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In this Issue:
at Hunter
                                                                                                                                     From MoMA to
Vita Rabinowitz
Named Provost
                                                                                                                                     Hunter Galleries
                                                                                                                                         nternationally renowned art expert Joachim Pissarro — a top curator
Manhattan Hunter 3
Science HS Graduation                                                                                                                I   at the Museum of Modern Art and the great-grandson of famed
                                                                                                                                         Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro — is coming to Hunter this fall.
                                                                                                                                       Dr. Pissarro will hold the newly created position of Bershad Professor of
Hunter Heroes                 4                                                                                                      Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries. His appointment
in Iraq                                                                                                                              was made possible thanks to an extraordinary gift to the Department
                                                                                                                                     of Art from Susan V. Bershad, MD (’75) and David J. Bershad.
Remembering                   4                                                                                                         At Hunter, in addition to his role as a professor in the Art History
Erwin Fleissner                                                                                                                      and Studio Art departments, Pissarro will develop the exhibition and
                                                                                                                                     curatorial programs of the Hunter Galleries. A portion of the Bershad
Working in                    5                                                                                                      gift will be used to support exhibitions at the two galleries.
Antarctica                                                                                                                              Pissarro, who until recently was curator at the Museum of Modern
                                                                                                                                     Art, in the Department of Painting and Sculpture, will retain an
Hunter’s Weather              5                                                                                                      association with MoMA as an adjunct curator.
                                                                                                                                        The distinguished art scholar and author has done extensive
                                                                                                                                     research over the years about his famous great-grandfather, including
10 Questions For... 6
                                                                                                                                     a book that took more than 20 years to complete on more than 1,500
Peter Carey                                                                                                                          paintings by Camille Pissarro. “I feel like I know him pretty well,”
                                                                                                                                     he said. “But he’s also someone who still surprises me.”
Jeff Greenfield               7
                                                                                                                                        Over the past ten years, however, Pissarro has focused his
Addresses Grads
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                                                                                                                                     research on the field of contemporary art and this will be the main
                                                                                                                                     concentration of his work at Hunter. He came to New York after
Alumni Weekend                8
                                                                                                                                     having held a curatorship of contemporary art at the Yale University
Class Notes                   10                                                                                                     Art Gallery, and he has published extensively on post World War II
                                                                                                                                     American art, namely on Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Last
In Memoriam:                  11                                                                                                     summer, he co-curated the new display of contemporary art at MoMA.
Janet Sainer                                                                                                                                                                          continued on page 12

$1M Art Gift       12
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          n this issue of At Hunter you can read about all the exciting things happening right now in the College’s Department of Art.

                                     Brookdale Honors Three New Yorkers                                                                                                                                                              I    There is the highly anticipated arrival of Joachim Pissarro from the Museum of Modern Art. Dr. Pissarro will bring his

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          expertise to the classroom as a professor here beginning this fall and also will serve as director of the revitalized Hunter Art

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Galleries. There is the dramatic news of two separate and extraordinary alumni gifts — from Susan and David Bershad to

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     establish the professorship that Dr. Pissarro now holds and from Evelyn Kranes Kossak who will have the department’s Painting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Program renamed in her honor. And there is news too about some of the wonderful accomplishments of faculty members such as

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Professor of Art History Emily Braun, who was recently named a CUNY Distinguished Professor for her outstanding work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hunter College’s Department of Art has a long and storied past, with many prominent names involved in the program over the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     years. With these latest developments, we begin a dynamic new chapter in that illustrious history at Hunter. One of the best art

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     departments in the nation just got even better.

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              hree prominent New Yorkers were honored
              by Hunter College for their contributions
              to the quality of life in the city during the
      Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity
                                                                them with the lyric: “If I don’t sing, I die.” Chianese
                                                                volunteers much of his free time performing for local
                                                                senior citizen and community groups in the city.
                                                                His daughter, Rebecca Scarpati, is a 1990 graduate
                                                                                                                          of workers. He made an impassioned plea for
                                                                                                                          more women in leadership positions of what he
                                                                                                                          called a “male-dominated society,” saying: “This
                                                                                                                          cannot go on.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          H       new provost and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  vice president
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of academic affairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          is Vita C. Rabinowitz,
      gala at the St. Regis on June 14.                         of Hunter’s School of Social Work.                           Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab                                                    and no one could be
         Victor Gotbaum, the longtime municipal                    Siebert, a remarkable pioneer for women in the         talked about the importance of Brookdale’s work                                                 better prepared to
      union leader; Muriel Siebert, the first woman             financial world, has also designed and underwritten       as growing numbers of Americans become senior                                                   fill this prestigious
      to win a seat on the New York Stock Exchange;             a financial management skills course for high school      citizens, including such icons as Harrison Ford,                                                academic post.
      and Dominic Chianese, best known for his role             students that is now a standard part of the NYC           Aretha Franklin, and Barbra Streisand — all of                                                   Dr. Rabinowitz has
      as Uncle Junior on “The Sopranos,” all received           curriculum. “Age is but a number,” Siebert told           whom turn 65 this year. In hailing Gotbaum,                                                     served as the acting
      “New Yorkers Forever” awards.                             the crowd, “and mine is unlisted.”                        Siebert and Chianese, Raab said: “These three                                                   provost for the past two           Hunter College Foundation Trustee Neil Janovic (center) celebrates with MHSHS graduates (l-r) Reilley
        Chianese (although refusing to reveal any secrets         Gotbaum spent more than 20 years as head of             illustrious citizens epitomize the vision of our                                                years, and she was the             Scull, Anna Kalinowska, Valbona Ibrocevic, Orlando Olier and Justin Colon, all of whom are receiving
      about what really happened after that final Sopranos      District Council 37, building it into the largest         Brookdale Center to promote longevity and                                                       acting associate provost           scholarships funded by Mr. Janovic to attend Hunter College in the fall.
      episode went dark) delighted the audience by playing      municipal union in the country and improving              healthy aging.”                                             Dr. Vita C. Rabinowitz              from 2000 to 2002.
      guitar and singing two songs — ending one of              the standard of living for hundreds of thousands
                                                                                                                                                                                         As acting provost, she led Hunter’s involvement in the
                                                                                                                                                                                      Mellon Project, which is dedicated to improving under-
                                                                                                                                                                                      graduate education and increasing students’ achievement,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Success Story
                                                                                                                                                                                      retention and graduation rates. She also conducted a
                                                                                                                                                                                      college-wide assessment of student learning and spear-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Manhattan Hunter Science High School
                                                                                                                                                                                      headed Hunter’s 10-year review by the Middle States
                                                                                                                                                                                      Commission on Higher Education.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Graduates Its First Class
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 rene Guanill smiled as she watched her daughter Jessica Nazar — in a purple graduation cap and gown
                                                                                                                                                                                         While serving as acting associate provost, Rabinowitz
                                                                                                                                                                                      helped establish the CUNY Honors College at Hunter
                                                                                                                                                                                      and supported the expansion of research opportunities for
                                                                                                                                                                                      faculty and students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I  — walk across the Hunter College Assembly Hall stage. As Nazar descended the stairs to join her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cheering classmates, Guanill hesitated in her seat, then rushed over and gave her daughter a warm embrace.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “I am speechless and so very proud,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                June 22 was a milestone day that marked Manhattan Hunter Science High School’s very first graduation
                                                                                                                                                                                        Rabinowitz has been a member of the Department
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ceremony. Four years ago, a newly established MHSHS — created through a collaboration between
                                                                                                                                                                                      of Psychology faculty since 1978 and has served as chair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hunter College and the NYC Department of Education — admitted its inaugural class.
                                                                                                                                                                                      of the department. She has also been a member of the
                                                                                                                                                                                      doctoral faculty of the City University since 1989.                       “Picking Manhattan Hunter Science High School was the best choice we ever made,” said senior class
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              representative Dennis Liew. “We have helped to shape the school into what it is today, and it has helped
                                                                                                                                                                                        With Professor Virginia Valian, she won a five-year,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to shape us into what we are today.”
                                                                                                                                                                                      $3.75 million National Science Foundation Advance
                                                                                                                                                                                      Award to establish the Gender Equity Project. One                          At MHSHS, a science-focused college preparatory high school, the graduates — many of whom had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              struggled academically in middle school — were introduced to the rigors of college-level work. Their
Acclaimed actress Ruby Dee (left),
                                                                                                                                                                                      of the Project’s goals is to make Hunter a model of

Class of '44, returned to the Hunter
                                                                                                                                                                                      equity and excellence as it advances the careers of                     entire senior year was spent at the Hunter College campus, where they took a mixture of high school
                                                                                                                                             Hunter alumna Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
campus for the first showing of her
                                                                                                                                                                                      women scientists.                                                       courses in English and social studies and college-level credit-bearing courses in math and science. Their
                                                                                                                                             (second from right) — appointed this
award-winning new movie “Naming Number
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              freshman through junior years were spent at the Martin Luther King Jr. campus on the Upper West Side.
                                                                                                                                             year as New York Secretary of State
                                                                                                                                                                                         Rabinowitz has written extensively on gender and
Two.” She shared smiles with fellow
                                                                                                                                             — is honored at reception by President
                                                                                                                                                                                      achievement and on gender bias in science, especially in                  “This school was an experiment for all of us — teachers, administrators, parents and students,” said Hunter
Hunter alums Elaine G. Rosenberg
                                                                                                                                             Jennifer J. Raab; State Senator
                                                                                                                                                                                      health research and research methodology. One of her                    President Jennifer J. Raab. “The proof of our success is the beautiful sea of caps and gowns before us.” Manhattan
(center), Class of '42, and Audrey S.
                                                                                                                                             Andrea Stewart-Cousins (left); and
                                                                                                                                                                                      major projects concerned gender issues in biomedical                    Hunter Principal Susan Kreisman told them, “Let there be no doubt that you will all be heroes in your own lives.”
Felberbaum, Class of '37.
                                                                                                                                             Rossana Rosado, CEO of El Diario/La
                                                                                                                                                                                      research on HIV/AIDS.                                                     City Councilwoman Gale Brewer, who was instrumental in the creation of the school, told the graduates:
                                                                                                                                             Prensa. Cortés-Vázquez, Class of '75,      In 1992, she received the New York State Psychological                “Manhattan Hunter has given you the ability to take on those big challenges in your community and in
                                                                                                                                             is the first Hispanic to hold the                                                                                the world beyond. You are a part of what works, so go out and make the world work.”
                                                                                                                                             Secretary of State position.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Association’s Kurt Lewin Award for outstanding contributions
                                                      Lin-Manuel Miranda, from Hunter College High School's Class
                                                                                                                                                                                      to social psychology. She is the co-author of a textbook on               The achievements of MHSHS’s first graduating class are already amazing. The graduation rate, 100%
                                                      of '98, poses with acting HCHS principal Sonya Mosco after                                                                      the psychology of women, Engendering Psychology: Women                  by August, is double the average for New York City high schools, and all graduates received
                                                      a performance of “In The Heights” — the hit show he wrote                                                                       and Gender Revisited.                                                   a Regents diploma. In addition, the school has a college acceptance rate of 90%, making it competitive
                                                      the music and lyrics for that's been running off-Broadway.
                                                      The musical — about life in Washington Heights, where Miranda
                                                                                                                                                                                        Dr. Rabinowitz received a BA in psychology and                        with some of the most prestigious schools in the nation.

                                                      grew up — heads to Broadway this fall.
                                                                                                                                                                                      English from Douglass College of Rutgers University                       Twenty-one Manhattan Hunter Science High School graduates will be making a smooth transition
                                                                                                                                                                                      and her master’s and doctorate in social psychology from                to Hunter College in the fall, 18 of whom are on scholarships provided by Neil Janovic — a trustee of
                                                                                                                                                                                      Northwestern University.                                                The Hunter College Foundation. Two will go to The Teacher’s Academy and one to the Honors College.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      At                           3
                                                                 Hunter Heroes Serve
                                                                 Our Country in Iraq                                                                                                                             How Cool Is This Job!
                                                                        ason Rodriguez is an                                                                                      “We did what we had to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A   ntarctica was the last place in the world that Hunter alumna
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Grad Works
                                                                 J      Emergency Medical
                                                                        Technician who helped
                                                                 treat both soldiers and
                                                                                                                                                                                do,” says Gilyard, who came
                                                                                                                                                                                to work for the College in
                                                                                                                                                                                2004 and has served in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Kai Ross (MA ’03) ever expected to work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But when Ross — who grew up in the Bronx and graduated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from Hunter with a degree in environmental and occupational           in Antarctica
                                                                 civilians in need of medical                                                                                   military for 17 years. “We       health sciences — found a website advertising jobs there for
                                                                 care in Iraq.
                                                                   James Gilyard worked
                                                                                                                                                                                serviced the guys’ vehicles,
                                                                                                                                                                                we helped them out as much
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 people with her training, she became intrigued. Now she is at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 McMurdo Station not far from the South Pole, where her entire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Loves It
                                                                 with a maintenance unit that                                                                                   as we could. When we had to      world has been turned…well, upside down.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hunter Professor Jack Caravanos,
Hunter’s Jason Rodriguez                                         made sure military vehicles                                                                                    get on the road, we serviced       “How cold is it?” Ross laughs. “It is absolutely freezing. At the   director of the Environmental and
(center) examines the stomach                                    in the war zone ran safely.                                                                                    our own vehicles.”               geographic South Pole, it can go as low as –70. We get down to        Occupational Health Sciences Program,
of a child he is treating in Iraq.                                                                                                                                                                               the – 40s. If the temperature ever makes it to freezing at 32,
                                                                    Adam Sternglass was a                                                                                         He praised his supervisors                                                                           was delighted when he found out what
                                                                 computer expert stationed                                                                                      and other people in Hunter’s     that’s great. The warmest day I remember was 45 degrees, and it       his former student was doing.
                                                                 at a base in Kuwait that sent                                                                                  Department of Public Safety      was amazing. People were walking around with no shirts on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Who would have thought that a woman
                                                                 U.S. troops to both Iraq                                                                                       for “the way they stood up                                                                             from Moshulu Parkway in the Bronx would
                                                                 and Afghanistan.                                                                                               for me.”                                                                                               be working 10,224 miles away at McMurdo Sound in Antarctica?”             Hunter alumna Kai Ross
                                                                    And all three are Hunter     Hunter campus security officer James Gilyard (fifth from left) with             “Any time I would call I’d                                                                            said Caravanos. “I believe it’s official now, the EOHS Program            enjoying life at the bottom
                                                                                                 members of his company in Iraq.                                              get a good response,” recalls                                                                            now has graduates working on every continent. Our students                of the world.
                                                                 staff members who have
                                                                 gone to Iraq recently with their military reserve units — and are      Gilyard. “And they sent letters to me in Iraq. It was good to hear                                                                             will travel to the end of the earth to ensure a safe and healthy
“We did everything the                                           now back working at the College.                                       from the people in public safety. They always had words of                                                                                     environment.”
Marines did...then, when                                           For supporting their heroic efforts, Hunter — along with several     encouragement for me, and they held my job at Hunter until                                                                                       Ross and the other people at McMurdo call their spot at the
anyone needed help, I                                            supervisors of the staffers who served overseas — has received the     I came back.”                                                                                                                                  bottom of the world “The Ice” — because “saying Antarctica
pulled out the medical                                           U.S. government’s Patriot Award.                                         Although he escaped with only a “few bumps and bruises,”                                                                                     takes too long.”
bag and got to work.”                                              “My supervisor was very understanding,” says Rodriguez, a            Gilyard said it was a shock at first to be the target of bullets and                                                                             And Ross says it is as beautiful as it is remote. “The mountains
     — Hunter EMT Jason Rodriguez                                hospitalman second class in the Navy Reserves who was attached         mortars. “On our first day there, we got a welcome party which                                                                                 are extraordinary — just mountains and mountains as far as you
                                                                 to a Marine unit in western Iraq. “When I returned, Hunter was         was mortar rounds that lasted for 10 minutes. That’s when the                                                                                  can see. You look off in the distance, and everything is blue and
                                                                 very happy to offer me my position again. Whatever I needed,           reality set in.”                                                                                                                               white with all the ice. Ice breakers come in every season to help          “Who would have thought
                                                                 they were there for me.”                                                 Sternglass, who works with computers in Hunter’s ICIT                                                                                        bring supplies.                                                            that a woman from Moshulu
                                                                   In Iraq, Rodriguez did the same thing he does as an EMT at           department, returned last year from duty with his Army reserve                                                                                   “The penguins, seals and birds have no fear of human beings.             Parkway in the Bronx would
                                                                 Hunter — he helped people in need of medical attention. “Not           unit in Kuwait, where he performed “computer work and other                                                                                    The penguins walk right up to you and stand there. Part of the             be working 10,224 miles
                                                                                                                                        technical stuff ” at a big air base that was a springboard for troops    Kai aboard an ice breaker in Antarctica.
                                                                 just Marines, but Iraqi Army members and Iraqi citizens too,”                                                                                                                                                         Antarctica treaty is that no one can harm animals. The rule is             away at McMurdo Sound
                                                                 he said. “It wasn’t just war wounds, but fevers and asthma and         in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan.                                         “Summer starts in October and ends in February. There’s            you’re never to do anything to upset their natural behavior.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in Antarctica?”
                                                                 gout. If we could do it, we would.”                                      “Hunter was very good about it, very supportive,” he says.             six months of darkness – then six months of sunlight. The                Not that Ross doesn’t miss a few things about being back in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sun just stops setting.”                                                                                                                              —– Professor Jack Caravanos
                                                                   He described it as “backpack medicine,” saying: “There are           “They held on to my job and didn’t harass me about leaving.”                                                                                   rest of the world. “New York City-style pizza!” she laughs when              Director of the Environmental and
                                                                 no doctors or nurses on the front lines. We did everything the           Sternglass had high praise too for the men and women he                   Ross is a health and safety specialist for Raytheon Polar          asked what she looks forward to the most when she comes home.              Occupational Health Sciences Program
                                                                 Marines did. Getting shot at, getting blown up, sucking in dirt.       worked with in the military, saying: “I saw the faces of maybe           Services, a company that does support work for the National           “They don’t have real pizza ovens there.”
                                                                 Then, when anyone needed help, I pulled out the medical bag            150,000 soldiers. They’re professional, positive, but realistic.         Science Foundation based at McMurdo. “Whatever you need                 Ross admits that growing up in New York made it tougher for
                                                                 and got to work.”                                                      “They understand you can be killed there, and they go ahead              to run a town, that’s what we do,” she explains. “So when             her to adjust to the world of Antarctica at first than it was for
                                                                   His memories of Iraq include “the day I almost died.” A bomb         knowing that.”                                                           scientists come, they have a place to stay.”                          some of her co-workers. “Other people were used to living in the
                                                                 went off on the side of a truck he was riding in. “It threw me off       Sternglass — who has 13 years of military service, including six         Her job involves various aspects of industrial hygiene —            mountains — they grew up doing outdoor things like hunting
                                                                 my feet,” he recalls. “There was a big white flash, and a deafening    on active duty — talked about how the U.S. military has to battle        such as monitoring noise, air and asbestos samples.                   and camping,” she says. “I’m a city girl. Me, I grew up shopping.”
                                                                 sound.” Fortunately, he wasn’t seriously injured.                      the weather and conditions there as well as the enemy. “It was              “I love it so much I didn’t want to come home,” says Ross,           Her schedule calls for her to spend six months in Antarctica
Computer technician Adam                                            Rodriguez came to Hunter as an EMT in 2005. Before that,            very desert-like, very hot, very inhospitable,” he says.                 who is currently working back in the U.S. for her company — but       and then six months working for the company at its offices in
Sternglass on a U.S. air base                                    he was a nursing student at Hunter for three years. His previous         Members of reserve units like Rodriguez, Gilyard and Sternglass        plans to return to Antarctica in the fall. “I spent Thanksgiving      Colorado. But she extended her six-month stay at McMurdo last
in Kuwait.                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Christmas there. The people there become your family.             time — and she can’t wait to go back again in October.
                                                                 reserve unit was deployed to the World Trade Center after 9/11         are able to nominate supervisors from their jobs back home for
                                                                 where he was assigned to perimeter security.                           “My Boss is a Patriot” certificates of appreciation. All three of them   It is an intense experience.”
                                                                   Gilyard, an officer for Hunter campus security at the Brookdale      named people at Hunter.
                                                                 campus, spent 14 months with an Army National Guard vehicle             The award cites Hunter as a “patriotic employer” and thanks the
                                                                 maintenance company in Iraq.                                           College “for your support of citizen soldiers who serve us proudly.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 They Know Which Way the Wind Blows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      verybody talks about the weather, but Hunter’s Allan Frei        the topic of weather can be, telling him afterward: “This is something

                                                                 Hunter Remembers Dean Erwin Fleissner                                                                                                           E    has done something about it. Frei, an associate professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in the Department of Geography, recently got a new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 weather station up and running high on top of the College’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I’ve never really thought about much before. But I’ve learned so much.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Now I can watch the Weather Channel and I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       know what they’re talking about!”
                                                                        memorial service was held at Hunter on May 30 for               a pipeline of minority scientists by ensuring that underrepresented      North Building.

                                                                 A      Erwin Fleissner, Hunter College Professor Emeritus of
                                                                        Biology and a former Dean of Science and Mathematics.
                                                                 Dr. Fleissner died on May 12 at the age of 70.
                                                                                                                                        groups majored and succeeded in the sciences.”
                                                                                                                                          Fleissner served as dean of science and mathematics from
                                                                                                                                        1987 to 1998. Before coming to Hunter, he was a member of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The instruments measure wind speed, wind direction,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 temperature, humidity, rain and snowfall, and solar and ultraviolet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 radiation — with all the data streaming into a computer in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Some New York City TV weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       personalities have been there too. Fox 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       News meteorologist Nick Gregory visited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Hunter to teach a class on the weather.
                                                                   Dr. Fleissner — the husband of Judith Friedlander, Hunter’s          Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research. There he discovered       Hunter Climate Lab which posts this information on the Hunter         And WWOR weather anchor Audrey
                                                                 former dean of social sciences — had recently been honored             the protein composition of retroviruses and did research on the roles    College and the Geography Department websites.                        Puente actually enrolled in weather and
                                                                 for his extraordinary achievements with the presentation of an         of cell-derived genes in cancers caused by such viruses in animals.        “It stood out there during the entire big Nor’easter this year      climate classes at Hunter when she was
                                                                 honorary Doctor of Science degree during the January 2007                He graduated from Yale in 1957 with a BA in physics and                and took accurate measurements,” Professor Frei says proudly.         just starting out in the business.
                                                                 commencement ceremony.                                                 philosophy. He then went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, returning        In the works is a webcam that will soon provide live views of the       A weather station had originally
                                                                   A preeminent scientist and one of Hunter’s most respected deans,     to the U.S. two years later to get a PhD in biochemistry at Columbia.    sky over Hunter every three minutes on the website.                   been set up on the roof of the North
                                                                 he made important contributions to cancer research throughout his      After receiving his degree in 1963, he joined the laboratory of            For Frei, the weather station is just the latest in a series of     Tower in the 1990s, but it stopped
                                                                 career — and also inspired a love of science in many generations
                                                                                                                                        Nobel Prize-winning scientist Fritz Lipmann at Rockefeller               exciting developments in weather and climate studies at Hunter.       functioning in recent years. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           s from a
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                                     PHOTO BY: BARBARA WINTERS

                                                                 through his teaching and writing.                                      University — and then went to Sloan-Kettering in 1966.                   Nearly 300 students now take these classes each semester with         new one, held down by 50 pound
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           nd look a            eather a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     t how th            nd clima
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              e weath             te class
                                                                   “Erwin Fleissner made a difference and certainly left the world                                                                               Frei and a handful of other professors. Some are part of the          sandbags to prevent it from blowing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            get a
                                                                                                                                          He was the author of more than 75 scientific research papers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      er statio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                n collect
                                                                 a better place,” said Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab. “Our entire                                                                            department’s Environmental Studies Program, which began               away, looks like it should be able to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          s da
                                                                                                                                        In 2004, he published a book for a wider audience, Vital Harmonies:
                                                                 community mourns his loss.                                             Molecular Biology and Our Shared Humanity. It unlocked the               three years ago — but the majority of students are in weather         weather plenty of storms, according to Frei.
                                                                    “As dean, he recruited exceptional young researchers and teachers   amazing mysteries of cell biology and molecular genetics for lay         and climate courses simply to fulfill their basic science                “These things are made to stand up to weather,” he says. The
                                                                 and was committed to recruiting top-notch women and minority           readers — and told of landmark discoveries made in the field over        requirements. “I think this is a great thing,” Frei said. “We         weather station is funded by the Department of Geography and
Dr. Erwin Fleissner                                              faculty, many of whom are still at Hunter today. He helped build       the past 50 years that had changed the world.                            get people from all majors here.”                                     the department’s Developmental Fund through donations from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Frei said these students are frequently amazed at how fascinating   students, alumni and supporters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Greenfield to Grads:
                                                                All the Write Stuff                                                                                                                Here’s the Scoop...
                                                               Hunter’s Peter Carey Featured in                                                                                                    T
                                                                                                                                                                                                         he stage was Radio City Music Hall, and Hunter’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                         commencement ceremony there on May 31 featured some
                                                                                                                                                                                                         real star power as TV news commentator Jeff Greenfield,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          their dreams and playing what he called the game of life: “If you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          want to be where you have to be, you win!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Frankfort, on the anniversary of his own graduation from
                                                               New York Magazine with MFA Student                                                                                                  Coach CEO Lew Frankfort and Broadway’s Jeannette Bayardelle
                                                                                                                                                                                                   (an ’02 alumna) helped give the 1,900 graduates a rousing sendoff.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hunter 40 years ago, was the recipient of a Doctorate of Humane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Letters. He talked passionately about how much Hunter has meant
                                                                One can never anticipate who will bob up on the front page      under tremendous pressures to find an agent, sell their                                                                                   to him.
                                                                of the Book Review and how long it will take to get there.      work and somehow break through in the competitive                                                                                           “Hunter is a mosaic of New York; it is also a microcosm of the
                                                                  “I look around the familiar faces in Room 1243 and            market for publishing fiction. “Of all the things I do at                                                                                 wonderful diversity of our great country,” Frankfort said. “Exactly
                                                                imagine I can see the toll it takes to be a young unpublished   Hunter, this seems to be almost the most important, to                                                                                    40 years ago, Hunter was my gateway to the world. Today it is the
                                                                writer in this town. How hard it is to make a living, pay       close that huge, lonely gap between the kitchen table and                                                                                 gateway for all of you who are graduating.
                                                                the rent, have a relationship, write a book.”                   the world of literature,” he writes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “In truth, much of what I have accomplished in my life is
                                                                   Carey was selected by New York magazine to write the           Carey said he constantly stresses to young writers in the                                                                               because of the opportunities that Hunter gave me. So today, in
                                                                keynote piece because of his work with so many promising        MFA program that the business of writing should be about                                                                                  honoring me, Hunter is also honoring itself.”
                                                                young students at Hunter as well as his own phenomenal          the sentence, the story, the language. “My Hunter students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “Remember Hunter College,” he told the graduates. “Wherever
                                                                success as an author. He has won the prestigious Booker         do not ask when the agents will visit,” he says. “They are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you go, whatever you do, Hunter will always be a part of you,
                                                                Prize twice, for Oscar and Lucinda in 1998 and True             there, I tell them, to be writers. Everything else will follow.”                                                                                                                                                   Jeff Greenfield addresses the 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and you will always be a part of Hunter.”
                                                                History of the Kelly Gang in 2001. His most recent novel                                                                                                                                                                                                                           graduating class.
         ward-winning author Peter Carey, director of                                                                              The Hunter MFA Creative Writing Program is a

A        Hunter’s MFA Program in Creative Writing,
         was featured prominently in New York magazine’s
special June issue on fiction and discovering talented
                                                                is the best-selling Theft: A Love Story.
                                                                   After establishing a formidable reputation as a teacher
                                                                at NYU, Columbia, and the New School, Carey came to
                                                                                                                                full-time, two-year course of instruction which offers
                                                                                                                                students the opportunity to work with and learn from
                                                                                                                                top writers of fiction, memoirs and poetry. In 2005,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bayardelle brought the house down when she sang “I am Here”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from The Color Purple — which she has starred in on Broadway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and now on national tour in Chicago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “It’s good to be back,” said Bayardelle, who graduated from
new writers.                                                    direct the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Hunter            the College’s new Hertog Fellowship Program, established
                                                                                                                                by Roger and Susan Hertog (’65), began pairing up                                                                                         Hunter with a degree in medical lab sciences and was given an
   In a bylined article that led the section, Carey marveled    in 2003.
                                                                                                                                selected MFA students with famous writers as mentors.                                                                                     Outstanding Alumna award by program director Regina Linder.
at the dedication of the outstanding young writing students        In the article, he talked about his own beginnings as a                                                                                                                                                Talking about her success in show business, Bayardelle joked
he works with in the Hunter MFA program and compared            writer during the ’60s in his hometown of Bacchus Marsh,                                                                           Jeannette Bayardelle, star of Broadway’s The Color Purple and          about how it was appropriate she was in The Color Purple because
their experiences to his own literary struggles when he was     Australia. “Writing after work at the kitchen table, I was                                                                         a graduate of Hunter’s medical lab sciences program.                   it’s “our school color.”
starting out in Australia nearly a half-century ago.            risking nothing except my sentence,” Carey wrote. “No
                                                                                                                                                                                                     The keynote address was delivered by Greenfield, an acclaimed           Also at the commencement ceremony and speaking to the
  “Every Tuesday night I sit in a room at Hunter College        one knew I was there…as for an MFA in creative writing
                                                                                                                                                                                                   political, media and cultural reporter who’s covered virtually every   graduates was New York Senator Chuck Schumer, a longtime
with twelve students, and we talk about their work…”            I’d never heard of such a thing.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                   major political event over the past two decades — for ABC, CNN         friend and supporter of Hunter.
Carey wrote. “And in doing this I am part of a strange            He contrasted that to his students at Hunter today
                                                                                                                                                                                                   and now CBS. He’s also a best-selling author and host of his own         Clara M. Szego (’37), a prominent cell and molecular biologist,
New York fantasy that all or some of these twelve people        who have opportunities such as the Hertog Fellowship
                                                                                                                                                                                                   show on PBS.                                                           was the recipient of a Doctorate of Science degree. Dr. Szego,
will one day, perhaps next week, perhaps in twenty years,       Program, which allows them to work and learn from
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Referring to himself as an old “geezer,” Greenfield made the         who is in her 90s, was not able to attend the commencement.
be freaks like me.                                              famous writing mentors such Salman Rushdie, Richard
   “At the same time, we all know it cannot be everybody        Price, Toni Morrison, Nathan Englander, Patrick McGrath                                                                            graduates both laugh and think with his wry, insightful
who will live from making literature. And we are incapable      and Colum McCann.                                                                                                                  observations about the future that now lies ahead of them.
of guessing — me as much as anyone else — who that will be.        But he also pointed out that young writers today are                                                                              “Hey, I work in television news, so why believe me?” Greenfield       “Much of what I have accomplished in my life is
                                                                                                                                                                                                   joked, but told the graduates: “If you listen, I might save some of     because of the opportunities Hunter gave me... so
                                                                                                                                                                                                   your lives. You don’t get a do-over. There is enough out there of       in honoring me, Hunter is also honoring itself.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                   work and play and joy to fill a hundred lifetimes. You have one.”                                                                               Lew Frankfort received an honorary

10 Questions For...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     — Coach CEO Lew Frankfort
                                                                                                                                                                                                     And he left them with this final piece of advice about following                                 Recipient of a Doctorate of Humane Letters   Doctorate of Humane Letters.

         Peter Carey, Director of MFA Program in Creative Writing

    s part of a regular series in At Hunter spotlighting members of the Hunter College faculty, Peter Carey
A   answers 10 questions that we put to him:
                                                                                                                                         avid Rogers — a former student of Peter Carey’s in
                                                                                                                                         the Hunter MFA Creative Writing Program – was

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Extraordinary Students, Extraordinary Stories
                                                                                                                                         featured in New York magazine’s special issue on
1. What book has inspired you the most in your                 6. Best advice you give your students about                         promising young writers as one of “The Stars of Tomorrow.”
   writing career?                                                writing and getting published?
                                                                                                                                      Rogers is now an editor for Picador publishers and
If there was only one book, I could not have been              Remember that will may be even more important than talent.
                                                                                                                                   is writing a novel about a group of scientists in the                 or class valedictorian William Biondolino, the                   remarkable American Dream of success and graduated as a Hunter
a writer. There have been many. For instance: Faulkner’s
As I Lay Dying, when I was 20; Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse
– Five, when I was 25; One Hundred Years of Solitude,
when I was 30; Tristram Shandy, when I was 40;
                                                               7. How would you compare yourself as a young
                                                                  writer with your students today?
                                                               On the basis of my early work I would have had to reject
                                                                                                                                   mountains of Ethiopia studying strange hoofed
                                                                                                                                   creatures — which may or may not be real. A story that
                                                                                                                                   he wrote while in the Hunter MFA program, “The
                                                                                                                                                                                                   F     commencement ceremony was his “debut” at Radio
                                                                                                                                                                                                         City — but not for performing on stage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Biondolino spent more than a decade dancing professionally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          honors student with a 3.99 GPA in biochemistry. A volunteer at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hospitals in the city, she now plans to be a doctor herself — and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          will attend New York University School of Medicine on a prestigious
                                                               my own application to Hunter.                                       Tie-Down,” was earlier excerpted in New York magazine.          before coming to Hunter — performing with top ballet                   Salk Scholarship.
Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, when I was 55; Schulz’s
Street of Crocodiles, now I’m 63. And I have somehow                                                                                 “I write a lot about the limits of love, the ways that        companies around the world and with national tours of musicals           But perhaps the student who traveled the furthest and overcame
                                                               8. Do you think that the diversity of so many of
omitted the work of Joseph Conrad, Henry James and                                                                                 love and romantic desire play havoc with all of our             like West Side Story and Damn Yankees. He continued to dance           the most insurmountable odds to get a Hunter diploma was
                                                                  the students at Hunter helps them to become
Alice Munro.                                                                                                                       values, but also the unexpected capacity that people            even while at Hunter. Now, after graduating at the top of his class    Suman Pradhan. Pradhan comes from a tiny village in Nepal near
                                                                  better writers?
                                                                                                                                   have for love,” Rogers told At Hunter.                          as a Latin major with a 3.991 GPA, Biondolino begins a new             Mount Everest, which was so remote it had no roads and no
2. Tell us about a memorable moment for you in                 Think of Picasso and Joyce — the force of voice from the
                                                                                                                                      He said that one of the great things about the Hunter        career in the fall as a high school Latin teacher.                     schools for him to get a proper education.
   the MFA Creative Writing Program.                           periphery addressing the metropolitan center.
                                                                                                                                   MFA program was all of the great writers in addition to           Salutatorian Natalya Berezovskaya also had a long road to get          But through perseverance and a bit of luck (he won a lottery in
One recent night, reading with my colleague Tom Sleigh         9. What’s the best thing about the Hunter MFA                       Carey that he was able to learn from while he was there.        to Hunter, after she and her family were forced to leave Moscow        Nepal to get a visa to the U.S., where the odds against him were
at Hunter, looking down at the audience and seeing,               Program in Creative Writing — and how do                         “I had the pleasure of working closely with Andrew              when she was 7 because of anti-Semitism and political unrest due       150 –1), Pradhan graduated from Hunter with a degree in
scattered amongst the crowd, the extraordinary writers            you hope to make it even better?                                 Sean Greer and Colum McCann,” he says — and                     to the collapse of the Soviet Union.                                   medical lab sciences. He hopes one day to go back to Nepal to
who teach with me. I’m sure you will not find, anywhere        There’s a long list on both sides. One amazing gift                 describes himself as being in “star-struck awe” when              Although she spoke no English, Berezovskaya quickly achieved a       help treat people suffering from diseases like malaria and typhoid.
in the U.S., this concentration of talent devoted to such      we have is the Hertog writing fellowships. This has                 Salman Rushdie spoke to his class.
a select number of students.                                   allowed our fiction and nonfiction students to work                    “Between Peter Carey and Jenefer Shute (one of the                                                                                                                                                           Spreading the big news at Radio City:
3. What’s your favorite movie?                                 as paid research assistants for Toni Morrison, Salman               professors in the MFA program) I was given healthy                                                                                                                                                              We graduated!
Crumb and Not Born For These Times — two                       Rushdie, Jonathan Franzen, Siri Hustvedt, Kathryn                   doses of nurturing, honesty and highly creative critique;
documentaries dealing with art and dysfunction.                Harrison, AM Homes, Patrick McGrath, Jenny Egan,                    also excellent attention thanks to the small class size,”
                                                               Jonathan Safran-Foer, Richard Price. The list is much               Rogers says. “The program helped my craft, but, more
4. Favorite food?                                              longer. The writers are generous. The students work                 valuable, it set my ambitions higher and helped me to
Chili crab in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia                           hard. One feels lives being changed.                                write outside my own experiences.”
5. What’s in your iPod or CD player? And do                    10. What do you still hope to accomplish in                            What was his reaction to being picked as one of
   you listen to music while you write?                            your career?                                                    New York’s outstanding young writing talents? “I am
I could listen — and have been listening — to Bob              Write each day, find novels to write, hope to stumble               honored to have been chosen,” Rogers says. “Ultimately
Dylan forever. Of course I can’t listen to him while           into territory that will take me to a higher, weirder place.        though, all that matters is the writing, and so now I’m
I write, anymore than I could read Thomas Bernhard.            I’m just finishing a novel titled His Illegal Self.                 getting back to my novel.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                   William Biondolino                      Natalya Berezovskaya                      Suman Pradhan

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                                               Alumni Weekend 2007                                                                                                                                 Memories That Last a Lifetime
       harlotte K. Frank (MS ’66),

C      who received the Award for
       Outstanding Professional
Achievement, is senior vice president of
research and development for McGraw
Hill Education of the McGraw Hill
Companies. She joined the company in
1988 following nine years as executive
director of the Division of Curriculum
and Instruction for the New York City
Board of Education, where she was also
a teacher and supervisor.
She has authored numerous articles
and lectured extensively at major
universities on critical issues of education
and their importance for the business
community. She has received more               Mollie Sabinson Schildkrout (left) and Henriette Judels Rattner (center) of the Class of ’32 reviewed a copy of their yearbook as                   Marvin Kelemen (left), Michael Frankfurt (center) and Jack Dammann were among the                 Famed entertainment lawyer Floria Lasky (left) and opera star Regina Resnik (right),
than 60 awards for her achievements            part of their 75th reunion.                                                                                                                         members of the Class of ’57 celebrating their 50th reunion.                                       both members of the Class of ’42, flank Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab.
in education, including the “Women
of the Year Award” from the National
Council of Administrative Women
                                                                                                                                                                                                  13 New Inductees Reflect an Extraordinary Range of Activities and Honors
in Education, the Distinguished
Educational Leadership Award, and
the “Outstanding Educator of the
                                               Hall of Fame 2007
Year” Award from the Doctorate                                                       ew Hunter College Hall of Fame inductee Judy Francis
Association of New York Educators.
Frank, who was inducted into the
Hunter College Alumni Hall of Fame
                                                     N                              Zankel (BFA ’67) took everyone on a wonderful trip down
                                                                                    memory lane at Alumni Weekend — regaling them with
                                                                            delightful stories about her “extraordinary” years as an art student
in 1999, received a PhD from New                                            at Hunter.
York University and is now a N.Y.S.                                          “We BFA students were frankly bratty,” Zankel recalled as she
Regent Emerita.                                                             and 12 other honorees officially became Hall of Fame members on
                                                                            April 28. “We felt very entitled. And that the rules for the rest of          Joan R. Acker (BA ’46) is a              Ann L. Blackwell (BA ’52),            Stanley Cohen (BA ’55)               Hester Klein Diamond (BA ’49),          Rosalia A. Gioia (BA ’53) has been     Alex Gitterman (MSW ’62) is
                                                                            the College simply did not apply to us.                                       professor emerita of sociology at        currently an engineer at NASA         has written eight books and          a graduate of Hunter College            an educator and administrator in       a professor of social work at
                                               Judy Francis Zankel ’67     “Hunter Park Avenue had only recently been made co-educational,                the University of Oregon and the         Ames Research Center, was the         numerous articles for newspapers     High School as well as the              health and physical education for      the University of Connecticut,
                                               and most of the men there were art students. And while women students were just beginning                  founding director of the university's    first woman to earn a master’s        and magazines and has taught at      College, had one career with the        over 50 years, serving as a school     a former associate dean at the
                                               to wear pants to school in bad weather (can you believe it? It was truly the Stone Age), we art            Center for the Study of Women in         degree in electrical engineering      Hunter, NYU, and the New School.     NYC Welfare Department, another         athletic director, a supervisor of     Columbia University School of
                                               students routinely wore jeans.                                                                             Society. She has received the            from Yale (1955). After holding       His book The Game They Played        assisting her late husband, Harold      adult programs, and a community        Social Work, the editor of a
                                                                                                                                                          American Sociological Association's      various jobs in such areas as         was a New York Times “notable        Diamond, in his work as an art          recreational program director.         series for Columbia University
                                                 “I remember sailing into a philosophy class immediately after a sculpture class,” she said,              Career of Distinguished Scholarship      aerophysics and environmental         book of 1977” and was included                                               A nationally recognized leader         Press, and a former president
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dealer, and a third as the head
                                               “arriving in a cloud of plaster dust with my portable ashtray (yes, we also smoked in class)               Award and its award for feminist         planning, she earned a PhD from       in Sports Illustrated’s Top 100                                              in sports and advocate of equal        of the Association for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of her own interior design
                                               and the other students cleared a path, not really sure what to make of me.”                                scholarship. Her many publications       the University of Texas, Arlington,   Sports Books of All Time. His                                                educational opportunities for girls    Advancement of Social Work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              business. After her retirement,
                                                  Zankel went on to become an award-winning freelance illustrator. She recently finished a                include Class Questions: Feminist        where she was an adjunct              awards for journalistic excellence   she became the founding                 and women, she recently became         with Groups. He is the author of
                                               term as president of the Society of Illustrators in New York and serves on that organization's             Answers, published in 2006.              professor and engineer until          include several from the New         president of The Medici Archive         involved with quality-of-life issues   the award-winning Handbook
                                               executive committee. She was recently invited to join the Advisory Committee of the                        Gendering Sociological Theory:           assuming her present position.        York State Press Association and     Project, a nonprofit that supports      for the elderly and is strongly        of Social Work Practice with
       atricia Spence Rudden

P      (BA ’72, MA ’77), recipient
       of the Award for Distinguished
Service to the Association and the
                                               Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
                                                 She has been actively involved in music as well as art. She and her late husband Arthur gave
                                               the lead gift to build the third stage of Carnegie Hall, named Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall,
                                                                                                                                                          Class and Organizations, a
                                                                                                                                                          collection of her articles, will
                                                                                                                                                          be published in late 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Among her honors are numerous
                                                                                                                                                                                                   awards for exceptional
                                                                                                                                                                                                   performance from the Research
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Center and a 1962 Alumni
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the highest award offered by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         American Business Press.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              research in art history and history.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              She has also achieved some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              second-hand fame as the mother
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of Mike D of the Beastie Boys.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      committed to Olympic-style Senior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Games. As a participant in these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      games, she has received hundreds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of medals for track and field,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Vulnerable and Resilient
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Populations, among many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             other books.

College, holds a doctorate from the            which opened in 2003. In addition, she serves as a trustee on the Board of Carnegie Hall.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Achievement Award from Hunter.                                                                                     tennis, basketball, and softball.
CUNY Graduate Center and is an                  But Zankel looks back fondly on those happy days at Hunter in the mid '60s as the place
associate professor of English at New          where it all started.
York City College of Technology/
                                                 “At the time I took my teachers for granted,” she said. “They were simply my teachers. I
CUNY. A longtime Alumni
                                               had no real idea of how important they were and would become in the art world. I studied
Association board member, she is
                                               with Tony Smith, Bob Morris, Lyman Kipp, Bob Huot, Doug Olsen, Ray Parker, Ralph
currently the Association’s secretary
                                               Humphrey, Ron Gorchov, Julius Goldstein, Ursula Meyer and Leo Steinberg, among others.”
and has served several terms as
assistant secretary and vice president.           She said that two of them — Goldstein and Smith — particularly helped shape her future.
She has chaired the Recent Graduates           It was Goldstein who suggested she might like fashion drawing. And she recalled Smith as
Committee and the Futures                      “quite a character” who opened her eyes about many things, including working with
Committee, is a founding member                illustrations.
                                                                                                                                                          Denise Johnson (MS ’89), acting          Allen Edward Klein (BFA ’59),         Frayda B. Lindemann (BA ’60)         Harriet Pruitt McFeeters (BA ’48)       Bessie J. Pruitt (BA ’52), a           Christopher A. Seeger (BA ’87)
of the Book Club, and was one of the              “One day Tony came up to my easel and stood looking at my work, stroking his beard.                     chief of the Polio Eradication           a self-described “Jollytologist”      has a lifelong history of            In her 50 years in the NYC school       longtime health and physical           is a founding member of Seeger
early leaders of the alumni mentoring          Then he smiled and said: 'Ever heard of Aubrey Beardsley?' No, I hadn't, but I certainly                   Branch at the Centers for Disease        and the president of the              scholarship in music and art and     system, McFeeters taught biology,       education teacher and                  Weiss LLP, a leading law firm. He
component of the Public Service                started looking at his work and loved it. Another day he asked if I had seen the ‘Socialist                Control and Prevention (CDC), has        Association for Applied and           broad experience as an educator,     general science, and special            administrator in NYC schools,          has risen to national prominence
Scholars Program. She has also served          Realism’ posters of the ’30s celebrating the workers in communist Russia. Again, no, I                     worked at CDC since 1978, when           Therapeutic Humor, has made           editor, and supporter of cultural    education and was a teacher             has been managing director             for his work in medical and
on the Homecoming Committee,                   hadn't. But what a revelation when I did!”                                                                 she became a public health advisor       a career of showing people how        and civic organizations. She         trainer, a community relations          of the South Bronx Community           pharmaceutical litigations
Nominating Committee, Fall                                                                                                                                in the Sexually Transmitted              to use humor to cope with and         earned a master’s degree and         coordinator, and a district deputy      Action Theater and is the founder      and regularly serves as lead or
Celebration Committee, and Birthday               Despite her love for art and painting, Zankel decided not to go on for a master’s degree in fine
                                                                                                                                                          Disease Program. She went                triumph over challenging              a PhD in music from Columbia         superintendent. She is currently        of Bess Pruitt & Associates,           co-lead counsel in class actions
Luncheon Committee. Actively                   arts. “I realized that while I had loved every minute of school and had graduated cum laude and
                                                                                                                                                          on to work in CDC's programs             situations. An award-winning          University, taught music both at     involved in the Fordham University      a highly successful artists            throughout the country. Seeger
involved in her community, she is a            with art honors, I didn't want to be an art teacher or an easel painter. I was ready for the real world.
                                                                                                                                                          related to toxic substances,             writer and public speaker, he has     Columbia and at Hunter, and was      Bronx African American History          management company. She                has lectured extensively on
founding member of the Women's                 I embarked upon what has been a very successful career as an illustrator, mostly in fashion.”
                                                                                                                                                          injury prevention, and global            15 books to his credit. His first     an editor of the publication         Project, the Bronx County               is a founding member of the            complex litigation topics and
Democratic Club of NYC, leads                    But she still recalls the advice she got from her high school guidance counselor, who told               immunization, where she has              book, The Healing Power of            Current Musicology. She is           Historical Society, and a               Bronx Council on the Arts and a        teaches at the Benjamin Cardozo
services for Jewish patients of the            her “you can't get better than Hunter” when she was trying to decide where to go to college.               held leadership positions                Humor, is now in its 31st printing    currently active in organizations    leadership training program for         consultant for the New York City       School of Law, where he earned
Cabrini Center for Nursing and                   “I am so lucky not only to have had a first-class liberal arts education, but also to have               dealing with issues ranging from         and eighth foreign-language           aimed at promoting exceptional       city children. She has been             Board of Education, the New            his law degree magna cum
Rehabilitation, and has served as              been exposed to the teaching and direction of so many brilliant artists,” Zankel said in                   hazardous waste sites to domestic        translation.                          young musicians, and is also on      honored by educators' organi-           England Foundation for the Arts,       laude. He has been included in
cantor for High Holiday services at            thanking Hunter for the Hall of Fame honor.                                                                violence to immunization.                                                      the board of the Metropolitan        zations, the N.A.A.C.P., and the        and Carnegie Hall. She holds an        “The Best Lawyers in America.”
local synagogues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Opera.                               State Senate, among many others.        MA from NYU.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           In 2006, elementary school teacher Michelle            College in 1998 with an MS in exercise science         Barry Jacobs (BA ’01) has
                                                                  to Or you can update your contact information and submit a Class Note                                                                                   Bodden (MSE ’87) published the children’s              and rehabilitation, and recently received his PhD      joined the Dallas office of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           book, Obara and the Gatekeeper, which won              in applied physiology from the Teachers College        the law firm Weil, Gotshal
                                                                  at Share your stories with us and the greater Hunter College community.                                                                                      honorable mention at the 13th Annual Writer’s          of Columbia University.                                & Manges LLP as an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               CAPITAL DISTRICT CHAPTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               October 14: Meeting
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                                                                  You can even post a picture of yourself!                                                                                                                                                 Digest Self-Published Book Awards.                     Lisa Solomon (BA ’95) was recently hired               associate in the firm’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Location: TBA Time: TBA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Platanos and Collard Greens and From Auction           as a second grade teacher at the Nantucket             Banking & Finance Group.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Before joining Weil                                   Contact: Rona Wilson 518-465-7763
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Block to Hip Hop, two plays by David Lamb              New School.
                                                                  1940s                                                                     Rick have volunteered as docents at the El Paso
                                                                                                                                            Holocaust Museum and Study Center for the past
                                                                                                                                                                                                  colleges and universities, including Brooklyn
                                                                                                                                                                                                  College and Pace University. Additionally, he            (BA ’87), have been critically acclaimed in the        Ezra Shales (MFA ’96) received a grant from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Gotshal, he worked for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               GREATER NEW HAVEN CHAPTER
                                                                  At the age of 80, Marie Miller ( BA ’42) is one                                                                                                                                          New York City theater market. Lamb, a native                                                                  Thacher Proffitt & Wood, LLP, as an associate
                                                                                                                                            three years.                                          worked at an international marketing firm in                                                                    The Craft Research Fund to support research on                                                               September 29: Fall Luncheon with
                                                                  of the most energetic and hardworking teachers                                                                                                                                           of Queens, is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson                                                                in the New York office. Jacobs earned a JD from
                                                                                                                                            Richard G. Fromewick (BA ’66) is chair of             Manhattan.                                                                                                      John Cotton Dana’s pioneering work and                                                                       guest speaker Manny Strumpf, an
                                                                  at Simsbury High School in Connecticut. She                                                                                                                                              School of Public and International Affairs at                                                                 the Georgetown University Law Center in 2004.
                                                                                                                                            Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein PC’s certiorari        “Shadow Echo”, Nadine Gordon-Taylor’s (BA ’76)                                                                  exhibitions on the machine esthetic. Shales is                                                               expert on the Statue of Liberty
                                                                  teaches two honors English classes, one regular                                                                                                                                          Princeton University, and New York University                                                                 Timothy J. Barber (MA ’03) has been
         am delighted to greet not only                                                                                                     and condemnation practice in Garden City, N.Y.,       series of watercolors, is currently on display at                                                               currently an assistant professor of art history and                                                          Location: TBA Time: 12pm

   I     the new graduates of May 2007,
         but all Hunter alumni.
      First, please plan to join us on
                                                                  English class, and one public speaking class, in
                                                                  addition to guiding students in the mock trial
                                                                  program and coaching graduation speakers. For
                                                                  her contributions to the school, where she has
                                                                  taught for 36 years, principal Neil Sullivan
                                                                                                                                            and has been with the firm since 1981.
                                                                                                                                            Fromewick previously served as the deputy
                                                                                                                                            county attorney in the land division and deputy
                                                                                                                                            bureau chief in the Tax Certiorari Bureau of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Katonah Museum of Art. Taylor received her
                                                                                                                                                                                                  MFA in painting from Long Island University.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Master programmer Richard Licata (BA ’76) is
                                                                                                                                                                                                  executive vice president of corporate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           School of Law.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Angela de Lourdes Ortiz (BA ’88) is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           managing director at Besen Capital, LLC, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           division of Besen and Associates, an investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  theory at Alfred University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Newsday foreign correspondent Mohamad Bazzi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (BA ’97) has been awarded the Council on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Foreign Relations’ 2007 Edward R. Murrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         appointed a member of the W.L. Gilbert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Corporation’s board of directors. Barber is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         assistant principal at Jumoke Academy Charter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         School in Hartford.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Contact: Beth Schaefer: 203-796-4236

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               LONG ISLAND CHAPTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               October 16: Meeting; more
   Saturday, October 27, for our Fall                                                                                                       Nassau County Attorney’s Office.                                                                               realty company.                                        fellowship. Bazzi, who began his Newsday career        Stacy Shubitz (MSEd ’04) teaches fifth grade          information TBA
                                                                  declared her birthday, February 16, as Marie                                                                                    communications at Showtime Networks, Inc.
   Alumni Association Meeting and                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bassist Calvin Hill (MS ’89) is a studio musician      as a summer intern in 1996, plans to join the          students at P.S. 171 in East Harlem. She and          January 15, 2008: Afternoon
                                                                  Miller Day.                                                               A new book by Mike Epstein (BA ’67),                  He has worked as a reporter at the New York
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           who has taught music and special education in          journalism faculty at New York University at the       fellow teacher Christina Rodriguez guided a           book review
   Luncheon. This is a wonderful                                  Opera legend Regina Resnik
                                                                                                                                            Oblivious in Washington Heights, traces the           Daily News, a public relations practitioner at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           public and private schools in New York and New         end of his fellowship.                                 group of their female students in writing Deal        Location: East Meadow
   opportunity to reconnect with                                                                                                            author’s life in his New York community during        HBO, and a senior vice president of publicity
                                                                  (BA ’42) received an honorary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With It! Powerful Words From Smart, Young             Time: TBA
                                                                                                                                            the 1950s and 1960s. Epstein, who has worked          and public relations for Fox Broadcasting Company.       Jersey, and in colleges throughout the U.S.,           Rabbi Rigoberto Emanuel Viñas (MSW ’98),
   classmates, update you on College                              doctorate from Boston’s New                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Women, published in 2007.                             Contact: Helen Gittleman
                                                                                                                                            for numerous companies in the financial, pension,                                                              Europe, and Japan. His band, “The Calvin Hill

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   news and report new information                                England Conservatory at its                                                                                                     Cushman & Wakefield, the world’s largest privately                                                              who leads the Lincoln Park Jewish Center in                                                                  516-705-6277; Rhona Goldman
                                                                                                                                            and consulting areas, is also the author of The                                                                Trio,” recently performed a jazz concert at the        Yonkers, spoke at a Holocaust remembrance              John Byrnes (BA ’05), an Iraq veteran, is the
                                                                  136th Commencement                                                                                                              held real estate services firm, announced that                                                                                                                                                                               516-599-2719 or
   for the upcoming year.                                                                                                                   401(k) Guide: How to Start and Run a 401(k) Plan.                                                              Englewood Public Library.                              event at Lehman College in April. He assumed           Student Veterans Coordinator at New York City
                                                                  Exercises at Jordan Hall in                                                                                                     Clifford J. Mortara (BA ’77) has been promoted                                                                                                                                                                     
     Second, our annual Alumni                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    leadership at his synagogue in 2003, and               College of Technology. He assists former soldiers
                                                                  May. Currently, her concert                                               Marilyn JS Goodman (BFA ’67) wrote                    to director of the firm’s Client Solutions Group.
   Holiday Party is scheduled for                                 series Regina Resnik Presents,                                            Arteducarte: Arte ecuatoriano para niños, which       Mortara joined the company in 1998 as a                  1990s                                                  congregation membership, which was on the              with everything from getting credits transferred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.       NATIONAL CHAPTER
   Tuesday, December 18. Mark your                                with its recent performances in New York and                              was published in November 2006. Filled with           property manager.                                                                                               wane, has grown steadily since then.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Curator, writer, fine artist, and educator                                                                                                                          September 15: Luncheon with guest
                                                                  San Francisco, can be seen on CUNY-TV.                                    language arts and drawing activities, the book                                                                                                                        Eric Arlin (MS ’99), assistant principal of Birch      Laura Fayer’s (MFA ’05) contemporary, abstract
   calendars now and plan to attend a                                                                                                                                                             Abbe Raven (MA ’77) received, on behalf of               Frank Martin (MA ’90) has long served as                                                                                                                            speaker Hunter graduate Sara
                                                                                                                                            highlights 25 outstanding examples of                                                                                                                                 Elementary School in Nassau County, will be            works debuted in Denver at the Rule Gallery in
   marvelous evening of camaraderie,                              A biography of longtime equal rights advocate                                                                                   The History Channel, the 2007 Preserve America           a contributing critic in the fine arts for the                                                                                                                      Massey of Massey Media, who will
                                                                                                                                            Ecuadorian art from ancient civilizations to                                                                                                                          promoted to principal next year. Arlin has             May 2007. She is a graduate of Harvard
                                                                  Ann Juliano Jawin (BA ’43) has been included                                                                                    Presidential Award in the Rose Garden at the                                                                                                                                                                                 talk about the effective use of media.
   music, door prizes and more!                                                                                                             contemporary artists. Five thousand copies of the                                                              Charleston Post and Courier, one of the oldest                                                                University.
                                                                  in the book Feminists Who Changed America                                                                                       White House. The award, presented by First Lady                                                                 worked as a special-education teacher and a                                                                  Contact: Sylvia McCollum
                                                                                                                                            book will be distributed free to underserved                                                                   newspapers in the South. His artwork was recently
     Third, save the date of Sunday,                              1963-1975. A member of the Hunter College                                                                                       Laura Bush, was in honor of the establishment                                                                   district-wide staff development coach.                 Peter Allen Hoffmann (MFA ’05) had a solo             301-951-0613
                                                                                                                                            teachers and elementary school students                                                                        displayed in the Gallery at Black Creek Arts
   May 18 for our Spring 2008 Birthday                            Hall of Fame, Jawin is the recipient of the Susan                                                                               of the Save Our History grant program for                                                                       Ryan Humphrey (MFA ’99) recently competed              show in Chicago exhibiting a series of his painted
                                                                                                                                            throughout Ecuador.                                                                                            Center in South Carolina as part of a show entitled,
   Luncheon to be held at the Grand                               B. Anthony Award and the Ralph Bunche Award                                                                                     preservation and promotion of the historic                                                                      on Top Design, a Bravo reality show. His work,         landscapes. Running from June 8 to August 4,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “A Collection of Contemporary Black Artists.”                                                                                                                       NORTH BROWARD CHAPTER/FLORIDA
                                                                  for Human Rights.                                                         Dianne S. Moore (BSN ’68)                             heritage of America.                                                                                            which often addresses the sensibility of pop-culture   his exhibition, entitled “Given,” was at the
   Hyatt Hotel! Join us to celebrate                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kelvin Alexander (BA ’92) is the deputy chief                                                                                                                       December 3: Meeting with guest
                                                                                                                                            is executive dean                                                                                                                                                     space, time, and place, has been included in           Thomas Robertello Gallery. His work has been
   your milestone.                                                Two-time Emmy-winning actress Ruby Dee                                                                                                                                                   of staff to New York State Senator Eric Adams,                                                                                                                      speaker Kristin Jacobs, Broward
     Watch the alumni website for
                                                                  (BA ’44) was honored at the 23rd annual
                                                                                                                                            of nursing at West Coast
                                                                                                                                            University in Southern
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1980s                                                    and a former NYPD sergeant. An active member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  numerous solo and group exhibitions around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the country.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         featured in various group exhibitions in New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         York, Berlin, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               County Commissioner
                                                                  Westchester Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon,                                                                                                                                               of his Staten Island community, Alexander belongs                                                                                                                   Location: North Broward/BCC
   news about other Hunter alumni                                                                                                           California. She was recently                          Amy Churgin (MA ’81) has been named senior                                                                                                                             Jonathan Yee (MA ’06) is a Latin teacher at           Library, Coconut Creek Time: 1pm
                                                                  held in March at the Rye Town Hilton. Dee                                                                                                                                                to Community Board 1, the Staten Island NAACP,
                                                                                                                                            elected president of the
   get-togethers, concerts, lectures,
   book clubs and more.
                                                                  was recognized for her contributions to the
                                                                  community and her advocacy for human, civil,
                                                                                                                                            California Association of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  vice president of Condé Nast Media Group, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  is responsible for overseeing corporate sales. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and the West Brighton Civic Association.               2000s                                                  Brooklyn Latin School, a new high school that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         gives gifted students an education in the classics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               January 28, 2008: Book discussion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               led by Helen Kulick Lanzner Wool
                                                                                                                                            Colleges of Nursing and                               has served as vice president and publisher of            Michael Parness (BA ’94) has sold the world            Legally blind since the age of three, Ahn-Tai          Yee was featured in a May 2007 article in New
     You are invited to communicate                               and women’s rights around the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (’43); book TBA, call in September
                                                                                                                                            appointed to the Board of Directors of                Gourmet and Architectural Digest, group publisher        rights to his new book, Rule Your Freakin’             Tran (BA ’00) is an award-winning musician,            York Teacher, entitled “Vivat longe Schola Latina
                                                                  Mary Ellen Rochon (BA ’47) was recently                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for title
   with us by writing to the Hunter College                                                                                                 Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.                at Primedia, associate publisher at Seventeen, and       Retirement, to St. Martin Press. The book              composer, and classical guitarist. Drawing on          Brookliniensis!”
                                                                  named to the board of directors of New Concepts,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Location: North Broward/BCC
   Alumni Office, 695 Park Avenue,                                                                                                          Emmy Award-winning actress Rhea Perlman               advertising director at Elle and European Travel         will be for sale in stores in early 2008.              a repertoire that covers five centuries, he often
                                                                  a community non-profit organization committed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A collection of Stephen Canino’s (MFA ’06)            Library, Coconut Creek Time: 1pm
   Room 1314, East Building, New York,                                                                                                      (BA ’68), of Cheers fame, debuted as Bertha in        and Life.                                                Jann O’Toole (MA ’94) is a volunteer with              performs in concert halls and libraries. A native      paintings were on exhibit from March 24 to
                                                                  to people with disabilities and their families. In                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Contact: Naomi Weintraub
   NY 10065 or by calling 212-772-4087                                                                                                      Matthew Warchus’ production of Mark Camoletti’s       Abstract painter Jill Moser (MFA ’81) recently           Trident Literary Association at the Sherman            of Ho Chi Minh City, Tran was profiled in The          April 22 in the Artists’ Loft, a gallery in           Lubarsky 954-971-4596 or Edythe
                                                                  1958, Rochon—a pioneer in educational
                                                                                                                                            comedy Boeing-Boeing at the Comedy Theater in         held a joint exhibit with her mother Joy, an             House in South Carolina. She teaches English           Daily News’ “Big Town, Big Dreams: Stories             Highland, NY. The artist presented strongly           Werner Rishin 954-978-9824
   or e-mailing                           television—co-hosted the Eastern Educational
                                                                                                                                            London on June 25.                                    adjunct associate professor of art education, in         to Russian-speaking immigrants from the former         About Immigrant New Yorkers Who Make                   composed landscape-based abstractions inspired
                                                                  Television Network’s Fun at One, an early
        Please stay in touch!                                                                                                                                                                     the Gallery of Graphic Arts in Manhattan. Moser          Soviet Union, and acquaints them with American         This Town The Great Place It Is.”                      by the surroundings of New York City and the          PALM BEACH COUNTY CHAPTER
                                                                  childhood program.
                                                                                                                                            1970s                                                 graduated from Brown University, taught at
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Princeton for six years, and was on the faculty of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           customs and traditions.                                Formerly the manager of online presentations for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The New York Times, Mike Nizza (BA ’01) has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hudson Valley.                                        Date TBA: Backstage tour of Kravis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Center Time: TBA
                                                                  1950s                                                                     Artist and author Stephen Yaeger (MA ’70)             the School of Visual Arts in New York City and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Michael Figueroa (BA ’95) is a member of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the Science Department at Monsignor Scanlan            been named reporter and overall manager of The                                                               November 15: Brunch and a Book
                                                                                                                                            participated in a panel on children’s literature      State University in New York. Her paintings and          High School in the Bronx and an adjunct lecturer       Times’ general news blog, “The Lede.” Nizza                                                                  Location: Coral Lakes Café
 A LUMNI A SSOCIATION O F H UNTER C OLLEGE                        Philip Litman (BA ’50) is a former audit
                                                                                                                                            at the first literary festival at the Rockaways in    drawings are represented in the permanent                at Queensborough Community College and                 joined The Times in 2000 after working for the                                                               Time: 11am
                                                                  manager for the Maryland-National Capital Park
  Room 1314 East Building, 695 Park Avenue,                                                                                                 southern Queens in April.                             collections of the MoMA and the Met, and in              Dominican College. He graduated from Brooklyn          Council on Foreign Relations.                                                                                January 22, 2008: Brunch and a Book
                                                                  and Planning Commission.
                 New York, NY 10065                                                                                                         Jeff Albies (MS ’72) retired in June 2007 after       other museums around the country.                                                                                                                                                                                            Location: Coral Lakes Café
                                                                  Mildred Dresselhaus (HCHS ’48, BA ’51), the
                                                                                                                                            33 years as the head baseball coach and associate     Edward Barbier (BA ’82) has been appointed                                                                                                                                                                                   Time: 11am
                                                                  first female tenured professor in the engineering
                                                                                                                                            athletic director at William Patterson University.    assistant vice president and officer in charge of

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           In Memoriam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Contact: Ellen Rice Brotman
             Annual Fall Luncheon                                 department at MIT, received L’Oreal -UNESCO’s
                                                                                                                                            Albies coached two national championship teams        the Long Island City branch of the State Bank of                                                                                                                                                                    (Please put
   The Alumni Association of Hunter College                       2007 Women in Science Award in February. The
                                                                                                                                            and is eighth all time in Division III victories.     Long Island.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hunter in email subject line)
          is pleased to announce the                              award, which comes with a $100,000 grant,
                                                                                                                                            He earned his BA in physical education from           Patricia Lamanna (MSW ’83) was recently
 Fall 2007 Luncheon on Saturday, October 27 th                    acknowledges Dresselhaus’s dedication to
           in the Faculty Dining Room                             understanding the fundamental physical elements
                                                                                                                                            Long Island University.                               honored for 15 years of service at Dutchess                                                             Janet Sainer ’38                                                                                                     ROCKLAND COUNTY CHAPTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               September 25: Fall Luncheon
                                                                  of carbon fibers and nanostructures, and honors                           Artist Solomon Kadoche (BFA ’74) won the              Community College/SUNY where she currently
                                                                  her for overcoming obstacles to women in the                              prestigious Newington Award for Best of Show          serves as field laboratory supervisor in the                                                              Hunter College mourns the loss of Janet Salpeter Sainer ('38), a pioneer in the field of aging                     Location: TBA Time: TBA
                                                                  field of science.                                                         from the American Artists Professional League of      Department of Behavioral Sciences.                                                                      who died on June 4 at 88. Her work helped improve the quality of life for millions of elderly                        Contact: Evelyn Cohen 845-735-
Last Name                                                                                                                                   New York for his portrait, “Mike.” Retired from                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3380 or
                                                                  Prints and paintings by Pennsylvania artist                                                                                     Sculptor Maria Lupo (MFA ’84) presented a                                                               New Yorkers. From 1978–1990 she was commissioner of New York City’s Department for the
                                                                                                                                            a successful career in commercial art, Kadoche        mixed media drawing from her “Porca Miseria”                                                            Aging, where she oversaw a wide range of services including senior centers, nutrition programs,
First Name                                                        Barbara Zietchick (BA ’56) were featured in an                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               SAN DIEGO CHAPTER
                                                                                                                                            currently creates paintings reminiscent of            series in an exhibit at the College of NJ for the
                                                                  exhibit entitled “Contrast” at the Barone                                                                                                                                                                                               home care, and information and referral programs and developed such innovations as intergenerational
                                                                                                                                            mid-19th century realism.                             2007 National Drawing exhibition. A creative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               September 30: Tour of the Dead Sea
Date of Graduation                                                Photography Studio in March. Zietchick is a                                                                                                                                                                                             programs, the department's health promotion unit, and an Alzheimer's unit. Before being named                        Scrolls at the San Diego National
                                                                  member of the Printmaking Council of New                                  Attorney Harold S. Steinberg (MUP ’74)                arts therapies coordinator at the Atlantic Integrative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          commissioner, she directed programs for the aging at the Community Service Society, where she                        History Museum, followed by
Address                                                           Jersey and the Doylestown Art League.                                     has been named first vice president-senior            Medicine Division, Lupo is a member of the NJ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          developed the demonstration program that led to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which                          a museum rooftop lunch
                                                                                                                                            attorney at Valley National Bank. He has a BA         Art Therapy Association Executive Board.
                                                                  Vera F. Chapman (BA ’59) has joined the Short                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                October: Fall luncheon
City                                                                                                                                        in political science from Yeshiva University and      After a 22 - year career working at the New York                                                        now operates in hundreds of communities nationwide.
                                                                  Hills office of Burgdorff ERA/Gail Lowenstein, a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Contact: Rhoda Leopold 858-613-
                                                                                                                                            a JD from Brooklyn Law School.                        City Administration for Children’s Services,
                                                                  New Jersey residential real estate firm, as a sales                                                                                                                                                                                       A dedicated Hunter alumna, she was a key member of the Grandparent Caregiver Advisory                              9022 or
State                     Zip
                                                                  associate. She has been a licensed New Jersey real                        Kwando M. Kinshasa (BA ’75, MA ’76) is a              Zeinab Chahine (BA ’85) has been appointed                                                              Committee of the Sadin Institute on Law, Public Policy, and Aging of Hunter's Brookdale Center
                                                                  estate sales associate for 12 years.                                      chairperson of the African American Studies           executive deputy commissioner of Child Welfare                        Janet Sainer
Phone Number                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for Healthy Aging & Longevity. She received the Alumni Association's Award for Outstanding                           STATEN ISLAND CHAPTER
                                                                                                                                            Dept. at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He     Programs. She was profiled in The Daily News’ “Big                     1919-2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Professional Achievement in 1988 and the Sadin Institute's Distinguished Service Award in 2001.                      October 27: Education Grant
E-mail                                                            1960s                                                                     was recently profiled in “We Honor Outstanding
                                                                                                                                            African-Americans,” an article in Education Update.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Town, Big Dreams: Stories About Immigrant New
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yorkers Who Make This Town The Great Place It Is.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Location: Waterfalls Restaurant
                                                                  SUNY Geneseo recently hosted a retrospective of                           Tanya Drake (MSN ’76), a professor of nursing         J. Phillip Thompson (MUP ’86) is a political                                                                                                                                                                                 Time: 12pm
   Enclosed is my check payable to: The Alumni
Association of Hunter College for $ ———
                                                                  Michael Teres’ (BA ’62) photography. His work
                                                                  is featured in 14 major collections, including the
                                                                  Houston Museum of Modern Art, the San
                                                                                                                                            at Rockland Community College, received the
                                                                                                                                            Chancellor’s Award for Excellence from SUNY
                                                                                                                                            Chancellor John J. Ryan. She currently teaches
                                                                                                                                                                                                  scientist and associate professor of urban planning
                                                                                                                                                                                                  at MIT. He received a BA in sociology from
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harvard in 1977 and a PhD in political science
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Hunter Remembers...                                                                                                                                                 Contact: Dolores Celentano

                                                                  Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the International                         courses in fundamentals of nursing, calculations      from the CUNY Graduate Center in 1990.                   Ruth Arthur Licata, 1931                               Blanche Seltz, 1939                                    Eleanor Gerns, 1951
to cover —— luncheon reservations at $35.00 each.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WISTARIANS CHAPTER
                                                                  Museum of Photography and Film at the George                              in pharmacology, physical assessment, and             Joseph S. Verde (MA ’86) is the director of food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Charlotte Sagoff, 1933                                 Otile H. McManus, 1939                                 Eric Roman, 1958                                      October 20: Regular meeting
         All reservations will be held at the door                Eastman House, and the Art Institute of Chicago.                          education. Drake holds a BSN from Long                and beverage for the Heldrich restaurant in New          Ruth Green Sorkin, 1933                                Jean A. Smith, 1940                                    Rita Drake McMahon, 1965                              Location: Hunter College
                                                                  Eileen Armour (BA ’66) is a retired teacher with                          Island University.                                    Brunswick. A graduate of the French Culinary             Blanche R. Goldberger, 1934                            Marian Schomer Greene, 1943                            Kenneth Bolt, 1971                                    Time: TBA
               of the Faculty Dining Room.
                                                                  26 years of combined teaching experience at                               Realtor Larry Glaister (MA ’76) works for             Institute of New York City, Verde previously             Ethel Friedman, 1938                                   Gladys Green, 1945                                     Richard (Jeni) John Colangelo, 1979                   Contact: Grace Smallwood
          For more information please contact                     Pasodale Elementary School and Loya Primary                               Fazzone and Harrison Realty. For years, he            served as the assistant director of food and                                                                                                                                                                                 212-222-4048
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Anna Barber, 1939                                      Rosemarie Calabrese Kacivisti, 1945                    Diane Glass, 1990
           the Alumni Office at 212.772.4087.                     School in El Paso, Texas. She and her husband                             taught interpersonal communications at several        beverage for the New York Hilton.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Serena Winer, 1939                                     Claire Thomsen, 1947                                   Ronald Eaton Moehle, 1995

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Evelyn Kossak Gives                                                                                                     Pissarro at Hunter
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$1M to Hunter for Art                                                                                                                                 A
                                                                                                                                                             t MoMA, he is planning
                                                                                                                                                             an upcoming exhibition
                                                                                                                                                             devoted to the night
                                                                                                                                                      and twilight paintings of
                                     velyn Kranes Kossak       Kossak and her late husband, John, founded Jolen,

                              E      (’42), one of
                                     Hunter’s most
                              generous alumni,
                                                            Inc., together in 1964. They also financed the Kossak
                                                            Foundation, which supports the arts and medical
                                                            research through gifts to a number of other places
                                                                                                                                                      Vincent van Gogh. This is
                                                                                                                                                      being prepared in collaboration
                                                                                                                                                      with the Van Gogh Museum,
                                                                                                                                                      in Amsterdam, and is scheduled
                              has made a $1million          in addition to Hunter.                                                                    to be shown at MoMA in the
                              gift to the College’s           Kossak is a member of the Hunter College                                                autumn of 2008.
                              Department of Art.            Foundation Board of Trustees and was named to                                            Pissarro talked enthusiastically
                               In honor of her              the Hunter College Hall of Fame in 1997 to honor            One of the books           about the significance of the
                            extraordinary donation,         her success as a businesswoman.                             about his great grand-     Bershad gift. “The creation
                            the Hunter College                                                                          father by Joachim          of this new position will enable
                                                              She says that she has kept her love for painting          Pissarro.
                            Painting Program is                                                                                                    the College to take the galleries
                                                            over the years since graduating from Hunter in
                            being renamed the                                                                           to new levels of prominence and excellence,” he said.
                                                            1942 as an art major.
Evelyn Kranes Kossak Painting Program.                                                                                    Pissarro — who has taught at Yale, the University of
                                                               “I have not been painting myself,” Kossak says.
  The gift will be used by the Department of Art                                                                        Sydney and the University of Texas at Austin — also
                                                            “But I use my art education for advertising purposes
to attract and retain outstanding faculty members;                                                                      wanted to make it clear that he’s no stranger to Hunter,
                                                            in my business. I also purchase paintings and I have
renovate work spaces; support student artists; develop                                                                  where he taught as a visiting professor from 2002 to 2004.
                                                            a collection of art.”
advanced art programs; purchase new supplies; and                                                                         “I was very, very happy at Hunter,” Pissarro said. “I even
update and maintain art equipment.                            She says she worked, did some student teaching
                                                                                                                        say that in front of my Yale friends. I could hardly tell the
                                                            and raised her children after graduating from Hunter.
  “I was an art major myself,” says Kossak, who is                                                                      difference between the two schools. People here were so
                                                            Then she and her husband started a mail order
the president and CEO of Jolen, Inc., the manufacturer                                                                  smart, so eager to study and so dedicated. I missed that
                                                            business that grew into what Jolen, Inc., is today.
of Jolen Crème Bleach, a women’s beauty product                                                                         experience after I left Hunter.”
used to bleach facial hair. “I donated this money so          In 2005, she gave $544,000 to establish the
                                                                                                                          Pissarro has some exciting ideas for what he’ll do as
that somebody else will be fortunate to be able to go       Evelyn Kranes Kossak Endowed Professorship in
                                                                                                                        director of Hunter’s two art galleries — the Bertha &
to school at Hunter. Giving back to the institution         Art History. The Kossak Chair is currently held
                                                                                                                        Karl Leubsdorf exhibition space at E. 68th Street and the
that helped me is an appropriate way to repay that.         by Professor Bill Agee.                                     considerably larger MFA Building on W. 41st Street.
   “I think it’s wonderful to be able to help young            She also made a $350,000 gift to create the Evelyn         “The teaching will merge into the art galleries,” he says
people go to college and get an education and go            K. Kossak Lecture Hall, a state-of the-art multi-media      excitedly. “The benefit for the students is they will not just
out into the world and do the same for others               classroom. In addition, she contributed more than           be students, they’re also going to be turned into curators
as well. By going to school and working hard, you           $200,000 for enhancements of the lecture hall and           — helping with catalogues and the exhibitions.”
can do that.”                                               to establish an endowment for its upkeep.
                                                                                                                           Pissarro completed his undergraduate studies in France
  It is the latest in a series of major gifts to Hunter        Her son, Steven, has been associate curator in the       in philosophy, received his master’s degree in art history from
by Kossak, whose contributions now total more than          Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Asian            the Courtauld Institute in London in 1982 and his PhD in
$2 million.                                                 Art. Her other son, Jeffrey, is an entrepreneur in real     art history from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001.
   “This generous gift will enable the College to further   estate development as well as other ventures such as
                                                                                                                           “Joachim Pissarro will be an inspiration to today’s
strengthen one of its highly regarded departments and       hydroelectric power, domestic oil, gas production and
                                                                                                                        students,” said Dr. Bershad, who — along with her
continue to attract top art students and faculty,” said     international forestry. He is president of National
                                                                                                                        husband — is one of Hunter’s most generous benefactors.
Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab. “We are          Renewable Sources.
                                                                                                                        “Years ago Hunter College helped me to achieve my dream
so grateful to Evelyn for giving so much back to her          Both are officers of the John & Evelyn Kossak             of attending medical school. Our gift is to say thank you
alma mater.”                                                Foundation.                                                 to this great institution.”

                                                            Emily Braun
                                                            Named CUNY
                                                               Agnes Gund, president emerita of the Museum of
                                                            Modern Art and chairman of the Mayor’s Cultural             MFA student Selena Roy Kimball (front) describes her
                                                            Affairs Advisory Commission of the City of New York,        thesis project, “Looking at People Looking,” to President
                                                            said of Braun: “Emily’s breadth and depth of                Raab who is flanked by Hunter alumnae and benefactors
                                                                                                                        Ruth Newman ’54 (left) and Harriet Gruber ’51 (right).
        mily Braun of Hunter’s Art History Department       knowledge and expertise are truly amazing...I cannot

E       has been named a CUNY Distinguished Professor.
        This honor is for her outstanding achievements
in art scholarship and criticism — as well as for her
                                                            think of any person more qualified than Emily to
                                                            receive the honor and position of Distinguished
                                                            Professor of the City University of New York.”
                                                                                                                        Student Art on Display
                                                                                                                               merging Hunter College student artists had the
extensive, highly acclaimed work as a curator.
   Dr. Braun is the leading North American expert on
Italian modernism and an internationally recognized
                                                               Braun is also curator for Leonard Lauder, chairman
                                                            of the board of Estée Lauder, Inc. and a major supporter
                                                            of the arts.
                                                                                                                        E      opportunity to present their work to the public at
                                                                                                                               the 2007 MFA Thesis Exhibition, held from May
                                                                                                                        16 to June 16 at the Hunter College/Times Square Gallery.
authority on the fine arts of the Fascist period. Other       Among her honors and awards, Braun has been the             The exhibition, which is required for completion
areas of research include late 19th and early 20th          recipient of a Senior Research Grant from the Getty         of the MFA degree, featured art by 21 MFA candidates
century European painting; modern American art;             Foundation; the Hunter College Presidential Award           who worked in a wide range of media, including
women's studies; Jewish cultural history; and               for Excellence in Scholarship; and the Mel and Lois         photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture.
contemporary painting and sculpture.                        Tukman Fellowship of the New York Public Library’s             Hunter’s MFA program is one of the foremost art
  Braun is also a prominent figure in the museum            Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and        programs in the nation. It offers students an opportunity
world for her innovative cultural history exhibitions.      Writers. As a contributing author, she twice received the   to work and study in an artistically rich city, guided by
She most recently co-organized the groundbreaking           annual Henry Allen Moe Prize from the New York State        a faculty of prominent artists and art historians.
The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and their           Historical Association for best art catalogue.              Competition for acceptance into the program is steep.
Salons for the Jewish Museum of New York. And her             Braun joined the Hunter faculty in 1992. She was          Out of a recent pool of nearly 700 applications, only
book about the exhibit won a National Jewish Book           appointed to the doctoral faculty at the Graduate           some 40 students were selected. A total of 150 students
Award in 2005.                                              Center in 2003.                                             are enrolled at any one time.

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