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WE NEED MENTORS- Calling all alums preferably from the 80’s and 90’s

Brooklyn Tech started a mentoring program 1.5 years ago. We have watched it grow steadily; to date, we have 15 alumni who have been fingerprinted, vetted and assigned mentees. We are part of the NYC Mentoring Program, which is sponsored through the New York City Department of Education. Mentors are required to spend four hours per month with their mentees- this could be through face to face visits and email exchanges. The NYC Mentoring Program requires that potential mentors become fully certified before they mentor students. This means, mentors need to be fingerprinted, provide three references which are checked and validated, and complete training. Mentors meet once monthly in the evening here at Brooklyn Tech. Each mentor will be assigned a student of the same gender; we will try to match mentee interests closely with those of the mentor. We currently have a pool of 12 Technites who have requested mentoring, therefore we are looking for at 15 mentors. If you are interested, please email me (esciaba@bthsalum.org) your name, graduating year and contact information. You will be invited to an introductory meeting in early November to begin the vetting process. 

Daniel Gutzmore ‘98 – Dan is one of our alums serving in our Mentoring Program. He is receiving an award, along with a few other community leaders – the Kings of Kings County. This award honors influential men in business whose major achievements and participation in many community activities throughout the years has helped make a difference. The dinner is November 9th at the Grand Prospect Hall. Congratulations Daniel! 


Weston Research Scholars Program - Siemens Science, Technology and Mathematics Competition - We are pleased to announce that two of our Weston Research Scholars, senior Meishin Lee and junior Karen Wu, are semifinalists in this year’s Siemens Science, Technology and Mathematics Competition. Meishin Lee’s research project - The Effects of Sulfuric Acid on Mechanical Properties of Polycrystalline Ice – was done at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Karen Wu’s research (junior) - Spin control of electrons in GaAs using Orbital and Spin Angular momentum of light - took place at CCNY’s Physics Department. This year out of the more than 1860 projects submitted, 491 students were recognized as semi-finalists. Congratulations to Meishin and Karen on their outstanding accomplishments. 

Brooklyn Tech had 27 QuestBridge finalists -From the QuestBridge website: “QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. By working with these students — beginning in high school through college to their first job. QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities” https://www.questbridge.org/about


John Jay College of Criminal Justice Visit (CUNY) - Forensics teacher Kay Siriani, Principal Dave Newman, Architect Greg Ruoti (Perkins-Eastman) and Foundation Executive Director Liz Sciabarra visited John Jay College to do a walk-through of their state of the art labs to determine what we would need for our new forensics laboratory. The new building at John Jay is very impressive; there is state of the art equipment, high level safety protocols for every iteration of hazard you can imagine, and furniture to match the style of laboratory instruction. We have much work to do to determine which pieces of equipment will be appropriate and affordable for our forensics course and then we will need to determine how the electricity, plumbing and ventilation will have to be configured. 


Borough High School Fairs – Brooklyn Tech was well-represented at three borough-wide fairs (Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan) on October 14 and 15. Reps from the school distributed materials to parents and students and discussed the program at Brooklyn Tech. Our attendance at these fairs is part of our middle school outreach efforts to attract students from under-represented communities to take the test for the Specialized High Schools

Calling Tech Alums involved in the Auto Industry – Brooklyn Tech has an Automotive Engineering Club. This year the club would like to get involved in a NASCAR competition. Club Members need to purchase kits - $3000 per kit. If you would like to help, please contact info@bthsalum.org.
Homecoming on April 20-21st - We have established class representatives for 1958, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2008. Majority of class-representatives have submitted their NDAs and are in receipt of class lists. Almost all classes have established Facebook accounts, with the class of 2008 maintaining its original 850+ members, while others, like the class of 1978 are slowly catching up with numbers over 250 (although 1968 is still in the twenties). Several have sent email notices to classmates and are surveying for details regarding event attendance, fundraising goals and event formats. Some class representatives have expressed interest in sending in memorabilia items for the Homecoming display, while others are composing faculty lists to invite. The class of 1968 has secured a venue for their individual reunion at Marco Polo on April 21st. 
Upcoming Events:
Career Day – October 25
Titans of Tech Dinner – November 28
Recent Alumni Day – January 5

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