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Queens College, City University of New York

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Queens College
LogoQueens.png
MottoDiscimus ut serviamus (Latin)
Motto in English
"We Learn So That We May Serve"
TypePublic
Established1937
PresidentWilliam Tramontano (Interim President)
Academic staff
1,693
Students18,494[1]
Undergraduates14,384
Postgraduates4,110
Location, ,
US

40°44′13″N 73°49′01″W / 40.737°N 73.817°W / 40.737; -73.817
CampusUrban, 77 acres (310,000 m2)
NewspaperThe Knight News
ColorsBlue and Silver          
AthleticsNCAA Division IIECC
NicknameKnights
AffiliationsCity University of New York
AASCU
MascotKnight
Websitewww.qc.cuny.edu

Queens College (QC) is one of the four-year colleges in the City University of New York system. Its 80-acre campus is located in the Kew Gardens Hills section of Queens, with a student body that represents over 170 countries. Queens College is consistently ranked among the leading institutions in the nation for the quality of its faculty and academic programs, the achievement of its students, and its affordability.

The Queens College Athletics and Recreation sponsors 15 men's and women's championship-eligible varsity teams.

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>> Architecture is a living, breathing entity that represents a culture and identity of a civilization or people. >> Architecture is a much larger idea, and they're usually buildings that represent us as a society, represent us as a culture. They embody all of the attitudes, values of our society. >> Architecture is part of a thoughtful process, in which decisions are made and explorations occur, both aesthetically and mentally, if you will. >> Architecture is important, because it lifts ordinary buildings and therefore the experiences of everybody to a higher plane. >> TINABETH PINA: 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law. I'm Tinabeth Piña, and welcome to the celebration "Landmarks50" at the City University of New York. >> OTIS PEARLSALL: Let me tell you a little bit about historic preservation. Once upon a time, 50 years ago there wasn't any in New York City. It did exist throughout the country, in many other places. It was not invented here. It's amazing that we arrived in 1965, before anyone was worried, before anybody achieved a rule, or set of rules, that would preserve future generations, the important, historic and architectural treasures that we then had. >> TINABETH PINA: For the past 50 years the Landmarks Preservation Commission has been protecting New York City's architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status. >> OTIS PEARLSALL: It was not an idea that we created. It was an idea others had created. Beacon Hill in Boston, Georgetown in DC, Vieux Carré, a famous one, in New Orleans. These were all attempts to preserve future generations a cultural experience of architectural history and history itself. >> HUGH HARDY: I think it's essential for us to know where we came from. It's a measurement in time and it helps reinforce our contemporary values. It helps kids to understand, that the world changes and their challenged, that they look at this place that think, "Well now why don't we do that?" And there are many reasons. I'm not promoting that people live the way people did in the 19th century or some other century, but it helps to see how far removed we are from that time in the same physical place. >> TINABETH PINA: The Landmarks Commission was created in April 1965 by Mayor Robert F. Wagner. Although the desire for such a commission had been present for many years, the destruction of Pennsylvania Station gave the movement the political clout it needed. >> GEORGE RANALLI: Destruction of Pennsylvania Station is a wound that the city has never really recovered from. It was a period in American architectural history, when we were taking everything down that was old. The belief was that new was better. There was a belief that modern meant the destruction of old and this I think as time has gone by proven to be a probably not a very good idea. There are buildings that are substantial. There are buildings that are consequential in our history and our society and it became the function of the Landmarks Preservation Commission to be able to try to evaluate which buildings could be demolished and which buildings needed to be saved. >> TINABETH PINA: The City University of New York owns about 300 buildings. Those buildings combined equal 26 million square feet of space across all five boroughs, all dedicated to the social and intellectual betterment of every New Yorker. Within those millions of square feet are 25 architectural landmarks and sites. As guardians of this rich collection of architecturally distinctive and important buildings we believe they reflect and symbolize New York City's magnificent history, and CUNY is devoted to their preservation. The CUNY Graduate Center is located in the stately, landmarked B. Altman & Company building at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue since 1999. Benjamin Altman bought his first lot on 34th and Fifth in 1896, and the flagship department store designed by Trowbridge & Livingston opened in 1906, catering to the upper crust of New York society. The Fifth Avenue facade is nine bays wide and eight stories tall, faced in limestone, which has been repaired with cast-stone patches. >> HUGH HARDY: It's interesting, isn't it? Because it was not built as a public monument. It was built to make money but it also was an idea about civic virtue - well virtue is too strong a word perhaps, but the civic importance of a major masonry structure on Fifth Avenue at that time had a certain social and historic cache, even though it was brand new. It had something to do with the place and the time and the idea of including in a single structure all the opportunities that a department store represented. And they were invented in America as an idea. >> TINABETH PINA: Upgraded into a state-of-the-art academic facility, the Italian Renaissance palazzo-style classic today provides a distinguished and centrally located campus for the Graduate Center in the heart of midtown Manhattan, while preserving a legendary multifaceted gem of New York City history. Interestingly Benjamin Altman, the store's founder, shared many values espoused by CUNY today. Altman was the first major employer to install restrooms and a subsidized cafeteria for his employees, the first to inaugurate a shorter business day and Saturday closings in the summer, and the first to provide funding for employee education. And the building he commissioned is now a monument to those ideas. >> HUGH HARDY: Those blocks of stone, have you ever looked at the base of this building? The size of those granite blocks is absolutely incredible and the way the columns meet the bases, the profiles, that all classical columns have profiles on their bases. I think the ones here are some of the sexiest I've ever seen. They're really glorious. And of course the canopied entrances which have now been restored are delicious. It holds this corner in ways that nothing else could. If it vanished and some contemporary building were put up you would feel a loss. >> TINABETH PINA: But does architecture matter in education? >> HUGH HARDY: It empowers students, that they feel that they're important if the place they're in is important. They're not second-rate. I mean sitting around in a slum you don't feel empowered, you feel debilitated. And so the character of these buildings can be very affirming. >> TINABETH PINA: The building was, and remains, a powerful presence on the avenue, an eloquent testimony to B. Altman's position as a pioneer in the development of Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The iconic North Campus at City College, built more than a century ago, is considered one of the finest examples of neo-gothic architecture at any institution in the United States. The site features five landmark structures designed by distinguished American architect, George B. Post, on a scenic campus between Saint Nicholas Terrace and Convent Avenue, stretching from 138th Street to 140th Street in upper Manhattan. Completed in 1907 the campus became the new home for City College, which had outgrown its original facility at 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue. The buildings, as well as four great arches, were constructed as one complete project resulting in a unique harmony and architectural cohesiveness. >> GEORGE RANALLI: All universities were built on the model of Oxford and Cambridge. The medieval concept of a university was something that's been upheld in almost all major American universities. And when the City of New York and Townsend Harris decided to embark on moving the college uptown from 23rd Street, they were part of a trio of universities that were building campuses uptown. Columbia University had already embarked on the Morningside campus, NYU had already built the campus in the Bronx on the Hall of Fame Terrace--both by McKim, Mead & White--and the City of New York held a competition, which McKim, Mead & White were one of five or six firms entered, and George B. Post. They picked I think the best scheme. The Post buildings are exceptional and extraordinary. And it's important because they were looking for buildings that would symbolize the very profound event that was taking place, which is the first public university in an urban center in the United States. The symbolism was terribly important and the buildings in their rugged roughness certainly correspond to the rugged roughness of the New Yorkers who came to go to school here, and the profound education that was provided by the City University of New York. Buildings eventually carry the history. They carry it in their facades, they're carried in the excellence, and they embody the greatness of the institution, the authority of the institution, and certainly the philosophy of the institution in the architectural character of the buildings. >> TINABETH PINA: By using Manhattan schist, dark stones pulled from the excavation of the expanding subway line, Post forever connected the City College of New York to the city it serves. >> GEORGE RANALLI: And of course one of the secrets were all the gargoyles that adorn all the buildings. There are dozens and dozens of different gargoyles on all--each of the buildings, each one different, each one slightly different to the next. >> TINABETH PINA: City College's newest architectural marvel, the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, also hopes to one day become a future landmark through it's innovative architectural design bridging CCNY's architectural past to it's future. The University Heights campus of Bronx Community College, a nineteenth-century gem, is the first community college campus to be named a national historic landmark. Announcing the designation on October 17th, 2012, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called the original buildings a nationally significant example of beaux-arts architecture in the United States and among the most important works by Stanford White. The Hall is one of three buildings that provides a panoramic view of the Harlem River and the college is hugely important to the community. >> MICHAEL J. MILLER: We're in an urban area that has a population that has various challenges, if you will. So a lot of people talk about BCC campus as a sanctuary, if you will, a place where people can find space and time to think where they might not be able to, especially as nontraditional students. They have children or a dense family situation at home so they really can come here separately and do study and academic pursuits like they wouldn't be able to otherwise. >> TINABETH PINA: The buildings that would eventually become Bronx Community College were originally built as NYU's suburban campus. >> SAM WHITE: This is not just one building. This is the kind of skeletal backbone and ribs of an entire college campus and MacCracken, who was the Chancellor of NYU at the time that this building was commissioned, had multiple agendas. The Gould Memorial Library is the foreground element in a campus. It is the, both physically and visually as well as symbolically, the element that holds the entire campus plan together. And that is why inside the building, even though I think it was designed only for 110 seats which is a relatively small capacity for a reading room in the library, the level of finish is so extraordinarily high because it had to kind of carry that symbolic weight for the entire university. This was the center of the University. In terms of the architecture, the building is based on the Pantheon in Rome, a domed spherical plan, but what White was interested in was very much not what McKim was interested in. Charles McKim, when he was doing Columbia University at the same time, was quite interested in this Pantheon form as sort of bulk and mass and volume, and what White is interested in in this building is the Pantheon as a kind of an opportunity to deal with the surface, to use this wonderfully multi-colored iron-spot brick--this Roman brick, long thin bricks--to create this sort of incredible texture on the cornices and the roof line from the copper shapes, and then to have this combination of the Greek and Roman and Renaissance elements that are sort of assembled into this collage of representing the achievements and two thousand years of Western civilization. So this is--White was really swinging for the fences on this building and I'd say he cleared them pretty well. >> LISA EASTON: I just think it's a must-see by every architecture student in the United States. It's a fantastic structure that is unique in the way that it unfolds and it represents on the outside the very classical, rigid, more rigid formal structure but the inside is a jewel box. It's a jewel box designed by great artisans and artists the day, and what I love about it and appreciate and would love to share with everyone is the fact that the entire interior, planned by Stanford White, was executed by Tiffany & Company and most people associate glass and jewelry with Tiffany and they're unaware that all of it--mosaics, book stacks, gilding--was all done by the Tiffany studio. And the fact that it's still there today is, it's amazing and we are so very fortunate that no one has come along and modified or renovated that interior. >> SAM WHITE: You come in the front door and you're immediately compressed into this narrow, actually relatively steep, staircase and you get to the top and what's pulling you to the top is that door that's at the very top. And when you go through the door you experience this incredible release of compression, which is the sort of symbol, or signifies that you've arrived. And this is really related to Stanford White's interest in processional architecture and this sort of sequence of compression and release that make movement an essential part of really reading and understanding his buildings. >> TINABETH PINA: The Gould Memorial Library currently lacks the minimum number of exits necessary to operate as it was intended. And so CUNY continues the tradition of inspiring architecture by hiring Robert A.M. Stern to create a functioning library for the students of Bronx Community College. >> MICHAEL J. MILLER: What I hear the other faculty on this campus saying about this new building is that the students seem to be walking taller. They are happy to be, especially, in this facility. If you come here during club hours every week it's crazy busy. >> ROBERT A.M. STERN: Well I'm happy to hear that students walk a little taller in the library because it is a noble space. It is based on human proportions and the celebration of human proportions. It has light streaming in from above. You have prices of privacy but you also can work in a kind of collective environment, which the great libraries of the past have always been, from the Laurentian library of Michelangelo forward probably back to the library in Alexandria, I have no idea. And it's a wonderful place to learn. >> TINABETH PINA: Sometimes a simple building is important for what's happened there. Louis Armstrong lived for nearly three decades in the modest, brick-faced Corona, Queens home that today is the Louis Armstrong House Museum. >> DAVID REESE: He grows up in great poverty. The idea of owning a house and being stable is new to Louis. He's used to life on the road. >> TINABETH PINA: But Armstrong's wife Lucille, a Queens native, wanted a home and she bought one in the Corona neighborhood where she grew up. >> DAVID REESE: Louis is still on the road. He hasn't even seen the place. He comes back from the road, lands in Manhattan, takes a cab out here to Corona. It stops at the bottom of the steps and Louis says to the cab driver-- >> WYCLIFFE GORDON: "Park in front of the house," because if he didn't like it he was going to go back and stay in the hotel. >> DAVID REESE: "You got the wrong place. This is too fancy for me. Quit kidding around." And the driver said, "No, I have a telegram from your wife. This is the right address." Louis said, "Nah, take me to the real place." They have an argument, Lucille hears it, it's late at night, she comes down the stairs, opens the front door and sees her new husband arguing with a cabbie and she calls out, "Louis, come inside. You're home." >> TINABETH PINA: The house was designed by Corona native, architect R.W. Johnson, and built by Thomas Daly in 1910. This three-story home was originally a two-family, two-story frame structure. The house retains its original bracketed cornice and frieze. The original projecting bay at the front of the house is concealed by a first-story addition pierced at the front and sides by double-hung windows, which are topped by faux keystone treatments. The appearance of the house today is essentially the same as when the Armstrong's lived there. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, six years after Armstrong's death. The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the house as a New York City landmark in 1988, due to its connection to the "foremost genius of American Jazz." The Museum holds troves of Armstrong memorabilia, from photographs and letters, to his trumpet and recordings. >> WYCLIFFE GORDON: And when you go into the house you feel the warmth and love in that house. All of the things are still there and just to be in that room where he sat, where he talked, where he wrote, you know, where he would listen, and sometimes practice. It's just amazing and I think that everyone should go there and visit that house. It's just, you know, it's beautiful. The essence of the house is there. The essence of Louis Armstrong is still there. >> TINABETH PINA: The Landmarks Preservation Commission finds that the Louis Armstrong House has a special historical interest and value as part of the development, heritage, and cultural characteristics of New York City. Partnered with Queens College, Armstrong House is open to the public for events, school tours, research, and simple homage to Satchmo's life. The museum is an incomparable contribution to American culture. The dignified, landmarked, Georgian-style double townhouse, now the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, was the Manhattan home of FDR and his wife Eleanor from its completion in 1908. >> BLANCHE WIESEN COOKE: It's two houses, 47-49 East 65th Street, that Sara Delano Roosevelt had built for her son, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and his new wife, Eleanor Roosevelt. And they lived in it together. Sara Delano Roosevelt at 49, FDR and ER at 47. The bad part of it, from Eleanor Roosevelt's point of view, is that there were sliding doors and Sara Delano Roosevelt could walk into their rooms at any time, day or night, whenever she wanted to. Eleanor Roosevelt did not love Roosevelt House and did not choose really to live there very much. >> TINABETH PINA: Architecturally, the five-story double residence is well conceived. It's built of brick laid up in Flemish bond with limestone used at the basement and first floor and as trim at the upper stories. A handsome stone cartouche is set in the center of the brick wall between the third and fourth floors. >> BLANCHE WIESEN COOKE: FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt decided to sell it and it was on sale during the war. It was really not going to be an easy sell and the President of Hunter College, George Shuster, had the great idea to make Roosevelt House an interfaith center for Hunter College. And it became the great community center for interfaith activities, plus political activities, for Hunter College. >> TINABETH PINA: In 1942 a group of citizens raised funds to purchase the brick townhouse and gave it to Hunter College for use as a social and interfaith center, an act that so pleased President Roosevelt that he furnished its library and donated books for it. >> BLANCHE WIESEN COOKE: Roosevelt House, for me, was a great meeting place. Eleanor Roosevelt would come and inspire generations of students. When I was president of the student government in 1961 she came in and she inspired us when she said, "Go South for freedom," and we took two buses and went to North Carolina to sit in. So one of the things that really excites me about Roosevelt House today is the way the past and the present and the future merge. So we have Sara Delano Roosevelt creating this beautiful, splendid environment. And then we have the legacy of Roosevelt House in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt's work for the dignity of all, and Julius C.C. Edelstein, who worked with the Roosevelt's, who was part of the Roosevelt administration, and his motto, "It's better for everybody when it's better for everybody," and so we have open enrollment, and the SEEK program, the commitment to educate the future, the commitment for excellence, and it's all--there it all is in Roosevelt House, in one incredible building with this great legacy. >> TINABETH PINA: The double townhouse was designated a city landmark within the Upper East Side Historic District in 1973 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today, after an extensive renovation by the University, the landmark has been restored and modernized to serve as an educational center and public policy hub for the 21st Century. As CUNY builds its legacy, architectural sites such as the Graduate Center, the iconic Neo-Gothic North Campus of City College, the Gould Memorial Library at Bronx Community College, the Louis Armstrong House, and the Roosevelt House join a growing portfolio of inspirational new structures by prominent architects that support the educational needs of the City of New York. Thanks for watching. I'm Tinabeth Piña. ♪ [theme music] ♪

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History

This marker, just outside the Student Union building, marks the original location of the one-room schoolhouse
This marker, just outside the Student Union building, marks the original location of the one-room schoolhouse

Before 1937

Before Queens College was established in 1937, the site of the campus was home to the Jamaica Academy, a one-room schoolhouse built in the early 19th century, where Walt Whitman once worked as teacher.[2] The building was located on Flushing-Jamaica Road (later renamed Kissena Boulevard). Jamaica Academy became public in 1844.[3] In 1909, the New York Parental School, a home for troubled boys, opened on the land surrounding the future site of Queens College and incorporated Jamaica Academy on its campus. Buildings such as Jefferson Hall (named after Thomas Jefferson) were used as both dormitories and classrooms.[4]

In 1934, the New York Parental School was investigated amid rumors of abuse.[5] The school was shut down and students were transferred to local public schools. A few months later, the grounds were turned over to the city. The city planned to house 500 mental patients from Randall's Island Hospital, who were temporarily displaced by the construction of the Triborough Bridge.[6]

Founding

Meanwhile, County Judge Charles S. Colden appointed and chaired a committee to assess the feasibility of opening a free college in Queens. In September 1935, the committee recommended the establishment of such a college.[7] Mayor La Guardia backed the recommendation and pushed for the free college's creation. In March 1937, the Board of Education designated the site of the former Parental School to be the future location of Queens College.[8] Paul Klapper, former dean of the School of Education at City College of New York, was appointed the new college's president.[9] The college opened in October 1937—later than anticipated due to a painters' strike—with 21 members on its teaching staff and 400 students in its inaugural freshmen class.[10][11] The school's colors of blue and silver were selected by a "Color Committee" drawn from the entering class of students, and were announced at the first school dance, which was held on Wednesday, November 24, 1937. Around 1,200 students enlisted in the American military during World War 2; 59 would be killed in action.[12]

Late 20th century

The college campus grew as buildings were constructed and enrollment increased. But changes beyond growth were in store for Queens College: in 1970, CUNY adopted the controversial policy of Open Admissions, which guaranteed a place at CUNY for any high school graduate in New York, regardless of traditional criteria like grades or test scores. The program was intended to offer college education to more New York City residents, in particular those of color. But Open Admissions did not seem to affect Queens College as much as it did other schools — a year after its implementation, only 10% of its student body was black or Puerto Rican, according to the newly appointed college president, Dr. Joseph S. Murphy.[13] In 1973 enrollment at Queens reached an all-time high of 31,413 students. By 1976 new concerns overtook the college as New York City faced a crippling financial crisis. CUNY's policy of free tuition was revoked; the overall CUNY budget was cut by $135 million; and CUNY Chancellor Robert Kibbee demanded that Queens College slash its budget by 15%.[14] Some faculty members resigned in protest.[15] The New York Times reported in December 1976 that "Queens College, considered the jewel in the university's crown, has been particularly hard hit by the cuts, which have gone to the heart of the faculty."[16] All hiring and building on campus was halted.

By 1984 student enrollment had declined to 15,000. But with a $175 million building program in place by 1986 for the college's 50th anniversary, enrollments were expected to rise and the college was beginning to recover from the financial crisis of the 1970s. In addition, the student body, in accordance with the mission of the short-lived Open Admissions program, had grown much more diverse, and college faculty were trained to understand Latin American culture and how to teach American literature to non-native students.[17] By that time, former Queens College president Dr. Joseph S. Murphy was CUNY Chancellor. In the 1990s, the college attracted high-profile researchers to its faculty, including the virologist Luc Montagnier.[18] Under President Allen Lee Sessoms, the college underwent some growth but also some missteps, including the highly publicized inability to fund the planned AIDS research center that Dr. Montagnier had been hired to lead.[19]

Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement

Queens College students were active participants in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, including the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. The most well-known student activist was Andrew Goodman, who was slain in Mississippi in 1964 with two other young men, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner; all three were trying to register African Americans to vote in the South. Schwerner and Chaney were on the organizing staff of CORE; Goodman was a Freedom Summer volunteer. The three activists were stopped and arrested for allegedly driving over the speed limit on a Mississippi road. After being brought into the sheriff's department and released, the three young men were stopped by two carloads of Ku Klux Klan members on a remote rural road. The men approached their car, then shot and killed all three young men. The murders received national attention, and six conspirators were brought to trial and convicted by federal prosecutors for civil rights violations. The Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower of Rosenthal Library, a highly visible borough landmark, is named in their honor.[20]

In February 2011, Queens College inherited the personal collection of the late James Forman. The collection, along with other civil rights leaders' collections, is available online at the Queens College Civil Rights Archive. A special program on February 17, 2011 included a presentation by the Honorable Julian Bond for Black History Month, as well as a formal announcement of the acquisition.[21]

21st century

The college campus continued improving its facilities. Under a $1 billion CUNY-wide improvement program, Queens College's Powdermaker Hall was given a $57 million renovation, begun in 2000.[22] By 2014 enrollment was 20,000 students, half of whom come from minority backgrounds.[23][24] Dr. Felix V. Matos Rodriguez was appointed president of Queens College by the CUNY Board of Trustees in 2014.[25]

Academics

Degrees and programs

Queens College is a liberal arts college that offers undergraduate degrees in 78 majors, master's degrees in 24 departments, 20 doctoral degrees through the CUNY Graduate Center, and a number of advanced certificate programs.[26] It is also one of seven participating schools in the CUNY Honors College. Queens College has a Freshman Honors Program,[27] as well as a program called TIME 2000 for future math educators. The college's Professional & Continuing Studies program offers non-credit courses in such fields as health care, paralegal studies, real estate, and risk management.

Academic centers and institutes

Rosenthal Library
Rosenthal Library

The College is home to many centers which focus their research on various pressing social issues facing the local communities, students, faculty and the many ethnic and religious groups of the Queens area.

  • Asian American/Asian Research Institute: Works to integrate the talents of individual faculty and the resources of other CUNY institutes to create a community of scholars to help focus their energies on Asia and the Asian American experience.
  • Asian/American Center: Dedicated to community-oriented research that analyzes the multi-cultural diaspora experience of Asians in global and local communities.
  • John D. Calandra Italian American Institute: Fosters higher education among Italian-Americans and ensures that the legacy of the Italian-American experience is documented and preserved for future generations. This is accomplished through research, counseling, lectures, symposia, and administering an exchange program with CUNY and Italian universities.
  • Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment (formerly Center for the Biology of Natural Systems): . Recent projects include a study of the impact of air pollution on asthma sufferers in the South Bronx and a continuing examination of the health workers involved in the cleanup of ground zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies: Initiates, supports, and coordinates the teaching of Byzantine and modern Greek studies. The center also promotes Byzantine and Neo-Hellenic scholarship and publications, and relates academic research and teaching to the needs of the Greek community in Queens and elsewhere.
  • Center for Jewish Studies: Through outreach and research, the Center for Jewish Studies serves as a bridge between the academic program and the social community. Its Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Fellowship program, the only trip to bring students to both Israel and Saudi Arabia, is run partly through the Center for Jewish Studies.[28]
  • John Cardinal Newman Club: Run by the Catholic Newman Center, this area provides a social environment for all students of all faiths.
  • Center for the Improvement of Education: Builds relationships between public schools and Queens College.
  • The Michael Harrington Center for Democratic Values and Social Change: Promotes public discourse about social issues, advocates for social change, and works in partnerships with others to build a more just and equitable democratic society. The institute is primarily concerned with the employment, health, and educational needs of economically disadvantaged communities.
  • The Neuroscience Research Center:The center has programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Members of the center have established a five-year NIH MARC program at the college for minorities in the biomedical research sciences. The faculty at the center have produced over 800 peer-reviewed publications over the past fifteen years, with nearly 300 in the past five years alone. Since 1990, the center faculty have also received funding for 51 external and 54 internal grants.
  • Queens College Model United Nations Team: Run in conjunction with the Political Science Department, this program provides students the opportunity to explore their interests in the international policy and the United Nations.
  • Queens Memory Project: The Queens Memory Project, a digital archive which aims to record and preserve contemporary history across the borough of Queens, is a collaborative effort between Queens College and Queens Library that includes digitized materials from the Rosenthal Library's Department of Special Collections.
  • The Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding: CERRU was created in fall 2009 through a grant from the US Department of Education. CERRU is a non-partisan organization that facilitates cross-cultural engagement

Aaron Copland School of Music

The Aaron Copland School of Music is one of the oldest and most distinguished departments at Queens College, founded when the College opened in 1937. The department's curriculum was originally established by Edwin Stringham, and a later emphasis on the analytical system of Heinrich Schenker was initiated by Saul Novack.

ACSM offers three different types of music undergraduate degrees; general music (BA), Performance (B.Mus), and Music Education (BA/Ed). Graduate programs include Graduate Certificate and Advanced Diploma for Classical Performance, Master of Music in Jazz Studies, and Master of Science in Music Education.

Campus and facilities

The QC Quad
The QC Quad

The 80-acre campus, located off Kissena Boulevard, is on the highest point in the borough. Six of the original Spanish-style buildings dating back to the early 20th century still stand, such as Jefferson Hall, which was built in 1900[citation needed]. The college has since expanded to over 40 buildings, including the main classroom building, Powdermaker Hall, rebuilt in 2003 and named after the college's distinguished anthropologist Hortense Powdermaker.

Queens College is the only CUNY college that participates in Division II sports[citation needed]. A Child Development Center, staffed by professionals, offers inexpensive child care services to students with children. The college is also home to the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, which houses more than 6,000 works of art.

The college holds courses at several off-campus locations, including the 43rd Street Extension Center in Manhattan and the CUNY Center for Higher Education in downtown Flushing, which opened in late 2003.

The college has a low-rise 506-bed residence hall on campus called the Summit Apartments, which opened in the fall of 2009. Queens College is one of only three CUNY campuses with dorm facilities (the other two being Hunter College and City College).

The college is home to the Aaron Copland School of Music, located in the music building that was constructed in 1991. The building houses the music library and the 490-seat LeFrak Concert Hall.

CUNY School of Law was previously located to the west of the campus of Queens College; while it was always a separate administrative unit of CUNY, the building itself read "CUNY School of Law at Queens College," and was once a building for the Department of Education. The CUNY Board of Trustees approved plans for the Law School to be relocated to 2 Court Square in Long Island City, with the first semester of classes held in 2012.[20] Queens College has since taken over the former Law School building, now named Queens Hall and home to the college's language departments.

Townsend Harris High School and John Bowne High School are located at the edge of the Queens College campus.

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts is home to Colden Auditorium, Goldstein Theatre, and the Ethel & Samuel Lefrak Concert Hall. Trevor Noah, Jerry Seinfeld, David Bowie, Patti LaBelle and Johnny Mathis, Victor Manuelle, Cesar Millan, and El Gran Combo have performed at Colden.[29]

Benjamin Rosenthal Library

Rosenthal Library
Rosenthal Library

The campus maintains the Benjamin Rosenthal Library. The library's Chaney-Schwerner-Goodman Clocktower was named after the three civil rights workers who were murdered in 1964, including Andrew Goodman, a Queens College student. Built in 1988, the library contains over 800,000 books, 32,600 print and electronic materials, the electronic archives, a collection of multimedia materials in its Media Center and an art center. The library is also home to the papers of Robert Morris and the Louis Armstrong archives.

The Art Library and the Queens College Art Center are on the sixth floor of Rosenthal. The Art Library has over 70,000 books; 5,000 bound periodicals; and 110,000 slides, pictures, and exhibition catalogs and pamphlets. The collection includes resources for the study of all aspects of the visual arts and material culture, including art and architectural history, theory, criticism, materials, techniques, and practice.

Nurtured by both the Aaron Copland School of Music and the Queens College Libraries, the Music Library has evolved into a first-class research facility and is the largest music collection in the CUNY system. The Music Library is located on two levels in the School of Music building and contains over 35,000 scores, 30,000 books, and 20,000 sound recordings, including the David S. Walker Music Education Collection and the Ursula Springer Choral Music Collection.

Godwin-Ternbach Museum

Since 1957 Queens College has been collecting works of art, these collections were initially used for teaching purposes and were meant to serve the college community. The collections were eventually brought together with the establishment of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum in 1980. The museum is now a part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, which has joined together all the works of art on campus in collaborations of visual, performance, dance, and theater arts.[30] In the early 1990s, the museum was downsized due to budget cuts. Over the next few years, the college kept it open but on a reduced budget and staff. In 2001, however, the college hired Amy Winter as director of the museum. To address the concerns of the museum Winter turned to MAP (The Museum Assessment Program); as a result not only did the museum improve its facilities but increased its collections-related staff as well.[31] Today the museum is an integral part of Queens College that serves not only the faculty and staff but the community at large.

The museum, located in Klapper Hall, maintains a fine collection of 6,000 pieces of art, as well as artifacts from all cultures dating from ancient times to the modern day. These include works by Rembrandt Van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Georges Braque. The museum also hosts a series of exhibitions each year. These exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Residence

The Summit is Queens College's first residence hall, it opened in the fall of 2009.
The Summit is Queens College's first residence hall, it opened in the fall of 2009.

Queens College's first residence hall, the Summit Apartments, opened in 2009. This low-rise, 506-bed facility is located in the middle of the campus.[32] Queens College is still primarily a commuter school, as only 500 of its over 19,000 students live on campus. The building has a gold certificate from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an organization that certifies buildings to have met environmentally sustainable construction standards.[33] Queens College's residence hall offers study lounges on each floor, wireless internet, laundry services, and a state of the art fitness center. The Summit Apartments also includes kitchens with full-size appliances, as well as dining areas, microwaves, couches, entertainment stands, and music practice rooms.[34]

The Summit Apartments has attracted students from around the country and the world to Queens College, especially aspiring artists looking to attend the internationally renowned Aaron Copland School of Music. Although it remains a commuter school, the college has become more dynamic as a result of the construction of the Summit; offering students a traditional college experience at an affordable public university. In addition to the Summit, many students rent apartments off campus in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Transportation

Queens College operates a free shuttle service for students from campus (next to the Student Union building) to major transportation hubs in Flushing and Jamaica. The shuttle service also transports students from the Kissena end of campus to the Main Street end. The shuttle operates seven days a week.

Student life

The Student Union building is home to most of the clubs on campus.
The Student Union building is home to most of the clubs on campus.

Demographics

Demographics of Queens College
Men Women
Asian/Pacific Islander 1,583 2,263
Black/Non-Hispanic 558 1,233
Hispanic 1,031 2,166
Native American 8 15
White/Non-Hispanic 3,583 6,046
International Students 471 615

The college is located in Queens, New York, the most diverse county in the nation.[35] Queens College students represent 170 countries and speak over 90 different native languages[citation needed]. This rich variety has influenced Queens College's curriculum, research, and outreach programs.[36]

Clubs

Queens College's cultural diversity is also represented in its clubs and organizations. Queens has over 100 different clubs and organizations, ranging from fraternities/sororities to cultural, religious, technology, and art clubs[citation needed]. Most of the organizations are located within the Student Union building. To complement the college's educational mission, the Student Union provides various facilities, services, co-curricular activities, and programs.[37]

After one year as the "Israel Business Club", a small group of Queens College students successfully achieved chapter status in the TAMID Group. The TAMID Group (formerly '"TAMID Israel Investment Group"') is a student-led, apolitical, and areligious organization on 35 elite U.S. college campuses that provides experiential learning and leadership opportunities to 2,000+ students through hands-on interaction with the Israeli economy.

Greek Life

Queens College Greek life consists of eight fraternities and seven sororities.[38] Greek membership numbers in the hundreds, with more members in Greek Life than in all the other clubs on campus combined. The Queens College Greek life supports a variety of different philanthropies with thousands of dollars in donations to various charitable organizations, as well as thousands of hours of volunteer work. The Dining Hall is a popular gathering place for Greeks, as is the field directly outside during good weather. They hold events such a Greek Week, Fall Brawl, and Meet the Greeks, where they showcase their respective organizations, as well as compete for recreation.

Fraternities Sororities Honor Societies
Kappa Sigma Phi Sigma Sigma Chi Sigma Iota
Alpha Epsilon Pi Sigma Delta Tau Nu Gamma Psi
Gamma Omega Delta Lambda Pi Upsilon Phi Alpha Theta
Tau Epsilon Phi Delta Phi Epsilon Phi Upsilon Omicron
Phi Iota Alpha Epsilon Sigma Phi Psi Chi
Alpha Chi Rho Golden Key International Honour Society

Athletics

The Queens College Men's Basketball team (above). QC is the only CUNY school to participate in NCAA Division II sports.
The Queens College Men's Basketball team (above). QC is the only CUNY school to participate in NCAA Division II sports.

The Queens College Athletics and Recreation sponsors 15 men's and women's championship-eligible varsity teams. The longest running among these programs are the men's basketball and baseball teams. The men's basketball team has put a team on the court in every season since its inception in 1938. On February 14, 2004 the team played its 1500th game and, in those 1500 games, has produced twenty 1,000-point scorers. Of these twenty players, twelve have achieved this after the college began play in NCAA Division II in 1983 and three of these players: Alan Hevesi (#5), Norman Roberts (#15) & Geoff Maloney (#22) have had their numbers retired. Although the program has a long-running record of achievement, its biggest successes have come in the 21st century. In 2001 the Knights earned their first NCAA Division II Northeast Regional bid. A year later the team earned its second consecutive bid along with the program's first NYCAC championship. In 2005 the team once again was crowned NYCAC Champions and received an automatic bid to the NCAAs.[39]

Baseball

With the exception of three years during World War II, the baseball program, like men's basketball, has fielded a team since 1938. In both 1967 and 1976 the team captured the Knickerbocker Conference championship, and in 1981 it won the CUNY championship. Their championships in 1976 and 1981 also earned them NCAA Division III tournament bids. More recently, the squad captured the NYCAC regular season championships in 1997 and 1998, the NYCAC tournament championship in 1998 and a bid to the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional. Seven players have been drafted and nine players have gone on to play professionally with organizations including the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. The latest of these draftees is 1998 All-American Justin Davies who, after playing in the Toronto Blue Jays organization for two seasons, has spent four years (2000–2004) as on outfielder for the Long Island Ducks of the Independent League.[39]

Women's basketball

The women's basketball team has also experienced success. On March 24, 1973, the Knights, who were ranked #2 in the country, took the FitzGerald Gymnasium court with the AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) National Championship at stake. On February 22, 1975 they played in the first women's basketball game ever played in Madison Square Garden.[40][41] Three players from this era (Debbie Mason (#15), Gail Marquis (#25) and Althea Gwyn (#31)) have had their numbers retired. On January 4, 2015, the two teams played in the Maggie Dixon Classic as a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the original event.[42] In the 2000s, the team has rebounded from a short down period to make a return to the NYCAC playoffs while producing several top-flight players, including Honorable Mention All-American in Carolyn Burke. In 2014 and 2015, under the Leadership of Bet Naumovski, the women's team won East Coast Conference Championships and advanced to the second round of NCAA postseason play in 2015.

Softball

In the period from 1997 to 2003, the softball team posted a .640 winning percentage and won 30 or more games in a season three times. One of those 30 win seasons came in 1999 when the team won their first NYCAC tournament championship and earned their first NCAA bid. Two season later, third team All-American Cheryl Cosenzo helped lead the Lady Knights to their second NYCAC championship as well as an NCAA bid and in 2002 the team earned their third Northeast Regional bid in five years. The Knights rose back to prominence in 2015, winning the East Coast Conference Championship under Head Coach Amy Delmore. Queens would make appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2014 & 2015.

Tennis

The women's tennis team has experienced nineteen consecutive winning seasons. The team has won four conference championships, while its players have won a number of individual and doubles titles. In 2004 Dominika Bajuk was selected as NYCAC Player of the Year. The Lady Knights have also earned NCAA Division II post-season championship bids in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005; as well as in 1995 when, as hosts, they won their region.[39]

Track and field

The men's track and field team hosted and won the East Coast Conference Championships in 2013.

Rankings

Program Ranking Ranked by
America's Best Value Colleges 8 The Princeton Review [46]
Top Public Regional Universities (North) 10 U.S. News [47]
Top Regional Universities (North) 38 U.S. News [48]
Clinical Training (Graduate) 3 U.S. News [47]
Library and Information Studies (Graduate) 38 U.S. News [47]
Speech-Language Pathology (Graduate) 53 U.S. News [47]
Fine Arts (Graduate) 93 U.S. News

Notable alumni and faculty

Alumni List

In television

Seinfeld

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