Welcome from the President

Ron Schweiger ’70, In the 1905/1906 publication of the Brooklyn Teacher's Association, there was a three-page article giving the pros and cons on whether to establish a Brooklyn branch of the City University. Eventually the pros won. However, it took about a quarter of a century for it to happen. In 1930, Brooklyn College was established at 66 Court Street in downtown Brooklyn. The Midwood/Flatbush campus opened in 1937.

It took me eight years to get my B.A. in 1970, attending mostly at night. I received a master's in science for elementary school teachers in 1975. I taught science at P.S. 219, in East Flatbush for 31 years (1970–2001). I retired from the Board of Education in 2001 and then began to teach science at the Yeshivah of Flatbush from 2001 to 2009.

The religious and ethnic makeup of the borough of Brooklyn can easily be seen in the student body at Brooklyn College. The diversity and how everyone gets along here was written up in a front page story in USA Today, on Aug. 15, 2007: "Brooklyn College sociologist Jerry Krase wonders as he rides the B68 bus along the 5 mile commercial strip (Coney Island Avenue), which is populated at various stops by pockets of West Indians, Latinos, Pakistanis, Indians, Orthodox Jews, Chinese, Russians, Israelis and Ukrainians. How do so many different kinds of people live so closely yet so peacefully." This is what makes Brooklyn and the college so special.

When we enter college, the hopes and dreams for the future are in front of us. The education we received and continue to receive from the Brooklyn College professors, is second to none. Some of the top educators in the country have joined the Brooklyn College staff in the past 15 years.

The Princeton Review has stated that Brooklyn College is one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the country and that it offers the best bang for the buck. It also states that we have one of the most beautiful urban campuses in the country.

I am a lifelong Brooklyn resident and have over the years studied Brooklyn's vast history. In 2002, Borough President Marty Markowitz '70 appointed me to the position of Official Brooklyn Borough Historian. I love promoting Brooklyn and its fabulous history and diverse neighborhoods and of course Brooklyn College.

Now, 79 years after the Brooklyn branch of the City University began, Brooklyn College is going strong and getting stronger. Our alumni have gone on to excel in every kind of endeavor all over the country and the world. The Brooklyn College Alumni Association is dependent on its members. Become active and support the many activities offered to Brooklyn College Alumni.

I have been on the Brooklyn College Alumni Association Board of Directors since 1994. For the past two years I have served as vice president. Now, as I take the position of president of the Brooklyn College Alumni Association, I look forward to working with alumni as well as with current students and of course with the new Brooklyn College President, Karen L. Gould.


Ron Schweiger '70