I thought it would be appropriate to start our first conversation on the Achievements of Ringling’s most recent alumni that are currently living in Brooklyn, NY. 2012 alumnus Kyle Petreycik recently received the 2012 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. His selected piece will be shown at the Grounds For Sculpture Fall/ Exhibition in Hamilton, New Jersey, and he will also be featured in the October 2012 issue of Sculpture Magazine. Some other alumni have received jobs working first hand in the art world. Christofer Degrer, another 2012 alumnus has been co-assisting and organizing events for Kreemart, a company that hosts collaborations between acclaimed pastry chefs and internationally renowned artists. They have worked on projects with Marina Abromovic, Maurizio Cattelan, and Richard Tuttle. Recently he has been working closely with the founder of Kreemart, Raphael Castroriano, in assisting with events for the Annual Whitney Art Party, where they worked with the performance artist Kalup Linzy. So far the amount of activity being generated by alumni is nonetheless inspiring. Many of us came to New York and left our expectations behind and gained new achievements in the process.