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From hot fashion to high tech, students take the lead

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Bill Nuti P’86 keeps money moving

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Ken Morris connects LIU Pharmacy students with impactful research

Building a brighter future for students and Long Island's economy

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HORNSTEIN CENTER A finger on the pulse of young voters

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SCHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT Alumni generosity empowers LIU’s next generation

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SWEET SOUNDS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP Music professor, Mark Shapiro, makes artistic connections

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FROM BROOKLYN TO AFRICA Psychology professor, Joan Duncan, helps children cope with disaster

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What does your gift to the FUND FOR LIU mean? Support for students. The Fund for LIU supports every aspect of Long Island University, from academic programs to intercollegiate athletics, and from merit and need-based scholarships to our campuses themselves. Support for LIU. Alumni giving is a critical factor in national rankings, including those published by U.S. News and World Report, but it’s also used by foundations and major donors to evaluate colleges and universities as candidates for their support. Your contribution to LIU sends a strong message that LIU is worthy of further investment with their major grants. Support for our communities. Service is one of LIU’s most cherished values, and LIU students performed more than 127,000 hours of community service during the 2015-16 academic year alone through the LIU Cares initiative. From speech and hearing tests, to international pharmacy programs that provide medical care in underdeveloped countries, to income tax preparation for low-income residents of our Brooklyn and Long Island communities, your support empowers LIU students to develop the skills to succeed while making a difference in the world around them. There’s strength in numbers, and LIU alumni are 200,000 strong.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dr. Kimberly R. Cline President Jim Conenello Chief Communications Officer

Chairman Eric Krasnoff

Danielle Bucci Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications

Senior Vice Chairman Michael P. Gutnick ’68

EDITORIAL STAFF: Elliot Olshansky Assistant Director of Communications Lauren Gaglio Associate Director, Marketing & Communications Daniela Meola Associate Director, Marketing & Communications Douglas Bouchelle Graphic Designer ALUMNI RELATIONS: William Martinov Chief of Admissions & Enrollment Strategy Ryan Attard Reilly P’03 University Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund 516-299-2263 I Stay connected! Visit or email to share News and Notes or update your alumni profile, address, and/or contact information.

Secretary Steven J. Kumble H’90 Trustees Linda E. Amper ’78, ’85

Sarabeth Levine ’64, H’14 Howard M. Lorber ’70, ’91, H’01 Frank Lourenso Michael Melnicke Richard P. Nespola ’67, ’73 William R. Nuti ’86 Arthur Saladino '67

Rao Subba Anumolu

Cherie D. Serota

Roger L. Bahnik

Harvey Simpson

Stanley F. Barshay ’60

Sharon Sternheim

Mark A. Boyar ’65

Ronald J. Sylvestri ’66

John R. Bransfield, Jr.

Charles Zegar ’71

Thomas M. Buonaiuto ’87 Kimberly R. Cline, ex officio

Trustees Emeriti William F. de Neergaard ’47, H’98

Daniel B. Fisher ’67

Donald H. Elliott H’85

Peter W. Gibson ’82

Eugene H. Luntey H’98

Steven S. Hornstein ’80

Theresa Mall Mullarkey

Alfred R. Kahn ’84, H’05

Thomas L. Pulling

Leon Lachman H’12

Edward Travaglianti H’14

Abraham M. Lackman

Rosalind P. Walter H’83

Brian K. Land ’86

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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT As we forge ahead to become one of the nation’s top universities, there are countless individuals working tirelessly to increase the value of a Long Island University education. We are gaining accolades and recognition from industry analysts at every turn. Over the past three years, we have positioned LIU for continued growth and have secured our financial footing. Our intellectual community is thriving as well, with the ongoing addition of top scholars and talented leaders committed to research,

scholarship, and innovative teaching. Forbes hailed LIU as a university on the rise in the magazine’s “Investor’s Guide to College Admissions.” This publication takes you inside the transformational power of an LIU education. You’ll discover how LIU professors are bringing music students to the stage of Carnegie Hall and immersing psychology students in life changing humanitarian work among the world’s most vulnerable populations. You'll also follow the exciting journey of Bill Nuti ’86 from the LIU Post football field to the head of the 130-year-old NCR Corporation, and explore how Byron Lewis ‘53 used lessons learned at LIU Brooklyn to guide him in the creation of the country’s first multicultural advertising agency.

Our strategic plan, Education Beyond Boundaries: LIU 2020, continues to lay the groundwork for academic achievement, program development, and the overall strengthening of our campuses. Your continued support makes it possible for LIU students to access unparalleled opportunities and earn national and international recognition. I am grateful to the students, staff, faculty, and alumni who are defining the future of our University.

Dr. Kimberly R. Cline President



Our Students Are Counting on You

Help us continue to increase the impact on our Students Ghana native Jess Agbotse ’17 – by way of Hackensack,

For Akida DeProspo ’18, a nursing student at LIU

N.J. – has racked up tackles this fall for LIU Post’s

Brooklyn, her scholarship means peace of mind. “I can

Northeast-10 Champion football team and thrived in

focus on my goal of getting a prestigious degree in

the classroom as a Health Sciences major. He’s also

nursing,” she said, “furthering my studies to become a

involved on campus as a member of LIU Post’s Student

nurse practitioner, and hopefully opening my own health

Government Association, Student-Athlete Advisory

care facility someday.

Committee, and Men’s Initiative Organization.

When you make a contribution to your alma mater, your

And he knows that none of it would be possible

loyal scholarship support makes a great impact on

without the support of the LIU Post alumni who

the future of LIU.

came before him.

Help us continue to increase LIU’s impact on our

“Without the generosity of LIU Post and its alumni,”

students, and make your gift today. Contact Alumni

Agboste said, “I would not be afforded the opportunity

Relations at 516-299-2263, or make your gift online

to call this University home. Words cannot express my


gratitude for the support I am receiving, as it will pave the way for my success in the future.”



In This Issue News


6 7 8 9

24 Post Pioneers 26 Brooklyn Blackbirds

LIU Gala LIU Pharmacy Gala Tilles Center Gala Tilles Center Events

Annual Report 28 Fiscal Year 2016 Summary

Alumni Profiles 10 12

A Team Player in the Boardroom: Bill Nuti P’86 Legacy of Empowerment: Byron Lewis B’53

Features 14 16 17

A Powerful Partnership: LIU has a visionary ally in business and philanthropy giant T. Denny Sanford Hornstein Center: Charts the Pulse of a Generation The Commitment to Care

Student Spotlight 18 19 20 22 23

Tennyson Smith Rohit Dugar Michael Cooper Scholarship Spotlight LIU’s Student-Run Businesses Continue to Evolve

STAY CONNECTED TO OUR TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE LIU was hailed by Forbes as one of “10 Undervalued Buys” in the magazine’s “Investor’s Guide to College Admissions,” a group described as “hot colleges in the making”

Faculty Spotlight 30 32 34 36

LIU Post: Mark Shapiro LIU Brooklyn: Joan Duncan LIU Pharmacy: Kenneth Morris Faculty Accomplishments

10 Under 10 38 10 Under 10: Highlighting the accomplishments of alumni

LIU Homecoming 40 LIU Post 41 LIU Brooklyn

LIU Updates 42 Alumni Bookshelf 43 Chapter Events 43 All in the Family: Vin Salamone ’63

LIU Post was ranked as a “Best Regional University” by U.S. News and World Report

LIU Post’s College of Management is now in its 15th year as one of the Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools

LIU Brooklyn was ranked No. 1 among PayScale’s “Best Schools for Health Care Majors”

LIU Brooklyn was one of only 15 schools to receive a perfect score from the Brookings Institution in its “Value Added” rankings, which measure a university’s contribution to student outcomes




LIU Gala Long Island University celebrated 90 years of academic achievement, community engagement, and student success at the annual LIU Gala, held on June 16, 2016, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The evening featured a musical performance from jazz singer Cole Rumbough, who has family ties to the University as the great-grandson of Marjorie Merriweather Post. “Our students are being provided with unmatched opportunities to both make a difference in other people’s lives,” said LIU President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, “and to be a driving force behind their own.” The evening’s honoree was Gary Winnick P’69, who built the first undersea fiber-optic cable linking the United States and Europe. Eric Krasnoff, Chairman of LIU’s Board of Trustees, hailed Winnick as “a transformational business leader, philanthropist and LIU alumnus.” Krasnoff also led the presentation of the inaugural Jonas Medal of Distinction – named in recognition of Ralph Jonas, the first Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees – to four former Chairmen of the Board: Don Elliott, Gene Luntey, Roger Tilles, and Ed Travaglianti. Dr. Cline presented Trustee Emerita Rosalind P. Walter with the Presidential Medallion, “in recognition of her outstanding achievement, personal excellence, and noteworthy service to the University.” Among the women who inspired the song “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II with her work on the Corsair, Walter (who received the honor in absentia) has been one of the University’s biggest supporters, and was presented with an honorary degree in 1983.



LIU Pharmacy Gala The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (LIU Pharmacy) celebrated more than 125 years of student-centered pharmacy education on October 15, 2015, when alumni, faculty, and friends filled New York City’s celebrated Rainbow Room for the LIU Pharmacy Gala. The Gala honored Sharon Sternheim, President and CEO of Zitomer and Thriftway, whose leadership has carried on a family tradition established by her late husband, Howard Sternheim ’54, and her father, Hyman Gooderman, who graduated from Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in 1933, four years after the College first affiliated with LIU. “All great things begin with a vision,” said Sternheim, a Trustee of the University since 2011 and a member of the LIU Pharmacy Council of Overseers since 2012. “If you push yourself beyond the farthest place that you think you can go, you will be able to achieve your heart’s dream.” Those sentiments were received by a room filled with pharmaceutical industry leaders, along with giants of retail, finance, real estate, medicine, philanthropy, and academia, who celebrated an institution poised to expand the pharmaceutical community’s body of knowledge through impactful research. The Gala followed the opening of LIU Pharmacy’s state-of-the-art research institutes, which facilitate powerful studies conducted in partnership with industry and other top colleges of pharmacy across the nation.



Tilles Center Gala A capacity crowd gathered on the LIU Post campus on Saturday, October 22, 2016 for the annual gala celebrating Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. The evening featured performances by stars of stage and screen Megan Hilty and Brian d’Arcy James, who were joined by The New York Pops under the baton of music director and conductor Steven Reineke. Acknowledging the evening’s honorees, Lisa P’84 (B.A.), P’91 (M.B.A.), and Rob P’84 (B.S.) Arning, LIU President Dr. Kimberly Cline said, “Rob and Lisa’s ongoing commitment to education and the arts, and their belief in the importance of access to education and the arts for all is truly remarkable.” Dr. Cline extolled the Arnings’ professional accomplishments and their extensive work with charities across Long Island. Mr. and Mrs. Arning responded with praise for the role LIU has played – and continues to play – in their lives. William R. Biddle, Executive Director of Tilles Center, recognized the support of the evening’s sponsors, including KPMG and Americana Manhasset, as well as the efforts of the Gala Host Committee chaired by Anthony Dalessio and the Tilles Center Council of Overseers chaired by Peter J. Klein. The evening concluded with the transformation of The Herbert and Dolores Goldsmith Atrium into a vibrant cabaret filled with cocktail tables. The vocal stylings of acclaimed cabaret performer Carole J. Bufford provided a fitting end to a magnificent evening in celebration of Tilles Center’s continued excellence as Long Island’s leading performing arts venue. 8


Saturday, April 22 | 8 p.m.

New York Voices

2017 Winter/Spring Season Events Saturday, February 11 | 8 p.m.


National Tour Winner of eight Tony Awards, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Ticket Prices: $84, $69, $54, $34 Sunday, February 26 | 3 p.m.


The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form, and includes such unforgettable songs as It’s the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You, and Tomorrow. Ticket Prices: $83, $68, $53, $33 Thursday, March 2 | 7:30 p.m.

A Conversation with General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.)

For over 50 years, General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.) has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world. Ticket Prices: $110, $80, $55 Friday, March 3 | 8 p.m.

Lang Lang, Piano

The popular concert pianist has performed with leading orchestras in Europe, the United States, and his native China. Now, see him in recital at Tilles Center. Ticket Prices: $120, $90, $60

Saturday, March 4 | 8 p.m.

Arlo Guthrie and Taj Mahal

Two-time Grammy-winning blues singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal joins folk music icon Arlo Guthrie, whose timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs still define generations. Ticket Prices: $78, $58, $43 Sunday, March 19 | 7 p.m.

Chris Botti

Chris Botti has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. Ticket Prices: $75, $60, $40 Saturday, April 1 | 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Lea Salonga

Beloved around the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is best known for her Tony Award-winning role in Miss Saigon, and was most recently seen in Allegiance. Ticket Prices: 7:30 p.m.: $53 | 9:30 p.m.: $43 Friday, April 21 | 8 p.m.

Loretta Lynn

A self-taught guitarist and songwriter, Loretta Lynn became one of the most distinctive performers in Nashville in the 1960s and 1970s, shaking things up by writing her own songs, many of which tackled boundary-pushing topics drawn from her own life experiences as a wife and mother. Ticket Prices: $95, $75, $55, $40

2016-17 Presenting Season Sponsor

Part of LIU Post’s Annual Jazz Day The Grammy Award winning vocal group is known for its close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Ticket Prices: $50

Saturday, February 11


Friday, April 28 | 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor Philip Myers, R. Allen Spanjer, Leelanee Sterrett, Howard Wall, horns An exciting program that includes Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra. Ticket Prices: $110, $80, $50 Saturday, April 29 | 7 p.m.

Endowment Concert: Babes in Toyland

Ted Sperling’s Babes in Toyland starring Kelli O’Hara and Bill Irwin Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland weaves together characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes, creating a spectacular story that includes the beloved songs Toyland, March of the Toys and Go to Sleep. Featuring an original score in its full orchestration. For ages 8 and up. VIP Ticket Prices: $250; Regular Ticket Prices: $80, $65, $50 Sunday, April 30 | 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 26


Friday, April 21

Loretta Lynn

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Celebrating Ella: First Lady of Jazz Celebrate the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald through diverse repertoire arranged by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and experience why Ella will always be the “First Lady of Song.” Ticket Prices: $83, $68, $53, $33

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Saturday, April 29

Endowment Concert: Babes in Toyland

Sunday, April 30

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis9

A Team Player in the Boardroom Former offensive lineman Bill Nuti has gone from creating holes for his Pioneer teammates to creating opportunities for clients at NCR Corporation Ask Bill Nuti ’86 about the most memorable moments of his time at LIU Post, and it won’t be long before the conversation ventures hundreds of miles away from the Brookville campus, to Harrisonburg, Virginia and Madison Stadium. It was there, on October 10, 1981, that Nuti and the Pioneer football team took the field against the Dukes of James Madison University. The task in front of them was imposing: six members of the JMU team that took the field that day would go on to spend time in the NFL, and two – wide receiver Gary Clark and kicker Scott Norwood – would eventually face each other in Super Bowl XXVI. On that day, however, it was Nuti and his Pioneer teammates who were “Super,” scoring two touchdowns in the final 9:30 and capping it off with a two-point conversion on the game’s final play to score a dramatic upset in a game they trailed 36-22 with 11 minutes remaining. “It was an amazing game,” Nuti recalled, “and a great moment in Pioneer history.” Thirty-five years later, the lessons Nuti learned on the gridiron continue to guide him as he authors the next chapter in the 130-year history of NCR Corporation, the company behind more than 550 million transactions every day and more than a quarter of the world’s 3 million ATMs. In particular, as an offensive lineman who did the hard work to protect the quarterback and open holes for the running game, Nuti has a special appreciation for the importance of a selfless commitment to teamwork. 10


“Not a day goes by

where I do not use something I learned at LIU Post in my professional career”

“Business is a team sport,” Nuti said. “I've never met an individual who can accomplish a complex business task better than a team focused on that same task. Almost everything you do in business requires collaboration, and team sports that require in-depth ‘choreography’ and unselfish participation in order to win are the best preparation for a successful career in business.” Nuti also cites the time management skills he developed juggling coursework and his football commitments as a key driver of his success in the corporate world. Time management became especially important in his third year, when a program offered by the University allowed him to begin work for IBM as a co-op student, setting the stage for a career that’s taken him to Cisco Systems and Symbol Technologies before he was appointed to lead NCR in 2005. “That work experience shaped every aspect of my career,” Nuti said of his co-op program at IBM. “If not for LIU, I wouldn't have achieved my career success in the technology industry.” And, as leader of a company with more than 40,000 employees – not to mention clients and shareholders

The Pioneers’ trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia to take on James Madison proved to be one of the most memorable days of Bill Nuti’s college career at LIU Post.

around the world – Nuti is acutely aware of just what is riding on his success. “Taking care of our customers, employees, shareholders, partners, and the communities where we work are our top priorities,” Nuti said. “That, combined with making good business decisions for the long-term benefit of all our stakeholders, is the best way to honor your history.” In making those decisions, Nuti finds himself drawing on his LIU education on a daily basis. “Not a day goes by where I do not use something I learned at LIU Post in my professional career,” Nuti said. “My courses were contemporary, relevant to my career, and taught by world-class educators.” And, as a son of the Bronx who got his start jumping between rooftops to deliver newspapers before becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college, one of the most important lessons Bill Nuti has learned is to love what you do. “When you work because you enjoy it,” Nuti said, “you'll always excel, and the likelihood that you will achieve your goals in life is significantly higher.”

Future All-Pro wide receiver Gary Clark scored three touchdowns for JMU, but the Pioneers scored two touchdowns in the last 10 minutes for the improbable victory.

The win over a Division I program made newspaper headlines, not to mention lifelong memories for Nuti and his teammates.



A Legacy of Empowerment For Byron Lewis B’53, the quintessential LIU success story began on the edge of failure There isn’t much Byron Lewis ‘53 needs to say these days as the CEO Emeritus of UniWorld Group. “They don’t need any advice from me!” said Lewis, who retired from the nation’s oldest multicultural advertising agency in 2012, 43 years after its founding. Instead, Lewis can look on with pride as the company he built, closes in on its 50th anniversary in 2019, celebrating five decades of working with clients like Burger King, Mars, and Colgate-Palmolive. And yet, the roots of 12


Lewis’s success can be found in a close encounter with failure, not long after he began his LIU studies in the summer of 1950. Lewis enrolled at LIU Brooklyn as a journalism major, with a first-year courseload that also included classes in Speech Theater, English, and History. A full-time job as a busboy and kitchen inventory steward at Gertz department store in Queens didn’t make life any easier. “I almost flunked out because of lateness,” Lewis recalled. And yet, when Dr. Elliot Seiden, chairman of LIU Brooklyn’s Speech department and founder of the University’s first speech clinic, gave Lewis an opportunity to make up for missed class time, it helped lay the groundwork for his later success.

“My ‘make-up’ assignment was to write and present three speeches,” Lewis said, “to inspire, teach, and entertain. I aced that course and discovered the art and power of storytelling. And as a shy person, my sense of drama and stage presence became polished. I learned how to engage an audience.”

“My career success is an example of LIU’s ability to assist students no matter their background or economic class. Seizing an idea, using one’s imagination, and blending knowledge were key pathways to my empowerment.” Lewis also found at LIU an institution dedicated to his success. “LIU always accommodated my erratic schedule,” Lewis said, “and even made late-payment arrangements for me. A faculty team coordinated my course development efforts. For the next three years, my advisors provided hands-on advice and candid assessments of my performance and career objectives.” When it came to Lewis’s aspirations in journalism, candor wasn’t always easy. “On the one hand,” Lewis said, “they wanted to encourage me. But they were candid. There was a lot of racism in journalism and related media fields like advertising, marketing, and public relations.”

Lewis sold advertising in publications geared to the African-American community, including Citizen Call, Urbanite, and Tuesday. When the all-white advertising agencies of the time showed no interest, Lewis “recognized a compelling societal need and business opportunity.” In 1969, Lewis left his role as vice president and director of advertising at Tuesday to found UniWorld, looking “to provide critical advertising revenues and communications support for black media, civil rights, political, and community organizations.” While clients were initially skeptical, Lewis and his agency soon became indispensible, with lessons he learned at LIU Brooklyn powering UniWorld’s success. “Eventually,” Lewis said, “major brands needed our help to reach this multi-billion-dollar multicultural audience.” He never gave up on journalism, either, creating America’s Black Forum, the first syndicated news show geared toward the African-American community, producing a documentary on black churches, This Far by Faith, and working on the nation’s first black political summit in 1972. Throughout his career, Lewis has stayed engaged with his alma mater, serving a lengthy tenure on the Board of Trustees. He also provided the concept and initial funding for LIU’s Entrepreneur Institute in 2008, continuing an LIU tradition that helped make it possible for him to find success. “Empowerment is LIU’s best tradition,” Lewis said. “My career success is an example of LIU’s ability to assist students no matter their background or economic class. Seizing an idea, using one’s imagination, and blending knowledge were key pathways to my empowerment.” Looking back, Lewis can be proud that the agency he founded and the University that provided him with the tools for its success are offering pathways to empowerment for a new generation.



A Powerful

PARTNERSHIP LIU has a visionary ally in business and philanthropy giant T. Denny Sanford A partnership with one of the nation’s most celebrated philanthropists and entrepreneurs is empowering LIU to transform lives as never before, on campus, in our local communities, and across the country. As students and faculty returned to the LIU Post campus in September, they were greeted by the news that the University had received a $5 million grant to launch the T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, a bold initiative that exemplifies how thought leaders across academia and industry can collaborate to provide a business education that meets the needs of 21st century students while strengthening the underpinnings of the local and regional economy. “The creation of the T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute is a shining example of why it’s such an exciting time to be at LIU,” said Dr. Robert Valli, Dean of the LIU Post College of Management, who will lead the T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute in tandem with the incoming Vorzimer Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship. “The opportunity to partner with T. Denny Sanford is a demonstration of LIU’s formidable reach and relevance, as well as the University’s never-ending commitment to preparing our students for the demands of a rapidly evolving economy.”



The T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute will build off of the University’s participation in Start-Up NY – a first for private universities on Long Island – in attracting top researchers and executives to the campus, creating new jobs in the region. It will also include the establishment the Sanford Scholars Program, recruiting the most passionate student entrepreneurs from across the country to join an organized program of immersive experiences at the T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, leadership workshops, and entrepreneurship challenges, with a dedicated program of personal development and coaching to prepare them for successful entrepreneurial careers. “Educational institutions can make a tremendous impact on our economy,” said Eric Krasnoff, chairman of LIU’s Board of Trustees, and former chairman, president, and CEO of Pall Corporation. “The LIU T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute is a bold initiative that is transformational for students and strengthens the economic underpinning of our communities.” The creation of the T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute is the continuation of a partnership that began in the spring of 2015, when LIU was introduced as a founding partner in the Sanford

“The opportunity to partner with T. Denny Sanford is a

demonstration of LIU’s formidable reach and relevance, as well as the University’s never-ending commitment to prepare our students for the demands of a rapidly evolving economy.” Educational Collaborative, a national consortium of colleges and universities working to advance the Sanford Education Programs. These research-based initiatives, Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire, are based on Mr. Sanford’s vision, and are designed to foster more harmonious classroom environments and inspiring educational experiences for PreK-12 students across the country. Since announcing the launch of the Sanford Educational Collaborative at a June 2015 press event with Mr. Sanford, LIU has partnered with school districts across the New York metropolitan area to change the way nearly 94,000 children learn in more than 3,800 classrooms throughout the region.

“Denny Sanford’s success has been built on hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and ever-present commitment to serving others and the greater community,” said LIU President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline. “It’s impossible to imagine a better partner for LIU as we continue our traditions of leadership in business education and the PreK-12 educational community, as well as our ongoing commitment to service.” As LIU’s partnership with T. Denny Sanford continues to grow and evolve, it’s clear that the impact made through the Sanford Education Programs is only the beginning.



The Hornstein Center Stanley Klein Hornstein Center Director

Charts the Pulse of a Generation

Throughout the 2016 Presidential campaign, a handful of names were almost as ubiquitous as “Trump” and “Clinton.” Names like Marist, Quinnipiac, and Monmouth were constantly in the news, as their on-campus polling operations made them a source of content for the 24-hour news cycle. When the nation elects a President again in 2020, you’ll be able to add LIU to the list.

Steven Hornstein

exciting polling in the spring, about issues like health care and what the ideal workplace would look like for Americans under 35.” The Hornstein Center’s new era will augment other areas of the University through its activities. As Tilles Center welcomes former Secretary of State Colin Powell on March 2, the Hornstein Center will release the results of a poll that surveys attitudes on U.S. foreign policy, with an emphasis on young voters.

The weeks leading up to Election Day were marked by external polls conducted by the Steven S. Hornstein Center But the polls and the issues are part of the story. In joining for Policy, Polling, and Analysis at LIU Post. Established the dozens of universities engaged in polling operations, in 2014, the Hornstein Center conducts independent polling, the Hornstein Center is distinguishing itself not only empirical research, and analysis on a wide range of issues through what it studies and whom it polls, but through how shaping the world. Under the leadership of Dr. Stanley the polls are conducted. Klein – a widely-respected political analyst whose tenure “We are focusing a lot of our data collection on innovative on the LIU campus spans six decades – the Hornstein and non-traditional methods,” Klein said. “We’ve focused Center has vastly expanded its scope. At press time, the thus far on text message, email, and things like that Hornstein Center staff was just finishing a post-election as ways to effectively communicate with our target survey studying attitudes about the 45th President among constituencies, allowing us to collect data that’s never millennials and “Generation Z.” That poll will be followed by been captured before. We’re trying to get demographic and a series of scholarly papers published throughout 2017 in lifestyle data about Americans under 35, a new and rapidly partnership with the University’s new Global Generations developing policy area that will make us unique.” Institute, along with the “Hornstein Conversation” series, bringing together respected commentators for lively debates Election Day may be over, but a new day for LIU and the on contentious issues. Hornstein Center has just begun. “The Hornstein Center is moving in an exciting new direction,” Klein said. “We look forward to doing very

“...the Hornstein Center is distinguishing itself not only through what it studies and whom it polls, but through how the polls are conducted.”



A Commitment to Care The Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing is making a difference on campus and beyond

Students at LIU Brooklyn continue to reap the benefits of the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing’s state-of-the-art simulation center, getting hands-on training in realistic mock scenarios using hospital-grade equipment. Undergraduates spend at least one session in the simulation center during each rotation, with plans in discussion to fully integrate simulation throughout the curriculum. The fall 2016 semester has also seen the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn B’32 Academic Nursing Center relaunched with a focus on meeting community health needs and renewed emphasis on interprofessional care. The center is being led by Assistant Professor Marie Hyppolite-Etienne, who previously served as Associate Director of Strategic Management at Queens Hospital Center. The changes have kept new dean Dr. David Keepnews busy.

“LIU’s strong commitment to interprofessional education is exactly on target with where our health care system needs to be.” Keepnews has been an enthusiastic representative for LIU, giving a keynote speech at Maimonides Medical Center’s Nursing Research Day. He was joined by associate professor, Donna Fountain, who presented research on drivers of engagement, initially presented at the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s National Magnet Conference. With leading nursing educators using the latest technology to prepare students for a modern nursing environment, the Heilbrunn family’s generosity is being translated into real results for students and patients alike.

“I am excited to be joining the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing,” said Keepnews, longtime editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice.

The Monday Program

The generous contributions of the Heilbrunn Family connect LIU students with the positive impacts of healthy living through The Monday Campaign, a campus-wide health and wellness initiative.

Mindful Monday workshops focus on meditation, inviting community members to reduce anxiety and stress while calming the mind. Students looking for motivation to exercise participate in Movin’ Mondays, walking the “Monday Mile” around the LIU Brooklyn campus or Pratt Recreation Center’s elevated track. The University’s dining partners at Aramark participate in Meatless Mondays, prominently featuring a variety of vegan options. 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW | LIU MAGAZINE


A Patient Man

Tennyson Smith is following his passion for patient care at LIU Brooklyn Growing up in Brooklyn, Tennyson Smith dreamed of becoming a doctor and making a difference in the lives of patients. He then realized that making the kind of difference he wanted to make meant becoming a nurse. “Nursing takes a holistic approach to caring for the patient,” said Smith, a senior in LIU Brooklyn’s Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing. “I’m not saying doctors aren’t important, but nursing gives you a bird’s eye view of everything that is going on with the patient, from the time that the patient is perfectly normal until the moment when something goes wrong. You deal with the patient all the time, and you provide more care for the patient.” Providing that kind of care isn’t always easy, although, Smith has discovered this fall while studying Community-Centered Nursing. “It’s about understanding the needs of the community,” Smith said. “You have to consider a patient’s cultural background in order to plan treatment for the patient. You have to take into consideration evidence-based practice, research…everything you learn in nursing school. So, when you go into the community, all of those things are important in providing the best care for the patient.” If that sounds like a tall order, that’s because it is. However, when Smith found himself struggling – “I wasn’t grasping some of the concepts,” Smith said, “and I was overwhelmed with other classes” – his professor, Joann Paoletti, helped him make the adjustments necessary to succeed. “I sat in her office,” Smith said, “and we worked out where I was going wrong and came up with a guide to how I’m supposed to try to understand the material, and it worked.”



“Everything that we’ve done in class, we are seeing in the community, it goes hand in hand.” Now, with the help of dedicated faculty, Smith is thriving in the classroom, and helping patients to thrive in his clinical work. “Everything that we’ve done in class, we are seeing in the community,” Smith said. “It goes hand in hand.”

Engineering A Solution LIU Pharmacy student Rohit Dugar is helping to make sure medicines do their job

When the Natoli Engineering Institute for Industrial Pharmacy Development and Research opened at LIU Pharmacy in the fall of 2015, it didn’t take Rohit Dugar long to see the opportunities it presented for a Ph.D. candidate. “When customers run into problems with their formulations,” Dugar said, “they give those issues to Natoli, and Natoli gives them to us. We work on different aspects of the powders in use to resolve the issues Natoli customers are having creating their tablets. We get to solve the problems and learn at the same time.” As he prepares to complete his studies at LIU, however, Dugar has graduated to solving problems for the entire pharmaceutical industry. The December 2016 edition of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists’ AAPS PharmSciTech journal features an article, “Fusion Method for Solubility and Dissolution Rate Enhancement of Ibuprofen using Block Copolymer Poloxamer 407.” Dugar is the lead author on the article, written with classmate Bhavin Gajera and pharmaceutical science chair Dr. Rutesh Dave, and if the title is confusing, the article that Dugar and Dave wrote for the AAPS’s blog may clear things up: “What Goes In Should Not Come Out!” The problem had to do with the poor solubility of many active ingredients, which present a challenge for pharmaceutical scientists in ensuring that the drugs solubilize during digestion and stay in solution until they are absorbed into the bloodstream. Dugar and his colleagues were able to take on the problem in a way it hadn’t been explored before. “This concept had not been studied much in detail prior to this,” Dugar said, “which is very important when you go from small-scale research and development work and you want to apply that same science to your production

and manufacturing scale. We had a chance to explore that much more in detail, so that we could apply those learnings to better ‘scale up’ going from a small bench-top experiment to production-scale equipment.” The difference in approaching the problem at LIU was the resources available through the University’s partnership with Natoli, the world’s leading manufacturer of tablet compression tooling, presses, and parts. “This is one of the state-of-the-art premier institutes,” Dugar said, “one of the few industrial pharmacy institutes in the U.S. This gives us very good insight into each and every process related to solid dose manufacturing and solid dose research and development.” The results of the project have become part of Dugar’s dissertation, and while that effort represents the end of his studies at LIU, it’s clear that the Natoli Institute’s impact on the pharmaceutical industry has just started. 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW | LIU MAGAZINE


Man on the Move

LIU Post nutrition student and Cadillac Racing driver Michael Cooper Michael Cooper wants you to think that he’s just another student, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition at LIU Post. When you see him on campus, he’d rather you not know that he spends 11 weekends a year driving for Cadillac Racing in the GT class of the Pirelli World Challenge, competing everywhere from the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas to the famed street course of Long Beach, California. “I keep it pretty private,” said Cooper, who has only shared his racing career with his professors and one fellow student. “I don’t know that I’d take too well to ‘celebrity student’ status. Luckily, there’s not too much press to the point where people would be aware of it.” It gets hard to fly under the radar, though, when you walk into Hillwood Commons as part of a Food Service Management tour and see yourself on TV.

were in there. I’m not sure if that would have been the coolest thing ever or the most embarrassing.” There was no cause for embarrassment in Cooper’s performance. The Syosset, N.Y. native finished third overall in his rookie season in Pirelli‘s top class, posting two wins and nine podium finishes in 20 races. “I do the best that I can,” Cooper said, “and if I do that, then I can be happy with the result. You don’t see guys coming in their rookie year, winning two races, being on the podium consistently, and making a real mark.” Adding the demands of a college course load complicates the challenge significantly, but for Cooper, his developing nutrition expertise is essential to his career, something he learned very early on.

“It’s super-intense, super hot in the car,” Cooper said, “like 130 degrees, and you can be in the car for hours on end, and “I could not wait to get out of that room,” then get out and have to get back in a Cooper said. “Luckily, the announcers couple of hours later. That drains you didn’t call me out in the short time we physically. It drains your nutrients.”



Cooper’s experiences on the track sparked a passion for nutrition, one that only intensified when his career hit a rough patch in 2012. “It was what interested me,” Cooper said. “It was what kept me up at night, wondering about things. I was searching for articles and reading peerreviewed studies, just to gain knowledge. I wasn’t planning on going back to racing at that time. It was just going to be 100 percent nutrition focus for me.” As Cooper enrolled at LIU Post, he found himself authoring a powerful resurgence in his racing career, leading to his current place with Cadillac in the Pirelli World Challenge. Now, Cooper doesn’t know just how far his career will take him, but between his success on the track and his studies in LIU Post’s world-class nutrition program, the road ahead is full of possibilities. “I know a lot of drivers who would give a lot to be in my shoes,” Cooper said, “so I’m very fortunate in that regard.”

This is How We Succeed Some of the many factors contributing to the growth of LIU 14 to 1 Leader in

student to faculty ratio



$100 million

Hailed by Forbes

in scholarships awarded each year

as one of “10 Undervalued Buys” in the magazine’s “Investor’s Guide to College Admissions”

90 percent


accredited programs

200,000 alumni

of LIU graduates are working in their chosen fields or pursing graduate studies within six months of graduation

including leaders in industries across the globe

Alumni Spotlight Christina Principato, LIU Post ’15 (MBA ’16) Audit Associate, KPMG

“LIU Post, to me, is about innovation and entrepreneurship. At LIU Post, you can have the experience to start your own business. You can run your own company. You can do whatever you set your mind to.” 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW | LIU MAGAZINE


Scholarship Spotlight Timineri Yaboh LIU Brooklyn Class of 2018 BS Biology Baldwin, New York

“My scholarship means a lot to me, because with all of the other amazing students at LIU Brooklyn, I didn’t think I would be picked for the award. It means so much to me to be able to get a worldclass education so close to home.”

Burcu Altintas LIU Post Class of 2018 BA Psychology West Islip, New York

“My favorite thing about LIU Post is that I’m not just a number here, I am Burcu Altintas. My professors know who I am. My scholarship means that somebody wants to see me succeed. It isn’t just a contribution to my education; it’s a contribution toward my future.”

Stephen Mensah LIU Brooklyn Class of 2017 BS Business Management Bronx, New York

“Receiving my scholarship was incredibly helpful for me. I wouldn’t be at LIU without it. I hope to play professional soccer after I graduate, but having this degree, and eventually my MBA, means I am also able to have the dream of owning my own business someday. As an immigrant, and as the child of immigrants from Ghana, that means more than I could have ever known."

Taylor Bass LIU Post Class of 2017 BFA Theatre Arts Osseo, Michigan

“I love LIU Post, and I’m so thankful for my scholarship, and for the help of my professors and advisors here on campus. They have helped me come to terms with myself as an individual and prepared me for the outside world.”

Julie Zeng

LIU Pharmacy Class of 2019 Pharm.D. Brooklyn, New York

"My scholarship relieved some financial burden to further allow me to achieve my career goals. I can devote more time to my studies and extracurricular activities to grow professionally and intellectually. LIU Pharmacy affords a rich foundation that enables students to thrive in the pharmacy practice."



LIU’s Student-Run Businesses Enabling real business experiences

Student-run businesses empower LIU students to participate in innovative and entrepreneurial ventures while working toward their degrees. Students are in charge of every aspect of the success of these businesses, and half of all profits are used to fund new student-led ventures. LIU is becoming a national leader in studentrun businesses, providing transformational opportunities for students across the University. “The student-run businesses are busting at the seams,” said Dr. Christopher Salute, LIU Post Director of Student-Run Businesses and LIU Promise. “The students are constantly moving and constantly coming up with ideas.” “One week, they try something, and it may not work, so they’re trying to figure what the next step is. They’re learning you have to figure it out, roll up your sleeves, and do the job.” Following the success of fashion boutique The Student Body and college spirit store Pioneer Nation, among others, LIU Post’s array of student-led ventures has expanded this fall to include a talent agency and a public relations firm. On the Brooklyn campus, the Browse student-run technology store celebrated its first anniversary with the announcement that the store has been certified as an officially licensed Apple reseller. The store has also moved into the heart of the Brooklyn campus with a new location on the third-floor of the Library Learning Center, where Browse’s team of student IT gurus provide “help desk” support and run regular demonstrations of all of the latest devices and products. The third floor of the Library Learning Center is also the home of Blackbird Nation, LIU Brooklyn students’ destination for everything they need to show their pride and support of the campus’ 19 NCAA Division I teams. The ability to gain high-level business experience on campus gives LIU graduates an edge as they enter the job market and begin their careers. The continued success of these ventures – and the vision behind them – is laying the foundation for future generations to add to the University’s legacy of leadership. 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW | LIU MAGAZINE


Post Athletics Championship performance

On the heels of a second straight NCAA Division II East Region Championship in 2015, the LIU Post men’s soccer team has distinguished itself this fall as one of the nation’s elite teams. The Pioneers ascended to the No. 1 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II poll on the strength of a 19-match unbeaten streak, culminating in the team’s fourth East Coast Conference Championship in five years. However, head coach Andreas Lindberg’s team – comprised of student-athletes from seven different countries – is more than a dominating force on the field. The ECC honored the Pioneers this past spring as an academic team of excellence after posting the highest grade-point average in the conference, 24


and two members of the team – senior Maxime Devillaz and junior Harry Pearse – were honored by the Society of Professional Journalists for their work on LIU Post’s student newspaper, The Pioneer. Another member of the team, Sebastian Baxter, is part of the University’s student-led consultancy, LIU-iQ Consulting, and has worked with fellow students on projects for corporate clients, including eParel and Bib & Tucker. “The soccer team at Post turned out to be more than I could have ever imagined,” said midfielder, Alex Billington, a graduate student from Preston, England. “I now have friends all over the world that I am fortunate enough to call my brothers.”


2016 Northeast-10 Conference Champions NCAA Playoffs


2016 Metropolitan Conference Champions

Men’s Lacrosse

2016 East Coast Conference Champions


Debut Season, Fall 2016

Women’s Lacrosse

2016 East Coast Conference Champions

Field Hockey

2016 Northeast-10 Conference Champions NCAA Runner Up 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW | LIU MAGAZINE


Brooklyn Athletics Champions on and off the court

In their second year under head coach Ken Ko, the women of the LIU Brooklyn volleyball team are continuing the University’s winning tradition, on and off the court. With 12 players representing five countries, the Blackbirds captured their 10th Northeast Conference Championship, and their fourth in five years. Three Blackbirds earned all-conference honors, led by senior opposite hitter Alex Larsen (Cary, Illinois), who was named to the All-NEC First Team. She was joined by a pair of second-team honorees in sophomore outside hitter Viktoria Fink (Vienna, Austria), and freshman setter Amanda Hubbard (Hillsborough, Calif.). Hubbard tied a conference record with 43 assists in a win over Fairleigh Dickinson. She became the NEC leader in assists per set, and shared the first-year spotlight with Natalia Rivera, a libero from Cayey, Puerto Rico, who 26


set an NEC single-game record for digs (48) in a five-set win against Saint Francis. The arrival of young stars like Rivera and Hubbard are sure to boost the championship hopes of the Blackbirds, who clinched a spot in the NCAA tournament when they upset regular-season champion Sacred Heart. However, success in competition is only part of the story. The Blackbirds won their sport’s NEC Team GPA award for the 2015-16 academic year while capturing the conference’s regular-season title and finishing as the runner-up in the conference tournament. As they plan their return to the top of the NEC, Ko’s student-athletes are ensuring that their success will endure long after the final spike.

Women’s Swimming and Diving Debut Season, Winter 2015-16

Men’s Soccer First win over a ranked opponent since 1989

Field Hockey

Debut Season, Fall 2016

Men’s Indoor Track and Field 2016 Northeast Conference Champions

Softball 2016 Northeast

Conference Champions

Men’s Golf

One of League-High Six Teams to Earn NEC Academic Awards 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW | LIU MAGAZINE



Annual Report Even in challenging times

During the fiscal year, ended August 31, 2016, the University earned improved credit ratings from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, as well as a positive outlook from both rating agencies. In addition, more than $103.2 million of institutional scholarships were provided to students.

for higher education, LIU demonstrates extraordinary resiliency

LIU has thrived during a period when many of its peers have struggled and, in extreme cases, closed their doors. We are charting an upward trajectory that has been celebrated both for academic excellence and for financial management. We remain committed to investing in programs, scholarships, and facilities upgrades to provide affordable and transformational academic experiences for the 21st century economy, and we thank our donors for their generous support in funding new avenues of engaged learning and career development.

as we take steps to ensure a healthy financial future.

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• Total operating revenue exceeded $372.6 million. Total operating expenses decreased to $338.4 million, generating an operating surplus of approximatley $34.2 million. Net assets grew 8.8 percent to $353.4 million from $324.7 million over the previous year. • Our endowment’s fair market value was recorded at $138.5 million on August 31, 2016. This total represents an increase of 81.3 percent from the same date in 2010, and puts the University on pace to exceed our goal of a $200 million endowment by 2020. • A $5 million commitment from T. Denny Sanford will anchor the LIU T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute at Bush Brown Hall, a bold initiative that will serve as a springboard to the most inventive students and alumni of the University and high-tech companies.

2016 Revenues* $372.6 Million

FY 2016 Revenues - $371 million


Tuition and fees (net of scholarships)

• LIU received a $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundations in support of a cohort of five STEM Scholars who will each receive four years of critical scholarship funding. • A $1.25 million gift from Judith Picarelli will be used to establish the Alfred F. Picarelli ’76 Endowed Scholarship Fund at LIU Post. Named after Ms. Picarelli’s late husband, an LIU Post alumnus, the Fund will award annual merit scholarships of $25,000 to two or more high-achieving, need-based incoming freshman students who are participating in the Honors College. • A transformative $1 million gift from the family of Charles Zegar ’71 through the Zegar Family Foundation will elevate the profile of the LIU Brooklyn student population by providing critical scholarship support for 40 high-achieving students from selective local high schools. • A $100,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation will provide critical four-year scholarship support to a cohort of five low-income freshmen FY 2016 Revenues - $371 million matriculating at LIU Brooklyn. • $1 million pledge from Sean Lee ’13 to establish the Lee Scholars Program at LIU Post. Structured as an expendable account, the 88% Program will award merit scholarships to incoming freshman Tuition and fees (net of scholarships) students who are participating in the Honors College, allowing LIU Post to recruit a number of high-achieving students as soon as Spring 2018. • The Pinkerton Foundation has also provided a $75,000 grant in support of the LIU Brooklyn Early College Scholars Program, which provides intensive academic support and mentorship to a select group of local Auxiliary sales high school students earning college 4% credits. 7% •

& services Gifts, grants The School of Health Professions at LIU Brooklyn was awarded a & other sources


prestigious President’s Grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Investment return for operations to further develop workshops, teaching modules, and curriculum for interprofessional education.

• LIU has also received a grant from the Long Island Community Trust in support of the Tilles Center Arts Education Program, with a focus on expanding the program’s reach.

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2016 Expenses* $338.4 Million

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Choral Connections Mark Shapiro brings new music – and LIU Post students – to New York’s great stages Mark Shapiro is a man of many interests. The Director of Choral Studies at LIU Post, Shapiro is also the Music Director of New York’s Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra and Canada’s Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra, as well as the award-winning chamber chorus Cantori New York. He has won five programming awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and conducted on many of New York’s great stages, including both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. When he was honored in April with LIU’s Abraham Krasnoff Memorial Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement, Shapiro took the opportunity to speak about…entrepreneurship. “All the cool people nowadays are entrepreneurs,” Shapiro said, “and I’ve been thinking that we’re entrepreneurs, too, 30


when we’re involved in scholarship and research. I think entrepreneurship is about looking for opportunity, and I think scholarship is also about looking for opportunity. The material is out there, the material is beckoning to you, there are connections in the world you want to make, there are communities you want to put together, and somehow, by following your passion and curiosity, you get to do that.” Later, sitting in his office in LIU Post’s Fine Arts Center, tucked away in one of the most picturesque corners of the idyllic campus, Shapiro expanded on the connection between scholarship and entrepreneurship. “I think it’s a world where we’re all having to reinvent ourselves,” Shapiro said. “We’re thinking about how we can prepare musicians for a career where they’re going to have to put a lot of things together for themselves.

“I think we’re also increasingly looking at cross-disciplinary endeavors and ways to sell the content in a way that is not disrespectful, but that communicates its value.” Shapiro looks to apply this spirit in his own approach, at LIU Post and with his professional ensembles. “One of our responsibilities is to seek, to look for opportunities, survey the world and help something that might be the right thing at the right time, find the right ensemble and present it,” Shapiro said. Shapiro found such an opportunity in a piece he recently conducted at Carnegie Hall: Jonathan Breit’s comic intermezzo Der Zippelfagottist, which received its world premiere on the fabled stage as part of the Cecilia Chorus’s “Bach Family Christmas.” “There’s an episode in history where Bach got into a fistfight with a bassoonist,” Shapiro explained. “This is recorded through a court document, where they had a tussle, and they were both hauled before the town council and there was a trial. So, I had the idea to approach [Breit] to write a cantata based on this episode. It makes use of the opportunity we have – which is Carnegie Hall – and we’re crossing into this other genre with this creative idea. “There’s an element of entrepreneurship in my own mind of having the idea of the project itself, and then making it happen.” Shapiro also used the December 10 concert to create an opportunity for his LIU Post students, as the LIU Post

Chorus joined the Cecilia Chorus in performing Bach’s “Magnificant.” It’s the latest in a series of performances by Shapiro’s students on New York’s celebrated stages. Watching the students’ faces as they experience Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the first time as performers is one of the great joys of his work at LIU Post. “I don’t know of any other area university that can regularly create this kind of opportunity for its students.” He continued, “Students these days can be pretty blasé. They think they’ve done it all and seen it all…until they get on stage. When they’re in that space, and the music is as great as it is, they are transported by the whole gestalt – by the repertoire, by the performance, and by the venue.” Shapiro ensures that his students can hold their own next to the professionals – “The Board of Directors would not be receptive to bringing back the LIU students if they did not deliver what they’re supposed to deliver,” he said – but overall, Shapiro doesn’t find much difference between working with students and with professional musicians. “There’s always teaching involved,” Shapiro said, “I don’t think of rehearsing as just note-learning, or study, but trying to understand the message that the music encodes.” And, as Shapiro continues to delve into the meaning of compositions new and old, his entrepreneurial approach ensures that part of the meaning will be opportunities for composers and students alike.

“I don’t think of rehearsing as just note-learning, or study, but trying to understand the message that the music encodes.”



A Helping Hand Joan West Duncan teaches her LIU Brooklyn psychology students to aid communities in crisis When Joan West Duncan meets the students in her psychology classes at LIU Brooklyn, they tend to have a lot of questions.

Duncan’s work is most successful when it empowers communities to build on their own structures and customs to address the problems created by disasters, both natural and man-made.

Of course, when your work brings you face to face with the effects of a tsunami in Thailand, genocide in Rwanda, “We’re trying to restore normalcy across the different and the pandemic of HIV/AIDS across African countries realms of how people function,” Duncan said “whether like Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, it does inspire more psychological, social educational, or economically. than a bit of curiosity. As you do that, you try to build the capacity of the government and these other in-country “They want to know about the goals,” Duncan said, “what non-governmental groups and organizations to kind of things am I trying to do. They ask me about the provide care for their citizens, so we’re not going whole process of working in a foreign land, and the over there and saying, ‘We have all the answers challenges of working in a different cultural context.” and we’re going to do it for you forever and ever.’” For Duncan, one of the greatest challenges can also be the key to success. “You don’t always hold truth in your right hand,” Duncan said. “We can sometimes think that we have the best way to do everything.” 32


Some of Duncan’s favorite work involves mobilizing communities to take care of orphans and unaccompanied children, not in orphanages – which she describes as a “a solution in need of another solution” – but through kinship and family-based care.

“I come from a civic-minded family. They were always into something, and as a result, I’ve been taught, if you have opportunities, you have to give back.” “I’m looking at ways that psychology can create structures that are culturally consonant,” Duncan said, “and valuable for children who are unaccompanied or have become vulnerable because of some crisis.” Often, once Duncan explains the goals of her work for organizations like UNICEF, the Ford Foundation, and Save the Children, the next question students have is how they can get involved. The answer isn’t always easy – students aren’t accredited and typically can’t apply for the grants that Duncan receives – but the associate director of LIU Brooklyn’s Clinical Psychology Program is happy to help, often with University support. “I’m always looking for ways to involve students and bring them with me on international trips,” Duncan said, “share advocacy efforts and authorship of any research papers, and then have them present those along with me at professional meetings.”

by, but the first step is always doing what you can to help. “It’s very difficult to work in an environment where there’s a great deal of suffering,” Duncan said, “but it’s even more difficult for me to witness suffering and not participate in its amelioration." That caring spirit is rooted in Duncan’s upbringing. “I come from a civic-minded family,” she said. “They were always into something, and as a result, I’ve been taught, if you have opportunities, you have to give back.” Today, Duncan teaches that same lesson to her LIU students, and she can see the difference it makes. “Their experiences have been transformational in terms of understanding how psychology fits into real-world problems,” Duncan said. “On a personal level, they can appreciate their own blessings and understand civic responsibility that comes with the benefit of having the basic resources that we have in the United States.“

It’s a transformational opportunity for the students, and without fail, it’s an opportunity that’s been earned.

Even without those resources, however, Duncan takes great pride and satisfaction in helping communities to survive, and to care for those who are most vulnerable.

“The students’ contributions to the quality of the work have really been outstanding,” Duncan said. “It’s a better product because of them. I see myself as mentoring and preparing the next generation of professionals who want to enter global conversations, and I also get the benefit of young minds, and energy, and different ways of thinking. It’s a win-win situation for me.”

“When you’re doing community work,” Duncan said,“ you tend to see the spectrum of strengths and weaknesses, and you see that communities can actually work together. When they do that, they increase their capacity to deal with crisis, they find sustainable solutions, and you’re helping in that process. To me, that’s the best outcome.”

When you work with communities dealing with devastating circumstances, “wins” can be hard to come



A Formula for Excellence Kenneth Morris is connecting LIU Pharmacy students with impactful research opportunities After traveling nearly 5,000 miles to lead LIU Pharmacy’s Lachman Institute for Pharmaceutical Analysis, Dr. Kenneth Morris hasn’t had much time to put his bags down. Morris began the month of October in Silver Spring, Maryland, giving a presentation at a conference presented by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE). By the end of the month, Morris was in Texas, making a site visit to Texas A&M as part of the evaluation process for NIPTE membership. In the few months since LIU Pharmacy joined NIPTE – a group of 16 of the nation’s top pharmacy schools, including those at the University of Michigan, the University of Texas, and the University of Rochester Medical Center – the partnership has created real benefits for LIU Pharmacy students. Shortly after joining, LIU Pharmacy was awarded a renewable 34


$150,000 research grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is being shared with NIPTE colleagues at the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Maryland–Baltimore. The grant has helped to fund the studies of two Ph.D. students and a master’s student at LIU Pharmacy, but the benefits of the partnership go far beyond finances. “It gives us access to NIPTE faculty,” Morris said. “There’s more incentive for them to cooperate more fully with us on projects where they have expertise and we don’t, or vice versa, so that the students can take advantage of an expanded family of faculty mentoring them." “I have a student who’s working on a project and she’s working with a NIPTE faculty member at the University of Connecticut to learn some of the experimental techniques she’s applied in her work.”

Creating opportunities for students is exactly what LIU leaders expected when the prominent pharmaceutical scientist was appointed to lead the Lachman Institute late last year. Morris is internationally recognized for his research on dosage form design, which is credited for modernizing dosage form development. He has also held high-level positions outside academia, including roles with Bristol-Myers Squibb and the FDA’s Advisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmacology.

“When you’re charged with dispensing medicine, that still means that you have to understand a whole lot about the dosage form and the science behind it,” Morris said. “The idea that you can learn that without exposure to the research that goes behind it is unsupported by the rankings of the major pharmacy schools in the country.”

He also has a long history working with Dr. John Pezzuto, going back to their time at Purdue University, where Morris’s history with NIPTE began, as one of the group’s founders.

LIU students’ exposure to research has surged in recent months. In addition to funding received through NIPTE, LIU Pharmacy was awarded a $2 million FDA grant to study variability in marketed pharmaceutical product, while professor of Pharmaceutics Dr. Grazia Stagni received a $750,000 award to support a project entitled “Benchmark of dermis microdialysis to assess bioequivalence of dermatological topical products.”

When Morris arrived in Brooklyn, applying for NIPTE membership was an easy decision, distinguishing LIU as “a program that places a real emphasis on the science of pharmacy as opposed to just the delivery aspect of pharmacy.”

“The people who do research on pharmaceutical dosage forms, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and the related disciplines really understand how to teach it well,” Morris said, “and they can give experiences to students that help them understand it as well.”

That distinction is key to LIU Pharmacy’s long-term goals – “The top 50 pharmacy schools are all research-based institutions,” Dr. Morris said – but it’s also an important factor in how LIU Pharmacy educates its students today.

With respected pharmaceutical scientists like Morris and Pezzuto leading the way, LIU Pharmacy students will benefit from those experiences for years to come.

“The people who do research on pharmaceutical dosage forms... really understand how to teach it well...they can give experiences to students that help them understand it”



Faculty Accomplishments • Kerry Mitchell, director of Academic Affairs for LIU Global and the co-director of the Asia Pacific program, recently published his book, Spirituality and the State, with NYU Press. • Emily Drabinski, Coordinator of Library Instruction at LIU Brooklyn, gave the keynote address at the Illinois Information Literary Summit.

• LIU Brooklyn Assistant Professor of Political Science Dalia Fahmy was selected to moderate a high-profile panel discussion with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and London Mayor Sadiq Khan on the theme of “Building Inclusive and Progressive Cities.”

• Katelyn Angell and Eamon Tewell, Assistant Professors in the LIU Brooklyn Campus Library, have been awarded the prestigious 2016 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for their paper, “Far from a Trivial Pursuit: Assessing the Effectiveness of Games in Information Literacy Instruction.”

• LIU Post Jazz Ensemble, Long Island Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and jazz combos – led by Department of Music Chair Jennifer Scott Miceli – performed in Switzerland at the 50th annual Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as the Rive Jazzy Festival in Nyon. • Jennifer Brown, Assistant Professor of Sociology at LIU Post, was chosen by the editorial team of Advances in Gender Research as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. • Elisabeth Robinson, associate professor of Film at LIU Post, had her recent feature film Claire in Motion accepted into the narrative competition section at the SXSW Film Festival. • Tony Dofat, adjunct professor in Media Arts at LIU Brooklyn, is releasing two self-published textbooks, The Fundamentals of Music Production and Introduction to Digital Audio. He also lectured in 14 countries and 35 cities during a summer tour. 36


• LIU Riverhead Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute directed by Department of Criminal Justice Chair Harvey Kushner, hosted the inaugural Counter-Terrorism Symposium. An internationally renowned panel with unparalleled expertise addressed representatives from more than 70 law enforcement agencies. • Gerald Nichols, director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management at LIU Post, was honored by the Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC) at their 50th Anniversary Gala in April.

• Dr. Lynn Cohen, Professor of Special Education and Literacy at LIU Post, presented research at the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Cohen and Dr. Maureen Schwartz's paper related to Mikhail Bakhtin and dual language learners. Dr. Cohen joined Dr. Ruth Guirguis and national scholars to present a symposium related to play research, practices, and policies to improve early childhood education.

• LIU Brooklyn student dancers under the direction of Associate Professor of Dance Dana Hash-Campbell performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. at the National Conference of the American College Dance Association, and later at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.

• Robert Wildman, Associate Professor and Director of the Arts Management program at LIU Post, had his article “The Art Bias Within the Arts: Creativity in the Field of Not-for-Profit Theatre Management” published in “The International Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving.” Volume 25, #2. • Helen Ballestas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nursing at LIU Post, published an article entitled “Experiential Learning: An Undergraduate Nursing Study Abroad Program to Costa Rica” in the Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare. • Thomas Fahy, Professor of English and Director of American Studies at LIU Post, performed at Carnegie Hall on March 5 as part of the New York Piano Society's 10th Anniversary Gala Benefit Concert. Professor Fahy also gave the keynote address at the Birss Lecture Series at Roger Williams University on March 17. His talk focused on the fiftieth anniversary of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood.

• Dr. Brian Gilchrist, Assistant Professor of Public Health in the LIU Brooklyn School of Health Professions, co-authored an article featured on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. • Stacy Gropack, PT, Ph.D., FASAHP, Dean of the LIU Post School of Health Professions and Nursing, has been appointed by the Association for Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) to represent them nationally at International Education Collaborative (IPEC). • Shailendra Palvia, Ph.D., professor of Management Information Systems at LIU Post, co-edited a book entitled, Global Sourcing Of Services: Strategies, Issues And Challenges.

• LIU Post Associate Professor of Geography Scott Carlin was selected to co-chair of the 66th Annual United Nations Department of Public Information/ Non-Governmental Organizations Conference, held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea. The theme for the three-day conference – the first DPI/NGO conference held outside the United States – was “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together.” 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW | LIU MAGAZINE


10UNDER 10AWARDS Inaugural LIU

LIU’s “10 Under 10” honors alumni whose achievements before their 10-year reunion stand as an example of just what is possible with an LIU degree.

Ermira Babamusta

Founder, Peace Action Foundation Degree: MA in Political Science, LIU Brooklyn, 2008 Career Highlights: Recipient, U.S. President’s Award for National Service, Gold Level; Recipient, Distinguished Humanitarian Award, U.S. Congress; Recipient, International Woman of Courage Award, Kessel Peace Institute The LIU Difference: “I was accepted at NYU’s M.A. program in Politics but I chose the dual degree in UN Diplomacy and M.A. in Political Science at Long Island University because it offered a wide range of areas within the field of politics that allowed me the freedom to explore my personal areas of interest. LIU helped me prepare for Harvard’s National Security program through the guidance I received while working on my Master’s Thesis regarding Kosovo.”

Justin Barton

Vice President of Audience Development, iHeartMedia Degree: : MBA, LIU Post, 2010 Career Highlights: Presented “Moving Beyond Standard Engagement Metrics” at Innovation Enterprise’s 2015 Social and Web Analytics Innovation Summit; Former Senior Director, Digital Insights & Research, Viacom

The LIU Difference: “Attending the MBA program at LIU Post taught me the importance of teamwork within a business setting. The coursework – which included many case studies – prepared me to excel in my career and become a successful digital executive.”

Kyle Carney

Criminal Investigator, Civilian Special Agent, United States Army Degree: BS in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychobiology), LIU Post, 2006 Career Highlights: Awarded a Bronze Star and seven other honors as a captain in U.S. Army; Selected for prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship as a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s inaugural PMF Class; Two-time recipient of SEC’s National Exam Program Four Pillars Directors Award

The LIU Difference: “The lessons and skills I learned at LIU helped prepare me for life outside of the classroom. I am especially thankful to LIU for igniting an intellectual curiosity in the world around me, and a passion to go explore it.”

David Gassman

Vice President, Regulatory and Tax Operations, Goldman Sachs Degree: MBA, LIU Brooklyn, 2008 Career Highlights: Developed an industry benchmark and conducted a gap analysis for tax service offerings as Principal Consultant at Capco.

The LIU Difference: “The MBA program at LIU equipped me with methodologies and expertise to consistently add value to my clients, employer and community. In addition to technical skills, the program honed my leadership competencies to successfully drive change in a dynamic global economy.”



Rakesh Gollen

Associate Director, Clinical Pharmacology, KinderPharm LLC Degree: MS in Pharmaceutics, LIU Pharmacy, 2010; Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and Drug Design, LIU Pharmacy, 2015 Career Highlights: Former Senior Scientist, Clinical Pharmacology, Novartis The LIU Difference: “The fundamentals I learned during my graduate studies at LIU are helping me to achieve my career goals on a day-to-day basis. I am currently working to help cure cancer from pediatric population, through applying science and innovation. ”

Keith Justice

Half of songwriting/production team “Butta-N-BizKit” Degree: BFA in Arts Management, LIU Post, 2008

Career Highlights: Produced John Legend’s single, “Tonight (Best You Ever Had),” which was certified Platinum by the Record Industry Association of America, earned a Grammy nomination, and won the Soul Train Award for Song of the Year; earned two other Grammy nominations for work with Miguel and Ledisi, including Miguel’s Gold-certified single “The Thrill” The LIU Difference: “The music industry is always changing and evolving. I've been able to use the skills I've gained at LIU Post to successfully adapt within it, as both an artist and a businessman.”

Maria Michta-Coffey

Professional race walker, USA Track and Field; Biomedical Scientist Degree: BS in Biology, LIU Post, 2008

Career Highlights: Two-time U.S. Olympian in race walking (2012, 2016); 28-time U.S. champion across multiple distances; holder of six U.S. records; Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Icahn School of Medicine; published paper in Journal of Virology, 2010. The LIU Difference: “LIU Post offered me the perfect setting to pursue my education, as well as my Olympic dream. I was able to continue race walking – earning my first set of National Records wearing the green and gold – while having my eyes opened to the fascinating world of microbiology."

Brendon Rodney Sprinter, Team Canada

Degree: BS in Exercise Science, LIU Brooklyn, 2015; M.S. in Exercise Science, LIU Brooklyn, 2016 Career Highlights: Bronze medal, 4 x 100 meter relay, 2016 Summer Olympics; Bronze medal, 4 x 100 meter relay, 2015 IAAF World Championship; Canadian record holder in 4 x 100; Second Canadian man to run 200 meters in under 20 seconds, Canadian Olympic trials, July 2016 The LIU Difference: “Brooklyn’s my home, and it’s how I got here. Brooklyn is dear to my heart. I always go back to it when I’m training in Canada. People say it’s cold. I say, ‘I train in Brooklyn…it doesn’t get colder than that.”

Charchil Vejani

Senior Formulation Scientist, PuraCap Pharmaceutical, LLC Degree: MS in Pharmaceutics, LIU Pharmacy, 2009; Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, LIU Pharmacy, 2015 Career Highlights: Published an in situ method to quantitatively determine dissolved free drug concentrations in vitro in the presence of polymer excipients using pulsatile microdialysis” in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics. The LIU Difference: “My time at LIU has provided me with the necessary tools to enhance my skills, taught me valuable knowledge about the drug development process, and eventually enabled me to contribute to my research group immediately.”

Andrew Zarick

Co-Founder/CEO, Digital DUMBO Degree: : BA in Media Arts, LIU Brooklyn, 2007 Career Highlights: Mentor for the Mayor of London’s International Business Program; Board of Advisors, SurfLabs

The LIU Difference: “I always tell people that at LIU the city was my campus. There is no other education in the world that can prepare you for life like a Brooklyn education.” 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW | LIU MAGAZINE


Homecoming 2016 Alumni, Parent and Family weekend

LIU Post’s 2016 Homecoming festivities welcomed hundreds of alumni back for a spirited weekend on the idyllic campus, highlighted by the Pioneer football team’s a 63-20 victory over St. Anselm. The weekend also included a fun-filled carnival outside Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium, a 60th Anniversary celebration for The Pioneer, and a barbecue in honor of Mary M. Lai’s 70 years of service to LIU.



Homecoming 2016 Alumni, Parent and Family weekend

LIU Brooklyn’s 2016 Spirit Week, Homecoming, and Fall Festival were filled with dynamic displays of Blackbird Bride across campus and beyond. Students and faculty began the week raising thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society in Prospect Park, then celebrated LIU at the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s Stroll and Showcase, the opening of the Blackbird Nation spirit store, and Blackbird Madness, the official start of the 2016-17 basketball season.



Alumni Bookshelf

100 Years of Deception – A Blueprint for the Destruction of a Nation By Alan R. Adaschik, LIU Post ‘73 Very few Americans know what is behind the events which have shaped our world. Most of us assume that information provided by media outlets is the truth and much of it is. However, it is also true that on critical issues, we only get part of the story and a lot of important information is deliberately left out. This book is an attempt to shed light upon what most people do not know in the hope of snapping them out of the trance which holds them in captivity. Historic Haunts of Long Island – Ghosts and Legends From the Gold Coast to Montauk Point By Keriann Flanagan Brosky, LIU Post ’90 Long Island’s history is unearthed and preserved through its ghost stories and spirits who have made their presence known. Through extensive research, interviews, and investigations, awardwinning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, alongside medium and paranormal investigator Joe Giaquinto, uncovers Long Island’s eerie history.



Stradella’s Revenge – A Harry Grouch Mystery By Robert Tell, LIU Brooklyn ‘58 A series of bizarre murders of prominent classical musicians in multiple cities leaves police without a clue. Can they all be linked in some way, or are they just coincidences? Is a serial killer on the loose with a grudge against musicians? If so, why? When someone tries to kill Tomaso Albinoni, Albinoni's friend, detective Harry Grouch, is deputized by the police to investigate. Hell’s Gate Bill Schutt, Professor of Biology, LIU Post (with J.R. Finch) As war rages in Europe and the Pacific, Army Intel makes a shocking discovery: a 300-foot Japanese sub marooned and empty, deep in the Brazilian interior. A team of Army Rangers sent to investigate has already gone missing. Now, the military sends Captain R. J. MacCready, a quick-witted, brilliant scientific jackof-all-trades to learn why the Japanese are there. But the enemy isn’t the only danger: silently creeping from the forest, an even darker force is on the prowl. Mac has to uncover the source of this emerging biological crisis and foil the enemy’s plans . . . but will he be in time to save humanity from itself?

Between a Rock and a Hard PLace By Debbie De Louise, LIU Post ‘89 Two years ago, Alicia discovered both a terrible truth and lasting love with John McKinney in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York. Now a busy mother of twin babies and co-author of a mystery series, Alicia couldn’t be happier…until her children are kidnapped and John’s sister is shot. In order to save their children, the McKinneys race against the clock to solve a mystery more puzzling than those found in their own books. Can they do it before time runs out? Business and Fundamentals of Music Production By Tony Dofat, Associate Professor of Media Arts, LIU Brooklyn Dofat’s book contains everything you need to know about the business of music production, from the creative aspect and publishing your own music to working with major record labels and creating your own boutique independent label. Music production has created a plethora of self-made multi-millionaires, and Dofat – a contributor to records that have sold more than 40 million copies – offers the manual to becoming the next music mogul.

Alumni Chapter Events LIU wants to see you!

LIU Alumni Chapter Reception Bocaire Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida February 7, 2017

LIU Alumni Chapter Reception Philadelphia, Pennsylvania* March 2017

George Polk Awards in Journalism

Reunion 2017 Come together with your classmates at LIU’s 2017 Reunions. Our on-campus celebrations are the perfect opportunity to share your success, see old friends, and relive your cherished college memories. Alumni from all years ending in 2 and 7 are invited to return to campus to join in the reunion festivities:

Catch up with your fellow alumni

Roosevelt Hotel, New York City April 7, 2017

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Celebrate LIU’s proud traditions

LIU Alumni Chapter Reception

LIU Brooklyn

Forge new professional and social connections in LIU’s network of 200,000 alumni around the world Revisit cherished memories and create new ones For more information on all LIU alumni events, visit

Boston, Massachusetts* April, 2017

Buck and Mary Lai Golf Classic Wheatley Hills Golf Club, East Williston, New York May 15, 2017

LIU Post Alumni Networking Event New York Athletic Club, New York City June 14, 2017

Week of May 1, 2017 Week of May 8, 2017

Get Invovled LIU is looking for class representatives to help keep your fellow alumni connected, and update us on the life and career milestones you and your classmates have achieved. Visit, to learn more. * Visit for date and venue information

All in the Family At LIU Post’s 2015 Homecoming, longtime Pioneers athletic director Vin Salamone ’63 saw his name established on Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium’s state-of-the-art press box. Just over a year later, Salamone and his family filled the President’s Box. The former football, baseball, and lacrosse star was on hand on October 28, accompanied by 19 family members, to see the Pioneers take on Pace University on Senior Day. No fewer than nine members of the Salamone contingent had attended LIU, spanning 56 years, from Salamone himself to current LIU Post sophomore Thomas Srubinski ’19. The family was treated to a commanding performance from the Pioneers, as David White and Malik Pierre ran for two touchdowns each in a 35-17 win over the Setters, clinching the regular-season Northeast-10 title.


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