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2009 Harbor Dinner Cruise & Graduation Celebration Honors Nine Students

From left, scholarship recipients Cindy Bailey, Annupa Sookdeo and Helen Yeung
–Photo by André Beckles/CUNY

The City Tech Alumni Association presented nine continuing students with scholarship awards and certificates for academic excellence during its 2009 New York Harbor Dinner Cruise & Graduation Celebration on May 28. The presentations were made by Association President Yvonne Riley-Tepie ’92 and Alumni Relations Director Helen Covington.

Restorative Dentistry student Helen Yeung and Law & Paralegal Studies student Cindy Bailey each received $300 Scott Reisenberg Scholarship Awards and Law & Paralegal Studies student Annupa Sookdeo received a $300 Eldridge Memorial Alumni Award. The scholarships recognize accomplished students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher who have demonstrated outstanding moral character and provided commendable acts of service to the community and College.

Another six students – Joy Chaing (Restorative Dentistry), Mikhail Tsich (Dental Hygiene), Jamie Contrera (Health Services Administration), Stephanie Charlemagne (Health Services Administration), Nathline Willie (African-American Studies) and Stephanie Hoyos (Dental Hygiene) were awarded Certificates of Performance Excellence in recognition of their outstanding scholarship. The three scholarship recipients also received performance certificates.

More than 225 graduating students, alumni and other guests set sail from Chelsea Pier 61 in Manhattan aboard the Spirit of New York for an evening that featured fine food and libation and live DJ and dancing in addition to the awards ceremony. The festivities were set against a spectacular nighttime view of bustling New York Harbor and the incomparable Manhattan skyline. For all aboard it was a night to remember.

The annual harbor cruise is one of the Alumni Association’s many ways of encouraging graduates and students about to graduate to stay connected with their alma mater. Throughout the academic year, the association provides a variety of opportunities for current students to get involved in its activities and to help shape the present and future of the College’s relationship with its alumni. Students help staff the Office of Alumni Relations and play an active role in the variety of special services and other programs it provides. Their services range from working with City Tech’s Placement Office, which assists both students and alumni in securing employment and advancing in their careers, to working with the Association’s mentoring program for women students interested in careers in fields in which women have traditionally been under-represented.


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