College Mourns the Loss of Student and SGA President Ben Callinder '16

Beloved student and SGA president Ben Callinder passed away early this morning after a long battle with cancer.

In a message to the campus community, Dean of Students Tom Shandley wrote, "No one will ever fully know the struggles that Ben endured to be here with us this semester and we are all incredibly blessed for this time. His undeniable courage and the steadfast support of his family and friends will leave an enduring legacy."

To give the college community a chance to join together to honor Ben, the Chaplain's Office held an informal gathering this afternoon at 5:15 p.m. in the Oasis, which is located in the Chaplain's Office suite on the top floor of the Alvarez College Union. This was not a formal service, but simply a chance to share thoughts about Ben and hold his family in our hearts.

Services & Funeral

Finalized information on arrangements for Ben are now available, These dates, times, and addresses have been confirmed with Ben's family.

Thursday, June 2
Roy L. Gilmore Funeral Home, 192-02 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, NY 11412 (this address is in Queens)
5-7 p.m.: Wake and Viewing
7-9 p.m.: Tributes

Friday, June 3
Gateway Christian Center, 502 North Central Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580 (this address is in Long Island)
9-10 a.m.: A second viewing for those who could not make the Thursday viewing
10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Service

Pinelawn Memorial Park and Garden Mausoleums, 2030 Wellwood Ave., Farmingdale, NY 11735 (this address is in Nassau County (Long Island))
2 p.m.: Burial

DJ's International Buffet, 1100 Stewart Ave., Garden City, NY 11530 (this address is in Nassau County (Long Island))
Following the burial: Repast

Given the absence of flexible public transportation in the areas in question, traveling by rented car/Uber/cab/automobile is strongly advised.


  • May 20, 2016