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26 February

2013 SOCIAL MEDIA & RESPONSE MANAGEMENT INTERFACE (S.M.A.R.M.I.E.)

 Conference to Shed Light on Relevant Response Skills in Digital Age

NEW YORK, NY – February 27, 2013 — Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) hosts SMARMIE (Social Media and Response Management Interface Event) on Thursday, February 28, 2013. The conference takes place at the Manhattan campus, 431 Canal Street, from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM and is free to the public with advance registration.  MCNY’s conference comes on the heels of Social Media Week, an annual week-long conference that addresses the necessity for social media in the midst of changing climates in all industries.

SMARMIE is a combined effort created by MCNY’s Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Program in Emergency and Disaster Management and Master’s in Business (MBA) Program in Media Management.  It is geared towards those in the private and public sectors who are involved in Emergency Management or Continuity Planning. The always-evolving landscape of technology raises new questions on how best to address emergencies by establishing best practices for crisis communications. Although gaining understanding of this area is essential to emergency messaging, it remains underutilized in Emergency Management. In an era when most individuals rely heavily on a number of different mobile devices, they are likely to have these devices in their possession at the time of a disaster or major emergency and to utilize them to capture some aspect of the event. It is the responsibility of Emergency Managers to ensure that use of this medium is maximized to reach the public in time of need — and to build Social Media Management Tools (SMMT) into their emergency response plans. These, among other issues, are addressed by the SMARMIE Conference.

A vast number of topics will be covered at this year’s conference, including the new crisis communications paradigm, crowdsourcing, crowd mapping and fencing, and mining social media for crisis communication and forensic analysis.  A featured panel will be “Social Media and Hurricane Sandy: Crisis Case Studies,” using real-life examples from the superstorm to demonstrate how the use of social media was integral to emergency response, as well as how it could have further been utilized to aid those who were affected.

“We pride ourselves on providing our students with a purposeful education at MCNY,” stated MCNY President Vinton Thompson. “We are able to provide our students and other Emergency Management Professionals with the tools to be extremely effective in their field. This year’s conference is a timely look at essential services in a crisis such as Sandy.  Going forward, the skills learned in the classroom, on the job and at this conference will be vital.” 

Subject matter experts from around the world will join the MCNY community to share their expertise.  Among the esteemed speakers are:

Kay C. Goss, former Associate FEMA Director in charge of national Preparedness, Training, and Exercises for President Clinton;

Phil Harris, CEO of Geofeedra, special social media search and discovery service location;

Jerome M. Hauer, Commissioner of the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services;

Patrick Meier, PhD, Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute (QCRI), internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience; and

Kim Stephens,  iDisaster 2.0 , lead blogger on the challenges faced by the emergency management community.

For more information on MCNY’s graduate programs, visit http://www.mcny.edu

Contact Uniworld Group Public Relations:

Teresa Lyles Holmes (212) 219-7239

Camille Gray (212) 219-7121

 

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26 February

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK PARTNERS WITH PRESERVE OUR LEGACY

MCNY and Preserve Our Legacy Host Press Conference to Create Awareness and Encourage Multicultural Communities to Participate in Bone Marrow Donation Week

NEW YORK, NY- February 26, 2013 – On February 25, 2013, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) and Preserve Our Legacy held a press conference to kick off Bone Marrow Awareness and Donation Week.  The goal of the organization is to increase awareness among multicultural communities of the need to raise the number of donors of color to match the amount of people of color affected by those diseases which require bone marrow transplants.  In attendance included: Shana Melius, founder, Preserve Our Legacy;  Terrance Peavy, MCNY’s Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management and, Rodney Hilton, father of Jaden Hilton, the father of 2-year old Jaden Hilton who lost his fight to leukemia.  Little Jaden died nine months after being diagnosed and waiting on a bone marrow transplant.

During her address, Ms. Melius stated “I started Preserve Our Legacy to raise awareness about Jaden and the lack of bone marrow donors and cord blood donors within the national registry. And with that, after my graduation, we had the ability to pass legislation in New Jersey, and we are working to pass legislation here as well.”  Melius reminded the crowd of the importance of her organization’s mission not only when they are holding an awareness week, but year-round.

Rodney Hilton’s poignant speech that followed moved attendees as only a parent’s personal story about their child could.  “I have been relentless in fighting for this cause. If we are able to raise awareness, I will know that my son’s death was not in vain.” stated Hilton, “I never want another parent to have to go through what I have experienced.”

Individuals affected by illnesses requiring bone marrow transplants have been at the forefront of the news recently.  Good Morning America host Robin Roberts recently returned to her post after a long recovery following a bone marrow donation.  After Roberts made her public announcement regarding her illness, registration with the Be the Match Registry rose 1800%.  Although this is an impressive figure, there is still much work to be done in this field.

 

For more information on Preserve Our Legacy and additional location where you can register to be a donor, visit http://www.preserveourlegacy.org

 

 

 

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(From left to right) Terrance Peavy, Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management, Shana Melius, Preserve Our Legacy Founder and MCNY Alumna, Rodney Hilton, spokesman for POL and father of Jaden Hilton, a two-year old who lost his life while waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

 

 

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23 February

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK (MCNY) PARTNERS WITH PERSERVE OUR LEGACY TO HOST BONE MARROW DRIVE

MEDIA ALERT

WHAT:   Preserve Our Legacy is a not-for-profit that was founded by MCNY alum Shana Melius and her husband Brett in 2007. The couple began the organization after tirelessly working to find a match for Jaden Hilton, a young African-American boy battling leukemia. Since its founding, Preserve our Legacy has educated the minority community about stem cells and treatment options for diseases that most commonly affect people of color.  Preserve Our Legacy (POL) has partnered to create awareness and increase registration during a week of bone marrow drives with the organizations Be the Match Registry and Delete Blood Cancer.  While Be the Match registry, a nonprofit organization run by the National Marrow Donor Program experienced an 1,800% spike in donors the day Robin Roberts went public with her illness, Melius feels that there is still much work to be done in creating awareness.

The initiative, which will launch with this press conference, will feature  bone marrow drives throughout New York City, and several other educational events. The press conference will begin at 10:00 AM, followed by the start of the bone marrow drive at 11am. MCNY’s Bronx Extension Center will continue the college’s efforts on Tuesday. The organization is also continuing its ongoing partnership with Harlem Hospital during the week, as the hospital will serve as the location for the P.O.L. Cord Blood Program.  Both drives will serve a purpose that is twofold – to educate the community further about the reasons that bone marrow donations are so crucial and to sign people up to donate themselves once they are armed with this knowledge.

WHO:   Shana Melius, Founder, Preserve Our Legacy and MCNY alumna; Marvin Bing, Jr., Northeast Director of NAACP; Rodney Hilton, Jaden’s Law (Jaden’s Father), POL; Vinton Thompson, MCNY President

WHEN:   Monday, February 25, 2013,    10:00 AM – 4 PM, 10:00 AM – Press Conference, 11:00 AM – Bone Marrow Drive

WHERE:   Metropolitan College of New York, 431 Canal Street, 11th Floor Conference Center, New York, NY 10013

CONTACT:   Teresa Lyles Holmes, UniWorld Group  (212) 219-7239 (o), (914) 282-5317 (m)  

Camille Gray, UniWorld Group  (212) 219-7121 (o), (917) 200-2689 (m) 

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22 February

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK PARTNERS WITH PRESERVE OUR LEGACY TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF BONE MARROW AND UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD DONATION

MCNY and Preserve Our Legacy Launch Bone Marrow Awareness Week by Encouraging New Yorkers and Multicultural Communities to Participate in Donation Drive

NEW YORK, NY – February 22, 2013 — Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) is excited to continue its partnership with Preserve Our Legacy (P.O.L.), a not-for-profit organization founded by MCNY alumna Shana Melius and her husband Brett, in support of Bone Marrow and Umbilical Cord Blood Awareness and Donation Week which kicks off February 25, 2013. This will be the third straight year that MCNY will be hosting a donor registration drive at the College on Monday, February 25th in Manhattan (431 Canal Street) and Tuesday, February 26th in the Bronx (529 Courtlandt Ave).

Since 2010 MCNY, New York Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright, and Preserve Our Legacy have partnered to create awareness and increase registration during a week of bone marrow drives with the organizations Be the Match Registry and Delete Blood Cancer. The trio will do so again this year from February 25 – March 2, 2013, throughout New York City. The drive will call upon students, alumni, professors, staff, friends and neighbors not only to register to be a bone marrow donor, but also to take it upon themselves to raise awareness in their own communities.  While Be the Match Registry, a nonprofit organization run by the National Marrow Donor Program, experienced an astonishing 1,800% spike in donors the day Robin Roberts went public with her illness, Melius feels that there is still much work to be done in creating awareness. Currently, minority participation in the National Bone Marrow Registry is tremendously low, with African-Americans, Asians and Hispanics each representing less than 10% of registrants.

New York Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright has been working with Preserve Our Legacy to increase awareness about bone marrow, PBSC and cord blood donation in New York since 2009. In June 2010, Assemblyman Wright introduced “Jaden’s Law” (A04294) to increase awareness and registration. On June 11, 2012, the legislation passed the New York State Assembly; however, it did not pass in the State Senate, requiring a new introduction in 2013.

In addition to the bone marrow registration drive taking place at MCNY, Harlem Hospital will serve as the location for the P.O.L. Cord Blood Program. Many individuals are unaware that lifesaving treatment options can be provided through cord blood donation. Preserve Our Legacy’s program is unique in that blood donors are able to donate to a public bank at no cost. The organization urges both pregnant women and family members and friends of pregnant women, to contact their physician or Preserve Our Legacy to learn more about how they may be able to help save lives.

“Participating in this registration drive is a natural fit for MCNY,” said President Vinton Thompson. “Our students receive a unique educational opportunity where they are able to create meaningful projects that can impact the community.  Shana has done that with Preserve Our Legacy and we are excited to partner with her organization to help raise awareness once again.”

MCNY’s continued active support of bone marrow and umbilical cord awareness are evidence of the school’s commitment to fostering students who are not only prepared to make positive commitments in the workforce but are also committed to making positive contributions to their communities.  Shana Melius, MCNY alum and Preserve Our Legacy co-founder, is the embodiment of the school’s model at work.  Because of MCNY’s Purpose-Centered Education, Melius was able to take what she learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world.  Since its founding, Preserve Our Legacy has been dedicated to educating the minority community about stem cells and the treatment options that are available for diseases most commonly affecting people of color.

For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

CONTACT

Camille Gray

(212) 219-7121 (office) | (917) 200-2689 (mobile)

  

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5 December

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK (MCNY) MARKS ACCREDITATION WITH BUSINESS AND CAREER DAY CULMINATING WITH DISCUSSION AND KEYNOTE FEATURING FASHION PIONEER

MCNY to Host April Walker, Entrepreneur and Business Woman, During Celebration of Recent Specialized Business Accreditation

WHAT: After two years of intensive redesign and revision of the Undergraduate and Graduate MBA curricula, Metropolitan College of New York School for Business has been awarded specialized accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP).  In honor of this major accomplishment, the school will be hosting “The School for Business: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”, a series of events and ceremonies that will take place on December 6, 2012.

The celebration will begin at 3:00 PM with a ‘Dean’s List Award Ceremony’ honoring undergraduate business students who achieved Dean’s List status.  Other events during the day will include an ACBSP celebration and a panel discussion.  The day culminates with a special presentation by Walker Wear founder and business maven, April Walker, who opened up her first custom fashion shop at the age of 19.  Walker will discuss how her savvy business style and drive has enabled her to rise to the top of her field.  Following Ms. Walker’s presentation, there will be a panel discussion featuring top business leaders from various sectors.  The evening will close with a networking reception.

April Walker, WalkerWear

 

 

WHO:             April Walker, Founder, Walker Wear and Chief Dream Officer, A. Walker Group, Charles A. Archer, Chief Executive Officer, Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving Persons in Need, Inc., Alrick Davis, COO/Partner, Visionary Outsourcing Professionals, Minal Patel Davis, Independent Consultant, Charles Williamson, Executive Director and Global Head, Service Management of JP Morgan Chase & Co., Ralph Leal, Professor, MCNY School for Business, Kristie Velasco, Professor, MCNY Media Management MBA Program

 

 

 

 

WHEN:             Thursday, December 6, 2012;  3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

3:00 PM – Dean’s List Award Ceremony

5:00 PM – ACBSP Celebration

6:00 PM – Presentation & Panel Discussion and Closing Reception

WHERE:             Metropolitan College of New York, 431 Canal Street, 11th Floor Conference Center  New York, NY  10013

For free registration, go to http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=fw7m85dab&oeidk=a07e6nwh98j9a8f93bf

CONTACT:

Teresa Lyles Holmes, UniWorld Group   (212) 219-7239 (o), (914) 282-5317 (m)

or Camille Gray, UniWorld Group  (212) 219-7121 (o), (917) 200-2689 (m)

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27 November

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK (MCNY) HOLDS IMPORTANT INSTALLMENT OF “URBAN DIALOGUES” SERIES WITH ACS COMMISSIONER

MCNY’s School for Public Affairs and Administration Hosts Ronald E. Richter, Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)

WHAT:             As part of the MCNY “Urban Dialogues” Speaker Series, on Tuesday, November 27, the School for Public Affairs and Administration will host Ronald E. Richter, Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).  The ACS Commissioner will join MCNY’s faculty, students and the public for an important discussion of child services within the New York City landscape. Richter has been working as an advocate for New York City’s children for over two decades and was appointed Commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in September 2011.  Prior to his appointment as Commissioner of the ACS, Richter served as a Judge in the Family Court of the State of New York in Queens.  Commissioner Richter has also held positions as Family Service Coordinator for the City of New York, ACS Deputy Commissioner for Family Court Legal Services and an attorney at The Legal Aid Society.  In these roles, he focused on child protection, parental rights proceeding and juvenile delinquency.

“MCNY 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.

WHO:             Ronald E. Richter, Commissioner of the New York City Administration of Child Services (ACS), Vinton Thompson, Metropolitan College of New York President, Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the School for Public Affairs and Administration

WHEN:           Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM  

WHERE:        Metropolitan College of New York,  431 Canal Street, Conference Center, New York, NY 10013

For free registration, go to http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=fw7m85dab&oeidk=a07e6jujp5k9eb1a452

About Commissioner Ronald E. Richter

Ronald E. Richter was appointed Commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in September 2011. Commissioner Richter has worked for two decades on behalf of New York City’s children involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he served as a Judge in the Family Court of the State of New York in Queens, to which he was appointed in January 2009.  Prior to that, he served as Family Services Coordinator for the City of New York, ensuring that the City’s human service agencies were managed efficiently and effectively, and provided oversight to the Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Child Welfare and Safety. Commissioner Richter was the ACS Deputy Commissioner for Family Court Legal Services from 2005 to 2007, where he was responsible for representing the Commissioner in all matters before the City’s five family courts.  For fourteen years, Commissioner Richter was an attorney at The Legal Aid Society representing children in juvenile delinquency, child protection and parental rights proceedings.

Commissioner Richter earned his B.A. from Tufts University, his M.S. from Boston University College of Communications and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.  He lives in Long Island City, Queens, with his spouse, Franklin, and their daughter, Maya.

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 continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners 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.  Find out what makes MCNY different?  MCNY is conveniently located 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.

CONTACT:

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19 November

MCNY’s School for Business Earns Specialized Business Accreditation from ASBSP

Continuing its longstanding commitment to excellence and progression, Metropolitan College of New York’s School for Business is pleased to announce that its School for Business has earned specialized business accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), effective November 19, 2012.

The accreditation status of MCNY’s School for Business demonstrates that it has met all of the standards required to receive initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

The ACBSP Board of Commissioners has granted their approval for the School is programs in Associate of Science in Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Masters of Business Administration in Media Management, Financial Services, and General Management.  The School was cited for its effective curriculum design model of Purpose-Centered Education with a student focus.  Moreover, the full-time and part-time faculty, alumni and robust Business Advisory Board were credited as real strengths for the School for Business.

“I am honored to have been part of this accreditation process and now to have this distinction bestowed upon our very unique business programs, which are grounded in the traditions of Purpose-Centered Education.  Our students and alumni can take pride in knowing that the education they received at MCNY’s School for Business, has met the gold standard for value and quality.  Our faculty should be proud of the fact that they have demonstrated through their hard work, a commitment to excellence in teaching and continuous improvement,” said Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Dean of the School for Business.

“The full time staff and faculty members were an integral part of the accreditation process for the last two years,” said Dean Depoo.  The team members include: Ms. Davinder Kaur, Program Coordinator for Undergraduate General Business, Mr. Ralph Leal, Dean Emeritus, Mr. Solomon Appel, Assistant Professor, Dr. Mohammad Bajwa, Associate Professor, Dr. David Rosner, Assistant Professor, Ms. Kristie Velasco, Program Coordinator for MBA Media Management Dr. Rachel Yager, Associate Professor, and Dr. Faye Ran, Professor.

“MCNY has been offering innovative business programs since 1983, with a focus on practical application and giving students the tools they need to change the world in positive ways. “, said Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of MCNY.  “ACBSP accreditation is an affirmation of our mission, our faculty and staff, our students and our program.  We continue our commitment to serving New York City and the world through effective business programs that graduate leaders and agents of change.”

ACBSP accreditation has several benefits that reach beyond the institution and include students and alumni, faculty and staff, and the community at large.  The MCNY School for Business has demonstrated its commitment to continuous improvement in the area of higher education and maintaining quality to enhance student learning.  The ACBSP website states that, The pursuit of accreditation enhances the ability to serve students by assuring a focus on quality performance. Accredited status requires an ongoing effort to provide excellent equipment, software, and learning resources for students.”  The School for Business at MCNY has achieved this esteemed standard in higher education, and will maintain the integrity and quality of its educational model going forward to serve the community.

MCNY will formally receive its accreditation award during the ACBSP Annual Conference in June of 2013.

For more information on MCNY’s School for Business:  MCNY School for Business

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10 November

PRESERVE OUR LEGACY AND MCNY ALUMNI TO PARTNER WITH THE LEGACY CENTER TO ASSIST HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012

New York, NY – It was announced today that Preserve Our Legacy, MCNY Alumni, members from 7dia7noches.net and many more will partner with The Legacy Center to assist Hurricane Sandy Victims on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy launched devastation on more than eleven states, however, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut were affected the most. According to Huffintgonpost.com, more than 5.5 million people lost power, due to Hurricane Sandy. Gas rationing has complicated fuel deliver causing gas shortages throughout the area. Thousands became homeless and more than 45 people lost their lives. Because of this, these group of individuals will assist those in needs.

The Legacy Center is relentless about moving people forward to achieve their ultimate potential.  The Legacy Center fights to see someone change for life and not just for the moment: To live Life on Purpose; To take every step with intention; To help people create a Legacy that their kids will want to copy. TLC’s purpose is to change the communities of Bushwick, Ridgewood, Glendale and East New York for the good, person by person, family by family, and school by school.

Preserve Our Legacy, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, whose mission is to educate individuals, especially those from various ethnic groups, about the benefits of stem cells through treatment options provided via peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC), bone marrow and umbilical cord blood donations.For more information about Preserve Our Legacy log onto: www.preserveourlegacy.org or call 877.778.3623 ext 702. For more information about The Legacy Center visit: www.tlcnyc.org.  For more information about MCNY visit www.mcny.edu. Visit 7dia7noches.net for information.
Left to right: Zoey Anderson, Anthony Brathwaite (7dias7noches.net), Shana Melius (Preserve Our Legacy/MCNY Alumni), Hortensia Anderson (MCNY)
 
Anthony Brathwaite, Hortensia Anderson (MCNY Alumni), Shana Melius (P.O.L. Co-Founder/MCNY Alumni), Kim Swingler (MCNY Alumni), Zoey Anderson, Lucy Brathwaite, Tiffani Hilton (MCNY Alumni)
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25 October

Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) Gets Nod as One of Country’s Top Military Friendly Schools ®

New York City School Named as One of Top Colleges Embracing America’s Military Service Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  — Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) has been named one of the country’s coveted Military Friendly Schools ®.  The announcement was made today by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.  MCNY now holds a top spot on The 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.  For more information MCNY’s Tuition Freedom contact Enrollment Specialist Roy-Derick Hinton.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows Metropolitan College of New York’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media.   “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Sean.  Complete survey methodology is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/methodology.

The Military Friendly Schools ® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served.

“This is a proud moment in the life of MCNY,” said Vinton Thompson, President, Metropolitan College of New York. “We strive every day to develop programs, generate resources and recruit the best in personnel to prepare our student body academically and arm them with the necessary skills to make seamless transitions as professionals. We are extremely pleased to know that our military students who deserve so much attention  are benefiting from these efforts.”

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide.

The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.  The Guide and associated media will also be featured at the Carrier Classic college basketball game on Nov. 9, anchored by a playoff between The Ohio State University and Marquette University on the deck of the USS Yorktown. Both participating schools are on this year’s list of Military Friendly Schools ®.

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 continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners 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.  Find out what makes MCNY different?  MCNY is conveniently located 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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11 October

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Supports Audrey Cohen Scholarship Fund

NEW YORK, October 10, 2012 – Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) received a  charitable gift from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB).  The firm highlights the volunteer activities of its employees who demonstrate a commitment to strengthening and supporting their communities.  In honor of Wendy Cohen, Vice President and Marketing Director, MSSB donated $2,000 to be awarded to a deserving MCNY student.  Wendy Cohen is the daughter of social-activist and MCNY Founder Audrey Cohen and a Trustee of the College.

This year’s recipient is Nicole V. Clark, MPA candidate of the MCNY Emergency and Disaster Management MPA program.  Professor Matthew Khaled, MPA, CEM proudly states, “Ms. Clark is my student and she has distinguished herself with her dedication and scholarship.”

“Our Constructive Action (CA) projects are the heart of MCNY’s Purpose-Centered Education and are rooted in application, action and assessment.  We are thrilled to offer this grant to deserving students that best show excellence through a combination of classroom and professional learning,” said Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of MCNY.  “Following in the footsteps of her mother Audrey Cohen, Wendy Cohen is truly dedicated to innovative education which affects positive social change.”

Born out of the idealism and turbulence of the 1960s, Metropolitan College of New York 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.    Students first acquire the necessary information and skills in the classroom, then put that knowledge to use in a professional setting.  By the end of each semester, each student produces a written CA project, a workable plan of action that illustrates how well the student has integrated theories – from class into work setting or internship – in an effective, relevant, scholarly and clearly documented manner.

MCNY students and alumni tout the success of their CA seminar experiences.  In fact, many CA’s have served as a blueprint for  non-profit agencies and for-profit businesses started by students.  In the for-profit sector, MCNY students have influenced the fields of financial services, retailing, media and entertainment.  In the non-profit arena, the College’s students and alumni have made a significant impact in fields such as mental health, developmental disabilities, education, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, criminal justice, and work with the elderly.

The Morgan Stanley Foundation has been supporting the communities in which Morgan Stanley employees live and work for nearly 50 years.

About Morgan Stanley Smith Barney:

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, a global leader in wealth management, provides a range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, credit and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.  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 42 countries.  For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

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