The 131st Annual Alumni Dinner - a sold out event!!

Honorees - 2011 Dinner
Seated Left to Right: President Lisa S. Coico, Dr. Herbert Aschkenasy, Vy Higginsen, Frank Sciame and Ed Plotkin
Standing Left to Right: Executive Vice President Don Jordan, Dr. Jeffrey Scott Flier, Harvey Kaylie, Joseph Forstadt, Lennox Hinds, AA President Jon DeLise


Nearly 500 people filled The Trianon Ballroom at The New York Hilton celebrating the 131st CCNY Annual Alumni Dinner. Townsend Harris Medals (named after the founder of the College) for Outstanding Postgraduate Achievement were bestowed on: Ed Plotkin '53CE, '56MCE, '66MBA, design, contracting and consulting distinguished engineer; Dr. Jeffrey Scott Flier '68, scientific researcher regarding insulin resistance in human disease including diabetes; Dr. Herbert Aschkenasy '53, world leader in freeze drying technology; Harvey Kaylie '60EE, Founder and President of Mini-Circuits, a world leader in microwave components; Joseph Forstadt '61, Famed litigation lawyer; Lennox Hinds '62, world-renowned criminal defense and human rights lawyer; and posthumously, Maury Allen '53, famed sports journalist.

Connecticut Chapter
John H. Finley Awardees for their service to New York City - Frank Sciame and Vy Higginsen hold their awards proudly presented by CCNY President Dr. Lisa S. Coico and President of the Alumni Association Jon DeLise)

The John H. Finley Awardees for service to New York City were Vy Higginsen, writer, producer, director of"Mama, I want to Sing", the longest running play in off-Broadway history and "Joe Turner's Come and Gone", and our very own Frank Sciame, class of 1974, Founder and CEO of F.J.Sciame Construction, one of the tri-state's leading construction management firms. Sixty five students received scholarships and Susheian Brown, who spoke on behalf of all of the scholarship recipients, was a highlight of the night.

Message from CCNY President Lisa S. Coico

President Lisa Staiano-Coico

Dear City College Alumni,

It's always such a difficult task to pick out what to highlight on any given month, given the sheer number of terrific things that are happening at your alma mater. This month, I would like to highlight three very different accomplishments –all three happen to be the provenance of female faculty members this time. But more importantly – they illustrate at a swift glance the range and richness of our faculty, the heart of a great university.

First, google "Morocco Courtyards and Gardens" and an eponymous book by Achva Stein, professor of landscape architecture in CCNY's Spitzer's School of Architecture, appears at the top of the list. Recently, Professor Stein had an opportunity to put her scholarship to work designing the Moroccan Courtyard for a new gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Produced in a space that barely measures 20' x 20', the courtyard recreates the look of the courtyards found in Morocco that had been brought back from Andalusia in the 14th century. It is a critically acclaimed spot for contemplation and quiet relaxation within the Met's "New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia."

Then there's cell biologist Ana Carnaval. A few years ago, Ana was a postdoctoral researcher with one baby in her arms and another on the way. Dr. Carnaval, now an assistant professor of biology here at City, considers herself lucky. But many other young female scientists abandon promising research careers. That may soon be changing. The National Science Foundation and early career scientists joined First Lady Michelle Obama to launch NSF's Career-Life Balance Initiative, a new era of family-friendly policies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields). I know from firsthand experience that it's never easy to make choices between career and family. These policies will foster world-class scholarly research in the STEM fields by pulling from and supporting the full diversity of student and faculty talent.

And finally, you should know about the very well-received debut novels of three of our young faculty. On themes ranging from intolerance, a pre-teen's struggle to deal with her mother's schizophrenia and the dark world of a mystical Afro-Caribbean religion. The books, "LIE" (St. Martin's Griffin) by adjunct Caroline Bock; "Visitation Rites" (Diversion Press) by Pamela Laskin, Director, Poetry Outreach Program; and "Outside the Bones," (Arte Publico Press) by Associate Professor Lyn Di Iorio, have earned the three authors a joint public reading on December 1 in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood.

Lisa S. Coico

Fall Meeting of CCNY New Jersey Chapter in River Edge

The clock rolled backwards to Eastern Standard Time on the morning of Sunday, November 6th – an extra hour to sleep, and alumni and friends of CCNY met for lunch at the Mediterranean restaurant Babylon in River Edge. Gypsy caravan music with virtuosity and passion took the group on a mysterious and entrancing journey from Spain, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, France, and the Ukraine. Delicious food from Turkey and Greece soothed our appetites, along with memories of our past days at CCNY and current involvement with the Alumni Association. Afterwards, the chapter went to see the Bergen County Players presentation of a knock-down, vitriolic play of lethal games of brinkmanship in a searing play by Edward Albee, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” The four actors were excellent and received an outstanding applause. Well done, indeed! The chapter’s next meeting, after a Winter break, will be in Princeton on Sunday, May 6, 2012, for brunch and visit to the Princeton Museum of Art for a view of its excellent collection.

Greater Houston Alumni Chapter Fall Luncheon

On Saturday Nov 5, 2011, the Houston Chapter of the CCNY Alumni Association held its 12th luncheon and fifth installation of officers at Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Style Deli. This was the second event held there and as in the past a very generous deli buffet was enjoyed by all. President Gerry Gafka, class of ‘62 acknowledged and welcomed the CCNY Alumni who were in attendance for the first time.  Installation of the incoming board was conducted by Joel Kaufman, former Vice President and a founding member of the Houston Chapter. After lunch Jack Cinque, Houston Chapter VP, introduced Anthony Potoczniak, executive director at Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.   Dr. Potoczniak told the group about the many changes that have taken place in Houston from 1960 through 2010.  We have gone from a community that was totally dependent on the energy industry to one of the most diverse cities in America both economically and ethnically. The Board presented its 4th annual $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student, which was awarded at the 131st Annual Alumni Dinner in New York on November 9, 2011.

The November 10, 2011 Principals' Panel Was an Outstanding Success!!

Approximately ninety CCNY education students, education alumni and School of Education faculty attended the November 10th Principals’ Panel (“Interviewing Skills for a Teaching or Leadership Position”) that was held in the North Academic Center - Faculty Dining Room. This well received event was co-sponsored by the CCNY Education Alumni and the CCNY School of Education.  The panelists included: Peter Goodman (United Federation of Teachers); Angela Rodriguez (Principal of PS 115 M); Elsa Nunez (former Principal of PS 28 M and currently the Interim Acting Superintendent of District 6 public schools); George Young (Principal of PS 46 M); Larry Block (DSSI Cluster 06 Network Leader); and Qadir Dixon (Principal of the Renaissance Leadership Academy-M).  The moderator was Dr. Joyce Coppin, President of the CCNY Education Alumni. As part of the discussion, members of the audience submitted questions to the panelists. Some of these included: How can a candidate demonstrate that he/she is the right person for the job? How can a candidate make his/her resume stand out from the other resumes?

The results of the exit survey of the participants included comments, such as: “Excellent; Well thought out; Intellectually stimulating; Very informative; One of the best seminars; Outstanding panelists; I feel better prepared for an interview; It made me more hopeful about my career as an educator; Now I know what to expect when I start looking for a teaching position”.

All Education Alumni mark your calendar for the Annual Awards Celebration and Reception at The National Arts Club on Thursday, May 3. At the reception, we will present awards to a Teacher and Administrator at the elementary, middle school and high school levels who graduated from CCNY. If you would like to nominate alums for any of these awards,click here for the nomination forms.

Education Panel
Left to Right: Peter Peter Goodman (United Federation of Teachers); Angela Rodriguez (Principal of PS 115 M); Elsa Nunez (former Principal of PS 28 M and currently the Interim Acting Superintendent of District 6 public schools); George Young (Principal of PS 46 M); Larry Block (DSSI Cluster 06 Network Leader); and Qadir Dixon (Principal of the Renaissance Leadership Academy-M). 


Engineering Alumni seek Award Nominees

The Engineering School Alumni seek nominations for the Career Achievement Award, their highest honor for engineering and computer science alumni. To nominate an engineering graduate for outstanding achievements in business, government or education please send supporting documentation to:

Alumni Association of CCNY
ESA Honors and Awards Committee
P.O. Box 177
New York, NY 10027

The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2012. The Engineering School Alumni meeting and Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the National Arts Club in New York City.

ROTC Veterans Reunion Weekend 11/11/11-11/14/11
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For the second time in two years, the CCNY ROTC Alumni Group convened in the Washington, DC area to reminisce and enjoy each other’s company. This reunion attended by 60 alumni, wives and guests, included a very special and unique ceremony which honored our fallen CCNY ROTC extended family.

The weekend activities which went from Friday morning until Monday afternoon, included visits to the White House, Smithsonian Museums, the Newseum, the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery. The headquarters hotel was the Residence Inn, Old Town Alexandria. The planning committee headed by Henry Brooks ‘61, also provided preplanned lunch and dinner venues. A very special walking tour of historic Old Town Alexandria was led by Henry Brooks who provided his unique historical insights into the colonial based town. A Gala Dinner was held on Saturday evening at the Alexandria Hilton.

Dick Kurtz ’63 was the major planner for the Memorial Ceremony which honored 6 ROTC Alumni and one ROTC cadre who made the supreme sacrifice in the Vietnam War. Honored were: SFC Bernard Kelly, cadre; 1LT Peter B. Bushey,’65, MAJ Antonio Michael Mavroudis, ’60, CPT John F. Young, ’60, MAJ Allen Pasco, ’59, 2LT William Michael Lyons III, ’68, and CPT Kenneth Rosenberg, ‘65. The highlights included the singing of “America the Beautiful” by a member choral group, the Calling of the Roll in which we answered for our fallen brothers, the singing of “Mansions of the Lord” by a professional singer, an invocation and benediction by an Army Chaplain, a bagpiper playing memorial music, TAPS played by an Army bugler, silent meditation by the participants as they travelled in formation to the Wall, and the laying of the wreath at the Wall by a member honor guard.



President Lisa
Julie Chang

The Asian Alumni are holding their Annual Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner on Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Jing Star Restaurant in Chinatown.  This year, our distinguished honorees will be: President Lisa S. Coico, who being honored for her Outstanding Leadership in Education; and Ms. Julie Chang, Entertainment Reporter for Good Day New York, who is being honored as the Asian Role Model of the Year. Join us as we bring in the Year of the Dragon with two wonderful women, a lion dance, a 10-course dinner, and our famous Raffle!

$50 per person
. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Olga Mikhlina at 212-234-3000 or

Interested in starting an Honors Affiliate Group of the Alumni Association?

Robin Villa, Director of the Honors College at CCNY, is interested in starting an Honors Affiliate Group of the Alumni Association of the City College. As Alumni of a nationally acclaimed educational institution, Honors graduates are, collectively, an important resource for the College and the Alumni Association, and are important resources for today's Honors students. We want to determine what interest exists to start an affiliate group. This will present an opportunity for your voices to be heard and to impact the present and future direction of the College. Affiliate Groups plan activities to involve alumni and support today’s students.

To form the affiliate group, we need at least 100 members of the Alumni Association. Kindly click the link to download the Honors Alumni Group Interest Form if you were part of the Honors Program or Honors College at CCNY.


2012 Wall Calendar
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All members of the Alumni Association of CCNY should have or will be receiving very shortly the 2012 Wall Calendar featuring beautiful images of the College at twilight. If you haven't yet joined the Association, there is still time (but time is running out!) to receive the Calendar.

Give a Gift to Yourself this Holiday Season!!


As a member of the Association, you help not only City College, but yourself as well. Your membership card enttiles you to a seris of expanding benefits including:


  • Discounts on Hertz and Avis car rental, and on movie tickets
  • Special discounted group rates on dental, auto, homeowners, disability, term life and long term care insurance. For NY residents only, we also offer basic Health Insurance through Atlantis.
  • Use of the College’s reference library, athletic facilities and meeting rooms
  • Membership in an expanding program of regional Chapters, Affiliate groups and Constituent Societies (Business and Engineering)
  • Admission to social and cultural activities of the Association
  • Subscription to the Alumnus Magazine
  • Applicant Search program designed to provide CCNY Alumni with a cutting edge, effective career and job matching online service.


If you want to join or renew your membership, visit our website. You can use your credit card and pay online (secure payment service offered through PayPal). Should you have any difficulties paying online, you can pay the membership dues by cash or credit card (Master Card/ Visa only) by calling our office at 212-234-3000.

Alternatively, you can fill out the membership form, and make your check payable to the Alumni Association of the CCNY and send it to:

Alumni Association of CCNY
PO Box 177
New York, NY 10027

Remember, your dues are tax deductible. Happy Holidays!!!

13th Annual Spring Fling

We already have some exciting events scheduled for our 13th Annual Spring Fling. Reserve early, because seating is limited at all events -

Theater Night - Ghost the Musical
Wednesday - March 21, 2012

Ghost the Musical

Everyone loved the movie and we know you will love the musical, which is the newest hit musical in London’s West End. This is a teimless fantasy about the power of love, now this amazing story is retold on stage at the Lunt - Fontanne Theatre. Orchestra discounted seats are $85.00, reduced from $137.00. We’ll also eat at the famous John’s Pizzeria on 44th Street for an additional $30.00


CCNY Theater Night - EVITA
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 8:00pm


EVITA makes a triumphant return to Broadway with Ricky Martin! This dazzling new production won tremendous critical acclaim when it premiered in London, and now it is coming to Broadway with international superstar Ricky Martin and its original star, Olivier Award Winner Elena Roger. Believe it or not, discounted orchestra tickets are $123.00 and we'll eat, if you like, at Dallas BBQ on 42nd Street, for $25.00 per person.

By popular demand........ We had to turn away people last year and are therefore repeating........

Tea and Tour at Gracie Mansion
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion Tea Tours continue the tradition of Gracie's celebrated hospitality and provide a unique opportunity to learn about the rich history of the House, and experience first- hand the charm of one of our City's most treasured landmarks. All are accompanied by the distinctive Archibald Gracie Blend Tea.
$30.00 Members
$35.00 Non Members


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