OpenCUNY Board elections were conducted in the spring, and four new Board members have been elected. John, Christina, Jared, and Suzanne join us, the two OpenCUNY Coordinators, in reviewing and continuing development of the Terms of Participation that function as OpenCUNY’s governance document. For more information on how the Board is composed and run, please see the Doctoral Students’ Council Bylaw 4.3.c.
April 4, 2012 in OpenCUNY Board
Voting is now open for the 2012-13 OpenCUNY Board (until May 1st @ 12:01AM). The board consists of the two OpenCUNY Coordinators and four elected OpenCUNY participants.
The primary task of the OpenCUNY Board will be to continue development of the Terms of Participation that defines OpenCUNY.org’s governance policy and any other policies deemed appropriate by the board.
The election of the board is being facilitated by the DSC and only student members of OpenCUNY are eligible to vote. To vote, log in to the DSC election site and look for the “OpenCUNY Board” section at the bottom of your ballot. If you have any questions, or experience any problems voting, please get in touch with me or Maggie.
The 2012-13 OpenCUNY Board Nominees:
- Reethee Antony (a.k.a. rantony)
Program: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Statement: I use the digital media to create a hearing aid simulator ( http://bit.ly/H5sFdI ), and to create website ( http://opencuny.org/mmc263 ). Currently, I serve on the Student Tech Fee Committee, Graduate Center, CUNY. This experience has enhanced my administrative knowledge in digital media to a great extent. I hope to further extend my current knowledge by serving as an OpenCuny board member and by contributing to the management of the digital media.
- John Boy (a.k.a jboy)
Statement: John is a doctoral candidate in sociology working on religion and social theory. He’s been building web sites since his early teens and has been a free-software advocate for almost as long. He is one of the creators of Occuprint [http://occuprint.org]. He is also a contributing editor to The Immanent Frame [http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/], the Social Science Research Council’s award-winning blog on religion, secularism and the public sphere.
- Maria Garcia (n/a)
Program: Not submitted
Statement: Not submitted
- Julia Goldstein (n/a)
Program: Not submitted
Statement: Not submitted
- Kiersten Greene (a.k.a. kgreene)
Program: Urban Education
Statement: As a student who typed her college applications on a typewriter, I have found OpenCUNY to be a particularly edifying resource at a time when the internet has (literally) changed everything. My participation in the medium includes blogging at opencuny.org/mediated, devising a digital education tool at opencuny.org/edutech, and helping revise the guidelines as a member of the Board. If elected again, I would be committed to working toward furthering the reach of this unique channel of digital communication.
- Keith Miyake (a.k.a. kmiyake)
Program: Earth and Environmental Science/Geography
Statement: As a member of the inaugural OpenCUNY Board, I contributed in drafting the current OpenCUNY.org Terms of Participation. This gave me a better appreciation for the importance and spirit of open source collaboration. I hope to continue my work on the Board to implement and promote the use of open source technologies since their foundations—based on contributing, collaborating, and sharing—relate to our collective work as academics, educators, and learners.
- Christina Nadler (a.k.a chrissy)
Statement: I would like to be on the opencuny board because I use opencuny for my own sites (ChristinaNadler.com, opencuny.org/uuss, opencuny.org/purposefulpedagogy) but I also use other opencuny sites and would like to be more invested in the community. I am still learning a lot about technology so I will be able to bring a perspective with some level of expertise, but hopefully also one that can speak to the varying levels of expertise of opencuny users.
- Jennifer Pipitone (a.k.a. jpipitone)
Program: Environmental Psychology
Statement: I am honored to be nominated for the OpenCUNY Board. I have experience in web development as blog manager for the Nature, Ecology, and Society Colloquium (opencuny.org/nature) and am constructing a new website for the Children’s Environments Research Group, which is launching next month. I also have experience and very much enjoy representing students and handling governance issues as I’m currently serving my second year on both the Executive and Admissions Committee in my subprogram.
- Patricia Stapleton (a.k.a. pstapleton)
Program: Political Science
Statement: I am currently the DSC Steering Officer for Technology and Library. I would like to serve on the board to help maintain a strong connection between Tech and Library projects and OpenCUNY.
- Jared Simard (a.k.a canes)
Statement: As the current DSC Co-Chair for Communications I am uniquely aware of issues coming from both OpenCUNY users and from within the context of the GC administration’s own priorities on digital media. I have overseen both current coordinators while on the DSC Steering committee and look forward to continuing to make OpenCUNY a premier resource for GC students.
- Suzanne Tamang (a.k.a. stamang)
Program: Computer Science
Statement: During her time at GC, Suzanne has worked to improve resources for students and is a strong advocate for the more appropriate allocation of Student Tech Fee dollars. Currently, she uses OpenCUNY for both her personal site and for the chartered organization Women in STEM. As a member of the OpenCUNY Board, she would aspire to help further the mission of a medium that she appreciates in that it’s founded in good software principles, enables creative expression, helps students perform and present research, and makes planning student events simple.
This Wednesday (1/18/12) OpenCUNY.org will be “blocked” from 8AM to 8PM in protest of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA). TAKE ACTION >>
Why are we protesting SOPA/PIPA?
“SOPA and Protect-IP create an architecture for internet censorship” … “thousands of commercial ISPs, colleges, small businesses, nonprofits, and other entities that maintain domain servers are going to have to reconfigure their networks, potentially at substantial cost, in order to easily comply with the new law” … “if enacted, either of these bills will create an environment of tremendous fear and uncertainty for technological innovation, and seriously harm the credibility of the United States in its role as a steward of key Internet infrastructure.”
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Fostering Student-Based Media: A Look at the OpenCUNY.org Academic Medium
December 2nd | 9:30-10:45 | CUNY IT Conference | John Jay College
For three years OpenCUNY has worked with CUNY Graduate Center students to develop open-source environments for their courses, conferences, research, organizations, initiatives, and activism. This roundtable brings together the coordinators and participants of OpenCUNY to explore the benefits and challenges of fostering student-based participatory media. The roundtable will provide an overview of OpenCUNY’s development, participatory governance, technological configuration, and future plans. We will also discuss a sample of participants’ media projects.
PARTICIPANTS: John Boy, Morgan Buck, Gregory Donovan, Shawndel Fraser, Margaret Galvan, Jesse Goldstein, Kiersten Greene, Bijan Kimiagar, Keith Miyake, Jennifer Pipitone, David Spataro, Monique Whitaker
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OpenCUNY Board elections have concluded, and four new Board members have been elected. John, Jen, Kiersten, and Keith join us, the two OpenCUNY Coordinators, in reviewing and continuing development of the Terms of Participation that function as OpenCUNY’s governance document. For more information on how the Board is composed and run, please see the Doctoral Students’ Council Bylaw 4.3.c.
ABOUT THE BOARD: The OpenCUNY Board consists of the two OpenCUNY Coordinators and four elected OpenCUNY.org participants. The OpenCUNY Board determines governance policies for OpenCUNY.org. The primary task of the OpenCUNY Board will be to continue development of the Terms of Participation that defines OpenCUNY.org’s governance policy and any other policies deemed appropriate by the committee. The OpenCUNY Board will meet approximately two times a semester.
Nominations for the 2011-12 OpenCUNY Board are now open (until 10/8). To nominate yourself or another OpenCUNY participant to the Board, please fill out the Nomination Form at
ABOUT THE BOARD: The OpenCUNY Board ( http://opencuny.org/board/ ) consists of the two OpenCUNY Coordinators and four electedOpenCUNY.org participants. The OpenCUNY Board determines governance policies for OpenCUNY.org. The primary task of the OpenCUNY Board will be to continue development of the Terms of Participation ( http://opencuny.org/terms/ ) that defines OpenCUNY.org’s governance policy and any other policies deemed appropriate by the committee. The OpenCUNY Board will meet approximately two times a semester. Please consult DSC Bylaw 4.3 ( http://cunydsc.org/bylaws#Free_and_Open_Source_Medium ) for more information on the OpenCUNY Board and the Terms of Participation.
September 15, 2011 in Event
On Thursday, September 22, OpenCUNY will be holding a network social in Room 5409 from 4:30-6:30pm to kick off programming for this coming academic year. All current users and interested parties are invited to attend. Enjoy free food and beverages while you exchange ideas with fellow graduate students using OpenCUNY for their personal research, professional networking, departmental associations, student groups and initiatives, conferences, and more. Help us visualize our users by snapping a shot for your avatar in our photo booth or sign up with the site to get started!
After many months of discussion, voting, more discussion, and then more voting . . . we’re pleased to announce the OpenCUNY Terms of Participation. The Terms of Participation (ToP) are the official governance policy of OpenCUNY.org that all participants must abide by.
The ToP were drafted and unanimously approved by the OpenCUNY Board on 03/24/2011. On 04/15/2011, the draft ToP was approved by a majority of OpenCUNY participants and sent to the DSC Plenary for ratification. On 05/13/2011, the ToP was officially ratified by the DSC Plenary.