Latest Round of CUNY BA Student and Alumni Accomplishments and Grad School Acceptances

Aneta Bujno, Psychological Dimensions of Religion, has received the Henry Street Settlement Scholarship for the fourth year in a row, and has won the Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship to study abroad in Krakow this summer – a full scholarship, covering program fees and housing.

Kaolita Cadet, Effective Writing and Speech Communications, has a new job with Seaside Learning.

Tiffany Ferguson, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban America / Dance, B.A. 2010 has been chosen as a NYC Urban Fellow for 2012-13.

Diana Forman, Media Studies / Gender Studies, has designed a mobile game that is in development.

Benjamin Grans-Korsh, Writing / Architecture History, has earned an internship with Metropolis Magazine. His my first blog post for that job is here:  He continues to work as a membership associate at the High Line park in Chelsea.  This month he received two scholarships:  The City College Fellowship and the Weston Public Service
Scholarship at City College, totaling over $12,000 in funds.

Azar Kafaei, Politics of Revolution / Labor Movement Studies, has been selected to participate in the Vassar College summer program.

Ladyane Lima, Latin American Studies / Economics Policy, B.A. 2012, is starting a job this month as an Operations Analyst at Morgan Stanley.

Gabriel Lockwood, Modern European Languages / Conflict Resolution, is a student in the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies at CCNY and through this he will be doing an internship this summer. He says “I was fortunate enough to receive a position with the UNDP Peace and Development Program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Apparently it’s extremely rare for the UN to accept an undergrad intern). I’m especially excited, since the internship fits my dual-concentration degree perfectly; it requires a fluent Russian speaker with an interest and background in cross-cultural conflict resolution.”

Maisha Lopa, International Affairs and Development Studies, is going to Princeton as a PPIA Fellow the summer (

Marilyn Louis, Women and Francophone Culture of the African Diaspora / Performing Arts, B.A. 2012, will be one of the artists featured in this year’s RAW art exhibit.  EVENT DETAILS: What: RAW – Brooklyn presents SOLSTICE, When: June 14th 12-6pm Where: Littlefield at 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217,;

Thomas Lucas, The Development and Production of Television and Film / Writing and Performing for Television and Stage, B.S. 2012, is now Director of Show Development at Jade Town Productions, and Executive Producer and Show Creator of the reality program Carolina Brawl.

Dan Lurie, Neuroscience / Philosophy of Mind, is now a Research Assistant at the Child Mind Institute in the Center for the Developing Brain.

Charlesworth Mabheka, Global Health Policy / International Relations, has a summer Internship with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.

Raju Maharjan, Dynamic Web Design, has co-created a website which will help students buy and sell their books at lower prices and in efficient ways at their own school.  The URL for the site is:

Nicolas Montano
, Juvenile Delinquent Psychology / International Criminology has been selected to participate in the Summer 2012 Harvard Latino Leadership Initiative.

Baruch TauberUrban Planning and Design, has landed a summer fellowship in Israel as an intern for the urban planner of the Municipality of Jerusalem.

Ray Tebout, Economic Empowerment / Transitional Counseling Psychology, is now Director of Counseling and Mentoring at the College Initiative.

Chaim Stitzer, Cyber Security / Military Studies, has been commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

George Vourderis, Iberian Literary and Cultural Studies / East Asian Studies, has received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in South Korea for 2012-13.

Ben Wasserman, Philosophy / Dynamics of Informal Education, B.A. 2012, has been hired by Brooklyn College to coordinate the Philosophy, Ethics and Community Education program, known as PEACE, a program he designed and initiated.

Recent Graduate School Acceptances
(all Class of 2012 unless otherwise noted):

Moussbaou Atchiba, Master’s in Biology program, City College of New York

Gabriella Collantes, Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, Hunter College

Becca Glaser, B.S. 2010, MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry), Syracuse University, with a fully-funded Teaching Assistantship

Suellen Globus, Masters in Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center

Lakshman Kalasapudi, Master’s in Anthropology, University of Manitoba, with funding by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), part of the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF)

Laura Kingsley, MFA program in Ceramic Sculpture, California College of the Arts (with a highly competitive merit scholarship of $18,000 per year)

Diane Kolack, Master’s in Public Health, CUNY School of Public Health

Roman Levites, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law

Cheryl Mazzeo, Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (with $31,000+ stipend and other benefits)

Jennifer McDermott, B.S. 2006, Master’s, School of Visual Arts

Dianne Phillip, B.A. 2011, Master’s in Education and Special Education, Touro University

Evelyn Reid, MS.Ed., Adolescent Urban Education and Biology, Long Island University

Robert Riggs, Ph.D. program in Sociology, NYU (as a Henry McCracken Fellow, with annual funding of over $23,500 for five years)

Robin Roberts, Ph.D. program in Physics, CUNY Graduate Center, as CUNY Science Scholar (full tuition and stipend support)

S. Therese Savery-Connors, M.S. in Disaster Resilience Leadership Science, Tulane University

Arlene Schulman, M.A. in Liberal Studies, CUNY Graduate Center

Yedidya Tabanpour, Dual degree program ND/MSOM Naturopathic Doctorate and Master of Classical Chinese Medicine program, The National College of Natural Medicine

Alisha Thompson, M.A. in Mathematics, City College

Peter Tzannes, Master’s program in Urban Environmental Systems Management, Pratt Institute

Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson, Joint Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropology, University of Arizona (with substantial UA funding)

Ella Viola, M.S. in Biology, College of Staten Island

Cleveland Waddell, Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, North Carolina State University (with Teaching Assistantship)

Christopher Wegenaar, Ph.D. in Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center

Rebecca Yonk, D.A. (Doctor of Arts) in English, St. John’s University