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Stony Brook University honored the largest graduating class in its history, granting degrees to 7,350 of the world’s brightest minds in a May 18 Commencement ceremony at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The Class of 2018 joins the ranks of more than 185,000 Seawolves worldwide, united by a vision of a bold new future. Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. affirmed his confidence in the graduates and the value of their education in his address to the Class of 2018. “The data shows that employers and graduate schools recognize the value of your degree, and that helps explain why…

Stony Brook University will launch a record 7,350 students into a future far beyond the ordinary as the University’s 58th annual commencement ceremony takes place Friday, May 18, beginning at 11:00 am in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith  will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, recognizing the tremendous impact she has had on the world as a poet and as an educator. Degrees to be awarded to Stony Brook graduates include 4,530 bachelor’s, 2,010 master’s, 620 doctoral and professional, and 265 certificates. Graduates range in age from 18 to 77 years and represent 42…

Any tears shed following longtime Stony Brook University conductor David Lawton’s final opera performances on April 28 and April 29 were no match for those that Lawton himself cried as a 5-year-old while attending a dress rehearsal of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor conducted by his father. “During the final chorus I began to weep because the music was so unbearably beautiful I didn’t ever want it to end,” he said. “My father was a very fine choral conductor and I learned an immense amount from attending his rehearsals at an early age.” For Lawton, 76, his glorious…

Redoubling its strategic commitment to global engagement, Stony Brook University is ramping up its outreach and recruitment efforts, aided by a battery of tools and tactics now in place to achieve even greater internationalization. Five years ago, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. laid out a strategic vision aimed at enhancing the University’s engagement with the world: “Stony Brook University will have a global impact through focused and well-resourced engagements with select international partners in critical areas of education and research, and by increasing the number of students who engage in international programs.” That vision was triggered by three key factors:…

Nearly 700 guests gathered on Wednesday evening at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers to honor one of America’s most dedicated and energetic art and education benefactors, Dorothy Lichtenstein, at the annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala.  The philanthropist and wife of the late artist Roy Lichtenstein was recognized for her long-running support of a host of arts, cultural and science initiatives at the University, including the Stony Brook Southampton creative writing and film program, one that provides a vital incubator for students and established writers and filmmakers at campuses on Long Island’s East End and in Manhattan. Since its inception in 2000, the Stony Brook…

Psychology and Sociology alumna Michelle Olakkengil is poised to be an agent of change in the field of global health. Thanks to her impeccable record of academic excellence and leadership at Stony Brook, she now has the backing to take her next steps educationally and professionally. Olakkengil ’17 has been selected for the prestigious Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship. She competed against applicants from across the country and was one of only 10 selected from a pool of 244. Michelle is the first ever recipient of this award from Stony Brook University as well as from the entire SUNY system.…

Stony Brook University’s Tanzania Study Abroad program recently won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Innovative Study Abroad Program for 2017–2018.  The award will help fund this summer’s trip to the eastern African nation, to be led by Kamazima Lwiza, director of the undergraduate programs in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and Thomas Bilfinger, MD, ScD, professor of surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital. Faculty members from both sides of campus are working together to send students abroad on the academic program. “My trip to Tanzania was life changing in the sense that it affirmed my career goals and…

Stony Brook University will honor Dorothy Lichtenstein at its 19th Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala, Wednesday, April 11, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, hosted by the Stony Brook Foundation with special guests and friends of Stony Brook Southampton television journalist Jane Pauley and “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau. Lichtenstein is being recognized for her long-running support of a host of University arts and cultural programs, including the Stony Brook Southampton creative writing and film programs that provide a vibrant incubator for emerging and established writers and filmmakers located on Long Island’s East End and in Manhattan. Since its inception…

Stony Brook University officially opened its brand new LGBTQ* Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Friday, March 2. The center, located on the second floor of West Side Dining, is a 1,967 square-foot facility aimed to provide an open workspace for students, areas for private conversations, all-gender restrooms, and spaces and technologies that support collaborative learning. “This day has been on my mind for 15 years,” said Chris Tanaka, Assistant Director of LGBTQ* Services, who was visibly moved by the emotion of the moment. “This is a space for people to explore who they are and find…

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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