The following announcement is from our friends at the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, the Kingsborough College Chorus and the The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble & Concert Band:
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Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) has had a roller coaster year. Like many institutions located in Southern Brooklyn, the college was slammed by Superstorm Sandy, suffering destroyed classrooms, walls and offices. Despite these setbacks, the college has persevered, rebuilding and rebounding, according to a report by New York 1.
Typifying the destruction visited on the school by Sandy, the school’s beach, which borders the facilities and is open to the public, was swamped with tons of debris.
“There were literally automobiles, refrigerators, debris of all types, right on the beach,” KCC Vice President of Academic Administration David Gomez told New York 1.
Since then, the debris strewn across the beach has been cleared but in order to open it to the public again, the school will have to send divers into the waters to make sure that any large or dangerous debris isn’t floating around.
All of the destroyed classrooms and offices have also been replaced and transformers have been moved to platforms to prevent power outages in case of a future flood.
The school also set up a relief center to distribute aid to faculty, students and staff who needed help following the storm. They also continue to provide food to those still in need.
“We have our pantry that’s open five days a week here on campus and it’s been open prior to Sandy and it remains open. But every other week now for several months we’ve been doing large food distributions that serve anywhere from two-thousand to five thousand people,” Relief Program Coordinator Heidi Lopez told New York 1.
In spite of all the setbacks visited upon the institution in recent months, the school still managed to rank as one of the top four community college in the nation, pulling in a $100,000 prize from the Aspen Institute.
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: After nine years of serving as the first female leader of Kingsborough Community College, Dr. Regina Peruggi will retire at the end of the summer.
Peruggi, 65, announced her retirement in an April 5 letter to the school’s staff and faculty, in which she reflected on her time at the Manhattan Beach-based institution.
“These past nine years have been extraordinary ones for me. They have been challenging, creative, exciting, productive, and a great deal of fun,” Peruggi wrote in the letter. “I have met incredible individuals who have taught me a great deal and whose memory will be with me for years to come. Kingsborough faculty, staff, and students are the best in the country, and it has been a true privilege to work with each of you.”
Peruggi is expected to hand over the reigns to the school in August, although the school’s press office could not provide an exact date. The school’s spokespeople declined to comment on Peruggi’s retirement, as there has not yet been a public announcement.
Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) continues to earn top honors, now ranked as one of the four best community college in the United States of America by the prestigious Aspen Institute.
The announcement follows our report last October, when Kingsborough was named one of the best community colleges in the country at implementing modern technology.
The Aspen Institute ranked colleges by measuring the jobs found by students after graduation. On average, KCC grads earn annual salaries of $41,000 five years after finishing their studies.
KCC’s third place finish came with a $100,000 prize used to fund the school’s scholarship program.
Congrats to Kingsborough!
Commuters might bemoan this week’s chilly weather, but students of Kingsborough Community College’s culinary arts program took it as an opportunity to hit the beach and chisel some ice.
We went down to the school (2001 Oriental Boulevard) yesterday to pick up some papers at Community Board 15′s office – which, by the way, is temporarily without phone or internet service – and had the good luck of running into Chef Thomas Smyth, one of the head professors with their culinary arts program.
Smyth told us the 16 students of his cold-kitchen class spent four hours on the beach, chiseling away at the giant blocks of ice. Smyth himself wielded the chainsaw to bring the blocks down to size, and the blocks were sculpted into a penguin, a whale and two items that the students jokingly described as ashtrays.
“They get a survey of everything they could do in a cold kitchen,” including creating these decorations, Smyth said.
It’s the first time Smyth and the culinary arts program have been able to do ice sculptures at the school, since the ice supply has been an ongoing problem.
“Actually, this is the first year we managed to get the bloody ice,” Smyth said. “Just to get somebody to deliver a couple of blocks of ice to Kingsborough was a big deal, but now we’ve got that figured out.”
Next year, we demand the class make an ice sculpture of a Sheepshead fish. You hear me, Smyth?
The fire eaters of the FDNY’s local marine unit will have to rebuild their summer headquarters – or find themselves homeless, thanks to Superstorm Sandy.
The unit – FDNY Marine 3 – operates a summer base at the tip of Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) in Manhattan Beach. When the waters whipped through the campus, it ravaged the unit’s four-year-old quarters, rendering them useless.
“Marine 3′s quarters sustained damage from flood waters,” confirmed an FDNY spokesperson.
It wasn’t alone. Several firehouses were damaged and many have not reopened since the storm. All are in the process of being repaired, and trucks have been stationed throughout the affected communities to provide quick response.
Marine 3′s headquarters will also be rebuilt, the spokesperson said, although he was unable to provide a timetable or estimated cost for the repairs.
In the meantime, local mariners need not worry. Marine 3′s vessel – used only during the summer, when boating and other water sports are at their peak – was pulled out of the area ahead of the storm, and was unharmed. When summer rolls around, it will again be stationed at Kingsborough, whether the headquarters are rebuilt or not.
“There is no impact to fire protection or fire service in that area,” the spokesperson said.
The Marine 3 headquarters opened in September 2008, featuring 24-hour security, a new kitchen and bathroom, and a state-of-the-art floating concrete dock. The location also became a training center for members of the Fire Department’s Marine Division, which was given access to Kingsborough Community Colleges’ Maritime Technology Program, a high-tech sailing simulator that puts students at the helm of various vessels to prepare them for careers on the water. It helped grow the city’s small vessel program, which FDNY brass lauded as allowing them to provide faster, more efficient responses to water-related emergencies.
[UDPATE [12:25 p.m.): Ryles has notified Sheepshead Bites that power has been restored.]
A swath of Kingsborough Community College’s (2001 Oriental Boulevard) campus went dark this morning, forcing a partial evacuation as administrators and crews work to assess the system’s status.
A tipster on campus for a test at the school’s library notified Sheepshead Bites at approximately 11:00 a.m. that the library had been suddenly evacuated as the lights went out. The test administrators did not share details with our tipster, but did say that buildings without power were being evacuated due to an “emergency on campus,” and that it might have to do with a broader power outage affecting Manhattan Beach.
Ruby Ryles, a spokesperson for Kingsborough, confirmed that there was presently a power outage in her office in the Administration building.
“We just haven’t determined to what extent the outage is, but part, if not all, of the campus is without power,” she told Sheepshead Bites.
Ryles could not confirm if any buildings other than the library had been evacuated, or what the cause of the outage is. We are waiting to hear back from her if she receives more information, and will post when received.
It’s not clear how large the outage is. A resident on Hastings Street and Oriental Boulevard, near the neighborhood’s center, noted that he still had power. Menorah Home and Hospital (1516 Oriental Boulevard), located adjacent to the school, also has power, a rep told us.
Swaths of the community have been without power since Superstorm Sandy flooded homes and Con Edison infrastructure, and Con Edison has been doing construction work in the community. Their outage map does not appear to reflect the Kingsborough outage as of press time, but there is a marker nearby on the map noting that there is an “emergency outage to make repairs.”
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A year after topping the list of best community colleges in implementing technology, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, again earned high honors, finishing third overall for large colleges (10,000 students or more), according to the 2012 Digital Community Colleges Survey.
According to Before It’s News:
“Survey questions and criteria examined and scored areas of digital and emerging technologies, such as use of mobile devices and technology integration into curriculum; strategic planning and data management; and delivery models and professional development, including availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students.”
In Government Tech’s breakdown of the rankings, Kingsborough Community College, which has more than 38,000 students, was one of three overall winners from the state of New York, with Virginia leading all states with 10 community colleges cracking the list.
Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) was named one of the 10 best community colleges in the nation, and is in the running to win $1 million if they take home the number one ranking from The Aspen Institute.
The Aspen Institute put Kingsborough on their top 10 list after examining such factors as graduation rate, diversity, job placement and a variety of other criteria.
“I’m so excited,” said Kingsborough President Regina Peruggi, who told the New York Daily News that it is “recognition for the kind of hard work that’s been done at this institution for years.”
Kingsborough was the only school from New York State to make the list. In October, Aspen officials will visit each campus of the selected schools to determine which of the institutions will have an extra $1 million added to their budgets.
Peruggi stated that, if Kingsborough wins, she’ll spend the money on student scholarships and teacher development.
WKRB, the radio station that operates out of Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) finally completed their renovations and are ready to return to live broadcasting this September!
Check out some of the photos of their new digs that were posted to their Facebook page earlier today. Like Sheepshead Bites, WKRB 90.3 serves the local community. They broadcast news, music and local sports, and is fully staffed by the students of KBCC.
They’ve been around since the 70′s and churning out media professionals ever since. Now they are coming back with a vengeance. Right now you can hear their live stream at their homepage, or this link. Until live DJ’s return to air this September you can still tune in to 90.3 FM and listen to an automated broadcast.
If you’re interested in radio as a profession then you should head on over to Kingsborough and visit the radio station for a tour, or if you’re already a KBCC student, sign up to be DJ. From personal experience, I can say it’s a lot of fun.