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.
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.
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.
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.
Maria Massumeci is drinking a cinnamon almond milk iced macchiato before dashing off to class.
Melissa Parente, 18, a hotel and resort management major stopped at Starbucks for a muffin and Hazelnut Caramel Macchiato to kick-start her day.
Students are always packing the Starbucks in the Babylon Student Center. Between class times, there is always a wait for coffee.
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.
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.
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
Starbucks is not the only source of caffeine for students. The Islip Arts building has an espresso machine, where an espresso shot is $1.
Students are also bringing coffee from home to save money while still getting a caffeine fix. It’s also library-friendly.
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.
If the Starbucks line is too long, and there’s just not enough time to wait, the cafeteria has a coffee station, too.
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
The early stages of removing the lower control arm from a 2007 Toyota 4Runner.
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, 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.
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
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.
These equipment tables are filled with high-tech Snap-On and Mac tool equipment.
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.
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.
Student Gary Wahl, 19, said, “I love the opportunity because the program gives you a stepping stone into the Toyota dealerships.”
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
Lisa Melendez, instruction librarian
Kathy McCoy, professional assistant, Honors Program
Writing Center tutors
Lorraine Perdomo, professional assistant, Campus Activities