|Bronx Branch of Hunter College|
|Type||Public (State university)|
|President||Daniel Lemons (interim)|
The Bronx, New York City,
|Colors||Royal blue, vegas gold, and white|
|Athletics||NCAA Division III, City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC)|
Lehman College is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) in the Bronx borough of New York City. Founded in 1931 as the Bronx campus of Hunter College, the school became an independent college within CUNY in September 1967. The college is named after Herbert H. Lehman, a former New York governor, United States senator, philanthropist, and the son of Lehman Brothers co-founder Mayer Lehman. It is a public, comprehensive, coeducational liberal arts college with more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and specializations. 53% of undergraduate students graduate within six years.
Hunter College in the Bronx was built during the 1930s.
The campus was the main national training ground for women in the military during World War II. For a decade before the entry of the United States in World War II, only women students attended, taking their first two years of study at the Bronx campus and then transferring to Hunter’s Manhattan campus to complete their undergraduate work. During the war, Hunter leased the Bronx Campus buildings to the United States Navy who used the facilities to train 95,000 women volunteers for military service as WAVES and SPARS.
When the Navy vacated the campus, the site was briefly occupied by the nascent United Nations, which held its first Security Council sessions at the Bronx Campus for six months in 1946. From March to August 1946, the first American meetings of the Security Council were held in the Gymnasium Building where intercollegiate basketball, archery, swimming, and other sports have been played. During festivities marking the 40th anniversary of the United Nations in 1986, the Southern New York State Division of the United Nations Association presented the College with a commemorative plaque, now displayed outside the Gymnasium Building. The College participated in the United Nations’ 50th anniversary activities in 1995–96.
Lehman College's founding president was Leonard Lief and he was succeeded by Ricardo R. Fernández in 1991. In 2016, José Luis Cruz, a former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton, was appointed as the third president of the College.
Lehman has a 37-acre (15 hectare) campus with a combination of Collegiate Gothic and modern architecture, located near the Jerome Park Reservoir at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West (250 West 200th Street). The school's architects were Kerr Rainsford, John A. Thompson, and Gerald A. Holmes; they had earlier designed the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Lehman College houses a state-of-the-art multimedia center in Carman Hall, comprising an acoustically designed recording studio, audio and video production control rooms, editing suites, student newsroom, media conversion room, graphics room, and "technology-enhanced" classrooms. BronxNet public access channel is also headquartered in Carman Hall, where many programs are produced including Bronx Talk and Open.
In 2012, Lehman dedicated its new $70 million Science Hall, a four-story building equipped with high-tech classrooms and laboratories, as well as a rooftop teaching and research greenhouse. In 2013, Science Hall was awarded a LEED platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, the first CUNY building to earn the top green building rating. The structural engineers for this project was Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA).
The Lehman College Center for the Performing Arts is a professional theater which seats 2,310. The campus is also home to the Lehman College Art Gallery.
The Apex, Lehman College's post-modern style athletic and fitness facility, opened in 1994. Designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Rafael Viñoly, the Apex stands in contrast to the original Gothic revival buildings that define the campus.
Students at Lehman College are from multiple ethnic and racial identities, multiple language backgrounds, various social classes, and diverse sexual orientations with many international students.
Enrollment (Fall 2018) Lehman College:
- Undergraduates: 12,639
- Graduate Students: 2,148
- Total: 14,787 students.
Lehman College offers a variety of selective and distinguished undergraduate and graduate programs in the Schools of Arts & Humanities, School of Education, School of Natural and Social Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing, and School of Continuing Education.
Macaulay Honors College at Lehman
The highly selective Macaulay Honors College at Lehman provides a full tuition scholarship, Apple laptop computer, and opportunities fund of $7,500 that can be used for various activities such as study abroad, reimbursements for internships or research, and service learning. Students in the honors college are required to take 4 seminars relating to New York City, maintain a 3.5 grade point average, and graduate within four years. They also must take four Lehman Scholars Program Seminars, or "LSP"s.
Lehman Scholars Program
The Lehman Scholars Program (L.S.P.) is designed for capable and highly motivated students who have the desire and ability to pursue a somewhat more independent liberal arts course of study. The program offers the advantages of a small, intimate college, including special courses, seminars, and individual counseling.
The Lehman Scholars Program offers several special features, first being that students are exempt from all Degree Requirements. They must, however, pass the CUNY Skills Assessment Tests to be admitted to the program and meet all course prerequisites and requirements for their major field.
The Lehman Scholars Program has its own requirements, which students must fulfill: a one-semester honors course in English composition and stylistics; two years of a foreign language at the college level or its equivalent; four honors seminars from any of four different academic areas: Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities, Natural Science, and Social Science; and a senior honors essay.
Students who enter the program with more than 30 credits may be considered for exemption from one seminar after consultation with the Program Director, Professor Gary Schwartz.
Mentors: Each student entering the program will be assigned to a faculty mentor in his or her field of interest. The mentor will advise the student in the areas of program planning and academic and career goals.
Application Procedure: Students who have earned 60 or fewer college credits may apply for either September, June, or January admission. They will be notified about their acceptance in time for the following semester's registration.
The College Now program allows selected high school students to take college courses.
Freshman Year Initiative
The Freshman Year Initiative is a program involving "blocks" of classes, similar to many high schools, which allows for new and first year students to get to know each other and become familiar with the college environment. All first-year students participate in the program, which promotes an interdisciplinary curriculum, faculty collaboration, and peer support. All students take mathematics and writing courses as well as a Freshman Seminar when they arrive to prepare them for the rest of their college courses.
Lehman College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Lightning Bugs are a member of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming & diving, track &field, tennis and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
In 2012–13, the Lightning Bugs won CUNYAC Championships in men's swimming and diving and women's outdoor track and field. The school produced two All-Americans in women's outdoor track: Tobi Alli (100 m) and Jasmine Springer (Triple Jump).
There are nearly 400 full-time faculty. Notable faculty include:
- Allison Amend, Professor of English, novelist, and short story writer
- Michael Bacon, Associate Professor of Music, Lehman alumnus, and Emmy Award winning composer and songwriter; performs in the band the Bacon Brothers with his brother Kevin Bacon
- Jason Behrstock, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Sloan Fellowship winner
- Jane K. Cleland, Lecturer in English
- Billy Collins, Professor of English Emeritus, United States Poet Laureate 2001–2003
- John Corigliano, Professor of Music, Academy Award winner
- Martin Duberman, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus
- Nancy Griffeth, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Linda Keen, Professor of Mathematics, Noether Lecturer
- John L. Locke, Professor of Language Science
- Margot Mifflin, Professor of English
- Joan Miller (choreographer), former Professor of Dance and founder of the Dance program
- Melvyn B. Nathanson, Professor of Mathematics
- Matt O'Dowd, Associate Professor of Astrophysics
- Victor Pan, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
- Dannielle Tegeder, Associate Professor of Art
- Concetta M. Tomaino, Adjunct Professor of Music
- Lloyd Ultan, former Adjunct Professor of History
- Eric Wolf, former Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
- Eleanore Wurtzel, Professor of Biology, AAAS Fellow
- Naomi Zack, Professor of Philosophy
- André Aciman, writer, author of Call Me by Your Name, and professor at CUNY Graduate Center
- Debo Adegbile, Commissioner for the United States Civil Rights Commission
- Gary Axelbank, journalist, disk jockey and TV personality based in The Bronx
- Michael Bacon, Emmy Award winning composer and songwriter, and Associate Professor of Music at Lehman College; performs in the band the Bacon Brothers with his brother Kevin Bacon
- Jacqueline Bishop, writer, visual artist and photographer from Jamaica and a professor at New York University
- Carl Chaiet, artist and illustrator
- Steven Contursi, businessman and numismatist
- Blondell Cummings, modern dancer and choreographer
- Rubén Díaz Jr., Borough President of the Bronx in New York City
- Rubén Díaz Sr., member of the Democratic Party; represented the 32nd district in the New York State Senate from 2003 to 2017
- Jeffrey Dinowitz, American politician who represents District 81 in the New York State Assembly
- Brandon M. Easton, professional writer, screenwriter, and educator
- Christopher Emdin, professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University
- Eliot Engel, Democrat and the U.S. representative for New York's 16th congressional district
- Ailene Fields, sculptor and stone carving teacher
- Nabie Foday Fofanah, Guinean sprinter, also known as the Speed Doctor
- Philip Foglia, prosecutor and Italian American civic rights activist
- John Fox, former American novelist and short-story writer
- Joe Foy, Major League Baseball third baseman
- Eve Franklin, Democratic, represented Great Falls in the Montana Senate from 1991 through 2002 and served in the Montana House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007
- Lewis Gordon, philosopher, works in Africana philosophy, philosophy of human and life sciences, and phenomenology
- Micki Grant, singer (soprano), actress, writer, and composer
- Ramona Hernández, community leader, sociologist and historian, Professor of Sociology at the City College of New York, and director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute
- Andre Harrell, founder of Uptown Records, president/CEO of Motown Records, and the first half of the hip hop duo Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde
- Letitia James, Democrat and the Attorney General of New York since 2018
- Janet Kaplan, poet and professor
- Matt Kilcullen, Director of Athletics at Mercy College
- Jeffrey R. Korman, politician who was a member of the New York State Senate (33rd District) from 1990 until 1992
- Graig Kreindler, painter and illustrator
- Don Leicht, visual artist who has worked as a painter and sculptor in the Bronx
- Kenney Mencher, painter and Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Ohlone College
- Steve Mirsky, writer for Scientific American and the host of the magazine's weekly science podcast, Science Talk
- Jacqueline Moody, writer, editor, and producer, and Founder and Chief Executive of YadaYadaCo
- Devon J. Moore, American poet and author
- Jenn Morel, Dominican singer and songwriter
- Robert McCullough, former basketball player
- Pepón Osorio, Latino artist
- Ron Perlman, actor and voice actor, best known for playing the comic book character Hellboy in both Hellboy (2004) and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and Clay Morrow on the television series Sons of Anarchy (2008–2013).
- Richard Rakowski, entrepreneur, investor, and health care and energy consultant
- Christopher "Kid" Reid, actor, comedian and former rapper, formerly known as Kid (shortened from his original MC name, Kid Coolout)
- Elizabeth Rodriguez, Puerto Rican actress who plays Aleida Diaz in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)
- Ediberto Roman, Professor of Law at Florida International University College of Law
- Jimmy Rowser, jazz double-bassist
- Murray Sabrin, professor of finance at Ramapo College and candidate for US Senate in 2018
- Abdel R. Salaam, choreographer, director, producer, mentor, and educator, and co-founder and director of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
- Davi Santos, Brazilian-born actor best known for playing Sir Ivan, The Gold Ranger on the television series Power Rangers Dino Charge
- Ivan Seidenberg, former chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications Inc.
- José Enrique Serrano, member of the United States House of Representatives since 1990
- David L. Spector, cell and molecular biologist and professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and head of the Gene Regulation and Cell Proliferation program of the CSHL Cancer Center
- Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democrat who represents District 35 in the New York State Senate
- Bob Stewart, jazz tuba player
- Andrea Stone, until 2019 the director of career services of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (later the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism)
- Theodore Swetz, actor, theatre director, and educator and Head of Acting at UMKC Theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
- Al Taylor, Democrat and Assembly member for the 71st District of the New York State Assembly
- Michelle Tokarczyk, author, poet, and literary critic and a professor of English and former co-director of the Writing Program at Goucher College
- Celines Toribio, Dominican actress, model, and Spanish-speaking television personality
- Robert Torres Sabor Latino, Hip hop artist and author
- Julius Penson Williams, African-American composer, conductor, and professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston
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