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Meet Our Staff | Bookstore Liaison

Deborah DiFranco Deborah DiFranco
FSA Bookstore Liaison Faculty Student Advocate
Phone: (631) 632-9828
email Deborah.DiFranco@stonybrook.edu

What kind of duties do you and your staff perform?

My staff and I work to ensure that students are able to obtain all of their course material information at the time of registration which is required in order to meet compliance of the Higher Education Opportunity Act. The information my office receives is then shared with the University Bookstore to ensure the Bookstore has their course materials in time for their classes. Our purpose here is to also be sure that both the students and faculty have the best experience possible when utilizing the services of their University Bookstore. In order to help this process along, the Bookstore Liaison's Office with the assistance of the University Bookstore now provide desk copies for the faculty. Each semester our office also hosts Campus Lifetime Events that allow students and organizations to perform. We are always seeking new talent an fun ideas! For inquiries, please visit our Events tab - Campus Lifetime Events.

What should students know about the bookstore?

It's not just for books!!! Great dorm furnishing, eco friendly items, logo clothing, cards, gifts and more are all available at the bookstore. I want students to know that their University Bookstore is a fun place to shop and enjoy events in addition to offering the most buying options for their textbooks at the best possible prices.

How can students save the most money when they shop for textbooks?

A used textbook is always the most cost effective way to obtain your textbook. But if cash flow is a problem there is the Textbook Rental Program, which allows students to get their books at a fraction of the cost of a new one. There are so many new options now available for students to take advantage of, I suggest they stop into the store and visit with the Bookstore Staff for an exceptional experience to learn the many different ways that they can purchase their textbooks at the bookstore, including new, used books, rental textbooks and eBooks. There is a different buying option for every student - you just have to know where to look!

Isha Sheth Isha Sheth
Office Associate
Undergraduate School: Nirma University, India
Academic Year: G-2 Grad School
Major: Business Administration

After I graduate from Stony Brook, I hope to…?

Work with a Consulting firm in the area of Operations / Finance, travel the world and meet new people!

What would you tell prospective Stony Brook students?

Even though it might not be a famous Grad school, the courses and professors are impressively wonderful. Ample resources are available here, you should know how to make the most of it. One thing I loved about this place is its diverse and amiable crowd.

What's your favorite spot on campus? Why?

I like the SAC Food Court because most of the time it is full of life and energy, you find students chattering, having fun and it seems to put me away from classes, pending assignments and lectures.

Jessica Williams Jessica Williams
Office Associate
High School: Comsewogue High School
Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

What's your favorite spot on campus? Why?

Right now my favorite spot on campus is the Staller Center. The Staller steps are a really nice place to relax, hang out, and get some studying done.

What is your favorite event at Stony Brook?

I haven't been to many events so far on campus. I did go to the Mac Miller concert, which was fun. But I'm really looking forward to going to the football games and lacrosse games, specifically Homecoming.

What clubs or organizations are you involved in?

As of right now, I'm just focusing on my studies. I would like to get involved in the school newspaper eventually.

Ieisha Hinson Ieisha Hinson
Office Manager
High School: Brentwood High School
Academic Year: Junior
Major: Engineering Science

After I graduate from Stony Brook, I hope to…?

I aspire to work for a company such as Proctor & Gamble or Estee Lauder to get a strong foundation in the industry to one day make my own line of organic products such as soaps, creams, shampoos, and make-up so that everyone, especially women of color, can feel comfortable and beautiful in their own skin.

What's your favorite place to eat on campus?

My favorite place to eat on campus would have to be the Union Deli. There are fresh cold cuts, when you want a nice deli sandwich, and you can also get gyros and beef patties, yum!

What clubs or organizations are you involved in?

I am a member of the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Program here at Stony Brook. I am also a member of the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB). I am the Professional committee head for the Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority chapter on campus as well.

Erica Adelusi Erica Adelusi
Office Associate
High School: Abraham Lincoln
Academic Year: Senior
Major: Philosophy and Linguistics

After I graduate from Stony Brook, I hope to…?

After I graduate I plan to go to graduate to study computational linguistics and hopefully travel the world.

What's your favorite place to eat on campus?

I like the gyros from the union commons.

What's your favorite spot on campus? Why?

I think the atrium in the humanities building is a nice place to study and relax.

Alexis Nicholas Alexis Nicholas
Office Associate
High School: Monsignor Scanlan High School
Academic Year: Junior
Major: Computer Science

What's your favorite place to eat on campus?

My favorite place to eat on campus would have to be the Union! I enjoy the variety of dishes offered. Especially being a Pesco-Vegetarian, it is very challenging finding something to eat, but for some reason I can always find something at the Union, whether it be a tuna sandwich from the Union Deli or a bean burrito from Picantes.

What is your favorite event at Stony Brook?

My favorite event at Stony Brook would without a doubt be Homecoming! I love the atmosphere and seeing alumni and students be super proud of being a Seawolf!

What would you tell prospective Stony Brook students?

I would tell prospective Stony Brook students to get involved as much as possible. Networking, especially in todays day and age is extremely important. Most importantly, enjoy your time here at Stony Brook!

Gibrill Kamara Gibrill Kamara
Office Associate
High School: Mount Saint Michael Academy
Academic Year: Junior
Major: Economics/Psychology

What's your favorite spot on campus? Why?

The waterfall and scenery that reminds me of chronicles of Narnia right in the area of the math and chemistry buildings is my favorite spot on campus. There are numerous locations to get something to eat, study, get work done, or extra-curricular activities, but this spot is the perfect spot to just take a walk or sit and just relax and enjoy the view, especially when the fountain itself is active during the night time.

What would you tell prospective Stony Brook students?

This institution has a lot to offer. The diversity and wholehearted welcoming aura of the campus is incomparable. With just those few elements, here you can be the kid that stays in their dorm and do nothing all day or you can become an active student creating connections and portraying influence on campus and actually stand out. With outstanding professors that are more than willing to work with you to succeed and a surplus amount of organizations, events, and study abroad opportunities, your undergraduate career here can be the best experience of your life, as long as you make it that way.

What is your favorite event at Stony Brook?

Homecoming weekend, without second thought, would have to be my favorite event at Stony Brook, specifically the tailgate. It is one of the occasions where EVERYONE comes out to have fun. Students, off-campus visitors, tourists, alumni, parents, and kids of all nationalities, backgrounds, and citizenships all form a giant militia of entertainment, relaxation, and good vibes. After long nights of studying and longer days of exams and due dates, this is exactly the type of event I need.