June 27, 2006
Farmingdale State Hosts Annual Retirement and 25 Years of Service Luncheon
On May 18, 2006, Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, President of Farmingdale State University
of New York welcomed faculty and staff to the Annual Retirement and Service Luncheon
honoring 25 Years of Service and Retirees. The luncheon has been a part of Farmingdale
State tradition and provides the opportunity to pay tribute to faculty and staff who
have devoted a great deal of their life to the College community.
The following faculty and staff members were awarded 25 Years of Service pins.
• Daniel Arcieri, a Blue Point resident, is a technical support technician in the Biology department and has dedicated 25 years of service to Farmingdale State.
• Rosemary Blackton, a West Babylon resident, has worked in a number of offices in her 25 years at Farmingdale State, She currently greets students and staff in need of medical care in the Health & Wellness Department.
• Henry Bojack, a Lake Ronkonkoma resident, started his teaching career at Farmingdale State in Secretarial Science/ Office Management Technology and transitioned into The Department of Computer Systems. He has authored workbooks for word processing and redesigned the School of Business scholarship information.
• Michael Brancato, a Shirley resident, is a campus electrician and has helped provide power throughout the school for 25 years.
• Cornelia Feka, a North Babylon resident, supports the Mechanical Engineering Technology department and is described by friends and colleagues as "always ready to lend a hand and someone who is always very sweet and giving."
• Paul Fogelberg lives in Baldwin and is one of Farmingdale States most successful alumnus. He has dedicated 25 years as a professor of Ornamental Horticulture and is an award winning landscape designer.
• Patricia Greene, a Levittown resident, is a part timer whose impact is that of a full-timer. Patricia has worked in a number of administrative offices on campus over her 25 years at Farmingdale State. She currently coordinates the scholarship program and makes sure that scholarship recipients and their family members feel welcome on campus.
• Dr. Massoud Hakimian, a Melville resident, originally came to the college to teach agronomy and soil science through the Agriculture department. Over the years he has worked on a number of USDA government-sponsored turf related research projects and continues to teach his specialty in the college's Ornamental Horticulture department.
• John Hendrickson is a graduate of Farmingdale State and lives in Islip. He started in the Agricultural department and transitioned to horticulture. John currently supports the Department of Architecture & Construction Management.
• Alice Kinch, a resident of New Hyde Park, has dedicated 25 years to Farmingdale State. She is currently and Assistant Coordinator in the Educational Opportunity Center.
• Kathleen Kupferman, a Huntington resident is a certified nurse practitioner in adult medical/surgical nursing. A nursing professor Kathleen is described as a someone who "excels in the classroom and clinical area."
• William O'Connor, a Miller Place resident, has worked on the campus for 25 years with Physical Plant.
• Martin Schneider, a Deer Park resident, is a graduate of Farmingdale State. He is a dedicated and tireless worker who has put his welding skills to good use on greenhouse fountains and campus signs.
• Margaret Sullivan, a resident of Farmingdale, started in the Nursing department, moved to Continuing Education, then to admissions and finally to the School of Engineering Technologies.
• Marjorie Yee, a resident of Bethpage, Marjorie has provided important assistance to members of the Physical Plant.