallatin/documents/forms/Courseapp-ARTS-UG1375.pdf (Please note that when you open the application, you will need to save or download it to your desktop (or other location) in order to complete the form.)
From Gil Scott-Heron, Sonia Sanchez and the Last Poets to Slick Rick, Queen Latifah and Public Enemy. Amiri Baraka and Nikki Giovanni to Biggie Smalls and Nicki Minaj. Whether you prefer the blues of Hughes and Gibson, or the beats of Ginsberg, Fresh and Rahzel. If you root for battle raps from the likes of BDP, Lauryn Hill and Immortal Technique or the slam poetics of Beau Sia, Patricia Smith and Saul Williams—you know Poets won’t stop building new worlds with the Word. Workshop verse for the page and the stage. Research, write, record, produce and perform original work and the verse of inspiring underground wordsmiths, while critically examining texts by and about legends from the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement and the Hip Hop Generation we are shaping here and now.

Call for Master’s Connection Blog Post

The Master’s Connection site is an online hub designed to enhance the graduate experience via programs, services and for the official re-launch of Master’s Connection, we are eager to increase the graduate student voice by introducing the Steinhardt Graduate Blog. The inaugural blog topic is: The Importance of Professional Development.

Submissions are due by Friday, December 20th at 5pm. Please adhere to the following guidelines:
• Post should not exceed 600 words
• Posts should be relevant to the suggested topic and theme
• Post should be sent to Nija M Leocadio via email, nija.leocadio@nyu.edu
• Your e-mail submission’s subject line should read: Steinhardt Graduate Blog
• Please note that all submissions will be reviewed by members of the Steinhardt Student Affairs team, and may be edited before posting

Remember posts are due Friday, December 20th at 5pm