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City Tech Research on Hospital-Acquired Infections in Brooklyn Analyzes Prevalence of Multi Drug-Resistant Pathogens

A team of City Tech biology and mathematics faculty members and students has announced their research findings on a serious health issue facing the Brooklyn community – Nosocomial Infection (NI) – acquired by patients while hospitalized.

Student Sings Praises of LSAMP Program

During his first two years in the computer engineering technology program at City Tech, recent graduate Mark A. Nelson ’10 thought of himself as an average student and his academic performance as average, too. Then a classmate happened to mention the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, a chance remark that changed Mark’s educational experience for the better.

City Tech Professor Finds Balance Between Ceramics and Architecture

City Tech Professor Lia M. Dikigoropoulou (Architectural Technology) enjoys mud-slinging as much as she does designing buildings.

Fifth Edition of ‘City Tech Writer’ Now Online

City Tech Provost Bonne August sang the praises of nearly three dozen newly published student authors at a reception on May 3, 2010, hosted by President Russell K. Hotzler. The event marked the publication of the fifth edition of City Tech Writer.

Indoors or Outdoors, Perfect Day Greeted City Tech’s 1,900 Graduates

The weather outside was perfect, clear skies and low humidity. Inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan on Wednesday, it was perfect, too, as 1,900 City Tech students had their degrees conferred upon them at the College’s 70th commencement exercises.

Hotelier Jay Stein ’83 and Oenologist Dino Tantawi Honored by City Tech

City Tech’s Department of Hospitality Management honored Jay Stein ’83, chief operating officer of Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, and Dino Tantawi, owner and president of VIgnaioli Selection, at its annual Spring 2010 Baccalaureate Celebration.

2010 Graduation Celebration Harbor Dinner Cruise Set for May 28 – It Won’t Be a Party Without You!

Graduating and other students will join their alumni hosts and other guests on Friday, May 28, from 7:15 to 11 p.m., at Chelsea Pier 61, West 23rd Street in Manhattan, for a fun-filled pre-Commencement celebration that will feature fine food and libation and a live DJ and dancing set against a spectacular nighttime view of bustling New York Harbor and the incomparable Manhattan skyline. Purchase your discounted tickets today. It won’t be a party without you!

City Tech Wins Competitive Kellogg Foundation ‘Grant for Racial Equality’

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation recently awarded City Tech Nursing Professor Kathleen Falk a $10,000 grant for her “Children of Promise” program for children of incarcerated parents. The highly competitive Grant for Racial Equality was extraordinarily difficult to win this year, as the Foundation received eight times the usual number of grant applications in this category.

City Tech's 2010 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Interviewed on All Black Radio

Lerone Bleasdille and Natasha Marano, City Tech's 2010 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, recently were guests on All Black Radio's "Dreams Can Come True" segment. Click the player to listen to them discuss their accomplishments and plans for the future.

Alumna Nooria Nodrat Named 'Queens Person of the Week' by NY1 News

Alumna Nooria Nodrat '09 was named NY1 News' "Queens Person of the Week." A human services major at City Tech, she has founded the Afghanistan Blind Women and Children Foundation to help individuals in her native country.

New Program Prepares Mexican Immigrants for Hospitality Industry Careers

Although Mexican nationals make up a significant percentage of restaurant and hotel workers in the metropolitan New York area, they are frequently limited by lack of training and English language and math skills from moving up in the hospitality industry. A new program offered through City Tech’s Division of Continuing Education aims to change that.

State Senator Daniel Squadron to Deliver Commencement Address on June 2

City Tech will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 70th Commencement Exercises on Wednesday, June 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. President Russell K. Hotzler is expected to confer 1,900 degrees, including 1,100 associate and 800 baccalaureate. New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district includes City Tech, will deliver the commencement address.

City Tech to Honor Three Outstanding New Yorkers and White House Pastry Chef at 2010 Best of New York Award Dinner on May 17

New York City College of Technology will honor Four Season restaurant co-owner Julian Niccolini, “Geraldo at Large” host Geraldo Rivera, DC37/AFSCME, AFL-CIO Executive Director Lillian Roberts and White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses at its 2010 Best of New York Award Dinner at the Hilton New York on May 17. Niccolini and Yosses are graduates of the College; Rivera took classes at City Tech early in his college career.

City Tech’s 2010 Salutatorian Listens to Twin Sister, Success Follows

Making the decision to leave friends, family and a career in Trinidad was wrenching for Natasha Marcano, City Tech’s 2010 salutatorian (second in her class). In the end, it was her twin sister who advised her to take the chance. Armed with her life savings to pay for tuition, Marcano moved to Brooklyn to attend City Tech.

Hurricane Ivan Scholarship Winner Selected as 2010 City Tech Valedictorian

Out of devastation emerged opportunity for Lerone Bleasdille, New York City College of Technology’s (City Tech) 2010 valedictorian.

Immigration History, Cultural Diversity Focus of Exhibit, April 22-May 22

Immigration history and cultural diversity are the focus of a month-long multi-media exhibit, “Drawn Home: The Immigrant Journey to Winona County, Minnesota 1850-2010,” on view in the library from April 22 to May 22. For more information, call 718.260.5491.

2010 President’s Service Awards Reception to Honor 120 Members of Faculty and Staff

President Russell K. Hotzler and the Office of Human Resources will host a reception for 120 members of New York City College of Technology faculty and staff marking benchmark years of continuous service to the College on Thursday, May, 13, 2010, beginning at 4:00 p.m., at The Cathedral Basilica of St. James Pavilion in Downtown Brooklyn.

Two Honored at 2010 JFSA Passover Seder

The Jewish Faculty & Staff Association at New York City College of Technology honored Garey V. Ellis, MD, and Tomora-Lutreast Ellis at its Passover Seder on March 18 . More than 60 members of faculty and staff and other guests attended the annual event, which bestows Honorary Membership on individuals who are making commendable contributions to the College and larger communities.

German Jewish Allied Soldier to Reflect on
World War II on April 28

The School of Arts & Sciences at New York City College of Technology will host a guest lecture, ‘From Omaha Beach to Nuremberg: A German Jewish Allied Soldiers’ Reflections on World War II and Its Aftermath,’ by Fritz Weinschenk on April 28, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., in the College’s Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn.

Mathematics Professor Hans Schoutens Named 2010 Scholar on Campus

City Tech has named Professor Hans Schoutens (mathematics) the 2010 Scholar on Campus. He will present his lecture, "A Mathematician's Divina Commedia and His Travels through the Three Realms: the Physical, the Virtual, and the Platonic," on Monday, April 19, 5 p.m.

City Tech Study Shows Student Success Easier to Achieve with Self-Regulated Learning

As students, we’ve all had the experience of studying and then taking a test, getting it back, looking at the grade and then ‘filing it’ away. Quite the opposite is happening for City Tech students who take classes using Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) techniques.

Contributions of Black People to Classical Music Subject of April 14 Talk

Ethnomusicologist Curtis Finney will discuss “Pink Elephants and Black Holes: A Look at How Black People Have Been, and Are, Involved in Classical Music” on Wednesday, April 14, 1 p.m. in City Tech’s Atrium Building, Room 632. For more information, e-mail Hazel Gibbs, or call 718.260.5205.

Professor Barlow Writes Book on Maverick Film Director Quentin Tarantino

Professor Aaron Barlow (English) has been fascinated by the controversial movies of Quentin Tarantino, a high-school dropout whose radical work has influenced a generation of filmmakers. His new book, Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes will be published in May.

Four Great Ways to Appreciate Your Student Veterans

New York City College of Technology will host “Veterans Appreciation Week” April 26-30, 2010. The week will feature a number of exhibits, discussion panels and other events in the College’s Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn, that honor its student veterans and other men and women in uniform.

Poet Willie Perdomo to Headline 2010 Literary Arts Festival on April 29

Poet Willie Perdomo will read from his work at City Tech’s Annual Literary Arts Festival, to be held in Klitgord Center Auditorium, Thursday, April 29, 2010, beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

City Tech Celebrates Brain Awareness Week with Symposium on March 18

In celebration of Brain Awareness Week (BAW), City Tech will offer a symposium to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research, on Thursday, March 18, 9 a.m. to noon, in the Atrium Amphitheater.

Vets from Different Generations Find an Academic Home at City Tech

For Cesia Garzon, Victor Correa and 225 of their fellow service veterans, City Tech is providing the supportive environment they need to move ahead in their lives.

Professor Dillon Chosen as ADEA Leadership Institute Fellow

Joycelyn Dillon, chair of City Tech’s Department of Dental Hygiene, has been named a fellow of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Major Encourages Other Students to Participate in Research Conferences

Mechanical engineering technology student Shaul Ranglin describes his experience at the More Graduate Education at Mountain States Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) research conference held in January 2010 at Arizona State University in Phoenix as “uplifting and inspiring.”

City Tech to Help Lessen Brooklyn’s Nursing Shortage

A $514,000 grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to City Tech’s Nursing Department, seeks to increase the ranks of Brooklyn’s bachelor’s degree-prepared nurses from underrepresented groups in order to better reflect the ethnic and racial populations of the surrounding community.

City Tech’s Monika Nowak Wins Competitive State-wide Vanguard Award

Monika Nowak, a sophomore majoring in architectural technology, is one of seven students, out of 93 applicants from throughout New York State, to win the coveted 2009-2010 Vanguard Award, sponsored by the Career Options Institute.

‘Ex.Pgirl’s Paris Syndrome’ Dance Theatre Piece, March 18-20

A humorous and magical landscape of cross-cultural interactions, misunderstandings and revelations is at the heart of “Ex.Pgirl’s Paris Syndrome,” a dance theatre piece that will be performed as a work in progress in City Tech’s Voorhees Theatre, March 18-20. The suggested donation for admission is $5.

Professor Akulov Named Ukraine National Prize Laureate

The government of Ukraine recently named City Tech’s Vladimir Akulov a National Laureate in Science and Technology.

Professor Jean Claude Returns from Haiti with Memories of a Flattened Land

When Professor Jean Claude lived in Florida, he experienced hurricanes. “But I never thought I would be in an earthquake,” he says. He was proven wrong when, visiting his family in Haiti during the break between semesters, he was right there when the disaster hit.

City Tech Professor Covers Nature’s Wrath in Haiti

Smoke wafted through the streets as City Tech Adjunct Professor Todd Maisel drove with three other photographers through the crumbled alleys of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, three days after the massive earthquake.

Solar System Resources Essential to Saving Earth, Professor Matloff Explains in New Book

The critical role that space exploration and development will play in the survival of Earth is the focus of Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth, a new book co-authored by City Tech Physics Professor Gregory L. Matloff.

City Tech Alumnus Salvatore Cassano Appointed FDNY Commissioner

Salvatore Cassano, a 1970 graduate of New York City College of Technology’s associate degree program in Fire Protection, was appointment the 32nd Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department on December 21, 2009.

City Tech Launches Exchange Program with Kaunas University of Medicine in Lithuania

City Tech’s Department of Nursing and the faculty of nursing at Kaunas University of Medicine in Kaunas, Lithuania, have entered into a collaborative learning and research-focused faculty exchange program.

You Can't Judge a Project by Its Poster

The long drive from New York City to Worchester, Massachusetts, on November 6, 2009, went about as expected. Behind the wheel, City Tech Computer Engineering Technology Professor Iem Heng’s mind mostly was on the road. The thoughts of his three passengers (students Sandor Bocz, Michael Hernandez and David Ruffins) mostly were on the National Science Foundation-funded 1st Annual Robotics Innovations Competition & Conference (RICC) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in which they had been invited to compete. There was a fifth passenger in the car that Friday evening, a robotic prototype named Equilibrium designed by Sandor, Michael and David to mimic the actions of a controlling human torso, arm and hand. Securely tucked away in the trunk of Professor Heng’s car, the robot wasn’t thinking about anything.

City Tech’s Nona Smith Honored by NAACP Brooklyn and Borough President

“It’s very rewarding to see students getting involved in activities that excite them about math and technology,” says Nona Smith, director of Access For Women (AFW) at New York City College of Technology (City Tech)/CUNY.

Professor Ossola Wins NSF Grant for Large Hadron Collider Research

City Tech Physics Professor Giovanni Ossola thinks both small and big. He is developing a new tool that will lead to more precise computations involving the actions of particles in the world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider.

City Tech Charts New Ground in Virtual World of ‘Second Life’

These days, City Tech faculty and students are happy to oblige if anyone tells them to “get a life.” That’s because several classes are involved with developing the College’s presence in Second Life ( For them, Second Life is more than a game; it’s a huge creative outlet.

2009 STEM Conference Features 38 Presentations by Representatives from 20 Institutions of Higher Learning Nationwide

On October 30, 2009, New York City College of Technology hosted a day-long conference, “Synergy in STEM: Bringing Mathematics, Physics and Engineering Together,” to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences among 98 participants from 20 institutions nationwide. The conference featured 38 presentations on a wide spectrum of STEM education topics.

Why Internships Matter

One blustery day during the winter 2009 break, three young men – Jose Martinez, Lerone Bleasdille and Pedro Peralta – got ready for the first day of their curriculum-related internships with Goldman Sachs. All three were enrolled in New York City College of Technology’s Computer Systems Technology program, and all three were both nervous and excited.

City Tech to Hatch Solutions to Real-World Industrial Problems with NSF Support

Through its new I-Cubed (Innovation Through Institutional Integration) program, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted City Tech $928,836 for a project titled “The City Tech I3 Incubator: Interdisciplinary Partnerships for Laboratory Integration.”

Credit Cards Forum Attracts Capacity Student Crowd

“I was amazed,” says City Tech Professor Partrick O’Halloran, “at how many students 25 and younger with mounting credit card debt often exceeding $20,000 asked about how to declare bankruptcy at a forum I conducted with Professors John Akana and Amit Mehrotra in early November. “Many of these young people clearly were on the brink of financial desperation.”

City Tech Student Plays Significant Role in Queens Public Library Renovation

Carlos Carbonero hasn’t even finished college yet, but he is already making his mark in his home borough of Queens.

Update on Steam Pipe Explosion Victim/City Tech Student Gregory McCullough

Two years ago, before the horrific steam pipe explosion seared third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body, Gregory McCullough enjoyed the challenges and rewards of his daily life, including his classes at City Tech.

City Tech Awarded Several Competitive Federal Grants

City Tech recently won several competitive federal grants, totaling close to $3 million.

City Tech Cuts Ribbon on New Construction Safety Lab

The city just got a little safer with the introduction of a new construction safety facility at City Tech, which will allow construction workers to get hands-on safety training on full-sized scaffolding equipment.

With Her Mom’s Inspiration, City Tech Student Wins Prestigious Award

“Having grown up in poverty in rural India, my mother never had the opportunity to get an education. It’s because of her that I have the courage to stand still in a blowing storm.” So said City Tech student Salima Moosabhai, expressing her gratitude for being chosen to receive the Patrick Clark Memorial Award from the James Beard Foundation.

Novelist Elizabeth Nunez to Read From New Novel on November 4

City Tech will host a book reading and signing by novelist Elizabeth Nunez on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room, Namm Hall 318. Her latest work, Anna In-Between, was published by Akashic Books this past September.

‘Black Church, Politics and African American Community’ Talk on Nov. 2

Accomplished scholar and historian Dr. Clarence Taylor and Abyssinian Baptist Church Reverend Violet Dease will give a talk, “Black Church, Politics  and the African American Community,” at City Tech, Monday, November 2, 11 a.m., in the Atrium Amphitheater.

Three Computer Engineering Technology Students to Compete in International Robotics Competition

Three City Tech computer engineering technology students – Sandor Bocz, Michael Hernandez and David Ruffins – have been selected to participate in the 1st Annual Robotics Innovations Competition & Conference (RICC) to be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, on November 7 and 8, 2009.

Prof. Michal’s Solo Show Focuses On Brooklyn’s Industrial Past, Toxic Present

The legacy of Brooklyn’s industrial past and the spectrum of pollution in which we live are captured in City Tech Assistant Professor Robin Michals’ photography exhibition, “Toxi City: Brooklyn’s Brownfields,” at the Brooklyn Lyceum.

City Tech Professor’s New Book Mixes Politics with Play

In his newly published book, Queer Political Performance and Protest: Play, Pleasure, and Social Movement (Routledge), City Tech’s Benjamin Shepard explores the role of fun, creativity, pleasure and play in social movements, especially the theatrical approach to protest and community building taken by the gay liberation movement and “queer activism.”

Jamaican Poet Lorna Goodison to Read at City Tech on October 20

Internationally-acclaimed poet, memoirist and artist Lorna Goodison will give a reading of her work at City Tech on Tuesday, October 20, 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the Atrium Amphitheatre. For more info, contact Prof. Camille Goodison, 718.260.4973 /

High School City Tech Helped Launch Named Model For Innovation

A high school that City Tech faculty and administrators helped launch was named by Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein as one of four demonstration site schools that will model innovative practices in Career and Technical Education (CTE).

‘Weird’ Coincidence Links City Tech to Hit Broadway Show ‘Billy Elliot’

What’s the probability of two complete strangers — whose sons concurrently star on Broadway as “Billy” in the Tony-Award-winning hit Billy Elliot the Musical &mdash being hired by the same Downtown Brooklyn employer? Not very likely, but that’s exactly what happened at City Tech.

8% Enrollment Increase, 30 New Faculty Members at City Tech This Fall

City Tech is experiencing a eight percent increase in fall 2009 enrollment over last year, bringing total enrollment to 15,383, the highest since tuition was imposed in 1976. Also, 30 new full-time, tenure-track professors bring the total to more than 400, also the highest level since 1976.

Yelena Melikian Named Recipient of Verizon Next Step Program Star Award

Yelena Melikian, director of New York City College of Technology’s Business & Industry Training Center, who oversees the Division of Continuing Education’s customized and collaborative programs with private companies, public agencies and unions, has been named recipient of the Verizon Next Step Program (NSP) Star Award in recognition of her contributions to the success of the utility giant’s innovative and nationally renowned educational program to develop its new generation of technicians.

Eight Black Male Initiative Students Awarded Teachers as Leaders Project Scholarships

The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI) Teachers as Leaders Project, supported by the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and the Schott Foundation for Public Education, has awarded eight participating City Tech students with scholarships for the fall 2009 semester.

City Tech Helps Launch City Poly High School in Downtown Brooklyn

City Tech has partnered with the New York City Department of Education, National Academy Foundation and The City University of New York’s Early College Initiative to launch a new secondary school in Downtown Brooklyn that will enable students to graduate in five years with both a high school diploma and a college associate degree.

‘Don’t Be Lured into Credit Card Debt’: Prof. O’Halloran Advises Freshmen

They set up their wares as close to a college entrance as legally permitted. Then, they go to work, encouraging freshmen to sign up for what might turn into the biggest mistake of their young lives. However, according to City Tech’s Patrick O’Halloran, there are ways to avoid the pitfalls of credit card debt.

2009 Harbor Dinner Cruise & Graduation Celebration Honors Nine Students

The City Tech Alumni Association presented nine continuing students with scholarships awards and certificates for academic excellence during its 2009 New York Harbor Dinner Cruise & Graduation Celebration on May 28. The presentations were made by Association President Yvonne Riley-Tepie ’92 and Director of Alumni Relations Helen Covington.



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