NYCE 2018 – Final Directors Update

The Final Banquet and the Awards Ceremony for Oxbridge NYCE are over, and the final dance was a blast. Pizza and movies followed the dance as students  bid each other farewell. Tears of goodbye have been shed, as students sayid adieu to new friends from the four corners of the world.

The Thursday night coffeehouse, with its public speakers, human rights advocates, and poetry readers; the Friday afternoon class exhibitions of CPR demonstrations, business pitches in a “Shark Tank” fashion, and the engineering disasters presented by the Math and Engineering students (among many other final projects); as well as the Fashion Show, the Film Screening, and the Musical Theater Showcase – these were all impressive examples of what these students have accomplished in their four short weeks here in New York City. They are an exceptionally talented group of young men and women, and the faculty and staff have been honored to be able to get to know them.

Thank you for sharing the summer with us. I hope that each and every student of NYCE 2018 brings the same energy that they felt here to their respective schools at home, as well as further afield. It was refreshing and inspiring for me, as an educator, to spend a month learning alongside them. I am sure that the friendships and connections formed this summer will have a memorable, lasting impact on all the students, as they will have on all of us here.

With warm regards,

Kevin B. Held
NYCE Director

NYCE Hits Broadway

Throughout the program, we’ve seen 9 musicals, and we can honestly say that none were so charming, heartwarming, and fun as the Musical Theater Showcase tonight. The major class wowed an enthusiastic audience with renditions of songs from Hairspray, Fame, Guys & Dolls, and many more, including crowd favorite: Chicago’s Cell Block Tango. The students had been preparing solos, duets, and group numbers all month, drawing inspiration from multiple trips down to Broadway to study their craft. It sure paid off!

Fantastic Final Presentations!

Over the past two days, we have been blown away by the quality of the presentations of our NYCE students. On Thursday night, Oxbridge hosted a Coffee House, featuring the our Creative Writing students, Human Rights students, Speech and Debate students, and Journalism students reading selections from the work they produced over the last month in classes. The space additionally was opened to any students wanting to share work. Students snacked on pastries and drank coffee

Then, on Friday we had the Final Exhibitions for many of our classes. Students traversed the Diana Center, from the Art Gallery to view fantastic Studio creations, to the Oval to watch their Sharks present business pitches. We saw Criminology discuss what justice meant to them, Computer Science walk eager participants through their self-made apps, and Math and Engineering give humor-filled presentations on the pitfalls of flawed designs.


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After a busy day of admiring the hard work and fine accomplishments of our students, we are even more excited to see what they accomplish in their future endeavors. Go Oxbridge!

Fashion and Film Extravaganza!

Our first round of exhibitions was tonight and our students did not disappoint! The fashion students displayed their era-inspired creations in collaborative and exciting runway show, before pairing up with their models to receive feedback from the judges. See the action unfold for yourself!

Our film students followed with presentations of their three film projects, in three vastly different genres: silent picture, narrative, and documentary. Our students were transported by the filming, editing, and acting talent that they saw on the big screen!



Class field trips!

This past week, many of our students have been exploring New York in their major and minor classes, taking advantage of the learning opportunities the city has to offer!

The Fashion major visited The Museum at FIT to view 100 years of fashion presented by a fashion curator, while the Art History minor visited the Met’s textile conservatory.

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The Economics class visited the Federal Reserve of New York and the Math and Engineering students broadened their horizons with a trip to the MoMA!


The Genetics minor explored the depth of diversity at the Museum of Natural History!




Oxbridge NYCE Final Projects and Presentations begin today.

Wednesday, 7:30 pm in the James Room of Barnard Hall

Fashion Show and Film making Screening

A runway fashion show with special guest judges presented by the fashion major and minor students will be followed by a private screening of the films made by the film major and minor classes.

Thurs, 7:30 pm Coffeehouse in the Diana Student Dining Room

The art history class will be creating an online exhibition, building on the popularity of using digital to interpret and curate art. Together, we’ll curate a show digitally by creating content that reveals that the Impressionism were an “elbow joint” between past and present.

Creative writers will share readings from their published works.

Speech and Debate students will share some personal stories.

Journalism students will exhibit their website with its news content.

Politics and Human Rights students will introduce their publication and the issues they explored.


NYCE Exhibitions2018

Advertising & Media
1:30-2:30 pm in Room 501

Weather Report

Prepare for a weather report. Drawing on a summer of brainstorming, the ad and media crew will be forecasting trends to shake up and revitalize popular global brands, i.e. Adidas, Ikea, Starbucks, and others.


Photography/Fine Arts

McCagg Gallery 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm


e·mer·gence – the process of coming into being / di·ver·gence – the process or state of dividing, separating or parting

How have we emerged as individuals? How will we diverge? Within this exhibition, Fine Art Major and Minor students relate to concepts of time, travel, cultural identity and individual perspectives as inspiration through drawings, paintings, and sculptural works. Their focus is also targeted on their experience of New York City, tracing the nature of memory and sensation as they relate to its unique urban environments. The city’s perpetual motion is suspended in abstracted compositions that relate back to their memories and experiences. Come experience how these blossoming artists have emerged and diverged from each other in expressing their own, varied perspectives.

There will be refreshments for all served at the Art Gallery lobby from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm.


2:10-2:55 pm in the Oval

Shark Tank

Step into the Shark Tank! Come watch aspiring entrepreneurs from the Finance class seek investments for the growth of their business models or product line from the tycoon investor sharks.  Experience the drama of pitch meetings! Welcome to the Tank! Watch the feeding frenzy!


International Business
2:55-3:40 pm in the Oval

Shark Tank II – Deeper Waters

Step into the Shark Tank again! Come watch aspiring entrepreneurs from the International Business class seek investments for the growth of their business models or product line from the tycoon investor sharks.  Experience the drama of pitch meetings! Welcome back to the Tank! Watch the feeding frenzy! Watch out – there is blood in the water.


Computer Science
1:30-1:55 pm in the Student Dining Room

The major computer science students will be presenting their final apps this Friday. Come enjoy their tech innovations!


3:00-3:25 pm in the Student Dining Room

Come explore “what justice means” to each of the budding criminologists through a presentation of visual displays.



2:00-2:40 pm in the Student Dining Room

The World of Economics

Come travel around the world and learn about international economics! Each of the economics students has chosen a country to research and done a deep dive into its economic history, learning about recessions, financial crises, international trade and the country’s development and growth over the last century.  Stop by each student’s station where they will present their work on a poster board and answer any questions you may have!



Math and Engineering
1:30 – 2:00 pm in the Oval

Engineering Disasters!

Three panels of student engineers will propose their solutions to famous engineering disasters: historical incidents where errors in design or construction resulted in, or nearly resulted in, casualties. Students will investigate and explain the catastrophe of their choosing, and put themselves in the shoes of the engineering team tasked with remedying the damage. They will promote their proposed solutions to gain public support for their designs.


Medical Science
4:20-5:00 pm in the Oval

Future Physicians: Trust me, I’m (almost) a Doctor!

Watch these future physicians demonstrate CPR and other skills they learned over the course of the summer. You might even learn how to save a life! Free blood pressure tests available for program participants!


2:45-3:30 pm in the Student Dining Room

Psychology Journal Presentations

Drawing from weekly experiential journal entries, which contain images and narratives, students will share their reflections and the images which are most meaningful to them. This will tie in with the areas of interest that they have spent time researching. There will be time for questions about their work.


Sports Business

4:00-4:20 pm in the Oval

Current Challenges in Sports Business
Each student will give a brief summary of a sports business-related topic or issue the he or she researched and reported on to the class. Topics include the recent decision of the Supreme Court to legalize sports betting, the NFL’s response to its players kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem, the growth of Major League Soccer, and the recent free-agent signings of NBA Star LeBron James (for $154 million by the Los Angeles Lakers) and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (for $140 million by Juventus.)

Musical Theater Revue

Fri, 7:30 pm in the Diana Oval

Be whisked into the dazzling world of Musical Theater with this revue of group numbers, duets, solos, and monologues performed by the Majors. Chicago, Rent, Hairspray, Spring Awakening, Mamma Mia!, Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde, Waitress, Wicked, Addams Family, Godspell, Gypsy, and more!