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The simple joys of Stony Brook University


Picture of Bus 45Now that we’re back into the swing of things on campus with classes, work, internships, etc., it can be easy to get stuck in a routine and forget how much of an impact a little encouraging gesture can make. Nicholas, a business major, thinks that it’s awesome that the bus driver on Stony Brook Bus #45 took the time to leave riders with a healthy dose of verbal encouragement as they exited the bus. Any bus driver could have just sat silently at the stop, immersed in the routine of the day, but this bus driver made a big impact with a simple gesture. As the students exited the bus, the driver told everyone, with a smile, to ”learn a lot and study hard.” It’s a simple phrase, but it had the power to make Nicholas’s, and no doubt many others’, day!

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that brighten someone’s day - so thank you, driver of Bus #45!

Picture of George Volz, Barbara Chernow, and Teri Schwartz
From Left to Right: George Volz, Manager of Busing and Transportation Enforcement, Barbara Chernow, Senior Vice President for Administration, and Teri Schwartz, University Bus Driver.

We tracked down the bus driver, she is Stony Brook’s Teri Schwartz. Teri has been working at Stony Brook for the past 6 years and loves working in an academic environment. Teri feels that when working so closely with our large and diverse student population continuous communication is vital. “I am extremely lucky to be part of an experienced team at SBU Transit that feels more like an extended family. In those surroundings, positivity happens!”

Teri is back in school herself and majoring in Fine Arts. She lives in the Stony Brook community and takes pride in living and working in Stony Brook Country!

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