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July 19, 2006

Farmingdale State Professional Communications Student Published in The New York Times


Howard Gold and Melissa Leonardht
Howard Gold and Melissa Leonardht

Professional communications major Melissa Leonhardt, inspired and motivated by her Farmingdale State University of New York professor, earned publication of her article on Kenneth Tooker, a Bay Shore clammer in the "As Told To..." section of the New York Times, a first a student enrolled at the Farmingdale State. Melissa learned of the opportunity from Professor Howard Gold, her documentations teacher. The article appeared in the April 2, 2006 issue.

Melissa, a Phi Theta Kappa Honor student, earned both an AA degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences and, in May, a BS in Professional Communications from Farmingdale State. A Bay Shore resident, Melissa received an Award for Academic Excellence in 2006 and was consistently included on the President's List. It was no surprise to Professor Gold, a Massapequa Park resident, that her talent and drive were rewarded.

Melissa credits her success to her mentor. She says of Professor Gold, "I've never had a professor who tried so hard to get us out there in the real world. It changes how you approach your writing and maybe makes you think that you can do more." Melissa will continue to pursue further education and a career in professional communications.