Auction Assignment Was a 'Snap'
for City Tech Photography Students
"The assignment was a snap," mused advertising design and graphic arts senior Zhi Hua, who is working toward his bachelor's degree in communication design. Hua was referring to the class assignment by Professor Albert Sherman to the students enrolled in his photography course. Looking like a million bucks in neatly pressed suits and party dresses, the students, cameras in hand, unobtrusively blended with the crowd of nearly 150 business and community leaders, alumni, and faculty and staff who attended the City Tech Foundation's 11th Annual Gifts and Services Live & Silent Auction on December 8.
Established in 1995 by City Tech Foundation Vice Chair Lorraine Beitler, the annual auction helps support the Beitler Student Resource Fund. Proceeds from the event -- as well as a matching contribution from Beitler and her husband, Martin -- fund a variety of initiatives designed to widen the educational horizons of City Tech students as well as others that provide for faculty professional development.
Among additional benefits, the fund enriches the educational experience of student by enabling them to participate in professional conferences, compete in local, national and international competitions, attend job fairs and professional industry dinners, receive special training in the use of state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, and showcase their works at events in a broad range of off-campus venues. The fund has also helped the City Tech Library expand its textbooks on reserve collection.
Each year, auction guests enjoy a five-course gourmet buffet dinner prepared by students and faculty from the College's award-winning hospitality management program, a perennial winner at the annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show at Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
Auction guests bid on international and domestic vacation packages; "Night on the Town" entertainment, dining and limousine packages, weekend getaways at top hotels, selected electronics, holiday gift baskets galore, personal, instructional and professional services, books and subscriptions, useful household items, and brunches, lunches and dinners for two or more at top New York City restaurants.
"It's always an exciting and fun-filled evening," says Jewel Trowers Escobar, executive director of the City Tech Foundation, "one widely supported by the College community and other good friends of the College. The photography students did a superb job of capturing all that fun and excitement on film."
Professional photographer Ken Brown, editor-in-chief of Courier Life Publications, from whom the students picked up some valuable pointers, also photographed the event. ADGA College Laboratory Technician Christopher McGuire and Professor Sherman supervised the students' work.