Browsing: Alumni Spotlight

Twenty-one years after earning his own Stony Brook degree, Jonathan Oringer ‘96, founder, chairman and CEO of Shutterstock, the influential New York-based global tech company, came home to where he said it all began. The tech entrepreneur returned to the University for our 57th annual commencement on May 19 to receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree and to inspire our newest class of graduates. “You are young. It gets harder and harder to take calculated risks,” he told the nearly 7,000 graduating seniors. “You will fail sometimes. You will learn things about yourself that will scare and inspire you simultaneously. Taking calculated…

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. and Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, announce the induction of Myung Oh, PhD into the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences distinguished alumni Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor alumni who have demonstrated exceptional success in their field, and serves as an inspiration to past and future innovators. Hall of Fame recipients are recognized for sustained and significant leadership in engineering, technology, entrepreneurship or innovation throughout their professional lives. Dr. Oh, a 1972 graduate with a PhD in electrical…

In Rio de Janiero, gymnast Simone Biles earned more gold medals in a single Olympics than any other female gymnast in American history. She dazzled the world in each of her events and Bedel Saget ’88, multimedia and graphics editor at The New York Times, was there to capture every move of her stunning performances. Now, his coverage — The Fine Line: Simone Biles Gymnastics — is being recognized at the World Press Festival this month in Amsterdam. “I’m very honored to accept such a prestigious award on behalf of the talented team of journalists, videographers and designers that contributed…

The New York Press Association recognized several Stony Brook University School of Journalism alumni through its Better Newspaper Contest, presented to journalists who have gone “above and beyond, and for their outstanding achievements.” Since 1930, these prestigious awards have been judged on a statewide basis with thousands of entries each year. 1st Place Winners Jen Nuzzo, Coverage of Crime/Politics/Court and Coverage of Education, The News-Review, Riverhead, 2009 Michelle Trauring, Feature Story, The Southampton Press-Eastern Edition, 2010 Rachel Young, In-Depth Reporting, The Suffolk Times, 2009 2nd Place Winners Desiree Keegan, Sports Feature, The Village Times Herald, Setauket 2012 Rachel Young, Feature Story,…

BY GREGORY ZARB Professional boxer Chris Algieri has always had a focus on nutrition and healthy eating. Then an amateur wrestler and student at Stony Brook University, he graduated in 2007 with a degree in healthcare science and a plan to pursue a master’s degree in the same field in order to educate others on how to eat well. And while he did in fact get his master’s from NYIT in 2010, his career as a nutritionist did not begin; that plan was derailed by a lucrative professional boxing career, one that saw him face off for the World Boxing…

When Dr. David R. Rothbard ’74 attended Stony Brook University back in the 1970s, the current Department of Geosciences was known as the Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS). Dr. Rothbard received his BS with Honors in 1974. He went on to complete an AM in Geological Sciences at Harvard University and a PhD in Geology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is now a leading professional in materials analysis and problem solving, making impacts that go far beyond the Stony Brook community. Although the courses Dr. Rothbard took in the ESS department were challenging, they were delivered in…

Rahsmia was raised in Roslyn Heights, NY, an affluent community on the north shore of Long Island. Her experience of growing up Latina and poor in Roslyn combined with the strong influence of her immigrant mother led Rahsmia to be acutely aware of the issues of racial and economic inequality. After attending a workshop in the sixth grade on the US prison system and minority populations, Ms. Zatar was convinced she wanted to work to give voice to incarcerated individuals. Rahsmia graduated from Roslyn High School in 1995, completed her undergraduate degree in psychology from Hofstra University in Dec.1999 and…

Bergre Escorbores ‘00, ‘01 went to a tough high school in Queens, New York. While Bergre earned good grades and played varsity football, many of his classmates joined gangs, sold drugs and ended up in jail. Perhaps out of ignorance, Bergre’s guidance counselor suggested he skip college and learn a trade. But Bergre had a different plan — as a disadvantaged student who couldn’t easily afford tuition, he was determined to become the first in his family to earn a college degree, and use that degree to help his family move up in the world. Stony Brook offered the tools…

Dr. Dimitrios “Jimmy” Kilimitzoglou ‘02, was honored with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine (SDM) during the White Coat Ceremony on March 8. Dr. John Rose, President, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine Alumni Board, presented the award to Dr. Kilimitzoglou. The Distinguished Alumni Award is an honor bestowed on a select few who have contributed to the profession, school and alumni in an exemplary manner. The audience gave Dr. “K” a standing ovation in recognition of his outstanding achievements and support of the School. Dr. Kilimitzoglou graduated magna cum laude from…

When Don Thompson, BA ’78, JD Harvard ’81, first stepped foot on the Stony Brook University campus in 1975, he immediately took note of the hundreds of students on the walkways. When he walked through Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library he noticed that the computer labs were full and that in the classes he took, not a single seat was left unoccupied. To succeed in this rigorous environment, he knew that he needed to sharpen his senses of responsibility and independence to forge his own path. Spending much of his time studying in his Roth Quad dorm, Thompson graduated as…

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