The John Dzinanka Bridge is Dedicated to Past Physical Plant Director and His 44-year FSC Career
On August 16, 2023, Farmingdale State College (FSC) faculty and staff gathered for a Bridge Dedication Ceremony in honor and recognition of John Dzinanka, past FSC Director of Physical Plant and a veritable fixture in the FSC campus community for nearly 45 years.
Dzinanka first joined FSC in 1977 as an electrician and by 1981 he had joined the professional staff. In 1986, he was appointed Director of Physical Plant, where he served for over 35 years until he passed away on August 20, 2021.
“John was very much a part and will remain a part of this institution, which he loved,” said John S. Nader, PhD, President of Farmingdale State College. “He cared deeply for the people he worked with and always had the best interest of the campus community in mind.”
Throughout his long and successful career, Dzinanka oversaw over $500 million in construction, renovation, and rehabilitation projects, and responded to multiple crises and incidents including fires, gas leaks, hurricanes, blizzards, power failures, water-main breaks, motor vehicle accidents, an array of crimes, and even a plane crash.
During the ceremony, speakers playfully acknowledged Dzinanka’s biting wit, stunning intellect, and dislike of wearing ties. The Northport Jazz Trio played in homage to the accomplished trumpet player, who spent four decades sharing his gift as a member of local ensembles.
“If John were here, he wouldn’t admit it, but this dedication would mean a lot to him,” said his brother, Stephen Dzinanka of Saratoga Springs. “I am part of John’s immediate family, but he had a much bigger family here on campus. And through that connection, I feel you are part of my family as well.”
“John was a hardworking and gifted leader who led by example and continually made the safety and security of the campus community his top priority,” said Gregory W. O’Connor, FSC Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “His commitment and dedication have left Farmingdale State College a better place and the legacy of his work will continue for years to come.”
Director of Facilities Operations Mark Orlich agreed. “He left his mark on everything,” he said. “Whenever I make a repair, I still see his work and his brilliant solutions. He knew how to get things done. He knew everything about this campus, and he always knew the direction it should go.
“He was an overall great person--just an all-around great guy,” Orlich added. “He was well-respected by everyone, and I really enjoyed working with him.”
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