March 12, 2014 | External Affairs
On March 4, a group from Guttman Community College, including President Scott Evenbeck, Vice President for Administration and Finance Larian Angelo, Chief of Staff Linda Merians, and continuing students Raul Ramirez and Bianca Castro, made a special visit to Albany to meet with members from the State Assembly and Senate to discuss CUNY’s 2014-2015 State budget priorities. In addition to thanking these State officials for their continuing interest in CUNY, Guttman representatives encouraged them to support the $250 increase in community college FTE base aid and the $10 million appropriation in the community college capital budget for the design of Guttman’s permanent building on West 59th Street in Manhattan.
Guttman representatives visited the offices of State Senators Martin Golden, Kenneth LaValle, Gustavo Rivera and Toby Ann Stavisky and State Assemblywoman Deborah Glick. In addition, they met with Lonnie Threatte, Assistant Secretary for Education. President Evenbeck provided a brief overview of Guttman’s unique educational model, including its city-centered curriculum with disciplinary learning complemented by group projects and internships. The State officials appreciated students Bianca Castro and Raul Ramirez sharing their personal perspectives about the college and their studies. Ms. Castro commented that “the college’s small size allows you to feel comfortable and to ask questions” while Mr. Ramirez noted that “…the support and motivation helps us pursue our education.”
In discussing careers with the students, Lonnie Threatte encouraged them to consider working in government. With many positions at the local, state and federal levels, there are many opportunities regardless of the programs students have taken. “Sooner or later, your major will find you,” he observed.