June 27, 2006
Farmingdale State Students Honored at School of Business Awards Luncheon
On May 5, 2006, students gathered with their families, friends and professors in Farmingdale State University of New York's University Club to be honored for their outstanding academic achievements in the School of Business. Ten awards were given to commend these high performing students in such areas as Visual Communications, Computers, Management Technology and Ornamental Horticulture.
Farmingdale State's President, Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter, spoke about how proud he was of the students and how grateful he was to the College's Foundation and Alumni Association for providing funding for the scholarships. Dr. Richard Iversen, Dean Eileen Eichler and Associate Dean Dr. Gerald Flynn were also on hand to congratulate the winners.
Sarah Marie Allahverdi, a Medford resident, received the Loretta Chiarenza Memorial Scholarship for high academic achievement and community service. The award is named after Professor Loretta Chiarenza who taught biology and served as Associate Dean in the School of Business for many years. Family members Dr. Angelo Chiarenza and Mrs. Julie Chiarenza-Tubens were in attendance to present the award. Sarah also received the Dante Scholarship and the Raynor Wallace Award as a multicultural poetry winner.
The Loretta Chiarenza Memorial Scholarship was awarded for the first time to a second student from outside the School of Business. The first recipient of this new award was Stella Tam, a Flushing resident.
Springfield Gardens resident Justin Akong received the Louis J. Riso Memorial Scholarship for academic achievement and activity in campus and community activities. Justin's superior academic performance earned him inclusion in Alpha Beta Gamma International Honors Society. Justin will graduate with a degree in Management Technology.
Pearl Degen, a Lindenhurst resident, was this year's recipient of the Joseph Lindner Memorial Scholarship for strong academic achievement. The scholarship is awarded based on Business Department faculty member recommendation. Pearl is a Business Administration student. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has been a math tutor for several years.
Arnim C. Mondesir, a Lindenhurst resident, was awarded the Stonehenge Foundation Scholarship for maintaining a superior grade point average and his involvement in community activities outside the college curriculum. In addition, Arnim received the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the highest honor a student can receive from SUNY. Arnim, a Management Technology major, is a member of both Alpha Beta Gamma and Sigma Beta Gamma. In addition, Arnim was presented an Alpha Beta Gamma scholarship at the School of Business Award Luncheon.
Shari Romar, a Forest Hills resident, was a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the highest honor a student can receive from SUNY. An ornamental horticulture student, Shari also received the NSLGA scholarship, and the Home Depot scholarship for Ornamental Horticulture. She is the president of Farmingdale State Horticulture Club. In addition, Shari is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Brett Southard, a Carmel resident, was a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the highest honor a student can receive from SUNY. Mr. Southard graduated in January 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Programming and Information Systems. He was the captain of the Farmingdale State soccer team. In addition, he organized a student athlete team that raised over $3,500 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Sasha-lee Dawes, a West Babylon resident, received an Alpha Beta Gamma scholarship. Sasha-lee earned her A.S. in Business Administration and her B.S. in Management Technology from Farmingdale State. Her superior academic record and active participation in school and community service earned Sasha-lee the Louis J. Riso scholarship, Wall of Honor scholarship, Berthold Willenbrock scholarship and the Charles Laffin scholarship. In addition, Sasha-lee is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Beta Gamma, and Sigma Beta Delta Honor Societies. In 2004, when she earned her Associate degree, she was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.
Laurie Fawcett, a Huntington Station resident, received an Alpha Beta Gamma scholarship. Laurie is graduating this May with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. Laurie is a member of Alpha Beta Gamma and Sigma Beta Delta Honor Societies. In addition, she has participated in Relay for Life.
Christine Cruse, a Farmingdale resident, received the Sigma Beta Delta student service award. Christine is a member of Sigma Beta Delta, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, and the Residents of East Farmingdale Civic Association. Christine is the mother of three and runs her own technology business. Her superior academic standing has earned her inclusion on the President's List every semester. She graduated with a B.S. in Management Technology.
April Orthner, a resident of Levittown, is this year's recipient of the Sigma Beta Delta Student of the Year Award. In addition, she received a Sigma Beta Delta Student Service Award. April is the secretary of the Association for Operation Management Long Island chapter (APICS). She is a member of the Farmingdale State Business Club, president of the student chapter of APICS and Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. April has maintained a perfect grade point average every semester and graduated with a B.S. in Management Technology.