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Stony Brook student activist Emily Withers has been selected as one of international anti-poverty organization Oxfam America’s CHANGE leaders for the 2018-2019 academic year. She is one of only 30 students chosen among campuses throughout the country for this competitive program. Through Oxfam’s CHANGE Initiative, Emily will gain leadership and advocacy training to prepare her to promote social change on campus. “It is an incredible opportunity to be selected for this prestigious program,” said Emily. “I have always been drawn to Oxfam’s mission of ending poverty, and gaining the skills to help this become a reality is invaluable. I can’t…

What did you do on your Spring Break? Visit family and friends, catch up on homework, or simply unwind and clear out your DVR? Alternative Spring Break Outreach (ASBO) used their week off to altruistically aid those displaced or in need. ASBO is a student-developed, student-run community service organization whose mission is to promote critical thinking, social action and civic engagement for a lifetime by combining education, reflection and direct service on the local, regional, and national levels. ASBO trains and immerses students in a purposeful service experience designed to connect students and community members while enhancing growth, mutual awareness,…

New dates have been announced for Responding to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (R.E.D.I.) seminars offered to the Stony Brook University community. The REDI Project, an extension of the the Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, provides the opportunity for administrators, faculty and staff to attend a six-hour diversity seminar, geared toward increasing the understanding and celebration of the cultures that contribute to our diverse campus community.  The nature of the seminar provides a safe space for the timely and sometimes sensitive, yet necessary discussions related to the diversity issues of concern to the campus community. Seminars are conducted over a six-hour period (with one hour for lunch)…

Ten students from the Catholic Campus Ministry Center at Stony Brook University travelled to Wyoming County in West Virginia for a Spring Break Mission Trip March 10-17. A part of the Appalachia region, Wyoming County is a rural area of more than 500 square miles. Over 30% of households in the County have an annual income of less than $20,000 and less than 9% of residents have a college degree. Joanne Buonocore, the Center’s Minister, led the students to the location and managed a partnership with Appalachia Service Project, whose goal is to repair and rebuild substandard housing in Central…

Did you know the quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population is young, healthy, non-smokers? Screenings take less than 10 minutes and can catch oral cancer early when survival rates are high. In support of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, the School of Dental Medicine (SDM) will be hosting free oral cancer screenings on Monday, April 2, from 9 am to 4 pm in front of Stony Brook University Hospital within the SDM’s Mobile Dental Clinic, a mobile van featuring three fully equipped operatories. Additional free screenings will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April at the SDM’s Dental Care Center by…

Red Watch Band (RWB) continue their trailblazing bystander intervention lifesaving training program through various outreach and education initiatives. Alcohol and other Drug Outreach Specialist Kerri Mahoney presented at the 2018 Student Affairs Conference at New York University on Friday, February 16, highlighting RWB aspirational techniques to universities throughout the country. The RWB program teaches students and staff how to identify the signs and symptoms of an alcohol overdose to prevent death from toxic drinking, and since it was implemented in 2009, it has trained over 8,000 people in the Stony Brook community. Mahoney’s presentation at the Student Affairs Conference focused…

There is widespread agreement that more young people to pursue careers in STEM, particularly women. Providing challenging and engaging opportunities outside the classroom during high school has a major impact on inspiring students to continue in STEM fields during college. The Garcia Research Scholar Program, part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is Stony Brook’s most prestigious pre-college program, with nearly 40 percent of participants continuing to medical school, and another 33 percent going on to graduate programs in STEM. The Garcia Research Scholar Program engages young students in polymer material research and helps guide them towards possible career…

On February 20, the New York Blood Center held a blood drive at the Student Activities Center in collaboration with the University. The 189 donations received can potentially save the lives of 567 people. The amount of donations surpassed last year’s same-date effort. This event also supported enrollment of six individuals into the LiveOnNY organ donor registry. Many efforts made this event successful including the Campus Broadcast email, a radio broadcast through WUSB, and donated vouchers with two admissions for each donor to Staller Center’s Spring Film Series. Promotional effort through the SBU Student Blood Drive Committee in collaboration with…

Stony Brook University salutes Women’s History Month with educational and social programs that commemorate the historical achievements of women and address the contemporary issues that affect them. Below are some program highlights. For a complete list of Women’s History Month events and locations, please visit stonybrook.edu/womenshistory. Thursday, March 1 Diversity Film Series: Miss Representation, 6 pm to 7:15 pm, West E Commons Join a discussion about gender roles as you watch clips from the documentary Miss Representation, a film that explores how media sells the idea that women’s value lies in their youth, beauty, and sexuality, and that men learn that their…

Before taking a Stony Brook University course in news literacy, 17-year-old Alex Macholz, a student at Northport High School, never thought to question the source of the news he was exposed to.   “The news literacy course has changed my thought process,” he said. “I have learned to be more skeptical of what I read, leading me to make sure I verify the source of where the information comes from.” What began at Stony Brook as an effort to encourage critical scrutiny of the news is now gaining traction in local schools, and has even found its way overseas. The…

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