GC Alumni Awards

Each year we recognize the tremendous talents of our scholarly community with the prestigious Graduate Center Alumni Awards which were last held on November 15, 2017. Throughout the year you may nominate alumni with noteworthy career accomplishments for our 2018 awards.

2017 Alumni Achievement Award recipients:
Perry N. Halkitis (Ph.D. ’95, Educational Psychology), Dean and Professor, Biostatistics & Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, Medicine, Applied Psychology, and Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers School of Public Health | For his academic leadership and important contributions to our understanding of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, and mental health disease

Michael P. Jacobson (Ph.D. ’86, Sociology), Founder and Executive Director, CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance | For his outstanding contributions to promoting good and just governments

2017 Graduate of the Decade (GOLD) Award recipient:
Maya Hess (Ph.D. ’14, Criminal Justice), Founder and CEO of Red T, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of translators and interpreters in conflict zones and other high-risk settings | For her outstanding humanitarian and educational work

2017 City University of New York (CUNY) Award recipients:
William Seraile (Ph.D. ’77, History), Professor Emeritus of African American History, Lehman College | For his outstanding scholarly contributions and dedication to CUNY

Edward Smaldone (Ph.D. ’86, Music Composition), Professor of Music Theory and Composition. Past Director, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College | For his outstanding scholarly and administrative contributions and dedication to CUNY

Photos from 2017 Ceremony by Paula Vlodkowsky


2016 Alumni Achievement Award recipients:
Paul Mariani (Ph.D. ’68, English), Distinguished Professor Emeritus Professor of Poetry at Boston College, for his lifetime achievement in biography, poetry, memoir, and teaching

Jacquelyn Days Serwer (Ph.D. ’81, Art History), Chief Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, for her achievements at this new museum

2016 Graduate of the Decade (GOLD) Award recipient:
Christopher Emdin (Ph.D. ’07, Urban Education), Associate Professor of Science Education, Teachers College at Columbia University, for his important research in novel contexts

2016 City University of New York Award recipient:
Betty Lee Sung (Ph.D. ’82, Sociology), Professor Emeritus of Asian-American Studies, City College, for outstanding contributions as a scholar and role model for students

2017 GC Alumni Award Committee Members
Bruce Altschuler (Ph.D. 1981, Political Science)
Herman Berliner (Ph.D. 1970, Economics)
Peter V. Cobb (Ph. D. 1972, Mathematics)
Margaret Connors McQuade (Ph.D. 2005, Art History)
Christopher Emdin (Ph.D. 2007, Urban Education; 2016 Alumni Award Winner)
David Olan (Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs, The Graduate Center)
Chirag Raval (Ph.D. 2012, Biomedical Engineering)
Caroline Urvater (Ph.D. 2016, Comparative Literature; M.A. 1990, Comparative Literature)

We are grateful for your help in this celebration of the Graduate Center’s distinguished roster of alumni. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Cronin, Director of Alumni Relations, 212-817-7137 or jcronin@gc.cuny.edu

Photos from 2016 Ceremony by Paula Vlodkowsky