The Final Exhibitions!

Greetings to all NYCE students and parents!

Today, the major classes debuted their final exhibitions. Each class had projects they have been working on the for the duration of their classes, and the students were proud to share all of their hard work!

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Amelia pictured with her photographs.


Lucy sharing her project! 

From designing apps for phones, to showcasing their talents in a Coffeehouse session which is a space where classes shared different styles of writing, students expressed excitement and knowledge during their presentations and performances.


A poster prepared by one of our students discussing equality.


Students sharing their work with others! 


Siena presenting her project! 

A project that has been in the works for the Politics and Human Rights major was Period Projects for People (PPP). PPP has been collecting pads and tampons outside of the elevators for the past week. These bins have requested unopened period products to be donated to homeless shelters in the area. This group collected a significant amount of products to be donated, and showcased their accomplishments today.


PPP group presentation.

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Students sipping their sparkling cider at the art exhibition. 

The Musical Theater students also showcased their talents during their performance this evening. With numbers from Mamma Mia!, Chicago, and Waitress, the students dazzled the crowd!

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The Musical Theater poster!

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The Musical Theater performance in action!

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The Musical Theater performance in action!

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The Musical Theater performance in action!

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Katelynn performing!

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Lingman performing!

Day 22 of NYCE (Coffee House + Fashion Show)

Greetings to all NYCE students and parents!


This afternoon we had our Coffee House Program, which allowed students to share what they worked on during their summer with us. Students and faculty members alike gathered to hear from students in the Creative Writing Major & Minor, Journalism Minor, and Speech & Debate Minor. Snacks and, of course, coffee were provided.

Creative Writing Major and Minor: Students shared their collection of poems and short stories. The students’ work was inspired by historical events, such as the 1911 NYC Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, as well as more recent cultural/political events.

Journalism MinorStudents read pieces they crafted themselves after conducting research on political and social change that took place in Harlem, New York. Example topics included expanded LGBTQ+ rights in Harlem and poetry during the Harlem Renaissance. 

Speech & Debate Minor: Students in this course demonstrated their critical thinking and communication skills via lively debates. Discission topics were: (1) Should standardized student evaluations across the US be allowed? and (2) Should genetic manipulation of embryos (“designer babies”) be forbidden?

Afterward, everyone who attended was invited to share their own thoughts on what had been shared.








Fashion Show

In the evening, we had our Fashion Show! The theme was “Throughout the Decades: 1960s – 2000s”. Students in the Fashion major walked down the runway in outfits inspired by each decade. The music in the background matched each era. Fashion minor students, on the other hand, reflected the theme of “Decades” via moodboards, a collage of ideas and feelings often used for inspiration. The moodboards focused on renowned fashion icons throughout the years, such as Audrey Hepburn and David Bowie.





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NYCE Final Performances and Exhibitions Schedule

Coffee House
Sunday, 3:30 pm in the Diana Student Dining Room

Creative Writing
Both major and minor Creative Writing students will present work that they have written during class, either prose or poetry.

Journalism students will have the opportunity to share the articles they wrote for the class digital magazine about urban change in Harlem, a storied neighborhood with a rich history.

Speech and Debate
Speaking Pros: The Great Debate – Watch and enjoy an entertaining debate presented by your Speech & Debate class.

Fashion Show
Sunday, 7:30 pm for the minor, 8:00 pm for the major

The major students will present their looks on the catwalk – not to be missed! The minor students will display their “mood/inspiration” boards in the same venue.

Musical Theater
Monday, 8:00 pm in the Diana Oval

Be whisked into the dazzling world of Musical Theater with this revue of group numbers, duets, solos, scenes, and monologues performed by the Majors. Chicago, Oliver!, Grease!, Hamilton, Waitress, Newsies, Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia!, Mean Girls, The Last Five Years, and more!

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Advertising & Media
Diana 501+ & 502, 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm
My Ad Campaign
Major students will display 3 or 4 color letter size prints of their proposed product via an advertising campaign. Elements include a band identifier with a mission statement, a mood board and a poster announcing their product choice. The final medium can be an Instagram or print ad which they can present individually.

Business & Finance
2:10-2:50 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!

Computer Science
4:30-4:45 pm in the Student Dining Room
The major computer science students will be presenting their final apps this Monday. Come enjoy their tech innovations!

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Criminology Conference and Poster Session
The criminology major is going to be presenting – conference style – topics of their choosing. They’re going to outline their topics on poster boards, so I just need a table set up since we’re doing it so that people can walk around and ask them about their respective topics, rather than a one-at-a-time presentation.

International Business
2:50-3:30 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.

Math and Engineering
1:30 – 2:00 pm in the Oval
A Talk with the Engineering Experts
Our students will display their projects on Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. Over coffee and donuts, we discuss the teams’ design choices and demonstrate their prototypes.

Medical Science
4:20-5:00 pm in the Oval
Oxbridge Anatomy: “Urine” Good Hands!!
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!

Politics and Human Rights
1:30 pm -2:15 pm, Altschul Atrium
Menstrual Health as A Human Right
The politics and human rights major students will present a campaign on the global menstrual health crisis. Their presentation will come in the form of a small rally include visuals, spoken remarks and a fundraiser.

Photography/Fine Arts
McCagg Gallery 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Both Major and Minor Fine Arts classes will present some of their work in the gallery, along with selected photographs of the photography minor students. The Fine Art work will be a range of paintings, drawing and sculptures reflecting their exploration of different materials and mediums, museum visits, visiting artists’ discussions and observations, moments in NYC that captured their attention and our studio time together.

2:45-3:30 pm in the Student Dining Room
Come hear what the psychology students uncovered about 1:Anxiety in Children, 2:Psychology of Music, 3: Dreams/Nightmares of Substance Abusers, and 4: Sociopathic Behavior in Serial Killers

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.

Day 18 of NYCE!

Greetings to all NYCE students and parents!

After classes, some of our students went to SOULCYCLE, an NYC-based fitness program that offers high-intensity spinning courses. There, they peddled away to the beat of popular summer hits in a dimly lit room. For a post-workout reward, they went out for ice cream! Here are some pictures from the session:




Other students saw the new Spiderman movie: Far From Home. Here are some pictures of their trip to the local movie theater.








Day 17 of NYCE!

Greetings to all NYCE students and parents!

With the end of the program in sight, students are starting to work on final projects in their respective major classes. Here are some highlights from today’s academic sessions.

(1) Fashion Major class working on their mood boards



(2) Criminology Major on their way to the 9/11 Memorial Museum

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At noon, students also had the opportunity to hear from Suzanne Lynch, an experienced journalist who works for The Irish Times as a US correspondent.




After classes, some students went on a Gossip Girl NYC Tour and visited various landmarks and buildings featured in the hit TV show.




In the evening, a few students opted to see a comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.




The last thing students did today, though, was gather for an informal game of volleyball.



Day 14 of NYCE!

Greetings to all NYCE students and parents!

This morning, the Fashion major class went to the PVH (Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger) archives!


The Sports Business class went to the National Hockey League!


In the evening, students were had an edible cookie dough bakeoff, where they used different toppings and food-safe cookie dough in a competition to make the most creative desserts! At the same time, some students went to Morningside Park (a park nearby Barnard’s campus) where they attended an outdoor showing of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.


Day 13 of NYCE!

Greetings to all NYCE students and parents!

The medical science class went on a trip to Jersey College Nursing School in the morning. First they heard guest speakers from the school speak about their jobs, then they were able to practice CPR, and then they were able to tour the school and see the mannequins that nursing students practice with!


Students later ventured out to Brooklyn for a day of fun at Luna Park, an amusement park that borders the famous Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk. There, students went on “extreme thrill rides”, including the Circus Coaster and the iconic Cyclone rollercoaster. Afterwards, students went to the original Nathan’s hotdog stand for chili cheese dogs and popcorn shrimp. Then they shopped at the various shops along the boardwalk. Here is just a glimpse of all the fun we had:





Day 8 of NYCE!

Greetings to all NYCE students and parents!

Today the Math and Engineering major made Bluetooth-enabled smart robots!


And the Speech and Debate students worked with a guest speaker, Awesta Zarif:

In addition, the Business and Finance minor students took a “Brand Safari” along 5th Avenue, and the Medical Science students continued to explore the workings of the heart. The whole city is the classroom for NYCE!

In the evening, students went to Dylan’s Candy Bar, known as “the world’s largest unique candy store.” Dylan’s Candy Bar is named for its founder, Dylan Lauren, the daughter of famed designer Ralph Lauren.



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