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Veteran and Student: Ronald Moore, Jr., Math and Science major.
“There’s always room for improvement as long as you allow room for growth,” says Ronald Moor, Jr., a Math and Science major and Iraq War veteran who spent seven years in the Army and completed two combat tours in Iraq.
Through the GI Bill Ronald returned to school to earn his college degree, the first time he had set foot in a classroom since graduating from high school in 2000. LaGuardia’s veterans program offered the most appealing option for the 30-year-old environmentally conscious former airborne division paratrooper: a green jobs for vets training that matched his interests in ecology, conservation and botany.
He enrolled in LaGuardia in Spring 2013, and was selected for ASAP, an accelerated degree study program offering support services and resources. In the College’s veterans programs he shares his experience to help fellow former servicemen and women readjust to civilian life. As an Honors student, his executive participation in the Honors Student Advisory Committee offers a creative outlet for his leadership abilities. Ronald also is polishing his communication and social skills in The President’s Society, a mentoring program that gives high potential students opportunities to develop confidence through networking, comportment and career planning training sessions.
“Going back to school was a choice I made so I can network with like minded individuals and put together the life I want to lead,” says Ronald. “Now I’m ready and equipped to make it a reality.”
The LaGuardia Honors delegation at NCHC New Orleans.
The Honors Program is delighted to share the good news that Wai (Kat) Lam was awarded the Best Student Poster Presentation Competition Award (Natural Sciences and Mathematics category) at the annual convention of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)--the national association of honors programs at 4- and 2-year colleges--in New Orleans this weekend.
Kat was not the only LaGuardia Honors student who was selected to participate in this national poster competition (its acceptance rate is 60%). She was joined by Daniel Rivera, who presented on “Combined Sewage Overflow and Plankton: An Analysis of Ecological Disruption in an Urban Waterway,” for which he was approached for publication in a scholarly journal. Some photos from the convention can be accessed here:
Left to right: Selwyn Atherley, Capital One mentor; Nicole Moorer, senior vice press, business banking area manager, Capital One Bank; and Terrance Gethers, competition winner.
LaGuardia Community College student Terrance Gethers is one step closer to realizing his dream of starting his own gaming business after he competed to win the top prize, $1,000, in the spring semester of the Capital One Bank Student Design Entrepreneur Challenge held on August 9.
Terrance was among six students who participated in the bi-annual 10-week entrepreneurial training program. Now in its fifth year, the program includes business workshops and mentoring from Capital One Small Business Bankers in partnership with LaGuardia Community College’s NYDesigns, an incubator for design businesses ranging from fashion to architecture. To date, 58 student entrepreneurs have participated in the program.
“This program meant a lot to me,” said a thrilled Terrance. “It showed me the work that has to be put in not only to start a business but to continue it and grow it successfully. I gained knowledge that has been very helpful to me. This was an experience I will never forget.”
Jonathan Bach, a LaGuardia student who was named to the 2013 Phi Theta Kappa’s All-USA Community College Team.
Jonathan was among 20 outstanding students who were selected because of their stellar academic record and exceptional leadership skills. Jonathan received a $2,500 scholarship and was featured in USA Today, and LaGuardia was awarded the textbook scholarships.
“These awards are presented in recognition of the opportunities for excellence at LaGuardia as demonstrated by the selection of Jonathan as a member of the All-USA Team,” said Nancy Rieves, chief executive officer of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.
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