Stony Brook Matters

September 22, 2014    Vol. 08, Issue 9



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Read Fellow Alum News

Daniel Ahmadizadeh ’14 started working on Circumrent, a startup backed and funded by serial entrepreneur David Rose that connects prospective tenants looking for an apartment in New York City to current tenants about to move out. 

Alyssa Breres ’10 was recently awarded the 2014 Rising Star Award presented by the Women's Bond Club.

Sean Chamberlain ’07 has been named head men’s lacrosse coach at Farmingdale State College.

Brendan Callahan ’07, former Seawolves All-American, was named head coach of men’s lacrosse at Dartmouth College.

Joseph Feo ’87 has been appointed to Vice President, IT Business Relations at Selective Insurance Company of America.

Jordan Gush ’13, former Seawolves wide receiver, has been named defensive backs coach at Fort Scott Community College.

Carl L. Jackson ’88 has been selected as Rail Administrator for the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Cindy Yee Kong ’93 recently published a book titled "The Eyes of the Lion."

Laura Positano ’07, ’13 joined the political talk radio show of Joe Piscopo on AM 97 The Answer as a researcher.

Sonja (Sunny) O’Flynn ’84, ’89 has published “The ABCs of Program or Project Planning,” a supplemental guide to required curriculum for health care students involved with community/public health.

Tanzina Vega ’96, National News Correspondent for the New York Times, has been named among America's Top 40 Latino Professionals in Media by Huffington Post Latino Voices.

Alumni & Friends Events

September 26, 2014
Brook Crew Homecoming Dance

September 27, 2014
Wolfstock Faculty Lecture with Dean Schneider

September 27, 2014
Wolfstock 2014

September 28, 2014
Athletic Training Program 10 Year Accreditation Brunch

October 2, 2014
'Job Search Secrets: Avoiding the Black Hole' - Workshop

October 18, 2014
Liberty Mutual Defensive Driver Training Class

October 25-26, 2014
School of Medicine Class of 1999 Reunion

November 13, 2014
'Resume Reconsidered: A New Way of Thinking' - Webinar


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University Events

September 24, 2014
Stony Brook Children's Hospital Groundbreaking Ceremony

October 4, 2014
Harlem Globetrotters at Stony Brook Arena

October 10, 2014
Business & Political Affairs Job & Internship Fair

October 17, 2014
Health & Human Services Job & Internship Fair

October 29, 2014
CEWIT 2014 11th International Conference


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Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Receives $25M

Simons DonationThe recent gift by Drs. Jim and Marilyn Simons ’84 brings their total investment in the Simons Center to $105M. The gift will buoy the Center’s investigation of string theory, its quest to quantify gravity and its search for a better understanding of the fundamental nature of the universe. Read more.


Join us for a day of reconnecting with old friends, a delicious barbecue, fun entertainment and a Grucci Fireworks show. Click here to get your tickets to come back to the Brook and cheer on the Seawolves when they take on the William & Mary Tribe.

Click here to participate in our Wolfstock Faculty Lecture "Are You Getting The Truth From The News Media?" by Dean Howard Schneider at 1 pm in the Wang Center.

President Stanley Gives Annual State of the University Address on 9/17

Couldn't make it to campus? Watch here.

Stony Brook Names New Assistant Vice President for Medical Advancement

Ann Boyd StewartAnn Boyd-Stewart is the new Assistant Vice President for Medical Advancement, where she leads a Medical Advancement team of seven fundraising professionals. Read more.


Journey into Medicine Launched by 128 New Students

The Stony Brook University School of Medicine Class of 2018 officially began with the School’s annual White Coat Ceremony. Each of the 128 new Stony Brook medical students received a physician-in-training white coat and took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time. More than 75 percent of the incoming students are from New York State, a high percentage that will help to address the significant shortage of physicians in the state. Read more.

Click here for photos from the ceremony.

Alumni Spotlight:

Making it to the Major Leagues

Nick TropeanoFormer Stony Brook baseball All-American Nick Tropeano is headed to the big leagues. His contract has been selected by the Houston Astros, making him the third Seawolves player all-time to be on an active Major League roster. Read more.




Stony Brook Recreation Center Named for Campus Builder and Avid Race Walker, Walter J. Hawrys

Hawrys Center Dedication

Marilyn Hawrys Simons, Linda Hawrys Berenberg and Walter Hawrys, Jr. joined Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, and campus community members to honor their father’s memory and celebrate the dedication of the newly named Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center. Read more

Stony Brook Salutes:

Israel KleinbergScott Laughlin, PhD, Department of Chemistry, was awarded an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research by the National Science Foundation for his proposal on the use of synthetic molecules for mapping the connections between neurons in the brain. This research could accelerate the development of new neurotechnologies that promise to help researchers answer fundamental questions about how the brain works. Read more.


- Gabrielle CarlsonGabrielle Carlson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Stony Brook Medicine, has been elected to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) governing Council. Her three-year term begins in October 2014, during which she is also responsible for the scientific content of the annual AACAP meeting. Read more.




Jules FeifferPulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton, received an outstanding review on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times Book Review for his first graphic novel, Kill My Mother. Read more.



Nikki Barnett

Making Sense of Career Exploration

Determining career fit requires a combination of
reflecting on past experiences and learning
accurate career knowledge. Career exploration is a life-long process of learning about yourself and careers; therefore, your experiences enable interests to evolve and grow. Lack of career-related experiences greatly contributes to indecision, partly due to the inability to reflect on concrete experiences in the workplace.

Click here for three tips to help you navigate your career exploration process and to register for a free What is Career Exploration Anyway? workshop.

Donor Wall Unveiled by College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

CEAS Donor Wall

During a September 2 ceremony in Stony Brook University’s Engineering Building lobby, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences presented its new Donor Wall, dedicated to donors who have given $10,000 or more in lifetime gifts and to those who donate $1,000 or more annually. Read more.

SBU Ranked in Top 100 Universities in Nation

Stony Brook University has been ranked 88th among the nation's colleges and universities in the "2015 Best Colleges Rankings" by U.S. News & World Report. Read more.


Thank You for Volunteering!

Experience Stony Brook, Part 2 - August 22 and 23, 2014
Thank you to our alumni volunteers who helped kick off the new school year with Seawolves Spirit.

Experiene Stony Brook Volunteers
Catherine Young '13 and Yanika Reid '13.

For additional photos from the event above and from other events,
please click here.


Seawolves Athletics

Join us for the Grand Opening of the Newly Renovated Stony Brook Arena on Friday, October 3, 2014

New Arena

For more information about the event and to RSVP, click here.

- The Seawolves basketball schedules have been announced for the heavily anticipated season.

Click here to see the women's basketball schedule.

Click here to see the men's basketball schedule.

- New 5,000 square foot hitting facility will serve the indoor practice needs of the baseball and softball teams. Read more.


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Links to more Stony Brook University news and information:
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook Alumni Association
University Advancement
Staller Center
Seawolves Athletics
Charles B. Wang Center

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