Manhattan Monthly Summer Recap Edition (July/August 2013)



College Mourns Loss of Two Former Manhattan College Board Members
Muriel “Mickie” Siebert, a woman of many firsts in the business world, including becoming the first female member of the New York Stock Exchange, and a former member of Manhattan College’s board of trustees, died on Aug. 24. READ MORE»


Martin H. Schmidt Jr. ’51, a former member and chair of the board of trustees at Manhattan College, honorary degree recipient and business leader, died on July 29. He was 85. READ MORE»


Summer Engineering Awareness Program Educates Future Engineers and Scientists
Thanks to Manhattan College’s Summer Engineering Awareness program, approximately 100 high school students received a glimpse into a variety of engineering and science majors for free this summer. READ MORE»


Engineering Awareness program


MC Launches Urban Agriculture Internship with Groundwork Hudson Valley
This summer, three interns expanded the College’s rooftop garden to grow organic produce in an effort to keep local food costs low as part of the new Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (CURES) Urban Agriculture Internship. READ MORE»


CURES interns


College Funds 11 Research Grants
With student and faculty research on the rise at Manhattan, the College recently established the pilot Jasper Summer Research Scholars program to fund research grants in various disciplines. This summer, 11 undergraduates received grants on topics ranging from improving a modern-day medical brace design for elbow-related injuries to shortcomings in educational funding in the new South Africa. READ MORE»

On Campus


College Renames Department of Physical Education and Human Performance to the Department of Kinesiology
Manhattan College’s department of Physical Education and Human Performance was recently renamed the Department of Kinesiology (the study of human movement). This decision is a result of the growing number of programs and courses being offered within the School of Education and Health. READ MORE»


Manhattan College Welcomes 17 New Full-time Faculty Members
With the start of the 2013-2014 academic year, Manhattan College welcomes 17 new full-time faculty members in the Schools of Arts, Business, Education and Health, Engineering and Science. READ MORE»


Scientist and 30-year veteran pharmaceutical researcher, John Regan is the new chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry department.


Yelda Balkir, a prominent researcher in green chemistry and the environment, is coordinator of Manhattan College’s forthcoming Environmental Science program.


Upcoming Fall Lectures


Manhattan College To Host Women’s Lecture Series
The College welcomes authors Carol Gilligan and Lauren Weisberger, veteran and Olympian Melissa Stockwell, and television personality Michelle Beadle to campus this semester as part of its Women’s Lecture Series. The four women will present their professional stories to the College community, and the series will commence on Sept. 9 with Carol Gilligan. READ MORE»


Cardinal Newman Lecture Welcomes Dr. Vaidhyanathan
Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan, a cultural historian and media scholar, will present “There is No Such Thing as the Internet: Mythologizing and Misunderstanding the Digital Moment” at the fourth annual Cardinal Newman Lecture at Manhattan College on Monday, Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. in Hayden 100. READ MORE»


Expert on the Ethics and Culture of Hacking to Speak at Center for Ethics Inaugural Event on Sept. 19
Author Gabriella Coleman, Ph.D., an expert on hackers and digital activism, will discuss The Ethics of Hacking on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the inaugural event of Manhattan College’s Center for Ethics. READ MORE»


Gabriella Coleman

Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center Hosts Several Fall Events

Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education (HGI) Center will host a series of educational, artistic and interfaith events this fall. The events start on Sept. 12 with author, filmmaker and interfaith activist Ruth Boyd Sharone discussing her book Minefields and Miracles: God and Allah Need to Talk. READ MORE»



Sydney Volovski Chosen Preseason All-MAAC
After being selected as last season’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Year in volleyball, Sydney Volovski, sophomore outside hitter, was named to the 2013 Preseason All-MAAC Team by the conference’s 10 head coaches. 


Sydney Volovski


Complete 2013-14 Manhattan Men’s Basketball Schedule Set
The MAAC conference released its complete conference schedule on Aug. 29 to finalize Manhattan’s 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule. READ MORE»

Mohamed Koita and Tom Bechert


Amanda McEntire Named Head Women’s Tennis Coach
Amanda McEntire was named head coach of the women’s tennis program on Aug. 26. McEntire is a 2002 graduate of the University of Texas, where she was a member of the Longhorns’ women’s tennis team. READ MORE»



Retired Alumnus Finds New Passion as Docent Aboard the Intrepid
After a successful career in the telecommunications industry, history buff Robert La Blanc ’56 now volunteers as a docent for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, docked on New York City’s West Side. READ MORE»

Robert La Blanc

Accounting Alum Crunches Numbers for Music’s Biggest Names
Brian Roberts ’85 is an executive vice president and CFO for Warner Music Group, America’s largest music conglomerate. READ MORE»


Brian Roberts

Alumna Builds Her Career Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes

Katie Kerbstat ’11 pursued her passion for media as a writer for The Quadrangle, and now works as a broadcast associate and assistant to the chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes. READ MORE»

Katie Kerbstat


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