Nick Agostino Honored
“Volunteer of the Year” award from the Alumni Association
Teaneck, NJ (October 5, 2005) — Nick Agostino, a resident of Pearl River, NY, holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. On October 1, 2005, he was honored with the “Volunteer of the Year” award from the Alumni Association of the University. This prestigious award is given to alumni who have contributed significantly to academic programs, admissions, athletics, career development, chapters, fundraising and student life.
His high level of involvement with and commitment to the Alumni Association has culminated in his appointment as President-elect of the Board of Governors. Agostino has served as the executive committee vice president of the Board since 1998. Throughout his years of involvement, he has chaired a host of committees — spanning awards, student relations, Alumni in Admissions, alumni research, special events, Senior Class Gift and the Annual Fund.
As an active member of the University’s Metropolitan Campus community, Agostino has served on the Committee for Ethical Concerns (part of Campus Ministry), Wellness Committee, been an interviewer for the Col. Fairleigh S. Dickinson Scholarship, and part of the Gene Barnett Literary Society. His work on the Cygnus yearbook earned him Advisor of the Year Award in 1999.
He finds his interest and expertise in photography to be a rewarding pastime, and one he generously shares. Agostino’s photographs have appeared in FDU Magazine, Inside FDU – faculty/staff newsletter, The Cygnus yearbook, FDU Handbook, FDU Media Guide, and the student newspaper, The Equinox.
In addition to teaching classes in genetics, microbiology, immunology and biotechnology at FDU, Agostino finds the time to mentor independent studies, coordinate the Biology Seminar Series for the School of Natural Sciences, and serve as the advisor to the Biology Club. He works with the Middle College Program, where he coordinates science research with Emerson High School students. As a result of that project, he was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award from Emerson High School in 2004, and delivered the keynote speech at their annual Research Symposium.
Agostino is a senior research scientist at the LIJ-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Columbia University, where he does immunological research in the area of rheumatoid arthritis. This research has resulted in the publication of more than 25 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals.