News from the Office for Institutional Advancement at Farmingdale State College
September, 2012

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Campus Renovation Hits Milestone

The $185 million construction and renovation initiative concluded one critical project over the summer and is nearing completion of two others. The parking and roadway project, which included a reconfiguration of the parking areas and traffic flow, was finished in time for the beginning of Fall classes. In addition to the design of the new lots, new lighting, paving, and tree and shrubbery plantings were added in keeping with the park-like campus environment. “The attractiveness of the campus is something we have taken great pride in over the years,” President Keen said. “Over the course of the next decade, the renovations being done will enhance the appearance of the College even more.” The renovation of Bunche Plaza is expected to be completed in November and the new Campus Center, featuring modern campus dining facilities, a Ballroom, meeting spaces, and the Bookstore, is scheduled to open in January.

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President Keen Named to “Power List”

President Keen has been named to the Long Island “Power List” for the fifth straight year. The “Power List” is published annually by the Long Island Press which selects the 50 most influential Long Islanders from the fields of business, education, healthcare, government, the public sector, and not-for-profits. Dr. Keen ranked 34 on the 2012 list and was cited for his work both at the College and in the community. “Under Keen’s leadership, the college has been named one of the best in the North, one of the safest campuses in the nation, and one of the top 100 public colleges and universities in terms of earning power of graduates. Keen also established the Green Building Institute and arranged $185 million in campus construction projects—now that’s exceptional power,” the newspaper said. Dr. Keen was only one of three college presidents to make the list, and is the first president from Farmingdale ever to do so.

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Visual Communications Student Receives Award for Logo

Patricia Macari has received a Purple Pump Award from Moxxie Network Foundation for designing the winning logo for the Foundation’s inaugural fundraiser and conference promoting women’s leadership, The Emerald Summit. Macari, a Visual Communications major, was in her senior year, when students are required to take a class entitled “Agency I” to gain valuable experience by working pro-bono on actual projects for selected not-for-profit clients. Macari and her classmates were given the opportunity to design a unique logo that reflected the concept of The Emerald Summit. Macari’s corporate skyline image includes a purple pump on top of one of the highest buildings. She will be honored for her design at the Emerald Summit’s luncheon on October 18 at Cold Spring Country Club in Huntington. 

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College Receives Two Awards for Excellence

Farmingdale was one of only six campuses—and one of only two to receive multiple awards—when the SUNY office of diversity, equity and inclusion named the winners of its Explorations in Diversity and Academic grants. Farmingdale received a total of $17,000 in funding—the most of any campus—for two efforts: diversity training for the College’s faculty and staff, and a conference on social justice. The SUNY initiative supports campus-based innovative approaches that illuminate and strengthen the intersections between diversity and academic excellence. Total funding in this round was $75,000.


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