Valued Vets Toasted at the Central Office

Shellie Alper with Chancellor Goldstein.
A City College graduate but a stay-at home mom for several years, Shellie Alper was feeling a little antsy in late 1969. She heard about some temporary work available processing admissions at CUNY’s SEEK office, then housed at the Alamac Hotel on 71st and Broadway. A couple of months, she imagined…but that was not to be. To this day she has not managed to find the Exit door from CUNY. “I fell in love with the job, the students, and the University,” she recalls now.

Alper was one of the honored guests at a first-ever ceremony of recognition for long service in the CUNY Central Office that took place on September 25 in the Kibbee Lounge. No fewer than 55 employees with 25 years or more of service in such wide-ranging areas as space planning, administrative computing, accounting, admissions services, design and construction, labor relations, and human resources were saluted by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and the full array of Vice Chancellors. The ceremony was initiated by Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Allan Dobrin.

Most senior among the 13 CUNY veterans with more than 30 years of service, Alper worked for several years at the Graduate School. In 1980 she was lured by then Vice Chancellor Julius C.C. Edelstein to work on the new frontier of technology in the brand-new University Computer Center (now the Office of Computing and Information Services). She has been there ever since. “I still love coming to the office,” she says. “There is always something interesting happening here.”


Contents October 2002

$7.5M State Grant Launches Incubator Network

Students Reaping Benefits of Technology Fee

Georgian Elegance, 21st-Century Technology Joined in Reborn Brooklyn College Library

Launching LaGuardia Students Toward Animal Planet

From ’60s Activist Ranks to Executive Suite

Digging the City’s Past

Poet Laureate Collins Takes his Cue on Evil

A WWII Mobilization in The Tale of The Ticker

Subversive Feminist Julia De Burgos Celebrated at Hostos

Italian "Enemy Alien" Experience in WWWII

Museum at Queens College Spans Six Centuries of Art

Celebrating Scholarly “Pleasures of the Mind”

Valued Vets Toasted at the Central Office

CUNY Responds to Powell’s Call for More Minority Diplomats

LaGuardia and Lehman Honored for Freshman Year Programs

Former Brooklyn College Philosopher Turns Philanthropist