York Aviation students volunteer at JFK Run the Runway – York College/CUNY

Dr. Billy Metallinos front left and student aviation volunteers

The late April event saw the off-campus cohort of 14 students volunteer time at an event loosely related to their field of study.

“After a two-year hiatus, I am pleased that the JFK community has resumed brisk business,” said Dr. Chris Hsu, professor of finance and director of the CUNY Aviation Institute at York College. “As always, our Aviation Management students are excited to volunteer at aviation events and demonstrate their commitment to the aviation industry.”

Dr. Hsu also thanks his former student turned colleague, Dr. Billy Metallinos, who accompanied the students to the event.

“I want to thank Dr. Billy Metallinos for helping to be the chaperone,” Hsu said. “Billy was my student and graduated from our aviation management program in 2012. He came back to give us aviation lessons.”

As an undergraduate, Metallinos was one of York’s most visible students. He was a fully engaged member of the student body, participating not only in his department’s events, but an integral member of the campus community. He enjoyed chaperoning the students at Kennedy Airport for the event.

“Not only was it a great way for students to acclimate to the airport environment,” Dr. Metallinos said. “It also instills a sense of responsibility in volunteering and contributing to society, which employers often look for and it feels good to help others.” It was educational and fun too! These current and future Airmen are now better prepared to excel in aviation and become transformative leaders in a dynamic global economy.

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