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2013 Golf Outing on June 17 Raised Over $40,000 for Student Scholarships and Awards June 25, 2013 – The Stony Brook University Alumni Association will donate $125,000 to establish the ‘Seawolves for Life Alumni Scholarship Fund’ to benefit scholarship support for undergraduate students at the University. The gift was matched in full by the Simons Foundation Challenge, creating a $250,000 philanthropic impact. The scholarship was created for the highest performing students who show the greatest financial need. Sherry Sussman, MD ’91, ’95, Immediate Past President of the Stony Brook Alumni Association, who received her undergraduate degree from Stony Brook and…

85,000-Square-Foot Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center Encourages Sound Body and Mind Marilyn Hawrys Simons, Linda Hawrys Berenberg and Walter Hawrys, Jr. joined Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, and campus community members to honor their father’s memory and celebrate the dedication of the newly named Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center. Hawrys was a decorated World War II veteran whose determined spirit gained him success in business and in competitive race walking and helped him survive with pancreatic cancer for over 13 years. A native of Brightwaters, New York, Hawrys’ company, South Shore Brick Masons, completed…

Bishawi Recognized for Contributions to Research, School and Community The Stony Brook University School of Medicine Alumni Association presented a $10,000 Alumni Award to Muath Bishawi ’08, ’10, now in his final year of study, at the School’s annual White Coat Ceremony on August 18. The award is presented annually to a fourth year student who has made exceptional contributions to the field of medicine, scientific knowledge, the community and the School of Medicine through outstanding leadership, industriousness, innovation, and vision. Bishawi completed a Biochemistry Degree in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in Public Health in 2010 at Stony Brook…

Herrnsteins Donate $3M to Establish Global Health Institute, Simons Match Raises Total Impact to $6M On one of Jim Herrnstein’s early visits to Centre ValBio, a frantic mother rushed into the Madagascar research station carrying her four-year-old daughter. The little girl was burning with fever. It wasn’t malaria, but, beyond that, the cause of her sickness was anyone’s guess. A staff member sped the child to the nearest hospital, hours away, but the little girl didn’t survive the trip. Jim, having watched the events unfold, was deeply struck by the loss of the little girl. “There’s just an enormous need,…

As high school students, brothers Stephen and Vincent Della Pietra participated in a science honors program at Columbia University. The innovative science and technology they learned about opened their eyes to a world of possibilities and has been a major influence throughout their lives, the brothers say. They both went on to earn undergraduate degrees in physics from Princeton and doctorates in physics from Harvard. After conducting postdoctoral research at the Institute for Advanced Study, Stephen and Vincent forged rewarding careers at IBM, where they worked on statistical pattern recognition, and at Renaissance Technologies, the hedge fund where they both…

Married Couple Harvey Aronson and Irene Virag Teach Classes Together By Brian Harmon It was all about preservation. When professors Harvey Aronson and Irene Virag set out to establish a scholarship for narrative journalism at Stony Brook University, the married couple was intent on two things: preserving the art of narrative storytelling and preserving their legacy. “I care about writing. I really care about the written word, and I want it to carry on,” said Aronson, 85, who has taught journalism classes at Stony Brook in tandem with his wife since the creation of the University’s School of Journalism eight…

Matching gift from anonymous donor yields total impact of $164,000 January 11, 2013 – Stony Brook University has received an $82,000 gift from Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC, of Smithtown, NY, to support the expansion of Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. The gift will be matched by an anonymous donor, providing a total impact of $164,000. Eghrari’s gift will be used toward a major expansion of Stony Brook Children’s. Established in 2010, Stony Brook Children is the only children’s hospital in Suffolk County. With 100 pediatric beds, more than 140 full-time pediatric physicians and surgeons in 30 different specialties, and…

Suffolk Federal Credit Union and its members proudly contributed $15,000 to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, helping to make a difference in the pediatric healthcare community. Stony Brook Children’s offers comprehensive care for childhood illnesses by providing unique physician expertise, the latest technology and equipment, and support staff 24/7. “At Suffolk Federal, we are proud to come together with our members to support such a worthy cause,” said William J. O’Brien, President & CEO of Suffolk Federal. “It’s important to families across Long Island to know that children have access to such exceptional care through Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. We will…

Throughout his career as a business leader, attorney and television commentator, Matt Crosson was a passionate defender of the truth. As a New York City assistant district attorney, he was deputy chief of the Frauds Bureau where, in addition to investigating and prosecuting complex cases of bank fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement and international arms trafficking, he created what is now the national White Collar Crime Center. As chief administrator for management support of the New York State Unified Court System, he conceived and authored the Court Facilities Act, which led to the largest justice-related construction program in the nation outside…

Last winter, 16 Stony Brook University students traveled to Kenya where they tested their skills as foreign correspondents. The trip was sponsored by the University’s Journalism Without Walls program supported in part by the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, which was established at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism to honor fallen foreign correspondent Marie Colvin, who lost her life reporting on the Syrian conflict in February 2012. The Journalism Without Walls program brought the students to the Turkana Basin Institute in Northern Kenya where they reported, wrote and produced original multimedia and broadcast pieces. “I’ve never had…

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