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The Mighty Leave Their Mark on New York

On the Cusp of the Next Big Thing Song and Dance Goes a Long Way Professing Their Love AND New York’s Most Beautiful Classrooms

Sean Hutchinson ’10 B.B.A., Marketing
As president of Hofstra’s Student Government Association and NAACP chapter, Sean Hutchinson was a busy man on campus, but off campus, he was even more in demand. During internships with MTV, CBS-TV and Macy’s, he organized events, designed websites and implemented marketing strategies. With experiences like that, Sean was ready for the job market.

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Name-Dropping U
The Mighty Leave Their Mark on New York Universities
By AnnA SAnderS t the city’s most prestigious universities, money isn’t the only way to leave a legacy. Just take a stroll through New York University’s Greenwich Village campus and you’ll be surrounded by powerful names. The new Gould Plaza, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts are each named after university benefactors. This name-dropping trend goes beyond NYU, many institutions in the city name programs, rooms, and schools to honor generous endowments and support.


$30 million, it was named after Leonard N. Stern, alumnus of the undergraduate college, class of ’57, and the MBA program, class of ’59. “That gift was the impetus for moving the MBA program from its Trinity Place location near Wall Street to the campus at Washington Square, effectively uniting in one location the Undergraduate College and the graduate school,” said Joanne Hvala, associate dean of marketing and external relations at Stern.

name are awarded every year. In 1917, after Mr. Pulitzer died in 1911 and the Journalism School opened in 1912, the Pulitzer Prizes were started per his request with the same funds that Mr. Pulitzer set aside for the Journalism School.

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In the 1890s, Joseph Pulitzer began his philanthropic relationship with Columbia University by establishing several scholarships to aid students from New York public schools. While not directly named for him, Mr. Pulitzer worked closely with university leaders to establish the Journalism School at Columbia University, where prizes honoring his

Joan and Sanford i. Weill medical college and graduaTe School of medical ScienceS of cornell univerSiTY
In 1998, former Citigroup chairman Sanford I. Weill and his wife Joan endowed Cornell University with $100 million, the largest single gift ever given to the school at the time. Then-university President Hunter Rawlings III called Mr. Weill, class of ’55 Cornell University alum, the school’s most distinguished alumnus and his naming of the Medical College and Graduate School

The STern School of BuSineSS aT nYu
The Stern School of Business at New York University was established in 1900 as the NYU School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance. But after a generous donation of

Name-Dropping U
reflects the university’s appreciation. “We are privileged now to be able to honor them in this way for their countless contributions to medical science and their community,” President Rawlings said at the time of the naming, according to a 2008 university press release. In 2002, the couple pledged another $100 million. In June 2008, they contributed even further, donating $250 million to the Discoveries that Make a Difference Campaign.

eugene lang college The neW School for liBeral arTS
The Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts began as the pre-college Freshman Year Program at the New School in the early seventies. Just three years later, the high-school graduate program was expanded to include a full undergraduate program as The Seminar College. But, after a donation by philanthropist Eugene Lang, it was renamed Eugene Lang College. In 2005, the college underwent another namechange. It was renamed Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts as part of a unification effort by University President Bob Kerrey. The university’s mission is “informed by the values of its namesake: informed by the values of its namesake: to foster critical thinking, social justice, and cross-cultural understanding.” Students continue to honor the philanthropist’s generosity with the slang term for the school: “Lang.”
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At Hofstra, students learn and grow on a campus that offers engaging classes, exceptional facilities and resources, award-winning faculty, and a supportive network of peers and mentors. Our students are engaged and driven, and are provided with the knowledge, experiences and opportunities to grow academically, personally and professionally, all within close proximity to the nation’s top media, financial and cultural markets in New York City. A University of Distinction Hofstra University has evolved into a nationally and internationally renowned university that continues to achieve further recognition as an institution of academic excellence. Hofstra is included 4

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On The Cusp of the Next Big Thing:
Two LIM Graduates Start-Up and Win Big
eing a fashion aficionado isn’t just about knowing the difference between green and chartreuse—although that helps. The real difference between the tastemakers and fashophiles is that the former would rather work at Barney’s and the latter would rather shop there. OK: they’d probably prefer to do both—but still, those at the cusp of the next big thing are found behind the scenes, not strutting their stuff in front. Enter Aimee Cheshire and Bianca Caampued. Ms. Cheshire is the co-founder Bianca caampued aimee cheshire of Madison Plus. The online marketplace is a one-stop shop for the latest trends and brands for plus size about the fashion business, and I’m glad women. Ms. Caampued is co-founder of that I did it. It’s the direct link from the Small Girls PR. The tiny New York PR brand to the consumer,” she says. firm is known for representing some Small Girls PR has seen wide success big brand names. What do these two since its founding in 2010. With clients ladies have in common? A tiny piece of that range from fashion marketplace paper from LIM College, the Laboratory DesignerSocial to tech start-up Institute of Merchandising that is. BNTER, Ms. Caampued, along with A LIM diploma is more than a degree co-founder Mallory Blair, have become in fashion; it’s the ticket to transforming known in the New York media scene your impeccable sense of culture and for throwing some serious parties style from a hobby into a career. and having some kooky ideas. “When I was in high school I had “We came up with the idea of wearing actually wanted to go into science, then a prom dress everyday for 30 days for one day in my AP Chemistry class I was online retailer, in which we reading Lucky Magazine and I turned liveblogged our experience to build to my friend and said ‘I want to work buzz. We got so much attention from here one day.’” Ms. Caampued told The publications like Glamour, Elle Girl, Observer. “At that point I had realized and The NY Post,” Ms. Caampued said. that science was more of a hobby and Small Girls’ success is no shock, the fashion, which I thought was a hobby, Mid-town based college is known for could be something that I could really producing some pretty talented alumni. turn into a career. I knew I wanted to LIM graduates have gone onto work for learn the business side of fashion and Liz Claiborne, Yves Saint Laurent, Coach somehow, as if it were fate, I happened to and Ralph Lauren. The rest end up like get a brochure in the mail about LIM: The Aimee Cheshire, who, instead of working College for the Business of Fashion. It to bring someone else’s vision of fashion was the only school I applied to and the into fruition, decided to pursue her own. rest was history,” she continued. The “LIM was my first introduction into the LIM alumni made the right choice. NYC fashion world. Coming from Virginia, The college, which offers both graduate all I knew was that I wanted to be involved and undergraduate degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing and Management, along with a Masters in Business Administration, gave Ms. Caampued the know-how to run her own business. “One of the great things about LIM are the required internships and work projects. Would I have ever worked retail had they not required it, Freshman year? I’m not sure. But they’re right when they tell you, you need to experience that if you’re going to learn


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with plus size fashion. But I had little understanding of the workings of the industry,” Ms. Cheshire told The Observer. The Madison Plus owner and co-founder foresaw a fashion landscape where luxury style wasn’t only accessible to those with a size 2 waistline. “The smaller environment was key to allowing me to feel like I could participate in class and all the professors were easily accessible and had full resume of experience in the industry. I remember taking [the course] Specialized Markets, which focused on all the niche markets in the fashion industry. That was a class that really hit a sweet spot with me and now specialized markets is where I am making my career,” she said. And Ms. Cheshire’s career is going quite well. Madison Plus was founded in 2009 and already it’s a notable name in the plus sized industry. “I’ve been lucky to have had much success with Madison Plus, ranging from mentions on Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show, hosting a style segment for plus sized fashion on WPix11, to most recently being mentioned as Best Of Web for both Instyle magazine and Essence magazine. All of these are great moments that help expose the plus sized industry and Madison Plus,” Ms. Cheshire boasted. It’s pretty gutsy for these two graduates to go off and start their own business, although LIM had a 100% placement rate in 2009 for those graduating with Associates degrees and 95% for those parting with a Bachelors. The comprehensive education is what pushed Ms. Cheshire to take the risk. “LIM allowed me to understand the nuts and bolts of fashion, the industry behind the glam. I left with a well-rounded understanding of all the aspects of what goes into the fashion business. All of those experiences help me daily with Madison Plus, when you’re a small business owner you have to manage all aspects of your business,” Ms. Cheshire said. These LIM alumni have taken a great, big gamble and are thriving in an industry where many fail. With the help from one innovative fashion school in Mid-town, Ms. Caampued says, “LIM gave me the education and experience that I needed to give me confidence—and to back up such a ballsy move as starting your own company.”

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manhattan School of music

Song and Dance Goes a Long Way
Graduate Performing Arts Programs Thrive in NYC
By SArAh hucAl



Leonidas KavaKos

ave you been feeling nostalgic for your music appreciation courses? Perhaps you’re ready to dust of that old trombone sitting in the closet? Never fear, in New York City, a classical performance education needn’t come to an end... even when the fat lady sings. From masters programs in opera performance to continuing education classes for ballet lovers, New York City higher education offers a wide variety of classical continuing education and degreegranting performing arts programs and they’re anything but a thing of the past. To the delight of aspiring Wagnerian Brunhildas, New York offers some of the finest vocal and opera performance graduate programs in the country. From Metropolitan opera superstars to aspiring Povarotti’s in subway stations, the opportunity to hear classical performers in New York is ubiquitous— and, fortunately, there’s a school or program for everyone. Since its merge with The New School in 1989, the Mannes College of Music, the city’s smallest conservatory, has truly become host to one of the finest classical music programs in the county. “Many choose Mannes for its long-standing reputation as a school that provides

unusually rigorous instruction, first rate faculty, and small class size.” says Mannes Dean, Richard Kessler. “More and more, people are looking to Mannes and the unique opportunities it provides” he says. Led by an impressive faculty of seasoned opera veterans such as Ruth Falcon and Arthur Levy, the Mannes school of music vocal program is perhaps the pearl in the oyster. The opera program, led by Joseph Colaneri, puts on two major productions a year, which are presented at the Kaye Playhouse and feature Mannes’s many talented Masters and Doctoral degree-seeking singers. For those who would simply like to take lessons or courses, Mannes offers individual classes through its extension division. Enrolled extension division students can improve their shower singing skills by taking private voice lessons, or attempt to become the next Mozart by enrolling in one of several composition classes. Both extension division classes and private lessons are offered in the spring and fall semesters. With graduate students outnumbering their undergrad counterparts, The Manhattan School of Music is undoubtedly one of the finest programs for the continuing study of instrumental music and opera. Located

on 122 and Broadway, it shares the serene neighborhood of Morningside Heights with esteemed universities including Columbia and Barnard. Faculty members come from the city’s leading performing institutions such as The New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera, and the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln center, to name a few. Composer Michael Dougherty and star mezzo-soprano Susan Graham are among the list of notable alumni who made the most of their time at The Manhattan School. MSM offers many performance opportunities for its graduate students, from fully-staged and costumed opera productions such as last year’s ‘Summer and Smoke’ by American composer Lee Hoiby. Through a wide offering of masterclasses, MSM offers many opportunities for graduate and doctoral students to learn from professionals in the field. In just a couple of weeks on November 16th, MSM will be hosting a violin masterclass with virtuoso and chair of the Orchestral Performance Program, Glenn Dicterow. And let’s not forget the time-honored tradition of dance. The Graduate dance program at the Tisch School of the Arts takes the cream of the crop, so to speak,

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while admitting aspiring professional dancers. “There are Tisch grads in almost every contemporary performance you go to in New York,” says James Sutton, a Dance professor and distinguished professional ballet master. Offering a two-year Masters of Fine Arts in Dance, it is one of the premier dance masters programs in the country, sharing the spotlight with other reputable New York dance programs at Julliard and SUNY purchase. Tisch’s graduate program focuses on Contemporary dance from the standpoint of classical ballet training and focuses on student-generated work. “That’s one of our strengths,” says Sutton. “Not only to interpret work but to create work.” Through opportunities such as the 2nd Avenue Dance Company, a performance group made up of 3rd year undergrads and 2nd year masters students, soon-tobe professional dancers collaborate with professional

To the delight of aspiring Wagnerian Brunhildas, New York offers some of the finest vocal and opera performance graduate programs in the country.
dance companies and choreographers who are already at the top of the field. 2nd Avenue Dance Company performs several times each year, putting on works from the classical contemporary cannon from the likes of Martha Graham, as well as experimenting with the most cutting edge contemporary works by many avant-garde choreographers. If you’re more interested putting on your

dancing shoes or tickling the ivories parttime, enrolling in a fun-filled performance arts continuing education class might be the best option. Hunter College Continuing Education offers several options for the performer ranging from basics of ballroom dance to beginner classical piano. For additional continuing education courses in downtown Manhattan, check out NYU’s School of Continuing Education, offering evening courses for the music lover with themes such as American Opera, exploring American composers, as well as Greek Mythology in Art, Literature and Music. Whether you aspire to become the next Yo-Yo Ma, or simply aim to impress your friends on Karaoke night after a few classical voice lessons, New York City offers a wide-variety of first-rate graduate and continuing education programs for the ever-developing performer.

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November 9
Pretty Bones
Hunter College


November 11
New York University 8:00 pm

6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
in the spirit of the recent passing of Frank Bonilla, Hunter College is hosting an eponymous memorial tribute and a screening of the film the Legacy of Frank Bonilla, who founded the Centro de estudios Puertorriquenos, promoting an alternative means of studying hybrid culture as opposed to the scientific social studies prevalent in the past. The tribute is on november 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and is located in the Kaye Playhouse. RsvP to rosalie.

Hamlet - Redux
if those famous lines of shakespeare’s “to be, or not to be” ever got a radical makeover, the experimental irish theater company Pan Pan was the one to do it. The Rehearsal, playing with the dane turns a century’s old classic inside out, riffing on the play’s very own meaning in the most provocative, innovative ways. This production was the winner of the 2010 irish Times Theatre awards for Best Production and Best design and was also unanimously chosen for the Critics Choice award for Best show at the 2010 Ulster Bank dublin Theatre Festival. Tickets on sale for $20-$40. Contact Kristin svorinic at for more information.

November 14
Hunter College 7:00 pm -10:00 pm

The Prosaic Angel
Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue exhitbition at hunter college. For all you fans of mademoiselle, The New York Times, and The Village Voice, one of their very own veterans will be lecturing at Hunter College. Francine Prose, author of the 2001 novel Blue angel will be the vanderbilt Whitney Conner Guest Writer lecturer on november 14 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, and will be answering questions from the audience following the lecture. RsvP via email to twcce@hunter. or call (212) 772-4292.

November 9

Throw Your Homework Into the Fire
Columbia School of Journalism 5:45 pm
Heard of Trey Kay? if not, you’ll definitely want to find out after hearing the name of the Columbia school of Journalism’s exhibit, the “Great Textbook War documentary” on november 9th. The event begins with a reception at 5:45 pm and reservations should be made by november 7th to Kathy Brow at kmb@columbia.

and tap their feet. on monday, november 14, the doublestop Foundation presents the “Gift of instruments” concert, featuring world-renowned artists including Carter Brey, alan Gilbert, victor Goines, marcus Printup, aaron diehl, Yasushi nakamura, marion Felder, Joyce Yang, and a rising star, simone Porter.

pesky pests have to say. This talk is in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, U-n-f-o-l-d: a Cultural Response to Climate Change, which offers various other events throughout november. First come, first serve!

November 16
Arab Spring Awakening
New York University 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
The nYU Center for dialogues has teamed up with the nYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for near eastern studies for a panel discussion about the most recent revolutionary happenings in the middle east and north africa. This evening of analysis touts

November 15
A Bug’s Life
The New School 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

November 14
Musical Gifts
Columbia University 7:00 pm-9:30 pm
assistant Concertmaster of the new York Philharmonic, Michelle Kim gives the public another reason to snap their fingers

Bugs do more than creep and crawl in the event “U-n-f-o-l-d: What insects Tell Us.” during this conversation, composure David Dunn and anthropology professor Hugh Raffles share their knowledge about what the most


Redissi, Professor of Political Science, University of Tunis. RsvP to listen in on this thought provoking discussion by calling (212) 998-8693 or emailing info@ by monday, november 14.

6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
You are cordially invited by the Harriman institute at Columbia University to attend a film screening of Bringing Down a Dictator, a documentary on the oTPoR—the serbian student movement that assisted in organizing slobodan milosevic’s removal from power in october 2000. Two leaders of the oTPoR themselves, Srdja Popovic and Slobodan Djinovic, will be attending the screening. The event, is located at the morningside Campus international affairs Building Room 1219, and is free of charge.

November 16
Columbia University 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Fiction is inseparable from history, ignoring the question of classical transcendence. This question will likely be discussed at the Fiction and History two-day symposium on november 16th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. after renowned Historians from Barnard College, Yale University, and Brandeis University speak from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, author E.L. Doctorow will share a speech. a book signing and reception will follow. The event is free, and RsvPs may be made to Lisa Keller at

Through December 3
Art In Flux
New York University
For those who swoon for art that belongs to no movement, collective, geographical location, nor chronological order, “Fluxus at nYU: Before and Beyond” will simply blow your mind. This exhibit features works by artists who have demonstrate the very essence of the genre over the years, taking on the very intersection of art and life in their “fluxus-minded” pieces. all works are taken from the nYU art Collection, which boats an extensive archive of books, journals, posters, and paraphernalia that evoke new York’s downtown scene. For information, email greygallery@ or call (212) 998-6780. michelle Kim.

November 17
Columbia University 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Taking back the waves, This World Leaders Forum program at Columbia University features filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien, a mellon visiting artist who will discuss his most recent work, Ten Thousand Waves—a 9-screen installation shot in China which poetically links stories linking China’s ancient past and present and muses on unfinished journeys. sit in at Columbia University’s miller Theatre for the event, and stick around after for a question and answer session and reception. Register at http:// events/filmmaker-and-installationartist-isaac-julien-0.

Through December
Hunter College

Because the Night
The legendary Patti Smith has channeled her prowess into an exhibit commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks, titled Patti smith: 9.11 Babelogue, which began on september 7, 2011 but extends throughout december. Quote: “The artist’s elegiac homage does not align the Twin Towers with one nation, religion, or race, but instead offers them as symbols of the universal resiliency of the human spirit.” enough said. The exhibit is located at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf art Gallery at Hunter College.

December 8
Hunter College 7:30 pm

patti Smith. a long list of important persons, including Hussein Hassouna, Ambassador of the League of Arab States to the United States; Frank Wisner, Former United States Ambassador to Egypt; Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies and History, New York University; and Hamadi

A Landscape of Poetry
The “expansive—even majestic—” postmodernist poet Alice Fulton is giving a reading at Hunter College on december 8th at 7:30. The reading is open to the public, and yes, free, but reservations are required. RsvP at spevents@

November 22 pm
Columbia University

Professing Their Love

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Students Explain Why Some Teachers Make School Cool


would crop up again and again. The list glosses over just a ith the new few of the educators that are school year inspiring and facilitating the in its infancy, creative minds of tomorrow. freshmen For longevity no one comes across New close to George Stoney, a York are getting acquainted professor of film studies at the with their new professors, TISCH school in NYU, and now those bastions of academia into his 96th year, Mr. Stoney is who will chaperon them on somewhat of a tour de force in their new path of learning. the film and televisual realm. So, who are some of the most His bio is extensive and could beloved and revered profesfill an entire feature on its own, sors amongst current and which makes it crude to single past pupils in New York? out any one of his particular To find that accomplishments, out, The Observer even so, we may foraged through as well still tell the myriad of you that his was the famous a pioneering role and renowned in the creation names – and the of Public-access not so famous television and that and renowned he served in World names – that walk War II as a photo the halls of New intelligence officer. York’s educational His students establishments are more than and compiled happy to gush a little list. It is about him. “He is collated from just an amazing dominika laster speaking to the person, he is so people who know active and in his the professors 90’s,” said one past best. The students. In talking pupil. “It wouldn’t be rare to to them a sort of serendipity see him out at screenings and occurred, the same names he is always willing to watch

student rough cuts, always, always has time.” she added. Another past pupil, now working in the industry, thought the open and cordial approach he adopted was synonymous with his role as documentary maker. “He loves to document, to be a documentarian you must love people, and he does.” The same person told me how Mr. Stoney helped out one of his friends, who didn’t even attend NYU, with some invaluable feedback. Under the circumstance, the appeal was made with much trepidation, but Professor Stoney was a willing participant and his helpful contribution actually instigated a longer, regular correspondence between the two, who never met. Dominika Laster is another at NYU who evokes admiration from her students, the Polish born Performance Studies Professor certainly keeps herself busy, finding the time to also Lecture in Theatre Studies at Yale. She received the Monroe Lippman Memorial Prize for her doctorate dissertation on theatre director Jerzy Grotowski. One past student explained to The Observer that his

fondness of her class was down to the focus on discussion, and listening to what everyone in the class had to say. He explained, “She tended to steer further intellectually than I wanted to go a lot of the time, but in doing so she made us think about subjective and abstract concepts that we may not of previously touched upon.” Her interest in avant-garde performance art transcended to the classroom too and she wasn’t afraid to challenge modern teaching modes. He reminisced of one time in particular, whilst trying to convey the pitfalls that can occur in communication, she turned off all the lights and made everyone lay on their backs. Minus the aid of visual clues, the students really had to concentrate on what the speaker was saying, form their own opinion and anticipate a gap in conversation that would allow them to join in, or conversely, yield to the group when they’d spoken long enough. She scores high on approachability too. “Even now I feel like I could email her at any point,” before he added “when semester was






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over she sent us a very nice email about wanting to know of our future projects, she’s very interested in our professional development outside of the classroom.” The next person on our list is the Senior Lecturer in English at Barnard College, Margaret Vandenburg, her scholarly work is mainly based on Modernism, motivator and an elevator of minds. In an Postmodernism and American Literature. email sent to The Observer a past pupil She has contributed a number of times eulogized “I was thinking at my highest to journals, on a variety of Modernist level in Professor Vandenburg’s classes”. topics, and has written a historical Her unyielding belief in the individual, novel – An American in Paris. inspirational lectures and ability to The reoccurring theme that emerged coalesce seemingly disparate topics after speaking to Ms. Vandenburg’s makes her stand out from the crowd. students was her ability to draw you in. “In no other course have I addressed “She makes things that we talk about principles of Eastern theology, so much more than just books, and just homoeroticism, capitalist economics, poems, and just essays,” one student Barack Obama, signification, binary eagerly told me. “Something clicked for systems, emancipation, and syntax me when in her class…” she trails off for a all within the discussion of a close second, then adds “writing and literature reading passage.” The email read. is really about humanity and existence, In line with every other Professor Risa Hoag, Photo: that came to me through herHeymann (left), President Jeffrey amongst some ofPublic Relations mentioned above, Cohen GMG Director Lois way of tying it into so many items” she added. Yemane greatest (center) her, she is a O’Donnell (right) at Demissie’sand beingqualities to and Rosie mentor, ribbon cutting on hand is To those that know his level of caring,

No matter how big or small the project, Yemane made himself available

“I watched Lois Heymann lead my help. Professor Demissie teaches film and child from a world television production, and writing studies in NYU’s Institute of Film and Television. One student oozed “No matter how big of total confusion, or small the project, Yemane made himself available (in person, on the phone and even Skype)disappointment, and to brainstorm, revise and perfect his students stories.” He has directed three featurenarrow writing two of them – length films – options to and before moving to New York he taught in USC and UCLA. of understanding, one He demanded the same level of commitment and high standards from his students that he demands of himself. Which enthusiasm, most of sky’sis tough going, but do it and them did, and happy they were. “Instead the-limit opportunity.” of resenting him for being so hard on me,

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I remember wanting to do my absolute best so that Yemane would be proud of Rosie me.” One ex-student told The Observer.O’Donnell In education the stakes are high, the writer Kurt Vonnegut once said “give me knowledge or give me death”, and to students it is clear to see that academic intellect is important and great, but professor’s who will stay in the mind forever are the ones who show humanity.

Center for Hearing The Auditory Processing Center at the Center for Hearing and Communication and Communication offers comprehensive services and
Expertise in the Evaluation and support for children with auditory processing disorder Treatment of APD The term auditory (APD) and other listening challenges. processing disorder (APD) describes what happens when sound is not interpreted properly. The child hears of Lois Heymann, M.A., CCC-SLP, Under the leadership typically, but as sound moves from the ear to the brain there is a delay of the Auditory Processing Center provides unsurpassed the signal.clinical expertise in to evaluation, diagnosis, and APD brings challenges the everyday listening tasks and hinders treatment of skills. development of language APD. Children with APD can experience Visit www.CHChearing.orgHas phone (917) 305-7850 frustration, social isolation, and - or difficulty following instructions insecurity. But these daily struggles and conversations a consultation to find and treatable.child could benefit from - Struggles hearing out if your Signs are both common in noisy environments - Constantly says or appear at a young age, of APD often evaluation. “what?” or “huh?” - Seems distracted or when a child’s attention span and basic inattentive - Has difficulty learning to language skills might not be on par with read - Mishears words - Has difficulty other children. Signs to look for include: telling a story in sequence and finding 18
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words The Auditory Processing Center at the Center for Hearing and Communication provides the guidance 50 support children need to tackle andBroadway APD symptoms, regain confidence, New York, NY 10004 and succeed in just about any listening For an appointment environment. Phone: (917) 50 Broadway 305-7850 New York, NY 10004 For an appointment Phone: (917) 305-7850




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New York’s Most Beautiful Classrooms
Where academic success also means looking good
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t might seem obvious that good facilities are a crucial precondition for learning. Having the right chairs, windows, chalkboards, and light all affect a student’s ability to digest information. Indeed, as studies show, student achievement is linked to the physical conditions of the classroom in which she learns, where if even one of these features falters, could hurt or help the student’s performance. So, if what “They” say goes, then the classroom might as well be gorgeous. New York touts some of the most amazing architecture in the States, and the City’s hundreds of undergraduate colleges and graduate schools don’t fail to deliver. From the old, illustrious 17th century

wood paneled lecture hals to the sterile, white box artist studios with the most futuristic, techie digs, New York has a variety of styles to show off it’s eclectic educational aesthetics. Out of the innumerable classrooms to be found, here are a few of our favorite academic sites.

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This lecture hall located on 1 East 78th Street is just one of many illustrious rooms in the Duke House, home of the art history and archeology programs at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. Originally the freestanding mansion of Nanaline and James Buchanan Duke, the family donated their home to the university in 1958 for academic reuse. This room, like the others on the ground floor, retains many of the original details and decorations of this Beaux-Arts building built by architect Horace Trumbauer in 1912. With that kind of history, the Institute enjoys its legacy among the 5th Avenue mansions and the cultural centers of Museum Mile. The Institute won an award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy for the spectacular adaptive use of the structure.

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Inside Barnard’s Diana Center on 3009 Broadway is a nexus of student life, theater, and art. From the dining hall to the green roof, the structure houses the most modern equipment and sleek, environmentally friendly design. This floor to ceiling glass undergraduate studio sits on the 4th floor of the Center, flooding with natural light and beautiful views of Broadway. After three years of deafening construction, the Weiss & Manfredi designed building was completed in January 2010. Since it’s opening, The Diana


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has received much vetted recognition, including the ArchDaily’s 2010 Building of the Year Award in Education and the 2011 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture. of Cooper Union’s landmark Foundation Building, the Great Hall has been a stage for academic forums, historical speakers, and social reform for over 150 years. Innumerable persons of interest have graced the podium, among them Abraham Lincoln, Salman Rushdie, and Barack Obama. Designed by architect Frederick A. Peterson, the building was one of the first structures in New York supported by wrought iron beams. And while the Italianate styled auditorium and brownstone exterior remain intact, a hearty renovation modernized the interior space.

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If walls could talk, this auditorium on 7 East 7th Street would have some outstanding things to say. Nestled in the basement

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When not used as a lecture hall for journalism students, Columbia University School of Journalism’s historic World Room located at 2960 Broadway is where the board gathers to decide on the Pulitzer Prize winner. It is here, among the stained glass and dark wood mantel, where illustrious members of the jury camp out for two days in April to execute the final act of the annual competition. Complete in 1913, the old brick building fits in well with the surrounding architecture on this truly majestic, Beaux-Arts campus—a beautiful bubble within Morningside Heights.

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In Pratt’s recently renovated fashion design department on 200 Willoughby Avenue, students redefine the meaning of handiwork. Like a glass slipper, this slight, white, stainless-steel box sits between two brick loft buildings—the more typical fare of Pratt’s campus—literally bridging the fashion design, communications design, interior design, and industrial design departments, and providing students with a cross-disciplinary learning space. Within this 6,000-square-foot design center, students take advantage of bright, open, airy studios and classrooms, furnished with state-of-the-art equipment and style. Plus, the was project personal, with Pratt School of Architecture Dean Tom Hanrahan and his partner Victoria Meyers as the designers of the space.

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Vital Resource for Children with Listening and Learning Challenges
“I watched Lois Heymann lead my child from a world of total confusion, disappointment, and narrow options to one of understanding, enthusiasm, and sky’sthe-limit opportunity.”
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Director Lois Heymann (left), President Jeffrey Cohen (center) and Rosie O’Donnell (right) at ribbon cutting for the Auditory Processing Center.

The Auditory Processing Center at the Center for Hearing and Communication offers comprehensive services and support for children with auditory processing disorder (APD) and other listening challenges. Under the leadership of Lois Heymann, M.A., CCC-SLP, the Auditory Processing Center provides unsurpassed clinical expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of APD. Visit or phone (917) 305-7850 to find out if your child could benefit from a consultation or evaluation.

50 Broadway New York, NY 10004 For an appointment Phone: (917) 305-7850

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Queens College
Meet Your Future at Queens College Since opening its doors in 1937, Queens College has been dedicated to offering a first-rate education to talented people of all backgrounds and financial means. Today, with more than 20,000 students, it’s one of the largest four-year colleges in the City University of New York. Reflecting the surrounding borough, its student population hails from more than 150 countries. Queens College enjoys a fine reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. It has nationally recognized programs in many fields—such as those offered by our Aaron Copland School of Music. Recently added degree programs include Chinese, Neuroscience, Business Administration, Graphic Design, and Risk Management. QC also prepares more educators than any college in the tri-state region, making it the ideal choice for aspiring teachers. QC offers honors programs in the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and also participates in CUNY’s

Macaulay Honors College, which supports gifted students with full tuition, a free laptop, a $7,500 grant over four years, and other benefits. The college’s faculty consists of top scholars dedicated to teaching and research. Minutes from both midtown Manhattan and the Long Island suburbs, QC is situated on 77 tree-lined acres boasting both historic Mission-style and modern buildings with state-ofthe art technology. The campus offers a stimulating and welcoming environment, with a bustling Student Union and opportunities to participate in dozens of clubs and Division II sports. In 2009 the college opened The Summit, an awardwinning residence hall. For more information, please visit

The School of Continuing Education at Columbia University

is a resource for those who wish to take their lives in new directions, with a mission to transform knowledge and understanding in service of the greater good. The School offers thirteen applied master’s degrees in the established and emerging fields of Actuarial Science, Bioethics, Communications Practice, Construction Administration, Fundraising Management, Information and Digital Resource Management, Landscape Design, Sports Management, Strategic Communications, Sustainability Management and Technology Management. Each program provides practical, professional education for students seeking demanding, focused training. Courses are taught by faculty and industry leaders who bring current perspectives into the classroom. Full- and part-time options vary by program. The Postbaccalaureate Studies program at the School of Continuing Education offers university courses and certificate programs in over 50 subject areas for graduate school preparation, academic enrichment or career advancement. Working with advisers, each student develops a plan of study tailored to his or her background and academic goals.

Business courses and certificate programs are offered both on campus and online. The School also offers certificate programs, summer courses, high school programs in New York, Barcelona and Jordan, and a program for learning English as a second language. Though the offerings are diverse, they are unified by a mission to mount innovative, instructional programs that meet Columbia’s standard of excellence, take good advantage of its resources, and produce positive educational outcomes for the members of the student body. For information, go to, email ce-info@ or call 212 854-9666.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo designated November as CUNY Month 2011, a celebration which features open houses, financial aid workshops, lectures performances and special events that showcase the City University of New York’s 24 colleges and professional schools throughout the five boroughs. “CUNY offers outstanding educational opportunities to students from diverse economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds,” while remaining affordable and accessible to all students, even those with high aspirations and limited means, the governor said. CUNY’s enrollment reached record levels this fall, while “more rigorous standards” systemwide have resulted a student body “that is well prepared and reflects New York’s vast ethnic diversity.” CUNY Month events – many free – range from a seminar 24

on globalization at Baruch College, to a presentation on empowering students to become knowledge-makers at Borough of Manhattan Community College, to a lecture about the state of criminal justice in China at John Jay College. Workshops and seminars will connect prospective students with financial aid experts, faculty, alumni and enrolled students – all to prepare them to register for the January 2012 winter session. “CUNY Month celebrates the people and programs that enrich every part of the University – and we have much to celebrate,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. “The number of high-achieving students is surging. Our students and faculty are winning the most prestigious awards and fellowships. Philanthropic partnerships provide opportunities for students at every CUNY college. So join our celebration and visit a campus this November.” For details visit or call 1-800-CUNYYES.


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JANUARY 20TH - 29TH 2012




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Queen Sofía Spanish Institute

was founded in 1954 to promote greater awareness and understanding of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world in the United States. The Institute strengthens its mission through landmark exhibitions, a rigorous calendar of cultural activities, and Spanish-language classes. This December, the Institute will present Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress (December 8, 2011-March 10, 2012), a seminal exhibition analyzing the rich history of Spain’s regional clothing styles through the monumental paintings of artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. Conceived by Oscar de la Renta, Chairman of the Board, the exhibition will feature key paintings and rare examples of men’s and women’s traditional dress. A selection of clothing from important contemporary designers will showcase Spain’s enduring influence on fashion.

The accompanying catalogue, with forwards by Oscar de la Renta and Harold Koda, curator in charge of The Costume Institute, and an introduction by Vogue editor André Leon Talley, will consist of an anthology of essays by prominent scholars in the fields of art history and costume studies. Please check out for details about related public programming. Queen Sofía Spanish Institute Spanish Class Program is a small, private Spanish language school with over forty years of history. Instructors are native speakers with extensive teaching experience. The Class Program offers tailored learning experiences, from workshops, private and semi-private lessons to courses for corporations. Your immersion experience continues outside the classroom at themed social events to keep the conversation flowing! Learn more and register on our website. QueenSofía

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Christie’s Education, New York is part of the global family of Christie’s Education founded in 1978. By coming to study at Christie’s Education you will be receiving a unique insight into the functioning of, and history of, the art market with unparalled access to the auction house and the works of art that pass through it every week. The history of art is explored through continuing first hand observation of works in many media and students address issues of meaning, originality and authenticity.
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pen houses, admissions and financial aid workshops, lectures, museum exhibits, sports tournaments, book talks and panel discussions with world-class faculty, achieving students and honored guests; visit


NOV. 13 Broadway Close-up

Queens College 9 A.M. - 8 P.M.


Kingsborough Community College 3 P.M. – $25
NOV. 16


ALL MONTH Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini:

Life-size ceramics by Chinese artist Wenzhi Zhang

College of Staten Island

Master Class

HunterCollege 7:30 P.M. $5-$12, Free with Hunter ID
NOV. 17

NOV. 19 Gilberto “Pulpo” Colon Jr.

Queensborough Community College


Hostos Community College 7 P.M. – Free with ticket
NOV. 29


College of Staten Island Observatory 7:30 P.M.
NOV. 18 3rd Annual

Brooklyn College 11 A.M.

Professor Anita Hill

NOV. 3

Baruch College Newman Vertical Campus 3 P.M.-7 P.M.
NOV. 15


Lehman College 10 A.M.-4 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.

Anita Hill Wenzhi Zhang


Borough of Manhattan Community College 3 P.M.- 7 P.M.


(Call in advance of attending all events to confirm date/time details and whether registration is necessary.)
For a complete listing of Open Houses at all CUNY colleges and details on hundreds of other events during CUNY Month, VISIT WWW.CUNY.EDU/CUNYMONTH

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