The Alumni Association of The City College of New York

Alumni Beat Newsletter

Volume 106 - May/June 2024

Hello CCNY alumni! Last Friday was an exciting day on the City College campus--Commencement! Congratulations to all of the 2024 graduates, and welcome to the Alumni Association! Don't forget to sign-up for your FREE membership (two years) in the Alumni Association. It's our graduation gift to you. It is free but you must opt-in: visit

The Alumni Association was proud to participate in the College's Main Commencement and Division/School ceremonies that took place earlier in the week. At the main commencement ceremony, we led the march of the anniversary classes, and Vivian Gornick '57, our 2023 Townsend Harris Medalist, served as the Commencement Speaker.

As you recall your own commencement day stories, if you would like to share a graduation memory or early career success story for the Alumnus magazine, email us at [email protected].

A gentle reminder to our members that annual memberships expire on June 30th. We invite all of you to stay connected to your fellow alumni and join or renew your membership in the Alumni Association today. For more information on membership renewal and options, see the message below or visit

Hope to see many of you at the annual members meeting or the upcoming CCNY Alumni night at Citi Field (Subway Series). Info below. Wishing you and your families a joyful and safe summer!

David Covington

Executive Director

Alumni Association of CCNY

News Briefs

Meet the 2024 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Viren S. Sehgal and Hannah Khanshali are The City College of New York's 2024 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Seghal, a CUNY School of Medicine student, has completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and continues his medical training at the school. Khanshali, of the Division of Science, is graduating with a BS in Biology and is a member of Macaulay Honors College at CCNY.

Learn more about these two extraordinary graduates by clicking here.

College Rankings

The City College of New York maintains its lofty position among the top 2% out of 20,966 universities worldwide. This is according to the 2024 edition of the outcome-based Global 2000 list published by the Center for World University RankingsClick here to read more on this topic.

2025 Alumni Directory

The Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2025 Alumni Directory Project, in partnership with the new and improved team at PCI.

CCNY graduates will be contacted over the next six months via postcard and email by a team of PCI customer service members asking for their participation in the upcoming alumni directory. The project will provide important updates to our database in order to better serve our alumni, to allow for more improved communication and engagement, and encourage membership in the association.

During the verification process, graduates will have the opportunity to confirm their data and provide any additional information that may be missing. They will also be given the options of purchasing a printed or digital directory and CCNY alumni merchandise, with no obligation to purchase either.

More information is forthcoming. For specific inquiries about the project you can contact the Alumni Association at 212-234-3000 or email [email protected]. OR you can contact PCI customer service helpdesk at (800) 982-1590 or via email at [email protected].

Simon Bolivar Award - Call for nominations 

The Simon Bolivar Award is a prestigious honor bestowed upon deserving members of our City College community who have, through their actions, achievements, and examples, distinguished themselves. Since its inception in 2006, this award has become an integral part of the annual traditions of the Latino Alumni Group of the Alumni Association of the City College of New York. 

The award aims to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a significant track record of positive impact on the Latino Community.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE. Nominations are requested to be submitted by emailing [email protected] by June 15th.


RENEW your membership in the Alumni Association - an alumni-led, alumni-funded organization exclusively focused on engaging alumni, connecting you to the College community, supporting students, and promoting the City College of New York. Your membership: 

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

Join or Renew your membership (or learn more) at

Questions? Call 212-234-3000 or email [email protected]

We cannot exist without your support. Membership is the lifeblood to this 170-year old, alumni-supporting-alumni institution. And your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Thank you to all our members who have already renewed their membership

for the 2024/2025 membership year (July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025).

Click here to Join, Renew or Donate

Upcoming Events

YPAG June 2024

Young Alumni Social Networking Event

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 | 5:30pm EST

Hamilton Hall Bar & Restaurant, 3493 Broadway, New York, NY 10031


Click here to learn more and register.

Engineering Alumni Spring Mixer

Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 6pm EST

The Victoria Theater Restaurant, 233 W. 125th St. New York, 10027


Click here to learn more and register.

Spring Fling Event: Morris-Jumel Mansion Tour

Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 3pm EST

Roger Morris Park, NYC


Join CCNY Alumni for a tour of the Morris–Jumel Mansion, an 18th-century historic house museum in the Washington Heights neighborhood.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

Duke Ellington: In a Symphonic Mood

Friday, June 7, 2024 | 7pm EST

Aaron Davis Hall, CCNY Campus

115 Convent Avenue, New York, NY, 10027

$15 - $150

Presented by The Harlem Chamber Players, City College Center for the Arts, and Jazzmobile this final concert of the Harlem Chamber Players season celebrates the 125th anniversary of Ellington’s birth!

Click here to learn more and register.

7th Annual CUNY Pridefest

Friday, June 7, 2024 | 5:30pm EST

Queens College Quad (rain: Main Dining Hall)


Celebrate Pride Month with CUNY! All CUNY students, staff, faculty, alumni AND their non-CUNY loved ones are welcome to attend any of CUNY's Pride events.

Click here to learn more and register. Or email [email protected] with your questions.

172nd Annual Alumni Association Members Meeting

Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 5:30pm EST

Hybrid Event - In-person at Shepard Hall, CCNY Campus or Virtual via Zoom


Click here to learn more and register.

7th Annual CUNY Multi-Campus Alumni Career Event

Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 6:00pm EST

Virtual via Zoom


The Offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services at CUNY SPS are pleased to invite you to attend the 7th Annual CUNY Multi-Campus Alumni Career Event. We are honored to have Jeremy Schifeling, a distinguished career development speaker and author, present a workshop on the tremendous benefits of leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to support and enhance your professional growth. Furthermore, this event offers you an excellent chance to connect and network with fellow CUNY alumni from various campuses. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to take your career to the next level! 

This event is brought to you by CUNY SPS in collaboration with New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn College, Baruch College, City College of New York, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY College of Staten Island, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Public Health & Health Policy, Graduate Center, Guttman Community College, Lehman College, and York College. All CUNY alumni are welcome to attend.

Click here to learn more and register. Advanced registration is required. Please register by Tuesday, June 11.

Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra

This Rock We’re On: Imaginary Letters

Friday, June 14, 2024 | 7pm EST

Aaron Davis Hall, CCNY Campus

115 Convent Avenue, New York, NY, 10027

$15 - $25

Click here to learn more and register.

*Get your tickets now - this will sell out!*

CCNY Alumni Outing: Yankees vs. Mets (Subway Series)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 | 7:10pm

Citi Field, New York, NY

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

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

CCNY Alumni Hockey Night: NY Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers

April 11, 2024

Asian Alumni Affiliate Group

Annual Lunar New Year Dinner

April 12, 2024

Business and Economics Alumni Affiliate Group

Art as a Business

April 15, 2024

Alumni Spring Fling: Water for Elephants, on Broadway

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Alumni Spring Fling:

The MET: The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism, a guided tour

Saturday, May 18, 2024

CCNY Commencement

Friday, May 31, 2024

The Rifkind Center

Discussion on the Middle East with Daniel Kurtzer

Missed the event? View the video!

The Rifkind Center

Professor Hillel Cohen: The Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Missed the event? View the video!

The Colin Powell School

The How and Why of Social Mobility: Launching the Social Mobility Lab

Missed the event? View the video!

Photo Credits: Sebastian Bush, David Covington, Linda Li, and Nina Ferrell.

Member Benefit Highlights

The Alumnus Magazine

CLICK HERE to view our most recent issue. Starting with the 2024 Spring/Summer issue, all Alumni Association members in good standing are emailed a digital 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, or call 212-234-3000. Previous issues can be found online, by clicking here.

Story Ideas? Want to be featured in our magazine? We highlight and celebrate alumni who are making an impact in their industry and/or communities. Please contact us with your story ideas at [email protected]


Save on your next vacation with exclusive benefits courtesy of the Alumni Association of CCNY. Plan your travel at the absolute best price, with the best service possible. You save and the Alumni Associa­tion of CCNY gets a donation with every vacation!

Click or call 541-304-2220 to access your exclusive vacation savings.

Long Term Care, Major Medical, or Short term Medical Insurance

You have the advantage of exclusive alumni-only discounts and/or benefits through the CCNY Alumni Insurance Benefits Program, administered by AMBA. To learn more and enroll, visit our website or call 1 (888) 560-ALUM (2586). AMBA is committed to “Serving You throughout Your Life.

Click or call 888-560-ALUM (2586) to access your exclusive Alumni Association of CCNY discount with Long Term Care Coverage.

For a full list of Member Benefits, visit
Click here to Join, Renew or Donate

Get Involved

This is YOUR Alumni Association. There many ways to get involved. First and foremost -- I hope you are a member. If not, renew or sign-up here. If you are unsure about your membership status, call our main office during normal business hours to learn more: 212-234-3000.

If you are a member and you are interested in serving on a board or committee, or you wish to get involved with your local affiliate group or alumni chapter, write to us at [email protected].

If you are interested in volunteering for events or association programs, write to our Office Manager, Anthony Svitzer, [email protected].

We look forward to hearing from you!

Alumnus/a Spotlight

The New York State (NYS) Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) awarded Javita I. Nauth, CCNY class of 2012, with the 2024 Social Worker of the Year award on March 28, 2024. The Social Worker of The Year Award honors a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values and achievements through specific accomplishments. In honoring the Social Worker of the Year, NASW highlights superb accomplishments in the practice of social work. 

Congratulations Javita - your alumni association is proud!

On April 28th, a multi-media staged reading of Ercolé & Megara: A Couple’s Journey was presented at the

Wild Project’s East Village theater In conjunction with the Fresh Fruit Festival, All Out Arts, and the Wild Project. The play was written by CCNY alumnus Lester Cook, class of 2021. The show is a fascinating emotional journey taken by a lesbian couple, both in the act of “transitioning” – one physically, one emotionally. It is the story of two people who love each other and chose to stay together while they

find their voices in a society tries to dictate to them what they should be. What started as an undergrad writing project has evolved into a story that asks one to look deeper into what they know about transgender people, and their partners, families, and friends. The first public presentation was at Crossways Theatre where Nicholas Leung directed and CCNY Professor Dr. Kathleen Potts produced.

Congratulations Lester -- your alumni association is proud!

Athletics Highlights

The latest CCNY Athletics News

(click the links below to learn more)

Four Beavers Named 2024 CUNYAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Honorable Mention

CCNY Baseball Falls to John Jay in CUNYAC Championship Final

Men's Track & Field Delivers Strong Performance, Securing Second Place at 2024 CUNYAC Outdoor Championships

Get more headlines at:

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].

For more information about CCNY Athletics, please visit us at
or follow us on social media: Facebook (CCNY Athletics), Twitter (@CCNYSports),
and Instagram (@CCNYSports).
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

Click here to learn more.

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?

To learn more or sign up, go here:

If you have additional questions, feel free to schedule a call with Garri Rivkin, Executive Director of The City Tutors, here:

Alumni Association of CCNY announces new partnership w/ America Needs You

America Needs You (ANY) is on a mission to pave pathways to economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students through intensive career development and transformative mentorship. ANY is currently seeking passionate volunteers to empower first-generation college students and pave pathways to economic mobility! 


We invite you to be a part of this impactful journey by getting involved today! With opportunities ranging from one hour to two years, there's something for everyone, and our easy-to-use volunteer portal makes signing up a breeze. 


Volunteer Opportunities: 

·      One-Hour Commitments: Engage in virtual events such as mock interviews, informational sessions, and resume reviews via Zoom. Logistics will be provided prior to the event and no preparation needed.  

·      One-Day Workshops: Collaborate with Fellows to explore career paths and skills development through our monthly Saturday skills-based workshops from 9:30-3:00pm  

·      Two-Year Fellows Program: Join as a Mentor Coach in one of our in-person sites (NYC, Northern NJ, & Chicago), guiding Fellows through advanced education and career development. As a Mentor Coach, you'll work side by side with your Fellow, helping them cultivate strengths, gain confidence, overcome obstacles, and explore career opportunities 


Why Volunteer with ANY? 

·      Empower Ambition: Be the catalyst for greatness in our Fellows' lives for a lifetime impact. 

·      Fuel Your Growth: Embark on a journey of personal and professional development. 

·      Forge Connections: Join a vibrant network of professionals spanning multiple cities. 


Ready to make a difference? Sign up with ANY today and be part of a community of changemakers! Apply now: 


 If you have any questions, please reach out to New York Program Director Rana Aboomar at [email protected] or New York Executive Director Princess Francois-Estevez at [email protected]

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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