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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.

Stony Brook alum Chris Vivas is featured in an art exhibit at Gallery North in Setauket. “Three Perspectives: Eleanor Berger, Nancy Bueti-Randall, and Chris Vivas” is on display now through Sunday, February 14. Vivas studied English and studio art at Stony Brook, with an emphasis in ceramics, which led to a studio artist in residence at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. Upon his return to the United States, he began exploring wood firing while working as the artist in residence at Stony Brook’s Craft Center. Influenced by existential writers such as Camus, Nietzsche, and Sartre, Vivas pursued his…

Sarah Clark Miller (right) with March of Dimes President Jennifer Howse Stony Brook graduate Sarah Clark Miller, an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Memphis, has been named the first-ever recipient of the March of Dimes Young Scholar Award in Perinatal Bioethics. The award is one of two perinatal bioethics awards newly established by the March of Dimes, the nation’s leading nonprofit for pregnancy and baby health. The award was designed to encourage young researchers to enter the field. Perinatal ethics deals with moral issues that arise before, during, and after pregnancy, such as deciding whether to use…

Miss Gail Lizardy King, who received her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook in 1976, was named Ms. Senior America 2009 in Atlantic City on October 7. King, who is also the reigning Ms. New York Senior America, is a breast cancer survivor, whose philosophy of life is, “You must never give up – no matter what! This philosophy served me well when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 25. After 12 surgeries, doctors had given me less than a 30 percent chance of survival. But by keeping a positive attitude and maintaining…

Jennifer L. Anderson, assistant professor in the Department of History, has received a coveted Emmy nomination in the category of “Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research” as part of the research team for Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North that aired on the PBS series, Point of View. Traces of the Trade is a feature-length documentary that depicts a unique view of slavery as it existed outside of the Deep South. The film tells the true story of filmmaker Katrina Browne’s unexpected discovery that her illustrious New England forefathers, the DeWolfs, were infamous as the…

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