Browsing: Alumni Spotlight

For Eboné Carrington ’01, going “Far Beyond” meant taking a trip across the street. After years of overlooking Harlem Hospital from her balcony — and after earning her BS in Business Management at Stony Brook in 2001 — the Harlem native and 40 Under Forty honoree made history in 2016 when she became the Hospital’s youngest-ever CEO at the age of 37. Today, Eboné manages over 2,400 employees and a $200 million budget.  Still, her ties to Harlem Hospital go beyond her own work as CEO. Both of her parents have held positions in the Hospital, making for over 80…

Growing up in Queens in the 1950s and 60s, John Warkentin ’70 knew one constant in his parents’ house: an emphasis on education. “Education was the most important aspect of our lives growing up,” Warkentin recalled. “We were encouraged to read, to go to the library, to do our best in school. We didn’t have to get the highest grades if it wasn’t possible, but effort was looked upon very carefully.” Still, when the time came for John and his siblings to go to college, the cost was a concern. “My parents were traditional middle-class for the era,” Warkentin replied,…

When our alumni come to Stony Brook, they know they’ll leave with a world-class education. But many leave with much more — lifelong friends, once in a lifetime experiences and best of all, a Stony Brook love story. Here are just a few of the heartwarming Stony Brook Love Stories that have been shared with the Alumni Association. Share your own Stony Brook Love Story on social media with hashtag #SBULoveStories. Robin Fitzpatrick ’84 ’87 and Marianne Fitzpatrick (Pisko) “I was an assistant manager at the Rainy Night House Café in the union basement, and we hired my future wife…

Dominick Reyes ‘13 brings lessons he learned at Stony Brook into the UFC These days, Dominick Reyes is best known as “the Devastator,” but he’ll always be a Seawolf. Reyes, a three-year starter for the Stony Brook football team who graduated as the program’s all-time leader in tackles, is 8-0 in his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career, with his last two wins coming in the sport’s top promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Turning pro in 2014, Reyes supported himself as a technical support specialist at a California high school while fighting in regional promotions. Now, he’s making a…

At the age of 11, Stony Brook graduate Lora Webster ’17 was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that led to the partial amputation and reconstruction of her leg. Her life was changed but her ambitions were undeterred. Lora went on to pursue her academic, personal and athletic goals, including playing her favorite sport of volleyball at the highest level possible — as a Paralympian. She faced her misfortune and turned it into an athletic prowess that is as inspiring as it was remarkable. She represented the U.S. in the Paralympic Games four times between 2004 and 2016. The games,…

The ranks of black women leading colleges and universities in the U.S. are small, but growing. On October 27, 2017, Stony Brook alumna Barbara Gaba ‘69, PhD added her name to the list when she was sworn in as president of Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey, becoming both the first African-American and the first woman to lead the 50-year-old institution.   And, in less than three months, Dr. Gaba has already made significant moves to strengthen the college, bolstering partnerships with area high schools and creating new transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities in the Garden State. “My…

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is proud to announce the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree: John L. Hennessy, Stanford University President Emeritus and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Hennessy received his PhD ‘77 and MS ‘75 in Computer Science from Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “John Hennessy’s pursuit of excellence in higher education, and his passion for the advancement of technology, will impact generations of innovators and educators,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “With this honor, we thank him for his immeasurable contributions that inspire our…

Alum Gives Back Through Affordable Housing Projects Julio Bateau ’74 was homesick and needed to learn a new language when he found himself transplanted from Haiti to the United States as a sophomore in high school. As the tenth of twelve brothers and sisters, his family moved to New York City incrementally to escape the political turmoil of the Duvalier regime. “My goal was to attend college but because of the need for my parents to help support so many of my other siblings, I knew it would be almost impossible without a scholarship or financial aid,” he recalls. Fast…

Thirteen alumni have returned to campus to sit on four panels this month. Wolfie Tank:  Earlier this month, four alumni convened to sit on a panel as judges for Wolfie Tank, a Shark Tank styled event which gave the Stony Brook community the opportunity to make their Social Entrepreneurial pitch. The alumni panel was made up of: Derek Peterson ’88, CEO/Founder of Digital Fly, James Keane ’08, Global Director of Disruptive Growth Exploration at Anheuser-Busch InBev, Jonathan Bernard ’16, Founder of Street Leafs, and Youn Jung Chung ’15, Founder of Dal Entreprises. Alumni support extended beyond the panel – sponsors…

David Mark Silberhartz, MD, a 1980 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine, has been a psychiatrist for 33 years and is passionate about helping other physicians join his profession. He recently established the Silberhartz Family Award to provide funds to medical school graduates who are entering their residency training to become psychiatrists. The grant will be awarded for the first time next spring. “I hope to help attract the best and brightest students into psychiatry,” Dr. Silberhartz said. The Silberhartz Family Award is funded through a family trust that was set up years ago. “My parents taught my…

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