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.

Cinco de Mayo celebration livens up the campus with Mexican culture

The Spanish Club on the Ammerman Campus held a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Eaton’s Neck room on May 7. Festivities included a presentation on Mexico’s history, Hispanic cuisine and a live mariachi band. Faculty advisors Kristin Peters and Cathy Garcia-Hill coordinated the event.

The fiesta was held in Eaton’s Neck room on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Kristin Peters, left, and Cathy Garcia-Hill are Spanish instructors as well as the faculty advisors for the Spanish Club.

A common misconception is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated to honor Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican War (1861-1867).

An arrangement of tissue paper flowers were on the front table so the girls can wear them in their hair. Sombreros were also available for the gentlemen.

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An assortment of traditional Hispanic cuisine was available, including empanadas, fried plantains and rice with beans.

The live mariachi band livened up the room with traditional Mexican music. They also took song requests from guests.

SCCC students Alicia, and Nick enjoyed the festivities with some empanadas and a complementary Cinco de Mayo-themed word search game.

Fun fact: More than 81 million avocados are consumed on Cinco de Mayo every year in the United States alone.

Suffolk Sentinel reporter Mike Guido got to experience the fiesta as well. Check out his audio piece of the event below.


Fun fact: Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in the United States, with the largest celebration being held in Los Angeles. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday in Mexico. 

All photos by Paula Schultz

Inside the Alcave: Where gamers meet to compete

Suffolk County Community College offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. One of these interesting activities is the Video Game club, located in what is called the “Alcave” gaming area, next to the bookstore on the lower level of the Babylon Student Center.

Poster of “The Alcave” Gaming Area where the club meets. Photo by Matt Cataruzolo. (May 3, 2018).
One of the many idle TVs with “Street Fighter V” waiting to be played. Photo by Matt Cataruzolo. (May 3, 2018).
Joe, a second-year business major, practices his “Street Fighter” skills. Photo by Matt Cataruzolo. (May 3, 2018).


One of the vintage gaming consoles available to the club, an Atari. Photo by Matt Cataruzolo. (May 3, 2018)
Joe and Junior, a liberal arts major, engage in an intense “Street Fighter” match. Photo by Matt Cataruzolo. (May 3, 2018).
Junior uses a new school rendition of an old-school arcade joystick set up to play Street Fighter. Photo by Vinny Mutone (May 3, 2018)
Another classic gaming system this club offers is the Nintendo 64, one of the most popular gaming consoles of all time. Photo by Vinny Mutone (May 3, 2018)
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Phill Keskes, left, and Jessica Kim, both engineering science majors, enjoying a game of “Super Smash Brothers” during their free time. Photo by Vinny Mutone  (May 3, 2018)
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Phill Keskes is using his masterful skills on the classic Game Cube controller to play “Super Smash Brothers.” Photo by Vinny Mutone (May 3, 2018)
Jessica Kim, an engineering science major, is being taught how to play “Super Smash Brothers.” Photo by Vinny Mutone (May 3, 2018)





10 ways SCCC students enjoy their coffee

The No. 1 school supply for a college student is coffee. Just take a look around. Students everywhere can be caught carrying a cup of coffee in addition to the backpack and books.

Here’s how some students enjoy their java.

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Maria Massumeci is drinking a cinnamon almond milk iced macchiato before dashing off to class.

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Melissa Parente, 18, a hotel and resort management major stopped at Starbucks for a muffin and Hazelnut Caramel Macchiato to kick-start her day.

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Students are always packing the Starbucks in the Babylon Student Center. Between class times, there is always a wait for coffee.

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Heather Comancho, 18, an education major, is sipping on an iced coffee. “I was falling asleep in class. I really need my coffee,” said Comacho.

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On this day, Starbucks had run out of caramel for Comancho’s usual order of an iced caramel coffee, she is adding sugar to get her coffee to her desired sweetness.

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Tara Roden, 19, criminal justice majo,  is a Starbucks regular. “The employees know my name and my order because I’m there every day,” she says. Her coffee even complies with the library’s “Snacks, Not Meals” rule, so she could sip it while studying for a test

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Starbucks is not the only source of caffeine for students. The Islip Arts building has an espresso machine, where an espresso shot is $1.

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Students are also bringing coffee from home to save money while still getting a caffeine fix. It’s also library-friendly.

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Starbucks seems to be students most popular choice for caffeine, it is the newest addition to the campus for the 2017-2018 school year, and students can purchase it using their ID card.

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If the Starbucks line is too long, and there’s just not enough time to wait, the cafeteria has a coffee station, too.

Behind the scenes with Toyota T-10 students

On April 9, we got a behind-the-scenes look at SCCC’s Toyota T-10 program as students removed the lower control arms off of vehicles such as the 4Runner, Tacoma and Camry.

On the job

Evan Johnson and Julio Torres in the beginning steps of taking off the lower control arm.  (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

The early stages of removing the lower control arm from a 2007 Toyota 4Runner.

Evan Johnson, left, 21 and Julio Torres, 20. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

Evan Johnson, 21, first took two years in a BOCES program prior to college. His first-year BOCES teachers work in the SCCC program. Johnson is also president of the African American Student Union. Johnson is the orientation leader and student adviser of the program.

Julio Torres, 20, first got into cars when he moved from Brooklyn, where he worked on his moms 1997 Toyota Sienna Mini van. When Torres looked into the program at SCCC he became very interested and now loves it.

Johnson also said, ” If more automotive students on campus got involved, more students would know about the program”.

Tom Gallina 19, holds the lower control arm off of the Toyota Tacoma. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

Tom Gallina, 19, currently works in his dad’s auto shop. He grew up around cars and has taken all of the automotive classes here at SCCC. Gallina also works for the Toyota dealership in Middle Island.

The lower control arms main purpose is to hold the tire onto the vehicle. It can be adjusted by the main bolts attached to the wheel which can be adjusted to sit properly on the vehicle.

Working on removing the Lower control arm, Students Chris Wittekind 21 right, and Jason Cruz 20 left. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

Jason Cruz, 20 and Chris Wittekind 21, both are enthused about the cool features about being students in the Toyota T-10 program. They explained that they have a partnership with Snap-On and Mac tools which are two major tooling companies for mechanics and car industries. They get half off on all products from both Snap-On and Mac tools for being involved in the program.

Tools of the trade

Numerous lifts inside of the Toyota T-10 room allow students easy access under vehicles. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

In each automotive room, there are six cars lifts. Based upon what process is being conducted, such as electrical wiring, brakes, or suspension workouts, these lifts are able to raise the car up to the adjusted height to create space for the students to properly complete the task at hand.

Equipment benches for the task at hand. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

These equipment tables are filled with high-tech Snap-On and Mac tool equipment.

A Snap-On sign is pinned outside of the Toyota T-10 room. (April 9, 2018) Photo Credit: Sal Miliotto

Student Fransisco Cruz, 19, said he got into cars from just playing the game Need for Speed on the Game Cube. He loves the program and the idea of working hands on.


The bCCC Ammerman campus automotive technology building. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

In this building, students spend 640 class hours — four days, six hours a day — to complete the Toyota T-10 program. The building also houses students who are in Honda and GM programs.

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Student Gary Wahl, 19, said, “I love the opportunity because the program gives you a stepping stone into the Toyota dealerships.”

Women’s History Month: Recognizing dedicated women on campus

Among the many dedicated women at Suffolk County Community College, Lorraine Perdomo, right, is a professional assistant in the Campus Activities department. Photo by Maria Camila Hernandez

March is National Women’s History Month. It is a good opportunity to recognize the work of many women who are contributing to progress and change at our college.

Whether it is in administration, learning centers or general services, all of the women in our campus devote great effort to share their skills with the college community. These women represent every woman on campus. This is a recognition for their hard work and unconditional desire to give their best to those who need it.

Sandra Sprows, associate dean of academic affairs

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Sandra Sprows is the associate dean of academic affairs at the Ammerman campus. She started in SCCC as an English professor in 1999. After that, she made her way up, starting as assistant chair of the English department, then chair of the department and finally accepting her current position. “That was a big step for me because I love teaching English. But I decided to do it because I have a very interdisciplinary mind, so I thought it could be interesting,” said Sprows. As dean of academic affairs, her main responsibility is to work with the academic chairs of the different departments on campus. In addition, Sprows works with the Faculty Senate, which is the governing body for the faculty, as well as in the Academic Standards Committee, which is a college-wide body dealing with any issues related to academics.
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As part of her job, Sprows also supports students and faculty in the academic pursuit with things such as the curriculum for different programs, the academic integrity on the classes, and supporting the professional development of faculty. In addition, she stills teaches one English class a semester. “It reminds me why I do all the other things I do because, in the end, it’s all about what happens in the classroom,” she said. Sprows feels happy to work with professional faculty members, being able to work with different departments and looking forward to offering students a good academic experience.

Lisa Melendez, instruction librarian

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An important place on our campus is the Huntington Library. Lisa Melendez has worked as an instruction librarian for almost 25 years. Her work is to provide resources and information, and she is also involved in programming. “We had a women’s week on campus for over forty years. I was on the planning committee for that, at least for 15 years. For me as a librarian, it was also a way to connect people to information,” said Melendez. Besides her work in the library, Lisa is the faculty advisor for the Association of Latin American Students, and she is part of the Undocumented Student Task Force, connecting people to information in all the ways she can.
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The goal of Melendez and of the staff working at the library is to connect people with the information that they need. Also, they support classes being taught on campus with different resources, such as research process and academic materials. The variety of sources that they manage, and that are of easy access to students and faculty members, make their job of great importance for the college community.

Kathy McCoy, professional assistant, Honors Program

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Kathy McCoy is part of the Honors Program at SCCC, and she represents all the women who work hard for the Honors’ students on campus. McCoy started as College Aid in 2010 and has worked all the way up to professional assistant, now as a full-time member. What she likes the most about her position is to work with really good people in the Honors Program. In addition, she enjoys being able to interact with students more now that she works full time. “It is fun to be able to help students, to talk to them about what their future holds and what their plans are,” McCoy said.
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Some of her tasks are to keep records of the students in the program, to maintain scholarship and contact lists and to confirm all the graduating students with honors credits. Also, she occasionally advises students to create the schedules and decide what they want to take. Besides that, the people in the department also create the program for a convocation of students and take care of all the details behind the events held by the Honors Program. “We are a small department, so we all work together, hand in hand.”

Writing Center tutors

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As part of our large community, these women working at the Rose Tehan Memorial Writing Center find a way to contribute. From left to right: Brianna Gianni, student tutor; professional assistants Danielle Berg, Carol Moore, and Kristen A. Hoffman. Moore is also an adjunct English instructor at Farmingdale State College. Hoffman is also an adjunct English instructor. They are always welcoming people and challenging them to become skilled writers.
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This group of women, as well as many others working in the writing center, offer students individualized tutoring. Their goal is to help people become better at writing. The passionate work that they have performed for years has been a great contribution to the college community, and to those who ask for their particular assistance.

Lorraine Perdomo, professional assistant, Campus Activities

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Lorraine Perdomo works as a professional assistant at the Campus Activities department. She has been at SCCC for four years, serving as a bridge between students and the college. Perdomo is in charge of all the clubs and organizations on campus., as well as helping students who want to develop new clubs. She also does leadership training. such as helping to prepare students to be orientation leaders. “I think that when students are engaged on campus, not only academically, but also outside of the classroom, they are more likely to graduate, to build a relationship with the college and to return. It is how alumni relationships are developed,” Perdomo said.
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Her goal is to engage students to enjoy their time in community college so that they can have a memorable experience. The Campus Activities department understands the needs of students and makes everything possible to bring them different options to relax and to have a good time outside the classroom or workplaces. They work mainly to benefit students because it is valuable to them to build that relationship.