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June 18, 2008

Farmingdale State College Student Receives Werring Scholarship

Alex Mendolia is Smithtown Resident

Alex Mendolia, a student in the undeclared major program at Farmingdale State College, has been selected to receive the Dr. Edward J. Werring Memorial Scholarship. He received this honor at the May 1 Liberal Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony.

According to Dr. Anjana Mebane-Cruz, coordinator of the Undeclared Major program, Mendolia, a resident of Smithtown, received this honor because he exemplified the dedication and compassion with which Werring approached life. "Alex is a student of whom Werring would be proud. A scholar-athlete who has acted as a tutor and advisor to other students, Alex has impressed his professors through his willingness to work hard, his humility, and genuine delight in learning. It was his service to the Farmingdale and Smithtown communities, in combination with his good grades, that led to the committee's decision. " said Mebane-Cruz.

Werring was an associate professor in the Department of College Studies and coordinator of the undeclared major program at Farmingdale State when he passed away in June 2000. A resident of Southampton, Werring had been a member of the campus community for ten years. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Werring served as Catholic Chaplin for the campus. He assisted at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church in Patchogue for twenty-four years.

A talented photographer, Werring's photos of the East End of Long Island are on display on the first floor of Horton Hall.