CUNY Newswire


Philly: Two Philly writers win prestigious $50,000 national award

March 30, 2017 | Alumni

Philadelphia writers Simone White and James Ijames are among 10 writers “of exceptional promise” named Wednesday night as recipients of the prestigious national $50,000 Whiting Award. The prize is given each year by the Whiting Foundation of Brooklyn to promising writers in diverse literary genres, including poetry, fiction, and drama.

NY Times: Back Channel to Trump: Loyal Aide in Trump Tower Acts as Gatekeeper

March 30, 2017 | Alumni

“Hey Rhona!” Donald J. Trump screamed from behind his desk on the 26th floor of Trump Tower one day last summer, before he won the presidency. Moments later, Rhona Graff, Mr. Trump’s longtime executive assistant, popped in from her adjacent corner office. “How long have you worked for me, Rhona?” Mr. Trump asked. “A couple […]

NY Post: Inside my secret life as a KGB spy in America

March 28, 2017 | Alumni, Books

Jack Barsky kept his calm as he neared the traffic circle underneath the West Side Highway overpass. In his hand he held a piece of chalk and furtively drew a straight horizontal line on the wall as he walked past. If a pedestrian happened to notice it, they might think it a mark made by […]

Forbes: Career Change After Time Away

March 23, 2017 | Alumni

If you are an aspiring career changer and worry that it’s too late to get back to an original dream, then the career change journey of Deborah Kahan Kolb, author of the upcoming poetry collection, Windows and a Looking Glass, can provide some inspiration. Kolb studied to be a writer, earning her BA and MA […]

UTRGV: Four Latina writers make donations

March 17, 2017 | Alumni

Four international authors were invited to the UTRGV Brownsville Campus to donate some of their works to the Living Writers Archive. The archive was created by UTRGV Professor Christopher Carmona, and is housed at the Brownsville Campus library. From left are Carmona, Wendy Ortiz, Sheila Maldonado, Estrella del Valle, Maria Palitachi, and Sean Visintainer, head […]

Hyperallergic: Beer with a Painter: Jennifer Coates

March 17, 2017 | Alumni

“Here’s some macaroni! And here is rigatoni…” Jennifer Coates says to me as she moves paintings around in her studio. It’s hard not to smile and feel like I’m being offered dinner as well as a studio visit. There’s a generosity and enthusiasm — and total willingness to put herself out there — when Coates […]

Liberation: Amazing women scientists we never knew

March 13, 2017 | Alumni

Did you know that “dark matter,” a discovery which transformed physics and astronomy, was discovered by a woman named Vera Rubin? Or that someone named Jemma Redmond invented a way to use a 3-D printer to make living tissue for transplants?

Money: New economic partnership CEO’s priority: Listening tour

March 8, 2017 | Alumni

Randy Peers, 46, president and CEO of the umbrella economic organization called the Greater Reading Chamber and Economic Development Corp., said that Reading – and its future business landscape – matters to the county.

Times Ledger: ‘Age of Elegance’

March 6, 2017 | Alumni

Rita Plush has accomplished a lot at a time in life when many people retire. At a young 60-plus, the anything-but-retiring author, teacher, and interior designer is aiming to add the title of “beauty queen” to her resumé. If you’re thinking that Plush’s name sounds familiar, you’ve probably come across one of her delightful books. […]

NY Amsterdam News: Mama Fela, Little Sun People founder, shining light on education

March 6, 2017 | Alumni

Full disclosure: It’s been 16 years since this reporter’s enrollment in Little Sun People daycare center, located at 1360 Fulton St. in Brooklyn, N.Y. Fela Barclift, known as Mama Fela to her students, is the founder and director of Little Sun People preschool. Mama Fela was one of my teachers when l attended the daycare. Children enrolled in […]