On May 27, Gamma Epsilon Tau, the Gamma Chapter of international graphic arts honor society at the New York College of Technology, recognized two industry leaders for their contributions to print at the annual Gold Key awards.
The award winners for the night were Michael Cunningham, Diversified Golbal Graphics (DG3), and Florence Jackson, Career and Technical Education, The New York City Department of Education.
Cunningham received the first award of the night, being hailed as an entrepreneur and the force behind DG3’s spectacular growth and public offering. In addition, he surprised the crowd by announcing that he was giving the school a $5,000 check to start a scholarship fund to help students succeed in the graphic arts program. He then addressed the bulk of his comments to the students in attendance, urging them to take chances, and to always be aware that their “defining moment” can happen at any time—and the odds are good they won’t realize it until long after it was passed, so they always needed to do their best, and then strive to do even better.
Jackson cracked a joke at the beginning of her comments that when she received the call that she had won, her first response was, “What were the metrics?” She went on to comment that, “This is indeed, for me, very special, and I wonder what I’ve done to deserve such a recognition.” But it was clear she works tirelessly as an advocate for the industry and teachers.
Following the awards, Gamma Epsilon Tau inducted its officers for next year. Returning are Haoran Liu as chapter president; Henry Leung as chapter vice president; and Christian Segura as chapter treasurer. Myrtle McElory joined the team as chapter secretary.