Monthly Archives: October 2011

Stony Brook Baseball – Joe Nathan ’97 honored at field dedication


Stony Brook Athletics dedicated its baseball field to former Stony Brook star and major league baseball pitcher Joe Nathan ’97 on Saturday October 29, 2011

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Joe Nathan ’97 christening Stony Brook field

Joe Nathan christening Stony Brook field

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Major League Baseball pitcher Joe Nathan will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday at Stony Brook University’s new baseball field — a facility the Stony Brook alum helped fund.

Nathan, the Minnesota Twins’ all-time leader in saves, is a 1997 graduate of Stony Brook.

He donated $500,000 to his alma mater for the new field. The field is named in his honor — Joe Nathan Field.

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From Football to Film: Chris Lopata ‘92 parlays gridiron experience into screenwriting success

Chris Lopata

His dream was to be an actor. But for Chris Lopata, who played on the Stony Brook Patriots football team as an undergraduate, getting parts in short films, commercials, and a major movie was just the first step on his way to success. He’s found his greatest fulfillment—and plenty of recognition—in writing and directing films.

After graduating from Stony Brook, the lifelong movie fan studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute in new York City, where he met his wife, Trista. He landed many acting roles, including a part as an FBI agent in the movie Ransom, starring Mel Gibson and directed by Ron Howard. The money he earned from that project allowed him to produce and direct his first short film, Open Season.

“I had an idea I really liked, and I just set out to make the film,” Chris says. “I was able to sell it to Showtime and other outlets.”

The Syosset native came to Stony Brook in 1988 and played defensive back and then starting cornerback for the Patriots under Head Coach Sam Kornhauser. Defensive coordinator for the team at the time was Coach Dave Caldiero and position coach was Coach Jim Steigerwald.

Patriots football team“I loved playing there, and I loved my coaches,” he says. “After I graduated  I went into this other life, but I still keep in touch with the guys from Stony Brook. Chris Cassidy, who was a senior when I was a freshman, and I became really close after college and worked together. He was director of photography on one of my short films.”

Stony Brook Athletics announces television partnership with Cablevision

Oct. 25, 2011

• Stony Brook Basketball on Cablevision 118 schedule

• 2011-12 Stony Brook Basketball Tickets

• Full 2011-12 Stony Brook Basketball Schedules: MEN  |  WOMEN

Stony Brook, N.Y. – Stony Brook University Athletics and Cablevision have announced a television partnership to broadcast 11 Seawolves basketball games during the 2011-12 season that will deliver action-packed Seawolves content to the entire Long Island community, Director of Athletics Jim Fiore released Tuesday. It is the largest single provider television package in the department’s history.

“We are thrilled and excited to form a partnership with Cablevision’s Optimum Local, which will give Seawolves Athletics unparalleled exposure in 2011-12,” Fiore said. “Stony Brook Athletics is synonymous with Long Island, and we are excited to deliver our talented teams to our fans across Nassau and Suffolk County. We have been focused on casting a wider net to connect with Seawolves fans and build our athletic brand, especially among our local community. This partnership demonstrates such a commitment.”

Stony Brook will produce its own broadcasts for men’s and women’s basketball and will use Internet technology to feed the production to Cablevision, airing on Channel 118, which is available to all Cablevision cable television customers across Long Island.

2011-12 Stony Brook Basketball on Cablevision 118


Men’s Basketball    
Date Opponent Time
Wed., Dec. 7 Fairleigh Dickinson 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 28 Cornell 7 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 2 Vermont 7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 8 Albany 2 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 16 New Hampshire 5 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 25 Hartford 7 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 1 Binghamton 7 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 9 UMBC 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball    
Date Opponent Time
Thu., Dec. 8 LIU 7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 8 Albany 5 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 8 UMBC TBA

Steve Pikiell 
Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Pikiell

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Stony Brook University Classes 1961 – 1981 “Generation One” Reunion – April 28, 2012

Classes 1961 – 1981
“Generation One” Reunion – April 28, 2012


Hundreds of  your classmates from Generation One are planning to attend, so you won’t want to miss this opportunity to come back to the Brook.

For information, call 1-631-632-6330 or email

Update: Latest message from

Ken Marcus ’71 and Ed Berenhaus ’74! Click here.


If you would like to volunteer for the Generation One Reunion Click here

Stony Brook University Northern California Alumni Reception with Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. & Dr. John L. Hennessy

Please save the date and join us on Monday evening, November 7 for an alumni reception and “fireside chat” with Stony Brook University alumnus and President of Stanford University, Dr. John L. Hennessy and President of Stony Brook University, Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr.

This exciting alumni event will be in the Northern California / Bay Area.

Stanford Park Hotel
100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650)-322-1234 or (866)-241-2431

This is a great opportunity to learn about exciting new developments at your alma mater.

Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, October 28th. 

Contact Janet Masini at (631) 632-6212 or

Stony Brook University Spirit Days – October 27 – 29

Stony Brook Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner 2011


Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner

On November 9, 2011 the Stony Brook Alumni Association will host the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner, honoring five of Stony Brook’s most accomplished graduates:

Jane Corrarino, M.S. ’86, D.N.P. ’10
(Representing the new category of Distinguished Recent Alumni)
Grants Development, Coordination, and Biostatistical Unit
Suffolk County Department of Health Services

Keith Kowalsky, B.E. ’86, M.S. ’88
Flame-Spray Industries, Inc.

Aaron Podolefsky, M.A.L. ’73, M.A. ’76, Ph.D. ’78
Buffalo State College

Peter Seccia, B.A. ’89 
Partner & Managing Director
Securites Division
Goldman Sachs

Marilyn Simons, B.A. ’74, Ph.D. ’84
Simons Foundation

For more information on the 2011 Honorees, visit

The Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner will be held at Flowerfield, in St. James, NY. For more information, please call 631-632-4466.

Register Online Now.

Stony Brook University Home Basketball Games Poster


Visit Stony Brook Athletics site for the most up-to-date game information.


Tickets On Sale


Phone (631) 632- WOLF  

Fax (631) 632-7122



Stony Brook University Fall 2011 Job Fair


Date: Friday, October 14th

Time: 12PM-3PM

Location: Indoor Sports Complex

Open for all Stony Brook University Students and Alumni

Sponsored by Stony Brook Career Center 

Alumni Employers 

Register your company online

Alumni Job Seekers 

What to bring: Many copies of your resume! Professional attire is REQUIRED.

What to prepare: Check out the event page on ZebraNet for the companies that will be in attendance.  Research them and prepare questions for the recruiters at the companies you are interested in.  It is also a good idea to become OCR-eligible BEFORE this event! Check out ZebraNet for the date/times of OCR orientations! 

Professional attire is REQUIRED! 

Be sure to log into your ZebraNet account and REGISTER for this event! You can search for it under the ‘Events’ tab!

Alumni Career Mentors

Unable to attend but interested in assisting students in their job or internship search process. 

Sign up to be an alumni career mentor, speak on panels or have students visit you place of business:

Want to assist over e-mail or telephone sign up for the Career Advising Network

See you there at the Alumni Association table! 

Visit the Stony Brook Career Center event site


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