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    CUNY Month is a celebration of the people and programs that enrich every part of the City University of New York. At LaGuardia Community College, there is a lot to celebrate. LaGuardia Community College students daily push boundaries with their outstanding scholarship and dedicated volunteerism. Their efforts are recognized through awards and accolades that reflect their desire to write their own futures and their commitment to making a positive impact on our world.
    Learn about a few of LaGuardia’s award winners:
     

  •  Jason Macias - Profile

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    While serving as a research assistant to biology Professor Karim Sharif, Jason Macias won third place among undergraduate and graduate students from New York and New Jersey at the 2012 CUNY Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Conference, and Professor Sharif has won three research grant awards as a result of their collaboration.

    “The research activity has a great potential to impact student learning,” says Professor Sharif. “It brings directionality, focus, and inspiration, resulting in great academic success. Jason has been trained in the processes necessary to do research and has been performing excellently in his academic pursuits. It has also benefited me in enhancing my scholarship of teaching and learning. The students have been instrumental in moving my research program forward.”

    A former elevator repair man, Jason was transformed by his experience at LaGuardia, and admires his biology professor, who he says “is a mentor and a testament to success as someone who is in the field, studying the same questions I had, and was actually finding answers to them.”

    “Our research focused on gene annotation, which is taking a gene from an organism that is well studied and looking for gene structures in less-studied organisms. We are trying to understand the evolutionary changes among species that are closely related to the fruit fly,” Jason explains. Another project involves regulation of gene expression in the brain of a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.

    As a peer mentor, Jason trained and guided incoming student researchers of the Bridges program at LaGuardia, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

    Jason graduated from LaGuardia in spring 2012 with a degree in Liberal Arts: Math and Science, and is now studying biology at Hunter College. His relationship with Professor Sharif is still strong; he returns to the College to continue their research.

    Once he completes his education, Jason hopes to teach, research infectious diseases and practice medicine simultaneously. “I really don’t care how much money I make, I just want to be happy and feel like I have purpose,” he adds.
     

     Bita Adabi - Profile

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    While serving as a research assistant to biology Professor Karim Sharif, Jason Macias won third place among undergraduate and graduate students from New York and New Jersey at the 2012 CUNY Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Conference, and Professor Sharif has won three research grant awards as a result of their collaboration.

    “The research activity has a great potential to impact student learning,” says Professor Sharif. “It brings directionality, focus, and inspiration, resulting in great academic success. Jason has been trained in the processes necessary to do research and has been performing excellently in his academic pursuits. It has also benefited me in enhancing my scholarship of teaching and learning. The students have been instrumental in moving my research program forward.”

    A former elevator repair man, Jason was transformed by his experience at LaGuardia, and admires his biology professor, who he says “is a mentor and a testament to success as someone who is in the field, studying the same questions I had, and was actually finding answers to them.”

    “Our research focused on gene annotation, which is taking a gene from an organism that is known and looking for gene structures in less-known organisms. We are trying to understand the evolutionary changes among species that are closely related to the fruit fly,” Jason explains. Another project involves regulation of gene expression in the brain of a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.

    As a peer mentor, Jason trained and guided incoming student researchers of the Bridges program at LaGuardia, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

    Jason graduated from LaGuardia in spring 2012 with a degree in Liberal Arts: Math and Science, and is now studying biology at Hunter College. His relationship with Professor Sharif is still strong; he returns to the College to continue their research.

    Once he completes his education, Jason hopes to teach, research infectious diseases and practice medicine simultaneously. “I really don’t care how much money I make, I just want to be happy and feel like I have purpose,” he adds.
     

     Nadira El Khang - Profile

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    Nadira El Khang is one step closer to achieving her dream of opening her own store after winning the $1,000 top prize in the Spring 2012 Capital One Student Design Entrepreneur Challenge.

    The International Accounting major grew up fixing vintage leather bags in her father’s store in Morocco and now crafts her own leather goods, which she sells on her Etsy.com shop. With the help of the Capital One Entrepreneurial Program and the guidance of NYDesigns Director Natalia Argüello, Nadira’s business is rapidly growing.

    “Natalia opened doors for us that we didn’t even know about and connected us with people who work in the business world. She helped us with business cards, websites and social media,” Nadira says. “I feel like she was pushing me. She believes in my work.”

    The ten-week training program included workshops, business consultations, and meetings with Capital One mentors, LaGuardia’s Small Business Development Center advisors and resident designers at NYDesigns.

    "Working with the students from the Capital One Entrepreneurial Program at NYDesigns is always an opportunity to mentor and learn,” says Natalia. “I was specially impressed by Nadira's creativity and commitment to her business. Her handbags are crafted with a unique immigrant story.”

    The award has provided Nadira with the start-up capital she needs to create more bags for her site, as well as a camera to photograph her products. Meanwhile, Nadira says that her relationship with Natalia is a continued source of support. “She is still there for me and said that if I need anything to just ask her.”

     Anderson Valencia - Profile

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    When Anderson Valencia transfers to City College in the spring, he will have not only significant research experience under his belt, but an achievement award from NASA and the New York City Research Initiative (NYCRI) as well.

    This year Anderson spent two months of his summer working full-time on a research project developed by his mentor Professor Yasser Hassebo of the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Department at LaGuardia.

    During the project, entitled “Earth Surface Temperature Analysis: Satellite Remote Sensing and Consideration,” LaGuardia students developed algorithms in order to organize, correct and analyze more than 181 million real data points of Earth surface temperature from satellites around the world.

    “This research puts the student in direct contact with how to understand and solve global disasters. What we have been doing is directly related to climate change on the earth and these unusual hurricanes that we have had. So the student comes in direct contact with these issues, and maybe in the future he becomes a scientist developing a solution,” says Professor Hassebo.

    Anderson moved to the U.S. from Colombia at the age of 16 and after high school, served in the Navy for four years. After starting at LaGuardia in 2009, he was deployed to Iraq where he stayed until 2010 year. Only a few months after returning, Anderson jumped right back into his studies, and while he’s graduating soon, his time at LaGuardia isn’t over.

    “When we were working on this research, I read a couple of journals that Professor Hassebo published. He knows a lot about the topic. It was through this research that I became interested in Environmental Science,” says Anderson. While pursuing his bachelors at City College, Anderson will also be finishing a second Associate degree at LaGuardia in Environmental Science.

    While it’s clear how a mentor relationship benefits the student in and outside of the classroom, Professor Hassebo stresses that Anderson’s success adds something to his own academic experience. “The most interesting moment for me is when I witness a successful moment for my students. When I see them earning awards, improving their skills and thinking about applying to senior colleges, this is a good moment for me emotionally,” he says.
     

  • Visit LaGuardia Community College and Learn More 

    Learn about the rich cultural, academic and career events that LaGuardia Community College has to offer. Scheduled are open houses, information sessions, and campus tours for high school students, recent graduates, and transfer students who are interested in learning about the College’s academic programs, educational opportunities, admissions policy, and financial aid packages. Take a look at the calendar and stop by and see us:

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     Open Houses & Information Sessions 
    Nov 2 –  5    LPAC Presents: Maids   Nov 2 Radiologic Technology Information Session 
    Nov 2 Fall Into Philosophy  Nov 4  Information Sessions: CUNY Start 
    Nov 3 Short Takes on Literature Presents: Fleur & Yellow Woman from We are the Stories We Tell and from Arab Women Writers: An Anthology & Aunt Lui from Wayward Girls and Wicked Women by Louise Erdrich and Leslie Marmon Silko and Hayat bin al-Shaykh and Lou Shu  Nov 5  Admissions Information Session 
    Nov 9  Career Day: Transportation   Nov 15   Campus Tour  
    Nov 9 – 13  LPAC Presents: The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute   Nov 16   Information Session: Barnard Summer Science Program 
    Nov 10  Short Takes on Literature Presents: The Tree and Tosca’s Cats from New Italian Women: A Collection of Short Fiction and Baptisms from Unspeakable Women by Anna Maria Ortese and Gina Lagoria and Grazia Deledda   Nov 17   Campus Tour 
     Nov 10  Global Conversations Presents: “My Kenyan Journey”    Nov 18  Information Sessions: CUNY Start  
    Nov 15  LPAC Presents: One Armed Man   Nov 19  Admissions Information Session 
    Nov 17  Short Takes on Literature Presents: Giving Birth and the Abortion from We Are the Stories We Tell by Margaret Atwood and Alice Walker    Nov 22  Information Desk: University Of Bridgeport 
    Nov 19  Test Your English Speaking Skills with the Versant English Test    Nov 29  Information Desk: Mercy College 
    Nov 29  LPAC Presents: Fly by Night Dance Theater     
    Nov 29  Blood Drive/NY Blood Center     
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  • Explore your Future at LAGCC
    At LaGuardia, we believe in the transformative power of education and we know that with an education new paths will appear and doors will open for you. Whether you just graduated from high school, earned your G.E.D. diploma, are considering coming back to college after a long break, LaGuardia will give you the inspiration and the tools you need to succeed. Learn about becoming a LaGuardia student.
     

     

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