Alumni

What's Your #SteinhardtStory?

Perhaps it was your first recital in New York City, or when you studied abroad in a developing country. Maybe it was the time you successfully presented your original research to a group of faculty members or that “aha!” moment in the classroom when everything clicked.

Whatever your story may be, we want to know! Share your memories with us.

A Chance Meeting: Transformational Opportunity
“I was walking across Washington Square Park one spring day in 1969, mulling over my career options: Art Therapy, Social Work, or Special Education. As an undergraduate in Washington Square College (now CAS), I had taken a course with Dr. Doris Berryman on recreation for children with special needs and later worked as a camp director, which I loved. Just then, Dr. Berryman approached me and I told her how much I love running a year 'round recreation program for kids with special needs and she offered me, on the spot, a full-tuition traineeship for a master's degree in therapeutic recreation. I jumped at the opportunity. Many years later, she offered me another traineeship for the PhD, which I completed in 1993. So I'm a triple NYU graduate! That chance meeting with Dr. Berryman was life-changing. I spent several decades as a recreational therapist and 20 years as a tenured professor at a CUNY college. The opportunities I had at NYU's School of Ed (Steinhardt) were exceptional!”
Gail R. Levine (MA ’70, PhD ’93)

Learning Pride
“I'm from a small town, so I didn't have much experience with queer culture before I moved to New York. Even in Astoria, Oregon, we had a PFLAG group that met at lunch, but talking about Revolutionary Girl Utena over pizza pockets is not the same as losing your (metaphorical) virginity at The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) in New York City. I attended some of my first queer events during NYU's Welcome Week. My favorite was RHPS, but I'll never forget Guess the Straight Person. At the time, I would have guessed I was straight. I didn't date, and my RHPS virginity was the only kind I'd ever had any desire to lose, but I'd never heard of asexuality. All of our PFLAG members identified as homosexual, bisexual, or ally. I knew a little bit about transsexuals from books, but there weren't any books about asexuals in the Astoria High School Library. Now I'm the author of a young adult series with an asexual protagonist. Interface is currently 120% funded on Kickstarter, and Bitch Magazine just published my article about asexuality in young adult fiction.”
Lucy Mihajlich (former undergraduate student)

Making Connections Through Time
“In 1997, when I was a doctoral student in Dance Education at NYU Steinhardt, I met Hortense Lieberthal Zera, who graduated from the School in 1936. She became such a wonderful mentor and inspiration to me that I staged her dance Never Sign a Letter Mrs. (1939), a humorous feminist statement on societal rules and obligations imposed on women. It was performed in the Frederick Lowe Theatre, among other locations. I also included an interview with Hortense in my book The Bennington School of the Dance: A History in Writings and Interviews that is a continuation of research for my dissertation.”
Elizabeth McPherson (PhD ’06)

Share Your Story

Submit a memory, story, or reflection of NYU Steinhardt.

“I am grateful for the professors, instructors, and fellow students for making the transition to my new career path so enriching. NYU Steinhardt continues to be a powerful place to learn and grow professionally and personally.”
Kristine King (MA student)

Decades Through Steinhardt
“I studied art and writing and education. My first art exhibit was in New York City and because I was at Steinhardt, I was able to continue working in my profession. At my exhibit many students and friends came from NYU; some were in music, some in education, but all were committed to changing the world through arts and education. Years later, I was able to return here with our son, a musician and vocalist. If he decides to apply here, the legacy can continue. My friends still share what we lecture and created together. Happy to see how it has developed over four decades!”
Cathy Gropper (BS ’76)

NYU Dance Education in Uganda
“I was teaching in the Dance Education program at NYU Steinhardt and was contacted by the Queen of the Buganda Kingdom to meet with her to discuss the founding of the Royal Ballet and Modern Dance School in Uganda. I invited her and her entourage to observe a collaborative workshop in our NYU dance studios with our Kaleidoscope Dance Company and a group of second graders from a public school in Harlem. After a year of planning with her school director, we proposed a study abroad program to connect NYU students with dancers, musicians, educators, and children from Uganda in a collaborative cross-cultural sharing program of teaching and learning. The proposal was accepted and since then, I have brought over 150 students from a variety of programs, departments, and schools at NYU to the incredible country of Uganda, and we have performed rarely seen dances from Uganda throughout New York and the US. Steinhardt gave me the support to connect our students to the world through the performing arts and education and this program has enriched my life as well as the lives of all involved.”
Deborah Damast (Faculty, MA ’02)

My Leadership Role at NYU
“Every year, NYU Steinhardt students experienced an on-campus orientation, which included time in the dorms. I served as a representative of what was then the School of Education, Health, Nursing, and the Arts Professions. I served on the University Senate and participated in providing a tour and orientation for new and transfer students. One of the accomplishments I am most proud of is our push to establish a comprehensive sports facility for the NYU community.”
Lisa Davis Clark (BS ’79)

Birthplace of Learning
“My second year at NYU, Diana Turk pushed me in class for the first time in my life, inspiring in me the challenge of learning. Steinhardt gave me an avenue to learn from influential scholars such as Robbie Cohen and Pedro Noguera. It inspired me to be the best teacher I could be so my students would feel the true power of learning the way that I did.”
John Bird (BS ’06)

My First Day
“My first class on my first day of my occupational therapy program was OT Theory with Jim Hinojosa. This class left an impression on me that still remains 17 years later.”
Henry Hanif (Faculty, MA, ’99)

Memories of a Proud Alumnus
My Steinhardt story is both long and memorable. The world-class education I received was second to none. The study abroad opportunities that I took advantage of on two occasions were also second to none. The connections I have made along with the relationships I have built cannot be explained nor will they be forgotten. Steinhardt has changed my life for the better, and I am grateful. Thank you Steinhardt for everything you have done for me – I appreciate it all.”
Anthony Michaelides (MA ’13)

“On the first night of class, Dr. Nadler (Teaching English as a Second Language) memorized over 50 students’ names to emphasize the importance of remembering the dignity and vulnerability of beginning ESL students who can’t say much more than their names in English. I also remember wonderful lectures by Neil Postman.”
Emily D. Klenetsky-Pariente (MA ’77)

“When I began my studies at NYU, tuition was $15.50 a credit and there were classes that met from 8-10 p.m. A certificate in General Education, a BA in Audio Visual Education, a MA in Religious Education, a MA in Sociology/ Anthropology, and a EdD in Religious Education/ Anthropology later (with 18 credits completed towards a third master’s in Counseling Education), all classes completed at night, the tuition was $700.00. Wow. NYU always met my academic needs.” 
Ernestine R. Galloway (BA ’57, MA ’60, MA ’69, EdD ’81)

“I received two master’s degrees from NYU, back to back: in 1978, an MA in Educational Psychology; and in 1979, an MA in Education of Emotionally Disturbed Children (I was one of seven students selected for a fellowship in this program). I graduated with my mother, who received her MBA in 1979. We walked down the aisle together. My teachers at NYU gave me great insight and knowledge and I owe my success to them. I just retired after working as a New York City teacher for forty-and-a-half years – I taught autistic students art.”
Audrey Wolfe (MA ’78, MA ’79)

9/11
“I was a graduate student during the events of 9/11. I remember hearing about the planes hitting the Trade Towers. I was informed that my classes were cancelled for that evening. A couple of days later, my fellow Music Therapy students and I were invited to attend a special 9/11 memorial. We all got together with musical instruments and played together and sang uplifting songs.”
Fred Ellie (MA ’02)

The Value of Scholarly Diversity at Steinhardt
“One aspect of the Steinhardt School that I most appreciate was (and remains) its program diversity. For a number of years, I routinely taught a class that served graduate students from across the School. One of my students asked me to be a committee member on her dissertation study of uses of humor among nurses and their patients in a hospital setting. Sociology studies many things, including forms of human communication, and she and I spent many hours talking about appropriate theoretical approaches and what kinds of data would be necessary to explore them. She received permission from several patients to be included in the study and I became privy to some of the incredible ways human beings, sometimes in dire straits, find to relieve the anxiety and suffering through communicating with others. The cross-fertilization that occurs among our students and our faculty may not be unique, but is certainly uncommon and among our school’s defining characteristics.”
Floyd M. Hammack (Faculty)

“My entire experience at Steinhardt has been extremely enriching and full of learning. I loved taking Professor Hosay’s class and can’t thank him enough for all his valuable teachings.”
Malini Shah (MA ’14)

“I truly enjoyed Professor Reinhold – the professor who taught music history. He had such vibrance and energy. He would play period musical pieces and show slides of his trips to the related country and incorporate broader context to music and composers by teaching us about the art and science of the time.”
Barry Heyman (BM ’94)

“NYU: A special time in my musical life. After graduating with an MA, I performed for many years. I was signed to Virgin Records in Japan. I left the business as a single dad to raise three sons. I have just completed an album called Master Piece with a very talented singer named Christel – all the music is written, arranged, and produced by me and my brother. I studied vocal at NYU but at the present time, I am a producer and composer who is working to develop young talented artists.”
Richard Pitt (MA ’83)

Broad Brush
“I spent hours, weeks, time immemorial working on my art at the Barney Building. I made some of my best friends there. A lot of Art parties, dancing, drinking, lectures, hearty arguments regarding sociopolitical issues and what we can do to make the world better.”
Jeffrey Burdian (BFA ’06)

“I was taking a required internship in fundraising at a major NYC museum. For some reason, the director of development decided I should spend the semester doing only photocopying grant proposals. Unfortunately, although my photocopy skills became quite good, I got a paper cut and there was some blood on a proposal due that day. I received an F for my internship although all my other coursework was As and Bs. An F for an internship meant I could not graduate. My advisor looked at the F and said, I am changing it to a C. I graduated from NYU.”
Marge Schab (MA ’80)

Trip to South Africa
“I really enjoyed my time with Dr. Teboho Moja in South Africa. It has been more than 10 years since I visited the country. The faculty at the University of Pretoria was excellent. They helped me gather the information I needed to do my research. I liked the small class settings in the Education Administration program.”
Mark Pryce (MA ’03)

Teach-Ins with Dr. Roscoe Brown
“Dr. Roscoe Brown of the Physical Education Department started holding teach-ins on Vietnam at Rocky’s Bar, which was a famous place years ago. He drank scotch and milk to protect his ulcer. Ralston Purina paid for all libations. He brought in faculty members of various viewpoints to discuss their reasons for positions. Dr. Brown, as well as Dr. Janice Gorn and Dr. Charles Sheddman, allowed us to value others’ opinions and respected our viewpoints.”
Larry Feldstein (alumni)

Friendship
“As I walked down the hall for my first spring class in Anthropology, I ran into my classmate Paula from Junior High School 60 in the Bronx. She and I had been the only two students in our class to go on to special high schools for gifted students. She asked me what was I doing there. I told her I was taking the last class I needed for my MA – an Anthropology class. She laughed. Then, she frowned. Then, she said ‘Ann, I’m teaching it.’ It was hard for both of us, but we got through it. I handed her the paper for the course four hours before grades had to be submitted. I believe I received an A-. More importantly, I got my MA in Education Administration, which led to me being principal of the elementary school from which I graduated, P.S. 39 in the South Bronx.”
Rev. Ann DuB. Hare (MA ’65)

Multitasking, Steinhardt Style
“I spent nights in Bobst Library writing chapters for my dissertation. My wife just gave birth to our beautiful son, so I would have the late night shift for feedings. I spent mornings driving my father-in-law to radiation treatments for his cancer while balancing a phenomenal new and demanding job. Like most Steinhardt students, I was truly multitasking: juggling work, academic and personal ‘lives,’ trying to integrate these lives where possible, and still find time to sleep. But I had great support from my fellow graduate students and faculty. What could have been a hellish year turned out to be a formative one.”
Noel Anderson (Faculty, PhD ’04)

My Steinhardt Hero
“Throughout my program, I have had the chance to work with lots of Steinhardt alumni, but no one exhibits the excellence of a Steinhardt education better than my advisor and mentor, Nija Leocadio. When school and work are chaotic, I can turn to her for guidance and support. She is the reason I am so involved in the Steinhardt Graduate Student Organization and I will take the lessons she has taught me about teaching, leadership, and humanity into my career in student affairs.”
Rachel Weber (MA ’16)

Lighting a Dance Performance
“Although I have so many vivid NYU memories of my years in graduate school, I recall a pivotal moment for me as a dance/education major in ’91. I worked on one particular dance production in the realm of lighting. Having been a classically trained ballet dancer all my life – I had performed with the Andre Eglevsky Ballet – I knew the importance of stage lighting. But this was my first time doing lighting and changing gels for each number. Each gel was a different color and created a different effect on stage. A woman instructed me on what to do and then left. I was worried I would put the wrong gels in since I was alone in the lighting area. But, wonder of wonders, I scurried on the stage, wearing all black, crossed my fingers and voila, I put in the right light gels and everything was perfect. I now have new insight on lighting, thanks to NYU.”
Karen-Cherie Cogane (MA ’93)

A Lady Principal
“It was the moment that the trumpet sounded from the top of the Washington Square Arch: it was graduation! And no one could question my place as a school administrator, a school principal, and a WOMAN in Suffolk County because I had a PhD from NYU.”
Elizabeth A. Mulvihill (PhD ’83)

Teaching and Learning in the Dominican Republic
“Every January since 2010, I've been teaching a study abroad course for graduate students in the Dominican Republic. The students and I embark on a program called Culture and Language Learning in Real Time where we learn about intercultural perspectives in multicultural education, experience many aspects of Dominican culture through field trips and guided tours, and learn Spanish in an immersion class. The best part: everyone, including me, lives with a Dominican host family for the entire three weeks! Our students and I thoroughly enjoy the experience each year and learn a lot, too. What a great way to spend the wintry intersession – escape to the Caribbean!”
Shondel Nero (Faculty)

Studying in London
“Studying abroad in London was a fantastic experience that capped off a great period of my life at Steinhardt. This picture is of Hank Mittnacht, myself, and Oliver Yang.”
Peter Lynch (MA 14)

Forever Friends
“Ten years after we began the Music Business undergraduate program together, we randomly reunited at an artist showcase during SXSW in Austin, TX. It's so wonderful to still work among this group of intelligent, talented, and fun NYU MUSB alumni! It's hard to get us all in the same place as the same time, but we still keep in touch and remain the best of friends.”
Patricia Bradby (BMus 08)

The Best Mentor
“My sophomore year, I took Intro to Advertising with Professor Eugene Secunda. He became my mentor, encouraging me to establish a career in account management, and more importantly, become one of my biggest supporters both professionally and personally. Our friendship is still strong - he and his lovely wife even attended a graduation lunch with my family - and I know it will continue to grow.”
Natalie Vang Jensen (BS 15)

Fitting In
“Many years had passed since I earned my master's degree, but my chairman at Lehman College advised that I go back and get my PhD in Music Education. That first day, as I navigated the winding streets of Greenwich Village, I feared I would feel out of place with all the young, hip students at NYU. However, from my first class until the last, I felt right at home: I had ideas, questions, and motivation, which my professors and peers embraced and encouraged.”
Penny Prince (PhD 09)
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Got Art? You Betcha!
“Fresh from Miami, wide-eyed and adventurous. Cast iron, SoHo, Bohemia, and art, art, art everywhere you wandered just a few blocks from school. As a young lesbian first experiencing the city, it was exciting to be in the heart of an emerging art movement. I remember walking on the street and running into Leon Golub and Nancy Spero, two of my heroes. I had been walking in the opposite direction as they approached. I started walking backwards as they walked with me, telling them how much I admired them both. They laughed and wished me well in my career as an art historian and critic. Only as a student in New York could one experience such a life-changing moment.”
Sandra Langer (PhD ’68)
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Poor Immigrant and an NYU Degree? Yes, You Can
“The American Dream is and always will be a free, excellent public school education that prepares you for your next step in life. I transferred in to Steinhardt and was commuting in from New Jersey. I would sit in the back of the bus with a tuning fork practicing the legendary Professor Luther Goodhart's ear training exercises. No way I could afford to live in the City UNTIL a call from an ex-girlfriend. Three giant rooms and big windows for only $54 a month - WHAT? So it was a seventh-story walkup over a Chinese restaurant on Second Avenue and 8th Street with the bathtub in the kitchen. But I got a roommate, another insane, dedicated music major, and between the two of us, rent was $24 dollars each. And we could walk to class in the Village. We would practice in NYU practice rooms from 6 until 10 every night, then hang out with Donald Byrd at the 5 Spot or go to McSorley's for one ale (that was all we could afford). Though NYU has always maintained the highest standards, Frank and I were blessed to be there with the legends: Dr. Goodhart on conducting, ear training, choir; Ray Crisara (Toscanini's trumpet player) for trumpet. And I have tried to honor that blessing by living a life giving back through performing, teaching, and now research on how the arts make you smart. Man, have I got some books for you! God bless you, Steinhardt.”
Barrie Mizerski (BS 68)

The Road Not Taken
“I traded in my BS in Accounting, the balanced ledgers for beckoning sketch books. "What, are you crazy?" said my friends and family. This 1960's Gauguin fell in love with the aroma of oils, flux, and wet plaster. I was now on the road not taken, and that has made all the difference.”
Robert Sarnoff (MA 66)
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Remembering Teacher Preparation and Student Leadership
“As a Chancellor's Award for Leadership winner, I have many memories of my well-rounded baccalaureate days. What stands out: my cooperation with Dean Patricia Carey's Student Affairs Office, my supervised teaching internship in a New York City public high school, and Dr. Deborah Borisoff's teaching and recommendation of the Wasserman Center for Career Development.”
Rachel Libby Linn (BS 91)

CCTOPers: Family Forever
“During the 2013 Commuter Overnight Retreat at Weinstein, a chance for commuter students to spend the night at NYU and build a community, I was placed on the sixth floor of the East Building with the other transfer students, most of them CCTOP (Community College Transfer Opportunity Program) students like me. Friendships were forged, and we've been one big, happy family ever since. #steinhardt2015”
Khalifa Niasse (BS 15)

Country to City
“Dreams were coming true in August 2001 when I arrived in New York City. After meeting Dr. Neil Postman at an event where we both attended undergrad, I knew I made the correct choice to attend Steinhardt. Despite that semester starting with an international tragedy, I made lifelong friends, bonded with professors, and embarked on a journey that could only have started in Washington Square, including interviewing former US President Bill Clinton.”
Michelle Blackley (MA 02)
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Going to School at Night
“Taking two classes each term while working full-time can be a challenge. I attended graduate school for an MA in Occupational Safety and Health from 1977 to 1980. On Washington Place, alternate parking was in effect until 6 p.m. so if you got a spot by 5:30 and sat in your car, you could walk into class on time at 6 and not have to worry about being parked blocks away. Some nights after class, I wouldn’t get back to my Bronx apartment until 11. ”
Ted Holtzman (MA 80)

Two for the Price of One
“I was looking for a doctoral program in either higher education or international education. I chose Steinhardt for higher education study, but also to get an international education as a natural byproduct of simply being there. Living in Manhattan and attending NYU, I truly felt like a citizen of the world.”
Kevin Drumm (PhD 89)

A Thank You in Memory of My Mentor, Frieda Behlen
“The late Frieda Behlen was not only a phenomenal occupational therapy (OT) instructor at NYU, she was my role model and mentor for how education can help a young woman like myself reach her potential. She assisted me with obtaining funding, and I was the first person in my extended family to receive a university degree, which at that time was not an expectation, especially for a woman. I experienced the difference in my life this education made, which helped me provide compassionate and knowledgeable OT service in both psychiatry and physical medicine, gave me financial independence, and allowed me to enjoy working and traveling in the USA, England, and Canada. After I married a Canadian, I continued to work as an OT. I also became a role model for my two daughters in their university educational achievements. At 72 years old, I am working part-time as an OT.”
M. Chris (Cristarella) Dixon (BS 66)

Creating My Path
“The faculty at Steinhardt helped me create a career path that was not part of my original plan, allowing me to see my talents and build on them. This year, I was recognized with two national awards, and at my own institution was nominated for the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member in the University of North Carolina higher education system. I am grateful for Dr. Jim Bess, the faculty member at Steinhardt who told me, "You are destined to change lives as a faculty member one day."
Audrey Jaeger (PhD 01)

Met the Love of My Life at NYU!
“I sat in the last row of a class on the Philosophy of Education and enjoyed interacting with the professor. A young lady sitting in the first row turned around to see who was talking with such animation. I was love-stricken the moment I saw her. We are celebrating our 35th anniversary this year - thank you NYU!”
Dr. Andy Rose (Advanced Certificate and PhD 73)
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Digital Dance Pioneer
“The facilities, classes, and club opportunities at Steinhardt allowed me to pursue research in dance technology, a very new discipline at the time. I later taught dance technology at NYU with Lisa Marie Naugle. Working with the music department, I was fortunate to be able to dance for new composition performances, to work with the New Music Ensemble, and to initiate the dance portion of the NYU study abroad program in Italy in collaboration with the music faculty.”
Nancy Kane (PhD 96)

“We wore olive drab corduroy pants and black turtlenecks. We hung out at the fountain and sang folk songs. We wanted to be seen as bohemian, as beatnik, but we were all too late. We were too late to be beatniks and too early to be hippies.”
Judy Blume (BA ’61)

Fun in the Snow with Colleagues in Washington Square Park
“In January 2011, a four-day winter storm swept through New York, New Jersey, and New England. New York City was mostly spared, and Friday arrived warm and sunny. A spur-of-the-moment call went out to everyone in Pless Hall: Fun in the Snow at Noon! Thirty administrators and staff showed up and brought frisbees, Nerf balls, a soccer ball, and mittens and boots. We made snow people, tossed some snowballs, made snow angels, and laughed a lot. It was great fun.”
Lindsay Wright (Associate Dean)

The Struggle Was Worth It
“In 2009, after being out of school for over 30 years, I decided to go back and get a MA in Dance Education. The very next year I lost my full-time job and had trouble finding another one for almost two years. I began to wonder if it was worth it to continue my graduate studies and put myself into more debt. Friends encouraged me to stick with it and were supportive and positive that things would turn around. So I stuck it out and I am truly glad that I did. My last year as a graduate student at Steinhardt proved to be the most fruitful both professionally and personally. I solidified friendships, developed a new network of professionals, presented a workshop at the National Dance Education Organization conference, and had the pleasure of taking classes in other departments at Steinhardt, which expanded my viewpoints on arts education and its practical application in the field. I am now working full time for the New York City Department of Education as a dance educator. Thank you, Steinhardt.”
Andrew Jannetti (MA ’12)
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“The plethora of activities and university life, along with my friends, the wonderful faculty in the Communication Studies department, and of course, our fantastic Dean Carey enriched my time here at NYU. Professors Ted Magder - our Department Chair, Robert Swerdlow, and Kimberly Sultze fascinating media classes among others, helped formulate my enduring passion for the study of Communications Media and Technology.”
Jean Deler (BS ’98)

“Studying with so many incredible professors in the Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) program opened my eyes to ideas, issues, and theories I had never before learned about in depth. My first MCC core course with Helga [Tawil-Souri], in particular, felt like a veil had been lifted for me. She pushed us to think critically, to look at things much more closely – purer structures, economics, politics, capitalism (this was when the economy had just crashed in 2008). Throughout my studies, I also took internships for credit which brought theory into practice. These opportunities were immensely valuable. I interned at GQ magazine and Stella McCartney. Both internships were very demanding and my daily reflection essays helped me apply theories in class. I also loved Dr. Susan Murray’s Pop Culture methods class. I often use one of my essays from her class as my writing sample. I now work at The New School, where I recently attended Dr. Murray’s Distinguished Alumni Panel. Hearing her discussion and talking to her made me nostalgic for my days of intense, invigorating studies at NYU and gave me a deep sense of pride of being an NYU alumna.”
Yolanda Urrabazo (MA ’10)

The Many Cultural Experiences of a University Scholar
“Once upon a time, when Steinhardt was known as SEHNAP and offered a nursing program, I was blessed to be a University Scholar. Each year, our student group learned about the cultures of New York by attending local events and going to Europe with Dean Patricia Carey. We learned from our tour guides, but more importantly, from our peers, who were majoring in diverse fields like music, art, dance, education, nursing, and physical therapy. These experiences were foundational for me as a professional and a person. I am thrilled that my daughter is now at Steinhardt and will reap all the benefits that I have. Thank you, Dean Carey!”
Michele Crespo-Fierro (BS ’90)

“Hurricane Sandy gave me an opportunity to stay overnight in Kimmel Auditorium and Coles. I had my first night living in Manhattan on a small cot in a big room with many other NYU-ers from all over the world. I had free showers in Coles, breakfasts and lunches in Kimmel. Met Erik from Norway. It was a fun and exciting experience.”
Tuo Huang (’13)

My Rediscovery
“I owe my new life to Steinhardt. It has helped me in rediscovering my inner self. It has rekindled in me a desire to learn and grow, a passion for my work, and most importantly, a love for my own self.”
Deepti Gupta (MA ’15)

“My NYU Steinhardt experience began as a student in Professor Neil Postman’s class. He was engaging and had a wealth of knowledge in the field of Media Ecology. Professor Postman’s books also provided a prospective on mass media and culture, which I found enlightening. To this day, I still share his anecdotes and wisdom.”
Sheryl Estrada (MA ’04)

“My husband proposed marriage to me at my Senior Prom at the Roosevelt Hotel. When he passed in 2001, we had been married for 50 years. We lived near uptown NYU. Every year at graduation, the parents who attended their children’s graduations parked on our street. My mother used to always say, ‘I hope I can have that pleasure to attend my daughter’s graduation.’ When I graduated in 1951, not only did my parents attend, but my future-in-laws did as well. My future husband was in the army. Graduation exercises were held up in the Heights.”
Estelle Goldberg (BA ’51)

“It was my second semester of student teaching and the day that my supervisor and wonderful professor, Anne Burgunder, was coming into my class to observe me. By this point in time, I was used to having my lessons filmed for reflecting and preparing for the edTPA, but Anne brought an extra camera. That afternoon in class, she asked me to share my lesson and if it was okay to show some video that she took. While I explained my goals for the lesson and my rationale for how I presented the lesson for my students, I fell in love once more with learning. Anne praised my use of “multiple representations” in my lesson and it just fortified the idea of access to an education for everyone and all types of learners. I have learned a lot from my professors, most of all my students, but also myself. My ‘aha’ moment has made me want to make my Steinhardt Story to create ‘aha’ moments for my students.”
Rosalind Abreu (MA ’14)

NYC Tour Guides
“My roommate, Nancy Shapiro, came up with a wonderful plan to make extra money: We became two of the first women to be New York City licensed tour guides. We worked for Grey Lines and gave the most unusual tours the City had ever known. What fun we had!”
Irene Glassberg Roginski (’70)

“When I remember Dr. Constantine Georgiou, I think of how he dramatized each line and each story. He had that sway when he walked and he was always so cheerful. Children’s books surrounded him. He couldn’t wait to get to class. He was one of my favorite professors. Now I have my own library of children’s books at home.”
Gladys Watford (MA ’94)

Music: A Surprising Journey
“When I started in the School of Education, I thought my career would be in music and sound recording. By graduation, I realized I needed to be ‘on the other side of the double glass window’ and I became a professional singer. I had always sung and that was my first love. But the confidence I gained singing in the NYU Choral Arts Society and Chorale, under the direction of E. Jonde Revere and Nancy Kirkland Klein, gave me the courage to go for it. In 1992, I went to a pumpkin festival on the Christopher Street Pier sponsored by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. I became a member and began using my voice for environmental education. In 2002, I started my own nonprofit, Irthlingz Arts-Based Environmental Education, based in Washington State, where I now live.”
Sharon (Weintraub) Abreu (BM ’85)

NYU Summer Camp – Freshman and Junior Year
“In 1952, I came in first place in the Eastern District Collegiate Archery Meet at the NYU Summer Camp in Sebago. My classmate Adele and I won the collegiate canoe doubles meet. I also learned to eat pork chops at NYU Camp (with applesauce)! I also wrote the article in the health and PE newspaper called ‘Truthfully Speaking.’”
Ruth Miller Wapnick (BS ’53)

New Possibilities
“Growing up, I never imagined attending a university like NYU. Life seemed to ooze of ‘aim low and don’t be disappointed,’ which never fit my personality well. But as much as I did not like it, poverty is not something you can overcome simply by not liking it. However, you can discover programs that give you access to more than you could have ever imagined. I discovered the Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP) through Bronx Community College, and it made the beginning of my NYU story possible.”
Nikki Dillon (BA ’17)

Steinhardt Sent Me to India and Brazil!
“The Brazil study abroad course with Erich Dietrich made me want to go back on a Fulbright. I would not have done it without the experience! Thank you!”
Loni Bordoloi Pazich (PhD ’14)

Continuing the Steinhardt Legacy
“Growing up I heard stories about my grandpa's time at NYU and graduating from Steinhardt with his BS, class of ’47, and MA, class of ’58, in Music Education. Now, over 50 years later, I am continuing his legacy by serving as an adjunct professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Sharing my NYU experience with him has been one of my greatest joys and I'm proud to be connected with Steinhardt through several generations of our family.”
Kerri Smith (Faculty)

“In September 1965, I was a Violet Owl at student orientation. We took freshmen on tours of the Washington Square campus, showed students how to use the NYU Library (which was then on the second floor of the Main Building), and the bookstore! The weekend before classes began, all the Violet Owls took a group of freshmen to Pawling, NY with Dean Florence Beaman as our advisor. We had the opportunity to explore the beautiful area of Pawling and got to know each other on a one-to-one basis. Pre-internet, it was often difficult to maintain contact, but I stayed in touch with my students for many years. This is an experience I will never forget.”
Cathy E. Goldsmith (’68, ’71, ’74)

My One and Only Love, Victoria
“If it were not for my late wife, Victoria Soliwoda, I would not have earned my MA in Applied Psychology. She was kind enough to work and support us while I went to Steinhardt full time. That is my best memory of my NYU years.”
Paula Whitney Best (MA ’02)

My Life in Teaching
“I thank my dear mother, Clara, who said, ‘You need a tangible career – become a teacher.’ And so I proudly and wholeheartedly did. For over 42-plus years of devotion and love, I’ve worked with children from the inner city who loved art and still remember me – remember our classes and have pursued good lives. My education at the High School of Music and Art and New York University enriched and awakened my love of art and the teaching of art. I am proud to say, ‘Yes, I am a teacher and I love every day I can share and encourage the love of art with my students.’ I still teach part-time and have community groups who come with me to galleries and the beloved Met. Thank you – 50 years later – thank you!”
Adele Phyllis Unterberg (BS ’65, MS ’67)

On a Bench in the Park
“Became an occupational therapist – enjoyed the park, with people needing mental health treatment approaching me. Ironically, I went into working in psychosocial OT, treating psychiatric patients in activity group processes – then I studied the interactions with the Social-Profile.com.”
Mary V. Donohue (PhD ’73)

“When Steinhardt used to be the School of Education, Health, Nursing, and Arts Professions (SEHNAP), I studied piano on the side and was introduced to some of the most poignant techniques in piano instruction. Now, I transfer some of those techniques to language education.”
Loi An Le (BA ’98, MA ’00)

A Past Love, A Foodie Now
“I actually transferred to Steinhardt because of the school’s cooperative education program and food service/marketing sales program. Through this program, I completed a one-year food service management training program with SAGA Food Corp. One of the exciting challenges I recall as a student was the GM Intercollegiate Marketing competition, where we had to conduct marketing research campaigns and prepare presentations around product testing of new Cutlass Supreme diesel-fuel auto. Studying at NYU was a wonderful and enriching experience. I will cherish that time forever. Even later study of law (at Brooklyn Law) does not compare!”
M. Holmes (BS ’82)

Higher Education Heaven
In the summer of 1965, I found myself excitedly crossing Washington Square Park for the first time, on my way to higher education heaven at NYU. I would take coursework that would be applied toward an AB elsewhere. I was so taken by the experience that in 1970, I applied to and was accepted into Steinhardt's brand-new Media Ecology doctoral program to study with the great Neal Postman and other outstanding faculty including Terry Moran and Chris Nystrom. The last time I crossed the Square to NYU was in 1973, when I was completing my studies. In February 1974, I became the first graduate of the Media Ecology PhD program, as well as a recipient of NYU's Founders Day Award. I can truly say that during those years, I was in ‘higher education heaven!’
David Guerra (PhD ’74)

Steinhardt Recognition Award
“My Steinhardt story is the planning of the first annual Steinhardt Recognition Award ceremony. In 2010, when I was on the Steinhardt Undergraduate Student Government (USG) board as the junior class president, we decided that we should have a ceremony recognizing outstanding students and faculty in every Steinhardt department. We were proud to be such an electric school and felt it would be a good event to bring us all together. It warms my heart to know that this ceremony still takes place!”
Mitchell Weaver (BS ’11)

A Bronx Tale
“Born and raised in the Bronx in a single-parent household, I was the first in my family to receive a college degree. I further exceeded my family's expectations by attending NYU and receiving my MA in Bilingual School Counseling in 2012. In 2012, I was awarded the Outstanding School Counseling Service Award by the Department of Applied Psychology. I currently I work as a senior academic advisor for Texas A&M University, where I have won a couple of awards, most recently the 2015 New Advisor Award. I hope my story inspires others who come from the same humble background as myself. With the right education, anything is possible. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for my wonderful experience and education at NYU.”
Rafael Almanzar (MA ’12)

“No doubt about it, moving to New York at 24 to attend NYU was the most exciting and rewarding move I ever made. I loved my classes, working in the studio at all hours, and being part of the university community and neighborhood. I'd run into my professors and catch up over coffee, or at openings with classmates. I felt as though I was in the center of the world where all things were possible – and looking back, I was right. ”
Eric Dever (MA ’88)
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From Networking to Career Success
Shortly after obtaining my MA in Educational Administration, I was selected to lead a program for underachievers in a suburban high school. I immediately contacted NYU's Professor Janice Gorn to train the selected teachers and help create an innovative, interdisciplinary studies curriculum that would prepare our students for college.  The program was a great success and a highlight of my professional career.   
Essie D. Owens (MA ’77)

On Top of the World
When I came to Steinhardt for my campus interview, my nerves could have caused a small earthquake. My son was a baby and still nursing,  and waiting in the hotel room with my mom. As a teenager, I had announced that one day I would teach at NYU. There was so much at stake. But at the end of my first day, having met incredible colleagues and delivered a job talk of which I felt proud, I was swept over by the feeling that I had nailed it. Walking across Washington Square Park I literally spun in a circle as I thought to myself: I'm home. This is my new home. As I begin my  tenth year here, this home is no longer new, but it is still mine. I have grown up here in the Department of Teaching and Learning. And there is nowhere else I would rather be.
Fabienne Doucet (Faculty)

How I Paid My Tuition
“I worked for Western Union International from midnight to 8AM to pay my tuition. Fortunately, I got to sleep 4-5 hours a night on the job (don’t ask!). It allowed me to take courses with Charles Siepmann, who was head of BBC during WWII and had a wonderful program on PBS. The professors were all first class – I later took classes with Gene Rayburn and Neil Postman.”
Richard Morell (BS ’66, MS ’70)

Journeys
“NYU opened the door for me to different new media experiences. I can't believe that today, I am a published author of a novel, Quantum Leaps in Princeton's Place. NYU helped motivate me to persist in finding and fulfilling my dreams.”
Donna Clovis (MA 08)

“I was a member of Alliance Francaise and danced the can-can at the opening of La Maison Francaise in the courtyard off of Washington Mews. We wore typical black and red outfits and swished our skirts like pros. Great fun!”
Rosemary (O'Connor) Dosch (BS 59)

My Experience in Puerto Rico
“I enjoyed my course in Puerto Rican Culture and Education conducted by Professor Dossick during the summer of 1966. The geographic and institutional tour of the island broadened my perspective and gave me an appreciation for the complexity involved in human development and change. The course completed my requirements for a master's degree in social studies but also helped encourage me to eventually get a second master's degree in social work. The course also greatly broadened my knowledge of Hispanic culture, which served me well in my work.”
Fred Nadelman (MA 66)

A Teacher's Beginnings
“‘Has anyone in here ever taught a child to read?’ That was Professor Bea Cullinan's opening sentence on the first day of Reading Fundamentals class. I was the only one who raised a hand. Professor Cullinan inspired my interest in becoming a reading specialist. She recognized my talents and encouraged me to pursue a master's in education immediately after I graduated NYU. I've had a wonderful and varied career in education. Today, I work as a writer and educational consultant.”
Evelyn Krieger (BFA 82)
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A Whole New World
“Part of my decision to attend NYU Steinhardt lies in the fact that it was a part of such a dynamic, global university. Having never traveled outside of the country before, I was drawn by Steinhardt's rich and diverse opportunities for graduate study abroad. During my final semester at NYU, I traveled to India with an amazing group of fellow graduate students and two incredible professors. The chance to adapt my graduate research in social media to our trip was invaluable as we traversed the country to visit universities from Mumbai to Kerala. This trip changed me forever, opening my eyes to the wider world around me and giving me the courage to dream bigger than ever before.”
Jess Moore (MA ’14)

“Going to NYU and living in New York City in the '70s was an adventurous educational experience. Things were not nearly as expensive then as they are now, but even so, we went looking for 'finds' on garbage night to decorate our apartments and also to use in our artwork. I student-taught in Chinatown, and remember telling my students that the entire city was a museum filled with wonderful textures, colors, and patterns. We used the richness of the outdoors to supplement the work in the classroom.”
Harriet Taub (MS ’76)

My years at NYU
“I attended NYU's School of Education from 1961 to 1966 and received a PhD in Creative Arts. Fond memories of transporting paintings on the subway for critiques. Also brought 20 paintings to my defense on a hot July day, some on top of my Beetle. Passed with flying colors and won my PhD. Thanks to Dr. Sears and Howard Conant.”
James Gwynne (PhD 67)

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“I wrote about a bed I occupied in Limerick with my brothers. The bed was miserable, it was a half-acre of disaster, no blankets. It was broken in the middle, and we would fall into it. Calitri gave me an A+... and that stuck in my head and gave me permission, in a sense, to write about those circumstances.”
Frank McCourt (BA ’57)

“I began studying at Steinhardt in September 2001. On September 5, I attended a social event with students and faculty. I was excited to start graduate school and a new chapter in my life. Then the world changed in an instant on September 11. My classes were cancelled. I was disconnected, frightened, and unsure of the future of my city. The next few weeks at Steinhardt centered me. My memories of the students and professors are forever with me. In particular, Professor Terence Moran was a force of both logic and heart, helping us make sense of the tragedy and of our place in the world.”
Laura Benin (MA ’04)

“I'll never forget my visit as a prospective graduate student on a rainy April weekend in 2009, when I realized Steinhardt could provide all the benefits of NYU's well-known name with a small liberal arts-college feeling. I had the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff, and it was the first time I felt that my interdisciplinary background had found an academic and professional home.”
Stina Dufour (MA ’11)

“I'm fortunate to be a Steinhardt alumnus twice - once as a student, and once as an employee. My work there informed my research, and my research informed my work, and both have helped me immeasurably. I'm very proud to be a Steinhardt grad!”
Bartholomew A Grachan (EdD ’13)

Big/Small University
“As a 17-year-old kid from the New Jersey boonies, I thought I would be 'lost' when I entered NYU, given its large size, but thanks to so many encouraging faculty and a robust student activities program, I had a very happy four years at what was then called the School of Education. I became editor of the NYU newspaper, The Square Journal, after Professor Arnold Goren urged me to join the paper as a freshman. My subsequent career has combined journalism and education, and I remain the editor of Educational Technology magazine, established just two years after my undergraduate years at the University and now in its fifty-fifth year of publication.  ”
Lawrence Lipsitz (BS 59)

“As someone who had arrived in a new place filled with uncertainty — displaced from her country — NYU was home to me.”
Anitta Boyko Fox (BS ’45, MS ’47)

Three Generations of Visitors
“I glanced up from my computer and was greeted with the most amazing smiles: three generations in a family of five from Canada. NYU, and the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, was first on their list. After a meeting with an advisor and a mini tour of the department, we talked about New York City. Their smiles, laughter, and enthusiasm were infectious. Although the father remained silent and allowed everyone else to ask questions, including his three-year-old son, as he left he held my hand and said, ‘Thank you very much.’”
Pamela Stewart (staff)

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