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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?

Every semester my staff and I work to ensure that students are able to view their "recommended and required" course material information at the time of registration on SOLAR. This process ensures that the University meets HEOA compliance under the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This information is also shared with our University Bookstore to ensure they have all course materials in time for the start of classes. I liaison with faculty and students in order for them to achieve the best experience possible when utilizing the services of the University Bookstore. An additional layer of service we offer here is a "complementary" Desk Copy Service for faculty. The Bookstore Liaison's Office with the assistance of the University Bookstore obtain desk copies from publishers for use to teach their class. Fun events at the Bookstore are also hosted by our office on Wednesday's during Campus Lifetime Events, it is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and organizations to hold performances. We are always seeking new talent and fun ideas for these events! 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: Senior
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.

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."

Vlad Moraru Vlad Moraru
Staff Assistant
High School: Midwood High School
Academic Year: Junior
Major: Biology

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

I hope to one day be able to settle down, figure out the path that I wish to take in my life and do it.

What's your favorite place to eat on campus?

My favorite place to eat on campus is Jasmine. Going to Jasmine is like stepping into a different culture and that is the best part about it.

What would you tell prospective Stony Brook students?

Currently I am involved in Student Voice, involved in Pre-Health Professionals Club, and the SBU Archery Club.

Joseph Bocchino Joseph Bocchino
Staff Assistant
High School: Edward R. Murrow High School
Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology

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

After I graduate I hope to: I hope to pursue a career with the NYPD until my Marine Corps enlistment is over. Once it is, I plan on moving to Alaska and joining the Alaska State Troopers.

What's your favorite place to eat on campus?

I like to eat everywhere. Any place that sells food that is high in protein, and not loaded with salt usually gets my vote. Jasmine and the SAC have good options.

What would you tell prospective Stony Brook students?

I would tell prospective students to anyways seek to better themselves and never settle for less than greatness. Live a life wishing you handn't done something rather than wishing you would have. Make decisions based on happiness, not on cost or difficulty.