Stony Brook Matters

March 13, 2015    Vol. 09, Issue 03



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Mark Bridges ’83 is an Oscar-winning costume designer whose clothing designs are in the “50 Shades of Gray” movie.  

Bernard Fialkoff, DDS ’80 donated 160 toothbrushes and toothpaste as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month and the “America’s Tooth Fairy” Campaign.  

Valery Forbes, PhD ’84, ’88 was appointed dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Katelyn Gleason ’08, CEO and co-founder at the startup Eligible, an online insurance verification network, was selected as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 innovators in Healthcare.

Cynthia C. Gorman, RN, CFRE ’13 was installed to the 2015 Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Long Island.  She is the Vice President for Development at the Family Service League.

Amanda Martino ’10 has two Purple Hearts and was nominated for a Glam4Good day of pampering by Stand4Heroes with the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Amanda served as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Constantina S. Papageorgiou, Esq. ’06, an attorney at Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP, has been elected to the board of directors of HANAC (formerly known as the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee).

Charles J. Ruotolo, MD, ’90, chairman of orthopedics at the Nassau University Medical Center and President of Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Massapequa, was awarded the designation of “Top Orthopedist on LI” by the Bethpage Best on Long Island and the Long Island Press

Dr. Neil Spiegel ’82 was appointed as the Medical Director for the Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic of Community Ministries of Rockville, Inc.

Alumni & Friends Events

March 17, 2015
Care Management and Training Workshop 

March 24, 2015
First-time Homebuyer Boot Camp

March 25, 2015
Careers in Medicine

March 26, 2015
5th Annual Students and Alumni Networking Mixer

March 31, 2015
Lessons from Mid-Life Career Changers

April 8, 2015
Join SBU Alumni and Friends in Washington DC

April 9, 2015
Faculty Lecture on Lyme Disease Presented by Jorge L. Benach, PhD

April 11, 2015
Admitted Student Day - Alumni Volunteers Needed

April 14, 2015
Greater Long Island Dental Meeting Alumni Reception

April 17, 2015
Law Forum 2015

April 19, 2015
LGBTA 40 Year Anniversary Brunch

April 22, 2015
Career Advisors Network - Webinar

April 23, 2015
The Annual MBA Spring Formal

April 24, 2015
New Horizons in Endodontics - Dental Medicine CE Course

April 27, 2015
Alumni Panel: Successfully Transition from College to Career

June 5-7, 2015
Reunion Weekend 2015


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University Events

March 14, 2015
America East Conference Championship Game Watch: Men's Basketball vs Albany

March 24, 2015
Women's Lacrosse vs Rutgers

March 24 -25, 2015
The Official Class Ring Event

March 30 - April 1, 2015
Implant Dentistry: Diagnostic, Surgical and Prosthetic Keys to Succes

March 31, 2015
Men's Lacrosse vs Quinnipiac

April 4, 2015
Women's Lacrosse vs Albany

April 4, 2015
Men's Lacrosse vs Princeton

April 12, 2015
Men's Lacrosse vs Lehigh

April 12, 2015
Women's Lacrosse vs Northwestern

April 13, 2015
Provost's Lecture Series: Simon LeVay

April 14-15, 2015
May Graduation Fair - Welcome, Alumni!

April 17, 2015
Geology Open Night

April 20-24, 2015
Earthstock 2015 - A Celebration of Earth Day

April 22, 2015
16th Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala

April 25, 2015
2015 Frank Conti '11 Memorial Spring Football Game

April 27, 2015
Converging Sciences Summit

April 29, 2015
Undergraduate Research & Creative Activies (URECA) Celebration


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Join Us! Stars of Stony Brook Gala
Featuring Jane Fonda April 22

Stars of Stony Brook Gala

Michael Kimmel on the "Guy Code"

Michael KimmelThe Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, which opened in 2013, hosted the International Conference on Masculinities, the first-ever conference of its kind in the United States, March 5-8. The Center will also be the focus of the 2015 Stars of Stony Brook Gala. Michael Kimmel, SUNY distinguished professor of sociology and gender studies and director of the Center, gave a pre-conference interview in which he talked about the Center, how his students view gender equality and the rules governing masculinity known as the ‘Guy Code.’ Read more.

Cheer Your Seawolves on to Victory this Weekend!

Men's Basketball WinIf we win, we go to the Big Dance — for the first time in program history. Join us at a Game Watch near you as the Stony Brook Seawolves take on the Albany Great Danes for the America East Conference Championship title Saturday, March 14. Click here to sign up for a Game Watch.




SBU Cited in US News "Best Grad Schools"

Stony Brook is named frequently in a listing of highly ranked programs in graduate education, according to the 2016 US News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools." The rankings reflect data from surveys of more than 1,500 schools and more than 12,000 graduate programs. The publication focuses on programs in Business, Education, Engineering, Law, and Medicine. The School of Nursing had the highest jump in ranking, as it rose 76 spots from being ranked 166th in 2011 to 90th in 2015.
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Carl Safina Installed as Inaugural Safina Endowed Research Professor

Safina Investiture Professor Carl Safina, PhD, one of the nation’s most respected environmental writers, was formally installed as the inaugural holder of the Carl Safina Endowed Research Chair for Nature and Humanity at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) during an Investiture Ceremony March 6. Building on the SoMAS faculty’s expertise in atmospheric sciences and oceanography, the Safina Chair will work to show that scientific information is crucial to ethical decision making. Read more.

Alumni Spotlight:

Alum Donates Kidney to Fellow Alum and Best Friend

Kidney DonationHBO executive Robert Roth '77 received a life-saving kidney transplant in December, a donation from his best friend Stuart Zeitlin '77. The friends, along with Kenney Cohen '77 — who was instrumental in paving the way for Stuart to donate his kidney  met during their first week as freshmen in 1973 and are still close over 40 years later. After the successful surgery, the three Stony Brook alums hope their kidney transplant story will inspire others to volunteer to be living organ donors. Read more.

Stony Brook Alum Rocks — as Author and Sports Agent

Burton RocksNew York Times best-selling author Burton Rocks ’94 began to cultivate his writing talents as a student in Stony Brook’s Honors College. He has written books with retired Major League Baseball greats, as well as the late actor Jack Klugman of “The Odd Couple” fame. These days, armed with his law degree, he is a sports agent representing professional baseball managers, coaches, players and broadcasters. Reflecting on his experience at Stony Brook, Rocks said, "The Honors College was truly a catalyst for my writing career. Stony Brook was the perfect fit for me.” Read more.

Stony Brook Salutes:

Lukasz Fidkowski, PhD, Department of Physics and Astronomy, was selected as a 2015 Sloan Research Fellow for his research in theoretical condensed matter physics. Read more.

Steve Marsh, director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre Arts, has been chosen as one of six members for this year’s nominating committee for the 60th annual Drama Desk Awards in New York City.
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SBU Mag Winter 2015

Read the Winter 2015 Issue of SBU Magazine here.

Nikki BarnettThe Art of Networking

Since roughly 85% of jobs are obtained through personal contact, it seems your “resume” doesn't deserve as much attention as it often gets. Rather, more time should be spent on crafting the core message you’d like to send to your network, while building and maintaining authentic relationships. 

Here are four ways to make networking work for you:


  1. Know your message: Think of three words that might best describe you. Write them down. Those three words are going to serve as a foundation in everything you do. 
  2. Be real: In sales, there is a saying, "People do business with those they know, like and trust." Be someone who others will seek to know and like. The trust will follow when you are authentic in your relationships.
  3. Give before you get: Consider ways you can help others in your network before thinking what your network can do for you.
  4. Participate in alumni and professional association activities: Newsletters, magazines, blogs and more can be a great resource to catch up and see what fellow alumni are doing in the workforce. Getting connected with a regional or national professional association will increase your career knowledge and your chances of impressing your future network. 

Take advantage of a great networking opportunity and attend the upcoming 5th Annual Students and Alumni Networking Mixer on Thursday, March 26 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Stony Brook. Feel free to view other Alumni Career Services 'Archived Webinars' or visit our website.



Alumni Author Book Signing

Alumni Book SigningThank you to Alumni Author S. Jane Gari '96 for returning to campus on February 25 and signing copies of her memoir Losing the Dollhouse in the Stony Brook University Bookstore.

Stony Brook Research:

New Technology Tracks Cell Lineage To Watch Evolution at Work: Sasha Levy, the Marsha Laufer Endowed Assistant Professor of Physical and Quantitative Biology, and colleagues have developed a new technology, called high-resolution lineage tracking, that lets scientists monitor the evolution of populations of cells with unprecedented granularity and study cell processes more quantitatively. This technology has the potential to help us understand many processes important to infection and disease in order to optimize treatment to slow the rates of progression. Read more.


Join us for Reunion Weekend June 5-7, 2015, celebrating the 50th Anniversary for the Class of 1965 and the 25th Anniversary for the Class of 1990. Register now and nominate a fellow classmate from the Class of 1965 or 1990 for the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Scholarship Golf Classic
June 22, 2015

Register here for a great day of golf at Indian Hills Country Club in Northport, one of Long Island's finest private courses. Proceeds go to scholarships for deserving Stony Brook University students who need your continued support now more than ever. 


SBU Students Worked on Oscar-Winning "Still Alice"

Three Stony Brook film students and MFA in Film Director Christine Vachon were credited participants in the full-length film Still Alice, which was honored with a 2015 Academy Award. Read more.

Thank you for joining us!

Student Ambassador Alumni Get-Together - February 21, 2015

Student Ambassador Mixer

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