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Aramark makes strides to reduce food waste at SCCC

There is a good chance that the Ammerman campus will see its greenest spring semester yet in terms of food waste.

According to Aramark, the campus’ food vendor, there was a reduction in food waste by 322 pounds, or 24 percent, from fall 2017 to fall 2018. The 2019 spring semester was showing a 14 percent reduction in waste in comparison to spring 2018 earlier in the semester.

“Waste and overproduction are a chief concern of our dining operation,” said Rob Reinhard, Aramark’s dining services manager. “We make every effort to minimize waste in our operations by keeping accurate production and consumption records.”

Dining Services on campus uses a computerized menu management system which allows staff to accurately determine just how much food is being purchased on a daily basis. By doing this, it is able to plan for the next day’s menu through careful monitoring of which foods are purchased more than others, Reinhard said.

Preparing smaller batches is also essential to minimizing the waste produced, and it allows customers to be presented with a fresh meal while making sure the kitchen isn’t overproducing food.

“Any items that are remaining are discounted at each dining location to help eliminate waste, and provide value to the students,” Reinhard said.

Perishable goods are sold for very cheap at around 5 p.m. on the Ammerman campus, as the staff begins handing out larger portions of food before closing for the day. They’ll even go as far as giving students a BOGO discount — two trays of sushi for the price of one, for example — to make sure they are throwing out as little food as possible.

Head Supervisor Bernadette Figueiras says she “cries every time she sees the tossed food.”

“Fresh food like pizzas goes in the garbage at the end of the day,” Figueiras said.

Aramark states on its website that it is partnered with The Food Donation Connection, a non-profit that connects it with more than 8,000 shelters, food pantries and community centers to try and decrease their waste. Ammerman campus showcases its very own food pantry that’s always collecting nonperishables that can be purchased in bulk on campus for those in need.

Aramark has made many “biodegradable efforts,” said Christopher Adams, vice president of student services when asked about how Aramark fits into the Ammerman campus’ eco-friendly agenda. He noted how students were much more “socially aware” about such subjects, and praised Aramark for its receptiveness to these concerns. Through its contract with Aramark, SCCC has been able to noticeably reduce food waste in the last few years.

“In fact,” said Reinhard, “we have very little waste in our campus locations.”


Ammerman’s top 3 oldest student organizations still going strong

Suffolk County Community College, founded in 1959, has seen thousands of students come through its brick-and-mortar walls. As many will attest, it’s difficult to leave a mark of their existence on campus history in such a small span of time. Not everyone can stamp their footprints into the wet cement stairs or scratch their names into tree bark. So what can they do?

One option is to participate in an organization.

Clubs, created by students, have very direct mission statements that restrict what they can or cannot do under their title. Organizations, however, have much broader mission statements, allowing them room to expand and redefine what they do.

While paperwork for clubs and organizations wasn’t necessary until recently—only about 10 to 15 years ago—there are some organizations dating as far back as the beginning of the college itself.

Here’s three of them that have endured throughout the years and still have a prominent campus presence, run by students, for students.

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

Ever walk around the cafeteria and notice there are people handing out stuffed animals? Maybe you have attended a campus movie night, or a highly discounted trip to Broadway. You can thank the Campus Activities Board, or CAB, for that. It’s the oldest organization on campus, having records of ski trips that date back as far as the 1960s and more recent events like the Spring semesters recurring Paint Day, where students were are able to interact with one another while creating art on a canvas.

According to Frank Vino, the adviser for CAB, the organization has a board of three executive members: executive administrative coordinator, executive financial coordinator, and executive recruitment coordinator.

With eight to 10 general members and hosting 30-35 events a year, CAB raises awareness about important issues.

Student Government Association

Making sure that students have a voice is the main goal of the Student Government Association, or SGA. The organization serves as a liaison between students and the administration, representing the student body during meetings and at conferences.

The SGA has an elected board of 12-15 members, including a president, vice president, secretary and financial chair, and an additional number of general members. The elected board is voted in by the general student body, and all students are encouraged to vote in campus elections.

Always busy with campus concerns, the last time the SGA was on hiatus from the late 80s and to the early 1990s. They remain active on campus to this day.


Extra! Extra!

Compass, the Ammerman campus’ only newspaper, has been navigating news since 1962 and remained loyal to its purpose: to give voice to the student body.

Students submit their works on issues ranging current events, sports news, celebrity gossip and even opinion articles. Compass provides a platform for students to let their voices be read rather than heard across campus on a monthly basis.

“I think that the newspaper has lasted for as long as it has is because of the commitment that students have shown to informing their fellow students about what’s going on in the world, in their communities, and on campus,” said William Burns, adviser to the student paper. “The Compass has expressed the connections between these three public spheres: what happens in one sphere influences the other two.”

The student-run paper is constantly taking submissions and suggestions for more articles and printing copies that are available across campus.

While these organizations have been around for quite some time, they are always looking for new members to continue their mission statements.

It’s important to note that all students are welcome in every organization and are encouraged to take part in campus activities. Whether it’s submitting a small article or running for office, the SCCC community has a spot for every student.

For SGA’s elections to have more involvement, it needs greater authority

The college holds the Student Government Association’s elections each spring semester. This year, they happened from April 8 to April 13 — five days during which students could vote online, in the college’s website homepage for their favorite representatives running for office for the 2018-2019 school year.

However, the recent elections didn’t do as well as last year’s. This time, 197 students from the Ammerman campus voted. Compared to 2017, when there were 405 hits, the number is significantly low. But why?

One of the main reasons was the number of candidates running for the vacant positions, said Laura Garcia, the current president of SGA. In 2017, two candidates ran for president and two for vice president.

As a result, “there was more promotion, debate and campaigning,” she said.

This year, only one person ran for president. Besides that, no one ran for vice president, secretary or treasurer.

Another reason can be the lack of awareness about what SGA actually does. Most people might infer that this organization has a lot of power in the decision-making processes that happen on campus. However, this is not the case for the student governance bodies at Suffolk County Community College.

SGA’s mission is to advocate for students’ rights, responsibilities and freedoms. It serves as a channel between faculty members, students and administration. However, no one holds a seat on the SCCC board of trustees, nor does SGA have a say in how student activity fees are spent, as do many student government organizations, including all four-year SUNY colleges and universities. SGA’s job is to communicate any issue to the student trustee, Jerome Bost.

Bost is the sole student representative on the college’s 10-member board. He represents all the students from the three campuses, exposing their concerns and being that voice in the decision-making process.

SGA spends a good portion of its annual budget mainly in giveaways, as minor contributions to the wellness of the student body.

“We want more ability to be able to oversee certain things, which is what we’re pushing forward now,” said Garcia. SGA is very limited in what they actually do on campus, so they try to help other organizations in events, as a way of promoting the services that the campus offers.

I think that this factor also plays an important role in how much students around the campus are informed, not only in the elections, but in the overall SGA’s role. The majority of the students don’t show much interest in what happens with this organization. Many others might do, but lacking the knowledge and information.

The Student Government Association in the Ammerman campus needs more promotion, better ways to get to students, who are intended to be the ones benefited from SGA’s work. If students are more involved, then more would be interested in being part of it, as well as voting for people to represent them. However, it is important to take away some of the limitations that restrict them to do more for the college community in general.

Tri Nguyen wins SCCC’s 2018 Student of the Year Award

Tri Nguyen, a Campus Activities Board executive and student worker, Nguyen was recognized for his dedication to the campus and students with the 2018 Daniel De Ponte Student of the Year Award.

The award was given at this year’s Student Recognition Luncheon on May 15.

Nguyen has been a student at SCCC for four semesters and plans continue studying business. He hopes to be accepted to New York University.

Nguyen said he would like this recognition to serve as a platform so he can share with other his story.



Ammerman campus hosts a blood drive

On May 2, the Ammerman campus hosted a blood drive for students and faculty in the Montauk Point Room in the Babylon Student Center. Here’s a photo tour of the event.

F835D7E4-FEF3-49BF-A604-403994F8D727Anthony Tarascio, 19, gets his blood pressure measured by a nurse before he donates blood. “I used to do it when I was in high school all the time,” he says. “It’s a quick and easy thing to do.”

48E8A1C9-5A5A-4C92-BEAC-39EFB81803D5A nurse talks to Tarascio as she measures his blood pressure.

4954E79B-88DC-4450-9093-093816ED995CAmos McArthur, 20, thinks donating blood could help save a life. “I feel like it helps out the people that actually need it.”

F52B6DCA-32A1-4896-9B60-6556545DB377McArthur’s blood pressure was measured as he sat in a lawn chair.

E7808523-4278-4193-A49E-4E332AD1BE5BJaclyn Erickson, 19, has been donating since her senior year of high school. “It just gives me good feeling,” she says. “I hope it goes to someone who actually needs it.”

29ABAD0F-3DD4-473C-8578-6C5C05D353D1A pint of blood is drawn from Erickson’s arm.

4CD2970E-B447-404C-82B2-D1816094FC90Erickson attempts to relax while the needle is in her left arm drawing blood. It takes about eight to 10  minutes.

70560490-7829-4D57-AC74-6FEA0656621EErickson has donated a pint of blood and it’s ready to be stored.

6A7EFD8B-8341-47F7-8B51-60FEB06743CAThe nurse instructed Erickson to hold her arm applying pressure to the needle site to stop the bleeding.

BBCA7322-1135-4513-B717-F04DB1F6CB4AAfter donating blood, people are instructed to hydrate and eat sugary snacks for 10 to 15 minutes to recover a loss of glucose.

98A8AC39-89F1-4498-A8C6-78AF33C9641BThe selection of snacks included Oreos and chips. The entire blood donation process took about 75 minutes.

SCCC or Bust! See how the students of Suffolk move around

They don’t call Suffolk County Community College a commuter school for nothing. There are so many ways for students to travel to our campus.


Suffolk County Community College is known for two things, a place to get a great start in your education and for having the most crowded parking lots of all time.



Gavin Casey 19, A liberal arts student drives by in his 2001 Toyota Sequoia



Elijah Esposito 19, a liberal arts major student get around in his 2014 Honda CR-V



Some students like to be green by taking the time to ride the bus to Suffolk



Some students like to have a little thrill before arriving at the campus by driving their motorcycles.



The Ammerman campus started as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Tour its remaining footprints

The Albert M. Ammerman building was one of the original structures a tuberculosis sanatorium that pre-dated the establishment of Suffolk County Community College in Selden. Photo credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

In 1916, a tuberculosis sanatorium was established by two doctors,  William H. Ross and Frank Overton, both Long Island natives, on what is now Suffolk Community College’s Ammerman campus, according to documents archived in the Huntington Library.

The Albert M. Ammerman Building, Kreiling Hall, The Cottage and the Norman F. Lechtrecker Building are the only remaining original structures of the sanitarium.

Join us for a tour of the Selden campus’s forgotten past.

Albert M. Ammerman Building

Photo Courtesy: SCCC’s Huntington Library

The building was originally erected as a dormitory for male patients and named after Ross.


Photo credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

The Albert M. Ammerman building. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi

The Ammerman building currently houses departments such as admissions, financial aid, registrar and executive dean’s offices.

Norman F. Lechtrecker building

Photo Courtesy of SCCC’s Huntington library 

The Norman F. Lechtrecker building is one of the longest-standing of the original buildings. It was erected in 1922 as an infirmary, replacing a previous one that deemed not to be structurally sound.


Photo credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

The NFL building currently houses Suffolk’s administration personnel.

Kreiling Hall

Photo courtesy: SCCC’s Huntington Library

Kreiling Hall was originally a dormitory for children suffering from tuberculosis and was formerly known as Marshall Hall.

On the roof Kreiling hall was a compass rose, an original piece of the structure was still there until this past fall when the roof was redone because of structural issues. The compass rose was used to spot incoming Nazi airplanes during World War II.

The roof of Kreiling Hall. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi

Kreiling Hall, currently undergoing renovations due to asbestos, houses the campus’s Health Services.

The Cottage

The Cottage. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi

The Cottage is home to the Suffolk Community College Foundation and was formerly used at living quarters for sanatorium employees.

The old schoolhouse/Riverhead and Southampton buiildings


The schoolhouse. Photo courtesy: SCCC’s Huntington Library A tiny schoolhouse was built for the children who lived on the grounds.


The Southampton building. Photo credit: Nicole Gangi


The Riverhead building. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

The Riverhead and Southampton Buildings are not among the original buildings, but a schoolhouse used to be located where they stand. 

In the early 1960s, Albert M. Ammerman founded Suffolk County Community College and by 1962 the campus was open at full-operation.