Education

Dean machine: High honors as Adelphi scores again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Add another rising Pace University faculty member to the roster at Adelphi University, which has plucked a Pace professor for the second time in a week. Just days after naming Xiao-lei Wang, acting dean of Pace University’s School of Education, as the new dean of its College of Education and Health Sciences, Adelphi on Monday announced Susan Dinan as the new dean of its Honors College. Dinan – who was a…


Sachem scores in LI-friendly ‘Smart Schools’ round

By GREGORY ZELLER // More than $12.5 million in school-technology upgrades are coming to Long Island schools through the latest funding round of Albany’s Smart Schools investment plan. The Smart Schools Review Board on Monday approved nearly 100 projects designed to improve school security and “reimagine teaching and learning for the 21st century,” according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office – a chunky 13th funding round for the circa-2015, $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act. The…


Future female pilots wing it at 2019 Air Show preview

By GREGORY ZELLER // With female pilots set to soar high in this year’s Bethpage Air Show, nearly two dozen high school girls flew out in front of the Memorial Day festivities – and maybe taxied some aviation careers toward takeoff. Twenty girls from Westbury High School visited Republic Airport in Farmingdale on Wednesday to meet the GEICO Skytypers, a “world famous” air show team featuring a squadron of six vintage World War II aircraft…


Joint admissions effort unites NCC, Farmingdale State

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island institutions of higher learning are joining forces to speed students toward their baccalaureate degrees. Trumpeting a “historic effort,” Farmingdale State College and Garden City-based Nassau Community College on Tuesday announced a new Joint Admissions Program that will “significantly ease the pathway” to bachelor’s degrees for NCC students, according to Farmingdale State. Specifically, beginning with the Fall 2019 semester, students who earn one of 16 related Associate Degrees at…


As applications soar, Adelphi stresses multiculturalism

By GREGORY ZELLER // With applications to Adelphi University rising fast – and the university’s student body diversifying rapidly – the school is already reaching out to tomorrow’s multicultural applicants. Middle and high school students from across New York City will get a taste of the suburban college experience this week, courtesy of Adelphi, which hosts its sixth-annual College Awareness Day Thursday. The event will give youngsters from 10 Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens schools a…


NYIT cuts tuition for kids of teachers, first responders

By GREGORY ZELLER // A generous New York Institute of Technology scholarship program will slash tuition costs for the children of regional teachers and first responders. Heralded by NYIT as a “major public sector scholarship,” the Children of Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT and K-12 Teachers Award offers a 50 percent tuition break to qualifying students from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, beginning with the Fall 2019 semester. The new award program, announced this week…


Stony Brook grad students soar in NSF nominations

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University dominated the field Tuesday as 18 SUNY graduate students were named candidates for prestigious National Science Foundation fellowships. All told, five State University of New York campuses were represented in this year’s NSF Graduate Research Fellowship nominees. The University at Albany, Binghamton University and the University at Buffalo each posted two nominees, and the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in upstate Oneida County added one. But SBU ruled the SUNY…


Old Westbury, Downstate Medical mark a SUNY first

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island hasn’t gained a new medical school, technically, though it has picked up a slew of new med students. Billed as a first-of-its-kind agreement, SUNY College at Old Westbury and the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn have partnered on a slate of programs allowing students to “pursue graduate and accelerated degrees,” according to the state university system – essentially, providing Old Westbury students with Downstate Medical degrees. The collaboration,…


Adelphi taps Asian affairs expert as liberal arts leader

By GREGORY ZELLER // Adelphi University has recruited an Ithaca College innovator to lead its ambitious liberal arts programs. Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, currently dean of Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences, will come to Adelphi as dean of the Garden City-based university’s College of Arts and Sciences. The veteran professor and administrator – whose multinational education includes a PhD from the University of Chicago (political science), a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University (international…


How to build a better med-tech entrepreneur

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of this generation’s commercialization aces says Long Island’s next crop of healthcare visionaries has got the goods. They’re not ready for prime time. Only some have advanced as far as prototyping. But the medical technology (and the creativity) are off the charts, according to Gregory Montalbano, a principal executive at Smithtown-based MIDI Medical Product Development who, for the third straight year, was invited to consult students under the tutelage of…


Adelphi nursing students, expect the unexpected

By GREGORY ZELLER // Oh, baby – it’s the birth of a new era at Adelphi University, which has delivered a breakthrough simulator to meet the expectations of nursing students. And for the record, make that oh, babies – Victoria, a maternal/fetal simulator created by Florida-based Gaumard Scientific, arrives today at Adelphi’s College of Nursing and Public Health with not one but two tots in tow, all part of a slate of hyper-realistic childbirth simulations….


Hofstra debuts Engineering Management MS program

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new master of science degree program has hit the ground running inside Hofstra University’s Department of Engineering. Offered for the first time this Spring 2019 semester, Hofstra’s new Master of Science in Engineering Management degree program combines the best of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science in a multidisciplined effort to “bridge the gap between the technical side of…


A middle school farm team is automating agriculture

By GREGORY ZELLER // Meanwhile, back on the farm, the future was evolving. The farm, in this case, is inside West Hollow Middle School, a forward-looking jewel of the Half Hollow Hills Central School District. And the future comes in the form of FarmBot, a kid-crafted, kid-coded automaton that could help feed future generations on this increasingly crowded planet – and even astronauts exploring distant worlds. The robot, of course, tills its land on a…


Lawmakers, labor to Albany: Invest $53M in FSC plan

BY GREGORY ZELLER // The right stuff has put Farmingdale State College into a tight spot. A number of them, actually, as the school with Long Island’s second-largest undergraduate enrollment (trailing only Stony Brook University among four-year colleges and universities) begins to burst at the seams, victim of its own “remarkable affordability, unique program mix and exceptional employment outcomes,” according to Farmingdale State. The results of that winning formula speak for themselves. The college, founded…


Adelphi honored for ‘personal’ enrollment effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // Riding a 9.7 percent spike in annual applications – pushing its total number of applicants past 13,000 for the first time – Adelphi University and its innovative enrollment protocols have once again attracted the attention of academic observers. The Garden City-based university has earned a prestigious 2019 American Association of University Administrators Exemplary Models Award for its Personalizing the Enrollment Process campaign, which in 2018, its first year, collected 13,006 applications…