Look Who’s Achieving at John Jay!

* John Jay magna cum laude Students Win Top National Honors
* 15 John Jay Students Named Outstanding Delegation at the 2007 National Model United Nations Conference

New York City — John Jay students have garnered top awards for their scholastic achievements. Recent graduate Louise Anderson received the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship and seniors Christian Cardona and Abdoulaye Diallo won the 2007 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow and the 2007 Steamboat Foundation Summer Scholarship respectively.

President Jeremy Travis said, “John Jay prides itself on its commitment to preparing a new generation of leaders. It is a great honor for us to have them win such important national awards, which will afford them the opportunity to realize their potential. These students will add to the vanguard of graduates who are helping to inspire current and future John Jay students.”

Louise Anderson is a CUNY Baccalaureate student who will graduate this May. Her area of concentration, “Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice,” was comprised of 10 courses at John Jay College. The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship, which is based on merit and financial need, will provide her with approximately $2,200 per semester for graduate study. She plans to pursue a PhD in political science at the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on the psychology of political behavior.

Christian Cardona will receive his magna cum laude BA in International Criminal Justice this May. He will use the fellowship to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs, with a concentration in international security. The Rangel Fellowship, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, will provide Cardona with up to $28,000 annually in assistance for tuition, room, board and other expenses for a two-year master’s degree. Through the program, he will work on international affairs for a member of Congress during the summer of 2007. In summer 2008, the 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 and the Foreign Service in a specific country.

Abdoulaye Diallo will graduate magna cum laude with a BA in Government next year. The Steamboat Summer Scholarship, provided by the Greenwich, CT-based foundation, provides outstanding students of financial need with a unique opportunity to work with acknowledged leaders. Steamboat’s program focuses on decision making and teaching the values of both success and failure. Most importantly, Steamboat hopes that its summer program will have positive and lasting effects on the students who participate, and that they will help continue Steamboat’s legacy of leadership by giving back to the program and acting as mentors for future scholars.

A 15-member team of John Jay students was named Outstanding Delegation at the 2007 National Model United Nations Conference, held in New York from March 18-22. The National Model United Nations Conference is one of the largest international academic competitions in the world. The Outstanding Delegation award is one of the highest international distinctions that can be bestowed upon a college or university. The first-place honor marks the third consecutive award won by the John Jay Model U.N. team, and fourth overall since joining the conference during the 2001-2002 academic year. The 2007 team members were seniors: Eamon Poller (Head Delegate), Rasha Abousalem, Khaldoun Khelil, Mark Franks and Christina Salvo; juniors: Gabriele Ursitti, Robert Roman, Almir Hot, Ali Bessyoni, Christina Lee, Arie Braizblot, Chake Nichanian and Ewa Hernik; and sophomores: Sara Girgis and Heather McCown.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu


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