Queens College to Recognize Award-Winning Students in Second Annual Winners Celebration May 16

— Honorees Include Marshall Scholar Planning to Study the Role of Dance Therapy in Neuro-Rehabilitation; Alumnus and Former QC Baseball Player
Steven Nicokiris is Guest Speaker —

Media interviews and photo ops with the honorees, their parents, and President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez will take place near the main stage during opening ceremony introductions.

With nearly 75 city, state, and federal award-winning students in academia and athletics for the 2018 academic year, Queens College will acknowledge their success in its second annual campus-wide celebration on Wednesday, May 16, from 12:15 to 1:30 pm.

Dining Hall
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Host President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez will recognize the honorees, including Marshall Scholar Josephine Cooke; NSF Graduate Fellowship recipient Tamar Lichter ’17; and Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship recipient Renuka Surujnarain; and All-Met Second Team Honoree Beth Bonin of the women’s basketball team. Special guest speaker will be Queens College alumnus Steven Nicokiris, CPA managing director, CBIZ financial management firm and former QC baseball player. For a full list of student winners, please click here.

Among the other students being recognized will be first-, second-, and third-place winners of the NBC Universal Social Hack; CUNY 2017 and 2018 Hackathons; IBM’s Startup Weekend NYC Blockchain Edition; eBay Startup Cup; Perkins Hack; Hackachella; Verizon Sports/Media/Technology Startup Bootcamp; the Women’s Tennis team, winners of the NCAA East II Region; and the Men’s Tennis team, winners of the East Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Championship and NCAA East II Region; and the Track and Field Team, the East Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Champions.

Pizza (kosher and non-kosher) will be served, along with gourmet ice cream provided by Queens College alumni and brothers Bruce and Mark Becker, owners of Max and Mina’s Ice Cream. Named for the brothers’ grandparents, the store is known for such eccentric flavors as Cajun, lox, purple mint chip, beer and malt. The band Black MoMa will perform a range of soul, jazz and hip-hop selections.


Background:   Begun in Spring 2017 by President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, the Queens College Winners Celebration brings together administrators, faculty, students, and staff in a celebration recognizing student excellence in academia and athletics.

Josephine Cooke is the third student from Queens College to be named a Marshall Scholar. The Marshall Scholarship Program, begun in 1953 as a gesture of gratitude to the people of the United States for the assistance the United Kingdom received under the Marshall Plan, offers talented Americans the chance to study at a UK university of their choice. Cooke, a neuroscience and psychology double-major who plans to complete a PhD at Imperial College London, will focus on how dance therapy can be used to rehabilitate neurological disorders. Read more about Cooke here.

Steven Nicokiris, who played baseball for Queens College as an undergraduate, is a member of the school’s Athletic Advisory Committee, which is made up of alumni who review candidates and make recommendations for the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He works closely with the college’s Center for Career Engagement and Internships as a member of their Employer Advisory Committee to develop career opportunities for Queens College graduates and internships for accounting and economics majors. Nicokiris is a frequent speaker on campus to both accounting and finance students, as well as to incoming student-athletes. Read Nicokiris’s full bio here.

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 nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.

Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its 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 nearly 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 Best College and 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
Office of Communications
Assistant Director, News Services