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Professor Garfinkle’s New Book Looks to Great Leaders to Model Success for Children at Risk for Depression

Great leaders exhibit courage, vision and charisma that make them role models. City Tech’s Martin Garfinkle is more interested in a lesser-known trait common to several – clinical depression – to show how their personal struggles could be used to help children at risk for this condition.

City Tech’s 2011 Commencement at MCU Park Hits Home Run

The day dawned sunny with low humidity, perfect for commencement outdoors. At Municipal Credit Union (MCU) Park in Coney Island, blue and gold flags – the colors of New York City City Tech and, coincidentally, of the home team Brooklyn Cyclones – formed a circle around the infield, waving in the breeze.

Sixth Edition of ‘City Tech Writer’ Celebrated at President’s Reception

City Tech Provost Bonne August sang the praises of forty-one newly published student authors at a reception on May 5, 2011, hosted by President Russell K. Hotzler. The event marked the publication of the sixth edition of City Tech Writer.

City Tech Wins $900K in Grants for Two Early College High School Partnerships

City Tech – in partnership with two Brooklyn high schools – was awarded two of just 16 state-wide “Smart Scholars Early College High Schools (ECHS)” grants funded by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Each of the two grants was for $450,000, the largest amount awarded, and covers a three-year period.

Professor Barlow Edits Anthology on Peace Corps in Africa

The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and City Tech’s Aaron Barlow, assistant professor of English, is providing the perfect gift. He has edited One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories, a hand-picked collection of 76 essays by Peace Corps volunteers from 31 countries in Africa.

Schmidt Honored As Outstanding Hospitality Industry Professional

City Tech's Department of Hospitality Management honored Arno Schmidt as the 2011 Outstanding Industry Professional at its annual Spring 2011 Baccalaureate Celebration held on Monday, May 9.

Two Turning Points Lead Guyana's Ryan Jaipaul To Being Named City Tech Class of 2011 Salutatorian

In the spring of 1994, when eight-year-old Ryan Jaipaul, his parents, and his little sister arrived in New York City from tropical Guyana, he had his first encounter with snow – they landed in a blizzard. Fast forward 17 years – that little sister is a pre-med student and Jaipaul is graduating this June with a bachelor’s degree in computer systems technology.

She's Not in Kansas Anymore, She's at the Top of Her Class! Theresa Evans Selected as City Tech's 2011 Valedictorian

Growing up in the small town of Hays, Kansas – population 20,000 – Theresa Evans treasured the time she spent with her grandparents on their farm. Eating meals that came straight from the land to their table sparked her interest in pursuing a career in the food and wine world. She will be one step closer to her goals on June 3, when she graduates as City Tech’s 2011 valedictorian.

City Tech Graduation Comes Home to Brooklyn on June 3

City Tech will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 71st Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Municipal Credit Union (MCU) Park (formerly Keyspan), 1904 Surf Avenue, Coney Island, rain or shine. This is the first graduation ceremony ever held at this facility.

Professor Hellman Wins Fulbright Award to University of Antwerp

A Fulbright grant has taken Caroline Hellman from the English department at City Tech to the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where she is getting as much of an education as giving one to her students.

On-Campus Graduation Celebration/Alumni Reunion Dinner Dance Rescheduled for Friday, May 27, 2011, 6 to 11 p.m.

The City Tech Student Government Association in collaboration with the College's Alumni Association will host a Graduation Celebration & Alumni Reunion Dinner Dance for graduating students, alumni, faculty and staff on Friday,
May 27, 2011, from 6 to 11 p.m.

City Tech Student’s Research Suggests that Most Young People Worldwide Aren’t Using Social Media to Improve Themselves or Larger Society

A survey of 2,000 young people, ages 15 to 24, from countries around the world by New York City College of Technology (City Tech) computer information systems student Nurudeen Busari supports the idea that few are using social media to enrich their own lives or the larger society.

City Tech’s Dynia Mariano Named First B.J. Denihan Memorial Scholar

Dynia Mariano, a senior in the baccalaureate program in hospitality management at City Tech, has been named the College’s first B.J. Denihan Memorial Scholar.

City Tech Professor Mushabac Named 2011 Scholar on Campus

Writer, historian and playwright Jane Mushabac, City Tech's 2011 Scholar on Campus, will perform and discuss her Sephardic short story "Pasha: Ruminations of David Aroughetti" on Monday, April 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in New York City College of Technology's (City Tech) Atrium Amphitheater.

City Tech Alumna Helps At-Risk Teenagers in East Flatbush

"What would you do with your life if you knew you could not fail?" That's the question City Tech alumna Ijana Nathaniel, 30, asked herself well before she graduated last June. Her answer was to start an East Flatbush-based non-profit youth organization called Dare 2 Dream Leaders (D2D) with the goal of encouraging teenagers to become community leaders.

NASPAAM Honors Dr. McCarroll with Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music (NASPAAM) has honored City Tech Professor Emeritus Jesse McCarroll with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prof. Noonan’s New Book Explores Magazine’s Role in 19th Century America

In his new book, Reading the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine: American Literature and Culture, 1870–1893 (Kent State University Press), City Tech Associate Professor of English Mark J. Noonan takes readers on an adventure in American history, from the post-Civil War era to nearly the turn of that century, through the pages of America’s leading cultural arbiter of the day.

Sapphire to Headline City Tech’s 2011 Literary Arts Festival on April 12

Bestselling author and poet Sapphire, whose novel Push  became the Oscar-winning 2009 film Precious, will read from her work at City Tech’s 30th Annual Literary Arts Festival on Tuesday, April 12, 6:45 p.m., in Klitgord Center Auditorium.

BWNC Hosts Presentation by Carol Wright on How Race Shapes Educational Outcomes and Social Experiences of Students and Faculty

City Tech's Black Women's Networking Committee, in conjunction with the PSC Project on CUNY and Race, hosted a February 2011 presentation by Carol Wright, PhD, an expert in the ways race shapes educational outcomes and the social experiences of students and faculty in American educational institutions.

City Tech to Present ‘Looking Glass Rewondered’ April 14-16

City Tech's Department of Entertainment Technology, in collaboration with performance artist Phyllis Chen and video artist Rob Dietz, will present "Looking Glass Rewondered," a multi-media show inspired by the themes and objects from Lewis Carroll's prized novels.

City Tech Opens Its First Psychology Research Lab

City Tech has inaugurated a new state-of-the-art psychology research laboratory, the first such facility in the College's history.

City Tech Research Team Casts Light on Asteroid Deflection

So you think global warming is a big problem? What could happen if a 25-million-ton chunk of rock slammed into Earth? City Tech Physics Professor Gregory Matloff, whose research includes the best means to avert such a disaster, believes diverting such objects is the wisest course of action.

‘Here’s to Your Health!’ Is Theme of College’s May 16, 2011 Best of New York Award Dinner at Hilton New York

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will honor Alan Aviles, president & CEO, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, Salvatore Cassano, a 1970 City Tech graduate and New York City Fire Department Commissioner, and Julia Jordan, a 1982 City Tech graduate and founder and president, Spoons Across America, at its 2011 Best of New York Award Dinner at the Hilton New York, on Monday, May 16, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

City Tech Addresses Oral Cancer Ignorance by Developing New Ways of Increasing Awareness

A pilot project is in the works at City Tech with the goal of teaching the dangers of oral cancer and how to screen for it to students majoring in the health professions.

SPS Reunion and Donor Plaque Unveiling Mark Memorable Evening in November

More than 300 donors and School of Professional Studies alumni, current students, faculty, staff and other guests attended a “Tastes of New York/Casino Night” Alumni Reunion Dinner Dance and Distinguished Donors Plaque unveiling on November 6, 2010, in New York City College of Technology’s Namm Hall in Downtown Brooklyn.

City Tech Faculty Active at CUNY–IT Conference

City Tech was well represented on both days of this year’s CUNY-IT conference, held December 3 and December 14.

Professor Falk Finds Nursing Case Management Affects Outcomes of High-Risk Patients with Diabetes

Patients with diabetes who follow a self-care regimen generally have success in controlling their disease. But what about patients whose other health conditions, such as cognitive impairment and/or depression, create barriers to effective treatment?

‘Living Laboratory’ of Brooklyn Waterfront, Digital Learning Focus of $3.1 Million Grant Awarded to City Tech

City Tech students, faculty and curriculum will connect to the dynamic "living laboratory" of the Brooklyn Waterfront in new and creative ways thanks to a $3.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

Professor Vazquez-Poritz Wins NSF Grant for String Theory Research

When Justin Vazquez-Poritz read Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time as a teenager growing up on Cape Cod, it swept away his previous ideas about becoming an architectural engineer, video game programmer or musical director for film scores.

City Tech Student Was Finalist in National Cyber Security Awareness Week Competition

City Tech Computer Systems Technology student Ibrahim Sanou was named a finalist in the fall 2010 Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) national student competition Quiz Tournament hosted by neighboring NYU-Poly in Downtown Brooklyn.

City Tech to Create Mechatronics/Robotics Technology Center

The words "mechatronics/robotics technology center" are now being heard at City Tech thanks to a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant of $771,022 to establish just such a facility.

City Tech Marked Kristallnacht, End of WWII on November 11

City Tech marked the 72nd anniversary of Kristallnacht and the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII on Thursday, November 11, with a keynote speech by Ann Kirschner, PhD, author of Sala's Gift: My Mother's Holocaust Story.

City Tech Receives U.S. DOE Support For International Nursing Ed Partnership

“Advancing nursing education in the areas of end-of-life palliative care (pain management) and medical self-management (patients’ own management of their healthcare) is a key to raising the quality of healthcare in the U.S. and abroad,” says City Tech Nursing Professor Patricia A. Cholewka. She is project director of a new two-year initiative, “Integrating Self-Management and Palliation Concepts (IMPACT): Health Policy and Nursing Education Implications.”

City Tech Awarded Close to $5 Million in Federal Grants

City Tech is entering an exciting period in its history, having recently won six competitive grants totaling close to $5 million.

City Tech Marks ‘CUNY Month’ with Open House on November 14

City Tech's Fall 2010 Open House on Sunday, November 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., in Downtown Brooklyn, is your chance to find out about the enormous opportunities available to students.

Student Anna Acevedo Chosen for Malave Leadership Academy

From helping her fellow students adjust to college to answering immigrants' legal questions to working with survivors of domestic violence and rape, City Tech senior Anna Acevedo has demonstrated her talents as a leader time and again.

‘Is Civil Society Possible in a Polarized America?’ - Focus of Nov. 16 City Tech Lecture by Benjamin Barber

Dr. Benjamin R. Barber, one of this country’s major public intellectuals and an advisor to political leaders around the world, will discuss “Is Civil Society Possible in a Polarized America?” Tuesday, November 16, 4 p.m., in City Tech’s Atrium Amphitheatre. The event is free for the general public. For more information, call 718.260.4973.

City Tech Professor’s Installation Draws Attention to Rare Brooklyn Birds

How tweet it is! Brooklyn artist and City Tech Assistant Professor Jenna Spevack's new community-based audio artwork, "Birds of Brooklyn," brings the sounds of Brooklyn's displaced, endangered and bygone birds to various sites around the borough.

Professor’s Guide to Developing a Proactive Defense Against Today’s Economic Challenges Now Available in City Tech Bookstore

The response to Hospitality Management Assistant Professor Patrick O'Halloran's spring 2010 presentation on reducing or eliminating credit card debt and related money matters was so positive that he has written a 24-page booklet designed to help readers develop a proactive defense against today’s economic challenges.

City Tech Marks Kristallnacht, End of WWII Anniversaries on Nov. 11

City Tech will mark the 72nd anniversary of Kristallnacht and the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII on Thursday, November 11, 1 p.m., with Ann Kirschner, PhD, author of Sala's Gift: My Mother's Holocaust Story, and the presentation of humanitarian awards to Nobel Prize winner Günter Blobel, MD, PhD, and Interfaith Committee of Remembrance (ICOR) founder and chairman Jerry Jacobs.

Prof. Shepard Makes List of Nation’s ‘Most Innovative’ Professors

City Tech has a faculty that has distinguished itself with awards like Fulbright grants to teach or conduct research. Now, it has received more recognition, as Benjamin Shepard (assistant professor of human services) has made Playboy magazine’s list of the 20 most innovative professors in the nation.

Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Period is October 5 through November 3, 2010

The City Tech Immigration Center, Namm Hall 622, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn, is now scheduling appointments for those wanting to submit an entry for the 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery. Please call the office at 718-260-5597 to make an appointment.

City Tech Students’ Water Quality Research Yields Surprising Results

While their peers were going to beaches and lakes to get a respite from the summer heat, a group of City Tech students were going to the water, too - to the Gowanus Canal and the Hudson River - as part of an interdisciplinary summer project that allowed them to get hands-on experience conducting and analyzing research.

City Tech Research Team Casts Light on Asteroid Deflection

In 2029 and again in 2036, the asteroid Apophis, discovered in 2004 and measuring at least 1,100 feet in diameter and weighing an estimated 25 million tons, will make two close bypasses of Earth at a distance of about 22,600 miles. While calculated to be statistically unlikely, it is possible that Earth's tidal effects on Apophis as it passes might threaten the planet's safety. City Tech researchers are investigating one approach to diverting the asteroid's trajectory.

City Tech’s Wind Power Courses Provide Window Into New Careers

While the country focuses on the disastrous Gulf Coast oil spill, City Tech is in the forefront of a grassroots effort toward workforce training in alternative, clean energy. The College has introduced new classes in wind power - perhaps the city’s only such college classes.

Fiesta 2010: Freshman Year Summer Program

"How to Succeed to Be a Ninja at NYCCT," "How to Cheat on Your Girlfriend and Not Get Caught," "How to Succeed at NYCCT Without Fainting" and "No Face Takes Flight" are among works presented in August 2010 during a program featuring student poetry, plays, cartoon strips and creative essays.

Listen for the ‘Birds of Brooklyn’

Brooklyn artist and New York City College of Technology Assistant Professor Jenna Spevack has developed a community-based audio artwork, “Birds of Brooklyn,” that brings the sounds of Brooklyn’s displaced, endangered and bygone birds to various sites around the borough. The project is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council.

City Tech to Conduct Spooktacular Research at This Year’s Haunted Hotel

City Tech is conducting research on Friday and Saturday nights between October 21 and 31 to examine emotional reactions to unusual experiences in conjunction with its Haunted Gravesend Inn theme park-quality attraction.

Nine City Tech Students Named ‘Teachers as Leaders Project’ Scholars

Nine City Tech Black Male Initiative (BMI) students have received Teachers as Leaders Project (TALP) scholarships – the largest number of students from the same City University of New York (CUNY) college to earn the awards for this semester.

International Experts Meet at City Tech to Discuss Advances in Solar Propulsion of Spacecraft

Advances being made to explore outer space using solar sails were discussed by the more than 60 scientists from 12 nations who attended the Second International Symposium on Solar Sailing (ISSS 2010) held at City Tech.



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