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Alumni Night at QPAC
Be a Dancing Queen, Take a Chance! Don't miss The Abbamania Tribute Show at QPAC on Saturday, March 26 at 8PM! Take advantage of the special alumni ticket price of $25 plus a coupon for one free glass of wine, beer or soft drink at Donovan's of Bayside. 

• Special offer cannot be combined with any other discount
• Does not apply to tickets that were previously purchased.
• Offer can only be redeemed by calling the QPAC box office at (718) 631-6311
• All tickets must be purchased by Monday, March 14, 2011,,

It is not too early to advertise in this year's Partner's Gala Journal, which will be in both paper and online form - two ads for the price of one! The Sponsorship Form is available on the Partners website:

Queensborough students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and volunteers demonstrated their unbridled enthusiasm, dedication and amazing school spirit for the Fourth Annual Walk To Aspire, held in November on the College track.

Twenty-two teams and some 160 people walked for two miles, celebrating the culmination of another successful fundraising effort that included bake sales, raffles, garage sales and even a Halloween party, raising over $17,000 for the student scholarship fund.

Virtually every area of the College community was represented at the event, including, for the first time, the QCC Alums/Proud Graduates team, led by QCC Alumni Association President, Cheryle Levine, '75 and the Team Leader, Elpha Frederick Farrier, '06.

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The President's Holiday Card was photographed by Matthew Olive, a second year student studying Photography and Digital Art & Design. Matthew interns as a student photographer in the College's Academic Computing Center and plans to attend a four year college after he earns his Associate degree from Queensborough.

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Celebrating CUNY's (New) Year of the Alumni
Like a blanket of new fallen snow on a bright winter day, Queensborough is sparkling with promise and opportunities! Innovative developments in technology, major events, spectacular shows and fascinating exhibits offer a multitude of reasons to express pride in your alma mater and rediscover your strong ties to the College where your success story started.

Do you remember—and this question applies to 2010 graduates as well—what registration used to be like?

Beginning this semester, Queensborough has launched CUNYfirst— a fully integrated human resources and student services system—which is transforming and streamlining access and communication within The City University of New York. In fact, Queensborough was selected to be the vanguard college among CUNY's community colleges to lead the effort to register students using CUNYfirst.

Striving to meet the daily needs of students and the community at large through innovative programs and ideas is an integral part of Queensborough's overall mission. It is also the essence of what will bring hundreds of people together at the 24th Annual Partners for Progress Gala, only 13 weeks away! Proceeds from the Gala will be used to build the College's endowment, to guarantee scholarships for future generations and to enrich the student learning experience. All contributions are deductible to the extent allowable by the IRS. Our 2011 Partners of the Year are: Liu Tee Shu and Peter Tu, President and Executive Director, respectively, Flushing Chinese Business Association, Workforce Development Partners; Sheena Gillespie, Ph.D., Chairperson, Faculty Executive Committee QCC (Retired) and Chair, English Department (Retired), Academic Partner; and Nancy Aber Goshow, AIA, LEED AP, Goshow Architects, Business Partner. It is not too early to advertise in this year's Partner's Gala Journal, a powerful tool to make your presence known throughout the borough of Queens. Reserve a table for friends and mark your calendar for Queensborough's fundraising event of the year, Thursday, April 28th at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens. For information about the upcoming Partners Gala, please visit or contact Fran McDonald in the Alumni Office at or 718-281-5144.

If you saw the movie, Mamma Mia and love the band ABBA then you won't want to miss The Abbamania Tribute Show on March 26 at Queensborough's Performing Arts Center (QPAC). Take a trip back to the "mighty 80s" with such hits as Take a Chance; Knowing Me, Knowing You; and Waterloo sung by four incredible lead singers who look like the band and sound like them too. In honor of Year of the Alumni, QPAC is offering a special ticket price of $25 for QCC alumni, which includes a coupon for one free glass of wine, beer or soft drink at Donovan's of Bayside prior to the show! Enjoy a delicious dinner, have a drink on us and then party the night away at QPAC—singing and dancing to ABBA's greatest hits! See events on the Alumni Facebook page.

Our other cultural beacons are boasting impressive openings and special guest appearances. Opening March 10, the QCC Art Gallery will mount a stunning retrospective Icons of Loss: the Artwork of Samuel Bak, world- renowned artist and Holocaust survivor. At the Kupferberg Holocaust Center on February 13, renowned author, Bernard Otterman, Ph.D., will read excerpts from his prize-winning novel of short stories, Black Grass.

Embracing Change, Meeting Challenges
The spring semester at Queensborough is brimming with activity...and exciting news! I am delighted to announce the official launch of CUNYfirst, a revolutionary online student registration system that will streamline student services, course selection, financial aid information, and more. This major achievement could not have been possible without the extraordinary, tireless work of Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, Finance and Administration, Information Technology, Academic Affairs and especially the Registrar staff. Also, Academic Department Chairpersons were invaluable for their counsel that contributed to our robust spring enrollment of some 14,000 students, including approximately 1,400 new students. 

Spring also marks the most significant events of Queensborough's year—QPAC and student performances, the Partners for Progress Gala, the Honors Conference and finally, Commencement.

Many of our students graduated last month and have transferred to other CUNY colleges to continue their education and pursue rewarding careers. Students in the Performing Arts Academy are preparing to audition for the spring plays, Othello, by William Shakespeare and In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings by Stephen Adly Guirgis. It was in 2009 at this time of year when Queensborough's production of Jesus Hopped the A Train, also by Mr. Guirgis, was selected to compete during the 2009 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Philadelphia's University of the Arts.

Business students will compete in the American Mock Trial Association's Regional Mock Trials Tournament at Yale University the weekend of February 10-12. Queensborough is the only community college to participate in this round of the competition which includes Yale, Princeton, New York University, Dartmouth, Cornell, Boston College, and Brown.

As a comprehensive community college, our curriculum ranges from the arts to the sciences and our Honors students are honing their undergraduate research findings for the prestigious Honors Conference in April which is hosted by Queensborough for all the CUNY community colleges.

On the faculty side, several recipients of the second round of Pedagogical Research Grants for spring 2011 have been named, with three projects selected for as much as $15,000 in funding. The Convocation of the College, a forum for faculty members to address timely pedagogical topics with their peers, was recently held with the theme, Are We Making a Difference: Using Research to Inform Practice.

Upcoming occasions include a tribute to 50 of our colleagues, including 19 faculty members, who elected to participate in the Early Retirement Incentive Program. We will honor their contributions to the College through teaching and service at a Farewell event in early February.

In March we eagerly anticipate a special visit to the College community from Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, who will discuss the budget as well as University initiatives.

For these reasons, I strongly believe it is important to be mindful of the challenges the College is facing regarding the budget. The City University of New York has sustained over $200 million in budgetary cuts that are impacting resources needed to maintain academic quality and manage the surge in student enrollment. CUNY contributes immensely to the education and employment of New York City. Within six months of CUNY graduation, 76% of Associate degree recipients are employed; 72% are continuing their education; and 94% are employed or continuing their education (Source: The CUNY Value). As a proud member of the QCC alumni, please support CUNY and send an e-mail to both city and state elected officials, making certain that your voice is heard about this critical issue. Read more here.

We remain committed to providing academic excellence to our students and serving our external community.  We hope you will take part in the programs, exhibits and performances of our Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, the QCC Art Gallery and the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) as well as consider registering for courses through our Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs.

We also hope to hear your voices cheering for our champion Tigers and Lady Tigers this season! Congratulations to Queensborough sophomore Montee Tarpeh for his outstanding performance on the basketball court that recently garnered him the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Community College Athlete of the Week title.

I wish you good luck and prosperity in the year ahead. Please visit us often in 2011!

Dr. Diane B. Call

What better way to post news about yourself or fond anecdotes about Queensborough than to share your memories on the Alumni page. You may even see your memory in QCC Links!

"QCC taught me electronics which gave me an excellent career but the memories are what makes 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, '71

"Queensborough gave me a solid science core which led me into a Physician Assistant program admittance of my choice. Thank you QCC!" Esteban Benavides, '06

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Alumni Profile
Elpha Frederick Farrier, '06
QCC Admissions Counselor; and QCC Supervisor, Student Learning Center

Finding Her Bliss

When Elpha came to the United States from the Caribbean island of Dominica in 2004, her plan was to continue her education at an affordable, quality institution. She settled in St. Albans, Queens with her older sister, Suzette, who was studying Business at Baruch College. On a summer day, Elpha happened to drive by Queensborough Community College and was struck by its "gorgeous campus." Having already learned of its strong academic reputation, she decided to enroll in the fall of 2004 to study in the Business Administration Transfer Program.

She achieved a 3.67 G.P.A., crediting Adjunct Professor Bernard Bilawsky for inspiring her to "think independently" and "never forget where you come from."

"I always wanted to be a stock broker or a business manager," said Elpha. In fact, while living in Dominica she had taken advanced courses and attended Dominica State College for two years where she obtained the equivalent of an Associate's degree in Business.

At Queensborough, Elpha served as a member of the President's Council, volunteered at Open Houses, tutored students, and participated at Queensborough's Annual Partners for Progress Gala, the College's major fundraiser of the year.

She achieved a 3.67 G.P.A., crediting Adjunct Professor Bernard Bilawsky for inspiring her to "think independently" and "never forget where you come from." Elpha often reflects on her happy upbringing with her large family in Dominica—most of whom still live there.

Upon her graduation in 2006 from Queensborough, Elpha attended Baruch College and interned for a year at Citigroup SmithBarney (now MorganStanley SmithBarney). When her internship ended, she worked at Penn Mutual as a financial advisor where she quickly realized that the world of brokerage trading was not for her.

"The stress outweighed the rewards and I missed working with students," said Elpha. "My experiences at Queensborough helped lead me to that decision."

Elpha—current Treasurer of the QCC Alumni Association— is a full-time Admissions Counselor, a Supervisor in the Student Learning Center and a Workshop Facilitator for e-Learners. "I have come full-circle!" said Elpha.

Elpha obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Investments from Baruch College in 2009 and will pursue a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at Baruch College beginning this spring. She resides in Whitestone, Queens, with her husband, Michael.

Alumni Profile
Steve Malinsky, '66
President, Boyce Highlands Inc.

From the Moose's Mouth

Steve Malinsky was always an exceptional student. Indeed, he was promoted to the ninth grade when he was just twelve years old. Upon his graduation from Brooklyn's Franklin K. Lane High School in 1963 he decided to enroll at Queensborough Community College because of its renowned Engineering Technology program. He was only sixteen at the time.  

"I have loved working with my hands since I was a child," said Steve. "And I have a passion for physics."

While Steve acknowledges that there were downsides to being one of the youngest co-eds on campus, he recalls many wonderful memories of Queensborough, especially the "strong camaraderie among the student body" (less than 700 students).

"At Queensborough, I was learning from the best and felt strongly that I wanted to complete my education at the place where I got started."

"There was a tremendous moose head bust mounted on the wall of the clubhouse (now the QCC Art Gallery)," said Steve who created some of the artwork for a column, From the Moose's Mouth, which appeared regularly in the College newspaper, Communique. "It inspired a cartoon I drew based on the Civil Rights Movement."

Steve also enjoyed sports and the individualized guidance he received from his instructors.

"I was on the junior varsity track team and had just won a race," said Steve. "The coach congratulated me on winning and then announced that it was the slowest time ever recorded for the team!"

Steve credits the knowledgeable faculty that helped him along the way, such as lab instructor Peter Voce who taught Steve in the machine shop class.

Unfortunately, Steve's momentum at Queensborough was interrupted when, due to personal circumstances, he suddenly had to withdraw. Faced with having to support himself at 18 years of age, Steve quickly began building an impressive portfolio. He worked as an aircraft, aerospace, precision machinist and then as a numerical control programmer. His professional experience garnered him a teaching position in industrial arts at both the junior high and high school level.

During this period, Steve pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts at the City College of New York— which he obtained in 1975— and returned to Queensborough to complete his Associate degree in Mechanical Technology.

"At Queensborough, I was learning from the best and felt strongly that I wanted to complete my education at the place where I got started," Steve commented.

In 1978 Steve moved to New Hampshire and soon thereafter launched his own business, Boyce Highlands Inc., considered one of the finest manufacturers of high-end wooden moldings for commercial architects on the East coast. Information about his many projects can be found at

He lives in Canterbury, New Hampshire with his wife, Phyllis—also a CUNY graduate—who works with him at Boyce Highlands Inc.

Steve adds that, "It has been great returning to Queensborough over the years to connect with old friends and I hope to meet more QCC alumni in the near future!"

We hope you enjoyed reading these Alumni Profiles and welcome ideas and suggestions for future profile candidates, including yourself! Contact Fran McDonald, Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at or at 718-281-5144.

Celebration of Donors Reception

From Left: QCC Student Victoria Brown; QCC Fund Board Member Dominick Bruccoleri; Donna Chandra Paul; Dr. Diane B. Call, interim president of Queensborough Community College; New York State Assemblymember David Weprin; QCC Students Jonathan Melendez, Yemen Tam, Natalie Zorilla and David Russell

From Left: QCC students, Alisha Traille and Jonathan Melendez share a smile with Thomas Garripa '64 and his wife, Joan Garripa.

Herb Wald '96 with his wife, Irene Wald.

Queensborough's scholarship students greeted donors, board members, administrators and local officials at the Annual Donor Reception held in December at the QCC Art Gallery. Live jazz on keyboard was performed by QCC Music student Taiwan Green, while guests mingled in the Loggia enjoying hors d'oeuvres.

The highlight of the evening featured several students who shared their stories of challenges and triumphs while attending Queensborough.

"Events such as this foster a culture of giving back while still at Queensborough," said Dr. Call who introduced several outstanding scholarship students.  "Indeed, one of our Fund Board members, Pearl Halegua, has generously volunteered her time to mentor our students."

"I am truly grateful for my scholarship which has not only enabled me to continue my education but has opened the door to volunteerism and the opportunity to meet you, our donors," said Alisha Traille, a second year Nursing student who aspires to become a Pediatric nurse."

50th Anniversary Historical Notes
Three's a Charm - Capping Dr. Schmeller's Remarkable Presidency
By the time triplets Leica, Minolta and Konica Mendez graduated from Queensborough in1998, the College had been transformed under the leadership of its President, Kurt Richard Schmeller, Ph.D. Dr. Schmeller, who has served the longest term of any President in the CUNY system, retired in 1999. During his 32-year tenure, the College's enrollment had more than doubled from 5,000 to 11,000 students. He oversaw the completion of the College's architectural master plan, including ten permanent buildings. Dr. Schmeller also created a lasting bond with Queens College, helping to establish the dual A.A./B.A. Degree Program in Liberal Arts and Sciences and Education.

Culture and Fine Arts on Campus

Not to Miss Exhibits and Events!

Some fifty selected works by renowned artist and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak will be featured at The QCC Art Gallery beginning March 11. The retrospective, Icons of Loss: the Artwork of Samuel Bak, is made possible through a loan from the prestigious Pucker Gallery in Boston. With a sweep of color and a visceral link to the spiritual past, collector James Wilson will display full-body African costumes from the Western and Central countries of the continent when Through the Eyes of Our Ancestors: African Art from the James Wilson Collection opens May 19. Also in May, the tradition continues with the Juried Student Art Exhibition; a reminder of the outstanding talent of our advanced Art and Design students.  

Renowned literature, international controversy, and the chronicles of Auschwitz and the Nuremberg Trials are three examples of powerful events to be featured at the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives.  Bernard Otterman, Ph.D., a child survivor of the Holocaust, will read from Black Grass, his award-winning collection of short stories on February 13. The Strange Case of Edgardo Mortara, the Jewish boy who was abducted from his Jewish parents and raised by Papal authorities as a Roman Catholic, will be addressed by Rabbi Dr. Charles G. Agin, Dean and Professor of Jewish Literature at The Rabbinical Academy in Woodmere, New York.  Dr. Ernest Michel was a young teenager when he began studying calligraphy, a skill that would later save his life in Auschwitz. Dr. Michel, a Yom Hashoah Guest Lecturer, will share his story of The Miracle and Power of the Pen.

A celebration of dance traditions and iconic music is the theme at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) as it heads into the second half of its 45th Anniversary. One of Argentina's great cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires, will premier February 20; while the Voloshky Ukranian Dance Ensemble will create a spellbinding show of excitement and athleticism on March 20th. Other highlights include the amazing ABBAMANIA Tribute Show on March 26th that will transport ABBA fans back to the magical memories of such hits as Fernando, Waterloo, Mamma Mia and more.  In honor of Year of the Alumni, QPAC is offering a special ticket price of $25 for QCC alumni, which includes a coupon for one free glass of wine, beer or soft drink at Donovan's of Bayside prior to the show! Enjoy a delicious dinner, have a drink on us and then party the night away at QPAC—singing and dancing to ABBA's greatest hits at our Alumni Night at QPAC, Saturday, March 26th at 8:00pm!


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