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Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) is taking part in the ReServe’s College Success Coach Program, aimed at assisting recent high school graduates transition into their first year of college.

The program, funded by Open Society Foundations, will match 200 first-year students from community colleges across the city with trained mentors, who will provide students with academic advisement and on-campus counseling.

Participating students will receive support in a wide range of areas, including course selection, financial aid/FAFSA, college transfers, and career development. They will also receive the opportunity to take part in bi-monthly seminars focusing on time-management, study skills, and personal skills. ReServist mentors will check-in with students weekly by phone, and thereby facilitate communication between students, parents, and the school administration.

Research has shown that many students fail to complete their first year of college, despite programs provided by schools and nonprofit organizations. According to studies, one-on-one mentoring by an adult could help freshmen overcome the obstacles they face. Issues including the delay or loss of financial aid, organization, and acclimation to a rigorous college curriculum are widespread problems faced by new students.

The 200 students accepted into this program applied directly or through nomination by their high schools.

“We want you to have the best grades possible, to have the best experience possible and to get the best opportunities you can when you graduate,” said Euriphile Joseph, chief operating officer at ReServe. “These mentors will help you be successful.”

Over 60 years old and never received the college degree you always dreamed of because you couldn’t afford it? Want to start a new career or obtain knowledge in a new field, but don’t possess the funds necessary for a college education? Take advantage of Kingsborough Community College’s “My Turn” Program!

“My Turn,” is a tuition-free college program which offers senior citizens the opportunity to join regular college classes, and enjoy KBCC’s beautiful campus in Manhattan Beach. The program offers over 400 classes in a broad range of fields, including art, fashion, literature, health, and business. Participants can also join other exciting events, to help enhance their educational experience.

“We also have trips, fundraisers and discussion groups,” said Dr. Barbara Ginsberg, who founded the program in 1981, in a press release. “In our discussions we talk about timely documents, politics and several mentoring programs.”

Keep reading for the details.

Five Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) athletes were presented with awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association this year for excellence on and off the field.

The athletes not only demonstrated excellent sportsmanship, but have also shown outstanding academic abilities and dedication to their studies.

The NJCAA awards are separated into three categories. First, the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, which is presented to student-athletes who have sustained a GPA of a 4.0 for at least three semesters. Also awarded is the Superior Academic Achievement Award, which credits student-athletes who have maintained an overall GPA between 3.8 and 3.99. Finally, the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award, which is awarded to student-athletes with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.79.

These five students were included on the NJCAA Academic student athlete’s awards list:

Zenia George: While at Kingsborough, George has maintained a 3.67 grade point average, in addition to partaking in athletics, and various other extracurricular activities. This June is the seventh time in which her name appears on the NJCAA awards. George just obtained her degree in Community Health and Gerontology, and will attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, with a full scholarship for Track and Field.

Daniel Rabinovich: Rabinovich was leader of the tennis team, and has portrayed excellent athletic abilities. He will graduate from Kingsborough with a 3.88 GPA and a degree in Liberal Arts.

Andre Doeman: Doeman received his degree in Liberal Arts with an average of 3.66. Throughout his experience with KCC Athletics, Doeman was a strong track runner. He has helped the college team reach the nationals for both Indoors and Outdoors Track and Field, a knee injury notwithstanding.

Taras Frankisvkyy: Frankivskyy became the KCC men’s soccer team captain after only one season on the team, and emerged as a great leader. He graduated in January 2012 in Biology with a 3.63 GPA and has now completed a semester at Brooklyn College.

Chi Choi: Choi has been a prized KCC soccer played with a great positive attitude, despite injuries during his second season.  He graduated in June 2012 with a 3.88 GPA in Business Administration.

Balancing excellence in athletics alongside excellence in academics is extremely difficult. Kudos to the athletes who received these awards!

Joseph Pinsky (credit: CBS 2)

Joseph Pinsky (Source: CBS 2)

An 85-year-old World War II veteran graduated from Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) on Tuesday, after 10 years of much work, effort and serious commitment.

It took the graduate, Joseph Pinsky, 10 years to obtain a college degree because of severe health issues and surgeries for both him and his wife, Rosalind. Pinsky credits this accomplishment to Rosalind, who pushed him and motivated him to obtain a degree from college. He and Rosalind have been married for the past 38 years.

“I’m very proud of him because I asked him ‘What are you going to do when you retire? You have to do something,’” said Pinsky’s wife, Rosalind to CBS News.

Pinsky graduated from high school in 1944, where he studied aviation mechanics. Immediately upon graduation, used the education that he received, enlisted in the United States Army, and served in the Philippines during World War II. He then worked for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier supervisor. He enrolled in college after retiring.

Pinsky enjoyed college and found it to be a highly satisfying and worthwhile experience. He took pleasure in learning with younger students, many of whom could have been his grandchildren. He felt as though working with young individuals helped keep his mind working.

“Believe it or not, working with young people, it was stimulating and they treated me like one of the group,” Joseph told CBS News.

While in college, Pinsky took ill. He was extremely reluctant to return to his studies after recovering. But once again, his wife stepped in, and urged him to continue and finish what he began.

Pinsky’s devotion and dedication have made him a good role model for all, including his own grandson, Kyle Murphy. Pinsky showed his grandson the importance of obtaining a level of higher education.

“I want to study what I’m studying now — math, science, social studies, everything,” Murphy said to CBS.

Pinsky said that would love to continue studying, and hopes to acquire a Bachelor’s degree in the upcoming years.

Matilda Raffa Cuomo

Matilda Raffa Cuomo, wife of former Governor Mario Cuomo, will deliver the address at Kingsborough Community College’s 47th commencement ceremony, the school has announced.

Matilda and Mario Cuomo will also be honored with the President’s Medal at the ceremony, which takes place June 12 on the school grounds at 2001 Oriental Boulevard.

From the school’s press release:

As first lady of New York, Mrs. Cuomo was dedicated to service. She diligently worked full time as a volunteer with state and elected officials, as well as community leaders, to establish programs to prevent child abuse, strengthen families, promote adoption for foster care children and prevent school dropout. She is the founder of “Mentoring USA,” an organization that has provided supportive mentors to more than 5,000 children. Mrs. Cuomo has been described as the most active first lady in New York’s history.

“We are honored that Mrs. Cuomo will deliver Kingsborough’s commencement address,” said [Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College]. “She is an inspirational and dynamic leader whom I have admired for many years. She recognized the necessity for broad range support and mentorship for young people in need across the state and graciously fulfilled it. Her dedication to education and community service is unparalleled and is a model for our Kingsborough students. I am extraordinarily pleased to award her and Former Governor Cuomo the President’s Medal in recognition of their devotion and commitment to serving the people of New York State.”

The Class of 2012 valedictorian is Nelli Sidorova. Ms. Sidorova, 27, is a native of Russia, a business major and has a perfect GPA of 4.00. She has been actively involved in the Honors Program, served as an Honors representative and has been a leader in a number of Business Clubs and activities.

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Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) is one of 10 community colleges from around the country selected to participate in a new initiative focused on civic learning the the humanities.

The program, called “Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community and Democratic Thinking” brings teams from all 10 colleges together to design a three-year curriculum and faculty development project to strengthen civic engagement.

“We are extraordinarily pleased to have been selected as a national leader for our unswerving dedication and commitment to making civic engagement an integral part of the academic experience at KCC,” said Regina Peruggi, president of KCC. “The preparation of our students to become engaged citizens and leaders of tomorrow is critically important and top priority at KCC.”

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment, the new curriculum will:

  • infuse questions about difference, engaged community, and democratic thinking into transfer courses in the humanities
  • promote greater adoption of practices that advance important civic learning outcomes
  • create a series of humanities-enriched professional development opportunities for full-time and adjunct faculty
  • expand the project’s impact through collaboration with additional community colleges and partnerships with state humanities councils

Here’s more about the project, from the college’s press release:

Bridging Cultures was developed as part of AAC&U’s ongoing initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement and builds on the recommendations issued in the report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, released in January 2012 at a White House convening. The key recommendation in A Crucible Moment is to make civic learning in college expected rather than optional for all students, including all those in career and technical programs. Building from this recommendation, Bridging Cultures began in February 2012 with a call for proposals to community colleges across the country, leading to the selection of 10 teams composed of humanities faculty and administrators.

Team members will participate in an intensive summer faculty development institute in August 2012, as well as multiple other faculty development opportunities and partnerships with other community colleges. The project will culminate in a symposium planned for October 2014. Bridging Cultures’ impact will also be strengthened by a partnership with theNew York Times Company education group, which is collaborating with TDC in their national initiative.  Project participants will use the Epsilen online learning platform to develop forums and to share and co-create resources and course materials.

In addition to KCC selected institutions include Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ); County College of Morris (NJ); Georgia Perimeter College (GA); Kapi’olani Community College(HI); Miami Dade College (FL);  Middlesex Community College (MA);Mount Wachusett Community College (MA); Lone Star College-Kingwood (TX); and Santa Fe College(FL).


Community Board 15′s coach, Tony Scavo, husband of Chairperson Theresa Scavo, was already grumbling when I showed up an inning or two into the charity softball game, in which the Board faced off against the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association.

Donning a black CB15 baseball cap, Scavo turned and spat, “This isn’t a baseball game. What is this? They got all the ringers!”

I waited for him to chuck the cap on the ground and start kicking it in the clay, but he never did.

And, indeed, Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association – which organized the event to raise funds for Bay Academy Junior High School – had a roster of stars that stole the game.

MBNA scored 20. Community Board 15? Just nine.

Of course, they all were winners, having helped raise between $1,200 and $1,500 for the neighborhood school. The group will present a check to a Bay Academy rep at their next meeting.

The game ain’t just about money, though, said MBNA spokersperson Edmond Dweck.

“It serves many purposes; bringing together the community, friends and family. It gives everyone a good chance to enjoy the day. And more people seem to be attending,” he said. “It’s good to see that we’re akcnowledging good contributions back to the community, and, of course, the ultimate goal of providig more benefits for the children in our neighborhood schools.”

Screenshot from NY1 report.

The Kingsborough Community College yellow buses that have been shuttling students from the campus to the Brighton Beach subway station is now in jeopardy, as school officials threaten to cut the program following complaints that students are using the rear emergency exit to disembark.

NY 1 reports that locals are complaining about students dangerously jumping from the rear door in the packed shuttle buses, rather than make their way to the front when the buses arrive at the station.

The school launched the shuttle program several years ago to alleviate crowding on the B1 and B49, by providing an alternate way for students to get to the station. A cancellation of the program would put hundreds of students back on city buses.

But the school isn’t giving the ax to the shuttle buses, operated by SAFE Coach Bus Company, just yet. In the face of complaints, they’ve placed school safety officers on the buses and are warning students of the risks of using the back door.

The bus company, though, is also coming under fire from the MTA, which claims that the yellow buses are pulling into city bus stops, forcing the B1 to pull two car’s widths away from the curb, discharging passengers and disabled riders into the street rather than the sidewalk. The school said SAFE is now working with the MTA and the NYPD to find a better place to let passengers out.

The MTA said they’re also adding more B1 and B49 buses to the route, beginning next week.

Source: Rafael Kage/Flickr

Are you a fan of Kingborough’s radio station? Well, we can explain that deafening silence you’ve been getting when you tuned in these last few days.

WKRB 90.3 FM, Sheepshead’s local college radio station hosted by Kingsborough Community College, is currently off the air. According to their Facebook page, the live feed went off air on Friday, February 10, while they renovate the station. They estimate they will resume broadcasting in April or May.

Worry not! Fan’s of the college station won’t miss a beat. Though the live feed will be down you can still listen to an automated version of the station’s playlist by going to

The clock is ticking! There are only 215 days left for smokers to enjoy a cigarette on the Kingsborough Community College campus (2001 Oriental Boulevard).

Working alongside The Center for Tobacco Policy, the City University of New York (CUNY) has chosen to ban smoking on all of its facilities system-wide, and that includes the Manhattan Beach-based community college.

The policy bans the use of tobacco on all grounds and facilities under CUNY’s jurisdiction, both indoor and outdoor. It also prohibits tobacco industry promotions and marketing on campus properties, and tobacco industry sponsorship of athletic events and athletes. The ban makes CUNY the largest smoke-free public university system in the United States.

Kingborough Community College’s Coordinator of Student Life, Maria Patestas, said she doesn’t believe it will be a hard transition for students.

“The only time I really see the smokers outside on campus is on rainy days,” she said. “They’ll stand closer to the entrances of buildings, taking cover.”

But should there be a designated area for smokers on the Brooklyn campus? Patestas noted it wouldn’t be a bad idea, but that brings its own issues. “I mean how could you even regulate that?” she asked.

The origins of the new ban go back to January 2011, when CUNY’s Board of Trustees voted to approve a proposal made by a committee of faculty, staff and students.

For now, student smokers can enjoy the spring-like weather and a pull of their favorite cigarette. But in September this will all change. Verbal warnings will be submitted to students for now, but in the future Patestas does not dismiss the possibility of a fine system being implemented.

“We have to see how it goes first once September comes, but I think it’ll be harder for faculty and staff rather than students,” Patestas noted.

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