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  •  LaGuardia Students Pay Wikipedia Tribute to Science Fiction Icon

    LaGuardia Students Pay Wikipedia Tribute to Science Fiction Icon


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    Long Island City, NY—July 9, 2014—A LaGuardia Community College class is getting rave reviews for updating the Wikipedia page of a famed science fiction writer’s best known book. 

    The semester long project was the brainchild of LaGuardia English Professor Ximena Gallardo and Instructional Technology Librarian/Assistant Professor Ann Matsuuchi, both Wikipedia contributors. 

    They directed the 28 LaGuardia students in Gallardo’s English 103 class in revising the Wikipedia entry for the late science fiction writer Octavia Butler’s most famous book, “Kindred.”

    Wikipedia is the online encyclopedia written and edited mostly by unpaid volunteers. The English language Wikipedia covers more than half a million topics.

    Butler, whose best known books include ”Kindred” and “The Parable of the Talents,” was an African-American woman and the first science fiction writer to be awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. She died in 2006.

    Butler “is one of the most important science fiction writers out there,” Matsuuchi said.

    Though both Matsuuchi and Gallardo admit to being science fiction enthusiasts, Gallardo said she chose Butler and “Kindred” for the class because “she’s beautiful. I don’t have any other word for her. She is one of the beautiful people.”

    “Also, Wikipedia has a male and an ethnic bias,” Gallardo said. “So if you are a female author your entry will be smaller unless someone takes care of it. I decided I loved her and she deserved better by Wikipedia.” 

    The LaGuardia class was divided into teams of four, with each team assigned to research a specific aspect of the novel. “Kindred” has many themes, including time travel, American slavery, and interracial relations.

    The students debated the research and decided how each entry would read. Each student also had to write an individual traditional research paper on the novel.

    The class was conducted as part of Wikipedia’s Education Program. Gallardo said Harvard and other colleges have conducted similar Wikipedia projects.

    The LaGuardia class grew the “Kindred” entry from five to fifteen pages, and included more than 39 references.

    Students Julia Pazmino, a second year Liberal Arts, math and sciences major from Elmhurst, Queens, and Christopher Lynch, a second year Criminal Justice major from Pelham Bay, in the Bronx, enjoyed the assignment.

    “At first it was scary, because I had never really gone to Wikipedia or knew that I could take part in it and make changes,” Pazmino said. “But afterward I was comfortable with it.”


    Though neither student had read Butler before, both said they thought she was “awesome.”

    “I felt I was inside the novel every time I read it,” Pazmino said. “I felt I was going through the struggles with her.”

    Lynch recalled his group members arguing about different parts of their assignment, one of which was determining what literary genre best suited the novel. 

    Both students were proud of how the work turned out.

    “Now everybody is reading something I wrote,” Pazmino said. “Maybe I’m influencing someone who was influencing me. I was that person looking for information and now I am actually helping someone else looking for information.”


    “I just hope nobody comes behind us and changes our article,” Lynch said.

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success education underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.


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     The David Grainger Foundation presents the LaGuardia Community College Foundation with $5000

    The David Grainger Foundation Presents the LaGuardia Community College Foundation with $5000


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    Long Island City, NY—July 1, 2014—Grainger Industrial Supply officials present LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow with a $5,000 check from the David Grainger Foundation.


    Taking part in the ceremony, from left to right, are Grainger Account Manager Jim Dodson; Dr. Mellow; LaGuardia student and scholarship recipient Enes Malik Akdemir; Grainger Market Manager for Queens William Draghi; Grainger District Manager Tania Godoy; LaGuardia Community College Foundation Board Vice Chairman Suresh Sani; LaGuardia student and scholarship recipient Diriana Tejada; LaGuardia Vice President, Division for Institutional Advancement Susan Lyddon, and LaGuardia Vice President of Administration Shahir Erfan.


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    About the LaGuardia Community College Foundation

    The LaGuardia Community College Foundation ensures that ambitious students have the resources they need to receive a college education and improve their families’ lives. More than 70% of LaGuardia students come from homes where the annual family income is under $25,000. Since 2003, Foundation donors have contributed more than $8 million, which has provided scholarships, textbooks, transportation and tutoring for students in need. To learn more visit  www.laguardia.edu/Supporters-Friends/Home.

     

    About LaGuardia Community College

    A nationally recognized leader among community colleges, LaGuardia Community College was founded in 1971 as the ultimate experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today.  Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs.  Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average.  At LaGuardia, we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger.  Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     

     Vanguard Director at LaGuardia Community College Wins Literacy Recognition Award

    Vanguard Director at LaGuardia Community College Wins Literacy Recognition Award


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    Long Island City, NY—June 20, 2014—Amy Dalsimer, Executive Director of Pre-College Academic Programs at LaGuardia Community College, has won a 2014 Literacy Recognition Award from the Literacy Assistance Center in New York. The annual award honors literacy practitioners for outstanding contributions to students, their program or the New York City literacy community. There were seven winners citywide this year.


    Ms. Dalsimer has been a trailblazer in contextualized and integrated instruction in the New York area for over 20 years. The Bridge to College and Careers Program (Bridge Program), which gears high school equivalency preparation towards careers and college readiness, as well as the Supporting Adults through Vocational EMT Training Program (S.A.V.E. EMT Program), which combines basic skills instruction with technical training, are two examples of innovative programs that she has pioneered and that have been instrumental in helping students achieve their educational and professional goals.


    “LaGuardia is on the cutting edge of developmental instruction for high school equivalency preparation and vocational training, thanks to Amy Dalsimer and her staff,” said Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia. “They are creating groundbreaking methods of effective contextualized instruction that are serving as a model for the rest of the country.”


    The focus on math and literacy skills in the context of vocational training (called the NYBEST model, based on Washington State's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) initiative) has proven successful. In the past four years, approximately 240 students have enrolled in the S.A.V.E. EMT Program, and 85% completed and passed the NY State EMT certification exam. Eighty percent of those were able to find employment with ambulance companies, the FDNY, and hospitals in the metro area. Now more New Yorkers have access to this career pathway, are realizing their career goals, and are serving New York City in providing vital pre-hospital emergency care. 


    The central feature of the Bridge Program is the implementation of contextualized, career-focused curricula. Contextualized instruction is a sector-based approach to developmental instruction that uses authentic materials from one career area to build basic skills. Ms. Dalsimer has led the curriculum development and program design for the Bridge Program since its inception, using the sectors of business, health and science. To date, more that 1,000 students have been served in the program. The GED exam pass rate of the last Bridge Program group that took the test in December 2013 was 67%, compared with New York State’s latest pass rate of 53% in 2012-13.


    Ms. Dalsimer has also been tireless in her efforts to provide training on this kind of instruction for other institutions and literacy professionals nationwide through her creation of and work in the College and Careers Pathways Institute at LaGuardia.


    “It has been my great pleasure and honor to work with adult learners for the last 25 years in their quest to improve their education and career prospects,” said Ms. Dalsimer. “The students’ hard work and the unwavering commitment of my colleagues in the adult education community have been my daily inspiration. I am proud to receive this recognition but consider it a shared honor that belongs to all of these remarkable adult students and their dedicated educators.”                                                                           


    The Bridge Program is funded by Robin Hood Foundation and the S.A.V.E. EMT Program is currently funded by the U.S. Department of Labor through its Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. 


    Find out more about this year’s Literacy Recognition Awards at http://www.lacnyc.org/Awards.

       

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success education underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     LaGuardia Graduate Climbs Black Entertainment Television Network Ranks

    LaGuardia Graduate Climbs Black Entertainment Television Network Ranks

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    Long Island City, NY—June 20, 2014—Nneka Onuorah’s career got a big boost from an internship class she took at LaGuardia Community College. 
      

    Such a boost, in fact, that Onuorah had to delay her studies for a few semesters because the demands of her job as an Associate Producer and Coordinator of Music Specials for Black Entertainment Television (BET) consumed her already busy life. 
      

    The Corona, Queens resident, now a member of the LAGCC Class of 2014, is busier than ever.  As an associate producer, Onuorah is working on four hour-long documentaries for BET. 

    As a founder of BET’s Junior Executive Board, Onuorah meets weekly with millennial aged BET executives from eight departments develop programs and strategies that appeal to that demographic group. BET’s acquisition by Viacom has lead to junior executives from Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike TV and Nikelodeon joining the group. 


    With help from friends in the film industry, Onuorah has shot the trailer for a proposed hour long documentary  “The Same Difference,” about lesbians who discriminate against other lesbians.  

    “There is all this discrimination going on, but people don’t see the discrimination in the subset,” Onuorah said. “People see heterosexuals discriminating against homosexuals, but when we do it to each other nobody talks about it.” 

    Onuorah has 15,000 Instagram followers and visits high schools and colleges across the country where she gives her “Never Needing Excuses Keep Achieving” motivational speech.  

    “I go to schools and tell kids how important it is to stay in school, and how much internships helped me,” she said. “I come from a more realistic viewpoint. Things do get tough, you may not have the money and may be going through a lot at home, but you can get it done.” 

    Onuorah came to LaGuardia in 2008. An internship class led to part time work with former New York City Councilwoman Helen Sears, who represented the 25th district.  

    After Sears’ 2009 defeat Onuorah got an internship with a company that rented private jets to celebrities and other newly rich people. 

    She started at BET as an intern in BET President Of Music Programming Stephen Hill’s office, where she would be on hand as heads of fifteen departments reported to him at weekly meetings.   

    Onuorah would sit in on those meetings.  One day Hill’s assistant was busy and unable to attend the meeting, and Onuorah offered to take notes. 

    “I would sit in those executive meetings and take notes, then I would go home and study the language,” she said. “I looked up the television jargon so I could understand everything they were saying the next time I was in one of those meetings.” 

    At one meeting the executives were debating if the network should air a music video that contained scenes that some were concerned would be considered disrespectful to women.  

    “They were wondering how people my age would see it,” Onuorah said. “Someone asked me, and because I had studied everything I knew how to respond in their language.” 

    That answer got Onuorah a job as a network development coordinator. She had been with BET two months. 
      

    Onuorah has worked on a variety of BET projects, including “Top Ten Rappers of the 21st Century and the “Black Girls Rock” special. She has interviewed many celebrities, including actress Angela Bassett, singers India Irie, and Trey Songz, and rapper Kanye West.  

    Now an associate producer and coordinator of music specials at BET, Onuorah graduated from LaGuardia on June 5 with an associate’s degree in psychology and liberal arts. 

    “LaGuardia helped start my career,” Onuorah said.  “I want to thank this school. People need to know what a great school this is.”


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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success education underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit  www.laguardia.edu to learn more. 


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     LAGCC Honors Program Celebrates Student Achievements

    LaGuardia Community College Honors Program Celebrates Student Achievements


    LongIsland City, NY— June 19, 2014The Honors Program at LaGuardia Community College celebrated student achievements at the Spring Honors Recognition Dinner, “Branching Out Into the Future.”


    Provost Dr. Paul Arcario praised the success of honors program participants and urged the students to “dream bigger and set higher goals in how you can contribute not only to the local community but the world.”


    Honors program director Dr. Karlyn Koh also praised students’ efforts, commending them for “making the choice to challenge yourself.”


    LaGuardia honors program graduates have gone on to attend dozens of prestigious four-year institutions, including Boston College, Smith College, and Johns Hopkins, Brown, New York, Columbia, Duke, Fordham, and Northeastern universities.


    Each student who successfully completed an Honors course during the spring term was recognized, with more than 20 students on an Honors Track (completed four Honors courses), and six students who completed the Honors Concentration (seven or more Honors courses), receiving additional recognition.


    Thirteen LaGuardia Community College Honors alumni attended the program, sharing their success stories and offering advice and inspiration to the new graduates and current students.


    “Each of us up here tonight are no different than you – in a year you can stand where I am and share your success” said Alex Perez, LaGuardia Class of 2013, who just completed his first year at Georgetown University.


    Also in attendance were 11 LaGuardia graduates transferring to senior CUNY colleges who were awarded Guttman Transfer Scholarships.


    The Guttman Transfer Scholarship was established in 2013 and goes to high-achieving community college graduates who plan to continue their educational pursuits full-time. Recipients must meet a variety of criteria, including maintaining a minimum 3.5 GPA throughout their community college studies. The Honors Program at LaGuardia Community College is comprised of ambitious and intellectually curious students seeking a greater world with more opportunities. The Honors Program emphasizes critical thinking, intensive analytical writing and research skills.


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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success education underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     Met’s Legend Mookie Wilson Speaks at LaGuardia Community College
    Met’s Legend Mookie Wilson Speaks at LaGuardia Community College

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    Long Island City, NY—May 23, 2014— New York Met great Mookie Wilson proved as exciting a speaker as he was a baseball player Thursday during an afternoon appearance at LaGuardia Community College.

    The former Met right fielder and coach discussed growing up in the segregated South, the drastic reduction in the number of African-Americans playing professional baseball, and the need to exploit opportunities as they come your way during his keynote address to students, faculty and staff at the LaGuardia African Heritage 2014’s Sports and Race in America program, held in LaGuardia’s Little Theater.


    The program focused on how sports have played a historical role and continue to help break down barriers relating to inclusion, showing respect for people and their differences, promoting fairness and equity, and highlighting individual talents, experiences, and capabilities. The program also celebrated LaGuardia’s inaugural season in the NJCAA, honoring its LaGuardia Red Hawks men and women basketball teams, and its cheerleaders and step team.


    “Sports have taught me that you have to prove everyday that you are more than just a number,” Wilson said. “You have to prove you’re more than a follower, you’re a leader.”

    Wilson warned students against complacency.  “You still have to work, you still have to establish yourself, you still have to prove that you deserve the opportunity that you were given and show you are going to take advantage of it.”

    Wilson’s day at LaGuardia included a videotaped interview for the College’s archives, a meeting with the College’s President, Dr. Gail O. Mellow, an autograph session for students, faculty and staff, and a VIP luncheon for all.

    Dr. Mellow introduced Wilson to the assembly, saying, “he’s someone who understand the power of sports beyond the glitz and glamor.” While his athletic ability got him into college and allowed him to play baseball” at the highest level in the greatest city in the world,” Wilson said his success was not without obstacles.

    “The mistake that most of us make today is in thinking that if I’m a professional athlete, everything is going to go right,” he said. It’s going to help me get the American Dream, which is financial independence.”

    “But the American dream is about being happy with who you are,” Wilson said. “People say money can buy you friends. No. Money can buy you associates, and a posse.“


    Wilson said as the first black player on the University of South Carolina baseball team he was the target of racist taunts from opposing fans. But he said he never allowed himself to get upset because he knew he represented his school, his family and his race.


    Asked by LaGuardia Assistant Professor Habiba Boumlik in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition why the number of African-American players in major league baseball has dropped to eight percent today from twenty-eight percent in 1975, Wilson blamed budget cuts that have forced cities around the country to cut back or eliminate free or low cost baseball leagues for grade school kids.  “A lot of parents can’t afford these travel leagues,” he said. 

    Wilson said life after baseball has been busy. He is studying to be a minister at a church near his Columbia, SC home, but ventures to New York often where he works as a goodwill ambassador for his beloved Mets.

    Brian Goldstein, LaGuardia’s Director of the Department of Athletics and Recreation, presented Wilson with several gifts including a Red Hawks basketball jersey with his name on it.

    Wilson and coauthor Erik Sherman signed dozens of copies of his book, “Mookie; Life, Baseball & The ’86 Mets” for students, faculty and staff before heading to the College’s Poolside Café to dine on an African themed lunch that included West African Chicken Stew and Bobotie, a traditional African style meatloaf, as the Daniel Mixon Trio serenaded the packed room. Glancing around the room, Wilson said “If I ever teach, this is the kind of school I want to teach at.”

    For photographs of the event, please see our Flickr gallery.

    And the event page: African Heritage 2014




     

     LaGuardia Receives Commendation from the Consul General of Japan on May 22

    LaGuardia Community College Receives Commendation from the Consul General of Japan for Its Warm Ties with the Country and its Culture on May 22  

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    Long Island City, NY—May 29, 2014— Ambassador Sumio Kusaka the Consul General of Japan, in New York on May 22, presented a commendation to LaGuardia Community College for establishing strong ties with his country and for building a rich Japanese studies program that is exposing its students to the country’s language and culture. 


    The commendation was presented at a formal ceremony held at the consul general’s residence where faculty, staff, students, supporters of the College, and members of the consulate gathered to celebrate the honor bestowed upon LaGuardia.


    “LaGuardia, under the strong initiative taken by its president, Dr. Gail Mellow, and with the full support of the Consulate General of Japan in New York, has significantly contributed to the promotion of friendship between Japan and the U.S., as well as to the institutional enhancement of its Japanese programs, through the execution of a wide range of events and endeavors,” said Ambassador Kusaka, presenting the award along with a traditional gift to LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow.


    After giving her thanks on behalf of the College in Japanese, Dr. Mellow noted, “Our Japanese language program has100 students and it continues to grow. We’re so fortunate to have such a rich program that has been enhanced by so many wonderful events blooming with the beauty and knowledge inherent in Japanese culture.”


    Over the past several years, LaGuardia has developed a strong, and every expanding, Japanese academic and cultural program that is providing its students with a broad understanding of this fascinating Asian country.  


    “LaGuardia is known for being innovative, that’s why their modern language program is unique among community college, which typically do not have a language requirement,” said Queens Council Member Peter Koo, owner of Starside Drugs, a chain of local pharmacies in Flushing and a longtime supporter of the College, in his congratulatory remarks.


    In the academic arena, LaGuardia’s Japanese language program offers basic, intermediate and near-native level language courses that enroll 100 students each semester.  The Japan Foundation has helped the College to maintain and expand its Japanese language and culture course with a $38,441 grant.  And due to the growing popularity of the language courses, LaGuardia has established a Japanese studies major that received official approval from the State in February 2014.   


    On the cultural front, LaGuardia has hosted a panoply of special events.  Soh Daiko, the first established taiko drumming group on the East Coast, gave a performance that combined explosion percussion with dynamic choreography.  Mr. Hiroki Ohara, one of the youngest Japanese grandmasters in ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, demonstrated this exquisite art form.  The ancient form of Japanese storytelling, rakugo, was performed by Mr. Katsura Sunshine.  Also hosted were workshops by Mr. Shu Kubo, a paper-cut artist, who visited New York on one of his government-funded tours; and Mr. Shuhei Hasado, one of Japan’s finest plaster craftsman, who was appointed as a Japan cultural envoy by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.    


    To further enrich the students’ understanding of its culture, the Japanese government last summer invited nine LaGuardia students to take part in an all-expense paid, 10-day study tour of Japan.  During the whirlwind tour, known as Kakehashi Bridge to Japan, the LaGuardia and 37 students from other CUNY colleges were immersed in the Japanese culture, sampling the country’s fine cuisine, visiting ancient temples and modern structures and learning about its art and traditional and pop culture.  


    The students who participated in the tour and those involved in the Japanese program got a rare treat when Madame Akie Abe, wife of the Prime Minister of Japan, paid a special visit to the College last September.  There she observed a Japanese language class and spoke with the students who participated in Kakehashi.


    When the devastating tsunami and earthquake shook Japan in 2011, the Japan club organized a three-day fundraiser and hosted a charity art exhibition to help in the relief efforts.  The following year, as a symbol of their friendship, the Japanese Consulate General presented the college with a gift of two cherry trees during the 100thanniversary celebration of the planting of Japan’s cherry blossom trees in New York. 


     “LaGuardia embodies the global community,” said LaGuardia Community College Board member Marilyn Skony Stamm, CEO of Stamm International, as guests raised champagne flutes in a celebratory toast.” It is an inspiring place where students can achieve their lifelong dreams. The College is committed to creating world citizens. Kam pai.”


    Guests enjoyed the finest sushi and other Japanese delicacies as they mingled in the palatial residence.


    View photos from the ceremony on Campus Snapshots, LaGuardia’s Flickr photostream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laguardiaccollege/sets/72157644814055555/


    View more photos from the ceremony, courtesy of the Consul General:

    http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/html/index.html

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more. 

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     LaGuardia Holds Town Hall as Three-Year Renovation of the C-Building Begins

    LaGuardia Community College HoldsTown Hall as

    Three-Year Renovation of the College’s C-Building Begins

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    Long Island City, NY, May 27, 2014—Faculty, staff and students gathered on Monday, May 16 in LaGuardia Community College’s C-building at a town hall meeting to learn more about what to expect during the renovation of the C-building that is set to commence in June. The renovation of the 100-year-old C-building will include a façade renovation, lobby upgrade and redevelopment of the rear south side that is estimated to be completed in 2017.


    “This process will be hard, but we are fortunate to have experts who have working with us who not only have experience performing similar work but also have successfully completed similar projects for other CUNY colleges. We are in good hands,” said LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow to the attendees.


    Members of the College community learned more about what to expect during the construction process as representatives from CUNY, Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, TDX Construction Management, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), and key College personnel gave a presentation on the three-year long project followed by Q&A.


    Visit Campus Snapshots to view photos from the town hall: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laguardiaccollege/sets/72157644801913572/


    “Through a terra cotta curtain wall designed to increase the building’s durability and improve its energy usage and waterproofing ability, Mitchell | Giurgola Architects will transform the 20th century neoclassical elegance of the C-building’s façade into a vibrant, polished 21stcentury academic facility while maintaining the historical significance of the original design,” said Shahir Erfan, LaGuardia Community College Vice President for Administration, the division in charge of the project.


    The renovation will ease pedestrian traffic in the lobby; create a single, ADA access entry on Thomson Avenue; improve energy efficiency throughout the building by 11%; and add such external upgrades as a permeable paver strip in the new sidewalks that will reduce storm water runoff, as well the addition of 28 new trees.


    Funding for the project was secured through state and local disbursements as well as through CUNY support.


    Since faculty, staff and students will continue to occupy the building during construction, noise and disruptions to life in the C-building will be minimized, as most work will take place at night. Other changes to the flow of daily activities in and around the building include closure of certain building areas and rerouting of pedestrian traffic. 


    The IDCNY sign on the building’s roof will be replaced with LaGuardia Community College signage, tying the building to the rest of the College along Thomson Avenue. A 64% improvement in building envelope energy performance is projected, thanks to added insulation, and high performance windows that reduce solar heat gain with sunshades and fritted glass.


    A grassy area will replace a storage facility on the south side of the building that will be demolished, providing a courtyard space with trees for the College community to enjoy.


    “What about students who take evening classes, and during exams? How will this affect us?” asked Claudia Storian, Liberal Arts major asked during the Q&A.


    “Night work will commence at 10 p.m. when all evening classes are over,” said Vice President Erfan, “and faculty, staff and students can call our 24 hour hotline number listed on the C-building renovation section of the College’s website if work is disrupting their classes. There will be no noise disruption during exams periods.”


    In addition, night lighting concepts will bring brighter, safer streets to the vicinity of the building.


    LaGuardia is committed to keeping the College community informed and safe for the duration of this project. Regular updates on timing, scheduling and impact of the construction process on the College’s website, as well as through emails and signage in each campus building.


    Visit www.laguardia.edu/crenovation to learn more.

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     LAGCC Professor Exhibits at Reiss Studios
     LaGuardia Community College Professor Exhibits at Reiss Studios


    Long Island City, NY—May 19, 2014—LaGuardia Community College Professor Bruce Brooks' most recent work is on exhibit at Reiss Studios in Long Island City. But you have to hurry to see it - the show closes Friday.

    Brooks, LaGuardia's Program Director of Art and Photography and an instructor here for over forty years, said the thirty six pieces, most of them wall or painted constructions, were created over the last two years. Most are formal abstractions with a focus on color and composition and show an eclectic array of influences, from religion to Eastern, Western, and Middle Eastern art.

    "I also have a fascination with trains," said Brooks, "So you will see locomotives in some of the works." Brooks' eclecticism is reflected in the range of materials used in his compositions; wood, canvas, metal, plastic, acrylic, epoxy, oil and enamel are all employed in the show. 

    The exhibit also demonstrates Brooks' belief that painting, drawing and sculpture are one in the same.  
    "I always tell my students that painting is sculpturing," Brooks said. "The paint is a physical substance and has physical properties." 

    It is the artist's job to manipulate the physical properties of the raw material to create art, he said. Inspired to teach by a pair of particularly dedicated art teachers he had as a student, Brooks encourages his students to be free thinkers. "The most important thing is to think on your own," he said. "Artists are good at that."

    He's particularly proud that many of his LaGuardia students have gone on to four year colleges, some even to earn Masters of Fine Arts degrees.

    Brooks has mounted shows at the OK Harris gallery in Soho, as well as the Lawrence Oliver, Pam Adler, Frank Marino and OK Harris West galleries.

    He has exhibited at the Queens Museum, and has pieces in many public and private collections. "Art is a mirror of life," Brooks said. "It's an experience and it carries that with it. In terms of becoming a person, there really isn't anything more important than art."

    The exhibition is open from Noon to 5 p.m. at Reiss Studios, 43-01 22nd St. in Long Island City.
    The closing reception is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 23.

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     LaGuardia Celebrated its 8th Annual Earth Day With Green Festivities

    LaGuardia Community College Celebrated its 8th Annual

    Earth Day with “Green” Festivities 

    Green Week Fun Run 2014

    Long Island City, NY—May 6, 2014—Eight years and counting, LaGuardia Community College’s “green” efforts continue to grow at our annual Earth Day celebration.  The Sustainability Council and its supporters hosted a three-day event that centered on this years theme, “Engineering Sustainable Solutions.”

     

    This year’s kick-off event engaged employees in a 5K fun run/walk for the environment.  Employees met at the Van Dam street entrance of LaGuardia’s E-building on Tuesday, April 29 and then made their way to Long Island City Park enjoying scenic views.  Green LaGuardia headbands were given to participants of the run/walk for their efforts in caring for the environment.

     

    The 8th annual Earth Day celebration took place in the College’s E-Atrium on Wednesday, April 30.  The tabling event featured academic and administrative departments, including LaGuardia’s Departments of Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science and the Natural Sciences.  The Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science department displayed LaGuardia’s first ever Earth Systems Science and Environmental Engineering (ESE) major which is set to begin next fall. 

     

    “If students are in the Environmental Engineering program they can use their knowledge to improve air quality and water.  They can work for the community to improve these conditions,” said Dr. Zahidur Rahman, assistant professor of the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Department.

     

    The Sustainability Council set-up an eco footprint calculating exercise where students entered a raffle to win: an i-Pad, t-shirts and folders with this year’s logo designed by LaGuardia alumnus Fulmer Duckworth, aluminum water bottles, cell phone plugs and more.  The W. Rogowski Farm, LLC from Pine Island, New York provided fresh produce for students, faculty and staff.  Tables displayed organic cleaning products, vitamins and eco shoulder bags.   

     

    “We give students the opportunity to take an eco footprint quiz that asks the student what kind of lifestyle do they have, how much water do they consume, do they recycle and do they drive or bike.  At the end it tells the student how many planets they need to live their daily lives.  We want them to be conscious about what they do in their daily life,” said Anthony Lugo, director of Campus Auxiliary Services & Sustainability.

     

    On May 1, Lee Boyar, professor at LaGuardia’s Business and Technology Department, presented his teachings on sustainability in business called: “People, Profits and Planet: The Triple Bottom Line.”   Following the presentation the Japanese Club co-sponsored a screening of the 1971 classic “Godzilla vs. Hedorah (the Smog Monster)” with Green Week’s first ever Artists’ Café, where students, faculty and staff shared their artwork on the Freedom Wall installation.

     

    On May 2, Metro Shine was on-site providing eco friendly hand car wash services to the College community.

     

    “All of these great activities and more would not have been possible without the help of dozens of individuals, departments and a very supportive Administration.  The Sustainability Council at LaGuardia would especially like to thank the College Association for generously sponsoring Green Week 2014 events,” said Judi O’Toole, chemical hygiene officer in the Natural Sciences Department.

     

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     

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     LaGuardia is Hosting the 2014 Asian Heritage Celebration on May 7

    LaGuardia Community College is Hosting an Asian Heritage

    Celebration 2014 on May 7

    Free and Open to the Public

     

    Long Island City, NY—May 2, 2014—To celebrate the wide range of Asian cultures that make up its student population, LaGuardia Community College on May 7 is hosting a festival featuring talented performers.  The events are free and open to the public.

     

    The event will be held from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the College’s Cobblestone Courtyard at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City.  For more information, please call (718) 482-5180 or visit http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/ahc/.

     

    Culinary delights from different regions of the world will be served, and faculty and students will model traditional clothing from Asian countries.            

     

    LaGuardia, which has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, serves students from more than 46 Asian countries and areas including China, South Korea, Japan, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, and Pakistan.  Asians comprise 21% of the College’s student population and represent the fastest growing ethnic group at LaGuardia.

     

    Performing will be a professional acrobat and a modern dance troupe.  Also, there will be a student showcase featuring performances by LaGuardia students from the Bangladesh Student Association, the Chinese Club, the Filipino Club and the Japanese Club.

                                                   

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

       

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     One Stop Shop for Financial Help at Single Stop

    One-Stop-Shop for Financial Help at LaGuardia’s Single Stop

     

    Long Island City, NY—April 25, 2014— Pinching pennies was necessary for Dawn Davis, a 40-year-old single mother who was supporting her two sons while pursuing a degree at LaGuardia Community College.  So when it came time to file her taxes, instead of going to a company that would charge her hundreds of dollars, she turned to the College’s Single Stop, a center that provides students with free financial services.

     

    “Going through Single Stop is excellent, it’s ideal for me,” said Ms. Davis, who interns at the center.  “Being a mom, I can use that $300, $400 towards food. Doing the taxes for free here is a great benefit to my family.”

     

    Single Stop is a one-stop-shop financial assistance program on the LaGuardia campus that focuses on helping students maintain economic security and this year helped almost 1,100 students file for taxes.

     

    “Our goal is to provide support services,” said Rhonda Mouton, the program director at LaGuardia. “We want to help students alleviate any financial stress so they can use their money for their education.”

     

    As the recent tax deadline approached, Single Stop partnered with the Food Bank of New York City to provide students with free tax assistance to file for their refund.

     

    “The Food Bank is part of the VITA program,” said Rosario Licetti, the Food Bank’s site manager at LaGuardia. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program works with lower income employees, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers.

     

    This tax season, Single Stop and the Food Bank were able to provide assistance to LaGuardia students and their family members as well as some employees of the school.

     

    First opening its doors in 2010, Single Stop has helped thousands of students and their families. In 2013 alone, Single Stop was able to connect almost 4,600 LaGuardia students to financial professionals.

     

    Amid class assignments, part-time and full-time jobs and providing family members and their own children, students must also learn to file taxes, enroll in health insurance and budget their finances. Single Stop assumes a median role of connecting students with private organizations and professionals who can provide direction for free.

     

    Located in the C-Building, the non-profit organization provides other services including legal assistance, financial planning and benefits screening.

     

    “Based on their eligibility, we help students with their government assistance,” said Ms. Mouton. “We can provide SNAP, healthcare, immigration services, child support and unemployment. Students can actually apply for government assistance here.”

     

    In providing financial assistance and legal counseling, Single Stop partners with The Financial Clinic, a New York City-based company that focuses on helping low-income and working-poor families.

     

    “Everyone has a unique situation and the financial component is very big,” Ms. Mouton said. “It’s showing them how to handle their money.”

     

    Single Stop does not only provide financial assistance for their students. Since August 2013, Single Stop has been conducting a trial run for a food pantry located in the same building.

     

    “We help 50 families a week,” said Ms. Mouton, “providing food for three meals a day.”

     

    Students can only come via appointment, but after registering they are able to receive food on a needed basis. Guidelines to receive food from the pantry are made flexible to accommodate more students, according to Mouton.

     

    Single Stop offers its help to all students. The organization recognizes that even students who work full time need help managing their money.

     

    “Any student can come to Single Stop,” said Ms. Mouton. “They don’t have to be low income, they just have to be in need.”

     

    While interning for them, Ms. Davis, a Flushing resident, received the financial benefits made available to her to help improve her credit and apply for government assistance programs like SNAP. Having since graduated from LaGuardia, she now works part time with Single Stop and is pursuing a degree in social work at Lehman College.

     

    “The positive impact they made in my life, I want to do that for someone else.” Ms. Davis said.

       

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achiever their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success education underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     

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     One-Stop-Shop for Financial Help at LaGuardia’s Single Stop
    One-Stop-Shop for Financial Help at LaGuardia’s Single Stop


    Long Island City, NY—April 23, 2014—Pinching pennies was necessary for Dawn Davis, a 40-year-old single mother who was supporting her two sons while pursuing a degree at LaGuardia Community College.  So when it came time to file her taxes, instead of going to a company that would charge her hundreds of dollars, she turned to the College’s Single Stop, a center that provides students with free financial services. 

    “Going through Single Stop is excellent, it’s ideal for me,” said Ms. Davis, who interns at the center.  “Being a mom, I can use that $300, $400 towards food. Doing the taxes for free here is a great benefit to my family.”

    Single Stop is a one-stop-shop financial assistance program on the LaGuardia campus that focuses on helping students maintain economic security and this year helped almost 1,100 students file for taxes. 

    “Our goal is to provide support services,” said Rhonda Mouton, the program director at LaGuardia. “We want to help students alleviate any financial stress so they can use their money for their education.”

    As the recent tax deadline approached, Single Stop partnered with the Food Bank of New York City to provide students with free tax assistance to file for their refund. 

    “The Food Bank is part of the VITA program,” said Rosario Licetti, the Food Bank’s site manager at LaGuardia. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program works with lower income employees, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers. 

    This tax season, Single Stop and the Food Bank were able to provide assistance to LaGuardia students and their family members as well as some employees of the school.

    First opening its doors in 2010, Single Stop has helped thousands of students and their families. In 2013 alone, Single Stop was able to connect almost 4,600 LaGuardia students to financial professionals.

    Amid class assignments, part-time and full-time jobs and providing family members and their own children, students must also learn to file taxes, enroll in health insurance and budget their finances. Single Stop assumes a median role of connecting students with private organizations and professionals who can provide direction for free. 

    Located in the C-Building, the non-profit organization provides other services including legal assistance, financial planning and benefits screening. 

    “Based on their eligibility, we help students with their government assistance,” said Ms. Mouton. “We can provide SNAP, healthcare, immigration services, child support and unemployment. Students can actually apply for government assistance here.”

    In providing financial assistance and legal counseling, Single Stop partners with The Financial Clinic, a New York City-based company that focuses on helping low-income and working-poor families. 

    “Everyone has a unique situation and the financial component is very big,” Ms. Mouton said. “It’s showing them how to handle their money.”

    Single Stop does not only provide financial assistance for their students. Since August 2013, Single Stop has been conducting a trial run for a food pantry located in the same building. 

    “We help 50 families a week,” said Ms. Mouton, “providing food for three meals a day.”

    Students can only come via appointment, but after registering they are able to receive food on a needed basis. Guidelines to receive food from the pantry are made flexible to accommodate more students, according to Mouton. 

    Single Stop offers its help to all students. The organization recognizes that even students who work full time need help managing their money. 

    “Any student can come to Single Stop,” said Ms. Mouton. “They don’t have to be low income, they just have to be in need.”

    While interning for them, Ms. Davis, a Flushing resident, received the financial benefits made available to her to help improve her credit and apply for government assistance programs like SNAP. Having since graduated from LaGuardia, she now works part time with Single Stop and is pursuing a degree in social work at Lehman College. 

    “The positive impact they made in my life, I want to do that for someone else.” Ms. Davis said. 


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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achiever their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success education underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

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     LAGCC Professor Receives CUNY Award for Research of Drug Discovery Methods

    LaGuardia Community College Professor Receives Prestigious CUNY Award for

    His Research in the Development of Computational Drug Discovery Methods

     

    Ian

    Long Island City,NY—April 14, 2014—Dr. Ian Alberts, a LaGuardia Community College chemistry professor, received the highly coveted Feliks Gross Award from the City University of New York’s Academy of Humanities and Sciences for his potentially groundbreaking research on computer-aided drug design.

     

    Dr. Alberts was the only community college professor among the six assistant professors to be awarded in recognition of their outstanding research in the humanities or sciences. 

     

    “Dr. Alberts is one of the new bright stars in our department,” Dr. Burl Yearwood, the chairperson of the Natural Sciences Department, said at the formal awards ceremony held on April 3.  “His research in the area of computer-aided drug design demonstrates his expertise in applying computational methods to significant scientific problems of chemical and biological importance.”

     

    Upon receiving the award, the LaGuardia professor, said, “It is a great honor to receive the award because it is based on my contributions to the field of research.  And it is very important, as a faculty member at LaGuardia, to advance ones scholarly research activities.”

     

    Since joining the Natural Science Department three years ago, Dr. Alberts is continuing his decade-long exploration into the power of the computer to develop novel and effective medicines to combat various types of cancer conditions, inflammatory-based diseases and neuropsychotic disorders.

     

    “The advantage of using these computation methods is that we can design new medicines that are more potent toward the therapeutic target,” he said.  “The methods also minimize the adverse side effects, which are the major cause of drugs failing in clinical trials.”

     

    Dr. Albert is conducing his state-of-the-art drug design program on a sophisticated 3-D computer graphics system.  Helping in the research, are two LaGuardia students who are applying their mentor’s methodology toward the development of anti-psychotic medication.  “They have come up with some interesting compounds,” he said.

     

    Also helping to move the research along are collaborations Dr. Albert established with research groups at Lehman College and Hunter College.  At Lehman, the LaGuardia professor is partnering with the computational group to look at the incorporation of solvation effects into the drug design process.  It is then the job of the synthetic chemistry group at Hunter to synthesize and test the effectiveness of the predicted new drug compounds.

     

    Currently, LaGuardia and Lehman have applied their methodology and designed a potential, new antipsychotic drug that is being tested at Hunter.  “This outstanding collaboration between three CUNY colleges is the reason why the research is going so well,” said Dr. Alberts, who added that if the results are positive they will be applying for additional federal funding. 

     

    When Dr. Alberts is not in the classroom or the lab, the assistant professor is collaborating with a LaGuardia mathematics professor in the area of quantum computing, developing hybrid chemistry courses and organizing math skill workshops for students in STEM and health science to improve their math skills as they take science and nursing courses.

     

    Dr. Alberts joined LaGuardia after working in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years.  At De Novo Pharmaceuticals in England and Schrödinger in New York, he was a principal scientist and led research teams focused on the development and application of state-of-the-art methodology for computational drug discovery. 

     

    He received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, England, and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, England.  He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Georgia.

       

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     

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     LAGCC Communication Studies Department Hosts Speech Professors
     LaGuardia Community College’s Communication Studies Department 
    Hosts CUNY League of Active Speech Professors 

    Keynote Address by Communication Scholar Dr. Julia Wood 


    Long Island City, NY—April 2, 2014—Dr. Julia Wood, a leading scholar in the field of communication studies, delivered an enlightening keynote address exploring how communication plays an important role in enriching the quality of our lives, at the LaGuardia Communication Studies Program and CUNY League of Active Speech Professors conference.

    The keynote speaker was the headliner at the March 28th conference, titled “Can Anyone Hear Me?” where LaGuardia and other CUNY communication studies professors showcased their current research and practice in the field with a focus on the intersections of communication studies and other disciplines.

    In her talk, Dr. Wood took the audience back 2,500 years to the birth of communication and on to the present where communication scholars are grappling with some of the most important issues facing our society.

    “The communication field has adapted to the ever-changing landscape of our society so that it is continually relevant to our individual and collective lives,” Dr. Wood said to the CUNY faculty and students who participated in the event hosted by LaGuardia.

    She spoke at length on three issues that communication scholars are continuously dealing with: sexual harassment, violence between intimates and the effects of social media on our lives.

    In looking at sexual harassment, a pervasive problem on college campuses and the work place that affects both women and men, Dr. Wood explained that scholars are conducting research on the dynamics of sexual harassment: how it happens, how it is sustained, why people do not speak up when they are harassed and why by-standers do not speak up. “This work has given us ideas on how to reduce sexual harassment,” she said.

    In touching upon another alarming, widespread problem--violence between intimates--she shared her research on violent romantic relationships. “Through my interviews with women in violent relationships, the stories showed me that broad social narratives about gender and romance shape their understanding of their own relationship,” she said. “As long as they believed that good women do not leave their men, love will conquer all.”

    Her study also included men who were in prison for hurting or killing their wives or girlfriends. “They, too, are victims of a cultural code of conduct,” said Dr. Wood.

    The speaker said that scholars are also in the forefront of exploring the ways in which social media affect, for good or ill, our identities, our relationships, our work and the civil society as a whole. For example, she said a big focus is being placed on cyberbullying and how young women are using blogs and other forms of social media to resist social pressures.

    Dr. Wood said that communication scholars and teachers will continue to do what they always do. “They will enlarge understanding and equip people with the skills to be effective in the various spheres of life,” she said. “That is why this field allows us to continually imagine and remake the possibilities for how we live, work and participate in our collective communities.”

    The conference also held a host of panel discussions that examined the field’s research and practice in a changing communication landscape. Professor Patricia Sokolski, a LaGuardia communication studies professor, chaired a panel including LaGuardia professors Janet Michello, social science; and Lisa Barry, communication studies, which examined research in the field.

    Joining the panel discussion on teaching communication in an online environment, were LaGuardia communication studies professor, Louis Lucca, who chaired the panel, and professors Kimberly Ramirez, English; Robert Bruno, communication studies; and Erika Heppner, communication studies.

    A discussion on oral communication across the curriculum included LaGuardia professors, Habiba Boumlik, education and language acquisition; Reem Jaafar, mathematics; Sean Palmer, communication studies; and Thomas Regan, communication studies.

    LaGuardia professors Leslie Aarons, philosophy; and Boris Zakhorav, natural sciences, participated in a panel discussion on research with special populations. And Jetmir Troshani, of instructional services, participated in a discussion on technology in the service of communication.

     

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    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.

     

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