May 5, 2011

NOTED SCIENTIST BRUCE STILLMAN TO SPEAKS AT FARMINGDALE STATE COMMENCEMENT

1,000 Students to Receive Diplomas

Dr. Bruce Stillman
Dr. Bruce Stillman

Farmingdale, N.Y.—On Sunday, May 15, beginning at 10 am, Farmingdale State College will celebrate its 92nd commencement with Dr. Bruce Stillman, president of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, as the keynote speaker. Dr. Stillman's award-winning research focuses DNA replication duplication in cells, which is a process that ensures accurate inheritance of genetic material through generations. Degrees will be awarded to approximately 1,000 students before an always excited crowd of parents, friends, relatives, and an assortment of dignitaries, including elected officials and campus administration.

Dr. Stillman is the recipient of major international awards for his research on DNA replication and was elected in 2000 to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and in 2008 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. "Bruce Stillman is an extraordinary researcher, educator, and administrator," President Keen said. "To have him share his experiences with our students speaks to the quality of our institution and our students."

"I would like to congratulate the graduates who will advance their careers at this year's commencement.  I also congratulate their families for supporting one of the most important milestones of their lives, obtaining an education at a great Long Island college," said Dr. Bruce Stillman, President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Dr. Stillman joined Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 1979, Dr. Stillman, a native of Australia, joined the scientific staff in 1981.  In 1994, he was appointed director and then named president in 2003 of the laboratory.  He has been director of the Cancer Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory since 1992.

Dr. Stillman earned his BS degree with honors at The University of Sydney and a PhD from the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University.  He holds five honorary doctorates, numerous prestigious research awards including the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for cancer research and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University.   He resides in Cold Spring Harbor.

Valedictorian Ms. Shaheen Kahn, who maintained a 4.00 grade point average, earned the honor of being on the President's List.  Kahn served as president of the Sociology and Anthropology Club, president of the Golden Key Honour Society and vice president of Sigma Beta Delta.  Through her leadership role in various organizations she has helped her colleagues: raise funds for Haiti, participate in food drives, walkathons, cancer research fund drives, toys and clothing drives as well as blood drives.

At a recent ceremony in Albany, three Farmingdale State College students received Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence: Lauren D'Alessandro, Aristoteli Dorizas, and Andrew Hesse.

Lauren D'Alessandro, from Setauket, will receive an AS degree in Dental Hygiene. She has maintained Deans' List status at both SUNY Albany and Farmingdale State College.  D'Alessandro is a current student member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.  She taught cancer screening and conducted classes in head and neck examination techniques as an in-service project at Stony Brook University Hospital.  D'Alesandro has participated in multiple fund raisers including supporting the military through project "Operation: Give a Marine a Smile" as well as educating children on dental hygiene through "Give Kids a Smile."

Aristoteli Dorizas, from Wantagh, will receive a BS in Technology Studies.  He returned to Farmingdale State College after his active military service in the Navy and has appeared on the Deans' List for most of his academic career.  Aristoteli is studying aviation, chemistry, business and biology in the Technology Studies program.  He serves as the president of the FSC Quality Club and as a student member of the hiring board of the FSC Health and Wellness Center.

Andrew Hesse, from Port Jefferson, will receive a BS in Bioscience and Applied Math.  He co-founded Farmingdale State's biology club. As president of the club, he exposed members to various aspects of the field including tours of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  He established volunteer trips to New Orleans to help rebuild school destroyed by hurricane Katrina.

Farmingdale State College's 92rd commencement, will take place at 10:00 am on Sunday, May 15, at Nold Hall.  For further information, please contact Kathy Coley in Institutional Advancement at 631-420-2400.