Category: Alumni News

Arts Administration Alumna Named International Clore Fellow

December 22nd, 2014 in Alumni News, Arts Administration, MET News

Photo by Geoff Wilson

Photo by Geoff Wilson

Four international Fellowships were awarded by the Clore Leadership Programme, a cross-disciplinary leadership organization for the cultural and creative sector based in the United Kingdom. Arts Administration alumna Claudia Castro (MET’04) is the first-ever Clore Fellow from Brazil, and she joins three other 2014/15 international Fellows: Karim Hazem Mohamed Elshenawy from Egypt and Maria Wong and Selena Kong Fung Hoi Yi from Hong Kong.

Read the full announcement »

Culinary Arts Alumni Open “Comedor” in Newton

October 21st, 2014 in Alumni News, Gastronomy, MET News

food-historyAs reported in the Boston Globe, Jakob and Fernanda White have recently opened their Chilean-American restaurant, Comedor, in Newton. The couple met at Boston University in 2008 while completing the Certificate Program in Culinary Arts. Fernanda earned her Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy at MET in 2009, and also pursued the certificates in Wine Studies.

For more information on the culinary team, please visit the restaurant website.

Master of Urban Affairs Graduate Receives City’s Public Service Award

October 15th, 2014 in Alumni News, City Planning & Urban Affairs, MET News


Master of Urban Affairs alum Dion Irish (MET’07), who serves as executive director of Boston’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity, received a Henry L. Shattuck Public Service Award from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. The annual award celebrates the city’s most dedicated workers, such as Irish, who was recognized for developing and managing numerous collaborative programs with other city offices.

Irish was one of nine city employees and two “City Champions”—and one of two MET alumni, along with Annie Wilcox —honored at the awards ceremony on October 14, 2014, at the Seaport World Trade Center. Read more in the Boston Globe or the Boston Herald.

MET Alumna Receives City’s Public Service Award

October 15th, 2014 in Alumni News, Criminal Justice, MET News


Alumna Annie B. Wilcox, a community services officer with the Boston Police Department (District B-3, Mattapan), was recognized for her work in the community with a Henry L. Shattuck Public Service Award from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. The annual award goes to the city’s most dedicated workers.

Officer Wilcox is a City of Boston Scholarship recipient (2006) and a graduate of MET’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (’06) and Master of Criminal Justice (’09) programs. She was one of nine city employees and two “City Champions”—and one of two MET alumni, along with Dion Irish—celebrated at the awards ceremony on October 14, 2014, at the Seaport World Trade Center. Read more in the Boston Globe or the Boston Herald.

Stirring up a New Generation of Globe Food and Wine Correspondents

October 7th, 2014 in Alumni News, Gastronomy, MET News


Beth Wittenstein, a student in the Gastronomy master’s degree program at MET and a correspondent for the Boston Globe, authored the September 9, 2014, article “Doughnut hybrids storm into Chicago.” Wittenstein is one of many students and alumni of MET’s Gastronomy and Culinary Arts programs who were featured in the September 9 Food and Wine section of the Globe. All studied with Gastronomy faculty member, mentor, and Globe Food Editor Sheryl Julian.

Learn How to Make Homemade Holiday Egg Nog

December 26th, 2013 in Alumni News, Food & Wine, MET News

Tomov-Strock-eggnogIf you’re looking for a way to make an upcoming holiday celebration a little more decadent, David Tomov-Strock (CAS’03, MET’13), coordinator of MET’s Food and Wine Experiential programs, has your answer. (You may recall that last month, Tomov-Strock shared his tips on carving turkeys.) This time, he demonstrates how to make rich homemade eggnog.

Learn how and watch the video here.

MET’s Enrique Silva quoted in BU Today on Menino’s new post

November 14th, 2013 in Alumni News, BU Today Features, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News, Programs


As reported in BU Today, outgoing Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino (Hon.’01) will join BU in February as codirector of the University’s new Initiative on Cities (IoC). MET Assistant Professor of City Planning and Urban Affairs Enrique Silva was quoted in the article, referring to the IoC as a “very bold and sophisticated” initiative.

Read more: BU Today

Daniel Ranalli’s art on display at URI and PEM

October 21st, 2013 in Alumni News, Arts Administration, Daniel Ranalli, Faculty News, MET News

MET’s own Daniel Ranalli, director of the Arts Administration program, has two exhibits underway in the month of October. Now through October 30, the University of Rhode Island Art Gallery has one of Professor Ranalli’s Daily Observances pieces on display. The show is called the 25th Anniversary Sea Grant Exhibition and includes 18 artists who have received a Visual Arts Sea Grant over the last quarter century.
dailyobservant_finalDaily Observances: seven o’clock each morning from the same spot. Wellfleet, Massachusetts June 14 – July 11, 2011

The exhibit Beyond Human: Artist-Animal Collaborations inaugurates the new Art & Nature Center wing of the amazing Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Included are two of Ranalli’s Snail Drawings. The show opened on Saturday, October 19, and will be on display until September 2014.
Snail Drawing: Chaos Theory #2

MET Alum Changes the Perceptions of Long-Term Unemployment

June 27th, 2013 in Administrative Sciences, Alumni News, MET News

rand-ghayadRand Ghayad, who graduated from MET in 2009 with a master’s in Administrative Studies (focusing on Financial Economics and Multinational Commerce) has been recognized for his groundbreaking study on long-term unemployment, as described in a June 13 article in the Boston Globe. Note: the Globe article incorrectly refers to the MSAS degree as an MBA program.

Patricia W. Chadwick Fund for Professional Development

March 20th, 2013 in Alumni News, Chadwick Fellowship, Enrique Silva, Faculty News

Established by alumna Patricia W. Chadwick (MET’75) in 2010, the Patricia W. Chadwick Fund for Professional Development celebrates the dedication of Metropolitan College’s faculty and staff members. The permanently endowed fund provides annual grants for professional development opportunities to one faculty and one staff member who exemplify a high level of service and commitment to MET and its students.

This fellowship recognizes the members of Metropolitan College’s faculty and staff who often serve as “angels” to students seeking advice and counsel, and honors the memory of Ms. Chadwick’s own angel, Annie Martindale, an academic counselor at the College.

Chadwick Fellows 2014–2015

Recipients of the 2014–2015 Chadwick Fellowship are:

Faculty: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Danielle Rousseau.
The award will fund two qualitative research trips to Haiti to evaluate the cultural translation, adaptation, and implementation of a Trauma-Informed Mind-Body (TIMBo) program developed in response to gender-based violence following the 2010 earthquake. Read more about Rousseau’s ongoing efforts in Haiti in Metropolitan’s Commencement 2013 issue.

Staff: Distance Education Senior Instructional Designer Elena Garofoli (SED’78).
The award will fund purchase of Google Glass technology and travel costs to New York for a product fitting at Glass Base Camp. Garafoli will investigate how the wearable technology—which overlays one’s field of vision with relevant data projected directly onto the retina via tiny camera and prism—can be utilized for innovative online courses.

Chadwick Fellows 2013–2014

Faculty member Richard Maloney (MET’00), assistant professor and assistant director of arts administration, participated in a two-week residency at Goldsmiths College (University of London), in order to conduct research and present on the cultural revitalization efforts of two London suburbs. The resulting case studies will complement existing research on new economic development strategies aimed at reinvigorating municipal tax bases—in addition, the project served to strengthen the relationship between the arts administration programs at Boston University and Goldsmiths College.

Staff member Barbara Rotger (MET’11), administrative coordinator of the MLA in Gastronomy program, attended Digital Humanities 2013, the annual conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, as part of her efforts to expand on a scholarly resource project focused on recipe boxes and recipe scrapbooks she first began as a student in MET’s gastronomy program, and now continues as a staff member. The skills obtained at this conference have enabled her to create a permanent digital database to serve as a valuable resource for future graduate students. She plans to write a grant proposal for further research through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Chadwick Fellows 2012–2013

Faculty member Rachel Black, assistant professor and coordinator of MET’s Gastronomy program, used her funds to attend the Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto. The annual conference gathers educators, planners, social housing advocates, and government agencies, to discuss the latest trends in urban architecture.

Black took advantage of the opportunity to share news of the work being done at Boston University. The open exchange of experiences and ideas continue to inform her teaching and research activities.

Staff member Nancy Ahern, assistant director of MET’s Center for Professional Education, participated in a blended learning program at the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning, which is sponsored by Penn State and The Sloan Consortium.

Ahern applies the skills and knowledge acquired through her studies toward programming for faculty development at MET’s Center for Professional Education. In keeping abreast of current trends in technology, she shares new educational techniques, technologies, and media with CPE faculty, mentoring them in the art of online instruction.

Chadwick Fellows 2011–2012

Faculty member Enrique R. Silva, PhD, assistant professor of city planning and urban affairs, was awarded a fellowship to support his project, “Connecting the Dots: Haiti and the Multiple Sites of Planning Research and Pedagogy.”

Having been engaged in planning and reconstruction efforts in Haiti since the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Silva used his Chadwick funds as a bridge grant for travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as well as Miami and Washington, D.C, toward a larger grant proposal for long-term research and course development on post-disaster planning in Haiti.

Staff member Robert Haley, senior media producer for Distance Education, used his funds to create an “Online Student Video Series,” documenting the lives of four current online students. In separate video essays for each subject, Haley portrays how distance learners manage to balance their studies and their day-to-day responsibilities.

Haley’s project provides valuable feedback to course planners and instructors, about the demands and challenges faced by adult learners. Participants included the communications director for an Illinois state representative, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; the musical director for Cirque de Soleil’s “O” show in Las Vegas, Nevada; an air traffic control officer in the United States Navy, in Norfolk, Virginia; and an IT instructor at a school of business and technology, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. You can watch these video essays below: