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Need a hand writing essays for those standardized tests? Not to worry, folks, Professor Rob Ostrom and Professor Caroline Hellman, educators du jour, have prepared a handbook that prepares City University of New York students for the writing test that qualifies them for college composition and future writing courses. The handy, dandy handbook, “CATskills: Mastering the CATW and College Writing,” is the GPA of navigating the College Assessment Tests in writing.

The 62-page bible includes an explanation of the test’s directions (which, in Standing O’s opinion, is harder to understand than the actual test-taking), examples of past successful essays, and practice exam passages. The handbook outlines it all, including paragraph construction and development and the use of evidence.

The wordsmiths both teach development writing, literature, and creative writing at City Tech.

“The approaches in the book have proven successful for our students on the CATW and in subsequent English courses,” said Ostrom. “We wanted to share with other CUNY faculty the methods we’ve developed that have helped our students,” added Hellman

New York City Technical College [300 Jay St. and Myrtle Avenue in Downtown, (718) 260–5500].


Speed racers

This year’s Bishop Kearney HS freshmen are on the fast track to another championship season. The newbie runners captured the 2012 Brooklyn and Queens Country Diocesan Championship at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, on Nov. 10.

The team not only won the overall championship, but speedy Tessie Gallagher also took first place in the individual race and sister Jackie Gallagher finished just seconds behind her in second place.

Not to be outrun by the Gallagher sibs, Kailey O’Grady crossed the finish line in sixth place, and the team’s victory was sealed. Kaitlin Mohnohan and Analise Tucci also finished in the top 20, which meant that Kearney placed five runners in the top 20 for all of Brooklyn and Queens — an incredible accomplishment.

Track coach John Lovett was prouder than a peacock with a new set of feathers.

Bishop Kearney HS [2202 60th St. at Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, (718) 236–6363].

Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Filling some pretty big shoes

Medgar Evers College is expanding its staff and has welcomed the cream of the crop through its hallowed halls.

New on board is Dr. Byron Price, dean of the business school; Brian Lym, MLIS, acting chief librarian and professor; Ken Hoyte, PhD, associate professor of education; Tabora Johnson, Ed D, assistant professor in education; Edward Hernandez, PhD, assistant professor in social and behavioral sciences; William Carr, PhD, assistant professor biology; Chiyedza Small, PhD, assistant professor biology; Najja Shakir Al-Islam, PhD, assistant professor mathematics; Gelonia Dent, PhD, assistant professor mathematics; Joshua Sussan, PhD, assistant professor mathematics; Cesar Valverde, PhD, assistant professor mathematics; Janice Bloomfiled-Alves, Ed D, assistant professor nursing; David Emig, MSN, assistant professor nursing; Cynthia Hughes, PhD, assistant professor nursing; Christopher Boxe, PhD, assistant professor computer science; Lawrence Pratt, PhD, associate professor chemistry; and Rosa Zavala, PhD, assistant professor, computer science.

What a crew.

“Medgar Evers College is very proud to welcome its new faculty members,” said Dr. William L. Pollard, president. “We are fortunate to have a group of educators who are committed to their fields, and work hard to provide our students with intellectually stimulating academic programs.”

Medgar Evers College [1650 Bedford Ave. at Montgomery Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, (718) 270–4900].

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