Archive for 2013

Boot Camp for MFA Theater Auditions

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

FOUR RECENT Queens College theater graduates sat chatting with instructor Claudia Feldstein about the Capulets, the Montagues and the major Shakespearian roles they would soon play at Flushing Town Hall.

Film-Scoring Magic

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

‘HERE’S the scenario,” musician and composer Michael Bacon tells his students on the first day of their film-scoring class at Lehman College. “I’m a film director and you’re the composer. My film is in trouble and I say to you, ‘This scene doesn’t feel sad enough. Or it’s too sad. And this scene isn’t exciting enough.'”

Setting Table in the South Bronx

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

LIZZETTE BONFANTE GONZALEZ, 23, is moved to tears when she discusses the importance of food education in the inner city. “My purpose is to share fairness and goodness,” she says. “For me it’s all about food justice and food education, and if there’s Community Supported agriculture or a farmer’s market in your community it should be supported.”

Better Health for the Many

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

AFTER A BUSY, HEARTBREAKING NIGHT as a pediatrician for a neonatal unit in a city with the highest infant mortality rate in the country, Dr. Ayman A.E. El-Mohandes decided that if he really wanted to help as many patients as possible, he needed to study public health.

Giving Back in a Big, Big Way

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

IN THE FALL of 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed to host a small dinner party for a select circle of colleagues: fellow billionaires. Among the guests were Warren Buffett, the renowned investor and philanthropist, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, along with wife, Melinda, now co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the evening was to persuade other attendees to sign on to the Giving Pledge, a campaign spearheaded by Buffett and Gates to encourage the wealthiest people in the world to commit to giving at least half of their fortunes to charity.

From Young, Determined Immigrant to New York CEO

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE. But true. Kam Wong was not always a stellar student.

Today, the distinguished Baruch College alumnus and donor is president and CEO of the Municipal Credit Union of New York, with more than 350,000 members and almost $2 billion in assets.

In America On His Own

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

MEET JUAN RODRIGUEZ — New York City’s first immigrant.

He’s also a historical figure who went unrecognized for centuries.

But now researchers at City College have come together to set the record straight.

Rodriguez was born in Santo Domingo or Hispaniola (present day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) — the first European colony established in the Americas. He was part of a crew that arrived in Hudson’s Harbor aboard a Dutch ship in 1613, probably sailing from the Spanish colony of Hispaniola. Rodriguez was also a free, dark-skinned man, according to Dutch notarial documents published by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute.

“The story of Juan Rodriguez belongs to the history of all New Yorkers,” says Ramona Hernandez, director of the institute and professor of sociology at City College. “It shows that immigration and Dominicans are as old as apple pie. And it shows that New York has had inter-actions between different races and ethnicities since the very beginning.”

Rodriguez has been labeled the first because “he is simply the first individual for whom a historical record exists who is known to have lived in the Hudson Harbor area for several months (1613-1614), far from his society of origin, with only the local Native Americans as companions,” says Anthony Stevens-Acevedo, the assistant director of CUNY DSI.

It is likely that while living on the island of Santo Domingo, Rodriguez was hired to work as a sailor for the Dutch. The fact is that we find Rodriguez on a Dutch expedition destined for New Amsterdam and the Netherlands in 1613. But once Rodriguez arrived in Hudson’s Harbor he adamantly refused to leave, according to “Juan Rodriguez and the Beginnings of New York City,” a monograph published by the institute. Dutch notarial documents reveal that he lived and worked in New Amsterdam for at least eight months between 1613 and 1614.

Paraphrasing the few written statements that survive about Rodriguez, Hernandez says: “He was left here because he told whoever hired him, ‘I’m staying right here. And if you don’t leave me, I’ll jump overboard!’ We don’t know why he said that but I think this is a spirit of rebellion that

Studying Baboons in Africa — and Learning About Humans

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

IN PARTS OF AFRICA, baboons can be controversial. Some people consider them pests, while others value the lessons they teach us about human behavior.

Josie Marcus and the Legend of Wyatt Earp

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

WYATT EARP was an icon of the American West. Both an outlaw and a lawman, he was the only man to walk away uninjured from the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

Books At-a-Glance

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

A collection of new books written by CUNY authors

Photo Finish: The Favelas of Rio in Miniature on Queens College Campus

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

WHILE IT BEGAN AS A GAME played by teens in one of the working-class Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods, or “favelas,” today Projecto Morrinho has evolved into an art installation meant to inspire social awareness and international dialogue on the Queens College campus.

Campus Tour: Guttman Community College

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Guttman Community College, formerly known as the New Community College of CUNY, opened in the fall of 2012. It’s the first CUNY community college to open in more than 40 years, and it was renamed after the University received a $25 million gift from the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation. The donation, the largest to a community college in New York history, was given to support the college and other community college initiatives to boost student retention and graduation rates.

“World of Accounting” at CSI

December 11, 2013 | College of Staten Island

Staten Island High School Students learned about career options at the fourth annual “World of Accounting” event in the Williamson Theater at the College of Staten Island, sponsored by The New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA). The purpose of the event was to inform high school students about the education requirements for accounting majors, and to provide them with information about the various employment options for accountants.

CUNY Law Impact: Pavita Krishnaswamy

December 11, 2013 | CUNY School of Law

Since graduating from CUNY Law School, Pavita Krishnaswamy (’02) has had a long-lived, 11-year tenure at the same organization: South Brooklyn Legal Services, a program of Legal Services NYC. Most of her time had been devoted to the HIV unit, as…

Cutrone Wins Award for Excellence in IT Service

December 10, 2013 | Guttman Community College

Jason Cutronce (Center) being presented the Excellence in IT Award by Brian Cohen, Vice Chancellor and University CIO (left), and Alan H. Dobrin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (right).
On December 5 Jason Cutrone was presented th…

John Jay Students Pack 20,000 Meals for Each of John Jay’s Stop Hunger Now Events

December 10, 2013 | Uncategorized

  According to Oxfam – and international organization focused on combatting poverty, as of 2010, 925 million people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger. This number is greater than the population of the European Union, Canada, and the United States combined. Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, […]

York College Big Band Plays in Heady Company

December 10, 2013 | York College

Music education is more than giving weekly lessons, teaching a theory class, or working with a high school band. It is about instilling passion, excitement, and wonder at the many genres and styles of music, and then nurturing the student’s ability to share that experience with others. The greatest thrill for a teacher is when a student gets it – when the light bulb gets switched on. Suddenly, the possibilities are endless.

Audiences Will Do a Double Take as Master Impersonators Bring the King of Rock and Roll to Life at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center

December 10, 2013 | Queensborough Community College

December 9, 2013 (Bayside, NY) –The theatre will shake, rattle and roll as master performers Scot Bruce and Mike Albert deliver an unforgettable Elvis experience when Blue Suede Birthday—The Elvis Bash is presented at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) on January 25 at 8:00 p.m. Scot, who performs the early hits through Elvis’ career […]

Book Showcases Practice of Spitzer School Dean George Ranalli

December 10, 2013 | City College

In his private practice, George Ranalli, dean of City College’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, has designed for a rock star as well as some of New York City’s poorest residents. His body of work, which spans more than 30 years, is the subject of “In Situ,” a 450-page book published by Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers to be released December 16.

CUNY Law Impact: Odella Woodson

December 10, 2013 | CUNY School of Law

“If I can delay an eviction for five or six years, or if I can get a case dismissed for a client, I consider that an accomplishment,” says AIDS Center of Queens County’s Odella Woodson (’03).
Protecting the rights of clients wh…