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A New Honor at the 15th Annual Alumni Awards

Posted by Elisabeth Jakab on May 31, 2012

2012 Alumni Award recipients

In a ceremony featuring the inauguration of its new Recent Graduate Award, the Bank Street College Alumni Association (BSCAA) presented its 15th Annual Alumni Awards on May 18, 2012, in Bank Street’s Tabas Auditorium.

According to Jesse Pugh, BSCAA President,

Traditionally, BSCAA honors recipients for a distinguished body of work over a period of time. But we felt there were many recent graduates making significant contributions early in their careers. To better represent all graduates and to inspire other newer graduates and students, while demonstrating the diversity of careers for Bank Street graduates, we decided that a new award recognizing them was appropriate.

Pugh introduced Dean of the Graduate School Virginia Roach, who welcomed alumni and thanked BSCAA leadership for the association’s activities and initiatives on behalf of the Bank Street community.

The Winners and Their Awards

Meghan Dunn’ 08
Recent Graduate Award

Dunn has been named School Leader of the Riverdale Avenue Community School (PS 446), opening in Brownsville, Brooklyn, in September 2012.

Previously, as a Teach for America Corps member, Dunn taught 1st grade at PS 335 in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. After her TFA commitment, she continued working at her placement school, and began looping with her students. She currently teaches 5th grade and has been with the same group of students since 1st grade. She is also a Leadership in Education Administration Program (LEAP) Fellow in the NYC Department of Education.

Ellen Galinsky ’70
Recognition Award

Galinsky received the Recognition Award in honor of her outstanding accomplishments in education that exemplify the Bank Street spirit and philosophy. She is President/Co-Founder of the nonprofit research center, Families and Work Institute (FWI), which focuses on today’s changing workplace, family, and community. Among her publications is Mind in the Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.

At FWI, Galinsky co-directs the National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive nationally representative study of the U.S. workforce; co-directs the When Work Works project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness; and conducts the National Study of Employers, which tracks trends in employment benefits, policies, and practices. Recently, her seven lessons learned in her life as an educator were featured in the Huffington Post, where she is a regular contributor.

Maggie Moroff ’97
Distinguished Service Award

This award honors an alum’s years of service to Bank Street and BSCAA, and her demonstrated dedication and commitment to furthering the beliefs and practices of the College.

Moroff is Special Education Policy Coordinator at Advocates for Children of New York, a not-for-profit organization working on behalf of children at risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure. She is also Coordinator of the ARISE Coalition, which pushes for systemic reform to improve day-to-day experiences and long term outcomes for students with disabilities in the NYC public schools. Previously, she worked in schools, government agencies, and legal services organizations on education and justice related issues.

Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale
Ida Karp Award

The Ida Karp Award is presented to an alum or non-alum to honor that person’s consistent, outstanding dedication to Bank Street, its philosophy, and its long-term goals as demonstrated in his/her exemplary work as an educator.

Pinkney-Ragsdale has been Director of Bank Street’s Child Life Program since 2004. At the ceremony, she noted,

Bank Street has been the height of my professional career. The opportunity to mentor students and work with faculty and staff is an awesome experience and a life-affirming privilege.

The eldest child of prize-winning children’s book author/illustrator (and 2012 Graduate School Honorary Doctorate recipient) Jerry Pinkney and inspirational writer Gloria Pinkney, she was previously Director of Child Life at the Asthmatic Children’s Foundation, at Jacobi Medical Center, and at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.

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