Kids at The Children’s Center are getting a leg up in our multi-cultural world by being taught Spanish by FSC students. Toddlers, Pre-School and Pre-K children are learning a second language, in a program that’s run in conjunction with FSC’s Department of Modern Languages.

And, says Stacey Albitz, director of The Children’s Center, it is the only project of its kind on Long Island.

The program had a soft launch last spring semester,

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Eric Farina, director of FSC’s Office of Veterans Services, knew he had to do something for the people of Puerto Rico when he saw photos of how Hurricane Maria had devastated their country.

With a goal of $200, he began collecting donations from student veterans, and soon students in his History 332 class were pitching in too. Once the ball began rolling, Farina realized he would well exceed his original goal.

The bottom line: $661 was raised and used to buy diapers,

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Though FSC’s annual Car Free Day Rally was
canceled this year due to the weather, but that didn’t stop more than 500 members of the FSC community from pledging to go car-free for international Car Free Day. Not bad for a commuter school.

The event was an Island-wide success too, with nearly 7,000 Long Islanders going car-free or car-lite, using alternatives to driving alone such as car pooling, mass transit and bicycles.

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FSC’s computer systems department has
joined forces with Infor, an international enterprise resource planning software company, which will mean advanced training for our students and better jobs after graduation.

Infor specializes in business applications for organizations delivered via cloud computing. Infor is providing its Cloud Suite Industrial suite of software applications to be used in Dr. Jill O’Sullivan’s classes, providing students with the latest skill sets to differentiate themselves as they graduate and enter the workplace.

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The just-released 2017-2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges survey ranks Farmingdale as one of the best regional colleges in the north. Among all public colleges in the north region, Farmingdale placed 7th – two spots higher than last year’s rankings.

In addition, when compared to both public and private colleges in the north, FSC placed in the Top Twenty (#15). Farmingdale also ranked well in the Diversity Index, Best Colleges for Veterans,

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Led by President Nader, Alumni Relations Director Michelle Johnson, and Alumni Association President Joe Egan, more than 60 FSC alumni, staff, friends and family recently attended a Long Island Ducks game at Bethpage Ball Park.

The night out at America’s favorite pastime was organized by Alumni Relations, which has made this an annual event. The Ducks lost the game, but our group had a ball, eating hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy, waving banners and watching the fireworks display after the game.

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The Farmingdale College Foundation has received a $75,000 donation from the Tortora Sillcox Family Foundation, to create the Sillcox Scholars Program here at Farmingdale State College.

Established in 2008, the Sillcox Scholars Program provides college advisement and “unmet needs” financial support to select Hempstead High School graduates. Sillcox Scholars are selected based upon their character, leadership and focus on accomplishing academic goals. To date, 175 Sillcox Scholars have been inducted into the program and have accomplished an 89% college graduation rate and a 92% retention rate. 

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Conklin Hall – opened in 1915 as a heating plant, later home of academic programs and assorted other tenants – had its grand re-opening last week as the new home of student government, student activities, student clubs, and RAM radio.

The event – attended by scores of students, faculty, staff, and state legislators – was hosted by President Nader, who enthusiastically recounted the building’s history and applauded its new role as a hub of student activity.

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