News & Events
The Departments of Dental Hygiene, Nursing and Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging hosted Pinning Ceremonies in late May and June honoring the academic achievement of graduating students.
CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Valedictorian Nicole Caruso and Commencement Speaker Carl J. Cosenzo addressed the more than 1,800 graduating students at City Tech’s 65 Commencement Exercises on June 2.
José Liz, 22, a senior in City Tech’s graphic arts program who worked full time to support his mother, brother and sister and was known in his Corona/Queen neighborhood as a “peacemaker,” was stabbed to death on the morning of Saturday, March 12, 2005, after racing to the aid of a friend embroiled in an angry dispute with a gang of neighborhood punks. The College awarded Liz a posthumous baccalaureate degree in graphic arts production management at Commencement Exercises in June, and his classmates are planning an event for later this year to launch a scholarship fund in his memory.
The New York City College of Technology Foundation hosted its Best of New York Award Dinner 2005 on May 9 at the Hilton New York in Manhattan. The theme of this year’s dinner was “New York at Your Service” and the honorees included Jerome Belson, president, Associated Builders & Owners of Greater New York, Mindy Gale, president, Gale Group Advertising/Public Relations, Turner Construction Company and Health Plus. The 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award went to Michael Romano ‘75, executive chef/partner at Union Square Café.
Nearly 150 colleagues and other good friends gathered to say farewell to Dean of Students & Academic Services Lenore R. Gall at retirement party in the College’s Janet Lefler Dining Room on June 10.
In May, the College celebrated the achievements of its student-athletes at the 2005 Athletic Awards Banquet attended by some 150 team members, their families and friends, coaches, athletics office staff, faculty and administrators. President Russell K. Hotzler and Dean of Students Lenore Gall presented ten men's basketball players and three team coaches with personalized commemorative rings in recognition of their 2005 CUNYAC Championship win.
After a several-year hiatus, “Spring-O-Rama 2005,” a live entertainment and fashion extravaganza sponsored by City Tech's International Business Organization, came back with a bang in May. An audience of more than 700 students, faculty, staff, alumni and other patrons filled Klitgord Center Auditorium to near capacity, with a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales earmarked for UNICEF-sponsored tsunami- and hurricane-related relief efforts.
The City Tech students who had volunteered their time and services to travel to Albany in spring 2005 to lobby legislators on behalf of the College were honored on May 16 at a reception and awards ceremony hosted by President Russell K. Hotzler.
Professor Konecny to be Honored by American Red Cross on June 8 for Initiative that Educates Young Children about Fire & Burn Safety
Nursing professor Lynda Konecny will be honored by the Red Cross at its June 8 Volunteer Recognition Award Ceremony for her work training more than 100 City Tech nursing students a year to teach children age 10 and under about fire and burn safety.
City Tech Dental Hygiene Students Spend Week in the Netherlands After Exchange Program Counterparts Arrive Here
In early April 2005, two Department of Dental Hygiene students -- Wilma Lopez and Andrea Papp -- set off for an “International Week” educational exchange program visit to the Netherlands, accompanied by department Professor Marilyn Cortell.
“Downtown Brooklyn is definitely on the move,” says Pawel Gurdak, “which is why it’s so exciting to be creating architectural models of skyscrapers for Flatbush Avenue -- a place that’s destined to become another Wall Street.”
Talk about diversity! The valedictorian for the 2005 graduating class at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY), 19-year-old Nicole Caruso, is of Italian, Cuban, German, Dutch and Cherokee Indian descent.
City Tech Taps Construction Industry Exec Carl J. Cosenzo ’67 to Deliver 2005 Commencement Address on June 2
New York City College of Technology alumnus Carl J. Cosenzo ’67, executive vice president and operations manager, Schiavone Construction Company, Secaucus, NJ, will deliver this year’s commencement address on Thursday, June 2, 10:30 a.m., in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Increased participation by regional employers at New York City College of Technology’s 2005 Job Expo in April confirms an improving employment picture throughout the metropolitan region.
April 7 was “Daniel Libeskind Day in Brooklyn” as 700 students, faculty, alumni, community leaders and public officials gathered in City Tech’s Klitgord Center Auditorium to hear the internationally acclaimed architect discuss the human and historical forces that shaped his master plan for the redevelopment of Ground Zero. At the beginning of his talk, Libeskind announced that he had been chosen to spearhead the rebuilding of a city in Sri Lanka destroyed by the recent Tsunami and invited students and faculty from City Tech’s architectural technology program to assist him on the project.
A talented team of City Tech-trained Science Skills Center High School students from Brooklyn did well in this year’s New York City Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robot Competition in March. In the qualification round, the Science Skills team ranked 10th and advanced to the quarter final round. It’s score was higher than those of the city’s three specialized science high schools – Stuyvesant, which ranked 12th, Bronx Science, 29th, and Brooklyn Tech, 30th.
City Tech to Honor Legendary Photographer and
Art Directors Club ‘Hall of Famer’ Jay Maisel on May 11
The Department of Advertising Design & Graphic Arts (ADGA) at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will confer its 2005 “Grand Masters Award” on legendary photographer Jay Maisel on Wednesday, May 11, in Manhattan.
2005 Best of New York Award Dinner to Salute Belson, Turner, Health Plus, Gale Group and alumnus Michael Romano on May 9
New York City College of Technology/CUNY (City Tech) will salute Jerome Belson, president, Associated Builders & Owners of Greater New York; Turner Construction Company; Health Plus; Gale Group/New York; and alumnus Michael Romano ’75, executive chef/partner at Union Square Café, at its 2005 Best of New York Award Dinner on Monday, May 9, in the Hilton New York’s Trianon Ballroom in Manhattan.
Former City Tech director of athletics and men’s basketball coach Ray Amalbert has been chosen to receive the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.
Candido Cabo, a computer systems technology professor at New York City College of Technology/CUNY, has been named 2005 Scholar on Campus. On Monday, April 18, at 5 p.m. in the Atrium Amphitheater, Cabo, an electrical engineer with a doctorate in biomedical engineering, will discuss “The Reconstruction of the Heart: Building Bridges Across Cells and Disciplines.”
When Agnes Fustos was studying hospitality management in her native Budapest, little did she know that her life’s journey would lead her to cross paths with one of her great role models -- Paul Kovi -- the Hungarian émigré and City Tech alumnus who became one of America’s most celebrated restaurateurs.
Advertising Design student Sut Lo received an Award of Distinction in the National Arts Club’s prestigious 29th Student Exhibition. “I knew I wanted to come to New York City to study, and my parents didn’t want to hold me back. They let me fly; they told me to follow my dream,” the Macao native says.
Professor Reginald Blake (physical and biological sciences) and several of his students recently participated in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) project to collect atmospheric data in and around New York City. The purpose of the program is to improve computer model simulations of the transport and deposition of urban atmospheric contaminants and to strengthen emergency response techniques in New York City and urban setting across the country.
Professor Haque Coordinates April 15 Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases to be Held at City Tech
Darjeeling tea is perhaps India’s best-known export, but neuroscientist Niloufar Haque, who is an assistant professor of biology at New York City College of Technology/CUNY (City Tech), may someday usurp that claim to fame.
City Tech to Host Free Spanish-Language Seminars for Hispanic Owners of Small Businesses Starting March 16
City Tech will host a four-week series of free seminars, “Éxito Empresarial,” providing Hispanic small business owners with the tools and resources needed to grow their businesses in New York City. The series begins on Wednesday, March 16, at 6 p.m., in the College’s Atrium Amphitheater.
Shacun Malave (DeWitt Clinton/Bronx, NY) led four players in double figures with a game-high 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead NYC College of Technology (22-5) over Ursinus College, 68-66 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday evening at Ursinus’ campus in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
For City Tech hospitality management student Olga Munoz, her "semester at sea" was a life-altering experience.
Alumni of New York City College of Technology’s hospitality management program were among the rising stars of the pastry world selected to compete in the 16th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition.
In its second full season as a member of the NCAA and the last season under veteran coach Ray Amalbert, New York City College of Technology (City Tech) beat the College of Staten Island (CSI), 76-66, to win its first-ever CUNY Athletic Conference/Con Edison Men’s Basketball Championship.
City Tech President Russell K. Hotzler was among those honored by the City University of New York Asian American/Asian Research Institute at its 2004 Banquet in November. Also honored were CUNY Trustee Wellington Chen, CUNY Vice Chancellor Otis Hill, and City College of New York Professor Emerita Betty Lee Sung.
Students and faculty from the Department of Dental Hygiene did their part again this year to foster dental health throughout Brooklyn during the American Dental Health Association-sponsored “Give Kids a Smile Day” on February 4. The department is an official site for this annual event.
James Richardson Receives Corona/East Elmhurst NAACP Youth Leadership Award for Service to His Community
City Tech human services student James Richardson, 21, recently received the 2004 Youth Leadership Award from the Corona/East Elmhurst branch of the NAACP in recognition of his many services to his community. The award and a $1,000 scholarship were presented at the branch’s Freedom Fund Dinner in December. Richardson is the youngest member and only youth also to have received the branch’s coveted President’s Award. He is also a recipient of the NAACP’s prestigious Roy Wilkins Award and has been saluted by the New York City Council for his community service work.
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) President Russell K. Hotzler has appointed Dr. Bonne August to the position of acting provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective February 1. She replaces Dr. Joann La Perla, who left to assume the presidency of Middlesex County College in New Jersey.
Sometimes a path to the future is forged out of sadness. Last year, Kelley Dianna Sarmiento’s grandfather was very sick and passed away in a Brooklyn hospital. Sarmiento, a City Tech student, saw that the nurses who cared for him were considerate and respectful. She asked two of them how they liked their job. “I love my job and wouldn’t trade it for the world,” each responded.
Nicholas D. Russo, one of two freshmen who have been named Presidential Scholars by New York City College of Technology (City Tech), is clear about his career plans.
City Tech hospitality management students, faculty and alumni took the cake -- and much more -- at the 136th Salon of Culinary Arts, organized by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, at the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant show, held recently at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.
An initiative to better integrate adjuncts into the academic life on campus while at the same time providing professional tutoring and mentoring to students is underway at City Tech.
Gifford Miller, Al Vann, Yvonne Graham and Other Supporters Break Bread with City Tech Students and Faculty at Luncheon Marking Launch of College’s Culinary Facilities Upgrade
New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, Councilmember Al Vann and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Yvonne Graham were among the guests at a November 30 thank-you luncheon hosted for them and others by New York City College of Technology's new president, Russell K. Hotzler, and the students and faculty of the College's award-winning hospitality management program. The occasion marked the official launching of a major upgrade of the program's culinary training facilities.
The Gifts for Special Children Project at New York City College of Technology is asking students, faculty, staff and other friends of the project to make a financial contribution this year rather than contributing a toy or other traditional holiday gift. In part, this request stems from the fact that the demographics of younger people affected by the AIDS epidemic are changing rapidly in the New York area, as substantial numbers of those born with the disease live longer -- well into their teenage years and beyond.
The City Tech men’s basketball team was picked to win its division by the CUNYAC coaches at the CUNYAC Media Day for Basketball event on November 15, and the College’s pre-season All-American center Shacun Malave was picked to repeat as the CUNYAC Player of the Year. In addition, our women’s team was picked once again for fifth in its division, and senior guard Camille Manning was picked as a pre-season all-star. Last year, Manning became City Tech's all-time leading scorer and also was named All-CUNYAC.
Physics Conference at City Tech Attracts Participants from 58 Universities, Research Labs and Businesses
It was the largest gathering of scientific minds in New York City College of Technology’s 58-year history. On October 15 and 16, 2004, City Tech joined the ranks of other prestigious institutions such as Cornell, the State University of New York, Polytechnic University and the Rochester Institute of Technology to host the New York Section of the American Physical Society (APS) Conference, “Physics of the Microworld: From Quarks to Nanostructures,” which attracted some 200 participants from 58 universities, research labs, and other public and private sector institutions.
Ninety-seven City Tech students were inducted into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) at a ceremony held in October.
The New York City College of Technology community mourns the death of computer systems baccalaureate student and National Guardsman Segun Frederick Akintade, 34, in Abd Allah, Iraq, on Thursday, October 28, 2004. Serving with the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment based in upstate Utica, he was killed when his unit was hit by a roadside bomb and shot at by guerrillas, according to military officials.
Dr. Joann La Perla, City Tech’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has been named by the Board of Trustees of Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, as the college’s new president. One of 40 candidates for the job in a nationwide search that began earlier this year, she will assume her new position in January 2005.
Gerard (Jerry) Albig has been named director of athletics at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). He succeeds Raymond Amalbert, who retired in June 2004 after 34 years with the College, including the last nine as director of athletics.
Students in Professor Cynthia MacGrath’s advertising design class at City Tech have joined the likes of rap star Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and fashion, music industry and other celebrities to launch their own campaign to promote a record turnout among both younger and older voters when Brooklynites and other New Yorkers go to the polls on November 2. A separate student-run on-campus effort registered nearly 550 new voters.
Dr. Miguel F. Cairol, a veteran senior-level college administrator and business professor, has been named acting dean for planning and special assistant to the president at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). He will assist the new president of City Tech, Dr. Russell K. Hotzler, with all aspects of the operations of the College.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted a reception on September 22 in the Borough Hall Rotunda welcoming Brooklyn’s two newest City University of New York presidents – New York City College of Technology’s Russell K. Hotzler and Kingsborough Community College’s Regina S. Peruggi.
Antonio Calixto recently earned his bachelor of technology degree in communication design at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). In his subsequent job search, he used all the tools at his disposal -- including a web-based ePortfolio -- to land his current position as a graphics designer at the newspaper Hoy. Calixto, who arrived from Mexico 10 years ago at age 15, says proudly, “My website let me advertise myself: ‘Here’s talent, come and get it.’”
City Tech architectural technology student Jessica Crisp, competing with the Australian Olympic team in the Mistral class of the sailing event, finished sixth in a field of 26 at the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens.
Dr. Russell K. Hotzler was named eighth president of New York City College of Technology by The City University of New York’s Board of Trustees at their May meeting and will assume the presidency this September after having served as CUNY Vice Chancellor for Academic Program Planning. Prior to that, he held the position of Interim President at both York and Queens Colleges, guiding those institutions through periods of administrative transition and restructuring. Dr. Hotzler succeeds Dr. Fred W. Beaufait, who has served as president since January 1999.
City Tech Participates in Federal
Measuring Success of Latino College Students
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY) was one of only six colleges selected nationwide to participate in a demonstration project exploring Latino student success in higher education.
The amazing trans-Atlantic journey to Greece and the 2004 Olympics of City Tech hospitality management student Christos Katehis and good friend Andonis Prikas aboard their 40-foot offshore cruiser, “Adele,” was enough of a celebration of “the best of Brooklyn” to warrant a Proclamation by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in May.