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NYU Alumni Association Awards

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This year's awards luncheon will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015.

2015 Award Recipients

Carmen Guillén Fariña (STEINHARDT ’65)
The Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
Presented to a respected and distinguished public figure of recognized stature or identity who has clearly demonstrated a record of outstanding public service in her professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and who, by receiving this award, brings honor to the University.

Carmen Guillén Fariña is chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school district in the US. During her five-decade career, she has worked in virtually every capacity, from teacher and principal to district superintendent and deputy chancellor, distinguishing herself as an innovative educator committed to helping students, teachers, and principals excel. Fariña holds a bachelor of science from NYU and master’s degrees from Brooklyn College, Fordham University, and Pace University. She is co-author of A School Leader’s Guide to Excellence: Collaborating Our Way to Better Schools (Heinemann).

Ruth Gruber Rosner (WSC ’30)
The Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
Presented to a respected and distinguished public figure of recognized stature or identity who has clearly demonstrated a record of outstanding public service in her professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and who, by receiving this award, brings honor to the University.

A highly-respected journalist and humanitarian, Ruth Gruber Rosner has had a profound impact on several defining moments of the 20th Century. At age 20, Rosner was the youngest person in the world to receive a PhD; she was the first foreign correspondent to fly through Siberia into the Soviet Arctic; she served as special assistant to the US Secretary of the Interior during World War II, where she was assigned a secret mission to bring Jewish refugees and wounded American soldiers to the US; and she documented the plights of Jewish refugees following the War, including coverage of the Exodus 1947 ship. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Na’amat USA’s Golda Meir Human Rights Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and five honorary doctorates.

Ted Allen (GSAS ’90)
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Presented to a respected and distinguished graduate of any school, college, or division of NYU, who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement and/or service in his professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and who deserves acknowledgement as embodying the spirit of distinction that brings pride to the University.

Ted Allen is host of the Food Network series Chopped and formerly starred on Bravo’s Queer Eye, for which he received a James Beard Award and an Emmy, respectively. In addition to his notable career in culinary entertainment, Allen has been a contributing writer for Esquire since 1997 and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for a feature on the little-known phenomenon of male breast cancer. Allen works with several charitable organizations, including the James Beard Foundation, the Point Foundation, Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, the Food Bank for New York City, the Washington D.C. Central Kitchen, the Food Council for City Harvest, and Dining Out for Life.

Martin Cohen (STERN ’76)
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Presented to a respected and distinguished graduate of any school, college, or division of NYU, who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement and/or service in his professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and who deserves acknowledgement as embodying the spirit of distinction that brings pride to the University.

Martin Cohen is executive chairman of Cohen & Steers, Inc., a leading global investment management firm, and considered to be a pioneer and one of the nation’s top experts in real estate securities investment. An active philanthropist, Cohen chairs the City College of New York 21st Century Foundation, chairs the board of Guild Hall of East Hampton, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy, as well as a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 2007 he was presented the National Jewish Health Humanitarian Award.

Cristi Marie Hegranes (GSAS ’05) 
Distinguished Young Alumna Award
The Distinguished Young Alumna award is presented to an outstanding graduate of any school, college, or division of NYU who is under the age of 35. This alumna has demonstrated sustained excellence in her professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and deserves acknowledgement as embodying the spirit of distinction that brings pride to the University.

Cristi Marie Hegranes is the founder and executive director of Global Press Institute, an award-winning, high-impact social venture that uses journalism as a tool to educate, employ, and empower women in the developing world to produce professional local news coverage that elevates global awareness and catalyzes social change. She is also the publisher and executive editor of Global Press Journal. A 2013 Ashoka Fellow, Hegranes is an experienced social entrepreneur and renowned international journalism trainer.


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