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Congratulations to Suffolk County Community College Alumni twins Christopher and Andrew Wheaton ’15 “Identical Twins Graduating After Taking Identical Paths to MBA”

Christopher and Andrew Wheaton of Sayville aren’t the first twin Seawolves, but as they march into Island Federal Arena on Friday, Dec. 21 for their Winter Commencement, they’ll mark an interesting milestone: they’ll receive identical degrees after sharing every class of their academic career.

Every one.

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Twin brothers Christopher (front, in green) and Andrew Wheaton have taken every college class together. They’ll graduate with identical MBA degrees.

The 23-year-old identical twins will earn MBA degrees with a concentration in marketing from the College of Business, the capstone of their academic careers which also include bachelor’s degrees in business from Stony Brook.

“Our parents always encouraged us individually, and didn’t force us into doing the same things. But we just naturally developed the same interests and hobbies,” said Andrew, the younger twin by 40 minutes. “If one of us got into something, the other would eventually pick it up and love it, too.”

Growing up, the Wheaton brothers enjoyed football, competitive swimming and movies. In school they excelled in math, and as college approached, they found a mutual interest in finance.

“I was always a numbers guy, and toward the end of high school our parents suggested trying actuary science,” Christopher said. “I didn’t know anything about it, but it seemed pretty cool. Eventually that led into accounting.”

In 2015, they received associate’s degrees in accounting from nearby Suffolk County Community College, and then set their sights on a long-held goal of studying business at Stony Brook.

“I always knew I wanted to work for myself, and a business degree can be used in so many different areas. It was a good fit for both of us,” Andrew said.

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Wheaton babies: Andrew (left) and Chris have rarely been apart for 23 years.

A few days before graduation, the twins reflected on the experience of sharing every class, every teacher, and every deadline.

“It was great having my brother to study with. We had each other for bouncing ideas around and getting feedback,” Christopher said.

Bob Ettl, a lecturer for the College of Business, had the Wheatons in class both as undergrads and grad students. He noted that they were excellent students, and usually within a few points of each other on exams.

“It was clear to me that they studied together, and I support that — after all, we can all benefit from collaboration and supporting each other,” Ettl said. “But even now, I still can’t tell them apart. At their [undergraduate] graduation, I just announced them as ‘the Wheaton brothers.’ We all had fun with that.”

While having each other there most of the time was often a comfort, the brothers acknowledged that like any other siblings, it wasn’t always easy spending so much time together.

“Most of the time it’s great, but there are some days that being together all day and then going home together at night is just rough,” Andrew said, and they both laughed. “We really respect each other’s need for personal space and doing things separately, especially after school.”

After graduation, they’ll likely go their separate ways — Andrew has plans to turn a school bus into a mobile greenhouse for teaching others about environmental sustainability. Christopher is looking forward to traveling before starting the job hunt.

While the odds of working at the same place are slim, they said, they have one more aspiration in common.

“We’ll work for anyone, anywhere,” Andrew said.

–Melissa Arnold

© 2018 Stony Brook University



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Newsday “Astronaut with LI roots opens space exhibit at Cradle of Aviation Museum” featuring Robert “Hoot” Gibson ’66

Robert “Hoot” Gibson, a former “Top Gun” pilot, answered questions from middle school students at the opening of “Space: A Journey to Our Future,” one of the country’s largest interactive traveling space exhibits.

Space Shuttle Commander and former Long Islander Robert

Space Shuttle Commander and former Long Islander Robert “Hoot” Gibson talks to museum visitors about the new traveling and interactive exhibit at the Long Island Cradle of Aviation called “Space: A Journey To Our Future”, as part of the “Countdown to Apollo at 50” celebration and Long Island’s significant contributions to man landing on the moon.

Astronaut with LI roots opens space exhibit at Cradle of Aviation Museum

Robert “Hoot” Gibson spent just three years on Long Island: as a senior at Huntington High School and as a freshman and sophomore at Suffolk County Community College.

But it was his time spent at the Suffolk college, where he majored in engineering science, that led him to become an astronaut, he said.

On Friday, the former “Top Gun” pilot visited the Cradle of Aviation Museum in East Garden City to announce the opening of “Space: A Journey to Our Future,” one of the country’s largest interactive traveling space exhibits.

“I am very pleased to be back on Long Island again, because it played such a role in my future,” said Gibson, 71, who lives in Nashville. “And we’re here to talk about futures today.”

The display is part of the museum’s “Countdown to Apollo at 50” celebration, highlighting the Island’s contributions to the first moon landing.

Gibson served as pilot and commander on five shuttle missions. He said most of his flight time, before he earned his pilot’s license, had been spent flying out of a Deer Park airport as a student pilot.

The former naval officer and aviator spoke to almost 200 visiting fifth- to eighth-graders from East Meadow, Franklin Square, North Merrick and Roose velt on Friday morning about his 18-year career as an astronaut. When he asked the students how many wanted to go to Mars, about 85 percent raised their hands.

“What could be more exciting than that?” he said.

Museum president Andrew Parton said the new exhibit includes a lunar habitat as well as rarely and never before seen artifacts from the Apollo space program. The exhibition — which has immersive environments to engage visitors of all ages — is free with museum admission through August 2019 and is intended to be a fun interpretation of the future of space travel.

“We hope the exhibit inspires the next generation of explorers to look to the stars,” Parton said.

George Iliopoulos, Harrison Haber and Ryan Jacobs, fifth-graders at Barnum Woods Elementary School in East Meadow, said they never imagined they’d meet an astronaut. The 10-year-olds took advantage of that opportunity as they fired questions at Gibson about his eating and sleeping habits in space and how much experience was required to become an astronaut.

Gibson answered each question with ease and said he hoped to have helped the children’s science aspirations to take flight.

Source: Copyright © 2018 Newsday. All rights reserved.


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James Mattera ’18 (West Islip ’16) was awarded the 2018 Collegiate Rawlings Gold Glove Award by ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association).

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𝗝𝗮𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮 ’18 (𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗜𝘀𝗹𝗶𝗽 ‘𝟭𝟲) 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟴 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗥𝗮𝘄𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗚𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗚𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗕𝗖𝗔 (𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻).

Mattera was also voted First Team All Region XV and was a Third Team NJCAA All Academic Honoree with a 3.76 GPA for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Jimmy will be continuing his athletic and academic career at SUNY Farmingdale.

“Jimmy’s performance is not only outstanding on the field, but in the classroom as well. We wish Jimmy the best of luck in his academic and baseball career,” said Suffolk County Community College Head Baseball Coach Brian Klammer.

Left to right: Assistant Baseball Coach Jason Galbraith, James Mattera, Head Baseball Coach Brian Klammer

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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October 4, 2018 SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE GALA “Celebrating 30 Years of Automotive Workforce Development”

 

𝗔𝗹𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗼 ’13 Returns to Suffolk County Community College with a Special Hat

𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝘂𝗺𝗽 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝗦𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗸 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗲 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗲.

Alumnus 𝗔𝗹𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗼, a 2013 grad and 2012 National Champion in the 200 yd backstroke is now an Office Engineer and Asst. Project Engineer for the Scalamandre Organization.

And where did we run into him?

Alberto is the Deputy Project Manager overseeing the construction of our new Health & Wellness Center on the Eastern Campus.

Alberto is pictured here next to what will be the pool in the new center. Backstroke anyone?

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August 20, 2018 35th Annual Suffolk Community College Foundation Golf Classic

October 4, 2018 SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE GALA “Celebrating 30 Years of Automotive Workforce Development”

6/22/18 Craig Boyd ’76 Concert at Riverhead Free Library

Riverhead News Review “Former ‘disco cop’ to give jazz concert in Riverhead”

by 06/19/2018 6:00 AM

You may know Craig Boyd ’76 of Riverhead as the “disco cop” who used dance moves to direct traffic at a busy intersection in Hampton Bays and became known nationally for a time.

Or you may know him as the chairman of the music department at Suffolk County Community College, a position he held from 1994 to 2013.

You may even know him from his first band back in the 1960s, called the Big Men. At age 14, Mr. Boyd played in that band with the late Vietnam War hero Garfield Langhorn; they played at the 1965 World’s Fair. Curtis Highsmith later joined the band to form Little Curtis and the Big Men, one of the most popular local bands.

But on Friday, Mr. Boyd, who is still a professor of music at the college, will get back to doing what he started out doing: playing music in his hometown of Riverhead, in a presentation he’s calling “Full Circle.”

He will perform a solo jazz guitar concert at Riverhead Free Library at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22.

Mr. Boyd said it was the rockabilly music of Duane Eddy that originally turned him on to the guitar as a youngster.

“My mother saw that I was interested, so she went down to Ninow’s Music and bought a guitar for me,” he recalled. “To this day, I can’t remember when I didn’t have a guitar.”

He was 6 when he started taking lessons from Otto Ninow in Riverhead. His mother and his entire family were musically inclined, and his mother made sure everyone played an instrument.

“The guitar game me purpose in life,” Mr. Boyd said in an interview this week.

He would walk to Ninow’s from Roanoke Avenue school for lessons, but he also learned from migrant farm workers who played at Grangebel Park.

“These men used to walk around with guitars on their backs, they were blues men,” Mr. Boyd said. “You don’t see that anymore.”

When he was 12, he joined his first band, which included Mr. Langhorn, who would later sacrifice his own life in the Vietnam War to save other soldiers from a live grenade.

Mr. Langhorn was his “mentor” on guitar, Mr. Boyd said.

“He was really a nice kid,” Mr. Boyd said. “I can see his big smile now. He knew chords on the guitar that I didn’t know.”

Pfc. Garfield Langhorn posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and a bust honoring him is located outside Riverhead Town Hall.

Mr. Boyd later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning degrees in music composition and music education. He taught music in the Riverhead School District for several years before going to Suffolk County Community College, where he was director of bands for 10 years before becoming chair of the music department.

In 2005, he received the State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

In the late 1970s, he worked as a session musician while attending school. Over the years, he produced, recorded, composed, arranged, conducted and performed jazz, classical, pop and dance music.

His brother Wayne convinced him to become a part-time traffic control officer for the Southampton Town Police Department.

By Memorial Day 1981, the “disco cop” was born. He started doing his moves while directing traffic at the intersection of Shinnecock Road and Foster Avenue in Hampton Bays, which leads to the ocean beaches. He was then moved to the busy corner of Good Ground Road and Ponquogue Avenue, where he started getting noticed.

Mr. Boyd, then 30, began dancing in the middle of street while simultaneously directing cars, and it caught on. (Catch his old routine on YouTube)

He would spin his arms while hopping on one foot before telling a driver whether to stop or go. Sometimes, he’d spin around completely in the middle of moving traffic before giving directions.

“The store owners and the people in the community were very positive about it,” he said. “I had no idea it was bringing so much attention. It was just my way of doing things. And I never had an accident.”

He said his background in conducting music actually helped him direct traffic.

The locals loved him — and he was even featured in a Burger King commercial. He recalled a time someone was parked in a fire zone and he went into a bar to tell the man to move his car; about five men from “out of town” became hostile and confronted him.

“Then, all of a sudden, about five local guys, big guys, came up, and said, ‘You all right, Disco?’ They had my back.”

He only did his “disco cop” routine for two summers, and says he never wanted to become a full-time police officer.

His run-in at the bar, he said, “was nothing compared to what a real police officer is involved in.”

In an 2011 interview with the Southampton Press, Conrad Teller, who was Southampton Town police chief at the time, said the department received numerous letters about the disco cop and “most of them loved him. He kept traffic moving and it was a very tough spot in them days.”

Nowadays, an electronic signal conducts traffic at the intersection of Ponquogue Avenue and Good Ground Road. But Mr. Boyd said people still remember him.

“It was quite an experience,” he said.

tgannon@timesreview.com

Top photo caption: Craig Boyd “disco cop” performs as he directs traffic. (Courtesy photo)

Alumni Spotlight Video: The Szabo Family ’78, ’99, ’17, ’17


Alumni Spotlight Video: The Szabo Family

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Dennis Setteducati ’02 & Andrew Boza on The Chew and Rachel Ray Show

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The Chew with guests Crafty Lumberjacks Dennis Setteducati ’02 (center)

Suffolk County Community College graduate Dennis Setteducati ’02 and Andrew Boza are both actors who met while traveling on the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof! Oy!

Along with coffee, crafting and Netflix, they have a love for the holidays and decorating! This love lead to their successful and ever growing blog and Instagram, which aims at giving their followers some quick, easy and affordable inspiration!

The have appeared on The Chew and The Rachael Ray Show and can be seen on the HGTV Handmade Youtube Channel.

They have performed all over the United States and Canada and have been featured on several publications including Buzzfeed, DIY Network blog, Urban Bear, Gay Star News, The Vegan Roadie and the lifestyle magazine, Sweet Paul.

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Rachel Ray with Crafty Lumberjacks Dennis Setteducati ’02 (second from the right)

Source: Crafty Lumberjacks

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Save the Date  Thursday, May 3, 2018

Suffolk County Community College Salute to Excellence Gala

2/11/18 Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Academy of Music Film Series featuring Stefon Bristol ’08

Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Academy of Music Film Series featuring Stefon Bristol ’08
Sunday, February 11, 2018 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 2PM

LOCATION:
30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
GENERAL ADMISSION: $15
MEMBERS: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

This international program of captivating short films, from Afrofuturist fantasies to dystopian social commentary, is followed by a panel discussion exploring the exciting future of black screen superheroes. The program will be followed by a panel discussion featuring filmmaker Stefon Bristol and cultural producer Deidre Hollman, moderated by series programmer Ashley Clark.

See You Yesterday

Dir. Stefon Bristol ’08
2017, 15min

In this moving sci-fi drama, two Brooklyn teens, C.J. and Sebastian, build makeshift time machines to save C.J.’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.

For more information contact (631) 451-4376


Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
Fees: GENERAL ADMISSION: $15
MEMBERS: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)
Contact: (631) 451-4376

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Save the Date  Thursday, May 3, 2018

Suffolk County Community College Salute to Excellence Gala

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly ’87 Visits Suffolk County Community College

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Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly, chair of the Education & Human Services Committee visited College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay recently. Legislator Donnelly is a proud graduate!

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly is a life-long resident of Deer Park. A 1984 Graduate of Deer Park High School, Legislator Donnelly earned an Associate’s Degree from Suffolk County Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Saint Joseph’s College (Brooklyn).

A former Town of Babylon Planning Board Member and Councilman, Legislator Donnelly was twice elected to the Babylon Town Board, serving from 2011 to 2017, where he chaired the Town of Babylon’s Family Wellness and Public Safety committees. Actively engaged in the Town’s Senior Citizen Centers and Family Wellness programs, Legislator Donnelly was instrumental in helping to provide services to senior citizens and families in need. As Chairman of the Town’s Public Safety committee, he served as the liaison for Volunteer Firefighters to the Town Board while spearheading Babylon’s response to quality of life issues. He also worked with our partners in the Suffolk County Police Department addressing quality of life issues to keep our communities safe.

Legislator Donnelly is a 33-year Decorated Member of the Deer Park Fire Department, serving as Captain of Engine Company 2, as well as a Fire Commissioner for 10 years. In December 2017, he retired as a 30-year veteran with the City of New York, first serving three years as a NYPD officer in the 83rd Precinct in Patrol Borough Brooklyn North before entering the FDNY. Legislator Donnelly was a 27-year Decorated Lieutenant of the New York City Fire Department serving in some of the FDNY’s busiest units. He was a member of the elite Urban Search, Rescue Search and Rescue Task Force with deployments to the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Haiti Earthquake in 2010 and other regional deployments to assist in Search and Rescue of Communities impacted by severe weather events.

Tom and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse with NorthWell Health, reside in Deer Park with their three daughters. The entire Donnelly family has been active in sports, community organizations and volunteering in the Deer Park Community for decades.

Source: Suffolk County Legislature


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Save the Date  Thursday, May 3, 2018

Suffolk County Community College Salute to Excellence Gala

Newsday Alumni Profile: Gary Priore ’10 New York Beard & Co.

Newsday “The business of beards is growing on Long Island” by Daysi Calavia-Robertson daysi.calavia-robertson@newsday.com

Read about Gary Priore ’10 New York Beard & Co. who attended Suffolk County Community College and took classes in Entrepreneurship.

Natural ingredients

Gary Priore 2010.jpgRonkonkoma resident Gary Priore said he hated how greasy most men’s grooming products made his beard look and feel, so earlier this year he set out to make his own.

The 33-year-old, who works at a medical diagnostics company, went online to research “do-it-yourself” beard-balm-making methods and started experimenting with his own formulas.

Then in February he enlisted the help of his cousin, Robert Keil, and opened New York Beard & Co. NY Beard and Co

Priore now sells beard balm in four scents, including Long Island Classic, which contains vanilla and mint, and Uptown Funk, which features notes of patchouli and lemon, on his company website, nybeardco.com and at Long Island farmers’ markets.

Beard-balm tins, a little wider than a quarter, cost $5, and larger ones, about as wide as the palm of a hand, cost $15.

Priore uses a slow cooker and a hot plate to mix and melt ingredients at home and says the process of making one batch, which fills about 150 containers, takes about six hours.

“I don’t use dyes or artificial ingredients, only beeswax, natural butters and essential oils,” he said. Priore recently made a deal with Lunabee Apiary in South Setauket to source beeswax for his balm.

“Being able to offer a product that’s as organic and natural as possible is important to me because I feel that’s our niche, it’s what sets us apart from larger producers,” he said.

Source: Newsday


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