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Dr. Donald Brownstein and Stephanie J. Stiefel, Financial Services Leaders and Philanthropists, to be Honored at May 6 College Gala

-- Former Queens College President James L. Muyskens to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Funds Raised are for Student Scholarships -- 

When:             Tuesday, May 6, 2014: Cocktails 6:30 pm | Dinner 7:30 pm
Where:            Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway @ 36th Street, Manhattan
FLUSHING, N.Y., April 16, 2014—The Queens College Gala was begun in 1990 to honor those individuals whose successful careers and a dedication to philanthropy and public service serve as models for QC students. Funds raised are used primarily for student scholarships. This year’s gala will honor Dr. Donald Brownstein ’65, the CEO of Structured Portfolio Management, LLC, with the President’s Award, and the Alumni Award will be presented to Stephanie J. Stiefel ’80, Head of Client Development for the Straus Group at Neuberger Berman. Former Queens College President James L. Muyskens, who retired from the college in December after almost 12 years of service, will receive the Queens College Lifetime Achievement Award. Gail Marquis ’80, a silver medalist in women’s basketball at the 1976 Olympic Games, will serve as host and emcee.
Alumni who wish to attend the gala may purchase tickets by contacting Ms. Yifat Anteri at (718) 997-2920 or
Dr. Donald Brownstein: President’s Award
Dr. Donald Brownstein ’65, the CEO of Structured Portfolio Management, LLC, grew up in the Bronx and earned degrees from Queens College and the University of Minnesota. Following a 20-year career that spanned professorships, film- and commercial-making, and a position as a Stanford University language fellow, Brownstein began his own consulting firm in finance. This firm, Structured Portfolio Management, was named the best performing hedge fund in 2010, and Brownstein was listed at the top of Bloomberg Markets’ 100 best-performing managers of hedge funds worth $1 billion or more. In acknowledgment of the philosophy professor who, Brownstein says, helped make it all possible, he has donated $1 million toward a Queens College scholarship program honoring Professor Emeritus of Philosophy John J McDermott. The gift will fund a scholarship for up to twenty humanities honors students each year.
Stephanie J. Stiefel: Alumni Award
Stephanie J. Stiefel ’80 joined Neuberger Berman in 1990 and now is the Head of Client.
Development for the Straus Group, within the firm’s Private Asset Management division. Previously, she was Head of Private Asset Management Advisory Services, which provides discretionary investment management and trust services. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman, Stiefel worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. as a personal financial planner and senior tax manager, specializing in tax consultation, financial planning, and family wealth issues. Stiefel has established a Charitable Remainder Trust at Lehigh University in memory of her late husband. She is a Trustee on the Queens College Foundation Board, and also serves on the Board of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at New York University.
James L. Muyskens: Lifetime Achievement Award
During his tenure at the college, James Muyskens launched programs in bioinformatics, business administration, Chinese, graphic design, and neuroscience; recruited hundreds of new faculty members; and oversaw the $30 million expansion of the school’s Remsen Hall, giving the college state-of-the-art chemistry laboratories. Under his leadership, the college also opened its first residence hall, The Summit, in 2009. A graduate of Central College in Iowa, Muyskens earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Michigan. He has held positions ranging from department chair to vice chancellor at Hunter College, CUNY, the University of Kansas, and the University System of Georgia.
Queens College of the City University of New York 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 over 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 was cited this year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 378 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. In 2013, Washington Monthly ranked QC #1 among “Master’s Universities” as a Best-Bang-for-the-Buck college and #2 nationwide among only 349 colleges that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. See



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