FARMINGDALE STATE ANNOUNCES 2012
Each spring, the Farmingdale Horticulture Committee honors its most outstanding students at a scholarship reception. Hosted by former department chair Dr. Gary Brown, the event is well attended by students and their families. President Keen, Department Chair Michael Veracka and Farmingdale College Foundation member Margaret Fox-Jackson also offered congratulations to the students.
Dr. W. Hubert Keen, president of Farmingdale State College said, “I always enjoy attending this event and getting a chance to meet the future leaders of the horticulture industry. Our ornamental horticulture professors do an outstanding job preparing students to work in the industry. And our gardens are a campus treasure.”
Four horticulture students were recognized for the Academic Excellence:
Hope Casey Crucilla of South Farmingdale, Jeannette LeDuc of Manorville, AAS Ornamental Horticulture – General Horticulture;
Nicole Wilson of Wainscott and Yusen Zhou of Rocky Point, AAS Ornamental Horticulture – Landscape Development;
Denise Fields of Hicksville and Emily Tinalli of Coram, Bachelor of Technology – Horticultural Technology Management.
The following students were awarded almost $23,000 worth of scholarships, thanks to the generosity of the horticulture industry and alumni:
Michael Rockowitz of Commack, Christine Hutton, Farmingdale Horticulture Committee Scholarship
Tamar Builder of Brooklyn, Maria Cinque Horticulture Committee Scholarship
John Kelly of Accord, Scotts Miracle – Gro Scholarship
Nicole Wilson of Wainscott, Joan Mahoney of North Babylon, Beth Robb-McCarron of Farmingville, Emily Tinalli of Coram, Denise Fields of Hicksville, Frank & Adeline Rich Scholarship;
Emily Tinalli of Coram, Home Depot Scholarship
Jennifer Cappello-Ruggiero of East Rockaway, Emily Tinalli of Coram, LINLA Scholarship
Joanna Szmuc of Maspeth, Maria Cinque Scholarship (sponsored by NSLGA)
Marvin Garcia of Huntington Station, Charlotte Schwenk Award
Nicholas Giaquinto of Commack, Ron-Dean Taffel Scholarshi
Carol Leonick of Huntington Station; 2nd District Federated Garden Club;
Michael Lanza of Northport, LIAA Scholarship
Anil Chandrakumar of Ozone Park, Michael Lanza of Northport, Bartlett Research Foundation (2)
Jesse Resnick of Sea Cliff, Locust Valley Garden Club (Kathy Pufahl Scholarship)
Nicholas Giaquinto of Commack, Stephen Lofaro of East Northport, Syosset Garden Club
Thomas Harty of Bay Shore, Matinecock Garden Club
Tamar Rachel Builder of Brooklyn, NYS Flower Industries Research & Education Fund, Inc.
Aryenth Mejia of Maspeth, Long Island Master Gardeners-Jack Stehling Scholarship
Over the years, the College has worked closely with the billion dollar horticulture industry. That relationship has resulted in the creation of the Farmingdale Horticulture Committee which has raised funds to provide scholarships, specialized laboratories and, most significantly, internships for students to maintain the College’s four-acre Teaching Gardens. The Teaching Gardens provide a living laboratory in which students apply classroom theory to the practical, hands-on aspect of the horticulture industry.
The Farmingdale Horticulture Committee’s mission is to promote excellence in the Farmingdale State College horticulture curriculum, to provide scholarships for the best and brightest students, to advertise the program and to further the development of the Horticulture teaching gardens as the very finest in the Northeast, if not the country.