Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
Farmingdale State College, the once quiet, tiny educational institution that specialized in animal husbandry programs, continued on an expansion spree, recently opening a 50,000-square-foot, $25 million Campus Center that boasts a cafeteria, bookstore and lecture hall.
The new building was unveiled Feb. 1.
One of the benefits for students in the new building, which also including a food court and coffee shop, is that it brings many of the general amenities into a central facility. Previously, students would have to transit across campus to separate buildings for each service. The building also hosts a student lounge, conference rooms, and student information desk, and a ticket counter for student activities.
In keeping with the college’s legacy of environmental sustainability, the Campus Center has a roof constructed of energy-efficient materials. The ballroom, which will be revealed soon, will have a capacity of 400 people, for lectures and events, and 220 for dinner-style seating. A special feature of the building is the oculus—a rounded skylight—in the lobby that provides a spacious and inviting atmosphere as well as lounges, which will help to ignite student-faculty interactions.
In between show rehearsals for the Backstage Theatre Troupe, the Farmingdale Observer recently found two Farmingdale State College students, Emily Aguayza and Christian Péan, hanging out near the coffee shop in the newly opened Campus Center.
Aguayza said during the first week that the center was opened to students, the main hallway was filled with video and pinball games, one amenity she said she wishes the college would consider keeping for the students. “People are really starting to stop in and check it out.
The building is part of the college’s $185 million renovation and construction plan. Other new construction projects include a building for the School of Business, a new Information Commons, a new Children’s Center, renovations of academic buildings and research laboratories, expansion and enhancement of athletic facilities, and reconfiguration of roadways. The Campus Center was constructed by J. Kokolakis Contracting Inc. of Bohemia. The building was designed by Kevin Hom, Hom + Goldman Architects.
Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00
Memorial Day weekend is always filled with backyard barbecues, family gatherings, block parties and more, but if you are looking for something different to do during the long weekend, look no farther than the East Meadow Farm.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Farmingdale School Board held its final public hearing last Tuesday, a week before the scheduled budget vote. The 2013-14 proposed budget was outlined by the schools’ business administrator, Paul Defendini.
“The 2013-14 proposed budget is $153,384,118, with a tax levy increase of 2.35 percent,” said Defendini. “This represents a dollar increase of $2,816,958 compared to the 2012-13 budget, which was a total of $150,567,160.”
Thursday, 23 May 2013 07:29
Farmingdale Titans Football and Cheerleading league will hold registration on Friday, May 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Allen Park, in Farmingdale. Children are guaranteed playing time regardless of experience or skill level.
Registration is free for five-year-olds for football and cheer.
For ages six to13, the registration fee is $115. The cheer-only option for ages five through eight is $75. Discounts are available.
For information on football call Bob Thompson, 516-404-4345 or Tina Gangale 516-293-1381; for cheerleading: Laura Cincotta, 631-796-8538 or visit www.farmingdaletitans.org.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 07:28
Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology picked up its first win of the season with a 23-19 victory over McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home. ZP jumped to a quick 4-0 lead in the first, but M&T battled back and took the lead until the third inning. That’s when ZP broke out with 10 hits and 10 runs, its biggest inning of the young season.