Farmingdale State College

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…


No. 387: Old English, new mental-health thinking and please, Albany, Farmingdale State would like some more

  Get your Frīġedæġ on: However you say it, even in Old English, it’s Friday, dear readers – the end of a busy workweek and the precipice of another well-earned weekend. Gōd hælo! Near misses: It’s March 8 on Planet Earth, the earliest day on which Canberra Day (Australia), Decoration Day (Liberia), Passion Sunday (Christianity) and Commonwealth Day (in 53 member states, all former British territories) can fall. Today is none of those days. Dear…


No. 380: On Coach K, ‘foodpreneurs’ and Donna Drake’s new digs – plus, introducing our 2019 Innovators of the Year!

  Middle march: Onwards and upwards, dear readers, as this latest week of socioeconomic progress plows ahead. It’s Feb. 13 out there, and if you had boozing brawler Guo Wei leading a military coup and declaring himself emperor of China’s short-lived Later Zhou dynasty on this date in 951 A.D., nice work – here’s a voucher for 100 copper Ban Liang coins. Dial it up: Before we dive in, a peaceful World Radio Day –…


No. 377: Loosing fateful lightning, reshaping SBU’s innovation ecosystem and (sadly) remembering the Islanders fisherman

  That happened fast: Welcome to Friday, dear reader, and welcome to February – one month down already! It’s Feb. 1 out there, which means a) Tom Brady is gearing up somewhere for another ill-gained Super Bowl, and b) It’s National Freedom Day in the United States, honoring Abraham Lincoln’s signing of a resolution that later became the slavery-busting 13th Amendment. Not coincidentally: It’s also the start of U.S. Black History Month, so designated by…


Northwell bolsters nursing pipeline at Golden showcase

By GREGORY ZELLER // Think of it as a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”-type situation, only replace Charlie, Veruca Salt and Augustus Goop with about 500 nursing students, and substitute a Northwell Health job fair at a Long Island country club for the Wonka factory. And no chocolate. But you still needed a “golden ticket” to get in, and those 500-plus soon-to-graduate nursing students – representing multiple Long Island colleges and universities, and others –…


No. 369: Ringing in 2019 with stocks, Bonds and Mormons, plus a little taste of France in Great Neck

  Eleven pipers piping: And a drumroll (or 12) as the days of Christmas fade and the New Year settles in. Welcome, dear reader, to the end of the first week of 2019 and the beginning of a brand-new chapter of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Jan. 4 out there – Independence Day in Myanmar, Day of the Martyrs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and World Braille Day everywhere, celebrating the tactile reading and writing…


No. 359: Happy Thanksgiving! And Hanukkah! And E=mc² Day! (Plus, digging in with SBU and NYIT)

  Gobble it up: Welcome to Wednesday, dear reader, and not just any Wednesday but the eve of the only four-day weekend sanctioned annually by U.S. business, commercial and government interests. That makes tomorrow Thanksgiving, of course, and an early one at that (the 22nd, in fact, is the earliest date the fourth Thursday of the month can happen). Words to the wise: As the big day looms, two pieces of unsolicited advice – tonight…


No. 349: Canada’s new high, Sikes’ new heights and LineaRX’s highest hopes (plus, repainting President Trump)

  Middle ground: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the halfway point of another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation. October 17 is in full swing, marking the 25th anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a U.N. General Assembly effort to address shortages of basic necessities (i.e.: food, clothing, shelter) around the globe and reinforce the notion that poverty and human-rights abuses routinely coexist. Learn more here. Eye of the beholder: On…


Past success, future hopes fuel LIREDC’s 2018 report

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has met its Oct. 1 deadline and submitted its annual progress report/wish list to the Empire State Development Corp., Albany’s main economic-development engine. The 2018 progress report, titled “Long Island: Completing the Puzzle,” both highlights the efforts of the Long Island REDC since Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched his competitive statewide economic-development program in 2011 and lists the projects the regional council hopes to support…


For the Boyz From New York, style is an attitude

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Streetwear” may be rooted in the California surf culture, but the hoodies and hats in the Boyz From New York catalogue represent a decidedly different state of mind. Popularized first by Left Coast surfers and skaters, streetwear encompasses many elements of so-called “hip-hop fashion” (the clotheshorses over at GQ can tell you more). All of those elements – comfort, functionality, attitude – are front-and-center at circa-2018 startup Boyz From New York…


No. 339: Innovation (and procreation) in Russia, the ‘Best Colleges’ on Long Island and strange things on Cynthia Nixon’s bagel

Fair-to-middling: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting workweek. We trust yours is, at least, slightly above average. It’s Sept. 12 out there, marking the international observance of Mindfulness Day, which promotes the notion of careful consideration. Why don’t you just think about that for a bit. Putin the “Mother” in “Mother Russia”: It’s also the Day of Procreation in Russia, which stems from a 2006 speech in which Vlad the…


No. 338: Uncle Sam lives, Burt Reynolds dies, another RipTide rises and no Panther goes hungry

That wasn’t so bad: The first post-Summer 2018 workweek is nearly done, dear readers, and the year’s first almost-autumn weekend is upon us. Here’s proof: The New York Football Giants kick off their season Sunday at 1 p.m. against Jacksonville, and the Jets open up Monday night in Detroit. Soon it will be snowing. It’s Greek (and Roman) to us: Today is Sept. 7, and if you had Heracles – the divine hero of Greek…


State pumps $15M into SUNY’s clean-energy programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // The state university system’s clean-energy workforce-development efforts have received an eight-digit shot in the arm. A $15 million state investment will bolster SUNY’s clean-energy workforce and training programs, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, with $6 million heading to specific campus-based efforts – including several on Long Island – and an additional $9 million earmarked for colleges and universities planning apprenticeships and internships with industry partners. The funding is part of…


No. 329: Edison and Zapata meet the Rain Man, and a Stony Brook startup is filling in 3D printing’s blanks 

Welcome to Wednesday: And the midpoint of another sweltering summer workweek. It’s Aug. 8, and baby, it’s hot out there. Maybe this will cool you down: There are only 138 shopping days until Christmas. Put a smile on that face: It’s also Father’s Day in Mongolia and Taiwan and International Cat Day everywhere – and in the United States, Happiness Happens Day (it’s real), which was started in 1999 by the Secret Society of Happy…


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…