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Suffolk County Community College Alumni Association 2015 Year in Review

SCCC Alumni LogoIn 2015 Suffolk County Community College Alumni Association had:

  • 70,238+ views on @SCCCAlumni Twitter for alumni updates. #SUNYSFLK #SCCCAlumni
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  • 850+ individuals on Suffolk County Community College Alumni Group LinkedIn sharing career information and jobs.
  • 250+ volunteers offer support to enhance the well being of our student body, alumni, faculty, college and community.
  • 64 events hosted or promoted at Suffolk County Community College or off-campus to connect alumni on Facebook.
  • 1 new website in design for launch 2016! E-mail alumni@sunysuffolk.edu to take a test drive.

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Suffolk County Community College to Confer Degrees on Record 4,306 Graduates, Ceremony May 17, 2015

Suffolk County Community College will confer degrees on a record 4,306 students at its 2015 commencement – the College’s 53rd — on Sunday May 17, 2015.

Graduation CapsSuffolk County Community College Graduation Facts:
Suffolk County Community College’s Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony is Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the field house of the Health, Sports and Education Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood.  The college is graduating a record 4,306 students.

Grand Marshal
Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory will serve as Grand Marshall.

Keynote address
The College will forgo a keynote speaker and instead focus on the graduates and student speakers.

Student Speakers
The college’s student graduation speakers are:

Satoko Matthews representing the Eastern Campus
Satoko Matthews, of East Patchogue, served as the Vice President and finally the president of the Culinary Arts and Baking Club. She also served as captain of the Culinary Knowledge Bowl team and led the team to a win at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Regional Competition and second place at the national competition. Satoko also served as a senator at the Eastern Campus representing the Culinary Department. She is also a recipient of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award.

Her community service includes assisting in the launch of a program through the local ACF Eastern Long Island Chapter’s “Lunch Break for Kids, ” a month-long initiative that involved visits to local schools from Pre-K through high school to educate students about eating healthier. Satoko was also instrumental in the ACF’s launch of the SEED (Sustainable East End Development) charitable event last fall.

Andrea DiMaria representing the Michael J. Grant Campus
Brentwood’s Andrea DiMaria graduated from Brentwood High School in 2012 with an Advanced Regent’s Diploma and was urged to attend Suffolk County Community College by her parents who are strong advocates for community college education. Andrea has two sisters, Danielle who graduated from Suffolk County Community College in 2011 and Gabrielle who is a current Suffolk student.

Andrea’s enthusiasm for being involved has made her a significant part of campus life at the Michael J. Grant Campus.  Andrea was an executive in the Campus Activities Board and took part in hosting common hour events to boost student involvement in campus activities.  She was an outstanding peer mentor and supported new and continuing students as well as assisted in the planning of new student orientation with the Orientation Planning Committee. Andrea was also an active member of the Rotary Volunteer Club. She is graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts.

Steven Curcio representing the Ammerman Campus
Patchogue’s Steven Curcio is the 2015 Daniel DePonte Student of the Year.  In addition to being an honors student, a student senator, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, Steven is a Get There From Here scholar, a member of the PTK All New York Academic Team, a Distinguished Student Award winner, a SUNY Chancellor’s Award winner, and a Stay on Long Island scholarship winner.  He is also the winner of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, a prestigious award given to less than 100 students nationally.

Social Media
The college will be using #SFLK15 hash tag to identify graduation photos, etc. on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. College social media channels are:

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http://stream.sunysuffolk.edu 10AM Sunday May 17, 2015

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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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Matthew Moore,’09 MSW, Suffolk County Community College Alumni Profile

Matthew Moore '09 MSW

Matthew Moore ’09 MSW

Matthew Moore,’09 MSW is the Executive Intern to the President at Stony Brook University and is serving as First-Vice President of the Long Island Latino Teachers Association. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University where he graduated cum laude, and was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Psi Chi International Honor Society.  In 2011 Matthew was invited to join the national Phi Beta Kappa honor society, an honor that is only open to the top 10% of students in the nation. Matthew continued his education and earned a Master’s degree from Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare.

Upon completing his graduate degree, Matthew worked as Senior Research Analyst for the State University of New York Research foundation on a federally-sponsored fatherhood initiative program. Shortly after that he served as Program Director for the EAC Network, Inc. District Attorney’s Pre-Plea Community Service Program.

As a first-generation college graduate and well-accomplished scholar, Matthew understands how complex and intimidating the US higher education system can be for aspiring students. With this reality in mind, Matthew has a personal conviction to inspire every young scholar he encounters that “it is possible.” Despite his humble beginnings in a single-parent, fatherless household, Matthew has overcome many personal and social challenges and has galvanized his dreams into a prolific career.

Matthew has several years of experience in the field of education in a variety of settings and has influenced the lives of many young people. He’s served as a lead instructor in New York State’s first university-sponsored Freedom School which provides reading and self-esteem enrichment for children from economically challenged communities. He’s taught seminar courses for new college students, counseled, mentored, advised and even coached many young people. Matthew currently speaks in schools, churches, and conferences both local and international.

Matthew enjoys playing basketball, traveling internationally, and spending time with his family. During the summer of 2014 he joined a team of dynamic young adults to conduct a massive outreach in Haiti. This was a “life-changing” experience, Matthew quotes.

He believes that with strong ambition, personal fortitude, and a stable support system, there is no limit to what anyone can accomplish.

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Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Eta Gamma Alumni Update

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From: PTK Alumni scccptkalphaetagamma@gmail.com

Sent: Friday, October 24, 2014 11:21 PM
Subject: Alpha Eta Gamma Alumni Update


My Dear Alumni,


This past weekend, from the 17th to 19th, Suffolk County Community College hosted the Phi Theta Kappa’s New York Regional Conference on the Ammerman campus.  The event went off without a hitch and Alpha Eta Gamma effectively helped the students to show our region some good old fashion PTK Fellowship.  The alumni came together to make a strong showing on all three days, both charter and new members, in addition to some new alums that are recent graduates.  We would like to thank Kaitlyn, the association’s newest officer for her individual efforts, tireless dedication, and for making really cool mini PTK cupcakes.


Over the course of the convention weekend, Alpha Eta Gamma exemplified PTK Service from start to finish.  We greeted convention goers at the hotel on Friday, provided coffee and snacks on Saturday and Sunday, as well as assisted the chapter in executing the “Amazing Race” on Saturday afternoon. A big thank you to Deborah, Kim, Matt, Chip, and Natali who all pitched in to demonstrate alumni commitment to Phi Theta Kappa ideals.


Alpha Eta Gamma’s executive board took the reins and provided the association’s Leadership.  Sandra our Advisor, Lisamarie our Parliamentarian, Steve our Ammerman Chapter Representative, and Kaitlyn our Treasurer, all stepped up to make the convention successful.  Lisamarie went above and beyond for this event; her hard work ensured the realization of our association’s participation.  Russell from the College Foundation helped in innumerable ways. He provided guidance, advice, and all the little things that truly make a difference.   Russell made sure we had nametags, alumni pins, table tents, and other various SCCC handouts.  These items went a long way to show the regional convention goers our professionalism and dedication to Phi Theta Kappa.


And, of course, Scholarship was demonstrated by our alums as well.  Sandra, Matt, Lisamarie, Steve, Kaitlyn, and I discussed events as they unfolded.  We devised strategies on the fly, while researching different options to maximize our effectiveness (smartphones do come in handy).  Everyone participated in the discussions at one point or another; however, Steve came up with some very clever ideas during our brainstorming sessions.  Of which, more on that later…


Ultimately, the weekend was very fulfilling and I’m proud to be a member of Alpha Eta Gamma.


Dave Purificato ’11, President


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Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Gamma Eta Alumni Chapter Volunteer Opportunity

Dear Phi Theta Kappa Alumni,

Now that we are official as Alpha Gamma Eta Alumni Chapter, we need Alumni participation to show our presence.  The perfect opportunity is the upcoming Phi Theta Kappa New York Region’s Honors in Action Conference, which will be hosted for the first time on the Ammerman campus.

The event will be held from Friday October 17th to Sunday October 19th. This is truly a great opportunity for us to help the students.  Please let me know if you can volunteer for 2 to 4 hours of your time any time over the course of this weekend.  We have many things that can be done.

Please give of your time.  This event is too good to pass-up not to show our support.

Thank you

Lisamarie Rykowski


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Suffolk County Community College 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Suffolk County Community College 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dr. June Ohrnberger, Professor of English as a Second Language and Director of the College’s ESL program, has been selected as this year’s Grand Marshal.

Our student speakers are Danielle Safaty from the Michael J. Grant Campus, Ramona Miranda from the Eastern Campus, and Elizabeth Ammenwerth from the Ammerman Campus.

Danielle Safaty is graduating with an honors diploma in liberal arts with an emphasis in biology. She is currently featured in a Student Spotlight video on the home page of the College’s website. Graduating from Hauppauge High School in June 2012, Danielle enrolled at Suffolk when she was 16 years old. She recently received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and is a Get There from Here Scholarship recipient. Passionate about pursuing a career in medicine, Danielle is a member of three honors societies here at the College: Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Beta, and Sigma Kappa Delta. Active on campus, she served as President for three student clubs: The Natural Science and Discovery Club, The Chemistry Club, and the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Journal Club.  Ms. Safaty plans to transfer to SUNY Upstate Medical University, where she will pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Technology.  Her career goal is to eventually become a doctor of medicine.

Ramona Miranda is graduating with a diploma in Liberal Arts.  Born in Managua, Nicaragua, she arrived on Long Island at the age of 2.  A 2005 graduate of Greenport High School, she was recently selected for the 2014 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, a nationally recognized award that honors our nation’s leading students.  Ramona will be attending LIU Post in the fall, where she plans on majoring in International Studies and will minor in Political Science.  In the fall, she will also begin an internship with the United Nations, which aligns with her career goal to one day become a peacekeeper or a UN ambassador.

Elizabeth Ammenwerth became a member of the Honors College after her first semester at Suffolk.  By her third semester, she was selected to receive a Get There From Here Scholarship.  Today, she credits this scholarship support from the College’s Foundation for helping her meet the financial obligation of earning her degree. Most recently, Elizabeth was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.  A member of multiple honors organizations, she still finds time to participate in a full schedule of campus and community involvement.  She is President of the Community Service Club, member of Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma, Communication Chair of the Club Board, and has advocated on behalf of the College in front of our elected representatives in Albany, all while going to school full-time and maintaining a family.  Chosen by the Ammerman Campus as the Daniel B. Deponte Student of the Year, she will graduate with a degree in Business Administration.  A resident of Bayport, her career goal is to own a specialty food store.

The keynote address will be delivered by William Moore, Esq. Mr. Moore served on the College’s Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2009.  Elected as its Chairman from 2004 to 2009, Mr. Moore led the Board through the resolution of a major legal decision that determined critical aspects of fiscal autonomy and operational flexibility should be placed under the direction of the College’s administration.  He was also the driving force behind the introduction of Board self-assessment and a focus on policy development.  A graduate of the Vermont Law School, Mr. Moore was on the prestigious Law Review. Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and Federal District Court for the Eastern District, he is a Member of the New York State Bar Association.


Nine Suffolk County Community College Students Earn Distinguished Student Achievement Award

Long Island Press Releases(Long Island, NY) Nine Suffolk County Community College students from the college’s Ammerman Campus were presented with Distinguished Student Achievement Awards for having a “significant positive effect on the community and/or the College”  at an awards ceremony on April 30.
The student recipients, selected by college faculty, are:

  • Courntey Ocasio (Patchogue)
  • Timothy Cary (Greenport)
  • Deirdre Keen (Selden)
  • Bryan Nee  (East Setauket)
  • Elizabeth Ammenwerth (Bayport)
  • Amie Bernstein (Holbrook)
  • Rebecca Serini (Farmingville)
  • Justin Joseph (Shoreham)
  • Angelina Curley  (Sayville)

Excerpts of faculty introductions of several of the award recipients are below.

Elizabeth Ammenwerth (nominated by faculty member J. Andrew Monahan)

This award is to acknowledge not only her scholarship but her contributions to both the college and the community.  Before doing so, I would like to spend a moment outlining her background.  Beth is the recipient of the Daniel B. DePonte Ammerman Campus Student of the Year Award as well as the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.  She has also received a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship.  She is in the Honors Program and a Get There from Here Scholar, as well as a member of Alpha Beta Gamma, Phi Theta Kappa, and Pi Alpha Sigma.  Outside of the classroom she is President of the Community Service Club.  Last semester she worked on a clothing drive.  Recently she also interned with the Town of Babylon’s Beautification Project, coordinating a beach cleanup at Venetian Shores Park.  Her level of commitment is particularly impressive given that she is concurrently a full time student, a full time employee, and also both a wife and mother.  She is also an ordained Minister.  Because of this, many students view her as a role model.  She has my unconditional respect, and, I know, that of my colleagues as well.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Beth Ammenwerth, recipient of the Distinguished Student Achievement Award.

Justin Joseph (as nominated by Counselor Matthew Zisel)

Justin is a sincere humanitarian. He has organized campus-based sporting events twice this year to collect food for the Long Island Cares food pantry. He has volunteered at Good Shepard Hospice, where he provided a day of caregiving to young children who had experienced the loss of a loved one. The event, known as the Children’s Holiday Party, was an experience that he has told me that he will never forget. I am familiar with a few of Justin’s ambitions in life, and most of them have to do with assisting less advantaged people. All of Justin’s efforts in these endeavors come from a special place- his heart. He is as sincere as they come.
In addition to his leadership in community service initiatives, Justin is an academic leader as well. While he is primarily interested in mathematics, he fully appreciates all types of learning. From Calculus, to Chemistry, to the Philosophy of Human Liberation- Justin celebrates rigorous academic of study. He is a naturally curious young man.

I would like to congratulate Justin! He has distinguished himself as a student leader, a scholar, and perhaps most importantly, as a friend to all that have been privileged to know him.

Courtney Ocasio (as nominated by Courtney Brewer, PhD, Asst. Prof. of Psychology)

I am very pleased to present this Distinguished Student Achievement Award to Courtney Ocasio.  Courtney has served as President of the Ammerman Campus chapter of Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology, for the past school year, and I have had the pleasure of working with her as the faculty advisor for Psi Beta.

I have had past presidents before, but none like Courtney.  She eagerly stepped forward to assume this leadership position and has upheld the standards of the office in every way.  I’ve seen firsthand how Courtney has acted as an excellent role model for her peers, and can always be counted on to help make the chapter run smoothly in any way, from her one-woman membership drive which brought in 20 new members, to working bake sales, to coordinating and collaborating with her peers in order to create Psi Beta’s Stress Prevention and Management presentation during the library’s Wellness Week earlier this month.  Courtney was the driving force behind what turned out to be an informative, interactive, and very impressive presentation designed to benefit the campus community. All this while maintaining her 4.0 GPA, and being an active member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Courtney’s passion is for helping children, and she plans to dedicate her future academic and career path to this end.  She understands the value of her education in providing her with the necessary tools to meet her goals.  She is an active member of the communities to which she belongs, both on and off campus, and has been an asset to our College.  She is a shining example of what Suffolk has to offer the world in our graduates.  I have no doubt she will be a Suffolk “success story” at the end of her journey.  Courtney will be a welcome and valuable addition to any school, program, or organization that is fortunate enough to have her.  It has been not only a pleasure, but an honor to work with her, and she is truly a “distinguished student”.  Congratulations Courtney, and thank you.

Angelina Curley (as nominated by Marianne McNamara; Asst. Prof. of Biology)

It is my great pleasure to award Angelina Curley with the Distinguished Student Award for 2014. I first met Angelina as a student in my BIO152 class last fall. She immediately made an impression by asking insightful and thoughtful questions on even the most boring of material. While her aptitude for learning is tremendous, it is overshadowed only by her passion for and commitment to outreach and community service. Since January 2013, Angelina has served as president of the Biology Club at SCCC.  During this time, she coordinated a campus blood drive with the American Red Cross, collecting over fifty pints of blood for those in need. She also organized an organ donor awareness event after learning that New York was ranked 47th in the US for registered organ donors. This event drew over 60 faculty and students and generated over a dozen new signatures for organ donation. Angelina also arranged trips to the 17th Annual Stony Brook Mind and Brain Conference, the Bodies exhibit in New York City, and helped to organize a special visit to Unity Drive Elementary School in Centereach providing first graders a lesson in bone anatomy. This event received an incredible amount of praise and laid the foundation for future events at this and other schools on Long Island. Not stopping there, Angelina also organized numerous guest lectures during her tenure as Bio Club president. These lectures included a speaker who described to SCCC students their personal account of overcoming Multiple Sclerosis through changes in lifestyle and nutrition modification. Angelina and her club also hosted a fundraising bake sale and organized a book drive to collect gently-used children’s books to those in need during the holidays. Angelina is humble and sincere, she does all of this without any need for commendation or praise, and truly views outreach and community involvement as an ongoing responsibility. She is able to balance these efforts with an excellent academic record, while working full-time and providing primary care of an older relative.
It is with great pride that I present her today with Suffolk County Community College’s Distinguished Student Award.

Bryan Nee (as nominated by Steven Lantz-Gefroh; Prof. of Theatre)

It is my pleasure to introduce the next recipient of the Faculty Senate—Distinguished Student Achievement Award:  Bryan Nee.  Bryan—come on up!  Bryan is a winner of the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, has been included in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, has received the “Get There From Here” Scholarship, was a finalist for the “Stay on Long Island” Scholarship, has earned Pi Alpha Sigma honors and continues to make the Dean’s List with a 3.8 GPA.  He also serves as a volunteer firefighter and assistant youth football coach in his community and has been an Orientation leader, mentor for young theatre students, my student aid in the department’s Stage Combat class and a successful member of the Suffolk Forensics Team.

These accomplishments alone would have qualified Bryan for the DSA. But what pushed his nomination over the top for us, was his work in the theatre department and the regional and national accolades he has received from the Kennedy Center—American College Theatre Festival and its Acting Competition also known as the Irene Ryans.

Every year Suffolk competes in both performance and technical events against some of the top 4-year colleges and Masters Programs in the six states that comprise the New England Region.  Not only has Bryan had major roles in five productions here at Suffolk but he has also consistently excelled as an Irene Ryan nominee and partner during these Festivals.  In January of 2013, he served as partner to Oya Bangura.  They won that regional competition and in April of last year, took first place in the National Irene Ryans in Washington, DC.  In January of this year, Bryan returned to the Festival as partner to Jack Weppler.  No national title this time but a strong showing once again in our Region as the only participants from a community college in the final round.

Bryan is a throwback to another generation, which speaks well of his upbringing.  He embraces the concepts of honor, loyalty and integrity and strives to live his life by them.  He has this tough guy exterior; but, inside—the sensitive soul of an artist; although he would never admit this in public.  He is a perfectionist.  He leads by example, he works hard, never complains and inspires others to follow suit.  That tireless work ethic, combined with his talent, dedication and achievements in the community and on the collegiate level, along with his accomplishments on the regional and national stages of the Kennedy Center set him apart.

I have been proud to serve as his professor, his director and his mentor during his tenure here at Suffolk.  Last year he shared this Award with the Cast and Crew of The Foreigner.  This year I am honored to present him with his very own.  Congratulations Bryan!

Timothy Carey (as nominated by Christina Bosco; Adjunct  Instructor, History)

I first met Tim when he sat in the front of my Western Civ II class last fall.  It quickly became clear that he was the kind of student professors hope most for– inquisitive, thoughtful, and energetic.  In the time he’s been here, Tim has devoted himself to his education, using this opportunity to engage with all that Suffolk has to offer.  Earning Dean’s list his first semester, Tim’s voracious thirst for knowledge makes him a stand-out student.  Tim originally pursued STEM, thinking, like many students that that is his best avenue for a career.  After dedicating countless hours to math and science, he came to the conclusion that he loved liberal arts and it was better to pursue his passion and interests to truly make his time at Suffolk well spent.

While at Suffolk Tim has discovered a love of history and has become president of the History Club.  Tim worked hard to ensure that the History Club activities were a success while also remaining active in the Student Veterans Association. Several veterans joined the History Club on our recent trip to the Statue of Liberty and because of Tim’s involvement, next semester the History Club and SVA will be working together on events.   Throughout the semester he has actively participated in organizing activities and even volunteered his time, rides and assistance so that any student who wants to join us can do so.  It’s been a pleasure to watch as shy students come out of their shell because Tim took an interest and his easy demeanor makes everyone feel included.

Tim leads by example and his confidence and commitment to school inspires others. He considers his opportunity to study at Suffolk a blessing and is excited about the chance to start a new career.  Given his determination and ability, I have no doubt that he’ll find great success in the future.  It is a privilege to give him this award today.

Amie Bernstein (as nominated by Deborah Provenzano; Professor, Library)

The primary criterion considered when bestowing a Distinguished Student Award is inspiration and significant positive effects on the campus and community.

Think about the traits of people who have inspired you.  You probably think of courage – generosity – commitment – kindness and vision; the same traits we see in strong leaders.  I have seen each of these traits in Ms. Amie Bernstein.

Amie was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two year colleges in 2012 and has since held significant positions in that organization, most recently as its president. Last month she was nominated for and elected to serve as the president of all NYS PTK chapters. No Suffolk County Community College student has ever had this distinction conferred upon them.

When I first met Ms. Bernstein I noticed her ability to bring her fellow students into whatever group she was working with. Her sincerity and commitment to the task at hand are obvious to all who have worked with her. I have seen Amie reach out and bring a student she has never met before to a campus-sponsored event by simply walking up to them with an explanation of what the group was working on. Just like that – – she manages to get others involved

Amie is generous with her time and courageous in her vision. She was one of the guiding forces in organizing this year’s SUNY Commit to Complete day, helped make last month’s PTK Induction ceremony the most creative and memorable one yet (for those of you who were there, you know what I am talking about), and along with her fellow Phi Theta Kappans, brought together all three campus PTK chapters for a full evening of scholarship and fun at the first ever Chapters Unite program. Earlier this month Amie traveled up to Albany, in a very swanky car, to receive a Chancellors’ Award for Student Excellence from Chancellor Zimpher.

Amie has helped to expand our successful Peer Mentoring Program and completed a leadership course offered by the Office of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development.  Her work inside of the classroom has her not only as a member of PTK, but also as member of  Psi Beta, the Psychology Honor Society.  Next week, Amie will be inducted into Sigma Kappa Delta, the English Honor society. Amie is a courageous person and strong humble leader. She has what it takes.

Thank you Amie for everything you have done here at Suffolk.

Lastly, I want to thank Amie’s family for being here today and for always being there for Amie. Their dedication to raising a courageous visionary has benefited every student, faculty member and administrator here at the College.

Source: Long Island Exchange

Suffolk Students Honored For Exceptional Academic Achievement, Service to Community, Leadership

Fourteen Suffolk County Community College students were honored for exceptional academic achievement at a ceremony hosted by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher at the New York State Capitol today. Notably, Suffolk had the most Chancellor’s Award recipients for Student Excellence among community colleges. Six of the students are Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic team recipients.

“Our students, recognized for their outstanding academic achievements, leadership and service, exemplify the very best our college has to offer,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, “and they are shining examples for other students across our campuses and in our communities.”

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, campus involvement, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement. This year’s honorees have an overall grade point average of 3.8 (out of 4) and have demonstrated significant contributions to the College and community.

“Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, and those recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, truly embody the power of SUNY,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State. Congratulations to the Suffolk County Community College students being recognized today.”

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards Recipients

Elizabeth Ammenworth — Bayport
Sameer Anand – Baiting Hollow
Amie Bernstein — Holbrook
Taylor Biondi — Holbrook
Angelina Curley — Sayville
Felipe Espitia-Cetina— Brentwood
Jennifer Ilgaz — Eastport
Amanda Koscik — Commack
Suzanne Loevner – Bay Shore
Bryan Nee – East Setauket
Maryam Rabbani – Bay Shore
Deborah Rehm — Shirley
Danielle Safaty— Hauppauge
Jorge Vallecillo—West Islip

The Phi Theta Kappa Academic Team Awards recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students, and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, community service and fellowship programming.

Phi Theta Kappa Academic Team Awards

First Team:

Angelina Curley * Coca-Cola Scholarship-Silver
Amanda Koscik * Coca-Cola Scholarship-Bronze
Deborah Rehm

Third Team:

Sameer Anand
Felipe Espitia-Cetina
Jennifer Ilgaz

* This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Source: Suffolk County Community College

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