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Come Back to The Brook

Stony Brook Alumni and Friends

Come Back to The Brook
Your Alumni Association strives to help alumni and friends like you remain connected to one another and to Stony Brook University. We invite you to be a part of these upcoming alumni events.


12 – Law Forum Alumni PanelScholarship Golf Classic
 – Electronic Records, Coding & Billing
 – 21st Annual Latin Block Party 
16 – Etiquette Reception EOP/AIM
       Student Alumni & Networking
17 – First-ever SUNY University Center
       New York Virtual Career Fair 
17 – Sustainability Studies Alumni Panel
       Discussion (as a part of Earthstock)
20 – School of Social Welfare 80’s Reunion
20 – Theatre Arts Department Alumni
20 – School of Dental Medicine 45th
20 – MBA Association Annual Spring DinnerWolfstock 2013
23 and 25
 – Defensive Driver Course
24 – The 14th Annual Stars of Stony
       Brook Gala
25 – 7th Annual WISE SenioBanquet
26 – Roth Pond Regatta
26-28 – Philosophy DepartmenAlumni  
             Reunion and Conference:    
             Frontiers of Philosophy: 42 years of PhDs from the PhilosophDepartment
27 – Women’s Lacrosse Alumnae Day & Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Day
29 – Shirley Strum Kenney Student Arts Festival


2 – Impact of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 
6 – Affordable Care Act Symposium

• For a full listing of the home and away spring athletics schedules, click here.
• Don’t miss your favorite performances at the Staller Center for the Arts. 
Click here.

We hope to see you soon!

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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

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

Ray Furuta ’12 – A Student’s Graduation Gift Benefits Silicon Valley Classical Music Aficionados

A Student’s Graduation Gift Benefits Silicon Valley Classical Music Aficionados

Flutist, Ray Furuta a recent graduate from the Stony Brook University brings world class musicians to San Jose to play as a graduation gift to him for the first ever Silicon Valley Music Festival from June 24 -29, 2012

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Quote start“My dream was to make music and music education available to students of all backgrounds”, says SVMF founder Ray Furuta.Quote end

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) June 22, 2012

The dream for the Silicon Valley Music Festival started to develop seven years ago in the mind of a student from San Jose’s Eastside, Independence High school, Ray Zamora-Furuta. Recently graduated from Stony Brook University in New York with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Ray sacrificed his graduation ceremonies with his class to be in San Jose, making preparations for the festival, which will include two outdoor concerts, six indoor concerts, student masterclasses and an outreach program. Already an accomplished musician himself as a protege of the world renown flutist, Carol Wincenc and teaching assistant for Emerson Quartet, this was his way of thanking his family, friends and community for their support in his journey.

“My dream was to make music and music education available to students of all backgrounds,” says SVMF founder Ray Furuta. “During this economic downturn, we must not let the music and arts programs diminish and I wanted to do everything I can to help young aspiring musicians to become the best that they can be.”

Ray’s passion for music and desire to give back to the community has earned him the respect of a team of world class musicians willing to help him make his graduation dream come true. Internationally acclaimed classical musicians such as Philip Setzer, violinist and founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, Katherine Murdock, violist of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, Mark Hill, Principal oboist of the National Philharmonic in DC, amongst others will join young emerging artists to present classical music both familiar and wholly new as well as compositions by contemporary artists.

“We are honored to have virtuosos who are in great demand join us at this inaugural event,” remarks Jasmin Arakawa, SVMF co- artistic director, “who have played at the finest concert halls & festivals including Edinburgh, Salzburg, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall & Kennedy Center.”

In this inaugural year, the festival taking place from June 24-29 will be providing a variety of musical activities throughout Silicon Valley at a fraction of the cost or free, which would benefit and appeal to young aspiring musicians, professional musicians, and music lovers alike. For concert dates and ticket information, visit or call 408-230-5199.

About Silicon Valley Music Festival – The Silicon Valley Music Festival is a week-long music festival and chamber music institute in the Silicon Valley Area. Founded in 2011 by flutist Ray Furuta and pianist Jasmin Arakawa, SVMF is dedicated to artistic excellence, innovation, and the broadening of musical perspectives. The inaugural season from June 24-29, 2012 will feature a captivating series of concerts performed by a roster of internationally acclaimed classical musicians, as well as public masterclasses, pre-concert lectures, interactive outreach performances, and a chamber music institute and fellowship program for aspiring young musicians.

Source: PRWeb

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


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


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




Sat, 4 Feb, 2012 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM 

Renowned the world over for its imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration, Pilobolus is dance at its innovative best! The physically daring dancers seem to break all the rules.

Pilobolus’ founders played around with shape, weight sharing and wild ideas in a dance class at Dartmouth College forty years ago. Pilobolus has evolved into a pioneering American cultural institution, producing choreographic works as innovative as ever.

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Location: Staller Center – Main Stage
Fees: $38
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Two alumni honored by Village Times Herald: Charlie Backfish ’66 & Herb Mones ‘72

Man of the Year in the Arts: Charlie Backfish ’66 

By Kyle Reitan

Village Times Herald

December 28, 2011 | 12:06 PM


Charlie Backfish spends his free time in the WUSB radio station office, bringing music to the community. Photo from Bart Gallagher

“Prusslin noted Backfish, a former president of the Stony Brook University Alumni Association, was one of the first people to come forward from the community of alums and volunteer at the radio station…” See full story online


Volunteer of the Year: Herb Mones ‘72

By Monica Gleberman

Village Times Herald

December 28, 2011 | 12:04 PM


The-president of the Civic Association of the Setaukets and Stony Brook, Herb Mones, left, presents the late Frank Carasiti, then-superintendent of Three Village school district, with a framed collection of William Sidney Mount prints upon Carasiti’s retirement in 2008. File photos Village Times Herald

“Herb Mones has dedicated countless hours giving ideas, cleaning up streets, and fighting for what Three Village residents feel is important…” See full story online


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.”

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