Four Events Warm NCC Hearts on Valentine’s Day

February 15, 2013 | Student Event

Lori Ungemah, Assistant Professor of English, instructs students in the finer points of sonnet writing.

Lori Ungemah, Assistant Professor of English, instructs students in the finer points of sonnet writing.

Friday, February 15, 2013 (New York, NY): The New Community College at CUNY’s Office of Student Engagement and the Student Government Association co-sponsored four events to warm the hearts of the NCC community on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

The day kicked off with distribution of special “NCC Warms My Heart” stickers and chocolates around campus. In the late morning Lori Ungemah, Assistant Professor of English, led a sonnet-writing workshop for students, faculty, and staff to create poems for the special women in their lives. “Sonnets have been used to express appreciation, beauty, and love by poets for centuries,” affirmed Ungemah, who also provided red writing paper for workshop attendees.

Later in the day first-year student Miguel Torres Mejia lead the campus through an enjoyable hour of Spanish dances, capoeira, and breakdancing for beginners. A screening of Girl Walk: All Day, a feature-length dance music video, followed. This tale of urban exploration follows three dancers around New York as they turn the city’s sidewalks, parks, and buildings into an evolving stage where they spread their joy of movement.

NCC Warms My Heart was created to support school spirit and was launched on Valentine’s Day in conjunction with One Billion Rising’s fifteenth annual V-Day. This international event invited one billion women around the world and those who love them to walk, dance, rise up, and demand an end to violence against women. To learn more about One Billion Rising, visit:

About The New Community College at CUNY
The New Community College at CUNY is an urban public institution located in midtown Manhattan that offers associate degree programs in an environment that nurtures student success. Our goal is to increase the graduation rate for our students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. The NCC connects field experiences with classroom learning in a structured and supportive environment. All students begin in the Summer Bridge Program and engage full-time in a city-centered first-year experience before starting their major coursework in one of six degree programs. Instructional teams comprising faculty members, student success advocates, graduate coordinators, peer mentors and library staff create a rich classroom environment complemented by an integrated advisement program to help students stay on the path to graduation. To learn more about The New Community College at CUNY, visit

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