Monthly Archives: February 2012

Help Support Stony Brook Children’s!


Please ‘Like’ Mark J. Snyder Financial Services, Inc. on their Facebook Page. 

For every new ‘Like’ that they receive, they will donate $10 to Stony Brook Children’s. Maximum donation not to exceed $10,000. (

The smallest babies, the sickest children, the most complex pediatric traumas all get sent to Stony Brook Children’s.  As an academic medical center actively engaged in research, Stony Brook Children’s also offers families access to groundbreaking, and often lifesaving, clinical trials. When you ‘Like’ them, they will send $10 to help provide a healthier future for kids on Long Island.   


Alums Worldwide are Attending Reunion

Dear Stony Brook Alum,

The Generation One Reunion is just about two months away and excitement is building by the day!  Okay, so you received your personal invitation in the mail and it may be sitting on your desk or kitchen counter, but somebody you probably know has registered and is hoping to see you there.  Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.  You can either return the invitation registration card in the mail or simply register online now.

  • Alumni from as far away as Australia, Nigeria and 14 U.S. states are coming back to the Brook for this festive and historic night to remember
  • Favorite professors who taught the first generation will be on hand
  • Generation One Class Ambassadors are spreading the word to fellow alum and invite you to do the same
  • Plus, special daytime tours of the Stony Brook campus will be available exclusively for Generation One attendees

Thinking of staying overnight?  Check the Generation One website for details, including Special Reunion Discounts at local hotels and restaurants.

In honor of the Gen One Reunion, the Gym will receive a dramatic makeover for one night only with state-of-the-art multimedia to immerse you in the sights and sounds of Stony Brook’s first generation and break out areas for each class year.

Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with a beer and wine bar, dancing and entertainment, plus a Gen One video that will take you back to your college years at the Brook. Convenient, complimentary parking will also be available for all attendees.

Many alumni from every year between 1961-1981 have already registered for the Reunion.  Feel free to e-mail text, photos and video for our blog. Help make your Reunion experience even more enjoyable by letting your college friends know that you will be there and invite them join you!


Need help finding classmates?  Please contact Russell Malbrough toll-free at 1-877-SEA-WOLF or email  Russell will be happy to provide alumni contact information and answer any questions about the Reunion.

We look forward to seeing you on April 28 in the Gym!


Mark Bridges ’83 Stony Brook Alum Wins Academy Award


Stony Brook Theater Arts Grad
Mark Bridges ’83 Wins Academy Award

Stony Brook Theater Arts graduate Mark Bridges ’83 took home an Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design on February 26 in Los Angeles for his work on “The Artist.”

“The Artist,” a black and white homage to Hollywood’s silent movies, was the big winner of the night receiving Oscars for best picture, best actor, best director, best original score, as well as Mark Bridges’ best costume design.

In an LA Times interview last December, Mark explained how he tackled the challenge of the film’s black and white palate.   “With costumes, you’re always trying to tell the story subliminally … So in the medium of black and white, we used a lot of textures and high contrast when the characters were at their pinnacle and more monochromatic looks when they were down on their heels. It was all about whether there was enough separation in tone because once it goes to black and white, it’s mush. You lose definition.”

Mark’s work on “The Artist” also earned him the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design at the 65th British Academy Film Awards in February 2012  and the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award.

After Mark graduated Stony Brook, he worked at Barbara Matera Costumes in New York City as a shopper for Broadway, dance and film projects, and also earned his MFA in costume design at New York University.  Other film costume design credits to his name include “ There Will Be Blood,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, “The Fighter,” starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams; “ Greenberg,” starring Ben Stiller, “Yes Man,” starring Jim Carrey, and dozens of others.

Staller Center Director and former classmate of Mark, Alan Inkles, knew he was destined for greatness in costume design. “There wasn’t a show at Stony Brook (whether he was acting in it or not) where you wouldn’t find Mark up in the costume shop designing costumes, doing fittings or sewing something together for a production. He was an absolute perfectionist in everything he did and he had such a drive and passion for the theatre…I could not be more proud and honored for Mark – he so richly deserves it.”


Stony Brook Men’s Basketball goes for the America East regular season title Sunday

Stony Brook goes for the America East regular season title Sunday
Prior to the game, Seawolves will hold Senior Day Ceremony



Seawolves fans, the men’s basketball team needs your support as they begin their march to the America East Championship. The Seawolves will play Maine Sunday at a SOLD-OUT Pritchard Gym at 12 p.m. The game wil be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network

Prior to the game, Stony Brook will honor its four graduating seniors, Danny Carter, Bryan Dougher, Dallis Joyner and Al Rapier, in a pregame ceremony. This senior class represents Stony Brook’s most successful group in its Div. I history, winning 72 games in four seasons and on the verge of two outright regular season titles in three years.

After the game, be sure to check out for information on the upcoming America East Championship, held March 3-4 in West Hartford, Conn.

Remember to Get Your RED On…It’s What WE Do!


Staller Center 2012 Gala Presents Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe photo by George Holz

Photo by George Holz

Staller Center’s Annual Gala features one of Broadway’s finest talents, Bebe Neuwirth, in her show, “Stories with Piano,” on Saturday, March 10, at 8 pm. The multi-talented actress; singer; dancer; and star of Broadway, movies and television, is best known for her acclaimed roles in Sweet Charity, Chicago, Damn Yankees, The Addams Family, and as Lilith on the television show,Cheers. Future roles for Neuwirth include a re-occurring role on CBS TV’s The Good Wife. For the Staller Center Gala, Neuwirth will perform Broadway and cabaret favorites accompanied by Scott Cady on piano in a sophisticated cabaret evening of stories and song.

Neuwirth’s performance of selections by Kander and Ebb, Tom Waits, Weill-Brecht, Stephen Sondheim and others was characterized by The New York Times’ music critic Stephen Holden as “brilliant…in a strong but well-worn voice that belongs to the Chita Rivera school of street smarts, she lays down the law. This is how it is, folks. This is the truth. Live with it.”

Staller Center Director Alan Inkles has wanted to have Bebe Neuwirth perform here for years. Her busy schedule precluded it. He met her backstage at a performance of The Addams Family.

“I told Bebe that we would love to have her for our Gala,” said Inkles. “Many of her fans would be in the audience. In fact, the Staller Center staff is among her fans. We had screened one of her Indie films at the Stony Brook Film Festival in 2009 and marveled at her performance. The 2009 New York premiere of ‘Adopt a Sailor’ starred Ms. Neuwirth, Peter Coyote and Ethan Peck, with Bebe as part of an intensely argumentative New York City couple who adopt a sailor during Fleet Week. I was thrilled that by the end of our conversation she agreed in principle to perform at our Gala.”

Tickets for Bebe Neuwirth “Stories with Piano” are $65, available at or (631) 632-ARTS. Preferred seating and tickets to a Gala Benefit Reception following the performance are also available by calling Katie Stockhammer, director of development for the arts, at (631) 632-4062. Gala proceeds help support Staller Center’s season and educational outreach efforts.

Source: Stony Brook University Happenings


Wolfie’s 17th Birthday!


Stony Brook alumni, do you have a favorite picture with Wolfie?

Post your Wolfie photos through the years on Facebook

An Invitation from the Wo/Men’s and Gender Resource Center


V-Day 2012 – A Benefit Production of
Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues”
Two Performance Dates!
Proceeds from the program will benefit SBU’s Wo/Men’s and Gender Resource Center. We hope that you will join us on February 23 or 24.

“Vagina Monologues” Student Performance and Activities:

  • “Vagina Monologues”
  • Information Fair
  • Auction
  • Merchandise Sale

Dates: Thursday, February 23, and Friday, February 24 at 7 PM
Student Activities Center (SAC) Auditorium
Purchase tickets ($12) at the Student Activities Center ticket office
(Y lobby just outside SAC auditorium)

Can’t attend?  For more information about the Center for Prevention and Outreach, visit the website or contact Christine Szaraz ’03, Event Coordinator at 631-632-1658 or


’61 – ’81 Alumni Check Your Mail for…

2012 Stars of Stony Brook Gala


Save the Date

April 25, 2012 

Honoring Ed Harris and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation

6:30 pm: Cocktail Reception
7:30 pm: Dinner

Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers
New York City

Proceeds from the Gala will support scholarships and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center.

Contact Information:
Name: Tamara Leuchtenburg
Phone: 212-245-6570 ext.15

Alumni Performances – Marc Levine, DMA ’05 & Tami Morse, DMA ’09

Baroque Sundays at Three Presents Flying Forms 


Flying Forms – the brilliant new group led by distinguished Baroque violinist, Marc Levine, and harpsichordist, Tami Morse, both graduates of the Stony Brook music department features some of the finest young talent in America today performing music from all corners of the Baroque age. 

Event Info
Sunday, February 19, 3:00 PM
Staller Center Recital Hall 

Suggested Donation: $10 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors


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