How-To: Automatically Display Images in Outlook 2010

Are you tired of having to select “display all images” for each email in Outlook that contains an image? Have you wondered if it’s possible to get the images in your email to automatically download?  Well here’s how you do it:

  1. Open Outlook 2010.image
  2. Go to the Ribbon and select File.
  3. Click Options.
  4. In the left pane, select Trust Center.
  5. Click the Trust Center Settings button.
  6. Select Automatic Download from the left pane.
  7. Uncheck the Don’t download pictures automatically in HTML e-mail messages or RSS items checkbox.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click OK to close the Outlook Options window.

Many thanks to Christos Kotsamanidis for providing this Help Desk How-To.

Project Rwanda: Year Four!

On July 5, faculty and students from the M.A. in Applied Theatre program traveled to Kigali, Rwanda for the fourth year of “Project Rwanda: Drama and Theatre Education for Reconciliation and Development.” The project was conceived as a multi-year program through which Applied Theatre students work with Rwandan young people between the ages of 11 and 25 to develop their social, educational, and cultural skills through drama and theatre.

The twin aims of the Project are to develop the use of theatre and drama strategies to promote unity and reconciliation among Rwandans and to create job opportunities by building applied theatre troupes, first in schools and later, in the professional, cultural milieu.

Participants will write daily blog entries to share their experiences with us at:

The M.A. in Applied Theatre 2013 group shortly before departure.

The M.A. in Applied Theatre 2013 group shortly before departure.

2012-2013 ePortfolio Student Showcase Now Live!

SPS is delighted to present our 2012-2013 ePortfolio Student Showcase! The showcase, which is hosted on an SPS ePortfolio site, highlights student work in individual courses, programs, and capstone projects at both the bachelors and masters level.

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ePortfolio provides a window into our students’ lives: who they are and who they aspire to be. While reviewing nominations to this year’s showcase, we were delighted to learn that we have a published children’s book author and a video/film/TV producer enrolled in our badge

Thanks to all of the instructors who nominated students for inclusion in the showcase and to the ePortfolio Team for encouraging students to self-nominate. This year we were able to award $100 Amazon gift cards to students whose ePortfolios were selected for inclusion in the showcase as well as digital badges to display on their ePortfolios.

If you have a student who is interested in submitting their ePortfolio for an opportunity to be selected as one of the “Featured Studies ePortfolios,” they still have plenty of time to do so – the nomination deadline for next year’s showcase is May 24, 2014.

Feel free to browse the showcase website or visit the featured ePortfolios directly below:

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Tonight: Stephanie Luce on the Minimum Wage

MetroFocus recently interviewed SPS Associate Professor Stephanie Luce in a segment on the luceminimum wage. The minimum wage became the subject of much debate after President Obama proposed raising it from $7.25 to $9.00 in a speech this past February. Associate Professor Luce provided commentary about two conflicting perspectives in the debate – represented in the segment by a low-wage worker from the Bronx, who says any increase would help her make ends meet, and by the President of the Business Council of New York State, who says raising minimum wage would hamper job creation. Associate Professor Luce is an expert on living wage campaigns and her book, “Fighting for a Living Wage,” addresses this issue in detail.

MetroFocus is a news magazine and program that airs on local PBS stations WNET, WLIW, and NJTV. The segment aired on March 20th and again on March 21st, but you can still watch it online or read the accompanying article here.



2013 ePortfolio Student Showcase

The ePortfolio Team invites you to nominate students from the past year who have done 2013_badge3_orangeexceptionally well with their ePortfolio assignments in your courses to participate in the Second Annual SPS ePortfolio Showcase. This year’s “Featured Student ePortfolio” winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card!

Last month we recorded an ePortfolio Webinar Information Session to help students learn more about ePortfolios at SPS and how they can be used for academic and career development. The video is available on the ePortfolio Showcase website, SPS’s YouTube channel:, and below. We encourage you to tell your students about it and also let them know that they can nominate their own ePortfolios.

Please use the nomination form to send us your Fall 2012/Spring 2013 nominations by May 24th. If you are interested in volunteering to help evaluate nominated ePortfolios please send an email to Sarah Morgano at

Design, Redesign, Collaborate – Faculty Development Day

Hold the date of May 3, 2013 and register below for our faculty development day workshop event organized around the theme of improving instruction through better design. Activities will include a morning plenary session which will focus on the common challenges of design and redesign for all types of courses, a lab session (offered twice– in the morning or afternoon) on the uses of Blackboard Collaborate, and a lunchtime panel on redesign featuring faculty presenters.

Among the subtopics we will explore is that of small group work, which remains one of the most challenging design and implementation issues for faculty. As part of our lunchtime panel, we will learn from fellow faculty who have redesigned major components of their courses and in the afternoon, identify the most suitable Blackboard layout and tools to match various types of course content and activities.  Faculty will also have an opportunity to explore how Blackboard Collaborate can provide some additional options for faculty presentation of content, for virtual office hours, and for faculty-student and student-student interaction.

This on-site event is open to and appropriate for all SPS faculty, whether teaching face-to-face, online or hybrid courses. Faculty are welcome to attend any or all sessions during the day, but we ask you to register and to indicate your preferred Blackboard Collaborate lab session and whether you are joining us for lunch, so that we are able to accommodate as many faculty as possible.

Where: Murphy Institute, 25 W. 43rd St. (between 6th and 5th Ave), 18th floor.


9:00-9:25 am Welcome and intro
9:30-10:45 am Plenary session, design and redesign issues
10:45-10:55 am Break
11 am-12:25 pm Best Practices for designing and assessing group assignments


Blackboard Collaborate Lab (morning session)
12:30-2 pm Lunch and faculty panel on process and result of design and redesign
2:05-3:30 pm Options and tools for layout and organization within Blackboard


Blackboard Collaborate Lab (afternoon session)

CFP: 9th Annual CUE Conference

Transformations in Teaching and Learning:
Research and Evidence Based Practices at CUNY

What are the most effective pedagogies, policies and practices that we can use to maximize student learning at CUNY?  How does research help us identify these practices?  What works based on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and how do we know that it works?  How can we adopt evidence based practices to improve learning in our own classrooms and throughout our campuses?

This year’s Coordinated Undergraduate Education (CUE) Conference provides an in-depth view of research and evidence based practices across the university, from the classroom, in the field, online and through collaborations and partnerships. Through a plenary overview, actual case presentations, workshops and poster sessions, faculty, administrators and staff will have an opportunity to explore and experiment with research and evidence based practices. Consider submitting a proposal about your own evidence or research based practice by the March 15th deadline.

For full information about the conference and the CFP submission process click here or visit the address below:

Friday, May 10, 2013
John Jay College

Confronting the Climate Crisis: Can Labor Help Shape an Effective Strategy?

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute and the Worker Institute at Cornell invite you to a forum:

Hurricane Sandy off the Carolinas on Oct.28, 2012. NASA photo

Hurricane Sandy off the Carolinas on Oct.28, 2012. NASA photo

“Confronting the Climate Crisis: Can Labor Help Shape an Effective Strategy?”

Thursday, January 17th, 8:30-10:15 am

Murphy Institute, CUNY, 25 West 43 rd St., 18 th floor

A light breakfast will be provided

RSVP to Eloiza Morales at 212.642.2029 or

Superstorm Sandy and its disastrous effects on the lives of working-class people have propelled the issue of climate change to the forefront of public policy concerns, challenging leaders at all levels to make it a top priority. The Murphy Institute joins the discussion with a forum, titled “Confronting the Climate Crisis: Can Labor Shape an Effective Strategy?”

Organized in collaboration with the Worker Institute at Cornell, the forum will be held on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the Murphy Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY.

Scientists have said that global greenhouse gas emissions must peak this decade if we are to have any chance of stabilizing our climate and to prevent runaway global warming. Yet 2012 set a record high of 39 billion tons of emissions, 58 percent above 1990 levels. Dr. James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the world’s most influential climate scientist, will explain the nature and scope of the climate emergency we face and outline what needs to be done to meet this enormous challenge.

In response, labor leaders David Coles, President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada; Hector Figueroa, President, Local 32 BJ, Service Employees International Union; and Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance will discuss the role of organized labor in shaping a regional, national, and global approach to both the causes and effects of climate change and will address some key questions: Can labor join with other social movements to advance a bold climate protection agenda that can build workers’ power? Or will unions back off in the face of fossil fuel companies committed to tar sands, shale gas, Artic drilling, and other forms of ‘extreme energy’?

Speakers :

  • Dr. James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • David Coles, President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, Canada
  • Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance
  • Hector Figueroa, President, Local 32 BJ, Service Employees International Union

Please RSVP to Eloiza Morales, at 212.642.2029 or

Volunteer Opportunity – Help Our Hard Hit Neighbors

Join us on Saturday, November 17th, from 10am to 5pm, as SPS and CUNY join City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s efforts to support hard hit areas in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Buses for volunteers will leave at 10 a.m. from 250 Broadway across from City Hall. Please look for the Gray Line New York double-decker buses.  Expect to return to City Hall at around 5:00 p.m.  Sign up here.

Please be sure that you are able to join us for the full day, and remember to wear water resistant or waterproof footwear, to dress warmly and in clothes that may get ruined or dirty, and to bring water.

For further information, please contact Cristina Finan, SPS Student Services Coordinator, at 212-652-2014 or

OEM Call for Volunteers for Hurricane Sandy

The message below is posted on behalf of Associate Dean Brian A. Peterson:

Dear Colleagues:

As you may know, Hurricane Sandy is making its way towards our area, and once again, the SPS team is working closely with the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) as they prepare our City for this oncoming storm. This is an enormous undertaking, and OEM is currently in need of two volunteers to perform data entry for the City’s resource management system from 8pm tonight through 8am tomorrow morning at the OEM Office in Brooklyn.

If you are available and interested in this opportunity to help our City, please let me know asap, by contacting me via my cell at 646-468-6153.

You may also be of help by forwarding this message to your friends and colleagues.

Many thanks for your consideration,


Brian A. Peterson
Associate Dean for Administration and Finance
CUNY School of Professional Studies