Recent awards and appointments earned by LaGuardia Community College faculty, staff, and students reflect both the many contributions of LaGuardia leadership to enhancing the higher-education experience for the next generations of students—both at LaGuardia and at colleges nationwide—and highlight some of the vast experiential learning opportunities available to LaGuardia students.
LaGuardia Community College has received $20,000 from the New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) to establish a Battle Buddy Center for student veterans. The new Center will replace and expand the Veteran Services Center that has been at the College since shortly after its doors first opened in 1971. It is intended as a one-stop comprehensive service and recreation center for veterans transitioning from military service to student life. Resources will include registration guidance, benefits assistance, career advising, peer mentoring, computer resources, and opportunities to meet other veterans at the college.
LaGuardia Community College has been awarded the highest rating for being a tobacco-free campus from a coalition, which includes the American Cancer Society and several state public health agencies, that supports and encourages colleges and universities throughout New York State to become tobacco-free.
Theresa Brown, a New York Times columnist and author, visited LaGuardia Community College on October 19 to share her personal journey with students in the Bridge to College and Careers Program (known as the Bridge Program), who are working towards a high school equivalency degree and beyond.
LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts Presents Ricardo Aca’s “Not A…” Photo Exhibit on Display Nov. 12-Dec. 31, 2015
Aca, a LaGuardia alum, made headlines earlier this year when he was featured in a video created in reaction to Donald Trump’s statements about Mexican immigrants.
Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, toured the “Heads Up America Open House” hosted at LaGuardia Community College on Nov. 4, 2015 for current and prospective students. She was joined by (from left to right): Sharon Wilson Chambers, a LaGuardia graduate, and her daughter, Rachel Chambers, a LaGuardia student who was featured in a PSA for “Heads Up America,” Jean Chatzky, financial editor of the TODAY Show, and LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow.
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) at LaGuardia Community College — an emerging destination for international work that reflects the issues confronting its uniquely diverse Queens location — is pleased to present the world premiere of Privatopia, written by Greek playwright Maria Efstathiadi and directed by Handan Ozbilgin, LPAC’S Assistant Artistic Director.
Privatopia sheds light on the increasing fear of “otherness” rampant in modern societies. A mixed cast of immigrants and refugees, including five LaGuardia Community College students, will perform the work, which marks the playwright’s U.S. debut, November 5–14.
Small business owners looking to grow their revenues and expand their workforces by securing government contracts are encouraged to register for the 3rd annual Government and Business Matchmaker event on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 hosted by LaGuardia Business Services of LaGuardia Community College. Advance ticket price is $54 (note: price for day-of tickets will be $110).
At a press conference today, LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow, joined by Hostos Community College President David Gomez, and Kingsborough Community College President Farley Herzek, thanked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) for $2.1 million in total funding for the CUNY Fatherhood Academy, a highly successful program that seeks to help young fathers continue with their schooling and learn essential parenting skills.
LaGuardia Community College will begin providing professional development in effective teaching techniques for CUNY Graduate Center doctoral candidates. In turn, the doctoral candidates will teach humanities courses for approximately 2,500 undergraduates at LaGuardia. The four and a half year program is supported by a $3.15 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Graduate Center, which was announced earlier this week ( click here to read more).
NYDesigns, an incubator, co-working and fabrication space in Long Island City, Queens that supports creative makers at all stages of business development, will be participating in the World Maker Faire 2015 on September 26 – 27 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.
In anticipation of Pope Francis’ arrival in New York City, the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives have released a video highlighting the historic 1979 visit by Pope John Paul II.
LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow joined President Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, fellow educators, philanthropists and business leaders from across the country on Wednesday, September 9 for a history-making moment at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan where the President renewed his pledge to make two years of community college free for responsible students.
Dr. Mellow was named to the College Promise Campaign’s National Advisory Board, an independent coalition led by Dr. Biden, former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer and Martha Kanter, a professor of higher education at New York University and former under secretary of education.
With the U.S. Open underway in Flushing Meadows, the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives released an amusing but important audio clip spotlighting a piece of the history of the U.S. Open in Queens.
This audio artifact tells the story of the time Borough President Claire Shulman convinced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to reroute air traffic at La Guardia Airport away from the Tennis Center in 1990 to encourage the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to keep the tournament in Queens. At the time, the USTA was considering moving the tournament out of New York when their lease was set to expire in 1994.
The first cohort of the CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) at LaGuardia Community College has wrapped up research and presented their work at the 2015 CRSP Summer Symposium.
Fifteen students have been working under the guidance of nine faculty members at LaGuardia on various research projects throughout the last year through CRSP. The goal of the program is to encourage undergraduate participation in authentic research experiences, and to increase persistence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines within CUNY.
Forty immigrant nurses were honored during a special ceremony at LaGuardia Community College on August 11. All have completed the college’s inaugural NCLEX-RN Preparation Course for English Language Learners (ELLs) to prepare them for the certification exam that is part of the re-credentialing process to return to work as Registered Nurses in the State of New York.
Operated under LaGuardia’s Center for Immigrant Education and Training, and part of the college’s New York City Welcome Back Center, which guides internationally trained healthcare professionals through New York’s re-credentialing process, the course prepares those with a nursing degree from another country with the English and workforce skills necessarily to pass the state board of nursing’s National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).
At the invitation of United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow joined educators from across the nation at the University of Maryland,Baltimore County, on a panel to discuss the future of higher education in America before a large audience of higher education leaders,policymakers, students, groups, advocates, faculty, trustees and others.
New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller bestowed a proclamation upon LaGuardia’s Performing Arts Center (LPAC) for its 2014-15 season work entitled “Beyond Sacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity” at an Eid al Fitr celebration at City Hall.
Long Island City, NY—July30, 2015—Eight budding student entrepreneurs at LaGuardia Community College celebrated completing the Capital One Entrepreneurship Program by presenting their prototypes and pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $3,000 in seed capital. Tammy Duval-Nam, a Computer Science major and creator of Knowts, a self-tracking app, won first place.
With the Mets’ season in full swing, the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives released a new video this week View Video, which features former New York Council Member and State Assembly Member Mark Weprin recounting the championship season of the 1986 New York Mets and his own participation in the team’s Old-Timers Day on July 12, a celebration of the 25thAnniversary of the Amazin’ Mets. The video goes up just as the Archives YouTube channel reaches over 300,000 views.