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32nd Annual Golf Classic

32nd Annual Golf Classic 24th, 2015
Suffolk Community College Foundation 32nd Annual Golf Classic

Suffolk County Community College Alumni

Suffolk County Community College Needs Your Help to Name the Shark Mascot!

Shark Mascot

The first-ever Suffolk Shark mascot needs a name and we’re counting on you to help create one. We are asking for online submissions between August 27 and September 18, 2015.

SCCC-9756Here’s How It Works

1) Submit a name for the Shark mascot here

Or send mascot name, mascot rationale, student name and email to

2) All submitted names will be evaluated by a committee that includes representation from the student body, our alumni and employees. The committee will narrow down all submissions to the top five best names.

3) The five potential names will be shared with the college community for a final online vote.

4) The winning name will be announced during Spirit Week and will be publicized and sewn onto the back of the Shark’s jersey.

5) The individual(s) who submitted the winning name will be presented with a certificate of appreciation and special prize(s) – sponsored by the Alumni Association.



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Suffolk County Community College Alumni Profile – Meesha Johnson ’15

SUNY Suffolk County Community College Alumni Profile – Meesha Johnson ’15

Learn about the Suffolk County Community College founder of the Access to A Balanced Learning Experience (AABLE) Club

Video courtesy of Suffolk County Community College Media Services

Advocates for the disabled mark 25 years since signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Meesha Johnson Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Meesha Johnson of Southampton speaks about what the Americans with Disabilities Act has done for her during a celebration to commemorate its 25th anniversary in Ronkonkoma, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Meesha Johnson says she couldn’t have received her associate degree in social work from Suffolk County Community College in May without the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“This is an accomplishment I am very proud of,” said Johnson, 38, of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton, to an audience Saturday at the Lake Ronkonkoma firehouse.

Johnson, who is blind, was one of more than 150 people with disabilities to turn out for the Suffolk Independent Living Organization’s ADA 25th anniversary party. The landmark legislation, which banned discrimination against people on the basis of disability and codified special services and access, was signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

The party included face painting, performances, a photo booth and tables with information for Suffolk County residents with a range of disabilities as well as speakers and an open-mic session.

“It’s important to celebrate how far we’ve come, but also recognize how far we have to go to full accessibility,” SILO executive director Joseph Delgado said.

Delgado and other attendees spoke about the need to increase awareness and lobby to expand existing services, such as Suffolk County Accessible Transportation services for those who cannot drive.

William Seitz, 26, said he’s struggled in the past with employment and insurance access. He was fired from his job at a frozen yogurt shop for staring into space and neglecting his duties before he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental issues, he said.

When he learned about the ADA and was able to get insurance through the Affordable Care Act, he realized he had access to opportunities in life that he once viewed as “dark hallways” and “boarded-up doors. . . . The ADA helped me to take out those nails, to open those doors, to see a way out,” Seitz, of Lake Grove, told the crowd.Advocacy starts with those who are disabled standing up for themselves, like she did in her education and the Shinnecock Nation, Johnson said.

“I am a firm believer that it is our responsibility to know what our rights are,” she said. “We need to be very vigilant that we are included in these laws.”

Source: Copyright © 2015 Newsday.

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Mets vs. Braves – Join us Monday Sept. 21, 2015 for the 4th Annual SUNY ALUMNI DAY at Citi Field

MetsInvite2015SCCC4th Annual SUNY Alumni Mets event New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves Baseball

• SUNY Alumni Private pre-game reception at McFadden’s from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

• New York Mets vs Atlanta Braves 7:10 p.m.

$29 – includes game ticket in the Big Apple Reserved Section 141, refreshments and light appetizers for 2 hours. Family friendly.

  This is a systemwide SUNY event, open to alumni and friends from all 64 campuses.

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Academic Convocation – Suffolk County Community College Thursday, August 27, 2015

ConvocationAcademic Convocation – Suffolk County Community College Thursday, August 27, 2015

This ceremony provides an opportunity for the College’s President, Dr. Shaun L. McKay, to establish the institutional vision for the year, formally welcome new faculty, staff and students to the College and to bestow honors upon select members of the college community. In addition, this year’s program will include the introduction of the latest member of the college community—our new SHARK MASCOT.

Opening Remarks by Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President and Theresa Sanders, Chair – College Board of Trustees
Keynote Address: Dr. Suzanne Johnson, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chancellor Award and Professor Emeritus Recipients

Alumni are invited to participate as guests.

General admission seating available for ceremony with free BBQ to follow.

Please RSVP to

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Enroll for Fall Classes at Suffolk County Community College

New Student

Current or Prior Student

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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Students can earn Suffolk County Community College credit in High School

Suffolk County Community College Excelsior Program Highlights
Suffolk County Community College’s Excelsior Program provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit by means of a high quality experience in the high school comparable to that of the college classroom.

Our goal is to inspire increasing numbers of high school students to attend college, promote their self-confidence while building motivation for continued study, and provide advanced-learning opportunities for motivated students with an effective transition to post-secondary learning.  Qualified students enjoy greater flexibility in college having earned college credits prior to commencing post-secondary study.

Student Eligibility

Students must be approved by their high school teacher or guidance counselor for admission into courses offered through the Excelsior Program. Guidelines for student eligibility:


Ø The high school student must be a junior or senior

Ø The student has a demonstrated readiness to take a college level course

Ø The student has taken the high school and college pre-requisite courses

Ø The student has demonstrated through previous high school work, the skills and

knowledge necessary for the Excelsior Program course OR has exhibited a strong

performance in academic subjects relevant to the course into which they want to

enroll.  A strong performance is defined as a B or better average in the discipline

or a letter of recommendation from their principal, teacher, or counselor.

Participating school districts include:

Amityville, Babylon, Bayport-Blue Point, Brentwood, Center Moriches, Commack, Connetquot, Copiague, Deer Park, East Islip, Greenport, Hampton Bays, Hauppauge, Middle Country, Patchogue-Medford, Sachem, Sag Harbor, Sayville, Sewanhaka, Shoreham Wading River, Smithtown Christian High School, South Country, Southampton, Southold, Three Village, Western Suffolk BOCES, William Floyd

Learn more online

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‘Green’ on the Green: Riverhead Toyota Donates New Prius as Hole-in-One Prize for Suffolk Golf Classic

Time is running out, but donations and sponsorship commitments are on the rise as the Suffolk County Community College Golf Classic inches closer to tee-off time.

Riverhead Toyota has generously donated a hole-in-one prize of a new Toyota Prius along with a luncheon sponsorship for the Suffolk Community College Foundation 32nd Annual Golf Classic on August 24 it was announced today.

Front three quarter view of a

Front three quarter view of a Prius

A golfer can drive away in a brand new Toyota Prius courtesy of Riverhead Toyota if they can score a hole-in-one during the golf classic on the 4th hole of the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack. “Riverhead Toyota has been and continues to be a generous supporter of Suffolk County Community College and our foundation,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

Toyota USA has a wonderful relationship with Suffolk County Community College according to President McKay. The Toyota T-TEN, Toyota’s Technician and Education Network program is a world-renowned technical training program partnership with Toyota that is a critical component of Suffolk County Community College’s Automotive Technology Program. T-TEN, offers world-class technical training, with hands on classroom and lab training, complemented by on-the-job experience in a Toyota or Lexus dealer service center. Toyota USA has donated more than a dozen Toyota/Lexus automobiles and pick-up trucks to the college for students to garner hands-on training and experience.

The proceeds from the Golf Classic will support need and merit-based scholarships, emergency student loans and quality academic enrichment programs for Suffolk County Community College students. Last year, more than 500 students were helped by $650,000 in aid from the Suffolk Community College Foundation.

Former Suffolk County Police Commissioner, Deputy County Executive and Community College Executive Dean John C. Gallagher will be honored by the Suffolk Community College Foundation at the Classic. Tickets and golf slots are still available.

The Classic will take place on Monday, August 24, 2015 at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, access to the driving range and putting green, golf cart, lunch, a cocktail reception and a celebratory reception and dinner featuring raffle drawings, auction and awards ceremony.

Registration is $275 per golfer and $1,100 for a foursome.

Register for the Golf Classic at the Foundation’s website at .

Source: Suffolk County Community College

Saturday 10/17/15 – Teaching of Writing Festival at Suffolk County Community College

Saturday, October 17th from 9:00am-2:00pm

The third Teaching of Writing Festival will be held at Suffolk County Community College (Ammerman Campus, Selden NY) on Saturday October 17th from 9:00am-2:00pm through the auspices of the Ammerman English Department. This conference/festival is for teachers, students, and administrators to learn, share, and celebrate different approaches to the teaching of writing.

We are inviting teachers and students from local high schools, colleges, and universities to explore the diversity of academic writing and how we can bridge the gaps between high schools, two year colleges, and four year universities. Giving the keynote address at the Teaching of Writing Festival will be noted curriculum theorist, teacher, and author Peter Adams. We are honored that Dr. Adams will be sharing the day with us. Dr. Peter Adams is the nation’s preeminent authority on the application of the co-requisite model of academic support in the instruction of college-level English joining us as our keynote speaker. The Accelerated Learning Project (ALP), which he founded, concurrently enrolls students in college-level English and a developmental English course during the same semester. ALP has become a national model and is now implemented at over 90 campuses across the country (including the Ammerman Campus).

Certificates of participation will be issued for all attendees.

These professional development workshops will be given by faculty from teachers across Long Island to give our conference/festival a more diverse program. We are currently soliciting proposals for workshops and presentations on teaching writing. Proposed workshops  include syllabus construction, creating high school writing centers, college writing centers, evaluating student writing, assessing student performance and progress, BRIDGE programs, developmental writing, creating in class assignments, successful writing prompts, academic integrity/plagiarism, collaborations between high schools, two year, and four year schools, teaching for/against COMMON CORE, writing beyond COMMON CORE, and research and revision preparation for multiple writing situations. We are also inviting students to participate as well so that faculty can gain more holistic and practical insights into the writing process and how teachers and students conceive, perceive, and live writing in all aspects of academic, civic, and community life. The Teaching of Writing Festival will provide speakers, workshops, breakout sessions, relevant activities, and opportunities to discuss, explore, and celebrate diverse teaching methods in order to enhance and expand practices of writing, composition, and rhetoric. This event is open to all who are interested in writing so please share this with your colleagues!

Proposed Schedule:

9:00-9:30am—On-site registration (for those who don’t preregister)

9:30-10:00am—Greeting and overview of events

10:15-11:00am—Session 1: Panels and Workshops

11:15am-12:00pm—Session 2: Panels and Workshops

12:15-1:30pm—Lunch and Keynote Address by Dr. Peter Adams

1:30-2:00pm—Closing and Feedback

2-3:00pm–High School/College Writing Round-table

Registration is free. If you would like to attend, please contact William Burns at 631 451-4537 or If you would like to present in a workshop or panel discussion, please e-mail a 250 word (max) proposal including name(s) of presenter(s), brief discussion of topics you will discuss, and any A/V needs to by August 30th. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to write. Please share this announcement with your colleagues.

Thank you and we are looking forward to sharing the day with you.

William Burns, PhD

Associate Professor of English

Writing Center Coordinator


Suffolk County Community College’s Nina Leonhardt Recognized for STEM Leadership

Nina LeonhardtSuffolk County Community College’s Associate Dean for Continuing Education Nina Leonhardt garnered two prestigious awards this summer for her work as a role model and leader in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – education.

Leonhardt, of Ridge, was awarded the Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Award by the New York State STEM Collaborative for her work as STEM leader for consistently demonstrating qualities of STEM Leadership, and creating connections between people and organizations in order to enhance STEM career paths in the community and for making a lasting and meaningful contribution to STEM career paths for the community.

“Nina has a proven track record of unwavering commitment to improving STEM education and career engagement,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “These awards recognize professionals who are leading national efforts to better prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce needs. Congratulations Associate Dean for Continuing Education Nina Leonhardt for this prestigious achievement.”

Margaret Ashida was the first executive director of STEMx, a nationwide network of state STEM organizations who died in 2014 in a diving accident. Before becoming national STEMx director for the Battelle Memorial Institute, Ashida served as director of the Empire State STEM Learning Network at the State University of New York. In that role, she provided key input for the early development of STEMx, helping to tackle challenges and forge consensus among member states.

Leonhardt will also be recognized in the upcoming September STEM issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine with its INSIGHT Into Diversity 2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. Leonhardt is one of 100 women nationally who will be honored. The issue will publish on August 24.
Suffolk County Community College has award winning STEM programs and is a nationally recognized leader in providing quality STEM education as well as research and transfer opportunities for STEM scholars.

Since 2004, Suffolk County Community College has been one of the strongest pipelines of interns to Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and is second only to Stony Brook University in total number of participants in BNL research programs.

Since 2007, more than 100 Suffolk County Community College STEM scholars have been awarded competitive and paid research internships at DOE laboratories ranging from Brookhaven National Laboratory to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico.  Suffolk students have been selected for various research experiences at Stony Brook University since 2005.

This summer Suffolk County Community College has 25 students working in STEM research at National Laboratories, NASA and research universities.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

Marking the Passing of Robert T. Kreiling, Suffolk County Community College’s Second President

August 14, 2015

TO:                  The College Community

FROM:            Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President

SUBJECT:      Marking the Passing of Robert T. Kreiling, Suffolk County Community College’s Second President

I am deeply saddened to share with the college community, news of the passing of Suffolk County Community College’s second president, Robert T. Kreiling.  Mr. Kreiling passed away on August 12th.  Following Dr. Albert Ammerman’s retirement in 1983, Robert T. Kreiling, who had served as Executive Vice President under Dr. Ammerman, was appointed President.  He proved to be an effective, hands-on leader and during his tenure as President from 1983-1991, opened our Riverhead and Brentwood campus locations, instituted the Honors Program, strengthened the College’s developmental studies curriculum, and established child care services on two campuses.

During the celebration of the College’s 50th Anniversary year in 2009-2010, President Kreiling shared the following remembrance of his career at Suffolk, “My life was enriched by encounters with fascinating individuals from both the professional staff and student body. I was especially fortunate to work closely with the founding president of the college, Dr. Albert Ammerman, who laid the foundation for its successful future.”

To serve effectively as President of this great institution requires vision, fortitude, and the ability to forge consensus.  Robert Kreiling’s leadership was instrumental in helping to shape our College into the beacon of knowledge and excellence it is today.

Below, is a short biography provided by the Kreiling family.

Robert T. Kreiling

Robert T. Kreiling, a former resident of Westhampton Beach and former president of Suffolk County Community College, died at the Treasure Coast Hospice House in Port St. Lucie, Florida,  on August 12,  after a long illness; he was 85.  Mr. Kreiling was a lifelong champion of public education, a devoted husband and father, a skilled amateur woodworker and photographer, and a determined golfer.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Kreiling grew up in Westhampton Beach.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a master’s degree from Columbia University, and spent most of his professional life in New York State public higher education.

Mr. Kreiling married the former Mary Lucas in 1951.  In addition to raising four children together, the couple also shared a love of golf, gardening, and travel.  Their spirit of adventure may best be exemplified by the family’s move to the Caribbean in 1964, when Mr. Kreiling accepted a position as Dean of the newly formed College of the Virgin Islands.  While the adventure turned out to be short-lived, the family remembers it as an exciting and enriching interlude.

Mr. Kreiling also held faculty and administrative positions at Orange County Community College, Duchess County Community College (which he helped found in 1957), and Suffolk County Community College, where he served as president from 1983 through 1991.  At Suffolk, he led several significant initiatives, including the opening of new campuses in Riverhead and Brentwood and the expansion of alumni outreach and fund-raising efforts.  He worked tirelessly to secure adequate fiscal support from the County government; actively fostered a collegial campus climate among faculty, staff, and students; and often boasted of the achievements of Suffolk’s graduates.

In Westhampton Beach, Mr. Kreiling also took on civic responsibilities:  he held positions on the Village Board of Trustees and the Board of Education for many years.  In retirement, he took a leading role in his neighborhood owners’ association in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  An avid golfer, he was a long-time member of the Westhampton Country Club, and later joined the Legacy Golf Club in Port St. Lucie.

Mr. Kreiling is survived by his wife, along with daughters Jean Kreiling of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Nancy Kreiling Kingston of Nyack, New York; son William Kreiling of Spotsylvania, Virginia, and his wife Ivy; and five grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his daughter Susan Lawless and her husband Jack.

Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL  34997.

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