Monthly Archives: October 2012

Phyllis Zagano, PhD ’79 receives award and featured in Newsday

Phyllis Zagano, PhD ’79 received the St Catherine of Siena Distinguished Layperson Award from Voice of the Fatihful in Boston on September 14, 2012

Voice of the Faithful honors Hofstra professor

Tuesday September 25, 2012 11:08 AM By Bart Jones

Phyllis Zagano, a professor of religion at Hofstra 

A Hofstra University religion professor known for advocating in favor of women deacons in the Roman Catholic Church has won an award from Voice of the Faithful, a Catholic group that is highly critical of the church hierarchy and its handling of the sex abuse scandal.

Phyllis Zagano was given the St. Catherine of Siena Distinguished Layperson of the Year Award at the group’s 10th annual conference

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Vote for Stony Brook in Best of Long Island Contest 2013

Stony Brook University has been nominated as Best of Long Island 2013 in these 11 categories by the readers of the Long Island Press.

Your vote can help us win!

Vote any time between today and December 15, 2012. You are allowed one vote per IP address per day until voting ends on December 15.

* College President: Click here to Vote for Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D

* College Sports Program: Click here to Vote for Stony Brook University

* LI College or University: Click here to Vote for Stony Brook University

Health & Wellness
* Hospital: Click here to Vote for Stony Brook University Hospital

* Adult Day Care: Click here to vote for the Long Island State Veterans Home

Arts & Entertainment
* Mascot: Click here to Vote for WOLFIE

* Annual Event/Festival: Click here to Vote for Stony Brook Film Festival

* Concert Venue: Click here to Vote for Staller Center for the Arts

* Local Live Theater: Click here to Vote for Staller Center for the Arts

* Radio Station: Click here to Vote for WUSB

* Day Care: Click here to Vote for Stony Brook Child Care Services, Inc.

Thank you for helping our mission to be among the Best. We truly appreciate your support.

PS: If you have trouble casting your vote, contact Felice Cantatore at or (516) 284-3302

Lesego Andrew Goba ’09 ’12 – Umuntu, Umuntu Ngabantu – A Journey from South Africa to the USA

Umuntu, Umuntu Ngabantu – A Journey from South Africa to the USA

BY  | OCTOBER 15, 2012 · 9:07 AM

Two weeks ago former coach and PPI success story, Lesego Andrew Goba, stopped by the DC office. For many of us, it was our first opportunity to meet Goba and hear his incredible journey from South Africa to the USA


Lesego Andrew Goba playing in his final year at Stony Brook University

On the outskirts of Durban is Inanda, a rural village not unlike many villages in South Africa. Although most houses had no running water, electricity or even telephones, Goba viewed his rural upbringing as a positive. “Scarcity of resources taught me to be grateful for what I had; and inspired me to pursue that which I did not have, fearlessly, because I had nothing to lose.”….


Goba with Coach Pikiell (right) and Mentor Randall Susman (left)

….After graduating Goba got a second BS in nursing and has recently begun working at the Stony Brook Medical Hospital in the Psychiatric Department. He now aspires to continue his education as a psychiatric nurse practitioner (masters level), and get his doctorate. “My education was the paved road that I could now walk on. I had to maximize the opportunity.”

Read the full article from PeacePlayers International (PPI)

Connect with Lesego Andrew Goba ’09 ’12 on Twitter @LesegoGoba

“Great Minds” Visiting Northern California 10/26/12

Stony Brook University Alumni and Friends

“Great Minds” Visiting Northern California

You’re invited to meet one of Stony Brook University’s great minds from the School of Journalism, Dean Howard Schneider.   

Howard SchneiderFriday, October 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
The Stanford Park Hotel 
100 El Camino Real 
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Howard Schneider is the founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University. For more than 35 years, Schneider was a reporter and editor at Newsday. As managing editor and then editor, the paper won eight Pulitzer Prizes. 

Join your local chapter leaders and other alumni in your area for this casual networking event.  Space is limited, so rsvp today!

Please RSVP online or call Janet Masini (631) 632-6330.  

Presented by the Stony Brook University Alumni Association

Stony Brook Medicine Today – Fall 2012

Stony Brook Medicine Today

Dear Alumni

We’re excited to bring our popular Medicine Today alumni newsletter to you online. Featuring the latest Stony Brook University School of Medicine alumni news, school updates, research, upcoming events and more. 

Want to share your own news? We’d love to hear about your new job, promotion, successes and family news. Just send it to

I hope to see you back on campus soon!


Anthony Girardi, MD ’80, FACS
President, Stony Brook University School of Medicine Alumni Association

Stony Brook University seeks 75,000 votes for Pink Glove Dance video by 10/26/12

STONY BROOK, N.Y., October 15, 2012 – Stony Brook Medicine has entered the second annual national Pink Glove video competition, sponsored by MedLine Industries Inc., with a four-minute video capturing the spirit of Stony Brook physicians and staff, as well as the broader Stony Brook community, in their dedication to fighting breast cancer. On Friday, Oct. 12, voting opened nationwide to determine which videos will receive the most votes, with prize money donated for breast cancer research.

“We danced the dance, and now it’s time to rock the vote,” said Linda Bily, Cancer Patient Advocacy & Community Outreach Coordinator for the Stony Brook University Cancer Center, who coordinated production of Stony Brook’s video. “We need the support not only of the campus, but from the broader community we serve, since our goal is 75,000 votes in just two weeks’ time.”

Now the race is on to see which video will garner the most votes in 2012, with a top prize of $10,000 to be donated for breast cancer research to the winner’s selected charity of choice. Second prize is $5,000 and third prize is $2,000. Voting ends at midnight on Friday, Oct. 26, and the winners will be announced on Nov. 2.

Voting will be conducted using a contest application integrated with Facebook. Users must have a Facebook account and be logged into their account to vote. Users may access the contest application either on Facebook, via a link on or from the contest page that will be displayed on Entries are displayed alphabetically so voters can easily locate the entry they wish to vote for.

Read more here

Vote here

New Campus Recreation Center Pre-opening Alumni Reception 10/18/12

You’re Invited to a pre-opening reception and tour
to celebrate the opening of

Stony Brook University’s state-of-the-art 
Campus Recreation Center

Thursday, October 18, 2012
6:30 PM

Light refreshments will be served

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 17 to 
Jennifer Filasky at (631) 632-4466 or

Vote Chuck Priore for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year by 12/1/12

Fans can tweet their vote once daily at from their PC, tablet or mobile device. The top 15 coaches with the most fan votes in each of the four college football divisions – FBS, FCS, Division II, and Division III – advance to an evaluation process using an objective scoring model endorsed by the National Football Foundation to measure coaching excellence, sportsmanship, integrity, academic success and community commitment.


The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award recognizes college football coaches who demonstrate Sportsmanship, Integrity, Responsibility and Excellence both on and off the field. Endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame, the program awards one winning coach from each NCAA division (I-FBS, I-FCS, II, and III) with $50,000 to donate to a charity of their choice, a $20,000 grant to each school’s alumni association, and the Coach of the Year trophy.

Join President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD in Boston 11/30/12

Infinite Possibilities

Come network with your fellow alumni and participate in a
dynamic conversation with President Stanley about your alma mater today.

Friday, November 30, 2012
6 pm Cocktail Reception 
6:45 pm Presentation 

84 Beacon Street 
Boston, MA 02108

Here’s to the future. Let’s build it together. 
Click here to R.S.V.P. or call Nicole Piampiano
at (631) 632-4197 by Friday, November 23. 

Presented by the Stony Brook University Alumni Association

Stony Brook Football at Coastal Carolina University! RSVP by 10/11

Be Our Guest:
Complimentary Tickets to Stony Brook at Coastal Carolina!

Saturday, October 13, 2012
at Conway, SC

Game time: 3:30PM

The nationally-ranked Stony Brook Seawolves head to Conway, SC this Saturday, October 13 to face Coastal Carolina in a pivotal Big South conference matchup.  The Department of Athletics would like to offer FREE tickets to the first 100 Stony Brook alumni in the Carolina area who respond by Thursday, October 11 at 5 p.m.  Ticket requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Seawolves enter Saturday’s game ranked 11th in the nation and are led by senior running back Miguel Maysonet who just last week became Stony Brook’s all-time leading rusher with 3,649 yards. Kick-off is 3:30 p.m.

The ticket offer is available from now until Thursday at 5 p.m.  Please reply to to reserve your tickets to Saturday’s game.  There is a limit of four (4) tickets per request.  

Can’t make the trip, tune in on

Stony Brook, NY – Watch with alumni and friends at The Bench Bar & Grill 1095 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790 (631) 675-1474 Call for reservations.

Click here to purchase your Stony Brook University merchandise.

Get Your RED On…It’s What We Do!

Location: Brooks Stadium
540 University Blvd.
Conway, SC 29528

Fees: Free
Contact: RSVP to

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