Stony Brook Matters

June 10, 2015    Vol. 09, Issue 06



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Errol Cockfield ’94 received the Career Center Alumni Champion award from the Career Services Center for his outstanding leadership and commitment on the Career Development Committee.

Melissa Lent ’07 and Samuel Teixeira ’08, 10 were wed on May 3, 2015 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The couple met during their involvement with Greek life and campus activities.

S. Loretta McGrann, C.S.J., PhD 89 addressed the graduates at St. Joseph’s College 96th commencement this spring. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts and Humane Letters.

David N. Rapp, PhD ’00, professor of learning sciences and psychology, Northwestern University, was honored with the 2015 University Teaching Award for his outstanding dedication to Northwestern undergraduate education.

Rachel Scelfo, Esq. ’98, ’99, counsel in Farrell Fritz PC’s land use and municipal department, was recently elected to the West Babylon Public Library’s board of trustees. 

Philip Schuessler, PhD ’08, was awarded the 2015 President’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity by Southeastern Louisiana University. 

Ben Shneiderman, PhD ’72, ’73, Distinguished University Professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Stony Brook University.

Alumni & Friends Events

June 14, 2015
Stony Brook Day at the Ballpark

June 22, 2015
2015 Scholarship Golf Classic

June 28, 2015
Northern California Alumni Chapter Hike and Picnic

July 8-19, 2015
2015 Southampton Writers Conference

July 10, 2015
Clams for Clams: A Fundraiser to Help Restore Shinnecock Bay

July 13, 2015
Seawolves United Golf Classic

July 14, 2015
NYC New Grad Summer Welcome

July 17, 2015
20th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival - Alumni Reception and Film

July 27, 2015
Stony Brook Touchdown Golf Classic

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University Events

June 24, 2015
Investiture Ceremony of Ramin Parsey, MD, PhD

June 29, 2015
SB Southampton Piano Fest

July 1, 2015
Grand Opening of the Computer Science Building

July 12, 2015
Summer Sundays at BNL

July 16-25, 2015
Stony Brook Film Festival

July 20-24, 2015
26th International Conference on Game Theory


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October 17, 2015


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TBI Archaeologists Find the World's Earliest Evidence of Stone Tool Making

Stone ToolsOur ancestors were making stone tools even earlier than we thought — some 700,000 years earlier. A team of researchers with Stony Brook’s Turkana Basin Institute — co-led by Drs. Sonia Harmand and Jason Lewis — has found the earliest stone artifacts, dating to 3.3 million years ago, at a site named Lomekwi 3 on the western shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. Read more.

Alan Alda Announces Winners of Flame Challenge

Flame ChallengeAlan Alda announced the winners of the Stony Brook Center for Communicating Science "Flame Challenge," a contest to answer "what is sleep?" in a way that will interest and enlighten 11-year-olds. Winners Brandon Aldinger and Eric C. Galicia were announced June 1 at the World Science Festival in New York City. The entries were judged by more than 20,000 schoolchildren from around the world. Read more.


Alumni Spotlight:

Steven Allard ’77 Creates Scholarship for Veterans

Steven Allard

Navy veteran and Stony Brook alum Steven Allard ’77 has donated $25,000 to his alma mater to establish The Steven Allard Returning Military Personnel Endowed Scholarship Fund to benefit full-time students who are veterans of the United States Armed Services. Allard, a retired banking industry executive who most recently worked for the French bank Societe Generale as a credit risk manager, recalled the financial help he received when he enrolled at the University in 1974 and his desire to pay it forward. Read more.

Congratulations, May Grads!

At Stony Brook University’s 55th Annual commencement at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on May 22, more than 6,200 students received their degrees to become the University's newest alumni. During the ceremony, two of Long Island’s most prominent luminaries, Billy Joel and Charles B. Wang, received honorary degrees. Read more.


Christine Vachon, Director of MFA in Film, Interviewed at Cannes
Christine Vachon
Christine Vachon, Director of the MFA in Film program at Stony Brook and producer and founder of Killer Films, was interviewed at the Cannes Film Festival, where her film “Carol” (starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) was part of the official selection and won Mara the award for Best Actress Ex-aequo. Vachon spoke about women in the film business and gave a shout out to the SB Southampton Film program. Watch the interview here.


Get Your Tickets for the Stony Brook Film Festival

20th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival

This year's film festival is showing 19 feature-length films and 14 short films, with multiple East Coast and U.S. premieres. Get your tickets for This Isn't Funny and a special alumni wine and cheese reception on July 17 here.

Last Chance to Participate in the 2015 Scholarship Golf Classic on June 22

Indian HillsRegister now to support student scholarships at the 2015 Scholarship Golf Classic at Indian Hills Country Club in Northport, one of Long Island's finest private courses.



TEDxSBUNominations for TEDxSBU are open from April 1 to September 13.

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Grand Opening of the Computer Science Building

Computer Science Building

Join President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Computer Science Building on Wednesday, July 1 at 1 pm. Light refreshments will be served and building tours will be conducted immediately after the ceremony. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Stony Brook Set to Launch Georgica Pond Research Project

Georgica PondStony Brook has partnered with a group of homeowners from the Georgica Pond community, and the East Hampton Town Trustees, to form a public-private partnership to address water quality issues on the east end of Long Island. The research project, led by Professor Chris Gobler, PhD, will investigate the causes of environmental degradation and the toxic algae blooms observed in Georgica Pond over the last several years. Read more.


Stony Brook Salutes:

Patricia Marx, MFA faculty and The New Yorker essayist, received a 2015 Guggenheim award in General Nonfiction in the Creative Arts. Read more.

Matthew Barnson, assistant professor of composition, Department of Music, has been named a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and will use his Fellowship to compose four large new works. Read more.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, associate professor and director of the Poetry Center in the Department of English, was named a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and will use his Fellowship to write the third book in a trilogy. Read more.

April Masten, associate professor in the Department of History, has been selected as a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. Read more.

Nikki Barnett

Feeling Stuck?

As a career counselor, I often hear, “I feel lost and I don’t know where to begin.” No matter what stage of career development, this continues to be the sentiment when people have trouble finding the right career fit. It can be hard to find the right resource to motivate and move you in the right direction. During our last Alumni Book Discussion, we featured the book Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities, by Richard J. Leider and Alan M. Webber. This book explores the process of getting "unstuck" when the comfortable status quo isn't working anymore, provides a refreshing wake up call to those living life on automatic, and strives to inspire action by combining powerful practices and insights with online tools and exercises.

Here are three suggestions the book offers:

  1. Without doing the work, there’s no way forward: “If you can’t get out of it, get into it!”
  2. So, what does work? Having a map, working the process and being connected to others.
  3. Writing in a possibilities journal or using a talking journal will help you connect the dots, keep track of your thoughts, and enable you to see and understand your process.

View our latest webinars within our 'Archived Webinars' page.


School of Journalism Awarded National Accreditation

Stony Brook’s School of Journalism has been awarded national accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, becoming one of 119 programs worldwide to receive such recognition. Read more.


Five Brooklyn Women Embody the Success of Stony Brook's EOP/AIM Program

EOP WomenStony Brook is committed to providing access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students whose high school education has not sufficiently prepared them for college, despite their intellectual promise. The success of the University’s Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM) program is evident in the stories of five women from Brooklyn, three of whom are first generation Americans, who enrolled in the EOP Summer Academy as freshmen and graduated May 22 with honors. Read more.


Thank you for joining us!

Stony Brook Reunion Weekend -
June 5-7, 2015

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Class of 1965

Reunion Weekend

To see more photos from this event and others, click here.


Stony Brook Athletics:

  • Eric Speakman from Stony Brook cross country and track and field was tabbed the 2014-15 America East Man of the Year on June 2 at the conference's annual awards dinner for distinguishing himself in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership. Read more.
  • The No. 3 seed Stony Brook men's baseball team had a very successful season, gaining America East Conference regular season and tournament titles. The team ultimately lost to top-seeded and seventh-national seed TCU in the elimination game of the NCAA Fort Worth Regional at Lupton Stadium. Read more.


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