2015-2016 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 2015-2016 Student Life Awards! Thank you to those who contributed towards making this ceremony a huge success. This event was held on May 4, 2016.
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.
2016 Winner: Steven Adelson
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.
2016 Winner: SBU Global Innovation Team
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.
2016 Winner: Circle K for CKI Day of Service
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.
2016 Winner: Asian Student Alliance
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.
2016 Winner: Graduate Student Organization
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.
2016 Winner: SAAB Professional Leadership Institute
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.
2016 Winner: Christian Cole
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.
2016 Winner: Brody Hooper
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.
2016 Winner: Student African American Brotherhood
Multicultural Program Award Honors an innovative program that promotes cross-cultural learning and interaction, educates the campus community, and appeals to a diverse audience.
2016 Winner: Hillel Interfaith Discussion Series
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.
2016 Winner: Carol Della Ratta
Recreational Leadership Award Honors a student for their outstanding leadership in recreation, including sports and physical well being programs.
2016 Winner: Alexis Parkhurst
Recreational & Leisure Activities Program Award Honors an outstanding recreational or leisure program whose outcome had a significant impact on the University community.
2016 Winner: Weekend Life Council for Bust-a-Move
Social Program Award Honors an exceptional campus program that has broad-based appeal provides opportunities to meet new people.
2016 Winner: Commuter Student Association for Relax-a-thon
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.
2016 Winner: Cadence Step Team
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.
2016 Winner: Caitlin Weisz
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.
2016 Winner: Ruchi Shah
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.
2016 Winner: Cheryl Chambers
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.
2016 Winner: Urszula Zalewski
Graduate Student Organization Awards
Distinguished Advisor Award - Dean Taber
Distinguished Advocate Award - Dean Ecklund
Distinguished Service Award - Michael Gusev, Steven Jaret, Thomas Kirnbauer, Oscar Icochea
Undergraduate Student Government Awards
Oustanding Service Award - Taylor Bouraad
Most Dedicated Advocate Award - Drazen Bacarra
Unsung Hero Award - Jan Jaminal
Office Appreciation Award - Thomas Kirnbauer, Liz Frisenda, Gina WIndisch, Denise Eylers, Mary Howley
Emerging Leader Award - Alexander Bouraad
Devotion Award - Danielle Ali, Krisly Zamor
Outstanding Advisor Award - Christine Noonan
Spirit of Leadership & Community Award: Elmer Flores
Health Sciences Association Student Leadership Awards
School of Health Technology and Management Leadership Awards
Athletic Training Program - Samantha Caruso
Respiratory Care Program - Kimberly Villafane
Health Science Program - Peter Freiss
School of Social Welfare Leadership Award - Tiffany Hervas
School of Nursing Leadership Award - Hilary Au
Public Citizen Award - Tiffany Hervas
Most Professional Student Award - Brittany Wilbur
Outstanding Caregiver in a Clinical Setting Award - Ross Stephen
Exceptional Student Award - Joseph Poppa
Stony Brook Spirit Award - Matthrew Pierre
Most Influential Student Award - Kasandra Ortega
Merit Award - Cecelia Kim
Most Altruistic Student Award - Yanyun Lin
Recreational Leadership Award - Francis Gravano
Student Life Enhancement Award - Chantal Brown
Collaboration Award - Franklyn Garcia
Inclusion and Advocacy Award - Alaina Ingram
community Service Award - Caitlin Dowd
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