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Prestigious 2017 Margaret Ashida Higher Education STEM Outreach Leader Award to Suffolk’s Dr. Candice Foley

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

Dr. Candice Foley, Professor of Chemistry and Suffolk County Community College’s National Science Foundation S-STEM Project Director/Principal Investigator, was awarded the prestigious 2017 Margaret Ashida Higher Education STEM Outreach Leader award at the annual meeting of New York State STEM Education Collaborative on July 31.

Dr. Foley, of Stony Brook,  was recognized for her efforts promoting the integration of STEM education as a statewide and national model and for her lasting contribution to STEM career path options for students.


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Video – Suffolk County Community College 2017 Stay on Long Island Initiative & NYS Presidential Scholarship Awards

 

A scholarship program conceived by Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay in 2010 to staunch Long Island’s “brain drain” by keeping talented, motivated students on Long Island and attending Long Island Colleges and Universities has awarded scholarships totaling more than $640,000.


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Suffolk’s Peter Tarantino Earns Outstanding Performance Honors at Kennedy Center Festival

West Islip’s Peter Tarantino Wins Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Acting Audition Award

Peter Tarantino

Suffolk County Community College Theater student and Stay on Long Island Scholarship recipient Peter Tarantino of West Islip earned top honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival winning the Irene Ryan Acting Audition Award on May 12.

Tarantino was awarded a $500 scholarship and an all expenses paid return to Washington, D.C. to work with six playwrights during an eight day intensive workshop.

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Save the Date Monday, August 21, 2017 34th Annual Suffolk Community College Golf Classic

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34th Annual Suffolk Community College Golf Classic

Monday, August 21, 2017
The Hamlet Golf and Country Club
One Clubhouse Drive, Commack, NY 11725

Benefiting student scholarships and academic program support

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The Foundation Office: 631-451-4458 Or via e-mail at Golf@sunysuffolk.edu

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Benefactor Builds Suffolk Students’ Futures with Computers, Jobs and Internships

Erath 2017 Filbert

Photo at left, L to R: Peter Maritato, Academic Chair; Professor of Engineering Science and Electrical Technology; Scott W. Erath President, Wm. Erath & Son, Inc.; student Patricia Filbert, Construction Technology – Architectural Technology A.A.S. Degree; Natalie Niemann, Associate Professor of Construction Technology.

Erath 2017 Navarro

Photo at right, L to R: Peter Maritato, Academic Chair; Professor of Engineering Science and Electrical Technology; Scott W. Erath President, Wm. Erath & Son, Inc.; Jennifer Navarro, Construction Technology – Architectural Technology A.A.S. degree; Natalie Niemann, Associate Professor of Construction Technology.

Scott Erath’s  Amityville Company Wm. Erath & Son, Inc. has helped build students’ futures for nearly a decade by supporting the construction technology program at Suffolk County Community College with student internships, jobs and hardware.

Erath awarded two students — his eighth such award, that now totals more than $30,000 — with laptop computers preloaded with construction industry software at a ceremony on May 3.

Erath said he gives the awards because he loves to give back and often hires students from Suffolk.

Patricia Filbert of Shirley and Jennifer Navarro of Central Islip were awarded the laptops by Erath that are worth nearly $2,000.

“Industry partnership with higher education is a win-win situation,” said Suffolk County Community College Academic Chair of Science and Engineering Pete Maritato.  “Industry partners have a pipeline to employees that are prepared and ready to work on their first day and our educational programs benefit from industry feedback allowing the alignment of courses to industries’ needs and providing ‘real-life’ work experience for students.”


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Higher Education STEM Outreach Leader Award to Suffolk’s Candice Foley

Prestigious 2017 Margaret Ashida Higher Education STEM Outreach Leader Award to Suffolk’s Dr. Candice Foley

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

Dr. Candice Foley, Professor of Chemistry and Suffolk County Community College’s National Science Foundation S-STEM Project Director/Principal Investigator, will be awarded the prestigious 2017 Margaret Ashida Higher Education STEM Outreach Leader award this summer.

Dr. Foley, of Stony Brook,  is being recognized for her efforts promoting the integration of STEM education as a statewide and national model and for her lasting contribution to STEM career path options for students.

This award will be presented to Foley on July 31 at the New York State STEM Education Collaborative Summer Institute at SUNY Alfred.

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Drew Biondo
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biondodr@sunysuffolk.edu

Source: Suffolk County Community College


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Suffolk Men’s Track and Field Win Season Opener

Malik Hinds

Malik Hinds, at right and Daniel Velasquez in the 4 x 400 relay. Hinds was named Men’s NJCAA Division III National Athlete of the Week

The Suffolk County Community College Men’s Track and Field Team kicked-off the season by winning the St. Joseph’s College Spring Opener.

Team highlights include:

  • Ilya Wilson (Islip) placed second men’s 1500 with a time of 4:21.28
  • Daniel Velasquez (Port Jefferson Station) finished third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.02
  • The 4 x 400 relay team took silver with a time of 3:40.30; Micah-Assibey-Bonsu (Central Islip), Malik Hinds (Bay Shore), J’Son Hobson (Bellport) and Daniel Velasquez (Port Jefferson Station)
  •  The 4 x 800 took third and fourth; the third place squad came in with a time of 9:17.32 Ryan Evans (Middle Country), Joseph Varca (Sachem North), Michael Neftleberg (Sachem North), Demetrios Caroussos (Smithtown). The fourth place team with a time of 9:41.66 was run by Carols Martinez (Central Islip), Anthony Fernandez (Middle Country), Andres Guerrero (Rocky Point) and Brandon Cotto (Bay Shore)
  • Malik Hinds (Bay Shore) took home the gold in the  Long Jump with a leap of 6.65m
  • Suffolk’s Micah Assibey-Bonsu (Central Islip) placed second in the Men’s Triple Jump with 14.28m jump.

Malik Hinds was named Men’s NJCAA Division III National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)

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Victory is $weet For Three in Suffolk’s Cupcake War

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Fourteen Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts student-competitors were challenged with a  two-and-a-half hour time limit to whip up a winning cupcake at what has become an annual competition at the Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts Center: Cupcake Wars.

Jacqueline Segovia of Brentwood, center, took first place and was awarded a $750 scholarship and assorted baking supplies. Jacqueline created a mango cupcake with a mango cilantro salsa and an avocado icing. At left, second place and $500 went to Yvette Boucher-Denning of Mastic Beach for her Hummingbird cupcake with salted caramel filling, cream cheese icing drizzle with salted caramel and chopped pecans. At right, Heather Hoffmann’s third place chocolate potato cupcake with a mint pastry cream and Baily’s Irish Cream buttercream, earned a $250 prize.

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Suffolk’s Tah’Joenae Hinton Named NJCAA Division III Second-Team Region XV All-Star

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by Danielle Shangold

Medford second-year Suffolk County Community College Women’s Basketball player Tah’Joenae Hinton has been named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Second-Team Region XV All-Star for the 2016-2017 basketball season.

Only ten women are chosen for the prestigious award from NJCAA Region XV.

Hinton suffered an early season shoulder injury, but returned stronger then ever to complete her last season as a Shark.

Hinton was a team co-captain whose leadership and experience on the court helped her excel.

This season Hinton:

averaged 11.1 points a game
averaged 10.6 rebounds
scored a high of 21 points in a single game
had a high of 21 rebounds in a single game, 8 offensive, 13 defensive

“ Tahj has developed as a player but more importantly has grown as a successful student and a productive young woman with a bright future,“ said Coach Kevin Foley.

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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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