Student Honors

Baruch Scores High

A Baruch College team ranked third out of 50 teams representing 46 academic institutions from four continents in the recent eighth annual Rotman International Trading Competition at the University of Toronto. The Baruch team won the High Frequency Algorithmic Trading section.

Baruch’s team members, all Master’s in Financial Engineering (MFE) students, were Amanda Kotler, Yike Lu, David Rappaport and Alexei Smirnov. The 2011 team was trained by Eugene Krel, a Baruch MFE graduate in 2009, when he was a member of the first Baruch team at the Rotman competition. Help also was provided by associate professor Dan Stefanica, director of the MFE program, and by associate professor Richard Holowczak, director of the Zicklin School of Business’ Bert W. and Sandra Wasserman Trading Floor – Subotnick Financial Services Center.

A Rising Star

Liliete Lopez, a Hostos Community College graduate who is now attending Queens College, was honored as a “rising star” who not only excels in her field, but also gives back to her community. She lived in Nicaragua until she was 13, but was not allowed to attend school because she was blind. But she flourished in this country, graduating from Hostos with a 3.782 GPA and now majoring in political science and urban studies at Queens.  Since 2009 she has been treasurer of the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities, a University-wide student organization representing the interests of more than 9,000 students. Last October, she won a campuswide election at Queens for to the University Student Senate, where she was elected vice chair of disabled student affairs. Liliete is also an alumna of the Malave Leadership Academy, winner of the CUNY Leadership Award of 2009 and leader of the Queens College Legislative project. Her most recent award was presented by the Queens Courier, which serves communities throughout the borough.

Criminology Award

Janet Garcia, a senior in the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter, has won the 2010 Undergraduate Student Paper Award from the Division on Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology, the nation’s leading criminology organization. Her paper addresses a controversial question: Is maintaining a large, costly prison system the best way to deal with crime, or are there less expensive, more effective alternatives?

‘Empire’ Builder

Brooklyn College student Justiin Davis was recently cast as Lester White, son of Michael K. Williams’ Chalky, on the hit HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” winner of the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama. Davis, who will receive a B.F.A. in acting in June, said: “Someone once said to me: ‘You think a little boy from the projects is going to be on TV?’ Since then, I’ve fought and pushed to get where I wanted to go.”