Stony Brook Matters

July 17, 2014    Vol. 08, Issue 7



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Geoff Bansen ’10 has been named the new morning weather production coordinator at CBS Philadelphia.

Connor Beierle ’14 has made the College USA Rugby National Collegiate Scholar Honor Roll.

James R. Cartiglia, Esq. ’78, shareholder at Waddey & Patterson, PC, has been elected Secretary of the House of Delegates of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Narinder Dhaliwal ’85 has been elected as the board development committee chair for Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.

Jacob Gardner '13 has joined the environmental consulting and engineering firm of P.W. Grosser Consulting as a field hydrogeologist and environmental scientist.

James H. McKerrow, MD, PhD, ’76 has been appointed Dean of Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.   

Chris Salierno, DDS ’05 will be the new chief editor of Dental Economics magazine starting with the September 2014 issue.

Alex Trezza '04, a former All-American and all-time home run king who played for Stony Brook Baseball, has been named head baseball coach at LIU-Brooklyn. 

Alumni & Friends Events

July 24, 2014
Philippine United Student Organization Alumni Group Kick-Off Event

July 27, 2014
TEDXSBU 2014 - Deadline to Submit Speaker Nominations

August 12, 2014
"Diversity in Leadership: Navigate Your Way to the Top" - Panel Discussion and Networking Event

August 16, 2014
Transitioning from College to Career Workshop

September 14, 2014
A Stony Brook Day at the Ballpark - Baltimore/DC Area


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University Events

July 17-26, 2014
2014 Stony Brook Film Festival

July 20, 2014
SBU Satellite Exhibition - Application Deadline 

July 28, 2014
13th Annual Deputy Chief Raymond M. Downey Memorial Golf Outing

September 7, 2014
CPR Training Event


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Funnyman Billy Gardell's Gig Benefits Stony Brook
Children's Hospital

From parenting to marriage to America’s latest diet crazes, it was no holds barred for comedian and television star Billy Gardell during his stand-up routine June 18 at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts. The star of the hit TV series "Mike & Molly" kept a crowd of 300 people in stitches at the Stand-Up for Kids comedy night, helping to raise $200,000 for the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital building fund. Read more

Alumni Spotlight:

Economics Grad Creating a Smooth Ride to Success 

Tristan WalkerHaving created a pioneering shaving product that caters to the needs of men with coarse, curly facial hair through the launch of Walker & Company, former Stony Brook valedictorian Tristan Walker '05 is well on his way toward establishing himself as one of his generation’s most heralded young entrepreneurs. Read more.




Hamptons Heart Ball Honors Stony Brook President

Hamptons Heart BallPresident Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD received the Distinguished Leadership Award June 28 from the American Heart Association during the 18th Annual Hamptons Heart Ball in Bridgehampton. Read more.


Stony Brook Salutes:

- Math Professor Sir Simon K. Donaldson received the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics for his visionary contributions to the field. Read more.

- School of Journalism Dean Howard Schneider and Undergraduate Director Paul Schreiber were among the Press Club of Long Island’s first group of “Hall of Fame” inductees last month, which recognizes 25 trailblazing Long Island journalists and media organization owners, who have produced and promoted the highest level of journalism. Read more.

- Nurse educators Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD, APRN-BC and Corrine Jurgens, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA, have been named fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Read more.

Nominations for TEDxSBU 2014 Due July 27

There are only a few weeks left to send in your great idea for a talk or nominate one of your classmates or colleagues for the TEDx event, TEDxSBU 2014 ”Connecting the Dots,” on November 14. Submit your nomination by July 27. Learn More.


Nikki BarnettThank you to the alums who joined us for the "Landing the Job You Want: Employer Panel, Resume Review and Networking" eventin New York City on July 10. 

Couldn't attend? Get some inside tips about what employers are looking for in a successful job candidate by viewing a video of the panel discussion here.  

Sensitive? Emotional? Empathetic? It Could be in Your Genes

About 20 percent of our population is genetically predisposed to empathy, according to research from Stony Brook University psychologists Arthur and Elaine Aron. Their study, published in "Brain and Behavior," examined the brains of 18 married men and women as they viewed photos of either smiling or sad faces. One set of photos included the faces of strangers, and the other set included photos of their husbands or wives. The researchers found that areas of the brain involved with awareness and emotion showed substantially greater blood flow to relevant brain areas in people classified as highly sensitive.
Read more.

Stony Brook Film Festival
The 19th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival will screen 10 of the best new independent films July 17-26 on the Staller Center Main Stage. The popular summer festival will include three world premieres, four U.S. premieres and Q&As with filmmakers. Read more.

Thank You for Supporting Student Scholarships! 

2014 Scholarship Golf Classic - June 23
The sold-out event raised over $55,000 for student scholarships

Golf Classic 2014

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

Seawolves Athletics

- Stony Brook University Athletics will host its fifth annual free Movie Night on Tuesday, July 29 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at 7 p.m. (rain date is July 30). The gates will open at 6:30 pm. This year’s Movie Night will feature Disney's "Frozen." Read more.

- The Seawolves football team kicks off its season at home on Thursday, August 28 against the Bryant Bull Dogs. The game, which is the start of Stony Brook's first 12-game schedule, begins at 7 p.m. Season tickets are available now and individual game tickets go on sale August 4. To purchase tickets, click here

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