Education

Record enrollment keeps SUNY-Old Westbury buzzing

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re packing them in at SUNY College at Old Westbury. The public college, which boasts facilities in both Old Westbury and neighboring Jericho, has achieved a significant milestone this Fall 2018 semester: 5,077 students enrolled, marking the first time SUNY-Old Westbury has surpassed the 5,000-student plateau. Notching its largest-ever student body continues an impressive trend for Long Island’s only public liberal arts college, which increased enrollment more than 3 percent from…


SUNY Old Westbury dean earns ACS fellowship

By GREGORY ZELLER // A SUNY Old Westbury dean has joined the ranks of a select group of national scientists. Barbara Hillery, dean of the college’s School of Arts and Sciences, has been chosen for inclusion in the 2018 American Chemical Society Fellows Program. Now in its 10th year, the ACS Fellows Program recognizes existing ACS members for “outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the ACS,” according to a statement issued…


Old-school art, next-gen tech converge at Five Towns

By GREGORY ZELLER // Once the pipedream of an overactive imagination, a new Interactive Computer Graphics degree program is now resetting educational and professional trends at Five Towns College. With the start of the Fall 2018 semester, the Dix Hills-based college has officially introduced its new course, the masterwork of digital innovator Paul Lipsky, who spearheaded the effort – including creation of the program curriculum – in an effort to right some wrongs he perceives…


At NYIT, a new doctorate in the house (and first PhD)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Doctor of Philosophy, we presume? And at the New York Institute of Technology, we presume correctly, now that NYIT has introduced its first-ever PhD program, joining the ranks of higher-learning institutions offering the highest academic degree conferred by a university. President Henry Foley on Friday announced that NYIT’s first Doctor of Philosophy degree program – realized through a combined Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Medical and…


‘Food for thought,’ redefined, at the Panther Pantry

By GREGORY ZELLER // Following Albany’s lead on food-insecurity issues among New York college students, Adelphi University has opened the doors of its first-ever food pantry. Late last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a comprehensive No Student Goes Hungry program, with the ambitious goal of providing “a food pantry or stigma-free food access for students in need” at every school in the State University and City University of New York systems by the end of…


In Hennessy, the grad that keeps on gifting

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Stony Brook University’s highest-achieving graduates is paying back his alma mater in a big way. Former Stanford University President John Hennessy, who earned a master’s degree and a doctorate at SBU in the 1970s, is personally endowing a new computer-science professorship at Stony Brook, using prize money he earned as a recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2017 Turing Award. The award, given to honor major contributions to…


SBU snags $25M grant for new engineering facility

By GREGORY ZELLER // Engineers, start your education. New York State on Thursday announced a major funding initiative that will help bring a cutting-edge engineering facility to the Stony Brook University campus. Albany will funnel $25 million to SBU, allowing the university to dive headlong into the initial planning and development phases of what Stony Brook is trumpeting as a $100 million, 100,000-square-foot mecca of engineering education. The university’s engineering programs already have a strong…


FSC scores engineering-tech ‘leader’ as new dean

By GREGORY ZELLER // Farmingdale State College has selected an accomplished new dean for its School of Engineering Technology. Barbara Christe, who served most recently as an associate professor and chairwoman of the Healthcare Engineering Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will assume her new duties Aug. 20, according to a statement issued Monday by FSC. Her appointment was first reported July 23 by The Campus Times, a publication of the college’s Office for Institutional…


LI schools snag $12.6M in state facilities funds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Seven-figure stipends are flowing to private colleges and universities across Long Island as part of a hefty package of state grants supporting statewide campus-infrastructure projects. All told, Albany has announced more than $67.1 million in grants for capital projects at 39 institutions of higher learning through the latest round of the state’s Higher Education Facilities Capital Matching Grant Program. Each of the awards was greenlighted by the HECap Board, which provides…


Survey: FSC grads going against ‘brain drain’ flow

By GREGORY ZELLER // If Farmingdale State College isn’t plugging Long Island’s infamous “brain drain,” it is at the very least reversing the flow a bit. The college’s most-recent annual alumni survey shows that 90 percent of bachelor-degree recipients find employment within six months of graduation – with three-quarters of those workers employed full-time and more than eight out of every 10 working in the Greater New York region, including Long Island. So says the…


LI duo takes top spot in Spellman clean-tech contest

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island team has taken top honors in a global clean-tech competition for forward-thinking high schoolers. Featuring teams from across the United States and as far afield as Peru, Ireland, Australia and Singapore, the 2018 Spellman HV Electronics Clean Tech Competition was designed to promote STEM concepts (for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) while challenging participants to tackle real-world environmental challenges. The seventh-annual international brain-a-thon, sponsored by Hauppauge-based Spellman High…


Anid’s big promotion marks huge forward step for NYIT

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nearly a decade of successful leadership at one of NYIT’s most innovative schools has earned Nada Anid a major promotion. New York Institute of Technology President Hank Foley announced Thursday that Anid, dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences since 2009, has been promoted to vice president and will head up NYIT’s new Office of Strategic Communications and External Affairs. The promotion is effective immediately, with Anid continuing to…


NYIT Academy offers future grads a running start

By GREGORY ZELLER // With the collegiate world focused this week on the Class of 2018, the New York Institute of Technology is taking a broader view – and opening its doors to pre-collegians interested in tomorrow’s tech. The NYIT Academy, a smorgasbord of career-oriented summer programs combining academic instruction and hands-on field experience, is coming to NYIT’s Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses. Open to students ages 15 to 20, the academy promises an “immersive…


Another two months won’t stop FSC’s Adult Learners

If at first the brutal winter won’t let you succeed, try, try again. That’s the rallying cry at Farmingdale State College, which has rescheduled its Adult-Learner College Fair, a community program designed as a “how-to boot camp” for students of a certain age, after Old Man Winter whited-out the college’s first attempt. Noting that “nearly half of those enrolled in undergraduate higher education today” are “non-traditional” adult learners – including adults returning to complete or…


With $2M gift, NYIT redesigns architectural programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // A sizeable grant from the IDC Foundation, the “legacy” organization spun out of the defunct Institute of Design and Construction, will support new architecture programs at the New York Institute of Technology – and tie them into a wide range of other academic disciplines. An award “exceeding $2 million” will help develop the “culture of making” at NYIT’s Manhattan-based School of Architecture and Design by “enabling faculty and students to explore…