Browsing: Alumni Spotlight

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…

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…

BY BRITTANY BERNSTEIN After graduation, some college students continue their education or go to work for someone else, but not Stony Brook University graduates Kimberly Burkart and Nicole Ramirez. The friends opened Long Island’s first SmallCakes Cupcakery & Creamery in Patchogue on Feb. 11. “I think what makes us a good pair to run a business is that we both have different strengths, and we understand each other,” Burkart, who graduated in 2015, said. “Sometimes Nicole does not need to say anything and I know exactly what she is thinking.” The 1,515 square-foot space, located at 17 W Main St.,…

BY CHEREESE CROSS Stony Brook alumna Ella Turenne returned to perform her solo play “Love, Locs and Liberation” at the Staller Center on Thursday, Feb. 2, to help celebrate Black History Month. Turenne’s play is about her personal journey of self-identity and the way her natural hair has played a crucial role throughout her life. Though her play highlights her own experiences, it also represents the impact of hair on the individual journeys of many African American women. “To hear it come from someone else’s mouth and to hear her struggles and what she went through, it’s like wow … you…

Although Christopher Heedles and his fiancee Marina Deletrain have known each other since high school, they did not start dating until three years ago. They ran into each other on a night out and have been together ever since. Marina is a Stony Brook University alumni, having graduated in 2011 with a degree in psychology, and is a guidance counselor at a school in Queens. When she learned that Chris would begin working at Stony Brook in the Disability Support Services department, she was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to visit him at work, just to revisit her memories on campus.…

Stony Brook University’s more than 175,000 alumni are a relentless group of innovators who are determined to make a difference. Perhaps none more so than those honored during the third annual 40 Under Forty celebration on January 31. Representing bio-entrepreneurs, professional athletes, acclaimed authors, journalists, politicians, lawyers, researchers, healthcare providers and teachers, scientists, veterans, activists and more, these remarkable Stony Brook grads have produced the latest big ideas in their respective fields. More than 200 alumni, former honorees, family and friends joined Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. to celebrate the event at THREE SIXTY° in New York…

During the 2015-2016 academic year, we had record-breaking attendance at events and an ever-expanding presence across the globe — all thanks to you! With 139 events, 917 active alumni volunteers and 101 countries represented, we are beyond proud of all that our alumni have accomplished this year. For a comprehensive overview of alumni engagement including signature events, social media, awards programs and reunions, as well as a list of Scholarship Golf Classic donors, check out our 2015-2016 Annual Report.

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