headingNews From Academic & Transfer Advising Services    |   Spring 2013   |   Issue #3, February 25 - March 10
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1.   Semester by the Sea Info Session
2.   Study Skills Workshop (Topic: How Do I Learn?)
3.   Registrar's Academic Google Calendar
4.   Communication & Healthy Relationships Workshop
5.   PASS - Free Tutoring Program
6.   Pre-Health

7.   Pre-Law
8.   Academic Advising Offices
9.   Word of the Week


Friday, March 8 @ 4 p.m.

  • Last day to process a drop-down or move-up for selected PHY, MAT, and MAP courses.  Students must have signed form with instructor approval.  All changes must be processed by the close of business day (4 PM).

Tuesday, March 12

  • Last day for removal of Incomplete grades from the Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 Terms.
  • Deadline to resolve NR grades for the Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 Terms.


At Stony Brook Southampton's Semester by the Sea in Marine Sciences, you'll spend 16 weeks living and working side by side with our world-renowned faculty as you learn about Long Island's bays, estuaries, salt marshes, beaches, oceans and marine life at one of the nation's premier oceanographic institutes.  Read more .....

Learn more about this exciting opportunity at our information session on Tuesday, February 26, at 7PM in the Stony Brook Union Room 237 (Stony Brook campus).

How Do I Learn?
February 26th 3:00 p.m. SAC 306
February 27th 4:00 p.m. SAC 305

In this workshop you will learn about different learning styles and discover the way you learn best. This can help you discover strategies to study effectively and efficiently by utilizing your strengths.

View the entire Study Skills schedule here.


Keeping track of academic dates & deadlines is even easier now, thanks to the Registrar's Academic Calendar on Google Calendar! Click here to view the Academic Google Calendar.  Don't forget to add it to your own Google Calendar by clicking the + in the bottom-right corner!


This workshop will help students identify characteristics of healthy relationships and learn effective strategies for communicating and addressing conflict within relationships. Group members will learn and develop skills useful for managing everyday social interactions, including how to express needs, wants, feelings and opinions and how to handle and negotiate conflict. Improved interpersonal communication skills can contribute to improvements in mood and relationships, as well as to reducing stress and anxiety and enhancing academic success.

The group will meet on three consecutive Thursdays (Feb 28th, March 7th, March 14th) from 2p - 3:15p in the CPO Lounge (room 221 in the Union).

Interested students are encouraged to contact Christine Szaraz (christine.szaraz@stonybrook.edu) for more information or to register.




Stony Brook's Undergraduate Student Government (USG), now offers a FREE peer tutoring program called PASS (Providing Academic Support for Students). PASS provides free personal tutoring to all students who pay the Student Activity Fee.  Tutors are paired with no more than 3 students per session to ensure that each student recieves the support and attention they need. 

If you are interested in being tutored or becoming a tutor, please click here for more information: http://stonybrookusg.org/pass-tutoring/ .


PRE-HEALTH www.stonybrook.edu/healthed  

Pre-Professional Advising Hours for Spring 2013
Walk-in hours:
Monday & Wednesday, 10a.m.-11:30a.m. & 1p.m.-3p.m.
Meetings by Appointments:
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9a.m.-5p.m.

American University of the Caribbean (AUC) Information Session
Monday, March 11, 2013
1:00 p.m.
Student Activities Center
Room 311

News From Kaplan
Free Workshop:  Leap Off The Page with a Winning Personal Statement
In this workshop, students will learn how to write a winning personal statement that gets the attention of admissions officers.  Learn from a Kaplan MCAT teacher who has successfully been through the process himself!  The event will take place on Tuesday, March 5th at 7pm.  All students are welcome. *Register for this and other events at bit.ly/lievents, updated on a rolling basis.

SBU students get extra February love from Kaplan!
Enroll in an MCAT prep course and start preparing with the best teachers at Stony Brook - whether your class starts right away or not.  SBU students have the opportunity to sign up for prep on campus at only $1599 this month, inclusive of rebate!  See what SBU students like you are saying about Kaplan's teachers:
"He was a very enthusiastic teacher and was always helpful to anyone who asked questions. He was energetic and made us feel comfortable in class. He was concise with everything he talked to us about and made us feel confident before the test. Whenever I asked him questions, he was always very knowledgeable and he would take time outside of his class to help figure out the answers to some problems."  ~Kaplan SBU student
*Visit kaptest.com/enroll/MCAT/11790/options for classes, or call 1-800-KAP-TEST to speak with an Enrollment Counselor.

PRE-LAW www.stonybrook.edu/prelaw

Pre-Professional Advising Hours for the Spring 2013
Walk-in hours:
Monday & Wednesday, 10a.m.-11:30a.m. & 1p.m.-3p.m.
Meetings by Appointment
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9a.m.-5p.m.

Pre-Law appointments with Fern Gold, J.D. by appointment for Wednesdays and Thursdays.

News From Kaplan:
Law School:  The First Hour (Mock 1L Class)
Using the Socratic method of teaching, utilized by most first-year law professors, you will participate in a mock 1L class. You will read a case and may be expected to argue a position. After the class concludes, your professor will cover a number of topics that will help attendees.
Get a preview of your first day of law school

  • Experience the Socratic Method in a mock law school torts or criminal law class
  • Work through an actual case and participate in an analysis of the legal issues
  • Receive tips on law school admissions

**Register today at bit.ly/sblawschoolevent.  This event is sponsored by Phi Alpha Delta and the Pre-Law Society, and hosted by Kaplan.  Event will take place 3/12 at 7pm.

Take a Free Practice LSAT on campus or online
Kaplan's experts can show you the way to a higher score.  Start here with a free practice test.

  • Experience the exam under proctored conditions.
  • Receive a detailed score analysis.
  • Learn exclusive strategies to help you improve your score.

Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10am start time, SBU
Register at www.bit.ly/lievents.  Other times, dates, and locations available.

The 180 Live:  1L from 1Ls
Not sure what to expect as a first year law student?  This is the show for you.  Join first-year law students as they share with you their expectations and surprises during their law school experiences thus far, and get tips on applying to and preparing for law school.
Don't miss this great, free, one-night-only show. You must register in advance to watch athttp://store.kaptest.com/shoppingcart.jhtml?classids=1003278446.


Several offices provide general and major/minor-related academic advising to specific cohorts of undergraduates.  To see where you go for academic advising, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/academichelp.shtml .

word of week

Bleb \bleb\, noun:

1. A bubble.
2. Medicine/Medical. A blister or vesicle.

The PBA Newsletter is prepared by Joseph.Lodato@stonybrook.eduAcademic & Transfer Advising Services
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