Class of 2010...

The City College proudly presents Dr. Lisa Staiano-Coico as the 12th president and the first CUNY graduate to lead the College. Through the success of her programs, CCNY was named "Best Colleges in the U.S" by Princeton Review. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Brooklyn College. Dr. Lisa Staiano-Coico got her doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. She has published numerous articles about skin cell biology, burns and wound healing. She served as provost at Temple University, Dean of the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, director of the Tri-Institutional Research Program; professor of nutritional sciences, fiber science/apparel design, microbiology in surgery, public health, and professor of microbiology in dermatology. In Temple University she was also professor of surgery from 2007-2010.

The U.S Department of Education awards $5.7 million to the City College of New York. The two grants, over the period of five years, focus on minority based institutions to help improve retention and graduation rates and prepare graduates for careers in green economy. These grants help Hispanic students of both undergraduate and graduate level. CCNY is the most diverse institution where Hispanics are the largest minority group. The $3.2 million award over a period of five years supports undergraduate programs. It is designed to improve student learning through the enrichment of quantitative and writing skills, hybrid course formats that provides greater flexibility in terms of completing graduation requirements. The Education Department also awarded $2.5 million to support a new Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Graduate Initiative. The projects consist of inspiring Hispanic students, provide proper training, internships, offer mentorship and research opportunities as well as career guidance. Under the Department of Education's Developing Hispanic Serving Institution Program, CCNY was one of 78 institutions that received funding in 2010. Eligible institutions must meet the minimum requirement: twenty-five percent of the institution must be Hispanic and full-time undergraduate student. About one-third of City College's 16,000 students identify themselves as Hispanics.

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