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City Tech and Woodhull Hospital Collaborate on Cookbook

City Tech faculty and students teamed up with doctors from Woodhull North Brooklyn Health Network to create a beautifully designed and meticulously compiled cookbook, on sale in the College’s bookstore.

City Tech Alum Wins New York Emmy Award

City Tech alumnus Luis Garcia ’02 was part of a team that won an Emmy in “Advanced Media” from the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Four High School Seniors Mentored at City Tech Are Recognized for Climate Change Research

Four high school students involved in City Tech’s Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) recently received a special award from the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF).

Professor McDonald Named 2009 Scholar on Campus

Hugh McDonald, an environmentalist, philosopher and associate professor at City Tech was honored as the College’s 2009 Scholar on Campus.

Brooklyn Physician/Community Activist Makes Major Gift Toward Scholarships at City Tech’s 2009 Best of New York Award Dinner

Garey V. Ellis, MD, a native of Bedford-Stuyvesant/Brooklyn and founder/executive director of Inner Force Economic Leadership Development Corporation, presented New York City College of Technology President Russell K. Hotzler with a generous contribution and a pledge for more toward the Garey V. Ellis, M.D.-Tomora-Lutreast Ellis Endowed Scholarship Fund at the College’s 2009 Best of New York Award Dinner on May 18. The Ellis endowment represents the largest gift to the College by an individual in recent years.

2009 City Tech Commencement Highlights

In one of the more exuberant commencements in recent history, 1,000 New York City College of Technology (City Tech) seniors, with their family and friends cheering behind them, became graduates of the College.

Fourth Edition of City Tech Writer Now Online

City Tech Provost Bonne August sang the praises of nearly three dozen newly published student authors at a reception on May 7, 2009, hosted by President Russell K. Hotzler. The event marked the publication of the fourth edition of City Tech Writer. In her remarks, Dr. August told the students that being a published writer is a commendable and valuable achievement.

Professor Anthony Sena’s New Dental Appliance to Improve Cancer Patients’ Quality of Life

The innovative work of Professor Anthony Sena, chairman of City Tech’s Department of Restorative Dentistry, will soon have an impact on the quality of life of cancer patients.

City Tech Salutatorian Jhonatan Echavarria Determined to ‘Give Back’ to Future Students

“Life isn’t just about getting a degree. It’s also about helping others,” says Jhonatan Echavarria, City Tech’s 2009 salutatorian (second in his class). “Anything that comes easy, goes easy,” he adds, noting that “obstacles make us stronger.”

Exhibit Depicts Professor Jean Claude’s Inspirational Story

“Jean Claude’s story is truly inspirational,” says Patrick O’Halloran, explaining his decision to create a poetry and photo exhibition focused on that story, which is on view at City Tech this month. “It is the journey made by many of our students – young men and women who had to overcome daunting obstacles to reach their goals.”

Ribbon-Cutting Launches New RadTech DRF Lab

In April 2009, City Tech’s Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging Program became the first in the country to include a state-of-the-art digital imaging modality that can be used to train students in both digital radiography and fluoroscopy.

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli to Deliver 2009 City Tech Commencement Address on June 1

City Tech will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 69th Commencement Exercises on Monday, June 1, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli will deliver the commencement address.

James Beard Foundation’s Diane Harris Brown to be Honored by City Tech

City Tech alumna Diane Harris Brown ’82, director of educational and community programming for the James Beard Foundation (JBF), will be awarded the distinguished alumna and outstanding industry professional awards by the College’s hospitality management department.

First Pakistani Muslim Female Student in City Tech’s History Named Valedictorian

“I want to help bring peace and harmony to the world,” says Ayesha Siddiqui, who is proud to be an American-Muslim, a Pakistani-American, a New Yorker and City Tech’s 2009 valedictorian. “I’ve lived in the Middle East and here; I feel I can be a bridge between different faiths and cultures.”

City Tech to Honor Five at May 18 Best of New York Award Dinner

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will salute Peter Meyer, President of NYC Markets, TD Bank, Hon. Katherine Oliver, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Theatre, Film & Broadcasting, Theatrical Teamsters, Local 817, and Garey Ellis, MD, Founder & Executive Director, Inner Force, at its 2009 Best of New York Award Dinner on May 18. City Tech graduate Leonard Maisel ’64, retired Executive Vice President of Amalgamated Bank, will be presented the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Art and Technology, French and English Come Together as City Tech Partners with Lycée Français for Poster Show

When 10-year-old art students and college-age technology students collaborate on a project, the result is an engaging poster show taking place at City Tech from April 29 to May 5.

Film by Three City Tech Students to Be Featured at University of Hawaii Conference

Three City Tech entertainment technology students — Kumi Ishizawa, Tiamara Minott and Sissy L. Villamar — worked with other students from Columbia University and New York Institute of Technology on the production of a documentary on diversity in Astoria, Queens that will be featured at a University of Hawaii at Manoa conference on April 24, 2009.

Vision Care Technology Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Department of Vision Care Technology at New York City College of Technology celebrated 40 years of excellence in opticianry education on March 26, 2009, at an on-campus alumni reunion attended by more than 200 department graduates, students, faculty, staff and other guests.

Jewish Faculty & Staff Association Honors City Tech President Russsell K. Hotzler

The Jewish Faculty & Staff Association at New York City College of Technology honored City Tech President Russell K. Hotzler at its annual demonstration Passover Seder held in the College’s Grace Gallery on April 2, 2009.

Professor Huntington’s Sound Work Is Music to Audiences and Students’ Ears

If anyone knows good sound from bad, it’s John Huntington, professor of entertainment technology at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). One of his favorite recurring gigs is the Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In, which will take place April 23-25.

City Tech Student Selah Brown Wins First Prize in College Bowl

Selah Brown, 19, a senior majoring in vision care technology at City Tech, walked away with the $500 first prize in the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) College Bowl.

‘Cosmic Inflation’ at City Tech Lures Students to Study Astronomy

If you inflate it, they will come. That’s what City Tech Physics Professor Gregory Matloff thought when he set up a portable planetarium in the student cafeteria earlier this week.

City Tech’s Annette Saddik ‘Stars’ in Post-Performance Discussion of Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ on May 2 at Studio 54

Theatre scholar and New York City College of Technology (City Tech) Associate Professor of English Annette J. Saddik will be interviewed by Roundabout Theatre's Ted Sodd at Broadway's Studio 54 on Saturday, May 2, after the 2 p.m. performance of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starring Nathan Lane, John Goodman, Bill Irwin, and John Glover.

Novelist Colson Whitehead to Read at April 30 Literary Arts Festival

MacArthur “Genius” Colson Whitehead will read from his new novel as part of City Tech’s Annual Literary Arts Festival, to be held in Klitgord Center Auditorium, on Thursday, April 30, 2009, 5 p.m.

Multi-faceted Professor O’Halloran Co-authors Book on Landing Perfect Job

“If you talk the talk, this is the world in which you’ll have to walk the walk,” says Patrick O’Halloran, City Tech professor of hospitality management, who has just published a book, Unlocking the Door to Your Career – Guidelines to Finding the Perfect Job and Taking Charge of Your Life.

‘CUNY Sustainable Shorts’ Video Contest

“CUNY Sustainable Shorts” is a video contest with a $500 cash prize sponsored by Sustainable CUNY with the theme “Going Green.” All CUNY students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited to submit a video entry.

Professor Falk Launches Mentoring Program to Help Children of Incarcerated Parents

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided support to City Tech Nursing Professor Kathleen Falk to help launch the New York City College of Technology Mentor Program for Children of Promise.

City Tech Professor’s Photos Inspired by Flannery O’Connor Focus of Exhibit

“ROUTE 441: Signs from Flannery O’Connor’s Milledgeville,” an exhibition of photographs by New York City College of Technology English Professor Carole K. Harris, will be on view at Park Slope Starbucks, 164 7th Avenue, from April 1 through May 31.

Walt Whitman’s Democratic Spirit Lives on in Professor Gold’s Multi-Campus Digital Humanities Experiment

A new kind of interactive learning, made possible by recent advances in social networking technologies, is at the heart of Professor Matthew K. Gold’s innovative digital humanities project, “Looking for Whitman: The Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman.”

Julie Thompson Klein of Wayne State University Leads Workshop on ‘Interdisciplinarity’

Faculty from New York City College of Technology and John Jay College of Criminal Justice recently participated in an enlightening lecture and workshop on interdisciplinarity led by Julie Thompson Klein, Professor of Humanities in Interdisciplinary Studies and English at Wayne State University. The lecture and workshop were funded by the CUNY Office of Undergraduate Education's Faculty Development Grant Program as part of a year-long collaboration between City Tech and John Jay College to explore the pedagogy of interdisciplinary course development.

Honors Scholars and BMI Students Visit Nation’s Capital

The Honors Scholars Program and the Black Male Initiative (BMI) jointly sponsored a three-day, two-night trip to Washington, D.C., January 23 through 25, 2009. Forty-one Honors and BMI students participated in this rewarding and stimulating expedition.

Small Worlds on the Brink: Professor Jenna Spevack’s Recent Exhibition and Artist Residencies

Artist and City Tech Department of Entertainment Technology Professor Jenna Spevack is exhibiting large-scale graphite and gouache drawings at the Hendershot Gallery in the Chelsea Art District of Manhattan, January 22 through March 7, 2009. She will be giving an artist talk at the gallery on March 7 at 1 p.m.

Professor’s Latest Book Earns AAP/PSP Prose Awards Honorable Mention

New York City College of Technology Physics Professor Gregory Matloff and co-authors Giovanni Vulpetti and Les Johnson took a Finalist/Honorable Mention Award in Cosmology & Astronomy at the 2008 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence Awards Luncheon held in Washington, DC, for their recent book Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel.

City Tech Student Takes First Place in CUNY-wide Speech Competition

City Tech freshman Annupa Sookdeo, 18, took first place in the City University of New York (CUNY)-wide annual speech competition.

‘Give Kids a Smile Day’

“Give Kids a Smile Day” at New York City College of Technology’s Department of Dental Hygiene attracted a capacity clientele of young Brooklynites in early February 2009.

Professor Wortzel Reconfigures Robotic Toys to Portray Folly of Blind Obedience

Reconfigured robotic toys performing military maneuvers in rigid choreographed formations are featured in a new artistic work, “A Re-enactment of The Battle of the Pyramids,” by City Tech Professor Adrianne Wortzel, to be presented on Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. at Light Industry at Industry City.

Humanities Professors to Recreate Final Lincoln-Douglas Debate on February 18

As part of New York City College of Technology’s celebration of Black History Month, Humanities Professors Robert Geary (Lincoln) and Frank Dezego (Douglas) will recreate parts of the final of the seven Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the College’s Atrium Amphitheater.

City Tech Students Help Prospect Heights School Design a New Library

City Tech students recently presented their visionary designs for a new children’s library at Public School 9/Middle School 571 in Prospect Heights to parents, faculty, consultants and city governmental officials.

Hospitality Management Professor Roger Dagorn Named Sake Samurai

Roger Dagorn, a Master Sommelier who is an adjunct assistant professor of wine education at City Tech and the sommelier at Chanterelle restaurant, was awarded the prestigious title of Sake Samurai in an elaborate ceremony held recently in Japan.

City Tech Students Take Part in Research Expedition to Mexico

Three New York City College of Technology science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors – Renee Clarke, Kashif Hoyte and Javier Joya – were part of a research expedition to San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, in summer 2008. Working with Dr. Oscar Carranza Castaneda, principal investigator of the Mexican Megafauna project and researcher from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the three were part of a team of scientists working with Earthwatch, an international organization that’s helping to bring science to life for people concerned about Earth’s future.

‘Operation Healthy Homefront’ Caps Semester of Activities for Student Veterans

“Operation Healthy Homefront,” a November 2008 collaborative venture between New York City College of Technology’s Student Wellness Center and Office of Veteran Services featured 30 community organizations and attracted a sizable College and outside audience thanks to CUNY-wide promotion. The event provided CUNY student and other veterans with the information they need to more efficiently deal with the mountain of paperwork they often encounter in pursuit of the health, educational and other benefits available to them.

6th Annual City Tech Faculty & Student Research Poster Session

The 6th Annual Poster Session at New York City College of Technology was held on November 13, 2008. Funded in part by the City Tech Foundation and open to the College community and general public, the event provided faculty and students with an opportunity to showcase the results of their research.

College Community’s Spirit of Giving Is High as 2008 Draws to a Close

While holiday shoppers nationwide tightened their purse strings as 2008 drew a close, the spirit of giving at City Tech was alive and well across campus.

Hospitality Management Fall 2008 Baccalaureate Celebration Honors Two

It was another dazzling affair, a winter wonderland-themed event in celebration of the Department of Hospitality Management’s 47 fall semester graduating seniors. The evening began in the College’s Atrium Amphitheater with various student, faculty and special guest awards and later moved to the Janet Lefler Dining room for an elegant buffet supper. Among those honored were celebrity chef Waldy Malouf and City Tech graduate and Port Richmond High School culinary arts coordinator James Ryan ’90.

S-STEM Student Pedro Peralta Ranks Second in Cyber Security Competition

Pedro Peralta, City Tech junior majoring in computer systems technology (CST), has won second prize in the Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) competition, marking the first time a City Tech student has received a CSAW prize.

Entertainment Technology Chair and Students Part of Theatrical Production Commended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

City Tech’s Department of Entertainment Technology Chair David Smith provided violin accompaniment for the Tiyatro Global production of MIKA in Manhattan recently and department students crewed the performances. The cast, other musicians and Smith were personally congratulated by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former foreign minister of the Republic of Korea, on a job well done.

City Tech Partners with Woodhull to Open Radiology Learning Lab

City Tech has partnered with Woodhull Medical Center to establish a Radiology Learning Lab on the premises of the hospital. The initiative was made possible by Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez.

DLT Students Host Table Demonstrations at 2008 Great New York Dental Meeting

Four dental laboratory technology students from New York City College of Technology’s Department of Restorative Dentistry presented table demonstrations at the 84th Annual Session of the Greater New York Dental Meeting on November 30, 2008.

Afghani Student, Blinded in NYC Subway Attack, Focus of New Documentary

City Tech student Nooria Nodrat’s life in the aftermath of a series of tragedies that began in her native Afghanistan and continued in New York are captured in a new 35-minute documentary, premiering at Anthology Film Archives on Saturday, January 3, 8:45 p.m.

City Tech Yellow Jackets Defeat Fairleigh Dickinson

The City Tech Yellow Jackets came into Klitgord Center Gymnasium with a purpose last Tuesday night. They were facing Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), a team they had been unable to defeat in previous seasons. Lead by their two returning seniors, guard Jamaal Hall and forward Ryan Phillip, City Tech came out with intensity and a determination to win. The final score was 88-80, a well-deserved victory for the Yellow Jackets.

City Tech Entertainment Technology Student Pens Article for November Issue of ’Live Design’

Entertainment Technology senior Steven Battaglia is not only talented when it comes to the technical aspects of the entertainment industry, but is a talented writer as well. The New York City College of Technology student authored a feature article for Live Design magazine in November 2008.

New City Tech/Goldman Sachs Technology Bridge Program Launched

City Tech Placement Director Adrian Griffith, Goldman Sachs’ administrators Vivek Talwar and Kimberley Reimers, and Professor Josephine Braneky recently joined forces to launch the College’s Goldman Sachs Technology Bridge Program, which features six-week paid, credit-bearing internships that provide technical training and work experience to City Tech students interested in pursuing four-year technology degrees.

Architectural Technology Student Named 2008 Presidential Scholar

City Tech has awarded its prestigious Presidential Scholarship to 21-year-old architectural technology freshman Shakib Badaly.

Practicing What They Teach

The Department of Hospitality Management at New York City College of Technology is committed not only to teaching students about “sustainability,” but to incorporating sustainability-related practices in what they do in their culinary and pastry arts courses. That’s why the department recently leased and harvested its own organic apple tree in upstate New York.

Black Solidarity Day Speaker at City Tech Forecasts Change in U.S. Political Mindset

Guest speaker Horace G. Campbell, Syracuse University Professor of African American Studies and Political Science, didn’t mince his words in assuring a capacity audience at New York City College of Technology’s (City Tech) recent Black Solidarity Day observance that both Obama’s “Audacity of Hope” campaign and expected Election Day victory signaled a fundamental change in the American political mindset and framework.

City Tech Sweeps Prizes at Prestigious Culinary Competition

The “Dream Team” of 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball players swept through the competition. Tiger Woods dominates golf like no player before him. Just like those champions, the team of student culinary all-stars from City Tech blew away all competitors at the culinary salon of the annual International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show, held recently at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

Professor Goodlad Weighs in on Wine Consumption Boom

“There will always be ‘wine snobs’ and ‘cork dorks’ who try to acquire wine from elite producers,” says Hospitality Management Professor Karen Goodlad, who is researching the history of U.S. wine sales. “But more and more people have been buying mass produced, economically friendly wines that have a pleasant taste and taste the same each time they drink them.”

Pioneering Family Court Judge Named First Distinguished Lecturer

City Tech has appointed pioneering Family Court Judge Sara Schechter as its first full-time distinguished lecturer. She brings to the job decades of experience as a family court judge and a teacher.

Dance, Films, Food, Music and Poetry Mark City Tech Observance of Hispanic Heritage Month

New York City College of Technology’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from mid-September through mid-October 2008 featured a veritable piñata of educational, cultural, culinary and other events that attracted large gatherings of City Tech students, faculty, staff and other guests.

RadTech Team Takes Second Place in NYSSRS Student Bowl

Four seniors from New York City College of Technology’s Department of Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging took second place in the New York State Society of Radiological Sciences’ annual student bowl competition on November 1, 2008.

Nursing Professor Engages New Technologies to Improve Global Healthcare Outcomes

“Ill health hampers a nation’s social and economic development by triggering a vicious cycle of unsustainable resource use that undermines its economic stability.” So explains Dr. Patricia Cholewka, RN, a City Tech nursing professor who spent part of last year in Lithuania as a Fulbright Scholar.

Bioinformatics Professor Kolchenko Fills His Life with Science and Song

Vasily Kolchenko is as dedicated to his biological research as he is to his music, and the results speak for themselves – he is both an expert in the growing field of bioinformatics and an award-winning songwriter and performer.

Professor Louise Hoffman Honored With ‘Educator of the Year’ Award

Hospitality Management Professor Louise Hoffman was named “Educator of the Year” by Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR).

‘Times' Columnist Joseph Berger to Speak on 'The World in a City' in City Tech's Atrium Amphitheater at 1 p.m. on November 11

Joseph Berger, prominent New York Times columnist and senior reporter on ethnic affairs, will speak in New York City College of Technology's (City Tech) Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2008. The event will honor two accomplished New Yorkers and Holocaust survivors on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass). To be honored are Olga Lipschitz, CEO of Cobble Hill Health Center in Brooklyn, and Martin Greenfield, Williamsburg clothier and tailor to the stars and U.S. presidents. Admission is free and a reception will follow.

CUNY Month Free Events at City Tech: Something for Everyone

City Tech is presenting a month-long smorgasbord of special events in celebration of CUNY Month. (Prospective students and their families should note that the College’s Fall Open House is on Sunday, November 16.) All events are free.

Professor James Brings Wealth of Experience To Discussion of African Americans’ Role In Brooklyn Waterfront Development

“Black people have always been connected with the water,” says Stephen James, professor of African American Studies at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). “Let’s remember,” he adds, “crossing the water is how we got here.”

City Tech Men’s Soccer Team Scores Two Straight Non-Conference Wins in September

The City Tech Yellow Jackets men’s soccer team scored two straight non-conference wins the week of September 22 against neighboring Polytechnic University and Old Westbury College.

City Tech Receives $459K NSF Grant for Student Research

With support from a three-year, $459,108 National Science Foundation (NSF), grant City Tech has launched an initiative the will enable underrepresented students from 10 CUNY colleges to conduct fac ulty-supervised student research in state-of-the-art satellite and ground-based remote sensing.

Dental Hygiene Professor Marilyn Cortell Named AADH Fellow

The American Academy of Dental Hygiene (AADH) announced on September 1, 2008, that City Tech Professor Marilyn Cortell, RDH, MS, FAADH, had been inducted as an AADH Fellow. The AADH is an organization that fosters the continuing pursuit of education and research in the field and provides formal recognition for those who have achieved excellence in the teaching and practice of dental hygiene.

‘Made in New York’ Scholarship Winners Feted at Borough Hall

Commissioner Katherine Oliver and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz feted this year’s recipients of “Made in New York” Scholarships at an October 1 breakfast at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Also on hand to congratulate the recipients were City Tech President Russell K. Hotzler and Tommy O’Donnell, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 817, the union which provided the funds that made the scholarships possible.

Communication Design Grad Joins Impressive List of Alumni Authors

To City Tech alumna Janet Avery’s (secretarial science, 1969) recent inspirational memoir, The Power of Hope (Star Cloud Press, 2007) and alumnus Eric Watts’ (computer systems technology, 2004) poetic work, Cellar Door: Volume One (iUniverse-Indigo, 2008), recounting the trials of an often traumatic childhood, add a recently published first novel, Camileon (iUniverse, 2008), by City Tech communication design graduate Shykia Bell ‘02.

Electric Violinist Lorenzo LaRoc Helps Launch Hispanic Heritage Month at City Tech

September marked the beginning of New York City College of Technology’s 2008 observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. In celebration, the College hosted a September 15 performance by acclaimed Dominican electric violinist Lorenzo LaRoc.

City Tech Adds 41 Full-time Professors, Reports 13.7% Increase in Freshmen

Brooklyn, NY – September 9, 2008 – Forty-one new full-time, tenure-track professors have begun teaching at City Tech this fall, bringing the total full-time faculty to 380. . This fall, 3,233 freshmen enrolled, marking an increase of 13.7 percent over last year's entering class.

Alum Eric Watts Finds Success as Poet and Computer Technician

Last year, when Eric Watts asked his then five-year-old daughter the question, “What is life?” she answered, “Life is good and fair.” What a difference a generation makes! For Watts, a City Tech alumnus, childhood was a time of uncertainty and fear.

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