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First Class Set to Graduate


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

First Class Set to GraduateLIU's newest location in Riverhead will graduate its first students in May. At press time, 54 students were set to receive master's degrees and advanced certificates in education and homeland security management from the graduate campus, which opened its doors in September 2006.

Twenty-three students are to be awarded master's degree in Childhood Education, Literacy Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities Education, including three who began their studies at LIU Riverhead in 2006, and 22 who transferred from the University's former Southampton Graduate Campus. Thirty-one students had applied to graduate from the Homeland Security Management Institute, including the first five to earn Master's degrees in Homeland Security Management and 26 earning advanced certificates. The M.S. in Homeland Security Management was the first of its kind registered in New York State and the University's first fully online degree program. 

Riverhead students will don their caps and gowns at ceremonies at the C.W. Post Campus on Mother's Day, with a special reception for graduating seniors set for May 8 at Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead.

More than 220 students are enrolled in the education and homeland security management master's degree programs at Long Island University at Riverhead.

Even as Riverhead proudly inducts its generation of alumni, the campus is already growing to meet the needs of the incoming class. This semester, Long Island University at Riverhead welcomed two new full-time professors of education and eight distinguished instructors in homeland security management.

The full-time faculty in the Education Department has expanded to four full-time professors with the arrival of LIU alumni Erica Pecorale B '93 and David Schultz SH '73, '77, both of whom are completing their doctorates. They join Dr. Sanja Cale and Dr. R. Lawrence McCann, the coordinator of the master's program in education.

At the same time, two of Riverhead's most popular education degrees can be completed more quickly, as credit requirements have been adjusted to reflect new state guidelines.

The state Education Department has approved a reduction in the number of credits required to complete the M.S. in Literacy Education and the M.S. in Teaching Students with Disabilities to 31 from 37. That's good news for eastern Long Island teachers who have met the requirements for their initial certification and must complete requirements necessary for professional certification under the New York State guidelines.

"The program has become more concise, more modern and more affordable," said Joyce Tuttle, director of admissions at Long Island University at Riverhead.

The Homeland Security Management Institute, under the direction of Dr. Vincent Henry (P'89), continues to recruit outstanding faculty. In fall 2007, Dr. Stanley Supinski joined the program as a visiting professor. Dr. Supinski is among the most distinguished and best-known academics in the homeland security field, and is generally acknowledged as one of the three or four individuals most responsible for the emergence of homeland security as an academic discipline. New faculty at the Institute this spring 2008 include Joseph Kaufman, a retired Army Colonel and former West Point professor.

Posted 03/03/2008

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