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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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Stony Brook Basketball is on the Rise by Tom Cassidy ’71

The loss to Iowa in the second round of the NIT was a heartbreaking end to the best season in the history of Stony Brook University’s basketball program.  As a longtime season ticket holder, I have been amazed to watch the basketball team climb from being the perennial underdog to three time league champion. Keep in mind that when Stony Brook moved to Division I, they were ranked last among more than 300 colleges which prompted some creative students to make posters that said ”nowhere to go but up!”


Sure, I was disappointed that the Seawolves lost a close game to Iowa, but not demoralized in any way, shape or form. The Iowa team played an incredible game on their home court in front of fifteen thousand supportive fans, but Stony Brook stayed strong and consistently came back from adversity until time ran out.


However, even more important to me as an alumnus of Stony Brook University and a Long Islander, is that the coaches, staff and especially the student athletes on the basketball team are outstanding ambassadors for the University. Win or lose they keep their composure, shake hands with their opponents and prepare for their next academic and athletic challenge.  


Intercollegiate sports are an important part of the complete college experience. According to Arne Duncan, the United States Secretary of Education, “Student athletes learn lessons on courts and playing fields that are difficult to pick up in a chemistry lab. Resilience in the face of adversity, selflessness, teamwork, self-discipline, and finding your passion are values that sports can uniquely transmit. Many of those character-building traits are every bit as critical to succeeding in life as book smarts.”


Last year the Stony Brook baseball team “shocked the world” at the College World Series. However, if the Stony Brook basketball team plays in the NCAA Tournament next year, it won’t be a shock, but rather it will be expected. After all, as Coach Steve Pikiell said about his basketball team “You can see we’re going to be good in the future.”  I can’t wait to renew my season tickets.


Tom Cassidy (1971) is a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University.

Andrew Goba ’09, ’12 – Fast Break from South Africa

STONY BROOK, NY, March 5, 2013 – Growing up in a poverty-stricken village in South Africa, Lesego Andrew Goba, 27, never imagined that his journey to the United States and eight years at Stony Brook University — which began in 2005 with an athletic scholarship — would be life-altering. A former Stony Brook Seawolves Men’s Basketball star, the 6-foot-9-inch, 245-pound Goba hopes to reach new heights, not on the basketball court but at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he recently secured a full-time nursing position in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP). 
It is in CPEP  that he reflects on the lessons of his early life to help those suffering from mental health disorders. 
“The mental toughness and discipline I learned from my coaches helps me in nursing, and basketball taught me how to still function at an optimal level under stressful and exhausting situations,” said Goba, who said that being part of a healthcare team and working for the benefit of the patient is similar to being part of a basketball team striving toward winning a game.
For Goba, working in CPEP has taught him a lot about psychiatric nursing and the comprehensive services those patients need.

“I learned early on in life that when you do not have much and are faced with difficult challenges, the state of your mental health will determine the state of your quality of life; because, profoundly, how you perceive those challenges shapes your decisions, which eventually determines the experiences you have,” he said. “Every day I have the opportunity to assist people and enhance their quality of life by improving their mental health.”

See the full story 

Lesego Andrew Goba with Lee Anne Xippolitos, dean of the Stony Brook University School of Nursing (left), and his colleagues, Drs. David Margulies and Fiana Klein, in Stony Brook’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).


Albany, NY – Alumni & Friends Pre-Game Receptions Fri 3/8/13 & Sat 3/9/13

Get your America East Basketball Championship tickets today!

Join the men’s & women’s basketball teams as they chase the tournament title in Albany.
March 8, 9, 10 at the SEFCU Arena, UAlbany Campus 

Friday March 8 – Stony Brook Women’s Basketball vs New Hampshire 
4:30 p.m. Pre-game at 
Maggies Sports Bar  
6:00 p.m. Game Time

Saturday March 9 Men’s Basketball vs. Binghamton
4:30 p.m. Pre-game at Maggies Sports Bar 
6:00 p.m. Game Time

To purchase your tickets click here and ask to be seated with the Stony Brook section.

Remember to Get Your RED On! (Buy your red here.) 

For questions, please call Matthew Colson: (631) 632-4932 

After you’ve got your tickets, let me know you’ll be coming. 
I’ll look forward to seeing you there to cheer on our Stony Brook Seawolves!

Game Watches: Stony Brook vs. Binghamton (Quarterfinals) 3/9/13

Watch the Stony Brook Seawolves take on Binghamton this Saturday, March 9 for during the America East Tournament! 

Game watch starts 6:00 p.m.



Stony Brook –

The Bench Bar and Grill

1095 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790,

Reservations (631) 675-1474

$3.50 beer specials 

$4.00 drink specials

Stony Brook Alumni Association Visa Rewards Discount

Connect with Stony Brook Alumni Association Board of Directors


New York City–

To Be Announced

Please wear RED and Go Seawolves!

Radio: WUSB 90.1 FM
Online at

Can’t join the fun at The Bench, check-in from your game watch #BeatBinghamton 

Hosted by the Stony Brook Alumni Association

Fees: Free to attend. Cash Food and Bar

Celebrating 50 Years – First Basketball Team at Stony Brook 1962-63 season

First Basketball Team at Stony Brook 1962-63 season


Image courtesy of the The Specula Yearbook

Celebrating 50 Years on January 26, 2013 at Men’s Basketball Alumni Day Pritchard Gymnasium, Stony Brook University. 

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!

Click here to support Stony Brook Athletics.

Click here to purchase Stony Brook apparel.

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

Miguel Maysonet ’13 in campaign for Walter Payton Trophy


Stony Brook University Seawolves

Campaign launched to back Miguel Maysonet for Walter Payton Trophy

Seawolves running back on watch list for FCS Heisman equivalent. 

Miguel Maysonet ’13 is a Health Science major from Riverhead, N.Y. Miguel became Stony Brook University and Big South conference all-time leading rusher in 2012. 




Community of Awesome #234: Stony Brook Standing Tall

#234: Stony Brook Standing Tall.


The Stony Brook University Marching Band is no stranger to the Community of Awesome, and their halftime performance at the football game on Saturday was truly touching. Beginning on Thursday, Nov. 1st, the student leadership called each and every member of the band to check in on their families and let them know the show will go on – but it will be special. The band stood in solidarity with those struggling throughout New York and Long Island, making a giant heart on the field that stretched 50 yards during halftime. Stony Brook University stands tall with our community, and we will all get through this together.


Source: Stony Brook University Community of Awesome

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