More Faculty, Student Honors, Awards at CUNY

CUNY faculty and students continue to receive national awards and honors, including Fulbright, Guggenheim and New York City Urban Fellowships.

David Nasaw, the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of American History at the CUNY Graduate Center — as well as director of The University’s Center for the Humanities –was named winner of the $50,000 New-York Historical Society American Book Prize, for his biography, Andrew Carnegie (Penguin Press, 2006). The annual prize, now in its second year, is awarded to a work of American history or a biography that stands out for its scholarship and literary style.

Brooklyn College Distinguished Professor Tania Leon won a Guggenheim Fellowship to continue her work in music composition.

John Jay College Professor Desmond Arias has received a Fulbright Scholar Award for Spring 2008. At CUNY Law School, Professor Rhonda Copelon received a Fulbright fellowship to support research and a lecturing project in Chile, focusing on issues of accountability and gender equality in a post-dictatorship society. She is currently working on that project. Hunter Film and Media Professor Steve Gorelick was awarded a Fulbright Grant by the German Fulbright Commission. Hunter College Dance Professor Anita Cheng was selected as a U.S. Fulbright scholar and will be teaching a digital media and performance course in the fall at The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Baruch College student Joselyn Muhleisen was selected by the European Union and the Fulbright Committee for a scholarship to study European Union International Relations and Diplomacy in Belgium. Rafat Azad, a computer science major/anthropology minor in his senior year at Queens College, won a Fulbright Grant to do advanced research and graduate study on Islamic culture and ideology and environmental conservation in Bangladesh next year.

Four students were named New York City Urban Fellows. They are: Ankur Mangalagiri, Bracha Feit and Ryan Merola, all of the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, and Scott Hobbs, an Urban Affairs major at Hunter College. Mangalagiri attends Hunter College, Feit attends Queens College and Merola attends Brooklyn College. The Urban Fellows program is a nine-month fellowship that combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intensive seminar component exploring key issues facing New York City government.

Among graduate students, Catherine Bangeranye, who’s pursuing a CUNY doctorate in biochemistry, was awarded a 2007 United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship, which consists of a $42,000 fellowship stipend and a $10,000 research grant. Bangeranye’s studies focus on a family of proteins that are essential for cellular energy metabolism. Originally from Rwanda, Bangeranye earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and she raised two children before beginning her graduate studies at CUNY. Christopher Bell, who will be receiving his master of public administration from Baruch’s School of Public Affairs this year, was awarded a Fulbright to travel to Kiev, Ukraine to study fiscal policies of local government authorities.

In March, CUNY had proudly announced that several students had won the highly prestigious Truman, Goldwater and Marshall awards.

One of the winners of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship was David Bauer, who is at the Macaulay Honors College. Two years ago, Bauer received great media attention as he placed first in the 2005 National Intel Science competition. He chose to attend CUNY at City College rather than competitive private colleges that wanted him.

This year, Goldwater winner Bauer was honored along with Itamar M. Belisha, a CUNY Baccalaureate student at City College and Miriam B. Ginzberg of Queens College, who also received the award.

CUNY Baccalaureate students Lei Jessica Yu (East Asian Studies) and Dulce Wechsler (Latin American Literature) each received a competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE). Wechsler studied in Argentina during the recent winter school break, while Yu will be studying in Germany later in the spring semester.

Among faculty and staff who were honored recently around The University was Brooklyn College’s Ann Heppermann. Heppermann is assistant director of the college’s radio station and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of TV and Radio. She won a 2007 Peabody Award for her work on “Crossing Borders,” a sound-portrait of Mexicans who risk their lives to find better-paying jobs in the United States.

Heppermann, an independent radio producer, worked for six months to complete a six-minute segment of the hour-long “Crossing Borders” radio program. She has taught at Brooklyn College since Spring 2006 and last year was named faculty advisor of the year.

Dozens of CUNY Law School students have received fellowships and scholarships that will fund various pursuits. For instance, about 30 students were awarded Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest Fellowships, which provide New York City area law students the chance to work with public interest organizations. Fellows receive $4,000 for ten weeks of full-time work (35 hours per week) during the summer.

Some CUNY students were recognized as future experts in international affairs.

Among these was Christian Cardona, of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who will receive a BA magna cum laude in International Criminal Justice this May. Cardona was awarded a Rangel Fellowship (named after Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel), which will provide him up to $28,000 a year in tuition assistance and other expenses as he pursues his master’s degree in international affairs.

This coming summer Cardona will work on international affairs for a member of Congress. The following summer, the U.S. State Department will send him overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy, where he will get hands-on familiarization with U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Fellowships are funded by the federal government.

The City University of New York is the nation’s largest urban public university. CUNY is comprised of twenty three institutions: eleven senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law at Queens College, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The University serves more than 226,000 degree-credit students and 230,000 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 280 high schools throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York. The University has launched an on-line baccalaureate degree through the School of Professional Studies, and a new Teacher Academy offering free tuition for highly motivated mathematics and science majors who seek teaching careers in the city’