Faculty Honors

Grant recipients feted at CUNY spring reception

CUNY faculty and administrators who were awarded major institutional grants for education and public service during the previous calendar year were honored at the university's annual spring reception.

The May 15 event, which was attended by about 150 people, was hosted by CUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. and Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, and was held at the New-York Historical Society in Manhattan.The grants were awarded by a number of organizations ranging from the National Science Foundation to the New York State Education Department. Among those who received them were:

Amanda Bernal-Carlo, professor and chairperson, Department of Natural Science, Hostos Community College. The MetLife Foundation, Pathways to Student Success Grant, which the college will use for its multi-media laboratory/resource center to help students gain skills that help them complete their degrees and secure employment.

George Cunningham, professor and chairperson, Department of Africana Studies at Brooklyn College; CUNY/Black Male Initiative, Empowering, Recruiting, Investing and Supporting Black Males in Higher Education Grant that allows the college to continue to work to implement new and more aggressive strategies to recruit underserved populations.

Andre Lake, vice president, School of Professional and Community Development, Medgar Evers College; U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound Program Grant, 2007-2011, to provide support for low-income high school students and low-income military veterans who are preparing for college.

Elizabeth Payamps, Bronx Community College, director of the CUNY Catch Program; a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation to implement the Making the Grade College Success Program, which provides extra support to CUNY Catch students who earn their GED and then transition into Bronx Community College for their associate's degree studies.

Jana Feinman, professor, Department of Music and Dance, Hunter College. Dance USA/National Endowment for the Arts, 2006-2008 grant for Staging and Performance of Dance by Twyla Tharp.