SPS Students receive CUNY Student Leadership Awards

The CUNY School of Professional Studies is pleased to announce that two of its students, Seamus McManus and Jenelle Washington, received CUNY Student Leadership Awards on Friday, May 6th, for their exemplary contributions to the SPS community. The awards were presented as part of the Malave Fellows graduation ceremony in the Great Hall of City College. Dr. Frank Sanchez, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, presented the keynote address, and Robert Rodriguez, Assistant Vice President  of Student Affairs at City College, welcomed students and their families. The event was moderated by Tracie Strahan, of WNBC.

Mr. McManus and Ms. Washington are the first recipients of CUNY Student Leadership Awards from SPS, and were presented with their awards by Brian Peterson, Associate Dean for Administration and Finance and Zeita-Marion Lobley, Director of Student Services.

Mr. Mc Manus has contributed to the life of the School of Professional Studies in many ways. He was elected to serve as a student representative on the School’s Governing Council, and has participated in the discussions and decisions of that body. He worked with faculty on several curriculum committees to design and create new degree opportunities for SPS, adding an important student perspective and demonstrating his diligence by being exceptionally well-prepared. Seamus was also selected to be a member of the Malave Leadership Academy, the only representative of SPS. Seamus is a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Culture, and is expected to graduate Summa Cum Laude in June. He was born in Seattle, Washington, and now resides with his family in Manhattan.

Ms. Washington graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from SPS before entering the School’s Master of Science degree program in Business Management and Leadership in fall 2010. She was nominated and elected to the SPS Governing Council, and has served on several curriculum committees. Working with the faculty, she participated in the development of a Master of Science degree and several new graduate level certificates. She is also a volunteer pet fosterer with the New York City Center for Animal Care and Control, and actively works to protect and place abandoned and neglected animals. A native of Brooklyn, she graduated from Kingsborough Community College before entering SPS. She continues to live in Brooklyn.


The CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) serves New York City’s dynamic marketplace by providing timely, innovative and high-quality programs of study designed to address new or unmet needs.  Drawing on CUNY’s nationally and internationally renowned faculty and practitioners, as well as industry and education partners, SPS offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs, including CUNY’s first fully online degree programs.

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