2001-07-14 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Congratulations to Joan Cashin and her family on the occasion of her
graduation from Kingsborough Community College.  Joan was awarded the prestigious George Hoffner Award, which is given to the student who graduates from the Educational Associate Program at Kingsborough Community College with the highest academic average.  In the pursuit of excellence, Joan has devoted herself to achieving the CUNY motto - "Let each become all that they are capable of being."
The award that Joan received was named after Dr. George Hoffner who is now deceased.  Dr. Hoffner had served with distinction as the Director of the Educational Associate Program for many years at KCC.  Dr. Hoffner had a long and distinguished career at the New York City Board of Education before coming to KCC.  Dr. Hoffner had served as an administrator and a teacher.  It was his goal to help each student to broaden their own lens through which they viewed the academic world.  His first priority was to give a first class education to each student in his program.

It is particularly appropriate that Joan Cashin receive this award because she knew Dr. George Hoffner personally.  Dr. Hoffner's wife Selma was at the KCC award ceremony when Joan was given the honor.  Selma was particularly happy that Joan had known her husband.  When Joan came to the college Dr. George Hoffner was the director of her program.
   Joan Cashin exemplifies the qualities that Dr. George Hoffner valued.

Joan Cashin is an exceptionally capable educator.  She has demonstrated a life long commitment to education. She has encouraged her own children to strive for an excellent education.  In addition, she is an outstanding professional who works tirelessly in our public schools to help all our children succeed.  She demonstrates the capacity for leadership and the ability to unify and motivate others into moving toward a shared goal.
Joan is a person who can always see a challenge and conquers it.  She
never sees obstacles but rather views them as new opportunities to reach greater heights.  Joan has a strong commitment to her family and her profession.  I wish her great success as she moves to another chapter in her life.
On another note, last Sunday evening we went to the second in a series
of the Sunset Picnic Concerts, sponsored by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council and Gateway National Recreation Area.  We were treated to the beautiful sounds of Phil Giordano and the Orchestra.  They recreated the great sound of Count Basie and Woody Herman.  The music was very enjoyable. Everyone had a great time.
Please join us at the next concert on Sunday, July 22 at 6 PM at Fort Tilden.  It will feature the Legends of Rock "N" Roll.  Thanks to Barbara and Marvin Eisenstadt and Sharon Gabriel for all their work in bringing these beautiful concerts to the Rockaways.
We also attended the barbecue at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club for the new members.  It was a genuine barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers and all the trimmings.  We enjoyed meeting old and new friends.  I understand that on Friday nights, the Belle Harbor Yacht Club has a great menu for casual dining.  Drop in to the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on a Friday evening for some good food with friends and neighbors.

Joan Cashin with Dr. Geraldine Chapey, who is a professor at Kingsborough Community College

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