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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 and 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!

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.

Harika Davala Harika Davala
Staff Assistant
High School: C.R. Reddy School, India
Academic Year: Graduate student (G2)
Major: Computer Engineering

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

After graduation, I would like to see myself as a top performing employee in a well-established organizations listing in Fortune, seeking a responsible position wherein my technical proficiency can be multiplied extensively to contribute towards the company's vision and to direct me towards my mission.Once I gain additional experience, I would like to move on from a technical position to management.

What's your favorite place to eat on campus?

Chicken biriyani is the best food in my place and its Jasmine on campus which has it and reminds me of my home. You can just give a try and I assure you love it even though its a bit spicy.

What would you tell prospective Stony Brook students?

I would like to tell the Stony Brook Students to really focus on their career path and this is the right time to do it with all the facilities over here. At the same time don't stress too much, make some good friends. Live, Laugh, Love..!!

Ankur Mody Ankur Mody
Staff Assistant
High School: Mumbai University, India
Academic Year: Junior
Major: Technological Systems Management

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

Execute at least one of my business plans that I develop during my college years.

What's your favorite place to eat on campus?

Favorite place to eat on campus is mainly the Union for two reasons. One, it is the closest to the library and secondly, they have gyros.

What would you tell prospective Stony Brook students?

It is the most special four years of your life. Enjoy and get as much experience as possible.

Jerin George Jerin George
Staff Assistant
High School: Ramapo Senior High School
Academic Year: Junior
Major: Engineering

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

After I graduate from Stony Brook, I hope to pursue my Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering. I aspire to work for a defense aircraft industry or NASA. I want to explore other cultures by traveling across the globe. I want to travel outside for any non-profit organizations. Also I am hoping to help and spent time with people who are in need, suffering from poverty and are facing hard life situations, especially in under developed countries.

What's your favorite place to eat on campus?

My favorite event in Stony Brook is the campus lifetime events (CLEs). CLEs happen every Wednesday, it is a great time to relax and have fun. It turns out to be a good break from studying. Bookstore Liaison's office hold variety of events every week and it never fails to hit the mark.

What would you tell prospective Stony Brook students?

Stony Brook is a great place to pursue your undergraduate or graduate education. University offers variety of academic majors and what I could tell you is Do what you love. Follow your passion and you will never hate working on Mondays. I can assure you that Stony Brook can be a stepping stone in your career. There is enormous opportunities for you get involved on campus. Stony Brook offer many internships programs that will help you find the best job in your field of profession. At the end of the day- "Who am I? I am a Seawolf."

Phanitha Malisetti Phanitha Malisetti
Staff Assistant
High School: Gowtham Model School, India
Academic Year: Graduate student (G2)
Major: Computer Engineering

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

Well, it's difficult to predict about future but surely I would like to see myself in reputed position in a prestigious company, as a successful person.

What's your favorite place to eat on campus?

My favorite place to eat on campus would definitely be Starbucks. I love the chocolate chip cookies and pastries they have!!

What would you tell prospective Stony Brook students?

I would tell the prospective Stony Brook Students is, quickly identify your passion and work accordingly. Get yourselves involved in all that clubs which interests you. Don't forget to have fun!!

Ryan Hunter Ryan Hunter
Staff Assistant
Academic Year: Graduate student
Major: History

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

Pursue my Master's and then my PhD in either Russian or Byzantine history. Once I have done this, I want to teach as a professor at a university, while pursuing my own research interests, interviewing people, and writing.

What's your favorite place to eat on campus?

I just transferred to Stony Brook in the Spring 2015 semester, so I am hoping to find more places to eat. Right now, I really like the Wang Center's Jasmine Center. I used to work in the Wang Center, so on my lunch break I would go downstairs and order either their sushi or their Indian food. Both are inexpensive and delicious!

What would you tell prospective Stony Brook students?

Even though Stony Brook is known for the sciences, there are many wonderful opportunities for students who are preparing to study the humanities. URECA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) is an annual spring research symposium designed to allow students to showcase their research projects. Stony Brook is a research-heavy institution, which means that, if you find an area of research you are passionate about, there will be numerous opportunities for you to showcase your research and build your academic portfolio. So far, I have been immensely impressed by my experience of Stony Brook. It is a very high calibre school, well worth the cost of attending, and is one of the world's leading research universities.