Faculty Efforts Spark Recruiting

A major drive is now underway to engage CUNY faculty in efforts to recruit outstanding matriculants from area high schools. Among the unsung heroes of recruitment who have developed imaginative strategies for ushering promising students through University portals are Stuart Asser, Nancy Hager, and Ardie Walser.

Stuart Asser, a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queensborough Community College, is a frequent visitor to area high schools, where he speaks on careers in his very fast-changing, explosively growing field. He typically brings along examples of the latest technology so students can experience a true "hands-on" demonstration. Asser has also served as one of the curriculum developers with QueensboroughUs Tech Prep Program at Thomas Edison High School. He is currently the college coordinator for the Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics program, a project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Professor of Music Nancy Hager, Director of the Conservatory Music and Chair of the Faculty Council, has led by example in her efforts to increase enrollment at Brooklyn College. She has logged many volunteer hours calling on prospective students, attending college fairs, and leading recruitment workshops. It is no coincidence that the Brooklyn College Conservatory is one of the most active academic departments with respect to recruitment and enrollment. This spring Hager is working closely with the admissions office to include cultural/ethnic events in the College's open houses and other special outreach activities.

Over the past five years, Ardie Walser, an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at City College, has devoted much of his own time to reaching out to minority youngsters in the junior high and high schools and community centers in the city. Not only does he bring the excitement of science and engineering to young students, but he works with them on career exploration and decision-making. He also brings groups of high school students to campus and works extensively with current City College students in the hope of bringing more minority students into engineering, and more importantly, allowing them to make a lasting change for the better in their lives.