We sat down with NYSCAS student and Tornadoes basketball player DJ Abreu to talk about his favorite and most challenging parts of playing on the Touro team, why sports are important in the lives of everyday people and more. Here's what he said.
“You have to get a college degree,” said Marcin Pokorski. “It will open doors. After you get your first job, never stop learning and looking for new venues to expand your skillset.”
“I didn’t just join a college,” Alex Segal says of his time at Touro. “I joined a family.”
If you’ve visited a college classroom lately, then you know the majority of college students are so obsessed with their phones that it can be a challenge to get them to fully concentrate on the lesson at hand. With that in mind, Professor Baruch November of Touro’s New York School of Career and Applied Sciences (NYSCAS), who has taught poetry, composition and Shakespeare for nearly fourteen years, takes a different approach to teaching.
Trinidadian emigrant, NYSCAS student, and mother Nadia Thompson-Redhead is determined to improve the lives of children. Growing up in poverty and witnessing the challenges her brothers faced because of their learning issues, she was inspired to become a special education teacher. Now, she’s well on her way to making her mark in both education and psychology, excelling in her studies while working as a paraprofessional with the Department of Education. After graduating, she plans to earn her master’s and teach early childhood education before pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology.
On January 17, Touro’s New York School of Applied and Career Studies (NYSCAS) held two orientation sessions for new students on the Manhattan campus. This group of bachelor’s degree and associate degree candidates is the first to be welcomed by faculty, staff, and continuing students at Touro’s newest location on 31st Street.
“I love it here,” Vadim Reznikov said of Proskauer, the law firm where he now works as the associate director of technology support. “Every day is a project.”
“Touro professors are eager to help you if you reach out,” Richard Martinez said. “Everybody is willing to help everybody.”
“Touro is not just a college,” NYSCAS alumnus Artyom Kordyk pointed out. “It’s a community of people who want to help you.”
1. Much of your research shows how we can combat viruses by drinking white tea. Can you tell us a bit about what you’re currently studying?
Previously, my research focused on the powers of white and green tea killing bacteria that is hard to treat with antibiotics, and we are continuing to study that area as it’s very interesting. We already know white tea comes from a plant like any other regular tea, but it grows only in March and contains a compound polyphenol that is found in many food products. The chemicals are so powerful that they can actually destroy viruses. Clinically, no one knows if it will work and it would take a few months to see a difference. Yet, in a laboratory, we have seen incredible results and the tea should work great to help people.