Message From The President

PresidentDecember 2013

As the fall semester draws to a close, we have significant achievements to celebrate and major events to look forward to in the New Year.

At CUNY's recent Annual Salute to Scholars Reception, numerous faculty members were recognized for awards and fellowships received from July 2012 through August 2013. Congratulations to Dr. Megan Elias, History; Drs. Sharon Ellerton, Nidhi Gadura, Urszula Golebiewska and Susan McLaughlin, Biology;  Dr. Tirandai Hemraj-Benny, Chemistry; Dr. Andrea Salis, Health, Physical Education and Dance; and Professor Aaron Slodounik, Art & Design.

Awards also went to our outstanding student scholars in the STEM Academy. Michael Lawrence and Bryon Singh each received a $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship.  It is the sixth consecutive year that Grainger has awarded scholarships to our Engineering Technology students. Queensborough is one of the few community colleges to have more than one student selected as a Grainger scholarship recipient.

In sports, our Men's Basketball Team scored a 76-69 victory over Ulster Community College. Joseph Turner netted 23 points for Queensborough in the Region XV game, held on December 7. In addition, our Women's Basketball Team is undefeated so far this season. Go Tigers!

The New Year will begin with the world commemoration on January 28 of the International Holocaust Memorial Day.  This occasion coincides with the liberation of Auschwitz by the Russian armies as they moved across Poland during the invasion of Germany.  One of the ceremonies will take place at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan.  The current exhibit in our Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center (KHRCA), Their Brothers' Keepers: American Liberators of the Nazi Death Camps has been chosen to be included in the ceremonial activities, hosted by the Secretary General of the United Nations. This exhibit was developed at the invitation of the United Nations by our Center in partnership with the March of the Living. Congratulations to Dr. Arthur Flug and to Rabbi Isadoro Aizenberg, Scholar-in-Residence at the KHRCA.

Also on the cultural side, the QCC Art Gallery will present two major exhibits on January 30.

The first, Powerful Arts of Cameroonthe Njoya Collection, is composed of over 100 objects representing the spiritual significance and beauty of the Cameroonian culture.  The second, A Pioneer Malian Painter, features selected paintings by artist Victor Forestier Sow from the 1960s and 1970s—a dynamic period of time in the West African Republic of Mali. 

Upcoming academic events include The Nursing Candle Lighting Ceremony, held on January 8, for the graduating class of January 2014, and the annual Convocation of the College. Sponsored by our Office of Academic Affairs, our convocation for faculty and Higher Education Officers launches our spring semester, and will feature an introduction of the College’s new Provost and Senior Vice President, Michael B. Reiner.  Also highlighted will be the work of our faculty on the High Impact Practices.

I take great pride in the members of our exceptional college community who continue to affirm Queensborough as a successful, distinguished institution of higher education.

May the joys of the season be with you,

Diana Bova Call

Dr. Diane B. Call
President