June 3, 2008
Students from School of Business Receive Awards for Academic Excellence
Highest Achievers in Each Discipline Receive Awards
Students gathered with their families, friends and professors for the Student Awards for Academic Excellence Ceremony in Farmingdale State College's Little Theater.
"The recipients. have set high goals for themselves. They worked hard, they made sacrifices and they achieved excellence," said Dr. Beverly Kahn , provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.
College President W. Hubert Keen also congratulated the recipients, saying "Your level of performance cannot be achieved without a passion for learning.and I am proud that you are Farmingdale State College students."
School of Business
Joshua Deitch - Business Management (BS) - Dix Hills
Joshua entered Farmingdale in 2004 having started his academic career at George Washington University . Since his first semester, Joshua has excelled academically earning inclusion on the President's List for six of the seven semesters he has completed on campus. Joshua has managed to balance the responsibilities of a returning student while keeping a remarkable 3.95 GPA.
James Varrichio - Business Management (BS) - Massapequa Park
James was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, the Business Honor society. While maintaining his stellar 3.94 GPA and earning recognition on the President's List for the eight semesters, James has also performed as a four-year starter for the Rams Soccer Team, including two years as men's soccer co-captain. He has rebounded from injury to be named the Second Team All-Skyline and he was awarded the Chancellors Student-Athlete Award in 2007.
Richard N. Lee - Computer Programming & Information Systems (BS) - Bethpage
Richard is the information technology manager at the Department of Radiation Oncology, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. Prior to his employment at North Shore , he was a radiation therapist for North Shore and Long Island Jewish Hospitals. Richard is an evening student, combining work with raising a family, and attending school. He holds another bachelor's degree in aeronautical maintenance technology and two associate degrees. As a radiation therapist, Richard did extensive work with women with breast cancer. For his senior project as a computer systems student, Richard combined his IT expertise with his past experience working with cancer patients. Richard created a Visual Basic application program that will be used to reduce the amount of time a breast cancer patient needs to lie still on a simulation table while the physician marks the borders of the treatment area. This program should save time and money and increase the number of simulations that can be performed on a daily basis. It will also reduce stress levels for both the patient and therapist.
Tomasz Wojciech Pajdo - Computer Programming & Information Systems (BS) - Rockaway
Tomasz was born in Poland where he received his general education. In 1988 he graduated from Technical High School of Mechanics & Electrics and earned an Electronic Technician diploma. In 1993 he settled in New York . After working for a few years in the electronics field he decided to continue his education. While working full time, he enrolled in the computer systems curriculum at Farmingdale State . He successfully completed his associate of science degree in 2005. Currently he is an associate engineer at Comtech PST Corp. located in Melville NY .
Matthew R. Herrmann - Computer Information Systems (AS) - Ridge
Matthew started at Farmingdale State College in spring 2002 and as part of his AS degree has completed a concentration in computer networking. He has completed all the coursework required to sit for CISCO certification exam.
Joanne Ferro - Ornamental Horticulture - General (AAS) - West Babylon
Joanne has been attending Farmingdale State as a part-time evening student for the past six years. During that time she has worked full-time as an assistant branch manager for a bank. Her family is grown and she has been balancing her career, her personal life and following her passion for studying ornamental horticulture. She plans to seek part-time work in the green industry.
Mark Ruescher - Ornamental Horticulture - Landscape Development (AAS) - North Bellmore
Mark is an excellent student and a fine representative of academic excellence. While a full-time student he was also employed by Garden Craft Landscape Service, Inc. which is a family owned business. He has been able to balance his course work with his job responsibilities and at the same time has served as the president of the Farmingdale Horticulture Club. He was also involved with the Backstage Theater Club. Mark has been a volunteer for many of the Ornamental Horticulture's departmental activities and helped with last year's Garden Festival.
Laura A. Torres - Ornamental Horticulture Landscape Development (AAS) - Astoria
Laura has been an excellent student, and while pursuing a full course load has also been working 20 - 30 hours a week at Pet Zone in Forest Hills . Laura was a member of the Farmingdale Horticulture Club and also served as a garden intern, working in the Ornamental Horticulture Teaching Gardens . Very recently, Laura began working for Nassau-Suffolk Landscaping in Dix Hills, a design-build firm.
Marissa Lynn Puttagio - Visual Communications (BTech) - Farmingdale
Marissa pursued a major in the visual communications department. She was accepted into the program with a strong portfolio of work from her high school years. At Farmingdale, Marissa became involved in the Art Club and focused on her studies. she was a finalist in the BOLI Student Competition held by the Long Island Advertising Club. She has also pursued an internship with Hometown Plus Newspapers . She plans to find a job dealing with graphic design on the island or in the city.
Anthony J. Ganus - Visual Communications (BTech) - Huntington Station
Anthony was influenced by courses such as typography design, color theory, desktop publishing and editorial design. As a member of the Art Club, he promoted the club's presence on and off campus, by donating artwork to charitable events and donating canned food to charitable organizations. He participated in Farmingdale's Open House and spoke to a number of potential new students. He is a member of The Society of Publication Designers, and an intern in the graphic production department at PolyPlastic Forms. He hopes to become an editorial designer or to work in the advertising field.