SJC Students and Professor Receive Brookhaven Town Citations

December 01, 2014

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – December 1, 2014 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Mohammad Rana and Biology Club students from its Long Island Campus received citations from Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, declaring November 19 as “St. Joseph’s College Biology Club Day” and “Dr. Mohammad Rana Day” in the Town of Brookhaven, New York.

On October 29, SJC staff, students and faculty held a meeting with Village of Patchogue, Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County and Department of Environmental Conservation representatives to discuss the invasive vegetation that chokes the waters of the Patchogue Lake. The SJC Biology Club, along with Dr. Rana, presented research and solutions to clear this troublesome plant life from the Lake. As a result, government officials vowed to assist in the clean-up process.

“I recently announced that I am joining the efforts of the St. Joseph’s College Biology Club in clearing trash and debris from the Patchogue Lake,” said Supervisor Ed Romaine. “The Town and Village will provide work crews to assist and we all look forward to working with the College regarding these ongoing concerns.” 

On November 19, Village of Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri and Supervisor Ed Romaine visited SJC to reassert their commitment to clean up the Patchogue Lake. Employees from the Village of Patchogue will begin the clean-up on the south side of the Lake and employees from the Town of Brookhaven will begin on the north side. The SJC Biology Club will continue to assist in the clearing of debris.

“I am impressed with the rapid response from community, village, town and state officials,” said Dr. Rana, professor of biology on the Long Island Campus of SJC. “The officials pledged to support this cause in a variety of ways and they are moving fast to restore Patchogue Lake; they’ve already brought a dumpster and a clean-up crew.”

For more information about the Department of Biology at SJC, contact the Long Island Campus Office of Admissions at 631.687.4500 or visit  

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certifications, affiliated and pre-professional programs.