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Issue 04 / 2021


William Fichtner

A Hollywood Ending

William Fichtner first auditioned at Farmingdale.
Now he’s one of the silver screen’s leading character actors.

Read the Story
/ Alumni Spotlight /
Murray Pasternack

Murray Pasternack's Gift Unwrapped

Learn more about the Murray Pasternack Endowed Scholarship in Engineering

Cheryl Williams

Poetry in Motion

Meet Nursing Grad and Author
Cheryl Williams

Howard Rowland

Building a Relationship

Learn More About Howard Rowland of EW Howell Construction Group

Juan Vides

Programmed for Success

Get to know Juan Vides of TechACS Corp

Amanda Reilly

The Art of the Squeal

Presenting Designer and Illustrator Amanda Reilly

Inge Schaefer

Meet Inge Schaefer

Join Inge in supporting our students

Five Young Alumni
/ Student Spotlight /
Angelique Roberson

Bringing It All Back Home

Angelique Roberson

Darrien Hunt
Madeleine Smith

She Makes Her Pitch

Madeleine Smith

/ Faculty Profiles /
Dr. Carly Tribull

Drawing On Her Experience

Dr. Carly Tribull

Dr. Sayeed Islam

Working Class Hero

Dr. Sayeed Islam

Dr. LaNina Cooke

Justice is Served

Dr. LaNina Cooke

/ Farmingdale State College /
The Buck Starts Here

The Buck Starts Here

Introducing Matt Colson, Vice President for Development & Alumni Engagement

The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change

Learn how FSC is preparing students for the next wave of opportunities



Relive the excitement

President's Gala 2020
Farmingdale Rising
Facts and Figures
Bragging Points

Farmingdale State College

A Letter from President Nader

President John S. Nader standing with two students outside the Campus Center

This is our fourth edition of FSCNow. When we first decided to create an annual campus magazine, I had no idea how it would be received. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. FSCNow is a source of pride for our alumni, faculty, and staff. It’s proven an ideal way to celebrate our achievements and outline the College’s road ahead. Last year it served as a vehicle to recognize members of our campus community who did so much to assist local hospitals and community organizations in their efforts to combat COVID in its early days.

When I arrived at Farmingdale, I pledged to be the College’s storyteller in chief. This issue includes stories, both serious and amusing, that underscore Farmingdale’s mission and success. There are over a dozen interesting stories that help us appreciate some of the people who help make Farmingdale a special place. Some spotlight our faculty; others feature notable alumni. As you would expect, many articles are focused on our students.

Students are at the heart of all we do, and it shows. The College continues to thrive, even in a challenging environment. Our enrollment remains strong, and we celebrate a student body that is highly diverse. The success of our graduates is remarkable: their earnings rank among the very highest of recent SUNY alums. In addition, Farmingdale’s recent alums are stemming the region’s brain drain. Over 90 percent of graduates are employed or in graduate programs within six months of graduation. Three-quarters of those employed are working on Long Island. In 2020, the Carnegie Foundation named Farmingdale State College as one of a select group of colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

Our position as one of the very best values in higher education is nearly unrivaled. Farmingdale remains a true engine of opportunity for our students.

Our vision remains consistent: new academic programs that build on our success, enhancing student engagement, supporting faculty achievement, upgrading our buildings and grounds, and a more ambitious fundraising program that matches the needs of our students and our aspirational goals.

I know that you will enjoy this newest edition of FSCNow. The magazine has proven to be a great way to annually profile the achievements of a college that is selective, inclusive, and thriving. Happy reading!

Signature of President John S. Nader

John S. Nader, PhD
President, Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale State College
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President John Nader, PhD

Vice President for
and Enrollment

Patrick Calabria

Senior Director
of Marketing

Jonathan Goldstein

Creative Director

Ru Jurow

Ru Jurow


José Donneys


Andy Duback
David Guarino
Jacqueline Schlossman

Contributing Writer
Peter Crescenti

Web Developer
Nicholas Raia

FSCNow is published annually by Farmingdale State College’s Office for Marketing & Communications.