Stony Brook Matters

April 15, 2015    Vol. 09, Issue 04



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Bergre Escorbores, EdD ’00 was sworn in as a college trustee at Suffolk Community College. He is a principal in the Brentwood School District. 

Jason Hanley, PhD '93, '95, '11, Education Director at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be this year’s alumni award recipient during the Shirley Strum Kenny Student Arts Festival. He will also be recognized by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame with a Long Island Sound Award.

Patricia Marcin, Esq. ’81 has been appointed vice chair of the Long Island Community Foundation’s Advisory Board.  She is a partner at the law firm of Farrell Fritz, PC.

Kara Mustafa ’11, young adult author and television writer, came back to campus on March 24 to read from some of her works. Kara received the 40 Under Forty alumni recognition award this past December.

Radha Perumal Ramasamy, PhD ’06 recently finished his fellowship in the Mechanical Engineering Department and returned to his faculty position at Anna University in Chennai, India, where he received the prestigious 2014 Young Scientist Award (Saraswathy Srinivasan Prize) in Physical Sciences.

Charles Ryan, JD, PhD ’90 is the new general counsel for Cold Spring Harbor Lab.  

Robyn Stein DeLuca, PhD ’99, had her TEDx Talk “The good news about PMS” promoted to an official TEDx Talk. 

Tanzina Vega ’96 will join CNN Politics and focus on the intersection of technology and politics. She previously was with The New York Times.

Alumni & Friends Events

April 16
America 2050: Immigration, Industry and Politics - Alumni Panel

April 17, 2015
Law Forum 2015

April 19, 2015
LGBTA 40 Year Anniversary Brunch

April 19, 2015
Stony Brook Men's Lacrosse Alumni Day

April 22, 2015
Career Advisors Network Orientation - Webinar

April 23, 2015
The Annual MBA Spring Formal

April 23 - 26, 2015
Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta 35th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

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

April 29, 2015
Leo and Mickey Sreebny Symposium

May 18, 2015
Seawolves United Road Show - New York, NY

May 19, 2015
Seawolves United Road Show - Port Jefferson, NY 

May 20, 2015
Seawolves United Road Show - West Hartford, Connecticut

May 24, 2015
Stony Brook University PA Program Alumni Reception in San Francisco

May 28, 2015
Alumni Career Book Discussion

June 5-7, 2015
Reunion Weekend 2015


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University Events

April 17, 2015
Geology Open Night

April 19, 2015
Men's Lacrosse vs Binghamton

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

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

April 24, 2015
"Caught in the Same Net: The Ocean and Us" - Earthstock Keynote Speaker Carl Safina

April 25, 2015
Women's Lacrosse vs UMass-Lowell

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

May 5, 2015
Social Work Advocacy for Older Adults: New Profile of Aging - Workshop

May 7, 2015
Snoring and Sleep Apnea: A Dental Sleep Medicine Seminar

May 7, 2015
Ring Ceremony, A Stony Brook University Tradition

Save the Date!
Wolfstock 2015

October 17 


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Seawolves for Life

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Philanthropy Bolsters Basic Research at Stony Brook with the Discovery Prize

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

Stars of Stony Brook Gala

Gates Foundation's Peter M. Small, MD, Appointed Founding Director of the Global Health Institute

Peter SmallPeter M. Small, MD, Deputy Director of the Tuberculosis Delivery Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been appointed Founding Director of the SBU Global Health Institute (GHI) effective August 1, 2015. Under Dr. Small’s leadership, the GHI will conduct groundbreaking and internationally leading health science research encompassing fundamental work on ecology, developmental economics and disease. Read more.


Join Us in Celebrating 40 Years of the LGBTA at Stony Brook

Join your fellow LGBTQ and ally alumni, students, faculty and staff at the LGBTA 40 Year Anniversary Brunch on Sunday, April 19. Reconnect with old friends and hear keynote speaker Lucy Winer '73, Director/Producer of Wildlight Productions, Inc. and pioneer in LGBTQ Cinema, at the campus Hilton Garden Inn. For more information and to register online, click here.

Going Green at SBU with Amy Engel '94

Over the past few years, Stony Brook has been bolstering its sustainability programs, achieving designations such as 2014 Groundwater Guardian Green Site and Tree Campus USA. Green programs and initiatives in place on campus include a bike sharing program, multiple solar installations that partially power buildings and biodegradable food packaging in the dining halls.

"It is especially rewarding for me as the director of Sustainable Long Island to see how SBU’s programs, practices and policies all demonstrate proactive leadership in sustainability. Since the fall of 2014, Sustainable Long Island has been working closely with undergraduate students at SBU to conduct a comprehensive assessment of recycling on Long Island, with the end goal of helping to improve recycling rates and policies for the region," said Amy Engel '94, Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island based in Farmingdale, NY.

Amy Engel

“As both an alum and the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization deeply committed to protecting our natural resources and our environmental health, I’m so pleased and proud that SBU was recently named one of 24 universities to receive the highest score possible in Princeton Review's 2015 Green Honor Roll.

"It is SBU’s commitment to the environment and the region that make it one of the leading academic institutions in the country and I’m very proud to be an alum, and to continue to work closely with faculty and staff to further environmental initiatives to benefit where we all live,” said Engel.

Alumni Spotlight:

Joe Campolo ’94 Voted Best Lawyer on Long Island

Campolo's law firm, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP in Ronkonkoma, named the “Best Law Firm on Long Island”

Kidney DonationJoe Campolo ’94 (pictured right) is the best lawyer on Long Island, according to the Long Island Press’ “Bethpage Best of Long Island 2015.” Partner Scott Middleton ’84 (pictured left) as well as other attorneys and paralegals at the firm, are also SBU graduates. Middleton and Campolo, both former presidents of the Alumni Association, remain active members of the Association and have taught masters-level classes at the University. They also have donated generously to Stony Brook, giving to athletics, the Staller Center and Children’s Hospital, while also establishing student scholarships. Read more.

Alum's TEDxSBU Talk “The Good News About PMS” Promoted to Official TED Talk

Burton Rocks

Click here to watch Robyn Stein DeLuca, PhD '99 discuss the science — and the myths — surrounding PMS.

TEDxSBUNominations for TEDxSBU are open from April 1 to September 13. Click here for more information.

Nikki Barnett

Managing Your Job Search

Searching for a new job can evoke feelings of vulnerability and being overwhelmed. It's 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 sear
ch methods.

Here are three tips to provide you with support while managing your job search process:

1. Challenge limiting thoughts and past habits. Base your actions on well-researched factual information, not hearsay. Moreover, don’t expect different results by doing the same thing, over and 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.

View our latest webinar titled "Organizing Your Job Search Process" within our 'Archived Webinars'.


Stony Brook Salutes:

Patrick Hearing, PhD, professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology for his research on the DNA tumor virus Adenovirus, its implications in cancer and the development of gene therapies for the treatment of disease.
Read more.

Michael Ferdman, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development program award from the National Science Foundation to support the development of micro-architectural enhancements that will benefit server performance and energy efficiency while educating the next generation of server architects. Read more.

Materials Science Professor Devinder Mahajan was selected by China to participate in its High-End Foreign Experts program. Mahajan will be based at Tongji University in Shanghai where he will engage students and faculty in research, and develop and teach a short course on the control and utilization of fugitive gases, which are a source of direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.


Register now 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. 

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. 


Stony Brook Athletics:

 The No. 9/7 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team took down seven-time national champion No. 5/5 Northwestern, 11-9, on April 12 at LaValle Stadium. The win was the first for the Seawolves over a top five team in program history and second of the season over a top 10 team. Read more.

Thank you for joining us!

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

Networking Mixer

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


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

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