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Each year, Stony Brook University students, faculty, staff and alumni share their time and talent through thousands of community service hours, and each year that effort is celebrated with ’31 Days of Giving Back.’ The blog, published by the Office of Community Relations, showcases the many ways Stony Brook University is making a difference in the community by highlighing an event or initiative from the past 12 months every day throughout the month of December. From organizing clothing drives to blood donations to bringing a smile to a veteran’s face, Stony Brook University is committed to sustained, lifelong community engagement,…

There were hugs and happy tears all around, when 23 Stony Brook Medicine staff members returned home on November 8 after more than two weeks of treating patients in Puerto Rico. Family and friends were waiting in the hospital lobby as the group bounded off the bus from Newark Airport. Holding up handmade “Welcome Home” signs, loved ones let loose with applause and cries of “I missed you!” and the more generic but equally heartfelt “Woo-hoo!” Puerto Rico has been crippled since Hurricane Maria slammed into the island. Some people were left homeless by the storm. Others searched in vain…

As the sun was rising over Long Island, a Stony Brook Medicine task force left for Puerto Rico on October 24 to help people still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Twenty-three Stony Brook staff members reported to Stony Brook University Hospital before boarding a bus that took them to JFK Airport and their flight to the devastated island. The Stony Brook contingent is part of a 78-member relief team of personnel from hospitals around the region. The Stony Brook team includes doctors, nurses, a pharmacist, paramedics, nurse-practitioners and nursing assistants. Richard Scriven, MD, Pediatric Trauma Surgeon, Associate Professor of…

Omar Naimi ’17 thinks of himself as “absurdly ambitious.” As a child, he wanted to become President of the United States. But as he grew older and learned about the complications inherent in politics, he traded that dream for a new one: becoming an architect. Then in high school he became obsessed with the microscopic complexities of cells and their components, atoms. He realized that big dreams could involve the smallest building blocks and processes known to mankind. “I went from wanting my name on a skyscraper to wanting to have a protein named after me,” said Queens native Omar, a…

Stony Brook University student-athletes recently went to bat for one of their own. When Stony Brook softball player Danielle (“Danni”) Kemp learned that she had an inoperable brain tumor and needed treatments, her male diamond counterparts put on their rally caps in solidarity, creating the initiative #BeardsForDanni. Danni, who played second base for the Seawolves in 2015-2016, was hit in the helmet by a pitch this past summer. Soon after she experienced balance problems, trouble focusing and dizziness. Doctors discovered she didn’t have a concussion, but a brain tumor. Stony Brook University Associate Baseball Coach Pennucci learned the news about…

Every year, Stony Brook students, faculty, staff and alumni share their time and talent through thousands of community service hours. Each day in December, we’ll showcase a new story of community service on the “31 Days of Giving Back” blog, found at you.stonybrook.edu/31days. The University was again nationally recognized this year with the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary community service programs in four categories: General Community Service, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Interfaith Service. This caring campus community has a positive impact on friends and neighbors locally and around the world. From organizing clothing drives to blood donations to…

Computer Science major Brandon Cuadrado ’17 came to Stony Brook so that he could focus on a career path that emphasized product development rather than theoretical work. By all accounts, while still in school, he has already realized his goal. While working as a student staff assistant at the Office of the Dean of Students, the Ronkonkoma, New York native created an ID swiping system that collects quantitative data for all students who visit the office. The data collected allows the Dean’s Office to look at the big picture when analyzing the services it offers, helping administrators to understand who…

Imagine saying goodbye to the mother who raised you and not knowing when you might reunite, if ever. That was the pain of separation that Gabriela Quintanilla ’16 and her sisters felt when their mother left their native El Salvador to join the rest of her extended family in the United States. But Gabriella declined to wallow in self-pity. Instead, she became an advocate for social change, turning her own personal pain into gain for others like herself. “My mother promised to send for us in two years,” said Gabriela. “She just wanted a better life and thought of the…

Haley Wodarczyk ’16 always knew she wanted to help people, but she wasn’t sure how best to translate her inclinations into meaningful action.. Her mother had acted as her role model, volunteering for organizations such as Make-A-Wish and Big Brothers Big Sisters. But Haley yearned to travel her own path, and Stony Brook showed the way. “It was definitely the right choice for me,” she said. “Going away from home (East Syracuse, New York) and being exposed to such a diverse new environment made me grow tenfold,” said Haley. “The diversity is what I love the most. I’ve learned so much…

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