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    Farmingdale College Foundation Presents Awards to Four Farmingdale State College Faculty/Staff
    July 22, 2015 9:40 pm  
    Farmingdale College Foundation Presents Awards to Four  Farmingdale State College Faculty/Staff

    Four members of the Farmingdale State College faculty and administrative staff are the 2015 recipients of Excellence Awards from the Farmingdale College Foundation.

    The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that provides financial assistance in advancing the purposes and development of Farmingdale State College.

    The four winners are: Dr. Lynn Marsh, Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Jeff Poplarski, Excellence in Teaching (part time); Dawn Grzan, Excellence in Professional Service; and Linda Vitale, Excellence in Professional Service (part time).  All are Long Island residents.

    Dr. Marsh, a Sayville resident, is an associate professor of dental hygiene in the Theresa Patnode Santmann School of Health Sciences.  The Foundation noted Dr. Marsh’s “superior teaching ability both in the classroom and the online environment.  Student evaluations indicate her classes are ‘highly interactive, and she maintains an excellent teaching presence.’”   She has also served as director of the Long Island Oral Health Coalition.

    (Left to right) Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen  Sayville resident Lynn Marsh  and Robert C  Godfrey President Farmingdale College Foundation

    Dr. Poplarski, a resident of Massapequa, is a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine and teaches in the sport management department in Farmingdale’s School of Business.  Said the Foundation: “His dedication to his students and to volunteerism has made Dr. Poplarski, according to many students, ‘The best teacher I’ve ever had.’”   He is noted for organizing student field trips and volunteer outings.  Recent events include a visit to the U.S. Open golf tournament to meet the tournament’s medical team.  He served for 10 years as the U.S. Golf Association’s Chairman of the Wellness Team.

    Ms. Grzan, an East Northport resident, serves as Director of Sponsored Programs & Research.  Under her leadership, Farmingdale’s grant funding as grown from $1.8 million to $4.6 million.  The Foundation lauded her for “performing her duties with integrity and a consistent commitment to high standards.”  She was responsible for organizing the college’s Institutional Review Board, with a mission to increase faculty scholarship and research, and to increase external funding.  Off campus, she is a mentor to the Melville Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals group.

    Islip resident Linda Vitale began her Farmingdale career as administrative assistant to the aviation department, and currently is administrative assistant in the School of Engineering Technology, where she has contributed to the college’s International Conference on Renewable and Sustainable Energy.  She was recognized for “her attention to detail, punctuality, and dedication to her department and its students.”


    Farmingdale State College continues to prepare students with the education, skills, and critical thinking needed to meet the challenges of tomorrow. As the largest of SUNY’s colleges of technology (with over 8,400 students), Farmingdale equips students with the resources and knowledge sought by today’s emerging industries. Offering bachelor and associate programs, Farmingdale will soon offer its first graduate degree.  At Farmingdale, students also have abundant opportunities in experiential learning—internships, clinical training, and guided research—that provide practical instruction and personal growth. Small, personalized classes, a residence hall with suite-style living, a lush 380-acre campus undergoing major renovation, and a highly successful NCAA Division III athletics program with modern facilities make Farmingdale State College one of the fastest-growing colleges in the region. In addition, in 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranks Farmingdale #28 among regional colleges in the north and in 2013 Farmingdale was the only SUNY school (and the only LI school) listed in the LEAST debt category in the section titled Student Debt Load at Graduation for regional colleges in the north.  For more information, contact Kathryn Coley at 631-420-2400 or kathryn.coley@farmingdale.edu.  Look on our website www.farmingdale.edu. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/farmingdale.


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    Kathryn S. Coley, Senior Director of Communications

    Peter F. Crescenti, Staff Writer
    631-420-2400 ~ FAX: 631-420-2693

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