Browsing: Alumni Spotlight

Ten alumni have returned to campus to sit on three expert panels this month. WolfieTank:  Earlier this month, four alumni convened to sit on a panel as expert 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 -…

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…

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…

As the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, Carolyn Porco ’74,  leader of the Cassini imaging science team, eulogized the historic mission on her blog: The end is now upon us. Within hours of the posting of this entry, Cassini will have burned up in the atmosphere of Saturn … a kiloton explosion, spread out against the sky in a pyrrhic display of light and fire, a dazzling flash to signal the dying essence of a lone emissary from another world. As if the myths of old had foretold the future, the great patriarch will consume his child. At that point,…

Stony Brook alum Jameel Warney ’16 led the US team to a gold medal in the AmeriCup Games on September 3, 2017, notching 21 points and seven rebounds to rally his squad past host Argentina. He potted two big free throws late to seal an 81-76 victory. Warney, who most recently played for the G-League Texas Legends, can expect renewed interest from NBA recruiters after the stellar performance. On March 12, 2016, he led the Seawolves to their first NCAA Tournament appearance by scoring 43 points in the America East Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament finals against Vermont. In a subsequent first round NCAA loss to the…

For Tanzina Vega ’96, now a nationally prominent reporter for CNNMoney, Stony Brook University provided much more than a top-notch education at a premium value: it was a window to opportunity. Armed with a Stony Brook degree, Tanzina blazed a fearless trail that took her from an impoverished section of the Lower East Side to a highly visible journalism career at The New York Times and CNNMoney, where she now covers the red-hot issue of race and inequality in America. “One of the best things about Stony Brook was the diversity of the student body,” Tanzina said. “Whether it was in class,…

Alec Simone ‘17 is bringing an original line of up-and-coming streetwear to the campus stores. Alec, a former business major at Stony Brook, established Critic Clothing in January of 2013, though the idea for the brand had its roots in Alec’s childhood. “I’ve been skateboarding since I was six years old, so I’ve been immersed in a lot of skateboarding culture – that is, graphic art, videography, photography.” He credits the influence of his mother in the creation of his clothing line as well. “With my mom being an artist, I get a lot of inspiration from her. I saw…

Monica R. Martinez, from a young age, has had a passion for helping others. She attended Binghamton University where she majored in Biology and History. As a young student, Monica served the Binghamton community by volunteering her weekends at the local zoo and day care centers. Having been taught the value of education by her family, she knew she wanted to dedicate her time educating others. In 1999, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University and continued on to New York University where she attained a Masters degree in Secondary Education concentrating in Social Studies. In…

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