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2014-2015 Student Life Awards Winners

The   Jerrold L. Stein Student Life Awards for Excellence in Student Leadership and Campus Involvement  is an annual celebration of the exceptional students, organizations, and advisors at Stony Brook University.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014-2015 Student Life Awards!  This year, the Student Life Awards committee received over 300 nominations. Over 70 students, faculty, staff, and student organizations were honored at the ceremony held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  Thank you to those who contributed towards making this ceremony a huge success.


Student Life Awards

Advocacy Leadership Award   Honors a student who has demonstrated strong leadership in generating campus wide awareness about existing social issues and advocated for change in the community.

2015 Winner: Christine Publik

Advocacy Program Award   Honors a unique program that makes the campus community aware of a major social issue and implements an action-based response.

2015 Winner: Students United for Action, "Light in the Dark"

Best New Organization Award   Honors a student organization that newly registered within the past 12 months and is dedicated to student life. This organization takes the initiative to make the organization visible on campus, has grown in membership since its recognition, and shows potential for continued growth and success on our campus.

2015 Winner: Music and Medicine

Community Service Program Award  Honors a community service program or project that has helped others in the community and provided enrichment through active service and service learning.

2015 Winner: Students Helping Honduras, "Thrift SHHop"

Collaboration Award   Honors a student organization that has consistently collaborated with a variety of student groups and/or University departments throughout the academic year to produce quality activities and/or services.

2015 Winner: Commuter Student Association

Distinguished Service Award   Honors an organization that has made a continuous effort to service the student body and the University community. This organization's efforts are exceptional, meaningful, and make a lasting impact on campus.

2015 Winner: Campus Community Emergency Response Team

Educational Program Award   Honors a creative program that promotes greater awareness of an existing academic, political, or social issue through educational efforts that enhance student learning and provide a meaningful exchange of ideas.

2015 Winner: National Society of Collegiate Scholars, "March to College Day"

Emerging Leader Award   Honors a freshman or sophomore student who has taken on leadership roles and has demonstrated significant progress towards achieving their leadership potential through campus and community involvement.

2015 Winner: Yi Gao

Innovative Leadership Award  Honors a student who utilizes creative and innovative leadership to enhance the University community. This can include the creation of new programs, implementation of new ideas, or the utilization of creative problem solving skills.

2015 Winner: Vincent Justiniano

Most Outstanding Student Organization Award   Honors an organization which has been able to fulfill its mission, involve the campus in its purpose, serves a leadership role on campus, is involved in the campus community, is open minded and diverse, has the ability to accept and overcome challenges, and sustains itself in creative ways.

2015 Winner: Alternative Spring Break Outreach

Multicultural Leadership Award   Honors a student leader who has displayed strong leadership on diversity and multicultural matters and has devoted time and effort to the improvement of the University community in the promotion and support of cross-cultural awareness.

2015 Winner: Jiahui Chen

Multicultural Program Award   Honors an innovative program that promotes cross-cultural learning and interaction, educates the campus community, and appeals to a diverse audience.

2015 Winner: Chinese Association at Stony Brook, "Fusion Festival"

Outstanding Advisor Award  Honors a faculty or staff member who has served as an advisor to a student club or organization. This advisor is involved with the student leaders offers knowledge and experience to the organization, and provides assistance and support on an ongoing basis.

2015 Winner: Eva Nagase

Recreational Leadership Award   Honors a student for their outstanding leadership in recreation, including sports and physical well being programs.

2015 Winner: Regina Zambrano

Recreational & Leisure Activities Program Award   Honors an outstanding recreational or leisure program whose outcome had a significant impact on the University community.

2015 Winner: Student Health Advisory Council, "22 in 22"

Social Program Award   Honors an exceptional campus program that has broad-based appeal provides opportunities to meet new people.

2015 Winner: Weekend Life Council, "Murder Mystery Dinner"

Student Life Enhancement Award   Honors an organization for developing and implementing improvements in the quality of student life. This organization fosters positive change within the Stony Brook community with focus on enhancing the student experience through effective programming and/or student activism.

2015 Winner: Hindu Students Council

The Elizabeth D. Couey Award  This award was established in 1974 in memory of the first Director of the Stony Brook Union and is awarded to a graduating senior for outstanding contributions towards the improvement and growth of student life at Stony Brook. Nominees must exemplify Elizabeth Couey’s unique qualities of exemplary service, visionary leadership, and an unceasing dedication to enhancing campus life. 

2015 Winner: Samson Woo

The Theresa Montenaro 200% Student Leadership Award   Throughout her 20 years as a custodian in the Stony Brook Union, Theresa Monetanaro was committed to providing a caring and safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff. This award h onors a junior or senior student leader who goes beyond the call of duty, regularly gives 200%, and exemplifies  Theresa Montenaro’s unique qualities, which include the ability to listen with understanding, guide without boundaries, give and take with love, and grow with each passing day. 

2015 Winner: Ashley Rizzotto

The Shirley Strum Kenny Steel Magnolia Award   This award is presented annually to a staff or faculty member who has demonstrated compassion and strength in support of enhancing the overall student experience. The award is named in honor of former President Kenny who was presented the first "Steel Magnolia" award by a group of students in 2009.

2015 Winner: Janice Constanzo

The Sister Margaret Ann Landry, RSHM Lifetime Achievement Advising Award   This award is presented annually to a staff or faculty member with 10 or more years of service, who has provided extraordinary commitment mentoring and advising individuals and/or student groups on campus. The award is named in honor of its first recipient, who received the honor in 2003.

2015 Winner: Rabbi Joseph Topek

Health Sciences Association Student Leadership Awards

School of Health Technology and Management

Athletic Training Program  - Emily Edwards

Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program  - Lidia Maciag, Jim Yee

Respiratory Care Program - Gary Heyman, Patricia Testa, Bisma Zareef

Health Science Program - Diana Gavrilova, Carolina Torress

School of Social Welfare - Grace Johnson

School of Nursing - Christina Burns, Emily Cauchi, Emily Cheng, Allen Chu, Jan Gregory Hipol, Samara Kravitz, Katrina Llanto, Kelly Reinhart, Jonathan Roman


Graduate Student Organization Awards

Distinguished Service Award - Mary Garvey

Andrei Antoneko Service Award - Lyl Tomlinson

Oustanding Advisor Award  - Dr. Charles Taber


Office of Student Activities Distinguished Service Awards

Fraternity and Sorority Academic Achievement Award - Pi Lambda Phi, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc.

Media Service Awards - Society of Professional Journalists, WUSB Radio, Blackworld


Undergraduate Student Government Awards

Most Dedicated Advocate Award -   Kimberly Pacia

Unsung Hero Award - Kenneth Myers

Best Proxy Award   - Oscar Icochea

Office Appreciation Award - Mary Howley, Elizabeth Frisenda, Gina Windisch, Denise Eylers, Thomas Kirnbauer

Emerging Leader Award - Nathan Blazon-Brown

Devotion Award - Jason Mazza, Jessica Flareau, Erik Hoerner, Billy Goodland

Best USG Department Award - Events Management

Outstanding Advisor Award  - Anthony LaViscount