Salute to Scholars

How to End DC Gridlock

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

TRYING TO GET DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS to agree on policy — especially in Congress — seems impossible these days. But Brooklyn College professor of economics Robert Cherry says he can help break some of the partisan gridlock in Washington. In Moving Working Families Forward: Third Way Policies That Can Work, a book he co-authored with Robert Lerman, Cherry focuses on third-way initiatives that would combine both liberal and conservative ideas that could help shore up the lower middle class ($40,000- $70,000 median family income), which has been hit hard in the economic downturn.

STUDY — DISCOUNTED JOBS: How Retailers Sell Workers Short

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

FOR DECADES, the retail industry provided many with a stable career path — with paid benefits and steady wage increases — but that’s no longer the case, according to a recent study by CUNY’s Murphy Institute and The Retail Action Project.

Still Making History

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

AT LEHMAN COLLEGE, students can’t help but hear the history echoing through the walls of Davis Hall or the Old Gymnasium, two of the original buildings on campus. Before Lehman was established in 1968, the campus was the Bronx branch of Hunter College, known as Hunterin- the-Bronx.

Photo Finish: Used Textbook Central

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Fjoraldi Zguro, a student at Kingsborough Community College, snapped a photograph of KCC students sifting through the ads on a board in early January. “I saw this scene several times, but I didn’t have my camera with me,” says Zguro, who was a journalist in his native Albania and plans to attend Baruch College to study marketing. “. . . after I saw it, I tried to sell books that I bought in the first semester.”

REACHing Out To Students With Autism

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

CUNY has identified a burgeoning need to educate and support its rapidly growing number of students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, and it hopes to become a national leader in providing a variety of higher education opportunities for these individuals.

A Rare Inside Look at Arts and Culture in Today’s Cuba

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars

WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S relaxation of restrictions on travel to Cuba last year, 11 CUNY students were able to visit the island as part of CUNY’s first-ever Cuban arts and culture program, in January.

BCC’s ‘Glorious Panoramas’

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER CENTURY, award-winning landscape painter Daniel Hauben has set up his easel under elevated subway trains, at street corners and on overpasses, capturing the life of the Bronx on canvas and paper.

THE FIRST WORD: Guiding a University’s Evolution

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

UNIVERSITIES are organic entities — they evolve and change, shedding and acquiring over time as they determine how best to advance students’ learning and enhance their own capacity to prepare a skilled citizenry.

Unlocking The Magical Power Of Words Used Well

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Believe it or not, Jane Tainow Feder makes learning grammar fun for associate degree students . Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, she’s been known to climb on the desk to demonstrate how prepositional phrases work, or break into rap lyrics to help students remember subject-verb agreement, correct usage of singular and plural, the possessive apostrophe and other grammar rules.

Books At-a-Glance

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Here is a collection of new books written by CUNY authors.

KCC’s Urban Farm Keeps Growing

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

The locavore movement is enjoying ever more popularity in New York City, with urban farms, chicken coops and beehives cropping up around Brooklyn. And, at Kingsborough Community College, April is the first anniversary of its Urban Farm program — a commitment to sustainable food practices that has already altered the way students relate to their food.

Signposts That Digitally Aid the Deaf

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Matt Huenerfauth’s Linguistic and Assistive Technologies Laboratory at Queens College is outfitted with spandex bodysuits with Wii-like sensors, spandex gloves that have little thin strips signaling precise joint movement and helmets containing eye trackers — motion-capture equipment that you’d find in a Hollywood animation studio.

‘Damnable Scribbler’

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Mac Wellman may be the American theater’s most perseverant renegade playwright. A cockeyed iconoclast, Wellman has never had much use for conventional notions of plot, character or even language. This could explain why he might be the most prolific playwright mainstream theatergoers have never heard of — as well as why he’s been a fascination to critics, arts foundations and his students at Brooklyn College, where he’s the Donald I. Fine Professor of Play Writing.

Top-Notch Quality — From Cutting – Edge Labs to the Rooftop “Jay Walk.”

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

John Jay College of Criminal Justice has a brand new campus. Opened last fall, the 625,000-square-foot vertical building cost $600 million and boasts innovative spaces and technologically advanced forensic facilities.

Streamlined PATHWAYS

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

It was fall 2011, and Greg Bradford was looking forward to graduating from Brooklyn College at the end of the semester. Over a nine-year period, he had studied at York College, then Borough of Manhattan Community College and then Brooklyn, where he believed he finally had the academic credits he needed for his baccalaureate degree in psychology.

Aspiring Doctor Is Well on Her Way

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

As a fifth grader growing up on Long Island, Melissa LoPresti was riveted by the stories her parents told about helping to save lives. Her father is an oncology pharmacist and her mother, a nurse. “I would listen to my parents speak in a medical jargon, wishing that I could understand them,” and help save “someone’s life one day,” says LoPresti, a senior at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College.

Farsighted Dynamo

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

As a scientist, Lisa S. Coico is president of City College of New York at a crucial, exciting time. A unique, CUNY and City College research campus is rising on CCNY’s south campus, adding to the New York State Structural Biology Center already there to bring a world-class “research triangle” to Harlem.

Baruch ‘Quants’ Ace International Contest

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Students in Baruch College’s Masters in Financial Engineering program are ready to trade on Wall Street. Two teams from the program won first and fourth places in the prestigious 2012 Rotman International Trading Competition, at the University of Toronto in February, vying with 48 other teams from 44 academic institutions. Last year Baruch placed third.

Dream Weavers

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Elizabeth Cusick analyzed stunted brain growth among HIV-infected South African children. Mubashir Billah learned Arabic and dug beneath stereotypes of Arab radicalism in Jordan. And Thomas Lombardo staged his favorite play in the East Village.

It’s all About Connecting

April 26, 2012 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Like most CUNY students, Jasmine Osorio had to work full time in the summer to make some extra money. She had a $10-an-hour job lined up at a Harlem clothing boutique not far from her home in the Bronx.