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30 June

MCNY New MBA in Health Services & Risk Management Prepares Adult Learners for Fastest Growing Industry in US

New York, NY/ Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — The METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK (MCNY) School for Business is proud to announce the launch of a new Master’s degree in the field of Health Services. On June 5th, the New York State Education Department approved the College’s newest degree program, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Services and Risk Management.

The one-year accelerated MBA program will develop effective business professionals equipped to lead in a changing national and global healthcare business environment. Applications are being accepted now for Fall 2015 registration.

“The MBA in Health Services and Risk Management aims to prepare adult learners as leaders of the largest and fastest growing industry in the US – healthcare,” said Dr. Mohammad I. Bajwa, Professor and Program Director of Healthcare Management for the MCNY School for Business.

In the Health Services and Risk Management degree program, students will be preparing for a career focused on the business operations and management of healthcare organizations with emphasis on health services management, healthcare policy and law, healthcare technology management, healthcare quality management, healthcare data analytics, and healthcare project management.

Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School for Business explains, “Employment within the healthcare industry continues to demonstrate consistent and sustained growth, where all projections point to an increase in the demand for professional managers. This program will prepare competent, educated, and trained professionals to fill these areas of need within the industry.”

The new program is part of exciting changes at MCNY as the college prepares for future growth. “The development of this innovative program comes as MCNY is building new campuses in the Financial District and in the Bronx.  It reflects the vibrant growth of the College and our commitment to serving growing areas of New York’s economy,” says Dr. Vinton Thompson, President, MCNY.

CONTACT:  Tina Georgiou 646-648-0694 or

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, for over 50 years, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

 

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14 April

NYC Public Advocate Letitia James is Featured Guest Speaker for MCNY Urban Dialogues April 14, 2015

New York, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration invites you to the next session of “Urban Dialogues”, featuring Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York.

Letita James

Letitia James, Public Advocate of New York City

Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York is the first woman of color to hold a citywide position in our city’s history. In her first months in office, she successfully pushed forth proposals to bring Universal School Lunch and police body-worn cameras to New York City. In fall 2014, the office re-launched the city’s Worst Landlords Watchlist, expanding the list and adding significant technological upgrades.

As a member of the New York City Council, James introduced the Safe Housing Act, which became City law in 2007. This ground-breaking bill ensured that thousands of families in rental buildings receive prompt and full repairs to their apartments. This bill represented a $50 million investment in housing code reform and is a major victory for all New Yorkers living in substandard buildings. She is considered an early whistleblower of the Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime contract, a payroll system that she criticized as being overly costly and difficult to manage in numerous committee hearings. Poor management of the project led to hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen by corrupt consultants. In 2012, her legislation addressing oversight of high-cost service contracts with the City of New York was passed into law.

As Chair to the Council’s Sanitation Committee, in 2010 James pushed-through a revolutionary recycling package that included expanding plastic recycling, a new clothing and textile recycling program, and improved public space recycling. This legislative package represented the first significant expansion of the City’s residential recycling program since it was created in 1989.

James is a graduate of CUNY’s Lehman College and Howard University Law School, and can be seen in the Atlantic Yards documentary, “Battle for Brooklyn”. She has worked with the New York State Legislature, and has served as a former public defender, New York State Assistant Attorney General, and New York City Council Member.

Letitia James will address the college’s community on Tuesday, April 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., in the conference center on the 11th floor.  Seating will be limited.  Please RSVP.

As noted on the college’s website, “Urban Dialogues” is a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation. Topics cover a spectrum of ideas, theories, and viewpoints that inform and/or influence urban policy.

CONTACT:  Tina Georgiou 646-648-0694 or

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

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8 April

Metropolitan College of New York and School’s Out New York City Team Up to Teach Teens About Film Industry

New York, NY, April 3, 2015 — The METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK School for Business Media Management MBA Program is proud to announce its collaboration with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to provide training, as part of the MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival (April 9-10, 2015), to School’s Out New York City (SONYC) middle school participants. The training will assist young people in developing and producing their inaugural SONYC REEL eXposure Film Festival.

Every year, graduate students organizing the MCNY Annual Short Film Festival invite and highlight the work of New York City youth who are using film and other visual media to address today’s social issues.  This year, the MCNY Media Management MBA Program added an educational component to the Festival by working with the SONYC program to provide two intensive five-day workshops on the fundamentals of film creation and the process of developing their own event – The SONYC REEL eXposure Film Festival.

The SONYC REEL eXposure Film Festival will be a one-day event celebrating the creative efforts of SONYC participants.  Modeled on the MCNY Annual Short Film Festival, it will provide a platform for student filmmakers to express themselves on today’s social, community and other issues ‘through the lens’ of young filmmakers.  Participants will work actively with industry professionals and DYCD staff in judging and screening the films in competition.

“We are excited to welcome youth from around the City to MCNY, where the Media Management MBA faculty, students and alumni involved in producing our own Annual Short Film Festival will provide comprehensive training on all aspects of making a short film including conceptualizing the idea, set and camera work, lighting, sound and editing,” said Program Director Kristie Velasco. “It is inspiring to see our students and alumni nurturing the next generation of film and content creators.  This is a true manifestation of this year’s festival theme of Converging Futures. We look forward to working with DYCD and SONYC to train their young participants and develop a process for them to launch a film festival that is as successful as our own.”

“As the agency overseeing the largest expansion of afterschool for middle school students in the City’s history, we recognize the strong role creative arts programming plays in engaging, active learning,” said DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong. “SONYC, the Summer Youth Employment Program and other DYCD‑funded initiatives are exposing our youth to career and educational opportunities at our City’s cultural institutions. We are excited that young people will learn filmmaking skills through this collaboration with Metropolitan College of New York, and look forward to seeing their finished works at the REEL eXposure Film Festival.”

In the Media Management MBA Program, the goal is to provide students with all of the necessary business competencies, skills and knowledge of an MBA while never losing sight of their responsibilities as members of the larger society.  In prior years, the MCNY Annual Short Film Festival has highlighted media work done by students from the Children’s Aid Society, Girls for Gender Equity and the Urban Actors Academy.

The MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival will take place on April 9 and 10 from 6-9:30 pm at 431 Canal Street, New York.  Additional information about the festival, including winning films from prior years, is available on our website at www.mcny.edu/filmfestival. Tickets for both nights can be obtained at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/mcny-school-for-business-media-management-mba-program-7990335544?s=34512629.

ABOUT MCNY

Founded in 1964 by educational pioneer Audrey Cohen, Metropolitan College of New York has been dedicated to helping students achieve their academic dreams for over 50 years. The only one of its kind in the country, the one-year ACBSP accredited Master of Business Administration in Media Management at MCNY is a unique Purpose Centered Education program geared towards achievement-oriented, media professionals. The curriculum balances traditional MBA competencies with those particular to the media industry. To accommodate working professionals, classes meet on evenings and weekends. For more information about MCNY or the MBA  Media Management program visit us at www.mcny.edu or call 1-800-33-THINK.

ABOUT SONYC

SONYC is part of DYCD’s Comprehensive Afterschool System of NYC (COMPASS NYC).  SONYC serves as a pathway to success for youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Structured like clubs, the model offers young people a choice in how they spend their time; provides rigorous instruction in sports and arts; and requires youth leadership through service. The City itself becomes a classroom through trips and opportunities for instruction beyond a traditional learning setting. Programs are offered three hours each day, five days per week. Through its network of providers, COMPASS offers high quality programs that offer a strong balance of academics, recreation, enrichment and cultural activities to support and strengthen the overall development of youth.

For Immediate Release:                         

CONTACT: Prof. Kristie Velasco (917) 719-0293 or

Yexenia (Jessie) Markland | Manager of Partnerships & Special Initiatives

COMPREHENSIVE AFTERSCHOOL SYSTEM OF NYC (COMPASS-NYC)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development
2 Lafayette Street l 21st floor l New York NY 10007
T: (646) 343-6156 C: 929-271-0622 E:

nyc.gov/dycd

 

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24 March

Filmmaker/Educator/Media Advocate Beni Matias, Actor/Producer Ron Simons, and Filmmaker/Former BET Exec Ralph Scott to Join Film Festival Panel Discussion on April 9

New York, NY – March 23, 2015 – The Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA program is proud to announce that Bienvenida “Beni” Matias, Ron Simons and Ralph Scott, will join the Panel Discussion for the MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival on April 9, in the school’s Conference Center at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY.

Bienvenida Matias

Bienvenida Matias

Bienvendia “Beni” Matias is a founding member of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) serving as its first national coordinator and conference organizer, and recently completed a two year plus stint as NALIP’s acting executive director. She was director of production at the Independent Television Service, executive director of the Association of Hispanic Arts and AIVF, publisher of The Independent magazine, and executive-in-charge of production at WNYC-TV.

Ron Simons

Ron Simons

Ron Simons is the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment. Ron is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer and actor. He leads the SimonSays Entertainment strategic planning and development of theatre and film projects including the critically acclaimed films Night Catches Us, Gun Hill Road, Blue Caprice and Mother of George (all premiered at Sundance). His first documentary 25 to Life premiered at the American Black Film Festival where it won Best Documentary. He also produced the Broadway productions of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award for Best Musical), Porgy & Bess (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk, New Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play), A Streetcar Named Desire (AEA’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award).

Ralph Scott

Ralph Scott

For more than 20 years, Ralph Scott has been instrumental in the promotion and exhibition of non-stereotypical African American images. As an independent film maker or promoter, Program Director of the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, or as an executive at BET or Centric Television, he has made it his mission to promote and support filmmakers that have a non “Hollywood” approach to Black life on film.

With the theme of “Converging Futures”, the festival is a two-day celebration of both the business and creative aspects of the film industry that continues to grow and expand into divergent media fields as content and technology converge. The festival, which grew out a classroom project, has developed into a platform for burgeoning filmmakers, and provides real time project management experience for the school’s media management MBA students.

“Our Media Management MBA students are busy reviewing the almost 1000 films submitted to the competition from around the globe, and are working to identify the film finalists to be screened and judged on April 10th during the Festival,” says Prof. Kristie Velasco, Director of the Media Management MBA Program for MCNY. “We are especially excited that almost a dozen graduates from around the world, including alumni who helped found the film festival, are actively assisting our current students in the initial review of the films in competition. It is this extended Media Management MBA community, encouraged and cultivated by MCNY and the School for Business, that strengthens our program while it helps provide our students with a growing network of media managers who can support their entry into the media industries.”

“The panel of experts assembled for this year’s Panel Discussion is a remarkable grouping of professionals with insightful knowledge of the media industry,” says Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Associate Vice President and Dean, School for Business. “They bring their years of experience, professional linkages, expertise, and unique perspective to what promises to be a wonderful discussion of the business and future of the film industry in light of convergence.”

Beni Matias has produced and directed documentaries independently, for public television and nonprofits. Her documentary film El Corazón de Loisaida (The Heart of Loisaida), produced and directed with Marci Reaven, was recognized by the New York Public Library as part of their major film preservation initiative, “Twentieth Century Mirrors: America Through the Eyes of Independent Filmmakers.” She is currently producer/director of the documentary Coquito! (funded by the Latino Public Broadcasting) with producers Tami Gold and Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez. As a consultant, she works with filmmakers developing all aspects of documentary production.

As an actor, Ron Simons has appeared on stage, in film and television. He and fellow cast members won the London Stage Award for Acting Excellence for the play Boy Steals Train that he co-developed.  His film and television credits include Blue Caprice, Night Catches Us, 27 Dresses, Mystery Team, Phoebe in Wonderland, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns and Nowhere Man. Ron is a recipient of the Heritage Award from Columbia College’s Black Alumni Council, IFP Cannes’ Producer’s Network Fellow and a Sundance Producers’ Summit Fellow. He holds a BA from Columbia College, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.

Ralph Scott was one of the founding executives of Centric Television and was Executive Producer of Lens on Talent and Scene Stealers for BET. He is also currently Chairman of the Student Digital Arts and Cinema Committee and Co-Founder of Visual AIDS: A Cinematic Look at the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. A graduate of West Virginia State College, Ralph began his film career alongside Haile Gerima at Howard University on his world-renowned film Sankofa, and then on Steven Spielberg’s Amistad. His varied industry experience includes work on Motown 40, the NAACP Image Awards and at the William Morris Agency.

The MCNY Annual Short Film Festival is free and open to the public. Additional information about the festival, including winning films from prior years, is available on our website at www.mcny.edu/filmfestival. Tickets for both nights are available free to the public on Evenbrite.com.

CONTACT: Prof. Kristie Velasco (917) 719-0293 or

ABOUT MCNY MBA in Media Management 

Founded in 1964 by educational pioneer Audrey Cohen, Metropolitan College of New York has been dedicated to helping students achieve their academic dreams for over 50 years. The only one of its kind in the country, the one-year ACBSP accredited Master of Business Administration in Media Management at MCNY is a unique Purpose Centered Education program geared towards achievement-oriented, media professionals. The curriculum balances traditional MBA competencies with those particular to the media industry. To accommodate working professionals, classes meet on evenings and weekends. For more information about the school or the Media Management program visit us at www.mcny.edu or call 1-800-33-THINK.

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16 March

YOUniversity Bound Founders Fund Raise for Metropolitan College of New York

Phenomenal Women: (left to right) 1. Rachel Oden, 2. Gladys Andrews, 3. Francesca Ciolino-Volano, 4. Deplesha McGruder, 5. Mariah Bullock, 6. Shanna Graham, 7. Dr. Marva Gumbs-Picou, 8. Danna Wood Webb, 9. Cheryl Wills, 10. Cynthia Gresham, 11. Hon. Kathie Davidson, 12. Marilyn Ward Ford, 13. Melanie Schnoll-Begun, 14. Anna Velez

Phenomenal Women: (left to right)
1. Rachel Oden, 2. Gladys Andrews, 3. Francesca Ciolino-Volano, 4. Deplesha McGruder, 5. Mariah Bullock, 6. Shanna Graham, 7. Dr. Marva Gumbs-Picou, 8. Danna Wood Webb, 9. Cheryl Wills, 10. Cynthia Gresham, 11. Hon. Kathie Davidson, 12. Marilyn Ward Ford, 13. Melanie Schnoll-Begun, 14. Anna Velez

New York, NY/March 16, 2015 —  On March 14, 2015, the “Phenomenal Women of Power” breakfast was held at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). The breakfast came as a result of Dr. Melvin Douglass and Dr. Gay Bullock wanting to bring together the collective strength and ingenuity of women for greater educational, economic and social impact.  The choice to have the event at MCNY was spurred by the work of its founder, Audrey Cohen. Cohen developed an educational institution that provided black women from impoverished communities with a way to be gainfully employed in health-care and human services for the purpose of improving their communities. The- breakfast celebrated phenomenal women who have shaped modern life and provoked dialogue that inspired action.

At the breakfast, Dr. Vinton Thompson, president of MCNY; Mrs. Wendy Cohen, Vice Chair Person of Board of Trustees and daughter of late Audrey Cohen; Dr. Melvin Douglass, Trustee; Ms. Beth Dunphe, MCNY Chief Development Officer, gave the welcome. After breakfast, the guests moved to a nearby room for an open discussion in which honorees led the dialogue and provided insightful perspectives on the principal issue: To what extent does gender play in accessing the American dream? Dr. Gay Bullock served as the moderator.

The first panel of phenomenal women discussed “Is it a myth or reality that women have to think and behave like men to be successful in corporate? What does the behavior of corporate success look like?” The discussion was led by HONOREES: Wendy Cohen, Vice President and Director of Wealth Advisory Marketing for Morgan Stanley; Melanie Schnoll Begun, Managing Director and Head of Wealth Management Philanthropy Management group at Morgan Stanley, Marilyn Ford,  Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law, Racquel Oden, Head of Advisor Strategy and Development for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Depelsha McGruder, Senior Vice President for Centric, BET.

The second panel of phenomenal women discussed “Are girls being steered away from math and science towards disciplines that require nurturing because of a belief that women are natural born nurturers? How do we get more girls involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines and dispel this idea if it limits options?” The panel discussion was led by HONOREES: Cheryl Wills , New York 1 Reporter, Marva Gumbs Picou, NYC principal, Gladys Andrews, an Educational Consultant for Bridges Data and Professional Development, Inc., Francesca Ciolino-Volano, Adjunct Professor in the Basic Education Department at Nassau Community College and Adjunct Lecturer and College Supervisor of Student Teachers at Queens College, and Anna Velez, former High School Guidance Counselor. The youth perspective was provided by RISING STARS: Mariah Bullock, a graduate of Howard University and Shanna Graham, a graduate of Penn State University.

The third panel of phenomenal women discussed“Do women have the power to change the direction of government, not just the face? What should we expect from a woman leader like president?”The discussion was led by honorees: Judge Kathie Davidson , first African American woman elected to a county-wide judgeship in Westchester County and the third elected to Family Court in the State of New York; Dana Webb, former Associate Dean of School of Social Work at Columbia University. Cynthia Gresham, Director of Rehabilitation at the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans, Queens.  

The discussions were lively and provocative. The honorees received awards from MCNY President Thompson, Trustees Wendy Cohen and Melvin Douglass.

Dr. Douglass and Dr. Bullock have partnered with Metropolitan College of New York to raise awareness and funds for The Dr. Melvin Isadore Douglass Scholarship for Urban Education. The scholarship provides financial assistance to students going into MCNY’s Masters of Science in Education is a one-year intensive program that certifies teachers for positions in New York City schools in grades K-6 in both childhood and special education. It is the first at MCNY dedicated to students in the Masters of Science in Education program, and the first fund established by an African American man at the College.

Their work in the field of education extends beyond MCNY. Dr. Melvin Douglass and Dr. Gay Bullock established YOUniversity Bound to make college a viable option for all students. Dr. Douglass and Dr. Bullock believe unpreparedness and financial limitations are the two biggest obstacles to students getting a higher education. Since college is the prerequisite for a better life, YOUniversity Bound serves as a conduit to getting students to college by advancing preparedness and increase financial possibilities.

About Metropolitan College of New York

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, MCNY was founded in 1964 as the Talent Corps by Audrey Cohen, an educational visionary and activist. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Hudson Square/ SoHo at 431 Canal Street, NY, NY 10013. For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

Contact:  Tina Georgiou – Metropolitan College of New York –  

 

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3 March

Rashaad Ernesto Green and Nancy Gerstman to be Panelists at the MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival April 9, 2015

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CONTACT:  Prof. Kristie Velasco (917) 719-0293 or

Nancy Gerstman

Nancy Gerstman

New York, NY – March 3, 2015 – The Metropolitan College of New York School (MCNY) for Business Media Management MBA program is proud to announce that Director/Writer/Producer Rashaad Ernesto Green and Zeitgeist Film Co-President Nancy Gerstman will be panelists at the MCNY 6th Annual Short Film Festival on April 9, 2015 at the MCNY Conference Center, 431 Canal Street, New York, NY.

Nancy Gerstman is Co-President and Co-Founder of the New York-based distribution company Zeitgeist Films. Formed with Emily Russo in 1988, Zeitgeist acquires and distributes independent films internationally, including first films by notable directors Todd Haynes, Christopher Nolan, Francois Ozon, the Quay Brothers and Gianni di Gregorio.

Rashaad Ernesto Green

Rashaad Ernesto Green

A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Graduate Film Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York native Rashaad Ernesto Green was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize for his first feature film Gun Hill Road, starring Esai Morales and Judy Reyes, which premiered in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition and garnered a Best Supporting Actress win for the performance by Harmony Santana at the Independent Spirit Awards.

With the theme of “Converging Futures,” the festival is a two-day celebration of both the business and creative aspects of the film industry that continue to grow and expand into divergent media fields as content and technology converge.  The festival, which grew out a classroom project, has developed into a platform for burgeoning filmmakers, and provides real time project management experience for the school’s media management MBA students.

The Annual Short Film Festival Poster Competition is accepting submissions through March 15th the official Festival poster. All students from any institution are eligible to submit.

“This is the sixth year that students have been producing and marketing the Annual Short Film Festival as part of our Media Management MBA program,” says Prof. Kristie Velasco, Director of the Media Management MBA Program for MCNY.  “I am incredibly proud of the students and alumni who over the years have successfully cultivated the festival.  Now, established internationally, the film festival has received over 1000 submissions this year from around the globe.”

“The festival has become an annual opportunity for students to get practical, hands‑on experience in the business and management of planning and producing a multi-day film festival with a global reach,” says Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School for Business.  “We are truly excited to welcome these industry leaders to speak about their experiences in film and provide insight into challenges facing filmmakers and business managers in the rapidly changing media industry.”

The event is free and open to the public.  Additional information, including winning films from prior years, is available on our website at www.mcny.edu/filmfestival.

About Nancy Gerstman

Born in Queens, NY, Nancy Gerstman has worked in all aspects of film distribution and exhibition including a stint at Landmark Theatre Corp., the largest independent theatre chain in the US, and is Permanent Artist-in-Residence in the Master’s Program in Media and Communication Arts at City College of New York.  The films of her distribution company, Zeitgeist, have received international acclaim, including five Academy Award nominations and one win, for Nowhere In Africa as Best Foreign Language Film.

About Rashaad Ernesto Green

Rashaad Ernesto Green was the recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Award and Spike Lee Fellowship at NYU and was included in Filmmaker Magazine’s elite 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2010 and indieWIRE’s 2009 Ten New Voices in Cinema.  In 2011, he won the 2011 Horizon Award at the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, and has been supported by HBO, Time Warner, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, the HUMANITAS Foundation, NALIP and IFP.

About MCNY MBA in Media Management

Founded in 1964 by educational pioneer Audrey Cohen, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) has been dedicated to helping students achieve their academic dreams for over 50 years. The only one of its kind in the country, the one-year Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredited  Master of Business Administration in Media Management at MCNY is a unique Purpose Centered Education program geared towards achievement-oriented media professionals. The curriculum balances traditional MBA competencies with those particular to the media industry. To accommodate working professionals, classes meet on evenings and weekends.  For more information about the school or the Media Management program visit us at www.mcny.edu or call 1‑800‑33‑THINK.

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16 December

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF NEW CAMPUS

40 Rector StNEW YORK, NY, December 15, 2014 —Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) announced today that it has acquired a new facility and plans to relocate its Manhattan campus in 2016. The new campus will be located at 40 Rector Street, occupying approximately 110,000 sq. ft. on three upper floors and the historic main entrance and first floor space along West Street.

The project is financed by tax-exempt bonds through the Build NYC Resource Corporation, a program of the Empire State Development Corporation. The new state of the art facility will house MCNY’s Manhattan campus on the 6th, 7th and 8th floors with a ground-floor entrance lobby, admissions office and conference center.

“MCNY is delighted to announce a new permanent home in lower Manhattan,” said Vinton Thompson, President, Metropolitan College of New York. “This facility will support our highly regarded professional degree programs in the areas of business, human services, healthcare management, public administration, emergency management, education and urban studies.”

MCNY, formerly Audrey Cohen College and the College for Human Services, was founded in 1964 and has operated at four lower Manhattan addresses over the years. The college’s Manhattan Campus is currently located at 431 Canal Street in Hudson Square. MCNY will build out the new Manhattan facility in 2015 with an anticipated move in spring 2016.

The College also offers programs in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Avenue and is building a new full-service Bronx Campus in Triangle Plaza Hub at 459 East 149th Street.

The college pioneered the academic field of Human Services and is recognized for programs that combine study with practical experience and promotion of positive social change. It offers degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s level, is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and is chartered by the New York State Education Department.

About Metropolitan College of New York
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, MCNY was founded in 1964 as the Talent Corps by Audrey Cohen, an educational visionary and activist. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Hudson Square/ SoHo at 431 Canal Street, NY, NY 10013. For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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2 December

MCNY President Vinton Thompson Invited to White House College Day of Action December 4

Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of Metropolitan College of New York

Dr. Vinton Thompson, President of Metropolitan College of New York

NEW YORK, NY – December 2, 2014Metropolitan College of New York’s President Vinton Thompson has been invited by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden to represent New York City at the 2nd College Opportunity Day of Action at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Thursday, December 4, 2014.  The Summit will bring together colleges and universities, business leaders, nonprofits and others that are committed to supporting more college opportunities for students across the country.

“President Obama has taken a special interest in the quality and affordability of higher education,” said President Vinton Thompson. “I am honored that he, the First Lady and Vice President Biden have invited me to participate in their latest education summit to celebrate continued efforts to expand college access for low-income and disadvantaged students. Since its founding 50 years ago, Metropolitan College of New York has been a leader in promoting college access and success for communities and non-traditional age students underserved by conventional educational programs. We are committed to working with the President and others to achieve the President’s goals to increase the number of students successfully completing college programs and to raise the proportion of Americans with college degrees.”

This year’s summit will focus on building sustainable collaborations in communities with strong K-12 and higher education partnerships to encourage college going, and supporting colleges to work together to dramatically improve persistence and increase college completion, especially for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students.

For interview opportunities with President Thompson, please Teresa Lyles-Holmes, UniWorld Group (212) 219-7239 (o), (914) 282-5317 (m)

For more information on how to cover the Summit, please contact and include “College Opportunity Summit Coverage” in the subject line.

MEDIA RSVP: President Obama to Host College Opportunity Day of Action

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
December 1, 2014

President Obama to Host College Opportunity Day of Action

MEDIA RSVP:
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, December 4, the President, Vice President and First Lady will host the second College Opportunity Day of Action at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. In January, the President and First Lady joined over 140 college presidents and other education leaders to announce commitments to expand college opportunity at the first ever White House College Opportunity Day of Action. Thursday’s event will build on the commitments announced in January, with over 300 college presidents and other leaders launching initiatives in new areas. This event will focus on building networks of colleges around promoting completion, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, and increasing the number of college graduates in STEM fields. The day of action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR REPORTING

THURSDAY, December 4, 2014
All times are Eastern Time (ET)

9:00AM – Opening Remarks
Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education

9:15AM – Panel Discussions I and II
Moderated by Cecilia Muñoz and Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

11:50AM – Remarks by THE PRESIDENT

2:45PM – Remarks by THE FIRST LADY

3:00PM – Remarks by THE VICE PRESIDENT

This event is POOLED for television and open to limited pre-credentialed still photographers and correspondents.

Still photographers and correspondents who wish to cover the President’s remarks should RSVP HERE  by Wednesday, December 3 at 9:00 AM ET. Location: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center The Amphitheater 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004 Media Coverage: This event is POOLED for television and open to limited pre-credentialed still photographers and correspondents. Requests for TV cameras cannot be accommodated. Space is limited and RSVPs do not guarantee access. You will receive a confirmation email after the deadline has passed if you will receive a credential to cover the event. All names submitted for credentials must be accurate and reflect the identification media presents at checkpoints for entrance. This event will be available via live-stream at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Media Entrance: The Pennsylvania Avenue entrance of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, at the intersection of 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

Media Access Times: Media must arrive by the times listed below to go through security and access the event. Media may leave between sessions, but must return to the media entrance at times below to regain access.

8:00 AM to cover Opening Remarks, Panel 1: Innovation at Scale and Panel 2: K-12 and Higher Education Partnerships
11:00 AM to cover President Obama’s remarks
1:30 PM to cover the First Lady and Vice President’s remarks
Throw (distance from media area to stage): 60 feet

Limited seating and power available

Contact for planning and logistical purposes (media only): Caroline Coscia, , 202-503-5287

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451. For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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1 December

Urban Dialogues: Mr. Gilbert Taylor, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS)

Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration

Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration

New York, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Humphrey Crookendale, Dean of the MCNY School for Public Affairs and Administration invites you to the next session of “Urban Dialogues”, featuring Mr. Gilbert Taylor, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS).

Commissioner Taylor  has dedicated his career to serving New York City’s low-income children and families in the public and non-profit sectors.  Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Taylor had worked for the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), most recently serving as the Executive Deputy Commissioner in the Division of Child Protection. The division was the largest in the agency, consisting of more than 3,500 employees tasked with investigating over 50,000 reports of child maltreatment annually. During his tenure at ACS, Commissioner Taylor had also served as the Deputy Commissioner for the agency’s division of Family Court Legal Services, which involved overseeing all Family Court Litigation Units, the agency’s Juvenile Justice Initiative and the Family Assessment Program (PINS Diversion).

In his years at Children’s Services, Commissioner Taylor had many milestone achievements while working in both divisions, including:

  • Participating in the creation and implementation of Childstat within the Division of Child Protection.
  • Improving the safety and risk assessment practice within the Division of Child Protection, which directly contributed to a reduction in the number of children being placed into foster care – resulting in an all-time low census of fewer than 12,000 children in care.
  • Overseeing the procurement and implementation of evidence based preventive service models which are more specifically tailored to meet the needs of children and families in the system.
  • Expediting Family Court case processing time frames on child protective proceedings filed in NYC Family Courts.
Commissioner Taylor

Gilbert Taylor, Commissioner of the NYC Dept. of Homeless Services (DHS)

Commissioner Taylor will address the college’s community on Tuesday, December 2nd, from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m., in the conference center on the 11th floor.  Seating will be limited.  Please RSVP.

As noted on the college’s website, “Urban Dialogues” is a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation. Topics cover a spectrum of ideas, theories, and viewpoints that inform and/or influence urban policy.

CONTACT:  Tina Georgiou 646-648-0694 or

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

 

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22 October

Metropolitan College of New York Bronx Extension Center – Knowing is Power: Dare to be Aware

MCNY Brings Awareness to Domestic Violence Month in the South Bronx

October 4, 2014, New York — The Bronx Extension Center (BEC) of Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) presents “Point of View: Survivorship”, Saturday, October 4th-Friday, October 31st, 2014.  This unique art exhibit reflects the notion that participants have moved from “Victim to Victor”.  The show examines the multipilicity of domestic violence and all of the members of a family it affects through multiple mediums.  Most of the participants are survivors of domestic violence.  The exhibit is free to the public and open weekdays, 10am-6pm at the MCNY-BEC at 529 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451.

“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We have hosted several on and off campus events in partnership with the Bronx Documentary Center and the Bronx Family Justice Center to help educate the community on this important issue,” says Erica Morales, Director of the MCNY-BEC, “The Bronx has the second highest rate of Domestic Violence in New York City. We are a college deep-rooted in human services.  We can’t ignore what is happening in our community.”

For site tours and information:  Erica G. Morales, Director of the Bronx Extension Center 718-665-7787 ext 4002 or email:

Below is a listing of events hosted by the MCNY-BEC which includes a film screening and post-screening discussion on October 30th that will take place off-campus at the Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Avenue.  Free to the Public.  RSVP required.  Email:  

knowing-is-power

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Soho/Tribeca at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451. For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

 

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