Teamwork Equals Victory

Baruch College's chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants has won the KPMG National Student Case Study Competition over teams from nine colleges and universities nationwide. Baruch earned an automatic berth in next year's competition and a $500 prize for each team member: Chanee D. Bridgewater, Charlene S. Fessal, Barbarah Gelin, Nyla Samuel and Janelle A. Shillingford. Their advisers included Baruch '02 alumnus Antony Muriithi, a senior manager at the accounting firm KPMG.

Salk Scholars Announced

Eight premedical students have received prestigious Jonas E. Salk Scholarships to study medicine, for their academic achievement and research excellence. They are: Jason Abramowitz, Queens College, who will attend SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Mikhail Bekarev, Hunter College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Chantal Bruno, Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Martin Detchkov, Macaulay Honors College at City College, SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Michael Ignat, Hunter College, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Dalanda Jalloh, Brooklyn College, SUNY Upstate Medical University; Mario Pinto, City College, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine; and Sheryl Purrier, York College, Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Jonas E. Salk (CCNY, 1934), who developed the polio vaccine in 1955, turned down a ticker-tape parade and asked that the money be used for scholarships. Each Salk Scholar receives a stipend of $8,000.

Seven Kaplan Leaders Selected

LaGuardia Community College students Jonathan Chavez and Kaire Colwell, who were once high school dropouts, have received 2009 Kaplan Educational Foundation Scholarships for outstanding academic achieve-ments. They are among seven CUNY students to receive the highly competitive awards. The scholarships - aimed at students pursuing the associate degree who have high academic and leadership potential - provide winners with financial and academic support, including mentoring and tutoring, through completion of their bachelor's degrees. The other winners are: Komi Attitso, Bronx Community College; Valerie Alverio, Hostos Community College; Ebony Childs, Borough of Manhattan Community College; Alma Osorio, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Gary Waiyaki, Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Senior Wins Research Spot

College of Staten Island senior Eric Rios-Doria, a chemistry/math double-major, was accepted to the University of Iowa's prestigious Summer Undergraduate Medical Scientist Training Program and its research program. He was exposed to M.D./Ph.D. training that included performing biomedical research and shadowing a physician-scientist during the intensive eight-week summer program.

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