Don’t Miss Your Caiman Clues —
Your Hostos Helping Hand to Success

Welcome to the Spring 2020 semester! Classes will start soon and here are some clues to help you along the way. If you are new to campus or coming back from winter break, we want you to feel at home as part of Hostos Community College. You may feel a bit nervous but just remember you are not alone. We encourage you to talk to your instructors, fellow students, your advisor or success coach, and don’t let a question go unanswered. Everyone, from the senior who is about to graduate to the incoming students who are new to campus, can have trouble finding their way. But, Hostos has your back. Every week, the College will send out “Caiman Clues” — important tips and deadline reminders about everything from financial aid to advisement.
 
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Caiman Clues for Week 15
 

You did it! You have completed the Spring 2020 semester! Despite all the uncertainty and challenges, you achieved your goal of completing this semester. Congratulations to those that will be graduating! Good luck with your finals.
Check out the clues below.

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 15:


Enrollment - If you haven't done so already, enroll for the summer and fall classes. Schedule your advisement appointment with your Success Coach or Advisor. Don't forget to ask about the tuition-free STEM courses being offered this summer.

HALC Online tutoring- Need study help for finals? Sign up to receive online tutoring by using your Hostos email.

Contact Information- For summer 2020, Hostos will still operate remotely. Make sure to update your contact information in CUNYfirst, so we can keep you posted on college news and updates! 

A message from our Provost to the Caiman Clues Hostos Community.

 

Caiman Clues for Week 14

We’re nearing the end and we want you to finish strong! Finals are approaching! Check out the clues below.

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 14:

Enrollment - If you haven't done so already enroll for the summer and fall classes. Schedule your advisement appointment with your Success Coach or Advisor. Don't forget to ask about the tuition-free STEM courses being offered this summer.

HALC Online tutoring- Need study help for finals. Sign up to receive online tutoring by using your Hostos email.

Academic CalendarMay 14th is the last day of classes and the last day to withdraw from a course with a "W" grade. Please check in with your advisor before withdrawing. In some cases, it may be better to opt in for CR/NC. Once you withdraw you cannot take advantage of that option.

Spring 2020 Grading Policy- Read the new grading policy here to learn more about the Credit/No Credit option. Talk to your Success Coach or Advisor along with Financial Aid to find out if this option works for you.

Virtual Commencement - Congratulations to the students graduating! Grads, please submit your name, photos, and a written message or quote by Friday, May 15th, to commencementRSVP@hostos.cuny.edu


Caiman Clues | Week 13

You’re making your way through the spring 2020 semester. Keep up the good work and continue to check in with your professors, Success Coach or Advisor. As we continue on the semester, we don’t want you to forget that summer session is right around the corner! Check out the clues below.

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 13:

 

STEM Waivers for summer- Don’t forget Hostos is offering tuition free select STEM courses ONLINE this summer. Check out the memo to see if you qualify so you can enroll today!

Summer Workshops- The schedule is available and can be found here. This is a great FREE opportunity to advance your math proficiency by enrolling into an ONLINE workshop this summer. Check the schedule so you know when you can start enrolling.  

Free Meals-  Hostos Students can receive Free Meals at the Mott Haven Bar and Grill from 2:00pm - 4:00pm on Thursday, May 7th and Friday, May 8th. 

Census 2020 - Our ability to address a wide variety of important public needs – from disaster planning, to education, transportation and public health, is the direct result of our census responses. The census determines how the federal government allocates more than $675 billion a year. Complete the 2020 Census online or by phone.

BE READY Website - The college has put together a resource page to support everyone through the transition to distance learning. Information and resources will be added often. Bookmark this link for your reference.
 

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.

 

Caiman Clues | Week 12

Welcome back from Spring Break! We hope you’re all settling into Distance Education and keeping in contact with the College. We want to make sure you’re supported for the spring semester and moving forward. We want you to stay informed and connected to Hostos so check out the clues below.

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 12:


Loaner Technology- The College wants to ensure you have the tools you need to be successful this semester. If you are in need of a laptop or other technology don’t forget to fill out this student questionnaire.

Summer Courses & WorkshopsDistance education will continue into summer session. Any courses or workshops you enroll into for the summer will happen online.  

Advisement Support- Please make sure to connect to your Success Coach or Advisor when it comes to general advisement. Coaches and Advisors are also here to be an overall support while we operate remotely. If you are facing any challenges due to Covid-19 let us know! We are here to be a resource and connect you to all available resources.

Online Tutoring- The HALC Team (Hostos Academic Learning Center) is ready to help you to succeed academically and offering online tutoring for the rest of the semester. Read the

"
HALC Online Tutoring" notification on the homepage to sign in. You must use your Hostos email in order to receive tutoring.


Census 2020 - Our ability to address a wide variety of important public needs – from disaster planning, to education, transportation and public health, is the direct result of our census responses. The census determines how the federal government allocates more than $675 billion a year.Complete the 2020 Census online or by phone.

The college has put together a resource page to support everyone through the transition to distance learning. Information and resources will be added often. Bookmark this link for your reference. Website BE READY​.

Caiman Clues | Week 11                      

We hope you are all transitioning smoothly to our new Distance Education model. Don't forget all faculty and staff are here to help and support you so if you have any questions or concerns, let us know. We want you to stay informed and connected to Hostos so check out the clues below.

Here are Caiman Clues for week 11:

Stay Informed- 
Distance learning will resume tomorrow (Thursday, April 2). All updates are sent through CUNY Alert. Sign up to stay informed! 


Online Learning Resources- The Office of Educational Technology has created the Academic Continuity Plan that contains resources such as tutorials. 

Hostos News – CUNY names Dr. Daisy Cocco de Filippis as interim President of Hostos! To learn more about her please click here.

Academic Calendar - Tuesday, April 7: Classes follow Wednesday Schedule. Spring

Recess
 April 8th- April 10th, no classes scheduled. 


Readiness Website -  The college has put together a resource page to support everyone through the transition to distance learning. Information and resources will be added often. Bookmark this link for your reference.

Census 2020 - For National Census Day today, consider that our ability to address a wide variety of important public needs – from disaster planning, to education, transportation and public health, is the direct result of our census responses. The census determines how the federal government allocates more than $675 billion a year. Complete the 2020 Census online or by phone.
 

Caiman Clues | Week 10

We hope you are all transitioning smoothly to our new Distance Education model. Don't forget all faculty and staff are here to help and support you so if you have any questions or concerns, let us know. We want you to stay informed and connected to Hostos so check out the clues below.

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 10:


Online Tutoring- The HALC Team (Hostos Academic Learning Center) is ready to help you to succeed academically and offering online tutoring for the rest of the semester. Read the "HALC Online Tutoring" notification on the homepage to sign in. You must use your Hostos email in order to receive tutoring.

CUNY Continuity for Students – Find out more about grading options for this semester, tips for taking care of your mental health and a list of resources to learn from home, including free computer programs you can use.  

Readiness Website -  The college has put together a resource page to support everyone through the transition to distance learning. Information and resources will be added often. Bookmark this link for your reference.

Blackboard After Hours - Students with a pressing Blackboard question can now call Blackboard for assistance with new after-hours support available by telephone during the evening and weekends. Call 1-646-664-2024 after 8pm for assistance

Stay Informed- CUNY has instituted a Recalibration Period for Educational Equity, beginning this Friday, March 27, through Wednesday, April 1. Distance learning will resume on Thursday, April 2. All updates are sent through CUNY Alert, sign up to stay informed! 

Caiman Clues | Week 9

You are now more than halfway through the semester and, although the second half is going to be online, we are dedicated more than ever to giving you a helping hand. All of the faculty and staff at Hostos are champions for your success. Please don't hesitate to email us, to reach out to faculty during office hours or to schedule online advising appointments with your advisor. Let us know what we can do to help!

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 9:

Distance Education - All courses are expected to commence with Distance Education from March 19, 2020. Follow up with your faculty in regards to course progress. The campus will be closed for on-site access from Wednesday 3/18/20 through Friday 3/20/20, and is currently scheduled to re-open on Monday 3/23/20.

The Student Online Readiness Course “Are Your Ready” – A self-paced online guide to prepare students for taking an online course. Students can self-enroll in this course by clicking on the Are You Ready banner in the Blackboard homepage. 

Readiness Website - The College has put together a resource webpage to support everyone through the transition to distance learning. Information and resources will be added often. Bookmark this link for your reference.

Stay Informed - The health of our students, faculty, and staff is of vital importance to us. We remain in constant contact with the University and are monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 situation. We continue to urge everyone to refer to the College’s website for the latest updates and to follow the guidance provided by our Provost and the University. If you have not already signed up for “CUNY Alert,” you should do so. Any changes in status will be communicated to the College community as soon as it becomes available.

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.
 

Caiman Clues | Week 8

Campus Life ALL CAMPUS EVENTS ARE CANCELED 

Stay Informed - The health of our students, faculty, and staff is of vital importance to us. We remain in constant contact with the University and are monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 situation. We continue to urge everyone to refer to the College’s website for the latest updates and to follow the guidance provided by our Provost and the University. If you have not already signed up for “CUNY Alert” you should do so. Any changes in status will be communicated to the College community as soon as it becomes available.


Caiman Clues | Week 7

 

Let’s march into Week 6 together! We’re starting off this month we some very important clues for you. Don’t forget to check in with your Success Coach or Advisor for advisement and registration for summer and fall. Also, there are great opportunities to mingle with faculty to find out about the different majors we offer at Hostos Community College. Make sure you’re on your right path towards graduation and your career!

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 7:

Enrollment Opens - Summer and Fall registration opens March 11! Schedule your advisement appointment with your Success Coach or Advisor. 

Major Fair- Wednesday, March 11, join us in the Cafeteria for the Major’s Fair! Talk to faculty about the various academic plans we offer.

Workshops - Take advantage of the free student workshops offered by the Library, Career Services, and Educational Technology throughout the semester.


Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.


Caiman Clues | Week 6

It’s Week 5! Last week we encouraged you to check in with your advisor or Success Coach. This week, we encourage you to explore the different resources and activities on campus.

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 6:

Enrollment Opens - Summer and Fall registration opens March 11th! Schedule your advisement appointment with your Coach or Advisor. 

Check your Degree Map- Degree Maps help you navigate your academic major and show you how you can complete your path in two years. Talk to your Success Coach or Advisor if you have any questions.

Campus Event- For Women’s History Month, check out the “Off the Wall Performance” on Wednesday March 4th. Go to C-391 at 2:00pm for the show!

Visit HALC or Writing Center - Having trouble with some classes? Pick out one or two classes that you find most challenging, bring an assignment and questions to a tutoring sessions in the HALC (C-596) or Writing center (C-596A).

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.

 

Caiman Clues | Week 5

We hope that you are enjoying your studies and life on campus. As the semester moves along, don’t forget to check in with faculty and staff. Check Ins help you stay up to date with your academic progress and path towards graduation. As the semester moves along, don’t forget the following: 

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 5:

Advisement Check in - Stop in to see your Advisor or Success Coach: let them know how you're doing and inquire about any support you may need. You can schedule your next advisement appointment through Succeed @Hostos.

Faculty Check in - Professors post updates on your progress in class through Succeed @Hostos! so check out any Kudos you received for doing well academically! If you need additional support, touch base with Supplemental Instructors in the classroom or locate your Peer Mentor or Peer Leader through your advisement office.

Official "W" Period is Feb. 20-April 1- Having challenges with a class? Never withdraw/("W") from a class without speaking to your Advisor or Success Coach. There are financial impacts you need to understand!

Graduates- You can schedule your senior pictures NOW! Contact Student Activities by visiting C-371 or calling 718-518-6561.
 
Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.

 
Caiman Clues | Week 4

It’s WEEK 4 already! Time to check your syllabi and make sure you are up to date on assignments and have created a plan for success. There are plenty of resources at Hostos to help you get and stay on track. Be sure to visit the HALC and the library as some good first steps. Staying “on track” requires more than studying, however, so don’t be shy about checking out the Health and Wellness or Counseling Centers. You may even run into them on the bridge at some point, so stop by and introduce yourself. Finally, don’t forget to have some fun and meet some new people. Keep your eyes open for posters and events around campus. We’re here for you!

Important  Resources- Familiarize yourself with some resources the college has to offer, such as: Hostos Academic Learning Center (HALC), Library, Writing Center, WorkshopsWellness Center, and Counseling Center.  

College Closures: Wednesday 2/12 and Monday 2/17 the College is closed. No classes will be held and administrative offices are closed both days.

Check your email for “The Link,” our email about campus events. Join us on Tuesday, 2/11, for Hostos Info Fair on the Bridge! Get to mingle with faculty, staff and student clubs!

Transfer Services: Forgot to file your transfer application for the Fall 2020 semester? There is still time! Visit the Office of Transfer Services – Savoy Building Room 101A 

Don’t forget to check back in for next week’s Caiman Clues.

 

Caiman Clues | Week 3

Know your Caiman Card- Not only does it serve as your official Hostos ID, allowing you access to each building, it can be used to buy food at the Hostos Cafe and for printing in the Computer Labs. For more information click here.

Utilize Succeed@Hostos - To start scheduling appointments with your Success Coach or Advisor. Share how the start of your semester is going!

Campus Events - Cheer on hostos as they take on BCC at the Battle of the Bronx basketball event on February 6th. Stop by the SGA counter (near the cafeteria) for a donut or bagel on Friday, February 7th, from 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

HCC Directory - If you're looking for a HCC members telephone number or location, use the Directory on the Hostos Webpage.

*If you haven’t bought your books or are having trouble ordering them, please see your advisor or success coach for assistance. It’s important not to fall behind in your reading


Caiman Clues | Week 2

Read your Syllabus- All the important information about your class is found in the syllabus your professor(s) will provide. Read it, Highlight it, and Keep it handy. Record important dates and make your plans. Check out this link on how to use the syllabus

Know Your Professor - Get to know faculty names and office hours. Professors are here to help you succeed in your career. 

February 2- The College's administrative offices are closed and it is the last day to add/change a course with a fee.

Welcome Day - Enjoy Welcome Day on the Bridge on February 6th.
 

GETTING READY TO START!

Check your Schedule- Take a look at your schedule on CUNYFirst (were there any cancellations?) and map out where you are going ahead of time.

Bookstore- Log in to Akademos (online campus bookstore) to order your textbooks. Your faculty have already listed on CUNYFirst what you will need.

Financial Aid- Confirm your financial aid funds to cover your tuition bill. Did you apply for BOTH TAP and PELL? If not, you may be leaving some money behind. Check now!

Hostos ID- Make sure you have a valid Hostos ID (get it in the basement of the B building / B-C428). This will allow you access to campus and you’ll avoid long lines at entrances.

Are you taking an online course?- Be sure to take the Are You Ready? Online Readiness Course to learn how to be an online student and succeed in your course.