Browsing: Alumni Spotlight

Joseph Moreno ‘96 is ready for his closeup. An honoree at Stony Brook’s inaugural 40 Under Forty celebration in 2014, Moreno has been highly visible on CNN in recent weeks, providing legal analysis for the network’s coverage of investigations and court cases surrounding President Donald J. Trump and his 2016 campaign. Moreno’s analysis of the legal issues at play has provided a key complement to the political analysis from CNN’s array of political pros, helping viewers get a more complete understanding of the news from Washington. When he’s not under the TV lights, Moreno puts his legal mind to work…

From 1962 to 1966 I was an undergraduate English major at the brand new Stony Brook campus of the State University of New York. I had wanted to live on a college campus and this was the only “away” school my parents would allow me to attend, since it was a mere 30 minutes from the family home on Long Island. The school and campus were not what I have since come to appreciate as a university; it was essentially a large construction site for my four years there. My freshman year, there were two completed structures: a dorm (one…

When Daniel Cacace ’15 first came to visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory during Summer Sundays as a young boy, he already felt there was something special about the Lab that was just down the road from his family home in Shoreham. “I was always an inquisitive kid and liked figuring things out,” said Cacace, who also visited the Lab as a participant in the bridge and maglev contests. Fast forward to 2014 and Cacace, then studying mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences at Stony Brook, spent his summer working as an intern…

Deepti is the founder and CEO of FoodtoEat. She also works as an advisory council member on the NYC Food and Beverage Hospitality Council, works as a Global Shaper, and is on the Board of Directors for multiple businesses. She has been featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and continues to volunteer for multiple organizations. Company: FoodtoEat Degree Type: Bachelor of Science in Political Science & Business Management What’s your 30-60 second elevator pitch? We are a corporate catering concierge service with a focus on working with immigrant, women, & minority-owned businesses. It is our mission to bring people…

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…

Monday, April 30 marks the sixth annual International Jazz Day, but for Tom Manuel ’16, every day is Jazz Day. Manuel, who earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University after a distinguished career teaching music in Long Island public schools, is the president and founder of the Jazz Loft, a unique museum and performance space in Stony Brook. His accomplishments in establishing the Jazz Loft have been covered in The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Newsday, Jazz Inside Magazine and JazzEd Magazine, and he was honored in January as one of Stony Brook’s 40 Under Forty alumni.…

Rebecca Grella ’99, ’01, ’12 is a great believer in the art of telling a story, and she’s authoring a truly remarkable one as a research scientist, teacher and science consultant in the Brentwood Union Free School District. Honored in January as a Stony Brook 40 Under Forty alumnus, Grella has developed a state-of-the-art lab at Brentwood High School, bridging the gap between her students and scientists at Stony Brook in a way that continues to make a difference. Brentwood was featured this past fall by WCBS after two of Grella’s students, Brian Torres and Pastor Martinez, were named semifinalists…

Each year the School of Dental Medicine Alumni board receives nominations to recognize one of their outstanding alumni as the Distinguished Alumnus award (DAA) recipient.  This year, the board received a number of nominations, but unanimously selected Dr. Man Wai Ng ’89. Dr. Ng is the Dentist in Chief at Boston’s Children’s Hospital which is ranked by US News and World report as the #1 hospital in the nation.  She is also Associate Professor of the Department of Developmental Biology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Previously Dr. Ng was chief of the Department of Dentistry at Children’s National…

Kelsea Johnson ’17 is ready for you to hear her Voice…live! And having the Stony Brook University community at her back, she says, is both comforting and inspiring. Just under a year after earning her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook’s College of Arts and Sciences in just three years with a dual major in Psychology and Sociology, the native of Newark, Del. will sing live on NBC on Monday night, April 16 during the Live Playoff round of the network’s hit singing competition The Voice. A member of “Team Alicia,” coached by 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys, Johnson has earned…

Kelsea Johnson ‘17 arrived on NBC’s The Voice singing “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” and “Don’t Let Go,” sending a message that she doesn’t plan on losing or letting go any time soon. Now the recent Stony Brook graduate is ready to sing live for the entire nation, representing “Team Alicia” when The Voice begins its live playoff round on Monday night, April 16, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Throughout her run on the show thus far, Johnson has enjoyed the support of her alma mater, retweeting and replying to messages on Twitter from the University (@stonybrooku), the College of Arts…

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