College Notes

Chris Wang of Syosset, has earned a Master of Science in Analytics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Wang was among approximately 1,660 undergraduate and graduate students who earned degrees during the Summer 2022 semester.

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On October 30, senior students from New York Institute of Technology’s nursing program, including Sophia Strahan from Levittown, participated in a food drive to benefit Long Island Cares.

The community service was done in conjunction with the Nurses Association of the Counties of Long Island (NACLI), with New York Tech’s nursing students donating groceries and money to “adopt a family” for Thanksgiving. In total, the students contributed more than $500.00 on NACLI’s behalf and over 25 bags of food.

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Two local students were recently recognized with silver-level leadership milestone awards through SUNY Oneonta’s LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) program.

Mackenzie Hickey of Hicksville is studying Early Childhood/Childhood Education (B-6) at SUNY Oneonta.

Dani Cherkis of Syosset is studying Early Chld/Childhood Ed (B-6) at SUNY Oneonta.

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On November 18, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (NYITCOM) Fall 2022 Student Research Symposium showcased scientific findings by several local students. Among those who participated were:

Vincy Mathew from Plainview, whose research was titled, “Contralateral Prechiasmatic Interoptic Approach for Microsurgical Clip Ligation of a Medially Pointing Paraclinoid Internal Carotid Artery Aneurysm.”

Christopher Kim from Hicksville, whose research was titled, “Potential Mechanism and Treatment for Alcohol and Caffeine Induced Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias.”

Julie Ochs from Hicksville, whose research was titled, “A DBA/2J Strain Mouse Model of Warfarin – Induced Calcification: A Pilot Study.”

Viktoriia Taranto from Levittown, whose research was titled, “The role of HSF1 in early stage of melanoma initiation and progression.”

Elisabeth Frankini from Syosset, whos abstract was titled, “Fluid Structure Interaction of Cerebrospinal Fluid with Brain Exposed to Mid Blast.”

Vincy Mathew, whose extract was titled, “Contralateral Prechiasmatic Interoptic Approach for Microsurgical Clip Ligation of a Medially Pointing Paraclinoid Internal Carotid Artery Aneurysm.”

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Kelli Heffer of Bethpage,  is one of more than 230 student-athletes who competed for the Flying Dutchmen during the Fall 2022 semester at Lebanon Valley College. Heffer, a graduate of Plainedge High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science at The Valley.

Heffer was a member of the volleyball team.

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New York Institute of Technology is proud to recognize the students who help to lead the university’s many clubs and student organizations, including:

Pravin Vathappallil from Plainview, who serves on the executive board for American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders

Bishwo Mainali from Hicksville, who serves on the executive board for Cyberhack

Damisha Tanvir from Hicksville, who serves on the executive board for Girl Up

Fatima Khalfan from Plainview, who serves on the executive board for American Medical Student Association and Project Sunshine

Leslie Flores from Levittown, who serves on the executive board for LatinX Student Union

Mohammad Cheema from Hicksville, who serves on the executive board for Pakistani Student Association

Lynnie Yang from Syosset, who serves on the executive board for Art for Change.

Ayishah Khalid from Bethpage, who serves on the executive board for Pakistani Student Association

Lily Kljyan from Bethpage, who serves on the executive board for American Institute of Architecture Students

Herin Ahn from Jericho, who serves on the executive board for Art for Change

Neil Kaungumpillil from Jericho, who serves on the executive board for HOSA-Future Health Professionals and Movie and Film Club

Shreya Patel from Jericho, who serves on the executive board for Behavioral Science Club

Samuel Pavlovsky from Jericho, who serves on the executive board for HOSA-Future Health Professionals

Yuna Cha from Jericho, who serves on the executive board for Ark Fellowship and Art for Change

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Kamilla Olszewski of Plainview, New York, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Olszewski was initiated at Jacksonville University.

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SUNY Cortland student Anthony Scibelli of Plainview, New York, was named a Scholar of the Year for national collegiate honor society Phi Kappa Phi.

The Scholars of the Year are selected from Phi Kappa Phi members who submit an application highlighting the student’s service to others, academic strength and accomplishments that have enriched the lives of others. Awardees receive a $100 reward.

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After more than a year of research, late nights in the lab and practice, Liam Buchanan and four other members of SUNY Oneonta’s 2022 iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team presented their project in Paris last week while competing in the iGEM Grand Jamboree, an annual event showcasing the projects of more than 400 teams from around the world.

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Sixty students completed New York Institute of Technology’s rigorous Internship Certificate Program over the summer, earning valuable hands-on experience and developing skills in a wide range of work environments. Local students who completed the program include:

Advik Kuntal Maniar from Hicksville, who interned at Voya Financial

Miriam Farah from Levittown, who interned at HSS

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Zachary Yasinov was recently selected as a Docent for Hamilton College’s Wellin Museum of Art.

Student docents are integral to the work of the museum and are involved in many aspects of its operation including leading tours, working with faculty to provide interdisciplinary gallery programs to support teaching and learning, and working on various museum projects.

Zachary Yasinov, of Syosset, is working as a tour docent this year. Yasinov, a first-year student, is a graduate of Syosset High School.

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Wynter Storm of Bethpage, has earned an Award of Excellence at Western Governors University School of Education. The award is given to students who perform at a superior level in their coursework.

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Eastern Connecticut State University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams have begun their fall 2022 seasons. The men’s team consists of 27 players and began its season on Sept. 3. The women’s team consists of 26 players and began its season on Sept. 3.

Among the student-athletes is first year Katelyn Herbert of Bethpage, number 12, who majors in Pre-Elementary Education and plays Forward.

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Since 2019, more than 1,400 Rochester Institute of Technology students have received Performing Arts Scholarships, renewable for up to five years, as long as the students stay involved in performing arts. The students come from each of RIT’s nine colleges, with the majority from engineering and computer sciences. The following local residents received a partial scholarship to RIT this fall to pursue performing arts:

Ella Soccoli of Plainview, a graduate of Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, is a first-year student in the Game Design and Development BS program and is pursuing instrumental music.

Anthony Marcolini of Levittown, a graduate of W.T Clarke High School, is a first-year student in the Aerospace Engineering Option – Mechanical Engineering BS program and is pursuing vocal music.

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Eli Kellner of Syosset named to the 2022 Summer Semester Dean’s List at Columbus State Community College. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher and be enrolled for six or more credit hours.

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Christopher Fusco, working toward a BSBA in Finance, is among more than 100 students who presented their Product Development and Innovation projects at the Product Innovation Showcase held in Rivers Memorial Hall on December 8th on the University campus.

The Product Innovation Showcase is the culmination of a co-curricular course where entrepreneurial teams of Engineering and Business students collaborate for an entire semester to turn new product ideas into marketable products. Engineering students develop a functional prototype while Business students develop the preliminary marketing strategy and business plan for the product. A few of the product concepts will be submitted for patents and have the potential to get commercialized.

The event format is a competition where VIP investors are given $1 million GBD (Golden Bear Dollars) – Western New England University currency – to invest in the product innovations that demonstrated the most commercial viability. 

Fusco’s project is entitled Opti-Shelf. Opti-Shelf is a motorized shelving unit which is as easy to use as the press of a button. With it motorized function, Opti-Shelf brings the bottom or the top shelf to the consumer for ease of access. The team was one of two teams which received the Dean’s Award for Societal Impact which focuses on innovative concepts which lead to potential and sustainable long-term positive broad societal change.

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