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Deadline Extended for School of Nursing DAA Nominations 3/12/13

School of Nursing
Deadline Extended to Nominate a Nurse 
for the Distinguished Alumni Award

Dear Alumni,

The School of Nursing Alumni Board has extended the deadline to nominate an outstanding and distinguished alumnus for the 2013 School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award to March 12. This year’s recipient will receive their award during the graduation ceremonies 
in May.  

If you know of an alumnus who is a leader in his or her nursing profession, made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence of Stony Brook School of Nursing, please let us know.

Please submit your nomination for this year’s School of Nursing Distinguished Alumnni Award by completing this form by March 12, 2013.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to hearing from you.


Patricia Jacobowitz BS ’79, MS ’86, DNP ’09

School of Nursing Alumni Board

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

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.


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

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.

Save the Date – Stony Brook University Distinguished Alumni Awards 11/13/12

Distinguished Alumni Awards 2012


NOVEMBER 13, 2012
6:00 pm

Please Join Us to Celebrate the Achievements of This Year’s Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients 

Vito A. Cannavo BA  ’75
Partner, Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo PC

David Gelernter MS  ’80, PhD  ’83 
Artist, Writer, and Professor of Computer Science, Yale University

Suzanne Johnson PhD  ’74
Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine

Joseph L. Tromba BS ’77
Developer and Founding Member, Endoscopy Center of Long Island
Attending Physician, Winthrop University Hospital, a teaching affiliate of 
Stony Brook Medical School

2012 Distinguished Recent Alumnus 
Andrez S. Carberry BA ’00, MA ’02 
Employment Counsel, Avon Products, NA

For more information, contact Nicole Piampiano at (631) 632-4466 or

For more on this year’s honorees or to register please visit

Stony Brook School of Medicine Announces 2012 Distinguished Alumnus

Stony Brook University School of Medicine Alumni

Announcing The 2012 Distinguished Alumnus
Douglas Katz, MD '90

Douglas Katz, MD ’90

Douglas S. Katz, M.D., F.A.C.R., is the Director of Body Imaging and Vice Chair for Clinical Research and Education at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York, and Professor of Clinical Radiology at Stony Brook Medicine. He was Attending-Physician-Of-The-Year five times at Winthrop-University Hospital, and is past President of the Long Island Radiological Society.

“Dr. Katz is an icon in the field of Radiology,” said Dr. Patricia Vorwerk ’86, a fellow radiologist at Winthrop. “He is a true role model to students, residents, and other physicians…his broad knowledge base, keen clinical skills, and stellar diagnostic and interpretative capabilities continue to outshine all others.”

Please join us to celebrate Dr. Katz’s outstanding achievements and welcome the incoming freshmen as they receive their White Coats.

Sunday, August 19, 2012
Student Activities Center
Stony Brook University

For further information or to reserve your seat, please contact: Mary Hoffmann at, or 631-632-4995.

Presented by the Stony Brook University Alumni Association.

Stony Brook University Alumni Association Names 2012 Distinguished Alumni


STONY BROOK, NY, July 23, 2012 – Five prominent graduates of Stony Brook University have been named recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award, which represents The Stony Brook Alumni Association’s highest honor.  All will be honored at an awards dinner on November 13, 2012 at Flowerfield in St. James, NY.


The 2012 honorees are: Vito A. Cannavo (BA’75), partner, Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo PC;  David Gelertner (MS’80, PhD’83), artist, writer, and professor of computer science, Yale University; Suzanne Johnson (PhD ‘74), distinguished research professor, Florida State University College of Medicine; Joseph L. Tromba (BS’77), developer and founding member, Endoscopy Center of Long Island; attending physician, Winthrop University Hospital and teaching affiliate of Stony Brook Medical School; Andrez S. Carberry (BA’00, MA. ‘02), employment counsel, Avon Products, NA.


Dr. Sherri Sussman ’91, ‘95, president of the Stony Brook Alumni Association, noted that each individual honoree has made extraordinary contributions, ranging from corporate and civic leadership to innovative research and artistic achievement. “As different as their paths to success have been, all of our recipients share a common bond,” said Sussman. “They all chose to transform talents into skills that make the most of their Stony Brook experiences. Each deserves special recognition for how well they used their time at the University as a foundation for discovering, reshaping, and enriching the world around them.”


Vito Cannavo ’75  is a partner in the firm of Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo, one of the leading personal injury firms in the nation. Mr. Cannavo is in charge of one of the firm’s General Negligence departments. He has won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, premises liability, motor vehicle and firefighter- related litigation.  Mr. Cannavo is currently serving as President of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn.  He has been listed in New York magazine and Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top lawyers in New York, and he has received the highest rating (AV®) from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Cannavo resides in Staten Island, NY.


David Gelernter, PhD, ’80, ‘83 is professor of computer science at Yale, contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, former board member of the National Endowment for the Arts, and regular contributor to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. His books include Mirror Worlds, the novel 1939, the memoir Drawing Life, and others. He’s published essays, fiction and reviews in Commentary, The Weekly Standard, Wall Street Journal, National Review, ArtNews, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Scientific American and many others. His essays are widely anthologized.  The first museum show of his paintings will open at the YU Museum in Manhattan this fall; his next book, America-Lite, will be published June 19. Dr. Gelernter resides in Woodbridge, CT.


Suzanne Johnson, PhD ‘74 is a Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine and 2012 President of the American Psychological Association.  She received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook.  From 2002-2010, she served as the first Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences a FSU College of Medicine in Tallahassee.  Prior to that time, she was a distinguished professor and director of the Center for Pediatric Psychology and Family Studies at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Gainesville.  Dr. Johnson has numerous publications in the areas of pediatric psychology and clinical health psychology and has received many research, teaching and service awards.  She has over 30 years of continuous research funding from the National Institutes of Health, including a Research Career Development Award.  Dr. Johnson resides in Tallahassee, FL.


Joseph L. Tromba, M.D., ‘77 received his medical training at the University of Catania, Italy, where he graduated with honors.  Dr. Tromba was a developer and founding member of the Endoscopy Center of Long Island, one of the largest free-standing ambulatory endoscopy centers on the east coast.  Dr. Tromba is an attending physician at Winthrop University Hospital and a teaching affiliate of Stony Brook Medical School. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Tromba is an active participant in the Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology fellowship teaching programs at Winthrop University Hospital and has been nominated for Teaching Attending of the Year.  He has served as Adjunct Professor of gastrointestinal physiology at Hofstra University.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology.  Dr. Tromba resides in Garden City, NY.


Andrez S. Carberry, ’00, ‘02 is the Employment Counsel for Avon Products, NA.  Prior to joining Avon, for several years Mr. Carberry served as an Associate Attorney at Fox Rothschild, LLP (New York City) and as Associate Corporate Counsel for the Employment and Labor Division of the New York City Labor Department. Mr. Carberry serves as an adjunct professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law.  Mr. Carberry has numerous honors to his credit including the Legal Rookie of the Year Award, New York City Law Department (2005-2006) and recognition as one of New York’s “Rising Stars” by New York Super Lawyers (2011). He was selected for the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Diversity Fellowship Program for 2011-2012. He also serves on the board of directors for the Pajama Program, a New York City-based charity that provides new pajamas and books to underprivileged children who are abused, orphaned or fostered. Mr. Carberry resides in New York, NY.


“This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients embody the personal and intellectual transformation that takes place from the student experience at Stony Brook University,” said Matthew Colson, Stony Brook Alumni Relations Executive Director, “The Alumni Association and Stony Brook are extremely proud to recognize and share their success with them on this very special occasion.”
Established in 1983, the Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) recognize and pay tribute to outstanding Stony Brook University alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the University, have exceptional achievements, and careers that reflect the highest values embraced and promoted by both Stony Brook University and the Stony Brook Alumni Association.


About Stony Brook Alumni Association
Stony Brook University Alumni Association is an independent 501(c)3 organization which represents more than 149,000 alumni nationwide and abroad. Established in 1965, the Association works to increase communication, encourage involvement, and expand services for alumni, while building support for Stony Brook University. See photos from Distinguished Alumni Awards 2011

Mark Bridges ’83 Stony Brook Alum Wins Academy Award


Stony Brook Theater Arts Grad
Mark Bridges ’83 Wins Academy Award

Stony Brook Theater Arts graduate Mark Bridges ’83 took home an Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design on February 26 in Los Angeles for his work on “The Artist.”

“The Artist,” a black and white homage to Hollywood’s silent movies, was the big winner of the night receiving Oscars for best picture, best actor, best director, best original score, as well as Mark Bridges’ best costume design.

In an LA Times interview last December, Mark explained how he tackled the challenge of the film’s black and white palate.   “With costumes, you’re always trying to tell the story subliminally … So in the medium of black and white, we used a lot of textures and high contrast when the characters were at their pinnacle and more monochromatic looks when they were down on their heels. It was all about whether there was enough separation in tone because once it goes to black and white, it’s mush. You lose definition.”

Mark’s work on “The Artist” also earned him the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design at the 65th British Academy Film Awards in February 2012  and the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award.

After Mark graduated Stony Brook, he worked at Barbara Matera Costumes in New York City as a shopper for Broadway, dance and film projects, and also earned his MFA in costume design at New York University.  Other film costume design credits to his name include “ There Will Be Blood,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, “The Fighter,” starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams; “ Greenberg,” starring Ben Stiller, “Yes Man,” starring Jim Carrey, and dozens of others.

Staller Center Director and former classmate of Mark, Alan Inkles, knew he was destined for greatness in costume design. “There wasn’t a show at Stony Brook (whether he was acting in it or not) where you wouldn’t find Mark up in the costume shop designing costumes, doing fittings or sewing something together for a production. He was an absolute perfectionist in everything he did and he had such a drive and passion for the theatre…I could not be more proud and honored for Mark – he so richly deserves it.”


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