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Irina Cruz '05 (Baruch College)

The MHC Alumni mentoring program is now expanding to additional fields. If you’re looking to participate, please reach out to Brianne or contact the lead organizers in your area.

1) Finance and Accounting MHC Alumni-Student Mentoring Program Focus Group
Thomas Brigandi (CSI 2012), Associate Analyst at Moody’s
Irina Cruz (Baruch 2005), Middle Office at Soros

2) Legal MHC Alumni-Student Mentoring Program Focus Group Focus Group
Mary Pennisi (Brooklyn 2008), Associate Attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Serge Zenin (Baruch 2008), Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney at Schiavetti Corgan

3) Technology & Engineering MHC Alumni-Student Mentoring Program Focus Group
Harrison Adler (Baruch 2010), Business Intelligence Lead, Android & Chrome for Work at Google

4) Marketing, Media & Advertising MHC Alumni-Student Mentoring Program Focus Group
Amanda Perez (Brooklyn 2005), Producer/Editor at CBS News

5) Education MHC Alumni-Student Mentoring Program Focus Group
Michael Young (CSI 2010), Spanish Dual Language Teacher at NYC Teaching Fellows

6) Administration & Non-profit MHC Alumni-Student Mentoring Program Focus Group
Alexandros Hatzakis (Baruch ’08), Chief of Administration and Executive Affairs at Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

7) Policy & Government MHC Alumni-Student Mentoring Program Focus Group
Joe Eastman (Hunter 2010), Senior Analyst at NYC Office of Management and Budget

Public University Honors’ Highest Rating

CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College Receives Highest Rating Among Public University Honors Programs

(September 14, 2016, New York, NY) The William E. Macaulay Honors College of The City University of New York has received the highest rating among public university honors colleges and programs, earning 5 “mortarboards” out of a possible high score of 5. Macaulay’s rating is among 60 schools nationwide as analyzed and detailed in an upcoming book, In side Honors: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Hono rs Programs. Macaulay is one of just three honors programs in the Northeast receiving this highest rating, which was posted to publicuniversityhonors.com.

“All of us who are part of the Macaulay community of scholars — students, faculty, academic advisors, staff, and campus directors — take great joy in working together to build a transformational experience for extraordinary people. This top rating is recognition that we are on the right track,” said Mary Pearl, Ph.D, Dean of Macaulay.

“Receiving the top rating is wonderful recognition for the college as it continues to attract students with the highest academic achievement. Those students benefit greatly from being part of an honors community and continue to excel by winning 200­plus major scholarships, fellowships and awards in the past 15 years,” said William E. Macaulay, chairman of the Foundation Board, and after whom the honors college is named.

Macaulay joins 10 colleges and universities receiving the highest scores, based on data received by publicuniversityhonors.com. Each school was evaluated based on various criteria that included: the number of honors classes offered, overall class size, ratio of staff to students, priority registration and prestigious awards received, among others. Macaulay students have received offers and fellowships to top graduate and professional schools, including Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Duke, Stanford, the University of California/Berkeley, CUNY and Oxford. They also have received awards and fellowships such as the Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, Fulbright, Salk, Coro, Beinecke, National Science Foundation, and NYC Urban Fellowships.

Macaulay, which welcomed its first students in August 2001, has grown from an inaugural class of 189 to a current student body of more than 2,000. Some 28 nationalities are represented in the recent first year class of 548, and approximately 60 percent of Macaulay’s students are either immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Th e publishing date for Inside Honors will be October 1, 2016. Here is the full list of the 11 schools receiving the highest ratings, in alphabetical order:

Arizona State, Barrett Honors College
Clemson, Calhoun Honors College
CUNY, Macaulay Honors College
Georgia Honors Program
Houston Honors College
Kansas Honors Program
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Albert Dorman Honors College Oregon, Clark Honors College
Penn State, Schreyer Honors College
South Carolina Honors College
UT Austin Plan II Honors Program

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and the largest city, New York City. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, and an Opportunities Fund to pursue global learning, research and service opportunities. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY senior colleges: Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, and Queens Colleges and the College of Staten Island. For more information, see macaulay.cuny.edu.

Dr. Mary C. Pearl is the New Dean of Macaulay Honors College

Chancellor Milliken Names Dr. Mary Corliss Pearl As Dean of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College

(September 6, 2016, New York, NY) In a culmination of the 15-year anniversary of the William E. Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York, Chancellor James B. Milliken has named Dr. Mary Corliss Pearl as Dean of the college. Dr. Pearl, who has served as Interim Dean of Macaulay Honors College since Jan. 30, 2016, was selected following a national search.

“Dr. Pearl is a distinguished scientist, environmentalist and educator who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in a number of significant positions, including provost and Interim Dean at Macaulay,” said Chancellor Milliken. “She is deeply committed to expanding opportunities for the highest-quality college experience for some of New York’s most talented and academically gifted. Since its launch in 2001, the Honors College has been enormously successful, attracting increasing numbers of top students to a program that prepares them well for top graduate and professional schools and exciting careers.”

Dr. Pearl expressed appreciation for the appointment and looks forward to beginning the next phase of the future of Macaulay Honors College: “I am thrilled to be able to advance my efforts on behalf of Macaulay. Nothing is more satisfying to me than being able to transform the lives of New York’s most promising students.  I look forward to working with a wonderful team of students, faculty, staff, board members, advisors, and volunteers to ensure that our students have every opportunity to achieve their dreams. It is hard to imagine a more worthy investment in the future of New York  than to build Macaulay into the finest honors college anywhere.”

CUNY Board Chairperson William Thompson also expressed support for the appointment: “As I have become familiar with Dr. Pearl’s record at Macaulay and elsewhere, I am convinced she’s the right leader for our Honors College today. She and the Chancellor are committed to an agenda that will not only continue to improve the Macaulay experience but find ways to expand its reach to even more deserving New Yorkers.”

Macaulay Honors College Foundation Board and City College alumnus Chairman William E. Macaulay ’66 praised Dean Pearl’s appointment: “I have been working closely with Dr. Pearl and have appreciated her commitment and enthusiasm for the students and their academic and personal growth. I look forward to continuing our efforts to provide a stellar environment for New York’s highest achieving students.”

In 2006, the college was designated the William E. Macaulay Honors College after a $30 million gift from Macaulay and his wife Linda. The search committee that identified Dr. Pearl as a finalist consisted of CUNY Trustees, faculty, students, a CUNY college president and two members of the Macaulay Honors College Foundation board of directors. Charles Shorter, a member of the CUNY Board of Trustees who served as chair of the search committee for the new Macaulay dean said: “I could not be more pleased with the appointment of the next dean. The search committee considered many outstanding candidates from around the country and always considered Mary Pearl to be among the top candidates. The fact that she has demonstrated her commitment to Macaulay and CUNY over the last few years is a huge plus as she hits the ground running as dean.”

Macaulay student Sara Louie ‘17 (City College), the first president of the school’s Scholars Council, and a member of the Dean’s Search Committee, praised the appointment of Dr. Pearl: “It’s the personal touch that really makes Dean Pearl stand out. Her weekly ‘It’s Friday!’ emails to students make us feel part of something more. In the building, it’s not uncommon to see Dr. Pearl talking to students or stopping by an event. Her willingness to listen to students personally and support their aspirations makes her stand out. I can’t wait to see where Macaulay goes under her leadership.”

During her tenure at Macaulay Honors College as provost and interim dean, Dr. Pearl has created and secured funding for Macaulay’s New Media & Digital Content Lab, new curriculums in multidisciplinary science, computer science, and data analytics, and new programs in study abroad and writing improvement. She has raised millions in grant support for execution of Macaulay programs. Dr. Pearl also started and secured a grant last year to pay for an improved pre-health career advisement program.

Prior to her leadership at Macaulay, Dr. Pearl served as the founding dean and administrative vice president of Stony Brook University Southampton. For 15 years, she was president of the EcoHealth Alliance, a global organization dedicated to innovative conservation science, where Dr. Pearl helped build careers of local scientists and educators in twenty high-biodiversity countries around the world and created innovative research programs. The organization grew tenfold during her tenure.

Macaulay Honors College was designed in collaboration with CUNY’s senior colleges to offer exceptional advising, hands-on internships and research opportunities, global learning opportunities, and a commitment to provide the skills and experiences for each student to excel in college and beyond.

The Honors College has grown from an inaugural class of 189 to a current student body of over 2,000. Some 28 nationalities are represented in a recent freshman class of 548, and approximately 60 percent of Macaulay’s students are either immigrants or the children of immigrants. Honors College students have received offers and fellowships to top graduate and professional schools, including Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Duke, Stanford, the University of California/Berkeley, CUNY and Oxford. Among the awards and honors won by Macaulay students are Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, Fulbright, Salk, Coro, Beinecke, National Science Foundation, and NYC Urban Fellowships.

 

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and the largest city, New York City. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, and an Opportunities Fund to pursue global learning, research and service opportunities. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY senior colleges: Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, and Queens Colleges and the College of Staten Island. For more information, see macaulay.cuny.edu.

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Two Macaulay Students Win Critical Language Scholarships

Macaulay Honors College congratulates Alexandra Ehrreich ’18 (John Jay College) and Alina Shen  ’17 (City College) for winning a  Critical Language Scholarship (CLS).  Alexandra will study Arabic in Amman, Jordan and Alina will study Mandarin in Taiwan.

Alexandra Ehrreich
Alexandra Ehrreich

CLS is an intensive overseas language study program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

Alexandra Ehrreich, who is from Fresno, California, is a criminal justice major at John Jay, where she is considering a career in law, defending the rights of people: “While CLS has programs in foreign nations across the globe, this level of immersion is especially important in Middle Eastern countries,” said Alexandra.  I consider this three-month excursion the first step in educating myself in cultures, practices, religions, and lifestyles different from my own.  Hopefully, this education will continue for the rest of my life.”

Alina Shen
Alina Shen

Alina Shen is a heritage speaker of Mandarin who grew up speaking the language but says she has forgotten it over time. The Queens native applied to the CLS program after becoming involved with various programs and offices in Chinatown and Flushing.  “I often find myself unable to communicate to Mandarin speakers when trying to discuss topics like civic engagement, education systems, and labor organizing, so learning Mandarin became all the more important for communication and community organizing.”

Alina, whose major is public policy and ethnic studies, is also a William R. Kenan Scholar and a  Horace W. Goldsmith Scholar.