Caiman Clues Spring 2021
 

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


WEEK 5

Welcome to Week 5! We have almost completed our first month of classes! Keep up the great work. Want to get connected on campus or have questions about your education? Check out these events and helpful tips below: 
                          
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Hostos Majors Fair – On Wednesday, March 3, the College will be hosting a Majors Fair from 12 – 3 p.m. and from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. This collaborative event will allow you to get more information on your degree program and connect with professors, advisors, and career services. Click here to join or use the following Zoom code: 833 5175 8473 Stay for as long or as little as you’d like! To check out the agenda, a list of the majors, and the specific breakout rooms click here
  • Stay Connected – Experiencing challenges with a class? Never withdraw from a class without speaking to your advisor or Success Coach. There are financial impacts you need to understand! Schedule an appointment today using Succeed @ Hostos. Login with your Hostos Webmail credentials. 
  • Have technical questions? – The Student Help Desk is ready to support you and can be contacted by phone (718-518-6646), email Itjobrequest@hostos.cuny.edu, or by visiting the Ready page for useful tips and tutorials.

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WEEK 4

We’re heading into Week 4. Hopefully you’re settling into your virtual classes nicely and connecting with your professors. We want to remind you of some online events and other virtual support systems so that you can stay on track this semester, as well as stay connected to the Hostos campus. 
                          
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Virtual Events – Check out the virtual programs being offered in celebration of Black History Month. Review the events calendar here: https://hostos.cuny.edu/Home-Page-Content/Events 
  • Save the Date!The Hostos Majors Fair will be held on March 3, 2021. The fair will provide students with a basic introduction to the majors at Hostos. Students will have the opportunity to speak with faculty members and academic advisors to learn more about academic and career options. This fair is a great opportunity for students to explore their interests, ask questions, and connect with the campus community to successfully navigate their majors and make informed career choices. 
  • Need Support Outside of Class? – If you are feeling stressed or anxious, we are here to help. As a student you qualify for free and confidential counseling. The college is now offering a 24/7 crisis texting hotline for students. A trained professional can be reached by texting the word “CUNY” to 741741. Additionally, the staff at our One Stop Resource Center conduct free benefits screenings for Medicaid, food vouchers, housing, and public assistance. 
  • Need to attend a technology training, but the given schedule does not work? – The EdTech team has created self-paced trainings for Microsoft Office, Blackboard, ePortfolios, and more. Log in to Blackboard, and look for the training banners by going to the Hostos Resources tab and enroll in this self-paced course.

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WEEK 3

Welcome to Week 3! By this time, you should have been able to find your virtual classrooms and start to get acclimated to online learning. Transitioning to online learning can be difficult, so the Caiman Clues team wants to support you in that area. Additionally, we want to support students outside of the classroom during these unprecedented times.    

Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Virtual Orientation – Learn about the College’s various student resources and services, such as tutoring, advisement, how to use CUNYfirst, and Blackboard using Hostos’ virtual orientation guide
  • Need Support with your assignments? – All students are eligible for free tutoring through the Hostos Academic Learning Center (HALC) in a wide range of subjects. The Writing Center is also providing support for writing. 
  • Get Your Books – Many classes at Hostos require certain textbooks which you buy online at the official Hostos Bookstore. If you log in with your CUNYfirst credentials, your books will pop up automatically.  

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WEEK 2

Welcome to the start of the spring semester! We hope you enjoyed your break. To help you get ready for the semester, this week’s Clues include important information about how to familiarize yourself with the different learning technologies that are part of your courses at Hostos.
                         
Here are the Caiman Clues:

  •  Need a Laptop or Wi-Fi Hotspot? – If you need access to laptop and Wi-Fi hotspot, we have loaner devices available. Please fill out the technology request questionnaire, here. If you need extra assistance completing the form, reach out to your Student Success Coach or Advisor.
  • Online Student Workshops – Check out tech readiness online workshops offered by Education Technology here. Sign up in advance and add a workshop to your schedule today!
  • Verify Mode of Instruction – Hostos has two modes of online learning: synchronous and asynchronous. For synchronous classes, you will be responsible for logging into a live class session on specific days of the week at specific times. If you see classes listed as “Online” without specific dates and times, your class is asynchronous. This means your class does not meet at a set time and work is done on your own time, so long as you adhere to the class deadlines outlined in the syllabus. Check CUNYfirst for details, and always consult with your instructor when in doubt.

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WEEK 1

Welcome back! Classes Begin Friday, So Check Your Schedule., Are You Ready?

Caiman Clues wants to wish a warm welcome to our new and continuing Hostos students. The first day of the semester is Friday January 29 and we want you to start the semester on the right foot!
                         
Here are the Caiman Clues:
  •  Verify You Schedule – Be sure to verify your schedule on your CUNY First Student Center. Classes listed as “online-synchronous” have specific dates and times at which you need to log in. Conversely, classes listed as “online-asynchronous” do not have specific dates and times. In either case, please make sure you check out each class on Blackboard for more information and read your syllabus.
  • Semester Checklist – Check out this student checklist so you can begin your semester successfully. Find links to request a loaner laptop, complete the “Are You ready?” virtual class and so much more.
  • Still Need Help? – Reach out to your Advisor ASAP Advisor, Student Success Coach, or College Discovery Advisor by e-mail at ASAP@hostos.cuny.eduSSCU@hostos.cuny.edu, or Collegediscovery@hostos.cuny.edu, depending on your advisement area.
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PREWEEK

Hope you had a restful break. We are so excited to welcome you to a new semester at Hostos Community College. Every week, the College will send out Caiman Clues — important tips and deadline reminders about everything from financial aid to advisement. These are designed to help you have a successful semester at Hostos. 

What are Caiman Clues, you may ask? Watch this video to find out more.
                         
Here are the Caiman Clues:

  • Check Out Your Virtual Classroom – Your professors will use Blackboard to post important information, like your syllabus, and host virtual class sessions. Use your CUNYfirst credentials to log in. To access your Blackboard click here. 
  • Get the Dates – The Spring Semester starts on January 29. Make sure to stay up-to-date using the semester's Academic Calendar.  Note important deadlines and days the college is closed. For example, on February 12 and 15 the college is closed.
  • Stay Connected – The main way the College will contact you is via your Hostos Webmail. You can look up your account here. 

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