In January 2015, President Obama recognized the value of CUNY’s ASAP program as a critical component of student achievement for both raising graduation rates and successfully transferring students to four-year degree programs. A Whitehouse press release cited ASAP’s services which include “waiv[ing] tuition, help[ing] students pay for books and transit costs, and provid[ing] academic advising and supportive scheduling programs.”
The New York Times reinforced President Obama’s message by citing positive student graduation statistics for those enrolled in ASAP program.
CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken tells HuffPost Live how effective CUNY ASAP has been and why it deserves the national attention it has received. Laura and John Arnold Foundation launches $15 million competition to use evidence-based programs to “move the needle" on major social problems. My Brother’s Keeper. – Two Years of Expanding Opportunity & Creating Pathways for Success
If you are a Queensborough student looking to ensure greater success for your educational goals, ASAP is here to help you. The results are proven. Stop in, contact us and let’s work together to make your goals a reality!
“I was not sure what to study when I first entered college and worried so much about many things. But if you’re part of the ASAP community, you’re not alone. Your entire cohort is here with you to get through the most difficult moments…” […] Read more
“Thanks to ASAP’s support I’m still on the path to achieve my goals. I will never regret my delay to a senior college. And now I can finally say that I am a proud QCC student and leader for ASAP 2013.” […] Read more
“[The Summer Institute] appeared to be just another annoying requirement—some random corny group — team building that, for some reason, all institutions feel obligated to require when a large group is entering some type of program. I had no idea that this part of ASAP, the Summer Institute, would not only affect my experience here at Queensborough, but that would change my life.” […]Read more
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Kenneth Ramirez (C9) won the Summer Institute Instagram Giveaway.
Eun Jun Shin was awarded the Finch scholarship in 2014, and has interned at the NYC-DEP and Hope College.
WeiWu Li won several awards with his Biotech research.
Fatima Ali, a Cohort 1 graduate, is currently working as a Recruitment Assistant for CUNY Start at Queensbourough. In her role as Recruitment Assistant, Fatima is in charge of communicating and interviewing prospective CUNY Start students. She also faciilitates Information Sessions in addition to documenting and completing required recruitment forms and reports. To read more about Fatima's story click here.
Congratulations to (C5) Clariza Mayo for being nominated by the Office of Student Activities to attend the 2013 CUNY Women’s Leadership Conference this past October. The theme this year was “Leadership Lessons Learned: Looking Ahead”. The conference was hosted by Hunter College, and speakers included Andrea Shapiro, Executive Director of the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues and Special Advisor to the Mayor and Rossana Rosado, Publisher and CEO of El Diario/ La Prensa.
Congratulations to Eun Jung Shin, who has been chosen to present at Yales' NERM (Northeast Regional Meeting) conference on October 26th. Eun Jung, who has been working with Dr. Svoronos for the past year, interned with the DEP over this past summer and will be graduating with Honors in the Spring with 30 honors credits.
Congrats to C5 student Cristina Enriquez for being accepted to the Pinkerton Fellowship, where she will be working for the Center for Alternative Sentencing & Employment Services (CASES). To read more about Cristina and the work she will be doing, click here to check out her bio.
Congratulations to the 6 students who received the ASAP Transfer Scholarship! We are so proud of Liang Lin, Camila Bonawandt, Lauren Hynd, Yilang Zhang, Hanying Dong, and Jose Chiriboga, who will be attending Queens College, City College, Baruch College, and NY City Tech in the fall.
Congratulations to (C5) Ralph Aponte who has been accepted to the CUNY BA program. Ralph will be pursuing a dual BA degree in Mayan Anthropology and Mesoamerican History. Utilizing the programs benefits he will take classes at Brooklyn College where he will gain hands on experience in the field of Archaeology. He will also attend classes at Hunter and Queens College where he will study Cultural Anthropological and Archaeological techniques, and Mesoamerican History.
Deans List Report
|Acquaviva, Jenna||Chen, Yueqing||Mancheno, Alex||Peters, Nieka|
|Aguilar, Alexandra||Chinapen, Chelsea||Mayo, Clariza||Pichardo, Melissa|
|Ali, Safraz||Chiriboga, Jose||Milliner, Brandon||Ramos Arce, Lida|
|Al-Seadi, Urwa||Crombez, Alexander||Mujawar, Vaheeda||Reid, Fitzcarl|
|Amohol, Camila||Dong, Hanying||Onabolu, Enitan||Rodriguez, Raquel|
|Andujar, Sadira||Ferreiras, Brandon||Opokuah, Jessica||Sanchez, Ana|
|Arango, Daniel||Guzman, Abraham||Ou, Ye||Shin, Eun Jung|
|Bedoya, Jerry||Habib, Sofia||Papaspiridakos, Nicol||Shin, Hyo Jung|
|Burke, Tiffany||Herrera, Erika||Parra, Luz||Ubiergo, Stephanie|
|Cammisa, Elisa||Hynd, Lauren||Patel, Hafsa||Yangki, Ngawang|
|Caro, Carlos||Jara, Miguel||Pei, Jia||Ye, Xiao Bin|
|Chen, Xue||Lee, Andrew||Peralta, Maria||Yousaf, Sheharyar|
|Chen, Yue Ting||Lin, Liang||Perez, Adrian||Zhang, Yilang|
Queensborough ASAP Student Wins Scholarship: Liang Lin has been awarded a 2012 Thomas Tam Scholarship for a project on Asian-American student advocacy. After identifying issues facing Asian-American youth, Lin worked with immigrant students at Flushing International High School to help them learn about their cultural backgrounds, both to build confidence and to prepare them for college and careers .
ASAP Student Chosen as "Civic Leaders of Tomorrow" Fellow: Queensborough Community College freshman Liang Lin was named a 2011 fellow by the "Civic Leaders of Tomorrow" Public Policy and Advocacy Program. In addition to a stipend, fellows "participate in educational and leadership development programs, services and activities that promote professional growth, including both field work and seminars that will help them synthesize their experience in the field with policy and advocacy theory and strategy."
The Guttman Transfer Scholarship for High Achieving Community College Graduates was awarded to Heena Bedi (C8), Tatiana Espinoza (C7), Kereen Gibson (C7), Nimra Khan (C7),
Haseeb Shah (C7), and Hyo Jung Shin (C6).
Tanuja Chhabra (C7) won the Roberta Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship Award.
Minni Zhang (C7) won the SUN Scholarship Award.
Emily Adames (C8) won the Abbey Passariello Endowed Music Scholarship Award.
Xuewen Fang (C8) won the Service Learning Leadership Award
Raquel Romaine (C8) won the CUNY Student Leadership Award.
Harpreet Singh (C8) will be participating in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at Yale this summer.
Stacey Jackson (C8) won the Choong-Schick Hong Memorial Scholarship.
Sterio Nika (C7) was accepted into the CUNY BA Program and won the Thomas Smith Memorial Scholarship Award.
Yueli Chen (C7) won both the Anatol Mancott Scholarship Award and the Paris Svoronos Scholarship Award and will be conducting a 9 week research internship at Boise State University. She will also be joining the ID program on 'Center of Materials Science and Sustainability'.
Amanda Morris (C7) was accepted into Howard University’s Theatre Program and won the LeRoy Paves Scholarship Award.
Gabriella Nigoghossian (C7) and Laura Suriel (C7) were chosen to participate in the Salzburg Austria Global Seminar; Gabriella also won the Chair's Award for exceptional academic work within the discipline of Theatre.
Haseeb Shah (C7), and Bharti Kumari (C7) presented at Sigma Xi Northeastern Regional Research Conference at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. Bharti Kumari also won 1st Place in the Genomics Category.
Hyo Jung Shin (C6) has received awards from the Social Science and Biology departments, the Edwardo Sarlo Award for excellence in Organic Chemistry, the Jamie Lee Rizzo Award as well as the Paris Svoronos Scholarship Award. She will be joining the University of Connecticut's summer REU Program, has presented at the Sigma Xi 2015 Northeastern Research Conference last April at Western Connecticut University as part of the MSEIP, and was accepted to Queens College Honors Program for FA15. She has already received a partial scholarship and Queens College is considering her for a full scholarship...our fingers are crossed!
Kereen Gibson (C7) was awarded the Stella and Charles Guttman scholarship for FA15 in addition to making Dean's List for SP15. She is currently the president of the Psychology Club and will be accepting the invitation to join the Psi Beta Honors Society.
Christine Grace Villanueva (C8) was awarded both the Joseph B. and Betty Aidala Memorial Award and the Jackson and Muriel Lum Endowment Award from the Engineering Technology Department for her academic achievement and service to the department. She also presented her robot at the CUSJ 2015 Spring Research Symposium at Columbia University as well as at the Eleventh Annual Honors Conference in which she received a certificate. She will be working with Professor Buoncora and Professor Namdar over the summer assisting them teach high school students how to build and program robots, and will also be participating in the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) research program at Queensborough over the summer.
Aisha Ashfaq (C8) will be doing chemistry research at Queens College over the summer as part of the RIMS Program in addition to making Dean's List for SP15.
Ruben Morales (C7) and Tiffany Brown (C8) performed at the Queensborough Community College Dance Workshop Performance in May.
Silmady Sanchez (C7) won U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association All American Honors, NJCAA.
Sherwayne Morrison (C6) will be participating in the Peer Lead Team Leading (PLTL) program over the summer at Queensborough where he will be leading a study group.
Oscar Fajardo (C8) is interning at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center.
Rafael Perez (C8) was selected for the America Needs You (ANY) fellowship.
Zhineng Li presented his "Analysis of Synchrotron X-ray Based Absorption Data of Fe & Zn Atoms in Consumer Product Tissue Samples" at the ASEEC (American Society for Engineering Education) this past May.
Eun Jung Shin is currently participating in the 2014 Summer Hope Academic Research Program (SHARP) at Hope College in Michigan. This is a prestigious program where participants conduct research in the fields of organic synthesis, photochemistry, electrochemistry, ion radical intermediates and polymers.
Lijuan He was elected the new Treasurer of Student Government.
Lida Ramos Arce, who will graduate this spring with an Associate degree in Business Administration, spoke at the Partners for Progress Gala and noted, “The most valuable, lasting impressions of my education here at Queensborough are the amazing experiences I’ve had.” Lida began by describing her leadership roles as Executive Vice President of the Student Government Association and Delegate for the CUNY Student Senate. Afterwards, she reflected on her interviews with Holocaust survivors as an intern in the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives’ student internship program, and her recent trip to Austria as part of the Salzburg Global Seminar. This month, Lida won the CUNY prize in the 2014 David A. Garfinkel Essay Competition. She will transfer in the fall to Baruch College to continue her studies in economics.
Yueting Chen, who graduated with an Associate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in January 2014, is the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This competitive scholarship—the first of its kind awarded to a Queensborough student—provides up to $30,000 per year to top community college transfer students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree. It is the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country. Yueting is currently a junior at Stony Brook University, and in addition to her course work in microbiology she is conducting research in genetics. She plans to continue her studies, apply to medical school and pursue a professional career in education or pediatrics.
Kereen Gibson started the Psychology Club.
Weiwu Li won second place for his life sciences poster presentation in the Cell and Molecular Biology category at the 2014 Sigma Xi North Eastern Regional Conference held on April 26, at SUNY College of Old Westbury. He competed alongside approximately 30 community college and senior college students from the tri-state area. His project was titled: Screening the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genomic library for genes involved in copper induced cell death.
Academic All Region & CUNY Athletic Conference Scholar Athletes
The following Student Athletes have captured Academic All Region and/or CUNY Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Honors:
Lideyni Flores (C8)
Alex Mancheno (C6)
Silmady Sanchez (C7)
Nancy Thong (C7)
Washington Ramirez (C6)
Brandon Ferreiras (C6)
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives - Holocaust Student Interns
Congratulations to the following ASAP students who were selected to participate as Holocaust Interns at the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives:
Panam Bhatti, Health Related Sciences Academy
Genesis Fernande, Dance, Liberal Arts Academy
Deycer Michelle Giraldo, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts Academy
Luis Hernandez, Liberal Arts Academy; NYS Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
Keyla Jiminez, Science, Technologies, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Academy
Sterio Nika, Liberal Arts Academy
Tegran Pogosian, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy; Recipient of the Haney Medal at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Art League of New York
Desiree Santos, Liberal Arts Academy
|Acquaviva, Jenna||Dong, Hanying||Li, Zhineng||Peralta, Maria||Timothee, Nicholas|
|Aguilar, Alexandra||Fairclough, Sherwayn||Lin, Liang||Perez, Adrian||Tolentino, Erica|
|Ali, Safraz||Guevara, Gregory||Lungu, Carlin||Perez, Mark||Vazquez, Nohely|
|Arenth, Renee||Guevara, John||Mancheno, Alex||Peters, Nieka||Vergara, Jessica|
|Arenth, Trevor||Guzman, Abraham||Medina, Aaron||Pichardo, Melissa||Yangki, Ngawang|
|Bonawandt, Camila||Habib, Sofia||Milliner, Brandon||Ramos Arce, Lida||Yousaf, Sheharyar|
|Cammisa, Elisa||Herrera, Emelin||Morgan, Kay||Reid, Fitzcarl||Zhang, Yilang|
|Caro, Carlos||Herrera, Erika||Musayeva, Irina||Romeo, Melissa|
|Chen, Xue||Hu, Shenghao||Ng, Alicia||Shin, Eun Jung|
|Chen, Yue Ting||Hulse, Sasha||Opokuah, Jessica||Shin, Hyo Jung|
|Chiriboga, Jose||Jara, Miguel||Ortega, Robely||Simmons, J’Nae|
|Choe, Heera||Lee, Andrew||Papa, Jayne||Tamarov, Yunatan|
|Crombez, Alexander||Li, Weiwu||Papaspiridakos, Nicol||Teshima Valzuela, Daniela|
Congratulations to ASAP students Lida Ramos Arce and Ngawang Yangki who won the Executive Vice President and Administrative Vice President positions for SGA!
Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences
What are your reasons for seeking Office? To make a change (revolution), fight for justice and to be able to provide a happy campus for both students and faculty.
What would you like to accomplish if elected? I would take the advice from both students and faculty to have a better and healthier campus.
Lida Ramos Arce
Major: Business Administration
What are your reasons for seeking Office? I believe that I have the opportunity to make a difference and help my fellow students with their academic and personal goals. I can help make their college experience a memorable one.
What would you like to accomplish if elected? I would bring more financial opportunities for students to pay for classes. I would also bring more educational, cultural and art programs to QCC.
We’d also like to commend all of the ASAP students who ran a great campaign!!
ASAP Student Melissa Romeo ('14) was chosen to attend the Region I Kennedy Center American College Theatre Conference where she will participate in a scholarship competition, take workshops, perform in new plays, and attend design expositions and performances.
ASAP Students Chosen to Participate in 2013 Salzburg Global Seminar: Liang Lin ('13), Erica Herrera ('13), Susan Stewart ('13)
Summer Research for Queensborough ASAP Student: Yue Ting Chen ('13) will be conducting research over the summer with Professor of Chemistry Dr. Paris Svornos.
New York Needs You (NYNY) Fellowship Awarded to ASAP Student: Jia Pei ('13) was recognized with a NYNY fellowship, which provides career development and mentoring to its fellows to help them achieve academic and professional success. Jia will be attending NYU in spring '13.
Queensborough ASAP Students Elected to Student Government: ASAP student Preston Baker ('13) was elected President of the Queensborough Student Government, ASAP student Jace Dunn ('14) was elected Executive Vice President, and ASAP student Ashley Persaud ('13) was elected Programming Vice President.
ASAP Student Chosen to Participate in 2012 Salzburg Global Seminar: Michelle Borg ('13) has been chosen to participate in the Salzburg Global Seminar in April 2012. They will travel to Austria, to participate in the intensive week-long seminar, which allows students to explore social, political, and economic issues from a global perspective.
Please click on the links below to visit the various tutoring centers
Wednesday, April 6, 2016: Financial Awareness Co-sponsored with Single Stop 12:00pm – 2:00pm, in the Science Bldg, Room S-111
Register For CES Workshops
Wednesday, April 13, 2016: CD Team Presents Social Media: The Pros & Cons 12:00pm – 2:00pm, in the Humanities Bldg, Room H-332
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Thursday, April 14, 2016: Research Basics Transferring 1:00PM - 2:00PM, in the Medical Arts Bldg, Room M-136
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Friday, April 15, 2016: ASAP & Counseling Center: Bullying & Academics 11:00am – 12:00pm, in the Humanities Bldg, Room H-446
Monday, April 18, 2016: Research Basics Transferring 3:00PM - 4:00PM, in the Medical Arts Bldg, Room M-136
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016: Research Basics Transferring 1:00PM-2:00PM, in the Library Bldg, Basement, Room LB-14
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Feb. 24th in H233: Interviewing Skills Workshop presented by the ASAP Career Development Team. Refreshments Served!
Mar. 2nd in H233: Book Drive Kick off in Honor of National Reading Month
Mar. 9th in Humanities Theatre: Theatre Event! “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”-Must sign up in advance!
Mar. 16th in H233: Irish Heritage Day: Celebrating the Republic of Ireland’s Centennial Year!
Mar. 23rd in H233: Cozy Reading Day: End of Book Drive & sharing excerpts from your favorite book
Mar. 30th in H233: Nutrition Event: TBD
Apr. 6th in H233: Financial Literacy Workshop
Apr. 13thin H233: Substance Abuse Awareness Workshop
Apr. 20th TBD: Earth Day Event!
Apr. 27th: Spring Break!
May 4th TBD: End of Semester Picnic
May 11th in Shadowbox Theatre: Theatre Event: "In the Blood"
3/22: ASAP Day: Students and Staff 10am-6pm
3/30: Financial Aid workshop 2-3pm LB26
3/31: Financial Aid workshop 2-3pm LB26
10/2: Academic Success Workshop #1 - 2:00PM-4:00PM RM S-112
10/2: INFO SESSION 10:00 AM - S-322
10/5: INFO SESSION 12:00 PM - H-347
10/7: INFO SESSION 3:30 PM - H-349
10/9: INFO SESSION 12:30 PM - H-347
10/12: College Closed - Columbus Day!
10/13: INFO SESSION 12:00 PM - LB-6
10/14: Scholarship and Special Opportunities - 1st Session (CES Speaker) 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Room L-111
10/14: Counseling Department Workshop: Time Management 1:10 PM - 2:00 PM ROOM H-314
10/15: KLW Research Basics: Transferring (CES) 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Room LB-114
10/16: INFO SESSION 11:30 AM H-347
10/19: KLW Research Basics: Transferring (CES) 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Room M-136
10/19: INFO SESSION 12:00 PM Room H-347
10/21: ASAP CD Team Skills 101 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Room H-308
10/21: INFO SESSION 3:30 PM Room H-349
10/22: INFO SESSION 12:00 PM Room: LB-8
10/23: KLW Research Basics: Transferring (CES) 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Room: LB-14
10/23: Academic Success Workshop #2: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Room: S-112
10/26: INFO SESSION 12:00 PM Room H-347
10/27: Faculty Mentoring Reception 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Room: Oakland Dining Room
10/28: Academic Success Workshop #2: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Room: H-445
10/28: INFO SESSION 11:00 AM Room H-349
10/28: Counseling Department Workshop: Stress Management 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Room: H-347
10/30: INFO SESSION 11:30 AM Room: H347
Sept 2nd on RFK Track from 12:10-2:00pm: CLUB FAIR! Come check out the many clubs available on campus, including the ASAP Club! Have fun, receive gifts, & sign up!!
Sept. 9th in H-233 12:10-2:00pm: Breakfast for Lunch-Learn about the club & our activities all while trying healthy breakfast food options
Sept 14th in S112 at 6p: Co-sponsored event with the Chemistry Club: Chocolate: Food of the Gods-This fun presentation includes the ancient history of chocolate, the process of growing, processing, fermenting, drying, conching, tempering, blending and finishing of the cocoa pod, bean and pulp roasting, the chemistry, biochemistry and biology of chocolate along with its health aspects. At the conclusion of the seminar, there will be a free drawing for a ten-pound bar of Guittard chocolate. MUST pre-register at: http://www.newyorkacs.org/meetings/LI/Chocolate.php
Sept. 16th in M255: Co-sponsored event with the STEM Club: How to Make a Poster Presentation featuring Dr. Novick
Sept. 23rd: No Classes & No Meeting
Sept. 30th in H-233 12:10-2:00pm: Stress Management Workshop Event-Learn how to identify your personal stressors, how stress affects your body, and different techniques to help manage stress in your life
Oct. 7th H-347 12:10-2:00pm: Career Planning Workshop (counts as CES workshop for C7 & C8 students). What are the steps to career planning? How do I research and explore a variety of occupation options? What scholarships are available to me? Come to this workshop for more information, guidance & direction!
Oct. 14th in H-233 12:10-2:00pm: Kick Off “A Million Thanks”-Share information with other clubs and around campus about our “A Million Thanks” Campaign
Oct. 21st in H-233 12:10-2:00pm: Bring Your Favorite Dish or Dessert! Everyone is invited to bring their favorite dish or dessert in for everyone to try & don’t forget to bring a copy of the recipe! Everyone who brings us a recipe will receive a copy of the ASAP Club Cookbook that will include all recipes from the event!
Oct. 28th in H-233 12:10-2:00pm: Regular Meeting
Nov. 4th in H-233 12:10-2:00pm: Final Collection of “A Million Thanks”- Collect the thank you letters and cards that have been sent in for all of our vets. Assist in getting these packaged and sent out so that our vets can receive them.
Nov. 11th 12:10-2:00pm: Humanities Theatre: “A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum” Set in ancient Rome, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is a non-stop musical laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. Must pre-register by emailing Vickie O’Shea at email@example.com.
Nov. 18th 12:10-2:00pm: Bake Sale! Donate a food item, your time, or come on down to purchase a snack! All money will be donated to the Native American Scholarship Fund. Location TBD
Nov. 25th in H-233 12:10-2:00pm: Spring Planning Event & Elections! Help us plan the events that you’d like to see in the Spring & vote for the Spring semester’s Pres, VP, & Senator!
Dec. 2nd in H-233 12:10-2:00pm: “Feel Good Before Finals!”-A workshop designed to help you learn how to reduce Test Anxiety and to De-Stress before finals week!
Dec. 7th 12:10-2:00pm: ASAP End of Semester Get Together! More information and location TBD
Dec. 9th in H-233 12:10-2:00pm: Meeting/Study Session-Bring your books & notes! A quiet place to study or just relax a little.
From August 19th to August 21st ASAP Welcomed our Cohort 9 students!
The three day orientation event began with opening remarks by Director, Ms. Bobbi Brauer. From there, students were provided with presentations from our Career and Employment Specialist, Mr. Atkins, a Financial Aid representative as well as a representative from the Single Stop program.
Students got a chance to tour the campus, find out where all of the departments were as well as bond with other new students by participating in our scavenger hunt!
After a quick lunch, everyone got individual time with their Student Manager and got a chance to ask questions, get more information and meet other students who have the same major. Everyone had a great time and truly began to build the foundation of there QCC and ASAP career.
On April 19th students from the ASAP program visited the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Students were able to tour the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which houses the famous Orchid Show. Our wonderful docent Rose made the experience an enjoyable and educational one. Here’s what a few students had to say;
“The scenery was colorful, blooming and serene. I am happy I joined this trip. I look forward to go on many more trips with ASAP…this was our getaway from the stressors we will face before finals.”
“Thank you for coordinating a wonderful trip to the Botanical Gardens. The abundance of plants and flowers truly made me feel like I was in paradise! It was an informative and relaxing experience that I would definitely want to do again. The Orchid Show was a splendid sight and the shuttle ride was a beautiful tour of the vast Garden. Looking forward to the trips that have yet to come!”
“My time at the botanical gardens was amazing! The flowers were so beautiful! It is a really nice place to go. I think everybody should go because it is amazing!”
On March 19th ASAP students and staff came together to participate in ASAP Day; a day showcasing ASAP pride and an opportunity for perspective students to find out about and apply to the program. ASAP Student Leaders rallied current students to help promote the program by giving out flyers, talking about the benefits of the program, and directing them to the ASAP office where an all day Open House was held. Thanks to the efforts of our motivated team, ASAP had a total of 84 applications!
On February 19th, ASAP hosted their 2nd annual Welcome Back Mocktail Reception. Co-facilitated by Career and Employment Specialist Mr. Atkins and Student Manager Melissa Schwartz, students were shown the do's and don't's of professional networking, including how to introduce yourself to a prospective employer, how to navigate eating and mingling gracefully, and how to follow up with someone in a professional email. Here's what some students had to say about the event:
"It was awesome!! Truly a great way to learn networking techniques that we can apply now and in future networking events."
"The advice on how to close a conversation and how to hold objects when mingling was most helpful."
On January 9th, students in the ASAP program went to see the Broadway show "Peter and the Star Catcher". Performances by Matthew Saldivar (Black Stache), Betsy Hogg (Molly), and Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter) were enjoyed at the beautiful Brooks Atkinson Theater. Here’s what a few of our students had to say about the show:
"It was fantabulous. I loved it!!!!! The actors did so much with so little. The thespians created an imaginary set RIGHT out of thin air!"
"The cast was superb, the script was hysterical and the use of "people as props" was ingenious. That probably makes no sense to people who haven't seen the show, and for good reason. I tried describing it to friends and family but found myself needing to act it out instead! ASAP was pretty great with it, picking us up at school and dropping us off right in front of the theater...I had already known some of the students from my ASAP classes but we became much closer after having a great time together. It's definitely something worth experiencing. Thank you, ASAP."
On December 10th 2012 ASAP celebrated its 5th annual OPEN MIC Holiday Party. Jaydee Rampersad, Ariel Diaz, Lauren Genao, Ashley Persaud, Patrice Kirkland, Marvin Thompson, Ngawang Tharchin, Sasha Hulse, Chelsea Chinapen, Juan Jazmin, and John Balda performed original guitar music, spoken word, a cultural dance, a few songs and even an educational skit on domestic violence. The party concluded with a delicious dinner and gift bags for all attendees.
Written by the ASAP Leadership Team; Nathaly Callejas, Crisitina Enriquez, Clariza Mayo, and Danielle Micelli
On May 2nd 2012 ASAP had its annual event which consisted of two parts. The first portion was a talk on domestic violence by Dr. Carmella Marrone from the “White Ribbon Campaign” and “Women & Work.”The second portion featured a self defense presentation facilitated by Zosia Gorbaty, NWMAF certified self defense instructor who is also an 8th degree black belt, Zujitsu. Both parts of the event were meant to encourage women to stand up and speak up against domestic violence. We also held a raffle, served pizza and refreshments.
Collecting donations for Domestic Violence survivors was a lifetime experience. At our first meeting we decided to start off by selling candy around campus and then have a big sale in April. We all went around selling and promoting the event during our free time. Doing this for about two weeks we were able to collect approximately $200 dollars. But we didn’t stop there; after we were done with the boxes, we moved on to selling raffle tickets and giving out flyers to promote our event. On April 23, we had our first big sale. The terrible weather didn’t stop us. Standing against the wind and going around departments we managed to sell about $260 dollars. The second day was a lot better. Another great thing that happened during that week was that we were able to sell almost all our “Survivor” wristbands, the teddy bears, “stop domestic violence” pencils and little ducks. This might all sound difficult because of the amount of work we put into it but we don’t consider it that way; it is because we are passionate about helping others. Furthermore we would do anything within our power to Stop Domestic Violence and make a difference in the survivor’s life to show them that they are not alone. The ASAP Leadership Team was able to raise a total of $1,160 with ALL monies going directly to Women and Work.
On March 21st, students in the ASAP program went to see the Broadway show "Once". Performances by Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti were enjoyed at the beautiful Bernard B. Jacobs Theater. Here’s what a few of our students had to say about the show:
"The broadway show "Once" was great! Finally a play with less dancing and more singing, and unlike many other shows you could actually see the musicians playing on stage. That was a major plus for me."
"The play gave me a warm and butterfly feeling inside. Great mix of love and comedy."
"I really enjoyed the play. The theme throughout the play was followed to the end. Thank You for ASAP."
"I really liked this play. I liked that it was funny at times and I also enjoyed the music. My favorite character was "Girl". She was awkard yet likeable."
QBCC ASAP team presented its first Mocktail Networking/Welcome Back reception. Spearheaded and facilitated by the Career & Employment Specialist Stephen Atkins, the QBCC ASAP students were treated to a two part workshop designed to provide them with an experience which would allow them to learn about presenting themselves and how to conduct themselves during networking events.
The first part of the event was presented by the Creative Arts Team (CAT). CAT’s presentation took our students on a self awareness journey and presented scenarios which they could encounter during an interview or networking event and how they may handle themselves.
The second part of the event was a table round-robin exercise that put the students through a series of open-ended questions testing their ability to intelligently and effectively communicate real life situations. We had a panel of six ASAP staff and faculty members facilitating this portion of the event. This proved to be a great segue from what CAT provided during the first part of the event. The students provided feedback to each other as well as the table facilitators giving insight as to how students need to practice to be prepared for situations such as these during actual networking or interviewing sessions.
The overall event proved to be a great success and participating students gave great feedback and asked whether we would do this event again in the future. Based on this feedback, the QBCC ASAP team has added this event to its Fall 2012 schedule of events.
On December 12th 2011 the ASAP staff and students celebrated their fourth annual Holiday Open Mic event. Performances included a cultural dance, as well as hip hop and break dancing, singing, poetry, rapping, and a comedic skit. Student Manager Danielle Izzo, our Resident Poet, joined in the festivities with a poem of her own entitled 'HIV'.
The festivities closed with a delicious dinner, and guests parted with a gift bag.
On December 2nd 2011 students from the ASAP program visited the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at Discovery Times Square. The exhibit included a detailed description of the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, and those who discovered them. There was also an actual stone from the Western Wall from the Second Temple in Jerusalem where visitors could leave a written prayer, as well as more than 500 never-before-seen artifacts from biblical times.
"..the Dead Sea Scrolls trip was a great experience in learning about the artifacts and stones in Jerusalem."
“It is fascinating to see how technology can be used to preserve paper.
"I felt like I went to Israel: the Wailing Wall was beautiful and I was able to identify some of the reading on their history.”
“It turned out great! I learned how to spell God in Hebrew, got a camel and saw a lot of old coins.”
“I had a great time at the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. I honestly didn't know too much about their story until the trip, but all the pieces from the caves were displayed interestingly, and there was even an adorable faux Wailing Wall for visitors to stash prayers into. Totally educational and fun.”
On November 18th 2011 students from the ASAP program visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. While there they toured the Fragrance Garden, the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, and the Shakespeare Garden, among others. The insightful tour guides made the experience an enjoyable and educational one. Here’s what a few students had to say;
“This trip was so worth it! I had so much fun with everyone and I was able to see the beautiful garden. It was so nice getting together and being outside of a school setting and still learning.”
On October 26th 2011, students in the ASAP program went to see ‘How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying’. We were lucky enough to see performances by Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette at the beautiful Hirschfeld Theater. Here’s what a few of our students had to say about the show:
“The Broadway show was one of the wonderful times that I had enjoyed in my life so far.”
"The show was an amazing experience; I really enjoyed it!!”
“I had a great time and it was really very worth going there! It was a new experience, and I am looking forward to finding another opportunity to go to a Broadway show again.”
“It was a lovely experience seeing the Broadway play. Watching the musical made me appreciate theater in general, and the hard work that goes behind a successful production. In future I plan to see more Broadway entertainment.”
ASAP welcomed its newest cohort on August 22nd, 2011.
The three day orientation began with opening remarks by QCC ASAP Director Ms. Bobbi Brauer. Students were then introduced to EKOarts and assigned to three performance groups; musical theater, spoken word, and dance. After their practice routine and a quick lunch, students were introduced to the various learning centers on campus, the Library Representative, Single Stop, and the Student Manager Coordinator.
Day two was performance day. Each group performed for their peers as well as a final song performed together. Lunch was followed by a presentation by the CES.
The third and last day of the Institute began with a central greeting from Student Government President and QCC President Call, continued with a campus wide scavenger hunt. The remainder of the day was spent with Student Managers.
Here’s what some of our students had to say about their experience;
“Summer institute was great!!! I got to do new stuff!! I had never sing in front of a crowd before, never shared myself to strangers or went to a scavenger hunt. I made lots of friends, this was a very important factor for me.
“I think the best part of ASAP is that unity, the way we are all connected and never feel as the part of the big crowd but much more like a small school.”
“I actually really enjoyed it, it was really fun and we got to know each other more, it helped us get out of our comfort zones and get comfortable with each other; it was really great!! :]”
On June 1st, 2011, the Queensborough Community College ASAP Program students and staff celebrated its first graduation reception for Cohort 2 and 3 students.
QCC ASAP Director, Ms. Bobbi Brauer, applauded the graduating students as well as their family members on the successful completion of the ASAP Program. Graduates were given the opportunity to say a few words about their most memorable ASAP moments, and thanked the staff for all of their support. Ms. Bobbi Brauer, Dean Paul Marchese, and Ms. Melissa Fernandez, ASAP Program Coordinator spoke to the graduates, before presenting them with their ASAP certificates, pins, and graduation gifts.
The afternoon concluded with an ice cream buffet and karaoke. Many of our students took the opportunity to show off their vocal skills…and a few who were simply brave enough to belt out their favorite tunes!
On December 6th 2010 the ASAP staff and students celebrated their third annual Holiday Open Mic event. Performances included dancing, guitar playing, singing, poetry, and a comedic skit. Student Manager Danielle Izzo, our Resident Poet, joined in the festivities with a poem of her own, 'Outlaw'. Here are a few reactions from performers and guests:
"Overall good experience…it makes people break out of their shell and show who they are in a room full of great people. The atmosphere was great, I felt good performing. Thank you for the open mic I loved it and the food was great!!" :)
"I truly enjoyed the Open Mic event; it was an amazing experience for me. Food was amazing and being around ALL ASAP students was FUN.. I LOVE ASAP!"
"I had a great time…it was great to perform something I wrote myself for everyone. Hopefully next time I won't be as nervous."
"I enjoyed the open mic night. Everyone that performed gave it their all and drew the crowd in with amazement. Wish I could have contributed like that. I want to thank ASAP for the food, entertainment, and gift. Merry Christmas!"
"With the stress of all my classes and the finals approaching, I felt the ASAP Open Mic event was a nice down time moment to relax and enjoy the show."
"I loved the ASAP Open Mic! Each performer portrayed real talent and it's enjoyable to watch the artistic side to the folks you interact with everyday."
"The last open mic was a blast, fun experience to see fellow ASAP students and staff perform. Can't wait for the next one... thank you ASAP ."
The festivities closed with a delicious dinner, and guests parted with a gift bag.
On November 12th 2010, ASAP students and two staff members went to the King Tut exhibit in Times Square. Here’s what a few excited students had to say:
"The King Tut exhibit was a fun and appealing tour to attend and explore. There were many Egyptian artifacts and sculptures to observe and discover. During the tour of the exhibit, I felt like I was going back in time to Ancient Egypt from the surrounding art designs of paintings and symbols. I really learned a lot about Ancient Egypt and one of its famous Pharaohs Tutankhamun, which I am studying and learning about in my Ancient Civilizations history class (HI-110). Overall, it was a great opportunity to explore and go back in time and history to one of the greatest ancient civilizations of all times."
"From the moment we entered the exhibit, everyone was mesmerized by the sheer splendor of the Egyptian civilization as a gradual silence fell over the boisterous crowd. Experiencing this has been valuable and powerful to see a civilization from about 2000 years ago so advanced. Being a part of the Accelerated Study in Associate Program provided a once in a lifetime memorable opportunity."
On October 6th, 2010, students in the ASAP program went to see the Broadway musical ‘Memphis’ at the Shubert Theater. For many it was their first Broadway show. Here’s what a few of our students had to say about their experience:
"I absolutely loved the trip! The play was amazing."
"It was amazing! My first time ever being at a play and I could honestly say that I enjoyed it. It was a great way to influence me beyond my understanding. I hope we get to have another Broadway trip."
"I’ve never been to a Broadway show before and watching the outstanding performance was amazing; I couldn't have asked for a better start to my first Broadway experience!"
"I was really intrigued with the story line and overall how it ended. I enjoyed the trip a lot and would really want to do again."
"I deeply enjoyed the Memphis play. It truly opened my eyes to how people can open their hearts to others. The musical and dancing captured my heart. Would love to see it one last time while still standing on this earth."
On September 24th, students in the ASAP program visited the Botanical Gardens in Bronx, NY. While there, the students toured the Edible Garden which features numerous vegetable gardens and displays. They also took a trolley tour of the grounds which included the Conservatory, the Rose Garden, and a garden that was designed by Martha Stewart! Here’s what some of the students thought about the trip:
"The botanical garden was an awesome trip. Besides the trip itself where we got to see a lot of things, I also got the opportunity to make a new and awesome friend. So overall it turned out great and I hope to have more trips in the future."
"Going to botanical gardens was a great trip. I enjoyed it very much; I got a chance to see all different types of plants which was very educational. If you want to be a florist or botanist this is the place to go learn about the plants that are out there. I am so glad I went!"
Queensborough students in the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) cheered and clapped as Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY) lauded theirs– as well as their sister community colleges’ accomplishments –at a graduation recognition ceremony for ASAP students held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) last week.
Of the initial cohort of 228 students enrolled in Queensborough’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for the fall 2007 semester, 60% are projected to graduate by August 2010, a significantly higher graduation rate than the historical three year graduation rate at Queensborough, ten percent higher than the original target, and one of the two highest graduation rates of all of the CUNY ASAP programs.
Bobbi Brauer, Director of ASAP at Queensborough, commented that, "The many wonderful advantages that this program provides, including individualized attention, free textbooks and Metrocards, as well as tuition support, have provided our students the foundation they need in order to realize their potential."
Just one example of such a student is Fatima Nisa Ali, ’09, who graduated in two years with her Associate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was on the Dean’s List every semester and has continued this trend as an English major at Queens College. Fatima—a passionate scholar of English literature— is the recipient of the ASAP Transfer Scholarship, Queens College Transfer Scholarship and the Robert D. Crozier Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in literature and writing. She was also listed in the spring 2009 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities. At Queensborough, Fatima enjoyed submitting her poetry to the College’s online literary magazine, QueensZine and participated in service learning activities on campus. "ASAP took the emotional stress out of going from high school to college and was a huge help financially," said Fatima, a life-long resident of Fresh Meadows, Queens, who aspires to one day become a college professor.
"ASAP is close to my heart because I have always been certain of its power to change lives," said Eduardo J. Martí, Ph.D., President of Queensborough Community College. "In fact, I have modeled other successful programs, such as our Freshman Academies, on its personalized approach toward academic advisement and student support."
The ASAP program, sponsored by CUNY with funding from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the citywide Center for Economic Opportunity, was implemented at Queensborough and its five sister CUNY community colleges in the fall of 2007 to provide qualified students with tuition support and focused academic services to encourage student retention and advance graduation rates. One of the outstanding features of the program are the ASAP staff who regularly advise students on academic and extra-curricular issues, as well as outside problems that may be affecting their overall academic performance. ASAP students have reported that the extra support is extremely helpful in fostering team-learning, good friendships and helpful peer support.
Queensborough, located on a picturesque 37-acre site in Bayside, Queens, offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum, as well as career and pre-professional courses. Over half of the faculty holds doctorates compared with 21% of faculty in other community colleges nationwide. Comprising one of the most diverse populations of any college in the U.S., more than 15,000 students pursue Associates degrees or Certificate programs and another 10,000 students of all ages attend continuing education programs. Among the campus’s prized cultural resources are the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, the QCC Art Gallery, and the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), created to stimulate ideas and intellectual curiosity while exposing students and the public to culture and the arts. Please visit our website at www.qcc.cuny.edu.
On April 26th, the EKO Arts team came back to join the ASAP students for another fantastic afternoon and performance. All activities were centered on "Exploring the place where serendipity, opportunity and planning intersect," which is the main theme of "Six Degrees of Separation", a play by John Guare.
After some warm-up exercises led by the EKO Arts teaching artists, students were separated into three groups; the actors, the singers, and the dancers. Each group went to a separate area to practice. One and a half hours later, everyone came together again. The actors performed a monologue from the play, touching on how fears can motivate and paralyze at the same time. The singers sang ‘Reach Out and Touch’, by Diana Ross, a song about extending yourself to others. Finally, the dancers performed an interpretive dance showing how movement is reactive, and how everyone’s path is affected by someone else’s. As the culminating performance, all the groups reunited to sing ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers. The afternoon was truly inspiring and fun.
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