Browsing: Giving Back

As a recent graduate of Stony Brook, I often think about the amazing times I had on campus, the lifelong friends I made and the opportunities I had. Much of the success I have had after graduation has been a direct result of these experiences. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to go to college because it is the most effective way to broaden your horizons. I want my gift to help students from all over the world come to Stony Brook University to get their education. One of the strengths that Stony Brook had was the…

Stony Brook, New York — Since its establishment in 1987, the Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation, located in Hampton Bays, New York, has upheld its primary mission to invest in studies of New York State history. With an emphasis on Suffolk County, the Foundation has amassed an extraordinary record of support for Long Island’s historical, educational and cultural institutions. Recently, The Foundation gave $120,000 to Stony Brook University’s Department of History to establish five undergraduate scholarships and a graduate student fellowship. “The Stony Brook University Department of History offers rigorous and lively interactions between their faculty and their students. The…

Research ideas like immunotherapy for early stage breast cancer treatment and novel PET tracer development for breast cancer imaging are driving a groundbreaking idea at the Stony Brook Cancer Center: Prevention is the cure. Each of these innovative studies use a Stony Brook-developed MRI technique to examine breast tissue and determine quickly and safely if a novel therapy may be effective at preventing breast cancer development. The use of such sensitive MRI equipment allows researchers and doctors to test pioneering interventions quickly so they can offer them to patients as a standard of care moving forward. Such innovation, however, wouldn’t…

A.J. Nagaraj has been named assistant vice president for Campaign Operations and Fundraising Strategy at Stony Brook University. At Stony Brook, Nagaraj will enhance strategic fundraising initiatives that support all aspects of the $600 million comprehensive Campaign for Stony Brook, the largest fundraising effort in SUNY history. To date, more than $553.5 million has been raised from over 43,300 donors. “We’re excited to add A.J. to the advancement team and look forward to the expertise and leadership he’ll bring into this new position,” said Dexter A. Bailey Jr, senior vice president of University Advancement, “His knowledge of best practices and…

With blue skies overhead and green fairways before them, 132 alumni and friends of Stony Brook University took to the Huntington Country Club greens on June 26, 2017 to raise money for student scholarships. And they didn’t disappoint. In fact, they’re calling it a hole-in-one. For the fifth consecutive year, the Stony Brook Alumni Association’s Scholarship Golf Classic topped its previous years’ total. The event raised $127,000. Since its inception, the annual golf outing has funded $440,000 in student scholarships. During the past school year, 11 Alumni Association student awards, 13 Alumni Association Dean’s Choice Awards, and two four-year half-tuition…

I am amazed how far Stony Brook has progressed since my graduation in ’83. As a long-time Long Island resident, we should all come to recognize that Stony Brook is now a critical asset for the Long Island region and economy. I am encouraged to see Stony Brook developing a meaningful endowment fund and alumni program in support of attracting top talent, growing out its infrastructure and raising its academic standing among US universities. As a CEAS grad, I do ask that gifts be directed there purely out of sentimental reasons, although I did ask that a recent contribution be…

$100,000 Gift Establishes DeSimone Endowed Visiting Lectureship in Italian and Italian American Studies When Italian American and prominent Nassau County resident Vito DeSimone reads the headlines of the country’s growing international political and economic disarray, he underscores his lifelong philosophy: That cultural education and awareness are critical ingredients to modern society. “The importance of inclusion and teaching of culture to up and coming generations can’t be understated,” DeSimone said. “To compete in today’s world, you as an individual and the United States as a nation cannot afford to be isolated. We all need to be aware of and to learn…

I have invested in Stony Brook since I became an alum in January 1983. My reasons for staying involved with the University and continuing to support Stony Brook monetarily are many-fold. On a personal level, my education at Stony Brook was enriching on many levels: I made lifelong friends, was able to establish myself in a meaningful career/vocation (Aerospace Engineering, a field which I continue to work in 35 years later), and in no small fashion it helped to shape my personal approach and philosophy to life. This included, but is not limited to, the ability to approach and address…

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that on a daily basis, about 80,000 chemical compounds are in commercial use nationwide. However, only a few of those chemicals are ever tested for their toxicity to humans. An increasing number of these contaminants are being found in Long Island’s aquifers — the sole source of drinking water for 2.8 million residents — and building levels of nitrogen discharged into local waters are degrading island coastal resources. Despite the critical role water quality plays in sustaining public health, mass interest in these issues has historically been low, with only limited or fleeting levels of…

The Class of 2017 doesn’t waste time. Just before they officially moved their tassels from right to left, the graduating class gave over $15,000 in support of the Stony Brook Fund for Excellence and other critical initiatives on our campus. Senior Class Senator Jonathan Rodriguez ’17, member of the Senior Legacy Council, announced the Senior Class Gift during Stony Brook University’s Commencement ceremonies on May 19. “We hope this contribution allows us to leave a living legacy at Stony Brook University and in the surrounding community,” Rodriguez said. Under the leadership of the Senior Legacy Council, more than 500 seniors…

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