Queensborough Student Oluwadamisi Atanda Named to Phi Theta Kappa All-New York First Team; Coca-Cola Silver Scholar

Oluwadamisi Atanda, a student at Queensborough Community College, a college of The City University of New York (CUNY), has won membership on the prestigious First Team of the Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team and is a 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar.

Lee-Kon Chen, also a Queensborough student, won membership on the Third Team of the Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing more than $180,000 in scholarships annually. The international honor society Phi Theta Kappa administers the program and recognizes the scholars during ceremonies nationwide.

Oluwadamisi Atanda, known to his friends as “Kay,” is to receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,250 and a special medallion.

“To be chosen from a pool of so many deserving students is a humbling and exciting experience,” said Kay. “I am inspired to set my academic and career goals even higher.”

Kay served as student body president at his high school in Lagos, Nigeria, where he was raised. He moved to the United States in 2010 in pursuit of quality higher education. A liberal arts major, Kay was named to the 2011 Dean’s List and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa. He is president of Queensborough’s Student Government Association and a member of the Mock Trial Team. His community involvement includes interning for New York State Assemblyman David I. Weprin in 2011.

Upon receiving his associate degree from Queensborough, Kay plans to continue his studies in political science and international relations at a four-year college. He aspires to one day become Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Lee-Kon Chen, president of the Lambda Sigma Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa at Queensborough, says she chose nursing in order to become “the best patient advocate I can be.” Her hope is to bring quality and altruistic nursing care to patients as she aids them on their path to recovery.

“Both Kay and Lee-Kon are wonderful students who exemplify scholarly achievement and outstanding leadership skills—both on campus and in the community,” said Dr. Diane B. Call, Interim President of Queensborough Community College. “We are extremely proud that their talents and hard work have been recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, the most prestigious honor society in the country.”

Queensborough Community College, established in 1960, is located on a lush 37-acre campus in Bayside, New York. The College offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum as well as career and pre-professional courses. Comprising one of the most diverse populations of any college in the U.S., nearly 15,000 students pursue Associate degrees or Certificate programs and another 10,000 students of all ages attend continuing education programs. The College boasts Dual/Joint Degree programs in Nursing, Biotechnology, Criminal Justice and Education with its sister CUNY institutions— Hunter College, York College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Queens College, respectively. Over half of the faculty holds doctorates, compared with 21% of faculty in other community colleges nationwide.

In the fall of 2009, Queensborough launched the Freshman Academies for all first-time full-time students. While other colleges have similar programs, Queensborough is the only community college to launch the initiative institution-wide.

Queensborough has the distinction of being awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant in the amount of $500,000 and was recently named one of 12 colleges nationwide to lead the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) project—funded by Met Life—to support and expand effective student success strategies at community colleges. The College’s prized cultural beacons, The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives; QCC Art Gallery; and Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) continue to bring renowned world-class exhibits, fine art and performances to the entire community and beyond. Please visit our website at www.qcc.cuny.edu.