WHAT: The Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) School for Business Media Management is hosting its 4th Annual MCNY Short Film Festival, themed “Reflections of a Dream.” Peter Anthony Andrews, a former NBC and Columbia Pictures executive, will be the keynote speaker of the two-day festival. Andrews played a major role in the success of some of the most memorable, award-winning shows in 20th century television including Little House on the Prairie, Columbo and Chips. Andrews currently runs Table 21 Films, an independent film production company that develops and produces narrative and documentary films. The first day of the festival will feature a moderated movie industry and filmmakers panel followed by the screening of the selected films the next day.
The MCNY Short Film Festival grew out of a classroom project and has developed into a platform for burgeoning filmmakers, providing real time project management experience for the school’s media management MBA students. The festival is a forum to celebrate both the business and creative aspects of the film industry, as well as a space for those involved to greater master and learn their craft.
Deputy Majority Leader Leory Comrie Addresses MCNY Community for Urban Dialogue Speaker Series
On the heels of Bloomberg’s blocked soda ban and his move to hide cigarettes from view, the role of government is a hot topic. Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie, who lobbied against the inclusion of toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals, will speak to the MCNY community on Tuesday, March 26.
Does Comrie’s viewpoint on the government role mirror Mayor Bloomberg’s? Is it saving people from themselves, or just promoting healthy options? Comrie has a personal connection to the calorie issue, as he has battled his way through diet trials and triumphs for years. The Deputy Majority Leader is no stranger to using his personal experiences as a way to humanize issues and better serve his public.
Leroy Comrie represents the 27th District, his hometown Southeast Queens District. He was elected to City Council in 2001 and has been popular amongst his constituents ever since, re‑elected overwhelmingly in 2005 and again in 2009. As evidenced by his politics, the Deputy Majority Leader has a personal stake in the well-being of those he serves. His top issues are on providing quality education, guidance and support for youth and ensuring quality healthcare and services for seniors. He is committed to economic development projects that create additional jobs and affordable housing for New Yorkers, and has proposed and passed legislation to improve quality of life, support cultural institutions and strengthen public safety.
Comrie is a strong advocate for his community. Three terms and 12 years later, he has more than proven his dedication to serving the people. Now, in the influential position of Deputy Majority Leader, he must walk the sometimes blurred line of determining government’s role in the lives of individuals.
Deputy Majority Leader Comrie will be joining the Metropolitan College of New York’s Urban Dialogue Series, which is hosted by MCNY’s School for Public Affairs and Administration on an ongoing basis. The series is a dynamic 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. Past Dialogues include NYC Comptroller John Liu, Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and Ronald E. Richter, Commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services.
“We are particularly excited to have Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie come join us for our next Urban Dialogue,” stated Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of MCNY’s School for Public Affairs and Administration. “Comrie has been able to balance his ability to remain greatly liked by his voters while understanding what it is that they need, and most importantly stands by issues that he truly believes in.”w
MCNY’s Urban Dialogues with Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie will take place at the Metropolitan College of New York (431 Canal Streetm NY, NY) on March 26, 2013 from 6:00 – 7:30 in the 11th Floor Conference Room.
Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) hosts Social Media and Response Management Interface Event (SMARMIE) to discuss social media technology and emergency management February 28, 2013 at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY.
February 27, 2013 — In 2012, as the use and proliferation of smartphones has exploded, one of the greatest lessons learned in emergency and disaster management is that responders can no longer ignore social media or neglect to include it in emergency planning.
Hurricane Sandy killed at least 125 people in the United States, including 60 in New York (48 of them in New York City), 34 in New Jersey and 16 in Pennsylvania. If not for the ability to share real time information through social media about evacuations, crises or even to debunk rumor, who knows how many more might have perished?
What is undeniable is that social media technology, targeted and utilized for humanitarian efforts, can harness eyewitness data and information for immediate response coordination during the next disaster. These cutting edge “Humanitarian Technologies” can now gather the twenty million tweets and 500,000 Instagram images from Hurricane Sandy and deliver life-saving information to victims, first responders, family members, and the media.
“This is a proud moment in the life of MCNY,” said Vinton Thompson, President of Metropolitan College of New York. “It reaffirms MCNY’s position as a leader in higher education for Emergency & Disaster Management and Media Management programs. We strive to develop the right programs, generate resources and recruit the best in personnel to prepare our student body and arm them with the necessary skills. We hope that the presentation of this joint venture will influence media and emergency planners on the importance of social media as it relates to crisis planning.”
Metropolitan College of New York’s Emergency and Disaster Management MPA and Media Management MBA programs are joining together with the Association of Contingency Planners, xMatters, MHMT and Judge Consulting, to host SMARMIE (Social Media and Response Management Interface Event) on the critical role of social media in emergency and disaster planning.
SMARMIE is about informing emergency managers, first responders and community leaders about critical social media resources and tools available for managing and planning emergency/disaster response efforts. On February 28, 2013, the top subject matter experts from around the world on the subjects of digital humanitarian networks, crowd mapping/fencing, social media forensic analytics and other innovative uses of social media in response management are meeting at MCNY for one day at SMARMIE.
SMARMIE is being held at Metropolitan College of New York, located at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY from 8:30am-5:30pm. If you would like more information about SMARMIE, or to schedule a speaker interview, please visit www.smarmie.com or email Chuck Frank at . For information about MCNY, visit us at www.mcny.edu.
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.
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.
(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.
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 Legacyand 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
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 withPreserve 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.
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
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 Richterhas 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
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.
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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.