The Alumni Association of The City College of New York

Alumni Beat Newsletter

Volume 102 - December 2023

Happy Holidays you and your family!


During this time of year, we reflect on how grateful we are to our members who have made this alumni-funded, alumni-led organization possible for 171 years. Thank YOU for your continued support and encouragement!


Speaking of supportive alumni, congratulations to former Alumni Association President and distinguished architect Frank J. Sciame '74 for being recently awarded with the 2023 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal from the Municipal Art Society! The honor is for making a lasting contribution to New York City through vision, leadership, and philanthropy. Read more about Frank and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal by clicking here.


Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated alumni achievement at our Annual Alumni Gala, a fundraiser for the Alumni Association. Thank you to everyone who supported this year's event and congratulations, once again, to our Townsend Harris Medalists and Finley Award honoree. In case you missed it, CLICK HERE to view a recording of the event. Also, CLICK HERE to download the Alumni Gala program journal. And if you are interested and able to contribute, we are still accepting donations -- CLICK the button below to donate.


Continuing with the theme of celebrating Alumni success, be sure to check out the new book CCNY Made: Profiles in Grit by Ronnyjane Goldsmith. The book is a succinct collection of profiles of CCNY Alumni and their rise to prominence and how they changed the world in the process. The author will be at CCNY on Tuesday, December 5 for a free book talk event - join us! Information up this and other upcoming events below.


I hope you enjoy a healthy, festive remainder of 2023. May the joy, love, and wonder of the season fill your heart and home. Happy Holidays!


David Covington

Executive Director

Alumni Association of CCNY

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143rd Annual Alumni Gala

A Fundraiser for the Alumni Association of CCNY

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Upcoming Events

CCNY Made. Profiles in Grit. A Book Talk w/ Author Ronnyjane Goldsmith

Tuesday, Dec. 5 | 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Shepard Hall, Room 350, CCNY campus


Everyone loves an underdog who succeeds against the odds. “CCNY Made. Profiles in Grit” is the story of City College of New York alumni who beat the odds to reach the pinnacle of their professions and in the process transformed our world.

In "CCNY Made. Profiles In Grit," the stories of CCNY alumni are recounted who exemplify the promise of Townsend Harris, founder of CCNY and The Ephebic Oath affirmed by graduating students every year. "We will strive unceasingly to quicken the public's better, of civic duty; and thus, in all these ways we will strive to transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us."

Join us for an exciting book talk at The City College of New York! Whether you're a bookworm, a fan of CCNY history or just generally curious, this in-person event is perfect for you.

CCNY Society of 1847 member and donor Ronnyjane Goldsmith's new book, "CCNY Made" will be discussed in an intimate setting in Shepard Hall 350, followed by a reception.

Click here to learn more and register.

NICOLE HENRY in concert

Friday, Dec. 8, 2023 | 7pm EST

Aaron Davis Hall | 129 Convent Avenue, at West 135 Street, New York, NY 10031

Tickets $50 and up

Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Nicole Henry rings in the holidays with a special concert. Her passionate, soulful voice and heartfelt charisma have earned her a Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” and four Top-10 jazz albums on U.S. Billboard, Jazz Week, HMV Japan & UK Sweet Rhythms charts. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more, Ms. Henry tells real stories through peerless interpretations of repertoire from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, popular standards, blues and originals.

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CCNY Alumni Outing: NY Nets vs. NY Knicks

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 | 7:30pm EST

Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY

Tickets $70-$80

Join the Alumni Association of CCNY for a Nets vs. Knicks game at the Barclays Center. Included in the ticket price is a free short-sleeve hoodie. Hoodie sizes are limited and will be distributed on a 1st come, 1st served basis.

Doors open 1.5 hours before the game starts. Our seats are located in sections 109 and 110. If you have any additional questions, email Nina Ferrell at [email protected].

Click here to learn more and register.

Questions regarding an upcoming event, please contact
Nina Ferrell, Events Manager, at [email protected].
Recent Events

143rd Annual Alumni Gala

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 | Great Hall of Shepard Hall, CCNY Campus

CWE Bake Sale

Wednesday, Nov. 15


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  • makes a resounding statement of commitment to the entire CCNY community, 
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  • strengthens the CCNY network through programmatic support to keep alumni engaged and informed, 
  • fuels Alumni Association’s scholarship efforts for current students. 

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Member Benefit Highlights
The Alumnus Magazine
All Alumni Association members in good standing receive a printed copy of the magazine. If you feel you should have received a copy but didn't, contact [email protected] to inquire about your membership status. If you wish to pay for a printed copy, contact our office manager, Anthony Svitzer, at [email protected] or call 212-234-3000. Previous issues can be found online, by clicking here.

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Alumnus/a Spotlight

Former Alumni Association President, Townsend Harris Medalist, and distinguished architect Frank J. Sciame '74 was recently awarded the 2023 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal from the Municipal Art Society. The honor is for making a lasting contribution to New York City through vision, leadership, and philanthropy. Read more about Frank and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal by clicking here.

Congratulations Frank -- your alumni association is proud!

Klan War by Fergus M. Bordewich '69 was named one of the best books of 2023 by The New Yorker magazine. The nonfiction book published by Knopf details Ulysses S. Grant’s attempts to dismantle the Ku Klux Klan during his presidency. Bordewich, who was inducted into the Communications Alumni Group Hall of Fame in 2017, is the author of seven other works of history--several of which have won many awards. Learn more about Fergus and his award-winning books by clicking here.

Congratulations Fergus -- your alumni association is proud!

Athletics Highlights

The latest CCNY Athletics News

(click the links below to learn more)

CCNY Men's Hoops Opens CUNYAC Play With 66-53 Win Over Medgar Evers

CCNY Women's Basketball Drops Conference Opener to Medgar Evers, 56-43

CCNY Men's Basketball Downs Whitter in Home Opener, 83-71

CCNY Men's Basketball Picks Up First Win of the Season Against Old Westbury, 81-54

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Interested in joining the CCNY athletics alumni community? To learn more about the Alumni Varsity Group, an affiliate of the Alumni Association of CCNY, email us at [email protected].

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Professional Opportunities
CCNY's Career and Professional Development Institute offers career advice and professional development to CCNY Alumni Association members. For more information contact us at [email protected].
Mentoring Services for CCNY Alumni
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The Alumni Association and The City Tutors' City Mentors Program have partnered to offer CCNY students and graduates a way to get quickly connected to industry insiders who can help with career exploration and career transition. We have over 400 mentors from across industries available.

Want to be a Mentor?
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If you have additional questions, feel free to schedule a call with Garri Rivkin, Executive Director of The City Tutors, here:
CCNY Alumni Association members get a 10% discount.

Please view the CPS course catalog: For more information on all Continuing and Professional Studies classes at CCNY, tuition, schedule, and the Alumni Association Member discount, visit or email Raymond MacLeish, Program Manager, [email protected].
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