THE FIRST new film school of the 21st century is now “in development” at Brooklyn College.
MOST ADVANCES in science these days tend to come out of laboratories with the very latest and most sophisticated equipment. And then there is the groundbreaking science emerging from Ofer Tchernichovski’s lab at Hunter College.
FOUR RECENT Queens College theater graduates sat chatting with instructor Claudia Feldstein about the Capulets, the Montagues and the major Shakespearian roles they would soon play at Flushing Town Hall.
‘HERE’S the scenario,” musician and composer Michael Bacon tells his students on the first day of their film-scoring class at Lehman College. “I’m a film director and you’re the composer. My film is in trouble and I say to you, ‘This scene doesn’t feel sad enough. Or it’s too sad. And this scene isn’t exciting enough.’”
LIZZETTE BONFANTE GONZALEZ, 23, is moved to tears when she discusses the importance of food education in the inner city. “My purpose is to share fairness and goodness,” she says. “For me it’s all about food justice and food education, and if there’s Community Supported agriculture or a farmer’s market in your community it should be supported.”
AFTER A BUSY, HEARTBREAKING NIGHT as a pediatrician for a neonatal unit in a city with the highest infant mortality rate in the country, Dr. Ayman A.E. El-Mohandes decided that if he really wanted to help as many patients as possible, he needed to study public health.
IN THE FALL of 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed to host a small dinner party for a select circle of colleagues: fellow billionaires. Among the guests were Warren Buffett, the renowned investor and philanthropist, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, along with wife, Melinda, now co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the evening was to persuade other attendees to sign on to the Giving Pledge, a campaign spearheaded by Buffett and Gates to encourage the wealthiest people in the world to commit to giving at least half of their fortunes to charity.
IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE. But true. Kam Wong was not always a stellar student.
Today, the distinguished Baruch College alumnus and donor is president and CEO of the Municipal Credit Union of New York, with more than 350,000 members and almost $2 billion in assets.
MEET JUAN RODRIGUEZ — New York City’s first immigrant.
He’s also a historical figure who went unrecognized for centuries.
But now researchers at City College have come together to set the record straight.
Rodriguez was born in Santo Domingo or Hispaniola (present day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) — the first European colony established in the Americas. He was part of a crew that arrived in Hudson’s Harbor aboard a Dutch ship in 1613, probably sailing from the Spanish colony of Hispaniola. Rodriguez was also a free, dark-skinned man, according to Dutch notarial documents published by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute.
“The story of Juan Rodriguez belongs to the history of all New Yorkers,” says Ramona Hernandez, director of the institute and professor of sociology at City College. “It shows that immigration and Dominicans are as old as apple pie. And it shows that New York has had inter-actions between different races and ethnicities since the very beginning.”
Rodriguez has been labeled the first because “he is simply the first individual for whom a historical record exists who is known to have lived in the Hudson Harbor area for several months (1613-1614), far from his society of origin, with only the local Native Americans as companions,” says Anthony Stevens-Acevedo, the assistant director of CUNY DSI.
It is likely that while living on the island of Santo Domingo, Rodriguez was hired to work as a sailor for the Dutch. The fact is that we find Rodriguez on a Dutch expedition destined for New Amsterdam and the Netherlands in 1613. But once Rodriguez arrived in Hudson’s Harbor he adamantly refused to leave, according to “Juan Rodriguez and the Beginnings of New York City,” a monograph published by the institute. Dutch notarial documents reveal that he lived and worked in New Amsterdam for at least eight months between 1613 and 1614.
Paraphrasing the few written statements that survive about Rodriguez, Hernandez says: “He was left here because he told whoever hired him, ‘I’m staying right here. And if you don’t leave me, I’ll jump overboard!’ We don’t know why he said that but I think this is a spirit of rebellion that
IN PARTS OF AFRICA, baboons can be controversial. Some people consider them pests, while others value the lessons they teach us about human behavior.
WYATT EARP was an icon of the American West. Both an outlaw and a lawman, he was the only man to walk away uninjured from the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.
A collection of new books written by CUNY authors
WHILE IT BEGAN AS A GAME played by teens in one of the working-class Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods, or “favelas,” today Projecto Morrinho has evolved into an art installation meant to inspire social awareness and international dialogue on the Queens College campus.
Guttman Community College, formerly known as the New Community College of CUNY, opened in the fall of 2012. It’s the first CUNY community college to open in more than 40 years, and it was renamed after the University received a $25 million gift from the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation. The donation, the largest to a community college in New York history, was given to support the college and other community college initiatives to boost student retention and graduation rates.
I am pleased to appoint Borough President James Molinaro and Mr. Barry Schwartz to the CUNY Board of Trustees, who will bring invaluable experience from both the public and private sectors to the University. I thank them for their leadership as CUNY continues to serve the students of New York City with the highest standards.”
“Nelson Mandela famously said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ‘…
Four CUNY students have won the prestigious Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship for Spring 2014. The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2 year and 4 year colleges and universities to enable them to participate in study abroad worldwide. The scholarship targets students who do not traditionally participate in study abroad programs.
Nearly 80 percent of full-time college students are debt free when they graduate from The City University of New York, making CUNY a national leader in providing the golden combination in higher education value today: valued degrees, high-quality education, award-winning professors, affordable tuition, and the likelihood of debt-free graduation.
University Vice Chancellor Frank Sanchez reports that CUNY has taken specific steps to meet the national trend for expanded mental health and wellness service.
Clearly, these trends have important implications for campus administrators and counseling centers. Currently, CUNY has 19 counseling centers that provide services for approximately 270,000.
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama and New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno today announced the debut of the 10th “We Are New York” episode, called “The Storm.” “We Are New York,” a project of the City University of New York, is an Emmy Award-winning half hour TV show created to help people learn and practice English.