On October 26, a group of Hospitality Management students enrolled in the “Wines of the New World” course boarded a bus to an urban winery in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. The trip was supported by a grant from the Julia Child Foundation, and the students were going to learn how to blend wines that could ultimately be served at the white linen-covered tables of the College’s Janet Lefler Dining Room—the Hospitality Management Department’s learning laboratory for students studying for their associate or baccalaureate degree. The Wines of the New World course is team-taught by Professor Roger Dagorn, MS, who is one of only 230 Master Sommeliers in the world, and by the perennially popular Professor Karen Goodlad, a Certified Specialist of Wine.
The City Tech Foundation is pleased to announce that it has elected the Honorable Alice Fisher Rubin, retired Judge of the New York City Civil Court, as chair of the Foundation. Judge Rubin had previously been serving as the Foundation’s Vice Chair and has been a board member since 1982.
City Tech Hospitality Management Students Win Awards at International Salon of Culinary Art Competition
After more than two months of intensive work, City Tech Hospitality Management students won top awards at the 147th Annual Salon of Culinary Art on November 10. The Salon event was held in conjunction with HX - The Hotel Experience Trade Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and is sponsored by the Societie Culinaire Philanthropique.
From 1855 until 1863, the Marsh Troupe of Juvenile Comedians, a professional acting company of approximately thirty children, entertained audiences on stages around the globe with their nuanced performances of adult roles. In Childhood and Nineteenth-Century American Theatre: The Work of the Marsh Troupe of Juvenile Actors (Southern Illinois University Press, October 2015), City Tech Professor Shauna Vey provides an insightful account not only of this unique antebellum stage troupe but also of contemporary theatre practices and the larger American culture, including shifts in the definition of childhood itself.
A team of nine City Tech students won two awards at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Hollywood Professional Alliance (HPA) Student Film Festival in Hollywood, California, on October 27, which was hosted by SMPTE Standards Director and film director Howard Lukk. Their five-minute film “Building for the Future: A City Tech Tale,” traced the journey of the College’s 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon student team that built an energy-efficient house during a two-year long international competition.
City Tech was recently ranked number one in the nation in producing the highest paid associate-degree earning graduates, according to PayScale, a company that studies salaries. City Tech alums on average earn $72,200 with 10 or more years of experience.
City Tech was recently chosen as the recipient of two U.S. Department of Education (DOE) grants totaling $3,936,000 to strengthen education programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In addition, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a four-year grant of $496,738 to City Tech for a project that will help recruit and retain non-geosciences minority STEM students, with Professor Reginald Blake, Department of Physics, as principal investigator.
Professor Marta Effinger-Crichlow, Department of African American Studies, and Chimene Montgomery, Hospitality Management Department, will give a TEDxCUNY talk on November 20, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s TriBeCa Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
City Tech’s Team DURA (Diverse, Urban, Resilient, Adaptable) earned high marks in the Engineering, Energy Balance, and Commuting categories at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon competition at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, held from October 8--October 18. Team DURA, the only team in the competition comprised entirely of undergraduate students, earned the fifth highest scores in the Engineering and Energy Balance categories, an impressive feat for competition first-timers.
City Tech Foundation board chair, Hon. Alice Fisher Rubin, welcomed a crowd of approximately 150 donors at the “Friends of City Tech” recognition reception in the historic courtroom at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall on October 22. Three City Tech students were presented with the Alumni Scholarship Award and the new 2015 City Tech Donor Plaque was unveiled.
City Tech congratulates Professor Lubie Grujicic-Alatriste, Department of English, on the publication of her new book Linking Discourse Studies to Professional Practice, with Multilingual Matters (2015), a renowned British publisher in the domain of applied linguistics. Roger W. Shuy, Professor Emeritus at Georgetown University, calls the collection a “wake-up call to applied linguists everywhere,” for showing how linguists can apply theory and research to a wide range of areas beyond education—such as business, mediation, negotiation, politics, family communication, and the media.
On November 10, 2015, City Tech will host the 27th Kristallnacht Anniversary Program, “Kristallnacht, 77 Years After: Never Again Anti-Semitism, Indifference and Racism!” at 300 Jay Street, Atrium Amphitheatre, Downtown Brooklyn, at noon. The public is invited to this free event, sponsored by the City Tech Jewish Faculty & Staff Association (JFSA).
City Tech Professor Receives National Academy of Opticianry 2015 Joseph Bruneni Memorial Education Achievement Award
City Tech congratulates Professor Robert Russo, chair of the Department of Vision Care Technology, who received the National Academy of Opticianry “Joseph Bruneni Memorial Education Achievement Award,” on September 28, at the OptiCon National Convention held in Nashville, Tennessee.
To celebrate the integrative and interdisciplinary nature of general education at City Tech, the College will host the Living Lab General Education Symposium "From Microbes to Stars," on Friday, October 23, in Namm 119, 300 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Prepare to be scared!! City Tech’s (New York City College of Technology-CUNY) 16th annual, high-tech haunted hotel, The Gravesend Inn, returns again this year in the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), downtown Brooklyn.
City Tech has partnered with the Veteran Success Resource Group (VSRG) to host the NYC Veteran Resource Expo on Tuesday, October 20, at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Downtown Brooklyn, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Expo is free and open to all Veterans, Active Duty, families and caregivers.
City Tech will host "Images of Haiti in US Society," an event to introduce and promote the establishment of the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute (HSI), which is dedicated to the production and dissemination of knowledge through interdisciplinary research and critical analysis about Haitian life in the diaspora and in Haiti, on Thursday, October 15, in the Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In 2012, Super-Storm Sandy showed that new models for housing that meet the needs of a high-density urban environment are desperately needed. A team of approximately 60 City Tech students is contributing their solution in a net-zero energy model home, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's 2015 Solar Decathlon international competition. The model home—built on a donated site at the Brooklyn Navy Yard—will be shipped to California at the end of this month for the final phase of the competition. After the competition, City Tech will donate the retrofitted model home to a disabled veteran.
This fall, City Tech will launch ASAP (Accelerated Study in Associate Programs), a program that has garnered national recognition, including a recent citation by President Obama for doubling the graduation rates of participating students. As part of The City University of New York’s (CUNY) initiative to expand ASAP beyond its community colleges, City Tech will provide ASAP services to students who are working toward an Associate degree. And City Tech will be the first college where ASAP will focus solely on students in STEM disciplines in the College’s School of Technology & Design.
City Tech is pleased to announce that Marjorie Silva, Hospitality Management student, won the Global Taste of Korea New York preliminaries held at the International Culinary Center in Manhattan on July 18. As a finalist, Silva will travel to Seoul, Korea, later this month for a ten-day culinary trip and the opportunity to compete against 17 contestants from participating countries for a grand prize of $10,000.
The new issue of NANO: New American Notes Online, a City Tech interdisciplinary academic journal, is now available. Issue 7, “The Aesthetics of Trash,” is the result of a collaboration between guest editors David Banash (Western Illinois University) and John DeGregorio (University of Iowa), the seven article authors, and NANO's editorial team: Sean Scanlan, Ruth Garcia, and Rebecca Devers.
Md Arefin, a Computer Systems Technology major, recently received the Google Summer of Code Award for his proposal “Convert to a lambda expression Java 8 refactoring/quick fixes,” which offers solutions for more concise and versatile Java coding. Arefin and his mentor, Raffi Khatchadourian, a City Tech professor in the Computer Systems Technology Department, will work on the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) open source project this summer for the Google Summer of Code program.
“Being a student at City Tech taught me humility and acceptance. This college taught me that even a poor African man from a tiny village can become successful and realize his dream when he applies himself,” City Tech’s 2015 valedictorian Alassane Ngaide told a captivated crowd of approximately 8,000 fellow graduates, their families and friends at the 75th commencement exercises on June 2 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn.
City Tech honored “Champions of the Environment” at the 2015 Best of New York Award Dinner on Monday, May 18 at the New York Hilton Midtown. The evening began with a Guest of Honor Reception, followed by dinner and the award presentations. City Tech graduate Michael Lomonaco '84, celebrity chef and managing partner, Porter House New York at Time Warner Center, was Master of Ceremonies.
In February of this year, The New Yorker dedicated its cover to illustrate Condé Nast’s move from Times Square to 1 World Trade Center—an acknowledgement of just how central the print industry has been to the economic, social and cultural history of the City. Mark Noonan, an associate professor in City Tech’s English Department, brings the story to life through a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, “City of Print,” a collaborative and interdisciplinary project that will bring distinguished faculty from diverse fields to New York City June 15-26.
City Tech (New York City College of Technology) in collaboration with 360 Veterans, is hosting the 2nd New York City Veterans Resource Expo on June 5, in Namm Hall, room 119, at 3 p.m., 300 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn. Richard M. Jones, Chief Veteran Officer for CBS Corporation, and Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez are the keynote speakers. The event is free and open to all Veterans, Active Duty, families and caregivers.
City Tech Presents Charles E. Phillips, CEO of Infor, with Honorary Doctor of Science at Commencement Ceremony
City Tech’s 75th Commencement will take place on June 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. City Tech will celebrate 2,800 graduates in the 2014-2015 academic year; 1,500 bachelor’s degrees and 1,300 associate degrees will be conferred, along with 20 certificates.
City Tech is pleased to announce that on April 16, Hospitality Management Alumna Nelya Khayut ’11 received the prestigious 2015 Walt Disney Legacy Award in Orlando, Florida. The annual award recognizes the exceptional managerial efforts in perpetuating the “dream, create, inspire” philosophy of the Disney company.
In early January, fifteen Team DURA members traveled to Irvine, California for the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon design development meetings. The 2015 Solar Decathlon teams are now at the one-and-a-half year mark in a two-year process to build solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation and design excellence. The teams will design, construct and test their houses before reassembling them in fall 2015 at the competition site at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.
Nineteen students from City Tech’s Department of Vision Care Technology visited New Eyes for the Needy in Short Hills, New Jersey, on March 26. Under the supervision of Peter Pineandi, laboratory technician in the Vision Care Technology Department, the students volunteered their time to sort, pack, and verify donated eyeglass prescriptions.
The Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center (BWRC), with the Brooklyn Historical Society, hosted the Spaces & Places: Art along the Brooklyn Waterfront Conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall on March 27. The interdisciplinary conference brought together artists, educators, gallery owners, historians and policy makers to discuss their relationship to the waterfront, the importance of making spaces available to artists, and the extent to which art and artists are being integrated into the re-development of the Brooklyn waterfront.
New York City College of Technology will honor “Champions of the Environment” at the 2015 Best of New York Award Dinner on Monday, May 18 at the New York Hilton Midtown, Avenue of the Americas at 53rd Street. The evening will begin with a Guest of Honor Reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the award presentations at 7:00 p.m. City Tech graduate Michael Lomonaco '84, celebrity chef and managing partner of Porter House New York at Time Warner Center, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Two years ago, after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, Illya Azaroff, AIA, an associate professor in the Department of Architectural Technology at City Tech, founded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Regional Recovery Working Group (AIARRWG) to re-imagine a more resilient and sustainable region. Last month, Azaroff’s Recovery Working Group, which includes former City Tech students and architects from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, received the AIA National Component Excellence Award for Knowledge Sharing Initiatives at the Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. This is the first time the award has been given.
Benjamin Heim Shepard, associate professor of Human Services, has been named City Tech’s 2015-2016 Scholar on Campus. He will present his lecture “Rebel Friendships, Essential Others and Social Movements,” on Monday, April 20, at 5 p.m., in Namm Hall 119, 300 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn. The lecture is open to the public and free.
The plays of Tennessee Williams' post-1961 period have often been misunderstood and dismissed. In light of Williams' centennial in 2011, which was marked internationally by productions and world premieres of his late plays, Professor Annette J. Saddik's new reading of these works illuminates them in the context of what she terms a 'Theatre of Excess', which seeks liberation through exaggeration, chaos, ambiguity, and laughter.
City Tech congratulates Johannah Rodgers, Associate Professor and Director of Composition in the English Department, on the publication of her book titled Technology: A Reader for Writers, an interdisciplinary approach to understanding technology. Rodgers’ new book presents a range of contemporary and classic articles that invite the reader to consider and engage with questions related to how, why, and in what ways we may be able to critically reflect on ourselves and societies by writing and thinking about technology.
City Tech’s Small Business Development Center Offers Free MWBE and Small Business Readiness Training Program
City Tech’s Small Business Development Center is offering a series of free “Surety Bonding” classes February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, from 4 pm to 8 pm at 25 Chapel Street, room 111, Downtown Brooklyn. In collaboration with the New York State Surety Bond Assistance Program, City Tech’s Small Business Development Center provides MWBE/V and small business contractors with training, technical assistance, and credit support to secure surety bonds necessary for state contracts.
City Tech’s Small Business Development Center is co-sponsoring the New York City Veteran Resource, Business, and Networking Event on Thursday, March 5 at 3:45 pm at the New York Marriott Downtown, 85 West Street, Manhattan. The event is free and open to veterans as well as all veterans’ services organizations and government agencies.
Brett Van Fleet, Manager of Circus Operations & Production for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, will be at City Tech on Thursday, February 26, at 1pm, in the Voorhees Building Sound Lab (119), 186 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn, to talk about his work in the entertainment technology field.
City Tech congratulates Nina Bannett, associate professor of English, on the publication of her second book of poetry titled These Acts of Water (ELJ Publications), which she describes as a substantial expansion of her first book Lithium Witness. Both books explore her bond with her mother, who developed a major mental illness when Bannett was very young, although These Acts of Water also delves into the patient-therapist dynamic.
City Tech Hosts Black History Month Book Launch for ‘Swimming Upstream: Black Males in Adult Education’
City Tech will host a book launch and panel discussion on February 18, 3 pm to 5 pm, in Namm 119, 300 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn. Speakers include Swimming Upstream’s co-editor Dr. Joni Schwartz, LaGuardia Community College; contributing authors Dr. Carlyle Van Thompson, Medgar Evers College; Brian Miller, CUNY student; Professor Paul J. Schwartz, City Tech; and Dr. Stephen James, City Tech professor of African-American Studies. This Black History Month event is open to the public and free.
Renowned French Chef Daniel Boulud of The Dinex Group, is collaborating with Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and New York City College of Technology (City Tech) to transform culinary education and the lives of New York City college students. The new culinary training program is based upon the European apprenticeship model, giving City Tech students college credit for paid internships in Boulud’s kitchens.
City Tech congratulates Kevin Hom, Dean of the School of Technology & Design, who recently received an award of merit for his Tidewater Community College Student Center in Virginia Beach by the Engineering News Record MidAtlantic. Tidewater Community College, which has been developed over the last 50 years, surrounds a large body of water in the center of the campus. To address critical planning needs, Hom placed the building in the middle of a lake to act as focal point for the circulation of the campus. Radial bridges traverse the water and connect the campus through this new student center. The result is a unified circulation pattern that encourages communication and a sense of community as well as an iconic image of a building floating on water, which has become the symbol of the campus as well as the waterfront community of Virginia Beach.
Maurice Mazyck, the subject of the New York Times bestseller, An Invisible Thread, spoke about his experiences as an 11-year-old panhandler on the streets of New York City at Professor Yvonne Goldson’s developmental reading class on December 15 at City Tech. Professor Goldson regularly assigns the book because the inspiring story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds resonates with students, increasing the chances that they will finish the book.
City Tech is pleased to announce that on December 18, Dean David Smith, School of Professional Studies, presented 26 Hospitality Management students with certificates earned in a Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP) workshop program. The workshop series was supported by a Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education grant secured by Professor Patrick O’Halloran, Certified Hospitality Educator.
For the last 25 years, City Tech has served Brooklyn’s neediest at the holidays by offering a meal prepared by City Tech Hospitality Management faculty and student volunteers. On December 19, twenty students and four faculty volunteers prepared a special holiday meal that fed 350 people at CHiPS, a Park Slope charity that serves the hungry and homeless regardless of faith, race or ethnicity.
On December 11, the Humanities Department held its annual Public Speaking Competition, with 29 students participating. Professors Denise Scannell and Magdalena Igiel, event coordinators, organized 18 judges from across 12 departments for the first round of the competition, from which six students were selected to advance to the final round.
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