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Suffolk to Host Research Conference, Garners Major Foundation Support

It’s a community college first.

Suffolk County Community College will be the first community college to host a SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) it was announced by Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. In another first, McKay said, the conference has garnered the support of a major research foundation, the Swachman Diamond Project, that will provide an endowed STEM scholarship. McKay said it is rare for community colleges to be recognized by and receive the support of major research foundations.

SURC, hosted each year by a different SUNY institution,  will bring together more than 1,000 undergraduate student researchers and faculty mentors from more than 25 SUNY and CUNY colleges for a full day devoted to student presentations in wide-ranging disciplines, including science, the performing arts, humanities, and others.

A luncheon will feature keynote speaker SUNY Stony Brook President Sam Stanley.  SURC will also include a SUNY Graduate School and Transfer Fair, and professional development workshops for students and faculty.

“Original research and creative activity are widely recognized as high-impact educational experiences that positively affect undergraduate students’ completion rates, career prospects and readiness for transfer and graduate study. Most SUNY campuses encourage research and creative activity throughout the curriculum, in capstone experiences and/or internship placements. This is a tremendous opportunity for all involved and we look forward to sharing this student-focused event with you,” said President McKay.

“We are delighted to partner with the Shwachman Diamond Project to advance STEM research”, explained Sylvia A. Diaz, Ph.D., LMSW, Executive Director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation.  “Their award provides support to present the highly regarded SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) and will raise awareness of Shwachman Diamond Syndrome and other rare bone marrow failure conditions, but they went even further and made a generous gift to permanently endow the Shwachman Diamond Project Undergraduate Research Scholarship at Suffolk County Community College.  This scholarship will be awarded annually to Suffolk’s promising science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students who are engaged in scientific research.”

The Shwachman Diamond Project Ltd. was established in 2005 as a 501(c)3 charitable organization with a mission of fundraising to support research into treatments and a potential cure for Shwachman Diamond Syndrome and other bone marrow failure syndromes. In keeping with this mission, the organization works to encourage cord blood collection and funds research projects related to this area. 

Since its inception, SDP has funded many research projects, including the development of The Shwachman Diamond Syndrome Registry at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.

“Suffolk County Community College has set the bar high as the first community college to host this prestigious research conference and the first to receive funding to offset conference costs with generous gifts from the Shwachman Diamond Project and scientific publisher Elsevier,” explained SURC East Coordinator Candice Foley, Ph.D., a Professor of Chemistry and STEM Chair at Suffolk County Community College.  “Moreover, another first was achieved by securing funds to support scholarships for community college undergraduate researchers who will continue on the successful path to discovery at Suffolk and beyond.”

SURC is a multidisciplinary spring semester event hosted each year by a different SUNY institution. The third annual SURC will be hosted at two SUNY locations: SURC East at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, on Friday April 21 and SURC West on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at SUNY Fredonia.

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Higher Education STEM Outreach Leader Award to Suffolk’s Candice Foley

Prestigious 2017 Margaret Ashida Higher Education STEM Outreach Leader Award to Suffolk’s Dr. Candice Foley

Candice J. Foley Professor, Ph.D.

Suffolk County Community College Professor of Chemistry and College National Science Foundation S-STEM Chair Dr. Candice Foley. photo by Victoria Pendzick

Dr. Candice Foley, Professor of Chemistry and Suffolk County Community College’s National Science Foundation S-STEM Project Director/Principal Investigator, will be awarded the prestigious 2017 Margaret Ashida Higher Education STEM Outreach Leader award this summer.

Dr. Foley, of Stony Brook,  is being recognized for her efforts promoting the integration of STEM education as a statewide and national model and for her lasting contribution to STEM career path options for students.

This award will be presented to Foley on July 31 at the New York State STEM Education Collaborative Summer Institute at SUNY Alfred.

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Attracting More Women Into STEM: Suffolk’s Dr. Candice Foley Invited to International STEM Gender Conference in Berlin

Breaking The Gender Barrier in STEM

Candice J. Foley Professor, Ph.D.

Suffolk County Community College Professor of Chemistry and College National Science Foundation S-STEM Chair Dr. Candice Foley. photo by Victoria Pendzick

Suffolk County Community College Professor of Chemistry Dr. Candice Foley has been invited to attend the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Gender Equality Congress in Berlin, Germany on June 8 -9.  Foley is Suffolk’s National Science Foundation S-STEM Chair.

The STEM Gender Equality congress will be attended by policy makers, equality staff, the private sector, academic staff, government representatives and others for two days of thought-provoking addresses, high-level panel discussions, and in-depth case studies and discussions.

“Because there remains a persistent gender gap in college degrees in STEM, Suffolk’s presence at this International Gender Equality Conference will highlight the success of our vast network of collaborations within our college, SUNY, statewide and nationally for connecting underrepresented female STEM students to educational opportunities that prepare them to compete for the highest quality jobs of today and the future,” said Dr. Candice Foley, Professor of Chemistry and the College’s NSF S-STEM PI.   Foley explained that Suffolk County Community College is a crucial entry point enabling underrepresented women in STEM to bridge from the community college to the baccalaureate level, on to graduate school and into the STEM workforce.

“It is no secret that women are underrepresented in STEM fields,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “In 2014, nationally, only 29% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded to women were in science and engineering, compared with 40% for men, according to the National Student Clearinghouse,” McKay said. “Dr. Foley has been at the forefront of advancing our College’s STEM students and programs.”

Suffolk County Community College Board of Trustees Chair Theresa Sanders explained the college’s commitment to STEM programs and successes:  “Improving America’s STEM education has become a top priority across the nation. At Suff¬olk, approximately 1,500 students are currently enrolled in STEM majors and the College’s STEM program has been producing award winning students while providing summer research internships at internationally renowned facilities, including Brookhaven National Laboratory, NASA, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory among others,” Sanders said.

STEM Central, a nationwide forum that connects STEM faculty and administrators with others to learn, share ideas, share resources, and work collaboratively on initiatives recently featured  Suffolk County Community College’s STEM program on its website: https://goo.gl/mBXXEM .


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National Science Foundation Grant Awarded to Suffolk to Increase STEM Degrees for Underrepresented Minority Students

Suffolk County Community College will be awarded $100,000 of a $4 million grant as a partner institution in the SUNY Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (SUNY LSAMP) program. The program is a collaboration of 14 SUNY schools who are partnering in the new five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant designed to increase undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among underrepresented minority student populations.

“The strength and success of Suffolk’s STEM scholars and the vital role of community colleges, particularly Suffolk, remain crucial entry points and valued partners in this LSAMP alliance within SUNY.  This results in long ranging benefits for our diverse students, enabling them to bridge from the community college to the baccalaureate level, on to graduate school and into the STEM workforce-the next generation of STEM scholars,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

Dr. Candice Foley, Suffolk County Community College will serve as a SUNY LSAMP Associate Director for the alliance; responsible for community college activities, successful 2-4 year transfers, and as a liaison to National Science Foundation (NSF) programs.  The five-year award includes funds for stipends to Suffolk STEM students to engage in authentic research experiences – a known high impact practice for increasing participation and completion by underrepresented populations in STEM.  Stony Brook and the other SUNY schools will look to expand the alliance and create additional STEM curriculum opportunities for students.

Over the next five years, the three leading goals of the project will be to:

  • meet the continuing challenge of preparing under represented students for a successful transition into STEM majors;
  • provide experimental activities that lead to socialization into science; and
  • promote systemic change by broadening participation in research.

Since 1996, SUNY LSAMP has been an instrumental in shaping STEM education and forging new opportunities for UREP students to pursue and succeed in STEM programs and degrees in New York State and has garnered an 11-fold increase in STEM enrollment for minority students in the last 20 years in New York State. The program has also helped increase STEM bachelor’s degrees by almost 300 percent. During the past five years, the program has been a catalyst to helping to nearly double community college students transferring to four-year STEM undergraduate programs.
Suffolk County Community College is building a two-story, 33,792- square-foot Renewable Energy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Center on the Michael J. Grant, Brentwood campus that will be the first of its kind in the state community college system.

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Jose Gomera ’10, Nuclear Engineer, Brookhaven National Lab

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“Suffolk helped me get ready for my career by laying a good foundation of S.T.E.M. courses and by having small classes where I could interact with my professors.”

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US DOL  $3 Million Grant, Largest in Suffolk College History

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A $2.9 million cybersecurity, manufacturing and health information technologies U.S. Department of Labor job training grant – the largest single grant in Suffolk County Community College history – has been awarded to the college, according to college President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

The college will collaborate with Suffolk County Workforce Development Board, New York State Department of Labor, Suffolk County Department of Labor and independent business, including Alken Industries, Inc.; GKN Aerospace, Inc.; Precipart, Inc.; Custom Computer Specialists, Inc. as well as business-related non-profit organizations, the Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island; Long Island STEM Hub and New York State Workforce Development Institute in executing the grant.

The $2,949,237 Resources and Education that Support Training Opportunities within the Regional Economy (RESTORE) Grant, according to McKay, will be used to train individuals by providing them with the skills and credentials required to meet the growth in cybersecurity, manufacturing and health information technology.

RESTORE is part of the federal government’s national TechHire initiative that is funded by H1B visa fees and intended to train local workforces with the skills required by regional industry.

“The RESTORE Grant will allow our college to focus new and additional resources on recognizing and empowering residents in our region with the education and training they need to develop new skills and earn higher wages,” said McKay.

McKay explained that some workers may be just starting their careers, while others may be older workers who don’t have the basic skills to allow them to assume more responsibility and reach higher paying roles. Others could also be workers who may have the competencies, but not formal credentials, to excel at a more senior-level job.

The RESTORE Grant will provide the resources for retraining individuals and upskilling to earn an associate’s degree and transfer to a baccalaureate program for expanded career options. Bootcamp training programs will be developed and students will prepare for online coursework while learning valuable industry and job readiness skills.

McKay said the college envisions the RESTORE Grant providing training for about 350 students.

“Ultimately,” McKay said, “our goal is to ensure that local, highly trained and motivated individuals remain on Long Island.”

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Bellone, Suffolk County Honors Professor Maria Michta-Coffey Headed to 2016 Summer Olympics

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY – Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone honored Farmingville resident, Sachem High School graduate and now two-time Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey last week for her athletic, academic and community outreach achievements.

The County Executive presented Michta-Coffey with the Suffolk County Distinguished Service Medal – making her only the 21st person to receive the distinction since 1973. The award is the county’s highest honor bestowed on an individual for extraordinary service and dedication to the people of Suffolk County.

“Born and raised in Suffolk County, Maria has not only soared on the track throughout her career, but excelled in classroom and always embodied the meaning of a student-athlete,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “Maria is an amazing role model to all students in our communities because of her dedication to succeed in whatever she has put her mind to – whether it is becoming a national champion, earning her Ph.D. or volunteering her time to help others reach their full potential. I am extremely proud to present Maria with this distinction as we will all be cheering her on as she heads to Rio.”

“I appreciate and understand the magnitude of this award just by the nature of how great Suffolk County is and how many people we have live here,” said Dr. Maria Michta-Coffey, two-time Olympian and champion race walker. “Whenever I’m racing, I race for [my friends, family and community] and with you. I am sharing this award with you all because nobody that has won this award can truly win it on their own … I hope to represent everyone just as well as I did in London and in the Rio Olympics and onward after that. Because even though the Olympics is one special moment that you dream of your whole life, it matters what you are able to keep doing after that. I am still part of the Sachem community because Sachem is part of who I am.”

Maria Michta-Coffey will compete in the Women’s 20 Kilometer (km) Race Walk event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio next month. Michta-Coffey competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and placed first at the U.S Olympic Team Trials last month. She is a five-time outdoor national champion.

Michta-Coffey graduated from Sachem High School in 2004 and graduated as valedictorian at Long Island University C.W. Post in 2008. Michta-Coffey additionally earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2014 while training for the national championships and this year’s games.

Michta-Coffey additionally serves as a volunteer coach for the Sachem School Track and Field program and provides academic assistance to young student-athletes. She is also an adjunct instructor of biology at Suffolk County Community College.

“Thank you to County Executive Bellone for making this day possible for Maria and for the Long Island athletic community,” said Gary Westerfield, Executive Board Member of USA Track & Field Long Island and Michta-Coffey’s long-time coach. “Dr. Maria Michta-Coffey is a humble leader to our local athletes. While she has received many awards as the best walker on Long Island in the USA, she has used these honors to motivate and instill the same drive that makes her an Olympian into the young people that she works with — both as a motivational speaker and a coach.

“It has always been a pleasure to coach Maria since she started race walking, and it’s a great thing to see her go on to her second Olympics,” said Pete McNeill, Michta-Coffey’s track and field coach in the Sachem School District. “She took academics and athletics very seriously and was always concerned about the details in whatever she did.”

Maria Michta-Coffey will be joined by three exceptional athletes with Long Island roots who will represent the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, including Northport native Allie Long, Rockville Center native Crystal Dunn and Syosset native Sue Bird.

Long Island will also be well represented in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio later this year, including Tysheem Griffin of Amityville, Billy Lister of Cold Spring Harbor, Michael Brannigan of East Northport, Dorian Weber of Manhasset, Jaclyn Smith of Williston Park, and Steve Serio of Westbury.

For more information on the Suffolk County Distinguished Service Medal and the ceremony honoring Maria Michta-Coffey, log on to http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov or http://www.facebook.com/stevebellone.

Photos Provided by The Office of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
Press Release by Vanessa Baird-Streeter.
Press Release Made Available by The Office of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

 

Repost from News LI from Long Island Exchange

Frey to be Honored at Annual Suffolk Community College Foundation Gala

Suffolk County Community College graduate and proud alumnus Dr. Robert Frey, now a Research Professor and Director of the Program in Quantitative Finance in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University, will be honored by the Suffolk Community College Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence Gala for the generous support of The Frey Family Foundation and for his dedication and commitment to academic excellence.

Suffolk Community College Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence Gala 2016, Suffolk County Community College: The Bridge to Opportunity will be 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

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Robert Frey ’78, at right, with Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, at left at Sylvia A. Diaz, Ph.D., LMSW, executive director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation, center (photo by Suffolk County Community College).

“Suffolk County Community College is home to numerous opportunities waiting to be unlocked by curious students of all ages and all backgrounds from across our great county,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

“Robert Frey, a class of ’78 graduate and advocate for our institution, recognizes the value of our community college as a bridge to opportunity. We thank him for his work as the secretary on our Foundation Board and as an ‘education enabler’ through the Frey Family Foundation that has awarded more than $270,000 in mathematics scholarships,” McKay said.

“Dr. Robert Frey’s generous support and insightful guidance is transformational in the lives of Suffolk’s students,” said Sylvia A. Diaz, Ph.D., LMSW, executive director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation. “We are most grateful that he and his family are committed to ensuring that New York’s largest and most comprehensive community college serves as a bridge to opportunity where our neighbors grow and learn in a student-centered environment that develops our regional workforce and provides promise for the next generation of Suffolk’s leaders.”

Dr. Frey holds a joint appointment in the Stony Brook University’s Business School and is the President of the University’s Research Center for High Frequency Finance. He has been an adjunct professor and chair of the advisory board for the Program on Financial Mathematics at the University of Chicago and currently serves as CEO of FQS Capital Partners, Ltd., an investment management firm based in New York and London, and CEO of Harbor Financial Management, his family office.

His public service and charitable activities include service on the Boards of the Guardian Angels, Hope House Ministries, the Museum of Mathematics, the Stony Brook Foundation, and the Suffolk Community College Foundation.

Dr. Frey lives in Port Jefferson with his wife Kathryn and children, Michael and Megan.

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Newsday: Suffolk County Community College approved to enlist in Start-Up NY program

December 16, 2015 By Rick Brand   rick.brand@newsday.com

Suffolk County Community College, after 14 months of delays, has won state approval to become part of the Start-Up NY program, which provides tax breaks for new high-tech companies that locate on designated college campuses.

Suffolk County Community College, the largest two-year school in the state system, becomes the fourth Long Island college to enlist in the program, which has already attracted 75 colleges statewide, 26 of them community colleges.

The plan for the three-campus Suffolk school calls for three potential landing sites for new companies to locate in, including 71.2 acres on the Selden campus, 7.9 acres at the Brentwood campus and 112,000 square feet of a commercial space in a three-story building that is part of the Wyandanch Rising project in Babylon.

Under the program, new technology companies in a college designated site will pay no state or local taxes for up to 10 years in return for investment, hiring and serving as campus mentors. Their workers also will pay no state income taxes for as long as 10 years.

The state approval came Monday, but the college must still allow for a 30-day comment period to take input from local municipalities, including Islip, Babylon and Brookhaven. However, college officials expect support from local officials.

Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter praised state officials for including Suffolk, which already has a number business-oriented training programs on its Brentwood campus as well as a new $20 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math building on the drawing board.

“It’s awesome,” she said, “the college is such an important cog in the wheel of economic development, we’re thrilled to have the program in our town . . . and we will do everything we can to assist it.”

The approval comes after the college and the county last year disagreed over what properties should be included in the program as well as other legal issues. At one point, the Bellone administration even threatened to enlist other local colleges rather than its own community college, which has 25,000 students.

“There were some difficulties,” said college spokesman Drew Biondo, “but we have worked through them as is evidenced by our approval.”

Shaun McKay, college president, called the program a “wonderful opportunity” that will also train students to provide the kind of skilled workers that start-up firms need in order to grow.

Biondo said the county’s department of economic development was instrumental in helping fashion the final application and will be key in helping the college market the new program to business.

Joanne Minieri, commissioner of economic development and planning, did not return calls for comment Wednesday. However, County Executive Steve Bellone said in a prepared statement, “This approval will now allow us to actively market and recruit companies to create jobs.”

But officials could not say if any businesses have already expressed interest in joining the year-old program or how they will seek out new companies for the initiative.

With James T. Madore

Source: Newsday


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