News from The City University of New York

Celebrating the Life of Medgar Wiley Evers

July 2, 2015 | Medgar Evers College

Today, our beloved Medgar would have turned 90 years old and we celebrate the legacy he’s left behind.

City College hosts International Laser Radar Conference, July 5-10

July 1, 2015 | City College

The first International Laser Radar Conference (ILRC) in the United States in seven years brings nearly 300 participants from 18 countries to The City College of New York July 5 – 10. The event, in the Great Hall in Shepard Hall, is hosted by the NOAA-CREST center at City College.

“Smaller is smarter” in superspreading of influence in social networks, say CCNY physicists

July 1, 2015 | City College

A study by City College of New York physicists Flaviano Morone and Hernán A. Makse suggests that “smaller is smarter” when it comes to influential superspreaders of information in social networks. This is a major shift from the widely held view that “bigger is better,” and could have important consequences for a broad range of social, natural and living networked systems.

Women of GRIT Ends Successful First Year

June 30, 2015 | Guttman Community College

Women of GRIT, a new campus organization that provides academic, personal, professional, community and leadership development to young women at Guttman Community College, ended its first year with two successful events. First, on May 28, Women of GRIT Co-Coordinator and Associate Professor of English Tracy Daraviras and four students–Phebeana Ojomoses, Jessica Jimenez, Mame Cisse and […]

CCNY’s William Helmreich discusses NYC evolution after four-year trek

June 30, 2015 | City College

William Helmreich, professor of sociology in The City College of New York’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, spent four years walking almost every street of New York City’s five boroughs: 120,000 blocks, or about 6,000 miles. .

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Community College Graduates 14th Cohort of Business Owners

June 30, 2015 | LaGuardia Community College

Twenty-seven scholars from the 14th cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Community College graduated from the program on June 25th.

Keynote speaker Dina Powell, head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing and President of Goldman Sachs Foundation, which oversees the national initiative, noted the positive impact 10,000 Small Businesses has had overall. “Sixty-seven percent of participants have reported increasing their revenues six months after graduating, which rises to 76% after 18 months. Forty-six percent of participants have reported creating net new jobs six months after graduating, which rises to 57% after 18 months. And the graduation rate is 99%.”

Staten Island Arts announces surprising new leader

June 30, 2015 | College of Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — The borough’s art council has selected a new executive director — he’s not from the North Shore, and he isn’t your typical art type. Christopher Hellstrom will lead Staten Island Arts starting July 6, the council announced today after reviewing more than 100 candidates.

CUNY Board Names Judith Bergtraum as Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management; and Brian Cohen as Vice Chancellor for Technology and University Chief Information Officer

June 29, 2015 | The University

Chancellor James B. Milliken of The City University of New York has announced the appointments of Judith Bergtraum as Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, and Brian Cohen as Vice Chancellor for Technology and University Chief Information Officer. Both appointments were approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees.

Dr. Thomas A. Isekenegbe Named President of Bronx Community College

June 29, 2015 | The University

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today appointed Dr. Thomas A. Isekenegbe, who has been President of Cumberland County College for the past six years, as President of Bronx Community College.

Dr. David Gomez Named President of Hostos Community College

June 29, 2015 | The University

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York has appointed Dr. David Gomez, a distinguished academic leader, teacher and experienced administrator, as the President of Hostos Community College. Dr. Gomez has served as Interim President of Hostos for the past year.

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William Adams Convenes Humanities Roundtable at LaGuardia Community College with Faculty and Students

June 29, 2015 | LaGuardia Community College

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William Adams convened a roundtable of faculty, staff and students at LaGuardia Community College to discuss the importance of innovative humanities programs in liberal arts education, highlighting the federal agency’s recent announcement of its new community colleges grant program.

This new grant program, Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges is the latest NEH effort to expand the humanities resources and educational opportunities available to historically underserved student populations. The grant program is part of NEH’s agency-wide initiative The Common Good: TheHumanities in the Public Square , which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role and significance of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.

CUNY Prep Is Renamed to Honor Founding Principal Dr. Derrick Griffith

June 29, 2015 | The University

The City University of New York Board of Trustees has renamed CUNY Preparatory School in the Bronx the Dr. Derrick Griffith CUNY Preparatory School to honor its founding principal who died in the May 2015 Amtrak accident that killed eight people.

CCNY Researchers develop eco-friendly oil spill solution

June 29, 2015 | City College

City College of New York researchers led by chemist George John have developed an eco-friendly biodegradable green “herding” agent that can be used to clean up light crude oil spills on water.