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Unity Day Attracts 270 Middle and High School Students to Suffolk County Community College

Unity Day 2019

270 students took part in our college’s annual Unity Day — an event offered to middle and high school students as a way to unite students from across our county and discuss several of the issues they must confront each day.

This year’s theme? Sending Out Universal Love … Mind, Body and Soul Mental health and Wellness — the keynote address was presented by Eric Noel Perez, an English teacher, author, motivational speaker and yoga instructor.

Students were also treated to a performance by students from North Babylon High School, as well as an appearance by our college mascot Finn and the Suffolk County Community College Dance Team.

Students participated from, Long Wood Junior HS (Long Wood), N. Country Rd. MS (Miller Place), West Hollow MS (Half Hollow Hills), Candlewood MS (Half Hollow Hills), Central Islip HS (Central Islip), Mattituck HS (Mattituck), North Babylon (North Babylon)


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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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Suffolk Federal Credit Union Announces Scholarships to Make Dream of Attending Suffolk Community College Possible

For Immediate Release: January 9, 2019

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Suffolk Federal is offering local Suffolk County students a wonderful opportunity to win academic scholarships to Suffolk County Community College to ensure their hopes of attending college can come true.

Through this program and partnership, six scholarships will be awarded from $5,000 or $10,000 each. Applications must be completed online and submitted by April 26, 2019. If selected as a recipient for any of the scholarships, the student must become a member of Suffolk Federal at the time of award ceremony.

Students can access information and apply at the following links:

“A fundamental commitment for Suffolk Federal is to support our younger generation and help them reach their full potential as they fulfill their dream of attending college,” explains Ralph D. Spencer, Jr. President and CEO of Suffolk Federal. “Each year, we provide financial support to dedicated students who are passionate about their education to off-set academic expenses and mobilize the students as they begin their college experience and future career goals. We’re excited to partner with Suffolk County Community College for this program in 2019,” he continued.

“We are grateful for the generous support of Suffolk Federal, their visionary President & CEO Ralph Spencer, their caring and engaged Board of Directors and the dozens of Suffolk County Community College alumni employed at this leading not-for-profit financial institution,” said Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President of Suffolk County Community College. “These scholarships will provide opportunities for Suffolk’s promising students to follow their individual pathways to success. They celebrate the generosity of Suffolk Federal, the compassion of EMT Michael Reilly and the honor and sacrifice of LT Michael Murphy.”

“These scholarships will transform the lives of Suffolk’s hard-working students,” advised Dr. Sylvia A. Diaz, Executive Director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation. “We look forward to growing our partnership with Suffolk Federal, an institution which shares our mission to build our community, support our local workforce and advance our regional economy”. This year, academic scholarship opportunities will total $35,000, an increase from the $20,000 which were awarded by Suffolk Federal last year.

This year’s academic scholarships include:

• Suffolk Federal Scholarship Suffolk Federal will award four scholarships of $5,000 each ($2,500 will be awarded to recipients in the fall of 2019 and $2,500 will be awarded to the recipients in the spring 2020).

Eligibility: High-school seniors who are residents of Suffolk County with a minimum GPA of 77. The student must demonstrate involvement in an extracurricular activity and/or community service. The student must also submit an essay of no more than 250 words explaining their eligibility and how they will benefit from receiving this scholarship.

• The Michael E. Reilly Foundation Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technology Suffolk Federal will award one scholarship of $5,000 to a new full-time student. ($2,500 will be awarded to the recipient in the fall of 2019 and $2,500 will be awarded to the recipient in the spring 2020).

Eligibility: Student must volunteer with the Suffolk County Fire Department, volunteer with a local EMS or be enrolled in a Fire Protection Technology to EMT Paramedic program at Suffolk County Community College in the fall of 2019. The student must submit an essay of no more than 250 words explaining their eligibility and how they will benefit from receiving this scholarship.

• Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship One high school senior becoming a new full-time student will be awarded $10,000. $5,000 will be provided by the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation and matched by Suffolk Federal for a total of $10,000. ($5,000 will be awarded to the recipient during the 2019-2020 academic year and $5,000 will be awarded to the same recipient during the 2020-2021 academic year).

Eligibility: High-school senior who is a resident of Suffolk County with a minimum GPA of 77. The student must demonstrate involvement in a school sport, extracurricular activity and/or involvement at a community-based organization. Education provides endless opportunities for a student’s future and is a gift which will impact a student throughout his/her life.

“The Navy SEAL LT Michael Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation is honored to partner with Suffolk Federal in awarding a scholarship to a deserving high school graduate who is a member of this wonderful banking institution,” said Daniel J. Murphy, father of the late Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy and Suffolk Federal Supervisory Committee Member.

“Michael’s favorite saying was ‘Education will set you free’ and this joint scholarship program with Suffolk Federal continues Michael’s legacy of service and sacrifice. We feel that this scholarship is a perfect way to honor his passion.” “Education and knowledge provide the power which a student can use to accomplish great things in the world. We are excited to offer The Michael E. Reilly Scholarship to a deserving student in memory of our son Michael, who lost his life when home on leave from the Coast Guard,” explained Edward J. Reilly, father of the late Michael E. Reilly and Treasurer at Suffolk Federal. “It is one way we can not only honor Michael’s life, but support the leadership, accomplishments, passion and talents of our students, empowering them to achieve success,” he continued.

About the Suffolk Community College Foundation
The Suffolk Community College Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit, charitable organization committed to supporting student access to quality education and vocational skill training by providing scholarships, emergency loans and funding for program development. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to engage alumni to maintain their connection to the college, to support foundation events, philanthropy, student mentorship and internship opportunities. The Foundation awards more than $625,000 annually in direct student scholarship support.

Source: Suffolk County Community College



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6/24/19 36th Annual Suffolk Community College Foundation Golf Classic

 

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Monday, June 24, 2019
Nissequogue Golf Club
21 Golf Club Rd, St James, NY 11780

36th Annual Suffolk Community College Foundation Golf Classic

Benefiting student scholarships, emergency student loans and student success.

For reservations and committee information please contact:

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

Schedule of Events

Rain or Shine

10:00 AM Registration and Breakfast

10:00 AM Driving Range and Putting Green Open

11:30 AM Shotgun Start (Scramble format)

5:00 PM Cocktail Reception

6:00 PM Awards Dinner

REGISTER HERE

View photos from 2018 Golf Classic

Download Sponsorship information (PDF)

Download Foundation W9 (PDF)

Listen to the 2018 Suffolk Internet Radio Public Service Announcement produced by current student Joe Adelmann


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Career Focus – Become an Agent of Change Human Services Programs: People Helping People

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By Mary M. Feder

When Victoria Biancarosa joined Suffolk County Community College, she moved in and out of a few different degree programs as she tried to find her niche. However, after a few human services classes, she knew this was her chosen career.

“Once I found human services, I knew that I was in love with this field,” she says. “It was the culmination of all the things I wanted to be involved with, and my professors at Suffolk were extremely knowledgeable and available to help every step of the way.”

Even in a world filled with high-tech gadgets, nothing replaces the human touch. Human services professionals are on the front lines in serving and caring for those who are most vulnerable.

Students who graduate with a degree in human services often become advocates, youth workers, mental health aides, or case managers. They work in schools, government agencies, prisons and nonprofit groups.

This broad liberal arts education, combined with applicable skills, prepares students to launch a career or continue to a four-year school for further education in social work, human services, or psychology.

Some students are immediately drawn to this field. Others determine their career choice first then educate themselves. Either way, the call to help others can lead to a very fulfilling career.

A Degree in Human Services Prepares You to Change Lives

“At Suffolk, the Human Services Program prepares you to be an agent of change and to make a positive impact on the lives of others,” says Caitlin Parzych, Human Services Program Coordinator at Suffolk County Community College.

The Human Services Program at Suffolk also teaches students how to apply professional helping methods in a broad range of settings, including social services agencies, healthcare agencies, mental health facilities, residential facilities and more. With this degree, students will develop leadership and interactional skills to better support the people in their local community.

In the Human Services Program, students learn about human behavior and systems. They learn how human biology, psychology, and social forces influence each other and impact people. They also learn ways to help people meet their physical, mental, and emotional needs. Through courses in social welfare, psychology, and biology, among other disciplines, students develop skills in critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving.

A Growing Career Sector

The U. S. Bureau of Labor predicts that social work and human services positions will offer above-average growth with employment opportunities increasing by 15 percent through 2026.

“By choosing to pursue an education in Human Services at Suffolk, students are making an impact in their own lives, as well as the lives of others,” says Ms. Parzych.

The College offers students opportunities to network and enhance their résumés, and to improve their ability to directly enter the workforce. Through internships, students can apply the skills they have learned in the classroom, and develop additional skills through on-the-job training. More than half of Suffolk’s interns in the 2016-2017 academic year were offered employment through Suffolk’s internships.

Coursework is also designed to meet the prerequisites of local Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Human Services programs. Suffolk has articulation agreements to facilitate a smooth transfer process for students wishing to continue their education at  Adelphi University, LIU–Post, Molloy College, St. Joseph’s College and Stony Brook University.

“Our students are well prepared for further education in social work, or for entry-level jobs in the field,” says Ms. Parzych.

For more about Suffolk’s Human Services Program, simply call 631-451-4111 or visit sunysuffolk.edu/Enroll.

 

Source: Suffolk County Community College Career Focus

Eligible continuing students can apply for:

Astor Health, Community and Human Services Scholarship – Part-Time Students
or Astor Health, Community and Human Services Scholarship – Full-Time Students


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The Department of Music at Suffolk County Community College presents WINTER CONCERTS 12/6 & 12/7

The Department of Music at Suffolk County Community College presents
WINTER CONCERTS

Winter Concerts 2018The Department of Music proudly presents two concert nights featuring student performance ensembles.

December 6 and 7 at 7:00 p.m.Shea Theatre, Islip Arts Building (Map)
Suffolk County Community College
Ammerman Campus, Selden, NY

These concerts are FREE and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

For more information call 631-451-4346


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#GivingTuesday at Suffolk County Community College

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#GivingTuesday at Suffolk County Community College provides an opportunity to support current students. Thank you to future alumni of the the Radio & TV Production Program and Abel Nieves for the video. #SUNYSFLK #SCCCAlumni


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Giving Tuesday 11/27/18 – Supporting Philanthropy and Volunteerism with Suffolk County Community College Alumni Association

 

Newsday – Suffolk County Community College Culinary students make holiday dinners for those in need

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Twenty-plus turkeys and 80 pounds of stuffing, 100 pounds of mashed potatoes, 5 gallons of gravy and 25 pounds of mixed vegetables.

All this, and more, will go into some 200 Thanksgiving dinners that students and faculty in Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality program are preparing Wednesday for local residents in need.

Food prep and cooking will begin early in the morning at the college’s culinary arts center in Riverhead and continue into the afternoon. College officials said the annual event had its start 10 years ago.

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Suffolk County Community College student Ayesha Ramsey of Shirley, 45, left, pours gravy beside Chef Laureen Gauthier, program director of hospitality and culinary arts at SCCC, at the Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Center in Riverhead Wednesday, Nov. 21. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

The volunteer effort will benefit Community Action Southold Town, with dinners to be delivered Wednesday afternoon to Clinton Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church and to CAST’s food pantry, both in Greenport. The church is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“This is an event we all look forward to,” said Laureen Gauthier, director of the culinary program. “Our college’s decadelong celebration of cooking for Thanksgiving connects us to our neighbors in the communities around our campus.”

This is the second year the program has worked with CAST, a not-for-profit that helps low-income residents and serves as a safety net for families in Southold Town, the college said in a news release.

“We celebrate Thanksgiving by cooking and sharing our favorite foods, being with the ones we love and giving thanks for all that we have,” college president Shaun L. McKay said. “Our college and students, faculty and staff enjoy giving back to our community.”

 

Source: Copyright © 2018 Newsday.

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Suffolk County Community College Cyber Sleuths Rank in National Cyber League Competition

Christopher Renzine (Medford), at left and  Anthony Lippman (Miller Place) ranked in the fall season of the National Cyber League (NCL) competition. The pair are in Suffolk County Community College's cyber security lab.

Thirteen Suffolk County Community College cyber sleuths from the Cybersecurity Club competed and ranked in the fall season of the National Cyber League (NCL) competition in which students are challenged to use concepts and skills learned in the classroom in a virtual real-world scenario.

Anthony Lippman (Miller Place) led the team with an overall ranking of 96th out of 4,729 participants and 85th of 506 in the Gold Bracket consisting of the top 15 percent of ranked participants. Christopher Renzine (Medford) finished with a ranking of 61st of 1684 participants in the Bronze Bracket composed of novice participants.

Anthony, Chris and Anthony Rolan (Brentwood), Nolan Smith (E. Patchouge) and Allyn Mowbry (Patchouge) competed in the NCL Postseason competition and finished 73rd out of 368 teams and were included on the list of top performers.

The NCL is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity competition that helps students prepare and test themselves against cybersecurity challenges they will likely face when in the workforce. All participants play the games simultaneously during preseason, regular season and postseason.

Anthony and Christopher began training for the for the preseason competition in October. The team will next compete at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) Cyberforce Competition on December 1. Competing in the BNL competition will be: Anthony Lippman (Miller Place), Chris Renzine (Medford), Nolan Smith (E. Patchouge), Melissa Fisk (Deer Park) and Jonathan Delia (Lindenhurst).


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Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus Student Art Exhibit, Nov. 9- Dec. 15 with Reception Nov. 14

Works by Kathy Hernandez of East Moriches and Hailey Burling of Southampton will be among those featured at the student art exhibit.

The fall Eastern Campus Student Art Exhibit highlighting exceptional work created by Suffolk County Community College students in the applied arts programs on the College’s Eastern Campus will be presented from November 9 to December 15. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, November 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.

On display will be more than 60 student works in a variety of media and sizes created in photography, graphic design, computer art, and interior design courses. The exhibit provides prospective students with a unique opportunity to see the high proficiency attained by students in Suffolk’s Eastern Campus Art Department.

The Lyceum Gallery, located in the Montaukett Learning Resource Center on Suffolk’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead. Gallery hours are: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The gallery is closed on Sundays and holidays (exceptions: gallery closed from 11/22 – 11/25, gallery will close at 4 p.m. on 11/21).

Source: Suffolk County Community College


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