News from LaGuardia Community College
I am pleased to report that we are slowly making it back to campus. On August 16 many staff returned to their offices after 17 months of working remotely. CUNY has a remote work policy that allows staff to continue to work from home for a few days each week (pending the approval of one’s manager), so many of our colleagues are easing their way back to campus with hybrid work weeks. I have been back in my office full-time since June, but other administrators have blended schedules. If Spring ’20 was the transition to WFH, Fall ’21 is the transition back to campus. Which is good because that is how we best serve our LaGuardia students. Indeed, on August 23 we re-opened student-facing services on campus.
 
Fall classes start on September 9. Most will be hybrid; some will be fully in-person; some will be completely remote. Students that want to attend in-person classes (or the in-person session of a hybrid class) will have to be fully vaccinated. (We can enforce this policy now because of the recent FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.) Our Facilities team has done an excellent job preparing the campus for re-opening. So far, our screening procedures—managed by our Public Safety officers—have gone smoothly. Most staff and faculty are vaccinated, so our IDs on the LaGuardia app (downloaded onto smartphones) bear a green border that lets Public Safety know we’re vaccinated. We enter through the express lane. (It’s like TSA PreCheck before everybody else signed up.) The few that are not vaccinated must show a negative COVID test from within the last week. LaGuardia is a testing site, so they can do that right on campus. 
 
Hope you enjoy the waning days of Summer. 
 
Kenneth Adams 
President 
New Post-COVID Financial Support Offered to Students
LaGuardia is ready to assist as many students as possible with new post-COVID financial support so they can get back to class this fall. Freshmen and returning students can receive our new LaGuardia Merit Scholarships. Through CUNY Comeback, outstanding tuition balances for students impacted by COVID may be wiped away. New federal stimulus funds are headed to qualifying students this semester. And scholarships are available for students in ESL, high school equivalency classes, and workforce training programs in our Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) Division. Several of these programs are available to students regardless of immigration status, including permanent residents, international students, refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers and undocumented students. Learn more about these initiatives. We are grateful to the Board of Directors of the LaGuardia Foundation and to several major donors for generously supporting these scholarship initiatives, which are unique in CUNY. 
 
LaGuardia’s First Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Earlier this month I appointed Wendy M. Nicholson to serve as LaGuardia’s first Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Wendy brings first-hand knowledge of the College’s work on DEI issues. She served as a co-chair of the President’s Advisory Council on DEI, has been an important leader in the Faculty and Staff of Color Collective, the Senate Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, and has served as a member of the Black Lives Matter Planning Committee and the Middle States Self Study Team. Most recently, Wendy served as LaGuardia’s advisor for the CUNY LEADS program, preparing students with disabilities for the workforce, advocating for their rights and needs, and educating the college community about serving students with disabilities. Wendy will report to me and serve in my Cabinet. She starts on August 30. 
LaGuardia Professor Enriches Olympic Coverage with Expert Analysis
LaGuardia history professor Robin Kietlinski, Ph.D., an expert on the intersection between sports and society in modern Japan, gave gold medal interviews on the Tokyo Olympic Games. In interviews on BBC radio (she’s introduced at 38:55), BBC News TV, Politico Pro, and other news outlets, Professor Kietlinski dissected Japan’s aim in hosting the games and weighed the environmental, economic, and political costs of the event against the unity, excitement, and triumph of the athletes. Professor Kietlinski also recently published an academic article in The International Journal of the History of Sport based on research she conducted in Japan as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.
The Future of Manufacturing
When Columbia University robotics researchers needed a workforce training partner for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Future of Manufacturing grant, they came to LaGuardia because of our track record in workforce development. The joint proposal—designed to meet rapidly evolving workforce needs in manufacturing and to give underserved New Yorkers exposure to these career pathways—has been awarded a five-year $3.7 million NSF grant. Columbia robotics experts will design and test a manufacturing model using artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and other tools to enable workers to perform physical labor from remote locations. With its $737,000 sub-award, LaGuardia’s Adult and Continuing Education team will design and implement the project’s training components, recruit participants, including LaGuardia students, and establish partnerships with businesses at which students will get internships.
A Day on the Links to Support LaGuardia Students  
Do you play golf? Know someone who does? Want to traverse 18 holes and enjoy lots of beautiful fall foliage? Then we have a great event for you! (And, yes, it is entirely outdoors.) Please join us for the 8th Annual Mark C. Healy Scholarship Fund Golf Outing on Monday, October 4 at the stunning Indian Hills Country Club in Northport, Long Island. The event will feature a great day of golf on the North Shore’s scenic Gold Coast, as well as breakfast, lunch, cocktails, dinner, and of, course, the auction! Proceeds fund scholarships for LaGuardia students facing unprecedented levels of need because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mark C. Healy Scholarship Fund was created by LaGuardia graduate and financial guru Mark C. Healy, who previously served on our LaGuardia Foundation Board of Directors. All tickets, sponsorships and donations will have even greater impact through the $15 million LaGuardia Challenge