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Eastern Campus to Host American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – Sunday, October 23, 2016

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Suffolk County Community College, the Suffolk Community College Foundation and the American Cancer Society are working together to bring breast cancer awareness to the Long Island community.  On Sunday, October 23, 2016 the Eastern Campus will be hosting the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.  Approximately 4,000 individuals will walk around “Ring Road” and unite as a community to raise awareness about the steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer.


Additionally, we are happy to announce that through this partnership the Foundation has created the first endowed “Breast Cancer Survivor’s and Caregiver’s Scholarship.” This scholarship will be awarded to a Suffolk student who is a survivor or has been a caregiver to someone impacted by breast cancer.


When communities participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks they are helping those currently fighting the disease, those who may have to fight it one day, and those who will avoid a diagnosis due to education and risk reduction.  When it comes to breast cancer, no one should walk alone.  We encourage our college community members to form a team, join a team, walk as an individual or bring a friend to the Eastern Campus. For more information or details about registering please contact Russell Malbrough at 631-451-4630.

Together we can make a difference in our community.

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ABC NEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR at SUFFOLK 9/28 – Talking Politics, Making Sense of 2016 Presidential Campaign


Just two days after the first 2016 Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Suffolk County Community College will host ABC News Political Director Rick Klein at its Ammerman Campus in Selden to “Talk Politics.”

The hour long program will feature questions from members of the audience, including students and general public. The program is free.

WHO:             Rick Klein, Political Director of ABC News
WHAT:            Talking Politics and the 2016 Presidential Election
WHEN:           11 a.m. – Wednesday September 28, 2016
WHERE:         Suffolk County Community College

Shea Theatre
Islip Arts Building
Ammerman Campus
533 College Rd., Selden, NY 11874

About Rick Klein

Media Contact:
Drew Biondo

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Check out the new host, Sabrina Carlo, in a new episode of Suffolk Hacked!

Check out the new host, Sabrina Carlo, in a new episode of Suffolk Hacked!

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20% OFF!  April 18 – 22

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Not Only Save You Money…
They Also Help Save
Our Environment.
Quench your thirst while caring for our environment. Simply replace typical disposable
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at Follett’s campus book stores. Then use your new drinkware at any Aramark dining
location – as well as the Peconic Cafe on the Eastern Campus – and you’ll always only
Purchase Suffolk Reusable Drinkware and
Enjoy Discounted Refills at Aramark Locations and Peconic Cafe!

pay for the price of a small beverage, no matter the size of your container!
Plus, use your reusable containers for free water refills at conveniently
located bottle filling stations across the College.
For details, visit sunysuffolk.edu/Sustainability

Fate, Scholarship and Benefactor Add Up for Suffolk Foundation Award Recipient Quinn Favilla ’14

Suffolk County Community College graduate Quinn Favilla had not planned on attending college at Suffolk.

Quinn Favilla '14

Quinn Favilla ’14

Favilla’s plan included wrapping up a successful senior year at East Islip High School where she had excelled both academically and athletically as a member of the track team and then to attend one of the many college’s she had been accepted to that were offering her considerable scholarship money.

In Favilla’s grand plan, she would attend Binghamton University and run Division 1 track after her 2012 high school graduation.

Then fate intervened. A running injury caused Favilla to rethink where should would attend college.

“It didn’t make sense to spend the money, go into debt, and go away to a D1 school and not be able to do what I originally was going away for,” Favilla said. “Plus, I still needed to see a doctor for my injury, and needed physical therapy. My dad convinced me to go to Suffolk for a year and try it out.”

It was at Suffolk that Favilla acquired a love of math and ultimately was awarded the Frey Family Foundation Scholarship that paid for her continuing studies at Stony Brook University where she is now a senior finishing her degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and interning at a computer technology company in Manhattan.

Favilla recently met Robert Frey of Port Jefferson, who will be honored by Suffolk County Community College at its annual Salute to Excellence Gala on May 5.

Favilla was overjoyed to meet the benefactor whose scholarship allowed her to continue her studies. The Frey Family Foundation Scholarship awarded to mathematics majors provides $20,000 per academic year to deserving students.

“The scholarship has provided nearly $270,000 in awards since 2004 to 30 students,” said Sylvia A. Diaz, Ph.D., LMSW, executive director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation.

“You not only helped me financially,” Favilla told Frey, “but you reminded me of what it feels like to be a winner again. Your scholarship helped me pay for my entire first semester at Stony Brook University, freeing me up to work and save for my senior year, and now I am debt free. Awarding me that scholarship reminded me of what it felt like to be a success in something after putting in hard work, determination and effort. After I got injured, I didn’t know if I’d ever get that winning feeling again and it felt good. You reminded me that I can achieve anything I set my mind to and work hard to achieve it, and I carried that over with me to Stony Brook University, where I’ve continued to work, learn and succeed. Suffolk was, and always will be, considered the building block to the start of my success,” Favilla said.

“Despite being one of the most affordable colleges in New York, the Suffolk Community College Foundation awarded nearly $600,000 in scholarships and aid to students last year. The annual gala helps raise a significant amount of the funds the foundation awards through merit and need-based scholarships,” Diaz said.

Suffolk Community College Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence Gala 2016, Suffolk County Community College: The Bridge to Opportunity is on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Hilton Long Island in Huntington. Tickets and information are available at: https://sunysuffolk.thankyou4caring.org/events/salute-to-excellence-gala or by contacting Renee Ortiz at 631-451-4321.

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2nd Annual Professional Clothing Drive at Suffolk County Community College

The Career Services and Cooperative Education Office at the Ammerman Campus will be holding its 2nd annual professional clothing drive on Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12.  Gently used business clothing and accessories will be accepted on these days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 pm. – 4:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Babylon Student Center.

This year all clothing  will 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, last year’s drive was a tremendous success.  I hope that we can be just as successful this year.

Terry McKay
Career Advisor
Career Services & Cooperative Education
(631) 451-4049  (631) 451-4742

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A Raffle Winner’s Story – 2015 Salute to Excellence Gala & Maserati of Long Island

Suffolk Community College Foundation’s 2015 Salute to Excellence Gala & Maserati of Long Island – A Raffle Winner’s Story
Written by Bill Harney, Keeping Current Matters 3/10/2016

The story starts when my team and I attended the 2015 Salute to Excellence Gala in support of our dear friend Greg Garritano. During dinner, some of the event representatives were selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a weekend with a Maserati (courtesy of Maserati of Long Island). At our table, we joked about how cool it would be to cruise down the Expressway with our hair blowing in the wind, driving around in this super car. A few of us decided to buy some tickets, but my father – always the one to make a splash – decided to buy a large roll of tickets. He knew it was going to a great cause and figured “what the heck.”


As the event was going on, and we had these raffle tickets in front of us, we all started talking about a very special 11 year old. He’s the son of one of our team members, and the nephew of one of our leaders. And he’s got Type 1 Diabetes and is one of the strongest people I know. He loves racing cars (he competes at the race tracks out east) and he doesn’t let anyone tell him he “can’t” do something… especially his mother 🙂 At some point during the dinner, we all decided that if any of us win the raffle prize, we would somehow give this awesome experience to Harley… he’d enjoy it more than anyone else!


Well, this story wouldn’t be very entertaining without this part I guess. When the raffle was being announced, we all had our tickets in front of us. Nobody expected to win. There were hundreds of people at this event and we only had a tiny fraction of the tickets. But then it happened. They started calling out the numbers and they matched everyone on my ticket. I was mortified… but in a good way. I knew that it would be a scene to officially accept the prize and I’m not the type to want the spotlight. But as I walked up to accept the prize, I remembered Harley and a sudden calm came over me. Then excitement. I knew that this little guy, who gives me a lot of inspiration, was going to have a great time. And I knew his mom and dad would be super excited as well. That feeling was totally worth the pseudo-embarrassment of having hundreds of people stand, clap and then stare at me while I sat in this $100,000+ car.


When we got back to the office the next day, we let his mom know what had happened and that we wanted to give the prize to Harley. She was floored. You see, one of the other reasons we knew it would be awesome for Harley to be the “front man” for this prize is he’s an official ambassador for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation… at 11 years old. This kid is amazing!


And I’m attaching a picture here of Harley and is younger sister Rachel getting ready to go out in the Maserati (and no, Harley wasn’t able to drive, but he did have an awesome time).



Join the Suffolk Community College Foundation Salute to Excellence GalaThursday, May 5, 2016 at Hilton Long Island-Huntington www.sunysuffolk.edu/gala


Suffolk CCC wins men’s junior college bowling championship

February 27, 2016 6:33 PM
By Jordan Lauterbach  jordan.lauterbach@newsday.com

After last season’s second place finish at the Junior College National Championships, there was only direction for the Suffolk County Community College men’s bowling team to go, up. Up towards distinction, up towards a national championship.

And up they went. Suffolk CCC dominated the 20-team field en route to a national title at Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga, N.Y. on Saturday. John Kavanaugh led the eight-man team, bowling a 266 high game. Michael Kissel rolled a 234 high game. James Tagliaferro added a 223 and Michael Ruben had a 222.

Kavanaugh and Tagliaferro also won the doubles national title, shooting a collective 1,234 over three games.

“This was the best team we’ve had in 20 years,” coach Ken Rao said. “We knew this was going to be the team that would do it for us . . . Last year we took second place and missed (a championship) by a little bit. This year we knew we would come back and win.”

Rao, along with his co-coach Rob Dertinger, were named coaches of the year.

In the women’s competition, SCCC’s Emily Clarke and Brianna Meyer placed second in the doubles competition. Meyer was second in the singles competition.

Clarke, Meyer, Kissel and Ruben were named to the All-American team.

Copyright © 2016   Newsday. All rights reserved.

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Mary Seymour ‘14 Suffolk County Community College Alumni Profile

Mary Seymour 2014Mary Seymour ‘14 is the CEO of Barnett Group International (All Media Entertainment company.) She graduated from Suffolk Community College Selden Campus, Alpha Zeta Nu Chapter/Phi Theta Kappa/ Highest Honors with an Associates of Science Degree. While attending SCCC Mary majored in Theatre Arts emphases acting. She received the Theatre Scholar certificate for academic excellence. For her work as assistant director on the play Foreigner, she received a Distinguished Student Achievement honor from The Faculty Senate.


Mary is a non-traditional student who grew up in the 1960’s. She is the matriarch of her family and simply adores her grandchildren. For many years, Ms. Seymour had thought about going back to college, and every year she would find a reason not to make that phone call. Mary spent many successful years in entertainment, and theatre arts.


Ms. Seymour is an actor, dramatist and producer. She is an original member of the Broadway musical Hair; Ms. Seymour also co-starred on Broadway in Raisin “the Musical.” She travelled the world with her disco vocal group Musique, their music “Keep on Jumping,” and “Musique II” sold millions of albums worldwide. She is a music publisher and COO of the family owned publishing company A Dish-A-Tunes, LLC. The company won a publisher Grammy Certificate in 2005 for the Alicia Keyes hit “You Don’t Know my Name.” She is extremely proud of her son Kenny Seymour, who is a composer and orchestrator. He is the original Musical Conductor and Director for the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis.


Now as Mary’s performing career slow down, she started to think more and more about going to college. Then one morning, she was reading Newsday and noticed an advertisement for Suffolk Community College. The advertisement explained that students could take college classes at 6:30 am and on weekends. Mary called SCCC and scheduled an appointment to meet with a college advisor.


After completing her evaluation testing, she met with the Academic Chair of Theatre Arts, Selden Campus Professor Charles T. Wittreich Jr. ’86. During Mary’s two years at SCCC, she developed an interest in writing, history and directing for theatre. In fact, 40 years after Mary performed on Broadway as an actress/singer in the musical Hair. She worked as assistant director for the Suffolk Community College, Selden Campus 2012 musical production of the play Hair. One semester Mary mentioned to her acting teacher Professor Steven Gefroh that she wanted to study directing. Professor Gefroh, an alumni of Yale School of Drama suggest Mary apply for the YSD summer intensive directing program. Mary took his advised applied and was accepted into Yale School of Drama intensive director’s summer project 2012. The following year Ms. Seymour one Act play “Unwritten History,” was accepted for the Yale’s Summer Writers Project.


Mary intends to pursue a BA/MA degree in African American History and Playwriting. She embraces the possibilities of the next step in her quest for knowledge. Ms. Seymour sincerely wishes to be an inspiration and encourage all people to embrace learning. Especially her fellow baby-boomers a generation filled tradition, wisdom and faith.

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Foundation Gala Honors Financial Leaders to Raise Scholarship Funds

Four distinguished business leaders will be honored by The Suffolk Community College Foundation at its annual Salute to Excellence Gala “Financial Leaders Making a Difference” on May 7. The celebration at the Hilton Long Island in Melville will begin at 7 p.m.

The gala proceeds will be used to fund need and merit-based scholarships, emergency student loans and quality academic enrichment programs at Suffolk County Community College. The Foundation distributed more than $550,000 in scholarships last year.

This year’s honorees: Bill Brown, Executive Vice President, US Head of Network, HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; Gregory S. Garritano, founder of G.S. Garritano & Associates and chief financial officer of The Lauro Group; The Honorable John C. Cochrane, Sr., vice president, First National Bank of Long Island and Captain, United States Navy, Retired and David L. Calone, Founder, Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund, LP

Tickets to the gala and donations can be made at the Foundation’s website: www.sunysuffolk.edu/Gala.

“We will celebrate and recognize four business leaders whose success, and commitment to higher education and our region are unparalleled” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

“The mission of the Foundation is to reduce the economic barriers to higher education and foster student success,” said Executive Director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation Dr. Sylvia Diaz.

About the honorees:

Bill Brown
Executive Vice President, US Head of Network, HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

Bill Brown leads the U.S. RBWM Branch Network ensuring the effective implementation of a Wealth Management-led Premium Bank strategy to drive and grow profitable Premier and Advance relationships while continuing to support and enhance the bank’s retail client base. Bill has been with HSBC for 18 months and has a keen focus on employees and employee development. He represents US and Canada on the Global RBWM People Strategy Steering Committee and was chosen to other senior members of the bank to form the HSBC US People Committee.

Bill is also the Executive Sponsor of the HSBC Veterans, Military, Families and Friends Network ERG. Bill sits on the Board of Directors of Accion USA (a micro-lender focused on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs) and is a member of the Retail Banking Committee of the New York Banker Association.

David L. Calone
Founder, Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund, LP

David L. Calone is the CEO of Jove Equity Partners LLC, a venture capital firm that helps start and build technology companies. He serves as a director of six privately-held companies located throughout the country and is a co-inventor on 18 issued U.S. patents relating to internet messaging and to optimizing medical treatment based on comparative treatment effectiveness data. He helped organize the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the U.S. House of Representatives, through which he has been a leading advocate for federal policies that promote job creation through the development of start-ups and other small businesses. In this capacity, he helped create “Start Up Day Across America,” connecting federal and state officials with early stage companies in their region. He is also the founder of the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund which has helped provide initial funding to launch six early stage companies based on technology developed at Long Island’s research institutions. He serves as founding National Board Chair for Patriot Boot Camp, a 501(c)(3) that helps veterans and active duty service members from around the country start businesses. He was also recently named a 2015 Truman National Security Fellow.

Since 2008, Mr. Calone has served as the Chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission and has led the Commission to focus on land use policies with regional impact. He spearheaded the LI Unified Solar Permitting Initiative which has since been adopted as a model for permit streamlining across New York State and for which Suffolk County was awarded a National Association of Counties’ 2012 National Achievement Award. Most recently, he developed an agriculture equipment financing program for new farmers that has been endorsed and funded by NY State; and he created one of the country’s first geothermal energy permitting codes.

Mr. Calone is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and has an economics degree from Princeton University where he was named a USA Today College Academic All-American, served as a White House intern, and was the first person in Princeton’s history to be elected twice as student body president. He lives in Setauket, New York with his wife, Kate, a Presbyterian minister, and their three young children.


Hon. John C. Cochrane, Sr.
Vice President, Commercial Banking and Investment Operations, The First National Bank of Long Island

John C. Cochrane, Sr., is a lifelong resident of the Bay Shore/Brightwaters community and is currently Vice President of First National Bank of Long Island.

From 1956 to 1984, John served as President of Cochrane and Craven Insurance Agency in Bay Shore and also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Bay Shore, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company and Fleet Bank.

John was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1972 and was re-elected 10 times. John held various leadership and committee positions and became the ranking Republican member of the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee from 1983-1993 and served as a member of the New York State Public Authorities Control Board. While in Albany, John fought for and won community grants to re-develop Main Street in Bay Shore, improve the Southwest Sewer District and clean up the Great South Bay.

John served three terms as Suffolk County Treasurer beginning in 1993 and was chairman of the Government Financial Officers Association for the Long Island Region. He has been a member of the Suffolk County Audit Committee, the Second Congressional District Military Academies’ Review Board, past chair of both the Suffolk County and Islip Town Republican committees, and Executive Director, New York State Strategic Center for Port and Maritime Security – S.U.N.Y Maritime College. President George H.W. Bush appointed John to United States Department of Transportation Navigation Safety Advisory Control Board.

John attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and was active in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955 until transferring in 1956 to Naval Reserve status. Currently retired Captain of the USNR, he has been a Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer, counseling over 20 candidates a year for more than 23 years. During that time, 60 midshipmen from our community were admitted to the academy with John’s assistance.

John and his wife, Betty raised four children in Bay Shore/Brightwaters – Susan, Betsy Mayo (Richard), John, Jr. (Katie) and Jim (Regina). He is also the proud grandfather of Katie Macaluso (Dr. Matthew), Christian Heinen (Jennifer), Johnny and Connor Cochrane, Robert Mayo, Charlotte, Seamus, Tucker Cochrane and two great grandsons Matthew and William Macaluso.


Gregory S. Garritano, CPA, CFO ‘77
Founder: G.S. Garritano & Associates, CPAs, CFOs,
CFO: The Lauro Group

Gregory Garritano is a 1977 graduate of Suffolk County Community College. He was born and raised on Long Island and is the founder of G.S. Garritano & Associates, CPAs, CFOs that has served Long Island and beyond for more than 30 years.

“Suffolk County Community College provided an excellent and affordable education,” Garritano said. Garritano continued his education after Suffolk and earned a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Hofstra University.

The evolution of G.S. Garritano & Associates, CPAs, CFOs led to his vision, Diamond CFO™ — CFO services offering a cost effective, customizable, financial solution for clients. While the Firm provides outsourced CFO services to several clients, Garritano also serves as principal and CFO in The Lauro Group and its affiliates, which provides consulting services in civil land use, site planning, entitlement and project management.

The Lauro Group primarily services national tenants seeking a presence or expansion into the northeastern region of the United States.

Greg’s passion has been to help young adults find their passion by providing them with information and perspective. Greg works as an advisor to Suffolk County Community College and interacts with students, faculty and other advisors.

“Health, Happiness and Family are all that matter,” is Greg’s philosophy. He has been blessed with five children and he enjoys the expansion of his family with his son-in-law and two grandsons.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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