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Initiatives, Progress and Leadership
Frey Family Scholars Reunion
On June 25th, we had a highly successful reunion with 18 of the College's 42 Frey Family scholars at the home of alumni Dr. Robert Frey ('78), Secretary of the Suffolk Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and his wife, Kathryn ('73). Throughout the 20-year history of this scholarship, the Frey family has provided support for students studying Mathematics at Suffolk and beyond. During the informal evening program, I was able to express sincere appreciation on behalf of the Foundation, the College and our students for Kathy and Robert’s generous support and incredible hospitality. Dr. Frey then shared his insights for success and charged each scholar with a responsibility for paying forward their experience and good fortune-either through philanthropic support of scholarship opportunities for other students or through volunteerism and mentorship. Dr. and Mrs. Frey expressed their love and gratitude toward the College as they accepted a personalized book featuring a profile of each of the 42 scholars they have helped through the years. The Frey scholars then expressed their individual appreciation for the Frey family's support and the impact the receipt of the scholarship made in light of their individual circumstances.
Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson ('66) Addresses Select Students
Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay was joined by Commander Robert "Hoot" Gibson at a dinner with faculty, staff and students a day after Gibson's inspirational commencement speech at Suffolk County Community College's 55th commencement on May 21. Mr. Gibson addressed NSF S-STEM scholars, STEP, C-STEP and Liberty Partnership students and spoke passionately about his start as an engineering science student at Suffolk.
Retired NASA Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson ('66) Delivers Commencement Address at Graduation
Retired NASA Astronaut, Space Shuttle Commander and 1966 graduate, Robert "Hoot" Gibson"
(Captain, USN Ret.) will deliver the Suffolk County Community College 2017 keynote
commencement speech at the college’s May 21, 2017 graduation ceremony. Gibson presented
the college with a Suffolk County Community College pennant he took into space.
"Robert Gibson is a homegrown inspiration to all Suffolk County Community College students, as well as students from our local high schools and communities," said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.
Suffolk Gala Honors Randi Weingarten, AFT President
On April 4, 2017, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO was honored by the Suffolk Community College Foundation at its annual Salute to Excellence Gala. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund need and merit-based scholarships, emergency student loans and quality academic enrichment programs. The Foundation distributed more than $650,000 in scholarships and aid last year.
Suffolk Creates Seamless Pathway with St. John's University
On March, 30, 2017, Suffolk and St. John's University entered into a new partnership to ensure that students will be able to transfer seamlessly from Suffolk to St. John's. The agreement provides 33 associates-to-bachelor degree programs for students who will be provided an academic pathway to transfer to St. John’s University. St. John's University will also generously award an annual $17,000 scholarship to Suffolk students who attain a set academic goal.
Foundation Tips-Off Foley Scholarship Event
On February 28, 2017, the Suffolk Community College Foundation hosted a "tip-off" reception for the John J. and Kevin Foley Scholarship Fund. The event was well attended, with 50 people on hand to celebrate Kevin and his father and to learn more about plans to name the Brookhaven Gymnasium basketball court for Kevin and raise funds for this new scholarship.
Advocacy Day - March 2, 2017
Suffolk students joined members of Suffolk County Community College's Board of Trustees and college officials to meet state representatives and senators in Albany to discuss higher education issues and advocate for increased funding for community colleges.
Suffolk Hosts Thousands for Breast Cancer Walk at Eastern Campus
Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus hosted the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Riverhead on Sunday October 23. The event attracted 3,500 participants and raised thousands for cancer research. “We're coming together to support women battling breast cancer, to remember those who've lost the battle, and to push for continued advances in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment,” Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay said.
Annual NYSUT/SUNY Community College Presidents Conference
Dr. McKay participated in the annual NYSUT/SUNY Community College Presidents Meeting on October 14, 2016. The gathering enables community college presidents, community college union presidents, SUNY leadership and NYSUT leadership to share ideas and discuss issues related to higher education. Dr. McKay was also joined by Kevin Peterman, president of the Faculty Association of Suffolk County Community College.
Professional Development Day - October 11, 2016
Dr. McKay and the entire college community met to discuss the Achieving the Dream (AtD) initiative and to explore "Diverse Strategies for Diverse Students: Ensuring Equity, Success and Inclusion."
Academic Convocation - August 29, 2016
Students, faculty and administrators convened in the Brookhaven Gymnasium on the Ammerman Campus on Monday, August 29, 2016 for the College’s academic convocation. The ceremony provided an opportunity to welcome incoming students and bestow honors upon select members of our college community.
33rd Annual Suffolk Community College Golf Classic
On August 22, 2016, the Suffolk Community College Foundation held its 33rd Annual Golf Classic. Kevin M. O'Connor, president and chief executive officer of The Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB) and a Suffolk County Community College graduate was the honoree. "Kevin O'Connor is committed to making a difference in our students' lives," said Suffolk President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. "As a Suffolk graduate, Kevin has gone from the classroom to the boardroom and nurtured a culture of purpose and commitment to the community at large. We thank Kevin for helping the college's foundation and our students." Proceeds from the event support need and merit-based scholarships, emergency student loans and quality academic enrichment programs for students.
Suffolk Graduates Largest Class in History
With more than 4,398 graduating students, Suffolk's 54th commencement was its largest ever. It was held on May 15, 2016, in the Field House of the Health, Sports and Education Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood.
Suffolk Receives $1 Million Gift at Spring 2016 Gala
At the Suffolk Community College Foundation's Annual Gala on May 5, 2016, the College
received a $1 million gift from Suffolk Alumnus and Gala Honoree Dr. Robert Frey.
It is the largest gift ever received from a Suffolk graduate. Dr. Frey, holds a joint
appointment in Stony Brook University's Business School and is the President of the
University's Research Center for High Frequency Finance. He has been an adjunct professor and chair of the advisory board for the Program
on Financial Mathematics at the University of Chicago and currently serves as CEO
of FQS Capital Partners, Ltd., an investment management firm based in New York and
London, and CEO of Harbor Financial Management, his family office. His public service
and charitable activities include service on the Boards of the Guardian Angels, Hope
House Ministries, the Museum of Mathematics, the Stony Brook Foundation, and the Suffolk
Community College Foundation. Dr. Frey's wife and daughter are also Suffolk graduates.
"Robert Frey, a class of '78 graduate and advocate for our institution, recognizes the transformative value of his contribution and the impact it will have on the lives of our students,” said Dr. Shaun L. McKay, Suffolk County Community College president. “We cannot thank him enough for his generosity."
Community Leaders Meeting
On March 9, 2016, Dr. McKay hosted the second Community Leaders meeting, where he updated over 50 community leaders regarding new and ongoing initiatives at the College. Dr. McKay conveys his appreciation to these individuals for taking time from their very busy schedules to learn more about what’s currently happening at the College, and speaking about the value that Suffolk brings to students and the towns where they live.
L.I. Federation of Labor Awards
On Thursday, March 3, the Long Island Federation of Labor honored Dr. Shaun L. McKay, with their Leadership Award at their annual celebration of leaders.
Honoring Veterans with the Student Veteran Association (SVA)
On Monday, November 9th, I was honored to host the Student Veteran Association’s (SVA) program for Veterans Day on the Ammerman Campus. The ceremony drew veteran representatives from across Suffolk County and included a color guard and honor guard provided by the 106th Air Rescue Wing from Westhampton Beach. The event began with the “The Star Spangled Banner,” performed by Staff Sergeant Mervin Leonar (husband of SVA member Didi Leonor); this was followed by reflections on his Coast Guard Service by Ammerman Campus Executive Dean, Wes Lundburg; and remarks by Vietnam Veteran Brian Rockwood (grandfather of SVA member Michele O’Brien). The ceremony concluded with an Honor Guard flag-folding ceremony and "Taps" performed on trumpet by Suffolk music major Colin Holsinger.
Suffolk Welcomes Top SUNY Administrators
Suffolk County Community College was visited by top SUNY administrators on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Led by SUNY Provost Dr. Alexander Cartwright the contingent included Eileen McLoughlin, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer; Joseph Porter, General Counsel; and Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and Education Pipeline. The visit included a number of private meeting sessions, lunch at the College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center, which was prepared and served by students enrolled in the program, and a student panel with current and alumni scholarship recipients.
Long Island Celebrates National Manufacturing Day at Suffolk
Dr. McKay was joined by a host of state and local officials, labor leaders, students and manufacturing CEOs, and economic development officials to celebrate National Manufacturing Day. The event featured a video that showed manufacturing as a viable career path on Long Island, with testimonials from successful millennials in various manufacturing environments. The event was sponsored by The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) and hosted by our college at the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood at the Workforce Development Technology Center.
Suffolk Breaks Ground for Eastern Campus Health & Wellness Center
On September 28, 2015, ground was broken on a nearly 49,000 square foot, $18 million Health & Wellness Center on Suffolk’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead. The new LEED certified building will provide students, faculty, staff and residents of eastern long Island with a facility that features a rock climbing wall, swimming pool, basketball court, locker room and shower facilities, classrooms and faculty space as well as nursing facilities, and an aerobic and weight training room. "No longer are we going to have three disparate campuses,” said College President Dr. Shaun McKay, who emphasized the importance of a singular Suffolk experience. "We are officially one college,” he said. The new building will be available for community use and allow the Eastern Campus to serve as a complete academic center for eastern Long Island."
Suffolk Breaks Ground for Renewable Energy and STEM Building
On Thursday, September 17, Dr. McKay joined elected officials, students, faculty and administration to celebrate the ground breaking of a two-story, 33,792- square-foot Renewable Energy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood. It will be the first of its kind in the state community college system.
Suffolk Celebrates Tobacco-Free Campuses
On Wednesday, September 2, the College held a celebratory news conference to showcase the new college-wide tobacco-free policy that began on August 27, 2015.
Convocation 2015: The Legacy Continues
The College's Academic Convocation took place on August 27, 2015, as Dr. McKay addressed more than 300 students, faculty, professors emeriti and distinguished retirees. In addition to marking the new academic year, it was also an occasion to unveil the College's new shark mascot.
32nd Annual Suffolk County Community College Golf Classic
On August 24, 2015, the Suffolk Community College Foundation held its 32nd Annual Golf Classic. Former Suffolk County Police Commissioner, Deputy County Executive and Community College Executive Dean John C. Gallagher was the honoree. Proceeds from the event support need and merit-based scholarships, emergency student loans and quality academic enrichment programs for students.