TWO BARUCH COLLEGE JUNIORS WIN PRESTIGIOUS COLIN POWELL FELLOWSHIPS

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              New York, NY, April 12, 2006--Two outstanding Baruch College juniors, Winnifred Lee and Yan Kuznetsov, both residents of Brooklyn, have been awarded Colin Powell Fellowships in International Diplomacy under the auspices of the U.S. State Department.

              The program, which is designed to bring more nontraditional students into the State Department as well as to increase the level of business and financial knowledge among recruits, is administered by Baruch College’s Weissman Center for International Business and is under the direction of Myrna Chase, dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. Applicants must be academically outstanding students interested in pursuing a career in international relations. The program provides stipends and travel expenses for a 6-8 week high-level summer internship, either in Washington, D.C., or in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York.

              Winnifred Lee is a history major of Chinese parentage.  She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Spanish and will be assigned to the State Department in Washington.  She hopes to use her internship “to get my foot in the door of international relations.” “Winnie” Lee is a member of the Baruch College Chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society and has served as the advertising manager of The Ticker, the Baruch College undergraduate student newspaper. She lives with her parents on Brighton 10th Street in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn.

              Yan Kuznetsov, a resident of Brighton 1st Road, Brooklyn, immigrated with his family to the United States in 1999 from his native Russia.  A widely traveled young man, Kuznetsov has been to Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, and Canada, as well as the Caribbean. A finance major at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business, Yan is a CUNY Honors College student.  His work experience includes a stint in the Office of U.S. Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton. He plans a career in international politics.

              The Colin Powell Fellowships were established at Baruch three years ago with the help and good offices of U.S. Ambassador and Baruch alumnus Carl Spielvogel (’52) and Ambassador Thomas Niles, a senior Fellow at the Weissman Center.

              A senior college within The City University of New York, Baruch College is the home of the Zicklin School of Business; the largest combined graduate and undergraduate business school in the country.  Baruch also includes the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs. Approximately 15,500 students attend Baruch which was recently cited by the Princeton Review as one of the “best value” undergraduate colleges in the country.

Media Contact: Zane Berzins, News & Public Information Director, (646) 660-6113, zane_berzins@baruch.cuny.edu