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Highlights from City Tech’s 2004 Commencement

College Hosts Visit by Thomas E. Dewey, Jr.
Sons of the fathers...

Research on 9/11’s Impact on NYC Restaurant Industry
Earns City Tech Professor ‘Best Paper’ Award"

The Impact of 9/11 Terrorism on the New York City Restaurant Industry: Strategic Responses for Survival," a paper co-authored by Hospitality Management Professor Patricia Bartholomew, has earned a Best Paper Award from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE).

For Spencer H. Lewis, Jr., the 1954 ‘Brown’ Decision and 1964 Civil Rights Act Were a Beginning, Not an End
For Spencer H. Lewis, Jr., director of the New York District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the 50th Anniversary of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education decision and 40th anniversary of the historic federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 were occasions to commemorate, but not to celebrate, a half-century of solid efforts to build a more perfect union.

Former Acting Dean in Gracie Mansion 'Jewish Heritage Month' Celebration
Former Acting Dean of Continuing Education James Goldman was among those participating in a "Jewish Heritage -- New York 2004" celebration hosted by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion in May.

9/11 and the New York Art Scene
In May, City Tech’s Department of Social Science hosted a presentation by Julia Rothenberg on “The Impact of 9/11 on New York City’s Art World.” Her presentation was based on research she conducted as part of a larger Sage Foundation project on how September 11 effected different aspects of life in the city.

City Tech Student Competes in 2004 Summer Olympics
When people ask City Tech architectural technology student Jessica Crisp what she did on her summer vacation, she will be able to regale them with stories from Athens, where she is competing in windsurfing in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

CLIP Students Won’t ‘Fuhgeddaboud’ Visit to Boro Hall
Last spring, City Tech’s advanced-level CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) students had a memorable experience touring Brooklyn's famous Borough Hall.

2004 Best of New York Award Dinner in “Building New York” Salute
In a gala salute to “Building New York,” some 350 donors, corporate and union partners, leaders of New York’s real estate and construction industries, students, faculty, staff, alumni and other friends of City Tech gathered on May 24 at the Hilton New York to honor internationally acclaimed architect and Ground Zero master planner Daniel Libeskind; Ambassador Charles A. Gargano ’55, chairman of Empire State Development and vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; Hon. Brian M. McLaughlin, New York State Assembly and president of the New York City Central Labor Council; Habitat for Humanity/New York City; and Steven R. Butler ’75 of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

Technical Writing is About More than Words
For Charles Hirsch, an instructor in the College’s Department of English, technical writing is sometimes about more than words. It’s also about students helping community organizations meet their missions.

City Tech Alumnus Among Honorees at 2004 Gamma Awards Dinner
Harvey Levinson '65, a City Tech graphic arts program graduate and head of the graphic communication department at California Polytechnic State University was one of two industry giants honored by Gamma Epsilon Tau at its annual Gamma Awards Dinner in May. Also honored was Scott Cornish of The New York Times.

Students Lend a Hand to CUNY/Daily News ‘Citizenship Now’ Call-in
City Tech students from the Department of Law and Paralegal Studies’ immigration law classes played an integral role in April in the hugely successful bilingual “Citizenship Now” call-in project conducted by the Daily News in collaboration with The City University of New York (CUNY).

Rocky Aoki ’63 Pens ‘Sake: Water from Heaven’
Hospitality management alumnus Rocky Aoki’s new book, Sake: Water from Heaven, which he co-authored with Pierre A. Lehu, touches on how he built his father’s small eaterie into one of the world’s best-known restaurant chains, but is mainly about sake, a Japanese alcoholic beverage derived from rice that is rapidly becoming one of the “coolest” international drinks after 2,000 years of popularity in Japan. With the same zest and appeal he brought to his phenomenally successful Benihana of Tokyo chain, which entertainingly introduced the world to Japanese cuisine, Aoki, with this book, extends the same zest and appeal to his enthusiasm for sake.

President’s Award for Ambassador Charles A.
Gargano ’55

Ambassador Charles A. Gargano ‘55, a City Tech graduate and chairman of Empire State Development, was presented with the President’s Award by President Fred W. Beaufait at a private ceremony in Manhattan on May 12.

AHI Director Dick Koral Talks About High Performance Maintenance at CUNY Graduate Center Conference on Regional Construction Industry’s Future
City Tech Apartment House Institute (AHI) Director Dick Koral was one of several guest presenters at a May 14 conference, “The Future of a Sustainable Construction Industry in the New York City Region: From Practice to Theory,” held at The Graduate Center, CUNY in Manhattan. Koral helped identify the role that higher education and academic institutions can play in improving building maintenance and enhancing the skills and knowledge base of maintenance personnel and their superiors.

Award-winning News Correspondent Ti-Hua Chang
to Deliver Commencement Address and Receive Honorary Doctorate

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 64th Commencement Exercises on Thursday, June 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

Dr. Marva Clark Gordon ’69 to Receive Prestigious City Tech President’s Award
When Dr. Marva Loretta Clark Gordon ’69 was a high school senior in Camden, New Jersey, in 1964, she was selected by her drama teacher to play a maid in a school production. She refused the part, even though the teacher threatened to fail her.

City Tech Grad Joseph Skeete Beats Overwhelming Odds to Earn His Degree
Joseph Skeete is surely one of the most outstanding members of the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) graduating class of 2004. His story is one of exceptional determination and courage, exhibited in the wake of a tragic accident that could have derailed all of his hopes and plans.

From Nanny to the Top of Her Class: Dianne Monrose Named 2004 Valedictorian
"I had to believe that I was doing something for myself, something that nobody could take away from me." So says Dianne A. Monrose, about the six years she struggled to save money from her earnings as a babysitter and nanny in order to be able to enroll at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

‘Building New York’ is Theme of 2004 Best of New York Award Dinner
The New York City College of Technology Foundation will host a “Building New York” salute to Daniel Libeskind, internationally acclaimed architect and Ground Zero master planner; Hon. Charles A. Gargano, Empire State Development chairman and vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; Hon. Brian M. McLaughlin, New York State Assembly member and president of the New York City Central Labor Council; Habitat for Humanity/New York City; and architectural technology program graduate and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill associate Steven R. Butler ’75 at its 2004 Best of New York Award Dinner on Monday, May 24, in the Trianon Ballroom at the Hilton New York in Manhattan.

Empire State Development Chairman Charles A. Gargano Paints Promising Jobs Picture at City Tech’s 2004 Job Expo
Ambassador Charles A. Gargano, chairman of Empire State Development and vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, brought encouraging economic news to more than 700 graduating students and alumni as well as some 100 community leaders at City Tech on March 25. A 1955 graduate of the College’s civil engineering technology program, Gargano delivered the keynote address opening City Tech’s daylong 2004 Job Expo, the College's largest on-campus job fair to date.

3rd Annual Alumni Reunion Basketball Game Attracts Record Crowd
Thirty-three former varsity basketball players returned to campus in late February to participate in this year’s face-off against 26 faculty and staff members in the New York City College of Technology Alumni Association’s 3rd Annual Alumni Reunion Basketball Game. The game ended with a score of 62-57 in favor of the alumni team.

Sportsmanship Award for Men’s Basketball Team and Triple Honors for Yellow Jackets Center
The Yellow Jackets, New York City College of Technology men’s basketball team, has been named recipient of the 2004 Sam Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award by the New York Metropolitan College Basketball Officials Association (CBOA), the largest such association in the world. The award will be presented at CBOA’s spring banquet on May 4.

Rojas Named 2004 Scholar on Campus at NYC College of Technology
Professor Estela Rojas (mathematics), who has spearheaded a freshman-year initiative at New York City College of Technology that has significantly improved student retention rates, has been named 2004 Scholar on Campus.

Robin Bargar Appointed Dean of Technology & Design at City Tech
Robin Bargar, a researcher, educator and creative force in media and information technology, has been named dean of City Tech's School of Technology & Design.

City Tech Student Wins First Prize in Nation-wide Neuroscience Research Poster Competition
City Tech student Manpreet Singh won first prize in the neuroscience category at a poster competition held during the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San Diego.

Kudos for Basketball Players Shacun Malave and Camille Manning
Players from both City Tech's men's and women's basketball team were named to Division III .All-Atlantic Region teams. Shacun Malave, City Tech's 6'7" junior center and 2003-2004 CUNYAC "Player of the Year" was named to the All-Atlantic Region First Team and Camille Manning, a 5'8" junior guard on the women's basketball team, was named to the All-Atlantic Region Third Team.

City Tech's Department of Dental Hygiene Does Its Part
During National Children's Dental Health Month

Thirty-three students and seven faculty members from City Tech's Department of Dental Hygiene did their part to foster dental health throughout the Borough of Brooklyn in February during National Children's Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA). City Tech alumna Dr. Reneida Reyes '68, a member of the 2nd District Dental Society and a member of the department's Academic Advisory Commission, served as department liaison to the ADA.

ESD Chairman Charles Gargano to Speak on Ground Zero Redevelopment Job Opportunities for New Yorkers at City Tech on March 25
Charles A. Gargano, chairman of Empire State Development (ESD) and vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, will speak on new job opportunities for New Yorkers stemming from the redevelopment of Ground Zero in City Tech's Klitgord Center Auditorium on Thursday, March 25, 2004, from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Brooklyn Borough President Recognizes City Tech Student in 2004 State of the Borough Address, Also Unveils New Tourism and Visitors Center
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz recognized City Tech student Edward Chin -- the young U.S. Marine who draped an American and then the Iraqi flag over the head of a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad last spring -- in his 2004 State of the Borough Address delivered in February. Also unveils borough's new Tourism and Visitors Center, in which City Tech hospitality management students and faculty will play a significant supportive role.

City Tech's Glenn and Jones Give Back to Their Communities as Members of New Chapter of National Honor Society
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) student William Glenn's path to college was far rockier than that of most of his peers. But despite hitting some lows, he has managed to turn his life around and was recently inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) chapter established on campus.

Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education Taps City Tech's Jesse McCarroll as U.S. Representative
Jesse C. McCarroll, professor emeritus of music, New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York, has been named National Representative of the U.S. to the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE).

City Tech Men's Basketball Team Reaches CUNYAC Finals
Six-foot-seven junior center Shacun Malave from the Bronx scored 20 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, had seven blocked shots and passed for four assists as the City Tech Yellow Jackets reached The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) finals by defeating the College of Staten Island, 84-75.

City Tech's Malave Caps Successful Second Chance at College with Selection as the CUNYAC Player of the Year
Life doesn't always provide second chances. But Shacun Malave followed his mother's advice and seized his second chance at college success. The result? Both on and off the court, he has delivered.

Jerome H. Blue Named Interim Vice President
for Research, Governmental & Corporate Relations

Jerome H. Blue has been appointed interim vice president for research, governmental and corporate relations at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

Senator Edward M. Kennedy Keynotes ComALERT Conference at City Tech
U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) delivered the keynote address at a recent Community and Law Enforcement Resources Together (ComALERT) conference on prisoner reentry, "A New Deal for Justice: Civic Reinvestment," hosted by New York City College of Technology in Downtown Brooklyn.

City Tech Taps Two Students as 2003-2004 Presidential Scholars
Freshmen Xing Xu and Michael Hayes have been named 2003-2004 Presidential Scholars.

Department of Social Science Hosts Talk on Psychological Roots of Terrorism
Professor Sheldon Solomon, who teaches psychology at Skidmore College in upstate New York and who has written extensively on intercultural conflict, recently spoke at City Tech on his research on the psychological roots of terrorism at the invitation of the College's Department of Social Science.

Vision Care Technology Offers Motor Vehicle Testing
When it comes time to renew your driver's license and you need an eye exam, check with City Tech's Department of Vision Care Technology. The department is now offering this service as part of its expanded outreach to the community.

Gifts for Special Children Project at City Tech Honors
Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham for AIDS Work

Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham, a pioneer in the area of public health for more than 20 years and former executive director of the Caribbean Women's Health Association, was among those recently honored by the Gifts for Special Children Project at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

New Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics Prepares Graduates for Careers in the Financial, Information and Education Fields
Are you someone who is good in math and wonder what kind of careers are possible for those who major in the subject? New York City College of Technology (City Tech) is launching a new bachelor of science degree program in applied mathematics designed to provide graduates with excellent employment opportunities in the financial or information industries as well as offer a pathway to a teaching career.

Chewing Gum Presentation Yields Second Place Honors for Dental Hygiene Students Florczyk and Katz

City Tech Culinary Professor Named to 2004 Culinary Olympic Team
City Tech Culinary Professor Frank Costantino has been named to the 2004 New York Culinary Olympic Team that will compete in Erfurt, Germany, next fall.

City Tech Apartment House Institute's Supers Club Honored by Continuing Education Association of New York
The Superintendents Club of New York (Supers Club), established in 1998 by the Apartment House Institute at City Tech, has been honored by the Continuing Education Association of New York for innovative non-credit program development.

'Designing the City' the Title V Way
When is a walking tour of one of New York City's historic neighborhoods more than a walking tour? When it's part of an innovative approach to learning that is organized around "learning communities," in which groups of freshmen students take at least two of their classes together and those classes employ a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to learning and the delivery of instruction.

Schlossberg Presentation Team Pays Follow-up Visit to Interactive Design Pioneer at Manhattan Office
The team that helped develop the highly successful Edwin Schlossberg presentation in Klitgord Center Auditorium on May 1 paid a follow-up visit to the award-winning interactive design pioneer in early November.

Lifetime Achievement Award for New York City College of Technology Foundation Vice Chair Lorraine Beitler
Professor Emerita Lorraine Beitler, EdD, who currently serves as vice chair of the New York City College of Technology Foundation, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2003 by the prestigious Interfaith Committee of Remembrance (ICOR) at its 13th Annual Concert of Remembrance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on October 18.

City Tech Dazzles Salon of Culinary Arts Judges in November Competition
Hospitality Management students, alumni and faculty once again brought honor to City Tech with a fine showing at the 135th Salon of Culinary Arts, winning a first prize in pastry and in culinary, with a second place finish over all in the Marc Sarrazin Competition for Complete Buffet (behind the Culinary Institute of America).

City Tech Student William Valdez Helps Design Surgical Center Being Built in His Homeland
William Valdez, 26, lived through years of civil war in his native El Salvador before leaving to join his father in New York in 1995. Now, only eight years later, the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) sophomore majoring in architectural technology is helping design a new state-of-the-art surgical center to be built in central El Salvador.

Three Hospitality Management Students Awarded 2003 'Brooklyn Eats' Scholarships
They served up $1,000 scholarships to three City Tech hospitality management students -- in addition to unlimited tastings of the signature dishes of scores of Brooklyn's best restaurants -- at the 2003 "Brooklyn Eats" foodfest at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge on October 20.

City Tech Finishes Second in Men's Cross Country
as Women's Volleyball, Tennis and Men's Soccer Seasons End

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) finished in second place to a very strong Hunter College team in the men's race of the 2003 City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Cross Country Championships held on October 26.

BP Markowitz has a Spooktacular Halloween at City Tech
On October 31, the City Tech entertainment technology department and Theatreworks, the resident theatre company of the College, were proud to welcome Borough President Marty Markowitz to the Haunted Hotel, a high-tech haunted house that showcases the superb talents of City Tech students.

Dick Koral Honored by Enterprise Foundation
Dick Koral, director of the Division of Continuing Education's Apartment House Institute at City Tech and founder/secretary-treasurer of the Superintendents Club of New York, was honored by The Enterprise Foundation and affiliated Enterprise Social Investment Corporation at the foundation's elegant "Super Super" recognition dinner in Manhattan on September 29.

Curtis Sliwa is Keynote Speaker at City Tech Conference on Violence
"Controlling the Storm: Violence, Rage & Anger -- Causes and Treatment," a day-long conference co-sponsored by City Tech's Department of Human Services and Freedom From Fear, a Staten Island-based national not-for-profit mental health advocacy association, featured keynote speaker Curtis Sliwa, WABC talk show host and founder/president of the Guardian Angels, on October 7.

New York City College of Technology Reports
Significant Increase in Enrollment of Transfer Students

This fall, students transferred into New York City College of Technology (City Tech) from other colleges in record numbers, with the enrollment of 820 transfer students -- the largest in its 57-year history -- and a 30 percent increase over fall 2001 figures.

City Tech Publication to Assist Students with Disabilities University-wide
Thanks to Faith Fogelman, ACSW, director of the College's Office of Student Support Services, and her staff, students with disabilities will enormously benefit from the recent publication of Identifying Options, a comprehensive career-selection manual that highlights all CUNY disability-friendly associate degree and certificate programs, program curricula, colleges which offer these programs, prerequisite skills and abilities, potential jobs and other invaluable information.

Malave Garners Player-of-the-Week Honors Twice in December
Shacun Malave, a career & technical teacher education student at City Tech, garnered City University of New York Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Week honors for the second time in the month of December.

TV News Boot Camp 2003
Student Ignacio Soltero and Professor Adrianne Wortzel, both of NYCCT's Advertising Design and Graphic Arts Department, were invited to document CUNY's TV News Boot Camp, a two-week experimental summer program which placed students from City College, Hunter College, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College on the streets and in the studios-writing, taping and editing segments based on the 60 Minutes II model.

City Tech and New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge Launch Student Management Training Internship Program
This summer, City Tech and the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge launched a comprehensive new management training internship program for 12 hospitality management students.

Student Club Assists Brooklyn Botanic Garden During Cherry Blossom Festival
Members of the Japanese Association, a City Tech student club, volunteered their time and talent earlier this year to assist the Brooklyn Botanic Garden during its 2003 Cherry Blossom Festival.

City Tech's Technology Fee: An Investment that Works for Students
It's always satisfying to realize that an investment you made is paying dividends. And that's just what is happening with the $75 student technology fee, which was implemented starting with the fall 2002 semester.

30 High School Students Studied Robotics at City Tech
This past summer, 30 high school students participating in College Now at City Tech learned how to program a robotic arm to do common tasks such as paint a picture, type a website address and catapult a ball, while earning four college credits for completing two courses.

Determined Immigrant Eighth Grade Students Ignore 'Blackout' to Keep SIELP Program Graduation Date
Some 40 immigrant eight graders enrolled in the Summer Intensive English Language Program (SIELP) at City Tech weren't about to let the shutdown of subway service and other inconveniences during the August 14-15, six-state "blackout" prevent them from making it to their scheduled graduation ceremony.

First Group of Transit Authority Workers Complete New Training Program in Telecommunications Technology at City Tech
More than a year in the planning and the first collaborative effort of its kind, a new workforce development program for city transit workers at City Tech saw the first group of students complete the 75-hour training course last month.

Continuing Ed's Joan Manes Honored for Literacy Work
"According to the US Census, about a third of all adult Brooklyn residents have less than a full high school education and 25 percent speak English 'less than very well.' It's a pleasure and a privilege to be able to provide English and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes to people from all over the borough," says Joan Manes, director of education programs in City Tech's Division of Continuing Education,

'Missing Flutes' Spark Controversy Over 'Magic Flute' Production Mounted at City Tech
After all that had happened in the week preceding The Opera Company of Brooklyn's one-night performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute on August 9 in New York City College of Technology's newly outfitted Voorhees Theatre, one could easily imagine that many of the company's patrons would have stayed away. But just the opposite happened.

City Tech's James Lap Helps Bridge Gap
Between Vietnamese and American Cultures

"It is time to close the book on the old animosities that once divided our two lands and to write a new book that speaks of two nations sharing the best that each has to offer," says James Lap, director of the evening and summer sessions at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

Professor Hoffman and Crew Take the Cake (All 14 Feet of It!)
to Williamsburg Bridge's 100th Birthday Bash

Professor Louise Hoffman and her team of hospitality management alumni and students participated in the 100th birthday celebration for the Williamsburg Bridge in a big way -- they used 150 pounds of confectionary sugar and two gallons of egg whites to construct a giant cake topped with a replica of the bridge.

Dean Victor Ayala Honored at Brooklyn Marriott Gala
Dean Victor Ayala, School of Professional Studies, was among those honored on June 9 at a black tie benefit gala held at the New York Marriott Brooklyn.

14 Non-traditional City Tech Students Recognized for Academic Achievement
A new chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE), a national honor society that recognizes students who entered college through higher education opportunity or student support programs, has been established at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

City Tech Center Named CUNYAC Player of the Week
City Tech Men's Basketball center Shacun Malave named CUNYAC Player of the Week.

Celebrity Chef Lomonaco to Emcee Annual Auction on December 4
Michael Lomonaco '84, a City Tech graduate, celebrity chef and host of the food show "Epicurious" on The Travel Channel, will serve as guest auctioneer at the City Tech Foundation's 9th Annual Gifts and Services Live & Silent Auction on Thursday, December 4, 2003.

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