Baruch College Celebrates the 21st Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner

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From left to right: Dolly Lenz, Vice Chair, Prudential Douglas Elliman; Suzanne Sunshine, President, S. Sunshine & Associates; Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami; President Altman; Sylvia J. Smith, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE Architects; Doris W. Koo, President & CEO, Enterprise Community Partners.

Baruch College's 21st annual Bernard Baruch Dinner took place on April 27, 2010 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Proceeds from the Dinner go to the Baruch College Fund and help students by providing grants and scholarships, subsidizing professorships, improving facilities, upgrading technology and expanding services.

This year’s Dinner, gracefully emceed by President Stan Altman, highlighted female accomplishment. All five of the honorees were pillars of New York City’s real estate industry and all were women—a first in the history of the Dinner. The honorees included: Doris W. Koo, President & CEO, Enterprise Community partners; Dolly Lenz, Vice Chairman, Prudential Douglas Elliman; Sylvia J. Smith, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE; Louise M. Sunshine, CEO, Domineum Global Real Estate Solutions; and Suzanne Sunshine, President, S. Sunshine & Associates. Four of the honorees were given the Bernard Baruch Medal for Business and Civic Leadership, in recognition of their professional achievements and community service, while Dolly Lenz received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

 

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Donna Shalala, President of the University of Miami, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Baruch College from 1970-71, was a presenter. Other presenters included Michael I. Roth '67, Chairman and CEO, The Interpublic Group of Companies, and Mark Gibbel, Vice President for College Advancement.

During the dinner, President Altman paid tribute to the women of the Class of 1940. These women, who had to meet more stringent academic requirements than their male counterparts, were the first class of female students admitted to the College after a 1933 ban on female students was lifted in 1936. As President Altman remarked, "The women of this class were pioneers. They paved the way for succeeding classes of women at Baruch, who have gone on to prove themselves as leaders and practitioners in the city, the nation and the world."

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