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Dominick Reyes ‘13 brings lessons he learned at Stony Brook into the UFC These days, Dominick Reyes is best known as “the Devastator,” but he’ll always be a Seawolf. Reyes, a three-year starter for the Stony Brook football team who graduated as the program’s all-time leader in tackles, is 8-0 in his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career, with his last two wins coming in the sport’s top promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Turning pro in 2014, Reyes supported himself as a technical support specialist at a California high school while fighting in regional promotions. Now, he’s making a…

The ranks of black women leading colleges and universities in the U.S. are small, but growing. On October 27, 2017, Stony Brook alumna Barbara Gaba ‘69, PhD added her name to the list when she was sworn in as president of Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey, becoming both the first African-American and the first woman to lead the 50-year-old institution.   And, in less than three months, Dr. Gaba has already made significant moves to strengthen the college, bolstering partnerships with area high schools and creating new transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities in the Garden State. “My…

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is proud to announce the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree: John L. Hennessy, Stanford University President Emeritus and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Hennessy received his PhD ‘77 and MS ‘75 in Computer Science from Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “John Hennessy’s pursuit of excellence in higher education, and his passion for the advancement of technology, will impact generations of innovators and educators,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “With this honor, we thank him for his immeasurable contributions that inspire our…

Alum Gives Back Through Affordable Housing Projects Julio Bateau ’74 was homesick and needed to learn a new language when he found himself transplanted from Haiti to the United States as a sophomore in high school. As the tenth of twelve brothers and sisters, his family moved to New York City incrementally to escape the political turmoil of the Duvalier regime. “My goal was to attend college but because of the need for my parents to help support so many of my other siblings, I knew it would be almost impossible without a scholarship or financial aid,” he recalls. Fast…

Thirteen alumni have returned to campus to sit on four panels this month. Wolfie Tank:  Earlier this month, four alumni convened to sit on a panel as judges for Wolfie Tank, a Shark Tank styled event which gave the Stony Brook community the opportunity to make their Social Entrepreneurial pitch. The alumni panel was made up of: Derek Peterson ’88, CEO/Founder of Digital Fly, James Keane ’08, Global Director of Disruptive Growth Exploration at Anheuser-Busch InBev, Jonathan Bernard ’16, Founder of Street Leafs, and Youn Jung Chung ’15, Founder of Dal Entreprises. Alumni support extended beyond the panel – sponsors…

David Mark Silberhartz, MD, a 1980 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine, has been a psychiatrist for 33 years and is passionate about helping other physicians join his profession. He recently established the Silberhartz Family Award to provide funds to medical school graduates who are entering their residency training to become psychiatrists. The grant will be awarded for the first time next spring. “I hope to help attract the best and brightest students into psychiatry,” Dr. Silberhartz said. The Silberhartz Family Award is funded through a family trust that was set up years ago. “My parents taught my…

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“Heartbeats of Stony Brook,” an outdoor mural conceptualized by Naveen Mallangada ’17, was finally completed at the beginning of September.

Now a medical student, Naveen was able to connect the two hearts of the University with this project.

The beautification project was painted inside the Nichols Road underpass, connecting East Campus and West Campus with two heartbeats. It was mostly complete by April 2016, but planned construction on the hospital side prevented Mallangada from painting the second heartbeat until this semester. Mallangada, now a Stony Brook medical student, felt determined to finish the project as soon as construction was over, finally connecting the two hearts of the University.  

“In between studying for anatomy and biochemistry in the medical school, I squeezed time to finally complete the project,” he explained. “It just ended up that I painted the West Campus heart when I was an undergraduate, and I painted the East Campus heart in medical school. The project inadvertently represents my own transition between the campuses.”

The mural is meant to symbolize a connection between the two “hearts” of the University. “I felt the tunnel should reflect its importance to the students and the University community. I used that heart imagery to literally paint the hearts of campus,” Mallangada said.

The project was a community effort with help from people from all over the University. It’s Mallangada’s second project on campus, after he initiated the transformation of the Tabler Steps from regular stairs into piano keys. That previous experience gave him the tools he needed to undergo the larger project of painting the hospital tunnel.

“With the Tabler Piano Steps I learned the value of getting the word out, of collaborating and connecting with people. I learned to remain determined and persevere with an idea no matter the obstacle,” he said.

Mallangada sees his art as an extension of his mission to improve people’s lives. “As a medical student, your desire is to improve the lives of your patients and to become the best physician possible,” he explained. “I view public art as a form of public medicine, improving our surroundings, providing a message and depth to people’s daily lives, even for a moment.”

The Rohlf Medal for Excellence in Morphometric Methods and Applications will be presented to Dennis E. Slice on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Provost’s Lecture Series, Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1, 4 pm. In his presentation, “An Unexpected Journey: A Curious Career in Shape Analysis,” Dr. Slice will discuss the developments in shape analysis during his graduate career, the people who influenced him, and his post-graduate work in software and methodological developments and applications. Created in honor of F. James Rohlf, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences Department of…

Never underestimate the ability of one individual to impact great change. Steven Adelson is a recent Stony Brook graduate and current Residence Hall Director for the Stimson College. The charismatic young man helped to build the Vote Everywhere organization, which has institutionalized and revolutionized voter registration at the University. Adelson, 23, has continuously demonstrated an inspirational level of drive and determination. While on an accelerated track at Stony Brook to earn his bachelor’s degree in Political Science (2015) and master’s degree in Higher Education Administration (2017), Adelson also co-coordinated the University’s voter registration initiatives through Vote Everywhere. The effect on voter…

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