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Why I Give

Jeffrey Barnett

"As both an alum and a staff member, I give back to support programs and people that have helped shape the many facets of my life. I am proud to support an institution and community that has given so much to me."

—Jeffrey Barnett, Interim Associate Dean of Students, Office of Student Affairs

Jarvis Watson

"As an alumnus of the University and an employee of EOP, I know how important it is to support the program that has proven to be such a rich resource for so many leaders in education, law, politics, medicine, and other professions."

—Jarvis Watson, Senior Counselor/Academic Advisor, Educational Opportunity Program - Advancement on Individual Merit

Fred Sganga

"I give to the Campaign because it allows me to support a variety of people right where I work, including students, athletes, scientists, researchers, scholars, patients and their doctors, and even veterans."

—Fred S. Sganga, Executive Director, Long Island State Veterans Home

tom cassidy 

"Back in the 1970s when I was a college student, New York State provided financial support for almost every student that attended Stony Brook University. Many students of my era were able to pay their own way for a Stony Brook education with summer and part-time jobs without taking any student loans. Unfortunately, students today can't count on government support for their educational expenses. So let's all help some of the greatest minds in college achieve their dreams by making a donation to Stony Brook University!"

—Thomas M. Cassidy, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare

Barbara Wien 

"I give back to Stony Brook because after 30 years of watching this University grow, I am still having great fun here. I look forward each day to my interaction with staff and faculty and students and community people who are constantly in and out of the Staller Center. We are always in the middle of planning the 'next great experience' for our patrons and friends and I know that at the end of any given day I too, can be a patron and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I can lose myself in an Emerson concert or a stimulating play or a Symphony Orchestra performance or an opera or a film and know that our work is meaningful and rewarding. How could I NOT give back?"

—Bobbie Wien, Financial Director, Staller Center

Paul Siegel 

"Having been self-employed and having worked in private industry, I feel privileged to work at the University. What better way to say 'thank you' than to provide gifts that honor departed colleagues and support University causes in which I believe. My family has been involved with the University in one way or another for over 45 years. I know that the support I provide for scholarships makes a difference in the lives of the students. Quite honestly, if you do not come to work expecting to have a positive impact in the lives of the students, you should be in another line of work."

—Paul Siegel ’97, Director S-STEM I and II


"I feel that it is important to give back to help maintain the excellence of our programs and meet unanticipated funding gaps."

—James A. Ganetis, MS, RRT, NPS, Chair, Division of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, School of Health Technology and Management


Maria Ryan 

"I give back to Stony Brook University through It's About Us because I believe that the support of our extraordinary University must first come from our own caring faculty and staff, lending encouragement to those outside of the institution to join us in supporting our mission of providing world-class education, research and patient care to the members of our local community and beyond."

—Maria Emanuel Ryan, DDS, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Oral Biology and Pathology



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