Jen Filasky |
Director of Advancement Events
What’s your favorite Stony Brook tradition?
Despite being a young institution, Stony Brook has many great traditions, and my favorite
is the annual Roth Regatta. For more than 30 years, teams of students, clubs and departments
have engineered boats out of cardboard, duct tape and paint, which are then raced
across the murky waters of Roth Pond. And while some boats don’t survive more than
a few seconds in the water, the creativity and design is still amazing to see. University
Advancement even entered one year with a Star Trek-themed vessel dubbed the “Scholar-Ship
Enterprise.” Whether you’re participating or spectating, the energy and excitement
around the Roth Regatta make it a unique campus tradition not to be missed.
A.J. Nagaraj |
Assistant Vice President for Advancement Strategy
What inspired you to join Stony Brook Advancement?
Although my career has spanned both the K-12 and higher education sectors, the common
thread has been a focus on equipping students from low-income backgrounds with opportunities
to advance into higher income brackets. Stony Brook has a national reputation for
both enrolling and graduating students from under-resourced communities, and this
was validated by a Stanford study ranking the institution #1 for social mobility among
all highly selective universities nationally. Whether it's raising funds for scholarships,
fellowships or endowed professorships, I know that our efforts are helping thousands
of students achieve the American dream.