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Daniel Hila, 2020 Fulbright Scholarship recipient

Colin Powell School’s Daniel Hila wins Fulbright to Israel

Daniel Hila, a member of The City College of New York’s Class of 2020, is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in security and diplomacy at Tel Aviv University in Israel. The program is scheduled to run from Oct. 2020 to Aug. 2021. Hila is graduating from City College’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership with a BA in political science. He took several graduate-level classes in the school’s MA program in international relations on nuclear security and non-proliferation; the UN and the practice of diplomacy, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. His
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Andrea Gomez, NOAA CESSRST PhD

Virtual presentation earns CCNY’s Andrea Gomez first NOAA CESSRST PhD

Defying humankind’s greatest health crisis in more than a century, The City College of New York’s Andrea Gomez used technology to defend her dissertation and became the first NOAA CESSRST Fellow to earn a PhD. She will receive her degree in earth and environmental science from the Graduate Center, CUNY. “Doing a remote thesis defense was an interesting experience,” said Gomez. “It felt like giving a webinar, and I had never given a virtual presentation before.It was very quiet. There were no coughs in the room. It went well, but I prefer giving live presentations, obviously.” Her thesis is
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CCNY’s Swathi Mettela [left] and Jazmin Morales are recipients of 2020 Jonas E. Salk Scholarships from CUNY

CUNY bestows Salk Scholarships on CCNY’s Swathi Mettela and Jazmin Morales

Swathi Mettela, a 2019 graduate of The City College of New York’s Macaulay Honors Program, and Jazmin Morales, from the Class of 2020, are recipients of Jonas E. Salk Scholarships awarded by The City University of New York. The scholarships recognize exceptional students who plan careers in medicine and the biological sciences. As Salk Scholars, Mettela and Morales, who is the daughter of two City College alumni, will each receive a stipend of $8,000 to be allocated over three or four years of medical studies. Following are bios of the two Scholars: Swathi Mettela Born in India, Mettela’s
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CCNY Class of 2020 Valedictorian Sabastian Hajtovic and Salutatorian Isabella Joseph

City College names Class of 2020 Valedictorian & Salutatorian for first “Virtual Salute"

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, student success and recognition continue to be at the forefront of The City College of New York's age-old mission. The 173-year-old institution announces the selection of Sabastian Hajtovic as its Class of 2020 Valedictorian. Isabella Joseph is Salutatorian. Hajtovic is graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA from the CCNY-based CUNY School of Medicine’s (CSOM) Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program. The Queens resident has earned a BS degree in biomedical science as he continues work toward his MD from CSOM in spring 2023. A member of CCNY’s Macaulay
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Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn joins the Colin Powell School’s Board of Visitors

Entrepreneur, leader Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn joins Colin Powell School’s Board of Visitors

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York is pleased to announce the appointment of entrepreneur and civic leader Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn to its Board of Visitors. She joins 28 other distinguished Board Members. A serial entrepreneur, Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn is a former owner and Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co. along with five other companies between 1972 and 2012. She is a founding member and currently serves as a Vice Chairman of Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as a founding member and current Co-Vice Chairman of The New
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Genesis Flores is the 2020 Art Stevens PRSA-NY/ CCNY Scholar for Excellence in Public Relations.

Genesis Flores is 2020 Art Stevens PRSA-NY/ CCNY Scholar for Excellence in Public Relations

Genesis Flores, a junior in the Advertising/Public Relations Program in the Division of Humanities and the Arts at The City College of New York, is the 2020 Art Stevens PRSA-NY/ CCNY Scholar for Excellence in Public Relations. This marks the 13th year that Art Stevens has funded this scholarship to support rising talent. Stevens, managing partner of The Stevens Group and a CCNY alumnus, created the scholarship in 2008 to support talented students majoring in communications. His commitment to both PRSA-NY and the City College Communications Alumni Group inspired him to name the scholarship for
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Spitzer School Dean Lesley Lokko writes essay entitled "“The Age of Wildfire”  for “e-flux Architecture."

CCNY Spitzer School Dean Lesley Lokko writes about educational space for “e-flux"

Lesley Lokko, dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of York, published an essay in “e-flux Architecture” entitled “The Age of Wildfire” dealing with the issue of educational space. Lokko began writing when she left South Africa in 2019 and concluded in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to joining City College, Lokko was based in South Africa for five years as the director of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. She grew the school’s graduate program from 11 students to over 100 during her tenure. In the piece
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CCNY duo wins Jeannette Watson fellowships

CCNY duo wins Jeannette Watson fellowships

Luz Maria Cespedes and Ana Maria Oliynyk are The City College of New York’s 2020 Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship recipients. They are among 15 promising undergraduates from New York City colleges and universities selected for the highly competitive awards. Created in 1999 and supported by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the program provides fellows with three years of personal, professional and cultural immersions in the United States and abroad. Fellows are provided with annual funding of $6,000, $7,500 and $8,500, in addition to a $2,000 Discovery Fund to develop their personal, professional
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CSOM Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony

CUNY’S School of Medicine toasts its first class of graduates with a remote celebration

The medical school Class of 2020 was always destined to be a part of history. But not exactly in the way it turned out. The students were slated to be the inaugural class of the CUNY School of Medicine at The City College of New York (CSOM) when they joined the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program directly from area high schools in 2013. The program is an entry point of an accelerated undergraduate biomedical curriculum that would seamlessly transition them through their medical school training culminating in a Bachelor of Science and an accredited medical degree in seven years. But this
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The book "Tehran Children" by CCNY Professor Mikhal Dekel

“Tehran Children” shortlisted for Rohr Prize

“Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey,” the latest book by City College of New York English Professor Mikhal Dekel, is a finalist for the 2020 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in the non-fiction category. The winner will be announced in early May. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Sami Rohr Prize is the largest book prize in the Jewish literary world. “Tehran Children” (W. W. Norton & Company; October 1, 2019), is the outcome of Dekel’s decade-long research into the little documented escape of Polish Jews from Nazi extermination as refugees in the East and then to Israel via
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