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Island Federal Credit Union’s New Research Lab Opens for Business

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At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 2, the College of Business Dean, Manny London, and Island Federal Credit Union President and CEO, Bret Sears, formally opened the Island Federal Credit Union Business Lab. The newly outfitted space, located on the third floor of Harriman Hall, provides a functional and private lab for research. The naming comes as part of a $3,000,000 philanthropic gift made by Island Federal Credit Union in 2014. Of that gift, $750,000 established three funds at the College of Business, including an endowment for banking education and research, a dean’s fund for excellence in finance and a…

New Scholarship Fund Takes a Bite Out of Education Costs for Dental Students at Stony Brook

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Ed Flower can only think of one reason why his friend of 60 years, the late Bernard Malberg, DDS, put him in charge of his charitable trust. For a laugh. “I suspect it was his idea of a joke,” Flower said, “to create this charitable trust, put me in charge, and not tell me what to do. He probably thought, ‘You’ll figure it out.’” That said, one of the things that Flower has “figured out” is anything but a joke for students at Stony Brook University’s School of Dental Medicine: how to distribute his friend’s money to defray the cost…

For Young Engineer Prabowo Setiawan ‘18, the Sky’s No Limit

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Could the toys we loved as children predict our future careers? Just ask Prabowo Setiawan ‘18, a mechanical engineering major and University Scholar. Setiawan began playing with Lego Bionicles when he was five. Today he is building rockets as a member of the Stony Brook Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). This past month the AIAA participated in the NASA student launch competition, which entails building a high-power model rocket launch vehicle. “I was able to put the Bionicles together even an early age,” he said. “My interest in building things has just increased as I…

Patricia Wright Receives CUNY Distinguished Alumni Medal

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Stony Brook University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Patricia Wright has been honored with the City University of New York Graduate Center’s 2018 President’s Distinguished Alumni Medal for her many years of research and conservation work in Madagascar. Professor Wright is best known for her study of social and family interactions of wild lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, a 106,000-acre World Heritage Site that she helped establish with the government of Madagascar. The park is home to many endangered species, including several species of lemur that she almost certainly saved from extinction. She is also founder of Centre ValBio, a world-class research station…

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence Honor Career Center All-Stars

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Nikki Barnett, Assistant Director of Alumni Career Services, and Joyce Guglielmo, Office Manager for the Career Center, both received SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Professional and Classified Service, respectively. The SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence acknowledge consistently superior professional achievement and encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Barnett has been with the Career Center since 2007, but has been working with Stony Brook since 2003 as both a graduate assistant and a residence hall director. In her role as Assistant Director for Alumni Career Services, Barnett single-handedly manages the alumni-student mentoring program and coordinates site visits for students to…

School of Medicine’s Three-Year Medical Degree is First in the Region

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Stony Brook University School of Medicine’s new medical training curriculum – the first of its kind on Long Island, and the second one in New York State – is preparing to welcome its first class of students this July. The new “3YMD” program enables medical students to complete their medical degree in three years instead of the traditional four years. The 15 students enrolled in 3YMD’s Class of 2021 will enter the physician workforce a year early, helping to address a nationwide shortage of physicians. The accelerated program also allows students to save on tuition costs and reduce what is…

Bias Against Frozen Vegetables Could Harm Health

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Negative attitudes toward frozen vegetables may be impacting consumption of healthy foods, according to research by Stony Brook marketing professors. Consuming enough fruits and vegetables is important for maintaining a healthy diet and reducing risk factors for obesity and obesity-related illnesses. However, it’s not always pleasant to eat vegetables and it’s estimated that 87% of the population in the United States doesn’t eat enough vegetables. Identifying barriers to vegetable consumption is important because lower income heads of households report they avoid buying fresh vegetables because they are afraid they will expire before they are consumed. Frozen foods offer parents and…

University Set to Host Final Championship of World-Wide Science Competition

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On July 12, 2018, Stony Brook University is joining The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) in presenting the Spellman High Voltage Electronic Clean Tech Competition. The event, open to the public, will take place in the Wang Center. As a highly rated “green” college, Stony Brook University is proud to host this international competition for a second year in a row. The campus invites everyone to join the event and meet these innovative students and see their projects. The world-wide, pre-college youth competition encourages participants to address real-world issues with a scientific understanding through research and design methods.…

Graduating Senior Makes Impact on Local Community Club with College Thursdays

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Mackenzie Deng, a graduating senior receiving his degree in Business Management, developed and implemented College Thursdays, a post-secondary education and preparation program for the Boys and Girls Club of Bellport (BGC). Every Thursday from October 12, 2017 to April 13, 2018, he hosted presentations, workshops and college campus visits for the club with the goal to prepare high school students in an underprivileged area for post-secondary education. While working with Ana Arias, the club’s director of teen services, Mackenzie successfully implemented more than 20 events. “I’ve spoken with some of the staff members at the club, and they stress that…

Seawolves Fall in Hard-fought NCAA WLAX Quarterfinals

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The No. 1 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse program’s record-breaking 2018 season came to a close on Saturday afternoon at Newton Campus Lacrosse Field, as the Seawolves fell in overtime to Boston College, 12-11, in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. With the loss, the Seawolves fall to 20-1 (7-0 AE) to finish the year. “I’m proud of our kids,” said head coach Joe Spallina. “I’d go to battle with that group any day of the week, I love each one of them. It stings, it definitely hurts.” “That said, you can’t ask for more, Spallina added. “Our defense responded well after a…

Reconnect with MBA Alumni at Network Reception

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Join Ed Fabian ’08, Chair of the MBA Alumni Network and your fellow MBA Alumni for this special reception. Learn more about the MBA Alumni Network, future programming, trends in the industry, share your feedback and insights and more! Thursday, May 24, 2018 6 pm Empire National Bank 1707 Veterans Memorial Highway #8 Islandia, NY 11794 RSVP today. Refreshments will be served. Please bring your business cards! Hosted by Douglas Manditch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Empire National Bank and member of the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.

SBU Celebrates Its Largest, Most Diverse Graduating Class at 58th Commencement

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Stony Brook University honored the largest graduating class in its history, granting degrees to 7,350 of the world’s brightest minds in a May 18 Commencement ceremony at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The Class of 2018 joins the ranks of more than 185,000 Seawolves worldwide, united by a vision of a bold new future. Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. affirmed his confidence in the graduates and the value of their education in his address to the Class of 2018. “The data shows that employers and graduate schools recognize the value of your degree, and that helps explain why…

Stony Brook Makes Forbes List of Best Value Colleges

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Forbes has released its 2018 list of “Best Value Colleges,” and Stony Brook University ranks No. 41 overall among 300 schools that provide students with the most bang for their buck. Stony Brook ranks at No. 18 among public colleges and universities, and received the highest ranking out of SUNY schools. The 2018 ranking is based on data from the Department of Education’s College Scorecard, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and PayScale, which examined  alumni earnings (20%), net price (20%), net debt (20%), school quality (20%), timely graduation (10%), and population of Pell Grant recipients (10%). Forbes also considered fees,…

Five Seawolves Get an Opportunity With NFL Teams

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The NFL Draft has still eluded the Stony Brook football program, but following Sunday’s final day of the draft, former Seawolves Timon Parris and Chris Cooper signed FA contracts with NFL teams and Tyrice Beverette, Ray Bolden and Stacey Bedell were each invited to an NFL Camp. Parris, the All-America LT from Floral Park, N.Y., signed a contact to join the Washington Redskins, while Cooper, a DB from Mount Vernon, N.Y., signed a contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Beverette was invited to the New York Jets camp, while Bolden will head down to Philadelphia for the Eagles camp and Bedell travels west to join the San Francisco 49ers camp. Parris started the first eight…

Payroll Deduction Drive Registers More Than 75 New Faculty and Staff Contributors

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The Stony Brook Foundation offered a match, and more than 75 members of Stony Brook University’s faculty and staff delivered the spark. During the months of March and April, the University’s faculty and staff had the opportunity for their payroll deduction contributions to the University to be matched by the Stony Brook Foundation for the remainder of 2018 through a matching challenge. The response was significant. When the challenge concluded on April 30, a total of 77 new donors had enrolled in payroll deduction, bringing the total number of employees donating through payroll deduction to more than 600 across the…

Participate in the Grad CareerFestival

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Participate in the Grad CareerFestival Massive 4-Day ONLINE career festival featuring 36 career authors June 26 – 29 from 11am- 7pm EDT daily Stony Brook students and alumni have FREE admission! Research suggests it takes the average grad 7.4 months to find a job! We want to help you find a job FAST! Each month you go without a job you are losing $3,000 to $4,000 in salary! That’s why we’ve partnered with TalentMarks and lined up 36 of the nation’s top career authors to provide you tips, tools and strategies you need to know to launch and lead a successful career. Each…

“It Was Only A Matter of Time”: Mother-Daughter Duo Graduate with Class of 2018

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In everything that Anastasia Roura pursued, her mother Helena was always there with words of encouragement. “She has been with me every step of the way,” said Anastasia, 24, of her mom, 44. This week, the two of them  will take one more step together, walking side-by-side into Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium as they graduate from Stony Brook University. For Helena, this moment was a long time coming. The Mastic, Long Island woman fell in love with a Navy man as a teenager. They were married and moved to Japan when Helena was just 19. She put her college plans on…

Top 12 Things a Graduate Should Know About ‘The Game of Life’

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Students spend their college years striving to meet the challenges of the workplace they will someday be entering. But not all students have a grasp of the more pragmatic matters they will no doubt face — from managing student loan debt to purchasing insurance, securing housing and even looking ahead to saving and investing their money. With that in mind, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services teamed up with the Bursar and Student Accounts to organize an event recently at the Student Activities Center Ballroom that was based loosely on a popular board game known as “The Game…

For Antony Bonavita ’99, ’09, Cleveland Rocks

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With the NBA Playoffs in full swing, and LeBron James trying to reach the NBA Finals for an inconceivable eighth consecutive season, the eyes of the basketball world are once again on Cleveland. That means that Antony Bonavita ’99, ’09 is busy making certain those like what they see…off the court, anyway. Bonavita is the senior vice president of facility operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena, along with the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters, the Arena Football League’s Cleveland Gladiators and the NBA G-League’s Canton Charge. It’s been an eventful eight years in Cleveland for Bonavita, punctuated…

Four Stony Brook Seawolves Named SUNY Scholar Athletes

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Four student athletes from Stony Brook University have been named recipients of the 2017-18 Scholar Athlete Award by State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. This award recognizes outstanding academic excellence and athletic achievement. Congratulations, Award Winners! Vince Erdei, Soccer Annika Sisson, Women’s Cross Country Vann Moffett, Men’s Cross Country Courtney Murphy, Lacrosse “It is my pleasure to congratulate our scholar athlete awardees for their achievement in the classroom and on the playing field,” said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. “All of those honored today are committed to excellence in their athletic pursuits, sportsmanship and personal development. They balance a…

Anthropology Professor Gabrielle Russo Breaks the Tape

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Scientist. Athlete. On May 6, 2018, Gabrielle Russo took first place in the women’s division of the Long Island Marathon with a personal best time of 2:50. Russo signed up for the race just the day before, viewing the race as an opportunity to “empty the tank” after a long racing season that included the Boston Marathon only three weeks prior and a 50K in March. Interestingly enough, her road running journey began just two years ago. An assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology since 2014, Russo moved to Long Island in 2016 after…

Popular SBU Mobile App Helps Drive Academic Success

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Abisha Anaston ‘19 has become an expert in juggling. As a full-time biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Anaston must keep track of homework, labs, exams and enrollment deadlines. Keeping up requires rigorous monitoring of her progress on several different websites. Sometimes managing your education can be complicated. As part of its ongoing commitment to student success and embracing the latest technological advances, Stony Brook University has purchased a license for a personalized smartphone application called Guide to help students stay on track. The response has been tremendous — according to a report from the academic news…

2018 Leo and Mickey Sreebny Lectureship and School of Dental Medicine Research Symposium

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Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine’s annual day of research — the Leo and Mickey Sreebny Lectureship and School of Dental Medicine Research Symposium — highlights research advancements in the field of oral health completed by members of the School of Dental Medicine (SDM) community. This year’s Research Symposium was held on May 2 at the Charles B. Wang Center and featured Yusuf Hannun, Director, Stony Brook Cancer Center, as Keynote Distinguished Lecturer. Introduced by the day’s Honorary Chair, Ira B. Lamster, Director, Global Oral Health Programs, Dr. Hannun presented on the goals, status and aspirations of the Stony Brook…

Stony Brook to Play in Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament

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The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced the teams and brackets for the 2018 Tip-Off Tournament presented by Citi. Stony Brook is one of eight teams participating in this year’s event that will include a pair of on-campus match-ups for each team before heading to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, for a neutral site championship bracket. George Washington, Holy Cross, Michigan, Norfolk State, Providence, Siena and South Carolina round out the participants in the tournament. “We are very excited to be a part of the 2018 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament,” said head coach Jeff Boals. “It is a…

PACE Center for Health and Wellness Honored for Services to Vulnerable Communities

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The Partnership to Advance Collaborative Education (PACE) is an interprofessional wellness center that focuses on meeting the health-promotion and disease-prevention needs of adults on Long Island. Located in Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine’s Dental Care Center, the PACE team includes a nurse practitioner and dental and social work professionals from Stony Brook University Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare. The PACE Center has been awarded an Honorable Mention for its work with “At Risk and Vulnerable Communities” by the US Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). According to USPHS and IPEC, teams were…

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