Veteran Enrollment Up Over 100 Percent, CUNY To Honor Outstanding Vets

As Veterans Day approaches, The City University of New York – which saw veteran enrollment double between Fall 2004 and Fall 2014 to nearly 3,000, over 100 percent — is honoring 233 outstanding CUNY students who are U.S. military veterans at an event aboard the USS Intrepid on Thursday, Nov. 5. All have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA while earning the requisite number of credits toward timely graduation. The list of honorees is below.

At the baccalaureate level, the most common programs of study are liberal arts, criminal justice and accounting. The top three programs of study for associate degree student veterans are liberal arts, criminal justice and business. Approximately 70 percent of CUNY’s student veterans attend full time, often with GI Bill educational benefits.

This event is the highlight of numerous events taking place across CUNY’s 24 campuses during CUNY Month to recognize and support military veterans in the period surrounding Veterans Day. The schedule ranges from a Queens College Veteran’s Club event to a “community conversation” on current and pending legislation by the state Division of Veterans’ Affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, both on Nov. 10.

“Veterans are extraordinary students who bring exceptional talents, maturity and experiences to the classroom,” said Chancellor James B. Milliken. “Just as they served their country, they are now seeking higher education at CUNY so they can better serve their families, their communities, their city and their country in significant ways.”

CUNY’s longstanding commitment to veterans intensified during and after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To assist veterans in making the transition from military service and college, the University in 2007 created the Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education (PROVE), under the aegis of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. It offers veterans a wide range of supports and opportunities to engage at the college and beyond. CUNY also has joined with many military-friendly employers to increase opportunities for internships and post-graduate employment for CUNY veterans.

CUNY recently partnered with Edge4Vets, a job preparation program that helps veterans translate their military strengths into tools for civilian success and then connects veterans to job and career opportunities. Now in its fourth year, Edge4Vets has prepared nearly 1,000 veterans for rewarding jobs with sponsor companies in New York, Massachusetts, and Florida. It offers a two-part workshop; the first part prepares participants in ways to translate their military values and skills into tools for success in the civilian workplace, while the second connects them with human resources representatives, with whom they can network for internships and jobs that lead to careers. The initial CUNY participants, who attended the first session in late October, will attend the second session on Dec. 2 at the Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum. Other interested CUNY veterans can observe that event, as well, and can sign up for the next two-part workshop in 2016. The program is supported by Deutsche Bank, a member of Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS). For more information see

Among upcoming veterans-related events at CUNY are:

Second Annual Women Veterans Panel features student veterans at Borough of Manhattan Community College offering their perspectives on transitioning from military to student life. Nov. 9, BMCC Richard Harris Terrace, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

A “community conversation” on current and pending legislation is part of outreach by the state Division of Veterans’ Affairs to discuss new and pending legislation and to gather information on issues affecting veterans and to advise on recent and pending legislation; issues have varied across the state depending on the discussion that emerges from the audience. The event is Nov. 10, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New Building, 524 West 59th Street (Between 10th and 11th Avenues), Manhattan, in the Moot Court Room—6th Floor. Contact 518-474-6114 or to RSVP.

Veterans Day Parade. In New York City’s big Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, CUNY veterans will march with a float that will carry some of the University’s disabled veterans.

Queens College’s Veterans Club, Veterans Support Services of Queens College and VFW Post 3427 Hillcrest will honor student veterans at a lunch on Nov. 10 that will be hosted by Council Member Rory I. Lancman in the student union.

New York City College of Technology hosts a fair for veterans on Nov. 12 at which community organizations will present information and services. At 300 Jay Street, Atrium Building (ground floor), Brooklyn, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information phone 718-260-4980 or email

Dress for Success provides CUNY’s female veterans with professional attire for interviews and the workplace cost-free.

Following is a list of students whom CUNY is honoring for academic excellence at the event on the Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Ave., Manhattan, on Nov. 5, starting at 9:30 a.m.:


Juan Amador Marketing Management BBA
Honey Fender Marketing Management BBA
Alex Keith Management BBA
Amanda Kendall English BA
Maria McFields Stat & Quant Modeling BBA
Wei Wen Nie Psychology BA
Jean Kenol Plantin Accounting BBA
Wenjiao Qin International Business BBA
Jack Sullivan Marketing Management BBA
Tremain Adams Health Information Tech AAS
Nickarie Brown Respiratory Therapy AAS
Max Castrogaleas Community Health Education AS
Damon Clark Writing and Literature AA
Fergus Cole Business Management AAS
Sheena Collins Criminal Justice AA
Monika Copelin Nursing AAS
Dwayne Dawes Liberal Arts AA
Terry Deng Liberal Arts AA
Steve Estela Business Administration AA
Paul Foreman Liberal Arts AA
Jerome Frost Liberal Arts AA
Katrina Fulton Business Administration AA
Charles Hall Business Administration AA
Channa Henley Nursing AAS
Takako Hihara Nursing AAS
Martin Hinds Business Management AAS
Tyler Hollows Liberal Arts AA
Kevin Jones Engineering Science AS
Ashante Joseph Criminal Justice AA
Selma Mako Health Information Tech AAS
Paul Mateo Criminal Justice AA
Rudolph Mitchell Science AS
Rosmery Nunez Liberal Arts AA
Carlos Pascual Computer Science AS
Christian Plasencia Community Health Education AS
Joshua Rodgers Criminal Justice AA
Dennis Velez Liberal Arts AA
Clorinda Wilson Business Management AAS
Guandi Zhang Criminal Justice AA
Yerain Abreu Liberal Arts and Science AA
Jefrey Blake Automotive Tech AAS
Eric Canfield Nuclear Medicine Tech AAS
Gabriela Ferreras Criminal Justice AA
Andrew Hargadon Liberal Arts and Science AA
Kevin Pabon Nursing AAS
Kimberly Ramos Liberal Arts and Science AA
Manuel Santana Radiologic Tech AAS
Quasy Alexander Accounting BS
Raymond Bissaillon Business Management BS
Randolph Cisneros Computer Science BS
Rigel Cummins Environmental Studies BA
Gabriel Fiorella Physical Education Teacher BS
Jose Garcia Physical Education Teacher BS
Wei Guo Accounting BS
Jicky Kong Business Administration BBA
Francisco Manitas Creative Writing BFA
Isaias Diaz Interdisc LA&Sci CWE BA
Dresilla Grier Psychology BS
Andrea Lewis Interdisc LA&Sci CWE BA
Eric Lindenblad Psychology BS
Roland Maio Computer Science BS
Angie Mariano Bilingual Childhd Educ BSED
Kervin Morales Art BA
Carl Piccarreta Film BFA
Morgan Benggio Business BS
Preston Daniel Nursing 4 BS
Frank Li Biology BS
John Murray Social Work BS
Alexis Viruet Psychology BA
Davefrancis Baluyut Nursing AAS
Justine Galbraith Business Management AS
Willie Low Dental Hygiene AAS
Jose Perez Liberal Arts and Science AA
Evan Attmore History BA
Sevasti Boutos Undeclared BA
Jermaine Chambers Community Health Ed BS
Yan Chen Undeclared BA
Joshua Conner Theatre BA
Louis Gaudio English Lit BA
Jin Shan Jin Chem II BA
John Nuzzela Undeclared BA
Joseph Romulo Community Health Ed BS
Jahvon Ross Film BA
Ashlee Torres Nursing Generic Pathway BS
Xiaolong Wang Bio Sci I BA
Kyle Winslow Geography BA
Susan Young History BA
Felicia Barahona Forensic Science BS
David Bowen Criminal Justice BMC BS
John Carey Criminal Justice BS
David Castillo Criminology BA
Edir Coronado Criminal Justice BCC BA
Colleen Craig Forensic Psychology BA
Paul Davis Criminal Justice Mgmt BS
Elizabeth Delacruz Criminal Justice BS
Viktor Delrio Police Studies BS
Sally Diaz Public Administration BSMPA
John Diaz Criminal Justice BS
Patrick Donaher Criminal Justice BA
Daniel Donleavy Fire and Emer Service BA
Jonathan Espinoza Criminal Justice LGA BS
Daniel Flores Criminal Justice Mgmt BS
Ricardo Garcia Political Science BA
Franchesca Grant Forensic Psychology BA
Anthony Greene International CRJ BA
Jason Gregory Criminal Justice BS
Philip Harte Criminal Justice BS
Michael Harvey Frd Exam and Fin Forensics BS
Aaron Hess Criminal Justice BSMA
Omar Jennings Computer Sci and Info Sec BS
Cristian Kim Criminal Justice BS
Leonard Love Criminal Justice BS
Corey Makowski Political Science BA
Patrick Manning Criminal Justice Mgmt BS
Robert Mcnamara Glol History BA
Tiana Mendoza Criminology BA
Fabian Morales Criminology BA
Ryan Neil Criminal Justice BMC BS
Estil Peralta Trnltn/Lgl Interprt Span CERT
Jose Pulido Economics BS
Omar Rackoff Criminal Justice BS
Brian Rasmussen Economics BS
Adrian Reyes Criminal Justice BS
Anthony Rhodes Criminal Justice BS
Maria Rosa Frd Exam and Fin Forensics BS
Bryan Rourke Criminal Justice Mgmt BS
Johnny Sosa International CRJ BA
Dwayne Stallworth Criminal Justice BA
Tyrone Talbot Political Science BA
Christina Thomas Criminal Justice BS
Boris Tsvayner Criminal Justice KCC BS
Aleea Vicks Criminology BA
Ryan Walsh Fire and Emer Service BA
Dorjee Wangdi Criminal Justice BS
Kenneth Wheadon Criminal Justice BS
Nathaniel Woodill International CRJ BA
Aaron Yip Public Administration BSMPA
Philip Brand
Adele Dagan
Michael Galente
Sheldon Goldman
Dylan Gregory
Farid Kurbanov
Michael Leiserowitz
Evelina Lenox
Efraim Lipnik
Harriet Lipnik
Norman Mandel
Sidney Mcneill Chem Dependency Counseling AS
Morris Miller Non Degree Undergraduate
Amr Mohamed Culinary Arts AAS
Martin Smielowitz Non Degree Undergraduate
Kevin Thomas
Shane Unk Criminal Justice AA
Oleg Vashchuk
Ricardo Acuna Liberal Arts Math and Sci AS
Christ Brimpong
Daniel Cox
Clementine James Psychology AA
Chunhui Liu
Brian Livingston
Burton Ring
Juan Sanchez
Robert Segal
Ageela Semple
Lee Swisher
Sol Torres
Jeffrey Wilson
Tiffany Barker Film and TV Studies BA
Michael Bauernfeind Dietetics, Foods and Nutr BS
Francisco Bautista Anthr/Biology/Chemistry BS
Vadim Belinschi Biology BA
Joseph Casiano Computer Information Sys BS
Lisa Charlton Social Work BA
Julio Ferreira Computer Information Sys BS
Joseph Gonzalez Undeclared BA
Gonslee Gordon Social Work BA
Raymond Henry Accounting BS
Michael Hutchins Psychology BA
Nicole Iarossi Multimedia Journalism BA
Genaya James Computer Science BS
Elvis Machuca Computer Science BS
Michael Martinez Accounting BS
Thiry Ngin Computer Information Sys BS
Mario Riverasarmiento Dietetics, Foods and Nutr BS
Giovanny Rosario Biology BA
Gregory Santos Biology BA
Jeremy Schult Environmental Science BS
Dwight Smith Biology BA
Joseph Sulitka Accounting BS
Juan Tavarez Accounting BS
Rachel Wert Dietetics, Foods and Nutr BS
Jason Williams Film and TV Studies BA
Mark Bayley-hay Business BS
Lamonte Bullock Nursing AAS
Jose Castro Biology BS
Kessey Francois Nursing BSNURS
Daun Joseph Nursing AAS
Daniel Cuate Computer Engineer Tech BTECH
Kevin Dourand Computer Systems BTECH
Javier Joya Applied Mathematics BS
Ange Kendall Nursing BS
Kai Lai Electrical Technology BTECH
Michael Phillip Prof and Tech Writing
Kevin Roldan Communication Design BTECH
John Soto Computer Info Systems AAS
Shenelle Stewart Health Services Admin BS
Jason Budano Accounting BA
Gustavo Caicedo Accounting BA
Jose Flores Urban Studies BAMA
Vasilie Greonjanc Accounting BA
Krystel Hernandez Art Education Teacher K-12 BA
Paraskeve Hioutakos Economics BA
Jeffrey Long Economics BA
Fredy Mendoza Spanish BA
Raymond Schmitz English BA
Hengchun Song Accounting BA
Chong Yi Psychology BA
Hooman Arya Health Sciences AS
Lianghua Jiang Electronic Eng Tech AAS
Kristofer Katzenberger New Media Technology CERT
Brian Kim Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Hyunseung Lee Business Administration AS
Qianqian Liu Liberal Arts & Sciences AS
Maleka Maloney-Myle Lib Arts & Sci QNS AA
Thomas Olsen Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Alex Yam Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Fernando Blanco Psychology BA
Wilson Cedeno Undeclared BA
Pierre Andre Elmera Nursing BS
Ronald Joseph Economics BA
Shirley Reid Community Health Education BS
Manuel Sanchez Undeclared BA




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