Lehman College alumna and New York City Councilwoman Letitia James has been elected Public Advocate for the City of New York, the first African-American woman to hold citywide office. She succeeds Bill De Blasio, who was elected Mayor in the 2013 municipal election. James graduated from Lehman in 1982 with a degree in psychology.
Clarence Stanley, Director of the Bronx Small Business Development Center at Lehman College, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) works to assist Bronx-based businesses in their expansion and encourages additional businesses to open or relocate to Bronx County.
Elaine Rivera, a member of the faculty in the Journalism, Communication, and Theatre Department, passed away last weekend. She was 54.
Rivera joined the faculty at Lehman College in 2009, bringing nearly thirty years of experience at top news organizations around the country, including Time magazine, the Washington Post, and WNYC Radio.
Nearly 100 Lehman College students are fanning out across New York City this year to lend a helping hand. They are part of the new CUNY Service Corps, which mobilizes CUNY students, faculty, and staff to work on projects that improve the civic, economic, and environmental sustainability of New York City. Lehman is one of seven City University of New York colleges taking part in the initiative, which is in its inaugural year.
Lehman College recognized three individuals for their accomplishments in their fields, support of Lehman students, and extraordinary contributions to the Bronx, New York City, and international communities: Ira D. Cohen ’73 of Signal Hill Capital; Vincent HoSang of Caribbean Food Delights; and Dan Kane Jr. of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Albert Bermel, who chaired Lehman College’s Speech and Theatre Department from 1988-1994 and was a celebrated author and theater critic, passed away on October 5, 2013. He was 85. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Bermel taught theatre and film for many years at Columbia University and Yale University. In addition to teaching at Lehman, he served on the faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center.
The seasoned actor stopped by the Lehman campus in advance of his performance to talk about show business with students in the theatre program. He had words of encouragement and some common sense advise for his audience, made up of mostly aspiring theater professionals. He told them what his own father told him, “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”
Four students began their senior years at Lehman College with Wall Street experience under their belts. The students took part in the prestigious 2013 Wall Street Exchange Program. The program gives qualified students the opportunity to augment their summer internship experience between their junior and senior years by working at a variety of financial and non-profit institutions.
Lehman College and the City University of New York dedicated the new Child Care Center on Thursday, September 26, 2013, opening new doors for young minds. The new Center accommodates 120 children of Lehman College students, twice the capacity of the previous center.
The installation features a broad spectrum of work, ranging from paintings, ceramics, print-making generated by traditional and unconventional techniques, digital animation, sculpture produced by traditional and digital means, classic wet-darkroom photography, large-scale digital photography, and a multimedia site sculpture.
Christa Salamandra is a Syrian media specialist and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández outlined a bold vision for the future of higher education and the future of Lehman College during his keynote address at the College’s annual Academic Convocation.
“This is a transformative acquisition for the Lehman Library,” said Chief Librarian Kenneth Schlesinger. “This rich and varied collection will prove pivotal in supporting arts and education programs across the curriculum.”
Lehman College has received leading marks from two national publications for the College’s affordability, accessibility and research, among other categories.
Professor Andrei Jitianu is a leading researcher in the sol-gel field, which is a method for producing solid materials from small molecules.
Professor Chiseche Salome Mibenge documents an undeniable fact: sex is a weapon of war and a weapon that is used frequently against both women and men. “Sexual violence is a strategy of war,” she says. “The idea of making sex a war crime under international law, however, is a new idea.”
More than a dozen CUNY faculty members participated in an innovative summer course “Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE)” to help them better understand how to effectively teach their students numerical skills to solve real-world problems.
Ricardo Kriebel won for Best Contributed Paper in Plant Systematics at the American Society of Plant Taxonomists’s annual meeting. His talk described his research on the tropical princess flower family.
Community members may join either chorus. There is no course fee required to participate unless college credit is desired. Previous choral experience and note reading ability are recommended.
Lehman College’s new Science Hall earned a LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the first CUNY building to be awarded the highest green building ranking. More than 18,000 projects have achieved LEED certification worldwide, yet fewer than 1,200 have achieved the highest designation of Platinum.