Class Notes

Hear updates from your former classmates and fellow alumni!

May 2020

  • Center for Applied Liberal Arts', Minxuan Sun '19, recently took on her first large-scale translation project, creating the English translation of the CCTV documentary Xu Zhimo and His Contemporaries, originally recorded in Chinese.
  • Rusty Thompson '14 of the Center for Global Affairs celebrated one year at the Pentagon supporting the undersecretary of defense for intelligence (USD-I) Joe Kernan.
  • Laila E. Dreidame '19 of the Center for Applied Liberal Arts' “Bringing your whole self to work: Arab or Muslim Welcome” was published on Medium.com, where she explores multiple experiences of what it means to be Arab or Muslim in workplaces across the US.

 

April 2020

  • On February 19, 2020, Hudson County NJ Freeholder Anthony Romano presented Veronica Manning '10 from the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies, with the 2020 Rhudell Snelling Sr. Award for Community Service for her outstanding work as the Executive Director of the Jubilee Center of Hoboken. The Jubilee Center is a nonprofit, academic enrichment after school program that mainly serves low income elementary and middle school children who reside in the Hoboken Housing Authority.
  • A former professional hockey player turned top producing broker, designer, hotelier, restaurateur, and developer, Lyon Porter '11 of the Schack Institute of Real Estate has opened his latest Urban Cowboy Lodge in the Catskill Mountains! Urban Cowboy already has locations in Brooklyn and Nashville. His growing brand of boutique hotels includes The Dive Motel.
  • Carol Lujan '19 of the Center for Applied Liberal Arts was the 2019 American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation (AFTI) Scholarship recipient, which allowed her to attend the 2019 American Translators Association (ATA) conference.
  • Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies' Reed Alexander '17 has launched a news site, The Pivot, covering the COVID-19 crisis. It reports on the societal changes that the international community is experiencing as a result of the pandemic.
  • Center for Global Affairs' Claire R. Thomas '08 was awarded a core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant in Law. She will spend the 2020-2021 academic year in Guadalajara, Mexico at the host institution ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara. She will focus on asylum-seekers who are left in limbo by changes in U.S. immigration policy and are now trapped in Mexico and will organize a training in Mexico for U.S. and Mexican lawyers to exchange ideas for best practices.

 

March 2020

  • Sylvia Zhou '14 from the Division of Programs in Business, and Facebook's Global Industry Relations & Intelligence Lead, returned to campus to discuss her SPS experience as an international student, her professional trajectory, and advice on career success to an audience of over 100 alumni and students. As a surprise gift, a handful of guests were invited to attend a private industry mixer at Facebook’s Park Avenue offices. Zhou is responsible for driving Facebook’s industry relations and strategic partnerships globally.
  • Rafael Hernández '17 from the Schack Institute accepted an Account Executive position with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Office of Residential Care Facilities at HUD’s Region VI - Fort Worth, Texas Office. Rafael was recently an FHA Asset Manager at Walker & Dunlop in Needham, Massachusetts.
  • Dolores Luna Kosydar '09 of the Tisch Center opened her travel agency, Lobby Boy Travel. Lobby Boy Travel, an independent travel agency of Tzell Travel Group, is a personalized luxury travel advisory that caters to those who are searching for the most authentic travel experiences.
  • Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies alumna, Malika Iman Stanley '05 has published her memoir, Intimate with the Ultimate and hosted a reading at Brooklyn College in honor of Black History Month.

 

February 2020

  • After the sale of Normandy Real Estate Partners, David Welsh '97 of the Schack Institute, will be launching a new investment firm with partners, Finn Wentworth, and Giorgios Vlamis: Senlac Ridge Partners. It is an entrepreneurial PE firm targeting a broad range of investment opportunities spanning real estate and non-real estate assets and businesses.
  • Allison Ditchek Adler '96 from the Division of Programs in Business, will receive the Nedivat Lev Award at the 2020 annual Yeshivat Frisch Dinner for her volunteer work at the school for close to a decade. She has been a member of the Frisch Parent Association since 2011 and served as the group’s co-president from 2015 to 2018.
  • Rafael Hernández '17 from the Schack Institute accepted an Account Executive position with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Office of Residential Care Facilities at HUD’s Region VI - Fort Worth, Texas Office. Rafael was recently an FHA Asset Manager at Walker & Dunlop in Needham, Massachusetts.
  • Dolores Luna Kosydar '09 of the Tisch Center opened her travel agency, Lobby Boy Travel. Lobby Boy Travel, an independent travel agency of Tzell Travel Group, is a personalized luxury travel advisory that caters to those who are searching for the most authentic travel experiences.
  • Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies alumna, Malika Iman Stanley '05 has published her memoir and hosted a reading at Brooklyn College in honor of Black History Month.

 

January 2020

  • SPS Alumni in Singapore met with Associate Dean of the Division of Programs in Business, Martin Ihrig at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Marina Bay on October 24. It was a wonderful night filled with good conversation with former classmates and learning about exciting SPS activity around the globe, while enjoying a drink in the suspended pods!
  • Lillian Carrero '87, '89 from the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies self-published a variety of novels and short story collections including WLCDRS presenta… Telenovela Traiciones (Betrayal), Equilibria, Song Book: Lyrics and Stories, Ghost Stories: A Collection of Short Stories on Death and Dying, and Bored of Education or Help! Get Me Out of Here: What Every Parent and Taxpayer Needs to Know.
  • Veronica Manning '10 who graduated from the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies is currently the Executive Director of The Jubilee Center, an after-school academic enrichment nonprofit in Hoboken, and has just received her Master's in Public Administration from NYU Wagner.
  • Tisch Center of Hospitality's Jeremy L. Schulman '03 has been named Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the County of Rockland, NY.
  • David J. Gallo '07 from the Schack Institute received the ERASE Racism Leadership Award at the June 11 Annual Benefit of the regional civil rights organization based on Long Island in New York.
  • Center for Global Affairs alumnus John Paterakis '09 has been elected Chairman of Scouting in the borough of Manhattan. He presides over the "Big Apple District" within the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America, which includes 44 Cub Scout packs, Scout troops, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships.
  • Steven Avary '15 from the Center for Global Affairs was named President of the Board of Directors of Chamber Orchestra of New York.

 

November 2019

  • Corporate executive and Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies alumna, Jyoti Chopra '89, has been named senior vice president, chief diversity and sustainability officer at Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International. In her new role, she will lead MGM’s social impact and sustainability efforts, which includes attaining key environmental sustainability goals by 2025. She will also oversee the MGM community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and environmental sustainability departments, including oversight of the MGM Resorts Foundation and Community Grant Fund and corporate giving program.
  • Real estate investor David Hirsh '90 of the Schack Institute has been appointed to the Pace University Board of Trustees. He has also recently been named to the board of Domio, a technology start-up focused on the travel and hotel industries.

 

October 2019

  • Joanna Douglas '03, Head of Native Content for Popsugar, and NYU alumna, hosted SPS Center for Publishing students at their NYC office. Students were thrilled to have candid conversations with seven of the company's editors about the Popsugar brand, their jobs in digital media, workplace culture, and innovation.
  • Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies alumna, Lauren Greenberg '06, won a 2019 Emmy award! She was awarded as a Producer for "Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool" in the category of "Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)."
  • Russel Wong '96 and Center for Publishing's Jillian Gatcheco '12 are two of the 2019 NYU Pan-Asia Conference's esteemed speakers. The conference is taking place in Singapore on October 12, 2019.
  • Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies' Aaron Leonard '12 will discuss his upcoming book The Bureau & the Folksingers (Repeater, 2020) on Tuesday, November 5 at NYU's Tamiment Library.
  • Center for Publishing's Sabrina Ricci '12 and her husband (and co-dinosaur podcaster) recently released their 250th episode of I Know Dino—featuring the Bone Wars, a period between the 1870s and 1890s, where two paleontologists, Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, had a rivalry that eventually ruined them but also made dinosaurs mainstream.
  • Schack Institute of Real Estate's Jerry Aversano '19 has joined Benefit Street Partners (BSP), a Franklin Templeton alternatives boutique, as director, real estate product specialist and head of business development.
  • Center for Global Affairs' Ani Karapetyan '18 and Division of Programs in Business' Valentina Martinez '16 appeared on SPS Wasserman's October 10 Career Wellness Forum panel Career Wellness in the Workplace, Classroom, and Beyond discussing their professional experiences and how to enhance self assessment in order to navigate constant change.
  • Another great night of networking at the SPS Fall Alumni Mixer, held on October 3 at the Royalton Hotel's Forty Four Lounge! It may have been chilly and rainy, but it was a perfect night to welcome fall and reconnect with friends. Over 75 SPS alumni came out and had some fun!

 

September 2019

  • Two of our amazing alumni ambassadors, Jefferson Gomez '19 and Val Misra '01 joined us at the 2019 Graduate Welcome & Orientation to answer our newest students' questions and speak with them about their time at SPS!
  • On September 5, we were delighted to welcome over 100 alumni to our End of Summer Alumni Mixer at the Refinery Rooftop in NYC. Alumni had a wonderful time networking with faculty and friends while enjoying a stunning sunset and skyline views.
  • Said Sabir Ibrahimi '18 and Marta Bautista Forcada '19, both Center for Global Affairs alumni, co-authored a piece titled “Some Lessons From Columbia’s Peacemaking Process for Afghanistan,” which was published by the Afghanistan Research & Evaluation Unit (AREU) and republished on the United Nations ReliefWeb.
  • Center for Publishing's Andrea DeWerd '12, marketing director, Currency, Convergent, Crown Forum, and Image, New York City was announced as one of five finalists of Publishers Weekly's Star Watch Award. This highly coveted award recognizes some of the most vibrant and talented future leaders in publishing and book-selling.

 

August 2019

  • Katie Krum '11, MS Integrated Marketing and SVP, Digital Innovation at Weber Shandwick was just announced on the 40 under 40 PR Executives by PR Week. The list also includes other communications professionals who attended NYU.
  • Alison Kwiatkowski '17, MS Real Estate, has been named Young Leader of the Year by Corenet, the Corporate Real Estate Organization, New York City Chapter.
  • Carmella Glover '19, MS Public Relations and Corporate Communications and 2019 graduate convocation speaker has recently accepted the position as Executive Director of the PRSA Foundation.
  • SPS Alumni Ambassador, Amelia Mae Wolf ’13, keeps our DC alumni connections alive and strong by hosting regular meet ups! Pictured here with fellow CGA alums at Mission DuPont on July 23.
  • SPS Alumni in China met with visiting SPS leadership at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel's Qi Bar in Shanghai on July 24. It was a wonderful night filled with networking, conversation with former classmates, and learning about exciting SPS activity in China!