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Alumna Joan Loren Pledges $100K Matching Gift to the Queens College Critical Needs Fund to Benefit the College and Its Most Vulnerable Students

-- New Video Personalizes Student Struggles and the
Need for the Fund --

QUEENS, NY, May 15, 2020 - In response to the unprecedented circumstances created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Queens College Interim President William Tramontano announced the establishment of a Critical Needs Fund on April 14 to meet the most pressing needs of the college and its students. The fund will assist in providing adequate technology supplies and such basic needs as shelter and food for the school’s most vulnerable students. Today, Interim President Tramontano is pleased to share that alumna Joan Loren has pledged a $100,000 matching gift to the fund from the Loren family, in memory of her husband Allan Z. Loren, an alumnus and a trustee of the Queens College Foundation. The Lorens were both first generation college students; they met at QC and married in 1960, one week after graduation.

In conjunction with this gift, the college has released a video that helps personalize students’ struggles and the reasons why the fund is so vital to them and the future of the college. It features messages from Interim President Tramontano, Queens College student veteran Spencer Wen, graduate student Carmine Couloute, who headed the Student Association as an undergraduate, and President-Designate Frank H. Wu, who will take office on July 1. Watch it

"Joan Loren’s support exemplifies the life-changing effect that a Queens College education can have on our alumni, inspiring a long-lasting appreciation for the opportunities and gains in life that it makes possible," said Interim President Tramontano. "We are grateful to Mrs. Loren and her family for this gift and deeply proud to count her among our many alumni who embody our school motto, ‘We learn so that we may serve.’”

“These are unprecedented times — to help those who are working hard to prepare for their future in a new and challenging world is most important," said Loren. “And that means to help students get an education that will enable them to embrace opportunities that will make a difference in their lives. That is what Queens College did for my husband and me, and what a huge difference our education has made for us and our family. Thank you, Queens College!”​

Joan Loren, an education major, worked as an elementary school teacher and in fundraising and special events. Allan Z. Loren earned a mathematics degree from Queens College, which led to a career in technology and business. He served as CIO of INA Corporation (and Cigna following a merger), CIO of Apple Computer, president of Apple USA, CIO of American Express, and chairman & CEO of Dun and Bradstreet.

Supporting Queens College supports the future of the borough, the city and state, particularly in these challenging economic times. There is indisputable evidence that Queens College is not only of life-changing importance to the students who enroll here in pursuit of the American dream, it is also a powerful economic engine that generates and drives commerce in support of the entire region, adding more than $1.8 billion to the New York City metropolitan area, much of it the result of alumni impact.


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