Students Film a Major Documentary Aired on Channel Thirteen
Daniel Cowen and Davi Santos of the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter and Lehman, respectively, and Andres Otero of Hunter, filmed the Channel Thirteen documentary "National Parks: New Yorkers' Memories." The program, inspired by Ken Burns' epic documentary series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," focuses on New Yorkers whose lives were changed after visiting a National Park. It premiered September 27, and is one of the first on-air and online projects shot entirely by students.
Baruch Students Win Top Marketing Awards
Baruch College students have won two prestigious 2009 Collegiate ECHO Awards, presented by the Direct Marketing Education Foundation. Two teams of graduate students from the college's Zicklin School of Business won silver and bronze trophies. The awards recognize talented college students in the booming field of direct/interactive marketing. Baruch has won more ECHO awards than any other school since the program began in 1986, including five gold, five silver and four bronze trophies, together with honorable mentions.
Hunter Freshman Holds Notable National Award
Freshman Aisha Dalhatu entered Hunter College with an impressive achievement on her resume: the President's Award for Educational Excellence, which she received from the U.S. Department of Education as a student at Brooklyn's Franklin K. Lane High School. A native of Nigeria who moved to New York at 14, she was honored for meeting "challenging standards of excellence" as a high school student. Dalhatu, who plans to return to Nigeria as a doctor, chose Hunter because of its outstanding pre-med program.
Nine Public Housing Residents Are Awarded Scholarships
Nine University students who live in public housing were awarded $1,000 scholarships under the New York City Housing Authority's Resident Scholarship Program, which has given 44 scholarships since 2005. The awards, announced September 17 by NYCHA and CUNY at a Hunter College reception, are funded primarily by donations from movie and TV companies that film on Housing Authority property. "This partnership with CUNY will build on family investment and promote intellectual capital," NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea said. "Education is an important equalizer that gives people real opportunity." This year's winners were: Jermaine Anderson, Lehman College; Sara Bracero, Baruch College; Michelle Cantey, Lehman College; Peter Collazo, Brooklyn College; Shatavia Green, City College; Boris Moncayo, Brooklyn College; Gessel Morales, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Barbara Vencebi, City College; and Lena Williamson, Borough of Manhattan Community College. Approximately 55,000 to 60,000 public housing residents attend CUNY schools.