Standing O does it again!

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Crown Heights

Kudos and bouquets to Heather Day. She was awarded the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship award from RBS Citizens Financial Group for making a Standing O difference in her community. Our pal Heather received $1,000 to be used towards furthering her education at Fordham (yes, in that other borough) for her dedication and volunteering with at-risk youth, and for designing an anti-bullying campaign for her middle school students. The scholarship program is used to recognize and reward students whose volunteer efforts have made a lasting impact in their communities. Heather certainly qualifies, Citizens Bank confirms.

“I want to congratulate Heather, who is using her talent and passion for volunteering to help those in her community who need it the most,” said James Gaspo, president of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens.

Standing O couldn’t possibly agree more.

Park Slope

Keep the scholarships coming

’Tis the season where scholarships are flowing like a bottle of Dom Perignon on New Year’s Eve. The latest recipient is Taylor Taglianetti, who earned a partial scholarship from the Columbus Citizens Foundation and who will be attending St. Saviour High School. The award is given to outstanding students who are of Italian descent. Taylor had the Italian down, but she had to work darn hard to achieve the 3.0 grade point average needed to be eligible.

Standing O wishes Taylor good luck in the next four years of her high school education and says, “We will be there in four years to offer good tidings on that achievement, too.”

St. Saviour High School [Eighth Avenue at Seventh Street in Park Slope, (718) 768–4406].


Can you hear me now?

It’s a big 4G to Professor Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport, a leading researcher in wireless communication and professor at NYU-Poly who was chosen as this year’s recipient of the “IEEE William E. Sayle Award for Achievement in Education” by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Education Society.

Standing O, along with NYU-Poly, tips its smartphone to the good professor for being awarded this prestigious accolade.

“We take great pride in Professor Rappaport’s achievement and are honored to have him teaching and conducting his research here at NYU-Poly,” said Jerry Hultin, president at the institute, who added, “He has contributed greatly to engineering education and generously shares his expertise with his students.”

Professor Ted is happy to have received this, too. He told Standing O that he was truly honored to receive an award honoring such a great man.

“I am deeply humbled to be named the recipient of this award that remembers a renowned engineering educator at Georgia Tech, who was such a strong advocate for students.”

Professor Ted and his students invented the technology of site-specific radio frequency, a design for wireless network deployment, currently used throughout wireless communications, and has also authored and edited books, including the world’s bestselling titles on wireless communications and smart antennas.

Smart antennas, smart awards, smart guy.

NYU-Poly [6 MetroTech Center at Myrtle Avenue in Downtown, (718) 260–3050].

Cobble Hill

Honorable mentions

Standing O hears that there’s a new board in town at Community Board 6, so here’s the roster:

Paige Bellenbaum of Carroll Gardens, co-chairwoman for the Human Services Committee.

Norman Cox, president of the Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association, chairman of the Community Board’s Housing Committee.

Sayar Lonial of Carroll Gardens chairman of the Public Safety Committee.

Mark Shames of Park Slope, who is rejoining the committee in his new role as chairman of the Environmental Protection Committee.

And last but not least — drum roll please:

The last hooray is for chairman Richard Bashner, who has been tapped to represent CB6 to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation’s Community Advisory Committee.

Cheers to all who donate their time for the greater good!

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