Message from the Faculty Athletics Representative
Last year (2012-2013) was a banner year for Stony Brook athletics and student-athlete academic honors. Let me start with an overview of some of the many academic honors Stony Brook student-athletes brought home. Stony Brook had 212 students on the America East Honor Roll requiring a minimum GPA of 3.0. This number represents a 10% increase from the previous year (2011-2012). Eighty-two of our student-athletes achieved GPAs of 3.5 or better and were recognized by the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll. This figure also represents a 10% increase over last year. In addition to America East honors, five student-athletes received SUNY Chancellor’s Awards and the overall student-athlete GPA averaged a 3.08. Health Sciences, Business, Biology, History and Sociology continue to be the most popular majors among our 435 student-athletes.
As for athletic honors, Stony Brook teams won nine conference championships last year, six of which were garnered by our women’s teams. Sixty-five SBU student-athletes were All-Conference selections in their respective sports and seven were recognized as all-Americans in 2012-13.
In addition to academics and athletics, Stony Brook student-athletes continue to be deeply involved in community service. Some of the important events in which student-athletes play a major role are the Walk for Beauty, Stuff-a-Bus Toy Drive at holiday time, the Miracle League of Long Island, and ongoing visits throughout the year by many team members to Stony Brook University Hospital.
Participation in NCAA Division I Athletics continues to bring a great deal of attention to our campus and in doing so also enhances the Stony Brook experience for our students as well as our student-athletes. The record crowd in LaValle Stadium of over 11,000 at homecoming this year represents the largest attendance at an event on campus in our history. Proud alumni are returning to campus in greater numbers for sporting events and to renew their ties with the University. With the successes of our women’s and men’s teams coupled with individual academic achievement, the impact of Stony Brook Athletics on campus and in the community continues to grow.
I hope everyone will support our student-athletes who work hard in the classroom and on the courts, fields, and track. I urge everyone to wear red and attend games! As Athletics flourishes, it is assuming an important place along side of the many great offerings and activities that enrich campus life. Go Seawolves!
Randy Susman, Faculty Athletics Representative
Professor of Anatomical Sciences