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Holiday Music
Celebrating Tech
Meet the Board
Where are they now?
In Memoriam


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Holiday Music
2013 Winter Concertjack Killcoyne performing at the 2013 Winter Show.

On December 11, 2013, the Music Department rocked in the holiday season with a special concert featuring Mark Wood and Electrify Your Strings! Mark Wood is the inventor of the electric violin and former violinist for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). Tech’s Orchestra Director, Geraldine Lapierre, Band Director, Cory Fischer and newest member of the Music Department, Choral Director, Marisa Cazanave, began prepping the students on the first day of school for the challenging set list. Students performed TSO holiday songs "This Christmas Day", "Carol of the Bells", and "Christmas Canon", as well as some non-traditional songs, such as, "Crazy Train & Any Way You Want It" (Intermediate Strings), "Carry On My Wayward Son" (Jazz Band), and "You Can’t Always Get What You Want" (Philharmonic & Chamber Choir). Featured student performers were Orchestra members Joshua Wong, Ethan Fung, Elizovetta Raufova, Camilo Gaitan Parra, Choral members Miranda Braithwaite, Aiden Yrizzary, Kyonne Rowe and Jazz Band members Miles Neretin and Deryck Wong.

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Brooklyn Tech Celebration 11/21

2013 Celebration Honorees

The Second Brooklyn Tech Celebration was held on November 21 at Gargiulo’s Restaurant. The evening included Achievement Award presentations and gave everyone the opportunity to network, reminisce and enjoy the festivities. For the program and reflections by the award winners please click here.

The awards given by category were:

The Distinguished Alumni Award
Ken Daly ’84 – President, National Grid
George L. Van Amson ’70 –Managing Director in the Institutional Equity Division - Sales and Trading, Management, Morgan Stanley
Arlene Isaacs Lowe ’76 –Senior VP @ Moody’s Investors Servicev
Tanya Kennedy ’85 – Acting Supreme Court Justice

The Tech Faculty Emeritus Award 
Charles Kyrie Kallas ’37 – technology teacher; school treasurer
Lillian Cincotta Fiore – social studies teacher
Artie Kettenbeil ’67 – English teacher; advisor to the school newspaper “The Survey”; Senior Class Advisor; school treasurer; AP Pupil Personnel Services
Edwin Zarowin – AP Health and Physical Education; boys’ track coach
James Crowe – AP Organization and Administration; school treasurer, social studies teacher; citywide SVA program

The Technite – Young Alumni Recognition Award – 
Dr. Robert Roswell '94 – Director, Bellevue Hospital Coronary Care Unit; Office of Diversity Affairs; Director Recruitment & Retention; Assistant Professor of Medicine - NYU School of Medicine

The Blue and White Outstanding Service/ Leadership Award -
Leon Bukhman ’01 – Compliance Manager, Con Edison; helped develop the Con Edison Internship Program for Brooklyn Tech

The MVP Alumni Award 
Conrad McRae ’89 – (posthumous award) - basketball

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Meet the board
Donovan Wickline '88Board Secretary, Donovan Wickline '88

BTHS Major: Technology & Liberal Arts

College: Columbia University, Fordham Law School

Current profession and position: Practicing attorney in Brooklyn Heights, NY

Career inspiration at BTHS: His Moot Court assignment was to defend the dumping of nuclear waste in Fort Greene Park. He won: “That was my first glimpse of the power of legal argument. It was the experience that got me interested in becoming a lawyer.”

Influential Teacher: Mr. Greenberg, English: “A very compassionate person; I felt a kinship.”

Most memorable book at Tech: Catcher in the Rye: “It just spoke to me. To this day, it is my favorite.”

Tech taught him: “If you work hard and apply yourself, you will have many opportunities – even if you are not from a rich or successful family.”

Alum Engagement: “The young people at Tech today are walking the path we walked. It’s important not to forget the school that did so much for us.”

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Our series of spotlights on Brooklyn Tech’s recently revamped majors program, begun in the print edition distributed in September, continues this month with features on chemical engineering and gateway to medicine.

Chemical Engineering

Year started: Chemistry dates to the 1930s as a Tech major

Last revamped: 2009

What It’s About: Chemistry knowledge and skills continue to guide students’ ability to understand, predict and control the physical world.

Chem students learn: AP Chemistry; organic chemistry based on the syllabi of Cornell and SUNY Stony Brook, quantitative analysis based on the Brooklyn College syllabus, and modern instrumentation for chemical analysis including gas chromatography. Senior classes provide the content and skills to excel in college courses in health and physical sciences, and chemical engineering. AP chemistry was upgraded in 2013 to add more classroom instruction and lab. The curriculum continues to keep pace with changes suggested by the College Board.

Gateway to Medicine

Year Started: 1986

Students learn: The history of medicine, the language of anatomy and medicine, all about the various body systems, the chemistry of organic molecules. How the economy affects biotechnological advancement, the applications of genetic engineering, how to defend viewpoints on bioethical issues and support with research-based evidence. An overview of careers and subspecialties.

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Where Are They Now?

Hassan Tetteh MD ’90, a cardiovascular disease specialist and surgeon in the Washington, DC area, recently appeared on CSPAN tv to discuss his new novel, Gifts of the Heart, a fictional story of a military physician in Afghanistan. Posting on Facebook about Brooklyn Tech, he said it was “Invaluable to my upbringing.” Dr. Tetteh has participated in the Alumni Foundation’s annual Career Day presentations to students.


In Memoriam

The Foundation sadly announces the passing of the following alumni. Our condolences are extended to their families and friends:

Ellen Finnegan
Robert Schrier

Walter J. Ferrari '38
Frederick W. Haltenhoff '38
Edward M. Donovan '39
Philip E. Morris '41
Joseph S. Schatz '41
Franklin H. Blecher '46
Robert A. Busch '47
John F. Dullmeyer '47
Peter D. Haney '48
Walter P. Tholl '49
David Hamburger '50
Richard G. Brehm '53
Paul J. Ducroiset '55
Ralph J. Kettenbeil '55
Charles P. Wendler '56
Ira F. Latinsky '59
John-Ling Mark '91

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