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February 21, 2006

Farmingdale State Honors CARES Recipients

On January 17, Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, president of Farmingdale State University of New York, presented the spring 2006 CARES awards. Established in 2004, CARES stands for Commendation and Recognition for Excellence in Service. Each semester, the President's CARES award recognizes three employees of Farmingdale State who consistently deliver outstanding performance and service to the college.

North Babylon resident Chris Weppler of the Office of Instructional Technologies Support, is a graduate of Farmingdale State. He is a recipient of many honors, including the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the Outstanding Male Student Award, and the Farmingdale Spirit Award. People have facetiously asked for proof that this member of the professional staff does not live in his office, since he seems to be always available to help those who count on his expertise. Not only is he always available, he is always polite and efficient.

Levittown resident Sue Peterson of the Office Administration and Finance, has been a member of the campus community for more than twenty-five years. She is hardworking, knowledgeable and always willing to do more than her share to assist others. She takes on any task with tremendous professionalism and grace. When a colleague became seriously ill last year, she pitched right in to help, learning how to do things that needed to be done. She is also very involved with the campus community. She volunteers for fundraising events such as the Relay for Life and the Heart Walk. She donates her blood at the campus blood drive.

Huntington resident Dr. Paul Kramer, of the Department of Physics, is known for being one of the most vital and creative professors on campus. He was a founding member of the Student Computing Access Program (SCAP) and served as its first and only chair for 16 years. He was also a founding member of Faculty Access to Computing (FACT) program and CIT (Conference on Instructional Technologies). In 1999, he was awarded a plaque in recognition of his many contributions. He has organized major conferences and recently created the "credit for culture" approach to teaching. He has been called an "inspiration" by his colleague, Dr. Charles Fishman.