Education

Sanford’s $5M gift ignites LIU entrepreneurship

BY GREGORY ZELLER // A $5 million grant from a distinguished philanthropist has Long Island University riding high atop the regional innovation wave. With a boost from celebrated entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, LIU has cut the ribbon on the T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. The university officially celebrated the opening of Phase I of the project – covering 3,935 square feet of newly renovated space inside Bush-Brown Hall, adjacent to the LIU Post…

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LIREDC takes victory lap around Adelphi’s Nexus

The Long Island Regional Development Council brought home “only” $62 million in state economic-development funds in the 2016 REDC competition, but it can lick its wounds while watching its six-year, half-billion-dollar haul do its work. That includes an LIREDC-backed project that came to fruition this week on Adelphi University’s Garden City campus, where the school officially cut the ribbon on its state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot Nexus Building. The $76 million centerpiece of Adelphi’s grounds – which houses…


Savvy Hires, Northwell building autism ‘pipeline’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A startup recruiting firm with modernized methods for matching talent and opportunity has made significant headway on a potentially enormous – and socially conscious – vertical. Westbury-based Savvy Hires, launched in July by entrepreneur Felicia Fleitman, will partner with two well-known corporations – including New York State’s largest private employer – to create unique internship programs for autistic students through Adelphi University’s Bridges to Adelphi program. In concert with the school,…


Apprentices, TEDx Talk to highlight Adelphi thinkers

By GREGORY ZELLER // Young minds will shine in two upcoming Adelphi University events – one a regional stage for entrepreneurial thinkers, the other a national platform for society’s biggest issues. On Nov. 4, business-focused brains from the Ezra Academy in Forest Hills will join students from 26 Long Island high schools for the 2016 Adelphi Apprentice Challenge, an annual competition mashing together student teams in a fast-paced race to design a winning marketing strategy….


NY certifies Teq’s online professional development

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York is turning to Teq to keep the state’s teachers up-to-speed on their professional development. The Huntington Station-based education-tech distributor has been selected by the New York Department of Education to provide online Continuing Teacher and Leader Education courses required to maintain state teaching certifications. Educators can now choose to attend on-site professional-development classes or complete Teq’s online courses. State statutes require teachers to complete 100 hours of continuing-ed classes every…


Wheeling, dealing toward LI’s energy future

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Selden-based supply-chain specialist and Eastern Suffolk BOCES are plowing innovative pathways toward good jobs in burgeoning alternative-energy fields. Dynamic Supplier Alignment is teaming with the education cooperative – which provides leadership, instruction, management and other cost-effective shared services to 51 Long Island school districts – to both promote regional alternative-energy initiatives and prepare a workforce to execute them. With equal attention paid to both startups and sustainability, DSA has a history of…


SBU hitting its STRIDE, with NSF’s help

With Big Data piling up at an almost incalculable rate, a seven-figure National Science Foundation grant will help prepare Stony Brook University’s next generation of scientists for complex decision-making scenarios. A $3 million NSF Research Traineeship grant, awarded to SBU’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, will benefit students across a wide range of departments and disciplines, SBU said this week, including those studying mathematics, biomedical informatics, computer science and ecology, among other subjects, as well…