Making Waves in Theater: Iyvon Edebiri (MA ’17) and the Parsnip Ship

Not even a global pandemic can stop great theater, as award-winning producer Iyvon Edebiri can attest. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak limiting public gatherings and events, her nonprofit—the Parsnip Ship—continues to highlight compelling play readings and music via podcasts and social media. “We typically record in front of a live studio audience in Brooklyn,” Ms. Edebiri … Continue reading Making Waves in Theater: Iyvon Edebiri (MA ’17) and the Parsnip Ship

Wish You Were Here: On the Road with Graffiti Artist Victor Fung (’05)

Many a New York City teen has tagged a wall or two, but very few turn it into a career. Victor “Ving” Fung is one of the few, and now he’s on a never-ending road trip to spread graffiti art to communities near and far. “Street art is my passion,” says the self-taught artist, who … Continue reading Wish You Were Here: On the Road with Graffiti Artist Victor Fung (’05)

Sustainable Success: Alyssa Alicino (’13, MBA ’19)

Most people view sustainability through a climate-based lens. For Alyssa Alicino, though, the field of view is much wider. “It’s an all-encompassing issue,” says the Baruch double alumna and former CUNY Macaulay Honors College student. “Sustainability impacts anticorruption measures, human rights support, sustainable finance—you name it.” Ms. Alicino deals with these issues every day in … Continue reading Sustainable Success: Alyssa Alicino (’13, MBA ’19)

From the Bronx to the Dojo: The Samurai Journey of Taum Dell’Armo

How does a high-powered advertising executive find inner peace? For alumnus Taum Dell’Armo (’69), the answer lies in the way of the samurai. The Bronx-born Dell’Armo—whose first name, “Taum,” is based on a Sanskrit holy word and is pronounced just like his given name, “Tom”—is trained in five martial arts and has been studying Iaido, … Continue reading From the Bronx to the Dojo: The Samurai Journey of Taum Dell’Armo

“Best Supporting” Role for Sandy O’Hearen, Tribeca Enterprises CFO

The scene: New York City, 1996. Acting legend and Manhattan native Robert De Niro and his producing partner, Jane Rosenthal, whose dream of nurturing the local film community led them to found the Tribeca Film Center several years prior, need a finance whiz with a commercial real estate background for their growing venture. Enter Zicklin School grad Sandy O’Hearen (’91), who takes what proves to be a life-changing phone call from a job recruiter with an offer she can’t refuse.

Rocket Man: Gerald Sandler’s Unexpected NASA Career

When President John F. Kennedy famously declared, “We choose to go to the Moon” in 1962, few Americans fully understood how we would achieve that lofty goal, including—apparently—many NASA engineers. “I knew nothing about space, but who did?” laughs Gerald Sandler (’56), an unassuming statistics major who became a lead engineer and program manager with the Apollo Lunar Module Program. “Even for those of us behind the scenes, reaching the Moon was like going on a vacation where you don’t know how you’ll get there and have no idea what the destination will be like!”