Monthly Archives: November 2012

Game Watches: Stony Brook Seawolves at Montana State University 12/1/12

Game Watches: Stony Brook Seawolves at Montana State University

Image courtesy of Adam Peck ’11

In commanding fashion the Seawolves beat No. 18 Villanova 20-10 in the first round of the 2012 Division I Football Championship at LaValle Stadium. This win upped their record to 10-2, setting a new single-season record for wins!


Your Stony Brook team now heads west to face No. 2 Montana State on Saturday, December 1.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. local time and can be watched on ESPN3. You could also join other Stony Brook fans at one of the Game Watch parties listed below. 


Go Seawolves! 


Game Watch Info:

Stony Brook, NY

The Bench Bar & Grill

1095 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790                             

For reservations call (631) 675-1474

            Connect with Stony Brook Alumni Association Board of Directors


New York, NY  

Little Town NYC

            366 West 46th street New York, NY 10036

            For reservations “Stony Brook group” (212) 228-4200 x 7504 Paul Shapiro

            Connect with Richie Richards ’07, Dan Monaco ’07, Francisco Colon ’98 


Washington, DC

1433 P Street Northwest  Washington, DC 20005

            Connect with Adam Peck ’11


Facebook Stony Brook Alumni worldwide and let us know if your local business or home is a game watch location and check-in during the game!

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“2012 and the End of Times: Myth, Fiction, and Fact” – 12/11/12

Stony Brook University Alumni and Friends

Is December 21 the End of the World?
Find the answers at this intriguing talk by a Stony Brook astrophysicist 

Professor Metchev

“2012 and the End of Times: Myth, Fiction, and Fact”
by Stanimir Metchev, PhD, Assistant Professor of
Physics and Astronomy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
6 PM – 8 PM
The SUNY Global Center,
116 East 55th Street NY, NY 10022

Professor Metchev’s talk will cover the history, speculations, and science behind the last day of the Mayan calendar and will present recent developments in archaeoastronomy, planetary astronomy, and geology for an up-to-date factual context.

Stanimir Metchev has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Stony Brook University since 2008. Prior to his arrival at Stony Brook, Professor Metchev earned a BA and a PhD in Astrophysics from Harvard and the California Institute of Technology and was a Spitzer Space Telescope Post-doctoral Fellow at UCLA between 2005-2008.

Professor Metchev’s research interests include extrasolar planets, brown dwarfs, and novel astronomical instrumentation techniques that enable new studies of these fascinating objects. He has served as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and agencies, including Science, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Hubble, and the Spitzer space telescopes among others. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the New York Astronomy Consortium.

RSVP online or e-mail

Defensive Driver Training Course 11/28 & 11/29


Lower your auto insurance premium and remove up to 4 points off your driving record.

Liberty Mutual is hosting four Defensive Driver Training Courses for Stony Brook University Alumni, family & friends, for $22 a person. These 6-hour programs are approved by the NY State Dept. of Motor Vehicles and offer a 10% savings off your Liability and Collision Insurance for 3 years from the day you take the course. In addition, it can remove up to 4 points off your driving record!

Session Time:  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Location:  Stony Brook University, Charles B. Wang Center, Brook Alumni Room Cost:  $22.00 per person – Check/Money order made payable to NTSI

Course Dates:

Session II: Wednesday, November 28th & Thursday, November 29th (must attend both)

Session III: Monday, February 25th & Wednesday, February 27th (must attend both)

Session IV:  Tuesday, April 23rd & Thursday, April 25th (must attend both)

 There will be a maximum of 40 seats per session.  Reserve your seat now! RSVP: Edward Beekman, Executive Sales Representative, via e-mail: 

Please note that you must hold a valid NY drivers license to participate in this course. You do not need to be a Liberty Mutual policyholder to attend.

Sponsored by:


               Auto – Home – Life

Location: Stony Brook University, Charles B. Wang Center, Brook Alumni
Fees: $22.00 per person
Contact: Edward Beekman, Executive Sales Representative, via 

NCAA 1ST Round Playoffs – Stony Brook Football vs. Villanova 11/24/12

Sat, 24 Nov, 2012 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM 
Stony Brook to host Villanova in FCS first round game

Seawolves-Wildcats to play at 3 p.m. on ESPN3 Saturday

Senior captain Dominick Reyes

 Senior captain Dominick Reyes


Nov. 18, 2012 Source: Stony Brook Athletics

Stony Brook, N.Y. – The Stony Brook football team will host Villanova on November 24 in a first-round game at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, the Division I Football Championship committee announced on Sunday. The Seawolves (9-2, 5-1 Big South) received one of 10 at-large berths to the 20-team playoff and their first-ever Division I at-large bid in any sport.

Saturday’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Stony Brook tied for the Big South title, its fourth consecutive conference championship, but based on conference road wins, Coastal Carolina received the conference’s automatic bid.

The Seawolves have wins over Army and fellow playoff teams Colgate and Coastal Carolina.

Villanova (8-3, 6-2 CAA) shared the conference title with New Hampshire, Richmond and Towson, but received the automatic bid based on a tiebreaker. Saturday’s match-up will be the first meeting between the two schools, but not the last. Stony Brook will move to the CAA after this season is complete. The Wildcats won the national championship in 2009.

The winner will travel to face No. 3 seed Montana State on December 1.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at any time on Reserved chairbacks are $20. General admission seats for adults are $14 and youths and senior citizens are $10. Stony Brook faculty/staff are $10 with ID.

The Stony Brook ticket office is open Monday-Wednesday from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Friday. Offices will be closed on Thanksgiving. Gameday sales will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Gates 2 and 6.

For more information, please call (631) 632-WOLF.




Ashoke Sen, PhD ’82: Stony Brook Alum Wins Inaugural $3M Physics Prize

Stony Brook Alum Wins Inaugural $3M Physics Prize

Filed under: Alumni . Posted by editor on Thursday, November 15th, 2012 @ 10:03 am

Image from Infosys Science Foundation

Indian physicist Ashoke Sen, who earned his doctorate at Stony Brook University, received the first-ever Fundamental Physics Prize for his contribution to string theory. The prize, founded in July 2012 by Russian physicist and Internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner, awards Sen $3 million, the world’s most lucrative prize in physics. Eight other scientists from the United States and France also won the award in its inaugural year.

Sen is a particle physicist who works at a laboratory in the Harish-Chandra Research Institute in Allahabad, which is located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in 1975 from the Presidency College, University of Calcutta, and his master’s in 1978 from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur before completing his doctoral work in physics at Stony Brook.

Sen has made a number of major original contributions to the subject of string theory, including his landmark paper on strong-weak coupling duality or S-duality, which was influential in changing the course of research in the field. He pioneered the study of unstable D-branes and made the famous Sen conjecture about open string tachyon condensation. He has also co-authored many important papers on string field theory. His current research interests are centered around the attractor mechanism and the precision counting of microstates for black holes in string theory. Of his nearly 200 research papers, as many as 47 papers have more than 100 citations each.

Source: Stony Brook University Happenings

Join President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD in New York City 12/5/12

Infinite Possibilities


Come network with your fellow alumni and participate in a
dynamic conversation with President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, 
about your alma mater.

6 pm Cocktail Reception 
6:45 pm Presentation 

7 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

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. Kindly R.S.V.P. prior to November 28. 

Presented by the Stony Brook University Alumni Association

Composer Max Giteck Duykers (Ph.D. 2012) Wins ISU’s Music Now Competition

Stony Brook Alum Composer Max Giteck Duykers’ String Quartet Glass Blue Cleft was selected as a winner of the Music Now Competition, and will be featured at ISU’s 46th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music, with guest composer Christopher Theofanidis.  Cellist and festival chair Kurt Fowler will lead a faculty performance.

Max Giteck Duykers is a composer whose work is dedicated to unusual beauty.  His music has been performed throughout the United States, in Italy, England, and Romania.  He was recently commissioned by the Jerome Foundationto compose The Apricots of Andujar for his father, tenor John Duykers, electro-acoustic percussionist Joel Davel, and pierrot sextet. This is a chamber opera which is being developed with acclaimed filmmaker and playwright Philip Gotanda and veteran director Melissa Weaver. The piece was workshopped with Birds on a Wire at Western Michigan University in March 2012, and will be premiered by Fear No Music in Oregon and by Earplay in San Francisco and Petaluma in the 2013-2014 season.

Duykers has also received commissions to compose music for over 35 theatrical, dance, film, and multimedia projects in the New York City area, and with the theatre group Prototype he was an artist-in-residence at HERE Arts Center in 2002-2004. In 2000-2001 he worked for Philip Glass’ The Looking Glass Studios and Dunvagen Music Publishers, where he did studio recording, Pro-Tools post-production, music sequencing, music copying and music editing for the Philip Glass Ensemble, film scoring projects, and operatic works.  He holds a BM from Oberlin Conservatory where he studied composition with Randy Coleman, and he has just finished his PhD at Stony Brook University where he studied with Sheila Silver. At Stony Brook he also taught music theory, musicianship and private composition to music majors.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Rebecca and sons Quinlan and Liev.

For for information, visit his website at

Game Watch: Stony Brook Seawolves at Liberty University Flames 11/10/12

Dear Seawolves Fans,

Wish you could watch Stony Brook’s last regular season game Football game?  Well, now you can!
Please join us Saturday, November 10th at 3pm, for a Watch Party at The Bench Bar & Grill as Stony Brook takes on the Liberty Flames.  Our Seawolves are looking to capture our fourth Big South Conference Championship and clinch a playoff spot in the 2012 FCS playoffs.  Kickoff is at 3:30pm and the game is not available in the homes of Cablevision subscribers.  So please, come out and join us at The Bench where they will be offering:
  • Special Seawolves Fan Menu
  • Drink Specials
  • Raffle Prizes and Giveaways- Courtesy of The Bench Bar and Grill and Stony Brook Athletics.
Also, don’t forget to come out to Pritchard Gymnasium this Friday, November 9th at 7pm, for our Women’s Basketball home opener.  And on Sunday come see our Men’s team take on Mount Ida in their home opener at 4pm, followed by the Women’s game at 6:30pm.
Be sure to celebrate this fun-filled Seawolves weekend with all our your friends and family.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
See you this weekend!
Vincent Accardi
Director of Corporate Sales & Ticketing Operations

Reminder: Distinguished Alumni Awards – RSVP by 11/11/12

2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6 PM
Flowerfield, St. James 

Please Join Us in Honoring Our

2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients:

Vito A. Cannavo, Esq., BA ’75
David Gelernter, MS ’80, PhD ’83
Suzanne Johnson, PhD ’74
Joseph L. Tromba, MD, FACP, FACG, BS ’77

2012 Distinguished Recent Alumnus:

Andrez S. Carberry, BA ’00, MA ’02

2012 Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

Robert Lourie, PhD
Lisa Lourie

Please register online by November 11, 2012.
Presented by the Stony Brook Alumni Association.

Liberty donating Stony Brook game funds to Sandy aid 11/10/12

8:39 AM By Greg Logan

Stony Brook quarterback Kyle Essington sets up for

Photo credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Liberty University hope to “Fill The Bill,” as 19,200-seat Williams Stadium is known, for its Big South Conference game against Stony Brook at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Lynchburg, Va. If the Flames succeed, it will help fund relief efforts for superstorm Sandy.

School officials announced that $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to a Virginia-based non-profit called Gleaning for the World, which needs money to transport supplies that already have been gathered to areas affected by Sandy. Obviously, the Seawolves come from one of the areas devastated by Sandy, so, the message from both schools is one of concern for those who were displaced or damaged by the storm.

Average attendance this season at Williams Stadium is 16,698 through six home games, and if the Flames (4-5, 3-1 Big South) match that figure, it will put them over 100,000 in season attendance for the first time in school history. As part of the promotion for the game, it will be Military Appreciation Day, and the first 12,000 fans will receive “Thundersticks,” so, it will be a noisy, hostile environment for Stony Brook (9-1, 5-0).

Although the Flames have a mediocre overall record thanks to a difficult early-season non-conference schedule, they have an 18-game home winning streak in Big South play. Their last Big South loss was to Gardner-Webb on Oct. 21, 2006. During that span, the Seawolves, who are ranked No. 6 in the Sports Network FCS poll and No. 8 in the Coaches poll, have lost twice. They fell 33-0 in 2008 and 54-28 in 2010.

If Stony Brook wins, it clinches the conference’s automatic berth in the FCS playoffs. The Seawolves already are assured of a tie for the league title, but a loss to Liberty would create the possibility of a three-way tie in which the tiebreaker would go to Coastal Carolina or the possibility of a two-way tie with Liberty, which would get the bid based on head-to-head results. So, it’s a classic “win-to-get-in” scenario for SBU at tough Williams Stadium.

Source: Newsday
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