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

Welcome to the Spring 2020 semester! Classes will start soon and here are some clues to help you along the way. If you are new to campus or coming back from winter break, we want you to feel at home as part of Hostos Community College. You may feel a bit nervous but just remember you are not alone. We encourage you to talk to your instructors, fellow students, your advisor or success coach, and don’t let a question go unanswered. Everyone, from the senior who is about to graduate to the incoming students who are new to campus, can have trouble finding their way. But, Hostos has your back. Every week, the College will send out “Caiman Clues” — important tips and deadline reminders about everything from financial aid to advisement.
 
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Caiman Clues | Week 9

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

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 9:


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

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

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

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

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

Caiman Clues | Week 8

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

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 8:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Caiman Clues | Week 7

Campus Life ALL CAMPUS EVENTS ARE CANCELED 

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

 

Caiman Clues | Week 6


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

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 6:

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

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

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


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


Caiman Clues | Week 5

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

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 5:

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

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

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

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

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


Caiman Clues | Week 4

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

Here are the Caiman Clues for Week 4:

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

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

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

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

 
Caiman Clues | Week 3

It’s WEEK 3 already! Time to check your syllabi and make sure you are up to date on assignments and have created a plan for success. There are plenty of resources at Hostos to help you get and stay on track. Be sure to visit the HALC and the library as some good first steps. Staying “on track” requires more than studying, however, so don’t be shy about checking out the Health and Wellness or Counseling Centers. You may even run into them on the bridge at some point, so stop by and introduce yourself. Finally, don’t forget to have some fun and meet some new people. Keep your eyes open for posters and events around campus. We’re here for you!

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

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

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

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

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


Caiman Clues | Week 2

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

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

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

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

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


Caiman Clues | Week 1

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

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

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

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

GETTING READY TO START!

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

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

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

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

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