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Farmingdale State Announces Fall 2010 And Spring 2011 CARES Winners

Awards Honor Campus Members for Exceptional Service to the College

February 20, 2011


Farmingdale State College is pleased to announce the fall 2010 and spring 2011 winners of the President’s CARES (Commendation and Recognition for Excellence in Service) Award. Established in 2004, the award honors members of the campus community who consistently deliver outstanding performance and service to the College each semester.

Farmingdale State College President, Dr. W. Hubert Keen said, “All six are members of the community who quietly do their jobs without asking for recognition but each of them is exceptionally deserving of the award. Staff members like this make our college the special place it is.”

Fall 2010

Ray Swaschnig was awarded Farmingdale’s professional staff CARES Award.  An IT instructional support technician, Swaschnig served the campus for 37 years, as well as having graduated from Farmingdale.  Swaschnig resides in Shirley.

Charles Adair, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biology, was awarded the faculty CARES Award.  Adair, a resident of East Islip, was praised for being “an outstanding role model in caring for and about students.”  He has been cited for providing unique insights into his field and for strong advocacy for students whose career goals often change. 

Nancy Casimano, a resident of Babylon, was awarded the classified staff CARES Award for outstanding work, and tirelessly helping others on campus, as a secretary for Institutional Advancement.

Spring 2011
Eileen Meyers, in Dental Hygiene, was awarded the professional staff CARES Award.  Meyers resides in Lynbrook and, according to supervisors, “gives of herself to enrich the lives of those who know her.”  She assisted in coordinating SEFA on campus along with numerous outreach efforts.
Biology Professor Frances Santiago-Schwarz was given the faculty CARES Award.  Santiago-Schwarz, a highly-regarded researcher who resides in Cold Spring Harbor, has brought exceptional grants to the college.  She has mentored students who have gone on to great success.  Last year, she secured donations and personally delivered over 400 pounds of medical supplies to the Red Cross for the people of Haiti.

The CARES Award classified staff winner was Peter Thomas in Instructional Technologies Support.  Thomas is a resident of Northport and has been with Farmingdale 12 years.  He continues to devise new methods for the delivery of technological services in order to save money for the campus.