Anna Lubitz Finds Her Voice
USG president prepares for leadership, makes time for music
This year’s slogan at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in Washington, D.C. – “I Found My Voice” – was particularly apt for newly elected Undergraduate Student Government (USG) President Anna Lubitz, who represented Stony Brook at the four-day symposium held at the University of Maryland.
As student liaison for the campus program "Elect Her," sponsored by Running Start and the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the multi-talented junior attended the conference to learn how to mentor other women with political aspirations.
“It was an amazing experience,” says Anna. “We had a tour of the capital, and the speakers were so inspirational. Afterward I set up a training program for women on campus interested in running for office. I also had an opportunity to speak to the AAUW about my experience in Washington. The conference really did help me find my voice.”
A biology major on the pre-veterinary track and a music minor with a concentration in vocal performance, Anna expresses her voice in arenas as diverse as Wall Street and the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
This past summer, Anna was selected to ring the NASDAQ stock market closing bell in Times Square, New York City, as Stony Brook’s representative on the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Student Council.
“In high school I once went to the closing ceremonies and viewed the bell-ringing from a high tower,” Anna says. “But this year I was actually asked to ring it, and I stood in the studio with Claes Nobel.” Nobel is Founder of the NSHSS Foundation and senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.
“It was an amazing experience,” says Anna. “I was so honored to be there.”
As for the stadium, Anna has sung the national anthem at numerous Stony Brook Seawolves football, basketball and lacrosse games. She has performed for the American East Football and Basketball Championships (see video below) as well as the NCAA National Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. Anna also plays flute in the marching band.
Anna interned last summer at the SUNY Global Center in New York City as a Jewish Federation of Women (JFEW) scholar in their International Relations and Global Affairs program. She was one of ten Stony Brook women selected for the program; ten women from Binghamton University were also chosen. Anna worked in the office of international recruitment with Vice Chancellor Mitch Leventhal on projects that ranged from assisting with editing the international viewbook to offering input on the office’s web page.
Anna’s start in leadership began in elementary school, when she joined student council. She went on to become junior class president and a participant in InSTAR, Ward Melville High School’s renowned science research program. Her mentor was Dr. Louis Gruberg in the Department of Cardiology.
An honors music student, Anna played piano, violin and flute. And she sang.
“Music has always been in my life, starting with my grandma,” says Anna. “She sang to me, and she taught me how to sing.”
Even though she plans to be a veterinarian, Anna hopes to keep all of her interests in her life in some way. Her many stellar accomplishments show that it can be done. The secret – or not-so-secret – is to create goals and follow them through.
“My grandma and my parents always encouraged me to pursue my dreams,” says Anna. “Don’t ever wonder, ‘what if?’ Then you’ll always wonder. Try everything.”
— Toby Speed
Anna Lubitz sings the National Anthem at the America East Basketball Championship, March 10, 2012.