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Best-Selling Author Susan Isaacs, Broadway Directors, and National Journalists to Speak at Queens College Homecoming Oct. 2 - 3

—Events Include Performances from
Little Shop of Horrors; Rededication of Alumni Hall;

and a Reunion for Former Student Newspaper Staff —

WHAT: Queens College's Annual Homecoming Weekend will welcome returning alumni and their families with a full lineup of activities designed for renewing old acquaintances and making new ones. Events will include talks by New York Times best-selling author Susan Isaacs '65 and one by music directors of the original production of Little Shop of Horrors, and a panel discussion with journalists from Dow Jones, the Chicago Tribune and Kiplinger.
WHEN: Sunday, October 3, 2010
  Saturday, October 2: Special anniversary reception for the classes of 1950, 1960 and 1965
WHERE: Queens College
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SCHEDULE:  For a complete schedule of events and to register, visit:

BACKGROUND: With over 40% of its 90,000 alumni residing in the borough, Queens College proudly welcomes back best-selling author Susan Isaacs, who will discuss “A Writer’s Life” on Sunday, October 3 as the homecoming keynote speaker. Dubbed “Jane Austen with a shmear” by NPR’s popular arts show “Fresh Air,” Isaacs is the author of such novels as Lily White, After All These Years, and Shining Through. She has also written screenplays for Compromising Positions (adapted from her novel) and Hello Again. Currently, she serves as chairman of the board of the literary organization Poets & Writers.

Dow Jones editor Bart Fraust, formerly of the Wall Street Journal; Chicago Tribune columnist Barbara Brotman; and Kiplinger associate editor Jim Ostroff—who all worked on the Phoenix News student paper—will gather for an October 3 panel discussion
to reminisce about their college reporting experiences and examine the unparalleled tumult that has transformed the news media in the years since.

Performance excerpts from Little Shop of Horrors and a talk about their show biz careers by the music directors of the original production, Robby Merkin ’77 and Peter Calandra ’82, are also scheduled.

In addition, Alumni Hall will be rededicated in honor of Renée Kroll Zarin ’54, former director of Alumni Affairs and a Queens College Foundation Trustee. Special reunions are planned for young alumni, Hillel, and the Dead End Boys and Alpha Lambda Alpha fraternities. Among the special lecture presentations by distinguished Queens College faculty are “Genghis Khan: Man of the Millennium?”; and “What Is Single-Payer Healthcare, Anyway?”. Dean Malouta ’75, an oil industry insider, will deliver a lecture on the faulty technology behind the Gulf oil spill. Alumni will also team up to play baseball against the Queens College Knights student team.

Tickets are $35. Contact Alumni Relations at (718) 997-5534 or visit for more information.

Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), founded in 1937, is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Its 20,000 students come from over 160 nations and represent over 90 native languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. Each year Queens College has been cited by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. In addition, U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges (2011) ranks QC among the top 20 public universities in its category “Best Regional Universities (North).” The college opened its first residence hall, The Summit, in August 2009. More info on Queens College at




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