A Celebration to Honor the College’s New Name



June 20, 2013 | Events

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Left: From Guttman Foundation (L to R): Benjamin Herbert (Board Member), Robert S. Gassman (Treasurer), Susan Butler Plum (Board Member), Elizabeth Olofson (Executive Director), Peter Herbert (Vice President), Patricia L. Francy (Board Member), and Ernest Rubenstein (President).
Right: From CUNY (L to R): Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Rita DiMartino (Trustee), Carol A. Robles-Román (Trustee), President Scott E. Evenbeck, and Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly.

(New York, NY): On June 18 the College achieved another milestone in its short history by holding a reception to celebrate its new name. In honor of the $15 million endowment gift to the College from the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, the CUNY Board of Trustees on April 29 passed a resolution to rename The New Community College at CUNY Stella and Charles Guttman Community College. Read more about the Foundation’s momentous gift to CUNY.

College Founding President Scott E. Evenbeck moderated the event. Remarks were given by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Ernest Rubenstein, President, Guttman Foundation, Elizabeth Olofson, Executive Director, Guttman Foundation, and Stephen Icaza, President of the College’s Student Government Association.

Thomas Bailey, Professor and Director, Community College Research Center, and the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education & Employment, Teachers College, Columbia University, gave the keynote address. The noted scholar discussed the growing importance of community colleges within higher education and the need to expand opportunities for student success. He cited Guttman Community College’s new educational model as an innovative approach to improving student outcomes.

As a token of gratitude and appreciation on behalf of the student body, inaugural class student Alphajo Jallow, a talented artist, presented to the Guttman Foundation an original piece of his artwork entitled Diverhattan. President Evenbeck then read the introduction from the Proclamation Scott M. Stringer, Manhattan Borough President, presented to the College proclaiming June 18 to be Stella and Charles Guttman Community College Day. The celebration ended with the official unveiling of the College’s new logo.