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Two Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Students Receive 2010 Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships

Leadership and “Commitment to the Common Good” Are Hallmarks of the Award

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Amire Solomon of Amityville, Long Island, and Tenyse Williams from Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, both 19-year-old sophomores at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus have been chosen to receive 2010 Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships.

The three-year fellowship program offers paid summer internships, mentoring and enhanced educational opportunities to New York City undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional promise, outstanding leadership skills and “commitment to the common good.” In the third summer, Watson Fellows can apply for an international assignment.

Amire Solomon, a co-captain on the Campus’ track and field team, is ranked 38th in the East Coast Region for the triple jump event. The University Honors Program student helped to guide the Blackbirds to the team’s first-ever Northeast Conference championship. Solomon holds the school record for the triple jump at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, Long Island.

In the classroom, Solomon has embarked on an unusual double-major combination: philosophy and accounting. His interests include music and analytical thinking.

“I like to challenge the mindset, so that I can achieve a better outlook seeing from different perspectives,” he said. “The Watson Fellowship is a great opportunity for me to hone the leadership skills that I have and ultimately help the development of others.”

For as long as he can remember, Solomon has played the steel drum in his family’s band, Steel Impressions. The band was started by Solomon’s father, who grew up in Guyana, South America. At three years old, Solomon performed with the family band at the Museum of Natural History.

His career goal is to open a music school that would specialize in the history and teaching of steel band instruments. “These hand-made instruments are becoming extinct — the only manufacturer in the United States is my uncle’s company,” he said.

Tenyse Williams, a journalism major and a member of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program at the Brooklyn Campus, works as an intern at NY1, New York’s local news television station. She conducts interviews, operates cameras and edits news content. She got her feet wet being in front of the camera as the host of an LIU-TV show, “Live with Tenyse Williams,” during her freshman year.

An avid lacrosse player, she organized a lacrosse program, for girls ages 12-16 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, while she was in junior high school. At the start of the 2009-10 academic year, Williams volunteered to work for Sankofa, a local program focused on assisting homeless teenagers.

“Because I come from the same neighborhood as these teenagers, I want to give back and see them prosper,” she said. “Ultimately, my goal is to start my own nonprofit organization to empower the youth in my community and to become a local news journalist.”

Helen Saffran
Associate Director of Public Relations, Brooklyn Campus

Posted: April 26, 2010

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