Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
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QUEENS COLLEGE PROFESSOR ALICE ARTZT OF OLD WESTBURY
INDUCTED INTO LONG ISLAND MATH EDUCATION HALL OF FAME
--Co-founded TIME 2000 Program to Encourage Careers in Teaching Math --
FLUSHING, NY, November 4, 2008 – Queens College Education Professor Alice F. Artzt will be inducted into the Long Island Mathematics Education Hall of Fame (LIMEHF) at its awards banquet on November 13. The hall, created in 2006, honors Long Island educators who have made extraordinary contributions to mathematics and/or mathematics education. An Old Westbury resident, Artzt is part of a family with a history of achievement and community service. In March, her spouse Russell Artzt—whom she met when both were QC students—was inducted into the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments as a co-founder of Islandia-based Computer Associates (now CA).
“Alice’s classes focus on the fun and excitement of teaching mathematics, and she instills in her students an infectious passion for the subject,” says Queens College President James Muyskens. “We are very proud of her achievement and the exemplary role she has played to help alleviate the dire shortage of qualified math teachers that still exists in this country.”
Professor Artzt is the co-founder and project director of Teaching Improvements through Mathematics Education (TIME) 2000, an innovative, four-year undergraduate mathematics teacher preparation program. Close to 100 students have graduated from this program since it began a decade ago, and their retention rate in teaching for over five years is 95%.
Professor Artzt is the author or co-author of over 50 professional publications and the recipient of numerous large grants from the National Science Foundation and corporate foundations. Her many honors include the Queens College President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Goudreau Award for Educational Leadership. At the college’s commencement ceremony last May, Alice and Russell Artzt received Queens College President’s Medals in recognition of their service to their community and their alma mater.
The other distinguished educators who will also be inducted this year into the LIMEHF are Dr. Joyce Bernstein (East Williston Schools), Dr. Sheldon Gordon (retired, Suffolk County Community College), Richard Kalman (Mathematical Olympiads), and the late Lance Modell (West Hempstead Schools).
Previous awardees include Dr. George Lechner, Ed Keenan, Al Kalfaus, Rose Ambrosino, Sandy Cohen and Dr. Jong Pil Lee.