Recognizing Alumni Achievement

It is with great pleasure that the Graduate Center announces the winners of its 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards, which recognize exceptional achievements by alumni in their fields and beyond.
The awards will be presented in the William P. Kelly Skylight Room on Wednesday, November 15, at 6:00 p.m.
The winners of the Alumni of the Year Award are:  
Perry N. Halkitis (Ph.D. ’95, Educational Psychology), who was recently named dean and professor of biostatistics and behavioral health sciences, medicine, applied psychology, and public affairs and administration at the Rutgers School of Public Health. He is the first openly gay man to hold the position. He was previously a professor and associate dean at the College of Global Public Health. He is known for research that examines the links between the HIV epidemic, drug abuse, and mental health within the LGBTQ community and is the author of The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival (Oxford University Press, 2014). He has three graduate degrees from CUNY, and commented soon after his Rutgers appointment, “I am dedicated to public education. The Graduate Center is the beacon of that.”
Michael P. Jacobson (Ph.D. ’86, Sociology), the founder and executive director of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance and a former professor at the Graduate Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has long blended academic work and government service. From 2005 to 2013, he served as president of the Vera Institute of Justice. Before that, he served New York City as correction commissioner, probation commissioner, and a deputy budget director in the Office of Management and Budget. He is the author of Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration (NYU Press, 2006).  
The Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award goes to:
Maya Hess (Ph.D. ’14, Criminal Justice), the founder and CEO of Red T, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of translators and interpreters in conflict zones and other adversarial settings. A forensic linguist, she has contributed language and expert witness services in many high-profile court cases, among them: United States v. Ramzi Yousef, the trial involving the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; United States v. Osama bin Laden, the case relating to the U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa; and United States v. Ahmed Abdel Sattar, the trial in which a translator/interpreter was convicted of aiding and abetting terrorism.
The winners of the City University of New York (CUNY) Award are:
William Seraile (Ph.D. ’77, History), who is professor emeritus of African American history at Lehman College. Seraile is among the nation’s pioneer professors of African American history in an academic department. He has authored four books, including Angels of Mercy: White Women and the History of New York's Colored Orphan Asylum (Fordham University Press, 2011).
Edward Smaldone (Ph.D. ’86, Music Composition), who is a professor of music theory and composition at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music and a former director of the school and chairman of the faculty. During his tenure as director, the school doubled its enrollment, launched new master’s and certificate programs, and hired 13 faculty members. His music has been performed by orchestras, ensembles, and soloists from throughout the United States as well as China, Japan, and Europe.

Submitted on: NOV 6, 2017

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