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Broadcast veteran Jason Kornweiss ’94 joins Diversified team providing thought leadership to evolving media and entertainment clientele

Diversified Creates New Position, Vice President of Strategic Projects to Serve Evolving Market assumed by Suffolk County Community College Alumnus Jason Kornweiss ’94 from the Radio and Television Broadcast ProgramJason Kornweiss 1994

Diversified, an industry leading technology solutions provider, is proud to announce that Jason Kornweiss ’94 has joined the ranks of the executive leadership team as Vice President of Strategic Projects. This newly created position provides subject matter expertise and thought leadership around evolving technology in the media and entertainment markets. After serving NBC for over two decades, culminating in his role as Vice President of Global Media Operations, Jason’s addition to the team supports a further enhanced customer experience for the company’s leading media and entertainment clients.

“Jason and I have a long history of collaborating to deliver ground-breaking projects,” says Michael Wright, SVP of Diversified’s Media & Entertainment division. “Having him join the Diversified family is very exciting for me, and I know that our clients will all benefit from his contributions.”

With an extensive career of both leadership and end-user experience, Jason harnesses his years of real world knowledge to ensure that Diversified’s clients have the right technology solutions for their facilities in order to maintain their competitive edge within the marketplace. Serving as a subject matter expert abreast of the latest technologies and their applications within these unique spaces, he’ll work alongside our customers as well as our sales, engineering, and technical operations teams providing support across the division’s global operations.

“Diversified is leading the way in innovative media and entertainment technology,” says Jason Kornweiss. “I look forward to not only being a part of the team but in helping to develop today’s cutting edge solutions designed for tomorrow’s challenges.”

About Diversified

Diversified is an industry leading technology solutions provider delivering innovative digital media, collaborative, broadcasting, and OTT solutions to a global clientele across a wide array of markets including financial, media & entertainment, enterprise, energy, higher education, technology, healthcare, hospitality, government, and more. As an engineering-centric organization, each team of specialized technical experts partners with clients to design custom solutions that enhance their operations, increase productivity, and help drive ROI. Diversified even provides solutions that bridge the gap from today’s technology to the emerging technologies, enabling clients to maximize their current investment by incorporating new strategic technical solutions.

Founded in 1993, Diversified has more than 30 offices serving Fortune 500 clients around the world. Recognized for thought leadership and strategic enterprise implementation, Diversified has been named Commercial Integrator Magazine’s Integrator of the Year for 2016, appears on Enterprise Networking’s Top 10 UC Solutions Providers for 2017, ranks among Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies for 2017, and is a pioneer InfoComm APEX certified company. From initial design consultation to deployment to managed services, Diversified is a trusted technology partner.

Learn more about Diversified’s comprehensive portfolio of solutions and service offerings at http://www.diversifiedus.com.

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Scott Higham ’79 on MSNBC Morning Joe

Suffolk County Community College Alumnus Scott Higham ’79 Washington Post Journalist and Author on MSNBC Morning Joe today.

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Alumnus Chris Mustakas ’16 at Suffolk County Community College Professional Development Day 2017

Alumnus Chris Mustakas ’16 speaks about his transition from Marines to Suffolk County Community College to Fordham University with current faculty and administration from Suffolk County Community College at Professional Development Day.
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NASA Space Shuttle Commander Robert ‘Hoot’ Gibson ’66 from Suffolk County Community College

NASA Space Shuttle Commander Robert ‘Hoot’ Gibson ’66 from Suffolk County Community College

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10/18/17 Dr. Billy Lawrence, The Punk and the Professor

The Punk and the Professor   

Billy Lawrence PhD.pngPresenter: Dr. Billy Lawrence, SCCC Alumni and Professor of English (NC State University)

Facilitator: Susan Lieberthal, Ammerman Campus Head Librarian

As both a Suffolk County Community College alumnus and former instructor, Dr. Billy Lawrence has published his most recent novel, The Punk and the Professor.  Set on Long Island (with many references), the book is a sociological look at dysfunctional suburbia during the 1980s and ‘90s—a professor looks back at his struggle to stay in school and deal with troubled family and friends. The story appeals to both adults and young readers starting with late teens, but is of particular interest to parents, educators, and those with interest in developmental psychology. Dr. Lawrence will be discussing the process of writing and publishing his novel. More information about the author can be found at https://www.billylawrencebooks.com.

This event is co-sponsored by Ammerman Library & SCCC Society of Writers. 

Wednesday Oct. 18th 2017 11:10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Room 104- Ammerman Library (Map)

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Frederick Hansley ’12 The Suite Life: A Career in Hospitality Management

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The Suite Life: A Career in Hospitality Management

The Hotel and Resort Management program at Suffolk County Community College, strategically situated in Riverhead, is tailor-made to prepare students for rewarding careers in this booming industry….

Frederick Hansley graduated from the program in 2012 and was able to land a job right away at the Residence Inn in Holtsville as a result of connections made through the College’s job fair. Now, as the General Manager of the Hampton Inn in Islandia, N.Y., he reflects fondly about his education at Suffolk. “The professors have real-world backgrounds and I appreciated how the program is designed to provide hands-on experience for students,” he says.

Read the full article online at Suffolk County Community College Career Focus

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Christina Simons ’10 featured on Business Insider

LANSDOWNE, Va., Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the Cooke Foundation announced the opening of the application period for the largest private scholarship in the United States for community college transfer students. Exceptional community college students with financial need and plans to transfer to a four-year college or university have until noon ET on October 24 to apply for a prestigious Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which is worth up to $40,000 per year.

“Community college students are more likely than students at four-year schools to come from families with low and moderate incomes. Yet they are just as likely to possess the capacity and drive to succeed at our most elite colleges and universities,” said Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy. “If a high-achieving community college student wants to transfer to a four-year institution, we want to remove financial need as a barrier to their success.”

Since 2002, 860 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have received over $36 million in scholarship assistance. A 2015 Cooke Foundation study found that the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars routinely do better at elite four-year institutions than many students who started as freshmen.

One former recipient of the scholarship, Christina Simons, began her studies at Suffolk County Community College in New York. After receiving a Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, she transferred to the California Institute of the Arts, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in photography and media in 2012. She now plans to attend the University of Oxford to study for a master of fine arts degree and a Ph.D. in contemporary art practice.

A total of 45 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships will be awarded in the spring. A review panel of university admissions professionals and faculty will judge scholarship applicants based on their achievements and academic ability, financial need, persistence, leadership and service to others.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must: 1) currently attend an accredited community college or have graduated from a community college since 2013, 2) have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better, 3) demonstrate significant unmet financial need, and 4) plan to enroll in a full-time baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2018.

Cooke Scholarships fund the costs of attending college not covered by other financial aid, plus academic advising, stipends for internships, study abroad, and opportunities to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni. In addition, after earning a bachelor’s degree, Cooke Scholars may be eligible to apply for the Cooke Graduate Scholarship.

To find out more about the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, and to start your application, please visit our site.

The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded $175 million in scholarships to more than 2,300 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also provided over $97 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org

Media Contact: Amber Styles
703-723-5647
media@jkcf.org

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Alumni Spotlight: Kevin O’Connor ’82

Watch Video of Alumni Spotlight: Kevin O’Connor ’82

President and Chief Executive Officer of Bridgehampton National Bank

Class of 1982

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Space Shuttle Commander Robert ‘Hoot’ Gibson ’66 Inspires Suffolk Students

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Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, at left, was joined by Commander Robert “Hoot” Gibson at a dinner with faculty, staff and students a day after Gibson’s inspirational commencement speech at Suffolk County Community College’s 55th commencement on May 21.

Gibson, a 1966 graduate of Suffolk, presented the college, pictured, with artifacts from his voyages aboard the space shuttle including a Suffolk pennant he carried into space.

“Commander Gibson was impressed by our STEM program and the national recognition we received with the award of more than $2.6 million in grant funding in the past decade, and that our STEM scholars have achieved paid research internships in arenas as varied as NASA, in 6 of the 11 federal laboratories around the nation, and also at the Smithsonian Institute,” said President McKay.

“Commander Gibson spoke passionately about his academic and career pathway – all , in his words, influenced by his start in engineering science at  Suffolk County Community College,” said Suffolk County Community College Professor of Chemistry and NSF SSTEM program chair, Dr. Candice J. Foley.

“STEM programs at Suffolk County Community College include a Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP), a Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and a Liberty Partnerships Program, all funded by the New York State Education Department. Total student enrollment in these programs exceeds 700 students and funded with more than $1 million annually,” said Associate Dean, Continuing Education Nina A. Leonhardt.

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


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Investigating Scott Higham ’79: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Graduate Tells All

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Scott Higham ’79

Scott Higham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning member of the investigations unit of The Washington Post. He has examined the deaths of foster children, waste and fraud in Homeland Security contracts, the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib and conflicts of interest on Capitol Hill. He has also investigated the off-shore banking industry, the rise of ISIS and its use of U.S. social media, and the murder of Chandra Levy, among many other projects. After graduating from Suffolk, Mr. Higham attended Stony Brook University and the Columbia University School of Journalism.

How was your Suffolk experience?

I met people at Suffolk who wanted to succeed in life. I also had teachers who believed in me for the first time, and I began to excel as a student. Suffolk prepared me for a four-year college and the graduate school program I would later attend.

Where did your interest in journalism come from?

I fell in love with journalism when I walked into the newsroom of the student paper at Stony Brook University, The Stony Brook Press. I had graduated from Suffolk and was taking pre-law classes at Stony Brook but I saw journalism as a different way to perform a public service, see the world on someone else’s dime, and have some fun along the way. It was the best choice I ever made, besides becoming a father.

What excites you about what you do?

As a journalist, I get paid to tell the truth. There’s been a lot said about journalists being untruthful and that’s simply not true. When we make mistakes at The Washington Post, we are held accountable and can catch hell from our editors. If someone knowingly fabricates a story, they are fired on the spot. In my 30 years as a reporter, I’ve only seen it happen a handful of times. There are not many jobs that pay you for being honest. There are also not many jobs that put you in a position to witness history, to see things few people ever see, to learn from people in all stations of life and have fun every day you go to work. I feel like I have the best job on the planet, working as an advocate for the readers of The Washington Post, holding the powerful accountable and helping the less fortunate along the way. And the culture of a newsroom, with its creativity and energy and character, can’t be beat.

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud to be part of a tradition that is so essential to our democracy. The founders of our country made the freedom of the press the First Amendment for a reason. Our work at The Washington Post, and the work being done by reporters across the country, helps to inform the public and expose corrupt politicians and abusive corporations. There are few higher callings. As Thomas Jefferson said in 1787: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

What can be done about the proliferation of fake news?

Great question. Rely on trusted news sources, double check sources, find source material to verify information and read as many publications as possible. There’s an old saying in journalism: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” So if someone shares a “story” with you on Facebook or Twitter or whatever, check it out before you share it with someone else.

What advice would you have for today’s high school students?

Community college is a great place to start. Most students have no idea what they want to do with their lives when they’re graduating high school, and places like Suffolk can provide them with a place for experimentation and the space to take chances. And you can take those chances without racking up big tuition bills and burdensome loans. I really don’t know where I would be today if I hadn’t gone to Suffolk.

– Drew Fawcett

Source: Suffolk County Community College Career Focus


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