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Salute to Excellence 2017

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Suffolk County Community College Alumni

Courtney Hubbard ’16 Wins Food Network’s ‘Bakers Vs. Fakers’ Competition

bakerHost Buddy Valastro and Courtney Hubbard of Hampton Bays on the game show Bakers vs. Fakers. COURTESY FOOD NETWORK

 

Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Woman Wins Food Network’s ‘Bakers Vs. Fakers’ Competition

Feb 14, 2017 12:44 PM

From the very first moment Courtney Hubbard ’16 was able to hold a spoon, she has been an avid baker.

When the Hampton Bays High School alumna was a small child, she would always be in charge of the mixing bowl when she baked cookies or brownies with her “nana,” Linda Hubbard of Hampton Bays.

“I liked to bake whatever I liked to eat,” Ms. Hubbard recalled as a big smile spread across her face. “So brownies were my favorite thing to bake with her, because I think her recipe was the best recipe.”

As she got older—and her parents started trusting her to use the oven in the kitchen—Ms. Hubbard, now 21, started baking on her own, and getting more creative with her craft. She baked a cake to look like a tiger for her younger sister Olivia Pervete’s birthday, and wedding cakes with intricate flowers and designs.

She transitioned from home baker to professional when she graduated in January 2016 from Suffolk County Community College’s culinary school on East Main Street in Riverhead, where she studied baking and pastry arts.

This past November, the young baker was a contestant on the Food Network’s game show “Bakers vs. Fakers”—and she came home with the $10,000 grand prize.

On the show, hosted by Buddy Valastro, both professional bakers, like Ms. Hubbard, and amateurs are brought in for a bake-off where they are asked to make treats with unusual ingredients—such as bacon, aromatic ginger or even beer.

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Courtney Hubbard ’16 of Hampton Bays, NY on Bakers vs. Fakers. Courtesy of Food Network.

When Ms. Hubbard was brought on the show, she and the two other contestants were asked to bake cupcakes using hot peppers. A self-proclaimed picky eater, Ms. Hubbard said it was challenging, because she doesn’t care for spicy foods. “I was, like, ‘Really? That is going to taste good? Who is going to want to eat that?’” she recalled. “I just thought of heat and chocolate. In Mexican chocolate, they have heat in there.”

She used her go-to chocolate cake recipe for the base of the cupcake, adding in pepper jelly and ancho chile powder along the way. The cupcake was topped with cream cheese frosting.

“I was tasting it along the way,” Ms. Hubbard said. “I was, like, ‘This has to come out good, or it’s going to taste like a nacho or something.’ So I tasted the batter, and I thought it was very spicy, because I just don’t like spicy food. But when I tasted the baked cupcake, I tasted the spice but it was a little mellowed out.”

Ms. Hubbard explained that while the judges seemed like they were looking for a stronger pepper taste than her cupcakes offered, she was excited that she still managed to secure second place in that round.

In the second and final round, Ms. Hubbard was tasked with baking something using, as ingredients, “school snacks,” such as baby carrots, chocolate milk, raisins, applesauce or Fruit Roll-Ups.

Ms. Hubbard chose to work with chocolate milk and Fruit Roll-Ups—two of her personal childhood favorites. She used the chocolate milk to make the pastry cream for a napoleon. Then Ms. Hubbard reduced the Fruit Roll-Ups with port wine to create a reduction sauce for the plate.

“They weren’t a big fan of that,” Ms. Hubbard said of the judges’ reaction to the reduction sauce. “But I like Fruit Roll-Ups, so that was delicious to me. I was, like, ‘You can say that—but I will eat it all day long!’”

When the judges were tasting her creation, she remembers crossing her fingers, hoping she would win. She said she went into shock when she opened the gold envelope that showed she won.

“They said my name—I still have the envelope,” Ms. Hubbard said. “I was, like, ‘Did they say my name? Did I imagine that?’ It was like I was dreaming. I really didn’t think I would win.”

Perhaps the hardest part about the entire competition for Ms. Hubbard was not telling anyone that she was going on the show. Viewers are not initially told which of the contestants are bakers and which are “fakers,” so to help keep the secret Ms. Hubbard had to sign a contract that kept her from being able to share the exciting news with her friends and family.

From the time she filmed the show in Jersey City, New Jersey, in November, until the time it aired on January 25, Ms. Hubbard had to bite her tongue every time someone would start a conversation with her about her baking. “I thought about it every day until January 25,” she said.

The secret became even harder to keep once Food Network aired a commercial promoting the episode, called “Caliente Cupcake,” on December 26. She was quickly recognized by her signature French braids—but at that point she still couldn’t confirm that it was she on the show.

“Everyone [saw] it,” Ms. Hubbard said. “I had people messaging me saying, ‘Did I just see you?’ and I was, like, ‘I don’t know. You’ll have to watch!’”

Ms. Hubbard calls the 17 hours she spent on the “Bakers vs. Fakers” set the best day of her life. She credits most of her success to her nana and to chef Richard Amster, who taught most of her baking classes in culinary school.

“This is for her,” Ms. Hubbard said of her nana. “This is me saying, ‘Thank you—thank you for showing me my dream.’”

While the elder Ms. Hubbard was the one to introduce her to her craft, she credits Mr. Amster with giving her the confidence to be a successful baker.

She recalled her first day of class with Mr. Amster: “My very first day, I cried. I was so disappointed that I couldn’t get something right, and I was so disappointed and so discouraged with myself. He took me out in the hallway and he told me, ‘Courtney, there is no crying in baking. If you want to be a pastry chef, you have to be confident and just get it done and do it right.’”

She listened to Mr. Amster’s advice, though she admits she cried when she learned she won $10,000.

“So I asked him, ‘Can the “no crying in baking” rule be edited to “no crying in baking unless you win $10K”?’ And he said, ‘You won—you make the rules.’”

Mr. Amster said on Monday that he is proud of Ms. Hubbard. “She did a great job,” he said, pointing out that he noticed Ms. Hubbard used some of the techniques taught in his classes. “It was a pleasure to see her. How can you not appreciate a student who comes in and gives 100 percent?”

Ms. Hubbard is saving her winnings from the show to use toward opening a bake shop in the future—possibly locally. She is sticking to baking in her kitchen until her business, Courtney’s Sweet Tooth, picks up.

Until then she is taking orders and sharing pictures of her treats on her Facebook page, facebook.com/courtneyssweettooth.

 

 

Courtney Hubbard works on a cake in her kitchen in Hampton Bays. DANA SHAW

Source: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

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3/7/17 – Free Seminar for Prospective College Students

Supervisor Romaine Announces Free Seminar for Prospective College Students

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Farmingville, NY – On March 7, the Brookhaven Youth Bureau and Suffolk Community College will host a free seminar for parents and students who are interested in enrolling in college. Representatives from Suffolk Community College will discuss the college application process, financial aid opportunities and scholarship opportunities. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Brookhaven Town Hall third floor media room, located at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “It’s that time of the year when parents and their children need to make very important decisions about the future. Thanks to this event, they will be able to navigate much more easily through the system.”

“Suffolk Community College offers more than 100 programs across three campuses and two downtown centers in our county,” said Suffolk Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “We provide an affordable, high quality education that can provide students with a stepping stone toward a four year institution. The college also offers a host of grant and scholarship programs. I urge students to learn more about all that Suffolk has to offer.”

Councilmember Michael Loguercio, who serves as Town Board Liaison to the Youth Bureau, said “I remember going through the college selection process with my children, so I recommend that parents and students attend this event. It will get them off to a good start and help them to make the right choices.”

The seminar will take approximately a half hour. Directly after the seminar portion of the program, there will be time for questions and further information for those in attendance.

Participants are asked to register in advance with the Brookhaven Youth Bureau by Friday, March 3 by calling (631) 451-8011.

Division of Public Information * Office of the Supervisor
One Independence Hill • Farmingville • NY 11738 • Phone 631-451-6595

Source: The Town of Brookhaven

Randi Weingarten, AFT President, to be Honored at 2017 Suffolk County Community College Gala

weingarten-mckay-2017Prominent labor leader, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO will be honored by The Suffolk Community College Foundation at its annual Salute to Excellence Gala whose proceeds will be used to fund need and merit-based scholarships, emergency student loans and quality academic enrichment programs.  The Foundation distributed more than $650,000 in scholarships and aid last year.

The Salute to Excellence Gala celebrating Weingarten and the college will be held on May 4 at the Hilton Long Island in Huntington.

“We will celebrate and recognize a great labor leader whose advocacy for education and the middle class has helped advanced the most important engine in creating the American Dream and a better life for each generation,” 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.  The Salute to Excellence Gala is the College’s single largest event held annually to generate financial support, community awareness and most importantly make a difference in the lives of our students,” said Executive Director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation Dr. Sylvia A Diaz. The celebration will begin at 7 pm.

Gala sponsorships, tickets and journal advertisements are available now through the Suffolk Community College Foundation website:
https://sunysuffolk.thankyou4caring.org/events/salute-to-excellence-gala

Source: Suffolk County Community College


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2/18 & 2/19/17 – Long Island Fire, Rescue & EMS Mega Show

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Fire, Rescue & EMS Mega Show at Suffolk County Community College

Sponsored by LI Productions

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10am – 4pm

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 10am – 4pm

Health Sports and Education Center

1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY 11717

“New York State’s Largest Rescue & EMS Expo Ever! Be Part Of The Area’s Fastest Growing & Most Respected Show!”

For more information visit http://liproductions.net

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3/1/17 – “Moving Forward 2017”- Information Panel and Community Discussion

Moving Forward 2017

Be informed. Be engaged. Be empowered.

Moving Forward 2017 is a series of information and discussion panels to support SCCC community members in navigating current changes in US society from diverse perspectives.

Wed., Mar. 1st (11am-12:15pm)

Ammerman Library, Room 112

Open to all SCCC community members including students

Sponsored by TLC, SCCC Diversity Committee and Association of Latin American Students

Open to all SCCC community members, this information panel and discussion is geared specifically towards students; addressing questions, concerns and uncertainty they may have in regards to current shifts in the United States and elsewhere.

Presenters & Discussion Topics:

Dr. Patty Munsch-Eilbeck, College Assistant Dean for Student Engagement (Ammerman)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Immigration and Student Engagement

Christina Vargas, Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator

Title IX, Civil Rights and Educational Equality

Kevin McCoy, Professor of Library Services (Ammerman)

Civics 101

Dante Morelli, Associate Professor of Communication Studies & LGBTQ/Gay Straight Alliance Advisor (Ammerman Campus) // LGBTQ Issues

Deborah Provenzano ’88,  Professor of Library Services & LGBTQ/Gay Straight Alliance Advisor (Ammerman Campus) // LGBTQ Issues

Etsuko Donnelly, Associate Professor of Sociology & SCCC Global Connection Advisor (Ammerman) International students

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”

 –Kofi Annan

Questions Contact: Dawn Wing

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3/2/17 Albany, NY – Advocacy Day for Higher Education

Suffolk County Community College Albany Trip

Thursday March 2, 2017

Advocacy Day for Higher Education

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No Argument: A Young Suffolk Speech and Debate Team Makes Its Mark Nationally

sccc-speechdebate2017-2Team photo (L to R):  Faiz Shakir (Deer Park), Heather Mannkopf (Sayville), J.T. Brockmann (Medford), Rihana Joseph (Brentwood), Team Captain Austin Santiago (Commack), Christopher Chiusa (West Islip), Bree Dougherty (Farmingville), Coach Christopher Holfester

The Suffolk County Community College Forensics team competed at the Talk Hawk Invitational Tournament held at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA last weekend.

  • Austin Santiago—3rd Place — After Dinner Speaking
  • Heather Mannkopf—7th Place — Persuasive Speaking
  • Heather Mannkopf—Top Novice — Persuasive Speaking
  • Rihana Joseph–4th Place — Program Oral Interpretation
  • Rihana Joseph—Top Novice — Program Oral Interpretation
  • Rihana Joseph—Top Novice — Prose Interpretation
  • J.T. Brockmann—Top Novice — Dramatic Interpretation

“Our team is composed of first-year competitors with the exception of returning captain Austin Santiago,” said Director of Forensics and Coach Thomas Bovino. “Our goal is to place at the Phi Rho Pi national championships in April,” Bovino said and added,  “at this point, we are doing well but need to continue making progress and polishing our work so that we can have a good showing at nationals. The students are continuing to add in new work in each tournament and are rehearsing regularly to reach a consistently high level of performance.”

The highly competitive tournament was attended by 18 other colleges, including:

  • Chabot College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Columbia College
  • Contra Costa Community College
  • California State University—Chico
  • Diablo Valley College
  • Hartnell College
  • Las Positas College
  • Los Medanos College
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Mt.  San Antonio College
  • Ohlone College
  • Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Solano Community College
  • Speech at Berkeley

The Suffolk team is coached by Thomas Bovino, director of forensics, academic chair of communication studies/tv/radio/film; Christopher Holfester, head coach, professor of communication studies; Ron Staniec, volunteer assistant coach, adjunct instructor of communication studies and Fatima Dar, volunteer debate coach, former Suffolk team member.

Media Contact:
Drew Biondo
631-451-4776
biondodr@sunysuffolk.edu


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Watch Suffolk County Community College TV Commercial with Alumni Transfers

Have you seen our Suffolk County Community College TV Commercial

Featuring our Suffolk County Community College Alumni that have transferred

  • Rebecca Robb, Cornell University
  • William Rayfield, Binghamton University
  • Victoria Lohwasser, St. John’s University
  • Jorge Vallecillo, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Attracting More Women Into STEM: Suffolk’s Dr. Candice Foley Invited to International STEM Gender Conference in Berlin

Breaking The Gender Barrier in STEM

Candice J. Foley Professor, Ph.D.

Suffolk County Community College Professor of Chemistry and College National Science Foundation S-STEM Chair Dr. Candice Foley. photo by Victoria Pendzick

Suffolk County Community College Professor of Chemistry Dr. Candice Foley has been invited to attend the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Gender Equality Congress in Berlin, Germany on June 8 -9.  Foley is Suffolk’s National Science Foundation S-STEM Chair.

The STEM Gender Equality congress will be attended by policy makers, equality staff, the private sector, academic staff, government representatives and others for two days of thought-provoking addresses, high-level panel discussions, and in-depth case studies and discussions.

“Because there remains a persistent gender gap in college degrees in STEM, Suffolk’s presence at this International Gender Equality Conference will highlight the success of our vast network of collaborations within our college, SUNY, statewide and nationally for connecting underrepresented female STEM students to educational opportunities that prepare them to compete for the highest quality jobs of today and the future,” said Dr. Candice Foley, Professor of Chemistry and the College’s NSF S-STEM PI.   Foley explained that Suffolk County Community College is a crucial entry point enabling underrepresented women in STEM to bridge from the community college to the baccalaureate level, on to graduate school and into the STEM workforce.

“It is no secret that women are underrepresented in STEM fields,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “In 2014, nationally, only 29% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded to women were in science and engineering, compared with 40% for men, according to the National Student Clearinghouse,” McKay said. “Dr. Foley has been at the forefront of advancing our College’s STEM students and programs.”

Suffolk County Community College Board of Trustees Chair Theresa Sanders explained the college’s commitment to STEM programs and successes:  “Improving America’s STEM education has become a top priority across the nation. At Suff¬olk, approximately 1,500 students are currently enrolled in STEM majors and the College’s STEM program has been producing award winning students while providing summer research internships at internationally renowned facilities, including Brookhaven National Laboratory, NASA, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory among others,” Sanders said.

STEM Central, a nationwide forum that connects STEM faculty and administrators with others to learn, share ideas, share resources, and work collaboratively on initiatives recently featured  Suffolk County Community College’s STEM program on its website: https://goo.gl/mBXXEM .


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Oya Bangura ’13 dancing with Mary Tyler Moore and the National Dance Institute Celebration Team in “Peking Duck”

Watch Oya Bangura ’13 dancing with Mary Tyler Moore and the National Dance Institute Celebration Team in “Peking Duck”. Oya is one of two Suffolk students who won the Kennedy Center Amirican College Theatre Festival Irene Rayan Acting Award.

Theatre Arts Director Charles Wittreich ’86 shares “She is FABULOUS in so many ways!”

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