Browsing: Student Spotlight

“On the page is where I have always felt most comfortable.” This is how Stony Brook English Literature major Jessica Vestuto ’18 validates her need to write — a need that began as the editor and sole writer of a family newsletter that reported what was happening in her St. James, NY, home. While it might not have been a novel she was penning, no one told the eight-year-old family scribe that she wasn’t a little Dickens. But the works of Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas were popular reading in her childhood home. “I was raised in a house that…

Eya Setsu ’18 thrives on challenge. As a College of Arts and Sciences double major (biology and music), member of the fencing club, secretary of University Scholars and commuter student, she is used to managing her time and testing her limits. “I overload on credits,” said the Smithtown High School East graduate and St. James, New York resident, “but am fortunate enough to be learning in both fields that I love and am on track to graduate in four years.” Inheriting a strong work ethic from her parents, Eya was encouraged to embrace difficult tasks early on, particularly academically, and…

With food pantries now proposed as a requirement on all state- and city-run campuses, Stony Brook University’s food pantry heads proudly into its fifth year of feeding students struggling to balance the cost of an education and the need to eat. And it’s students and the community at Stony Brook who make it all happen. “Our pantry is entirely student-run. Our full community comes together to support it,” said Richard Sigal, co-director of the Stony Brook food pantry. “We really strive to build a relationship with those who visit so that they feel welcome.” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office said…

Psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences Lilianna Torres ‘18 is a full-time undergraduate student with what amounts to a full-time job. It’s not easy for the 22-year-old to be a substitute teacher’s assistant and a student at the same time. But it’s what she has to do to get to graduation. And like many Stony Brook students, she’s determined to do what it takes. “It’s tough working two part-time jobs and going to school full-time, but I do this so that I can keep up with my school loans. I don’t want to deal with a mountain…

In 2017, Stony Brook University once again excelled in diversity, innovation, cutting-edge research and groundbreaking discoveries with real-world impact. A major study showed that SBU has become a nationwide leader in the area of social mobility. Meanwhile, Stony Brook experts and events were featured in the world’s news columns as we unearthed archaeological discoveries, performed pioneering surgeries, and welcomed luminaries to campus, including Michael J. Fox and Joe Biden. As a new year full of promise begins, browse our Top 10 website for a colorful review of Stony Brook’s biggest stories of 2017.

Launching 1650 talented graduates into a promising future, Stony Brook University held its 20th annual winter commencement ceremony December 21 in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena. During his commencement address, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, highlighted key elements of the Stony Brook experience, congratulated the accomplished graduating class, and celebrated the university’s forward trajectory and diverse landscape. “Today we mark a bright new future for our graduates,” President Stanley said. “I know behind each and every one of your degrees that there is a story; a story of hard work, a passion for knowledge, but ultimately perseverance, and…

Annie Bernberg knew she wanted to explore a career in publishing as early as the seventh grade.  An avid reader, Annie fell in love with A School Story by Andrew Clements, about a girl who wants to publish a book and the process she must go through. The premise was exciting for Annie — imagine having a hand in making the books she always reads! Today, Annie is an assistant editor at Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., and is pursuing a master’s degree in publishing. A student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Annie originally declared a double major in…

Twenty-year-old Yash Mathur ’19 never imagined that a dog could make such a difference to his semester. But there he was on December 6, smack in the middle of final exam season, relaxing with a golden retriever named Wilbert, who lay there, belly exposed, just begging to be scratched. “I really enjoy Pet Therapy Day and come every time Stony Brook has it. The dogs are so friendly and nice, and it makes me feel good just to be around them,” said Mathur, a computer science major in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dozens of Stony Brook students…

Students from the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), Residential Safety Program (RSP) and the Department of Campus Recreation loaded 83 unclaimed bicycles onto a truck provided by the charity organization Pedals for Progress on November 1, 2017. Pedals for Progress repairs bikes to transport and donate to developing countries around the world. Residential Risk Management, an office in the Division of Campus Residences, oversees bike management for the residential population at Stony Brook University. They monitor campus bike racks and facilitate the removal and storage of abandoned bikes. In recent years, University Police began to notice an increase in the…

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Students shared the best study spots around campus. Following are the top 10 gems ideal for cramming, reviewing and brainstorming.

1. Wang Center
Probably the best kept secret on campus, the Wang Center offers serene and vast study locations with outlets galore and Wi-Fi throughout the building. It also provides access to Jasmine, ideal for students looking to refuel or get that added caffeine boost at the Tea House. Bubble tea, anyone? Open 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday, noon to 8 pm Saturday and Sunday.  

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