June 15, 2010
Farmingdale State Criminal Justice Students Inducted Into Alpha Phi Sigma
Representative Tim Bishop Flew from Washington D.C. for Ceremony
Kappa Chi Officers
To view photo gallery vistit www.flickr.com On April 21, Representative Tim Bishop (D- NY) from Long Island's 1st Congressional District flew from a congressional meeting in Washington, D.C. to help induct 13 new Criminal Justice students into the newest Honor Society at Farmingdale State College.
Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, gave final approval last year to establish the first chapter of the national organization at Farmingdale State, called Kappa Chi. Dr. Tino Posillico, a member of Alpha Phi Sigma and faculty advocate for the new chapter, said "I am very proud of what our students have accomplished by applying for this new Chapter – it was a very long, competitive and tedious application process with no guarantees of approval. Yet, the academic excellence of our criminal justice students and their accomplishments carried through to win the final decision."
In his address to the students, Mr. Bishop noted that academic excellence is a capstone to graduation that will stay with each student throughout his or her career. He also noted that the criminal justice field is an evolving area that is quickly becoming infused with necessary technology-based components in computer and digital security as well as computer-aided analysis. Based on his experience in congress, he believed that many of the graduating seniors in the bachelor's program in Security Systems would be well positioned to meet the new challenges that are developing in homeland security and national defense, including cyber-security and surveillance analysis.
Other guest speakers, including Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen and Attorney Edward Maggio, echoed similar themes of encouragement for the newly-inducted criminal justice students. Dr. Keen also added that these recognized students not only reached a milestone in their own careers, but also served as role models for other students striving for the same level of academic achievement.
Dr. Posillico pointed out that two Kappa Chi members already have cyber-security positions in Washington, D.C.: One at the General Accounting Office (GAO) and another in the Office of Social Security Administration (SSA). He also indicated that many new and exciting activities are still developing for Kappa Chi, including taking the lead in a joint Long Island Alumni Organization with C.W. Post and John Jay College for graduated Criminal Justice students. In addition, Dr. Posillico has been nominated as a National Advisor by Alpha Phi Sigma, facilitating academic interaction with other campuses across the country.
Farmingdale State College students who are interested in learning about the academic qualifications for joining Kappa Chi can visit www.alphaphisigma.org or contact Dr. Posillico by e-mail (Tino.Posillico@farmingdale.edu) or at x2091.