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31st Annual Golf Classic

31st Annual Golf Classic 25th, 2014
Suffolk Community College Foundation 31st Annual Golf Classic

Diane Garnick ’94 CEO of Clear Alternatives returns to CNBC

Diane Garnick ’94 CEO of Clear Alternatives returns to CNBC. Diane is a Suffolk County Community College graduate of the Accounting Department

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Consider supporting Suffolk County Community College this #GIVINGTUESDAY


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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

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Suffolk County Community College’s smartphone and tablet holiday application is available for Android and iPhone.

This Angry Bird is … DELICIOUS! Suffolk County Community College  App and Website Aid Holiday Prep, with Trivia Too!

Never aggravate a turkey.

Turkeys – the wild variety — are fast.  Long Island Expressway fast.  An in-flight burst of 55 mph  fast.  And they can run at speeds up to 20 mph. Domestic birds, bred to be heavier to provide more meat, cannot fly.

Male turkeys? They tend to become more aggressive as they age. Just call them crazy old coots!

It’s why Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird – the wild variety –to be a turkey instead of an eagle. Fast flying and quick running turkeys.

Franklin also thought eagles were afflicted by bad moral character.

But don’t take our word for it.

These holiday fun facts, history, recipes, tips and more are featured in a new holiday app, Holiday Celebrations, available for Android devices and iPhones. The application was created through a unique collaboration between Auburn University Food Systems Institute (AUFSI) and Suffolk County Community College.

The Food Systems Institute exists to promote collaborations between different colleges and schools within Auburn University, and between Auburn and other colleges and universities. “The opportunity to collaborate with Suffolk County Community College — and its culinary arts program — was too good to pass up,” said AUFSI director Pat Curtis.

The app includes articles about food safety and holiday feast planning as well as recipes for favorite holiday foods. Contributors include the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Stations as well as AUFSI staff and others. Suffolk County Community College contributed fun, informative videos on various holiday topics. A website to compliment the application is expected to launch shortly at

Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts Program Director and “Pilgrim” Richard Freilich, for example, provides new meaning to the phrase “talking turkey” with a witty presentation of “turkey facts.” Other videos include instructional videos about how to make roasted butternut squash, sweet shiitake mushroom lasagne, cooking with pumpkin, wine pairings and how to prepare and set a holiday table.

Suffolk Chef Andrea Glick, who appeared on The Food Network show Chopped, leads one of the instructional recipe videos.

The app includes such miscellanea as how to make pumpkin pie tarts in a dorm room and an explanation of why some people say “stuffing” while others say “dressing.”

Jodi Levin, director of Suffolk County Community College’s dietetic technician program, details the many unexpected health benefits of pumpkin and highlights three healthy pumpkin dishes, including a dish that teams trendy quinoa with butternut squash and roasted pumpkin seeds (which, by the way, are very nutritious and called “pepitas” by culinarians).

The iPhone App is available on iTunes:

The Android App is downloadable in the Google Play store at:

Link to Suffolk Thanksgiving Videos:


Drew Biondo
631-403-0414 (m)

Source: Suffolk County Community College

Five Volume Gordon Parks: Collected Works Presented to Suffolk, Chronicles African-American Photographer’s Career

Pre-eminent 20th century African-American photographer Gordon Parks and his foundation – The Gordon Parks Foundation — headquartered at SUNY Purchase, recently presented Suffolk County Community College with a five-volume set of Parks’ photos.

Gordon Parks: Collected Works is the most extensive publication documenting Parks more than six decade-long legendary career and covers subjects ranging from the civil rights movement, urban poverty, and rural life to the worlds of fashion and the arts.

The collection begins in 1942 with Parks first professional position at the Farm Security Administration where he strove to expose intolerance and to fight social injustice.

Parks worked for the U.S. Office of War Information and Standard Oil of New Jersey before becoming the first African American photographer for LIFE magazine in 1948.

Parks’ photo-essays covered a broad range of topics, including gang wars in Harlem, fashion in Paris, and segregation in the American South. Parks later pursued a successful career as movie director. He was also an accomplished portraitist, capturing now-famous images of Ingrid Bergman, Alberto Giacometti, Gloria Vanderbilt, Duke Ellington, Malcom X, and Muhammad Ali.

The collected works will be available in each of Suffolk’s libraries on a rotating basis.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

Suffolk County Community College Has Access to ‘SUNY Perks’ Shopping Discounts

SUNY Shopping Discounts

In case you’re ever searching for a good deal, here’s a ton: The SUNY PerksCard Program. It enables you save money on everyday purchases, including: dining, retail, auto services, pet needs, home services, health & beauty, fitness, recreation, travel, entertainment and much, much more.

The SUNY PerksCard Program is free and open to all SUNY students, alumni, affiliated organizations, employees, retirees, and all of their family members, which means that there are literally millions of New Yorkers and millions of more people around the world that can use it.

▷ To sign up, jump to the Benefits Page on and create a free account with PerksCard (it’ll take you to an external site). Your account will give you discount codes to use when you shop online and will also give you a listing of local restaurants and retailers that offer deals.

And because it’s 2014, you can also download an app to use on your phone that operates similar to Yelp, except that you get discounts (obviously).

If you have any questions about the process or signing up, drop a comment below!

So yes, college pays off in more than one way. #deals

Source: SUNY

Salvatore A. Esposito, Student and veteran pens book about his time in Abu Ghraib

IMG_0545 copySource: Campus News

By Nathaniel Villano
Campus News

Salvatore A. Esposito was an Army medic in Abu Ghraib, but before that life was different. He grew up in Farmingville where many migrant men and women from Central and South America settled. After working side by side with them during summer jobs and being exposed to so many cultures, he developed a love for diversity. After graduating from Sachem High School, he wanted more exposure to diversity and culture and found it in the Army.

Sal joined the Army when he was 19 in 1991, right after high school, and did three years of active military service for his first term. Before that though he had thought of becoming a nurse but enlisted with a career in health science in mind. He attended basic training in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and attended medic school in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. During his first term of service he was stationed out in Kansas and Germany. His biggest motivator to get through basic training and medic school was doing the best he could so that when reality came he would be able to help those in need of care.

Honorably discharged in 1994 he began writing and working. Soon after his discharge though his love for writing took over but he still found it very rewarding to help people, which is why when he reenlisted he stayed as a medic instead of pursuing combat journalism. After 9/11 he felt the need to reenlist for his second term and joined the Army Reserve assigned to the 344th Combat Support Hospital.

He was 33 when he signed up for his second term of service. During that second term of service he was assigned to 344th’s home base in Fort Totten, Queens. They trained there, Washington State, Louisiana and Wisconsin. After training he was sent out to Abu Ghraib. He felt blessed to be assigned to a unit perfectly fitted for the mission of raising the standard of detainee health care in the infamous facility where they were abused and humiliated. With the guidance and support of all the nurses and doctors and other medics, he performed well in his duties on sick call for the detainees in the field detainment setting. They were especially helpful to him when he was assigned to work within the hospital’s Emergency Treatment Room for a month. There he was not only able to help the detainees but also the Iraqi civilian population and the Coalition Forces. They had their bad days but overall he says it was a very rewarding experience.

One of the biggest wounds he had to take care of happened when a soldier’s Humvee had been hit by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device, better known as a roadside bomb) while he was on patrol of Abu Ghraib’s outside perimeter. The shrapnel shot up through the carriage and tore through his body. The toughest part about being a medic was not the wounds but when the detainees showed their spite and hatred. For the most part he says they were grateful of all the care they received. When the mentioned above soldier was brought in to be worked on, Sal noticed two of the detainees receiving medical workups smiling at the soldier’s mangled body.

Right now Sal is currently enrolled at Suffolk County Community College as a Liberal arts major. He works full time at SCCC at the Selden campus in the blue collar unit as an Auto Equipment Operator. When he left Abu Ghraib, Sal spent a lot of time promoting a charity for permanently disabled veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project. After graduating from Suffolk he plans on staying at the college to use his GI Bill to get certifications that will enhance his resume for a future supervisor position. “It’s a good civil service job that helps me connect with the community.” said Sal of his current position. He plans on reenlisting but until after his mother passes. She is a cancer and stroke survivor and he needs to be there for her during her twilight years. He plans on serving one more term, hopefully out in Afghanistan, he said. “Being in the military has fulfilled my desire to help people, to travel and to learn more about the world. I’m still learning,” said Sal.

Sal currently has a book out in libraries called “Abu Ghraib: After the Scandal.” The book is not only about the 2003 abuse scandal that took place, but he also included the sadistic history of the prison when it was under the control of Saddam Hussein and the way he used the prison to instill death and fear to maintain his power. “And I write that we had set the Iraqis up as straw men, claiming they had weapons of mass destruction. Soldiers were in turn set up as straw men, as we were branded with a stigma that accused all of us of human rights violations. Lastly, I wrote the universal brotherhood of man,” said Sal.

Writing the book did not take him long; what took years was getting a publisher. Between agents and publishers, he was rejected about 500 times before he finally found McFarland Publishers in North Carolina. He wants to keep the book as only a reference in libraries and not bookstores so when patrons, particularly students, look up the story of Abu Ghraib they will learn more about what happened in 2003. Several years ago when he started writing it his friend Doug Childers, who co-authored books with best-selling author Dan Millman, convinced him to put it together. “I was reluctant because I knew of all of the resistance I would face. Just bringing it up to folks that I’d served in Abu Ghraib with opened up assumptions, not a dialogue. Were it not for his insistence that it is a story that must be told, I would not have persevered.” His book was published/released in December 2012. He plans on writing another book and has written several other books including a comedy along with a play. After graduation from Suffolk Community College, he plans on seeking an agent.

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Suffolk County Community College Lively Arts Series Free Faculty Concert 12/2/14

SCCC Faculty Concert

Suffolk County Community College Lively Arts Series presents

Faculty Concert
Ralph Kinnard Williams, Tenor
Jonathan Ware, Pianist

Tenor Ralph Kinnard Williams, Suffolk County Community College’s
associate professor of music, and guest pianist Jonathan Ware, return
to perform a program of songs including “Dichterliebe” by Robert Schumann,
“Despite and Still” by Samuel Barber, and some seasonal spirituals.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Van Nostrand Theatre
Sagtikos Arts and Sciences Center
Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood
Suffolk County Community College

Admission is FREE.
Donations are appreciated.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information call 631-851-6589

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Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts program prepares Thanksgiving 120 dinners

This Thanksgiving Suffolk Does The Cooking! Culinary Prepares 120 Dinners for Home Bound Seniors and Patients of Dominican Sisters of Hampton Bays.

Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts program students will prepare about 120 dinners for long-term patients and home-bound seniors of the Dominican Sisters of Hampton Bays in what has become an annual and happy undertaking for the culinary program and its students. This marks the sixth year Suffolk County Community College has happily done the holiday cooking.

The dinner preparation will take place on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from  9:10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Center, 20 Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901.

About 40 students and faculty chefs from the college’s culinary program will prepare the meal whose ingredients were provided by the Dominican Sisters –  a dozen, 20 pound turkeys; 100 pounds of mashed potatoes; 50 pounds of sweet potatoes; 80 pounds of stuffing; 25 pounds of assorted vegetables and 18 each of apple and pumpkin pies. And, of course, gravy – 5 gallons of it!

Local elementary school students from East Quogue Elementary school will be making box trays for the holiday feasts to be delivered in.

Drew Biondo

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Suffolk County Community College Alumni Watch Cindy Clifford ’81

Suffolk County Community College Alumni Watch

Cindy Clifford ’81 from WALK FM 97.5

“Breakfast Club with Mark and Cindy”

Junius Atkins Jr., Recipient of Prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award

Junius Atkins Jr., who began work on the Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus when the campus opened 37 years ago, was recognized with a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service at a College ceremony November 7.

Atkins, of Riverhead, was nominated by then Director of Plant Operations Nicholas Palumbo who said, “Mr. Atkins is the ideal case study of a hands-on leader who has worked his way up the ranks to assume a supervisory role in which he is unafraid to model the hard work and physical labor that goes along with a custodial career path.”

Atkins, Palumbo said, is “constantly attuned and open to new trends in what is generally considered a field with little innovation. Junius has refined and enhanced his department’s function through the use of a computerized work order system, incorporated microfiber cleaning tools, adopted green cleaning products, championed digital communications equipment for all departmental staff, and embraced the use of zero emissions vehicles for campus transport.”

Five Suffolk County Community College faculty and staff members were awarded The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for superior professional achievement

“We are proud of our honorees who SUNY has publicly proclaimed its pride in,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “The individuals selected for this honor are role models within the College and the SUNY community,” Dr, McKay added.

Palumbo summed-up Atkins in his nominating letter, like this:

“Finding a single person who is willing to say one negative thing about Junie is on par in futility with keeping the green pine tree pollen out of the Shinnecock Building in May. As for myself, I have but one complaint: That is the knowledge that at some point well before I am retirement eligible, he will walk into my office with his impossibly shiny black boots, hand me a crisply typed retirement announcement, and jump into his immaculate Mustang coupe never to be seen again. Before that day comes, I would like the honor of recommending him for an award that is not only well deserved, but long overdue. “

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and professional staff across its campuses.

Suffolk’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence recipients are:

Faculty Service
Amy Czura, Associate Professor of Biology

Professional Service
Drew Fawcett, College Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement
Christopher Gherardi, College Associate Dean of Faculty and Professional Advancement

Scholarship and Creative Activities
Dan Gilhooley, Professor of Visual Arts

Classified Service
Junius Atkins, Custodial Worker III

View additional photos courtesy of Suffolk County Community College Media Services


High Resolution photo:

Drew Biondo

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