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Suffolk County Community College’s athletics program has been named a the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) 2017-18 NATYCAA Cup Award recipient, finishing third, for overall athletics program excellence. The college’s program was also recognized as the sixth best in the nation out of 650 two-year colleges.
The NATYCAA Cup Award was established in 2003 and recognizes, nationally, overall outstanding two-year athletics programs. Since 2012, Suffolk County Community College has had two sixth place finishes, two third place finishes, one second place finishes and one first place finish.
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Riverhead News Review “Former ‘disco cop’ to give jazz concert in Riverhead”
by Tim Gannon 06/19/2018 6:00 AM
You may know Craig Boyd ’76 of Riverhead as the “disco cop” who used dance moves to direct traffic at a busy intersection in Hampton Bays and became known nationally for a time.
Or you may know him as the chairman of the music department at Suffolk County Community College, a position he held from 1994 to 2013.
You may even know him from his first band back in the 1960s, called the Big Men. At age 14, Mr. Boyd played in that band with the late Vietnam War hero Garfield Langhorn; they played at the 1965 World’s Fair. Curtis Highsmith later joined the band to form Little Curtis and the Big Men, one of the most popular local bands.
But on Friday, Mr. Boyd, who is still a professor of music at the college, will get back to doing what he started out doing: playing music in his hometown of Riverhead, in a presentation he’s calling “Full Circle.”
He will perform a solo jazz guitar concert at Riverhead Free Library at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22.
Mr. Boyd said it was the rockabilly music of Duane Eddy that originally turned him on to the guitar as a youngster.
“My mother saw that I was interested, so she went down to Ninow’s Music and bought a guitar for me,” he recalled. “To this day, I can’t remember when I didn’t have a guitar.”
He was 6 when he started taking lessons from Otto Ninow in Riverhead. His mother and his entire family were musically inclined, and his mother made sure everyone played an instrument.
“The guitar game me purpose in life,” Mr. Boyd said in an interview this week.
He would walk to Ninow’s from Roanoke Avenue school for lessons, but he also learned from migrant farm workers who played at Grangebel Park.
“These men used to walk around with guitars on their backs, they were blues men,” Mr. Boyd said. “You don’t see that anymore.”
When he was 12, he joined his first band, which included Mr. Langhorn, who would later sacrifice his own life in the Vietnam War to save other soldiers from a live grenade.
Mr. Langhorn was his “mentor” on guitar, Mr. Boyd said.
“He was really a nice kid,” Mr. Boyd said. “I can see his big smile now. He knew chords on the guitar that I didn’t know.”
Pfc. Garfield Langhorn posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and a bust honoring him is located outside Riverhead Town Hall.
Mr. Boyd later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning degrees in music composition and music education. He taught music in the Riverhead School District for several years before going to Suffolk County Community College, where he was director of bands for 10 years before becoming chair of the music department.
In 2005, he received the State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.
In the late 1970s, he worked as a session musician while attending school. Over the years, he produced, recorded, composed, arranged, conducted and performed jazz, classical, pop and dance music.
His brother Wayne convinced him to become a part-time traffic control officer for the Southampton Town Police Department.
By Memorial Day 1981, the “disco cop” was born. He started doing his moves while directing traffic at the intersection of Shinnecock Road and Foster Avenue in Hampton Bays, which leads to the ocean beaches. He was then moved to the busy corner of Good Ground Road and Ponquogue Avenue, where he started getting noticed.
Mr. Boyd, then 30, began dancing in the middle of street while simultaneously directing cars, and it caught on. (Catch his old routine on YouTube)
He would spin his arms while hopping on one foot before telling a driver whether to stop or go. Sometimes, he’d spin around completely in the middle of moving traffic before giving directions.
“The store owners and the people in the community were very positive about it,” he said. “I had no idea it was bringing so much attention. It was just my way of doing things. And I never had an accident.”
He said his background in conducting music actually helped him direct traffic.
The locals loved him — and he was even featured in a Burger King commercial. He recalled a time someone was parked in a fire zone and he went into a bar to tell the man to move his car; about five men from “out of town” became hostile and confronted him.
“Then, all of a sudden, about five local guys, big guys, came up, and said, ‘You all right, Disco?’ They had my back.”
He only did his “disco cop” routine for two summers, and says he never wanted to become a full-time police officer.
His run-in at the bar, he said, “was nothing compared to what a real police officer is involved in.”
In an 2011 interview with the Southampton Press, Conrad Teller, who was Southampton Town police chief at the time, said the department received numerous letters about the disco cop and “most of them loved him. He kept traffic moving and it was a very tough spot in them days.”
Nowadays, an electronic signal conducts traffic at the intersection of Ponquogue Avenue and Good Ground Road. But Mr. Boyd said people still remember him.
“It was quite an experience,” he said.
Top photo caption: Craig Boyd “disco cop” performs as he directs traffic. (Courtesy photo)
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Read Newsday – “Long Island college students get help from on-campus food pantries” By Michael Cusanelli Updated June 9, 2018 10:25 AM
Luigi Pesce is one of the college students on Long Island, and among the 36 percent of college students nationwide, who struggle with food insecurity…
Of the 17 colleges on Long Island, Stony Brook is one of six that has a food pantry, along with Nassau Community College, SUNY Old Westbury, Hofstra University, St. Joseph’s College and Suffolk County Community College. SUNY Farmingdale is currently in the process of developing its own pantry with help from NCC. Students only need to show their school ID in order to utilize the pantries.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed establishing the No Student Goes Hungry Program, an on-site food pantry or outside arrangement for food assistance for all state schools, in his 2018 State of the State address. Currently, fewer than half of SUNY and CUNY campuses across the state have food pantries, according to Cuomo’s office.
There are more than 570 campus food pantries nationwide, up from fewer than 10 in 2009, according to the release.
Food insecurity is more severe at community colleges nationwide, where 42 percent of students are food insecure, according to an April survey from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, a research laboratory that specializes in postsecondary education… More online
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Suffolk County Community College Graduation Thursday May 24, 2018
Suffolk County Community College will graduate 4,279 students at its Thursday May 24 ceremony in the Health Sports and Education Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood. Graduation will begin at 11 a.m.
The celebration will be live streamed on the college’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SUNYSFLK) and feature students speakers from each of the college’s three campuses.
The featured student speakers are:
A communication studies major from Mastic Beach, Molzon has earned Dean’s List recognition every semester for the last two years. She served as President of Phi Theta Kappa, Vice President of the Honors Club and was also a peer mentor. A Get There from Here Scholar and a 2018 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
Nguyen came to the United States from Vietnam when he was in 10th grade and later graduated from Sachem High School-East. At Suffolk, he was an SGA Senator and member of the Campus Activities Board. He travelled to Albany with fellow students to advocate for increased funding for community colleges. Nguyen was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and is a Get There from Here Scholar. Nguyen graduates today from Suffolk’s Honors program and plans to further his studies in communications and business.
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Troy was born and raised in North Babylon and graduated from St. John the Baptist High School. At Suffolk, she was active in the Communications Honor Society, the Catholic Club and the Guitar/Music Club. Troy was selected to participate in the College’s Alternative Spring Break trip last March and travelled to Wilmington, Delaware to work with Habitat for Humanity. Troy has been accepted to Hofstra University and will be majoring in Communications.
Special Programming on Suffolk’s Radio Station
New this year and as part of a weekend celebration, Suffolk County Community College Internet Radio will present a full weekend of special programming beginning on Commencement Day, Thursday May24th.
The programming begins at 9:30 a.m. with this year’s Spring Concert Series featuring the choir, Suffolk Singers and orchestra and will be followed by college’s commencement live from the Grant Campus starting at 11 a.m. and simulcast on Sharks TV (link available on the college website sunysuffolk.edu).
After commencement, day two of the 2018 Spring Concert Series featuring the symphonic band and jazz ensemble. Following the concert it’s Class Reunion Weekend! Class Reunion Weekend will feature blocks of music dedicated to past graduating classes and will run through Memorial Day weekend.
Encores of the special programming with day one of this year’s Spring Concert Series featuring the choir, Suffolk Singers and orchestra will air on Saturday May 26 at 9 p.m. and Memorial Day at 9 a.m. Encores of Day two of the 2018 Spring Concert Series featuring the symphonic band and jazz ensemble will air Sunday May 27 at 9 a.m. and Memorial Day at 9 p.m.
Join us for a full weekend of special programming on Suffolk County Community College Internet Radio!
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Suffolk Students Speak: Find academic enrichment and personal growth at Suffolk County Community College
Alumni take a look you might see some familiar faces in this video
* not pictured: Alexzandra Mojica, Sarah Feder
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.
U.S. Representatives Lee Zeldin and Peter King joined Suffolk County Community College, Nassau Community College, Suffolk County Legislators Tom Donnelly and Susan Berland, veteran students and local veterans to announce the expansion of the VetsSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program to Long Island. The LI Congressional Delegation worked with Suffolk and Nassau to secure the program for our veterans.
The expansion of the VSOC program provides our veteran students with access to programs to help them transition into civilian life and the workforce. The VSOC program provides a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to each VSOC school. These VRCs are called VSOC Counselors. Suffolk is one of only 99 colleges in the country with the VSOC program.
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Eastern Campus Student Fine Arts Exhibit, April 19 – May 15
The spring Eastern Campus Student Fine Arts Exhibit is a lively salon-style show highlighting exceptional art work created by students from Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus. The spring student exhibit displays works created in fine art disciplines including Drawing, 2D Design, and Art Appreciation and will feature more than 60 works in a variety of media and sizes.
Prospective students are encouraged to attend the exhibit to see the high proficiency attained by enrollees in Suffolk’s Eastern Campus Art Department.
The Lyceum Gallery located on the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead will present the Eastern Campus Student Fine Arts Exhibit from April 19 – May 15.
An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and holidays.
Directions to the Eastern Campus: Take the Long Island Expressway to exit 70. Take Country Road 111 four miles to Country Road 51. Turn left toward Riverhead and go north on 51. After 3.5 miles, turn right onto Speonk-Riverhead Road to the campus entrance on the right. For additional information, please call 631 -548-2536.