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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

By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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

12/12/2012

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
11/12/2012

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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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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President Regina Peruggi Discusses Kingsborough Selection as a Top Ten Community College by Aspen Institute with News 12 Brooklyn

Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College, is interviewed by Josh Chapin, anchor/reporter for News 12 Brooklyn.

Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College (KCC), announced in an interview with News 12 Brooklyn that  KCC, a City University of New York (CUNY) college and Brooklyn’s only community college, was named one of ten finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, 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 the top ten entering the last stage of the competition for the $1 million prize fund that will be awarded in March in Washington D.C. to the winner and up to four finalists-with-distinction.

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.

Click here to watch News 12 Brooklyn report

KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE NAMED ONE OF THE NATIONS’S TOP TEN COMMUNITY COLLEGES BY ASPEN INSTITUTE

Dr. Regina Peruggi, president, Kingsborough Community College, a City University of New York (CUNY) college.

Brooklyn, NY, September 10 –Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College (KCC), today announced that  KCC, Brooklyn’s only community college, was named one of ten finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, 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 the top ten entering the last stage of the competition for the $1 million prize fund that will be awarded in March in Washington D.C. to the winner and up to four finalists-with-distinction.

 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 one of the top ten community college finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is a great honor for the entire Kingsborough community of students, faculty and staff,” said Dr. Peruggi.  “We 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 from over 142 different countries and speak 73 different languages.  They are the future of our city.  When they succeed, we all succeed.”

“Kingsborough stands out for it strong commitment to continuous improvement,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. “Its thoughtful and cohesive approach to helping an extremely diverse group of students succeed provides lessons for all urban community colleges.”

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NEW YORK’S KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE (CUNY) NAMED ONE OF TEN FINALISTS FOR 2013 ASPEN PRIZE FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXCELLENCE

Josh Wyner, executive director, Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program

Washington, DC, September 5, 2012 –New York’s Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn was named today one of ten finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. Part of the City University of New York system or CUNY, Kingsborough now enters the last stage of the competition for the $1 million prize fund that will be awarded in March in Washington, D.C. to the winner and up to four finalists-with-distinction.

Selected from an original pool of more than 1,000 community colleges, 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.

“Kingsborough stands out for its strong commitment to continuous improvement,” said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. “Its thoughtful and cohesive approach to helping an extremely diverse group of students succeed provides lessons for all urban community colleges.”

Kingsborough serves a large multi-cultural and multi-ethnic student body and has put in place a variety of academic and support services to help students succeed. Built around its well-recognized “learning communities” approach, the college has devised a series of services and programs for students in their first year which have resulted in higher levels of success without substantial increases in cost. The administration and faculty’s continuous assessment of student performance and completion combined with efforts to develop responsive strategies for improvement have led to increased retention, graduation and transfer rates.

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