recently announced the addition of a new Bachelor of Science degree in telecommunications technology for the fall, bringing the number of four-year degree programs at the school to 37.
The program will focus on how telecommunications is central to most technologies in the modern, interconnected world and on the applications, advances made possible through ultra high speed fiber optic and wireless networks.
“Telecommunications professionals will be in high demand as the field is expected to experience significant growth over the next years,” said Chairman of the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering Technology Socrates Thanasas. “Graduates will be prepared for successful careers in this diverse industry and contribute to the economic growth of the region.”
First Murray Memorial Scholarship Awarded
The first 21 Scholarship has been awarded to Maegan Hernandez, of Deer Park, an applied psychology major at Farmingdale State. Hernandez is the first Farmingdale State student to win this $2,100 scholarship for the fall 2011.
The Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation held its first “Season For A Legacy Of Hope” scholarship and awards brunch on May 22. Scholarships were awarded to students who are enrolled in Murray’s high school and college.
Four outstanding students were recognized for their commitment to raise the awareness on sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) affecting youth, as well as for their academic achievement and service to the community.
Hernandez is entering her senior year at Farmingdale State College. A Deans’ List student, she is a member of the Psychology Club and is a volunteer head cheerleading coach. Hernandez’s essay focused on the “Importance of Early Detection Through Cardiac Screenings.”
The Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation, Inc. has been established in memory of 17-year-old Dominic Murray, who died in October 2009 from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), after collapsing on the basketball court at Farmingdale State College during an open gym pick-up game. In tribute to his contributions as a student, an athlete, and a compassionate young man, the Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a Farmingdale State College student based on his or her essay aimed to raise the awareness on sudden cardiac arrest.
Farmingdale State Vice President Honored for Lifetime Achievement
Pat Calabria, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Farmingdale State College, was awarded the Jack Rettaliata Award from PRPLI (Public Relations Professionals of Long Island). This lifetime achievement award is presented to an industry leader who has helped shape the public relations landscape on Long Island.
“I’ve known Pat Calabria as an outstanding professional for many years,” said President W. Hubert Keen. “He is a valuable member of my senior staff whose wise counsel and humor are much appreciated."
As vice president of Institutional Advancement, Calabria supervises media relations, alumni relations, government and community relations, marketing, web design and publications. He has focused on the needs of the students as well as alumni struggling with unemployment, creating an outreach program known as Farm-ADE (Alumni Desiring Employment) to help discover trends in new job searches and resume development. He co-chaired the President’s Task Force titled “Students First,” which seeks to further refine the college’s policies and procedures to enhance service to students.
Prior to joining Farmingdale State College, Calabria was chief university media relations officer at Stony Brook University. He served in similar positions for SUNY Old Westbury and the New York Islanders. From 1972 to 1992 Pat was an award-winning journalist at Newsday.