By Danielle Cirimello
The Student Air Traffic Control Association (SATCA) is anxious to begin a new semester at Dowling College. SATCA will serve to educate, inform, and support the Dowling community about all aspects of air traffic control, including career information and air traffic operations. Through the use of instructional lessons, activities, and field trips, members will gain a better understanding of all aspects of air traffic control and the aviation industry. The organization will also provide networking opportunities and uphold a professional mind-set for all members. If interested in joining, please contact Danielle Cirimello, president of SATCA, regarding meeting times and events at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATCA is determined to see fellow students not only strive for excellences but succeed in their future endeavours. If you are interested in learning more, come down to the Brookhaven Hanger on September 22nd, 2011 at 7:00pm for a delicious BBQ and a lot of fun. It will certainly be a great way to connect with your fellow students. So finally, we are cleared for takeoff, a nonstop flight into the fall semester! Let’s enjoy the ride together.
By Kristin A. Smith
Standing under studio lights, two contestants selected from the audience nervously stared at Tom Kennedy as he would coolly explains the rules of the game. With many games to play, Melody Roulette was a popular staple of the show. To play, a wheel was spun onstage to determine the cash and prizes the contestants could win if they were the first to name the tune playing. The player to walk away with the most in cash and prizes also gained ten points. Then the contestants would move into the next round where another game commonly played was Bid-a-Note. Here, players were given clues about a song and asked to bid on how many notes they would need to identify that song. Once the bidding stopped, the contestant with the lowest bid of notes needed to successfully name that tune with the limited amount of notes given. The player who could name the most tunes would gain ten points. In the third round, worth twenty points, the contestants usually played Sing-a-Tune, which had them write down the name of a song being sung by a live singer. After these three rounds were completed, the contestant with the highest score moved on to the Golden Medley bonus round. In this round, players had thirty seconds to correctly identify seven songs in order to win more prizes before leaving the show. Understanding what was expected of them, Tom Kennedy would start everything off by saying, “Now let’s play, Name That Tune!”
It goes without saying that Name That Tune was a popular prime time television game show in its day. The Music Club would now like to recreate the same excitement by bringing the game show to Dowling College on September 26th, 2011 at 7:00pm. In the ballroom, contestants will have the chance to win fabulous prizes, such as Pandora bracelets through various raffles. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to add to the fun of the evening. A variety of food will be available, as well as, gluten free food for all to enjoy. An optional fee of $5.00 will be collected at the door and all proceeds will be donated to the American Diabetes Association Walk, which will be held in October. Additional announcements concerning future events sponsored by the club will also be announced at this event. So, if you are ready to meet new people and have a great time, come on down and put your musical knowledge to the test. Hope to see you there!
By Michelle Knuth
Raven’s Quill, heard of it? It is the writing club here on campus. Have stories collecting dust, waiting to be read by the public? We can help! The club’s goal is to have at least one member a semester have their work published. In order to go beyond this goal, Raven’s Quill has created a publication called The Conspiracy, a book composed of Dowling student’s fictional short stories. Interested? Come to our weekly meetings and find out what else Raven’s Quill offers, as well.
By Thomas W. Richter
Do you have a desire to learn more about aviation? Ever wanted to see what it is like to fly an airplane? Then you need to check out The Flight Simulation Tutoring (FST) Club. The FST provides an environment where beginners can learn the basics of flight while others can practice more advanced flight skills. Through the use of computers and flight simulating equipment, we can create realistic experiences where people can learn about and practice flight and air traffic control skills. We use programs, such as, Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-plane, and IL-2 to simulate a variety of fun and exciting scenarios. We have many events planned for the fall semester, so keep an eye out for our flyers. If you have any questions, you can contact the president of the club, Thomas Richter, at email@example.com.
By Melissa Theodorakatos
The Dowling College GSA is one of the many active clubs on campus that provides a unique and entertaining atmosphere for student participation. Entering into its second year of existence, the club has introduced a wide variety of events and meetings to keep members as active as possible throughout the college community. It is the goal of the organization to create a safe space on campus which fights to end discrimination and educate the student body on LGBT issues and causes. The executive board works annually to promote on campus visibility and allow students, who fall under the LGBT group, to feel welcome and safe. Last year alone, the past executive board recruited new members of all sexual orientation and created a family environment for students who lacked a supportive home situation. Although the organization focuses on LGBT issues, the members encourage all students to participate and become involved. The club does not focus on altering local politics nor does it ever push individual or societal beliefs on any student attending an event or meeting. The club instead focuses solely on providing an educational view of LGBT rights and encouraging safe space actions on campus.
Some of you reading this may be questioning the meaning of the term ‘safe space’ and how it functions within a student body. Safe spaces are designed as designated rooms, offices, schools, organizations, or other group or individual locations that vow to create a safe and non-discriminatory atmosphere that will accept and aid any individual regardless of his or her race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc, with a focus on promoting anti-homosexual bullying awareness to LGBT youth and individuals. These locations are marked with a safe space sticker to indicate involvement and support. This sticker is usually marked with the symbolic LGBT rainbow and information on the specific safe space. Dowling students can find these safe space stickers around campus, outside staff office doors, and resident rooms. The Dowling GSA has an abundant supply for any student that wishes to post a safe space sticker on his or her door or belongings.
In regards to planned activities and meetings, President Melissa Theodorakatos has organized a variety of events to satisfy all members in terms of creating a healthy balance between entertainment and education. She will continue to work with the club’s executive board during the year to ensure all events are as successful as possible. As always, any student involvement and help is greatly appreciated. The first event this semester is the GSA Rainbow September Welcome, taking place during the annual college club expo that will be held on Wednesday, September 7th from 11–4pm outside the Racanelli Center. The club encourages all interested students to stop by for free face painting, tie-dye making, and informational kits provided by the organization. The kits will include a list of all other upcoming events and meetings for the semester, as well as other information about the club’s executive board and local LGBT associations. It is a great opportunity to meet the active members and get an idea of the work the organization takes part in around campus. In addition, the club will continue to host their traditional monthly family nights that continue to provide dinner and a movie for all attendees, as well as their annual Drag Ball, AIDS walk, and Pridefest March.
If you wish to join the Dowling College GSA mailing list, or to become involved in our upcoming events, please contact President Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, Melissa also extends an open invitation to all students to contact her for any personal issues they need assistance with. These issues can range from LGBT related advice to general freshman questions regarding college adjustment or information. Last fall, many college and high school students took their own lives due to homosexual related bullying. If you, or someone you know is a victim of gay related or generalized bullying, please feel free to also reach out to her for student advice. The GSA possesses a great deal of information regarding suicide hotlines, counseling centers, and personal health clinics for all Dowling students to use if necessary. Feel free to contact her via email at any time during the semester.
The GSA hopes to see you during the semester!
By Meagan E. Pascal and Jose F. Talavera
Like many student organizations at Dowling College, the History Club is a way for students to learn more about the past, while being able to enjoy themselves outside the classroom. With our upcoming events, such as Blast from the Past (Sept. 28th), learning can become more of a leisure activity than an academic requirement. In order to accomplish this goal, we are offering four other social interactions that students can enjoy: Constitution Day (Sept. 15th), Oktoberfest (Oct. 5th), which was a big success year before, the President’s Lecture (Mar 7th), and a 40’s theme dance (Apr. 5th) that will be held in the hanger on the Brookhaven campus.
The History Club also pays its respects to important moments of our nation’s history. This is accomplished with such events as the Veterans Day tribute (Nov 9th) and a trip to Ground Zero (Apr. 19th). With a strong foundation from the previous year and a sturdy executive board, the History Club is guaranteed to have another successful year.
By Thomas W. Richter
Alpha Eta Rho (AHP) is an International Collegiate Fraternity that has been active at Dowling College for over 40 years. The purposes of AHP are to further the cause of aviation in all of its branches, to instill in the public mind a confidence in aviation, to promote contacts between the students of aviation and those engaged in the profession and to maintain and promote the highest moral standards as members of this unique fraternity. With that in mind, we are closely working with Dowling’s aviation clubs to plan and organize events for the student body. Membership is open to any aviation student who has a desire to join a family of like-minded students who will support one another throughout their careers in aviation. Information regarding the new member interest meeting for the fall will be posted around campus. To find us, keep an eye out around both campuses for our members wearing black and gold A.H.P. shirts. They will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have.
By Robert Huether
The Keeping It Real Club was approved last year after Student Services’ own Jane Bertsch-Wells decided she wanted to start an organization geared towards the welfare of the Dowling students. The Keeping It Real Club is geared towards helping both new and current students become acclimated with the college way of life by mentoring, tutoring, listening to student concerns and more.
The 2011/2012 school year will be filled with a ton of great events of activities hosted by the Keeping It Real Club. Recently, the Keeping It Real Club has been working closely with the Honor’s Program and will be having an Honor’s Reception on Wednesday, September 14th at 2:30pm to bring members of both the Honor’s Program and faculty together to discuss how they can make a difference in the life of other Dowling students.
Our “September Welcome” event will be a Caribbean style barbeque known as the “One Love Barbeque.” This event will be held on Tuesday, September 20th at 2:30pm on the Racanelli Lawn. In the event of rain, it will be held in the ballroom. Come on down to this event and enjoy the Caribbean style music, games, jerk chicken, Jamaican beef patties and so much more!
Other events that we will be hosting throughout the year include “Milk and Cookies Peer Tutoring” (which will be held during midterms and finals), the “Having Your Say” forum where students will be able to sit with faculty and staff and address their current issues with the school, the trip to the Zombie Walk in Asbury, New Jersey, “Game Nights” and an end of the year picnic at Belmont State Park.
If you have a passion for helping others, this is the club for you. We will be looking for people that will be interested in volunteering their time for tutoring sessions in all areas of concentration. Please do not hesitate to e-mail myself (Robert Huether) to find out more about the club and our upcoming meeting dates at email@example.com.
Either way, I truly wish you all the best of luck for this upcoming year.
By William Huether
The Dowling College Business Society is designed to help enhance the business education of Dowling students by setting up and hosting fun events and trips that allow Dowling students to network with other students and professionals in the field. The Business Society also allows Dowling students to build their resumes, learn about the many different types of career paths in business, obtain practical lessons and information from industry professionals through guest speakers and exciting trips to New York City, and prepare students for future success in the business world through channels such as resume workshops and mock interviews.
As a member of the Business Society, you will be a part of a team that sets up and plans events, trips, and lectures for the Dowling community, as well as, partaking in valuable community service programs. For instance, members of the Business Society will be volunteering for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA/TCE) program this year, preparing federal and state income tax returns for low-income and elderly citizens on Long Island.
By joining the Business Society at Dowling College, you are setting yourself apart from the crowd and making yourself a much more marketable individual in society. Making yourself more marketable is truly important in the business world, especially in these trying economic times. Being a member of the Business Society may lead to building lifelong professional relationships, and it may assist you getting your foot in the door. Join the Dowling College Business Society and have your voice heard. We would also love to hear your ideas and thoughts on future events that you would like to see at Dowling College.
We invite you to join us at our first two meetings in September, which are being held on Monday, September 12th and Monday, September 19th in the School of Business conference room on the fourth floor of Racanelli Center at 2:30pm.
Also, join us and the rest of the Dowling community on Sunday, September 11, 2011, for a trip to the Long Island Ducks game! The bus will be leaving from Brookhaven at 12:30pm and 1:00pm in Oakdale. Tickets are only $5! See you there.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact William Huether at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time!
By Brianne Karten
The Science Exploration Club is kicking off the year with a trip to the Bronx Zoo! New and returning students are invited to our annual September Welcome Event on September 18th. Tickets are $5 and transportation is included. Science majors and non-majors alike are welcome. The SEC is a club for any biology, chemistry, physics, marine science, earth science, math, and pre-professional health majors and minors. Of course, those who are just curious about how the world works are welcomed as well. We have some career building events throughout the year specifically designed for science major, as well as others that the whole student body can enjoy. Our monthly meetings will cover current events, as well as our academic lives. It does not look bad on your resume, either! Club officer positions are available. For more information on the trip or club, visit the SGA ticket sales table in Racanelli or e-mail Brianne at email@example.com.