Thursday, September 09, 2010

Celebrating 40 Years of Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights' own branch of the City University of New York, turns 40 this year, reaching a middle age that its namesake, slain civil rights leader Medgar Wiley Evers, never attained. In celebration of the college's 40 years of service and continued expansion, MEC is hosting a series of events that will culminate later in the month, but which kick off tomorrow with a student art show from 5-8pm at the College's 1650 Bedford Avenue entrance. The complete MEC press release is below.

Medgar Evers College Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary This September

BROOKLYN, New York, August 25, 2010 - Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York shall celebrate its 40th Anniversary this fall. Dr. Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Medgar Wiley Evers and a powerful civil rights activist in her own right, shall serve as honorary chair of the 40th Anniversary celebration. The College was named in honor of the martyred civil rights leader on September 28, 1970. The days surrounding this 40th Founders’ day represent a unique opportunity to celebrate vital years of tradition and continuity, of links to the past and the present, and most importantly, of new beginnings and a bright future.

Over the past four decades, Medgar Evers has made enormous strides: growing exponentially from an initial enrollment of 1,000 students in 1970 to over 7,000 students registered today. When the College initially opened in 1970, faculty and students moved between a number of venues for classes before settling in its first permanent home in a former High School in 1972. Today, Medgar Evers College is a fast-growing urban campus set to open a $247 million-dollar, state-of-the-art, School of Science, Health and Technology this fall.

The College offers a burgeoning array of degree programs including a new Accelerated BPS in Business Management Services as part of its continuing mission the College intends to link the curriculum closely to positive employment outcomes. Its accomplished faculty corps includes some of the best and brightest in academia boasting several Fulbright scholars, a Guggenheim fellow and respected researchers working in collaboration with entities such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Its student scholars have captured first place in prestigious competitions like the Wharton Undergraduate Marketing Conference case competition and presented their original research at conferences across the globe.

“The College’s great strength is in its legacy of providing a way where there was no way,” said Medgar Evers College President William L. Pollard. “It has been a beacon for those who strive for excellence even as their circumstances deem otherwise. This year, we celebrate that legacy and our rich history of educating one student at a time in the leading student centered college in CUNY.”

The celebration shall commemorate its inspirational heritage of community involvement, intellectual achievement, and abiding commitment to social change with several events:

Events

Friday, September 10, 2010 5:00pm-8:00pm
Art Show Reception

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:30am
Convocation
Thomas N. Todd, Esq., Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
College and Community Day
Freshman Year Address, Student Clubs, Block Party

Monday, September 20, 2010
Golf Tournament – Dyker Heights Golf Course

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Student Day
Fashion Show, Dining Etiquette, Panel Discussion

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Founders Day, Alumni and Visionaries Dinner

Monday, October 04, 2010
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Academic Building I

For more information, visit http://www.mec.cuny.edu/MEC40/.



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