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GC Hosts First Annual Alumni Achievement Awards

The GC is proud to honor four graduates with the first annual GC Alumni Achievement Awards, which recognize excellence in a chosen field and beyond.

The awards will be presented by President Chase F. Robinson on Wednesday, November 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the William P. Kelly Skylight Room.
“The GC Alumni Achievement Awards recognize those who have gone on to make significant contributions in a variety of paths, both academic and non-academic,” said Jay Golan, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Graduate Center Foundation.

“These awards are a celebration of the excellence and breadth of expertise that the GC embodies, and a source of pride for alumni, students, faculty, and all of us associated with this institution.”
The Alumni Achievement Award recipients are:

  • Paul Mariani (Ph.D. ’68, English), Distinguished Professor Emeritus Professor of Poetry at Boston College, for his lifetime achievement in biography, poetry, memoir, and teaching
  • Jacquelyn Days Serwer (Ph.D. ’81, Art History [pictured]), Chief Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, for her achievements at this new museum
Graduate of the Decade (GOLD) Award recipient:

  • Christopher Emdin (Ph.D. ’07, Urban Education), Associate Professor of Science Education, Teachers College at Columbia University, for his important research in novel contexts
City University of New York Award recipient:

  • Betty Lee Sung (Ph.D. ’82, Sociology), Professor Emeritus of Asian-American Studies, City College, for outstanding contributions as a scholar and role model for students
To attend, please RSVP to Jim Cronin at

Submitted on: NOV 16, 2016

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