Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation
Visit Our Website January/February 2012
In this issue

CEO Reflections
Upcoming Events
Where are they now?
Chorus at Carnegie Hall
Tech's Biggest Loser
In Memoriam

Visit our site:


Support Tech

Brooklyn Tech students benefit from your support through classroom enrichment, extracurricular opportunities and life-changing internship and real-world learning experiences. Alumni generosity makes it all possible.

Please support this and other remarkable programs enriching Tech student education. To donate, click here.

21/21 Campaign

Reach With Me...

Help Brooklyn Tech remain one of the nation's premier public high schools for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Please donate now.

To donate, click here.

Reflections from the CEO
Matt ManderyMathew M. Mandery '61

Looking back at 2011, we can feel great gratification in seeing how our strategic partnership with Brooklyn Tech is enabling our alma mater to assert its national prominence as a lead science, technology, engineering and mathematics high school. During 2011 Brooklyn Tech was ranked by US News and World Report among the nation’s “100 Gold Rated High Schools,” listed in the top 50 of the nation’s Best High Schools for Mathematics and Science, named as a national model Project Lead The Way High School, and selected as a national finalist high school for science in the Intel Schools of Distinction program. These recognitions are a direct result of our Foundation’s efforts to support Randy Asher and the Brooklyn Tech faculty as they continue to strengthen our alma mater’s educational programs. The new Courtroom, digital electronics labs, 21st Century classrooms, library modernization, innovative uses of technology to transform Physics education, and faculty grants are just a few examples of the projects and initiatives that were implemented in 2011. recipients. [Read Full Story]


Upcoming Events

Ruby Engineers Luncheon Saturday, March 10th at 12:00PM, on the 7th Fl Cafeteria:
Come out and celebrate past and present women of Brooklyn Tech and help us connect young female students to established female professionals. Student attendees will be seniors who have been nominated by their coaches, advisers and teachers. The program will include ice breakers and student questions for alumnae. To register please visit: Tickets are $50.00.

NJ Get together: Saturday, March 24th at 4:00PM at Uno’s Restaurant in Metuchen, NJ
Please mark your calendars and join the Jersey group for a complimentary meet and greet*. Registration details are coming up shortly. To learn more about this event please contact

Homecoming 2012: April 27-28th.
Plan ahead and join fellow Technites and faculty members at Homecoming 2012. The two day event kicks off Friday morning with guided tours of Tech and lunch at Junior’s restaurant. Saturday’s schedule will offer you ample time to reminisce.For information regarding class reps and reunions of '42, ’47, ’52, ’62, ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, and ’02 please visit this page. For hotel and tours please see this page.

[Read Full Story]


Where are they now?

Sevanand Bhagwandeen ’09 recently returned home from his adventures in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where he volunteered to teach English to Spanish speaking students for several weeks.

Robert Gilbert '49 recently turned 80 years old and retired as the "Unidel Foundation Professor of Mathematics at the University of Delaware.

Clarence McCollum ’69 – is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Award. Mr. McCollum was recognized at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 8th at the Manhattan UFT Office. This award celebrates outstanding teachers in career and technical education. Mr. McCollum was nominated by his peers and selected by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT).

Anthony Schirripa ’67 has been elected to the national Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Mr. Schirripa will serve on the Board from the close of the 2012 annual meeting until the close of the 2014 annual meeting. Previously, Schirripa served as a Director on the AIA New York State Board of Directors. He is the Chairman and CEO of Mancini Duffy/TSC in New York City, and currently serves as a Board member on the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation.

Michael Trachtenberg '61 retired after 25 years as Cantor at Temple Isaiah, Stony Brook, New York, and 40 years as a Cantor. During his career he had the opportunity to sing before many audiences in the New York Metropolitan area; he went to Rome, met Pope John Paul II, and sang in the first concert of Cantorial music at the Great Synagogue in Rome.

Malik Williams '11 received the Silver Medal in Architecture at the 2011 NAACP National Act-So Awards. His winning entry was his 3-D model design and presentation of a recreational facility for Fort Greene on the Atlantic Yards site. Malik is currently a freshman and studying civil engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. He became interested in civil engineering during his high school years at Tech. His mother, Michelle Ifill-Williams ’82, is also a Brooklyn Tech graduate.
[Read Full Story and See Photos]


Tech Chorus Plays at Carnegie Hall
Matt ManderyCarmina Burana - Courtesy of Ozier Muhammad- The New York Times
On February 5th, the Brooklyn Technical High School Chamber Chorus made its Carnegie Hall appearance, performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, a scenic cantata based on 24 medieval poems. While the actual performance is not available for viewing, a sample can be seen here.

Brooklyn Tech was joined by five other choral groups from across the city Combined, the choral groups performed with the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, conducted by David Robertson. [Read Full Story]


Tech's Biggest Loser

Members of the Brooklyn Tech Staff and Faculty have embarked on a 12 week Biggest Loser challenge to lose weight, get healthy, and start anew. This challenge comes at the most opportune time, as we have left the winter holidays and Super Bowl Sunday behind.

With over 25 contestants in the race, excitement is in the air. Alumni in fitness and nutritional fields are welcome to submit ideas for our weekly newsletters, and offer fitness services.

To be fair to the short and tall alike, the winner will be determined based on the greatest amount of Body Mass Index (BMI) percentage lost.


In Memoriam

Jeffrey Haitkin ’62, Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, Board of Directors
Jeffrey graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School in 1962, received his BS in Accounting from New York University in 1968 and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University in 1971. Jeffrey along with his friend and partner, Achilles Perry ’58, spent more than three decades as a very successful real estate developer. In 1987, Jeffrey became a member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation. From 1988 through 2010, Jeffrey served as the Treasurer. During his time on the Board, Jeffrey’s expertise in financial planning helped the Foundation reap rewards of wise investments and judicious spending. He served as financial counsel and mentor. He always approached his work with integrity, equanimity and enthusiasm. This is a profound loss to the Foundation but we have been made stronger by having had Jeffrey in our ranks. He was our friend and a champion for Brooklyn Tech. Donations may be made in Jeffrey’s memory to Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, 718-797-2285, Haitkin Scholarship at NYU Stern School, 212-998-4161 or Dr. Eileen O’Reilly Pancreatic Research Fund, Memorial Sloan Kettering, 646-227-2868.

Benjamin George Marcin '39
Ben graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School in 1939, received his BS in civil engineering from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) and was a Fellow in the engineering department. During his career he traveled through four continents and many of the Pacific island nations. He held a professional engineers license in all but 10 of the states and also holds a U.S. patent, which are just a very few of his other professional accomplishments.

Leon Gecker, Retired Faculty
Leon was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he attended Madison High School and was an All-American basketball player in 1957. He attended Seattle University, where he played basketball. In 2010, Leon was inducted into the Seattle University Collegiate Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a physical education teacher at Brooklyn Tech for 37 years. His colleagues and friends were always entertained by his affable personality and wit. The thousands of students who Leon taught throughout his tenure, both as a PE and driver’s education teacher will never forget him.

Michael Stephen Conway, Retired Faculty
Michael earned a B.A. in English from Long Island University and an M.A. from Hunter College. He embarked upon a 36-year career with the NYC Department of Education, which included an appointment  in 2004 as Teacher Specialist at Brooklyn Technical High School. Critically injured in an electrical fire in Brooklyn, he retired from teaching in 2010.

[Read Full Story]


Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation
29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn NY 11217
Phone: 718.797.2285 | Fax 718.797.9304

Privacy Policy  |  Email Preferences
Copyright © 2012 Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation
29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn NY 11217

2021 All rights reserved. Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Tax ID #11-2739496