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Olympian Brendon Rodney stays in Brooklyn, stays connected to LIU

As a Northeast Conference champion, an All-American, and the first Olympic track and field medalist in LIU Brooklyn history, Brendon Rodney has demonstrated that he knows how to get somewhere in a hurry.

He’s just not in any rush to leave Brooklyn.

The Ontario native graduated from LIU Brooklyn in 2016 with his master’s degree in exercise science – and went on to win a bronze medal with Canada in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro – but he’s still making his home in the borough, and training with Blackbirds head coach Simon Hodnett as he continues his track career as a professional.

“I’ve won some, I’ve lost some,” Rodney said in a recent interview with News 12 Brooklyn. “It’s not like college, because everybody’s on the same talent level.”

Rodney has continued to distinguish himself as one of Canada’s elite sprinters, winning silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Ottawa in July. In each race, he finished less than a tenth of a second behind Andre De Grasse, the Canadian record holder in the 200. He went on to represent Canada at the IAAF World Championships in London in August, competing in the early rounds of the 100-meter dash and helping Canada reach the finals of the 4×100, where his team finished sixth.

As he continues to compete, Rodney is adjusting not only to the level of the competition, but also the schedule.

“Your schedule is never set,” Rodney said. “Today, I could be [in Brooklyn], and tonight I could get a call saying that in two days I have to go across the world. I just have to do it, because that’s the job.”

While his job takes him around the world, and he represents Canada, Rodney still calls Brooklyn home. He’s remained involved in the community, bringing gifts to a local children’s hospital at the holidays, and talking with children about his experiences at LIU and at the Olympics.

“Every day, I represent them,” Rodney said of his adopted community. “I’m happy that they can acknowledge my accomplishments as much as I can acknowledge what they’ve done for me to get me to where I am.”

LIU Brooklyn students pitch in during Blackbird Day of Service

As they celebrated the beginning of the academic year – and for many, the beginning of their collegiate careers – students at LIU Brooklyn also celebrated the spirit of the “LIU Cares” Initiative during a Blackbird Day of Service at LIU Brooklyn’s Fall 2017 Orientation on September 2.

The LIU Brooklyn students prepared meals for cancer patients and their families at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Manhattan, fed those in need at the Bowery Mission, and wrote letters of gratitude for members of the military currently deployed overseas. In total, more than 50 LIU Brooklyn students participated, contributing more than 200 hours of service.

LIU Cares is a multi-dimensional initiative across the University’s residential and regional campuses, giving students, faculty, staff, and alumni expanded access to evolving and active partnerships with community agencies and organizations. The LIU Cares initiative is an extension of LIU’s long-held tradition of volunteerism and community engagement, both locally and around the world. LIU Post and LIU Brooklyn are routinely named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service, with students performing tens of thousands of hours of service each year. For more information, visit LIUCares.org.

LIU Pharmacy Dean John Pezzuto Honored for Groundbreaking Resveratrol Research

PHOTO CAPTION (Credit: Roskilde University) Roskilde University Associate Professor Ole Vang (L) introduces Dr. John Pezzuto, Dean of LIU Pharmacy, at a ceremony on September 15.

Award-Winning Researcher Recognized by Roskilde University for Resveratrol Research

ROSKILDE, DENMARK—Dr. John Pezzuto, Dean of LIU Pharmacy and Vice President, LIU Health and Research, received an honorary doctorate from Roskilde University in Denmark.  Dr. Pezzuto received the honor at a ceremony held on September 15 for his groundbreaking research on resveratrol.

“Professor Pezzuto is one of the pivotal scientists in the field of the health effects of resveratrol and derivatives,” stated Ole Vang, Associate Professor of Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, who has conducted follow-up research into resveratrol.  “The breakthrough paper from January 1997 in the international journal Science showed the potential cancer preventive effect of resveratrol on skin cancer in mice.”

The 1997 paper was the jumping off point for a second round of resveratrol research that led to the understanding of the health effects of resveratrol including cancer-prevention, longevity, and obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Resveratrol is found in various edible plants including grapes, peanuts and berries.  According to the Web of Science Core Collection, Dr. Pezzuto’s work on resveratrol has been cited more than 3,000 times.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from Roskilde University,” Dr. Pezzuto said.  “But more importantly, I am honored to work with my colleagues in the international research community to advance our understanding of how resveratrol can help improve our health.”

“Dr. Pezzuto is a leader of LIU’s cutting-edge research initiative, which is creating transformational opportunities for students while making significant contributions to health care knowledge across the globe,” Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, President of Long Island University said.

The prestigious degree was given in a ceremony attended by students, faculty, and the greater scientific community in Denmark. Prior to the ceremony, Dr. Pezzuto gave a lecture at Roskilde University titled “The Life and Times of Resveratrol.”  He also met with graduate students and addressed the Danish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Panum Institute, Copenhagen University.

Dr. Pezzuto is a world-renowned researcher and the 2014 recipient of the Volwiler Research Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. His current research interests are predominantly in the areas of biology-driven natural product drug discovery and characterization, with primary emphasis in the fields of cancer chemotherapy and cancer chemoprevention.

He is the author of more than 700 publications, with an h-index of 90, has been cited more than 37,000 times, is the co-inventor of several patents, editor of five books, and a member of over 10 editorial boards of international journals.

About LIU Pharmacy
Founded in 1886 as the “Brooklyn College of Pharmacy” and affiliated with LIU since 1928, the Arnold & Marie College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (LIU Pharmacy) serves over 1,000 student pharmacists and graduate students, and is home of the Lachman Institute for Pharmaceutical Analysis, the Natoli Institute for Industrial Pharmacy Research and Development, and the Samuel J. and Joan B. Williamson Institute, which focuses on pharmacogenetics. Many alumni, numbering over 20,000, have attained prominence in pharmacy and the other health professions. For more information, visit: www.liu.edu/pharmacy.

LIU Post Shows Lots of Heart at Jones Beach Walk for Cardiovascular Health

More than 200 Students Help Raise Over $6,000 for American Heart Association,
Support Classmates

On September 17, more than 200 LIU Post students participated in the Heart Walk at Jones Beach to raise money for the American Heart Association.

For Thomas Liantonio ’19 and Gina Cammarata ’18, the walk was personal. Liantonio, a member of the Pioneers’ lacrosse team, suffers from myocarditis, a disease that occurs when a virus settles in the heart muscle, causing inflammation. Myocarditis can potentially be dangerous if not treated. In addition, the LIU Cheer Team and Resident Assistants walked in honor of John Cammarata, father of student and cheerleader Gina Cammarata ’18, who passed away unexpectedly last week from a heart-related issue.

Team LIU had the largest contingent of any of the 196 registered teams and raised $6,178, the sixth most of any organization.  Participating student groups included: Men’s Lacrosse, Wrestling, Softball, Equestrian, and all fraternities and sororities. The LIU Post Cheer Team brought additional spirit to the event – cheering on participants as they walked the boardwalk.

“The heart walk was a great experience and meant a lot for me to be there with LIU,” Liantonio says. “Seeing the LIU Post community come together to support a great cause was really awesome to see. Participating in this event with my team was great since they gave me a lot of support when I was dealing with my myocarditis.”

The goal of the American Heart Association is to reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke by 20 percent by 2020, while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent in the same timeline.

According to their website, “In 1999, the American Heart Association set a bold 10-year goal: To reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. We achieved the reduction in deaths ahead of schedule and made substantial progress against three of the six risk factors. Our 2020 Impact Goal focuses on helping people build stronger health and a better quality of life.”

Events like the Heart Walk in Jones Beach are the American Heart Association’s signature fundraising and awareness events for cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Funds raised support research, education, and advocacy of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
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About Long Island University (LIU)
LIU is one of the nation’s largest private universities. Since 1926, LIU has provided high quality academic programs taught by world-class faculty.  LIU offers hundreds of accredited programs to approximately 20,000 students, with a network of over 200,000 alumni, including leaders in industries across the globe. Visit liu.edu for more information.







LIU Brooklyn Opens New Resource Center to Support Student Veterans

The Student Veterans Resource Center at LIU Brooklyn was opened following a ceremonial ribbon cutting. L to R: Dr. Scott Krawczyk, Dr. Darlene Brown-Williams, Karlene Thompson, and Dr. Edgar Troudt.

NYC Division of Veterans Services applauds “tremendous work LIU is doing with the veteran population”

LIU Brooklyn took another important step forward to serve veterans this week when it opened the Student Veterans Resource Center.  The ribbon cutting was held at an event with student veterans, top officials, and senior University officials.

The Student Veterans Resource Center will serve as a centralized point of contact for student veterans, with an on-site VISTA AmeriCorps representative working to help improve LIU’s services and programs, and a representative from the Department of Veterans Services present at least one day per week.  It will utilize varied, comprehensive services from on and off-campus partners, provide meaningful opportunities to help student veterans build transferable skills, and serve as a meeting space for student veterans to connect with one another.

At the ceremony, Student Veterans Organization treasurer Christian Lopes talked about his experience at LIU Brooklyn, where he was welcomed and mentored by a veteran student peer.  Lopes highlighted his positive experience and believes this new Resource Center will allow the University do even more to help veterans.

Other student veterans who support the project include Kuen Fung, who noted that the Resources Center will provide “a very strong foundation to unite the veteran community, and will be the link between the student veterans and what they want to do.”

Dr. Scott Krawczyk, Dean of the Richard L. Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Science, gave a dynamic speech about the need to support student veterans.  Dr. Krawczyk came to LIU Brooklyn following a 30-year career in the United States Army, where he retired in 2015 at the rank of Brigadier General and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.  He praised the tools available at the Resource Center and vowed to work as an advocate for student veterans to get them the support they need to succeed.

New York City Division of Veterans Services Assistant Commissioner for Whole Health and Community Resilience, Dr. Darlene Brown-Williams, spoke next applauding LIU Brooklyn for the opening of the Center and the newly formed partnership with the NYC DVS.

“DVS is honored to recognize the tremendous work LIU is doing with the veteran population,” Dr. Brown-Williams said.  “Through this resource center, LIU is providing invaluable opportunities for student veterans to not just graduate from college, but to thrive both in school and in their pursuits beyond education, which is something that we are especially committed to at DVS.”

She talked about a new public-private partnership, the NYC Veterans Mentoring Initiative: Mentor A Vet-NYC.  This partnership brings together City government, service providers, universities, and others to ensure that New York City veterans and their families have access to high-quality mentorship. This program is the City’s first contribution to a larger initiative for student veterans called Veterans on Campus–NYC.

Among the other senior leaders to attend the Ribbon Cutting were Assistant Dean Roland Robinson, Dean of Students Jessica Hayes, Dean Edgar Troudt, and Dean Karlene Thompson.

LIU Brooklyn has been rated by militaryfriendly.com as a “Gold” recipient for being a school that is friendly to veterans– http://militaryfriendly.com/schools/long-island-university/.

LIU Riverhead Homeland Security Program Ranked Among Top 10 in Nation

AffordableColleges.com Ranks Program Based on Quality, Affordability

—LIU Riverhead’s online Homeland Security Management program has been ranked #10 in the nation by AffordableColleges.com. This website takes into account not only the affordability of the program, but the overall quality offered to students.

With Homeland Security on the forefront of the national conversation, interest in careers in this field has grown exponentially. In addition to more well-known law enforcement jobs within the homeland security field, homeland security graduates find careers in areas such as: citizenship, civil rights and liberties, health affairs, legislative issues, national intelligence, and cybersecurity.

“Affordability is an important element in the programs we offer, but what is also important in the online Homeland Security Management program at Long Island University is the quality of our faculty,” said Dr. Harvey Kushner, Director, Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute at LIU. “Our instructors are active in the field in which they teach. Our instructors teach what they do. They are on the cutting edge of new innovations in cyber policy and cyber security. Professionals taught by professionals.”

The faculty of the LIU Homeland Security Management MA program is comprised of highly experienced current Homeland Security managers and executives. LIU is home to the nation’s premier graduate program in the Homeland Security and Homeland Defense field, offering a fully online 36-credit Master of Science degree in Homeland Security Management. The LIU curriculum provides advanced knowledge, insight and skills in homeland security management to law enforcement professionals, emergency managers, fire fighters, homeland security specialists, HazMat experts, military personnel, government and public safety officials and corporate security professionals—as well as students new to the field.

To learn more about LIU Riverhead’s renowned Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute, click here: http://www.liu.edu/homeland/

To apply, click here: https://apply.liu.edu/quickapp

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Global Institute at LIU Anti-Semitism Conference Featured in Newsday

The Global Institute at LIU was featured in Newsday in a piece covering the first annual ‘State of Anti-Semitism: Local and Global” conference September 13.

The conference at LIU Post, which was attended by approximately 400 people, featured prominent experts across several categories, including: Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul-General of Israel in New York, Taryn A. Merkl Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Chief of Civil Rights for the Criminal Division, Madeline Singas, Nassau County District Attorney, Timothy Sini, Suffolk County Police Commissioner, Patrick Ryder, Nassau County Police Commissioner, Evan Bernstein of the Anti-Defamation League, and keynote speaker Deborah Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History, and one of the world’s most respected Holocaust historians and anti-Semitism experts. Dr. Lipstadt was recently portrayed in the 2016 film ‘Denial,’ which was based on her extensive work in combating Holocaust Denial and anti-Semitism.

According to Newsday, “Ambassador Dani Dayan, consul general of Israel in New York, set the tone for the conference with words of encouragement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while saying Israelis consider any attack on Jews — simply because they are Jews — to be a ‘local issue’ because it strikes so close to home.”

Newsday reported the powerful opening remarks of former Congressman Steve Israel, Chairman of the Global Institute at LIU.

‘“We’ve had ghettos and pogroms and Kristallnacht,” Steve Israel said, recalling some genocidal assaults on Jews throughout history. But he added that people chanted “Jews will not replace us” as recently as last month, at a rally to keep in place a statue of a Confederate general in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“There are cycles of anti-Semitism throughout our history,” he said. “And when we see those cycles we must push back on them and we must act.”’

For the full article, click here: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/liu-forum-looks-at-rise-in-anti-semitic-acts-nationwide-1.14161574




LIU Post Announces New Programs to Develop Great Teachers, Fill Unmet Needs Throughout LI Schools

New Program Combines Multiple Certifications and Improved In-Class Learning

LIU Post’s College of Education, Information and Technology is announcing new pathways to certification to help develop the next generation of great teachers.  These new programs will certify teachers in areas where there is a major unmet need throughout New York State.

“We have an obligation to provide our teacher candidates with the skills and dispositions to work with the next generation of young people, who are more challenging and more diverse than we have ever seen,” says Michael P. Hogan, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Education LIU Post College of Education, Information and Technology. “The teaching profession has never been more demanding and at the same time more rewarding than it is today.”

According to a May, 2017 report by the New York State School Boards Association, superintendents in all 12 geographic areas of the state identified special education as one of their top five unmet needs.  That same report showed that seven of the 12 regions, including Long Island and all regions south of the Hudson Valley, identified Teaching English as a Second Language as one of their top five unmet needs.

To meet these demands, LIU Post has created new pathways to certification, which will allow teacher candidates to be certified in a core area of their interest as well as an additional area, including Special Education or Teaching English as a Second Language. The demands and expectations of the Long Island community school districts make it imperative that teachers are able to manage complex academic challenges and, at the same time, meet the social and emotional issues of all students.

To ensure that LIU Post is preparing its teacher candidates to meet these challenges, we offer a rigorous academic pathway that leads to multiple certifications and access to partner districts in the spring of students’ first year. Our students will be in a school setting as soon as possible, getting to see firsthand what it means to be a teacher and learning to understand the culture of a school district: students will work closely with our outstanding faculty to understand theory and practice and be supported by an outstanding faculty of scholars and professionals.

The five new programs are:

  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education/Special Education (Grades B-2) – 123 credits
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education/TESOL Education (Grades B-2) – 126 credits
  • B.S. in Childhood Education/TESOL Education (Grades 1-6) – 132 credits
  • B.S. in Childhood Education/Special Education (Grades 1-6) – 129 credits
  • B.S. in Childhood Education/Early Childhood Education (B-2, 1-6) – 129 creditsLIU Post alumni are leading school districts as teachers, principals, and superintendents across Long Island, New York City, and throughout the country.LIU Post’s undergraduate education programs are a springboard to outstanding careers in numerous fields. Distinguished faculty, exceptional students, and valuable school partners join forces to create our top-ranked academic programs. The College of Education, Information & Technology is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. All programs are approved by the New York State Department of Education. Additionally, LIU Post was recently honored by Colleges of Distinction with a Field of Study badge for its outstanding Education programs.

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About Long Island University (LIU)
LIU is one of the nation’s largest private universities. Since 1926, LIU has provided high quality academic programs taught by world-class faculty.  LIU offers hundreds of accredited programs to approximately 20,000 students, with a network of over 200,000 alumni, including leaders in industries across the globe. Visit liu.edu for more information.


LIU Brooklyn featured in Brooklyn Eagle Op-Ed Urging Solutions to Homelessness

The Brooklyn Eagle published an op-ed September 8 written by Dr. Helisse Levine, Director of the MPA program at LIU Brooklyn, Dr. Edgar Troudt, Assistant Dean for the LIU Brooklyn School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences, and Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy at Care for the Homeless.

The op-ed discusses New York City’s homelessness challenge and outlines three actionable approaches that can work toward eradicating it. These ideas were part of a broad discussion at a conference held at LIU Brooklyn June 14. The conference, run by LIU Brooklyn’s MPA program and Care for the Homeless, brought together academics, key policymakers and homelessness advocates including New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, New York City Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks and Bobby Watts, CEO, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, to talk about changes that could end this needless disaster.

Three actions from the conference were outlined in the op-ed: to work with the media to transform the way homelessness is being reported, and by doing so to humanize those who experience homelessness; to pass a home-stability support bill; and to find long-term housing solutions in New York City’s overabundance of vacant properties.

Read more here: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/9/7/opinion-new-york-needs-take-homelessness-solutions-its-own-hands-here’s-how

Dr. Duleep Deosthale Named Dean of LIU Global

An academic and business leader whose career experience extends around the world has joined Long Island University, as Dr. Duleep Deosthale has been appointed dean of LIU Global.

Dr. Deosthale comes to LIU after launching Admission Table, a mobile app designed to help universities recruit international students for undergraduate and graduate programs. Over the course of his career, he has also served as Dean and Professor of Humanities and Interim Dean of the School of Business at Manipal International University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Vice President for International Education of Manipal Global Education, and as a professor at Marist College and the University of Alabama.

Dr. Deosthale will draw on his international experience as he leads LIU Global, the only academic institution in the world that combines a series of semester-long cultural immersions into a unique bachelor’s degree program in Global Studies. In addition to leading LIU Global, Dr. Deosthale will work to leverage LIU Global’s resources and relationships to create new opportunities for students across the University to expand their academic horizons through foreign study.

Dr. Deosthale holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Foreign Languages from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India; an MA in Hispanic Language and Literature from Indiana State University; and a PhD in Spanish Theatre and Politics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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