Class of 2009...
City College Professor of Music, John Patitucci, is a three-time Grammy winner. He is a double bassist, electric bassist, composer and educator. He plays the double bass and electric bass. Patitucci was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the tender age of ten he began playing the electric bass, composing and performing at age twelve, playing acoustic bass at fifteen and the piano one year later. At the San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University, he studied classical bass. He released twelve albums as a leader. He was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for his thirteen album, "Remembrance." Altogether he has sixteen Grammy nominations.
Three Sophie Davis students, Miguel Santiago, Ifeanyi Nwobi, and Patricia Nelson along with trainer David Lau, won the New York State Medical Jeopardy Championship. Last year winner was St. John University. They defeated them with a score of 5201 to 0. The Stony Brook University and the Sophie Davis School are tied with the most wins in the competition winning three each. Back in 1990, the CCNY team won the first state competition.
Alumni Stefanie Joshua had no filmmaking experience but decided to do a documentary about the socio-economic situation in her neighborhood, Bushwick. The film, "Bushwick Homecomings," won 'Best USA Documentary' award at Britian's 2008 Swansea Life Film Festival. The thirty-eight minute film is about the neighborhood economic and social changes between 1970 and 2000. The Discovery Channel acquired the film and through cable television twenty-one million U.S households were able to watch it. It had a two-year run. Stefanie Joshua graduated with a master's degree in 2005.