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5/3/17 Calibans: A Devised Theatrical Experiment


Wednesday, May 3rd at 11:00am and 6:00pm

the Van Nostrand Theater of the Sagtikos Arts and Sciences Center.

Calibans: A devised theatrical experiment based on Shakespeare and Aime Cesaire’s Tempest explorations. Calibans explores the politics of otherness, and oppression while incorporating physical theater, students narratives, and performance technology.

Talk back with cast, designers and community special guests:

and in partnership with Student Government Association,Campus Activities Board, Association of Latin American Students, African People’s Association


Directed by Prof.  Margarita Espada

Multimedia designer: Joan Wozniak

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5/1/17 In Our Backyard Series

In Our Backyard

The Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding (CSJHU) recognizes that when incidents occur and issues arise in our surrounding communities, they impact the day to day lives of our Suffolk County Community College students.

Most recently, our college community has been deeply affected by the violent incidents and increase in gang activity within areas surrounding our campuses. In response to these incidents the CSJHU, in collaboration with the College Wide Office of Multicultural Affairs and College Campus Activities, would like to introduce a new and ongoing program entitled, “In Our Backyard”.

In Our Backyard is a forum created to offer a safe and supportive environment for our students to discuss and share their feelings, thoughts and concerns regarding these incidents as well as organized training to develop productive ways to respond through community advocacy and engagement.

The first in the series will take place College wide, on Monday, May 1st during common hour (11am – 12 pm) at the following locations on each campus.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact the CSJHU: (631) 451-4117.


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Selden, NY – 3rd Annual Professional Clothing Drive

The Career Services and Cooperative Education Office at the Ammerman Campus will be holding its 3rd annual professional clothing drive on:


Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM– 4:00 PM

Gently used men’s and women’s business clothing and accessories will be accepted on the above days in the lobby of the Babylon Student Center.

This year all clothing will once again be donated to the Career Couture Boutique at the Suffolk County Department of Labor.  Career Couture is located at the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center and offers both men and women proper business attire for upcoming interviews and job fairs at no charge.  With the proper attire, most individuals will have a better opportunity of obtaining their next job.

Career Couture is in need of suits, blazers, blouses, pants, skirts and accessories such as shoes, purses, scarves, ties and jewelry.  Donations should be business appropriate, clean and current (no more than 3 years old).  All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Thanks to all of you, our previous drives were all a tremendous success.  I hope that we can be just as successful again this year.

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Suffolk County Community College 5th Annual EYEGLASS DRIVE

Suffolk County Community College 5th Annual EYEGLASS DRIVE

Give the Gift of Sight


In the western world, we take vision for granted  !!!  

We think nothing of spending hundreds of dollars for eyeglasses, contact lenses or corrective eye surgery. Good eyesight for us is essential as it affects every aspect of our waking lives.

It is equally essential for hundreds of millions of people in developing world countries who need glasses but don’t have them. Poor eyesight for them can mean the difference between working and not working, gathering enough food or going hungry, being able to read or remaining illiterate.

13 Million Children around the world need glasses. Many of these children risk missing their education because they cannot see well enough to learn    :  (

Imagine yourself with blurred vision…all day long….all month long…all year long.       :  (

YOU get the picture!  SO WHAT CAN YOU DO ???   While  you are SPRING cleaning,  when you find those old glasses that you usually toss back into the draw  (for emergencies) … pick them up and send them to US so we can help some of the half billion people of all ages to be able to have SIGHT !!

You can send your used (but not broken) eyewear to me at the address below.  Please do NOT send eye glass cases.  Just wrap in a bubble wrap or a paper towel- mark your package FRAGILE and send to:

Ammerman Campus –

Kathleen Italiano
Suffolk County Community College, North Building- OPIE
533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784

Eastern Campus –

Janine Tortortella
Suffolk County Community College, Peconic Bld Room 216
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead, NY 11901

Michael J. Grant Campus –

Janet Haff
Suffolk County Community College, Sagtikos Building Room 200
Brentwood, NY 11717

Thank you !!

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4/27/17 Hip Hop Entrepreneurs Technology Conference at Suffolk County Community College

Thursday, April 27, 2017 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Hip Hop Entrepreneurs Technology Conference

Suffolk County Community College,
Michael J. Grant Campus Brentwood, NY

Van Nostrand Theatre

A Guide to Youth Empowerment

Turn your passion into profits and invest in yourself!

Free to attend.

“When young people are excited about science, technology, engineering and math, that’s not just good for them. That’s good for America.” – President Barack Obama


Connect with Suffolk County Community College Alumni Entrepreneurs & Business Owners on LinkedIn

Brought to you by the Entrepreneurial Assistance Center

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Contact Dr. Daphne Gordon (631) 851-6214 gordond@sunysuffolk.edu or Alumni@sunysuffolk.edu


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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Drew Biondo

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4/23/17 – Selden, NY: Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

Out Of the Darkness Walk

Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

FROM:           Dr. Thomas S. Tyson. College Associate Dean for Mental Health Services

Subject:          Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

I am pleased to share with you that the College will be hosting an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on Sunday, April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the Ammerman Campus in Selden.  This event, which seeks to increase awareness about suicide and raise funds to fight it, will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Join a quarter of a million people from hundreds of cities across all 50 states to raise awareness and funds that will save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. This will be the first Out of the Darkness walk to take place at a college on Long Island.  We thank Ammerman Campus student, Anne Deubel, for proposing this event idea.  Anne, working  closely with Sarah Boles, Faculty Coordinator for Mental Health Services, has been able to initiate the planning necessary to introduce a local Long Island walk on a Suffolk campus.

When someone participates in the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, they join the effort with thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.  We are looking for supporters in the college community who understand the growing concern about suicidal behavior and are willing to do something to bolster efforts to prevent suicide.

For more information, please go online and visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) or their Out of the Darkness Walks-New York sites. To provide you with more information, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, April 5th, in the Southampton Building, Room 230 on the Ammerman Campus.  Anyone who would like to join the committee or participate in the event is invited to attend.

Thank you in advance for considering providing support to this important initiative.


Location: Suffolk County Community College – Ammerman Campus
533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784
Contact: Anne Deubel; 631-704-7266; longislandny@afsp.org

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4/7/17 2nd Annual AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENT UNION Student Diversity Leadership Conference

AASU Diversity Conference Flyer 2017-4-7

Friday April 7, 2017

9:00AM to 3:00PM

Suffolk County Community College

Ammerman Campus, Babylon Student Center

533 College Road, Selden, NY 11727

Maria DeLongoria, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor of History, Medgar Evers College

Kaliah D. Greene, M.B.A. Asst. Dean, VP of Academic Affairs, St. Joseph’s College

Jarvis M. Watson, Ed.D. Asst. Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Stony Brook University

Conversations about Campus and Community Interaction from the Student Perspective:

  • Systemic privilege in America
  • Community Building: What role do community colleges and their students have in building diverse and inclusive communities?
  • Protesting in America, Then and Now: Does protesting still work?

Afternoon session will feature panel discussion with student organization leaders

Welcome back to members of the African Diaspora Alumni Network

See photos from 2016 Conference


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3/30/17 Christopher Verga ’05 Civil Rights on Long Island by Historical Society of Islip Hamlet

civil_rights_on_liOn Thurs., March 30th, the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet will host Christopher Verga ’05, a local historian, writer and American history lecturer at Suffolk County Community College. Christopher’s works include his monthly column in Greater Bay Shore and his forthcoming book, “Bay Shore”. Christopher utilized images from local historical societies, private collections, and The African American Museum of Nassau County to author, “Civil Rights on Long Island”.

The interactive lecture will detail the historic race relations and struggles for equality across Long Island. These historical, sometimes overlooked, events paved the way for milestones, and complications in segregation.

The program will be held at the Islip Public Library, 71 Monell Ave, Islip, NY 11751 7-9 pm and is free and open to the public.

Books available for sale after the event, refreshments. For more info, 631-245-0675, www.isliphamlethistory.org

Register online

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.


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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