Criminal Justice Career Day at LaGuardia

					April 2011                                                                            Student
                                                                                         NEWS
Criminal Justice Career                                                                                     Challenging Expectations:

Day at LaGuardia                                                                                                             Syreeta Gates
                                                                                                                                          At 22 years old, Syreeta
                                                                                                                                      Gates has founded The
On Wednesday, May 4, LaGuardia will host a Criminal Justice Career Day                                                                SWT (pronounced sweet)
from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Poolside Café. Students will get to hear from                                                           Life, a social venture to
criminal justice professionals, learn about a typical day at work, and find out                                                       empower young adults;
                                                                                                                                      worked with non-profit
how speakers went from being students to successful professionals.
                                                                                                                                      organizations on issues
                                                                                                                                      like HIV-AIDS and youth
                                                                                                                                      violence; and was
                                                                                                            recognized at Glamour Magazine’s 2010 Women
                                                                                                            of the Year Gala. Now, while taking classes at
                                                                                                            LaGuardia, she is writing a book on social
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                                                                                                                “When I began The SWT Life at the age of 18,
                                                                                                            I wanted to be a young person creating change for
                                                                                                            other young people,” said Syreeta, who resides in
                                                                                                            South Jamaica. “I believed that young people can,
New & Continuing Students: Be Sure to Reapply! File Your 2011 - 12 FAFSA NOW!                               and should, be in the forefront of social change.”
                                                                                                                Syreeta made her move into the forefront after
    You must reapply for financial aid every         available for you to reapply. If you wish to obtain    a short stint at City Tech, where she realized that
academic year. When you reapply, you will be         a PIN number to access and sign your FAFSA
                                                                                                                                                    GATES, continued p. 3
given the option to have your FAFSA partially        “On the Web” application, go to www.pin.ed.gov.
completed for you by using information that has
been carried over from last year’s application.      Foundation Scholarships Available
Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.                       The LaGuardia Community College
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                                                                     DOLLARS & SENSE, continued p. 6            Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Marketing and
                                                                                                                Communications produce the Student News collaboratively.



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 From the Office of Student Affairs
What You Do Today Can Benefit the World Tomorrow!


                        Michael Baston,
                        Acting Vice President



                        “With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.”
                        -- Dalai Lama


   The resilience and solidarity displayed on                        This is important for you to keep in mind as                          Remember that what you do today matters.
campus during turbulent times continuously leaves                you approach the midpoint of the spring semester.                      Every lecture you attend and campus event that
me in awe of the spirit that embodies the unique                     Some of you may be in certain courses solely                       you participate in helps you develop your view of
LaGuardia community.                                             for the sake of fulfilling particular degree                           the world. Your professors and lecturers have so
   I am particularly proud of the previous month’s               requirements. You may not see an obvious                               much more to offer than facts and figures.
acts of altruism, which demonstrate that those of                correlation between the subject matter and your                        Likewise, you are more than just LaGuardia
you who fill the halls and rush to class are earning             career aspirations. While facing midterms, those                       students – you are global citizens who will draw
so much more than a degree. You are forming not                  of you who are having difficulties in your classes                     on your time at LaGuardia to become tomorrow’s
only a deeper knowledge base for your future craft,              may be tempted to give up.                                             leaders, humanitarians and visionaries.
but you are also developing a social consciousness                   You may feel that you have taken a wrong turn                         Now keep up the good fight and hit those
that will shape your values and the person that you              on the road to success, but don’t let frustration or                   books.
become.                                                          fear of failure cause you to lose steam. Instead,
                                                                 embrace the challenge.


           Upcoming Table Talk Sessions in April                                             Wednesday, April 27
               Meet Acting Vice President                                               1 pm - 3 pm • C-Building Cafeteria
                   Michael Baston                                                               Thursday, April 28
         and share your ideas, suggestions and concerns                                             5 pm -7 pm
                                                                                             M-Building Welcome Center
        to improve the student experience at LaGuardia.




      Launching LaGuardia’s New Message and Visual Identity
 The Courage to QUESTION. The Drive to EXPERIMENT. The Will to CHANGE.
    The process to strengthen LaGuardia’s brand has                                                                                   The logo is part of our visual identity. It visually
 resulted in a stronger, unified message and a new visual                                                                         represents who we are and what we stand for. The logo
 identity. Our many audiences, students, faculty, staff and                                                                       is designed to communicate the notion that LAGCC is
 our partners and donors, as well as the media, will now                                                                          a catalyst where individuals come together to learn,
 hear one unified voice from members of the LaGuardia                                                                             grow and shine. Visually this is conveyed with nine
 community.                                                                                                                       arrows coming together in the center of the logo mark,
    Our “new” messaging expands upon what we here at                                                                              which represents introspection.
 the College already know: that LaGuardia is unique                                                                                   The negative space at the center and between each
 because we challenge expectations and dare to more,                                                                              of the arrows forms an emanating star representing
 inside and outside the classroom.                                                                                                infinite growth.
    By highlighting the core values that everyone here at                                                                             Nine arrows have been used to signify the College’s
 LaGuardia has helped to build since 1971, we can tell the                                                                        early days as Community College Number Nine.
 singularly compelling story of the College that sets us                                                                              The logo’s font provides a solid foundation while
 apart from other colleges and universities, including the                                                                        conveying modernity and strength.
 for-profit institutions.
    As we approach LaGuardia’s 40th anniversary of
 opening the doors of higher education to all, we can
 present this compelling, consistent message to the
 public as we celebrate the milestones of our past, the
 accomplishments of our present and our vision of the
 future.


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      Student Government                                                                                                Gates from p. 1
                             “The Hill”
                Advocates on
                                                                                                                        school wasn’t right for her at that time.
                                                                                                                        Community service, however, was, and for the
                                                                                                                        next three years Syreeta worked for several non-
                                                                                                                        profit organizations aimed at young people. She
                                                                                                                        also joined Public Allies, an AmeriCorp-type
                                                                                                                        organization, where for one year she worked at
                                                                                                                        Safe, a non-profit organization.
                                                                                                                            In 2007, with a $1,000 start-up fund from
                                                                                                                        Youth Venture, she launched her own venture,
                                                                                                                        The SWT (“Serve We Trust”) Life.
                                                                                                                            Partnering with non-profits, the one-woman
                                                                                                                        operation began introducing projects in different
                                                                                                                        communities. Syreeta has worked with SAFE,
                                                                                                                        launching a campaign encouraging urban youth
                                                                                                                        to be tested for HIV-AIDS, and partnered with
                                                                                                                        Life Camp in Queens to organize Real Talk
                                                                                                                        Fridays, where leaders of various industries,
(L-R) Elizabeth W. Darnall (Director of Legislative Affairs), Gov. Sahakul Giri, Treasurer Moklasur Rahman, President   including hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons,
Alejandro Madi, Gov. Maria Munoz, Executive Secretary Daniese Betito, Gov. Gisele Santana, Vice President MD Hossan,    talked to young people about careers.
Gov. Richard Sepulveda.
                                                                                                                            In 2009 Syreeta decided that it was time to go
   From March 19 to 22 our Student Government                   pass along their message to the members of the          back to school, and enrolled in LaGuardia’s labor
Association (SGA) participated in the 2011                      Democratic Party.                                       and community organizing program. The
National Student Advocacy Conference, sponsored                    The student governors also participated in a         following year she entered the CUNY BA program
by the American Student Association for                         Service Learning Project that consisted of              where she created her own major: urban youth
Community Colleges. The conference took place in                collecting toiletry donations from the LaGuardia        culture, while continuing classes at LaGuardia.
Washington, DC and its theme was “Raising the                   community and delivering the items to homeless              “It is an ideal situation,” said Syreeta. “I can
Community College Profile with the New                          shelters in the Washington, DC area. In                 continue at LaGuardia where the classes are
Congress.” Eight of our 12 student governors                    conjunction with the Office of Student Life, SGA        phenomenal and the professors have helped me
attended the conference and had the opportunity                 collected such a large quantity of donations that       to expand my vision of The SWT Life, and I have
to participate in themed workshops specifically                 they were able to present them to two shelters.         a major that fits perfectly with my career goals.”
geared towards student advocacy. Through the                    The administrators of the shelters were very                 “I would like to make a living giving to other
workshops, the students developed the language                  moved by LaGuardia’s generosity.                        people,” she said.
and style needed to speak with congressional staff
members on major issues that are critical to
community colleges (i.e. Pell Grants and student
loan availability).
   On March 22 our eight student governors went                                                                         Congratulations!
to Capitol Hill and met with Elizabeth W. Darnall,
Director of Legislative Affairs in the Honorable                                                                        MLK Scholarship Winners
Carolyn Maloney’s office (D-14th District). They                                                                            The Martin Luther King Scholarship
lobbied for increasing the maximum Pell Grant                                                                           committee is proud to announce David Burgoa
funding and for the extension of the student loan                                                                       and Andrew C. Greene as the recipients of the
grace period from six months to twelve months.                                                                          2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative
They explained how essential Pell Grants are to low                                                                     scholarships, designed to honor the legacy of
income, community college students who rely on                                                                          service demonstrated by Dr. King. The Dream
Pell Grants to enable their pursuit of higher                                                                           lives on in these recipients who have successfully
education. They also addressed the high rate of                    Our 2010-2011 SGA governors have been very           balanced both academics and community
unemployment that we are currently facing and                   active in developing and implementing programs          service to others. Their essays on “Intolerance
how extending the grace period for repayment of                 and events, on and off campus, representing the         To Tolerance” were personal, insightful and
student loans would help thousands of students                  leadership, citizenship and advocacy values that        inspiring.
who use loans to pay for their education. Elizabeth             they believe in as leaders of the LaGuardia student
W. Darnall listened intently and assured the                    body.
students that she would support their efforts and



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  Japan Relief Efforts                                      Single Stop USA Staff Spotlight:
                                                                                                                                   in
    On behalf of the Japan Club and LaGuardia
students of Japanese descent, I'd like to thank all                                                                   Evan Denerste
those who have extended their concern and
sympathy towards the people affected by the recent                                                                 visitation rights, regained denied public benefits,
earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Your prayers and                                                                  and assisted students with state and federal tax
support have carried us through this difficult time.                                                               disputes.
We continue to pray for all who remain missing and                                                                     Evan’s services are particularly beneficial to
are suffering from this natural disaster.                                                                          students because he not only teaches students
    As of this writing, the death toll from the March                                                              about what their rights are, but he also empowers
11 earthquake reached 9,000 and there are still                                                                    students to represent themselves in court. He
thousands of people listed as missing. Those who                                                                   teaches students about the law, assists them in
have safely evacuated are enduring blustery weather                                                                understanding and preparing legal documents,
and cold snow showers in temporary shelters with a           Many college students face significant life           and helps them to navigate the legal system.
limited supply of fuel and food.                          challenges that make staying in school difficult.            In general, Evan advises LAGCC students to
    The uncertainty caused by the explosions at           The Single Stop USA program offers free legal            be sure to open all of their mail; keep complete
the nuclear power plant in the Fukushima                  services to students and their families as one of        records and document everything, including
Prefecture seems to continue. Fear of radioactive         many services provided to help students stay in          telephone conversations; make sure to show up
fallout is beyond description for a nation that is well   school. We are proud to introduce Mr. Evan               on time for all appointments and court dates; file
aware of the tragic long-term effect of radioactive       Denerstein, the attorney on staff with the Single        taxes meticulously; and make sure to stay on top
materials of nuclear warfare.
                                                          Stop USA program at LaGuardia Community                  of student loans. Most importantly, he
    In sum, the aftermath of the earthquake is
                                                          College.                                                 recommends that students never put off dealing
gradually affecting all areas of Japan and casts a
                                                             Even though the Single Stop USA program has           with a legal matter. Students should consult an
dark shadow on the national economy.
                                                          been on campus for less than a year, in that short       attorney or call 311 immediately if they need
    Shortly after the earthquake, I started to hear
                                                          time, Evan has helped many students with a wide          assistance.
worries and fears from Japanese students. So, with
                                                          variety of issues. For example, he has helped                To learn more about the services Evan
advice from Dr. Kyoko Toyama, the Japan Club and
                                                          several individuals facing debt collection lawsuits,     provides, contact us to make an appointment
I convened an emergency meeting. Colleagues from
various offices visited the meeting and offered their     foreclosures and student loan defaults. He has also      at (718) 482-5129. Our services are free and
firm support for students who may have emotional          discharged students’ debt in bankruptcy,                 available to all students - including
and financial needs due to the earthquake.                prevented evictions, obtained divorces and               undocumented individuals - and their families.
    We shared a common emotional predicament
that we have no means to support our suffering
compatriots in Japan. So, we grabbed a table and
started a donation desk in the E-Atrium, which             Academic Advising 101
raised $1,048.22 in one single day. With help from
the Student Life staff, the Japan Club participated
                                                             Welcome to LaGuardia, new students!                 completed all basic skills courses. The Academy
in the school-wide donation campaigns on March
                                                          Here is an introduction to the Academic                coordinators also facilitate academic success skills
23, 24, and April 7. I am grateful to those who
worked so hard to institutionalize our donation           Advising process at the College.                       workshops to complement your classroom
efforts at LaGuardia and to those who shared their           You have completed phase one of our three-          experiences.
expertise to make sure that donations from                phase Academic Advising Model: Pre-                        Phase three includes your second year and
LaGuardia will reach those in need in Japan.              enrollment, where you were advised on your first       beyond. In this phase, you will be working closely
    Once again, a heartfelt thanks goes out to            set of classes by the educational planners and         with the departmental faculty in your major. These
the students, faculty, and staff of LaGuardia for         Academy coordinators at New Student                    advisors are the faculty who teach the courses
providing comfort to the entire Japanese com-             Orientation and advisement sessions.                   within your major.
munity at LaGuardia. It is heartening to know                 You are now in phase two: The First Year               Each student is assigned a registration
that so many people are eager to help others in a         Academies. This phase is about becoming a              appointment date, based on their cumulative
country thousands of miles away. Together, let us         successful college student in your first year and      credits found on their DegreeWorks audit. This is
continue to hope for recovery in Japan and that           beyond. Most of you should be registered and           the first day you are eligible to register for the
the spirit of compassion among citizens of                attending a New Student Seminar (FSM)                  following semester. The best time to register is on
different nations continues to grow.                      Course, which is designed to assist you with           this day!
                                                          acquiring skills to meet the rigors of college. The        Remember to seek advisement to assure that
     -Tomonori Nagano,                                    instructor of your New Student Seminar class is        you are selecting the proper courses for your major.
      Mentor of the Japan Club                            also your advisor for your first semester at           Students with less than 30 credits, or who are still
                                                          LaGuardia. Your instructor/advisor will advise         enrolled in a basic skills course (such as MAT 095
                                                          you for Session II and fall semester classes and       or 096, CSE 095 or 099, ENG 098 or 099, and all the
                                                          clear you for registration.                            ESL courses), are required to meet with an advisor
                                                             The First Year Academy coordinators, who            in B-100 before registering.
Coming Soon...                                            are now located in B-Building room 100, provide            The First Year Academy Coordinators have
A new easier way to register for classes!                 academic advising to any first year students who       moved to a new location. We are now located
                                                          are not in a New Student Seminar or specialized        in the B-Building, Room 100. Come and visit
                                                          program such as ASAP, COPE, BMEC or College            us in our new location!
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     SUNDAY                       MONDAY                       TUESDAY                   WEDNESDAY                        THURSDAY                        FRIDAY                      SATURDAY
 REMINDER
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 Things can change - The date, time, location of events are subject to change.                                                                     Disaster Relief Efforts       Disaster Relief Efforts
                                                                                                                                                   for Japan                     for Japan
 Check your LIVE student e-mail account for these types of announcements.                                                                          10:00am - 7pm                 10:00am - 7pm
                                                                                                                                                   M-Lobby, E-Atrium, C-Lobby    M-Lobby, E-Atrium, C-Lobby
 LINKS TO CLICK                                                                                                                                                                  Line C3 Percussion Group
 Become familiar with the LaGuardia “I am a Student” webpage. This page provides                                                                                                 8:00pm - 9:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                 Little Theater
 you with vital links to the abundant student resources that are at your disposal.
 www.laguardia.edu/students

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Disaster Relief Efforts      Disaster Relief Efforts      Disaster Relief Efforts      Sustainability Conference     Disaster Relief Efforts
for Japan                    for Japan                    for Japan                    9:00am - 3:00pm E-242         for Japan
10:00am - 7pm                10:00am - 7pm                10:00am - 7pm                                              10:00am - 7pm
M-Lobby, E-Atrium, C-Lobby   M-Lobby, E-Atrium, C-Lobby   M-Lobby, E-Atrium, C-Lobby   International Day: Passport   M-Lobby, E-Atrium, C-Lobby
                                                                                       to the World
                                                                                       2:00pm - 4:00pm E-Atrium      Spring Transfer Fair
                                                                                                                     12:00pm - 6:00pm
                                                                                       Creative Writing              E-Atrium
                                                                                       Read-a-thon
                                                                                       2:30pm - 5:30pm
                                                                                       Cobblestone Courtyard


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                                                                                       University of Nevada - Las    Global Conversations:         Cell Talks                    New Vocals Works
                                                                                       Vegas Information Desk        Earth Day and                 2:30pm - 5:00pm E-242         by Young Artists
                                                                                       10:00am - 2:00pm E-Lobby      Sustainability                                              8:00pm - 10:00pm
                                                                                                                     10:30am - 1:00pm E-242                                      Little Theater




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Spring Break - No Classes    Official Withdrawal Event    Last Day to Officially       Call to Worship and Express Spring 2011 Job Fair            Immigration Awareness
                             10:00am - 6:00pm E-Lobby     Withdraw from a course       2:00pm - 4:00pm Atrium      9:00am - 2:00pm Atrium          Week: Trip to Ellis Island/
                                                                                                                                                   Statue of Liberty
                             Immigration Awareness        Official Withdrawal Event    Immigration Awareness         Philosophy Panel - Asian      9:00 am - 5:00pm
                             Week: Experiences and        10:00am - 6:00pm E-Lobby     Week: Immigration Debate:     Heritage Celebration          Ellis Island
                             Perspectives                                              The Dream Act                 10 am - 11:30 am Poolside
                                                          Immigration Awareness
                             10:30am - 2 pm Poolside                                   2pm - 4:30pm Poolside
                                                          Week: Student Stories
                                                                                                                     Immigration Awareness
                             Film Screening of            11:45am - 1 pm Poolside      LaGuardia Speakers Series     Week: Take Action!
                             "El Norte"                   CUNY Transfer Information    Presents: Victoria Brown      Immigraton Reform
                             2 pm - 4 pm E-242            1pm - 4pm E-Lobby            3pm - 5pm E-501               12:00 pm - 4:00 pm E242



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Dollars & Sense from p. 1
Scholarship awards range from $500 to $3,500              The Tuition and Fees Deduction may be                  Attention Student Borrowers!
per year. We invite you to attend an Information          beneficial to you if you do not qualify for the           If you are graduating, drop below six credits, or
Session on,                                               American Opportunity, Hope, or Lifetime                are leaving LaGuardia Community College, and
   DATE:             Tuesday, April 26                    Learning Credits.                                      you have an outstanding Perkins or Direct Loan,
   PLACE:            Enrollment Services Center                                                                  Federal regulations require you to complete an exit
                     (C-107 Media Room)                   CUNY Scholar Support Prepaid Card                      counseling/interview. The exit counseling/
   TIME:             1:30 pm - 2:30 pm                    Get Your Financial Aid Faster and Easier!              interview serves to remind you of your rights and
                     or 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm                                                                        responsibilities, and gives you the opportunity to
                                                              Students eligible to receive financial aid
                                                                                                                 speak with a financial aid counselor about any
                                                          may receive payments on a CUNY Scholar Support
    You can also apply at www.laguardia.edu/sfs/                                                                 questions that you may have regarding your loan.
                                                          Prepaid Card. This is not a credit card; it is a
inst_scholar.aspx. For assistance in completing           prepaid “MasterCard” card accepted at any store
your application please go to our Resource Center                                                                What will happen if you leave the college
                                                          or ATM where MasterCard debit is accepted.             without taking an exit counseling/interview?
in room C-109.                                            Student payments will be automatically deposited          • Your school records, including your academic
                                                          to the card and can be used immediately. Sign up       transcript and diploma will not be released until
Free Tax Preparation                                      for the CUNY Scholar Support Prepaid Card at           you complete this requirement.
   Earn your maximum refund! Completely free              www.cuny.edu/scholarssupport.
tax preparation and E-file submission through                                                                    Perkins Loan Borrowers: You must take the online
this special IRS approved program. Complete               Check your Financial Aid Status via                    exit Interview at www.lagcc.cuny.edu/financialaid.
your taxes with us, and you are automatically
                                                          The CUNY Portal - eSIMS                                   Direct Loan Borrowers: Complete your exit
entered to win a brand new iPod! For more
                                                              The CUNY Portal is a gateway to CUNY               counseling online at: www.dlservicer.ed.gov
information, see our ad on p.12.
                                                          applications, services and CUNY resources. With
                                                          a single sign-on, you can access many CUNY             Don’t Default on Your Student Loan
Financial Aid and Taxes
    With tax time upon us, we would like to               applications. Now you can check your student              If you default on your student loan, you will face
remind you that the U.S. Government considers             information, financial aid application status (both    the following serious consequences:
financial aid - minus the cost of tuition, fees and       Federal FAFSA and State TAP), financial aid
books - taxable income. You should keep your              awards, view and fix errors, link to the Education         • Your loan will be reported to national credit
Bursar and Bookstore receipts as well as the              Department’s Online Entrance Interview for Direct            bureaus and it will damage your credit
check stubs from your financial aid checks to             Loans, and link to the interactive loan request page         rating;
determine what portion is to be reported on your          – all through the CUNY Portal.                             • A defaulted loan can make it more difficult
tax form if you will be filing a tax return.                                                                           to buy a home or a car;
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Students who participated in the Federal Work                - Click “Log-in” at bottom left of navigation bar
Study program should have received their 2010                                                                        • Your wages can be garnished;
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calendar (January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010).                 the “Apply to CUNY” section.
The financial aid you received from January 1,               - Click Financial Aid on the left of the               Federal Direct Student Loan borrowers can visit
2010 through December 31, 2010 should be                        navigation bar.                                  the NSLDS website: www.dlservicer.ed.gov
reported on your 2010 tax return. Financial aid              - Click on Application Status – this will lead
received in Spring 2011 should be reported on                                                                      Perkins Loan borrowers can visit the
                                                                you to FAFSA and TAP applications                Educational Computer Services, Inc. website:
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                                                               Pell, TAP, campus-based aid and Direct Loans
publications # 970 provide detailed explanations
of tax benefits for education. This publication is           You will also find links to:                        Visit the Student Financial Services
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www.irs.gov.                                                 • FAFSA on the web
                                                             • Higher Ed. Services Corporation (HESC)            •   File your FAFSA online & automatically receive
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can help parents and students pay part of the                • Federal Tax Benefits for Tuition and Fees         •   Link to the TAP application
cost of the first four years of college. The                 • Preventing Financial Aid Scams                    •   Take online loan entrance & exit interviews
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2010, making it available to a broader range of           Federal Work Study Grant - Use It or Lose It!          •   Re-authenticate your PIN for security purposes
taxpayers. Eligible taxpayers may qualify for the             Use your Federal Work Study award for 2010-11.     •   Apply for a FAFSA PIN number
maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student.              Why pass up the opportunity to obtain great work       •   Secure your PIN
    Lifetime Learning Credit: This credit can             experience? As soon as you get your new award          •   Check for Institutional scholarships, as well as
help pay for undergraduate courses – including            letter for FWS for 2010-11:                                external scholarships
courses to improve job skills – regardless of the             • Come to Student Financial Service                •   Download direct deposit application forms
number of years in the program. Eligible                        (C-107) or call (718) 482-5935;
taxpayers may qualify for up to $2,000.                       • Sign up for a FWS Orientation/Placement          Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Tuition and Fees Deduction: Students                        workshop;
    and their parents may be able to deduct                   • Be sure to bring your award letter to the        Direct Deposit Through Any Bank
qualified college tuition and related expenses                  workshop.                                           Why wait for checks in the mail? With direct
of up to $4,000. This deduction is an adjustment                                                                 deposit your money will be available to you
to income, which means the deduction will                   If you have any questions, please contact            immediately!
reduce the amount of your income subject to tax.          Manual Ayala, at (718) 482-5015.

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Dollars & Sense
    Direct deposit of your financial aid checks into      Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions
your bank account can be arranged by completing
and submitting the Student Financial Assistance,          1. How do I know that I should be filing as an             7. Must I fill out the Free Application for
Direct Deposit Request/Authorization form, which          independent student?                                       Federal Student Aid/FAFSA to receive a
is available at the Bursar's window (M-building,          You are an independent student if you are:                 student loan?
basement lobby).                                          • 24 years old or older at the time of filing, and/or      Yes
                                                          • A veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, and/or
Pell/TAP Queries?                                         • Married, and/or                                          8. What is TAP?
(800) 433-3243    General information                     • Have a dependent for whom you provide more               TAP is New York State's Tuition Assistance Program,
                  about Federal Aid                          than half of the support.                               which provides grants to students to assist them in
(888) 697-4372                                                                                                       paying tuition. Families with New York State Net
or www.hesc.com Information about                         2. What types of financial aid can I apply for?            Taxable Income of $80,000 or less qualify to receive
                  CUNY TAP application                    You can apply for Federal grants and loans through         TAP grants. TAP awards range from $225 to $5,000.
www.hesc.org      TAP or Loan status                      the FAFSA. The grants consist of:
(888) 697-4372    Stafford Loans                                                                                     New York State offers the following financial aid
                                                          a. Federal Pell Grant                                      programs:
or www.hesc.com                                           b. FSEOG Grant                                             • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
                                                          c. Federal Work Study                                      • Part-Time TAP (PTAP)
(847) 688-6888       Selective Service
or www.sss.gov                                            The loans consist of:                                      • Child of Veteran Award
                                                                                                                     • Child of Deceased Police Officer/Firefighter Award
(888) 442-4551 or                                         a. Federal Direct Loan                                     • Nursing Scholarships
www.va.gov/education VA Education Benefits                b. Federal Perkins Loan                                    • Persian Gulf Veterans Tuition Award
                                                                                                                     • Vietnam Veterans Tuition Award
(800) 647-8733 or                                         3. What is a Federal Pell Grant?
oig.hotline@ed.gov   Report grant fraud to                This is an award for undergraduates that comes from        9. What is College Discovery (CD)?
                     Ed. Dept's Office of                 the Federal Government and does not have to be             This program provides eligible students with
                     Inspector General                    repaid.                                                    concentrated and specialized counseling, remedial
(877) 382-4357 or                                                                                                    instruction, tutorial services and financial aid
www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams                              4. What is Federal Supplemental Educational                stipends for educational expenses. In accordance
Report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)        Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)?                                 with state education law and CUNY policies, students
                                                          FSEOGs are awarded to undergraduate students with          are eligible for admission to the program if they are:
                                                          exceptional financial need - those with the lowest         • Economically disadvantaged.
(866) 653-4261       FTC teletype for the hearing         Expected Family Contribution (EFC) numbers.                • Educationally disadvantaged.
                     impaired                             Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority for         • Graduated from an approved high school or
                                                          FSEOG awards.                                                 attained a New York State high school equivalency
Enrollment Service Center Hours                                                                                         diploma (GED) or the equivalent.
Monday - Thursday         9:00am - 7pm                    5. What is Federal Work Study (FWS)?                       • Did not previously attend a college or university.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday  CLOSED                          Federal Work Study is a program that allows you to         • Resided in New York City for at least one year
                                                          gain valuable work experience and receive financial           prior to the first day of classes.
                                                          assistance toward your education. To apply for FWS
                                                                                                                     You can be certified for the College Discovery
                                                          you must complete the FAFSA application. If eligible,
                                                                                                                     Program after the college has reviewed the
                                                          you will receive an award letter in the mail, along with
                                                                                                                     information you submit on your FAFSA and TAP
                                                          further instructions about the FWS workshop you
                                                                                                                     applications.
                                                          will be required to attend in order to confirm your
                                                          work assignment.
                                                                                                                     10. How do I find out the status of my
 Financial Aid Waiver Appeals                             6. How do I apply for a student loan?                      financial aid application?
                                                                                                                     You can check on the status of your FAFSA applica-
 Academic Year 2010 - 2011                                You must complete a FAFSA application and take
                                                          the borrower’s entrance counseling quiz at                 tion via the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You must have a
                                                          www.dlservicer.ed.gov. Once completed, print out           Federal PIN number to access your information. To
    Financial aid waiver appeals will only be                                                                        obtain a PIN number, go to www.pin.ed.gov. To check
 approved by the Waiver Appeals Committee                 the results of the quiz, go to the Office of Student
                                                          Financial Services website at www.lagcc.cuny.edu/          the status of your TAP application, go to
 within the current academic year. Documents                                                                         www.hesc.org. You must have a state user ID and a
                                                          financialaid and download the Federal Direct Loan
 supporting the appeal must be attached to the                                                                       PIN number to access your information.
                                                          application. Bring both the completed loan
 appeal form for review.                                  application and test results to the Office of Student      You may also check the status of your financial aid
    The dates for supporting documentation                Financial Services in C-107. You must wait for the         through the CUNY Portal at www.cuny.edu. KEEP
 must be within the current academic year that            Office of Student Financial Services’ approval to e-       YOUR PIN NUMBERS IN A SECURE PLACE!
 the appeal is being requested. The decision of           sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN). You must
                                                                                                                     11. What is the CUNY Portal?
 the committee is final.                                  have a PIN number to sign the MPN. Once you
                                                          e-signed your MPN, you will receive a Disclosure           The CUNY Portal is a gateway to all things CUNY:
                                                          Notice from the Department of Education,                   college websites, information about applying to
 TAP and Title IV Appeals                                                                                            CUNY, registration information, financial aid status,
 Submission Dates                                         approximately 10 days before the scheduled
                                                          disbursement date. The Disclosure Notice will              events, campus directories and more. The CUNY
                                                          indicate the approved gross loan amount(s), fees, net      Portal makes it easier and faster to find what you
 Spring 2011          No later than                                                                                  need. You must register on the CUNY Portal website
                                                          loan amounts and anticipated disbursement dates.
                      July 11, 2011                       All loans are disbursed in at least two disbursements.     to gain access to your information.
                                                          You can also go to http://web.laguardia.edu/sfs/
     Students can only apply for a one-time waiver        payments.aspx to see the approximate dates of
 for TAP.                                                 disbursement for your loan and other financial aid         See the May 2011 Student News for more FAQ’s
                                                          checks.


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            Health                                                                                                     April is...
                                                                                                                       Sexual Assault
                                 Corner                                                                                Awareness Month
                                                                                                                          The month of April has been designated Sexual
Health Services Center April 2011 Events                                                                               Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United
Cover the Uninsured                      Tuesday, April 5                           E-Atrium 10:00AM – 5:00PM          States. According to the National Sexual Violence
Last Chance MMR Clinic                   Wednesday, April 13                        E-360 10:00AM – 6:00PM             Resource Center, the goal of SAAM is to raise
                                                                                                                       public awareness about sexual violence and to
Department of Human                      Wednesday, April 13                        M-Building Lobby                   educate communities and individuals on how to
Resources Food Stamp Program                                                        10:00AM – 4:00PM
                                                                                                                       prevent sexual violence.
Elmhurst Hospital Center                  Thursday, April 28                        M-Building Lobby                      Sexual assault and abuse is any type of sexual
Smoking Cessation Program                                                           10:00AM – 4:00PM
                                                                                                                       activity that you do not agree to, including:
AMERIGROUP - Child & Family               Mondays, Fridays                          M-Building Lobby                      • Inappropriate touching
Health Plus Insurance Enroll.             1, 4, 8, 11, 15                           10:00AM – 4:00PM                      • Vaginal, anal or oral penetration
                                                                                                                          • Sexual intercourse that you say no to
AIDS Center of Queens County              Mondays, Thursdays                        Health Services Center MB40
Free HIV and STI testing                  11, 14                                    11:00AM – 4:00PM                      • Rape
                                                                                                                          • Attempted rape
Health First Child & Family               Fridays 1, 8, 15                          E – Building Lobby                    • Child molestation
Health Plus Insurance Enroll.                                                       10:00AM – 4:00PM
Health Plus Child & Family                Tuesdays, Wednesdays                      E – Building Lobby                    Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything
Health Plus Insurance Enroll.             5, 6, 12, 13                              10:00AM – 4:00PM                   that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual
                                                                                                                       contact or attention. Examples are voyeurism,
Steinway Child & Family                   Wednesday, April 6                        M-Building Lobby                   when someone watches private sexual acts;
Services, Inc. CAPE Program                                                         10:00AM- 4:00PM
                                                                                                                       exhibitionism, when someone exposes him or
Metro Plus Child and Family               Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays              C- Building lobby                  herself in public; incest, sexual contact between
Health Plus Insurance Enroll.             4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14                       10:00AM - 4:00PM                   family members; and sexual harassment. It can
HIP Child and Family Health               Thursday, April 7                         E -Atrium                          occur in different situations: in the home by
Plus Insurance Enrollment                                                           10:00AM – 4:00PM                   someone you know, on a date, or by a stranger
Fidelis - Child & Family                  Mondays, Thursdays                        E-Building Lobby                   in an isolated place.
Health Plus Insurance                     4, 7, 11, 14                              10:00 AM – 4:00 PM                    Rape is a common form of sexual assault.
                                                                                                                       Educate yourself on “date rape” drugs, which can
Affinity - Child & Family                 Wednesdays                                C- Building Lobby                  be slipped into a drink when the victim is not
Health Plus Insurance                     6 , 13                                    10:00AM – 4:00PM
                                                                                                                       looking. Never leave your drink unattended, no
Health Services Center                    Tuesdays, Thursdays                       M - Building Lobby                 matter where you are. Attackers use these drugs
Outreach Activities                       5, 7, 12, 14, 26                          10:00AM – 4:00PM                   because they make the victim unable to resist
Hispanic AIDS Forum                       Tuesdays 5, 12                            Health Services Center MB40        assault and because they cause memory loss.
Free HIV Testing for Everyone                                                       11:00AM – 4:00PM                      Rape and sexual assault are never the victim’s
Neighborhood Health Providers             Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays                C – Building Lobby                 fault, no matter where or how it happens.
Child & Family Health Plus                4, 5, 11, 12, 25                          4:00 AM – 8:00 PM                     If you are sexually assaulted, it is not your fault.
Atlantis Health Plan                      Wednesdays, Thursdays                     C – Building Lobby                 Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support. Help is
Insurance Enrollment                      7, 13, 14, 28                             4:00 AM – 8:00 PM                  available. You can contact the College’s Health
                                                                                                                       Services Center located in room MB-40 at (718)
Well Care Child & Family                  Mon, Tues, Wednes                         M – Building Lobby
Health Plus                               4, 6, 11, 12, 25                          4:00 AM – 8:00 PM                  482-5280 or you can call these organizations:
United Health Care Child &                Mon, Tues, Thurs                          E – Building Lobby                    •   National Domestic Violence Hotline
Family Health Plus                        4, 5, 11, 12, 28                          4:00 AM – 8:00 PM                         1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Please note that the Health Services Center reserves the right to change venue and or location without prior notice.
                                                                                                                              or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD)
                                                                                                                          •   National Sexual Assault Hotline
                                                                                                                              1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
                                                                                                                          There are organizations and hotlines in every
                                                                                                                       state and territory. These crisis centers and
                                                                                                                       agencies work hard to stop assaults and help
                                                                                                                       victims. You can find contact information for these
                                                                                                                       organizations at http://www.womenshealth.gov/
                                                                                                                       violence/state/.

                                                                                                                       How can I help someone
                                                                                                                       who has been sexually assaulted?
                                                                                                                       You can help someone who is abused or who has
                                                                                                                       been assaulted by listening and offering comfort.
                                                                                                                       Go with her or him to the police, the hospital or
                                                                                                                       counseling. Reinforce the fact that he or she is not
                                                                                                                       at fault and that it is natural to feel angry and
                                                                                                                       ashamed.

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  Free Student Success Workshops - Upcoming Spring 2011
Sponsored by the First Year Academies and the Center for Counseling, Advising & Academic Support

Time Management Skills in 30 minutes or less! Geared for evening
students, everyone will walk away with helpful hints. For those who don’t
have class at 5:45, there can be an extra 15 minutes for questions.
Monday, April 18             5:15- 5:45        Room MB10       E. Olivares

DegreeWorks Training (by advisors): Learn to use LaGuardia’s degree audit
and academic tracking system! It allows you to view your progress and make
plans for the future.
Monday, April 18             12:00-1:00        Room C126       A. Abramov

Do You Have an Attitude? We all have different thoughts, feelings, beliefs
and opinions about the various aspects of our lives, including our academic
lives. The attitudes we hold have a direct impact on our ability to succeed.
What attitudes do YOU have about your ability to succeed in school? Do you
expect to fail, “barely pass” or succeed with flying colors? Do these attitudes
affect your ability to study effectively, complete assignments on time, and
approach your assignments with enthusiasm? Come to this workshop to
explore ways to move past attitudes that sabotage success!
Tuesday, April 5             5:00-6:00         Room MB10       M. Hodge &
                                                               S. Cevallos
Thursday, April 7            1:00-2:00         Room E400       M. Hodge &
                                                               S. Cevallos




            WHAT IF…
                            DEFINED BY A SPIRIT OF COURAGEOUS IDEALISM, LaGuardia
                            was described in its first Middle State evaluation report as “one of
                            the more exciting urban ‘garden spots’ in America,” by Middle
                            States lead evaluator Dr. Harry Bard, president of the Community
                            College of Baltimore. LaGuardia received the highest accreditation
                            possible by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle
                            States Association a mere three years after opening its doors in
                            1971.
                               Thanks to that legacy of collaborative cooperation, LaGuardia              ABOVE:
                            has since been accredited by Middle States for each successive five           LAGUARDIA’S FIRST MIDDLE
                                                                                                          STATES SELF-STUDY REPORT.
                            year evaluation period. As we continue to move forward with the
                            current, ongoing Middle States evaluation process, President
                                                                                                          BELOW:
                            Shenker’s recipe for success back then is a timeless one: “Since              TODAY, THE COLLEGE COMMUNITY
                            the College opened in the fall of 1971, members of the faculty,               CAN LEARN ABOUT LAGUARDIA’S
                                                                                                          MIDDLE STATES ACCREDITATION
                            administration, and student body have                                         PROCESS ONLINE.
                            joined hands and worked diligently
                            toward creating diversified,
                            challenging academic programs.                  What is
                            Such an outstanding endeavor                Middle States
                            by all segments of our College            and why does it
                            has been richly rewarded by                     matter?
                            receipt of the highest level of Middle
                            States accreditation possible.”

                                         LEARN MORE by visiting
                                         www.laguardia.edu/middlestates



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 Become a Veterinary Technician                                                                                 Donation Day
    Animals give people unconditional love, and            What types of jobs can a veterinary technician          “Donation Day” is a simple idea I came up with
many people wonder what the best way is to show        hold? The field of work for a veterinary technician     to contribute to LaGuardia’s humanitarian efforts.
love and appreciation in return. One way, is to        has many opportunities. Besides working in              Twice a year everyone entering the campus is
study the field of Veterinary Technology. If you are   private clinics and animal hospitals, some              encouraged to make a financial donation to help
considering a career as a veterinary technician,       veterinary technologists and technicians work in        offset the effects of catastrophic disasters
you are in for one of the most rewarding careers       research facilities, zoos, biomedical research,         worldwide. In collaboration with the Bursar and
out there. If you love animals and would like to be    wildlife medicine, livestock management,                Business offices, Student Life spearheads this
able to help them in more ways than just petting,      pharmaceutical sales, and increasingly, in              fundraising activity. Sealed cans are placed in high
hugging, and feeding, then becoming a vet tech is      biosecurity and disaster preparedness. The U.S.         traffic areas where the Student Government
the right choice.                                      Department of Labor expects a substantial               Association, Student Advisory Council members
    So you may be wondering, what exactly does a       increase in the number of jobs available for            and other dedicated students volunteer to solicit
Veterinary Technician do? A veterinary technician      veterinary technicians.                                 funds.
helps veterinarians provide medical care to                Where can you go to become a credentialed               After Chancellor Matthew Goldstein requested
animals and run veterinary practices or research       veterinary technician? Right here at LaGuardia          that each campus have a Catastrophic Disaster
laboratories. Veterinary technicians perform many      Community College! The College has an American          Relief Coordinator, I was appointed such by
of the same duties for a veterinarian that a nurse     Veterinary Medical Association accredited               Associate Director of the Student Life Office, Irene
would perform for a physician. Under the               program, which when completed, will allow you to        Sosa. At first clothes and canned goods were
supervision of a veterinarian, they may perform        sit for the national examination. The program is        collected for hurricane victims in both New
laboratory tests such as urinalysis and blood          competitive, and it boasts a very high pass rate on     Orleans and Haiti. However, soon it became
counts, assist with dental care and cleanings,         the national exam. Presently, all of our graduates      apparent that the most effective way to help was to
expose and develop radiographs, prepare tissue         have found employment in their areas of interest.       raise money. The first “Donation Day” was called
samples, perform and maintain anesthesia, take             If you have any questions regarding the             “Dollar Day,” but I quickly realized that many
blood samples, record patients' case histories,        Veterinary Technology program, please feel free to      people contributed more than a dollar. The
assist in surgery, and play a large role in client     contact us at (718) 482-5470.                           generosity of LaGuardians facilitated the name
education.                                                                                                     change from “dollar“ to “donor!”
                                                                                                                   So far this fundraising tool has assisted people
                                                                                                               in Indonesia, Haiti, Italy, the Philippines, Chile,
                                                                                                               Pakistan and Japan. Since the fall 2008 semester
  Green Week at LaGuardia                                                                                      “Donation Day” has become an institutional part
                                                                                                               of LaGuardia’s culture and will possibly become
   From April 12 - 14, LaGuardia's Sustainability Council will be giving away                                  CUNY–wide.

   eco-friendly products, offering Green Education workshops, and unveiling                                       For more information on Donation Days,
   sustainable projects during our 2011 Green Week events! Show your support by                                contact: Jeffery Kazembe Batts, LaGuardia
   participating. Be sure to visit LaGuardia’s Sustainability Web site for updates:                            Disaster Relief Coordinator, Student Life
                                                                                                               Ext. 5195
   http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/sustainability/




                                                                 Go Meatless
                                                                                                on Mondays!
                                                          The LaGuardia Sustainability Council is proud      Meatless Mondays, a non-profit initiative of the
                                                       to announce that our dining services, MBJ, is now     Monday Campaigns, in partnership with the John
                                                       offering Meatless Monday specials in our              Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, is
                                                       cafeterias.                                           designed to improve the health of citizens and our
                                                          Eliminating meat from your diet once a week        planet by encouraging people to consume less
                                                       can not only help reduce your risk of chronic         meat in a conscientious and measurable way.
                                                       preventable conditions like cardiovascular disease,       To learn more about the movement, including
                                                       diabetes and obesity but it also reduces pesticide    meatless recipes you can make at home, please
                                                       pollution, water pollution, greenhouse gas            visit: http://www.meatlessmonday.com/
                                                       emissions and rain forest degradation.                    While you're there, why not pledge to go
                                                          LaGuardia now joins the over 40 colleges and       meatless one day a week?
                                                       universities nationwide who have joined the
                                                       Meatless Monday international movement.


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