College to Honor Drs. Brown, Dathatri at Alumni Dinner
Farmingdale’s pioneering efforts in renewable energy and sustainability will be highlighted at the annual Alumni Awards dinner on Friday, March 28 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Retired professors Harry Dathatri of the School of Engineering Technology and Gary Brown of the Ornamental Horticulture department, two long-time faculty members who helped shape the College’s focus on the environment, will be honored for their many contributions to the College. Dr. Brown will receive the Judy McEvoy Memorial Alumnus of the Year Award, which is named for the beloved former president of the Alumni Association board. He is a 1964 graduate of the College who became a professor in the departments of Ornamental Horticulture and Biology in 1970. Dr. Dathatri, a professor at Farmingdale for 30 years before retiring last year, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in developing solar energy as an alternative energy source.. Other honorees include Michael Deering (‘75), director of communications and clean energy program oversight for the Long Island Power Authority, who will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award; Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (Williams Feldman, Chairman), which is being honored as the Outstanding Solar Technology Partner; and Solar Liberty (Adam Rizzo, President) and Empower Solar (David Schieren, CEO), both of whom will be honored as the Outstanding Solar Vendor Partners. For tickets and information of the Alumni Awards dinner, please contact the Alumni Relations office at 631.420.2369.
Four Students Chosen as Fulbright Finalists
Four Farmingdale students have been chosen by the National J William Fulbright Board as finalists in the annual national competition for the US Government Fulbright Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards in academia. The four were selected from over 7,000 students from across the nation who applied for the scholarship. The finalists are Redmond Chan from Security Systems who has proposed to teach English in Malaysia; Justine Finch-Beringer a Professional Communications Major with a concentration in Business, who has proposed to conduct Sociology research in Hungary; Steven G. Suskauer from Economics and Mathematics, who aspires to engage in graduate study at the Stockholm School of Economics; and Christi Timmers from Bioscience, who wishes to join a cancer research group at the University of Iceland. The four students will be notified this Spring if they have been awarded scholarships. Under the leadership of Dr. Beverly Kahn, the College’s Fulbright program has been highly successful since its creation four years ago. Over the last four years, Farmingdale has had five students earn Fulbrights, the most of any technology or comprehensive college in SUNY.
STEM Diversity Summit to Take Place
Over 600 participants from education, industry, and the community are expected to attend the Stem Diversity Summit, the largest academic conference of its kind in the region. The summit brings together leaders from academia, government, and not-for-profit organizations to discuss recent developments at the state and national level in order to advance education in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Research exhibits in STEM fields will also be displayed by local high school and college students. For more information, please visit www.farmingdale.edu/stem or call 631.420.2622.
Women’s Lax Players Compete Internationally
Women’s lacrosse players Nicole Marzocca (North Babylon) and Christy Thoden (Bayport) are ready to represent Farmingdale and the USA on a 10-day tour this summer from Paris to Amsterdam with American International Sports Tours. The duo will play on the 19-player roster made up of players from Albany, Temple, Bloomsburg, Chestnut Hill; Marymount, Shenandoah, St. Mary's (Md.), and Wittenberg. The tour takes top level athletes to compete in international tournaments in more than 22 different countries around the world. Marzocca and Thoden, both junior midfielders, are on track to leave as the all-time leading scorers at Farmingdale.
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