Recent Student/Alumni Awards, Jobs, Graduate School

Congratulations, all!

Sasha Ahuja, B.A. 2009 (Race Relations in the United States / Social Policy and Social Movements) earned the MSW degree from Columbia University in June 2011.

Tyler Alterman (Social Psychology / Communications Design) is now a Research Assistant at Yale University, as well as a member of the Class of 2011 Fellow at the Jeannette K. Watson Foundation and Director of the CUNY Macaulay Honors College Arts Night.

Jose Bayona, B.A. 2010 (Political Science and Journalism) has graduated from the CUNY School of Journalism.  He wrote to say: “Yesterday, I received my Master’s degree in Journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Two years ago I graduated from the CUNY BA. Without all the help I got from CUNY BA it would not have been possible for me to obtain a bachelor’s degree – cum laude – and a master’s degree in only four years. I will be always grateful to all of you for that.”

Jose Bayona

Liron Cohen (Journalism / Cultural Studies) won the BMCC Foundation Inc. scholarship.

Paul Dana, B.A. 2008 (Community Studies) is now Director of Development, College of Health Professions at Pace University.

Alvaro de Prat (Ethics and Politics of a Plural World) received the CCNY Aaron Naumberg Study and Travel Scholarship.

Noah Ginsburg, B.A. 2010 (Renewable Energy) is now Performance Guarantee Specialist at Sungevity, a home solar system company based in San Francisco; formerly, he was the NYC Solar Ombudsman at City University of New York .

Michael Hattem, B.A. 2011 (History of Colonial and Revolutionary America), now a Ph.D. student in History at Yale University, was asked to write an article about historians and social media for the quarterly publication of Readex, the biggest database company in his field. It was just published and the American Historical Association included it in their weekly “What We’re Reading” post at the AHA Today blog:;

Blake Hefter, B.A. 2009 (Medical Biotechnology) completed a Technical Research Assistantship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and is now pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine at Ross University in the Caribbean. He says “It all started for me with the CUNY BA program and I’ll never forget that.”

Athena Huckaby (Gender and the Politics of Healthcare) is now Office Manager at Lafayette Prince, LLC.

Chad Infante B.A. 2011 (Philosophy / Literature) has been accepted to several graduate schools and will attend Northwestern University which is providing him with full support for his Ph.D. in 20-21st Century Literature with a concentration in Native American and African Diasporic Literature and Literary Theory.

Mohamed Jallow, B.A. 2009 (International Relations) is now a Program Development Specialist at IntraHealth International, based in North Carolina.

Susan Karlowski, B.A. 2010 (Creative Writing /Art History) a Ph.D. student in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, is now an adjunct professor at Hunter College for the course “World Art History.”

Daniel Kennedy, B.S. 2011 (Media for the Performing Arts) is a finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship.

Athena Kurry (International Political Economy / Sustainable Development) will be presenting her original research, “The High Stakes of Rapid Growth vs. Sustainable Development: Evaluating a New Generation of SEZ Policy Reform,” at the upcoming National Conference of Undergraduate Research to be held at Webster College.  Kurry’s abstract was chosen from more than 3,500 submissions.

Shachar Langlev, B.S. 2006 (Film Production / Psychology) has produced and directed two new projects: the first, a a book trailer – – and the second, a short film, “FolksWagon,”, which has been sponsored by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.  He is currently shooting a documentary about the effects of music on Alzheimer patients, featuring an interview with Dr. Oliver Sacks (to be aired on PBS in 2012).

Charles (Cam) McDonald, B.A. 2005 (Cultural Studies and Revolutionary Discourse) has completed his Masters at The New School and has been accepted to Ph.D. programs in Anthropology at The CUNY Graduate Center, UC/Berkeley, Duke, and the New School, each with significant funding.

April Mojica, B.A. 2005 (World Literature / Writing) earned an M.A. in English Literature from George Mason University and is now an adjunct professor at Hostos Community College.

Ayodele Oti (Human Ecology / International Environmental Public Health) is a finalist for Post-Bachelor Fellowship at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Michael Prettyman (Religion / Writing) has won a CUNY Research Fellowship.  He will be translating a portion of the Mahabharata called the Naraya iya from Sanskrit.

Hanifah Walidah Robinson (Ethnomusicology and Urban Performance) has been awarded the CCNY Fellowship.

Claudio Salazar, B.A. 2008 (Geopolitical History) is now Account Manager/ International Sales for Latin America at Business Monitor International, based in New York City.

Karalyn Shimmyo, B.S. 2007 (Experimental Social Psychology) is now Better Days Supervisor/Program Coordinator at Amida Care.

Reese Thompson (Ethnic Studies in Literature and Media) is a finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship.

Jose Vasquez, B.A. 2003 (East Asian Culture / East Asian Religion) is now an adjunct professor at John Jay College and continues as Executive Director at Iraq Veterans Against the War.

George Vourderis (East Asian Studies / Iberian Literary and Cultural Studies) has been chosen to be a Student Ambassador for the USA Pavilion at the “Living Ocean and Coast” Expo hosted by the Republic of Korea this summer.  In addition, he is a finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship.

Mary Williams (Writing / Literature) is a finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship.