Browsing: Giving Back

Allison Van Cott believes in the power of music to heal. “Music was my sanctuary growing up. As a teacher, I’ve taught that to my students. It’s not about going to Carnegie Hall: it’s about the feeling that music brings you,” Van Cott explains. Van Cott initially got into Stony Brook in the ‘80s on a piano audition. She hadn’t even done her SATs at the time. “Things were a little different,” she said, laughing. However, she didn’t stay at the University, choosing instead to teach piano lessons for children and to focus on raising her daughter. As a result,…

With literary works dating as far back as 300 BCE, the Tamil language is nearly as old as Hebrew (335 BCE), and stands next to Chinese as the most enduring classical language still spoken today. Yet remarkably, while dozens of U.S. colleges and universities have Hebrew or Chinese language and cultural studies programs, only a handful offer Tamil. Bala Swaminathan and his wife, Prabha, are determined to change that. The couple has created the Anandavalli and Dr. G. Swaminathan Endowed Research Professorship in Tamil at Stony Brook University in honor of Bala’s mother and father.  Studying an ancient yet still…

The shape of Long Island is instantly recognizable to its nearly 8 million inhabitants, from the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens to the North and South Forks of Suffolk County. Twenty thousand years ago, however, what we know today as Long Island would have been unrecognizable to modern eyes. The prehistoric Long Island’s shoreline was hundreds of miles further out, with the landmass that we know today buried under a continental glacier. That glacier dumped tons of sand, rock, and other sediment into the region over thousands of years, until melting water began to outpace ice renewal.…

A special reception was held on January 8 for the three grand prize-winning students from Half Hollow Hills High School who won the prestigious 2017 Siemens Competition — the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Arooba Ahmed, Jiachen Lee and Jillian Parker were honored by the Board of Education along with their mentor, Associate Professor Ken-Ichi Takemaru from Stony Brook University’s Department of Pharmacological Sciences. Also honored was Stony Brook University alum Michael Lake, who is Research Director for Half Hollow Hills School District. In December 2017, the SBU-mentored team was awarded a $100,000…

I graduated in Computer Science at SBU in the class of Dec 2014. Research & Education, on-campus hands-on development and other career opportunities in my domain helped me position myself better to land a full-time offer and grow my career. I specifically remember my conversation with Prof. Himanshu Gupta who mentored me when I needed a coach regarding long-term career trajectory. I believe Stony Brook University was there when I needed them most, and now as an alumnus, it is my time to give back. —Pathik Sharma ’15, Technical Account Manager, Amazon Inspired by Pathik’s story? Click here to make your gift…

To invest in Stony Brook is to give back to the university that offered so much to my development and provided opportunities for my future. I am investing not just in the school but in the students that go there, in the hope that they will benefit however the University utilizes the donation. My wish for the gift is to improve at least one student’s experience at Stony Brook. A student’s experience is the true representation of the University’s success and thus improving its reputation. After attending the University for five years studying engineering, I would like this to…

More than 250 members of the New York Indian American community and Stony Brook University attended the 20th Anniversary Gala of the Bishembarnath and Sheela Mattoo Center for India Studies in Great Neck on October 29. This event, attended by many esteemed guests including Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Consul General of India Sandeep Chakravorty, celebrated the remarkable growth and success of the Mattoo Center for India Studies as well as its ambitions for the future of India studies at Stony Brook and beyond. “We need more Centers like this to train the…

The Stony Brook Alumni Association has reached an exciting milestone this year – total SBAA giving towards the Campaign for Stony Brook has surpassed $1 million. The Stony Brook Alumni Association is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to reach, serve and engage all Stony Brook alumni, students and other constituencies to foster a lifelong intellectual and emotional connection between the University and its graduates. “I’m very proud of this milestone,” said SBAA Board President, Bedel Saget. “The Alumni Association’s giving of over $1 million (to date) to the Campaign is a testament of our support of President Stanley’s “Far Beyond”…

The State University of New York is working collaboratively with the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW) to offer exciting scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants. Approximately 70 women have received the scholarship at Stony Brook alone since the program’s 2011 inception. The JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program, funded by JFEW, is a two-year program for students from Stony Brook, Binghamton and Geneseo universities. It provides recipients with two years of scholarship support (up to $5,500 each year), a monthly seminar series for two academic years and, perhaps best of all, a paid internship in a New York-based global…

As many of us pause to consider our good fortune, faithful friends and loving families, please know that the Stony Brook community is grateful for you and all that you do to support Stony Brook’s mission.

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