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Welcome Queensborough Alumni!


The Queensborough Community College Alumni Association, is a non-profit organization established in 1967 to raise funds from private sources to advance the educational programs at Queensborough Community College.

The Alumni Association is an exciting dynamic, civic minded organization that exists to support the students and the alumni. Our mission is: "To increase the involvement of the alumni, community and support the economic growth of the College".

Great things are happening right here at Queensborough! QCC is one of only six (6) community colleges throughout the country to be the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant of $500,000. This challenge has placed the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives (KHRCA) in a position of national leadership in incorporating the College’s humanities programs into powerful academic programs to enhance Holocaust education. Any restricted gift to the KHRCA /NEH Endowment is eligible to be matched by 50% through 2015!

Community colleges across the country are receiving national recognition for their role in helping the people of our communities survive and thrive in this economy.

This past year we welcomed back our 50th and 25th anniversary year Classes! Pictured below with some of our Alumni celebrating their anniversary is Queensborough's Vice President of Instituitional Advancement Ms. Rosemary Sullivan Zins and the President of the Alumni Association Mr. Michael S. Conigliaro, '92.  The Alumni marched in the Commencement Processional to celebrate the Anniversary of their graduation on May 29, 2015. Once again, we will give three awards to Queensborough students in the Nursing department at each of the Candlelight ceremonies and awards to students in three additional departments selected by vote at the February QCCAA meeting. Become a member and be part of the decision! Come join us this year!

2015 Commencement

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With a donation of $35 dollars or more you become a member of the QCC Alumni Association


The QCCAA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was formed by the Queensborough Alumni with the College to support and promote the interests and welfare of Queensborough Community College of The City University of New York

  • With a donation of $35 dollars or more each year, you become a member of the QCC Alumni Association.
  • New graduates are given a complimentary one year membership to the QCCAA.
  • An application for membership in the QCCAA can be made online, by mail or in person at the Alumni Office
  • The full membership of the Alumni Association elects its governing body, the Alumni Cabinet, on a bi-annual basis each June. Cabinet members subsequently elect the officers. Cabinet members and officers serve two (2)-year terms.

Benefits of Membership in the QCCAA include the Following:

Alumni networking opportunities and invitations to the Presidential Lecture Series, job fairs, lectures at the Art Gallery and in the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, and invitations to special events.

  • Discounts to Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), the QCC Bookstore and to Continuing Education classes.
  • Invitation to world class exhibits in the Art Gallery.
  • Use of the health club facilities; also access to the pool through a seperate membership.
  • Access to the library, its research facilities and library computers.
  • Discounted movie tickets and rentals, amusement parks, Broadway shows, special family and sports events through the Working Advantage ® Program - go to and register under the Queensborough Community College ID # (804163276).
Mike with Award recipient Angelica Aquino

Alumni Association President Michael S. Conigliaro, '92 presents the 2015 Alumni Association Scholarship Award. Standing in for the award recipients are Dr. Emily Tai and Dr. Paris Svoronos.  This year's recipients Ms. Yi Jiang and Ms. Yueli Chen were away participating in NSF REU Internship programs at Vanderbilt University and Boise State University.  

SGA President and Vietnam Era Veteran Traces his Journey to Queensborough

Michael S. Conigliaro, Esq., '92 Michael Kalkin,'62 Lissa M. Bneton, '88 Christine Porter,RN, '10 Nina Head Shot Barry Pulchin Daniel Armstrong Roger Mischel,'03  Jorge D. Fanjul, '04 David Bernardez,'10 Stephen Jones

2015-2016 Queensborough Community College Alumni Association Cabinet Members

Alumni Spotlight

Amanda Thinesen

I graduated from Queensborough Community College's Nursing Program in January 2011. Read More

Alumni Leadership

ConigliaroMichael S. Conigliaro,’92, President of the Queensborough Community College Alumni Association

It has been almost a year since I became the QCC Alumni Association President, and in that time I am proud to say that we have accomplished many great things. Read More

Volunteer Opportunities – Alumni can volunteer to help at events at the College. Some examples would be: lectures at the Holocaust Center, exhibits at the Art Gallery and for Showcase events through the Alumni Office.

Support Scholarships and Other Programs at QCC – The Queensborough Community College Fund, Inc. is the nonprofit organization established in 1975 to raise funds from private sources to advance the educational and cultural programs of Queensborough Community College. Gifts to the QCC Fund, Inc., bridge the gap between the actual cost of educating students and the funds provided by tuition, the state and the city.

Your contribution to the QCC Fund may be directed to:

  • The Queensborouogh Community College Alumni Association
  • Annual Fund – your gift goes where it is most needed
  • Scholarships – those that already exist for a department or new endowed scholarships (Minimum donation for an endowed scholarship - $25,000)
  • Faculty Research and Development
  • The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource and Archives Center (KHRCA)
  • The Art Gallery
  • Partners for Progress Gala – QCC’s Annual Fundraiser
  • The Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC)

Alumni Cabinet - 2016 PFP

The QCC Alumni Association supports the 2016 Partners for Progress Gala as a Bronze Level Sponsor. Pictured (L-R) David Bernardez,'10, Samuel Mantilla P.D. (Guest) , Michael Conigliaro,'92 (seated), Roger Mischel,'03, Barry Pulchin,'66, Lissa Benton,'88 and Michael Kalkin,'62.

2016 PFP - with Mona and Ricky

The Partners for Progress Gala held on Thursday April 7, 2016 at Terrace on the Park. Seated (L-R) David Bernardez, Mona Balkaran, Michael Conigliaro - QCC Alumni Association President and Ricky Panayoty - QCC Student Government Association President. 

2016 PFP- SGA with QCC Alumni

Thursday April 7, 2016, the Student Government Association pictured here with the QCC Alumni Association.

Dr. Kim Meeting

Wednesday February 18, 2015 Meeting to discuss reinvigorating the QCC Hall of Fame for our students with Dr. Young Kim, Chairperson/Associate Professor of the Health, Physical Education and Dance Department, along with Alumni Association cabinet members Coach Roger Mischel, QCC Alumni Association President Michael Conigliaro and Assistant Professor Daniel Armstrong.

SGA - Networking Event Group Photo

Saturday November 8, 2014 QCC Alumni Association Member Ms. Lissa M. Benton,'88 put on a Networking Workshop for the QCC Students of the

Emerging Leaders Program run by the Student Activities Director Ms. Gisella Rivera. Alumni Association Cabinet Member Mr. Jorge D. Fanjul,'04

and Mr. Michael S. Kalkin,'62, Vice President of the QCC Alumni Association were also there to assist with the event.

Dr. Flug Retirement - Mike and Dr. Call

Monday December 8, 2014 QCC President Dr. Diane B. Call and QCC Alumni Association President Michael S. Conigliaro, '92 attended a

special celebration to honor Dr. Arthur Flug - Executive Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Achives.

Dr. Flug is set to retire December 31, 2014.

Mike C. and Mark K. at Dr. Flug Retirement

The President of the QCC Fund, Inc. Board Mr. Mark Kupferberg attended the December 8th celebration to honor Dr. Flug, seen here with

QCC Alumni Association President Mr. Michael S. Conigliaro.

QCC Mens Soccer Team Champs

Congratulations! Queensborough Community College Men's Soccer Team - The Tigers defeated BMCC by a

score of 3-1 and were declared the 2014 CUNY Champions.

Mike- Rising Star Event

QCC Alumni Association President Michael Conigliaro attends Queensborough Community College (QPAC)

NYC's Rising Stars Performance on Saturday May 10, 2014. QPAC's annual fundraiser, now in its 2nd year.

Partners for Progress Group Picture

QCC Alumni Association attends the 2014 Partners for Progress Gala on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at

Terrace on the Park. Alumni Cabinet Member Mr. Barry L. Pulchin, CPA, CFE, '66 (Red Tie) received the

distinguished QCC "Alumni Partner of the Year Award".

Alumni Testamonials:

"QCC gave me a great start on my education in a friendly community setting. I enjoyed my time there and continued my education at Hunter College. The Nursing program was an excellent preparation for our careers." - Anne Ghaney Boyd, Class of 1977.

"QCC taught me electronics which gave me an excellent career – but the memories are what make me smile 40 years later. Good friends, portable classrooms, the hill where we played football and of course, the social impact of being in college during the war years. I treasure those days and always will." - Robert Beninati, Class of 1971.

Alumni Cabinet and Award Recipient Angelica Aquino
QCC Alumni Association Cabinet Awards Angelica Mae Aquino

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2015-2016 QCC Alumni Association Members of the Cabinet

Michael S. Conigliaro, '92

Michael Kalkin, '62 Vice President

Lissa M. Benton,'88 Treasurer

Christine Porter, R.N., '10

Daniel Armstrong, '04, '09

David Bernardez, '10

Jorge D. Fanjul, '04

Nina A. Hana, '10

Stephen Jones, '15

Roger Mischel, '03

Barry Pulchin, CFE, CPA, '64

Message from the President: Michael Conigliaro Head Shot

It has been almost a year, since I became the QCC Alumni Association President, and in that time I am proud to say that we have accomplished many great things.

This past August we had our very first alumni association networking event in Manhattan, sponsored by alumni association cabinet member Lissa M. Benton, ’88, it was a great success. In October I was invited to represent the Alumni Association by VP Hartigan for the Student Affairs office at Completion Day, hosted by Dr. Emily Tai Associate Professor of History and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor. At that event I had the pleasure of meeting two QCC alumni Kesha Montgomery, ’09 and Nina A. Hana, ‘10 who I am proud to say are now members of the QCC Alumni Association Cabinet. During that event students were asked to sign a contract to Commit, Compete and Complete their Associate degree before moving on to a four year school of their choice.

In November, we participated in the QCC Open House, where we greeted the new students and their families onto the campus. By year end, we joined along with the Criminal Justice Department and Prof, Rose Marie Aikas and started the first QCCAA Criminal Justice Court Trip. The trip took place on December 6, 2013 at the Queens Criminal Court House. This was the start of what will be a once a semester trip for all QCC students interested in learning about the justice system. The next trip will be taking place April 2014.

After the New Year, we were invited to the Nursing Departments Seniors Luncheon and Candle lighting Ceremony to present the Alumni Association scholarship awards to three graduating students. On February 8, 2014 we walked alongside the SGA in the Lunar New Year Parade.

In March, I met with Roger Mischels, Baseball Coach and Adjunct Professor in the Athletic Department and Dr. Young Kim, Chairman of the Health, Physical Education and Dance Department and together we formed a coalition with the M.A.L.E.S. Program, whereby current student athletes and alumni cabinet members will mentor QCC students. In addition, we have also prepared a survey offering student athletes the opportunity to join the alumni association after they graduate and come back as alumni mentors. Furthermore, we plan on having Alumni nights at the Mets and Yankee’s games this summer.

Alumni cabinet member Nina A. Hana, ’10 worked with Dr. Emily Tai (PTK Advisor) and I on a letter going out to new PTK graduates and seniors. The letter is offering them the opportunity to join the QCCAA and come back to the school where their lives were changed and help to change the lives of our current students. In the letter, alumni Nina Hana, Astor Concepcion and Althea Hampl, '08 wrote wonderful testimonials about their time here at QCC.

This year has been very busy for the Alumni Association and we are looking to do many more exciting things on and off the campus. On April 24th Alumni Cabinet Member Barry Pulchin will be honored as Alumni Partner of the year at QCC’s Partners for Progress Gala, This is the College’s premier student scholarship fundraiser, and the Alumni Association will be there to support him. We are also putting our team together to raise funds in the annual “Walk to Aspire” fundraiser. Our next event will be at Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square on April 8, 2014. Keep checking our web page for more information on what we are participating in and where we will be networking.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate our Graduating Class 2014, and I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors. Remember, the Alumni Association is always here for you, be it now and or in the future. I hope those of you who are graduating will consider joining a truly great association and remain a part of the QCC Family.

Upcoming Events:

  • QCCAA Bowling Night Networking Event: Location: TBD -- 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
  • Student Giving Campaign -- Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
  • 2016 QCC Partners for Progress Gala - April 7th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • More exciting things to come....

Alumni Spotlight:

Stephen Jones, '14

Stephen Jones, '14

Alumni Benefits:

  • Access to the Kurt R. Schmeller Library, its research facilities and computers

  • Alumni networking opportunities, lectures at the Kupferberg Holocaust resource Center and special events for Alumni and community

  • Invitations to world-class exhibits in the Art Gallery

  • Discounts to Queensborough’s Performing Arts Center (Q-PAC), the QCC Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble and the Courses offered by Continuing Ed with Registration Fee waived

  • Discounted movie tickets and rentals, amusement parks, Broadway shows, special family and sports events through the Working Advantage® Program. Go to: and register with the Alumni ID#: 804163276

  • Use of the fitness center

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