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

WEEK 15

Welcome to Week 15, the final week of class. Take a moment to congratulate yourself on a job well done. It has been a difficult semester for many students in the Hostos family. We hope you recognize how your hard work and perseverance this semester speaks volumes to your character. Do your best to focus on finishing up your end-of-term papers or projects, and start preparing for your final exams if you have not done so already. 
 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Getting Prepped for Finals – In order to have greater success on your final exams, we encourage students to make an appointment with the Hostos Academic Learning Center and the Hostos Writing Center. Also, review the finals schedule and confirm times with your professors. 
  • Deadline to Withdraw – The last day to withdraw from classes is Sunday, December 13. If you think that you are at risk of failing a course, please reach out to your professor, your advisor/success coach, and the Office of Financial Aid to see if withdrawing is necessary, as well as how it will impact your academic plan/financial aid. 
  • Winter Workshops- Our FREE online math workshops are a great opportunity to stay on track and progress to college- level math sooner. Enrollment for our FREE January workshops starts on December 9, 2020 on CUNYfirst (link CF). 
  • Don‘t Let WU’s Happen to You – If you have not been attending class, doing any of your work, or do not plan to finish a particular class then you run the risk of earning a Withdraw Unofficial (WU). It can seriously impact your GPA and financial aid. If you think you may get a WU, please contact your advisor/Success Coach and your professor immediately. Again, the deadline to withdraw is Sunday, December 13. 
  • Connect with Your Professors – In addition to the academic resources listed above, you can always connect with your professors if you have course specific questions. They are here to support you and we encourage you to reach out to them.    

Congrats you made it through the Fall 2020 Semester!  

Continue to check your emails and watch out for the Spring 2021 Caiman Clues emails! Take a deep breath, you made it! 
 
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WEEK 14

Congratulations, it’s the last week of classes! You’re in the home stretch and have almost completed the semester. Make sure you submit all of your final assignments and study for your upcoming final exams. 
 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Final Exam Schedule – Final exams begin Monday, December 14. Keep in mind that the exam schedule is not always the same as your class schedule. To verify your exam schedule, click here and look for your class. Make sure the section number is correct. If there is a time conflict with your final exam, let your professors know immediately. 
  • Withdrawal Deadline – Please be advised the deadline to withdraw from classes is Sunday, December 13. If you are considering withdrawing from a class, please reach out to your professor(s), financial aid (finaid@hostos.cuny.edu), and your Advisor/Success Coach first. 
  • Spring Registration – It is not too late to register for the Winter and Spring 2021 semesters. Schedule an appointment your Success Coach/Advisor if you need assistance with course advisement or registration. They are there to help you! If you have not registered yet, you still have time. Click here for more information 
  • Hostos Slogan – We deeply value your input and would like to invite you to help us select Hostos' new slogan! All submissions are anonymous. Deadline is Friday, December 4, 2020, at 5 p.m

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WEEK 13

Welcome to Week 13. There’s a lot to be thankful for, enjoy your Thanksgiving with your friends and family, even if it is virtual. Caiman Clues thanks you for viewing our weekly emails, and we want to finish strong! Check out the clues below.

Here are the Caiman Clues:

  • Dare to be Different – Join our virtual Non-Traditional Career Panel Wednesday, November 18, 3:30-5 p.m. Learn about the non-traditional career paths of two nurses, an executive chef, a teacher, and a firefighter. Register to attend.
  • Scholarships at Hostos – Hostos' Student Government Association has merit-based and hardship scholarships available to you. Apply today! Also check out our scholarship page for more information.
  • Get Ahead with Winter Workshops – During the Winter 2021 semester we are offering a free three-week math workshop. Students who need to complete Math10 or Math 20 can register using their CUNYfirst Student Center beginning December 9. Reach out to your Success CoachASAP Advisor, or College Discovery Advisor for more details.

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WEEK 12

Congratulations on making it to Week 12. As we enter the peak of the fall season, it is important not to fall off course. Stay connected to the Hostos community by attending some virtual workshops or taking advantage of our virtual resources. Being a college student is more than just going to class and doing homework, it is about growing as person and getting prepared for the future! 
 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Hostos Library – Need access to the online articles and eBooks from the Library? Log in using your CUNY Login (firstname.lastname## + password) and find what you’re looking for by using the OneSearch tool on the Library website. 
  • Let’s Chat Series – On Wednesday, November 11, 3:30-5 p.m. join a panel discussion with advisors and success coaches from across campus. The discussion will focus on enrollment and registration for the upcoming semester. Join by clicking here. 
  • Resume Workshop – The Career Services office is hosting a virtual resume building workshop this Friday, November 13, starting at 11 a.m. Having a strong resume can help set you apart from other candidates when applying for jobs. Don’t miss out, RSVP now! 

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WEEK 11

Welcome to week 11! Believe it or not, it is already November, and we are another week closer to finishing up the semester. Time sure does fly. Before you know it, it will be finals week! Make sure you stay on top of your assignments and be sure to reach out to your advisor, coach, or professors if you need help. We all want to see you succeed this semester. Most importantly, keep up the great work!  
 
Here are the Caiman Clues:

  • Hostos Science Week – This year’s Hostos Science Week begins November 9 and runs until November 13. It is open to all students, not just STEM majors. Click here to join. Hope to see you there. 
  • Register for Spring 2021 – Registration is OPEN! Please check in with your Student Success Coach or Advisor to get help with course advisement and registration. Have a hold on your account? Let us help. Remember, time flies, so don’t wait until it’s too late! Schedule an appointment today using Succeed @ Hostos.  
  • Deadline for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Graduation – Attention to all those graduating this semester or in Winter 2021, please make sure you fill out the appropriate graduation forms. The deadline to do so is Friday, November 6. Visit the Registrars' website for more information. 

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WEEK 10

Welcome to Week 10! We’ve come so far and have some more clues for your continued success. Take advantage of the student services, virtual resources and workshops Hostos has to offer.   
 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Health Information – Join us for a virtual ‘Undocu-Health Info Session’ on Wednesday, October 28, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. We will discuss a variety of free or low-cost health services available to undocumented/immigrant New Yorkers. Register in advance
  • Student Technology Workshops The Office of Educational Technology (EdTech) is hosting a series of online workshops. The different topics focus on taking full advantage of technology tools here at Hostos and strategies to improve learning software such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 
  • SDEM Virtual Hours SDEM is proud of offer extended hours on Wednesday and Thursday evenings until the end of the semester. To find the contact information for the different offices within SDEM, please click here. If you need more information or have other questions related to SDEM services, please email us at studentservices@hostos.cuny.edu. Someone will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours. 
  • Spring 2021 Registration Is Now Open – Don’t wait, classes start January 29! Check your Degree Works & Schedule Builderthe tools you need to register for classes. 
 
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WEEK 9

We’re heading into Week 9! We hope you’re enjoying your courses and staying on top of your assignments. Check out our new digital series to stay connected to campus. Also, start thinking ahead and enroll for next semester.  
 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Let’s Chat Series - Need help with Advisement and Registration? Tell us what you need. Chat with an Advisor on 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 & 11/11 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. here. Tutors and librarians are also available to chat with you about your assignments on 10/29 & 11/5 from 3:30 to 5 p.m here  
  • Enrollment is opening- Starting October 26, Spring and Winter enrollment is open for students. Speak to your Success Coach or Advisor for course advisement. Schedule an appointment through Succeed@Hostos.  
  • Check Your Balance – Keep in mind that if money is owed to the College you will not be able to enroll for the coming semester. Make sure to check your balance on your CUNYfirst Student Center. If you have questions regarding your bill reach out to the Bursars Office or Financial Aid Office. 
  • Talking Politics – Join us on Thursday October 22 at 8:15 p.m. for a Presidential Debate Watch Party and panel discussion. We have an exciting group of panelists from the NYC government and all over CUNY. 

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WEEK 8

Congratulations, you have passed the halfway point of the semester! Take a second to give yourself a pat on the back and some credit for how hard you have worked thus far. Now is also a good time to look forward and think about the next steps. 
 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Register for Next Semester – You can start enrolling in courses for the Winter/Spring 2021 semester beginning Monday, October 26! Log in to Succeed@Hostos to meet with your Advisor or Success Coach for course advisement. 
  • Apply for Graduation – The deadline to apply for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 graduation is November 6. Don’t wait, click here for instructions on how to submit your graduation application. 
  • Destress – Feeling some mid-semester stress? We all feel it from time to time. Join us for one of our Mental Health and Wellness workshops. On Friday, October 16, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. we are offering a free online Yoga and Meditation class
  • Celebrate National Tutor Week with HALC - Meet our tutors: https://conta.cc/36GYxIT 

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WEEK 7

Welcome to Week 7! We hope you’re ready to hit the books because midterm season has arrived! It’s a busy time of the semester, but don’t worry, we’ve got the clues to help you out! Best of luck with your exams and projects. 
 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Join (EdTech) Workshops – The Office of Educational Technology (EdTech) is pleased to present a series of workshops online, with a strong focus on taking full advantage of technology tools and strategies to improve in every area of teaching and learning.  
  • Midterms are coming! – Come study and prepare with our tutors. Schedule your tutoring appointment by clicking here. If you need assistance in How to Submit a Tutoring Request Form, check out this video
  • Get a Jump Start on Your Career – If you are interested in finding a job, Hostos Career Services can help! They are hosting a virtual job fair to connect students with potential employers on October 23 from 12 - 4 p.m. Get more information and sign up today by clicking here
  • Financial Aid $$$ – File your financial aid application for next year 2021-2022. Be sure to check off “work study” if you are interested in a part-time job. 
  • Join the VP Debate Watch Party – Hostos professors Helen Chang and Sarah Hoiland are moderating a virtual 2020 Vice Presidential Debate watch party and panel discussion via Zoom Wednesday, October 7, at 8:30 p.m. Event details here.  

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WEEK 6

Welcome to Week 6 and congratulations on completing your first full month of classes! As the semester progresses, it is important to stay connected. This week we wanted to introduce some more campus resources that can contribute to your success as a student. 
 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 
  • Say Hello and Ask Questions! – Don’t forget to check in with your Success Coach or Advisor about registration for Spring 2021 which opens on October 26. These individuals are your dedicated go-to person for all Hostos related questions. If they don’t know the answer, then they can connect you with someone who does! Schedule your appointment today using Succeed@Hostos.  
  • Get Help with Transferring – Are you graduating this semester and want more information on the transfer process? If so, reach out to the Transfer office by sending an email to mmoscat@hostos.cuny.edu with your emplid, phone number from your Hostos email. 
  • Virtual Library – Librarians and tech tutors are LIVE online and ready to help you! (M-Th 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat & Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.) Visit the Library website and wait for the "Chat Now!" button to pop up. If it's after hours, send an email to reflibrarian@hostos.cuny.edu.  
  • Need to print something? – Hostos has set up 12 socially distanced print stations which are available to students. Appointments are required to print. Click here for more information.  
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WEEK 5

Welcome to week 5, Caimans! September 22 marked the official first day of the fall season and you have officially completed 1/3 of the semester! Last week we introduced you to the Caiman Bot, and we hope you are taking advantage of the CUNY 90-Day Upskilling challenge. This week we would like your voice to be heard so don’t forget to register to vote!

Here are the Caiman Clues:

  • Don’t forget to Vote! – For up-to-date information about COVID-related absentee voting, your voting rights, and how to cast a vote this fall go to https://guides.hostos.cuny.edu/vote
  • Virtual Hostos Events – Are you interested in politics or social justice? Join us on Zoom for a Black Lives Matter Forum and a Presidential Debate Watch Party. Both events are happening Tuesday, September 29.
  • Hostos Reads: Books in Common, Books in Community – Love to read? Starting September 30 from 3:30 –4:30 p.m., we are hosting the first in a series of virtual discussions designed to foster community building and promote a culture of reading on campus; for virtual discussions click here.
  • The Link – Regularly check your Hostos email for "The Link," the student activities events and information guide. This week you can win a $20 gift card by adding @sgahostos on social media and posting a picture with “#FollowSGAFriday”!

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WEEK 4

Congratulations on making it to Week 4! We hope you’re settling into your virtual classes nicely and connecting with your professors. We want to remind you of some important dates and other virtual support systems so that you can stay on track this semester. 
 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Need Help? - Caiman Bot is here for you navigate Hostos. It will answer your questions immediately when you’re on the Hostos website. 
  • Academic Calendar – Keep up with the academic calendar! Remember there are NO classes scheduled for Friday, September 18th through Sunday September 20th. 
  • Official "W" Period – 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! 
  • CUNY Student Benefits – Free self-paced skill-building courses and training in FIVE high demand sectors: Business, IT & Software Development, Healthcare Administration, Data Analytics, and Professional/Workplace skills: CUNY’s 90-Day Upskilling Challenge.

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WEEK 3

Welcome to Week 3! We hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. We have some important dates coming up. Check out this week’s clues to make sure you’re in the know. Make sure to add the ones below to your planner.
 
Here are the Caiman Clues:

  • Academic Calendar – Keep up with the academic calendar! Thinking about changing your Major? September 15th is the last day to change or declare a major to be effective Fall 2020. 
  • Online Support – Hostos is offering continuous support and training for our online platforms. Click here for information on the tech available, accessing your online course, getting familiar with synchronous and asynchronous learning and much more.  
  • Advisement – Need to connect to your Success Coach or Advisor? Schedule your next appointment on Succeed@Hostos now!  
  • ESports at Hostos – Students interested in participating on the ESports team for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 can email the Department of Athletics at athletics@hostos.cuny.edu.
Stop by our Distance Education Resource Page for advice and tips on how to navigate your academic journey remotely.

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WEEK 2

Welcome to Week 2, college students! Now that you’ve found all your virtual Blackboard classrooms, and are excited to learn, we can discuss the next steps of your college experience!   
 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 
  • Get Your Books – Many classes at Hostos require certain textbooks which you buy online at the official Hostos Bookstore. If you login with your CUNY First credentials, your books will pop up automatically.  
  • Need Support with Your Assignments? – All students are eligible for free tutoring through the Hostos Academic Learning Center (HALC) in a wide range of subjects, and The Writing Center provides support for writing.  
  • Need Support Outside of Class? – If you are feeling stressed or anxious, we are here to help. As a student you qualify for free and confidential counseling. Additionally, the staff at our One Stop Resource Center conduct free benefits screenings for Medicaid, food vouchers, housing, and public assistance.
Stop by our Distance Education Resource Page for advice and tips on how to navigate your academic journey remotely. 
 
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WEEK 1

We hope you’re just as excited to start the fall 2020 semester as we are! While things are a bit different this semester, Hostos is here to support you through your academic journey. To that end, we have put together clues to successfully help you kick off your fall semester. 

Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Distance Education- With courses operating remotely, don’t forget to check out our Students Ready page for advice and tips on how to navigate your academics remotely. Review the checklist and make sure you have everything you need.  
  • Verify Mode of Instruction- Hostos has two modes of online learning: synchronous and asynchronous. For synchronous classes, you log on to a live class session at specific days and times. For asynchronous, your class does not meet at a set time and work is done on your own time. 
  • Review Your Syllabus- All the important information about your class is found in the syllabus which can be found on Blackboard. Make sure to read your syllabus, record important dates such as exams or papers, and keep it handy! It will also provide your Professor’s contact information. You can also find them on the Hostos Staff Directory.  
  • The Hostos interactive virtual orientation guide found here introduces you to the wide array of resources, support services, and student engagement opportunities available to you at the College.  

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PRE-WEEK

Welcome back an hope you had a great summer! We are so excited to welcome you to a new semester here at Hostos Community College. Every week, we will be sending out helpful tips and reminders called Caiman Clues. These are designed to help you navigate the distance education (online) learning environment. 

 
Here are the Caiman Clues: 

  • Check Out Your Virtual Classroom – Your professors will use Blackboard to post important information like your syllabus and host virtual class sessions. Use your CUNY First credentials to log in. To access your Blackboard click here.
  • Get the Dates – The Fall 2020 semester starts on August 26. Make sure to stay up-to-date using the semester's Academic Calendar. Note important deadlines and days the college is closed. For example, on September 7 the college is closed for Labor Day.  
  • Are You Ready? – Feeling a little unsure about taking classes online or need a quick refresher? Take the "Are You Ready" crash course on getting prepared for online learning before the semester starts.   
  • Stay Connected – The main way the college will contact you is using your Hostos Webmail. You can look up your account here.

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