Points of Pride
The CUNY Aviation Institute has recently launched a baccalaureate degree in Aviation Management, capitalizing on the many job opportunities available at Kennedy Airport and other local and national airports. The Music program includes an emphasis on jazz, with the opportunity to play in the college's popular jazz band. The English major includes an optional minor in journalism, with hands-on training available with the multiple-award winning York College newspaper, Pandora's Box. In '07/08, York will launch a Journalism major, designed to feed into the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
York College Alumni consistently excel in their chosen fields, embarking upon varied careers as physicians, researchers, attorneys, public relations executives, novelists and captains of industry.
Our graduates include Deborah Persaud, M.D. (’81), an associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and winner of a $700,000 Elizabeth Glazer award for pediatric AIDS research; Steven Weitzner (’74), a former journalist, now CEO of the Long Island-based technology marketing giant CMP Media; Donald Vernon (’90), a lawyer, who has returned to the York College neighborhood to open a community practice in the areas of immigration, criminal, real estate, matrimonial, family and corporate law; and James “Jimmy” Siegel (’77), a former Madison Avenue executive and now the successful author of novels such Derailed, which was made into a popular movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen. Mr. Siegel has also handled campaign advertising for some of New York's leading politicians, including Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
The York College Cardinals recently defeated top-seeded Baruch College, 72-62, to win the CUNY Athletic Conference/Con Edison Men's Basketball Championship -- bringing the title home to York for the second straight year. Coached to victory by coach Ronald St. John, himself a York alumnus, the Cardinals' Shayne Smith, a marketing major, was named MVP.
The York Cards have also regularly won championships in track and field events. This spring, Women's Outdoor Track and Field won the CUNYAC Championship.
The York College gymnasium features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, indoor track, and state-of-the-art gym equipment.
The college also boasts an up-to-the-minute science lab, an expansive micro-computer lab, a 150-seat theatre and a 1500-seat auditorium, which has featured live performances by popular performers and classical musicians such as the Arianna String Quartet and the Julliard Jazz Ensemble. York’s 50-acre campus is also host to the FDA Regional Testing Laboratory, which has partnered with York to provide training and internships for our students as well as faculty exchanges.
York’s award-winning faculty members pride themselves not just on their teaching abilities; but on their dedication to the development of their students into successful global citizens. It is not unusual for a York professor to spend countless personal hours ensuring that their students succeed in their classes and career choices.
It pays off. The Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) -- a society dedicated to “advancing the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level” -- recently awarded a precedent-setting two awards to York, making it the first college to have two professors win in the same year. Professor Farley Mawyer, Ph.D., was awarded the Association’s “Distinguished Teacher Award for 2006, while Professor Joseph Malkevitch, Ph.D., received the Distinguished Service Award for 2006 from the same organization.
York College students are a cross-section of New York City’s diverse population, representing at least 50 countries, from Algeria to Uzbekistan, and speaking over 37 languages.
Our students consistently win prestigious academic awards. Recent recipients include back-to-back Salk Scholars, Fiona Smith (’05) and Max Seanz (’06); Yi Di Zhang (’06), recipient of a full graduate fellowship from the Stevens Institute of Technology; Yisa Rumala (’06), recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship; Cathy Jedruczek (’06), winner of a full scholarship to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; and Vanessa Crevecoeur (’07), winner of a UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Fellowship.