Michael S. Conigliaro, Esq., '92
Dear Queensborough Alumni:
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 Vice President Ellen F. 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 prospective new students and their families onto the campus. By year end, we joined along with the Criminal Justice Department and Prof, Rose Marie Aikas, MSW, MA, Ph.D. 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 on April 24, 2014. This is the prototype of a new and exciting job shadow program, sponsored by the QCCAA in conjunction to all areas of study, where by alumni in various professions will allow QCC students to follow (shadow) them for a day. If you have any questions about participating in the Shadow program please contact either myself or Nickie Patterson-Garcia.
After the New Year, we were invited to the Nursing Departments Senior Luncheon and Candle Lighting Ceremony. At that ceremony we presented 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 Mischel, 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 are in the process of forming a coalition with the M.A.L.E.S. (Men Achieving and Leading in Excellence and Success) Program, whereby current student athletes and alumni cabinet members will mentor QCC students. The program over the years has focused on increasing the enrollment of and support services for African American males and other underrepresented groups. While the name remains MALES, don’t let it mislead you. M.A.L.E.S supports the success of all QCC students, and welcomes both men and women of all ethnicities. The program’s goal is to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in the field that they have chosen to pursue, through both on campus enrichment and their mentoring aspect, which is the main focus of the program.
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 Family night at the Mets and Yankees games this summer.
Also in March, I worked with fellow Alumni cabinet member Nina A. Hana, ’10 and Dr. Emily Tai (PTK Advisor) on a letter going out to new PTK graduates, seniors and alumni. The letter is offering each of them the opportunity to join the QCCAA and come back to the school where their lives were changed and to help make a positive difference in the lives of our current students. In the letter, three Phi Theta Kappa alumni; Nina Hana, Astor Concepcion and Alethea Hampl 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 on May 7, 2014. 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 events we are participating in and where we will be networking.
Lastly, I would like to congratulate our Graduating Class of 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 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.
Saturday, February 8, 2014, Queensborough Community College Alumni Association walked along side the QCC Student Government Association in the 2014 Lunar New Year Parade. Pictured in the photo below carrying the QCC Alumni Association Banner was Alumni Association Cabinet Member Ms. Lissa M. Benton, '88 and Mrs. Nickie Patterson-Garcia - QCC Development Specialist for Alumni Relations. It was a beautiful day in Flushing, hundreds of people lined the streets.
A special thanks to Ms. Lissa M. Benton, '88, who also serves as the Alumni Association Cabinets Publicity Manager for representing the QCCAA. She has taken on this role and is doing a spectacular job.
The members of the QCC Alumni Association Cabinet are elected to a two-year terms each June by the dues-paying members of the Alumni Association. They are the leaders of the Association and together they elect, from their members, the Executive Board of the Association to a two-year terms – the President, Vice President, Secretary and the Treasurer. Therefore, anyone elected to the Executive Board, whose term is expiring the following year, their term is extended for an additional year to serve as an Officer.
The goals of the members of the Cabinet are to represent the Alumni at the College; serve the Alumni they represent; bring Alumni back to the College; and use the Association resources to help the College to continue its mission and to connect the Alumni to the students – our future Alumni.
For further information on serving in the QCC Alumni Association Cabinet, please call Nickie Patterson-Garcia in the Alumni Office, (718) 281-5144.
QCC Alumni Association Cabinet 2013-2015
Nickie Patterson-Garcia Development Specialist for Alumni Relations