June 3, 2008
Students from School of Health Sciences Receive Awards for Academic Excellence
Highest Achievers in Each Discipline Receive Awards
Dr. Beverly Kahn, Provost
and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Students gathered with their families, friends and professors for the 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 Health Sciences
Candice M. Martinez - Dental Hygiene (AS) - Levittown
Candice Martinez has a current GPA of 3.98. She was treasurer of the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association and has participated in a number of community outreach programs. Candice gave a table clinic presentation at the Greater New York Dental Meeting and at the Farmingdale State College Science and Technology Conference on her work in the area of preventive oral health care. Following graduation she plans to seek employment in the field of dental hygiene.
Diane Macari - Dental Hygiene (AS) - Glen Cove
Diane Macari has a current GPA of 3.90. She was president of the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association and has participated in a number of community outreach programs including the Nassau County Give Kids a Smile Program. She presented a table clinic presentation at the Greater New York Dental Meeting and at the Farmingdale State Science and Technology Conference which highlighted her work in the area of preventive oral health care. Diane expects to find employment in the field of dental hygiene following graduation.
Karen Lyons - Dental Hygiene (BS) - Farmingdale
Karen graduated in 2004 from the associate degree program in dental hygiene. She was now completing her bachelor's degree in dental hygiene with a GPA of 3.82. Karen's interest in the older patient population led her in choosing a practicum internship at the Long Island Veterans Home with a focus on gerontology. Karen has plans to continue her practicum work and become an associate of the Long Island Geriatric Education Center .
Jennifer Lynn Lane - Dental Hygiene (BS) - Baldwin
Jennifer graduated in 2002 from the associate degree program in dental hygiene. She just completed her bachelor's degree in dental hygiene and has been very active in the community including participation with the Nassau County give Kids a Smile program. Her practicum course internship was with the North Shore / Long Island Jewish Hospital System where she worked to develop a mobile dental unit for service to communities in need of access to care. Jennifer plans to pursue a graduate degree in public health.
William Batura - Medical Laboratory Technology (AS) - Amityville
William entered the MLT program in fall 2007 as a full time student with the goal of completing all requirements during the 2007-08 academic year. Taking a full-time schedule each semester, including both summer and intersession, he completed 45 credits in a 12 month period of time with a 3.95 GPA. Although academics have been the focus of his time at Farmingdale, Mr. Batura also has membership in the MLT Club as well as the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). His academic success has been rewarded with acceptance into the Sigma Nu chapter of the Lambda Tau National Medical Technology Honor Society. Mr. Batura will complete his MLT internship at Nassau University Medical Center in Hempstead , and plans to work as a Medical Laboratory Technician in a clinical laboratory upon graduation.
Michele Kennedy - Medical Laboratory Technology (AS) - Seaford
Michele Kennedy entered the MLT program in spring of 2006 on a part-time basis while working as a Laboratory Support Associate at the North Shore LIJ Health System Core Laboratories. She has achieved a 4.0 GPA while enrolled in the program, which has earned her entrance into the Sigma Nu chapter of the Lambda Tau National Medical Technology Honor Society, as well as the Phi Theta Kappa National Junior College Honorary Scholastic Society. Ms. Kennedy was an active member of the MLT Club on campus, taking part in several club activities during her enrollment. She was a student member of both the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Ms. Kennedy was currently completing her MLT internship at ICON Labs in Farmingdale, and plans to work as a Medical Laboratory Technician in a clinical laboratory upon graduation.
Cheryl P. Williams - Nursing (AS) - North Babylon
Cheryl represents academic excellence in nursing in multiple ways. In addition to maintaining a grade point average of 4.0, she has demonstrated service, community involvement, and leadership. She has served as the president of the Mu Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, was a recipient of the 2008 Chancellor's Award for Student Academic Excellence, and was member of Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She has organized and participated in campus blood drives, food collections, a Child Care Center party, and cancer walks. She has participated in the Department of Nursing Outreach programs in administering immunizations and health care teaching and has volunteered her time in the Student Nurses Association's activities. In addition to all of this, she has worked for three years as a Certified Nurses' Assistant in Gurwin Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center . She loves this population and says that she has learned much from the residents .
Julie Borello - Nursing (AS) - West Islip
Julie has maintained a grade point average of 4.0 and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She earned a BS in accounting but desired a more fulfilling career. She says she was drawn to nursing because of the opportunities to gain and apply scientific knowledge, the dynamic nature of nursing and the holistic approach to the healing process. She was a member of the Student Nurses Association and participates in activities such as the food drive and the blood drive. She plans to work in the emergency department and continue her education by earning a bachelor's degree.