Farmingdale's 100th Anniversary Celebration


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Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15, 2011
Nold Hall Field

Over 400 alumni, faculty, staff, students and their families attended Homecoming last month, beginning with a Friday night bonfire and pep rally and culminating with a free alumni-sponsored BBQ that took place during a women's soccer game and men's tennis match.

President Keen addressed the gathering and announced additional events for 100th Anniversary celebration taking place during this academic year. Music and carnival-type activities took place at the BBQ along with a special appearance by Ram-bo. Food was arranged by Joe Egan, Vice President of the Alumni Association, with support from Aramark. Support was also furnished by the Boar's Head Provisions Co., Ger's Provisions Co. and Family Foods Computer Systems.

In addition, Professor Becker's BBQ Sauce, the new product being produced by the Alumni Association as a fund-raising vehicle, was introduced and used on the chicken that was served.

"The attendance was a great indication of the affection our alumni, students, and staff have for the College," President Keen said. "It was a great day for Farmingdale, and a great day for our campus community."

The festive atmosphere was aided by the distribution of anniversary T-shirts and foam Rams hats.

The College received support from a variety of sources, including the Town of Babylon which contributed a mobile stage for the Pep Rally festivities, thanks to the efforts of Patricia Hill Williams, the former head of external affairs and now a member of the College Council. Members of the Fall athletic teams were announced at the rally and bonfire event.

With the food and refreshments, cotton candy, dunk tank and other activities, Homecoming represented the efforts of Dr. Keen and the 100th Anniversary Committee, chaired by senior vice president for administration and finance & CFO George LaRosa, to bring the campus together and as a show of appreciation for the hard work of the faculty and staff. Dr. Keen also welcomed students and their family members.

"Farmingdale is a terrific place," Dr. Keen said. "All of you make it the terrific place that it is," he said.

Centennial Exhibition: Historical Perspectives

Memorial Gallery in Nathan Hale Hall
January 23 through March 9, 2012
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 4PM

Exhibition Opening

Thursday, February 9, 5:30 – 8:30PM
featuring a welcome by President W. Hubert Keen
followed by a special Alumni Panel Discussion in Hale 222.

Celebrate Farmingdale State College's 100th anniversary through a gallery exhibition titled "Historical Perspectives," and visually experience its rich history as Long Island's first public institution of higher learning.

Photographs and artifacts will be displayed emphasizing FSC's beginnings in 1912 as an agricultural college and our transition into a comprehensive college of applied sciences and technologies.

At the Exhibition Opening on February 9, the special Alumni Panel will include Anthony Mastroianni, Class of 1950; Judith McEvoy, Class of 1961; Joe Egan, Class of 1970 and Rich Lahn, Class of 2004. The memories of these alumni will paint a unique picture of student life at Farmingdale during these decades. Attendance by other alumni is expected.

Admission is free and the gallery is accessible to persons with mobility impairments.

For additional information, please call 631-420-6118 / 631-420-2181.

Centennial Celebration Lecture Series: February 2012

A Triumph of Scholarships
The Collaboration between the Baron de Hirsch Society and the State Institute of Applied Agriculture at Farmingdale

Speaker: Rhoda Miller, EdD

Thursday February 23, 2012
7:00 PM
New Location - Biology Conference Center, First Floor Hale Hall 

Lecture Description: This lecture covers the collaboration in the early part of the 20th century (1919-1933), between Baron de Hirsch and the State Institute of Applied Agriculture at Farmingdale (SIAA), to provide scholarships to young men with a desire to receive financial assistance in developing a career in farming.

Speaker Bio: Rhoda Miller, EdD, is Director of Student Support Services at Dowling College. Dr. Miller is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Dowling College where she teaches a credit-bearing genealogy course as well as a Holocaust course.  Dr. Miller has been a Certified Genealogist since 1998. She is the immediate Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island. She lectures widely at libraries, community groups, and genealogy societies as well as regularly at conferences of the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies. This presentation is a wonderful blend of her professional interests in both education and genealogy.

Centennial Celebration Lecture Series: March 2012

Legacy of New Deal Arton Long Island

Speaker: Dr. Natalie Naylor

Thursday March 1, 2012
7:00 PM
New Location - Biology Conference Center, First Floor Hale Hall

Lecture Description: After a brief introduction to the WPA and other federal art programs, this slide presentation focuses on extant New Deal Art in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Although a few of the murals have been lost, some fifty murals and sculptures survive in post offices, schools, and government buildings. Some murals are generic scenes, but most portray local history, with Native Americans, George Washington, and Theodore Roosevelt the most popular subjects. Several of the artists became quite well known, including Jon Corbino, William Gropper, and Sol Wilson. Others who lived on Long Island had local reputations. Paul Cadmus and James Brooks won commissions for local murals, but had their proposals rejected. Corbino was angry when officials insisted he clothe a nude figure in his seashore scene for the Long Beach post office. The historic fiction in murals is analyzed from an historical perspective to aid in the understanding of this legacy depicting our heritage.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Naylor taught Long Island and American social history for more than thirty years at Hofstra University, and was director of its Long Island Studies Institute from its founding in 1985 until she retired in 2000. Dr. Naylor edited or co-edited several Institute publications (most recently, Journeys on Old Long Island) and has published many articles on Long Island history. Her articles and lecture on Long Island's WPA's murals and sculptures include reference to those found at Farmingdale State College. She is President of the Nassau County Historical Society, and has been editor of the Nassau County Historical Society Journal since 1996.

R ededication of the Memorial Oak

April 12, 2012 - Open to all faculty, staff and students

11:30AM - Re-dedication of the Memorial Oak
Welcome by President Keen
Color Guard of Student Veterans
21-Gun Salute
God Bless America and National Anthem (sung by Kathryn Burke)

Noon - Unveiling of new Centennial Tree
Opening of Time Capsule from 1987
Placement of items in new Time Capsule

Home Grown Food: Planning and Planting the Abundant Landscape

Friday, April 20 - 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Garden Tours
Local Food
at The Teaching Gardens & Greenhouse
For more information, contact Michael Veracka @ 631-420-2113 or go to News/RSS  at the bottom of the homepage:

Open House

April 21, 2012, 10AM - Noon
Display and Voting for Student Projects
Open House attendees are invited to vote for their favorite project.  Announcement and presentation of Student Project Winners, including the People's Choice Winner will be at noon.