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Forecasting the 2021 Economy 

A Virtual School of Business Alumni Panel Discussion 

January 28, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Join us for a brief but lively conversation with three financial experts to hear their forecast of the 2021 economy as we dive headfirst into the new year and a new Presidential administration. The panel discussion featuring FSC alumnus Kenneth Rende '82 and FSC faculty members Dr. J. Betty Feng and Dr. Kenneth Liao will be moderated by Dr. Richard Vogel, Dean of the School of Business.


Speakers for January 28

Kenneth G. Rende ’82 is Chief Operating Officer - Private Wealth Management, a division of Neuberger Berman responsible for providing customized wealth management advice and solutions to individuals, families, businesses and charitable organizations. Ken joined Neuberger Berman in the Finance Department in 1991. During his time there, he rose to the position of Assistant Comptroller and played a leading role in the firm’s initial public offering. He later joined Wealth Management as the Chief Administration Officer before serving as Head of Wealth Management for ten years. In 2019, Neuberger Berman combined its Wealth Management and Private Asset Management businesses to form its Private Wealth Management division, of which Ken was named COO. Before joining the firm Ken spent five years at New York Life’s NYLIFE Securities. He received a BS in Accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an AS in Business Administration from Farmingdale State College.

Dr. J. Betty Feng is Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Management at Farmingdale State College. Dr. Feng teaches courses on International Business, Global Strategy, Negotiation, and Innovation in Organizations. Her research interests include the roles of culture in adaptation, creativity, and intercultural interactions. She has served as the faculty advisor for the NYS Business Plan Competition and the International Business Club and established annual Innovation Challenge at Farmingdale. She is a member of the Tradeable Sectors work group for Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and editorial board for Journal of Business Research and China Currents. Dr. Feng came to academia after seven years of industry experience in supply chain management in global firms such as Dell and Whirlpool. She received her BA and MBA from Michigan State University and PhD from Georgia State University.


Dr. Kenneth Liao (Ph.D., 2016, Iowa State University) has been a member of the Economics Department faculty since 2017. He was previously a Visiting Professor at Oberlin College, and prior to that he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD). His research focuses on agricultural economics, biofuels, consumer preference and demand analysis, energy policy, and stated preference/survey methodology. He teaches upper-level field courses in applied microeconomics, environmental and natural resource economics, and urban and regional economics. He is on the Board of Directors for the New York State Economics Association (NYSEA), and he is a member of FSC’s Planning and Budget Committee, Committee on Planning and Resource Allocation (CPRA), and Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) Committee.


Dr. Richard Vogel (PhD, Florida International University) is the Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Economics. His research interests and areas include economic development, urban economic growth, natural hazards analysis, and business and economics education. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant ($5000) to conduct an MAA Curriculum Foundation Workshop on the Mathematical needs of the Economics Community in 2008, and a New York Sea Grant Research Grant ($261,000), entitled, “Leveraging Long Island’s Coastal Heritage for the Future: Integration and Diversification of Long Island’s Coastal Industries.” In 2007, he was a Fulbright Fellow teaching as a Visiting Professor of Economics, in the department of Mathematical Economics at the National University of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Academy of Economics and Finance and is the 2nd Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration (MAACBA). In 2020, he received the Academy of Economics and Finance (AEF) Fellows award and is the recipient of the AEF Service Fellow award in 2014, and AEF Teaching Fellow Award in 2013.


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Golf Classic

June 7, 2021
Location: Hempstead Country Club
Honoree: Dynamic Sports Management

For more information on this event call 934-420-2369 or email


Past Video Events


An FSC Alumni Town Hall

Moving Forward: Coffee and Conversation with President John Nader, Ph.D.

October 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm

If you didn't have a chance to join President Nader on October 1st for an interactive town hall presentation you can tune in now to hear how Farmingdale State College is moving forward with the Strategic Plan of 2022, find out how FSC is supporting our current students during these challenging times, and learn more about getting directly involved with your alma mater.



Roller Coaster Video 2

A Virtual Tour of Amusement Parks

with Associate Professor Martin Lewison 

Recorded on August 17, 2020

Take a trip through the past, present, and future of the global attractions industry with Dr. Lewison, an industry analyst who has visited 800 amusement parks and has ridden more than 2000 different roller coasters in 37 different countries.


Development & Alumni Engagement

The Office for Development and Alumni Engagement works closely with the Farmingdale College Foundation – raising and managing critical philanthropic dollars for the College, cultivating meaningful relationships with donors, corporate partners and community friends – and the Farmingdale Alumni Association, keeping our 100,000 alumni informed, engaged, proud, and supportive of the College, strengthening their lifelong connection to FSC students and each other.

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