Even before Caliper was a glint in my eye, I had the privilege of attending City College New York for both my B.A. and M.A. in psychology.
I won partial scholarships to leading universities, as did one of my sister’s. But, we didn’t have the remaining money to take advantage of them.
City College offered me a full scholarship and I got the best education I could ever have dreamed of receiving.
I remember at our 50th anniversary gala, I told everyone that if it wasn’t for City College, we wouldn’t be here tonight. At the gala, it was announced that Caliper was offering a scholarship in my name
to a leading student in the psychology department.
The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis, taking several factors into consideration. These include: an outstanding GPA, volunteer work and overall positive contributions to our world.
I am pleased to share that this year’s recipient is Ariel Karten. My sincerest congratulations go out to him.
Given how strongly I believe in CCNY’s contribution to the lives of people who might otherwise not be able to get a college education—and given what I feel I owe that school—I want to do more than offer a scholarship.
I want to recreate the school as a recognized leading provider of higher education in New York.
Another thing Caliper is doing is working with CCNY on a “Campus to Career” program, which we’ve offered to a number of other schools around the country as well. This program is about assessing athletes’ traits
and potential—focusing mostly on basketball players.
In “Campus to Career,” while we work with athletes and coaches to help build better teams, we also provide those athletes with insights leading them to find what former USC coach John Robinson called their
“second love” if and when they find that, after age 22, basketball can’t take them any further.
My focus on, and love of, basketball stems from my years at CCNY. While I was a student there, CCNY’s basketball team, under the exceptional coaching of Nat Holman, won both the NCAA Tournament and National
Invitation Tournament (NIT) titles in the same year, a feat that no other team has ever achieved. That team didn’t have any one single great player. They just all worked wonderfully together. In my opinion, I think it may be one of the
best teams ever assembled.
A lot of people may not know this but, Knicks coach Red Holzman had been a CCNY star who learned how to play basketball from our great Nat Holman.
I will keep you updated on our Campus to Career programs as news unfolds, as well as mention any milestones along my path of bringing City College back to a leading position, making it more available to more people in the
greater New York area.
I’ve also extended an invitation to our first annual scholarship winner, Ariel Karten and his family to come meet the entire Caliper family. I look forward to that happening soon and will let you know when it does.Tweet