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January 11, 2010

Over 400 Students Participated in the Commencement Activities

Dr. Nancy Rauch Douzinas
Dr. Nancy Rauch Douzinas
Dr. Nancy Rauch Douzinas, president of the Rauch Foundation and creator of the Long Island Index, delivered the commencement address at the Farmingdale State College graduation ceremony this month.

Dr. Douzinas is a lifelong New Yorker who currently resides with her husband in Lloyd Harbor. She graduated from Smith College and received a master's degree and doctorate from New York University in community psychology. In 1990, after a 20-year career as a psychologist and family therapist, Douzinas became president of the Rauch Foundation, a family philanthropy. Under her leadership, the Rauch Foundation has sought to be a change agent on Long Island and in Maryland. Douzinas has played a pioneering role in the local region's sustainable development by launching the Long Island Index and convening its advisory committee.

Douzinas also writes a monthly column, "What Every Long Islander Should Know," which appears in a number of Long Island newspapers. In addition, she serves on the board of trustees of Channels WLIW and WNET, as well as the Regional Plan Association in New York, the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, the Energia Partnership and North Shore Land Alliance.

"I am very pleased that Dr. Douzinas agreed to speak to our students, their families and our staff at commencement.  The message she shared as a result of her work and that of her Foundation is of key importance to our graduates," said President Keen.

The College is seeing a continued increase in the number of bachelor degree graduates. This year, over 400 students participated in the winter commencement.