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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.”

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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

Stony Brook Athletic Training Students on Today Show

March is National Athletic Training Month, and the Stony Brook University Athletic Training Program kicked it off on  February 28 with an appearance on NBC’s Today Show, where Kate Harney from the Seawolves Swimming and Diving Team was given an “ambush makeover” (see video).

Following the show, the students visited Columbia Prep School, where one of the program’s alum works, and then went to Madison Square Garden for a tour of the New York Rangers athletic training facility.

Stony Brook Student Athletic Trainer gets makeover on the Today Show from goNYSATA2 on Vimeo.  

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Filed under: Athletics,Student Spotlight . Posted by editor on Friday, March 1st, 2013 @ 9:46 am

2/21/13 You’re Invited to a Students & Alumni Networking Mixer

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Share Your Career Advice
at the 3rd Annual Students & Alumni Networking Mixer 

Thursday, February 21, 2013
5 PM – 7:30 PM
Wang Center (Zodiac Gallery)

Students & Alumni Networking Mixer

Stony Brook students are interested in your career path and experiences, and will ask you questions regarding their own career development.   

Please click here to REGISTER! The deadline to register is Monday, February 4, 2013. 
(Light refreshments will be served.)

Presented by the Stony Brook University 
Career Center & Alumni Association.

Stony Brook Alumni Relations Office:       Stony Brook Career Center:
Stephanie Tarantino Neidhart   Nikki Barnett
Senior Coordinator   Senior Career Counselor
631-707-3079   631-632-9855

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Stony Brook University Career Center: STEMM Job & Internship Fair 2/15/13

Fri, 15 Feb, 2013 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

STEMM Job & Internship Fair

If you are seeking a full time job, part-time job, internship or volunteer experience in Engineering, IT, Science, Math & Medical this is the event for you!

For more information contact or 631-632-6810

Alumni Employers
Here is information on how to register your company.

Alumni Job Seekers
What to bring: Many copies of your resume!
Professional attire is REQUIRED.

What to prepare: Check out the event page on ZebraNet for the companies that will be in attendance. Research them and prepare questions for the recruiters at the companies you are interested in. It is also a good idea to become OCR-eligible BEFORE this event! Check out ZebraNet for the date/times of OCR orientations! 

Be sure to log into your ZebraNet account and REGISTER for this event! You can search for it under the ‘Events’ tab!

Alumni Career Mentors
Unable to attend but interested in assisting students in their job search process?
Sign up to be an alumni career mentor, speak on panels or have students visit your place of business
Want to assist over e-mail or telephone?  See the Career Advising Network.

Location: Stony Brook University 
Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballrooms A & B
Contact: 631-632-6810
Calendar: Event Calendar
Category: University Events

More Information

Sign Up for your Stony Brook University Alumni Association E-mail Account

New Stony Brook University Alumni Association benefit!


Lifetime Gmail e-mail accounts available here 

Stay connected… 

Show your pride…

Seawolves for life.

Congratulations December Graduates!

From Stony Brook University Alumni Association! #stonybrookalum


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


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