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Student Centers Team Highlights


Aneil Persaud - Supervisor of the Year Award Winner!


The Stony Brook Career Center awards Aneil Persaud with the Supervisor of the Year Award for being an outstanding leader to student staff at the Student Centers. By receiving this award, the career community on campus can recognize a model supervisor and Aneil’s exceptional mentoring work. As a supervisor, he has gone above and beyond in educating and directing student employees whether interacting with external clients or internal departments. With Aneil’s help, many student staff members have gained important professional work experience such as strong customer service and communication skills. His quick thinking has demonstrated how to effectively resolve conflicts in their workplace so that students can learn how to do so on their own. Aneil’s attention to detail reminds his student employees of the importance of dedicating time and effort to any task or project at hand. As an amazing supervisor, Aneil always offers his helpful feedback so that students can continue to learn and grow in the workplace. Aneil takes every opportunity to motivate his student employees to further their professional experience. Congratulations Aneil Persaud!


Matthew DeCarlo - Richard D. Blackburn New Professional Award Winner!


The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) rewards emerging professionals in this field who are exceptional with involvement on campus and within ACUI. Matthew first started working at college unions in his freshman year as an undergraduate and now he greatly contributes to the tremendous success behind Stony Brook’s Union. His passion highlights his strong leadership where he constantly engages with the campus community such as his building tours in the Student Activities Center and Union. He helps to welcome students and staff into these wonderful buildings that hold an important vision for Stony Brook’s future. Matthew also had the incredible opportunity to present at the ACUI Conference this past week where he talked about his own experience here at our Union to help other colleges at the conference. He spoke on Reimagining Student Employment in Response to Covid-19. His powerful and informative presentation gave insight on changes made under our department due to current unfortunate times and how we adapted to provide students with the chance to grow with these changes. Matthew makes it a priority to take initiative whenever possible to enhance student life on Stony Brook’s campus. Congratulations to Matthew DeCarlo!


Aneil Persaud - Student Affairs New Professional Award Winner!


Aneil Persaud has been awarded the Student Affairs New Professional Award for his exceptional service to the Student Centers in his role as the Event Services and Technology Coordinator at Stony Brook University.  Aneil's role in the operation is vast, managing the scheduling office, which includes the processing and management of roughly 4000 events (pre-covid) annually, managing our department website and marketing, along with supervising student staff in various roles.  One of the many hats Aneil wears is serving as the technology guru for our department.  He manages the scheduling software, inventory and training for our division. Aneil’s work ethics and determination is unlike any you'd have the opportunity to work with, on a personal level and in the office he is a goal setter and go getter. This Fall he began the HEA program and it’s his passion to work with students and develop them for life beyond graduation that has reinforced his career path for the field of Higher Education.  Congratulations to our very own Aneil Persaud!


Samuel Sowah - LICSPA Individual Excellence Award Winner!


Student Centers would like to congratulate our facilities manager, Samuel Sowah, on his incredible and well-deserved achievement! The LICSPA Individual Excellence Awards are presented to those who have been innovative in their use of technology and creative methods in updating their operations, supporting their team, and facilitating the shift to remote work. These are individuals that care deeply about their facilities and the communities they serve, extending beyond their professional responsibilities in order to uplift and support students & colleagues through the unprecedented adversities of this past year.

As a facilities manager, Sam is seen executing event setups and managing events as they occur. He engages with the students on his team as a mentor, advocating for their well-being in the sincere and accepting environment he has fostered. In light of the challenges and difficult conversations that have been had this year, Sam has stepped forward as a supportive figure in understanding the effects of these events on students and staff. He has taken on the greater responsibility of building a space for his students to express their concerns and support one another, offering advice, mentorship, and comfort to those in need. Sam has also extended his care to those that no longer work with him, emphasizing the feeling that his team is forever like family. Thank you, Sam, for your great work!


Charlie Beier - Chancellor's Award Winner!



The SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence honor the individuals dedicated to the advancement of their university and the community it serves. The five categories, Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Teaching, recognize the vast skill set of our outstanding faculty and staff, and those who exceed expectations in their field. The Award for Excellence in Professional Service is bestowed upon the candidates who not only fulfil the requirements of their position, but succeed in the quest to go far beyond their professional obligations. This includes an inventive outlook on leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving, with an ability to remain flexible and adapt to the needs of the university. 

In the search to identify these distinguished members of our community, the selection process is thorough and competitive. Candidates are nominated by a local committee on their campus, and their nomination portfolio is extensively evaluated by System Administration. Of the candidates recognized for their Excellence in Professional Service in the 2020-2021 academic year, Charles Beier is one of only nine recipients at Stony Brook University. He has been an invaluable member of Student Centers for over 20 years, and we would like to congratulate him on his achievement and express our gratitude for the effort he puts into his work each day. Charles has set a great example for the members of our university, and continues to surpass expectations with both warmth and appreciation toward the community he serves.


Student Affairs Distinguished Service Award Winners


 Hedieh Yazdanseta , our esteemed Associate Director of Events and Initiatives, received the   Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding  Service  for establishing professionalism, creating unity, and reevaluating inefficiencies in the Student Centers Reservation office. Hedieh   notably encouraged positive gestures on a Team Board in the office, allowing employees to leave uplifting notes for each other. By fostering   appreciation and lifting spirits, Hedieh serves as wonderful and caring supervisor. She strives for high standards and professionalism with   clients and has worked to eliminate inefficiencies in payroll and reservations systems. Congratulations Hedieh! 


   Stefano Caruso , who serves as one of our exceptional Facilities Managers, received the   Distinguished Service Award for Student   Development   for expanding transferable skills for students, creating training opportunities, and nurturing the Student Centers employees.   Stefano consistently displays leadership qualities and serves as a model when focusing on details. By providing training materials and   onboarding programs, he has established a work environment that encourages access, direction, and mentoring opportunities. Stefano’s   excellence truly puts the “team” in teamwork and fosters a work environment that also serves as a family. Congratulations Stefano!