School Spirit Soared at the MCNY Alumni Mingle Afterwork Jingle!
Metropolitan College of New York, Audrey Cohen College and College for Human Services alumni did not let a little rain get in the way of reconnecting with friends, faculty, trustees and staff members at the first in-person alum reunion since pre-pandemic 2019.
“It was wonderful and high-spirited and demonstrated the important role that MCNY has played, and continues to play, in the lives of our students and communities.” – President Joanne Passaro.
President Joanne Passaro (Kristin Curry at the podium)
Joy and laughter filled the MCNY Manhattan Campus Commons as alums spotted old friends and faculty from across the room. MCNY’s Chief Development Officer Kristin Curry opened comments with an introduction of President Joanne Passaro, who addressed the room and brought up Gary Jenkins, MPA’06, MCNY Board Chair and New York City Commissioner of the Department of Social Services.
“It’s always good when we come back home!” – Gary P. Jenkins, MPA’06
“We have a great legacy of achievement with alumni doing great things. As President Passaro is fond of saying, ‘Our alumni run New York,’ and it’s true with alumni in government and agencies throughout New York City. In the years to come, I hope we continue to engage as a community and you continue to share your experiences with us.” – Vice President Humphrey Crookendale
VP Crookendale with Professor Emerita Dr. Jinx Roosevelt
The crowd shouted “Crooky” with great affection when MCNY’s longest-standing faculty member, Vice President of Academic Affairs Humphrey Crookendale, took the stage. Remarks included Philip Meade, director of MCNY’s revamped Career and Professional Development department and Michael Goodwin, BPS’12, MPA’13, Career Development Coordinator and President of the School for Human Services and Education Alumni Network.
Professor Emeritus and Board Trustee Grace “Jinx” Roosevelt and retired former faculty and E-Learning Director Victor Kioulaphides reunited and reminisced with former students.
Dr. Victor Kioulaphides with MBA alumna Sevi Stewart
Food, drinks and a fun raffle featuring MCNY Umbrellas (the irony did not escape us on a rainy night) rounded out the event. The incredible opportunity to have an in-person gathering on campus reminded attendees of how much has been missed over the last couple of years and hopefully has rekindled inspiring, caring and purposeful relationships, personally and professionally.