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  • 2010
     

    The LaGuardia Community College Foundation raises its first $1 million in one year.

     

  • 2010
     

    Alpha Theta Phi wins Phi Theta Kappa's Five-Star and International Top 100 Chapter awards, as well as PTK's NY Region Leadership and Scholarship awards. Jenny Badillo wins PTK's NY Region Most Distinguished Chapter President award.

  • 2010
    January 4

    National Public Radio airs a story on LaGuardia's one-year-old Philosophy major; the program is the first of it's kind at a community college.

  • 2010
    March 10

    Over 200 members of the College community, local media and friends of LaGuardia attend the opening reception of FACES of LaGuardia, a student artist-subject portrait photography exhibit held in LaGuardia's Gallery of Photographic Arts in the College's B building.

  • 2010
    Spring

    The Gadfly, a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal of philosophy sponsored by the LaGuardia Philosophy Club, publishes its first volume, featuring the work of students majoring in Philosophy at LaGuardia.

  • 2010
    March 24

    The Development Department – Office of Alumni Relations hosts the College's First Ten Years Reunion for alumni from the Classes of 1971-1981.

  • 2010
    April

    Community College de Santiago, the first community college in Chile, enrolls its first cohort of 170 students; the institution is the result of LaGuardia's partnership with Chile's Universidad Central.

  • 2010
    April 10

    PBS's investigative news program FRONTLINE airs "College, Inc." an edition featuring an interview with President Mellow that examines the rise of for-profit colleges and their impact on American public higher education.

  • 2010
    April 27

    In a national PBS broadcast, President Mellow participates in a debate on the state of higher education with three other college presidents.

  • 2010
    June 21

    The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Development officially changes its name back to the Division of Student Affairs, and proclaims its mission to prepare students to become informed, engaged and ethical decision-makers that embrace the responsibilities of global citizenship.

  • 2010
    July

    LPAC hosts Queens' first international theater festival featuring world premieres of original works by eight directors and playwrights from six countries. The original pieces are modern takes on Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey" that explore issues of identity, home, mystery, myth, and choice.

  • 2010
    July 11

    Twenty-five LaGuardians are among 1,500 cyclists riding in the third annual Tour de Queens, a 20-mile bike tour through northern and eastern Queens co-sponsored by the College and Transportation Alternatives to promote sustainable modes of travel.

  • 2010
    September

    LaGuardia celebrates the first graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative; maverick investor Warren Buffet, Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein, and Senior White House Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett attend the ceremony held in the College's Mainstage Theatre.

  • 2010
    September 21

    Due to renovations at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, LaGuardia's Class of 2010, all 1,830 of them, gather at Radio City Music Hall for the College's 38th annual commencement exercises.

  • 2010
    September 29

    English Professor Gordon Tapper hosts a kick-off event for LaGuardia's fourth Middle States accreditation review. Over 140 faculty and staff members from across the College participate in the Self Study process.

  • 2010
    October 5

    Vice President of Adult and Continuing Education Jane Schulman attends the White House summit on community colleges.

  • 2010
    October 19

    LaGuardia Interim President Dr. Peter Katopes attends the signing of an executive order by President Obama to strengthen the Administration's Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

  • 2010
    October 27

    At the invitation of English Professor Kristen Gallagher, U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan reads from her book Say Uncle at LaGuardia.

  • 2010
    November 17

    LaGuardia receives two federal grants totaling $4.4 million to advance its work with ePortfolio and Making Connections, LaGuardia's ePortfolio- based program focused on collaboration with other colleges.

  • 2010
    November 23

    LaGuardia's College Discovery program is featured on "Study with the Best," CUNY's popular monthly television magazine. The piece includes interviews with Shivani Subryan, a CD counselor, and three students who explain how College Discovery transformed their lives.

  • 2010
    December 3

    ACE, working in conjunction with the College's Workforce1 Healthcare Career Center, opens the New York City Welcome Back Center, providing training to healthcare professionals from other countries to become licensed in New York in their specialty or another healthcare area as they work towards licensure in their field.

  • 2011
     

    LaGuardia begins the Campaign for LaGuardia, a multiple year fundraising effort.

  • 2011
    January

    A team of LaGuardia faculty, staff and students are selected to rewrite the College's mission statement.

  • 2011
    February

    LaGuardia's Gates Foundation-funded project to improve graduation rates by revolutionizing teaching methods in developmental math and writing courses convenes Pedagogy Matters, a national online jam in which 800 basic skills educators explore and share successful teaching strategies.

  • 2011
    February

    LPAC partners with Target Margin Theater to bring "Second Language" to the Chocolate Factory. The script for the original work is based on a standard ESL textbook used at the College and is created in collaboration with 13 LaGuardia students who perform alongside the troupe's professional actors.

  • 2011
    February 12

    Faculty and students in LaGuardia's Philosophy major host the first annual CUNY-wide Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on the College's campus. Over 60 faculty and students from five CUNY schools attend the event.

  • 2011
    April 6

    "LaGuardia is a terrific place," says CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein to faculty, staff and students who come to hear him speak during his visit to the College. "LaGuardia has a wonderful reputation for being on the forefront of the many important developments that are happening in higher education and President Mellow is a nationally recognized advocate for community colleges."

  • 2011
    May 25

    Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, visits LaGuardia to lecture on her pioneering "Humane Slaughter" techniques.

  • 2011
    May 25

    LaGuardia celebrates the graduation of 30 New York entrepreneurs from the second cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. President Gail Mellow joins Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in congratulating the graduates.

  • 2011
    June 1

    At the end-of-year Professional Staff meeting President Mellow announces that LaGuardia will double the size of the Library by expanding it to the second floor.

  • 2011
    June

    Philosophy Professor Dr. Minerva Ahumada Torres and Engineering Professor Dr. Yves Ngabonziza are the first recipients of the LaGuardia Foundation's Research Awards; each receives $5,000, funding their research over the upcoming summer.

  • 2011
    June

    The 100th issue of LiveWire, the College's monthly internal newsletter is printed.

  • 2011
    June 11

    The LaGuardia Community College Foundation honors Mayor Ed Koch and former Foundation Chair John Vogt, with its Innovative Leadership Award for their advocacy of higher education in a ceremony and reception held at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.

  • 2011
    June 21

    U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney hosts a public information session and press conference at LaGuardia where Environmental Protection Agency officials share details of the recently approved plan to clean up heavily polluted Newtown Creek with members of the Western Queens community; faculty, staff and students of the College.

  • 2011
    July 13

    The LaGuardia Community College Foundation's 2011 Spring Into Action campaign reaches its $100,000 challenge goal, qualifying it for a matching gift of $100,000 for full-tuition scholarships for LaGuardia students. The challenge is the first in the College's history.

  • 2011
    July 15

    Through a CUNY grant, Photography Program Director Scott Sternbach and his assistants, a LaGuardia photography student and alumna, travel to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to photograph and film the native population and the stunning natural beauty of the region.

  • 2011
    July 27

    ACE staff and members of Goldman Sachs welcome the third cohort of the10,000 Small Businesses program.

  • September 2011 through June 2012

    LaGuardia Community College celebrates its 40th anniversary.

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LaGuardia Community College Then AND Now 1971-2011
Forty Years of Challenging Expectations


Our timeline tells our story, then AND now.

In 2011, LaGuardia Community College celebrates 40 years of opening the doors of higher learning to all. By challenging expectations and daring to do more everyday, LAGCC is at the forefront of momentous shifts in the landscape of higher education in the 21st century. Now, as we did then, we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger.