Slice of New York Intensive


Program Overview

Summer Academy Slice of NY ProgramEver wonder what college in New York City would be like? Find out with the MMC Summer Academy’s weeklong Slice of New York Intensive.

MMC professors lead college-level classes on topics ranging from the creative arts to environmental science and everything in between. You won’t just be in the classroom, though— each lesson is also paired with a hands-on field trip designed to immerse you in all that New York City has to offer.

At MMC, the city is both our campus and our learning laboratory. In this program, you’ll discover what that means while sampling courses like Urban Green Spaces, United Nations’ Perspectives on Global Issues, New York Talk, Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street, and Media Makers and Media Literacy. Each evening features a cultural or social event sponsored by the Office of Residence Life that provides additional access to NYC’s myriad cultural institutions. 

The program is also open to entering first-year Marymount Manhattan College students who graduated high school in 2020, and will be no older than 18 during the program. 

Program Dates

Sunday, July 12, 2020 to Saturday, July 18, 2020 (inclusive of housing check-in and checkout)

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July 13: Social Media Marketing

Dr. Emily GoldsmithDr. Goldsmith completed her Ph.D. in Business at Baruch College’s  Zicklin School of Business. She also holds a M.S. in Marketing and Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Psychology from the University of Florida.

Dr. Goldsmith teaches Marketing, Digital Marketing, and Strategic Management. Her research focuses on consumer behavior and examines how threats to the sense of self, influence consumption behavior.

The average person spends over 4 hours a day staring at screens- that’s over a quarter of their waking hours! The increasingly connecting and digital world that we live in means that there are many new opportunities for reaching others and delivering content. A challenge that all companies and products face is how to stand out amongst the competition. In this class, we will learn how to identify a target audience and discuss innovative strategies for creating and distributing content that will appeal to the audience. We will visit a media company to see first hand how companies are using new techniques to reach customers. 

July 14: The United Nations

Ellen HoustonProfessor Ellen Houston has taught for Marymount Manhattan College since 2006 as both a full-time and adjunct lecturer. Her specialization in international development and professional work as a consultant in the United Nations system has brought her around the globe as both researcher and policy specialist. In her time at the UN, Ellen’s position was thematic, focusing on economic security and rights with much of her work in Asia and Africa, working mainly on gender and women’s empowerment, feminization of poverty and livelihoods in Africa, human trafficking in South Asia, and women working in export processing zones throughout Asia countries.

This is an immersive one-day course on the United Nations. Students will spend the day visiting the United Nations to learn about its global mission to end poverty and conflict, fight climate change, and promote peace and security among nations through its commitments toward advancing social progress, better living standards, and international human rights.

July 15: Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?

Professor SiltonDr. Silton received a Master’s and Doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Fordham University.  Nava’s research interests include determining how best to enhance typical children’s sensitivity to children with disabilities and how to teach social-emotional skills to children on the spectrum.  She has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Street Workshop, and Mediakidz and has consulted for Netflix and The Autism Seaver Center. 

 This seminar will afford students an opportunity to learn key theories of Child Development and special, hot issues confronting today’s kids! Whether it’s Piaget, Freud, Erikson or Vygotsky, students will be armed with classical theories of development and then be able to delve into the controversial issues of today. Students will have hands-on/interactive opportunities to engage with the material in a talk-show format and as part of a mock congress.

As part of this seminar, students will also have an opportunity to tour an actual Children’s Television Network in NYC! 


July 16: Baby you’re a star: Making short-form media in the backdrop of New York City

Cyrille PhippsProfessor Cyrille Phipps is a media educator/filmmaker based in New York City. She received a BFA in Film Drama from Syracuse University and MA in Media Studies from The New School University. She has over twenty years of production experience in film and video, working on music videos, short films, webisodes and collaborated on various documentaries that have aired on PBS, TNT and the BBC. 

The increasing use of the digital technologies in communications and the declining influence of traditional media demonstrates that there is an urgent need to increase the supply of media makers (filmmakers, journalists, documentarians) with cutting edge skills, who can write, edit and manage content seamlessly for the benefit of a very sophisticated audience.

This hands-on course allows students to create and develop a short-form content. The tasks that students will undertake include basic script writing, producing, directing, scheduling productions, camera operating, field videotaping, and post-production editing. The class will require some amount of lab time for research, production and post-production.


July 17: Urban Green Spaces: A Bit of Nature in the Big City

Professor LundquistDr. Lundquist received a doctorate in biology from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in entomology from Michigan State University. His research focuses on the ecological impacts of urbanization, particularly the biodiversity and ecological function of urban freshwaters and urban green spaces. Matthew has published on topics such as aquatic insect diversity and the effects of litter on freshwater streams and teaches conservation biology and general biology at MMC.

Cities are known for their tall buildings, bright lights, and crowded streets far away from the tranquility of nature. However, people who live in cities need to have a way to escape the hustle and bustle and go back to nature. Urban green spaces like city parks provide oases of nature in an otherwise concrete jungle for urbanites and provide important ecological services to the city as a whole. These include cooling, water regulation, and habitat for plants, insects, and mammals. In this class, participants will learn about the ecology of urban green spaces in New York City and how they can benefit growing urban populations. We will also visit Washington Square Park and learn about how the gardens are designed to mimic nature and help to provide a healthy urban ecosystem.



Participants will be housed in the College’s 55th Street Residence Hall. Housing is available to students accepted for the intensive, and who will be at least 16 years of age as of July 1, 2020. Note: All program participants who live outside of a 25-mile radius of Marymount Manhattan College are required to live in the residence hall for the duration of the program.

View the Residence Hall Information Sheet

View the Resident’s Guide to Community Living

Residence Hall Check-in will take place on Sunday, July 12, 2020. Check-out will take place on Saturday, July 18, 2020 (by no later than 10:00 am). Additional information regarding check-in and check-out will be provided to each accepted student in May.


Meal Plan

All students participating in the Slice of New York Intensive who are living in the residence hall are required to participate in the Marymount Manhattan Dining Dollars meal plan. The cost of this plan for the one week period will be $50.

The meal plan is a declining balance card, and students may add more money to their card throughout the course of the program. Students will have access to the MMC cafeteria (located on the main campus at 221 East 71st Street) from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Thursday.

Evening and weekend meals are not included in the meal plan. Grocery stores and restaurants are located near the 55th Street residence hall. The estimated budget for additional meals, transportation, and other personal costs is approximately $100. This budget will vary depending on the student’s individual needs.  


College Credit

This is a non-credit intensive. College credit is not available. 


Program Costs

Program Costs: Residential Option
Tuition and Housing:         $1,700
Meal Plan:                             $     50
Total Program Cost:           $1,750


Program Costs: Commuting  Option
Tuition:                                  $   1,200
Total Program Cost:            $   1,200


Payment Due Dates
Deposit:                                             $    500       Due on or before 5/22/2020
Final Payment (Residential) :       $ 1,250       Due on or before 6/7/2020
Final Payment (Commuting):       $   700       Due on or before 6/7/2020


Refund Policy
All requests for a refund must be made, in writing, to Jacqueline Noel (
On or before June 1, 2020                              100% Refund
Between June 2 and July 7, 2020                   50% Refund
After July 7, 2020                                                 0% Refund


Application Requirements

  1. Marymount Manhattan Summer Academy Program Application.
  2. Marymount Manhattan Summer Academy Program Recommendation Form from a high school teacher.
  3. Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe what you hope to achieve during the Summer Academy Slice of New York and what has prepared you for this experience.


Priority Application Date

Applicants who apply by May 1, 2020 will be notified of acceptance into the program by May 10, 2020. Enrollment and registration in any Summer Academy Intensive do not imply acceptance into any degree program at Marymount Manhattan.

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