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November 17, 2008

Farmingdale State Unveils "Farm-Ade";

Three-point Effort Responds to Surge of Alumni Who Fear Losing Jobs

Farmingdale State College announced today a three-point program to assist unemployed alumni and alumni who are considering a career change as a result of the severe economic downturn. The program, called "Farm-ADE (Alumni Desiring Employment)" is a direct response to the unstable economy and a surge in requests for assistance from alumni seeking jobs.

"We value our 83,000 alumni and the many ways in which they enrich the campus," said Farmingdale State President W. Hubert Keen . "It is right that the College should enhance its efforts to assist any alumni who need help during these difficult economic times, and that's what we're going to do."

Eileen Hasson , the College's Director of Alumni Affairs, reports that phone calls from alumni seeking career counseling have increased from one or two a week to about 10 a week over the last two months. "It became obvious pretty quickly that we had to respond in new and different ways," Hasson said. "It became especially important because we are so critical to the Long Island economy and people look to us to provide guidance."

In 2007, for example, of the 117 companies in New York State that hired Farmingdale graduate, 112 of the firms were from Long Island .

"Farm-ADE" consists of three components: Alumni Express, Alumni Hours, and the Alumni Career Panel.

Because many people have experienced dramatic decreases in their college savings accounts, they are turning to public colleges for a quality, affordable education. Farmingdale's Alumni Affairs Office has created a special email address, AlumniExpress@farmingdale.edu , allowing alumni to send information on spouses, children, siblings, and other family members who have applied for admission. The alumni office then works with the admissions office to confirm it has received this "legacy" application.

While admission is not guaranteed, the process ensures enhanced communication between the alumni and admissions offices so that alumni and "extended alumni" can benefit, if possible.

The College has also established Alumni Hours through its Career Development Center. The CDC chiefly benefits students with tips on the job search, resume-writing, and other career essentials. Malka Edelman, Director of the CDC, has designated special Alumni Hours as a time when alumni can utilize these services, in addition to reviewing job postings. Alumni Hours will take place on Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Student Success Center in the Greenley Library, and Monday and Thursday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in Laffin Hall, Room 203. Alumni can also have their resumes reviewed by emailing them to careers@farmingdale.edu along with the year they graduated and their academic program. Alumni Hours will begin December 10 and extend through January 28.

"We really believe alumni who are out of work or those who want to explore new careers will benefit from the help we can provide," Edelman said.

In addition, Farmingdale is enhancing its annual Alumni Career Panel—this year, adding a networking component where representatives from several local companies will be available to accept resumes on the spot. The panel is also being moved from its regularly scheduled spring date to February 11, 2009 because of the urgency of the economic situation. The event includes a panel of industry leaders discussing hot jobs, tips, and resume advice.

Because seating is limited for the Alumni Career Panel, registrations are required. Alumni are urged to register now via alumni@farmingdale.edu .

The College also announced its schedule of events hosted by the Career Development Center at Farmingdale State College which are open to the public. All events are in the Multi-Purpose Room in Roosevelt Hall:

Health Science Job Fair—Friday, Feb. 27, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Technology Job Fair—Thursday, March 26, 4:00 -7:00 p.m.

Career Fair—Thursday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Eileen Hasson at 631-420-2369.