Student Honors

Medgar Evers Business Team

Beats All in Wharton Contest

With an innovative marketing plan for a sports drink called “Beat It,” Medgar Evers College students handily whipped teams from other leading universities in the annual Wharton Undergraduate Marketing Conference’s marketing case competition. The winning presentation — created by LaToya Duncan, Elizabeth Freeman and Phillip Parris — featured a beverage that would enhance memory and help dancers maintain stamina for choreographed routines. It targeted fans of popular programs like “So You Think You Can Dance?”

Two-Time Award Winner

Had Dual Role Models

City Tech senior Salima Moosabhai, winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Patrick Clark Memorial Award for the second time, has aspired to manage a hotel ever since the general manager of one that was being built near Mumbai slums where she lived as a child showed her around after a doorman refused. “Since that day,” she said, “I’ve been inspired by his generosity and motivated to become a part of the hospitality industry so I can change other poor kids’ lives just like that man changed mine.” Clark, an influential black chef, often returned to his alma mater City Tech to inspire students. Moosabhai is following his lead by visiting schools to teach children healthy eating habits.

CCNY Architecture Journal

Already Building a Name

The creative new journal Informality, published by students at CCNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture, won the Center for Architecture Foundation’s 2009 Douglas Haskell Award and $5,000 grant. Designed to promote discussion and criticism among architecture students with minimal interference by the administration and faculty advisers, Informality was given a “purposely rough look … as opposed to similar publications by other universities that tend to have a glossy, more commercial look,” said Production Director Shengyi Pu. “Writing is a kind of construction that is essential to architecture,” added Editor-in-Chief Helen Levin.

Hunter Debaters Eloquent

At Oxford and Columbia

The Hunter College Model United Nations team won major awards in two international debating competitions. At the Oxford Model United Nations in England, junior Nikolay Lisnyanskiy won Best Delegate; junior Jeffrey Ruiz was selected Assistant Director for the General Assembly Secretariat. Hunter’s team received a special commendation for overall superior debating; junior Christine Battiloro and sophomore Victoria Goldfedib won honorable mention in the best delegate category. At the Model United Nations competition at Columbia University, senior Emily Jones won the top prize as Best Delegate.