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State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson awarded 12 Suffolk County Community College students with the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at an Albany awards ceremony earlier this month.
“I am extremely proud of our students who have demonstrated academic excellence and are an inspiration to fellow students, our campuses and communities,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement. Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.
Suffolk’s 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipients:
Bethany Weniger, a Liberal Arts – General Studies major, from Middle Island, with a 3.8 grade point average has earned Dean’s List recognition each semester during the last two years. Bethany serves as managing editor of the Compass Newspaper, is a Get There From Here Scholar, and honors student.
Katelyn O’Brien, a Business Administration major from Greenlawn, with a 3.9 grade point average, has earned Dean’s List recognition every semester during the last two years. Katelyn serves as president of the Business and Accounting Club, vice president of the Student Government, orientation leader and a Get There From Here Scholar.
Kevin Herrera, an Engineering Science major from Riverhead, with a 3.9 grade point average, has earned Dean’s List recognition every semester during the last two years. Kevin serves as a student scribe, peer mentor and a Get There From Here Scholar.
Sarah Feder, a Liberal Arts – Math major, from Commack, with a 3.6 grade point average, has earned Dean’s list recognition and serves as an officer of communications for Phi Theta Kappa. Sarah is an Honors student, Get There From Here Scholar and orientation leader. Sarah is also a catechist for a third grade religion class at Christ the King Church in Commack.
Tri Nguyen, a Liberal Arts General Studies major from Farmingville, with a 3.8 grade point average has earned Dean’s List recognition every semester during the last two years. Tri is a Get There From Here Scholar and Honors student. He serves as an orientation leader, Campus Activities Board Finance Executive and a senator in the Student Government.
Felicia Molzon, a Communications Studies major from Mastic Beach, with a 3.9 grade point average, has earned Dean’s List recognition every semester during the last two years. Felicia serves as president of Phi Theta Kappa, vice president of the Honors Club, and a peer mentor.
Marta Wyszynski, a Liberal Arts General Studies major with a 4.0 grade point average has earned Dean’s List recognition every semester during the last two years. Marta serves as vice president of leadership for PTK, and a senator in the Student Government Association.
Alexzandra Mojica, a Liberal Arts major from East Meadow, with a 4.0 grade point average has earned Dean’s List recognition every semester during the last two years. Alexzandra serves as president of the Psychology Club, vice president of ALAS, (Association of Latino American Students), and is an Honors student.
Faiz Shakir, an Accounting Major from Brentwood, with a 3.8 grade point average, has earned Dean’s List recognition every semester during the last two years. Faiz serves as President of Student Government, captain of the Speech and Debate Team, and student representative on the Campus Scholarship Committee.
Samantha Savvides, a Liberal Arts major from Dix Hills, with a 3.7 grade point average, has earned Dean’s List recognition, and is an Honors Student. She serves as a peer mentor, president of Phi Theta Kappa and a member of the Student Government’s Food Service Committee.
Theresa Grillo, a Liberal Arts General Studies major from Kings Park with a 3.8 grade point average has earned Dean’s List recognition every semester during the last two years. Theresa is an Honors student and serves as the program coordinator for Campus Activities Board, peer mentor and editor-in-chief of Cassandra, the literary magazine for the Grant Campus.
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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.
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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.
Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory will serve as Grand Marshall.
The College will forgo a keynote speaker and instead focus on the graduates and 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.
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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.
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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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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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.
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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.