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Suffolk’s Kleiman Honored by Philosophical Society

Professor Lowell Kleiman

Dr. Lowell Kleiman

The Long Island Philosophical Society, a regional organization with members and participants from around the world has awarded Huntington’s Dr. Lowell Kleiman, academic chair of Suffolk County Community College’s Philosophy Department its Outstanding Chair of The Year award.

The Long Island Philosophical Society was founded in the mid-1960’s, started by philosophers at Adelphi University, Hofstra and Stony Brook, eventually including all Long Island colleges and Suffolk County Community College.

Since its inception the organization has grown from local, to regional, and national, and today boasts of members and participants from all corners of the academic world.

“I am just one of many who contributed to the success of this professional and ongoing group, and proud to have been a part of this development and prouder still to be recognized by this award,” Dr. Kleiman said.

Kleiman has been at Suffolk County Community College since 1968.

“The experience of teaching and contributing  to Suffolk Community College as Academic Chair of Philosophy/Women’s Studies/Humanities has been a life-time adventure with rewards to myself, my faculty, and students,” Kleiman said.
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Suffolk Garners Share of $1 Million From State For Enhanced Career Services Targeting Students and Community Members

Suffolk County Community College is one of 15 SUNY community colleges that will receive a share of $1 million to support career centers that utilize collaborations with local and regional workforce partners to link students and community members with enhanced career services and employment opportunities. The $1 million in funding was provided by the 2015-16 State Budget. Suffolk will receive $100,000.

Suffolk County Community College’s I-PROMOTE (Integrating Programs and Resources for Outreach, MOTivation and Engagement) initiative will expand collaborations between Suffolk County Community College, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), Suffolk County’s departments of labor and social services, the County legislature’s Welfare to Work Commission (comprised of 15 member social services agencies in the region) and the Long Island STEM Hub. Through I-PROMOTE, students, community members, veterans, people with disabilities and underrepresented populations will be linked to enhanced career services and employment opportunities through a coordinated and innovative program that does not currently exist in Suffolk County.

Suffolk’s college-wide program will partner with NYSDOL to deliver employment services, host career fairs, and offer job readiness workshops and activities at the college, including resume writing and Introduction to Microsoft Office. The partnership will expand access to NYSDOL’s electronic systems, including Jobs Express and Job Zone for job seekers as well as professional development for college staff in case management and metrics.  Services will be offered at all three of Suffolk’s campuses, the Culinary Center in downtown Riverhead, and the downtown Sayville Center. The program will run from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

“This innovative program will formalize and expand our working partnership with the New York State and Suffolk County Departments of Labor to link our students to enhanced career services and employment opportunities through a coordinated and innovative effort,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “We thank Governor Cuomo for making the funds available that will enable our college to establish resources ranging from self-service kiosks to campus career services computer labs,” Dr. McKay added.

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Suffolk Math Prof. Deborah S. Wolfson Awarded Selective Leadership Honor

Suffolk County Community College Professor of Mathematics Deborah S. Wolfson has been awarded the selective Chair Academy’s 2015 International Exemplary Leadership Award for her redesign of the Excelsior Program.

The award, presented at the International Chair Academy’s annual conference in April, recognizes exceptional post-secondary leaders who exemplify and support academic and administrative excellence in leadership.

The Excelsior Program is Suffolk County Community College’s concurrent enrollment program with Suffolk County high schools that allows high school students to earn college credits.

“The Chair Leadership Foundational Academy, and then the Advanced Leadership Academy, has played an important role in my personal and professional growth.  Through the Academy I have been able to cultivate amazing relationships, and develop leadership and life skills to invest back into the College.  Thank you to Suffolk County Community College for bringing the Chair Academy to our college.  Receiving the Chair Academy’s prestigious 2015 International Exemplary Leader Award, has always been a goal of mine and exemplifies the importance the college places on developing effective leaders,” said Wolfson, of Commack, NY.

“Professor Wolfson’s leadership and dedication has seen our Excelsior Program’s enrollment skyrocket,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, adding “The entire college community and I applaud and congratulate Professor Wolfson on a job well done.”

The College lauded Wolfson and her achievements in a letter nominating her for the prestigious award:

“Professor Deborah Wolfson has demonstrated superior leadership in redesigning Suffolk County Community College’s Excelsior Program, our concurrent enrollment program with Suffolk County high schools.  When she accepted the leadership of this program enrollment was stalled.  But, soon thereafter, enrollment soared over 300% and continues to grow.

“Using leadership tools learned at the Chair Leadership Foundational Academy, and then the Advanced Leadership Academy, Deborah has mastered the art of maintaining high academic standards to build a quality program that appeals to high school students in Suffolk County, our service area,” the letter said.

The Chair Academy is dedicated to delivering exemplary leadership development and has offered world-class, competency-based leadership development programs for college and university leaders since 1992.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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Bernstein Elected One of Five International Officers of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Suffolk County Community College student Amie Bernstein has been selected as one of five students to serve as an international officer of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society.

Each year five students are elected to serve as international officers during the society’s annual convention and serve one-year terms. Holding international office is considered the pinnacle of leadership within Phi Theta Kappa.  The international vice presidents maintain regular correspondence with chapters in their respective divisions, represent the society at regional meetings and educational conferences, and preside at the society’s annual convention and honors institute.

“Phi Theta Kappa has changed my life in ways I never expected,” Bernstein said and added, “being elected to serve as an international officer creates an opportunity for me to help inspire other students and give back to those that have helped lead me to this position of honor.  This achievement was a group effort including both faculty as well as fellow students, and is a testament to Suffolk County Community College’s ability and passion for developing service leaders.  Without Suffolk County Community College and its opportunities, I would not be where I am today.”

“This is an extraordinary achievement for Amie,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, “and I am certain her success will continue as she serves her fellow students, our college and community.”

Phi Theta Kappa is based in Jackson, Miss. and has more than 2.5 million members and 1,250 international chapters. The organization promotes scholarship and leadership among two-year college students.

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Suffolk’s Dennisse Madrigal Awarded Prestigious 2015 Programma Ponte Scholarship

L to R: Suffolk County Community College’s Dr. Annamaria Monaco, Associate Professor of Italian and  Advisor of the Italian Club with 2015 Programma Ponte Scholarship winner Denisse Madrigal

Suffolk County Community College’s Dennisse Madrigal of Babylon has been named a recipient of the prestigious 2015 Programma Ponte Scholarship sponsored by the AIAE (Association of Italian American Educators) and will travel to Rome, Italy this June.

The Programma Ponte is a four-week program of study in Rome that offers a unique academic, cultural, and linguistic opportunity for exceptional students of Italian American heritage.

Dennisse, who is currently studying Intermediate Italian, will garner first-hand experience in Italy through course work, visits to important Italian and European institutions and direct contact with the Italian culture. Denisse will be expected to establish lasting connections and develop as a multi-cultural ambassador.

Dennisse will make a presentation about her experience in Italy to her fellow students next September.

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Christopher Burns ’05 Riverhead Police Department “Officer of the Year”

East End’s top cops honored at Kiwanis Club dinner

by | 02/05/2015 12:00 PM

Riverhead police officer Chris Burns is congratulated by Supervisor Sean Walter. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead police officer Chris Burns is sworn in by Supervisor Sean Walter in 2012. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Riverhead Police Officer Christopher Burns already had his department’s “officer of the year” award in the bag by Dec. 29, according to Police Chief David Hegermiller, who makes the choice.

But on the night of Dec. 29, Mr. Burns added the icing to the cake when he helped rescue a man who had fallen into the icy waters of the Peconic River. 

Mr. Burns, who has been on the force for about two years, was presented with the department’s Officer of the Year award Jan. 23 at the Southampton Kiwanis Club’s annual East End Police Awards dinner at the Sea Star Ballroom in the Hyatt Place East End.

Mr. Burns, who had been a town lifeguard in 2007, also worked for the town police as an intern while he studied criminal justice at Suffolk County Community College. He worked as a SUNY police officer before joining the town force in December 2012, Chief Hegermiller said.

It was his work in thwarting a burglary in progress on Dec. 10 that netted him the officer of the year honors, according to Chief Hegermiller.

“Officer Burns thwarted a burglary in progress in Millbrook Gables and he arrested three people for burglarizing a house there. They were trying to remove copper from the home,” the chief said. “It was a great job by Chris.”

In the Dec. 29 incident, Mr. Burns was one five town officers who participated in the rescue of a Medford man who had fallen into the Peconic River.

That rescue was initiated after three local teens — Christopher Lull, 19, and Tyrek Highsmith, 18, both of Riverhead, and Isabella “Izzy” DiPierro, 16, of Wading River — heard the man calling for help and tried to pull him out themselves before calling police.

Mr. Burns, fellow officers Daniel Walther, Michael Lojko and Anthony Montalbano and part-time officer Luigi Luigini then arrived on the scene and formed a “human ladder” to pull the man out, the chief said.

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Suffolk Professor Scott Mandia Named Union Fellow and Recipient of AGU Ambassador Award.

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has awarded Suffolk County Community College Meteorology Professor Scott Mandia the AGU Ambassador Award, given annually to honorees for their contributions to the Earth science community. Additionally, Mandia was honored as a Union Fellow for “attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences.”

The awards, according to the AGU, recognize achievements in advancing Earth and space science.

Carol Finn, AGU president and Judith Ann McKenzie, Chair of the Honors and Recognition Committee wrote in announcing the 2014 awardees:

“We honor these individuals, whose passion for scientific excellence and outstanding achievements in advancing and communicating science significantly contribute to a better future for us all. Their work truly embodies AGU’s vision to “advance and communicate science and its power to ensure a sustainable future.”

“The entire College community joins me in congratulating Professor Mandia,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

“Scott’s commitment to our College, outstanding performance and high academic standards are an inspiration to each of our students, faculty and staff,” McKay said, adding “this award is well deserved.”

“I am honored that the American Geophysical Union has recognized me for this prestigious award and am pleased that the AGU recognizes the work of community college faculty in promoting science education. There are numerous people who have helped me with my climate outreach efforts and they share this award with me,” Professor Mandia of Miller Place said.

Mandia helped found the Climate Science Rapid Response Team, which matches journalists with scientists to enable the media to better explain climate change and meteorological phenomenon to the public and co-founded the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, to assist scientists when they face legal scrutiny of their work, including demands for their personal correspondence.

In 2011 Mandia was called upon by The White House to present research about the impact of large-scale climate change on severe thunderstorms and tornadoes after a EF5 multiple-vortex tornado struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22 of that year. The tornado killed 158, injured 1,150 and caused $2.8 billion in damages – the costliest single tornado in US history.

In addition to climate change, Mandia has written about Long Island hurricanes including the New England Hurricane of 1938, known locally as the “Long Island Express” and the future vulnerability of Long Island to hurricanes. He co-authored a book with Hunt Janin titled: Rising Sea Levels that was released before Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island and warned about the devastating effects of such a storm on New York.

Mandia is often called upon as an expert by journalists and news organizations to explain meteorological phenomena.

Professor Mandia appears throughout the program below, including a segment at approximately 42:50 with the Suffolk County Community College Men’s Basketball Team explaining storm surge.

 

Annamaria Monaco, Suffolk County Community College Professor Named AATI President

Annamaria Monaco, PhD

Annamaria Monaco, Suffolk County Community College associate professor of Italian and adviser to the College’s Italian Club, has been elected president of the Long Island Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI). Monaco studied at the University of Pavia, Italy and earned a doctorate degree from Stony Brook University in 2004.

Monaco was the recipient of the 2012 SUNY Chancellor Award for excellence in teaching.

“The mission of the AATI,” said Monaco, “is to promote the study, teaching and appreciation of Italian culture and language in academic and community settings. AATI-LI provides its members with a communicative network among colleagues and with various opportunities for professional growth, such as informational meetings, lectures, conferences, workshops and culturally enriching events.”

Monaco, of Manhasset Hills, said the organization awards scholarships to high school seniors who have excelled in Italian, and bestows the Dante Award on an individual in the community who has promoted Italian in a noteworthy way.

Monaco leads the College’s summer program in Sorrento, Italy each year. Students travel to Sorrento for two weeks, but also travel to Florence, Venice and Rome.

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Suffolk Student Jarno Huttunen’s Images Capture First Prize at Huntington Gallery Show, Others Capture Essence of Suffolk’s Student Athletes

Suffolk Student Jarno Huttunen’s Images Capture First Prize at Huntington Gallery Show, Others Capture Essence of Suffolk’s Student Athletes.
Suffolk County Community College’s Jarno Huttunen’s striking, thought and emotion provoking images have won the Finnish student first prize in a photography show running through June 29 at the fotofoto gallery in Huntington.

The Under the Influence Student Invitational features selective works by more than 20 student photographers from Long Island and New York schools. From the gallery website:

Of the Gallery’s twenty-one artists, eleven are photography teachers representing The International Center of Photography, Long Island University CW Post, Nassau Community College, Suffolk County Community College, the Knox School, and Wantagh High School. Each teacher selected two students to be included in the show. Students and their mentors reviewed portfolios making sure to select the very best possible imagery for this exhibition. Students were asked to prepare one framed piece for the month long show.

Huttunen, of Hampton Bays, who this month is featured in a five-minute college video ( http://goo.gl/6qSqRf ) about his photography skills, ambitions, motivation and dreams, is a photographic imaging major at Suffolk County Community College whose works while interning for the college’s media services department propelled him into the spotlight. Huttunen also played forward on the college’s nationally ranked and regional championship soccer team.

“Jarno’s work is compelling, thought provoking and simply beautiful,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, who said he has asked for one of Huttunen’s student athlete photos to be displayed in his office.

“It is gratifying as an educator to see Jarno’s work receive such attention,” said Professor Gayle Sheridan ’85. “He is an amazing artist who I know will be successful.”

“Jarno’s work is exceptional and captures the uniqueness of each athlete in a special way. As Athletic Director, I know each of these student athletes and Jarno’s photos capture each athlete’s persona in a perfect way,” said Suffolk County Community College Athletic Director Kevin Foley.

Photos by Jarno Huttunen:

Corinne Geiger of South Setauket is a 2013 graduate of Ward Melville High School and liberal arts major at Suffolk County Community College where she plays attack and midfield on the women’s lacrosse team. Corrine plans to also play basketball for the college in the fall of 2014.

Alfred Lindberg, 22, a Swedish exchange student and liberal arts/science major played striker and forward on Suffolk County Community College’s soccer team that is nationally ranked and a regional champion. Lindberg lives is Deer park with a host family and hopes to remain in the United States to continue his education.

Marta Czaplak Riverhead resident and Riverhead High School graduate Marta Czaplak, 20, a shooting guard on the Suffolk County Community College women’s basketball team this past season, was a liberal arts/science major who plans to transfer to Florida Southern College to pursue her goal of becoming a physical therapist.

Ruben Terrero, 20, is a 2012 Brentwood High School graduate who attended Suffolk County Community College for two years, majoring in electrical engineering. A point guard on Suffolk’s men’s basketball team, Terrero is continuing his education at Farmingdale State College in pursuit of a career in engineering.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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Congratulations to the Eastern Campus American Culinary Federation Knowledge Bowl Team!

Suffolk County Community CollegeAmerican Culinary Federation Eastern Long Island Chefs Chapter Knowledge Bowl Team attended the ACF Northeast Regional Conference in Warwick, Rhode Island, April 11-14th and competed in Jeopardy style Culinary Knowledge games against 8 teams in the NE region.

The team earned a gold medal and won the Regional Championship title after seven rounds and will now move on to be compete for the National title at the ACF National Conference this July in Kansas City, Missouri.

The SCCC-ACFELI Knowledge Bowl Team members are Vincent Sperling, Lillian Senior, Satoko Matthews (captain), Assistant Professor Andrea Glick (Team Coach), Lynn Bohlen, and Danielle Fuller-Denardo.

SCCC Culinary Award

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