Spring Commencement to be Held May 17
Over 1,500 graduates will receive their degrees in an outdoor ceremony at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 17 at noon (rain date Sunday, May 18). There will be 1,300 BS degrees and 81 AS degrees awarded, in addition to 12 certificates. The Commencement Address will be delivered by Randi Shubin Dresner, President and CEO of Island Harvest. A posthumous Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters will be awarded to Pearl Kamer, former Chief Economist for the Long Island Association, who served as Chair of the College Council in 2011-12. “Pearl was recognized nationally for her work and was a great resource for the region,” President Keen said. “As Chair of the College Council, she demonstrated great skill in helping to guide the campus to great success. We miss her dearly, but we know she will always be remembered.”
Farmingdale Named 5th Safest Campus in the Nation
The College has—again—been named one of the safest campuses in the U.S., this time in a ranking of the top 60 safe campuses done by University Primetime, a website devoted to college activities and issues. Farmingdale was ranked 5th, the only public school from Long Island ranked and was the top SUNY institution ranked. The College had previously been ranked the 5th safest college in a statistical analysis conducted by the Daily Beast, an online publication. President Keen complimented Marvin Fischer, head of campus police (which is part of the State University Police force), saying: “Ensuring a safe environment for our students and staff is a top priority for Farmingdale, and I want to thank Chief Fischer and all his dedicated officers and staff for the excellent work they do. To be repeatedly recognized in this way is a tribute to their hard work.”
Dean Vogel Named Chief Economist for Melville Chamber
School of Business Dean Richard Vogel has been named Chief Economist for the Melville Chamber of Commerce, which represents organizations conducting business along the Route 110 Corridor. Under Dean Vogel’s direction, the College and Chamber will work with local companies and business leaders to research, plan, and solve the challenges faced by businesses located locally and throughout the region. He also will write for the Chamber’s monthly newsletter. Dean Vogel has been head of the business school since 2013. Prior to that, he was a professor in the Department of History, Politics and Geography. He holds a PhD in economics from Florida International University.
Hoops Star Featured in Sports Illustrated
Donald Lawes, a 6-foot-7 senior center on the men’s basketball team, was recently featured in Sports Illustrated. Lawes was recognized for his seven blocks in an 83-79 win over Sage to break the Rams' single-season record of 99. Second in the NCAA in blocks (4.40 per game), he was the Mid-State Athletic Conference defensive player of 2013 while playing for Cayuga County (NY) Community College. Lawes helped lead the Rams to an 18-9 record and the semifinals of the Skyline Conference tournament this past season. See http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/scorecard/faces/2014/3/3/index.html#ixzz2v77YF2PG
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