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2023 Recognition

Every student’s academic journey has them: supporters, cheerleaders, mentors, guides. We asked the Class of 2023 to tell us about important people who made a difference. Here are their stories.


Recognizing Alvaro BaqueroPecino

I had taken spanish classes at another school and had gained the skill of speaking spanish but for a while it seemed like it wouldn't be possible to transfer the credits and obtain a minor despite the work I had done. Professor Alvaro BaqueroPecino from the spanish department for helping me transfer the spanish class credits so on the last day possible, I was able to declare my minor. He was willing to try several routes to help me achieve this and I am so grateful.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Anita Romano

Anita is one of the CSI Macaulay advisors. I'm extremely grateful for all of the emails she sent about various opportunities, and all of the times she helped me edit my resume to present it in the best possible manner. She was the one who encouraged me to apply for the NYC Parks sustainability and emerging technology internship before I had experience in the field. I'm grateful she did, it was the internship I landed that opened many opportunities afterwards. I'm also grateful for her excitement about the projects and accomplishments I shared.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Arnold Franklin

Professor Franklin went so far above and beyond his responsibilities in overseeing the completion of my senior thesis. Not only did he welcome innumerable office hours visits whenever I had to ask questions, brainstorm ideas, or work through a writing block; he expressed enthusiastic support for my ideas, validated my concerns, academic and otherwise, and, overall, simply made me feel respected and valued. One could not ask for a better, more empowering thesis advisor, professor, or mentor.

–Gav Meiri ‘2023 (Queens College)

Recognizing Charles Liu

There is much I can say but I will make this short. Dr. Liu has made a huge impact on my life and where I am today. He valued creativity in his physics class and allowed freedom for the final project which led to me producing an entire book to spark curiosity. He always cared about effort and curiosity/creativity more than grades. Dr. Liu is someone who wants me to do what I think is best for me, not just what he thinks is best for me. He has supported me in changing my major, in scientific as well as artistic pursuits, in finding a way to study abroad even when it was difficult. I thank him very much for all of it.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Chris Daversa

Through MSC, I’ve worked closely with Chris since my freshman year. He has been a staunch supporter of my professional and academic development! Chris continuously sends me opportunities and checks in with me regularly about how things are going. He also encourages me to go outside of my comfort zone and has always helped me do better. Chris is the reason I felt so comfortable at Macaulay and I don’t think I would have been as active in the community if it weren’t for him!

–Suha Chaudhury ‘2023 (Baruch College)

Recognizing Christopher Daversa

Chris has been an outstanding mentor to me as I transitioned into the role of being a student leader as Vice President of Student Life on the Macaulay Scholars Council. He always made himself available for advice, brainstorming, and even just listening to any of my frustrations. He guided me every step of the way and many of the valuable lessons I have to take away from my role as VP of Student Life are thanks to him. He goes above and beyond for the students at Macaulay!

–Alexandra Kern ‘2023 (Hunter College)

Recognizing Flavia García Tuñón

Flavia was my professor of Tango: From The City Margins To the World when I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I can say without a doubt that this is the best class I've taken in my entire college career so far. The class was structured so that for every hour we listened to a lecture, we spent another hour exploring the city learning about the history of tango, and another hour actually dancing tango. Flavia made it the best class ever. She loves tango, she lives tango, and that passion always showed. She cared about all the students, who we were as people, and what we were interested in. Flavia, this class, this trip, changed the direction of my life. I completely switched my thesis project from one about forest schools to one focusing on the connection between mathematics and tango (because I fell in love with tango that I wanted to keep it in my life, and I happen to be a math major).

The inspiration to change my thesis has led to me testing a way of modeling Argentine tango using geometric topology. Someone has thought of the model but no one has tested it, which means I've gotten to do something truly new for my thesis.

Learning to dance showed me a new way of connecting to people, to strangers, that doesn't involve words. Flavia made this class something that lit up my heart and my soul in a way I didn't know was possible. And the most important thing is that Flavia taught us about the true essence of tango, not the commercialized tango danced for entertainment or competition, not the stereotypical tango where women wear red dresses and heels and have the role of the follower. I learned from Flavia that dancing tango isn't about dancing to look good for others, it's about dancing so it feels good to you.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Gabriell Kleydman

Gabby was the first friend I made at Macaulay CSI. She is a year older than me and has already graduated but the time we spent together was amazing. She helped me have the courage to do environmental science field work abroad in Hawaii. I felt very young for the program but chose to go because she came with me. It was tough and rewarding and I wouldn't have gone without her. She later joined me in Costa Rica on another study abroad program. She shared with me her love of the movie "My Neighbor Totoro" ( a movie that shows the magic of everyday life). She shared with me her love of the singer Aurora. She joined me in finding the magic in life. And I was already a traveler, an adventurer, before I met Gabby, but I became even more of one with her. Used my time at Macaulay more meaningfully.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Gisele Regatao

Professor Regatao has made a significant impact on my education at Baruch. Her features writing and journalistic podcasting classes were integral to my understanding of types of journalism I previously had little to no experience with. She has also been a great mentor and supporter. I am so appreciative and grateful for her positive influence.

–Emanuela Gallo ‘2023 (Baruch College)

Recognizing Gloria Gianoulis

Prof. G was my English professor during my freshman year. I appreciate how she cared about my class and even sent us emails when we were no longer her students simply saying good luck on finals or happy new year. During her class, she assigned a creative project at the end, not confined to a particular structure. which really allowed me to showcase my creativity. When I reached out to her years later, she still remembered the project I completed. I'm grateful she took notice and encouraged my creativity and my writing. I'm grateful she was excited about my personal writing projects (such as publishing a poetry book) even when I had declared my math major.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Jerone Hsu

Jerone is the operations director of GROW Externships, the company with whom I did environmental field work abroad in Hawaii. The flight to Hawaii was really rough for me and when I landed I wasn't sure I had it in me to complete the trip. Jerone was the first person I talked to on the phone in the morning. He was really understanding, talked about how mental health was important, and how he thought I was still totally capable of completing the trip. He was right. I'm grateful for his encouragement then, and later. Jerone along with Max, the executive director, supported me, believed in me, gave me positions and opportunities to work for GROW and even plan a pilot trip. And even in moments when I felt anxiety, or was the youngest in the room, they didn't see me as any less capable.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Jonathan Peters

Shout out to Professor Peters who taught my Individual and Society seminar class. He took the time out of class to teach us something very important and practical: how to buy a house. I don't intend to buy a house yet, but I know how, and when, and what to look for, if I ever do. Also, a huge thanks for revealing all the tricks and sneaky rules that go into building a mall, how they are designed to keep you there. I never liked being in malls, and I found this part of the class eye opening and hilarious. Now if I ever go to a mall, many of their tricks have no effect on me.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Joseph Maher

Professor Maher was my professor for calculus 2 and in my last semester became the supervisor for my math honors thesis project. The beginning of my senior year, I was enrolled in Macaulay Springboard and working on a research paper about Scandinavian Forest Schools. However, I spent the winter semester study abroad in Argentina. There I fell in love with dancing tango and wanted to change my life back home as a response. I realized tango had a connection to math and had the wild idea that I could write a math honors thesis about the connection between math and tango. It's something few people have done but the math department was supportive and Professor Maher agreed to supervise the project. Thisballowed me to switch directions and soend more time my last semester on something i was newly really passionate and excited about. I'm grateful Prof. Maher met with me every week, and that his guidance has been extremely helpful. For the project I set out to produce a 3D model, a donut shape with lines, mapping the path of a couple dancing tango. I had no experience previously coding 3D models but with trial and error, and trying different suggested coding languages, it became possible. I think that's part of what being in Macaulay is all about, finding out you are more capable that you think.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Kavita Tanna

I met Kavita though the global education movement. When we first talked it was through zoom but when I studied abroad in London, I got to meet her in person. Kavita was the person who could see all of me in a way no one else had before. She became a mentor, a friend. Someone I could share my passions, my joy, my confusion, my sadness with. She loves me for all of who I am. She is the person younger me wishes to one day meet. She is magic.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Kevin O'Bryant

Kevin O'bryant is a professor I had for the class of cryptology. He made the class really interesting and engaging, always asking the students to solve problems at the beginning of class. I asked a lot of questions, and participated, and he often let me know the effort was appreciated (which I really appreciated). Now in my final semester, I pass by his office every week to say hi, and sometimes tell him about the Math Club or how my math honors thesis project is going. He has told a few other professors about my project, and now more people are excited to see the final result. My thesis about the connection between mathematics and dance is a little out of the box, and I'm grateful for how encouraging all the professors are around me, even when they aren't my thesis advisors. I feel like the math department really believes I can do something amazing so I'm not scared to try.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Kristina Gowin Lora

Kristina was my therapist for most of my time at Macaulay. I appreciate that she was there for me during the entire four years while many other people came and went, and many things in my life changed. I felt safe knowing I had someone to talk to when I needed, before and after each of my travels, when I was facing a challenge or when I had something happy to share. She helped me see some things from a new perspective and listened when I didn't feel I could tell anyone else the full story of something that happened. She's watched me grow from being anxious about everything to mostly feeling safe in all of who I am. And it feels really special to me to have someone who sees and understand how much I have grown throughout the years (not just academically). Someone who created that safe place for me to see my own growth.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Liane Newton

I met Liane Newton through an internship at NYC Parks. She is such a wise person and an amazing beekeeper. She was one of the first people I ever considered a mentor. We would talk on the phone or through zoom and she would help me think of ways to further develop in the fields I was interested in. She even started a Google document with me called "Where to Begin? Notes for. Student interested in Physics & Writing." She shared so many resources, not all of them I've gotten around to, but all of them I appreciate. Looking back, I see how important our conversations were to me doing my own work in training my curiosity. There are notes in this long document following the words "Journey Tracker" which are essentially time lines of what happened when I followed a thought, a question, I was curious about. There are also time lines of events that happened after I chose to take a leap and apply for something new, make an attempt to get closer to the different dreams I had.

Many students lose their curiosity and creativity as they go through school. I didn't. I grew mine. And part of it was due to practice, and people like Liane Newton encouraging me. And my willingness to ask enough people enough questions, my willingness to go after what I wanted even when there wasn't a clear path, also grew from here. It's such a valuable thing, the belief that you have much power in creating your own path.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Lisa French

Lisa has been my Arts seminar professor and my Macaulay advisor at CSI. She is another one of those people who sees me for who I am, who doesn't think physics, math, writing, and art contradict each other. She has supported me in all of the crazy ideas I have come into her office with: from plans of changing majors, to studying abroad, to switching honors thesis projects, to submitting art for the Macaulay Art show. She's helped me navigate the logistics of the path I was creating for myself. I am very grateful because without her saying "there's no harm in trying," I wouldn't have been able to do half of the things that I've done.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Maria Shabalin

Maria is an amazing person and friend. When we hang out it's always a beautiful adventure, story, or nothingness. During college and particularly this last year, whenever I would got overwhelmed from classes or life, hanging out with her made the outside world dissappear. It recharged my curiosity, creativity, and trust, and gave me the energy to start anew or keep going. When my life revolved around logic and math classes, hanging out with Maria reminded me of my artistic side and helped keep me balanced. Because of her I have some sense of "I belong here, where I am, doing what I'm doing."

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Max Lerner

Max was the internship supervisor for NYC Parks. I'm grateful he accepted me to be a sustainability and emerging technology intern my freshman year mostly based on my enthusiasm, as I had very little experience at the time. I was one of the youngest people there but I learned that age didn't matter, that my opinions and ideas did matter. I'm grateful Max took notice of my effort and invited me to do environmental science field work abroad in Hawaii. I'm grateful for all of the support and encouragement Max sent my way. He believed in me and gave me responsibilities such as being a mentor to all the new high school interns that joined NYC Parks. All of this experience landed me a job in the summer after my sophomore year of college in Costa Rica working with high schoolers. It was a job that required employees to complete a bachelor's degree but I was allowed an exception. Max also gave me the responsibility to plan a pilot trip to Costa Rica for him and the operations director for GROW externship. Max is the reason I was able to enter the environmental science field all the while studying a different field academically. He is the reason my college life was so robust, why I had many of the opportunities I did. He's also one of reasons I feel confident pursing more of my passions even when I don't have experience to back it. I'm grateful for Max. He showed me that sometimes enthusiasm and consistently showing up willing to learn is enough.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Rita Akselrud

My mom told me since before I got accepted to college that college is about trying new things and gaining skills (that it isn't just about grades). That idea took me very far. To all of the fields I got a chance to experience, all the internships, all the countries I got to see. She encouraged me to study abroad every chance I got, supported me, even in the times when I doubted I could do it. I'm grateful for that. I've turned out to be quite the traveler. And I'm graduating college with much more than just the paper that says I got good grades in class.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Robyn Marasco

My professor for 4 of the political science classes I've taken as well as my thesis advisor. She is absolutely brilliant thinker and lecturer and is the reason I am a political science major now.

–Daniel Iskhakov ‘2023 (Hunter College)

Recognizing Russell Davis

Russell Davis is a study abroad advisor at the CSI Center for global engagement. I'm so grateful for his effort in helping me go abroad, and transfer credits, even in times when it wasn't common to study abroad. I'm grateful for his enthusiasm at the projects I made as a result of my travels. When I was awarded the Gilman scholarship to study spanish in Argentina, I created a book of short stories about the experience as my follow on project. In reality everyone in the Center for Global Engagement was excited about it and shared what I had created. But Russell made a note to remind me everytime he saw me about how amazing everything I did was. I really appreciated that.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Sean Thatcher

A shout out to my Meteorology and Climateology professor! Someone who is always willing to chat about grad school and career goals. He wrote a recommendation for me for my first part-time job working with students. Up until then, I had a lot of experience in environmental science and physics, but not in education. I was really interested in education but didn't know if I could get into the field without a teaching degree. Then the opportunity presented itself and with the help of Professor Thacher, I landed it! I got to work in an educational environment and loved my job, and now I am pursuing other opportunities where I can work with students.

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Suha & Saifa Chaudhury & Khan

I couldn't choose one of these girls without the other because I met them simultaneously when we first met. I met Saifa and Suha through our Macaulay Honors Orientation. The three of us were in our First Year Seminar together, and from there on out, we were inseparable. From hanging out between our shared classes to exchanging numbers and chatting online, our friendship kindled from a spark of commonality to a flame of attachment. These two girls have helped me immensely throughout these four years, whether through academics or life. They were my second pair of advisors and patiently guided me through any distress or questions. From editing essays to resumes, they were truly there for me and made a massive difference in my academic journey. I would not have made it this far without them and their loyalty to this friendship. One of the greatest blessings of this journey has been finally getting my degree and meeting Saifa and Suha. I pray our friendship lasts a lifetime, and I am thankful for this school because it was God, fate, and the Macaulay program that united us all together in the first place.

–Siddrah Alhindi ‘2023 (Baruch College)

Recognizing Tobias Johnson

Prof. Johnson was my professor for Proofs when all classes were online. He took a unique approach to the class where he didn't just lecture but used class time to have students work in groups to practice the problems. After the groupwork he would have us present and go over the answers to help us learn from any mistakes we might have made. The class was interactive and it was clear his goal was for us to learn, not just get a good grade. It was the class in which I fell in love with math over physics. I out a lot of effort into this class. Professor Johnson took notice and encouraged me to take more math classes. He also sent me an article about math being art in response to one of the reflections I submitted. Oh! It was great that a math professor assigned a few reflections during the course along with actual math homework. It really helped me to take the time to reflect on what I found easy, what i found difficult, what I found interesting. Later, I switched from being a physics major to being a math major. And the memory of this class was one of the driver's of my choice (which I am very happy with).

–Janet Akselrud ‘2023 (College of Staten Island)

Recognizing Troy Heffron

Mr. Heffron has been an essential part of my academic journey. Any questions or concerns I had were always taken seriously, and he provided guidance and answers every step of the way. Going through college was a much smoother experience knowing Mr. Heffron was my advisor. I appreciate everything he has done for me!

–Emanuela Gallo ‘2023 (Baruch College)

Recognizing Troy Heffron

Troy has been a wonderful advisor! Whenever I have a issue, Troy makes sure to calm me down and talk through the problem before giving me the solution to solve it. He is extremely caring and will check in with me periodically to provide resources and opportunities that he thinks I will be a good fit for. Of all the advisors at Macaulay, I believe that Troy is one of the best ones!

–Suha Chaudhury ‘2023 (Baruch College)

Class of 2023 Commencement Highlights

Watch the Macaulay Honors College Class of 2023 Commencement, recorded on May 24, 2023 at United Palace Theater, 4140 Broadway, New York, NY 10033.

View more photos Download the Macaulay Honors College Class of 2023 Commencement Program 2023 Student and Alumni Awards

Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Macaulay Honors College Gala Exceeds Fundraising Goal



Macaulay Gala 2023We are thrilled to announce the successful conclusion of the Macaulay Honors College Gala, held on Monday, April 24 at Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan. The event was a resounding success, with attendees gathering to celebrate the achievements of three distinguished honorees – David A. Coulter, Special Limited Partner at Warburg Pincus; Matthew Goldstein, Ph.D., CUNY Chancellor Emeritus; and Michael D. Grohman, Partner at Duane Morris LLP.

Under the leadership of the Macaulay Honors College Foundation Board, Gala Chair, Ann Limberg, Dean Dara Byrne, the Gala set an ambitious fundraising goal of $500,000. We are pleased to report that not only did we meet this goal, but we exceeded it, raising a remarkable $700,000.

These funds will be put towards supporting student research assistantships, internships, and study abroad opportunities, allowing students to gain valuable hands-on experience and develop their skills in real-world settings.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of this event. Your generosity and support will have a lasting impact on the education and professional development of Macaulay Honors College students.


Event Photos by Meg Wernau Photography:

Support the Class of 2023

To pay tribute to our graduating seniors and to give them the best sendoff possible, we are inviting you to make a gift in support of the College’s Class of 2023 Commencement Campaign!  If we are successful in meeting the campaign goal of $15,000, Macaulay Foundation Board member Ann Limberg will match it with a personal gift of $15,000 for a grand total of $30,000!

All Campaign monies will go toward the expenses of Macaulay’s Commencement ceremony at United Palace, a spectacular theatre/venue in Upper Manhattan.  From helping with the costs of rental space, printed programs, and stoles and tassels for our seniors—among other items—these funds will make this once-in-a-lifetime celebration super special for our students and for all of us.


A Call to Action: Increased Engagement for our Graduating Seniors

The Dean’s Office, in collaboration with the Macaulay Scholars Council, is launching a new initiative to enhance the experience of our graduating seniors, all of whom were in their freshman year when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Because of the disruption to their in-person learning, this year’s seniors would otherwise graduate from Macaulay without receiving the full benefits of our engaged community. We are calling on the entire community to help us change that.


The Dean’s Office at Macaulay Honors College awards grants to enhance community-building and collaborative learning for graduating seniors. Projects and activities must contribute to our college mission by providing students with a powerful, memorable, experiential learning event, exemplifying Macaulay’s approach to engaged, real-world, collaborative pedagogies, encourage seniors to identify and plan elements of their Macaulay education that they will continue into their future educational and career plans, or introduce them to a new status—that of Macaulay alumni who are connected to the college, committed to its future, and cognizant of the advantages it has provided to them.

Grants may fund activities that involve groups of seniors and are not limited to in-class events. Given the vast impact of the pandemic on the social and emotional wellbeing of our seniors, we are especially interested in creative, fun, and engaging experiences. Activities that include some element of experiential learning or mentoring with alumni or special guests are welcomed. Though not required, we encourage applicants to explore opportunities for cross-campus collaborations and will increase budgets accordingly if submitted by two or more campuses.

All Macaulay Honors Directors, advisors, staff, and faculty are eligible to apply, regardless of whether your job function is related to your proposed idea. Awards cannot be used to fund equipment unless of direct benefit to the graduating senior experience you are proposing.

The Dean’s Office will award up to $15,000 in the Spring 23 award cycle, either as a multi-campus award or as several smaller awards, depending on the applicant pool. The goal is to distribute these resources across the community. As such, we recommend budgets of up to $2500 if the proposed activity does not involve a multi-campus collaboration. Awards will only be granted for activities that take place in Spring 23.

Enhanced Activities for Graduating Seniors Information Form

Deadline: December 29th, 2022
Questions? Contact Dara Byrne, Dean, at

Macaulay-Misfits Market Recipe Challenge


Three randomly selected culinary creators will each receive a box of Misfits Market groceries (valued at $35), a $100 Misfits Market gift card, and a chance to use a state-of-the-art test kitchen at Lehman College.

No experience necessary! The Student Wellness Committee of Macaulay’s Parents’ Council and online grocer Misfits Market have partnered to launch the Macaulay-Misfits Market Recipe Challenge to encourage student wellness. We invite you to submit a healthy, delicious recipe.

Hungry? Join the challenge now! Deadline for submissions is: Tuesday, November 29th!


See complete rules below.



Open to current Macaulay students only. No purchase necessary. Three randomly selected recipe submissions will be chosen by the taste-testing panel from all those submitted by the deadline of November 29th.  Selected recipes will be announced by the end of the month, and the creators will be notified via email.  The taste-testing panel will consist of representatives from Macaulay staff and student body, Misfits Market, and Macaulay’s Student Wellness Committee (of the Parents’ Council). Selected students will be invited to re-create their recipes in the professional test kitchen at Lehman College. Recipes, images, and instructions become property of Macaulay Honors College and may be used to promote the challenge or future student activities. Contact Macaulay Parent Liaison with questions.

TIP: The ideal recipes (which can be vegan, vegetarian, meat- or fish-based) would include complete proteins, high fiber, and omega-3 fats. These dishes will be naturally colorful, richly textured, and low in added sugar.

Complete Protein
Protein is comprised of 20 kinds of amino acids; 11 of these amino acids are produced by the human body. For good health, we must get the other nine amino acids (called “essential amino acids“) from the foods we eat. When a food contains all 9 of these amino acids, it is called a “complete protein.”

Which foods contain complete protein?

  1. Animal proteins:
    For example: fish, poultry, meat, eggs, dairy
  2. Plant-based sources:
    For example: Quinoa, Buckwheat, Hempseed, Chia  Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Soybeans
  3. Combinations of incomplete, plant-based proteins:
    Beans with nuts or seeds
    Beans with whole grains
    Nuts or Seeds with whole grains

Omega 3 Fats
Omega-3 fatty acids are an important type of fat that the body needs but cannot make on its own- this makes them an“essential fat”, which needs to be gotten from foods. Oily fish are the best food source of omega-3 fatty acids. Some plants also contain omega-3 fatty acids. Grass fed meat, fortified eggs and dairy, seaweed and algae (chlorella, spirulina) can also be some good sources.

Which foods are richest in omega 3 fats:

  1. Fish
    For example: Mackerel, Salmon, Sardines, Anchovies
  2. Plant sources
    For example: Walnuts, Flax Seed Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds

Dietary fiber is found in plant foods – mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. While fiber is a part of the plant your body can’t digest or absorb- it plays a critical role in health including encouraging proper digestion, preventing constipation, helping to lower cholesterol, balancing blood sugar, feeding the good bacteria in your intestines, and more. Fiber can be classified as soluble and insoluble. A variety of both is most important. You get variety of both by eating a wide variety of plant foods.

Foods rich in fiber:

  • Whole-grain products
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Beans, peas and other legumes
  • Nuts and seeds

Refined or processed foods — such as canned fruits and vegetables, pulp-free juices, white breads and pastas, and non-whole-grain cereals — are lower in fiber. The grain-refining process removes the outer coat (bran) from the grain, which lowers its fiber content. Enriched foods have some of the B vitamins and iron added back after processing, but not the fiber.

Low added sugar
The average American adult consumes approximately 77 grams of sugar per day.  That’s equivalent to about 19 teaspoons a day (1 teaspoon has about about 4g). What’s the problem with this? The American Heart association recommends eating half this amount or less. Regularly eating excessive sugar can lead to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, concentration difficulty, mood fluctuations, poor sports performance, ongoing inflammation and more.

Many foods including fruits, some vegetables and dairy products naturally have sugar in them. When you consume these foods in their natural form, they come along with other useful nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. These help ensure that your body is using the sugar in the most efficient way.

Added sugars are those that are artificially added to a product during its processing or preparation, before packaging or serving.These are most often the biggest culprit in exceeding a reasonable amount.

Where added sugar can be found:
Pastries, candy, breads, cereals, sports bars, sauces, yogurts, many bottled or canned drinks (ex. sodas, bottled teas, sports drinks), granolas, nut butters, nut moxes, jellies, flavored items, and in many many more foods. Even some foods promoted as “natural” or “healthy” are laden with added sugars.

You can find out how much sugar is added by reading the label on the packaging or description for the item you plan to use. Most labels will have a section that says “added sugar”. We suggest trying to limit the amount of added sugar for your dish to a max 6 grams per serving.

While natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup have health benefits, using too much at a time (since they are concentrated sources) can add up- so if utilizing them be thoughtful in how much you use.

Please avoid using very refined (ex. high fructose corn syrup) or artificial sweeteners (ex. sweet n low) at all.

Naturally colorful
Try to make your dishes as colorful as possible. The colors in your dishes should come from foods themselves not artificial chemical colors.

New Plaza Cinema Finds New Home at Macaulay Honors College

New Plaza Cinema and Macaulay Honors College


Partnership Allows For Expansion of New Plaza’s Commitment to Film Education While Continuing To Screen Independent, Foreign and Classic Movies In The Tradition of Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

New Plaza Cinema, the reboot of the historic and beloved Lincoln Plaza Cinema whose doors closed in January 2018, is thrilled to announce a partnership with Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York (35 West 67th Street) beginning early October, exhibiting independent, foreign and classic films on weekends in their 72 seat screening room. The association aligns with New Plaza’s educational component and supplements its already robust virtual and in-person lectures and talkbacks.

New Plaza Cinema at Macaulay Honors College will open on Friday, September 30th.  Films will include the acclaimed documentaries Fire of Love (both an Oscar contender and top grossing doc of 2022) and Three Minutes – A Lengthening, as well as other top new foreign titles including The Good Boss (Spain), Taming the Garden, (Georgia), Hold Me Tight, from director-actor Mathieu Amalric and Oscar nominee Vicky Krieps and 1982 (Lebanon) with Director Oualid Mouaness in attendance for the first TalkBack in the new venue.

Pricing and ticket purchasing details are available on the New Plaza Cinema website:

New Plaza Cinema has kept the spirit of the beloved arthouse alive as a non-profit with a groundswell of support from former patrons for over four years, offering quality film experiences inclusive of after-screening discussions with filmmakers and industry experts. Since its post-pandemic re-opening, NPC has hosted Academy Award®-nominated director Stanley Nelson, New York Times Critic and Film Historian Jason Bailey, Filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz (The Automat), and filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein (The Last Laugh), among many others.

At the same time, New Plaza has also delivered over 100 virtual events with over 12,000 registrants, and has developed a loyal following with 100-150 participants per event. Resident Film Historian Max Alvarez, Filmmaker and Professor Daniel Cahill, and Author Steven C. Smith have been joined by the likes of Melissa Newman (daughter of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward) and Julie Garfield (daughter of John Garfield), to name just a few.

New Plaza Cinema and Macaulay Honors College will work with students to help further their interests and careers in film and the arts with multiple areas of collaboration available.

Upper Manhattan, with a population of over 750,000, has seen other cinemas close their doors, leaving most surviving art film venues in Manhattan south of 14th Street. At the Macaulay Honors College, New Plaza Cinema is back to satisfy the cultural and entertainment needs of the large customer base that filled the six Lincoln Plaza screens, year after year.

“This is a terrific opportunity for New Plaza Cinema to return to screening top foreign and independent films in the neighborhood of our late, lamented Lincoln Plaza, in a first-rate venue,” said Gary Palmucci, New Plaza Cinema’s Film Curator and General Manager.

“This is an important new relationship for Macaulay,” said Macaulay Dean Dara N. Byrne. “And we’re thrilled that our students will be able to see firsthand how activism in support of a shared passion can sustain a community in the long term.”


Abbe Harris, New Plaza Cinema

Kathryn Lineberger, Macaulay External Relations