Education

New name, new mission for Adelphi ed/health college

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ruth S. Ammon, we hardly knew ye. Actually, no – Ammon, a gifted teacher, 1942 graduate of Adelphi University and longtime namesake of the Garden City university’s School of Education, is well-known to many in the Adelphi community and beyond. But the education school that carried her name has outgrown its original mission, leading to a reorganization with ripple effects across the Adelphi University system. The former education school steams into…


Dual-degree effort gets scientists into business, faster

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a region where biotechnology and other lab work is cemented as a socioeconomic cornerstone, a new dual-degree program will attempt to teach students the business of science. Quickly. Adelphi University has launched a new “accelerated dual-degree program” looking to leverage the “scientific discovery and technological innovation driving the economy,” according to Adelphi. The five-year Business of Science program is designed to give students a “marketable career path in science-related businesses,”…


Growing nationally, Jericho ed-tech ace refocuses on LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative edu-tech platform designed to digitally instruct New York State students still has a few things to learn itself. So, Jericho-based iTutor is recruiting a polished Advisory Board of current and former teachers, school administrators and superintendents, a move meant to enhance both student achievement – specifically, Long Island student achievement – and the company’s bottom line. iTutor’s digital platform supports public school districts by connecting New York State-certified teachers…


Adelphi centers creativity around new innovation hub

By GREGORY ZELLER // With several university-based incubators and centers of excellence already bolstering the Long Island innovation economy, Adelphi University is working up its own innovation hub. Coming soon: The Adelphi Innovation Center, a 2,000-square-foot research laboratory planned for the Garden City school’s Swirbul Library. Scheduled for a September 2019 opening, the AIC will take its place among a number of advanced “innovation centers” on Long Island, including the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship,…


NCC to take long look at China, U.S. ‘iEconomy’ plans

By GREGORY ZELLER // A day-long event at Nassau Community College will dive deep into the different ways the United States and China approach the data-driven “iEconomy.” The Garden City-based school’s Confucius Institute of Business has scheduled Digital Leadership in the Data-Driven iEconomy: America’s FANG vs. China’s BAT, to run for 12 hours on Nov. 6, with in-person registration opening at 11 a.m. and a marathon program slated to follow from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30…


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…