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Kimberly Cline Honored

Long Island University (LIU) announced that Garden City native Dr. Kimberly R. Cline has been honored as a 2014 Distinguished Leader in Education by Education Update.

Past recipients of the publication’s Distinguished Leader in Education awards include: Harold (Terry) McGraw III, chairman of the board and former president and chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies; Dr. Susan H. Fuhrman, president of Teachers College, Columbia University; and Dr. Lisa S. Coico, president of The City College of New York.

Since taking the helm as president in 2013, Dr. Cline has led LIU through a transformational process to provide students with an exceptional education that combines a solid grounding in liberal arts and sciences with real-world, experiential learning.

This innovative approach gives students the skills and experience they need to successfully forge careers in the global workplace.

With more than 100,000 readers, Education Update is recognized as a leading source of information for educators and senior administrators in the New York/New Jersey region.

Publisher Dr. Pola Rosen, a former teacher and school supervisor, has been a featured guest on television and public radio while also winning numerous awards from educational and civic groups.

The notable achievements that distinguish Dr. Cline’s leadership at LIU include:

• Establishing the LIU Promise Initiative that pairs incoming students with personal Success Coaches who serve as a single point of contact — from academic counseling to financial aid, student life and career preparation — providing an advocate and trusted guide.

• Launching a groundbreaking cross-disciplinary emphasis on entrepreneurialism through multiple initiatives such as the opening of five new student-run businesses, and partnering with a Long Island venture capital company.

• Leveraging the opportunities offered by the region’s strongest industries by creating a host of career-ready programs in entrepreneurship, financial engineering, alternative investments, fashion merchandising, and equine management, among others.

• Originating an UN Ambassador lecture series that allows students to learn directly from the most influential world leaders of our age.

• Encouraging talented high school students to explore career paths through the new Summer Honors Institute@LIU, which offers a week-long, behind-the scenes view of some of the most popular careers.

• Recognizing the importance of athletics by introducing golf, track and field, wrestling, fencing, swimming and other programs.

In addition to these student initiatives, Cline was recognized by Education Update for strengthening university operations by focusing on institutional effectiveness, conducting a comprehensive strategic planning process, and integrating all major enrollment service areas.

Looking to the future, Dr. Cline has made a significant commitment to increase the university’s fundraising and advancement capacity by recognizing the power that nearly 200,000 active alumni could contribute toward long-term success.

Her degrees include a BS, an MBA, a JD and an Ed.D.

News

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


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Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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