The union representing Nassau Community College’s full-time faculty

Month: November 2010

29 th
November

Monday Morning Music – David Bowie: Changes (w/bonus by Tupac)

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

As we anticipate a new administrative structure we can enjoy this creative video-take on David Bowie's popular song, "Changes". If you prefer, here is a live version, filmed in Paris in 2002: And because change is never simple, here is a song recommended by one of Elizabeth's students during a Social Change class session focused…

22 th
November

Monday Morning Music: Pussycat Dolls – Jai Ho/You Are My Destiny

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

This morning's request is my own (Elizabeth, SOC/ANT/SWK, and Treasurer of the NCCFT). It's Jai Ho/You Are My Destiny as re-imagined by Pussycat Dolls. It strikes me as somehow appropriate for the lead-in to Thanksgiving week. It is of cultural fusions and appropriations (albeit nonlethal ones) turned into entertainment. And yet it captures me  with…

18 th
November

To cyber teach or not: that is the question

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

In a special section of The Chronicle of Higher Education on “Online Learning” Deputy Director of postsecondary improvement at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mark David Milliron (full article requires subscription) suggests that we end the feud over online learning in higher education. On the one side of the debate Milliron says we have…

16 th
November

Emergency Call-In Day On Unemployment

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

A call to action from the Long Island Federation of Labor. Please make a call in support of those who can't find work. Across America, jobs just aren’t there. It can take a year, 18 months, or even longer for many job- seekers to find work. Congress is back, but is only in town for…

15 th
November

Monday Morning Music – Billy Joel: Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

This morning's selection is requested by Dianne Guarino, Admissions Counselor and NCCFT Executive Board representative for the Professional Faculty Unit. She chose it in honor of all those who are taking advantage of the retirement incentive. Congratulations to you all! And while you're celebrating, note that the NCCFT Retiree Handbook is available in the NCCFT…

14 th
November

Community and Civic Engagement – Thoughts after the NYSUT Community College Conference

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

Nine members of the NCCFT attended last weekend's annual NYSUT Community College Conference. We attended sessions on leadership development, SUNY's perspective on assessment, identifying and preventing bullying, health care, labor history, distinguishing gripes from grievances, and meeting the increasingly challenging needs of community college students. There was lots to be learned and we each brought…

08 th
November

Monday Morning Music – Les Fatals Picards: La Securite L'Emploi

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

Christine Tuaillon, NCCFT Department Representative from the Biology Department, selected this week's Monday Morning Music in the van on the way home from the NYSUT Community College Conference. Christine says It is a song by the "Fatal Picard", an alternative humoristic French rock group. I saw them in a free concert last summer (in France…

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