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Suffolk Legislature Establishes Community College Budget Committee To Stabilize Costs

First of its kind legislation in New York State establishing a Community College Budget Committee by the Suffolk County Legislature today was applauded by Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay and the College’s Board of Trustees Chair Theresa Sanders. The legislation was sponsored by Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory.

“Today’s groundbreaking county legislation establishing a five year plan to stabilize the county’s contribution to our College budget will help Suffolk students continue to acquire a high-quality affordable education at Suffolk County Community College,” said College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. We know that a college education is more important than ever, but we also know it’s never been more critical to the expectations of multiple audiences. Suffolk County Community College is accessible and affordable. Today’s progressive legislation will help ensure that we remain responsive to all constituents while advancing teaching and learning for all.”

“The budget is an important annual planning document for the College.  Today’s legislation will help the county and the college ensure a solid financial position for our college and tuition stabilization for our students,” said Suffolk County Community College Board of Trustees Chair Theresa Sanders.

The nine member Community College Budget Committee was established by the by the legislature to develop a five-year budget plan for funding the college. The committee will be composed of the County Executive and an appointee of the Executive, the Director of the County Executive’s Budget Office, the Presiding Officer. The Chair of the Legislature’s Education and Information Technology Committee, the College President, Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, a member of the College’s Student Government Association and the Director of the Legislature’s Budget Review Office.

Within six months, the committee is expected to present a nonbinding plan to each member of the Legislature as well as the County Executive.

New York’s community colleges were established based on a funding model of one-third each by State aid, local (county) support and tuition revenues, but the County and State have not contributed the one-third share each for many years causing student revenues to exceed their one-third share


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FREE! Smoking Cessation Program at Suffolk Community College This Fall

 Smoking Cessation
A free five-week long smoking cessation clinic – Learn to be Tobacco Free — is being offered by Suffolk County Community College in coordination with the Suffolk County Department of Health this fall.

Classes begin on September 29th at 5:30 pm and run on successive Tuesdays, October 6,13,20 and 27. All classes are in the Babylon Student Center on the Suffolk County Community College Ammerman Campus in Selden.

For more information and to enroll in the program, please call Suffolk County Community College Health Services at 631-451-4047. Nicotine replacement products are available for a nominal fee.

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Suffolk County Community College’s Nina Leonhardt Recognized for STEM Leadership

Nina LeonhardtSuffolk County Community College’s Associate Dean for Continuing Education Nina Leonhardt garnered two prestigious awards this summer for her work as a role model and leader in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – education.

Leonhardt, of Ridge, was awarded the Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Award by the New York State STEM Collaborative for her work as STEM leader for consistently demonstrating qualities of STEM Leadership, and creating connections between people and organizations in order to enhance STEM career paths in the community and for making a lasting and meaningful contribution to STEM career paths for the community.

“Nina has a proven track record of unwavering commitment to improving STEM education and career engagement,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “These awards recognize professionals who are leading national efforts to better prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce needs. Congratulations Associate Dean for Continuing Education Nina Leonhardt for this prestigious achievement.”

Margaret Ashida was the first executive director of STEMx, a nationwide network of state STEM organizations who died in 2014 in a diving accident. Before becoming national STEMx director for the Battelle Memorial Institute, Ashida served as director of the Empire State STEM Learning Network at the State University of New York. In that role, she provided key input for the early development of STEMx, helping to tackle challenges and forge consensus among member states.

Leonhardt will also be recognized in the upcoming September STEM issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine with its INSIGHT Into Diversity 2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. Leonhardt is one of 100 women nationally who will be honored. The issue will publish on August 24.
Suffolk County Community College has award winning STEM programs and is a nationally recognized leader in providing quality STEM education as well as research and transfer opportunities for STEM scholars.

Since 2004, Suffolk County Community College has been one of the strongest pipelines of interns to Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and is second only to Stony Brook University in total number of participants in BNL research programs.

Since 2007, more than 100 Suffolk County Community College STEM scholars have been awarded competitive and paid research internships at DOE laboratories ranging from Brookhaven National Laboratory to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico.  Suffolk students have been selected for various research experiences at Stony Brook University since 2005.

This summer Suffolk County Community College has 25 students working in STEM research at National Laboratories, NASA and research universities.

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS! 9th Annual Embracing our Differences

 CALL TO ARTISTS: 2015 Embracing Our Differences

 The Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding, Inc. is seeking submissions for the ninth annual Embracing our Differences outdoor art exhibition.

 

Each year Long Island artists, professionals, amateurs, teachers and students create works that interpret and explore the struggles and joys of living in a diverse community, and/or the impact of prejudice and hatred on human dignity. Selected artwork will be displayed as 16’ x 12’ banners at multiple venues, and will have an enormous impact on building an inclusive society – one that rejects hatred.

 

Through this worthy endeavor, the Embracing Our Differences art exhibition, together with related activities and events, demonstrates that diversity enriches lives, and helps build communities that value inclusion and acceptance.

 

To download a copy of the application, please visit CHDHU.org

 

Don’t forget to LIKE our Embracing our Differences – Long Island Facebook page.

 

Please email us with any questions at chdhu@sunysuffolk.edu

 

Please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested in participating in the annual event. Thank you for your support.
Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding, Inc.
Suffolk County Community College
533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784

631-451-4117

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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4/15/15 Suffolk County Community College Career &Transfer Fair / High School Employment Day

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Suffolk County Community College Career and Transfer Fair / High School Employment Day
  Michael J. Grant Campus, Health, Sports and Education Center 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY (Map)
8:30AM to 10:30AM Long Island High School Students
  • Visit Employer and College tables
  • Workshops on Career and College Success
  • Campus tours and information about scholarships to Suffolk County Community College.

10:30AM to 12:30PM Suffolk County Community College Students & Alumni

  • Visit Employer and College tables
  • Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Post a job online at Suffolk’s Job Connection

For additional information contact:
GRANT CAMPUS CAREER TRANSFER CENTER
Nesconset Hall-Suite One
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY  11717-1092
Phone:      (631) 851-6876
Fax:       (631) 851-6256
careerservices-west@sunysuffolk.edu

Sponsored by Grant Campus Career Center , Western Suffolk Counselors’ Association & Suffolk Community College Foundation

 Career and Transfer Fair Brentwood 2015-04-15 Employers

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Free Health Testing and Screenings at 27th Annual Suffolk County Community College Health Fair March 25

Representatives from Long Island community health related organizations will provide free health information, check blood pressure, provide glucose and cholesterol screenings, hearing screenings, STD and HIV testing and more at Suffolk County Community College’s 27th Annual Health and Wellness Fair on the Ammerman Campus, Selden on March 25. The Fair will be held in the College’s Babylon Student Center from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The College’s School of Nursing, Paramedic/ EMT Program, Dietetic Technology Program and Fitness Specialist Programs will be participating, as well as more than 25 health groups including:

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Long Island Association for AIDS Care
  • Thursday’s Child of LI
  • John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Eating Disorder Program
  • New York State Dept. of Health HIV/STD Field Services
  • Stony Brook Preventive Medicine
  • Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
  • Suffolk County Department of Health Services

For more information, please call the Suffolk County Community College Health Services Office at (631) 451-4047.

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Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus Family Astronomy and Planetarium Program 3/20/15

The Mathematics and Science Department will host a Family Astronomy and Planetarium Program on the Eastern Campus on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

2015_03_20 PlanetariumFree and open to the public. Weather permitting.

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Two From Suffolk County Community College Are Vanguard Award Winners

Vanguard Award winner Shailee Joshi of Coram
Vanguard Award winner Shailee Joshi of Coram.

Two Suffolk County Community College students, Shailee Joshi of Coram and Brianny Amaya of Bay Shore will be awarded prestigious Vanguard Awards from the Nontraditional Employment & Training Program (NET) at the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society at SUNY Albany.

“It is without question that we need to significantly increase the number of females in the STEM fields. Brianny and Shaliee are shining examples that not only do women have great success but are the leaders in their field,” said Professor Peter Maritato who added that Shailee is an Engineering Science student and Brianny is studying Electrical Technology.

The Vanguard Student Recognition Award recognizes outstanding students who are enrolled in career and technical education programs that prepare them for careers that are not traditional for their gender.

Statewide, eight winners were selected from a pool of nominees.

The 2014 – 15 Vanguard Award winners will be recognized with a dinner in their honor on Thursday, March 26th; a breakfast ceremony on Friday, March 27th, and a videotaped interview with each of the awardees, which will be posted on the NET website. All of the festivities will be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY.

The Vanguard Award is administered by the New York State Nontraditional Employment & Training (NET) Program. The NET program is committed to promotion of gender neutral educational strategies and practices. The NET Program,  is a program of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, and is funded through a grant from the NYS Education Department. www.netprogram.org

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Suffolk County Community College Garners Nearly a Dozen Awards For Excellence in Marketing Communications

Suffolk County Community College garnered nearly a dozen Education Advertising Awards for excellence in its marketing communications, including three Gold Awards, five Silver Awards, and three Merit Awards.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “Effective communications to students, potential students and the community-at-large about our highly acclaimed academic and other programs is essential to the health and growth of our college.”

The Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report, is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the U.S. This year, nearly 2,000 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 U.S. states and several foreign countries. The Awards will be distributed in April.

Judges for the Educational Advertising Awards consisted of a national panel of higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report.

Entry Category Award Link to Winning Work
SOAR Airport Display Outdoor Advertising Gold http://goo.gl/7WIXsn
2012-13 Accomplishments Annual Reports Gold http://goo.gl/gIxlKg
Office of Events Brochure Brochures Gold http://goo.gl/2fev5V
2013-14 Career Focus Magazine Silver http://goo.gl/yZE26x
Suffolk View book Student View books Silver http://goo.gl/TC8Gvb
Workforce Pipeline Newsletters Silver http://goo.gl/7WIXsn
Sharks Attitude Poster Silver http://goo.gl/7WIXsn
Workforce Ads Newspaper Ad Series Silver http://goo.gl/7WIXsn
Summer@Suffolk Direct Mail Merit
Suffolk Honors Program Brochure Merit http://goo.gl/ka60eD
Go Sharks! Brochure Merit http://goo.gl/Btx70z

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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