Lehman Today Online Magazine Lehman Today Spring 2016 - Page 2

Spring 2016 • Vol. 8, No. 2 Contents Features Cover Story The Making of a President: Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández Looks Back at His 26-Year Presidency President Ricardo R. Fernández Every ending is a new beginning. As we look forward to another commencement, I am preparing to end my tenure as the President of Lehman College. This was not an easy decision; nor was it one that I made lightly. But after twenty-six years at the helm of Lehman College I can look back at my first day here—September 1, 1990—and the twoand-a-half decades that followed with immense pride at the things we have accomplished. 11 11 Lehman College and the U.N. Make History Again 18 Of Fulbrights and Human Rights 20 André Aciman (’73): Writing for the Ages 24 That Time Prince Played Lehman College A message from Departments 18 2 Campus Walk 6 Development 8 Sports 40 10 Bookshelf 20 40 32 Alumni Events: Lehman Alumni Celebrate President Fernández 24 Lehman Today is produced by the Lehman College Office of Media Relations and Publications, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx, NY 10468. Executive Editor: Joseph Tirella. Managing Editor: Ayana Byrd. Writers: David Koeppel, Laura Jamison, Yeara Milton, Suzanne Rozdeba. Phtography: Joshua Bright, Jason Green, Brendan McGibney. Staff: Lisandra Merentis. Opinions expressed in this publication may not necessarily reflect those of the Lehman College or City University of New York faculty and administration. Email all correspondence to lehmantoday@lehman.cuny.edu. For more information on Lehman, visit www.lehman.edu. Copyright © 2016 NOTE: PLACE FSC LOGO HERE, CENTERED BETWEEN CUNY AND TEXT This issue of Lehman Today is, for me, full of memories both personal and professional. The Bronx was in a much different place when I arrived here from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I had lived since I was an undergraduate and graduate student (with the exception of my time as a doctoral student at Princeton). Lehman was in a different place, too. It was primarily known as quiet liberal arts college in the north Bronx. Today, I am proud to say that Lehman has built on its proud liberal arts and sciences history to add new academic programs, new schools, new buildings, and it has forged an incredible bond with our home borough. You can read about it in this issue’s cover story (which beings on p. 11). You can also read how, once again, Lehman College hosted another global politics dignitary when Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visited our campus in March to deliver the Herbert H. Lehman Memorial Lecture. It was an historical event, one that I will not soon forget (p.18). Other major activities this spring were the Second Annual Science Day, which combines a number of our science-based events such as the Bronx SciFest, the Research and Scholarship Day (when our undergraduate and graduate students put their scientific research on display), and the Arthur Sweeny, Jr. Memorial Lecture by Chemistry Nobel laureate Richard R. Schrock into one science-filled day here on campus (p. 22). There are also stories about the accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni such as novelist/memoirist André Aciman (p. 24), who recalled the influence of one of his professors, Joseph Tusiani, recently named New York State Poet Emeritus by Governor Andrew Cuomo, and who has just published a new poetry collection (p. 10). My time at Lehman College has been an incredible honor. I am extremely proud of this College, and the dedicated staff and outstanding faculty who have served it through the years. But most of all, I am proud of the students. During my time as the President, some 60,000 students have graduated from Lehman. It’s a big number and one that I believe has had an outsized impact on the economic and social life of the Bronx, New York City, and beyond. And while the past fills me with great pride, I am also excited by the promise that the future holds for Lehman College. We should all take pride in what has been accomplished at Lehman in its 48 years of existence as a senior college, and we look forward with anticipation to its 50th anniversary in 2018. I know I am. Lehman Today 1