Browsing: Campaign

In the heart of Madagascar’s rainforest — one of the economically poorest regions in the world — 12-year-old Hanta watches the edge of the treeline recede into the distance. Why the forest she calls home is disappearing has always been a mystery to her, until now. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Three Graces Foundation, Stony Brook University’s Centre ValBio (CVB) has integrated conservation education into the school curriculum of Madagascar’s most remote villages. Where Hanta and others like her live there is no running water, no electricity, and the houses are made of mud and grass. Even worse,…

At Stony Brook University, we relentlessly pursue excellence in the classroom and on the field, a point that was driven home at the Stony Brook Foundation’s annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala held on Wednesday, April 20, at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. “All of you have worked tirelessly to build a strong foundation that is advancing the goals of our University, serving the unique needs of our students and faculty, and transforming the lives of so many,” President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said to the 680 Gala attendees, which included Euclidian Capital Chair and Stony Brook Foundation Chair Emeritus James…

These are exciting times for us all at Stony Brook. Alumni, friends, faculty, and staff can take great pride in the remarkable accomplishments resulting from our collective dedication to New York’s preeminent public research university. On any given day, you’ll find Stony Brook in the headlines for groundbreaking discoveries and accolades earned by our students, faculty and staff. In less than 60 years, Stony Brook is already widely recognized for our global impact and leadership in undergraduate and graduate STEMM education, conservation, modern art, music, translational research, and social mobility. Today’s success is built upon those who have come before. Tomorrow’s…

Thanks to a major gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Stony Brook University will establish an endowed chair in the Department of History: the Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History. The gift makes it possible for Stony Brook to appoint a prominent scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences, who will foster an increase in public interest in the history of Long Island and its place in American history, creating a robust intellectual resource available to wider audiences. The Gardiner Foundation pledge qualifies for a dollar-for-dollar match from the Simons Foundation, bringing the gift to the threshold of…

Long–time friends of the University Stephen and Vincent Della Pietra lead research teams at a Long Island hedge fund. Because of their chosen profession, they understand the impact advanced math training can have on one’s career success as well as the nation’s economy and society. Studies estimate that the U.S. will have more than one million job openings in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related fields by 2018, yet only 16 percent of college graduates will pursue careers in STEM. These simple statistics, coupled with a longstanding confidence in Stony Brook University, led the Della Pietra brothers and their wives…

Stony Brook University School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery has announced a campaign to establish the John J. Ricotta Professorship in Surgery. Once funded, it will be the first endowed professorship for the Department of Surgery. The decision to honor John J. Ricotta, MD, Professor Emeritus of Surgery, was based on his distinguished leadership during his tenure as Department Chairman from 1997 to 2008. “During the course of his career, Dr. Ricotta has participated in the education of hundreds of medical students, surgical residents and vascular surgery fellows,” said Mark A. Talamini, MD, Professor and Chairman of Surgery. “In addition,…

(left to right): Cary F. Staller, Esq, Marisela H. Staller, James H. Simons, PhD, Marilyn H. Simons ’74, PhD, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D, President, Stony Brook University, Peggy Bonapace Gelfond, Richard L. Gelfond ’76 and Senior Vice President Dexter Bailey (not pictured: Glenn R. Dubin ’78 and Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD) November 23, 2015 — On November 21, Stony Brook University launched the public phase of a seven-year, $600 million comprehensive campaign. The capital campaign, led by the Stony Brook Foundation, is the largest in the history of the State University of New York. More than 30,000 individuals have already…

Alicia Stovell-Washington made a generous donation to the Dr. Aldustus Jordan Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine Endowed Alumni Scholarship Alicia Stovell-Washington ’84, ’88 first encountered Aldustus Jordan at a meeting for minority undergraduate students interested in medical school. Jordan, the medical school’s Associate Dean of Student & Minority Affairs, spoke honestly. “I come to this event every year and you all don’t follow up,” he said. He questioned whether the students truly wanted to attend medical school. If so, “You need to make an appointment with me,” he told them. It’s impossible to know how many students heeded his advice, but…

The Dubin Challenge will inspire Seawolves Family, Friends, and Fans to Meet the Match October 15, 2015 — Stony Brook University alumnus, Glenn Dubin (’78, ’12) and his wife Eva, announced today a $5 million pledge in the form of a 1:1 matching challenge grant, setting the stage for the Stony Brook Foundation and Stony Brook Athletics to complete a $10 million fundraising goal to build a new Indoor Training Center through Together We Transform, a five-year comprehensive plan launched by Stony Brook Athletics in June. All gifts received between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, restricted for the…

The couple’s $300,000 gift will help further CEAS’ tradition of developing cutting-edge research Stony Brook provided Hong Zhang a world-class education and helped launch his career in material science and engineering. But what mattered most to the 1991 graduate — and what still matters most — is that the University made him feel at home. “I came to the United States from China in 1986, and I knew no one here,” said Zhang, who owns Precision TEM in California’s Silicon Valley with his wife and fellow Stony Brook alum Liya Liang ’94. “Stony Brook became my family. Stony Brook determined our future.” In…

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