-- Ceremony Will Also Honor Alumna Carol Fredericks Jantzen,
a Leader in the Field of Nuclear Waste Disposal --
The 90th Commencement of Queens College of the City University of New York
WHO: Over 2,500 degree candidates are expected to attend, including students from the classes of September 2013, February and May 2014, and prospective September 2014 graduates. Total audience expected, including graduates, will number 10,000.
Thursday, May 29, 2014, rain or shine
Campus Quadrangle, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York
MEDIA SIGN-IN: Table will be to the right of the stage when facing it. Pick up press kits and programs here; we will escort you to reserved seating. MEDIA PARKING IS AVAILABLE: You must enter the campus at Melbourne Avenue and 150th Street (the Kissena Boulevard gate will be closed). Please bring press ID and arrive no later than 8 am to receive on-campus parking.
Alumna Carol Fredericks Jantzen, who has won national recognition in the fields of glass chemistry and the disposal of high-level nuclear waste, will be receiving an honorary doctorate from her alma mater; she will also deliver the Commencement Address. In a career spanning 37 years, Jantzen has received 11 patents and published about 300 papers.
Jantzen received her bachelor’s (’67) and master’s (’70) degrees in geology from Queens College, and earned her doctorate in material science and engineering at SUNY Stony Brook. Since 1982 she has been at the Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, SC, where she has developed process models that run the world’s largest facility for putting high-level nuclear waste in glass—closing the nuclear cycle. Jantzen is a Fellow and a Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society (as well as the Society’s first woman president), and she has won the George Westinghouse Corporate Gold Award of Excellence for outstanding scientist three times—the only person to receive this award so often.
The class valedictorian is Patryk Perkowski, who is graduating with degrees in mathematics and economics. Raised in a working-class family that emigrated from Poland, Perkowski has traveled around the U.S. to present his research on a variety of topics, including health policy and urban homelessness. He won a prestigious Fulbright grant, but turned it down when offered a job with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Two other graduates, however, accepted Fulbrights: Karla Padawer Solomon and Chloe Weiser, both members of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College. Each will spend 10 months abroad, promoting cultural exchange and language skills. Solomon, a psychology major who volunteered with the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative, is heading to Spain. Weiser, an English and anthropology major who tutored for four years at QC’s Writing Center, will be going to the Czech Republic.
Daniel Stalbow, whose research into memory loss possibly caused by the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor, has won a Jonas E. Salk Scholarship. The scholarship awards $8,000 over four years to students accepted to a medical school who show potential to make major contributions to medical research. Stalbow, a 22-year-old White Plains native who is graduating with a BA in neuroscience, will pursue his MD at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Math for America Scholarship winner Matthew De Andrade has been hooked on math since seventh grade. After graduation he intends to share his enthusiasm for the subject with NYC’s public high school students—a career he will prepare for with the help of the fellowship. This highly competitive award pays for a master’s in secondary math education at City College, and provides a $100,000 stipend spread over five years.
The Moraitis family has more to celebrate than most families with graduates in the class of 2014: Angela and daughter Samantha are both receiving bachelor’s degrees in psychology. “Attending college at the same time has enabled the two of us to appreciate even more what the other is going through,” says Angela. Samantha will continue her education at QC in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education graduate program. Angela has her eye on a graduate degree in counseling.
Basketball player Lisanne Comeau recently scored the position of her dreams: A 10-month sabbatical in Rwanda with Shooting Touch, an organization that uses basketball as a vehicle for improving the lives of children and teenagers. “We’re supposed to build a basketball court from scratch, or refurbish an existing one,” says Comeau, who will fly to Africa in October. While teaching kids about her sport, she will also educate people about disease-prevention and nutrition.
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its nearly 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in 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. Learn more at www.qc.cuny.edu