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alumni events Lehman Alumni Celebrate President Fernández 1. 6. 5. On January 28, 2016, the Lehman College Alumni Association threw a party for President Ricardo R. Fernández, who is retiring after 26 years. The event was held at the Dia Y Noche restaurant in Yonkers. The emotional evening was made even more special thanks to musician William Rodriguez (‘99), the former principal of the Celia Cruz School for Music, who performed at the invitation-only event. Rodriguez took requests from the audience and particularly the President who requested a number of favorites. “It was a wonderful evening for everyone and a special occassion to celebrate President Fernández’s legacy” said Maria-Cristina Necula (’14), the director of alumni relations for Lehman College. 9. 2. 7. 10. 3. 2. Luz Jimenéz, Maria Camaj (’15), and Karlene Johnson (‘82) 3. Willie Rodríguez (‘99) provided the music for the evening. 4. Yajaira Alvarez (’09), Julissa Alvarez-Diaz (‘12), and Elvis Garcia (‘98). Lehman Today 11. 4. 1. Robert Brownell (‘08), President of the Lehman College Alumni Association and President Fernández. 30 8. 5. President Fernández and his wife, Patricia (left); Maria-Cristina Necula (‘14) director of alumni relations (center); Jerilyn Day-Johnson, administrative assistant to the VP for student affairs; and Scott Dames (‘91), director of testing and scholarships (’91). 6. Ron Brown (‘75), VP of the Lehman Alumni Association, his wife, Joan Brown, and friend Robert Crowe. 7. Yini Rodríguez (‘10), administrative coordinator for the School of Arts and Humanities and Zoraida Rosa (‘14), human resources manager. 8. Yajaira Alvarez (’09), Julissa Alvarez-Díaz (‘12). 9. Susana Rivera (‘06, ‘10) and Carlos Rivera (‘00). 10. Mario DellaPina, VP of institutional advancement; Kerry Williams Bretz, (’88), and his wife Eillen Collins-Bretz; Ira D. Cohen (‘73), Vice Chair of the Lehman College Foundation, and Scott Dames. 11. John Brauweiler (’69) and his wife Ada. Lehman Today 31