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Alumni Foundation Bulletin - 08/01/17

The Leandro P. Rizzuto Internship Program

This past school year over 425 students participated in the Leandro P. Rizzuto Internship Program.

  • The Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Mentorship Program continues to be a popular program with over 90 Tech students participating.
  • Our partnership with Brooklyn Hospital and its Information Technology (IT) department provided internships for Brooklyn Tech students from the Software Engineering major.
  • Our ‘flagship’ internship, The BTHS-Con Edison Summer Internship Program, provided internships for 15 students from the Electrical, Megatronics & Robotics, Physics and Math majors.  

Weston Research Scholars Program

We held our summer program for Cohort 5 and coordinated summer research experiences for members of Cohort 3 and Cohort 4

  • A Weston team of students in Cohort 3 became the first Brooklyn Tech students honored in the Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition and another member of Cohort 3 became the first Tech student to be selected as a Regeneron Science Talent Search recipient.
  • Produced a research journal documenting the work of Cohort 3 the Class of 2017
  • Conducted the recognition program for Weston Scholars on June 27 including the White Coat Ceremony.
  • Planned for the 6th Weston Summer Research Institute and recruited additional mentors.
  • Secured research placements for 40 students. 

Middle School STEM Pipeline Program

Brooklyn Technical High School in collaboration with the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation and National Grid launched the STEM Pipeline program in July 2013 to introduce Middle School students to the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program is designed to develop the next generation of STEM leaders by opening the world of science and technology to middle school students and prepare them for the challenges facing them in high school, college and careers. Preparation for the Specialized High School Admission Test, SHSAT, is incorporated into the program to enable access to the specialized high schools. We draw our participants from Brooklyn middle schools that are under-represented in the specialized high schools. 

Students in the program experience a variety of project-based activities including design and modeling, automation and robotics, energy and the environment, and the science of technology. The classes are taught by Brooklyn Tech faculty and current Brooklyn Tech students serve as assistants. Upon graduating from middle school, students who are admitted to Brooklyn Tech continue in the program having the opportunity to study at one of the nation’s premier specialized STEM high schools. While at Brooklyn Tech, pipeline students are supported by a mentor from National Grid.

Jeffrey M. Haitkin Faculty Grants Program

Supports faculty, student activities, and curriculum enhancements. The grant program, enables teachers to attend professional conferences, earn additional professional credentials, receive training to stay at the cutting edge of their craft, bring teaching tools to the classroom that otherwise would not be available, expand instructional opportunities for students. Grants have been awarded in many categories including: NASC; Zome tools for mathematics classes, LEAD conference for the Student Government Organization; DNA Lab materials; College Board Training for teachers teaching Advanced Placement and the Capstone Project; Chemistry Manipulatives for classroom use; National Society of Black Engineers, Debate, Mock Trial, AMC Math Contest; Science Olympiad and a host of other items. 

ACTIVITIES HIGHLIGHTS

First Annual Titans of Tech Dinner

The first Titans of Tech Dinner was held on November 30 at Chelsea Piers, Pier Sixty. The dinner was very successful and emerged as our major fundraiser. The three alumni honored at this dinner were Josh Weston ‘46, Mark Tatum ‘87, and John Cavanagh’ 54 (posthumously). 

Chelsea Piers has been selected for the second Titans of Tech Dinner on November 28, 2017. Honorees are: Leonard Riggio ’58, Londell McMillan ’83, and Floyd Warkol ’65

Fifth Annual Tech Celebration

This year’s Tech Celebration was held at Gargiulo’s Restaurant. We recognized honorees in four different categories:

  • Faculty Emeritus - Saluting retired teachers – Barbara Ross, Social Studies; John Tobin, Principal; Sol Rymer, Technology; Serena Bobrowsky, English (posthumous)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award - Andrew Parton ’75 – Executive Director- Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • MVP Distinguished Alumnus Awards – Erinn Smart ’97 – three time Olympian and first African American Woman to Win an Olympic Medal in Fencing – 2008 Olympics, Silver Medalist; Keeth Smart ’96 – Olympic Silver Medalist, 2008; Ivan Lee ’99 – five time US National Fencing Champion
  • Younger Alumnus Recognition – Alex Elegudin ’03 – Co-Founder and President – Wheeling Forward; Sonya Hunte ’95 – Employee Engagement Coordinator for Atlanta Public Schools

Career Day

Proctor FDNYMs. Antoinette Proctor with FDNY

In 2016, we recruited speakers with the help of alums, friends, local community, and the Parents Association. The parents were instrumental in helping us recruit for the medical and chemistry fields, two areas where we previously had difficulty obtaining speakers.

We had 115 attendees who covered close to 200 classes consisting of junior and senior major classes, freshman and sophomore English classes, freshman DDP classes, AP Computer Science, and sophomore digital electronics classes.

Our student board members instituted workshops to bookend Career Day – Resume Writing and Interviewing and Financial Literacy. These workshops were attended by 80 students.

Recent Alumni Day

Returning Alums

Our target audience base consisted of individuals that were 5 years out, or less. Alums were given schedules of two-three classes within their previous major, or those that were closely aligned with their college studies. They were also given different key-points to speak on, depending on whether they were freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Overall attendance included 300+ alumni.

 

Homecoming

Homecoming has become a two-day event. Friday, we showcase the school by hosting a panel discussion in the auditorium and guided tours. The day culminates with lunch at Juniors. Saturday begins with an auditorium presentation. This year we showcased our award-winning STEP Teams – the Lady Dragons and Organized Chaos and our chorus. We also presented an excerpt from our spring musical – “Cinderella”. Class pictures were taken, memorabilia were sold and lunch was served. Classrooms were open for alumni visits. Saturday night was capped off with individual anniversary year parties at different venues throughout the five boroughs. 

Our Anniversary classes raised $69,000 to support various Brooklyn Tech programs – faculty grants, STEM Pipeline, Weston Research Scholars, etc.

Ruby Engineers

The Ruby Event on March 12 awarded 162 young women certificates for their outstanding performance, or participation. Tech alum, Latrice Walker, Assemblymember, was our keynote speaker. Throughout the school year, the Ruby group hosted several different speakers – Assistant Chief Royster from the NYPD; Lourdes Cuesta and Rosabeth Eddy, 2 Assistant Principals new to Brooklyn Tech; Alanna LeGall from the NBA, and Dayana Alexandre, civil engineer.

Mentoring

The program is a year old and we have students who are being mentored by Tech alumni. The mentors meet monthly and exchange ideas as to how to support their mentees. The mentors have also been active at Tech’s Open House, Accepted Students Night and various fairs.

School Culture Advisory

This group meets monthly and was responsible for modifying the orientation program for the entering class of 2016. They have been working diligently on a Founders Day proposal and have shared their ideas with the Alumni Foundation Board of Directors, the principal, his cabinet, the COSA’s, student leaders, and Parent Association Executive Board members. Because of their work, the school will be developing committees in September to plan for the launch of Founders Day activities in the fall of 2018. The alumni involved in this group have been active at Tech’s Open House, Accepted Students Night, and various fairs.

Middle School Outreach Group

This group meets monthly and has been extremely active in sharing information throughout the community about the specialized high schools. They have spoken at many community boards and tenant meetings, participated in DOE outreach events and have assisted us with our Parent Outreach efforts in districts where there is an under-representation of students coming to the specialized high schools. 

The Foundation hosted two major events at Tech for parents and students of Brooklyn middle schools. We had excellent attendance of 1700 participants. The Department of Education’s Office of Student Enrollment as well as the Office of Assessment participated in these workshops. The DOE also helped us obtain directories, handbooks and changes to the test booklet for each of these workshops.

We also participated in Outreach events at various middle schools throughout the five boroughs. 

Our newest outreach effort is partnering with District 13 to help them expose more of their students to rigorous math instruction and the content of the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. This is called our Prep for Tech initiative.

We facilitated two panels -one for Senator Jesse Hamilton and the other for Borough President Adams on the specialized high schools.

Finally, we participated in two specialized high schools fairs this summer and three sessions on high school admissions. Our database from these events is over 2200 parents. The middle school outreach group assists at these events and helps facilitate parent sign-ups at each event.

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