Fall 2023 LIU Magazine

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The Rise of






SILENT SPRING REVOLUTION By: Douglas Brinkley, PhD Publisher: Harper

THE PEACEMAKER By: William Inboden, PhD Publisher: Dutton

UNITING AMERICA By: Peter Shinkle Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed presidential historian Douglas Brinkley chronicles the rise of environmental activism during the Long Sixties (1960-1973), telling the story of an indomitable generation that saved the natural world under the leadership of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Based on thousands of pages of newlydeclassified documents and interviews with senior Reagan officials, The Peacemaker brims with fresh insights into one of America’s most consequential presidents. Along the way, it shows how the pivotal decade of the 1980s shaped the world today.

Author Peter Shinkle reveals the true extent of bipartisanship during the war, including previously undisclosed information about Stimson’s work with 1940 republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie and other republicans who supported FDR. This fascinating and deeply researched book is a must-read for anyone who believes America must once again unite to defend democracy at home and abroad.


To join The Society of Presidential Descendants, please visit: thesocietyofpresidentialdescendants.org Direct descendants of a United States president, collateral descendants (direct descendants of the union of a United States president’s parents), as well as individuals who do not have a presidential ancestor but are interested in supporting the Society and attending special events, are all invited to join.

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The Rise of Ray Dalio ’71


Howard M. Lorber: The Path to Success is not Always Straight

Rod Strickland Takes Center Court


Two Million Dollars Raised at Annual Gala



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When he arrived on September 19th, it had been 52 years since Ray Dalio ’71 had walked on Long Island University’s Post campus. As a cool fall breeze and sunny skies welcomed him back, it felt to Dalio like he had never left. Even though the tree under which he studied was still firmly rooted, Dalio himself has soared since his time as an undergraduate student. In the five decades since he received his bachelor’s degree in business from LIU, Ray Dalio has become a hugely successful entrepreneur, investor and author. He is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, the fifth most important company in the United States (Fortune magazine) and the largest hedge fund in the world. He has appeared on the Time magazine 100 list of most influential people in the world and the Forbes 100 list of the world’s wealthiest. He is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers. The university was honored to have Ray return to share his story and his principles for success with the next generation of LIU students. To a packed audience of over 500 current students, in his humble manner and colloquial tone, Dalio began his talk by sharing, “You have no idea how special it is for me to be here.” Dalio went on to describe his experience at LIU Post, which was “the first school that I liked.” The pivot from a high school education of rote lecturing to a university experience with dynamic discussions and learning opportunities was transformative. “It was first time I could pick subjects that interested me. And then I had these incredible professors. I liked the whole freedom of the place. It inspired and excited me.”

His talk could have ended there, with a hugely successful company that, at its pinnacle, managed over $150 billion. But Dalio does not believe in glossing over the difficult times. Instead, he takes his time to emphasize his missteps and shortcomings, to impress upon his young audience that mistakes are the most essential steps to achieving success.


Dalio breaks it down for the young attendees: success is a five-step process. At the beginning of the journey—or “adventure,” as Ray describes it—the first step is to establish “audacious goals.” On the road to accomplishing those goals, obstacles are encountered and mistakes are made. After reflecting on those failures and getting to their root causes, one needs to design and then execute a plan to improve. Repeat, and then repeat again.

“I was very publicly wrong, and it was painful. But it was one of the best things that ever happened in my life.”

After receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School, Dalio took his affinity for the markets and his excitement for new challenges and put them to work. In 1975, he launched Bridgewater Associates from his two-bedroom New York City apartment.

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For Dalio, failure—and then learning from failure—is more important than success. He concedes that a correct decision will move a business forward. However, without failure, stakeholders will not learn and grow from the insights gained. It was from one very public mistake and its resulting wisdom that Dalio’s “principles” were born.

Ray credits these systemized principles for enabling him to take Bridgewater from a two-bedroom apartment to the largest hedge fund in the world. He views principles as very individualized—what works for one will not service another. So, he encourages students to derive their own principles from their own failures, to write them down, to improve, and to continue the cycle to achieve more and more audacious goals. Dalio uses himself as a case study of how failure can create a principle. In a very public manner, Ray made a strong prediction about the US economy in 1982—and was completely wrong. Dalio and Bridgewater suffered reputationally and financially as a result. “I was so broke, I had to borrow $4,000 from my dad.” Ray took the difficult experience, analyzed and learned from it, and acquired the understanding that PAIN + REFLECTION = PROGRESS.

Dalio endeavored to be more open minded, viewing the pain as a puzzle. By solving it, he would develop a principle he could use to deal with reality in a better way. To avoid the pain of being wrong again, he embraced the concept of idea meritocracy, where independent thinkers could challenge his ideas to develop the best answers. Combined with his theory of “radical transparency,” where honest dialogue and thoughtful disagreement would give rise to the optimal decisions, Dalio created a brand-new office culture. The results are hard to deny; Bridgewater now boasts 1,500



1. IDENTIFY YOUR GOALS— Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates with students employees and a reputation of honesty and integrity that is unmatched in the business. These days, Ray is still taking “adventures” and learning from mistakes, but with new goals in mind. Since retiring from Bridgewater in 2022, Dalio’s focus now is on his family, his philanthropy, and sharing his principles for success with others. From Brookville to Bridgewater to benefactor, Ray’s principles have guided him on an incredible

adventure, one that he could not have envisioned as an undergraduate student at LIU. Before the students left the Krasnoff Theater to receive a copy of Dalio’s bestselling book, Principles: Life and Work, generously donated by Ray, he emphasized to his audience that money should not be what drives them to succeed. “The important thing is that you have the life that you want to have….Consider success in the broader sense: meaningful work and meaningful relationships. I don’t think there’s one right path to success.” •

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Enjoy the adventure!




There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Long Island University men’s basketball team this season. The Sharks have totally revamped their roster and will have an almost brand-new look going into the 2023-24 season. Nine new players join returners Andre Washington, R.J. Greene, C.J. Delancy and Ahmed Essahaty. Three transfers have been brought in, the first being Australian native and D-II Spring Hill forward Tana Kopa. Joining Kopa in Brooklyn are head coach Rod Strickland’s sons Tai and Terell, who transferred from Georgia Southern and James Madison. All three will look to make an immediate impact on the court. Coach Strickland had a stellar recruiting class bringing aboard six freshmen: Eric Acker, Greg Kenney, Tre’shawn Sheppard, Jason Steele, Nikola Djapa and Gezim Bajrami. Acker (East New York), Kenney (Williston Park), Sheppard (Brooklyn) and Steele (Flushing) are all New Yorkers while Djapa and Bajrami hail from Serbia and Finland.

The Sharks have been practicing since mid-summer, working hard not only on their play, but also on team chemistry as well. They have become a close-knit squad and are looking to return LIU to NEC prominence. LIU will be making its presence known from coast to coast around the country this season as they take on a number of prominent mid-major and power five schools.

The next road trip is down to Florida when LIU plays Florida International (December 2) and 2023 Final Four participant Miami (December 6). The Sharks wrap up their non-conference road games when they travel to America East contender UMass Lowell (December 12), national riser Rutgers (December 16) and former NEC foe Mount St. Mary’s (December 23).

The Sharks first Division I opponent will be Mountain West power and service academy Air Force when they take to the court November 10 during Veteran’s Day weekend.

“I feel good about this year,” Rod Strickland said in an interview with PIX 11. “We’ve been working hard and I love this group. I’m looking forward to it.”

LIU follows that matchup with a west coast trip to take on Pepperdine (November 13) in Malibu, California, and national powerhouse UCLA in the famed Pauley Pavilion (November 15).

The only thing that could give the Sharks more of a boost is the support of students, alumni and fans. The louder the Steinberg Wellness Center gets, the more it helps the team.

After a quick trip back home to play Columbia

“I think we’ll be fun to watch,” Strickland told PIX 11.

(November 21), the Sharks will fly to Highland Heights, Kentucky, to take on Texas A&M Corpus Christi (November 24) and host Northern Kentucky (November 25) in the NKU Thanksgiving Tournament.

“Bring them all in, I look forward to packing this gym.” LIU opens up its season at home on Wednesday, November 8th, when they take on Fisk University at 7 p.m. •

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The Sharks finished the 2022-23 academic year with a bang. Six programs from March onward won conference titles: women’s ice hockey, men’s volleyball, women’s water polo, women’s tennis, men’s golf and softball.

Women’s cross country and track & field’s Lexi Smith (pictured above) and women’s lacrosse’s Leah Nonnenmann both graduated in May with cumulative 4.0 GPAs. They shared the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, which is presented annually to the graduating senior student-athlete from the conference with the top GPA.

Three fencers and three women’s gymnasts represented LIU in NCAA postseason competition, including freshman men’s fencer Mo Elsayed, who finished third in épée at the NCAA Championships.

The equestrian program continued to accomplish on a national stage. The program closed the 2022-23 academic year by placing fourth at nationals.


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Eight LIU teams boasted the NEC’s scholar-athlete award winner for their sport: Anastasia Scott (pictured above), Ainhoa Brea and Elyas Ayyoub (cross country), Jonathan Gonzalez (men’s track and field), Marcell Matyikó (men’s swimming), Venna Andersen (women’s swimming), Philip Hilble (men’s tennis) and Luke Chandler (men’s volleyball).

Mike Pallister started his first season as head coach of the LIU women’s field hockey program. Pallister arrived from Syracuse, where he spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach.

Chad Davis competed against the LIU tennis programs as an opposing Northeast Conference coach for two decades. In August, he joined the Sharks as head coach. Davis is a 2023 NEC Coach of the Year and two-time winner of the award.

Jon Pepaj has joined the LIU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams as their new head coach. Pepaj arrived from St. Francis, where he served as an assistant coach for six years. He previously swam for the Terriers as an undergraduate before joining the staff.

LIU men’s golf phenom Marcelo Mexsen played his

way into the PGA Tour Latinoamérica’s 2023 Jalisco Open in Guadalajara, in his native Mexico, in June. Mexsen, the NEC Rookie of the Year last season as a freshman, shot a 1-under 70 during a qualifying round, then emerged from a playoff to secure the berth.



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he 2023/24 season at the Tilles Center is a robust lineup of accomplished performers, carefully curated to appeal to its discerning Long Island audience. The schedule, thoughtfully arranged by Tom Dunn, the executive and artistic director of the Tilles Center, is defined by three focal points. The Tilles Center continues its legacy of highlighting world-class artists. This year, Dunn builds upon this history, ensuring the most exceptional artists and ensembles grace the Tilles stage. Another emphasis is on strengthening the bonds with the Long Island University community. This encompasses a range of initiatives for students, including master classes with globally renowned artists and opportunities to participate in theater operations and production. Tom explains, “We want students to actively engage with the arts by making Tilles Center an intrinsic part of their journey at LIU.”

Thirdly, Tom is building upon the important impact Tilles Center has on the broader Long Island community. For many, Tilles Center is a place where cherished memories and pivotal milestones were created. “From hosting dance competitions, holiday festivities, graduations, and memorials, the center stands as a poignant backdrop to some of life’s most significant moments.” The upcoming 2023/24 season embodies all the Tilles Center’s priorities. The venue recently hosted Pulitzer Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. Still to come: six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald and multiple-award winner John Legend, who is headlining Tilles’ forty-third Gala. Of note are the residency partnerships with Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center—featuring performances by some of the best at their craft, like David Finckel and Wu Han, and rising stars like Samara Joy. This season’s catalog of performances embraces the varied backgrounds and voices within the community. Tom comments, “In our orchestral series this year—next to Josh Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Midori and Festival Strings Lucerne—we have the New York Arabic Orchestra and the Brooklyn Raga Massive. Adding these performers into our orchestral series intentionally reflects more of our community than perhaps before.” Tilles Center delivers on its mission through educational programs like student matinees; teaching artists in area school districts, many of which are under-resourced; and programs for the neurodiverse community. Support from the Gala and special events like the Lin-Manuel Miranda evening, the proceeds of which went to support artists of color, allows Tilles to fulfill its mission-driven goals. Beyond this current season, the Tilles Center is looking ahead to its 50th anniversary in 2031. Its dedication to excellence and community engagement ensures Tilles Center’s legacy as a bridge between LIU and the Long Island community, uniting generations through the transformative power of the arts. •


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MY OVERALL EXPERIENCE AT POST WAS GREAT ON EVERY LEVEL. THE THINGS I PICKED UP ALONG THE WAY, THE HELP I COULD GET WHEN I NEEDED IT, AND THE FRATERNITY….I WAS HAPPY. THERE WAS NOTHING NEGATIVE THAT I COULD EVER SAY. IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE. HOWARD LORBER ’70 arrived at Long Island University as a freshman in 1966, but his path here was not the typical college journey. Growing up in the Bronx and then Paramus, New Jersey, Lorber admits he was not a good student. His mother’s friend, a teacher, recommended that they consider C.W. Post, the name by which LIU’s Post campus was known at that time.

“FOR MY WHOLE LIFE, UP UNTIL COLLEGE, I WANTED TO BE A VETERINARIAN. SO, I PICKED THE RIGHT SCHOOL—I WAS JUST TOO EARLY!” Because he was a late admittance, Lorber began his academics in the summer of 1966. “The university really set the whole thing up for me where I was able to do well there [by getting some of credits completed before the fall semester began]. It was a very good program.” Lorber thrived at LIU. He joined the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and remains close to many of the friends he made there. Because he was unsure of his post-college plans, Lorber polled some fellow students. He took their unanimous advice and studied sociology. “My overall experience at Post was great on every level. The things I picked up along the way, the help I could get when I needed it, and the fraternity….I was happy. There was nothing negative that I could ever say. It was a great experience.” After graduation, Lorber’s entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen took off. First, he became a stockbroker, pivoting to the insurance business four years later. Lorber returned to LIU Post for his master’s degree in taxation, which he received in 1991. From there, he became involved in the real estate market. It was a chance meeting in a bar that set the path for his future success. There, a conversation with Bennett Lebow, whom Lorber describes as his mentor, led to a business relationship that would launch the Vector Group, Ltd.

successful business model: leveraging the cache of established brand names to propel needed management changes within companies. From Western Union to Nathan’s Famous to Douglas Elliman Realty, Lorber and his team have restructured and refocused numerous organizations to reenergize sales and increase profits. If asked to look back on his success, Lorber demurs. Despite his impressive achievements, he remains humble and purposeful. “I don’t like to look back and second guess myself. I’m sure I made mistakes along the way. You can’t go through life without making mistakes.” For Lorber, the recipe for success is a combination of luck, personal intuition and applying what you have learned along the way. For himself and his business, he is only looking forward. That sense of purpose extends to his philanthropic pursuits as well. In 2017, he was appointed chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by President Trump. Upon receiving the position, Lorber stated, “As the Holocaust recedes in time and the survivor generation begins to diminish, the Museum’s work is increasingly urgent. I look forward to helping the Museum bring the lessons of the Holocaust to future generations.” Among the other worthy causes Lorber supports are the Garden of Dreams, Southampton Hospital, the Silver Shield Foundation and Long Island University, where he serves as a trustee. Current Post students are familiar with his name, especially business and accounting students attending class in Lorber Hall, which he named in 1997. Looking back on Lorber’s journey, the parallel is hard to miss: a young man gets an educational opportunity from a supportive university and thrives as a result; in turn, he becomes a savvy businessman who sees value in struggling name brands and redesigns them into successful companies. While he may call it luck, his success can more likely be attributed to hard work, keen business sense and a personal understanding that the path to success does not need to be straight in order for it to be successful. •

Today, Lorber is the president and chief executive officer of Vector Group Ltd., a diversified holding company of iconic brands. In his career, Lorber has perfected a



FRED GAUDELLI, ’82, HAS MADE TELEVISION HISTORY ONCE AGAIN In May, the 24-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster

turning it into the most-honored live sports series in

While he no longer quarterbacks the TV crew on Sunday

Fred Gaudelli became the first game producer in NFL

U.S. media history.

evenings, Gaudelli continues to serve as an executive

history to receive the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete

producer for NBC Sports.

Rozelle Radio-Television Award. The prestigious award is

Last season, SNF averaged 18.7 million TV viewers,

the highest honor given to NFL broadcasters.

ranking as primetime’s number-one TV show in all key

During the network’s broadcast of the NFL’s annual

metrics for an unprecedented 12th consecutive year.

pre-season game at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on

Each year the Pro Football Hall of Fame confers the

During his NBC career, Sunday Night Football has

August 3, members of NBC’s pregame crew—including

distinction on one industry professional for “longtime

racked up 30 Sports Emmy Awards. Gaudelli’s seven

NFL Hall of Famers Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison—

exceptional contributions to radio and television in

Super Bowls (XXXVII, XL, XLIII, XLVI, XLIX, LII, and

congratulated their “legendary leader.”

professional football.” Previous award winners include a

LVI) include Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015,

number of household names for sports fans, including

which still ranks as the most-watched program in U.S.

“If there was a book on producing sports, the best

John Madden, Al Michaels, Jim Nantz, Pat Summeral,

TV history with an average of 114.4 million viewers.

chapters would be written by Fred Gaudelli,” Dungy said.

In 2020, Gaudelli was honored as a member of the Sports

Harrison added: “Congratulations, Fred. The best to ever

Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

do it!” •

Frank Gifford, Andrea Cramer and Joe Buck. Gaudelli served as the executive producer for the first 16 seasons of NBC Sunday Night Football (SNF),

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BROAD CASTING STA RS JOI N WCW P HA LL OF FA ME For more than six decades, Long Island University has produced scores of broadcasting professionals who have gone on to achieve tremendous success in the media world. Many of them can trace the start of their awardwinning careers to a common starting point: WCWP.

This summer, WCWP inducted eight new members into its prestigious alumni hall of fame: Jon Cole, ’80; Cosmo Leone ’80; Kim Dillon Ruttle, ’80; Dan Reagan ’81; Suzanne Jaccino Langwell ’83; Roger “Luce” Lussier ’85; John Mullen ’88 and Travis Demers ’03.

Since 1961, the university’s flagship radio station on the Post campus has helped hundreds of LIU students earn invaluable experience while serving the local community at the same time.

The ceremony was held at Alumni Hall on the Post campus and hosted by Dan Cox, WCWP’s station manager from 2002 to 2022.

WCWP HALL OF FAME INDUCT EES KI M DI L L ON R U T T L E DE G RE E : B R OA D C A S T IN G B FA , 19 8 0 Employment: Assistant News Director – WABC-TV/ABC7NY

DA N REA GA N DEGREE: B ROA DCA STIN G BFA, 1981 Employment: Freelance Sports TV Director. Winner of 6 Emmy Awards for live sports production. Covered MLB, NHL, NBA, NCAA Basketball and Football for ESPN, Turner Sports, and NBCSN

S UZ AN N E J A C C IN O L A N GWE L L DE G RE E : B R OA D C A S T IN G B FA , 19 8 3 Employment: Comcast NBC Universal – Manager, Global Media Operations Center

TRAV IS DEMERS DEGREE: ELECTRONIC MEDIA BFA, 2003 Employment: Radio play-by-play Announcer for the Portland Trail Blazers

CO S MO L E ON E DE G R E E : B R OA D C A S T IN G B FA , 19 8 0 Employment: KGRS Burlington, Iowa “Mornings with Cos,” 30+ years

JON COL E DEGREE: B ROA DCA STIN G BFA, 1980 Employment: Sports Director at KUMV-TV in Williston, ND; five-time winner of the state sportscaster of the year award

RO G E R “ L U C E ” L U S S IE R DE G R E E : B R OA D C A S T IN G B FA , 19 8 5 Employment: WBAB “Roger and JP in the Morning,” 22 years

JOH N MU L L EN DEGREE: B ROA DCA STIN G BFA, 1988 Employment: General Manager at WHRU – Hofstra, Adjunct Professor, Producer of NY Islanders Radio Network live game broadcasts Photos courtesy of Mike Chimeri



In an exciting collaboration, we have partnered with the Museum of Democracy to become their home base. Their collection consists of over one million items relating to presidential history. There are many campaign buttons, but the collection is far more than that. All kinds of memorabilia are featured, including one of George Washington battle flags and paper dresses worn at conventions by supporters touting their favorite candidate. Our first joint effort is a must-see exhibit at the Roosevelt House funded by Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation entitled “Hail to the Chief! Electing the American President.” This provides an illuminating journey through our democratic process and the foundations of the presidency, and has opened to both critical and public acclaim. Many more will follow both at LIU and


s we navigate through the turbulent tides of our current times, I find myself often reflecting on the wisdom of my great-grandfather, Theodore Roosevelt.

As he once so astutely put it, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” This has been our guiding star this year, our North Star if you will, here at the Roosevelt School. In addition to offering immersive studies in international relations and diplomacy, public policy, administration, and leadership through a comprehensive range of degree programs, we launched The Center for the Study of the Presidency on our Brookville campus—continuing our mission of enhancing civic engagement and historical passion. This new academic endeavor is committed to promoting discourse about the highest office in our nation, via a dynamic array of voices—journalists, historian,

as traveling exhibits. This collection is also an excellent teaching tool and research opportunity. Another of our collaborations is with the Society of Presidential Descendants, for whom we provide an administrative home. Together with The Roosevelt School, we have sponsored a major award for the best book on presidential leadership with a winner’s prize of $10,000. We’re not merely looking back, however. Looking to the year ahead, I can’t help but share TR sentiment: “I am a part of everything that I have read.” Indeed, we are the culmination of all we’ve learned and all we’ve dared to envision. As we continue to uphold and expand upon the traditions of the Roosevelt School, we anticipate the coming year with unreserved excitement. Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm. Together, we will keep kindling the flame of knowledge, as we ever strive to chart a course of courage and integrity, reminiscent of our namesake, Theodore Roosevelt.

and White House veterans. Our aim is to bring the richness of presidential history and its contemporary relevance to both our local constituents in greater New York City and Long Island, as well as to a global audience.

ABOUT TWEED ROOSEVELT The home of the school is the remarkable old E. F. Hutton summer home— which has been reinvented into the White House Experience. Not a replica, it is meant to give the feel of the White House, each room fashioned after one of the rooms at the original, such as the Oval Office with a resolute desk, the Press Room, the Cabinet room and many others. One of the many programs offered here is a simulation for high school students where they act out a specific challenge which faced a president. It is remarkable to watch these young kids become completely immersed in solving the problem. L I U M A G A Z I N E | FA L L 2 0 2 3


Tweed Roosevelt, University Professor and Chairman of the Theodore Roosevelt Institute, is the great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, a member of one of the most respected families in the United States. Tweed Roosevelt led the effort to award President Theodore Roosevelt the Congressional Medal of Honor, the United States’ highest military honor. President Bill Clinton formally awarded the Medal posthumously, in 2001. The award is prominently displayed in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, adjacent to the Oval Office. Tweed Roosevelt has taught at Harvard University and Columbia University’s School of Business. He holds a BA from Harvard College, an MBA. from Columbia University, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters.


With the formation of the Roosevelt School, Long Island

Through the Roosevelt School’s unique partnerships

University established itself as an educational leader

with the Society of Presidential Descendants and the

in American history, diplomacy, leadership and civics

Museum of Democracy, LIU has a distinctive opportunity

engagement. Beginning this fall, it will further solidify

to preserve and share the private collections of former

its position as a research and instructional destination

presidents, their families and friends. Once recorded, the

as it begins an in-depth project preserving and archiving

University intends to make these collections available to

private collections of presidential family descendants.

scholars, students, teachers and the public through a free mobile app and other online resources. Virtual webinars

Funded in part through a generous grant of nearly

and in-person workshops will be offered to scholars and

$150,000 from the National Historical Publications and

educators, to encourage deeper engagement in

Records Commission, the project will digitize, catalogue

the collection.

and provide access to never-before-seen archives from private presidential family collections. The two-year

With this archival project and subsequent research

project will focus on American presidents prior to

opportunities, the Roosevelt School expands its catalogue

Herbert Hoover who do not have their own

of historic artifacts and memorabilia—providing a fuller,

presidential libraries.

richer picture of America’s early presidential years.


MIDDLE STATES REAFFIRMS LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION In June 2023, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education fully reaffirmed Long

Why does accreditation matter?

Island University’s accreditation, concluding a multi-year self-study process by Middle

For prospective students, there are a number of benefits to attending an

States evaluators. The next eight-year reaccreditation evaluation will occur in academic

accredited college:

year 2030-2031.

1. Credits will transfer more easily. 2. Graduate schools are more likely to recognize your degree.

What is college accreditation?

3. Many employers require applicants to hold a degree from an accredited school.

Receiving accreditation means that the school meets the quality standards set by an

4. Students attending unaccredited colleges do not qualify for federal financial aid or

approved accreditor, giving students confidence that they are attending an institution

employer tuition assistance.

that’s reputable and trustworthy. In addition to institutional accreditation, prospective students should also be aware of The process involves a comprehensive evaluation of the institution, multiple reviews of

programmatic accreditation, which audit specific departments to determine whether

supporting documentation, interviews with stakeholders, and campus visits from peer

programs adequately prepare graduates for careers in that field.

reviewers. Achieving accreditation can be difficult, and it requires leaders from each area of an institution to contribute throughout a multi-year process.

What did LIU’s report say? Long Island University earned commendations from Middle States accreditors

Who is the the accrediting agency?

indicating transformational progress throughout two consecutive inclusive strategic

Colleges and universities are accredited through private agencies recognized by the

plans. LIU’s successful self-study was selected as a best practice for the Middle States

Department of Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Self-Study Institute for accredited institutions.

(MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor recognized by the United States Department of Education that serves higher education institutions in New York and nearby states. MSCHE establishes equitable standards for accreditation with member institutions that advance the impact of accreditation in the ever-changing landscape of higher education and promotes educational excellence through innovation across diverse institutions.

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Recognition of Long Island University “exemplary practices” cited by the Middle

organizations for students to experience learning in their program discipline,

States Commission Evaluation Team Report included:

‘simulation learning opportunities,’ and student led experiences such as the Student Consulting Program and Student Investment Fund. The institution is also to be

• “The culture around continuous improvement guided by the Policy of Institutional

commended for the number of programs that have been approved, certified, or

Effectiveness and the Policy of Educational Effectiveness creates a level of reflection and

accredited by reputable external agencies, reflecting transparency and academic rigor.”

accountability in a simple sustainable way.” • “The student athletic program and student-athlete outcomes are highly successful; • “The goals of the strategic plan are widely recognized throughout the campus by

performance standards are consistently high and student-athletes are substantially

deliberate mapping of all program and unit goals to University goals. Stakeholders are

engaged with other non-athletic programs such as residence life and leadership of

integral to the success of the strategic plan.”

student organizations. Student-athletes speak highly of their experiences at LIU. As the program matures in its Division I status, we encourage the continuation of

• “The impact of The Promise Success Coaches and other Enrollment Services

student-athlete involvement across the co-curricular experience.”

professionals in supporting access and improving on-time graduation is demonstrated in large part through improved year-one retention rate and improved 6-year graduation

• “Strong strategic and financial planning increased the endowment, operational

rates, which have improved annually. The graduation rates among Pell Grant recipients

capacity and sustainability from an unstable condition over ten years ago to a stronger

are also improving consistently. This progress is commendable; robust assessment

position to allow for moving forward taking the institution to 2030.”

methods at the macro-level, campus-level and across various student populations can assist campus leadership in directing targeted interventions and boosting resources to

• “Dr. Kimberly Cline has served the university well since 2013. Her education,

proven successful programmatic initiatives.”

experience and skills have advanced LIU during a time when many higher education institutions are facing difficulties. Dr. Cline is to be congratulated for her vision and

• “The University has a robust Educational Effectiveness Policy that outlines assessment

ability to advance Long Island University.”

protocol that meets or exceeds contemporary higher educational standards regarding identifying educational goals and periodic evaluation of institutional learning outcomes

—Middle States Commission

or competencies, outcomes assessment, and program review.”

Self-Study Evaluation Team Report, March 2023

• “The team commends the institution for the number of supplemental student learning experiences beyond the classroom ranging from internships, partnerships with external



For nearly a century, Long Island University has

Students who earn a computer science degree from LIU

Over six years, the grant will fund scholarships to 13

empowered students from all walks of life by equipping

will be prepared to take on the challenges of a dynamic,

unique full-time students who are pursuing bachelor’s

them with a high-quality education that prepares them

rapidly changing industry. The grant will help improve

degrees in computer science. Scholarship recipients,

for a variety of professions and disciplines. The

graduation rates and prepare students for both immedi-

along with other students in their cohort, will be offered

University’s ongoing commitment to attenuating out-

ate and sustained success in the workforce. The focus of

comprehensive mentoring and experiential learning

come disparities in the STEM fields has earned

the program is to add, enhance and allocate resources to

plans involving industry partners, all with the aim of

recognition from the National Science Foundation

attain success among those who are considered disad-

helping students build a STEM identity and improve

(NSF) via a $750,000 grant.

vantaged, first-generation students.

their cohesion to the discipline and within

The NSF grant will fund the Cultivating Academic

Challenges leading to low computer science graduation

Success in Computing (CASC) project to foster student

rates in this population include financial strain, but also

In addition to undergraduate scholarships, the project

achievement and produce enhanced workforce

the lack of cohesion that first-generation students and

budget covers stipends for investigators and graduate

development. Dr. Mohammed Ghriga, chair of the

students from underrepresented groups often feel with

student assistants, and travel funds for attending

Department of Computer Science, Digital Engineering

the institution, the discipline, and professional net-

national meetings. •

and Artificial Intelligence, and Dr. Christopher League,

works. The project will provide comprehensive,

associate professor of computer science, will serve as

multidimensional mentoring involving traditional

co-principal investigators.

campus advising, computer science faculty, industry

professional networks.

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school. Almost two-thirds of respondents

of the firm’s $30 billion Racial Equity

Chase are joining forces to address an

who borrowed said they have more

Commitment to drive inclusive

alarming trend among college students.

student loan debt than they expected at

economic growth in Brooklyn and

This special partnership has been formed

this point.

around the country.

The survey concluded that most college

Through this partnership, JPMorgan

students lack confidence in their financial

Chase is also providing $350,000 to

A recent survey* of nearly 40,000 college

decision-making and ability to meet

support financial coaching and

students from more than 62 schools

educational costs. This obstacle

scholarships for students. “We are

across 13 states explored their financial

makes it harder to realize their full

excited to embark on this work with

competency and its effect on their

academic potential.

such a great partner and bring the full

to help LIU students improve their financial savvy.

education. The results were compelling.

force of our firm to the collegiate setting The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports

and support these future leaders on their

• Only 2% of students at four-year

& Entertainment is partnering with

financial journeys,” said Jason Patton,

institutions and 6% at two-year

JPMorgan Chase to reverse this trend.

the Northeast divisional director for

institutions relied solely on personal

Beginning in the 2023/24 academic year,

community and business development

savings and current employment to pay

LIU’s first-ever financial health course to

at Chase.

for college.

economically empower students will launch.

• Three-quarters of respondents who

“Together, we are committed to delivering diverse and robust experiences

borrowed were not at all confident or

The 16-week course covers topics ranging

that will serve as the foundation for our

only somewhat confident they would be

from money management to credit

students’ successful careers and financial

able to pay off the debt acquired while

building to homebuying and fraud/scam

futures,” said Tressa Cunningham, Dean

they were a student.

prevention. The course will also feature

of Roc Nation School of Music, Sports

special guest speakers, including UCLA

& Entertainment. “Through this

• Credit cards help about 30% of students

football standout Chase Griffin, New York

collaborative effort, the JPMorgan

to meet their educational expenses, but

Giants legend Victor Cruz and JPMorgan

Chase team will help provide the next

they can expose students to additional

Chase leadership, sharing their insights

generation of professionals with the

costs through high interest rates if only

and advice for academic, career and

knowledge, foundation and opportunities

partial monthly payments are made.

personal success.

to excel personally and professionally.”

• Students are uncomfortable with the

The financial health workshops will be led

*Webster, J., Fletcher, C., Cornett, A., & Knaff, C.

amount of student loan debt they have

by JPMorgan Chase’s five Brooklyn-based

(2021). Student financial wellness survey report:

borrowed, even while they are still in

community managers. The team is part

Fall 2020. Trellis Company



Long Island University is teaming up with The Michael

sciences and disorders, is serving as the principal

J. Fox Foundation to develop a revolutionary app that

investigator for the three-year project. The testing will be

would help improve speech intelligibility for individuals

conducted through clinical trials by actual patients via a

suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

web-based application.

The “Understand Me for Life” app aims to help

The goal of the project is to clinically test the web-based

speakers with Parkinson’s disease monitor changes in

app with patients who suffer from mild to moderate

their speech intelligibility over time, improving their

symptoms. Researchers are seeking evidence to

Language, and Hearing Research and The Lancet’s

ability to effectively communicate and foster their

determine whether or not patients gain better outcomes

EClinical Medicine.

independence during their treatment. Launched in 2000,

in terms of measure of speech after receiving treatments

The Michael J. Fox Foundation concentrates on funding

and/or using the application.“Working with the

“Participating in research changes how you view your

research and ensuring the development of improved

community of individuals with PD is a privilege and we

diagnosis and the world around you,” said Dan Kinel,

therapies for people with Parkinson’s. The Foundation

hope our research can help them overcome some of the

a patient from Rochester. “It makes you feel like you

awarded LIU a $400,000 grant to fund the research.

difficulties presented by the disease,” Dr. Moya-Galé said.

are playing an important role in solving a problem that

Dr. Moya-Galé recently received the David Newton

affects millions of people.” •

Roughly nine in ten people with Parkinson’s develop

Award for Teaching Excellence­—Long Island University’s

speech and language problems over the course of the

highest faculty award. She is the founder of Speech for

disease, and more than half of these speakers experience

PD, a clinical, online and inclusive program that targets

problems with intelligibility. This reduced ability to

intelligibility and social participation in Parkinson’s

effectively communicate can cause frustration and result in

Disease. Dr. Moya-Galé has authored and co-authored

social withdrawal and isolation. Dr. Gemma Moya-Galé,

articles in leading journals, including The Journal of

assistant professor in LIU’s department of communication

Medical Internet Research, The Journal of Speech,

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Dr. Gemma Moya-Galé


With the recent approval of its new

The rigorous coursework, which will be

engineering B.E. program director is

Bachelor of Engineering in Digital

offered at both the Brooklyn and Post

Dr. Mohammed Ghriga, chairperson of


Engineering degree by the New York

campuses, will equip students with the

the Department of Computer Science,

State Department of Education, Long

tools and hands-on experiences to design

Digital Engineering and Artificial


Island University is once again defining

and produce innovative and cutting-edge


the future for education and technolo-

solutions that can address real-world

gy—and how they will combine to impact

problems and challenges through digital

The culmination of the four-year B.E.

our world. The new digital engineering

medicine, personalized health,

degree will be a capstone design program


program is the first of its kind in the

bioengineering, logistics, robotics and the

in which students design and build a


U.S., enabling advances in engineering

Internet of Things (IoTs).

patient-specific digital heart or digital


and breakthroughs in digital health and

liver to study organ function and drug



related fields through LIU’s distinctive

By design, the new digital engineering

interactions. Students may apply to the

collaboration with Dassault Systèmes, a

B.E. curriculum removes the boundaries

Bachelor of Engineering in Digital

global leader in digital engineering. Its

that exist between traditional engineering

Engineering program for the fall

aim is to develop exceptional engineers

disciplines—merging core multidisciplinary

2024 semester.

known for creativity, adaptability,

engineering fields required to expand

technical capacity, global perspective

engineering to address society’s biggest

“Our focus at Long Island University is to

awareness, and lifelong learning.

challenges. Bringing the B.E. Digital

create an experiential learning environ-

Engineering degree to the U.S. is an LIU

ment where graduates are prepared for

LIU’s new Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.)

hallmark: The B.E. program is built

the workplace, and well-equipped to

in Digital Engineering program seeks

exclusively on Dassault Systèmes’ tools

solve some of our most pressing global

to prepare the workforce of the future

and platforms, and is supported by LIU’s

challenges,” stated Dr. Cline. “Approval of

through a curriculum based on engineer-

laboratories and centers within its College

our Digital Engineering degree program

• Additive manufacturing

ing principles, computing, and artificial

of Science, College of Pharmacy, School

is another exciting step forward as Long

intelligence, to design and implement

of Veterinary Medicine, and the School of

Island University continues to build and

• Robotics and unmanned vehicles

technological innovations.

Engineering’s Center of Excellence in Life

expand on our strong research and

Science and Research. The digital

technology emphasis.” •

SOLUTIONS IN: • Digital health • Personalized and regenerative medicine • Tissue engineering • Drug discovery • Medical devices


Two million dollars

RAISED AT ANNUAL GALA The 2023 Long Island University Gala, held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City and hosted by the Board of Trustees and President Cline, truly reflected the best of the university. It was a testament to our progress and a glimpse into the bright future the LIU community is actively building together. The evening began with TV and radio host, Ernie Anastos, followed by Rita Cosby, the Emmywinning TV and radio host and chair of LIU’s Global Service Institute, serving as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Clockwise from top: Love Sessoms, Nan O’Brien, Kimberly Cline, Liz Reed, Love Sessoms McCall, Eric Krasnoff; Eric L. Adams, NYC Mayor; Sandy Krasnoff, Eric Krasnoff, Rita Cosby, Nan O’Brien, Ernie Anastos, Kerry Kruckel; Moe Fodeman, Fari Fodeman, Gail Chasin, Gerry Chasin (Honoree), Brooke Chasin, Noah Chasin, Pam Chasin, Matthew Chasin; Rao Anumolu (Honorww) Raji Anumolu; Rita Cosby, Sharon Sternheim (Honoree), Eric Krasnoff

One of the many highlights of the evening was the keynote speech delivered by New York City’s 110th mayor, Eric Adams. His words were a potent reminder of the key role our Brooklyn campus plays in the dynamic mosaic that is New York City.

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“LIU produces some of the best products and some of the

Many esteemed alumni and friends were in attendance,

The Gala was a huge social and philanthropic success,

best students. I know you are not only the choir.

and throughout the evening some of the individuals who

raising over $2 million for LIU scholarships, including a

This school wrote the song,” said Mayor Adams during

have contributed immensely to the growth and success of

generous $1 million donation by honoree Love Sessoms

his rousing keynote. “We have it built into our young

LIU were honored. The university was proud to

to the Roc Nation School Hope Scholars program.

people not only to be academically smart but also to have

recognize Rao S. Anumolu H’18, the founder, president,

“We must strive to ensure that every student, regardless

emotional intelligence, to be kind and caring.

and CEO of ASR International Corporation; Gerald

of his or her circumstance, has an equitable chance to

We must rethink how we prepare how we prepare our

Chasin ‘65, managing director and SVP of the Chasin

access this stellar quality of education,” stated Love

children for the future like you are doing at LIU.”

Group, Morgan Stanley; Love Sessoms, co-founder and

Sessoms of A Soulful Heart. “Education is a powerful

secretary of A Soulful Heart Memorializing George

equalizer, a means to bridge the gaps that divide us, by

“I watch your students each year, and you continue to

Floyd, Jr.; and Sharon Sternheim, president and CEO of

creating a level playing field for all.”

excel each year. This is a great institution and worth all

Zitomer. Their career achievements, civic contributions

the commitment and dedication you have.” The presence

and ongoing loyalty to Long Island University represent

As we look forward to another year of academic and

and contribution of Mayor Adams further solidified the

the cornerstone upon which LIU thrives.

community growth, the spirit of the 2023 LIU Gala will

link between our beloved institution and the vibrant city

persist. It’s not merely an event; it’s a symbol of the LIU

it proudly serves.

community’s enduring unity, commitment to education, and collective desire to shape the future, one student at a time. •



in conversation with


Alyson Richman and Allison Pataki Long Island University hosted Theodore’s Books for a

her prescribed roles of high-society wife, mother, and

robust conversation with acclaimed novelist Allison

hostess, Marjorie dared to demand more, making history

Pataki. Pataki shared her journey with Alyson Richman

in the process. You could hear a pin drop as the audience

discussing her newest release, The Magnificent Lives of

listened to the intimate details of her life.

Marjorie Post, a story of a woman falling in love with her voice and embracing her own power, while shaping

Allison Pataki is the New York Times bestselling author

history in the process. The discussion took place in the

of The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post, and many more

former home of Merriweather Post, Hillwood, located on

titles of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s titles.

the LIU campus.

A former news writer and producer, Allison has written for The New York Times, ABC News, The Huffington

The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post is an epic

Post, USA Today, Fox News and other outlets. Allison

reimagining of the remarkable life of Marjorie

graduated cum laude from Yale University with a major

Merriweather Post, the American heiress and trailblazing

in English and spent several years in journalism before

leader of the twentieth century. Marjorie’s journey began

switching to fiction writing. A member of

gluing cereal boxes in her father’s barn as a young girl.

The Historical Novel Society, Allison lives in

No one could have predicted that C. W. Post’s Cereal

New York with her husband and family. •

Company would grow into the General Foods empire and reshape the American way of life, with Marjorie as its heiress and leading lady. Not content to stay in

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While the team helped promote horse welfare and adoption,

enjoyed a stellar week at the Hampton Classic Horse Show

Timothy Fitzgerald of the LIU College of Veterinary

this summer, beginning with the opening day ceremonies

Medicine set up a table to educate about equine leg and

on Sunday, August 27th, when LIU was invited into the

hoof anatomy and provided blacksmithing demonstrations

main competition arena. They joined the EQUUS

on a very compliant, adoptable American mustang named

Foundation, its adoptable horses looking for homes, and

Abracadabra — who was adopted and found a

renown animal advocates, Jill Rappaport and actress

much-needed, forever home at the event.

Gabriella Pizzolo. The university’s award-winning equestrian team joined in, carrying a banner, to raise

During the entire week, LIU hosted friend-raising lunches

awareness of the equine programs that are uniquely

in the Grand Prix tent overlooking the competition arena

available at Long Island University.

to thank our current and future students and supporters who make all the difference in helping make a better and

The following day, the equestrian team and representatives

healthier world for horses and all animals. •

from Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine took part in the annual Hampton Classic Adoption Day with adoptable horses presented by the EQUUS Foundation and sponsored by Georgina Bloomberg. LIU Equestrian Team with Timothy Fitzgerald and LIU alum, Valerie Angeli from the LIU College of Veterinary Medicine sitting with Georgina Bloomberg (bottom far left), sponsor of the day, and adoptable former Standarbred racehorse from Sunshine Horses in Clay, NY—all representing horse welfare at the Hampton Classic Adoption Day with the EQUUS Foundation on Monday, August 28th. Photo by Kristin Gray.





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*Annual membership terms are from August to July. Non-renewal will result in disconnetion of benefits.

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MPA Program Recognized for Social Equity LIU’s master’s of public administration department (MPA) is the winner of this year’s NASPAA Social Equity Award. Distributed by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, this award recognizes a department or program that exemplifies the highest standards of promoting and supporting social equity in reseach, teaching and service.



Entrepreneurial high school students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their fashion and business savvy in LIU’s Fashion Reimagined competition. Open to high school students with a clothing line or fashion business, the entrants will compete for scholarship money to LIU.

Art professor Seung Lee was featured in the Newsday documentary Faces of Long Island: Using Art as a Symbol. In the segment, Lee discusses his emigration from Korea and the role of art in his move to America.

Fashion Competition for High Schoolers Launched

Art Professor Profiled in Newsday


MBA Program Recognition LIU’s College of Management has been named a 2023 “Best On-Campus MBA” by the Princeton Review.



LIU Professor Assists NGO Development Dr. Bakry Elmedni (center), associate professor of public policy and administration, traveled to Turkmenistan this summer to train civil society activists on how to start and manage a non-governmental organization (NGO) in a country that does not provide a friendly environment for civil society organizations. His visit was celebrated by the US embassy in Ashgabat and the Fulbright team at the US State Department.


Finding Solutions for Chronic Kidney Disease More than ten percent of American adults have chronic kidney disease—a number that is expected to grow. Renowned boron scientist and LIU professor, Dr. Bhaskar Das has developed potential therapeutics for chronic kidney disease in collaboration with Mount Siai Medical School scientists. Their article, titled “HCK induces macrophage activation to promote renal inflammation and fibrosis via suppression of autophagy,” was recently published in Nature Communication.


Long Island Symphonic Winds Austria Performance Tour Dr. James McRoy, chair of the department of music and director of bands, took current students and alumni on a nine-day performance tour to Austria. The group performed five concerts in the Mid-Europe Music Festival in Schladming and the MuTh Concert hall in Vienna.


Stuart Foundation Grant Awarded Susan Zeig, professor and director of film, was awarded a prestigious grant by the Stuart Foundation to develop a short documentary film covering Fremont High School’s (Oakland, CA) educational transformation through intensive community engagement.

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Associate Professor of Political Science Appointed to Prestigious Positions Dr. Dalia Fahmy, associate professor of political science, was appointed to two prestigious positions: Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding Academic Council and the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) Washington D.C. board of directors.


Professor of Art Featured in Three Exhibitions Frank Olt, professor of art, was featured in three recent group exhibitions. “Monument” featured artists’ responses to the controversial issue of removal or desecration of historic statuary. “Kiln Gods” was a group ceramic exhibition of kiln gods, mythological guardians that bring good luck to kiln firings. “PAPERWORK” was the third group exhibition, which included Olt’s collage.


Story to be Broadcast on NPR Parson Family University Professor Robin Hemley’s story, “The Last Customer,” was read by Jane Curtin at the University of Albany. It will be broadcast on NPR’s program, Selected Shorts, at a later date. Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to more than 350,000 listeners and podcast subscribers per week.


Faculty Member Led Workshop Scott Santagata, associate professor of biology, and J.F. Ryan ’23 co-led a workshop as part of National Science Foundation award. In the workshop, 13 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers used pipeline testing for positive selection on transcriptomic and genomic datasets gathered from evolutionarily diverse organisms.






Class of 2026 Major: Exercise Science

Class of 2025 Major: Pharmacy

Class of 2025 Major: Computer Science

Marcus Hilliman is a sophomore from Brooklyn, NY,

Yasmeen Walker is a 5th year PharmD candidate

Sarah Ellis is the executive secretary for the student

to being a part of the Honors College, Marcus wears

hasn not only excelled in her academics but also has

in running the senate meetings as well as oversees

studying exercise science and wellness. In addition many hats around campus. As the executive vice

president of communications for the LIU Student

Government Association, Marcus enjoys being a voice for the student body. It is very common to see Marcus

running around campus as he helps out in the Promise office, the new mailroom, and spends time in the gym, the basketball court and the field.

and recent Master of Public Health graduate who

displayed exceptional leadership qualities. Yasmeen is a resident assistant/orientation leader, a member of the women’s fencing team, and a member of

the American Pharmacists Association–Academy of Student Pharmacists. Yasmeen is also a member of

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Yasmeen was recognized as the 2022-2023 LIU Woman of the Year.

Marcus is extremely grateful for the opportunity to

Yasmeen recognizes the importance of community

loves his team of RAs, has enjoyed training, move-in

environment for all. Due to her deep passion for

be a first year residence assistant this year. He truly and orientation, and hopes to promote a sense of

community and livelihood through the campus for this year and beyond.

and strives to create a more inclusive and welcoming pharmacy, she combines her pharmacy studies

with her practical experience as an invaluable team member at Walgreens Pharmacy.

government association. In this role, Sarah assists

events registered on Presence. In addition to these

responsibilities, Sarah is part of the women’s fencing team and is a liaison between the team and the

University. Sarah has been recently appointed to

serve as the vice president for the Student Athlete

Advisory Council, representing the Brooklyn campus.

Sarah is also an active member of the Muslim Student

Association, attending Friday prayer on a regular basis and participating in events as well.

Outside of LIU, Sarah is an alumni liaison at the

Intergenerational Change Initiative, helping high

school students conduct social research on the well

being of youth in New York City. Sarah also helps run fencing classes for kids 8-18 years old at the Peter

Westbrook Foundation. This is the same program that Sarah learned how to fence in growing up.

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Class of 2024 Major: Veterinary Medicine

Class of 2026 Major: Mathematics

Class of 2025 Major: Business Administration

Kelly is a member of the inaugural class of College

Hrishikesh is a junior studying mathematics in the

Bentley is a MBA candidate at the College of

South Florida and obtained her Bachelor of Science

Management. Since enrolling at LIU, Hrishikesh has

degree in sports management at LIU, Bentley decided

of Veterinary Medicine Class. She is originally from in Biology at the University of Central Florida.

Kelly’s veterinary interests include zoo and wildlife medicine, urgent care, and clinical pathology.

From the start of her LIU journey, she has served as class vice president her first year, followed by class president. She was selected to represent

the LIU College of Veterinary Medicine nationally at the American Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary Leadership Conference and at the

Veterinary Leadership Institute. During her clinical year, Kelly will be working with the South Florida

College of Science and Economics in the College of made it a priority to stay involved on-campus and

currently serves as the vice president of the South

Asian Student Association as well as an international student ambassador. This past summer, Hrishikesh

also welcomed the next generation of LIU Sharks as a

new resident assistant and orientation leader in a firstyear living community. Managing his time effectively, Hrishikesh is an active member of the men’s rowing

team and continuously makes an effort to foster a safe space for all students.

Management. After receiving his undergraduate to return for his graduate degree because of his

interest in financial markets and global businesses.

Bentley is a member of the men’s baseball team and also serves as a residence assistant and orientation leader in a upperclassmen living community. Most recently, Bentley completed a summer internship

at Paycom as a junior executive sales development

representative. Bentley makes an effort to be available for fellow students and makes it a priority to foster a positive learning experience for all students.

Wildlife Center, the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, and a variety of veterinary specialty hospitals in the New York area. When Kelly is not

studying or in the clinic, you can find her training for her half marathon, visiting different zoos around the country, or at Disney World! After graduation, Kelly

plans to gain further specialty training by pursuing a small animal rotating internship.



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ART ZUPKO ’73 is helping revitalize the world-famous Alligator Reef in Islamorada, FL. Zupko serves as a volunteer scuba diver with Islamorada Conservation and Restoration Education (I.CARE) to transplant and monitor the reefs, which have collectively lost over 50 percent of the coverage they had in 1970.

1974 JOANNE CASINO ’74 received the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Age of Champions Excellence in Volunteerism Award for 2023. The award recognizes individuals who inspire others in the community by gaining and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, while also serving as a role model. Casino has logged nearly 750 volunteer hours with Granite VNA since 2019.

1977 VELMA SCANTLEBURY ‘77 has joined Dialysis Patient Citizens as a healthcare consultant. The first AfricanAmerican female transplant surgeon in the United States, Dr. Scantlebury spent the first 30 years of her career as a kidney surgeon, dedicating her life’s work to educating and raising awareness of the health disparities people in the Black community face from kidney disease.

KATHERINE FRITZ ‘93, and DONNA LINKEKLEIN ’80, MBA ’84, and have both been named to Long Island Business News’ Influencers List: Most Dynamic Women Leaders. Linke-Klein is a senior product line director for BAE Systems, a premier global defense and security company. Fritz is the vice president for development & communications at Long Island Cares, Inc. – the Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank.

LISA MARTIN ’80, senior vice president and chief procurement officer at GSK, has been selected as one of the Top 25 Healthcare Technology Leaders of New York for 2023 by The Healthcare Technology Report.

1982 FRED GAUDELLI ’82, NBC sports executive producer, has been selected to receive the 2023 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.

1984 TAMMY TORRES ’84 has been named president of Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)– Hazleton, PA.

1985 ATTENTION LIU ALUMNI BUSINESS OWNERS! We will soon be launching the LIU Alumni Business Directory to promote the support of alumni-owned and affiliated businesses. Register here:

PHIL FASANO, MBA ‘85, is the new chairman and CEO of Recuro Health. Fasano brings over 30 years of experience to this new role, where he will be responsible for driving the company’s next phase of strategic growth. Prior 37

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JOSH MARGOLIN ’92, chief investigative reporter at ABC News, won his 4th Emmy Award for outstanding edited interview on 20/20. Margolin’s daughter, Rebecca, is a class of 2024 honors student and Dean’s Scholar in Long Island University’s School of Business. HANK HILL ’85 is the site director of general surgery education at HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Florida. Dr. Hill is a fellowshiptrained surgical oncologist, board-certified general surgeon and an experienced robotic surgeon.




RAY SANCHEZ, MEd ’99, is the new superintendent of the Tarrytown School District in Westchester County, NY. Prior to this role, he was the superintendent of the Ossining School District since 2013.

ERIC GARCIA ’02 has been appointed president and general manager of TelevisaUnivision’s WLTV Miami. In this role, Garcia is responsible for the overall direction, strategy, and growth of WLTV, TelevisaUnivision’s radio stations and local digital offerings.

MARY CASSAI ’04 is the chief operating officer and executive vice president at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center, specializing in orthopedics, rheumatology and related disciplines. Previously, Cassai was the senior vice president of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the world’s largest health systems.

KIRK SANTOS, MS ’99, is the new senior vice president of global talent at Constellation Brands, a leading beverage alcohol company. Kirk previously served in a dual role as global vice president of talent management and vice president of human resources, financial services at Pitney Bowes. CURTIS STEPHEN ’99 will release his first book, Chief Rocker, next year, a nonfiction biography about the life of the late New York radio DJ Frankie Crocker, who helped grow the first black radio station in New York.



BRIAN LOCKE, MS ’02, has been promoted to assistant chief of police for the Mississippi State University Police Department. Before joining the department, Locke led the university’s G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans and commanded the Starkville Police Department’s Reserve Division.



VICKIE MARCHAND, MEd ’91, has opened a new art venue called NY2CA Gallery in Benicia, CA. The first exhibition featured Oaklandbased ceramic artist Vicki Gunter and abstract painter Terry Twigg, who established NY2CA Gallery in partnership with Vickie.

1993 JOHN MAISCH, MBA ’93, has been promoted to general manager at Adams Magnetic Products Co., where he now oversees the company’s sales, operations, engineering, marketing, and supply chain divisions.

OLU VERHEIJEN ’99 was named the special adviser on energy by Bola Tinubu, president of Nigeria. Verheijen brings experience in business development, commercial negotiations, portfolio management and venture capital in the energy industry.

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JOHANNY CEPEDA-FREYTIZ, MS ’01, Pennsylvania State Representative for the 129th Legislative District and the first Latina to fill the role, was honored at the 2023 AL DIA Women of Merit Forum.

BROOK TOSI, MS ’05, has been promoted to vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ Research Division, where she is part of the leadership team providing direction and supervision for research initiatives and core operations.

2006 STEPHANIE GRICE, ’06 recently joined the Wellspring Family Practice and Specialty Clinic in Central Virginia. As a pediatrics specialist with over 10 years of medical experience, Grice’s expertise ranges from childhood fitness, feeding and wellness to sleep issues, autism and ADHD. CASSIE SERMON, MEd ’06, MA ’07, is the new principal of the Lincoln School in Revere, MA. Prior to her new role, Sermon was the assistant principal in Taunton, MA.

JON TRAPANI, MEd ’03, is the new director of fine arts for the Half Hollow Hills Central School District, overseeing the instructional areas of visual arts, music and theater. Trapani joins the administrative team at Half Hollow Hills after six years as the director of fine and performing arts at the Lindenhurst UFSD.

NADEEM SHAHZAD, MA ’06, has been appointed the director of human services by the Allentown City Council. Shahzad has over 18 years’ experience in human resources most recently served as the human resources director for Delaware County, PA.


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JACQUI MCCANN, MS ’13, has been promoted to head football athletic trainer at Army West Point Athletics. She becomes the first-ever female head football athletic trainer in Army history. MICHAEL DELUCA, MEd ’07, has been named the new principal of Lockhart Elementary School in the Massapequa School District. Prior to this position, DeLuca was the assistant principal of Chatterton School in Merrick, NY.

2008 CANDACE HUGEE, MS ’08, was recently appointed principal of Valley Stream Central High School. Prior to this role, Hugee helped create the Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare, a public high school aimed at preparing students for careers in the health care industry, and was its principal for seven years.

JACQUELINE JACKSON, MA ’14, is the new film commissioner for the country of Jamaica. Jackson comes to the position with 15 years of experience in the industry.

2014 CHRISTIAN ARNOLD ’14 has joined the New York Post Sports as a digital sports reporter. Previously, Arnold was a sports reporter at amNewYork, where he covered the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets and New York Giants. CONNOR GAUDET, MS ’14, is the new curator of the Mattapoisett (Historical Society) Museum in southeastern Massachusetts. Previously the oral history coordinator for the 9/11 Tribute Center, he has also curated and digitized collections at Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth, MA.

SETH KOMANSKY, MS ’14, is the new director of homeland security and intelligence at the Wake County (NC) sheriff’s office. He has served Wake County for 15 years, most recently as deputy director and chief of operations at Wake County Emergency Medical Services.

2015 KIMBERLY ESSIG, MA ’15, has been named associate principal of May Moore Primary School in the Deer Park School District. Essig joins May Moore from the district’s John F. Kennedy Intermediate School, where

she taught English as a New Language for the last eight years. DIANE HARE, MBA ’15, has been appointed as an independent director on the Board of Directors of NANO Nuclear Energy. Hare is an entrepreneur, business executive and management consultant who spent almost a decade with Ernst & Young (EY) in their advisory practice before starting her own firm and becoming Founder & CEO of BIZLOVE. NATALIE PHILLIPS ’15 is the western US regional sales manager for Fluxwerx Illumination. She has worked in the lighting design and architectural communities for four years.

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DANIELLE KOULERMOS, ’19, MA ‘21, was recognized by the Suffolk County Legislature on Women Veterans Appreciation Day for her previous service as a military police officer and her current work as a counselor assisting veterans with addiction, trauma and mental health.

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