Points of Pride
The CUNY Aviation Institute at York College offers 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." York also offers 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; Hank Sheinkopf, PhD '73, a rabbi and president of Sheinkopf Communications, a full service political, corporate and media strategy group. Dr. Sheinkopf has advised the likes of President Bill Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and more than 700 other local and international political candidates; 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, etc; and James "Jimmy" Siegel ('77), a former Madison Avenue executive and now the successful author of novels such as Deceit, Detour and Derailed, which was made into a popular movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen.
York College, home of the Cardinals, competes in NCAA Division III competition and is part of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). The Cardinals are also a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. York offers 17 varsity sports including men's and women's basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, swimming and diving, volleyball, tennis and softball.
York has established itself as one of the premier schools in the CUNYAC. The men's soccer team (6 CUNYAC titles) and the men's outdoor track and field team (7 CUNYAC titles) have more conference championships than any other CUNYAC School.
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, was awarded the Association's "Distinguished Teacher Award for 2006, while Professor Joseph Malkevitch, received the Distinguished Service Award for 2006 from the same organization. In 2017, York faculty such as Physics Professors Kevin Lynch and James Popp have received more than $300,000 grant from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research to develop a new method to find nuclear contraband in an effort to stem terrorist attacks. In 2018 Biochemistry Professor Louis Levinger, received $508,473.50 from the Department of Defense to fund his research, for which he also hires students in his lab as partners. In 2018 Professor Vadim Moldovan, a Social Work professor received a Fulbright Award -- his second in five years to continue his scholarly work teaching and program development in Moldova.
York College students are a cross-section of New York City's diverse population, representing at least 80 countries, from Algeria to Zambia, and speaking over 50 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; Vanessa Crevecoeur ('07), winner of a UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Fellowship; Robert Fernandez '13, winner of a $90,000 Soros Fellowship toward his PhD in Molecular Biophysics at Yale University; and Clinton Ehidom '18, the 19 year-old graduate who received seven medical school acceptance letters and now attends the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (Hofstra University).