As our New York community recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, students, faculty and staff here at Queensborough continue to reach out to those in need. Our volunteers give new meaning to the mission of service learning, traveling to the city’s hardest hit areas.
I am proud of the caring and generous response that exemplifies the qualities of Queensborough and applaud our determination to carry on, in spite of the storm’s daunting effects.
To that end, there are several recent, outstanding scholarly accomplishments and other good news to share.
Congratulations to biology students Michael Wilkinson and Christian Rivoria, who won national research awards at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Their success was inspired by the dedication of the faculty mentors which led to the students’ selection to be presenters at the prestigious meeting.
Three students were honored by CUNY’s Asian American/Asian Research Institute on November 15. Liang Lin received the runner-up Thomas Tam Scholarship; Jesaiah Prayor and Christie Paul were recognized for their submissions in the CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest.
Also, liberal arts student Tiffany Ivey was awarded a scholarship from the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Our acclaimed Freshman Academies has been selected as one of ten Bellwether Finalist Winners in the “Instructional Programs and Services” category. This is well-deserved recognition for the College and for Assistant Dean Michele Cuomo, who has anchored the project and brought us to where we are today with the Academies. Dean Cuomo will present the program, “The Freshman Academy Assessment Protocol” at an upcoming Community College Futures Assembly.
Queensborough is also receiving national recognition for Community Campus, our program to steer high school students toward a college education. We are one of fifteen colleges to be studied by 21st Century Community Learning Centers and featured as a model nationwide.
Even as we all move forward with a positive outlook and celebrate our wonderful accomplishments, let us offer solace to those in need, particularly at this special time of year.
May the holidays bring you comfort and joy.
Dr. Diane B. Call
Interim President of Queensborough Community College