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Congresswoman Velázquez Tells 1,500 City Tech Graduates:
'Education can mean the difference between a full life and a life unfulfilled'

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, who rose from humble beginnings in a small sugarcane town in Puerto Rico to be the first person in her family to receive a college diploma and the first Puerto Rican woman elected to Congress, delivered an upbeat, moving commencement address and received the President's Award at City Tech's 63rd Commencement Exercises held on June 2 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Edwin Schlossberg Day in Brooklyn
May 1 was "Edwin Schlossberg Day in Brooklyn" as the renowned interactive design pioneer returned to the borough where his career began more than 30 years ago with the design of major interactive learning exhibits for the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

Alumna Sherry Yard '89 Among Those Honored at 2003 Best of New York Award Dinner
Sherry Yard, a 1989 graduate of City Tech's hospitality management program and the James Beard Foundation's 2002 Pastry Chef of the Year, was among those honored at the College's 2003 Best of New York Award Dinner on May 22 at Tavern on the Green.

'Perspectives' Marks Silver Anniversary with Gala Publication Party
Perspectives, New York City College of Technology's faculty and staff journal, marked 25 years of continuous publication at a gala publication party in May.

City Tech Hosts Conference on Youth Violence
Five hundred young people, parents, educators, social workers, and faith-based and corporate leaders came to City Tech on May 10 to participate in "Silence the Violence," a conference sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz that addressed the problem of youth-on-youth violence in Brooklyn.

City Tech Website Wins Silver Award in the 18th Annual Admissions Advertising Awards Competition
Website honored at demanding national competition.

Graphic Arts Program Director Lloyd Carr is Winner in 'Printing News' Design Contest
Printing News, the nation's only printing industry weekly news magazine, has selected a design by Professor Lloyd Carr, director of City Tech's graphic arts production management program, as winner in its industry-wide new logo design competition.

Flag-Draping Marine Plans to Study at City Tech
One of the most memorable images of the war in Iraq is of the young U.S. marine draping an American flag and then the Iraqi flag over the head of a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. That Marine, Corporal Edward Chin, 23, was a New York City College of Technology (City Tech) student before he enlisted in 1999 and will be applying for readmission upon his release from the military this summer.

Physics Professor Roman Kezerashvili Named 2003 Scholar on Campus
When Roman Kezerashvili was a seven-year-old boy in Georgia, part of the former Soviet Union, his father came up with a unique approach to getting him to drink his milk that sparked his lifelong love for physics.

Faculty Group Takes 'Learning Communities Concept' to Chile During Educational Tour
City Tech faculty members Lydia Brent, James Lap, Regina Lebowitz and Estela Rojas demonstrate "learning communities" approach to instruction for high school teachers on educational trip to Chile.

New UHF Radiologic Technology Lab for Students Opens
City Tech's Department of Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging took a further step into the 21st century in February during a ceremony marking the official opening of its Ultra High Frequency X-ray Technology Quantum Q-rad CS-2 lab.

Hospitality Management Professor Becomes First Educator
to Receive Prestigious Award from HSMAI

Hospitality Management Professor James R. Reid has garnered Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International's (HSMAI) 2002 Al Bard Award for his dedication and ongoing involvement in the organization?s travel industry awards competition

Professor Looks at Today's Youth Gangs in New York Magazine Article
Author and City Tech English Professor Greg Donaldson, currently on a leave of absence, writes companion piece for December 16, 2002, New York magazine story by Alex Williams on the new Martin Scorsese film Gangs of New York suggesting that today's youth gangs are "on the verge of extinction."

Dean of Students Lenore Gall Elected President of National Association of University Women
Lenore Gall, City Tech's dean of students and academic services, has been elected president of the National Association of University Women (NAUW), which has 90 branches throughout the U.S. that sponsor and conduct educational initiatives primarily for female students of color at all levels of schooling.

City Tech Offers New Bachelor's Degree Program in Architectural Technology
City Tech's Department of Architectural Technology is offering a new bachelor's degree program in architectural technology starting in spring 2003 that will emphasize the changing technology of the architectural workplace and 21st century approaches to the resurrection of often-treasured structures.

City Tech Ranks First in Student Diversity Among All Colleges in Its Category in Study Issued by U.S. News & World Report
New York City College of Technology ranks first in the diversity of the students it serves among all "Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's (North)" surveyed for America's Best Colleges 2003, a study recently issued by U.S. News & World Report.

'Don't Miss the Boat!'
"Don't miss the boat!" That's the message the City Tech Alumni Association is sending out this week to all October 2002 and January and June 2003 graduates, as preparations for its Sunday, June 1, New York Harbor Cruise get underway.

College to Salute Restaurateur David Emil and City Harvest
at Best of New York Award Dinner on May 22

City Tech will salute restaurateur David Emil, City Harvest, alumna and award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard '89 and Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals at its 2003 Best of New York Award Dinner on May 22 at Tavern on the Green.

City Tech Taps Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez
to Deliver Commencement Address on June 2

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 63rd Commencement Exercises on Monday, June 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

City Tech 2003 Valedictorian Overcomes Substance Abuse Past
to Graduate with Honors on Way to Legal Career

For Jed Gelber, being valedictorian of New York City College of Technology's Class of 2003 is further validation that he has successfully kicked the substance abuse problem that plagued him off and on for more than 20 years.

City Tech Meets Hospitality Tech
City Tech President Fred W. Beaufait was pleased to have lunch recently with officers of the Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP).

Museum Interactive Design Pioneer Edwin Schlossberg
to Discuss Ellis Island and Other Projects on May 1

Interactive design pioneer Edwin Schlossberg will give a multi-media presentation on several of his signature projects -- including the Ellis Island American Family Immigration History Center and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center -- in the Klitgord Center Auditorium on Thursday, May 1 at 1 p.m.

City Tech Student Places First for Best Sophomore-level Poster Presentation in Chemistry at National Biomedical Research Conference in New Orleans
City Tech chemistry student Angelica Bravo, who is also an American Chemical Society Scholar, was winner of the best sophomore-level student poster presentation in chemistry at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences 2002 Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students held in November in New Orleans.

CUNY Honors Nicolas and Porter
Professors Tony E. Nicolas and Charles E. Porter were recently honored for their noteworthy achievements during the past year by The City University of New York (CUNY).

Freshmen Cross and Caruso Named 2002-03 Presidential Scholars
Freshmen William J. Cross and Nicole Ariana Caruso have been named 2002-03 Presidential Scholars at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), garnering them scholarships of a maximum of $3,500 annually for four years.

Radiography Program is First in New York State to Integrate Digital Technology into Curriculum
A recently purchased Konica Clinical Digitizer Station now enables City Tech to integrate digital technology into its radiologic technology and medical imaging program.

Students, Faculty and Alumni Garner Gold Medals Galore at 2002 Hotel Show
It was a banner year for City Tech students, faculty and alumni at the 2002 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show at Jacob Javits Center in November.

City's Newest Daily Spotlights Superintendents Club of New York
New York Sun feature story in December spotlighted call by Superintendents Club of New York for a hotline that will enable buildings supers to report domestic violence, suspected child abuse and neglect, urgent needs of the elderly, and other serious problems facing tenants with no one to turn to.

Four Students Take Grand Prize in New York Marriott Marquis-Sponsored 'Gingerbread on Broadway' Competition
Four City Tech confectionery arts students take $2,500 Grand Prize in New York Marriott Marquis-sponsored "Gingerbread on Broadway" competition.

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez Helps Inaugurate Training Program
Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) was on campus in early December to help inaugurate a new educational initiative spearheaded by Maura Clarke-Ita Ford (MCIF) Works.

Fishing for a Healthy Ocean
The fish we buy at the market and off the menu will play a large role in shaping the future of life in our oceans. Increasing consumer demand for seafood has led to severe over-fishing of certain species, which are now at risk of extinction. An eye-opening workshop on this subject was sponsored by the Anna Nurse Culinary Workshop Series.

Professor Richard Woytowich is Guest Speaker on Sinking of RMS Titanic at Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Dinner
City Tech Computer Engineering Technology Professor Richard Woytowich recently presented a paper on why Titanic sank at New York Metropolitan Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Dinner.

Three New Internet Access Computer Labs for Students Open
City Tech opens three new Internet access computer labs for students in Namm and Voorhees Halls and the College's Ursula C. Schwerin Library.

Four City Tech Student Athletes Named to 2002 CUNYAC/Brine Men's Soccer All-Star Team
Four New York City College of Technology student athletes have been named to the CUNYAC/Brine Men's Soccer All-Star Team.

City Tech Student Awarded Prestigious Belle Zeller Scholarship
Victor London, a City Tech legal assistant studies student, is among 11 City University of New York students awarded 2002 Belle Zeller Scholarships.

Hospitality Management Student Joey Spatola
Featured on Food Network Show on February 2, 9 p.m.

Joey Spatola, a freshmen who is enrolled in the hospitality management program, will be featured on "Mario's Restaurant Rookies," an hour-long special that will air on the Food Network on Sunday, February 2, 9 p.m.

Japanese Guests Tour Dental Laboratory Technology Department
Drawn by its top-notch reputation, representatives of Japan's Nippon Academy of Dental Technology recently toured City Tech's Department of Dental Laboratory Technology.

NYPD's Steven McDonald Brings Message of Forgiveness to City Tech
Since his re-emergence into the public arena after being paralyzed for life by three bullets in 1986, NYPD Detective Lieutenant Steven D. McDonald has been travelling the world inspiring audiences with his powerfully moving message on nonviolence and forgiveness.

Children's AIDS Project Remembers Yvonne O'Neal
No one was any more dedicated than Yvonne O'Neal and no other individual raised more money for the College's Gifts for Special Children Project - over $50,000 in mostly small donations she collected door to door from community residents.

Festival of Lights Alive at City Tech as JFSA Celebrates Chanukah
Chanukah menorah lighting took place on Dec. 5.

City Tech Students, Faculty and Staff Again to Help Brighten Holidays for Brooklyn Homeless
On December 23, students, faculty and staff of City Tech's culinary and pastry arts programs, together with other College volunteers, again will help brighten the holidays for up to 1,000 Brooklyn homeless people.

Ray Amalbert, City Tech Director of Athletics and Recreation, Inducted into Hunter College Athletic Hall of Fame
City Tech Director of Athletics and Recreation Ray Amalbert was inducted into the Hunter College Athletic Hall of Fame at its 21st Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet in October 2002.

Hospitality Management Professor Frank Costantino is ACF National Champion
Hospitality Management Professor Frank Costantino '86 is the 2002 winner of the American Culinary Federation's National Championship held this summer in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Three City Tech Student Chefs Awarded 'Brooklyn Eats' Scholarships
They were serving up scholarships in addition to tastings of the signature dishes of 52 of Brooklyn's best restaurants at the "Brooklyn Eats" foodfest held at the New York Marriott Brooklyn on October 21.

Alumnus/Illustrator Featured on CUNY-TV
Cartoonist and illustrator Randy DuBurke '85, a graduate of City Tech's advertising design program, was recently featured on "Study With The Best," the CUNY-TV magazine that airs on Sundays on Channel 75.

Hospitality Management Professor Pat Bartholomew Discusses 'Women and Food in Films' at CUNY Graduate School Fall 2002 Public Program
Hospitality Management Professor Pat Bartholomew, an international authority on the role of women in the foodservice industry, was one of several panelists participating in a CUNY Graduate School Fall 2002 Public Programs presentation, "Conversations Around the Table: An Evening of Food, Women and Culture," on October 4.

Humanities Professor Charles Porter Garners New ASCAP Award
Professor Charles Porter, who chairs City Tech's Department of Humanities, again has been chosen as an American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Award recipient.

They've Been Working on the Railroad
Two City Tech computer engineering technology students -- Fernando Gimenez and George Ramos -- recently constructed a true-to-life prototype model of a computer-controlled railroad bridge and presented their work to a meeting of a group of signal designers from railroads and transit agencies throughout the Northeast.

City Tech Hosts Launch of 19th Annual CUNY Campaign for Voluntary Charitable Giving
An awards ceremony and kick-off celebration hosted by City Tech on October 10 marked the official launch of the 2002/2003 CUNY Campaign for Voluntary Charitable Giving.

City Tech Co-Sponsors Kings County DA's 7th Annual Domestic Violence Conference
New York City College of Technology recently co-sponsored the Kings County District Attorney's 7th Annual Domestic Violence Conference, "Are We Listening?" in its 1,000-seat Klitgord Center Auditorium.

CUNY Trustee Named Chef Extraordinaire
President Fred Beaufait and Hospitality Management Department Chair Frank Betancourt honored CUNY Trustee Kathleen Pesile on October 16, naming her Honorary Chef Extraordinaire in the Department of Hospitality Management."

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz Made Honorary Member of City Tech Chapter of Supers Club of New York
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was recently made an honorary member of the City Tech chapter of the Supers Club of New York after helping club members kick off their fall 2002 season of monthly meetings.

Auction on December 5 Expected to Attract Eager Bidders
The best deal in town on Thursday evening, December 5, will be the City Tech Foundation's 8th Annual Live & Silent Auction, with City Tech alumnus and Visiting Distinguished Professor Michael Lomonaco making his guest auctioneer debut.

"CUNY Week" is Sunday through Saturday, October 6 through 11
Feast on a gourmet meal prepared by talented aspiring young chefs at City Tech during "CUNY Week," as all 20 colleges of The City University of New York open their doors to prospective students and their families.

Annual Welcome Back Bash Spells F-U-N
The annual Welcome Back Bash, a beginning-of-the-year social gathering for students, was held on Thursday, September 5, 2002.

NYS Secretary of State Randy Daniels is 9/11 Guest Speaker at City Tech
New York's Secretary of State Randy Daniels spoke eloquently of the "uncommon courage, bravery and commitment demonstrated by all New Yorkers" at City Tech's September 11 "Day of Reflection" observances.

A Big City Tech-Style Welcome to New Students
More than six hundred new students received a warm introduction to campus life at City Tech on August 28 at a day designed especially for them.

Thanking Those Who Helped Hit a Home Run for City Tech
To show appreciation to several individuals who were instrumental in changing the College's name to New York City College of Technology, President Fred W. Beaufait and other chief administrators invited them to a Cyclones baseball game on August 22.

Out with the Old, Up with the New
It took three and a half years, from start to finish, to process the request to change City Tech's name through the various governance bodies, but only three and a half minutes for Buildings & Grounds personnel to hang the first banner announcing the change.

"Yes, Virginia, There is a 'Free Lunch'"
Thanks to the generosity of Benito Di Domenico and son Nicholas, who own Downtown Brooklyn's popular Metro Star Cafe on Jay Street, thousands of City Tech students recently enjoyed two days of free breakfasts and lunches.

Governor Pataki Publicly Signs Off on New Name for City Tech
On July 12, 2002 Governor George E. Pataki signed off on legislation changing the name of New York City Technical College to New York City College of Technology, marking an important step in the college's successful transition from its community college origins to a premier baccalaureate degree-granting institution.

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