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Inaugural Events*

Thursday, March 23, 11 a.m., Ward Hall Great Room

John Ronan

John Ronan

Poet John J. Ronan - 2015 runner-up for FSC's Paumanok Poetry Award - will read from his collected works.

His poetry has appeared in scores of national magazines and reviews, including New England Review, Threepenny Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Notre Dame Review. His new book - about "civic poetry" - is Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown.


Thursday - Saturday, March 23 - 25, 8 p.m. Little Theater, Roosevelt Hall

The Back Stage Theatre Company will be performing Neil LaBute's play," The Shape of Things". Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online or at the door with a credit card only.



Tuesday, March 28, 11a.m., Gleeson 102

Steven Kess

Steven Kess

Steven Kess, Vice President of Global Professional Relations for Henry Schein, Inc. and co-founder of Henry Schein Cares, the company's social responsibility program, will give an Inauguration Week talk on “Doing Well by Doing Good.”

An advocate for underrepresented minorities, Kess has been particularly active in the area of diversity and access to health care for at risk populations. He is Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, and serves on the boards of the Columbia University School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University School of Dental Medicine, and Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.

This will be of particular interest to health sciences, social justice and entrepreneurial students.


Tuesday, 3/28, 11 a.m. Campus Center Ballroom C
This School of Business Research Colloquium features Professor Thomas Germano discussing his studio practice, engaging in a body of works in the medium of drawing, painting, and watercolor. The timeline of projects will explore a number of studio works, influences, interpretation, and the working methodology of some of his more recent projects from 2012 through 2017.

Professor Germano has worked as a professional studio artist, teacher, researcher and public lecturer for more than 25 years. He teaches studio drawing, painting and art history the FSC's Department of Visual Communications.



Thursday, March 30, 11:00 a.m., Roosevelt Hall Little Theater

John Zogby

John Zogby
Pollster, author, and trend-spotter

Lecture: "Our First Global Citizens: Unleashing the Potential of Our Millennials."

John Zogby will explore America's "First Globals" - Americans born between 1979 and 1993 who are networked worldwide; who monitor global sports, fashion, and music; who, out of any age group, are the least likely to think American culture is superior to any other culture; and who are most reluctant to go to war against people who listen to their music and dress like them. They are having a huge impact on the workplace, on NGOs, on home ownership and housing, and on the meaning of community. 

Before going into polling, he taught history and political science for 24 years.  He has been awarded three doctorates, including one from SUNY in 2005.

Zogby has appeared on many network news programs plus TV shows like NBC's "Today Show," ABC's "Good Morning America" and is a frequent guest on Fox News and MSNBC special programs, along with CNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews." He also is a regular political commentator for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the British Broadcasting Corporation. 

His October 28, 2004 appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart was a high point.

His book, The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream, was a national bestseller. His newest book is We are Many, We are One: Neo-Tribes and Tribal Analytics in 21st Century America.





Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m., Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY 11797

The annual Alumni Awards Dinner will honor Joe Egan '70, Senior Vice President and CFO George LaRosa, Dr. Richard Iversen, SGA President Cal Jiminez and Benjamin Vecchio '50.  


Friday, March 31 - Inaugural Ceremony, Nold Athletic Complex

10:00-11:00 a.m. - Robing in Nold 100 and 102 for those who will process

11:00 a.m. - Inaugural Procession Begins

12:30 p.m. - Inaugural Reception in the Campus Center Ballroom

Student research projects will be on display in the Campus Center lobby.

Campus tours will be available.



Swamp White Oak

Swamp White Oak

The campus community is invited to a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the inauguration of Farmingdale State College’s ninth president, Dr. John S. Nader. Chair of the Urban Horticulture and Design Department, Dr. Jonathan Lehrer, has secured a donation of a Swamp White Oak.

Under ideal conditions, the tree will grow to 60-75 feet tall and, according to Dr. Jonathan Lehrer, it is the species utilized around the 9/11 memorial in front of Horton Hall.

The tree was donated by Half Hollow Nursery in Dix Hills through the efforts of Alan Rasweiler, ’77.



Thursday, April 6, 11 a.m. Knapp Hall, University Club

Alice Friman

Paumanok winner Alice Friman

Alice Friman, 2016 winner of FSC's Paumanok Poetry Award, will read from her collected works. She will be joined by last year's runners-up: Jacob M. Appel and Owen Lewis.

Friman's last two books are Vinculum, which won a 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award, and The View from Saturn, 2014. She is the winner of numerous awards, including the Ezra Pound Poetry Award, three prizes from Poetry Society of America, and two from the New England Poetry Club. Her work has been published in 13 countries, and her podcast series, Ask Alice, is on YouTube.

Appel is a physician, attorney, and bioethicist based in New York City. He is the author of more than 200 published short stories, for which he has won than a dozen awards, including the Boston Review Short Fiction Competition, The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for the Short Story, and the North American Review’s Kurt Vonnegut Prize. He teaches at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Lewis's poetry has appeared in The Mississippi Review, The Adirondack Review, Peregrine, Four Way Review, The Cumberland Review, and other publications. Honors in 2016 include First Prize in the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. A physician and professor at Columbia University, he also teaches writing in the New Directions Writing Program at the Washington D.C. Center for Psychoanalysis.


Through April 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Memorial Gallery, Hale Hall

Enduring Ripples

JoAnne Dumas Exhibit in the Memorial Gallery

JoAnne Dumas
Exhibit: “Rock Paper Scissors”

East End artist JoAnne Dumas’s work is inspired by her fascination with water. The exhibit is a survey of her depictions of the many characteristics of water. Dumas employs natural light and a variety of substrates to capture the way natural light creates unique combinations of color, shapes, textures and reflections. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, as well as having work in private and corporate collections. She teaches visual arts at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead.

Dumas studied at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, and the International Center for Photography.



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