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16 December

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF NEW CAMPUS

40 Rector StNEW YORK, NY, December 15, 2014 —Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) announced today that it has acquired a new facility and plans to relocate its Manhattan campus in 2016. The new campus will be located at 40 Rector Street, occupying approximately 110,000 sq. ft. on three upper floors and the historic main entrance and first floor space along West Street.

The project is financed by tax-exempt bonds through the Build NYC Resource Corporation, a program of the Empire State Development Corporation. The new state of the art facility will house MCNY’s Manhattan campus on the 6th, 7th and 8th floors with a ground-floor entrance lobby, admissions office and conference center.

“MCNY is delighted to announce a new permanent home in lower Manhattan,” said Vinton Thompson, President, Metropolitan College of New York. “This facility will support our highly regarded professional degree programs in the areas of business, human services, healthcare management, public administration, emergency management, education and urban studies.”

MCNY, formerly Audrey Cohen College and the College for Human Services, was founded in 1964 and has operated at four lower Manhattan addresses over the years. The college’s Manhattan Campus is currently located at 431 Canal Street in Hudson Square. MCNY will build out the new Manhattan facility in 2015 with an anticipated move in spring 2016.

The College also offers programs in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Avenue and is building a new full-service Bronx Campus in Triangle Plaza Hub at 459 East 149th Street.

The college pioneered the academic field of Human Services and is recognized for programs that combine study with practical experience and promotion of positive social change. It offers degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s level, is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and is chartered by the New York State Education Department.

About Metropolitan College of New York
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, MCNY was founded in 1964 as the Talent Corps by Audrey Cohen, an educational visionary and activist. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Hudson Square/ SoHo at 431 Canal Street, NY, NY 10013. For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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2 December

MCNY President Vinton Thompson Invited to White House College Day of Action December 4

Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of Metropolitan College of New York

Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of Metropolitan College of New York

NEW YORK, NY – December 2, 2014Metropolitan College of New York’s President Vinton Thompson has been invited by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden to represent New York City at the 2nd College Opportunity Day of Action at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Thursday, December 4, 2014.  The Summit will bring together colleges and universities, business leaders, nonprofits and others that are committed to supporting more college opportunities for students across the country.

“President Obama has taken a special interest in the quality and affordability of higher education,” said President Vinton Thompson. “I am honored that he, the First Lady and Vice President Biden have invited me to participate in their latest education summit to celebrate continued efforts to expand college access for low-income and disadvantaged students. Since its founding 50 years ago, Metropolitan College of New York has been a leader in promoting college access and success for communities and non-traditional age students underserved by conventional educational programs. We are committed to working with the President and others to achieve the President’s goals to increase the number of students successfully completing college programs and to raise the proportion of Americans with college degrees.”

This year’s summit will focus on building sustainable collaborations in communities with strong K-12 and higher education partnerships to encourage college going, and supporting colleges to work together to dramatically improve persistence and increase college completion, especially for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students.

For interview opportunities with President Thompson, please Teresa Lyles-Holmes, UniWorld Group (212) 219-7239 (o), (914) 282-5317 (m)

For more information on how to cover the Summit, please contact and include “College Opportunity Summit Coverage” in the subject line.

MEDIA RSVP: President Obama to Host College Opportunity Day of Action

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
December 1, 2014

President Obama to Host College Opportunity Day of Action

MEDIA RSVP:
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, December 4, the President, Vice President and First Lady will host the second College Opportunity Day of Action at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. In January, the President and First Lady joined over 140 college presidents and other education leaders to announce commitments to expand college opportunity at the first ever White House College Opportunity Day of Action. Thursday’s event will build on the commitments announced in January, with over 300 college presidents and other leaders launching initiatives in new areas. This event will focus on building networks of colleges around promoting completion, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, and increasing the number of college graduates in STEM fields. The day of action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR REPORTING

THURSDAY, December 4, 2014
All times are Eastern Time (ET)

9:00AM – Opening Remarks
Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education

9:15AM – Panel Discussions I and II
Moderated by Cecilia Muñoz and Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

11:50AM – Remarks by THE PRESIDENT

2:45PM – Remarks by THE FIRST LADY

3:00PM – Remarks by THE VICE PRESIDENT

This event is POOLED for television and open to limited pre-credentialed still photographers and correspondents.

Still photographers and correspondents who wish to cover the President’s remarks should RSVP HERE  by Wednesday, December 3 at 9:00 AM ET. Location: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center The Amphitheater 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004 Media Coverage: This event is POOLED for television and open to limited pre-credentialed still photographers and correspondents. Requests for TV cameras cannot be accommodated. Space is limited and RSVPs do not guarantee access. You will receive a confirmation email after the deadline has passed if you will receive a credential to cover the event. All names submitted for credentials must be accurate and reflect the identification media presents at checkpoints for entrance. This event will be available via live-stream at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Media Entrance: The Pennsylvania Avenue entrance of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, at the intersection of 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

Media Access Times: Media must arrive by the times listed below to go through security and access the event. Media may leave between sessions, but must return to the media entrance at times below to regain access.

8:00 AM to cover Opening Remarks, Panel 1: Innovation at Scale and Panel 2: K-12 and Higher Education Partnerships
11:00 AM to cover President Obama’s remarks
1:30 PM to cover the First Lady and Vice President’s remarks
Throw (distance from media area to stage): 60 feet

Limited seating and power available

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Caroline Coscia, , 202-503-5287

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451. For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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1 December

Urban Dialogues: Mr. Gilbert Taylor, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS)

Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration

Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration

New York, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration invites you to the next session of “Urban Dialogues”, featuring Mr. Gilbert Taylor, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS).

Commissioner Taylor  has dedicated his career to serving New York City’s low-income children and families in the public and non-profit sectors.  Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Taylor had worked for the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), most recently serving as the Executive Deputy Commissioner in the Division of Child Protection. The division was the largest in the agency, consisting of more than 3,500 employees tasked with investigating over 50,000 reports of child maltreatment annually. During his tenure at ACS, Commissioner Taylor had also served as the Deputy Commissioner for the agency’s division of Family Court Legal Services, which involved overseeing all Family Court Litigation Units, the agency’s Juvenile Justice Initiative and the Family Assessment Program (PINS Diversion).

In his years at Children’s Services, Commissioner Taylor had many milestone achievements while working in both divisions, including:

  • Participating in the creation and implementation of Childstat within the Division of Child Protection.
  • Improving the safety and risk assessment practice within the Division of Child Protection, which directly contributed to a reduction in the number of children being placed into foster care – resulting in an all-time low census of fewer than 12,000 children in care.
  • Overseeing the procurement and implementation of evidence based preventive service models which are more specifically tailored to meet the needs of children and families in the system.
  • Expediting Family Court case processing time frames on child protective proceedings filed in NYC Family Courts.
Commissioner Taylor

Gilbert Taylor, Commissioner of the NYC Dept. of Homeless Services (DHS)

Commissioner Taylor will address the college’s community on Tuesday, December 2nd, from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., in the conference center on the 11th floor.  Seating will be limited.  Please RSVP.

As noted on the college’s website, “Urban Dialogues” is a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation. Topics cover a spectrum of ideas, theories, and viewpoints that inform and/or influence urban policy.

CONTACT:  Tina Georgiou 646-648-0694 or

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

 

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22 October

Metropolitan College of New York Bronx Extension Center – Knowing is Power: Dare to be Aware

MCNY Brings Awareness to Domestic Violence Month in the South Bronx

October 4, 2014, New York — The Bronx Extension Center (BEC) of Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) presents “Point of View: Survivorship”, Saturday, October 4th-Friday, October 31st, 2014.  This unique art exhibit reflects the notion that participants have moved from “Victim to Victor”.  The show examines the multipilicity of domestic violence and all of the members of a family it affects through multiple mediums.  Most of the participants are survivors of domestic violence.  The exhibit is free to the public and open weekdays, 10am-6pm at the MCNY-BEC at 529 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451.

“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We have hosted several on and off campus events in partnership with the Bronx Documentary Center and the Bronx Family Justice Center to help educate the community on this important issue,” says Erica Morales, Director of the MCNY-BEC, “The Bronx has the second highest rate of Domestic Violence in New York City. We are a college deep-rooted in human services.  We can’t ignore what is happening in our community.”

For site tours and information:  Erica G. Morales, Director of the Bronx Extension Center 718-665-7787 ext 4002 or email:

Below is a listing of events hosted by the MCNY-BEC which includes a film screening and post-screening discussion on October 30th that will take place off-campus at the Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Avenue.  Free to the Public.  RSVP required.  Email:  

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About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451. For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

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20 October

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK HOSTS 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

 

Distinguished New Yorkers Honor a College with a History of Teaching How to Serve Others

NEW YORK, NY- OCTOBER 20, 2014–Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) will celebrate its founding with a 50th Anniversary Gala, Thursday, October 23, at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.  Themed, “Amplify the Dream”; the Gala will highlight the school’s dynamic history. All proceeds will benefit MCNY’s supportive programs and scholarships.  The Gala’s honorary chair is Mayor David Dinkins, New York City’s first Black mayor.

“I am honored to serve as honorary chair of MCNY’s Anniversary Gala,” said Mayor Dinkins.  “For half a century, MCNY has not only produced professional citizens in New York City, but those who are also socially-responsible and share a commitment to give back and make our society a better place for all New Yorkers.”

The distinguished members of the honorary committee include: Mayor Bill De Blasio, Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Carmen de Lavallade and the late Geoffrey Holder; Fernando Ferrer, Vice Chairman, MTA and former Bronx President; Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service; Senator Charles E. Schumer and Reverend Al Sharpton.  The Gala honorees include: Helen LaKelly Hunt (Changemaker), Dr. Edison O. Jackson (Trailblazer) and R. Rick Baker (Champion). Robert Sargent Shriver will be honored posthumously.

Born out of the idealism and turbulence of the 1960s, MCNY was founded by Audrey Cohen, an innovative educator who believed the key to a truly effective education lay in uniting the classroom with the professional world.  She launched the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964, addressing a dual need for both jobs and training. The program prepared motivated women with experience in their low-income neighborhoods for jobs to help implement and support change in their communities. Simultaneously, the Women’s Talent Corps worked to create a new level of “paraprofessional”, a term coined by Cohen, for positions in organizations and agencies – teacher’s assistant, guidance counselor assistant, paralegal.

The mission of the college remains unchanged.  The program will include alumni presenters that embody today’s MCNY. Tamu Arnoux, founder of the groundbreaking organization Because Everyone Deserves Shelter (B.E.D.S.) – a New York City based transitional housing organization that provides temporary shelter to homeless males, parolees and individuals living on social security along with personal, career and professional development services.  Upon completion of her Human Services degree and as part of her Constructive Action plan at MCNY, Tamu developed B.E.D.S. Her plan to help the city’s disenfranchised get back on their feet, resulted in the opening of two transitional houses.  Arnoux is now enrolled in MCNY’s Master of Public Affairs and Administration program continuing her focus of finding new ways to support her community.

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About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

To purchase tickets or to get more information on the “Amplify the Dream” Gala visit http://bit.ly/1DfozM9

 

 

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31 July

Metropolitan College of New York Appoints New Director of Bronx Extension

New York, NY July 31, 2014 – Today, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) announced the appointment of Ms. Erica Morales as Director of the MCNY Bronx Extension Center (BEC).

Erica Morales, Director of the MCNY Bronx Extension Center

Erica Morales, Director of the MCNY Bronx Extension Center

Ms. Morales has held the position of Acting Director of the Bronx Extension since January 2014.  In her role as Director, she will report to the Executive Vice President for Enrollment Management and work collaboratively with MCNY faculty and administrators at both campuses to provide site-based operational leadership and supervision of administrative services consistent with the College’s strategic goals and objectives.

“It is with great pride that we announce the appointment of Ms. Morales,” said Vinton Thompson, President of MCNY. “Ms. Morales embodies the spirit of MCNY. She is passionate and committed to making a difference for our students. I know she will continue to show great leadership at the Bronx Extension.”

The MCNY Bronx Extension Center offers added convenience for students who live or work in the Bronx, adjacent parts of Manhattan and Westchester County. The school offers Associate, Bachelor and Master degree programs including an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business or Healthcare Systems Management, Master of Public Administration and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Program (CASAC).

Ms. Morales joined MCNY in 2010 as the Coordinator of Student Support and Development. She was promoted to Assistant Director in 2011.  Prior to joining MCNY, she was the Graduate Assistant for the Center of Multicultural Education and Programs at New York University.  She has a Master of Arts, Higher Education from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts and Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts.

CONTACT:  Teresa Lyles Holmes  (212) 219-7239 

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

 

 

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1 July

Metropolitan College of New York Appoints New Vice President of Academic Affairs

New York, NY July 1, 2014 – Today, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) announced the appointment of Daniel Katz, Ph.D. as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, effective July 7, 2014. Dr. Katz joins MCNY from National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he served as Provost and Dean from 2012 to 2014.

“It is with great honor that we welcome Dr. Katz to the MCNY community,” said Vinton Thomas, President of MCNY. “Dr. Katz has made significant contributions to higher education throughout his career so we are excited to have him on board.”

In his role as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Katz will oversee The Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education, School for Business, School for Public Affairs and Administration, the College Library and Academic Support Services.

Dr. Daniel Katz, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, MCNY

Dr. Daniel Katz, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, MCNY

From 2004 to 2012, Dr. Katz served as a faculty member at SUNY Empire State College in New York City and in several different administrative roles there, including Chair of the Master of Arts program in Policy Studies.  Prior to that, he had administrative appointments at Hunter College and Rutgers University and held appointments as Professor of History at National Labor College and the University of Maryland.

Dr. Katz is a scholar of labor history and includes among his publications two books and several articles.  He has a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers and two degrees from the University of Wisconsin; an M.A. in History and a B.A. in History and Political Science.

CONTACT:

Teresa Holmes

(212) 219-7239

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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20 June

Metropolitan College of New York is Host Site for American Black Film Festival University Master Class Series

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 20, 2014 — Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) will be one of the host sites for this years American Black Film Festival (ABFF).  In its 18th year, the ABFF will be held in New York City, June 19-22, 2014.

The ABFF is a four-day event dedicated to showcasing quality films by and about people of African descent. Committed to the belief that Black content creators and artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts, ABFF founder, Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the film and television industry. Today it serves as the preeminent pipeline to new Black talent before and behind the camera, and is now regarded as one of the leading film festivals in the world.

The festival is an incredible opportunity for our students to have access to a multi-day film festival with global reach,” says Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Dean of the MCNY School for Business.  “We are truly excited to welcome the ABFF to MCNY.”

The following sessions, part of the ABFF University Master Class Series, presented by the Time Warner Foundation in association with the ABFF Foundation and Metropolitan College of New York will take at the MCNY Conference Center, 431 Canal Street, NYC.

Friday, June 20:

  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Bill Duke’s Actors Boot Camp
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Master Class: “How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Producing” with National Director of SAGIndie, Dariien Gibson
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Writing for Television  with guest speaker: Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos)

Saturday, June 21:

  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Master Class: Bill Duke’s Actors Boot Camp (Day II)
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Master Class: Robert Townsend’s “The Ultimate Pitch”
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Master Class: Rob Hardy’s Amazing Stories

“One of the most important ideas we teach in the program is maintaining focus on and commitment to providing a voice to those who are underrepresented or misrepresented in the media.  Our students and faculty use their skills to not only succeed in the media industry but to foster inclusiveness and diversity in the messages and operations of today’s media,” shares Kristie Velasco, Director of MCNY’s MBA in Media Management Department.  “It is an honor to have been invited to participate and host the ABFF University Master Class Series at MCNY.”

Each year, Metropolitan College of New York School for Business MBA in Media Management program hosts its Annual Short Film Festival.  This year, Jeff Friday served as the keynote speaker.  Impressed and delighted by the response of MCNY students and alumni, Jeff Friday saw a perfect union between the College and ABFF.

Mr. Friday entered the film industry in 1996 when he became President of UniWorld Films, a former division of advertising agency UniWorld Group Inc. His success there put him in the forefront of the independent black film movement and sparked his commitment to transform the business of black cinema. Now celebrating its 18th year, ABFF relocated to New York City and remains committed to broadening the mainstream embrace of Black culture.

The Festival includes four days of Hollywood premieres, indie films and dynamic events such as ABFF’s new Entertainment and Lifestyle Expo, celebrity conversations, master classes, film and TV focused panels, plus the hit comedy show, are all being staged to entertain, inform and connect people with a common passion for Black culture.

For tickets and information, please visit http://www.abff.com/.

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About Metropolitan College of New York

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, MCNY was founded in 1964 as the Talent Corps by Audrey Cohen, an educational visionary and activist. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Hudson Square where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, NY, NY 10013. For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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6 June

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK ANNOUNCES 37th COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

“Amplifying the Dream” Theme Continues Throughout 50TH Anniversary Celebration

TIAA-cref’S Roger Ferguson and Financial Expert Adela Cepeda to Address the Graduates

 NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 5, 2013 — This year, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), one of the city’s most ethnically diverse institutions, will mark its 37th annual commencement. Taking place during its 50th anniversary year, themed Amplifying the Dream,” the commencement will confer more than 500 degrees on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 4 PM, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Roger W. Ferguson Jr., President and CEO of TIAA-CREF, and Adela Cepeda, President of A.C. Advisory, Inc., will both deliver speeches to the combined graduates from MCNY’s undergraduate and master’s programs.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the College will pay tribute to graduates of classes from the 1960s and 1970s and honor longtime supporter and trustee Deborah Allen, who is retiring this year after working for and with the school for nearly five decades.  In 1971, Allen was hired as a writer to distill and synthesize the development of Purpose-Centered Education, which stands as the College’s model today.  After a brief hiatus from the College, she was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008 and served as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and Vice-Chair of the Board.

An honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters will be bestowed upon both of this year’s speakers as well as Mrs. Allen.

Honoree Roger W. Ferguson Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA-CREF, a Fortune 100 financial services organization and the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields.   He served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.  He is also the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C. on 9/11, he led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed.

Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in April 2008, Mr. Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a board member of the Committee on Economic Development, the American Council of Life Insurers, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is Chairman of the Economic Club of New York, Vice Chair of the Business-Higher Education Forum, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Group of Thirty.

“Earning a degree is about developing your human capital – and that’s the key to success,” advised Mr. Roger Ferguson.   Learn more from the President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA-CREF in an exclusive Q&A on mcny.edu.  

Honoree Adela Cepeda is President of A.C. Advisory, Inc., one of the top 10 municipal financial advisors in the nation.  Cepeda manages the structuring and execution of transactions in the capital markets for corporations and municipalities. As a corporate finance executive at Smith Barney, Harris Upham for over 10 years, Ms. Cepeda developed strong expertise in handling public and private debt, and equity transactions. She then left Wall Street to build her own firm, A.C. Advisory, which she has led to a national leadership position in municipal financial advisory services with over $100 billion in completed transactions. Ms. Cepeda has extensive community involvement and serves on many boards, including Window to the World Communications, Inc. (PBS Channel 11—WTTW).

“This year is extraordinarily special,” said Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of Metropolitan College of New York. “Not only do we celebrate another year of graduating the next class of business leaders, professionals and responsible citizens, but we also pause to reflect on a half-century of building generations and legacies of leaders, businesspeople, entrepreneurs and remarkable citizens. Our graduates have earned the tools they need to become outstanding leaders in their communities, this city and throughout the world.”

About Metropolitan College of New York

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, MCNY was founded in 1964 as the Talent Corps by Audrey Cohen, an educational visionary and activist. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Hudson Square where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, NY, NY 10013. For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

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9 April

12 Nonprofits to Receive Pro Bono Advice from Morgan Stanley’s Strategy Challenge

Contact:  Morgan Stanley Media Relations – Lauren Bellmare  212-761-5303

Morgan Stanley’s signature pro bono volunteer program brings together some of our
best talent to collaborate on solving nonprofits’ critical issues

NEW YORK, April 8, 2013 – Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) announced today that the following 12 nonprofit organizations will participate in the sixth annual Strategy Challenge, the Firm’s signature skills-based volunteer program providing nonprofits with pro bono strategic consulting.

· American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
· Catholic Guardian Services
· Children of Promise, NYC
· Day One NYC
· Good Shepherd Services
· Greenwich House
· Hamilton Family Center
· International Rescue Committee
· Metropolitan College of New York
· New Alternatives for Children
· Phipps Neighborhoods
· Project Renewal

The Strategy Challenge pairs each of these nonprofit organizations with a team of four Morgan Stanley employees for eight weeks. The employee volunteers utilize their professional expertise and skills to address a mission-critical issue facing each organization. Over the course of the project, employees partner with nonprofits to develop a solution that helps the nonprofits fulfill their missions in more effective and efficient ways.

The 12 nonprofits work on causes ranging from preventing suicide, to reducing domestic violence, to breaking the cycle for children with an incarcerated parent. Participating organizations are based in New York and San Francisco.

“We place the utmost value on the essential support that nonprofits provide in local communities.  These organizations diligently serve their constituents but often have limited expertise or resources to truly maximize their impact and reach scale,” said Joan Steinberg, Head of Morgan Stanley Community Affairs and President of the Morgan Stanley Foundation. “Our employees are equipped with the business and management skills that can help nonprofits overcome strategic 2 challenges and we as a firm appreciate the opportunity to impact the communities where we live and work through this program.”

Since establishing the Strategy Challenge in 2009, Morgan Stanley has delivered 32,500 hours of pro bono services to 61 nonprofits, worth approximately $4.9 million, according to standards developed by the Taproot Foundation. The Strategy Challenge is a joint effort between Morgan Stanley’s offices of Community Affairs and Global Sustainable Finance.

“The Strategy Challenge draws on Morgan Stanley’s expertise in solving complex problems and creating long-term value – in the work we do for our clients and in our communities,” said Audrey Choi, Head of Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley. “This signature initiative applies the firm’s strength in delivering client-centric solutions and provides participating nonprofits with tailored recommendations that help them more effectively deliver on their missions. “

The Morgan Stanley volunteers will present their recommendations for the nonprofits at a competition in June before experts from the private and nonprofit sectors.  For more information on the Strategy Challenge, please visit
http://www.morganstanley.com/strategychallenge.

About Morgan Stanley:  Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries. For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

Contact:  Morgan Stanley Media Relations – Lauren Bellmare  212-761-5303

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