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Re-Opening of Brookdale Dorms and North and West Buildings

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To the Hunter Community:

I am delighted to inform you that the North and West buildings of our Brookdale Campus will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, December 5.  All Nursing and Communications Sciences classes will resume at their regularly scheduled times and classrooms on Thursday, December 6. Nursing and Communications Science faculty will have access to their offices starting tomorrow morning in order to prepare for their classes on Thursday. Nursing and Communications Sciences faculty and students should look for additional information from your dean and department chair.

Students living in the North Building dormitories will be able to return to their rooms as well. Move in will begin tomorrow. In order to facilitate an orderly process, Vice President Ayravainen will send a move-in schedule to students living in the dorms shortly.

We remain hopeful that the dorm rooms in the East Building will be ready for occupancy by our anticipated scheduled date of mid-December. Please check your email for further communication and information on the reopening of this part of the campus. Unfortunately, the academic program space in the East Building which housed the Physical Therapy and Medical Lab Sciences programs sustained severe damage in the storm. Neither program will be able to occupy these spaces until sometime next semester. We are working closely with these faculty to make sure their space needs are accommodated going forward.

Our Hunter facilities staff have been extraordinary, as have our CUNY colleagues in helping us reopen these buildings.  Our thanks in particular to Chief Operating Officer Len Zinnanti, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Rick Chandler, Director of Operations Andy Silver, and Environmental Health and Safety Director Ricardo Franco. In addition we want to thank Provost Rabinowitz, Acting Associate Provost Margo Amgott, Nursing Dean Gail McCain, Associate Dean Marilyn Auerbach and many of our academic colleagues for their efforts to relocate the Brookdale programs to our 68th Street campus in the weeks following the storm. We also appreciate the hospitality of Chief Librarian Dan Cherubin and his staff in welcoming our colleagues to their temporary home on the library's 5th floor. Once again, my thanks to all of you for your patience during these difficult weeks.

Jennifer J. Raab 

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