School of Professional Development

Dean's Message

"Now, as never before, credentialed further education in the form of an advanced degree or certificate translates into career opportunities and higher earnings that might otherwise prove elusive. Although I personally believe in the importance of learning for its own sake, there is no question that higher education is one investment that will continue to pay dividends over the duration of our working lives. And within the present context of our temporarily uncertain economy, it makes more sense than ever before to double-down in taking courses so as to quickly take advantage of the inevitable recovery."

Paul Jay Edelson, JD, PhD

Alumni Makes $150,000
Gift to Support
Cancer Center

MA/LS graduate Gloria Snyder '72 and her husband Mark Snyder '69 have bestowed a generous gift to establish the "Gloria and Mark Snyder Symposium" for Cancer Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital. "Mark and I understand the devastating impact cancer has on so many lives and are deeply committed to working with Stony Brook Medicine," said Gloria. "We were glad to establish a symposium for cancer medicine to help encourage collaborations, education and discussions about new research, treatments and cures." The gift was matched by the Simons Foundation, for $300,000 impact. The Snyders are long-time supporters of the University; Gloria served as president of the SBU Alumni Association in 2011. Read more about the Snyder gift.

Lucy Van Dalen '12: Olympic Athlete, MA/LS Alumna

Stony Brook University's most decorated student-athlete in history is also a graduate of the School of Professional Development. Lucy Van Dalen, the six-time All-American, earned her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies while training for the 2012 Olympic games. She secured her bid to compete in London less than one month after graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA.  More about Lucy

Educational Leadership Program Alumni Publishes a Book

Mandi Kowalik (Post Masters Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership '07), is an elementary school teacher on Long Island and has published her first book entiltled "Stella, Our Star:  Coping with a Loss during Pregnancy.” She was inspired to write this book after her daughter’s umbilical cord accident during week thirty-six of her pregnancy. Mandi lives with her husband, Guy, and their two dogs: Jagger, a Great Dane, and Coda, a Labrador mix. Mandi has a great love for animals and nature and enjoys spending time outdoors. 

More on Mandi Kowalik (PDF)