Stony Brook Matters

March 14, 2014    Vol. 08, Issue 3



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Read Fellow Alum News!

Donna Corrado, PhD '92 has been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the new commissioner for the New York City Department for the Aging.

Kostya Kennedy '90, a New York Times best selling author, has released a new book, "Pete Rose - An American Dilemma."

Sharon Meagher, PhD '91 has been named dean of Widener University's College of Arts and Sciences.  She joins Widener from the University of Scranton, where she served as founding chairperson of the Department of Latin American Studies and Women's Studies.

Kathy Portnoy, Esq. '75 has been named a 2014 Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine.  She is a partner at the Atlanta firm of Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy practicing in the areas of family and matrimonial law.

Alumni & Friends Events

March 15, 2014
Seawolves Game Watches 

March 18, 2014
Job Search Strategies - Webinar

March 20, 2014
Great Minds CA with Distinguished Professor Michael Kimmel 

March 27, 2014
Virtual Career Fair and Grad School Fair

March 29, 2014
EOP/AIM 45th Anniversary Celebration

April 5, 2014
Men's Lacrosse Alumni Day

April 8, 2014
Greater Long Island Dental Meeting Alumni Reception

April 16, 2014
Stars of Stony Brook Gala 

April 22, 2014
Going Solar - Online Webinar from EmPower Solar

April 22, 2014
LinkedIn for Beginners - Webinar

April 28 & 29, 2014
Advanced Energy Conference

June 23, 2014
Alumni Association 2014 Scholarship Golf Classic

Liberty Mutual

University Events

March 18, 2014
Men's Lacrosse vs. Manhattan

March 22, 2014
Men's Lacrosse vs. St. John's

March 22, 2014
Women's Lacrosse vs. Siena

March 22, 2014
Dance Theatre of Harlem 

March 24, 2014
Emerson String Quartet 

March 25, 2014
Della Pietra Lecture Series: John H. Schwarz

March 27, 2014
Della Pietra Lecture Series: Technical Colloquium with John H. Schwarz

March 27, 2014
Richard Nasti Lecture Series

March 29, 2014
Women's Lacrosse vs. UMBC

March 31, 2014
Mind/Brain Lecture Series: William Newsome


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Stony Brook Ranks Among the Top

- Named one of Kiplinger’s 30 Best College Values in the Mid-Atlantic region, ranking 4th in the “public colleges and universities” category. Read More.

- Ranked Best Return on Investment in the Northeast by, an independent higher education ranking website that helps the public “get the most value in a college or graduate degree.” Read More.

Bill Cosby Headlines Gala as Staller Center Marks
25th Anniversary

Stony Brook’s Staller Center for the Arts, now celebrating its 25th Anniversary as Long Island’s premier performance center for arts, culture and entertainment, welcomed Bill Cosby as the star attraction of its March 8 Gala event. One of the most beloved and respected comedians of all time, Cosby brought his famous wit and hilarious outlook on life and family to the Staller Center stage for a sold-out celebration. Read More.

Scientists Identify Extinction Risks Caused by Climate Change

Judging the effects of climate change on extinction may be easier than previously thought, according to a new NASA-funded study led by Stony Brook’s Dr. Resit Akçakaya and Richard Pearson of University College London. The study used 36 amphibian and reptile species endemic to the U.S. to identify factors that predispose species to high extinction risk due to climate change, and help develop effective measures to conserve biodiversity over the coming century.
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Alumni Spotlight: Honorable Judge Lizbeth Gonzalez '74

When senior political science major Erica Del Valle transferred to Stony Brook two years ago, one of the first things she did was to visit the Career Center, not realizing it would turn into the opportunity of a lifetime. After an email to Honorable Judge Lizbeth Gonzalez, ’74, New York State Acting Supreme Court Justice in Bronx County, 12th Judicial District, the two met at “Law Forum 2013,” an annual event co-sponsored by the Pre-Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta, Mock Trial and the Alumni Association, and a meeting for students interested in legal and business careers. Judge Gonzalez became a mentor in the truest sense of the word, taking Del Valle under her wing as a judicial intern, and giving her every opportunity to observe the Court and prepare for her law education and career. Read More

"Island of Lemurs Madagascar 3D" in IMAX® Theatres  
April 4

Madagascar Movie LogoFor all our alumni and friends who enjoyed the sneak-peek screening in NYC and all those waiting to see the film, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” is opening exclusively in select IMAX theatres April 4. This documentary (watch the trailer here) captures these strange and adorable creatures as well as an up-close look at the important work Stony Brook Professor Patricia Wright, PhD and several University graduate students are doing in Madagascar at our Centre ValBio. For a list of participating theatres, click here.

Stony Brook Success Stories:

Senior Neha Kinariwalla becomes the first Stony Brook undergraduate to receive a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship—
The extremely competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarship, awarded to only 40 U.S. recipients each year, was established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 to support post-graduate study at the University of Cambridge and to build a global network of leaders dedicated to improving the lives of others. Kinariwalla will pursue an MPhil degree in Modern Society and Global Transformations at Cambridge. Read More.

Song Sun, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, was awarded the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation—Sun’s main topic of study is Kähler geometry, which, aside from its mathematical implications, is fundamentally important to high energy physics research devoted to explaining global and universal phenomena. Read More

New Benefit for Alumni and Friends—
Save on Energy Costs!

The Alumni Association now offers savings on commercial and residential energy programs for University alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students.

- Save on heating, cooler and generator systems
- Save on residential and commercial electricity and natural gas
- Discounts on solar energy installation and payments

Learn More.

Register Now: Reunion Weekend 2014
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Classes of 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964, and Reuniting the Founders Group

Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 8

Don't miss this opportunity to be surrounded by the sights, sounds and memories of your college years at Stony Brook and reconnect with your classmates and favorite faculty members.

The Reunion includes a full weekend of activities, including induction into the newly-established Brook Heritage Society for alumni who have celebrated their classes' 50th anniversary year. Register now and view our Reunion Weekend website. 

Thank You for Joining Us!

Northern California Alumni Chapter Luncheon with
Alumnus John L. Hennessy, PhD '77

More than 70 alumni and friends came out for this special event and to hear from alum and Stanford University President John L. Hennessy, PhD '77 about his career, accomplishments and insights on the future of technology and education. The attendees represented a huge range of Stony Brook graduates
from members of Stony Brook's first graduating class to graduates from 2013. Stay tuned for more exciting upcoming events from this robust chapter. More photos here.

4th Annual Networking Mixer Connects Students and Alumni

Students and alumni, including a large group of recent grads, took part in a great night of mentoring and networking at the 4th Annual Students & Alumni Networking Mixer at the Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook. Read More.

Cheer on the Seawolves in the America East Championship Finals 

Join fellow alums and friends this Saturday, March 15 to watch the Seawolves Men’s Basketball Team as they host Albany in the America East tournament finals. The Alumni Association will host game watches in Stony Brook, Setauket, NYC, and Northern New Jersey. Click here for event details and to register online. 

Wolfie Needs Your Vote!


Voting has opened for SUNY Mascot Madness, a contest including 43 SUNY campuses representing 650 athletic teams. Last year, Wolfie made it to the final round but lost to SUNY New Paltz’s Hugo the Hawk for the overall winner. With only a few days left in the first round (ends March 18 at 4 p.m.), Wolfie faces SUNY New Paltz once more and we need your daily vote for the win. Vote Now for Wolfie on Facebook or on Twitter @SUNY with the hashtag #MascotMadness 

Nikki Barnett

Managing Your Job Search

Searching for a new job can evoke feelings of vulnerability and being overwhelmed. It is hard to feel a sense of control when it seems others are determining your career fate. Whether you are new to or revisiting the job search process, there are ways to maintain control and better organize your various job search methods.

Here are three tips from our latest webinar "Organizing Your Job Search Process:

1) Challenge limiting thoughts and past habits. Base your actions on well-researched facts rather than hearsay. Moreover, don’t expect different results by doing the same thing over again.

2) Be proactive instead of reactive. Focus your search by creating a list of target companies/organizations in the geographic location you are interested in working.

3) Develop a measurable systematic plan of action. Engage in various search methods instead of only submitting your resume through job board sites. Be strategic, engage your network, determine your parameters and consider your game plan.

Click here to view the webinar within our archives, and don't forget to join us for our next webinar "Job Search Strategies" on March 18. 


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