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Season’s Greetings from Dr. McKay #SUNYSFLK


Season’s Greetings from Dr. McKay

Our holiday video reflects on the past year and offers warm wishes to you.

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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

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

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:
Nesconset Hall-Suite One
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY  11717-1092
Phone:      (631) 851-6876
Fax:       (631) 851-6256

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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Doggie Fashion Show 4/16/15 – The Animal Awareness and Rescue Club of Suffolk County Community College

The Animal Awareness and Rescue Club of Suffolk County Community College will host its first Doggie Fashion Show on April 16 at Windows on the Lake, Lake Ronkonkoma NY, from 7:00-11:00 pm.

Admission is $60.00 (door admission price $65.00 if space is still available).

The event will raise awareness about rescue organizations and shelters on Long Island and provide attendees an opportunity to meet pets who are up for adoption.

The show will include dogs from shelters and rescue organizations, as well as vendors and raffle prizes. Awards will be given to the winning dogs and there will be great giveaways for all attendees and participants.

Our students need your help in making this event a success!
Please join us for a wonderful evening that includes the fashion show, buffet dinner, dessert and prizes. Cash bar.


Make your checks payable to: Suffolk County Community College Association and send to:
Suffolk County Community College
533 College Road
Selden, New York 11784
Islip Arts building room 1-G.
Attn: Nancy Gerli

Checks must arrive no later than Friday April 10, 2015.
Space is limited!

Please RSVP as soon as possible.

For additional info call: 631-451-4716

Animal Awareness & Rescue Club
The club´s mission is to raise awareness about how the poor treatment of animals, including abuse, industrialized farming and overall attitudes impact our lives, health and our environment; and to give a voice to the voiceless.

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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.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

Submissions for 9th Annual Embracing our Differences Outdoor Art Exhibition

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

Mars Rover Design Earns Suffolk County Community College Student a Trip to Johnson Space Center

Ian Kotler just might be following in the footsteps of Suffolk County Community College graduate and now retired Astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson (class of ’66). 
Kotler, 28, of Lake Grove, an Earth & Space Sciences major with an Astronomy emphasis at the college’s Ammerman Campus in Selden has been invited by NASA to visit the Johnson Space Center in Houston this May after completing a series of exams and delivering a proposal for a Mars Rover. 

Kotler applied and was accepted in the online component of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) project. The budding astrophysicist took a series of exams, in which Ian achieved a perfect score, and delivered to NASA a proposal that included a design for a Mars Rover. Kotler’s design included operational specifications, mission objectives, project time lines and public outreach initiatives. Kotler called his rover project  Interplanetary Dual Excavating Pair of Traversable Hydrocarbon Seismometers (iDepths) that he designed to run on a radioisotope thermoelectric generator powered by plutonium 238.


“Ian entered Suffolk County Community College not really knowing what he wanted to do in his life, but whilst here discovered his passion for science, and astronomy in particular. Through hard work and with the guidance of the faculty, he is now beginning what I am sure will be an amazing, lifelong journey in astronomy. It just goes to show what students can achieve at Suffolk  if they put their mind to it,” said Dr. Mike Inglis, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics.


Kotler’s project was a huge success and NASA commended him for “…the dedication you put forth in the NCAS online session as well as the quality of your assignment submissions.”


Kotler has now been invited for an all-expenses paid week-long visit to the Johnson Space Center where he will work alongside NASA scientists and engineers.


Kotler, a 2005 graduate of Smithtown High School, says he expects to graduate from Suffolk County Community College in May of 2016, and plans to study Astrophysics at the University of Hawaii at Hilo after earning a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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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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Smartest Culinary Students In The Northeast Are From Suffolk County Community College

From left, Team Coach, Chef-Instructor (Asst. Professor), Andrea Glick, team member Leonardo Figueredo, Team Captain Lillian Senior, Team members Jennifer Scherer, Samuel Keymel and assistant coach, Sherry Mazze.

The Smartest Culinary Students In The Northeast Are From Suffolk County Community College according to the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

The students represented the ACF Eastern Long Island Chefs Chapter team and won overall in the ACF Northeast Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, held during ChefConnect: Baltimore, ACF’s Northeast/Southeast Regional Conference in February.

This is the second regional win for the ACF Eastern Long Island Chefs Chapter. This year’s team is Leonardo Figueredo, Samuel Keymel (Shirley), Jennifer Scherer (West Hampton Beach) and Lillian Senior (Farmingville).

Andrea Glick, a chef instructor at Suffolk County Community College, coached the team. The team will compete for the national title at Cook. Craft. Create. ACF National Convention & Show, July 30-Aug. 3, Orlando, Florida.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus Career Fair 3/26/15

Thursday March 26, 2015 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Peconic Building Cafe, Riverhead, NY
This is a great opportunity!

Employers from various industries are recruiting.
Come armed with your resume and dressed as you would for an interview.


  • Capital One Bank
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Eutopia Home Care
  • Home Health Care Agency
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • US Army
  • Suffolk Police Force
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Hampton Jitney
  • Peconic Bay Medical Center

Interested in networking with alumni join Suffolk County Community College Alumni Group on LinkedIn

Interested in hiring students post through Suffolk County Community College Job Connections

Want to volunteer to help student and alumni with career success? Contact us
Currently enrolled Suffolk County Community College students, need help with your resume? Contact Dr. Roslin Khan, Career Services Coordinator, Peconic – 209 (Ext. 2572; khanr@sunysuffolk.edu)


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