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Dean's Student Advisory Council 

Members of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Student Advisory Council represent some of the College’s most successful and involved student leaders.


The Dean’s Student Advisory Council is committed to increasing the visibility and awareness of the College of Arts and Sciences and to promoting opportunities for its students. 

Members of the Dean's Student Advisory Council 

Nicholas Alicata (Economics)
Peter Alsaloum (Biochemistry)
Ashley Barry (English/Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
Andrew Bearkland (Political Science/Sociology)
Justin Bell (Biology)
Elizabeth Brenner (English/Business)
Kyle Brown (Studio Art)
Ruben De Man (Biochemistry)
Michelle Fong (Political Science)
Annalisa Myer (Political Science/Psychology)
Anastasia Kahn (Art)
Brooke Nelson (Psychology)
Kathleen Nickson (Chemistry)
Krupal Patel (Biology)
Thomas Sheroff (Philosophy/Psychology)
Lyle Suh (Biology-Neuroscience)
Kimberly Tena (Psychology/Sociology)
Jessica Watson (Anthropology/German Language)
Kevin White (Economics/Philosophy)
Clara Yan (English)

Nicholas Alicata

My name is Nick Alicata and I’m a senior from Northport, New York. My major is Economics and I hope to continue my education in a graduate program or law school. In addition to traditional academic courses, I'm conducting independent research about the economic impact of rising higher education costs. Aside from all of that formal stuff, I’m also into basketball, cooking and writing. On campus, I’m involved with the Athletics Marketing Department as an intern and as a member of SBU Actor’s Conservatory. My experiences here have allowed me to develop a multifarious skill set, unique perspective, as well as to meet many fascinating people along the way. I’ve found that the most important thing about Stony Brook in my eyes is that you're met with many challenges here and not just academic ones. This school challenges all of its students to grow in so many ways and I'll always be grateful for my time here as well as the person I’ve become as a result of it all.


Peter Alsaloum

Since high school, I have always found myself trying to make a difference in my community. When I moved to Stony Brook in 2015, I quickly immersed myself in the Stony Brook culture. This year, I am working in Dr. Ojima’s organic chemistry lab, a lead tutor at the Residential Tutoring Center, a TA for the Molecular Science chemistry sequence for the 3rd time, a captain in Stony Brook’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team, a CAS Senator in Undergraduate Student Government, and President of Stony Brook Young Investigators Review, the only undergraduate led research journal on campus. My involvement on campus stems from a desire for people to be successful and happy. Growing up in the inner city, many kids were jumped and robbed at school or on their way home. Through my position in student government, I was able to lobby with the Yonkers Board of Education for money for a brand new camera and security system for the school. Being able to make this small difference in my local community has pushed me to continue to be involved and strive to make the largest difference possible.


Ashley Barry

I am currently a senior and a double major in English and Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I am a member of the English Honors Program and have conducted undergraduate research through the URECA Summer Fellowship. I have been an active member of the LGBTA on campus and completed the Social Justice League certificate program, as well as served as Vice President for SBU TNG during my freshman year. As a humanities student on campus, I think I represent a population that is frequently not in the spotlight. However, my research and extracurricular experiences at Stony Brook have had major influences on me and have prepared me for both my academic and professional future.


Andrew Bearkland

I became a part of the Stony Brook community last year as a part of the Honors College as well as the Athletic Department. My first year at SBU was a whirlwind, as I'm sure all freshman years are, but I really enjoyed it. I took a few upper level classes in SOC 336 and HIS 378 last year and I had a great time participating and experiencing what a high level learning environment was all about. I do have some suggestions for the classes though, and I feel as though I'm someone who likes to speak their mind when they believe a situation could be better for my and other students' benefits. For example, leaving a 15 minute gap between class start times instead of 10 minutes would make for students more easily be able to get to their classes on time and be prepared for the lecture to start, as well as allowing extra time to use the restroom or maybe talk to a professor quickly before or after class. It wouldn't disturb the schedule of classes throughout the day by that much, and would go a long way in helping students to be more ready to learn in the classroom, as even with a bike I have trouble making it to all my classes on time. 


Justin Bell

I'm a Science Geek at heart. I've done a lot during my time here including TAing for BIO 202 and CHE 130, Serving on the Academic Judiciary Committee, Serving as a University Scholars intern, and conducting research on campus in the Airola Lab.  I believe Stony Brook has presented me with some wonderful opportunities and overall I happy with the education that I have received. That being said, I also have many ideas for areas that could be improved both from my own head and gathered from my peers. There are little things here and there that just irk Stony Brook Students which could be improved, sometimes even for little to no money! 


Elizabeth Brenner 

I conceptualized and organized an alcohol awareness program and organized more than 10 clubs and organizations. I organized and directed a show on campus to bring awareness to gun violence. I presented at two conferences as a representative of SBU. I did makeup for a show in the theatre department's new works festival. My club involvement has included: President of Alpha Nu Zeta an English honor society and APO a Theatre honor society, Vice President of the Stony Brook Ice Girls community service chair for P.A.D. A pre- law co-ed fraternity, member of the Stony Brook Marching Band and mentor to two freshman. I I volunteered at various school functions including being on the committee for the Roth regatta. I also sent a audio book recording I did myself to the SBU's Children's hospital. As President of the English honor society I was able to give students an opportunity to be published in a collection of student works. Some personal information includes: I am an accomplished pageant competitor holding a few international titles including community service, talent, actress and academic achievement. I sing opera and I was given a citation from the Town of Islip where on it they citied that I was a inspiration and role model for the town youth. 


Kyle Brown

Kyle Brown is Studio Art major in his senior year with a Digital Arts minor. He has taken classes across the arts in music and theatre, and he has been an active participant in many of the shows and activities the Stony Brook Arts have to offer. Brown primarily works through photography and digital imagery. He is been a TA for multiple art classes and has completed various independent projects with numerous faculty members. He most recently worked on a website in partnership with CEWIT that aimed at igniting collaboration between majors/departments across the campus. His work has been on display in multiple shows on campus, and he has won over 7 awards for his work while in attendance at Stony Brook.

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Ruben De Man

Although I have just begun my studies in Stony Brook's Scholars for Medicine Program, the dreams I aspire to achieve in this program have been fully realized. I have discovered in myself a passion for medical research and clinical optimization. I have been fortunate to be exposed to medical research in many ways at a young age: I have completed 5 research projects, 2 scientific journal articles, and an oral presentation at an international medical conference. I attribute these early successes to the valuable input of my mentors and friends.


Michelle Fong

When I became an academic peer advisor I learned firsthand how privileged I was as a traditional student and how pivotal education could be in changing our lives. I realized that it was my job to take my resources and pass them onto others. So I learned everything I could about academic policies and campus involvement only to later learn that there was even more to offer after joining the Dean’s Office. Not only have all of these opportunities been opening doors, they have also begun discussions that I’m confident will lead to improvement. “Usually one person doesn’t solve the problem, but one hundred people with one percent of the solution? That will get it done.”


Annalisa Myer

My name is Annalisa Myer and I am an Psychology and Political Science double major with a minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As a previous commuter student, I've worked hard to develop my presence on-campus, regardless of the challenges I've faced. Having applied for an Executive Board position in the Psychology Student Alliance (PSA) the first week of freshman year, I was able to gain the skill-sets needed to develop as a leader. From there, I enveloped myself into a world of involvement. I was the volunteer coordinator for PSA, I was heavily involved in MIND, a mental health initiative on campus, and I was a member of the University Scholars Program.  

Today, I am a Peer Academic Success Coach in the Academic Success and Tutoring Center, among many other commitments. So when I'm finished coaching, I'm a Resident Assistant, an Undergraduate College Fellow for SCH 101, an Undergraduate Research Assistant in Dr. Cushenbery's Leadership and Creativity Lab, and the Vice President of Happiness Club. I have also studied abroad in Italy under the direction of Dr. Mario Mignone, a beloved mentor. After that, I worked as a student assistant in both the International Academic Programs Office and the President's Office.  

In all of these positions, I’ve motivated my peers to excel because I understand how important it is to make your face known, to be a role model to the students who are often left behind, and to divulge my secrets of success. Having to serve on the Student Advisory Committee means a lot to me, as each title I add to my repertoire is another keynote in my journey at Stony Brook University. But I'm also reminded to stay hungry and to stay humble. 


Anastasia Kahn

Anastasia is a first year graduate student in the Art History Department. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Anastasia received her BA in Art History and French from University of California, Santa Barbara, and has since held various positions in art museums, galleries, and arts non-profits.

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Brooke is a Psychology major, and feels her opinion serving on the council will be well-rounded and unbiased.

Kathleen (Kathy) Nickson

My name is Kathy Nickson and I am a senior majoring in chemistry with a focus in chemical science. I have been involved in research in the Johnson group in atmospheric and physical chemistry since my junior year and this year I am enrolled in senior research. I am a member of Gamma Sigma Epsilon, which is a chemistry honors society on campus, and I am the Vice President of the American Chemical Society chapter at Stony Brook. I think it’s important that chemistry and science is not done in a vacuum, so we host various outreach events to promote science and science literacy in the local community. 


Krupal Patel

My name is Krupal Patel, and I am a Biology major. Even before officially beginning classes I had always wanted to find a way to help out other students and creating an atmosphere that is welcoming for all. As I finished my first year, I looked into an opportunity of becoming a commuter assistant. After serving as a commuter assistant for a year I was able to reach out to many students about their experience at Stony Brook, answer any of their questions, as well as meet a variety of faculty over many departments. These encounters only opened up even more opportunities for me to become involved on campus and gave me even more options of who I should go to if I need to discuss an issue a student may be facing. Additionally, being a teaching assistant also aided in this process as I was able to open up to a larger interphase of students and get to know the student body better as a whole. By serving on the student advisory committee I hope to bring attention to any impending obstacles students may be facing in order to create a campus where everyone feels that they've been heard and engage the student body into one big loving community.


Thomas (Tommy) Sheroff

I'm a rare commuter who likes the stony brook campus. I love philosophy, reading, friends, and gaming. I am the founder and co-chair of the Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter. Since I am graduating this year, I'd like to do what I can to leave whatever mark I can to our university. 


Lyle Suh 

My name is Lyle Suh and I am a senior majoring in Biology (specialization in Neuroscience) and minoring in Chemistry. The past three years has been a neverending learning process about myself and what community allows us to accomplish. Stony Brook has such a strong support system in all areas that it helped me find my passion for education and my love for the sciences. Being a PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) leader at the Academic Success and Tutoring Center, and a TA for the Chemistry department allowed me to give back the help I received and gain new skills. Starting a non-profit organization called ‘She’s the First at Stony Brook’ and bringing awareness to girls’ education sparked a great deal of drive to make positive changes in our community as well as all over the world. And lastly, being a part of our Stony Brook’s iGEM team-a student-led research organization that competes in an international competition- and participating in URECA pushed me forward into research and allowed me to see what we as undergraduates are capable of accomplishing. Our campus community has been behind me every step of the way providing me with incredible guidance and opportunities. For that reason, I feel driven to give back to this amazing community and share how to embrace everything our school has to offer!


Kimberly Tena 

As an out of state student I struggled to find my footing when I entered Stony Brook in the Fall of 2014. By the end of my first year I challenged myself to change my circumstances and overcome the insecurities that held me back. I sought the mentorship of professors and fellow peers, and doing so was the best decision I’ve made since arriving at Stony Brook. My enthusiasm is a direct function of my involvement- I’ve found passion in my position as a second year resident assistant, and when serving as a Development Coordinator and counselor for Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University. I have similarly grown professionally through my work as treasurer of the Pre-Occupational Therapy Society, as an AIDS Peer Educator, and as a research assistant in the Psychology department. Stony Brook has afforded me many opportunities to grow, and I am eager to similarly better this community so other students may find their stride as well.

Jessica (Jess) Watson

My name is Jessica Watson, and I am an Anthropology and German Language major here at Stony Brook University. I'm currently in my fourth year of studies here, and it is my firsthand experience that there is a wealth of opportunities at Stony Brook for students to look forward to. Just last semester, I was able to finish my German major by going on exchange in Tübingen, Germany. While there, I also got to participate in an archaeology course focused on technical drawing of the architecture of archaeological finds around the region. My time there taught me that as a Stony Brook Student, I am not only a lifelong learner, but am able to relay the knowledge I have gained at Stony Brook in order to help others, be it with archaeological concepts and theory, German grammar, or just some of the solid advice I have been given by my professors.


Kevin White

Originally from Long Island, I am a senior here at Stony Brook studying Economics and Philosophy. My main academic pursuits focus on the relationship between religion and society specifically in the Islamic world, and the philosophical roots of Western Modernity. I am also a minor in jazz music, and love playing jazz bass in on-campus ensembles as well as writing and recording music in my spare time. I also enjoy studying and living my Catholic faith, and am involved with the Newman Catholic club on campus. In January, I went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with members of the Newman club to build houses and I plan to return to the Dominican Republic this coming January. Off campus, I love to explore nature, read philosophy and history, and spend time with my friends and family. Following graduation I hope to pursue a PhD in Philosophy.

Clara Yan 

My name is Clara, and I am an English major, with a minor in Writing and Rhetoric. I am in both the accelerated BA/MA program and English Honors Program. Over the last three years at SBU, I’ve played an active role in the English department and student organizations through Alpha Nu Zeta, SBU’s chapter of the International English Honor Society, in which I served as Public Relations Officer, and now as Treasurer, as well as through the English Honors Program, URECA Summer Fellowship Program, and two TA positions. Outside of my department, I’ve been working at SBU Career Center for the past two and a half years, first as a Communications Intern and after being promoted, as a Communications Assistant. I have also been working at the Writing Center as a Tutor since last year. In both positions, I’ve helped and worked with students of all majors, interests, and backgrounds, regarding career paths, writing courses, university resources, and more. If I am chosen to serve on the Student Advisory Committee, I’ll be able to effectively communicate the voices of my CoAS classmates, whether they are from the English department, the Humanities, or other disciplines. While I will be completing my undergraduate degree this Fall, because of the BA/MA program, I will be transitioning to the SBU Master’s Program in English full time this Spring and will be here at SBU for an additional year.



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