Crème Brûlée Pastry Demonstration by Le Cirque Restaurant Chef highlights Kingsborough’s Donor Reception

Le Cirque’s Pastry Chef Laszlo Bollok

At a reception for college donors, at the Marine Academic Center (MAC), on April 10, Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College (KCC), thanked  them for their generous  support of students and programs.

KCC students, Doreece Dyer and Evan Gonzalez, who have benefitted from donor generosity through scholarships, joined Dr. Peruggi in expressing gratitude to donors.

Le Cirque Restaurant, a KCC donor, treated the reception guests to a spectacular crème brûlée  demonstration by its  pastry chef, Laszlo Bollok.

Chef Bollok provided a sample of the signature dessert offered by the famous restaurant.

Chef Bollok grew up in in Budapest, Hungary, and was inspired to cook by his grandmother who was a chef at a local culinary school. He pursued his love of culinary arts by studying at the renowned Karoly Gundel Culinary School in Budapest, where he specialized in pasty creation.

Chef Bollok moved to New York in 1998.  He joined Le Cirque in February, 2012.

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Kingsborough Community College Named one of the Top Four Community Colleges in America by Aspen Institute College Excellence Program from More than 1,000 Nationwide

Kingsborough Community College President Regina Peruggi accepts Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The award is presented by John Engler (left) and Richard Riley (right), members of the Prize Jury.

Brooklyn, NY, March 21 –Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College (KCC), today announced that  KCC, Brooklyn’s only community college, was named one of the top four  community colleges in America by Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. KCC, selected from an original pool of more than 1,000 community colleges, is one of four community colleges that will share the $1 million prize.

The prize recognizes the most outstanding institutions for achievements in four areas: student learning outcomes, degree and college completion, labor market success in students securing jobs after college, and minority and low-income student success.

 “The selection of KCC as a top four community college by the Aspen College Excellence Program is  a great honor for the entire Kingsborough community of students, faculty and staff,” said Dr. Peruggi.  “We strongly believe that all students can succeed if given the opportunity, excellent teaching and appropriate support and we’ve worked hard to make that a reality for our large and diverse student body.  Our students come to us from over 142 different countries and speak 73 different languages.  They are the future of our city.  When they succeed, we all succeed.”

 “For so many New Yorkers, our City’s community colleges are a crucial pathway to fulfilling careers and a better future for their families,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Kingsborough Community College has demonstrated the leadership and innovation that has helped New York City become a national leader in education reform. By focusing on helping their students graduate in a timely manner with the skills that are required in today’s competitive marketplace, Kingsborough has earned this well-deserved recognition.”

 “Kingsborough richly deserves this recognition,” said Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of The City University of New York. Kingsborough is one of CUNY’s seven community colleges. “An impressive 60 percent of its students transfer to four-year colleges, compared to the national average of 26 percent. At a time when the economy demands more highly educated workers with both associate- and baccalaureate-level credentials, Kingsborough is delivering.”

 “Kingsborough Community College has achieved strong results in graduation, transfer, and employment outcomes while working with an extremely diverse group of students, many who face challenging life circumstances,” said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “Its staff and faculty are deeply committed to removing the roadblocks that keep so many community college students from finishing what they start.”

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Aspen Institute: Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) Named One of Top Four Community Colleges in America by Aspen Institute; Chosen as Finalist-With-Distinction from More than 1,000 Nationwide

Dr. Jill Biden and Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College. Credit: Patrice Gilbert/Courtesy: The Aspen institute

 Kingsborough Community College Awarded $100,000 for Achieving Outstanding Outcomes in Learning, Completion, Minority and Low-Income Student Success and Employment/Earnings

Washington, DC, March 19, 2013 – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced today Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) in Brooklyn, New York as a finalist-with-distinction for the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Selected from the nation’s more than 1,000 public community colleges, Kingsborough will receive a $100,000 prize to support its programs.

As the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges, the Prize recognizes institutions for outstanding achievement in four areas: student learning outcomes, degree completion, labor market success in securing good jobs after college, and facilitating minority and low-income student success.

“Kingsborough Community College has achieved strong results in graduation, transfer, and employment outcomes while working with an extremely diverse group of students, many who face challenging life circumstances,” said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “Its staff and faculty are deeply committed to removing the roadblocks that keep so many community college students from finishing what they start.”

 Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, joined John Engler, president of Business Roundtable and former Governor of Michigan, Richard Riley, former US Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor, and Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, at the Newseum in Washington, DC in celebrating the program and the hard work of the applicants. The winners and finalists-with-distinction were selected by a Prize Jury of 12 prominent leaders in education, business, civil rights, and public service. Prize winners Santa Barbara City College (CA) and Walla Walla Community College (WA) will each receive $400,000. The second finalist-with-distinction, Lake Area Technical Institute (SD) also receives $100,000.

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Daily News: Brooklyn’s Kingsborough ranked third best community college in the nation

Manhattan Beach school ranked higher than 1,000 US community colleges


Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:32 PM

Brooklyn’s only community college has been named one of the nation’s best.

Kingsborough Community College was tapped as the third best community college in the country by the Aspen Institute, a leading philanthropic think tank.

Tthe Manhattan Beach school ranked above a pool of more than 1,000 community colleges across the country because of its high rate of transfers to four-year college’s among its largely minority student base, Aspen Institute officials said.

Sixty percent of the school’s students transfer to four-year colleges, which is more than double the 26% national average.

“That’s because we work really hard with our students,” said Kingsborough president Regina Peruggi.

“Our students go to lots of the CUNY units, and we’ve also been very successful getting them into private colleges with scholarships.”

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New York 1 News: Brooklyn Community College Gets Lesson in Storm Damages

By Roger Clark


Kingsborough Community College sits on a spit of land that juts into the water off Southern Brooklyn and it took a heavy hit from Hurricane Sandy.

Campus Security Guards Elaine Lopez and Veronica Rodriguez were among 14 staffers who rode out the storm at Kingsborough Community College.

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TC Community: In Sandy’s Aftermath, TC Partners with Kingsborough Community College to Help Students Stay on Course

Regina Peruggi, Ed.D. ’90, President of Kingsborough Community College

Published in TC Community

In the wake of an epic storm, KCC President and TC alumna Regina Peruggi has faced her toughest days on the job. One bright spot: TC is recruiting qualified members of its community to provide tutoring help to KCC students who have lost time in class

During her eight years as President of Kingsborough Community College, an institution of some 17,000 students hailing from more than 170 countries, TC alumna Regina Peruggi (Ed.D. ’90) has faced plenty of challenges – but nothing quite like the trials brought on this past week and half by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.

“We’re located on the tip of Manhattan Beach Peninsula, in the evacuation A Zone,” says Peruggi. “We’re surrounded by water on three sides, so that gives you an idea of how hard we were hit. We had flooded classrooms, debris washing up from everywhere – even decks from people’s houses in Breezy Point. But the real kicker is that we went through our database and discovered that we have over 2,000 students, faculty and staff living A Zone areas – Gerritsen Beach, Coney Island, Staten Island, Brighton Beach, Canarsie, the Rockaways.”  Their situations, Peruggi says, remind her of camps she visited when she chaired the Women’s Refugee Commission.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held During Homecoming for Newly Renovated WKRB

KCC President Regina Peruggi, joined by Robert Herklotz, WRKB general manager, Professor Cliff Hesse, Matthew Ryan, a WKRB graduate and Bloomberg Radio reporter, KCC Vice President David Gomez and Dean Peter Cohen, cuts the ribbon and opens the radio station.

Kingsborough Community College (KCC) radio station, WKRB,  officially opened its doors after extensive renovations with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the college  annual Homecoming on October 14,

The six-month and nearly $500,000 renovation allowed Kingsborough to not only upgrade the equipment students use to broadcast to the surrounding Brooklyn community, but also to completely re-design the layout of the radio station, creating a new workflow that mimics the design of many of New York’s top commercial radio stations.

The new design also includes a brand new 20-seat “smart classroom” in which many media technology & management courses will now be taught. This new technologically advanced facility gives students the opportunity to study the history and theory of radio in the classroom and then step out and learn the practice in a fully-functional, ultramodern radio station.

WKRB is a 10-watt FM station that broadcasts to the Brooklyn community on 90.3 FM. The station can also be heard 24 hours a day at

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College Biology Faculty Named Leadership Fellows

Dr. Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, professor and chairman, Department of Biological Sciences, Kingsborough Community College, has been selected as a Vision and Change Fellow.


40 fellows will help reform how life sciences are taught in post-secondary institutions 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) program announced today that it has selected 40 Vision and Change Leadership Fellows. The fellows will identify and consider how to eliminate barriers to the systemic changes that are needed to improve undergraduate life sciences education. 

 The PULSE program is a joint initiative of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The effort is supporting a yearlong program in which Vision and Change Leadership Fellows consider and then recommend models for improving undergraduate life sciences education. 

 “The fellows represent a diverse group of extremely capable faculty,” said Judith Verbeke of NSF. “They bring a variety of experiences that will inform the development of an implementation framework that will transform undergraduate education in the life sciences.” 

 These post-secondary life sciences faculty members were competitively selected by an expert panel for their experience in catalyzing reform in undergraduate biology education. After evaluating more than 250 applications, the PULSE steering committee selected the fellows announced today. These individuals come from 24 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and represent research universities, liberal arts colleges, comprehensive/regional universities, and two-year colleges. 

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Kingsborough Community College Annual Report 2011

Dear Friends:

Knowledge is a perishable commodity. It must be passed on to stay alive. Fortunately, at its academic core Kingsborough Community College possesses faculty members who are dedicated to that concept. These talented individuals believe that generations are onnected to one another. As they inherited both knowledge and responsibilities from the generation that preceded them, they are committed to passing on what they have learned to the next generation.

You will read in this year’s annual report about Kingsborough professors who are not only accomplished teachers but who are also seriously engaged, either through research or through professional activities , in their fields of study. The relationship between their teaching on campus and their work beyond the classroom is symbiotic – each one benefits the other. Their work allows them to continually infuse our college with new ideas and new energy.

 In addition to increasing the prestige of our college as a place where distinguished scholarship thrives, an active faculty is a distinct advantage to our students. On a daily basis, our students have direct access to their energetic professors in classroom lectures and discussions, on collaborative research projects, and in co- and extra-curricular activities. From fine arts to culinary arts, from surgical technology to maritime technology, from politics to poetry, from the heavenly bodies of physical science to the human bodies of nursing science, from the stages of our theatres to the stages of human development, the Kingsborough faculty offers our students the opportunity to study our world in all of its rich variety. Although many student support services must function cohesively to achieve student success, the major ingredient will continue to be the performance of our faculty in delivering instruction in a modern, efficient, effective, and positive manner.

As you read this report, I am sure that you will get a sense of an attitude that permeates all we do at our college. It is a belief that each student who comes to us has potential. We believe that we as dedicated faculty, administrators, and staff have the ability – or will develop the ability – to unlock that potential. The Kingsborough story is one of thousands of men and women of every age, sex, race, and nationality who come to us because they believe that education is the means to a better life. We believe that our job is to give them something more than they ever imagined. With your continued support, we hope to continue to do that work with renewed purpose in the years ahead.

Dr. Regina S. Peruggi


Kingsborough Community College Annual Report 2011

Kingsborough Community College Performing Arts Center

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

 We are pleased to present On Stage At Kingsborough’s 2012–2013 season to you. These pages are overflowing with some of the finest dance, music, theatre, and family performances that can be found on any professional stage in the world, and we invite you to take a look.

There is, however, one important difference between On Stage At Kingsborough and the other prominent stages where these brilliant artists can be seen—here you will be able to witness their artistry up close and personal, in our very intimate and comfortable theatre where every single seat is a good one.

This season’s breathtaking presentations include such masterful performing artists and companies as Christine Ebersole, Tommy Tune, the Moscow Festival Ballet, Frank London, Godlight Theatre Company, and so many more. We also are delighted to announce our brand new Opera In Cinema Series, which features today’s greatest opera stars from the world’s finest opera houses.

 This year we want to make sure that you, our loyal enthusiasts, are able to get the best available seats, with the convenience of easy exchanges, at the best possible prices. We are pleased to introduce a sneak preview period for subscribers and multi-show buyers between August 6th and 31st. We know you’ll want to take advantage of this, and you can find more details about it on the Order Form on page 14.

Whether you are a fan of Broadway musical theatre, a ballet-lover, or are in need of some drama in your life, you are sure to experience a truly  memorable performance at On Stage At Kingsborough. We look forward to welcoming you in the fall.

 Warm regards,

Regina S. Peruggi

 Read the 2012-2013 Performing Arts Brochure

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