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Queens College Honors Student, Alumni, and Local Veterans with Proclamations as it Marks Armistice Day Centennial

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Friday, November 8, 12 - 2 pm

​-- Councilmember and Queens College Alumnus Rory I. Lancman to Host -- 

WHAT:  A luncheon honoring Queens College student and alumni veterans and veterans from the local community with New York City Council proclamations in recognition of their military service. Among the alumni honorees are the most recent recipients of the college’s Thomas A. Mattia Memorial Scholarship for Veterans, Allen Alagheband and Jose Cabrera; student Jorge H. Lopez, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in music education, will also be recognized. Alagheband, Cabrera, and Lopez are borough natives. Alumnus Ira Spar, an orthopedic surgeon who sponsors a premed scholarship at the college, will be acknowledged for his service as an army battalion surgeon during the war in Vietnam.

The event also marks the Armistice Day centennial. Established in 1919 to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Council Member Rory Lancman, a Queens College alumnus, will host.

WHO:  Invited speakers are Interim President William Tramontano, Council Member Rory I. Lancman, and Dr. Ira Spar, as well as honorary cohosts Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assembly Member Nily Rozic, ansd Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal. Veterans in attendance will be invited to speak about their service and the personal significance of Veterans Day.

WHERE:
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York
James L. Muyskens Conference Room | The Summit ApartmentsClick here for directions to the college, and here  for a campus map

Background:
Approximately 242 student veterans, military personnel, and service members’ dependents are enrolled at Queens College, as well as three City University of New York Reserve Officers' Training Corps (CUNY – ROTC) cadets. 

The Thomas A. Mattia Memorial Scholarship for Veterans, established in 2018, is awarded annually to student veterans. Mattia was an alumnus who joined the Navy in 1941 and served as second in command of a World War II battleship in the Pacific. Following his military service, he taught history for over 65 years.

About Queens College Veteran Support Services
The Queens College Office of Veteran Support Services (VSS) is dedicated to fostering a sense of community and developing channels of communication among veterans, military personnel, and service members’ dependents, and enhancing their experience on campus. The college welcomes and supports these individuals and recognizes the contributions they make as citizens and as students, and it takes pride in their diversity and academic excellence.VSS is specifically designed to address the multiple needs of the college’s veteran and military students, offering collaborative academic and supportive services from among a range of offices. In addition, it provides referrals to local community and government agencies that can offer assistance with housing, medical, and mental health issues. ​

About Queens College
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and preprofessional programs. With its extensive range of graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, research opportunities, and internship placements, the college serves more than 20,000 students, mentored by an award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus, the college has been cited for 28 consecutive years in the Princeton Review as a “Best Value” college. U.S. News and World Report and Forbes magazine also rank Queens College a “Best Value College,” thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and affordability. The Equality of Opportunity Report placed Queens College in the top one percent of all colleges in moving students from poverty to prosperity.​

Queens College produces more education graduates who become principals, teachers, and counselors for New York City’s public schools than any other college in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a leader in tech education, and enrolls the second-most computer science majors of any college in the city. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include celebrated composers, conductors, and performers who have received over 100 Grammy Awards and nominations. Visit the homepage to learn more about Queens College’s stellar programs and robust campus life. 

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