Education

SUNY Old Westbury to offer a forensic-accounting first

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a Long Island first – and a New York State rarity – SUNY Old Westbury will begin offering a Master of Science in Forensic Accounting program later this year. The 12-month, 30-credit trek – offered in a three-semester arc – is for graduate students seeking a career as a forensic accountant or fraud examiner. The first forensic accounting master class is scheduled to kick off with SUNY Old Westbury’s Fall…


Stony Brook lands climate-change ace for SoMAS

By GREGORY ZELLER // An internationally renowned expert in climate-change science has been tapped to run Stony Brook University’s marine and atmospheric science programs. Paul Shepson, currently a distinguished professor of chemistry and of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences at Purdue University, has been named dean of SBU’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Shepson, who also serves as the division director for atmospheric and geospace sciences at the National Science Foundation, was selected after…


At SUNY Old Westbury and SBU, it’s up to them

A national competition designed to educate collegians on important national economic issues has come to Long Island. Specifically, to SUNY Old Westbury and Stony Brook University, which have been selected to participate in the 2017-2018 cohort of Up to Us, a national competition that encourages students to spread the word about fiscal policy matters like federal budgets and the national debt – big-ticket items that could have a significant effect on students’ career and life…


Catholic Health Services, NYIT form osteopathic pact

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh collaboration between a groundbreaking Long Island medical school and a leading provider of community-based healthcare will improve medical services for patients throughout the region. Catholic Health Services of Long Island, the largest faith-based healthcare system serving Nassau and Suffolk counties, has entered into a new agreement with New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine aimed at “advanc(ing) patient-centered, community-based healthcare on Long Island,” according to Rockville Centre-based…


LIA: Farmingdale State revs a strong economic engine

By GREGORY ZELLER // Higher education on Long Island may be dominated by Hofstra and Stony Brook Universities, but a relatively small SUNY school is proving to be the region’s little economic engine that could. A new and very detailed report compiled by Long Island Association Chief Economist John Rizzo pegs Farmingdale State College’s “economic impact” over the last nine years at $2.51 billion. That’s the final tally reached in “Solving the Brain Drain: The…


Sensing something big in Adelphi’s ASD-friendly space

By GREGORY ZELLER // Noting “a first of its kind [at] a college or university,” Adelphi University this week heralded the opening of a new “sensory room” for students on the autism spectrum. Part of the Garden City-based university’s Bridges to Adelphi program, the new space was funded by a private, undisclosed donation from Alabama-based KultureCity, a nonprofit focused on improving resources for – and societal acceptance of – people with autism spectrum disorders. It’s…


FSC tops Island schools in annual ‘Best Value’ rankings

By GREGORY ZELLER // A national hub for college applicants has ranked Farmingdale State College among the nation’s best schools for its price. Online aggregator Best Value Schools places FSC No. 29 on its new top-100 list of 2018’s Most Affordable Universities/Colleges in America. Among other qualities, Best Value Schools notes Farmingdale State’s “manicured” 380-acre campus, proximity to New York City, moderate enrollment and roughly 40 distinct academic programs – a “not overwhelming” selection reflecting…


We Connect the Dots’ new STREAM of consciousness

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a “year of growth and great progress,” STEAM-powered Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots is already gearing up for a big 2018. Founder and Board Chairwoman Laurie Carey notes a 2017 filled with major advances for her five-year-old startup, a science-, mathematics-, engineering-, art- and math-focused 501(c)3 determined to level the technological playing field for underprivileged students. But as progressive as 2017 has been, according to the founder, the industries…


Jericho’s ‘Future Authors’ dish it out, with Canon’s help

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “valued nexus” between a Long Island School District and a global imaging supergiant has been energized in a surprisingly tasty way. Canon Solutions America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Melville-based Canon USA Inc., has brought its lauded Future Authors Project – a digital-learning experience that’s thrived for a decade in Florida’s Palm Beach County School District – to Nassau County’s Jericho School District. The arrival – marked by the publication…


11 Island instructors join New York’s ‘master’ ranks

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New York State Master Teacher Program has opened its books to welcome a host of new instructors, including 11 representing Long Island school districts. With a heavy focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the statewide professional network – which seeks to identify and reward the state’s best K-12 instructors – has added 214 additional “masters,” including 26 with STEM-content certifications and 14 others certified in “technology education,” covering a…


‘Sim baby’ lives as LIU Post opens care simulator

Championing an “experiential approach to educating the next generation of healthcare professionals,” Long Island University has raised the curtain on the Inter-Professional Learning Institute Simulation Laboratory. The LIU Post School of Health Professions and Nursing hosted a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 14 to officially open the state-of-the-art healthcare simulation lab, designed to promote collaborations between future nurses and other healthcare professionals – and prepare them “for roles in an increasingly complex and interdisciplinary healthcare environment,”…


State OKs Five Towns computer-graphics degrees

By GREGORY ZELLER // On a mission to replace “starving artists” with “valued artists,” digital innovator Paul Lipsky has reprogrammed the book on Interactive Computer Graphics. Like, literally: With the New York State Department of Education’s blessing, Dix Hills-based Five Towns College is introducing new two- and four-year Interactive Computer Graphics degree programs based on curricula written by Lipsky, an adjunct Hofstra University instructor and CEO of Plainview-based MindYolk Animation Studio. The new degree programs…


Eight Island schools ranked among top U.S. colleges

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island has plenty of big brains to drain. That’s according to U.S. News & World Report, which has issued its 2018 Best Colleges survey, a highly regarded rite of September that ranks some 1,800 United States-based colleges and universities based on school and student performance and a host of other critical metrics. As usual, Long Island posted a good-not-great performance on the annual higher-education report card – fairly strong, indicative…


A century later, new life for old FSC power plant

More than a century since it was built and years since it’s been anything more than a memory, a vintage Farmingdale State College structure is about to be reborn. College officials will mark the completion of a $12 million renovation of Conklin Hall, a circa-1914 building that housed the college’s original heating plant, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 5. The refurbished Conklin Hall will serve as the new home of the FSC student government,…


Salary workshops open students to negotiation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Heads up, campus-to-corporate recruiters: An innovative workshop will prepare NYIT students to better negotiate their starting salaries and benefits. The New York Institute of Technology has partnered with the American Association of University Women to bring a series of “Start Smart” sessions to NYIT’s Old Westbury Campus. The practicum is designed to provide students – women and men – with the knowledge they’ll need to go toe-to-toe in a compensation package…