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SUMMER 2007 In this Issue: Happenings at Hunter 2 From MoMA to Vita Rabinowitz Named Provost 3 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. Station 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 PHOTO BY: MICHAEL BENISTY 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 from Evelyn Kossak At Hunter is published by Hunter College. Singing Soprano Please send comments and suggestions to: Hunter College at Brookdale Gala 695 Park Avenue, Room E1301 ncle Junior slayed ’em at the annual Brookdale gala. New York, NY 10065 or telephone 212.772.4070 or e-mail U Actor Dominic Chianese, best known for his TV role as a mobster on “The Sopranos,” delighted the crowd by performing with his guitar after being honored by Hunter with a email@example.com “New Yorkers Forever” award on June 14. Other recipients of the For mailing address changes, prestigious award were Victor Gotbaum and Muriel Siebert. please call 212.772.4087 or e-mail For more on the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior from “The Sopranos”) performs for firstname.lastname@example.org Longevity’s big night at the St. Regis, please turn to Page 2. the crowd. NONPROFIT U.S. POSTAGE PAID N READING MA Hunter College of The City University of New York PERMIT NO. 121 and the Alumni Association of Hunter College 695 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065 Happenings at Hunter The President’s Perspective 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. tein ubens d w ard R re Victor Gotbaum (left), Muriel Siebert and Dominic Abbe ive Ho iebert, sha Raven ons e xecut riel S the Chianese received “New Yorkers Forever” awards. Chiane (MA '7 7) intr se relati ed Mu ne of Televis . As Preside odu Public ho introduc n Olshan, o nd io nt and ced Dominic (left) ,w to h Mor ate figure sa winnin n Networks CEO o f A&E Vita C. Rabinowitz e nt wit es t gb , sh in whic roadcast rig e was instr a mom ading real '63. ss of h Chia hts to um “The S ental in city's le Carole, Cla nese s tars a oprano nd of s Uncle s,” Named Provost husba Junior . unter College’s T 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 Student 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 Hunter w PHOTO BY: BARBARA WINTERS first-ha 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: ta. 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. 4 At 5 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: D 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 6 At 7 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. To nominate an alumnus/a for Hall of Fame 2008 please call 212.772.4087 or download 8 an application at www.hunter.cuny.edu/alumni/events.shtml. The deadline for nominations is 11/1/07. At 9 Alumni Alumni Association Association By Agnes A. Violenus President, Alumni Association Class Notes Events For information on all alumni events, please check our website of Hunter College Please keep us—and your fellow alumni—informed about your accomplishments by e-mailing your news at www.hunter.cuny.edu/alumni In 2006, elementary school teacher Michelle College in 1998 with an MS in exercise science Barry Jacobs (BA ’01) has to email@example.com. 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 www.hunter.cuny.edu/alumni. 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 PHOTO BY: LLOYD W. YEARWOOD 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 PHOTO BY: DAVID ROGERS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 PLEASE DETACH AND MAIL TO: 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 ERBrotman@aol.com (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 Len1927@hotmail.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.” Luncheon 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 718-981-4916 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 At 11 Evelyn Kossak Gives Pissarro at Hunter continued from page 1 $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 Distinguished Professor 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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