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31st Annual Golf Classic

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

Spring Break? Not for These Volunteers of Suffolk County Community College in San Diego, CA

The Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus Rotary Club is volunteering their time off in an Alternative Spring Break from March 29 – April 4.


The group – six students in all — will work with Feed America San Diego, an organization that helps with hunger relief, and Father Joe’s Village, a local homeless shelter. The Suffolk students will distribute food and meet with homeless individuals to hear their stories and learn about their lives.


The students learned about food insecurity — the measure of the lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members, or the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecurity is widespread in both New York and San Diego, regions that share similar economic factors where working families sometimes do not earn enough money to support a healthy food lifestyle.


While in San Diego, the group will also do their part for the environment by volunteering with the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and helping to eliminate invasive species.


The Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus Rotary Club is a satellite branch of Rotary Club International. Rotary Club International are neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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Mary Seymour ‘14 Suffolk County Community College Alumni Profile

Mary Seymour 2014Mary Seymour ‘14 is the CEO of Barnett Group International (All Media Entertainment company.) She graduated from Suffolk Community College Selden Campus, Alpha Zeta Nu Chapter/Phi Theta Kappa/ Highest Honors with an Associates of Science Degree. While attending SCCC Mary majored in Theatre Arts emphases acting. She received the Theatre Scholar certificate for academic excellence. For her work as assistant director on the play Foreigner, she received a Distinguished Student Achievement honor from The Faculty Senate.


Mary is a non-traditional student who grew up in the 1960’s. She is the matriarch of her family and simply adores her grandchildren. For many years, Ms. Seymour had thought about going back to college, and every year she would find a reason not to make that phone call. Mary spent many successful years in entertainment, and theatre arts.


Ms. Seymour is an actor, dramatist and producer. She is an original member of the Broadway musical Hair; Ms. Seymour also co-starred on Broadway in Raisin “the Musical.” She travelled the world with her disco vocal group Musique, their music “Keep on Jumping,” and “Musique II” sold millions of albums worldwide. She is a music publisher and COO of the family owned publishing company A Dish-A-Tunes, LLC. The company won a publisher Grammy Certificate in 2005 for the Alicia Keyes hit “You Don’t Know my Name.” She is extremely proud of her son Kenny Seymour, who is a composer and orchestrator. He is the original Musical Conductor and Director for the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis.


Now as Mary’s performing career slow down, she started to think more and more about going to college. Then one morning, she was reading Newsday and noticed an advertisement for Suffolk Community College. The advertisement explained that students could take college classes at 6:30 am and on weekends. Mary called SCCC and scheduled an appointment to meet with a college advisor.


After completing her evaluation testing, she met with the Academic Chair of Theatre Arts, Selden Campus Professor Charles T. Wittreich Jr. ’86. During Mary’s two years at SCCC, she developed an interest in writing, history and directing for theatre. In fact, 40 years after Mary performed on Broadway as an actress/singer in the musical Hair. She worked as assistant director for the Suffolk Community College, Selden Campus 2012 musical production of the play Hair. One semester Mary mentioned to her acting teacher Professor Steven Gefroh that she wanted to study directing. Professor Gefroh, an alumni of Yale School of Drama suggest Mary apply for the YSD summer intensive directing program. Mary took his advised applied and was accepted into Yale School of Drama intensive director’s summer project 2012. The following year Ms. Seymour one Act play “Unwritten History,” was accepted for the Yale’s Summer Writers Project.


Mary intends to pursue a BA/MA degree in African American History and Playwriting. She embraces the possibilities of the next step in her quest for knowledge. Ms. Seymour sincerely wishes to be an inspiration and encourage all people to embrace learning. Especially her fellow baby-boomers a generation filled tradition, wisdom and faith.

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Suffolk County Community College Forensics Team

Suffolk County Community College Forensics Team

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Foundation Gala Honors Financial Leaders to Raise Scholarship Funds

Four distinguished business leaders will be honored by The Suffolk Community College Foundation at its annual Salute to Excellence Gala “Financial Leaders Making a Difference” on May 7. The celebration at the Hilton Long Island in Melville will begin at 7 p.m.

The gala proceeds will be used to fund need and merit-based scholarships, emergency student loans and quality academic enrichment programs at Suffolk County Community College. The Foundation distributed more than $550,000 in scholarships last year.

This year’s honorees: Bill Brown, Executive Vice President, US Head of Network, HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; Gregory S. Garritano, founder of G.S. Garritano & Associates and chief financial officer of The Lauro Group; The Honorable John C. Cochrane, Sr., vice president, First National Bank of Long Island and Captain, United States Navy, Retired and David L. Calone, Founder, Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund, LP

Tickets to the gala and donations can be made at the Foundation’s website:

“We will celebrate and recognize four business leaders whose success, and commitment to higher education and our region are unparalleled” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

“The mission of the Foundation is to reduce the economic barriers to higher education and foster student success,” said Executive Director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation Dr. Sylvia Diaz.

About the honorees:

Bill Brown
Executive Vice President, US Head of Network, HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

Bill Brown leads the U.S. RBWM Branch Network ensuring the effective implementation of a Wealth Management-led Premium Bank strategy to drive and grow profitable Premier and Advance relationships while continuing to support and enhance the bank’s retail client base. Bill has been with HSBC for 18 months and has a keen focus on employees and employee development. He represents US and Canada on the Global RBWM People Strategy Steering Committee and was chosen to other senior members of the bank to form the HSBC US People Committee.

Bill is also the Executive Sponsor of the HSBC Veterans, Military, Families and Friends Network ERG. Bill sits on the Board of Directors of Accion USA (a micro-lender focused on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs) and is a member of the Retail Banking Committee of the New York Banker Association.

David L. Calone
Founder, Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund, LP

David L. Calone is the CEO of Jove Equity Partners LLC, a venture capital firm that helps start and build technology companies. He serves as a director of six privately-held companies located throughout the country and is a co-inventor on 18 issued U.S. patents relating to internet messaging and to optimizing medical treatment based on comparative treatment effectiveness data. He helped organize the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the U.S. House of Representatives, through which he has been a leading advocate for federal policies that promote job creation through the development of start-ups and other small businesses. In this capacity, he helped create “Start Up Day Across America,” connecting federal and state officials with early stage companies in their region. He is also the founder of the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund which has helped provide initial funding to launch six early stage companies based on technology developed at Long Island’s research institutions. He serves as founding National Board Chair for Patriot Boot Camp, a 501(c)(3) that helps veterans and active duty service members from around the country start businesses. He was also recently named a 2015 Truman National Security Fellow.

Since 2008, Mr. Calone has served as the Chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission and has led the Commission to focus on land use policies with regional impact. He spearheaded the LI Unified Solar Permitting Initiative which has since been adopted as a model for permit streamlining across New York State and for which Suffolk County was awarded a National Association of Counties’ 2012 National Achievement Award. Most recently, he developed an agriculture equipment financing program for new farmers that has been endorsed and funded by NY State; and he created one of the country’s first geothermal energy permitting codes.

Mr. Calone is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and has an economics degree from Princeton University where he was named a USA Today College Academic All-American, served as a White House intern, and was the first person in Princeton’s history to be elected twice as student body president. He lives in Setauket, New York with his wife, Kate, a Presbyterian minister, and their three young children.


Hon. John C. Cochrane, Sr.
Vice President, Commercial Banking and Investment Operations, The First National Bank of Long Island

John C. Cochrane, Sr., is a lifelong resident of the Bay Shore/Brightwaters community and is currently Vice President of First National Bank of Long Island.

From 1956 to 1984, John served as President of Cochrane and Craven Insurance Agency in Bay Shore and also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Bay Shore, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company and Fleet Bank.

John was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1972 and was re-elected 10 times. John held various leadership and committee positions and became the ranking Republican member of the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee from 1983-1993 and served as a member of the New York State Public Authorities Control Board. While in Albany, John fought for and won community grants to re-develop Main Street in Bay Shore, improve the Southwest Sewer District and clean up the Great South Bay.

John served three terms as Suffolk County Treasurer beginning in 1993 and was chairman of the Government Financial Officers Association for the Long Island Region. He has been a member of the Suffolk County Audit Committee, the Second Congressional District Military Academies’ Review Board, past chair of both the Suffolk County and Islip Town Republican committees, and Executive Director, New York State Strategic Center for Port and Maritime Security – S.U.N.Y Maritime College. President George H.W. Bush appointed John to United States Department of Transportation Navigation Safety Advisory Control Board.

John attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and was active in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955 until transferring in 1956 to Naval Reserve status. Currently retired Captain of the USNR, he has been a Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer, counseling over 20 candidates a year for more than 23 years. During that time, 60 midshipmen from our community were admitted to the academy with John’s assistance.

John and his wife, Betty raised four children in Bay Shore/Brightwaters – Susan, Betsy Mayo (Richard), John, Jr. (Katie) and Jim (Regina). He is also the proud grandfather of Katie Macaluso (Dr. Matthew), Christian Heinen (Jennifer), Johnny and Connor Cochrane, Robert Mayo, Charlotte, Seamus, Tucker Cochrane and two great grandsons Matthew and William Macaluso.


Gregory S. Garritano, CPA, CFO ‘77
Founder: G.S. Garritano & Associates, CPAs, CFOs,
CFO: The Lauro Group

Gregory Garritano is a 1977 graduate of Suffolk County Community College. He was born and raised on Long Island and is the founder of G.S. Garritano & Associates, CPAs, CFOs that has served Long Island and beyond for more than 30 years.

“Suffolk County Community College provided an excellent and affordable education,” Garritano said. Garritano continued his education after Suffolk and earned a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Hofstra University.

The evolution of G.S. Garritano & Associates, CPAs, CFOs led to his vision, Diamond CFO™ — CFO services offering a cost effective, customizable, financial solution for clients. While the Firm provides outsourced CFO services to several clients, Garritano also serves as principal and CFO in The Lauro Group and its affiliates, which provides consulting services in civil land use, site planning, entitlement and project management.

The Lauro Group primarily services national tenants seeking a presence or expansion into the northeastern region of the United States.

Greg’s passion has been to help young adults find their passion by providing them with information and perspective. Greg works as an advisor to Suffolk County Community College and interacts with students, faculty and other advisors.

“Health, Happiness and Family are all that matter,” is Greg’s philosophy. He has been blessed with five children and he enjoys the expansion of his family with his son-in-law and two grandsons.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

4/15/15 Suffolk County Community College Career &Transfer Fair / High School Employment Day

Suffolk County Community College Career and Transfer Fair / High School Employment Day
  Michael J. Grant Campus, Health, Sports and Education Center 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY (Map)
8:30AM to 10:30AM Long Island High School Students
  • Visit Employer and College tables
  • Workshops on Career and College Success
  • Campus tours and information about scholarships to Suffolk County Community College.

10:30AM to 12:30PM Suffolk County Community College Students & Alumni

  • Visit Employer and College tables
  • Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Post a job online at Suffolk’s Job Connection

For additional information contact:
Nesconset Hall-Suite One
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY  11717-1092
Phone:      (631) 851-6876
Fax:       (631) 851-6256

Sponsored by Grant Campus Career Center , Western Suffolk Counselors’ Association & Suffolk Community College Foundation

 Career and Transfer Fair Brentwood 2015-04-15 Employers

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Suffolk County Community College Open House 4/12/15 Brentwood, Riverhead, Selden

Open House 2015_04_12

Name : Suffolk County Community College Open House

Date : From 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM on Sun Apr 12 2015.

Join Us for Our Spring 2015 Open House!



RSVP Online

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Doggie Fashion Show 4/16/15 – The Animal Awareness and Rescue Club of Suffolk County Community College

The Animal Awareness and Rescue Club of Suffolk County Community College will host its first Doggie Fashion Show on April 16 at Windows on the Lake, Lake Ronkonkoma NY, from 7:00-11:00 pm.

Admission is $60.00 (door admission price $65.00 if space is still available).

The event will raise awareness about rescue organizations and shelters on Long Island and provide attendees an opportunity to meet pets who are up for adoption.

The show will include dogs from shelters and rescue organizations, as well as vendors and raffle prizes. Awards will be given to the winning dogs and there will be great giveaways for all attendees and participants.

Our students need your help in making this event a success!
Please join us for a wonderful evening that includes the fashion show, buffet dinner, dessert and prizes. Cash bar.


Make your checks payable to: Suffolk County Community College Association and send to:
Suffolk County Community College
533 College Road
Selden, New York 11784
Islip Arts building room 1-G.
Attn: Nancy Gerli

Checks must arrive no later than Friday April 10, 2015.
Space is limited!

Please RSVP as soon as possible.

For additional info call: 631-451-4716

Animal Awareness & Rescue Club
The club´s mission is to raise awareness about how the poor treatment of animals, including abuse, industrialized farming and overall attitudes impact our lives, health and our environment; and to give a voice to the voiceless.

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Free Health Testing and Screenings at 27th Annual Suffolk County Community College Health Fair March 25

Representatives from Long Island community health related organizations will provide free health information, check blood pressure, provide glucose and cholesterol screenings, hearing screenings, STD and HIV testing and more at Suffolk County Community College’s 27th Annual Health and Wellness Fair on the Ammerman Campus, Selden on March 25. The Fair will be held in the College’s Babylon Student Center from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The College’s School of Nursing, Paramedic/ EMT Program, Dietetic Technology Program and Fitness Specialist Programs will be participating, as well as more than 25 health groups including:

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Long Island Association for AIDS Care
  • Thursday’s Child of LI
  • John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Eating Disorder Program
  • New York State Dept. of Health HIV/STD Field Services
  • Stony Brook Preventive Medicine
  • Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
  • Suffolk County Department of Health Services

For more information, please call the Suffolk County Community College Health Services Office at (631) 451-4047.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus Family Astronomy and Planetarium Program 3/20/15

The Mathematics and Science Department will host a Family Astronomy and Planetarium Program on the Eastern Campus on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

2015_03_20 PlanetariumFree and open to the public. Weather permitting.

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Two From Suffolk County Community College Are Vanguard Award Winners

Vanguard Award winner Shailee Joshi of Coram
Vanguard Award winner Shailee Joshi of Coram.

Two Suffolk County Community College students, Shailee Joshi of Coram and Brianny Amaya of Bay Shore will be awarded prestigious Vanguard Awards from the Nontraditional Employment & Training Program (NET) at the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society at SUNY Albany.

“It is without question that we need to significantly increase the number of females in the STEM fields. Brianny and Shaliee are shining examples that not only do women have great success but are the leaders in their field,” said Professor Peter Maritato who added that Shailee is an Engineering Science student and Brianny is studying Electrical Technology.

The Vanguard Student Recognition Award recognizes outstanding students who are enrolled in career and technical education programs that prepare them for careers that are not traditional for their gender.

Statewide, eight winners were selected from a pool of nominees.

The 2014 – 15 Vanguard Award winners will be recognized with a dinner in their honor on Thursday, March 26th; a breakfast ceremony on Friday, March 27th, and a videotaped interview with each of the awardees, which will be posted on the NET website. All of the festivities will be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY.

The Vanguard Award is administered by the New York State Nontraditional Employment & Training (NET) Program. The NET program is committed to promotion of gender neutral educational strategies and practices. The NET Program,  is a program of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, and is funded through a grant from the NYS Education Department.

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