Browsing: Alumni

Denise Logan-Heuser vividly recalls the lean years when she was a Stony Brook University swim team student athlete in the ’70s. She remembers all the times she and her teammates would say to each other, “Gee, wouldn’t it be great if we had videotapes of our dives?” So years later, when Denise received a mailing from the swim team coach to raise funds for a video camera, she promptly purchased one outright for the student athletes following in her wake. A Stony Brook Hall of Fame winner, Denise was a champion diver on the men’s team  – there wasn’t a…

As the Alumni Association’s new President, Christina says she will focus her attention on “engagement, engagement, engagement” of all Stony Brook alumni. “The Alumni Association, under Maria Ryan’s very capable leadership, is now poised to maximize involvement among various majors, classes, and other alumni groups. I’d like that engagement to begin the moment a freshman student steps foot on campus,” said Christina. It’s a challenge, Dr. Maria Ryan believes Christina is more than capable of meeting. “Christina has worked for many years to ensure that the diversity that is such an important component of the Stony Brook University experience is…

Helping others is a family tradition for Dr. Kerry Forrestal (MD, ’01). He, his father, sister, brother, and nephew all have served in the National Guard. The emergency medicine doctor starting working in EMS at age 16. Between serving his country and healing his patients, he’s spent nearly his entire life caring for others, so it should come as no surprise that Dr. Forrestal journeyed to Haiti to provide medical care to Haitians desperately in need. On the second day of his trip to the island, Dr. Forrestal was faced with what every doctor dreads and the reason that Haiti…

To say Charles and Maria Ryan are ‘involved’ in Stony Brook University and the Medical Center community is an understatement. For more than a decade after leaving Stony Brook as students, the husband-wife team has worked together and individually to demonstrate and reflect the University’s core value of excellence. Maria has contributed her time and talents as a teacher, practitioner, and researcher at the School of Dental Medicine. She’s currently a professor in the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, the director of clinical research at the School of Dental Medicine and a member of the medical staff at the…

Homecoming attracts hundreds of Stony Brook’s most loyal and notable alumni, eager to share their success and reconnect with the University that helped make it all possible. This year, we welcome back former SB swimmer, now MasterCard International executive Gail Hackett ’85. As an SB student athlete, Gail cultivated a “can do” attitude that has served her well in the work world. Swim coach Dave Alexander remembers, “Gail was part of an era when Women’s Sports were coming into their own and she swam for the love of the sport. She has always been one of the most positive people…

Wall murals of happy mermaids and dolphins frolicking in an underworld sea party of blue greet young cancer patients and their families when they arrive at Stony Brook University Medical Center’s pediatric oncology unit, thanks to dozens of volunteer artists from Long Island nonprofit ‘Splashes of Hope,’ where alumnae Kym Mirabella ’88 is a Board Member. ‘Splashes of Hope’ volunteer artists, explained Kym, help transform the bare walls of medical institutions, social services offices, and nonprofit facilities, giving patients and visitors a soothing visual focus to stimulate the healing process. “I just loved the idea of working for a charity…

Peter enrolled at Stony Brook University in the fall of 1968 on a Regents Scholarship. While doing his undergraduate studies Peter also wrote for the student newspaper and maintained a part-time job at the Student Union’s Main Desk. In 1972 he earned a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Secondary Education and went on to earn his Masters in English Literature in 1974. After leaving Stony Brook, Peter began his teaching career at Longwood High School in Middle Island, NY. He taught for 5 years as a tenured educator, largely teaching 10th and 11th grade English Classes. In…

Professor Godfrey was “touched and thrilled” when he learned that former student Vito Cannavo ’75 endowed a Stony Brook scholarship, in the Professor’s name, for undergrad students studying classical literature or Latin. Vito said he was inspired to create the Aaron W. Godfrey Endowed Scholarship in Classical Literature and Latin to both honor a favorite professor and acknowledge the enduring value and relevance of Latin studies. “Latin teaches discipline and precision,” explained Vito, “which helped me develop a solid foundation for my writing and thoughts –  a critical skill for legal professionals.” Vito’s impressive career trajectory is evidence that he…

The Gelfond Fund for Mercury Related Research and Outreach, established by SBU alum Richard Gelfond, CEO and Director of IMAX Corporation and Chair of the Stony Brook Foundation, will advance scientific understanding of methylmercury accumulation in human diets and its effects on human health. Almost 25 percent of all New York City adults and nearly 50 percent of Asian New Yorkers are estimated to have blood mercury levels at or over the New York State reportable level, according to a 2007 study by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Humans are primarily exposed to mercury through consumption of…

Stony Brook’s School of Nursing Alumni Board sponsored the Alumnus Awards Reception at the Student Activities Center in March. Alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends gathered to honor two distinguished alums, Colonel Miriam Rosa-Cummo (’98) and Debra Sansoucie (’88). Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., was the keynote speaker. He spoke about the integral role of nurses in healthcare and honored Rosa-Cummo and Sansoucie for their exemplary achievements and noteworthy contributions to society.