Bronx Community College Faculty Honored at ‘Salute to Scholars’

Bronx, NY – Three Bronx Community College faculty members were honored, at The City University of New York’s annual “Salute to Scholars 2005 – 2006” tribute at The New York Historical Society, Dexter Hall, Second Floor, Two West 77th Street, Manhattan, on November 28.

Recognized at the event were 231 of CUNY’s most distinguished faculty for having achieved outstanding national recognition for their research, scholarship and other accomplishments.
Bronx Community College scholars honored were:

  • Harriet Shenkman Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Hall of Fame for Great Americans Summer Seminars, Grant, 2006

“One mission of the CTE is to create a culture where the college community is constantly striving to learn about learning. We offer many faculty development programs. The grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities enables us to offer two summer seminars for Lehman, Bronx, and Hostos faculty. The focus of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans Summer Seminars is to study six literary and historic honorees in the historic site on the BCC campus. Renowned guest scholars and local scholars conduct the Seminars. Projects resulting from faculty study are designed to enhance current humanities instruction.”

  • Debra Gonsher Professor & Chairperson – Department of Communications Arts & Sciences

ABC and NBC-TV, “The Eternal Light: A Historical Retrospective, Documentary 2006” A documentary retrospective on the Eternal Light program which was a series that aired on the NBC radio and TV networks from the mid 1940’s to the mid 1980’s.

The one hour program includes interviews with Elie Wiesel, Theodore Bikel, Ruth Messinger, NBC news correspondent Carl Stern and excerpts of the only video interview with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Tony award winning actress Marion Seldes, fresh from her critically acclaimed run on Broadway narrates. The documentary was 9 months in the making and aired on January 22, 2006.

“The multi-dimensional nature of this program, with authors, musicians, politicians and philosophers, embodies the true benefits of General Education. Having this documentary so recognized by the Chancellor hopefully will also be a great incentive and model for our Media Technology students,” stated Professor Gonsher.

  • Philipp Rothmaler

Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at BCC

National Science Foundation; Model Theory of Modules, Grant 2005

“I am teacher and researcher at the same time. Even though their levels and specific mathematical subjects may differ, both activities inform the other in their search for mathematical truths. My research takes place in an interdisciplinary area between algebra and mathematical logic and is, in brief, devoted to the semantic study of systems of linear equations.”

Bronx Community College President Carolyn G. Williams who attended the tribute applauded the BCC faculty selected this year said, “It’s the students who are the beneficiaries of our remarkably talented faculty’s pursuit of scholarly distinction. The City University of New York (CUNY) thanked The New York Historical Society for organizing the event. CUNY Chairman of the Board of Trustees Benno C. Schmidt Jr. , CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Selma Botman and Senior Vice Chancellor and Secretary Jay Hershenson also expressed their appreciation for the contributions of faculty for keeping CUNY’s reputation strong. Chairman Schmidt and Chancellor Goldstein praised Jack Rudin, his late brother, Lewis, and the entire Rudin family for assisting CUNY in numerous ways, including support for the Honors College University Scholars Program, the Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Series at The City College, and the Lewis and Jack Rudin Center for Criminal Justice Partnerships at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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