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We Are of the Wolf Clan

By Sayma Tasnim

Published 2/9/2022

landscape wolf Honőtae:yő:nih stationed under the Grand Staircase in the Stony Brook Union.
Stony Brook University celebrates the 20th anniversary of the wolf project! This initiative took place in 2002 as a fundraiser for student scholarships where participants adopted a painted wolf. The idea originated from the NYC CowParade that showcases thousands of aesthetic cows that help raise money for different charities. About 30 statues were purchased from the same company used by the CowParade and were asked to design a Seawolf statue that would represent our mascot, Wolfie. Before Wolfie took the stage as our favorite seawolf, Stony Brook was represented as the “Patriots” to match Ward Melville Highschool in the Three Village Central School District. In 1995, Stony Brook University decided to acquire its own mascot, Wolfie. However, when the statues arrived, they were all wolves that stood on 4 legs because no one knew what a seawolf was. Seawolves are known as mythical creatures from native Alaskan origin that swim between lands just like other marine life. Nonetheless, these wolf statues were taken up by different artists to be decorated and find homes to live in as the auction continued.


NYC Cow Parade


Drawing of the internal departments that would paint a section on the wolf statue. 

Student Affairs decided to adopt their own wolf and have all internal departments find a section on the wolf to paint. Sixteen different departments came together to build a sense of community on campus. The statue is made of fiber and took a month to prepare and paint. Each department chose a spot on the wolf for example, the Career Center painted the tail in black and white zigzags to represent their home next to the Zebra Path. The departments signed their names on the wolves but many of these names changed over the years like the Counseling Center now called the Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPs). The wolf was completed with a custom metal collar with the Student Affairs logo!

To celebrate the end of the semester and the newly painted wolf, Student Affairs organized a summer celebration where the chief of the Seneca Indian Tribe was invited through the President’s office. At the gathering, the chief was asked to name the wolf statue as an honor to the seawolf origin. The chief performed a naming ceremony and presented the wolf with the name: “Honőtae:yő:nih,” meaning “we are of the wolf clan” or “we are many of the wolf clan,” and reminds students, faculty and staff that we are united at Stony Brook University. This wolf statue, now painted and named, was ready to “be the life of [the] party” as it was donated to other departments on campus to showcase the artwork. The wolf lived in the Dean of Students suite for many years but now finds it home under the Union’s grand staircase.

 Happy 20th Anniversary Honőtae:yő:nih!

Special Thanks to Dr. Suzanne Valazquez


Prior loan program for departments to adopt the wolf statue for a day!


Introducing the SASC Testing Center

And the Sensory Space

By Janell Boakye

Published 10/20/2021

testing center


Student Centers is pleased to announce that the Student Accessibility Support Center has officially opened their testing center! Initially, testing sites were located in meeting rooms in the Student Activities Center, but now is located in room 112 in the Stony Brook Union. SASC allows registered students who require testing accommodations a space where they can privately take exams. Students are not permitted to enter the center by walk-ins and instead will need to request an appointment. The center is open from Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM and on Fridays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The SASC team has done an exceptional job in accommodating every student’s needs within the space. In the center, students have access to lockers, private rooms, adjustable desks, computers, and more! There are about 45 individual spaces within the center and three private testing rooms for students who may need to use a scribe. There are overhead cameras installed at each station and room for proctors. The team has also provided a mix of rolling desk chairs and chairs with no wheels to fit every student’s preference. For online tests, students use the computers provided at each station that will be monitored. Before COVID-19, SASC proctored about 5,000 tests a year. Now that students are back on campus, the team hopes to continue helping even more students who can use this new space now! 

A new sensory space has also been introduced in the SASC office and is also offered online! Initially, this space was a waiting room, but now it is a vibrant room filled with moving bubble wall art, fidget toys, sensory pillows, weighted blankets and more. This therapeutic area helps students practice self-regulation. Students with autism, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or other mental illnesses can visit this room to alleviate stress. Stony Brook University understands mental health and wants individuals to feel comfortable on their campus. Students require different ways to calm down and focus on themselves.

UNITI Cultural Center Ribbon Cutting

By Sayma Tasnim

Published 10/14/2021


Join us at the Stony Brook Union for the UNITI Cultural Center Ribbon Cutting!

On October 23rd, the UCC will be open to all students on campus regardless of "race/ethnicity, gender, religion/spirituality, different albilities, socieeconomics staus, and other dimensions of soical identities."

To learn more about the new UCC on campus please visit Multicultural Affairs

Think Outside No Box Required!

CSPA NYS 2021 Annual Conference

By Janell Boakye

Published 10/6/2021

no box


To register for the conference, visit CSPA 2021 Annual Conference.

To access the video tutorials, visit Student Centers Youtube Channel

Our Associate Director of Events and Initiatives, Hedieh Yazdanseta, and our Audio Visual Services Coordinator, Michael Ingenito, will be co-presenting at the 2021 Annual College Student Personnel Association (CSPA) Conference during the week of October 18-21. The CSPA is an organization that focuses on providing programs and opportunities for graduate students who are struggling with networking and finding educators in higher education. Every year, the CSPA hosts an in person conference; however, due to current circumstances, the conference will be held virtually this year. 

Hedieh and Mike will speak on, “Training Staff With Focus On Different Learning Styles.” Their Think Outside The Box session will discuss how due to shifting from in-person to virtual last year, it was important to find alternative ways to train students without involving close contact between them. This was an important step to stay safe and healthy. Hedieh and Mike decided to create print guides and to upload Youtube videos with closed captions. This helped all students train including individuals who are hard of hearing. They provided a variety of training methods for different learning styles, such as Zoom group training, peer to peer training, hands on one-on-one training, and group training. During these sessions, Mike trained students to use advanced audio visual equipment, projectors, wireless microphones, and digital audio mixers. 

DJ Mikrowave!

By Sayma Tasnim

Published 9/14/2021


The Student Centers presents DJ Mikrowave! 


Our very own Audio Visual Services Coordinator, Michael Ingenito is excited to mix up music and fun for the Student Activities Center and Stony Brook Union! Join us on the following dates to enjoy good vibes and great beats.

Dates & Times:

September 16: 5-6PM @ Union Bridge

September 22: 12:30-1:30PM @ SAC Plaza

September 23: 5-6PM @ Union Bridge

Visit SB Engaged for more information!

The Grand Opening of the Union

By Sayma Tasnim

Published 9/7/2021


Thank you to everyone who made the Grand Opening of the Stony Brook Union a success!


History of the Union

The Stony Brook Union first opened in 1970 where it was home to student life on campus. Seawolves had access to a bowling alley, hair salon, and a bridge that extended from the Union to the library that some liked to call the “bridge to nowhere!” This was because the bridge extended out to the library but construction halted when funding was relocated to other academic buildings on campus. The bridge began from the Union but stopped midair and never reached the library! Mention of a bridge was speculated to be engineered for the new Stony Brook Union, but with a safer and more efficient campus, it was no longer necessary. Now the Stony Brook Union is home to many internal departments such as Student Life, Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO), Academic and Transfer Advising Services (ATAS), and many more!


Ribbon Cutting

The Grand Opening of the Union began with an amazing performance from our very own marching band, called the Spirit of Stony Brook! Following the band performance, Dean McClendon welcomed students, faculty, and staff to begin the ceremony. He also introduced the speakers for the day: President McInnis, Chancellor Malatras, GSO Speaker: Helena Van Nieuwenhuizen, and USG President: Manjot Singh. Each speaker spoke about their excitement for the new space on campus! The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band organized a drum roll for the ribbon cutting which announced the official opening of the Stony Brook Union! All Seawolves are welcome to this fantastic space and should feel free to use it as their “living room” on campus.

union lobby

Tours, T-Shirts, & Treats

The reception moved the crowd indoors where Past and Present Tours began led by our very own Director of the Student Centers: Howard Gunston and Event Managers: Oscar Ng, Nathaly Tavarez, Philip Liu, and Lesley Nnebe. Guests were led through the building and shown Club Hub, Programming Spaces, and our Interfaith Center where Chaplains had the opportunity to speak about the history, services, and resources they offer for our diverse student body on campus! Tours ended on the Union second floor bridge where we handed out vintage t-shirts! Special cookies with the same original SB Union logo were handed out in the Union lobby where guests were also given flyers about our Moonlight Tours taking place the following Saturday. 

All photos provided by Student Affairs.



Vibes After Five: Finals Week

By Sayma Tasnim

Published 4/22/2021


Are you looking for a relaxing location on campus to study for your exams? The best way to focus on your class materials is to surround yourself in a positive environment with good company! Come join the Student Centers during finals week to enjoy a comfortable place to prepare for your upcoming exams. The Student Centers will be playing soothing music in the evening for students to destress with friends before the end of the semester. This opportunity allows students to take advantage of their campus resources and finish off the school year strong!

Time: May 5th-May 19th, 5PM-Closing

Locations: Union Cola Lounge & SAC UCC Lounge

25Live Scheduling Training Series

By Sayma Tasnim

Published 4/8/2021


At the Student Centers, we use an online scheduling software called 25Live. Student groups and departments under Stony Brook University are expected to use 25Live to request spaces and resources for their events at the Student Activities Center and Stony Brook Union. Due to the impact of Covid-19, most events were cancelled and spaces were limited for social distancing regulations for the past year. Now that events are slowly getting back on track, more individuals are looking to host events. In order to help departments understand how to book spaces for meetings and events, our Event Services and Technology Coordinator, Aneil Persaud, is hosting a 25Live Scheduling Training Series through Zoom. 

These training sessions will take place once a month and are open to anyone interested in learning more about our scheduling system. Student groups book events through a program advisor in Student Engagement and Activities but are still encouraged to learn the online software on their own. With these trainings, Aneil wants to highlight important details on the scheduling system such as the difference between pre-event and setup time so that anyone trying to book an event through 25Live can feel comfortable and confident in doing so. 

Check out SB Engaged for future dates and time slots! 

Live Music at the Union!

By Aneil Persaud

Published 3/26/2021

Student Centers is proud to welcome Live Music in our COLA Lounge! In accordance with Vibes after Five, we are extending our music presence to incorporate live performances! This week we will host our very own DJ Mikrowave on March 24th at 1:00PM! DJ Mikrowave is our esteemed Audio Visual Coordinator and we are looking forward to an electrifying performance. On March 25th, we are collaborating with Community Music Programs to bring you a live string performance featuring our very own music students! Come listen to a support our students as they play classical masterpieces including Beethoven's String Quartet in E-Flat Major and Bela Bartok Sonatas! 

MK String

ACUI: Re-imagining Student Employment in Response to COVID-19 presented by Matthew and Samuel

By Sayma Tasnim

Published 3/18/2021

Our Risk Management and Assessment Coordinator, Matthew DeCarlo, and Facilities Manager, Samuel Sowah, had an exciting opportunity to present at the 2021 ACUI Virtual Conference! The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) helps colleges and universities all over the country network and communicate with each other which is especially helpful during this time to aid in professional growth and development of our unions. Matthew and Samuel prepared an informative presentation: Reimagining Student Employment in Response to Covid-19. 


During the conference session, Matthew and Samuel spoke on how the virus brought upon many inevitable changes within our department over the past year and emphasized how we adapted around this difficult time to still reach out and provide for students on campus. Colleges that may have undergone similar experiences to Stony Brook University had the chance to listen and learn about our remodel for student employment and how our previous structure shifted to accommodate new safety guidelines as well as projected the vision for the new future. These adjustments were difficult to plan for but student life is an important part of our campus where growth and learning is constantly taking place. Thank you Matthew and Samuel for your wonderful presentation!

A/V  Trainings with Mike

By Sayma Tasnim

Published 3/10/2021


Are you interested in learning how to use the Student Centers new and advanced audio visual equipment without requiring additional assistance from staff? Many of our event spaces offer resources for A/V accommodations that are available for students and staff to utilize. Whether for an event you’re organizing or to brush up on your personal skills, come join our Audio Visual Services Coordinator, Michael Ingenito, for an A/V Training to get comfortable with and to avoid mishandling this amazing technology! 

Michael looks forward to introducing the Crestron Touch Pads during these sessions which controls most of the A/V systems functions and abilities. Users will also be trained in how to troubleshoot when connecting laptops to HDMI along with many other related tasks. Throughout the semester, these live trainings will take place online with multiple camera angles and will be recorded to view later on.    

Make sure to stay updated with SB Engaged for dates and time slots that work for you!


Vibes after Five!

By Sayma Tasnim

Published 2/25/2021


Vibes After Five gives students the opportunity to engage with their community in a safe environment on campus. The Student Centers wants you to feel welcome in these buildings so anyone passing by is encouraged to study, socialize and enjoy music with one another while also maintaining a social distance. Every week, the Student Centers will arrange a chosen theme that will showcase different types of music to liven up and bring warmth to these spaces on campus. Students will be prompted to give feedback on what they would like to listen to whether it be student performances or a live production from our very own music department. Keep an eye on our SCALA screens for music choices and guest appearances! 

Come stop by with your friends to enjoy good music and have a great time together!

Time: Wednesday-Saturday, 5PM-Closing

Locations: Union Cola Lounge & SAC UCC Lounge



ACUI Virtual Conference Spotlight!

By Sayma Tasnim

Published 12/7/2020

Howard Gunston presented at the ACUI virtual conference on November 12th, 2020 about The Quest for Consistency in a Socially-Distanced Event Center! ACUI is the professional home to thousands of campus community builders around the world. Primarily focused on the work of those within the college unions and student activities field, the Association strives to provide an inclusive, welcoming community for all those who choose to belong.

The decreased engagement on campus has made it difficult to plan and manage Covid-19 friendly events causing many unprepared outcomes. Howard discussed the appropriate response to the pandemic and how to combat issues concerning rules and regulations for events while also keeping students safe on campus. He addressed the importance of staying consistent for the time being while the future is still unpredictable.

This is the 3rd year in a row that Howard has presented at ACUI, presenting in March of 2019 and October of 2018!



COVID-19 Pool Testing!

Stony Brook University is holding Covid-19 testing in SAC Ballroom A for students and employees. Free testing is currently open on campus. Pooled saliva tests minimize contact and insure efficiency. Making an appointment is done through an online form, however we welcome walk in inquiries with photo ID and a mask. Test results are administered within a few days and positive results are given immediately.

 Testing Dates and Times



Major Audio Visual Upgrades! 

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 Recently, we sat down with our A/V Coordinator, Michael Ingenito to give us his insight about the novel updates to our renowned Sidney Gelder Auditorium,  Ballroom spaces and Union meeting rooms. These remarkable efforts established state of the art audio-visual systems in our large   programming spaces. The Auditorium received a full digital audio and video renovation with upgraded   equipment and software systems. This includes Touch Screen HD Video Control, a 64 Channel Digital Mixing Board, Reinforced Speakers, Digital Equalization, and wireless video and audio projection. These renovations allow for simple streaming, versatile adaptations, and an enhanced listening experience. 

Our goal is to ensure the success of events and the delivery of excellent services. With these renovations, we hope to amplify the technological quality of current and future events. Please familiarize yourself with our tutorial videos !

Campus Life Centers A/V Tutorial Videos 


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