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February 21, 2008

Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Cyberworld

Farmingdale State Hosts Conference on Computing in the Disciplines (COCID)

Farmingdale State College, in partnership with SUNY Faculty Access to Computing Technology (Fact), will host a Conference on Computing in the Disciplines (COCID) -- "Preparing today's students for tomorrow's cyberworld: Merging technology, business and the classroom," on Friday, April 4, 2008.

The purpose of the conference is to explore the many different ways professors are incorporating technology into their curriculums in an effort to prepare students for working in the cyber world of tomorrow.

Speakers at the conference will include Jeffrey Silberman, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York , and Ronald A. Tomo, Chief Information Officer at Episcopal Health Services Inc.

Silberman is professor and chairperson to the Textile Development and Marketing Department at FIT, a consultant to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) Secretariat, and serves as Executive Director to the International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP). He is an international textile consultant.

Silberman recently designed and implemented textile programs in Armenia and Nepal ; linen development programs throughout Russia , including Mosalsk, Severlyon, and Kostroma ; and marketing programs for the Mongolian Cashmere FibreMark Society in Ulaanbaatar , Mongolia , and United Textile Mills in Bangkok , Thailand .

Ronald A. Tomo, MPA, CCP, CAN, will speak on the topic of what business really wants and needs from students as they enter the workforce and continue on in their careers. Tomo, Chief Information Officer of Episcopal Health Services Inc., is a health care systems professional that has lead many major institutions to success in achieving their Information Systems goals. With over two decades of professional health care consulting, he has advised numerous medical centers including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and other small to mid-sized medical facilities including Primary Care Centers and Ancillary & Surgical Centers . In addition, Tomo is an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University teaching Health Care Information Systems and Microcomputer Applications in Health Care.

Tomo has worked both in the Hospital Applications Area (Designing/Building Software and Acquiring Packaged Software) and in the High Technology arena (ATM WAN; Video Conferencing; LANs; etc.). He has received Certificates of Merit from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and Long Island University where he received the Health Administration Award for being the highest level student in his Masters Program.

Educators in all disciplines, both SUNY and non SUNY, are invited to attend and participate. Presentations can be based on an abstract or a paper and can take the form of panel discussions. The poster session is an opportunity to present research results and methodologies to a wide conference audience and to network at the same time. Submissions in any area relevant to the conference theme by both faculty and students are welcome. Conference topics are broad and flexible. The deadline for submission of abstracts and presentations is February 25.