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Farmingdale Resident To Be Honored By Farmingdale State College Alumni

Mark Ellis Memorial Run/Walk for outstanding alumni

January 27, 2012


Eileen P. Magri, director of nursing for Maternal Child Health at Winthrop University Hospital, will be honored as Alumna of the Year at the College’s Alumni Awards Dinner at 6 pm on Friday, March 25 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.  

The dinner will focus on Farmingdale State’s Department of Nursing which has educated many outstanding nursing professionals: Karen Coutrier, (Wheatley Heights) a 1989 graduate, will be honored as the Outstanding Alumna,  Nursing professor Mary Stedman (Farmingdale) will be honored as Outstanding Alumni Supporter.

Winthrop Hospital (Mineola) also will be honored as Outstanding Employee Partner, with CEO John Collins accepting the award, as well as Diane Bachor (Freeport), a 2002 technical communications graduate, will receive the Outstanding Alumni Winthrop Employee award.

Magri, of Farmingdale, is responsible for the daily operation and patient care activities of Labor and Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care, Mother/Baby, High-Risk Antepartum, Pediatrics and Pediatric ICU.  She will be joined by other alumni and hospital honorees at the affair, which is expected to attract 250 guests to the healthcare-themed event.

A Winthrop University Hospital employee for 32 years, Magri graduated from Farmingdale State College with an AS in Nursing in 1978.  She began her Winthrop career as a staff nurse on Pediatrics and quickly assumed increased responsibility in the roles of assistant nurse manager and then as the pediatric clinical nurse specialist. 

During her tenure on the pediatric unit, Magri was part of the team which opened the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to care for critically-ill children.  She eventually was named operations planning specialist, coordinating design teams of over 400 employees, department managers, and physicians to identify cost savings and develop quality, service, and cost monitoring systems to track progress.

For the second year, Glen Cove resident Jon Goldstein, Creative Director in the Office for Farmingdale State College’s Institutional Advancement, will be performing 1960s and 1970s songs in celebration.

Goldstein specializes in graphic arts, but he is also a singer-songwriter who prior to working at Farmingdale, wrote and produced educational touring shows for schools. His show Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, a 90-minute, timeless commentary on society and politics, is currently under commercial option and being developed for the Broadway stage. <http://www.libertythemusical.com/>

In addition to the awards’ dinner, on Saturday, March 26, Farmingdale State College will host the Mark Ellis Memorial Run/Walk which begins at 10 am (registration—9 am) on the College’s Great Lawn outside of Roosevelt Hall. 

The run was organized in memory of alumnus Mark Ellis, 1998, a NYC Transit officer and lifelong Huntington resident who perished in the 9-11 tragedy.  In its first year, the Memorial Run/Walk raised over $6,000 towards establishing an Alumni scholarship in Mark’s name.  FSC Alumni Association board member Dan Sheehan spearheads the event and welcomes everyone to join in honoring this special man.
For reservations, tickets, journal support, or information on the run or dinner, contact Eileen Hasson at Eileen.hasson@farmingdale.edu or (631) 420-2369.   Tickets to the alumni dinner are $100 each.

Established in the 1960’s, Farmingdale State’s nursing department enrolls more than 350 students. The department offers a Bachelor of Science Nursing program, an Associate in Science Nursing program and a Practical Nursing program. In addition, the department offers an advanced accelerated program for LPNs to become RNs.

Farmingdale has also been named as the 5th safest campus in the nation, based on a statistical analysis conducted by the online publication The Daily Beast, and the College ranks in the top 110 public colleges nationally in terms of the earning power of its graduates, according to payscale.com.

Find out why applications for Farmingdale State have increased 72 percent since 2000 and enrollment has increased 36 percent in eight years. With more than $185 million being invested in new construction projects, including a campus center and school of business, Farmingdale State is definitely worth seeing.

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