2002-03-02 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Education: A Valuable Asset
By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Education: A Valuable Asset

We attended a magnificent luncheon for the Ursuline Sisters at Russo's on the Bay, February 18, 2002.  Norann McManus chairs this event each year.  She does an excellent job.  Her leadership skills are very evident.  Two schools in our area are taught by the Ursulines: Nativity School and Our Lady of Grace.

The Luncheon was a very big success.  There were five hundred people in attendance.  The prizes are always beautiful and well displayed.  One of the prizes was a set of dishes.  The others included gift certificates for local restaurants, cosmetics, china, a card table and chairs and many more to numerous to mention.  The fifty-fifty raffle netted the winner over $600.00.

Every year we are fortunate to be invited by Betty Scipione to sit with she and her family.  Betty is a warm, gracious, energetic and capable friend.  Betty is a people oriented person.  She devotes her talents to fund raising for the education of children.  Its great to be with her family and to see several generations enjoying each others company.  We really look forward to this each year.

On the statewide educational scene, Regents Chancellor Carl Hayden is stepping down after twelve years of service.  Chancellor Hayden joined the Regents in 1990 and has served as the Chancellor for seven years.

Under his leadership the Regents have taken an active role in all aspects of education and for New Yorkers of all ages, especially children - through the schools, colleges, libraries, museums, licensed professions, archives and vocational rehabilitation.

State Education Commissioner Richard Mills states that under Carl Hayden's leadership, "the Regents set a policy agenda and assembled a vast partnership to accomplish it.  We honor him best by pressing on with that work.  For almost seven years Carl Hayden has also been for me, a friend in all seasons, ready for any challenge, steadfast and faithful to his charge as Regent."

During Hayden's term the Regents have worked to implement comprehensive reforms including making an array of important information more available to the public by expanding internet access to licensing for individuals in 38 professions.

On the business front, the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce held a business card exchange on Monday, February 25th at the Beach Club.  Liz Sulik is an energetic and vivacious leader.  Over one hundred people from all across our area were in attendance.  Each person had the opportunity to introduce himself or herself.  The Chamber is producing an informative newsletter.  There were many interesting items on display including a subway map, a Queens World Class Shopping Guide, a Carnegie Hall, Neighborhood Concert Series Directory and a flyer listing the Beach Channel High School Law Club movie program for seniors during February, March and April.

Business and educational institutions can form very worthwhile partnerships.  These linkages benefit both business and education.


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