44 THE QUEENS COURIER • LIVING IN BAYSIDE • MAY 11, 2017 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM living in bayside Queensborough college honors its ‘Partners for Progress’ More than 500 people celebrated the achievements of Bayside’s Queensborough Community College during the institution’s “Partners for Progress” gala last month at Terrace on teh Park in Flushing Meadows Park. Among those in attendance were corporate, community and business leaders, alumni, faculty, staff , students, retirees, friends and legislators. Along with recognizing a number of leaders who have contributed to the college’s success, the event also allowed Queensborough students to share their success stories. “Students telling their own stories are the best examples of how Queensborough makes a diff erence in the lives of our students,” said Dr. Diane B. Call, president of Queensborough Community College. “Our students come from many communities as well as 139 countries speaking 87 diff erent languages, but they all share one commonality—they all believe a college degree will help them achieve a better life for themselves and their families.” Th e honorees included Th omas Chen, founder, president and CEO of Crystal Window and Door Systems. He’s a longtime champion of not-for-profi t organizations that focus on a wide variety of issues including the arts, culture, and educational outreach. Over the years, his active engagement in the community, and with Queensborough, led him to the QCC Art Gallery. He has been a staunch supporter ever since. “I am proud to support the establishment of a new permanent collection in Asian art by Professor Wenzhi Zhang, an internationally recognized artist, scholar and author,” he said. In addition to Community banking in Bayside is Meet Judith Limpert, your branch manager. A top local banker here for over 30 years, Judy has joined one of the fastest-growing community banks. I Member FDIC amassing an Asian art collection, the QCC Art Gallery houses an African Art collection, and a Pre-Columbian collection— all of which refl ect the diversity of Queensborough’s student body. Also honored was Benjamin L. Schwartz, president and CEO of Metropolitan Property Services, who received the Kupferberg Holocaust Center Partner of the Year award. Based in Briarwood, Queens, MPS services multi-family properties in Queens and Long Island. Jackson and Muriel Lum were named Community Partners of the Year. Jackson Lum is professor emeritus in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology department at Queensborough Community College where he taught for nearly two decades. His wife, Muriel Lum, is a graduate of Th e City College of New York (CUNY) where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Other distinguished guests included Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez, President of Queens College; Jay Hershenson, Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Queens College; Dr. Th omas A. Isekenegbe, President of Bronx Community College; Dr. Antonio Perez, President of Borough of Manhattan Community College; and Rita Di Martino, a member of Th e Board of Trustees, CUNY. Special recognition was also given to current and former elected offi cials, including New York State Assembly members David Weprin and Nily Rozic; Councilmember Barry Grodenchik, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and former New York State Senator, the Honorable Frank Padavan. Photo courtesy of Queensborough Community College Shown from left to right: Jackson and Muriel Lum; Liren Wei, co-chair, Partners for Progress Gala; Mark Kupferberg, Chair, QCC Fund, Inc.; Patricia Tiff any, Chair, Partners for Progress Gala, Secretary, QCC Fund Board, Inc.; Dr. Diane B. Call, President of Queensborough Community College; Rosemary Sullivan-Zins, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Queensborough Community College; Thomas Chen; Robyn Schwartz, graphic designer, volunteer at Kupferberg Holocaust Center; and Benjamin L. Schwartz.
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