THE LIBI LOG
2015 1ST QUARTER - WINTER EDITION Dear LIBI Community To those of you celebrating the Lunar New Year – I send my sincerest wishes of sunshine, good health and prosperity for the year of the goat!
It is generally with this LIBI Log message that I bid winter a farewell each year; unfortunately, given that we just experienced the coldest February since 1934, the only thing I can say this year is…brrrrrr! My best advice is to keep your water-resistant winter boots handy and let’s all hope that New York’s groundhog, Staten Island Chuck, was right and the spring will be early this year. The one positive of living through the third coldest February on record, according to the National Weather Service, is all the extra time one has to read and to catch up on e-mails and interesting tweets.
Science is not a set of answers; it is a procedure.
- Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb, February 28, 2015, via Twitter
I want all of us in the LIBI community to reflect on this statement, recently delivered by one of the preeminent mathematicians and philosophers of the day, Dr. Taleb. I also heartily recommend all of his works. Originally an options trader by profession, Dr. Taleb is now a philosopher, tackling, in a highly mathematical but also highly accessible way, major questions surrounding risk, extreme events, and the processes by which people think about and—in many cases—catastrophically miscalculate them. How does one prepare for the unforeseen? How does one estimate the probability of (and the magnitude of ) extreme events? In his work “The Black Swan” one main premise is that the absence of evidence is not necessarily the evidence of absence. Deep stuff—but highly applicable to everyday life (just because we hadn’t seen a residential real estate “crash” didn’t mean it wasn’t coming in 2007-2009). How to think critically, and structure a procedure to think critically, rather than accept “the answers” from “experts”, is at the heart of the professor’s work—and it should be, in my opinion, at the center of a good post-secondary education. So, how do we, as a college community, seek a life of procedure, rather than acceptance of mere sets of answers?
I think far too many people, particularly those involved in political, theological, and (indeed) educational pursuits, often believe they have come to some possession of the “set of answers” to which Dr. Taleb refers. A true scientist, and indeed a true “expert,” is constantly a skeptic, particularly of his or her own certainty. Look at the ongoing conflicts around the world: how many of these are, at the heart, a reflection of a group with a “set of answers”, a dogma, looking to quash any process that may lead to contrary opinion? A world of “answers” rather than process is, at its heart, the antithesis of the college education you pursue. In my view, a world of “answers” rather than “process” leads to acts like the horrific murder of French satirists and cartoonists earlier this year. Sadly, the catastrophic act was perpetrated by people who had been handed “the answers” by those who kill people with conflicting views. Even more sadly, entire societies are constructed to destroy, rather than foster, scientific procedure and the necessary skepticism required by the investigative process. This thinking is not confined to the geopolitical stage. While some things are fairly certain (the upcoming April 15 filing deadline reminds me of the Will Rogers “death and taxes” quip), most “truths” people cling to about politics, and even science, are not. (Pluto has been demoted from being a planet). Linear thinkers, who believe science or education is a “set of answers” and not a “process” should heed the words of Obi Wan Kenobi, who admonished Luke in Return of the Jedi “you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” A post-secondary education should, in my view, give you the tools to avoid clinging to the “truths” and “answers” given by “experts” and instead develop a process to get to better understanding. Question experts, question dogma, because, as Obi Wan also said “Who’s the more foolish, the fool, or the fool who follows him? As we dig out from under the snow, hopefully for the last time this winter, I wish you a wonderful spring!
Monica W. Foote President
LIBRARY THE DREAM WALL
STALKING AWARENESS MONTH By Adriana Arguelles
On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his speech ‘I Have a Dream” in front of 250,000 people, while millions more watched him on television. Dr. King never thought that his iconic speech would inspire and motivate so many people who were, and still are, struggling for civil rights, not just in America, but in many other nations as well. “ … So, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” LIBI asked our community about their dreams, and, together, we all built a ‘Dream Wall” where students, faculty, and staff shared their beautiful dreams that will hopefully come true soon.
By Adriana Arguelles
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, stalking “is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.” The stalker will try to gather information from friends, co-workers, classmates, relatives, or anyone who can provide valuable information. Then probably unwanted encounters will occur and/or unexpected gifts may be received. Unwanted phone calls, text messages, e-mails, or persistent attempts to start a conversation can be warning signs if they create fear in the targeted person. This is really serious given that, according to the NCVC, 66% of female victims and 41% of male victims are stalked by former intimate partners.
In January, the library and the Title IX coordinator distributed information regarding this scourge. We are fully committed to imbuing a sense of responsibility within our community regarding this issue. If you are a victim of stalking or know of someone in our college community who is being stalked, our Title IX Coordinator, Professor Jasmine Downer, can help you. Remember this is a crime.
A LEGEND OF LOVE: THE VEILED VERSION OF VALENTINE’S DAY By Shelby Schwartz
Celebrated throughout America, Valentine’s Day is a time to express love and friendship for the special people in our lives. However, many people who celebrate this holiday are unaware that it has been celebrated annually since the days of the Roman Empire. Ancient Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia on the 15th of February; this festival was believed to foster love, health, and fertility for the Romans. A matchmaking lottery would take place, as would the ritualistic sacrifice of a goat. As the Catholic Church spread in medieval Europe, it began to Christianize pagan festivals such as Lupercalia. They gave February 14th the title of Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate the martyrdom of one or more men named Valentine, some of whom were executed by the Roman Emperor Claudius II on February 14th in the 3rd century A.D. One of these men named Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who had been forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians who were persecuted in ancient Rome for their religion. Customs that we recognize as commonplace on Valentine’s Day, such as the exchange of cards and gifts, are rumored to have begun with this particular Saint Valentine, who was imprisoned by Claudius. It is believed that, during his time behind bars, Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. Prior to his execution, Valentine allegedly sent the girl a letter which he signed “from your Valentine.” Have you ever wondered why Cupid is associated with Valentine’s Day? Well, this association can be traced back to the Romans too. To the Romans, Cupid was the god of desire, love, and attraction. Depicted as a mischievous, winged child with a bow and arrow,
Cupid would shoot his arrows into the hearts of others, causing them to fall in love. Due to his affiliation with love, Cupid became a popular icon for Valentine’s Day. Even today, Cupid and his arrows can be found on Valentine’s Day cards and decorations.
As the centuries continued, Valentine’s Day gained popularity throughout the world. Both Shakespeare and Chaucer romanticized the holiday in their work. The medieval belief that birds would select their mates on February 14th helped promulgate the romantic ideals of Valentine’s Day as well. Soon, the holiday became recognized in the New World. Beginning in the 19th century, the technological advances associated with the Industrial Revolution allowed for the mass production of factory-made Valentine’s Day cards. In 1913, Hallmark Cards began producing Valentine’s Day cards; since then, the holiday has become extremely popular and enormously marketable. From pagan rituals to the exchange of flowers, candy, and jewelry, the customs associated with Valentine’s Day have undergone many modifications throughout the years. Today, the holiday has become more of a tradition than a religious celebration. Whether you celebrate the holiday with heartfelt cards, delectable chocolates, or the less popular sacrificial goat, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let those closest to you know how much they mean to you.
• www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133693152/the-dark-origins-of-valentines-day • www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/modern/jb_modern_valentin_1.html • www.memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/feb14.html
LIBI AND NEW YORK CITY’S DIVERSITY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE By Eugene Ritchie
Ever since Henry Hudson sailed up the river that now bears his name and was followed by Dutch settlers in lower Manhattan, New York has been the siren city for peoples from every corner of Planet Earth who are looking for freedom.
While mostly Europeans comprised the early waves of 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries’ immigrations, immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean have come to New York of late in greater numbers. In fact, according to the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigration, today some 6-in-10 New Yorkers are either immigrants or children of immigrants. One major reason people emigrate to America from many different lands is to obtain a great education. LIBI is a prime example: We attract students from all over the world because of our curriculum, reputation, and diverse student body.
By far, LIBI’s largest population is Chinese, when you combine New York, Commack and Flushing campuses, representing close to 700 students or about 42% of the total student population. More than 100 students hail from the Dominican Republic, and students from Korea. Ecuador, Bangladesh, Haiti, and Jamaica also boast significant populations, according to school statistics. While statistics are important, it’s the human beings behind those numbers that best tell the story of New York’s (and LIBI’s) diversity. “I came to America three years ago,” says John Huang, an Office Technology major at the New York City extension, “for a better job, to support my family, and to speak better English.” John works part-time in a Chinese restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Near-term, his dream is to work in an office for a prestigious company. A Brooklyn resident, he can often be found in the 408 Broadway library doing homework or listening to pop or classical music on his iPod. The major reasons Muhammed Pappo came to America three years ago were “to be with family and seize opportunities” that he hopes will come his way. A native of Bangladesh, Muhammed echoes what many students say, “English is not an easy language to learn.” As a result, he has experienced “hard times” while here. He intends to continue his education after graduating from LIBI, and enjoys watching American movies that feature Bangladeshi subtitles.
One of Muhammed’s fellow countrymen is Shahab Siddike, who came to New York from Bangladesh seven years ago. He is a Business Management major and with good reason; Shahab is the owner/partner of Papa John’s restaurants in Brooklyn and New Jersey. An Upper East Side Manhattan resident, he intends to “continue in the restaurant business for the foreseeable future.” Daisy Tan and Yan Li Deng came to the U.S. separately, three years and one year ago, respectively. They have been inseparable ever since. Daisy hails from Tasshong, a city in Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China. Although Yan Li was reluctant to leave her native city, Kaiping, she joined her family here and enrolled as
an Accounting major. “Learning English,” Yan Li says, “has been different and difficult.” When she is not working part-time in a spa or babysitting, Yan Li says she “loves to spend money shopping.” Daisy’s only lament is that New York’s “living space is too small.” That is why the open green space of Central Park is Daisy’s favorite landmark: “Central Park makes the city seem far away.” Education, opportunity, family, freedom, and the wide-open spaces, wherever they are found in New York, no doubt will continue to attract people from all over the world for the foreseeable future. According to the 2013 report, The Newest New Yorkers, the “gate to immigration could open even further in the years to come,” as a result of the increase in naturalized citizens.
LIBI welcomes all!
SAFE INTERNET By Terry Canavan
In 2000, the Justice Department acknowledged the need for greater education, particularly in computer literacy, to fight cyber-crime. Educating the general population about ways in which information technology (IT) can be abused and about information security technologies can reduce society’s vulnerability.
Safer Internet Day (SID), a global initiative organized by Insafe, is observed every year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones around the world. This year, SID was on February 10, 2015, and discussions were posted across different social media outlets about what you can do year-round to keep yourself and your family safer and more secure online. We have all heard of stories where a person has posted a negative comment or video on social media only to have it damage their opportunity for getting into college or getting a good job. Students in college need to develop a positive net reputation. Students’ net reputations are their images on the Internet. Daniel Kent, president and executive director of Net Literacy, has written an article on 12 easy ways students can enhance their net reputations and ensure their virtual selves reflect positively on all that they do.
If you have a Facebook profile, tweet, or blog, or post comments online, then these digital footprints can help get the good word out about you and work to your benefit. When we want to learn more about someone these days, the first thing that many of us do is to Google them. You can be certain that others have checked you out online and, given that net reputations are all about perceptions, it’s wise to cultivate a positive online reputation in the same thoughtful manner that you write your own résumé. According to Mr. Kent, here are 12 ways students can maximize their online reputation:
1. Google yourself regularly so that you know what others see when they Google you. Make certain that you sign out of your Google account so that you can receive more neutral results that aren’t optimized for your location and search habits. 2. If you use Twitter, review your tweets to ensure they reflect your professional persona and the manner in which you seek to be branded. You should add (or delete) followers focusing on building relationships rather than merely follower counts. 3. Define yourself and get the good word out to others. Create a Google profile at https://accounts.google.com/Login?service=profiles.
4. Keep your personal information private. Use privacy controls on your social networking sites to limit personal information that you don’t want publicly viewed.
5. Be proactive. Use Google’s tool for reputation management: The “Me on the Web” section in your Google Dash-
board can help you understand and manage what people see when they search for you on Google. In addition to allowing you to be notified when your personal data appears on the web (Google Alerts), this service enables you to remove unwanted content. 6. Review your Facebook and other social networking content. Conduct an annual “spring cleaning” by untagging pictures and posts that do not reflect your positive net reputation.
7. Remember the Golden Rule. Be honest, thoughtful, respectful, and consistent online. Treat others as you want to be treated. Say “thank you” often and that you’re sorry when an apology is appropriate. Carefully listen to feedback and use good “netiquette.”
8. Be authentic. Reveal the authentic you without going off-message in your posts, blogs, pictures, and tweets. Ask yourself “I won’t regret this later, will I?” before posting it online. If you are unsure how your content will impact your net reputation, reflect upon your post by sleeping on it before posting it.
9. What you “Like” and “+1” becomes part of who you are and can be a very positive reflection on you. Be thoughtful before “Liking” or “+1ing” a cause, picture, or article since your net reputation is influenced by the content that you promote.
10. Be active by doing something that is meaningful. As an example, blog thoughtfully, responsibly and positively about topics that are important to you. Participate in relevant online communities. This will help contribute to the quality of online discourse and enable others that search on your name to see your contributions. 11. Choose an e-mail address that reflects well on your net reputation and contributes to your personal brand.
12. Your net reputation is part of who you are in the real and virtual worlds. It is the positive online force that can be as powerful and as useful during your job search as your own résumé. By engaging in online activities in a manner that reflects the positive and thoughtful person that you are, you contribute positively to the online discourse and enhance your net reputation. Cultivating your net reputation is an investment in your future that will provide a lifetime of tangible results. Students can learn other ways to enhance their net reputation by visiting http://www.NetLiteracy.org
CAMPUS EVENTS ANNUAL POST-THANKSGIVING / PRE-CHRISTMAS MINI-CONCERT By Prof. Jesus Chan and Prof. Jasmine Downer
For the fourth straight year, the Long Island Business Institute Choir held its annual Post-Thanksgiving/Pre-Christmas Mini-Concert on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Professor Anthony Salvatore, a professor of business at LIBI NYC Extension Center, was welcomed as the choir’s newest member.
The program kicked off at 1:30 p.m. In addition to a medley of religious and secular carols, the program included a skit “Christmas Misunderstood” written by Professors Jasmine Downer and Jose Santana and performed by Professor Jesus Chan and Ms. Wendy Vasquez, a Homeland Security student. Ms. Irene Hffur, a medical student, played “How Great Thou Art” on her flute. Professor Jasmine Downer read the poem “A Soldier’s Silent Night.” The concert ended with “A Very LIBI Christmas,” an adaptation of Burl Ives’ “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.” The lyrics were by Robert Nester, a professor at LIBI NYC. President Foote and Professor Linda Buncom came up with the title.
The proceeds of this year’s concert, which was $570, went to the Chinese Christian Herald Crusade (CCHC), a non-governmental funded community-based social service agency and a para-church organization. Three of the organization’s representatives, Sarah, Mack, and Kai Xin Tay were in attendance. Ms. Tay sang with the choir. Our gratitude to all of you who have supported this event throughout the years!
LIBI COMMACK FUNDRAISERS By Sheila Baldwin
Throughout the year, the Long Island Business Institute, Commack Campus, hosts fundraisers to support local community needs. In August and September of 2014 we hosted a fundraiser for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Team Hope Walk, which took place at Belmont Lake State Park on September 7, 2014. This fundraiser was to raise funds in support of finding a cure for this debilitating disease and to raise awareness about it. One of our faculty members walked in the Team Hope Walk and with the help of faculty, students, and staff, she was able to exceed her goal of $2,000 to donate to this worthy cause. The Commack Campus also adopts a needy family each year from the community, and many baskets are donated by faculty, students, and staff, to be raffled off just before the winter recess. Other people who work in the building were also generous enough to donate baskets and purchase raffle tickets in support of this effort. The baskets consisted of a Regal Theater gift card along with a dinner gift card at the Miller’s Ale House for a “Night Out” basket; Applebee’s gift card; a Bed, Bath & Beyond gift card; Vera Bradley tote and wallet; lottery tickets; $50 in cash; Starbucks gift card and various other baskets of diverse contents. The raffle took place on December 19, 2014. The Commack Campus raised a substantial amount in support of our family’s needs and wants. Because of the generosity of everyone who was involved in this effort, one family had a little bit better holiday this year.
We will soon be hosting a food drive to support a local food pantry. This fundraiser will begin in March or April, and we will collect non-perishable food items for families in our community. It’s always uplifting to see the generosity of the faculty, staff, and students alike to assist those less fortunate than themselves. We look forward to a “fruitful” collection of items.
STUDENT LIFE HALLOWEEN AT NYC By Linda K. Buncom
The LIBI-NYC Retention Committee hosted its first annual Halloween party at the Manhattan campus on October 30th. The event was the talk of the campus. Everyone laughed and howled! Students, faculty, and staff tricked or treated in the ghostly halls of the Student Learning Center, decorated by committee members Linda Buncom, Ronald Murray, Julia Scalia, Arielle Ortiz, Andrew Chan, Shirley Rios, Laura Peoples, and Michael Scimeca. Chairman Leon Lee made an appearance dressed as the hero Zorro while President Foote and Provost Johnson dressed as modern-day witches. Zombies, vampires, mad hatters, and nether-worldly creatures posed for photos under a spider-infested ceiling of cobwebs with goblins and
witches. However, not all of them could be seen in the actual pictures afterwards! Both the living and dead exchanged gruesome tales of the macabre while gobbling treats to haunting melodies, such as the Monster Mash and other ghastly tunes! A special thanks to Chairman Lee’s daughters, Olivia and Veronica, who provided makeup for all
CHRISTMAS AT NYC
the living who wanted to join the ranks of the walking dead. The LIBI-NYC Retention Committee’s main goal is to provide students with a collegiate experience both inside and outside the classroom through school-sponsored academic and social events. Hoping to go haunting at the Student Learning Center next year!
ESL CLUB MEETING By Linda K. Buncom
By Qizi Zhang
The LIBI-NYC Retention Committee hosted its first annual Christmas party at the Manhattan campus on December 18th. Santa Claus came to LIBI-NYC with his naughty and nice list. He checked it once, he checked it twice, and every student, faculty and staff member was nice. He set up shop by the fireplace in the Student Learning Center Ski Lodge. He heard Christmas wishes, took pictures, and shared good cheer for a prosperous and healthy New Year. From there, he and all his visitors could see the skiers skiing down Mount Success. Those not wishing to ski could visit the Career Village or sit in the lodge and enjoy the view while listening to carols, and feel the warmth of the LIBI log. Committee members Linda Buncom, Ronald Murray, Julia Scalia, Ariel Ortiz, Andrew Chan, Shirley Rios, Laura Peoples, and Michael Scimeca provided the decorations. The LIBI-NYC Retention Committee’s main goal is to provide students with a collegiate experience, both inside and outside the classroom, through school-sponsored academic and social events. Looking forward to seeing you Christmas 2015 at the Student Center Ski Lodge!
The ESL Club had its first meeting of the LIBI fall semester on October 31st in Room 317. Students packed the room as ESL teachers set up for presentations, games, and candy. The meeting started out with Robert Nester sharing and reading aloud a story about an American living in Italy who reflects upon missing Halloween while studying abroad. Peter Horan’s presentation about Halloween in the United States followed.
The PowerPoint included origins of the holiday as well as some typical Halloween symbols. Following a short video, Peter Horan and Zuzanna Jamrozek collected slips of paper from the students upon which they had written something they fear. Many students shared the same fears, such as spiders, snakes, and ghosts. Peter and Zuzanna played some Pictionary with the students drawing the fears on the board and having students guess the fear. Some students even drew their own fears (zombies and vampires). Instructor Ivan Moore shared his fear of death and learned something new about Chinese zombies. (They jump instead of walk and can even fly!) Presidents Lee and Foote stopped by to pass out candy and wish the students a Happy Halloween!
SUSHI CHEFS By Caroline Halstead
Got sushi? Jun Yi Yan and Yao Bin Lei do! They are both fulltime students studying English as a Second Language (ESL) at the LIBI Manhattan campus - but they are also skillful sushi chefs. They displayed their talents to the delight of students, faculty, and staff at the recent holiday party in December. Jun Yi and Yao Bin were interviewed by their fellow classmates for this article. It was very interesting to learn even more about them. Jun Yi is from Guang Dong, Taishan, China. He came to New York last year and he lives in Brooklyn with his girlfriend, Li. He learned to make sushi in 2010 at Chinese restaurants in Taishan and Zhu Hai. He says making sushi is a lot of fun. He likes sushi, but his favorite food is spicy Sichuan food. He isn’t working in a sushi restaurant now because he is studying English. He also enjoys playing pool and playing basketball.
Yao Bin, also from Guang Dong, now also lives in Brooklyn with his mother, Qin, and father, Pu. He came to New York three years ago. He learned to make sushi two years ago at Sushi-O Restaurant in Edison, New Jersey. For Yao Bin, it is easy. Although he eats sushi sometimes, his favorite food is from Guang Dong, especially shrimp dumplings. Ray isn’t working in a sushi restaurant now because he is studying English. He began school at LIBI last year. He also likes to watch movies, draw pictures, and take photographs.
In their ESL classes at the LIBI Manhattan campus, Jun Yi and Yao Bin are learning English and many practical skills, such as how to pay bills, make doctor appointments, write emails and how to sign apartment leases. They spend many hours each week practicing speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar skills. They also write blogs about their daily lives in New York and how they spend time with friends and family. These accomplished young men are hard at work improving their English, but, chances are, their homework will include a few seafood tempura rolls.
CHINESE AMERICANS: THE HISTORY OF EXCLUSION By Prof. Jasmine Downer
On January 15, 2015, students from ESL111A and ESL112A taught by Professors J. Downer and F. Leone visited the New York Historical Society where they viewed an exhibition on Chinese Immigration entitled Chinese Americans: Exclusion/ Inclusion. This was a very fulfilling trip as students learned about the obstacles that generations before them overcame to open the doors for the Chinese to have a home in the USA. The exhibition, portrayed through media and artifacts, presented stories that I am positive are not well-known. These include the Voyage of the Empress of China, which sailed from New York in the late 18th century, the “young Chinese boys [who] were sent by their government to study at the elite New England schools during the nineteenth century; the unprecedented immigration legislation known as the Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred most Chinese from entering the United States; the nineteenth-century newspaper, Chinese American, and its founder Wong Chin Foo; [and] the Chinese American activists who used the American justice system to try to overturn the Exclusion Act.”
people faced. As Li Rong Jiang (ESL111A) stated: “I was sad because the people came to the USA; it was hard for them, and I remember it was hard for me too.” Students also learned new words/terms such as “peace, amity, commerce with China, progress and discontent.” The short video on the history of the U.S.A. had them enthralled, but, as to be expected, they were saddened by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
As we look back on this period in history and reflect on the contributions that the Chinese have made to the development of the United States, we can only say that when you allow people to use their potential, you open the world up to new ideas and wider perspectives. As Miao Wang (William) of ESL111A writes, “Freedom, exploration, and innovation [are] the motive force of development.”
The students were surprised to learn how far back Chinese immigration had begun. Their comments ranged from happy to have learned something they never knew of their history, to sad to see the oppression their
2014 Week Of Works HOSPITALITY PRESENTER: RUDOLF MERLIN OF CREME PASTRY SHOP By Jose Santana
December 2, 2014, the Tuesday morning BUS110 (Hotel and Resort Management) and BUS101 (The Hospitality Industry) classes were excited to welcome Mr. Rudolf Merlin of Creme Pastry Shop. Mr. Merlin was born in Migennes, France, and at the age of 14 started a pre-apprenticeship, which later became an apprenticeship in pastry arts at the Fine Maison Debrosses and continued for three years. Merlin talked to the students about having a dream and following that dream to reach your goals - he knew he wanted to be in a kitchen when he was five years old and followed his older brother, a chef, into the culinary arts.
After his apprenticeship, he wanted to come to the United States. However, obtaining his visa took some time. He spent the next few years traveling around the world, developing his trade ,and learning about other cultures along the way. After leaving France, he traveled to Mumbai, India, where he was a consulting chef for an opening restaurant and pastry shop, spending time there to develop the kitchen and organize tastings in French cuisine. After leaving Mumbai, he spent the next year managing a team of pastry cooks for a bakery in Sydney, Australia, developing better techniques and improving the efficiency of both labor and inventory control. He then travelled to Angola where he was the opening pastry trainer for an on- and off-shore team for Sodexo.
Finally, in 2008, his visa papers were approved, and he obtained a job teaching at a culinary institute in Texas. From there, he went on to train chefs at the French Culinary Institute and CUNY Tech in New York City. In 2013, anxious to return to the kitchen, he obtained a job with Francois Payard in Las Vegas, where he spent the next couple of years as the executive pastry chef, training, monitoring and developing the staff for the world famous baker. While there, he caught the attention of a businessmen who would go on
to become his partner in his new venture, Creme Pastry Shop, in Flushing, NY.
The bakery will be opening in 2015 near Northern Boulevard and 160th Street, located inside a larger scale market offering a variety of delicacies to the Flushing community. Rudy plans to start on a small scale and eventually develop a greater range of offerings, such as cakes and macaroons. Once successful, he hopes to develop the concept into a profitable corporation, offering pastries and the like in various communities. The students were inspired by all that Rudolf had to say about developing your career and maintaining a positive work/life balance in a city where balance can be easily thrown off. His best piece of advice was to stay positive, have a goal, and never stop searching for opportunities to reach that goal. He developed his career by setting goals and taking steps to achieve them, learning from his failures and using them to reflect, learn, and advance towards the future. He recommended the students try to find positions where they will stay for a length of time needed for their development, which for him was two years. After two years, he re-evaluated his arrangement, keeping his eyes open for new opportunities and determining whether or not the position was still offering him a way to continue learning and building upon his goals.
Creme Pastry Shop will be opening soon, and LIBI students are invited to apply for positions. Upon opening, it will offer cashier positions for those with limited experience. Further down the road, when he can contribute more time to individual development, Mr. Merlin plans to offer internships/apprenticeships to those interested in learning more about operating a pastry shop and learning the pastry arts.
shops EVENT @ LIBI WEEK OF WORKSHOPS EVENT BUSINESS DEPARTMENT By Jose Santana
In November, the Business Department sponsored the second Week of Workshops, an event which allows local businesses the opportunity to showcase their companies and talk to students about what it means to be in their field. LIBI was grateful for the chance to host Dr. Berkita Bradford (Professor of Hospitality, St. John’s University), Ms. Rain Zheng (Health Insurance Program Specialist, Fidelis Care, New York), and Mr. Ryan Letts (NYC Veteran Business Advisor, Brooklyn Small Business Development Center), as well as some of our own students who currently study at LIBI and own and operate their own companies. Each employer presented valuable information to the students about developing their careers and/or companies.
Dr. Bradford introduced a few points about St. John’s University and the advantage LIBI students have in the articulation agreement with St. John’s: qualified LIBI students are eligible to transfer into St. John’s and receive credit for almost all of their LIBI coursework, allowing them to complete their bachelor’s degree in just two years after graduating from LIBI. Dr. Bradford emphasized that the service industry is one of the few industries in the world that are growing, and while entry level positions may not require specific education or experience, a bachelor’s degree offers the best employment outlook. The other benefits of transferring into St. John’s include their extensive study-abroad program and their networking abilities. St. John’s requires an internship to graduate, which allows students to gain valuable work experience, as well as find the best possible connections for their desired position through St. John’s internship coordinator. Ms. Rain Zheng spoke about various insurance options available to students, why insurance is important, and the job options available at Fidelis. She also highlighted Obamacare and the Marketplace for medical coverage.
Mr. Ryan Letts of the NYC Veteran Business Advisor, Brooklyn Small Business Development Center, provided an excellent overview for students hoping to become successful in business and introduced some of the ways working with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help. The SBDC is an organization located in communities all over the United States. It helps future and current business owners understand business planning, find funding, develop marketing plans, assess feasibility, and comply with licensing requirements, as well as local, state and, national regulations. The Small Business Development Centers are frequently run out of college campuses and provide their services free of charge by partnering with businesses in both the public and private sectors. Last but not least, the LIBI students presenting their businesses included Naki K. Daniels, realtor and owner of Towers Powers Management Corporation, and Adnan Shahid, owner of Wise Drugs Pharmacy, who showed their fellow classmates how, with drive and determination, anyone can start their own business. The students spoke of the risks and challenges they took on in order to become more successful and emphasized
the importance of their continuing education to further develop the depth of their skills regarding the operation of their business and interaction with prospective partners or customers. Additionally, Sarah Adu Addo discussed the impact social media has on business.
A panel discussion moderated by Desmond Davy and comprised of LIBI students and business instructors included positive dialogue and dynamic interaction on the topic of how “employees’ happiness matters more than you think.” Panelists offered their views on the importance of employees’ happiness within the workplace. The audience and panelists exchanged ideas and questions. Furthermore, the WOW event also included a musical instrumental by Jie Jie Han and a business jeopardy game.
The event included a variety of information for students, allowing them to consider the different avenues available to them: continuing education, self-employment, or employment in an organization.
Overall, the students who participated really enjoyed hearing about the different opportunities available to them after graduation and how to take advantage of available career options or to continue their education through the agreement with St. John’s, pursuing further growth and the bigger and better opportunities that may come along with it. The LIBI students who presented were a great inspiration to their fellow students and many students left the presentation with higher aspirations and loftier goals.
SAFETY CORNER U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY - THE PARADIGM SHIFTS... By Prof. Paul J. Schmick
The attack against the U.S. on September 11, 2001, pressed the U.S. government to evaluate mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of further large-scale attacks on U.S. soil. Following these attacks, as a reactive measure to preserve U.S. democracy, the homeland security industrial complex was born, and it has led the way to the largest mobilization of U.S. government resources since World War II. Although vast amounts of U.S. and private sector resources have been utilized to preserve the U.S., evolving threats continue to alarm intelligence officials, who warn that our enemies are both persistent and determined to strike the U.S. with even more destructive means and force.
Post 9/11, emerging out of new homeland security policy, was the reclassification of U.S. critical infrastructure sectors. While there have been several modifications to classify critical infrastructure over the last decade, on February 12, 2013, Presidential Policy Directive 21 - Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, advanced a national policy to strengthen and secure 16 critical infrastructure sectors. These sectors include U.S. assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the U.S. that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof (DHS, 2014). Consequently, in light of reported cyber-attacks against the U.S. government and private sector organizations in 2014, it is apparent the preservation of critical infrastructure can only be achieved when the digital networks that operate infrastructure control systems are shielded from digital probes and attacks. To meet the challenges of new and emerging digital threats, U.S. security experts and academia have implemented a paradigm shift from concerns of terrorist attacks against high visibility physical targets to attacks against information technology switches, routers, and digital control systems responsible for
operating U.S. critical infrastructures. And while homeland security academic disciplines have matured into three separate but interconnected disciplines – physical security, emergency management, and cyber security – increased attention has taken aim at building expertise in cyber security and information technology disciplines to meet new and emerging digital threats which target U.S government and private sector assets.
A testament to the systemic dangers from cyber and digital attacks are the words of President Obama in 2012, “the growing number of attacks on U.S. government and private sector cyber networks has become one of the most serious economic and
national security threats our nation faces” (DHS, 2012). Academia has responded to the call by incorporating cyber security coursework into traditional security programs to provide professionals the tools to emerge from academic institutions with the necessary skills to provide leadership to confront the risks and challenges from cyber terrorism.
In conclusion, the U.S. government and private sector operator’s best defense to challenge an attack on U.S. digital critical infrastructure may only be possible through a unified approach among government, the private sector, and academia. While all have responded, academia has embraced a strategy to integrate cyber security and technology programs into the fabric of traditional security program offerings. This approach is an attempt to broaden the knowledge and professional skill-set, enabling security directors and executives to provide leadership and corporate governance to unify physical security, emergency management, and information technology spheres for the protection of the U.S. and public sector vital assets from both individual and state-sponsored cyber attacks. As we anticipate future threats against the U.S., the next war may not begin with a bomb; it may emerge from a blackout.
CAREER SERVICES FALL JOB FAIR 2014 By Tishely Ortiz
Long Island Business Institute holds two job fairs open to all majors every year. A variety of companies are interested in you! LIBI’s Fall 2014 Job Fair was held on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and included over 25 companies representing the finance, customer service, retail, insurance, security, and hospitality industries. Positions being sought included office assistants, bookkeepers, sales associates, security guards, and various internships.
Because first impressions are so important, Career Services decided that a registration process should be put in place to ensure our students are fully prepared to meet with prospective employers.
In order to register, students were asked to have their résumés approved by a Career Services Advisor who took the time to review the format, content, and grammar of each résumé. After some fine tuning by the students, the resumes were top-notch; LIBI students are relentless. In line with the importance of first impressions, attire matters. Your appearance can speak volumes, and if you don’t dress the part, it is assumed you won’t act the part. A strict dress code was enforced, not only to impress our employers but also because it is often the case that your behavior is influenced by the persona you present. Therefore, presenting yourself as a qualified professional encourages you to fully embrace your new role.
To arrange for the job fair, students were encouraged to attend a CSU to help build confidence, discuss proper attire, and prepare their “elevator pitch.” As part of an exclusive deal for students who attended the workshop, a list was provided of the companies who confirmed their attendance and the positions those companies were hiring for.
The anticipated day finally arrived with LIBI students dressed in their best and armed with portfolios containing several copies of their résumés. Homeland Security students volunteered to monitor entrance into the fair and patrol the classrooms where employers were stationed. A total of 57 students attended the fair and spoke with various representatives. The next big job fair is scheduled for May. LIBI is working to make this fair the biggest one yet, and we are confident that our students will be completely prepared to take on the opportunities offered.
The way we dress affects the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act, & the way others react to us.
5TH ANNUAL FALL STUDENT CONFERENCE By Tishely Ortiz
Long Island Business Institute strives to provide our students with unique opportunities to create contacts and gain insight into their preferred fields. Student Conferences allow students to obtain up to three CSU credits by attending a presentation from LIBI’s outside contacts. These contacts are professionals from various fields who are willing to share their personal and professional experience with LIBI students.
Our 5th Annual Fall Student Conference took place on Saturday, October 25th, 2014, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Our presenters included: • Javier Ceja, Associate Broker at Preston NY and President of Play Realty • Ibrahima Bah, Adjunct Lecturer at Baruch College • Kimberly Taylo, Associate Marketing Manager of Communi cations at McGraw Hill The Career Services Department matched the speaker with a topic relevant to their fields and personal experience.
Being a real estate professional, Javier Ceja chose as his topic “Effective Marketing and Closing Strategies.” Mr. Ceja presented in detail how he used social media marketing to develop his clientele base. He shared his personal listings page with our students and stressed the importance of building relationships and gaining trust. In addition, he thoroughly explained the purpose and different types of marketing tactics and closed with the notion that handson experience is the only way to test trial-and- error methods and find the perfect strategy that works for you.
Ibrahima Bah had plenty of moments when he felt discouraged about the choices he made, and worried about his security and future. These experiences included his failure to pass university entrance exams and encountering roadblocks to medical school, but he never let these situations stop him. His presentation on “Tackling Struggles and Setbacks” encourages students to always remain confident and never give up, no matter the circumstances.
Kimberly Taylo seemed to be a favorite among our students as she presented “Paving Your Own Road to Success” and described her own journey from choosing the right college, following her heart instead of seeking approval from her parents, choosing a less-than-lucrative-major, freelancing, and finally securing a respectable position at one of the world’s largest publishing companies. Kimberly related to a number of our students, and used her own personal story to encourage our students to be confident in their career choices, even if they aren’t sure what to pursue at this time -- because, really, who does in college? But the point that hit home was this: Gain as much experience as possible. That is how you’ll truly realize where you belong, and everything else will naturally fall into place.
A PROJECT TURNED PROFIT: ONE STUDENT’S ACCOUNT OF HOW A HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT ENCOURAGED HIS DREAMS By Tishely Ortiz
When Professor Corrado Amato assigned his Small Business Management students the task of preparing a business plan, no one expected that one student would turn that plan into reality, but one student did. Adnan Shahid closed a deal that will open his second pharmacy, Wise Pharmacy, after being encouraged by the research needed to complete his assignment. Shahid sat with Career Services to speak about his big business move.
CS: What encouraged you to open Wise Pharmacy? AS: Professor Amato’s class. He gave an assignment to come up
CS: How long did it take you to see a profit for your first store, and
CS: Why a pharmacy? AS: I bought a drugstore about two years ago from a guy. The
CS: Some people say you shouldn’t go into business with a family
with a business plan that included details, location, everything. It encouraged me to do the research, and I found a location on lease.
store is called “Wise Drugs.” When I bought it, the store was bringing in about $700k annually; now it brings in $1.4 million.
CS: That’s impressive! How did you manage to increase the revenue so drastically in the span of two years? AS: We decided to change the staff and train them differently. The staff before wasn’t very customer-service oriented, and I knew that would be important to build a loyal customer base. Customers are the core of the business. Without them, you don’t have anything. My staff is very welcoming now, and they approach customers when they enter. They weren’t doing any of that before. Also, advertising was very important. We put ads in the newspaper and used door-to-door mail services for promotion and discounts.
CS: What are the main differences between buying an existing
company and starting one on your own from the ground up? AS: Buying an existing company doesn’t require much—just a lot of money. Opening your own business requires less money, but you put in more work. You start with the right location, have inspections done, renovations. I needed to get clearance from the Board of Pharmacy, become certified by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), and acquire an NPI (National Provider Identifier) number. I also needed insurance approval so that the pharmacy can accept all insurances, and you can’t have a criminal record. All these certifications and clearances are specific to the pharmaceutical industry. I’m sure there are different clearances and certifications needed to open a different kind of business, but that’s where you’ll have to do your research.
how long are you expecting to go before seeing a profit for this one? AS: It took about a year and a half to turn a profit for Wise Drugs. I’m expecting to make a profit about a year after opening Wise Pharmacy.
member, but you’re in business with your uncle. What would you advise people looking to partner in a business? AS: My uncle is trustworthy and I can depend on him. He doesn’t try to constrict me. He’s open to listening and we can share ideas. You have to find someone you can do that with. Someone you can trust who’s open to your ideas, and you have to be open to theirs.
CS: Do you feel like the courses you took at LIBI have contributed to your business sense? AS: Yes, of course. Business Law and Intro to Business were definitely helpful. But if it wasn’t for Amato’s class, Small Business Management, I probably wouldn’t have gone for it. That assignment really encouraged me to do the research, and I was able to actually see the figures in front of me. You have to put in the work.
CS: What’s the ultimate goal? Do you plan to expand? AS: I would hope to become successful enough where I have a
chain of stores, but I plan on opening a pharmaceutical company back in my country, Pakistan. It’ll be called Wise Pharmaceuticals.
CS: What about schooling? Do you think you’ll continue your
education? AS: Yes. I graduate May 2015, and I’m looking at Mercy College or Berkeley to finish a Bachelor’s in Business Management.
CS: Do you have any advice for people looking to start their own
business? AS: Opening a new business is not easy. You need to work hard and keep your eyes open for opportunities. It’s also important to hire the right people, good people. These people can either help you to succeed or drive your business into the ground. You need to be confident and stay confident. You need to trust that you can handle the responsibility. If you have doubts, then don’t do it. CS: After owning your own business, do you see yourself working for another company? AS: I’m not sure but I don’t think so. **Wise Pharmacy is set to open June 2015. The LIBI community will receive a 20% discount within the first month of opening with the presentation of this article.
EMPLOYER’S EXPECTATIONS By Greg Batson
It isn’t any secret that most employers have preferences in terms of the skills and qualities they seek in potential hires, especially new college graduates. From a professional perspective, along with credible points of view via reputable “thinktanks,” a discussion addressing these trends and how LIBI NYC is preparing its student population to meet such expectations is inevitable. Jobnetwork. com stated that “Employers look for and hire people they think will help their organization succeed.” This Delaware County website added that “Employers will go to great lengths to get a good understanding of potential hires.” This could mean that employers will engage in practices ranging from contacting references to background checks.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that a student’s academic major and a high grade point average (GPA) are also key determining factors that employers strongly consider in new graduates. Furthermore, this association indicates that “written communication skills, problem-solving skills, strong work ethics, and analytical/quantitative skills” are all at the forefront of most employers’ priorities. Also, “Employers are very much interested in applicable soft skills from graduates” argued Job-Search-Tools, a researchoriented organization. This group tends to relate soft skills to how students interact with others and to their overall attitude as new employees. It is believed that these are the skills that new graduates should highlight in their cover letters when applying for a job. They are also known as skills that employers talk about during the interview. In addition, soft skills could, ultimately, determine if one gets hired. They are often even reasons for being fired. Some required soft skills that employers also consider include motivation, dedication, positive attitude, confidence, flexibility, working well under pressure, ability to take and utilize criticism, and time management. In other words, it is imperative to get to work on time, follow authoritative directions, treat supervisors and co-workers with respect, refrain from idle cell-phone conversations while working, and take responsibilities and initiatives seriously. Paralleling these expectations, the Career Services Department at Syracuse University advises that employers expect candidates to be prepared, committed, dependable, enthusiastic, and excited about the opportunity to enter the work world. According to this university, employers consistently contemplate whether new college graduates really want the job, can or will do the job, or will fit into the working culture of their organization. LIBI tries diligently to accommodate most employers’ wishes by putting into place a universal model whereby employers are matched with a Career Services specialist. When we are contacted by an employer, the Career Services team manages the requests from start to finish. This involves the distribution of résumés specifically related to the student’s major (accounting, office technology, or business management, for example). Based on the employer’s criteria, we try to select a group of suitable candidates who best satisfy each organization’s needs. The employers then choose their candidates of interest. This eliminates or at least contains excessive internal bureaucracy. Our students are also guided via professional career development courses. Moreover, our Career Services Department engages our students
in professional development workshops that involve résumé and cover letter writing, soft skills preparations, and networking. Hence, the students have the proper resources necessary for successful job placements. In summary, to successfully make the transition from life as a student to that of a productive entry-level employee, recent college graduates must be provided certain basic preparatory instruments to sustain viable employability. At LIBI NYC, we are shaping the pathway to such endeavors.
A SUCCESS STORY By Kim DelleCamelie
On October 14, 2014, LIBI alumni, Ebony Brown-Hazeleger, visited the Commack Campus to talk to the evening students about the road to her success in court reporting. Ebony discussed how appreciative she was of the flexibility in the field and the vast number of career opportunities. Ebony stressed to the students never to be afraid to take chances and to follow their dreams.
When Ebony graduated in 2010, she free-lanced in the New York area. After hearing about a full-time opportunity in Miami, Florida, she left her family and friends to pursue her dreams. After working there for a few years, she got the position of Official District Court Reporter for the Ward County District Court in Minot, North Dakota, in January 2013. Again, she took a chance and followed her dreams, going from warm and sunny Florida to the frigid and grueling North Dakota climate. Ebony told the students about how she made the adjustment from freelance reporter to an official reporter, working for one judge in a courtroom setting, and about the interesting trials she reported on. She also discussed the personal struggles she had adapting to living and working in this new environment. Ebony’s next step in her career has taken her on yet another exciting adventure. In January 2015, Ebony will begin her new position as an official reporter in beautiful St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Ebony said she is up for her next life’s challenge, and she looks forward to leaving behind the snowy mountains for the blue Caribbean Sea. The students said they learned from Ebony’s experiences never to be afraid to take a chance in life, and not to be afraid of failure. We all wish Ebony well in her new life endeavors.
LIBI FACES LIBI NEW FACES By Jhonatan Aybar
Student Success Advisor, LIBI Flushing
Lauren Moxom joined LIBI as a Student Success Advisor at the Flushing Campus in January. Ms. Moxom graduated from Lehman College with a Master’s of Science and Education Degree in School Counseling. Lauren has been counseling high school students since 2011 as a Guidance Counseling Intern. She has passion and empathy when dealing with students, helping to keep them on their academic track – this is her most prominent characteristic. When she came on board, all the questions that she had during the new employee orientation revealed her enthusiasm to learn as much as she could about LIBI. She is fervent when it comes to learning new policies, and abides by them – I can assure you that she read the entire College Catalog during the first week of work.
Her commitment to lifelong learning and personal development is another characteristic of Lauren that helped the Associate Dean of Student Services in the decision to hire her. I would also like to emphasize that she possesses a School Counseling (K-12) Provisional Certification from the New York State Department of Education.
Coordinator of Homeland Security and Veteran Services, LIBI Flushing
Je’Nyce Gilmore joined LIBI as the Coordinator of Homeland Security and Veteran Services at the Flushing Campus in November. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and East Stroudsburg University with a Master of Science Degree in Management and Leadership in Public Administration. She has been working as a Career Advisor since 2008, serving as an advocate and accessible resource to high school students. She worked at the Harrisburg High School in Pennsylvania, as a College and Career Advisor. Her contributions to the aforementioned institution had an extensive impact – from developing and implementing new clubs to aiding students with their vocabulary skills, to building relationships with college representatives and providing supplementary information about the college enrollment processes. Je’Nyce also worked as a Program Staff Assistant at Ujima Community Working Together Inc. Her jovial attitude, and her approach while guiding young adults in a multi-service center committed to delivering family-focused programs in Bushwick, says a lot about how much she can challenge herself.
Administrative Assistant – Campus Information and Visitor Services Department (CIVS), LIBI NYC
Julissa Liranzo came on board as an Administrative Assistant at the LIBI NYC-CIVS Department in January. She has extensive experience in customer service and clerical duties. Julissa is very proactive and possesses an extroverted attitude which makes her very approachable and pleasant. The customer service quality at the LIBI NYC front desk has significantly improved since her arrival. She supports the Admissions Department by following up with new leads and serving as the first contact point for potential students. Julissa is a very experienced office assistant and a front line customer service representative – she has worked as a Senior Teller at City Bank and Sovereign Bank. She also served as an Office Manager at the Bowery’s Residents’ Committee. Her enthusiasm and ability to communicate effectively make her an exceptional asset to LIBI. Julissa is very professional, and she also has a lighthearted personality. We are very confident that she will be an asset to the Campus Information and Visitor Services Department in LIBI NYC, and will enhance the customer service quality at the front desk. Please join us in welcoming Julissa to the community and wishing her a very successful career at LIBI.
Career Services Advisor, LIBI NYC
Lucibania Acosta joined LIBI as a Career Services Advisor in October. She graduated from TCI with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Lucibania has extensive experience in the business administration industry and customer service. Her background includes broad, practical experience and professional training in sales and marketing, staff development, and human resources. Lucibania is a former employee of Coca Cola Refreshments. She worked as a Senior Distribution Center Administrator – where she handled a broad range of human resources matters, and coordinated the operations of the center. Lucibania’s background in human resources provides her with the necessary skills to assist LIBI graduates and current students in their search for suitable job positions in their field of study. We are very confident that she will enhance the operation of the career services center at LIBI NYC. Please join us in welcoming Lucibania Acosta to the community and wishing her a very fruitful career at LIBI.
PEACE THROUGH PROGRESS By Prof. Frank Leone
Have you ever seen a sign or a bumper sticker asserting “peace through justice?” Few of us would dispute that there would be less anger and turmoil in the world if everyone believed that they were being treated fairly, that they had an equal opportunity to develop their talents, achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams. Most of us can also agree that when people do not feel cheated and robbed of their rights and opportunities, there is a likelihood that they would prefer to work on personal progress rather than surrender to frustration by acting out in anger. With equality of opportunity, we feel empowered, invested in our futures, and responsible for our own successes. And personal success often contributes to the progress of all members of society, socially and economically. Where would we be without the contributions of so many who were among the disenfranchised and oppressed had they not doubled their efforts and succeeded in spite of the odds imposed upon them by an all too often unjust society. What ideas, methods, products, solutions, and inventions would we lack? If Madame Curie had surrendered to the groundless notion that women couldn’t be scientists, George Elliot discouraged by the false conviction that only men could write well, or Grandma Moses cowed by the prejudice against not only her gender, but her age – she began painting great works after age 70 - we would all be poorer in many ways and the world less beautiful. Ironically, the physical isolation of Africans enabled them to preserve many aspects of their culture. Just as their spirits could not be contained or extinguished, so their creativity flourished among themselves to emerge later under freedom as a dominant force in the formation of American culture.
Amazingly, however, the human spirit resists being stifled by bigotry and smothered in stereotypes. The long list of Afro-American contributions in every conceivable human endeavor is more than impressive for its length and significance. It is miraculous in its triumph over suppression. It is no surprise then that as oppression slowly and painfully recedes, the oppressed create more, discover more and contribute more, dispelling ignorant notions of their inferiority and uplifting not only themselves but all of society. Their success is shared by all. Their contributions benefit all. Their progress is our progress. Progress means more comfort, more awareness and understanding, and more social and economic opportunity for all, not just for the oppressed. The African-American contributions did not benefit African-Americans alone. When they fought in our wars, they did so for the freedom of all Americans. Their scientific contributions enhanced the lives of everyone, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. Their artistic creations created joy and, yes, money for people of all political persuasions and walks of life.
People who are allowed to grow and expand their skills and knowledge have little interest in war. Violence is not profitable. Peace and prosperity are two words often found together because they fuel one another. They are interdependent. So if we want peace, we must work for prosperity by providing fairness and opportunities for all. And each of us needs all the help we can get. Progress brings peace, and peace brings more progress. It’s a virtuous cycle.
LIBI SHINING STAR: DING, TROY & LI By President Monica W. Foote
I want to encourage all of you to consider the people who keep the campus running smoothly for all of us and for hundreds of students, without fail, and with unmatched diligence. From early morning until the time we all leave at night, the LIBI NYC Campus is expected by our population to be warm, well-lighted, inviting, and, above all, clean. Pretty much without fail, we are treated to a scrubbed, shiny, nice-smelling campus, even during the most inhospitable external conditions.
This does NOT happen magically; this happens From left to right: Mr. Ding Huaning, Mr. Troy Cross & Mr. Li Jian She because of the extra dedication of our maintenance and custodial staff. This team, headed by Mimi, keeps LIBI NYC in this excellent condition for over 700 students, visitors, faculty and staff every day. Imagine cleaning up after 7 or even 70 people after a party. Most of us would be beaten after one day of that, and all of us would expect gratitude, or at least some acknowledgment. Our staff, working silently in the shadows, scrubs the halls, removes garbage from the classrooms, and picks up food waste after students are gone. THEY are true, unsung heroes of the campus. They enable us to be more productive because we want to have a place that is inviting. They not only keep the campus inviting for current residents, but they also create the first impression for potential students, directly and significantly contributing to our business. They deserve a high degree of respect and dignity, and, this is why I am nominating them for this quater’s LIBI Shining Stars. Please join me in congratulating the LIBI Maintenance Department for a job well done. LIBI LOG - Published on March 2015 Editors: Fran Magarelli & Frank Leone Manager: Jhonatan Aybar Graphic Designer: Mika Lee
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2015 First Quarter Edition: Events & happenings in the Long Island Business Institute, including Halloween, Holidays, Job Fairs, Week of Wor...
Published on Mar 1, 2015
2015 First Quarter Edition: Events & happenings in the Long Island Business Institute, including Halloween, Holidays, Job Fairs, Week of Wor...