Monthly Archives: December 2012

Congratulations December Graduates!

From Stony Brook University Alumni Association! #stonybrookalum


Stony Brook Alumni Association Annual Student Awards Deadline 2/15/13

The Stony Brook Alumni Association has awarded Stony Brook students more than $198,000 in scholarship money. This year, eight deserving students will win scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000.

If you are a leader, excel in academics, or have made a difference in the community, this is a great opportunity to be rewarded for all of your hard work. Award recipients will be honored at an award ceremony on April 22, 2013.

All matriculated students who are currently registered for 6 or more credits are encouraged to apply. Please see the award descriptions for specific eligibility details.

Please complete online application and submit supporting materials to the Office of Alumni Relations by the application deadline:

Final deadline: Friday, February 15, 2013 by 5 p.m.


Janet Masini
Alumni Relations Coordinator
(631) 632-6330

Stony Brook Alumni Association Annual Student Awards


Dr. Josephine Connolly-Schoonen ’07 Selected a “Health Care Hero”

Stony Brook Nutritionist Selected a “Health Care Hero”
Long Island Business News honors Dr. Josephine Connolly-Schoonen with the Health Care Professional Award

Nov 28, 2012 – 10:30:21 AM

Stony Brook Medicine’s Dr. Josephine Connolly-Schoonen received the Health Care Professional Award, one of the 2012 Health Care Heroes awards by the Long Island Business News.

STONY BROOK, N.Y., November 28, 2012 – Stony Brook Medicine’s Dr. Josephine Connolly-Schoonen, has been selected as a recipient of the 2012 Health Care Professional Award by the Long Island Business News. The award recognizes healthcare professionals other than a physician or a nurse whose performance is considered exemplary by patients and peers.
Dr. Connolly-Schoonen, PhD, RD, an Associate Clinical Professor and Executive Director of the Nutrition Division in the Department of Family Medicine, was honored by the organization for “improving food environments in community agencies, such as public schools and child care agencies, and as an expert in obesity prevention and management.”
“Dr. Connolly-Schoonen is a creative healthcare professional who is committed to improving the health of patients, families, and the community,” says Dr. Jeffrey Trilling, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. “Her leadership of Stony Brook-run programs that educate the public on proper nutrition practices has brought innovative nutrition services to many communities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.”
At Stony Brook, Dr. Connolly-Schoonen established the Nutrition Division and initiated the development of numerous community-based programs to reduce obesity and promote healthy eating. These include the Heart Links Project, the Long Island Center for Pediatric Obesity Prevention, and the Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm. 
About the Stony Brook Medicine Nutrition Division 

The Nutrition Division in the Department of Family Medicine integrates a team of nutritionists and other professionals to develop academic nutrition programs and public health programs. Dieticians specialize in nutrition therapy for the treatment of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and gastrointestinal disorders. The Division also promotes and educates on nutrition in pregnancy and for babies and toddlers through its Community Nutrition Projects.

Source: Stony Brook University, Media Relations

Save the Date 2/1/13 Stony Brook University Music Dept. Scholarship Benefit

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8 pm

 Scholarship Benefit




Copland, Sonata for Violin and Piano

Prokofiev, Five Melodies

Beethoven, sonata in C Minor for Violin and Piano

Lan-In (Winnie) Yang, sonata for Violin and Piano (World Premiere)


Proceeds support the Gilbert Kalish Endowed Scholarship Fund in Musical Performance


All tickets – $50


Order tickets here

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD Gets Flu Shot

With the CDC announcement on Monday, Dec. 3, indicating an early start to the flu season with a particularly severe primary strain; “It is now more important than ever for people to protect themselves and others by getting the flu vaccination,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University and an infectious disease specialist by training.

Source: Stony Brook University Press Release

Sustainability Studies Commencement Reception & Graduate Toast 12/21/12

Please Join Us To Welcome Our Newest Alumni

Sustainability Studies Commencement Reception!

Graduate Toast Sponsored by the Stony Brook Alumni Association

Friday, 12/21/12 at 12:00 pm  Charles B. Wang Center, Brook Alumni Room 4th floor

Please RSVP via email to

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Location: Stony Brook University 
Charles B. Wang Center, Brook Alumni Room, 401 

Contact: Stephanie Tarantino

Melody Butler, RN, BSN, ’11 receives ANA Immunity Award

Good Samaritan nurse receives ANA Immunity Award

Melody Butler, RN, BSN, has taken to social media outlets to dispel misperceptions about vaccinations and encourage immunization. 

The work done by Butler, a pediatric nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, N.Y., was noticed by the American Nurses Association, which honored Butler with the ANA Immunity Award for initiatives to raise immunization rates and educate the public about the benefits of protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Butler created a Facebook page called “Nurses Who Vaccinate” in response to another page, “Nurses Who Don’t Vaccinate.” Butler’s page offers visitors evidence-based information on immunization and its benefits. She participates in other online activities, including “Vaccinate Your Baby,” an awareness campaign launched by Every Child By Two, and often responds to online parenting forums that present misinformation about vaccines. Butler also is designing a workshop for her pediatric unit colleagues on vaccination issues. 

Butler’s initiatives attracted the attention of The Wall Street Journal, which quoted her in a story about protecting infant children from pertussis. 

The Immunity Award is part of the Bringing Immunity to Every Community project, a partnership between ANA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to maximize nurses’ role in increasing vaccination rates and reducing the incidence of disease. The project seeks to increase nurses’ knowledge and competency in immunization, encourage nurses to be vaccinated and position nurses as leading advocates for immunization.


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