Browsing: Student Spotlight

On Monday, October 10, Stony Brook University’s award-winning marching band the Spirit of Stony Brook will perform in the 67th Annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City. The annual parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture, will be broadcast live on WABC-TV from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Leading the Stony Brook procession down Fifth Avenue will be Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.; Richard T. Nasti (’78), a member of the Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees and Senior Vice President and CFO of H. J. Kalikow & Co.; and renowned Stony Brook mascot…

On July 12 a group of Stony Brook Summer Study Abroad students and faculty, led by Distinguished Service Professor Mario B. Mignone, met with the Mayor of Rome. The Honorable Gianni Alemanno welcomed the group to City Hall, which is located at the Campidoglio on the historical Palatine Hill. Following the meeting, the students and faculty were given a guided tour of the Capitoline Museums. Mayor Alemanno accepted an invitation from Mignone to visit Stony Brook for an international conference being organized by the Center for Italian Studies, which will be held October 13 through 15. Mignone, who is also…

“I know now that I will be trying to get back to this place as much as possible . . . I really am beginning to fall in love with Africa.” So wrote Stony Brook anthropology student Benjamin Smith about his study abroad program to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, in a spring 2011 blog. At the time he had only been there a little more than a month. Jennifer Green, Smith’s advisor in the International Academic Program, said, “Ben is pretty impressive because he is a first-year student who has already done some field work and jumped right…

For those students leery about venturing to a foreign country and dealing with a different language and culture, a study abroad program in New Zealand may be the answer. That is what senior Bill Keating discovered after spending the fall 2010 semester in that country. “Studying in an English-speaking country allowed me to be more relaxed and not worry about being able to do everyday things, or find a store to buy something I needed,” he said, adding that being in a country where the people speak the same language and even revere American celebrities—as New Zealanders do—made studying abroad easier…

Three exceptional undergraduates were recently recognized by Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., and the Stony Brook Council for their high accomplishments. Seniors Geri Galotti, winner of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence; Michelle Mbekeani, Baccalaureate Speaker for 2011 Commencement; and junior Yaseen Eldik, Stony Brook’s first Truman Scholar, were commended on their contributions to the University community. The students were open in speaking about their experiences leading to this point. Following are excerpts from their conversation with Happenings. Q: Have you had a particular professor who influenced your path, or a class that stands out as…

When Courtney Seck graduated from W.T. Clarke High School in Westbury, New York, with 259 other seniors, she never dreamed she would soon be walking the streets of Toledo, Barcelona, and Madrid in Spain. In fact, by the time her Stony Brook University undergraduate career was over, Seck had participated in three study abroad programs and one exchange program. Four years later, the girl from Westbury has an education that places her in the elite five percent of the U.S. college student population—students who have studied abroad. Seck was, like most high school students on Long Island, a product of…

Inspiration often arrives at the unlikeliest times and places. Just ask Deborah DiFranco, the Provost’s Liaison, who noticed one day that students had drawn some graffiti on a wall in the lower level of the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library. Instead of reacting negatively to this act of vandalism, she had an idea: turn the students’ urge to draw into a sprawling mural made up of representative scenes from the University. She told Kevin Kelly, executive director of the Faculty Student Association, and Building Manager Jim Lapiano, about her idea. Both approved the project. “One of the reasons I thought…

Eric Andrew Engoron, a Stony Brook freshman majoring in computer science, won the Special Award in the College Division of the Japan Center’s Sixth Annual Essay Competition sponsored by Canon USA. His award-winning essay, “Doumo Arigaotu Mr. Roboto,” was very moving and inspirational, enlightening readers with the humane aspects of the utilization of robots to help disabled people like him live normal lives. One of Engoron’s aspirations is to join the Japanese team that has been developing robots for home use, which mainly helps disabled people. The second Special Award was given to Manami Ogami, a Stony Brook freshman who…

Stony Brook University student Yaseen Eldik has been named a 2011 Truman Scholar. The prestigious award is given each year by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation to college juniors with “exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.” “The Truman award speaks to Yaseen’s numerous and wide-ranging accomplishments and to his commitment to being an agent of change,” said…

The student project, “Design of a Device for Raising, Lowering, and Transporting a Disabled Individual with Limited Lower Body Strength,” by Mechanical Engineering seniors Thomas Galeotafiore, Justin Miles, Jeffrey Renert, and supervised by Professor Anurag Purwar, won first place at the 2010 ASME Mechanism and Robot Design Competition for undergraduate students held in Montreal, Canada, during the 2010 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences. This competition is held annually and is conducted in two rounds with the final round culminating in an on-site competition among the top four invited teams from around the world. The teams make an oral presentation, a…

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