Fashion Merchandising Executive, Educator-Scientist and Financial Industry Leader Are This Year’s Queens College Annual Gala Honorees

— Award-Winning 1010 WINS Radio Reporter and Queens College Alumna Juliet Papa Hosted; Gala Raised Funds for Student Scholarships —

FLUSHING, N.Y., May 10, 2018 — The Queens College Gala is an annual event begun in 1990 to honor alumni whose professional success and dedication to philanthropy and public service embody the college’s motto, “Discimus ut serviamus: We learn so that we may serve.” This year’s event celebrated leaders in fashion merchandising, science education, and the financial industry on Wednesday evening, May 9, at Guastavino’s in Manhattan. The gala coincided with the completion of the college’s 80th-anniversary year-long celebration of alumni, faculty, and student achievement.

The 2018 honorees were President and CEO of Fashion Group International Margaret Hayes Adame ’61, recognized with the college’s Leadership Award; Chairman, Managing Partner, and Co-Founder of Comvest Partners Michael S. Falk ’84, who received the President’s Award; and educator, scientist and civic leader Dr. Joan Friedman Newmark ’61, honored with the Alumni Award. Juliet Papa, award-winning 1010 WINS radio reporter, served as host and emcee for the fourth consecutive year.

“Margaret Adame, Joan Newmark, and Michael Falk have achieved tremendous professional success. But they didn’t stop there. Collectively, these three alums have worked tirelessly on behalf of medical, educational, and religious institutions, voter rights, children, the environment, and the arts. We take enormous pride in our honorees,” said Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, who offered greetings to an audience of over 300 alumni and guests.

The gala is the college’s principal fundraiser, raising over $1 million in scholarship funds for a richly diverse student body representing more than 150 nations. Queens College students also play a role in the gala as performers, artists, and guest liaisons, giving them an opportunity to interact with the honorees and other alumni in attendance. It was held on Wednesday, May 9, at Guastavino’s in Manhattan.

Margaret Hayes Adame
Margaret Hayes is president and CEO of Fashion Group International, where she directs and implements strategic goals for 6,000 members in 28 chapters internationally. FGI produces runway trend presentations, seminars, business symposiums, and special events as an information resource for the fashion industry, including apparel, accessories, beauty, and interior and home design. As an international trade organization, FGI is represented in nine countries. Executive membership is by invitation only. Hayes is a seasoned, senior-level merchandising executive. For a full bio on Margaret Hayes Adame, please click here

Michael S. Falk
Michael Falk is chairman, managing partner, and co-founder of Comvest Partners. He chairs Comvest’s  executive committee, which oversees the firm’s management and strategic direction, is a member of the equity and lending investment committees, and has played active board roles with many of Comvest’s investments. Under his leadership, Comvest has grown to manage more than $3 billion. Comvest is the successor to Commonwealth Associates, which Falk co-founded in 1988; under his direction, Commonwealth led investment or financing transactions to finance operations, acquisitions, and restructuring of more than 100 technology, health care, and service-related lower-middle-market businesses. For a full bio on Michael Falk, please click here.

Dr. Joan Friedman Newmark
Joan Friedman Newmark has enjoyed a rewarding and diverse career in education, science, and the community. After marrying her fellow graduate student, Richard, and raising two children, she earned a secondary teaching certificate and taught chemistry, physics, and math in St. Paul, Minnesota’s public schools. She then worked until retirement in the Abrasives Laboratory at 3M. For a full bio on Dr. Joan Friedman Newmark, please click here.

About Queens College
Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors and principals in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more computer science majors than any college in New York City. Queens College also has the third-highest number of accounting and business students in all of New York State. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors and performers who have received over 100 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.

Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its eighty years of service to the city and state through its outstanding liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its 19,000+ students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report’s Best College and a Forbes magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.

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Maria Matteo
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