News & Events
In early January, fifteen Team DURA members traveled to Irvine, California for the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon design development meetings. The 2015 Solar Decathlon teams are now at the one-and-a-half year mark in a two-year process to build solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation and design excellence. The teams will design, construct and test their houses before reassembling them in fall 2015 at the competition site at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.
Nineteen students from City Tech’s Department of Vision Care Technology visited New Eyes for the Needy in Short Hills, New Jersey, on March 26. Under the supervision of Peter Pineandi, laboratory technician in the Vision Care Technology Department, the students volunteered their time to sort, pack, and verify donated eyeglass prescriptions.
The Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center (BWRC), with the Brooklyn Historical Society, hosted the Spaces & Places: Art along the Brooklyn Waterfront Conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall on March 27. The interdisciplinary conference brought together artists, educators, gallery owners, historians and policy makers to discuss their relationship to the waterfront, the importance of making spaces available to artists, and the extent to which art and artists are being integrated into the re-development of the Brooklyn waterfront.
New York City College of Technology will honor “Champions of the Environment” at the 2015 Best of New York Award Dinner on Monday, May 18 at the New York Hilton Midtown, Avenue of the Americas at 53rd Street. The evening will begin with a Guest of Honor Reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the award presentations at 7:00 p.m. City Tech graduate Michael Lomonaco '84, celebrity chef and managing partner of Porter House New York at Time Warner Center, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Two years ago, after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, Illya Azaroff, AIA, an associate professor in the Department of Architectural Technology at City Tech, founded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Regional Recovery Working Group (AIARRWG) to re-imagine a more resilient and sustainable region. Last month, Azaroff’s Recovery Working Group, which includes former City Tech students and architects from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, received the AIA National Component Excellence Award for Knowledge Sharing Initiatives at the Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. This is the first time the award has been given.
Benjamin Heim Shepard, associate professor of Human Services, has been named City Tech’s 2015-2016 Scholar on Campus. He will present his lecture “Rebel Friendships, Essential Others and Social Movements,” on Monday, April 20, at 5 p.m., in Namm Hall 119, 300 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn. The lecture is open to the public and free.
The plays of Tennessee Williams' post-1961 period have often been misunderstood and dismissed. In light of Williams' centennial in 2011, which was marked internationally by productions and world premieres of his late plays, Professor Annette J. Saddik's new reading of these works illuminates them in the context of what she terms a 'Theatre of Excess', which seeks liberation through exaggeration, chaos, ambiguity, and laughter.
City Tech congratulates Johannah Rodgers, Associate Professor and Director of Composition in the English Department, on the publication of her book titled Technology: A Reader for Writers, an interdisciplinary approach to understanding technology. Rodgers’ new book presents a range of contemporary and classic articles that invite the reader to consider and engage with questions related to how, why, and in what ways we may be able to critically reflect on ourselves and societies by writing and thinking about technology.
City Tech’s Small Business Development Center Offers Free MWBE and Small Business Readiness Training Program
City Tech’s Small Business Development Center is offering a series of free “Surety Bonding” classes February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, from 4 pm to 8 pm at 25 Chapel Street, room 111, Downtown Brooklyn. In collaboration with the New York State Surety Bond Assistance Program, City Tech’s Small Business Development Center provides MWBE/V and small business contractors with training, technical assistance, and credit support to secure surety bonds necessary for state contracts.
City Tech’s Small Business Development Center is co-sponsoring the New York City Veteran Resource, Business, and Networking Event on Thursday, March 5 at 3:45 pm at the New York Marriott Downtown, 85 West Street, Manhattan. The event is free and open to veterans as well as all veterans’ services organizations and government agencies.
Brett Van Fleet, Manager of Circus Operations & Production for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, will be at City Tech on Thursday, February 26, at 1pm, in the Voorhees Building Sound Lab (119), 186 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn, to talk about his work in the entertainment technology field.
City Tech congratulates Nina Bannett, associate professor of English, on the publication of her second book of poetry titled These Acts of Water (ELJ Publications), which she describes as a substantial expansion of her first book Lithium Witness. Both books explore her bond with her mother, who developed a major mental illness when Bannett was very young, although These Acts of Water also delves into the patient-therapist dynamic.
City Tech Hosts Black History Month Book Launch for ‘Swimming Upstream: Black Males in Adult Education’
City Tech will host a book launch and panel discussion on February 18, 3 pm to 5 pm, in Namm 119, 300 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn. Speakers include Swimming Upstream’s co-editor Dr. Joni Schwartz, LaGuardia Community College; contributing authors Dr. Carlyle Van Thompson, Medgar Evers College; Brian Miller, CUNY student; Professor Paul J. Schwartz, City Tech; and Dr. Stephen James, City Tech professor of African-American Studies. This Black History Month event is open to the public and free.
Renowned French Chef Daniel Boulud of The Dinex Group, is collaborating with Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and New York City College of Technology (City Tech) to transform culinary education and the lives of New York City college students. The new culinary training program is based upon the European apprenticeship model, giving City Tech students college credit for paid internships in Boulud’s kitchens.
City Tech congratulates Kevin Hom, Dean of the School of Technology & Design, who recently received an award of merit for his Tidewater Community College Student Center in Virginia Beach by the Engineering News Record MidAtlantic. Tidewater Community College, which has been developed over the last 50 years, surrounds a large body of water in the center of the campus. To address critical planning needs, Hom placed the building in the middle of a lake to act as focal point for the circulation of the campus. Radial bridges traverse the water and connect the campus through this new student center. The result is a unified circulation pattern that encourages communication and a sense of community as well as an iconic image of a building floating on water, which has become the symbol of the campus as well as the waterfront community of Virginia Beach.
Maurice Mazyck, the subject of the New York Times bestseller, An Invisible Thread, spoke about his experiences as an 11-year-old panhandler on the streets of New York City at Professor Yvonne Goldson’s developmental reading class on December 15 at City Tech. Professor Goldson regularly assigns the book because the inspiring story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds resonates with students, increasing the chances that they will finish the book.
City Tech is pleased to announce that on December 18, Dean David Smith, School of Professional Studies, presented 26 Hospitality Management students with certificates earned in a Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP) workshop program. The workshop series was supported by a Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education grant secured by Professor Patrick O’Halloran, Certified Hospitality Educator.
For the last 25 years, City Tech has served Brooklyn’s neediest at the holidays by offering a meal prepared by City Tech Hospitality Management faculty and student volunteers. On December 19, twenty students and four faculty volunteers prepared a special holiday meal that fed 350 people at CHiPS, a Park Slope charity that serves the hungry and homeless regardless of faith, race or ethnicity.
On December 11, the Humanities Department held its annual Public Speaking Competition, with 29 students participating. Professors Denise Scannell and Magdalena Igiel, event coordinators, organized 18 judges from across 12 departments for the first round of the competition, from which six students were selected to advance to the final round.
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