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Standing O is extending a warm welcome to Joan Barry McCormick, an experienced fund-raising professional with an impressive record, as the vice president for institutional advancement at Pratt Institute.

That department seeks to enhance financial support for the institute. Our Ms. McCormick took the reigns on Jan. 11 from Nancy Walker of Interim Solutions, who has served as interim vice president since April 2015.

Pratt president Thomas Schutte is excited to have Joan aboard.

“With Joan’s outstanding past success in fund-raising, I am confident that she will effectively lead us in achieving our ambitious goals,” he said.

Joan is also happy and shares the president’s sentiments.

“I am proud to join Pratt in this role at such a critical time in the institution’s history,” she said.

The new veep holds a master’s degree in public administration from Kean University; a mini Master of Business Administration in strategic health care management and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass media — both from Rutgers.

She presently lives in New Jersey (you know, that other state), but since Brooklyn is such a great place to live and work — and she already works here — can living here be far behind? We hope not.

Standing O offers wishes of good luck in the new position.

Pratt Institute [North Hall, 200 Willoughby Ave. and Hall Street in Clinton Hill, (718) 636–3886]

Bay Ridge

It passed, it passed!

Three chairs to state Sen. Martin Golden (R–Bay Ridge). The chairman of the senate’s Civil Service and Pensions Committee let us know that the bill he sponsored and worked hard for has passed you-know-who’s desk in Albany. Senate Bill 4839 protects first responders that serve our fair city while they are performing their assigned duties. If individuals who intend to cause bodily injury attack them, those actions will now be deemed a felony, Golden said.

“Emergency medical service paramedics and technicians are required to treat patients under extremely dangerous and stressful conditions, and deliberate, violent attacks against these public servants are, sadly, not uncommon,” the senator said. “Therefore, EMS paramedics and technicians should be offered every protection under the law. This bill ensures that, in those cases in which there is proof that an individual intended to injure one of these professionals while on duty, that perpetrator can be prosecuted as a felon. We must do everything in our power to protect those who are there for us in times of need.”

Standing O agrees, thank you Sen. Golden for having their sixes.

District office [7408 Fifth Ave. at 74th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 238–6044]



Welcome to Emily Buckley, a Bishop Kearney High School alum who has come home to roost as the lacrosse coach.

Emily Buckley hails from Park Slope and was an integral part of Kearney’s varsity soccer team. After graduating, she attended the University of New Haven where she pursued a degree in sports management, and played on both the soccer and lacrosse teams.

She also competed in a worldwide CrossFit event in 2014. She recently returned from Reno, Nevada, where she was a competitor in the Olympic weight-lifting trials.

Emily is happy as roses on returning home.

“My experience at Kearney was great, because I was always encouraged to pursue various sports,” she said. “I am excited to be back at Kearney to help develop the lacrosse sports program.”

Standing O is hyped too!

Kudos to Kearney’s “12 Hours of Kearney Giving” campaign. The initiative raised more than $48,000 — way to go!

Bishop Kearney High School [2202 60th St. at Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, (718) 236–6363]

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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