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Congratulations to the Stony Brook University Class of 2013

Stony Brook University graduates look back fondly on their college experience, while looking forward to an exciting future.


Help Us Commemorate National Nurses Week

Dear Alumni and Friends, 

This is National Nurses Week, and I’m writing to ask for your help to honor the incredible nurses and their colleagues with a gift to Stony Brook University Hospital.  Your online gift to the “Fund for Stony Brook University Hospital,” will help our dedicated caregivers provide:

  • world class compassionate care to our patients
  • healthcare leaders who have the opportunity to grow and learn
  • healing environments featuring state-of-the-art technology,
    services and medicine

Though we are fortunate to have a first-rate reputation in the region, you may not realize that we only receive 2.5 percent of our budget from the state of New York. So, Stony Brook University Hospital relies heavily on the generosity of individuals like you.

I hope that together, we can continue to provide excellent care to all our patients and the people who love them, and to celebrate the work of nurses and caregivers who give so much of themselves.

A gift of any amount is greatly appreciated. Please make your gift online or send a check to the “Stony Brook Foundation” (488 Administration, Stony Brook, NY 11794-1601).

Thank you in advance for your generosity and consideration as we commemorate our wonderful caregivers during National Nurses Week.


Margaret Duffy, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Interim Chief Nursing Officer

Diane Bello ’99, ’05 Appointed University Registrar at Stony Brook University

Dear Members of the Stony Brook University Community,

I am very pleased to announce that Diane Bello has accepted the position as University Registrar at Stony Brook University, effective 4/1/13.

Diane began her career at Stony Brook in 1988 in the History Department and has held various positions during her 25-year tenure at the University.  Prior to accepting the University Registrar position, Diane served as Senior Associate College Registrar and
Associate University System Analyst in the Registrar’s Office.

Diane is a member of several national organizations and higher education groups. This year, Diane was selected to serve as part of the Student Record Product Advisory Group (SRPAG). Since 2011, Diane has held the Treasurer position for the State University of New York Registrars Association (SUNYRA). She also serves on the Executive Board of this organization.  During 2009-11, Diane served on the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Transfer Committee.

Diane will continue to be involved in several major projects, including the implementation of the new general education requirements. She is also involved in the SUNY-wide Degree Works project currently underway.  As part of Project 50 Forward, Diane and her team have been working on the implementation of departmental degree audits.  Diane also works closely with Academic and Transfer Advising Services to expand electronic course-by-course transfer articulations.

Diane lives in Stony Brook with her husband, Todd, and their two children, Michael and Jacquelyn. Please join me in congratulating Diane on her new position.

Best regards,
Dennis N. Assanis

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

“NAME THE GAME” by 6/1/13


The athletic departments at Stony Brook and Albany are excited to be playing each other in football every season as new CAA Football opponents. We are calling on all Seawolves and Great Danes fans alike to help us name this newly formed rivalry game.

How to enter: 
-Facebook: Message your naming idea to “Stony Brook Athletics” or “Wolfie Seawolf”

-Twitter: Tweet your naming idea to “@SBAthletics” or “@WolfieSeawolf” using the hashtag ” #EmpireClash

Need help getting ideas? Check out these famous college football rivalries for inspiration: 

***Deadline to enter ideas is June 1st!****Image


Stony Brook Film Festival Early Bird Passes now on sale

18th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival at Stony Brook University, July 18-27, 2013 
$70 Early Bird Film Passes Now Available 
Stony Brook Film Festival Early Bird film passes and party tickets go on sale today.  Film passes are $70 for entry into all films. 
In June, when the film festival schedule is announced, passes are $80. Anyone buying a Film Pass may buy party tickets at the same time: $20 for the Opening Night Reception and $20 for the Closing Night Awards Reception. Parties provide an opportunity to mingle with filmmakers, guests and other film lovers.  Party tickets are $25 for non-passholders, subject to availability.
The 18th Stony Brook Film Festival will once again celebrate the best in independent film chosen from hundreds of entries. All films are shown in Staller Center’s Main Stage Theatre on one of the largest screens in the region. New foreign language films, American independent films and shorts from around the globe promise to provide an unforgettable experience this summer. 
“We offer the Early Bird film passes because patrons have asked for them,” notes Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Stony Brook Film Festival. “The response to the Early Bird offer in the past has been a vote of confidence in the Festival,” says Alan Inkles. “Many film goers who make the Stony Brook Film Festival an annual event each summer have been buying Early Bird film passes for years.”  
Notes a film festival regular, “I buy an Early Bird pass because I know I’m going to want to attend most of the films in the Festival and the Early Bird Pass locks the event into my summer schedule. I trust that the programming will be high caliber. Since film passes have sold out in past years, I buy one early, save money, and I arrive early so I can choose a good seat in the theater.” 
Passes are available at or by calling (631) 632-ARTS [2787].
About the Festival
The 18th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival will host filmmakers at Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 27, 2013. Short films are paired with most features. Films screen in the evenings and during the weekend with question and answer periods after screenings. The final Saturday includes a closing night film and awards reception with John Anderson, film critic, as the Master of Ceremonies.  
The Stony Brook Film Festival is a highly-regarded, highly-competitive festival. The ten-day festival produced by Staller Center for the Arts showcases films to houses of 850 -1000 filmgoers. The complete schedule for the 2013 Stony Brook Film Festival will be announced in early June.

The Investiture of Basil Rigas, MD, DSc 5/8/13

Investiture of Basil Rigas, MD, DSc

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD
cordially invites you and a guest to attend 

The Investiture Ceremony for 
William and Jane Knapp Alumni Chair in Pharmacological Sciences

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 • 3 PM
Stony Brook University Hospital Lobby

Reception to follow

Space is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, May 6 to Jennifer Filasky 
at (631) 632-4466 or 


Stony Brook University

How You Can Take All the Right Steps for Your Financial Future

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Please Join Us
"Take all the Right Steps for Your Financial Future"

May 2, 2013
Brook Alumni Room, Charles B. Wang Center
8 AM – 10 AM

Are You?

• Not completely sure how the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 impacts you?
• Wondering how you can sustain your lifestyle in retirement?
• Curious about the Affordable Health Care Act?
• Interested in hearing from experts in the areas of estate law, financial advising and accounting?

Join Us! 

“Take All the Right Steps for Your Financial Future,” is a FREE two-hour expert panel discussion on changes made by Congress to the Tax Law and the Affordable Health Care Act, and how these changes will impact your planning and financial outlook.

Light refreshments will be served.

Bonus: All attendees will receive a complimentary personal affairs booklet!

Register by: Friday, April 26. Register online or call (631) 632-4466

Featured Panelists:

Christine R. Shiebler, JD
Roe Taroff Taitz & Portman, LLP

Ernest P. Smith, CPA
Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner
Nawrocki Smith LLP

Mark J. Snyder ’69, ChFC
President and Founder
Mark J. Snyder Financial Services, Inc.

4/20/13 MBA Association Annual Spring Dinner


MBA Association Annual Spring Dinner

Saturday April 20, 7pm

Where: The Meadow Club, Port Jefferson

Three course meal and open bar.

Alumni are invited and encouraged to attend.

$40 for students; $55 for faculty, staff, and alumni.

Connect with the MBA Association on LinkedIn or Facebook

Location: The Meadow Club 1147 New York 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

“2012 and the End of Times: Myth, Fiction, and Fact” – 12/11/12

Stony Brook University Alumni and Friends

Is December 21 the End of the World?
Find the answers at this intriguing talk by a Stony Brook astrophysicist 

Professor Metchev

“2012 and the End of Times: Myth, Fiction, and Fact”
by Stanimir Metchev, PhD, Assistant Professor of
Physics and Astronomy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
6 PM – 8 PM
The SUNY Global Center,
116 East 55th Street NY, NY 10022

Professor Metchev’s talk will cover the history, speculations, and science behind the last day of the Mayan calendar and will present recent developments in archaeoastronomy, planetary astronomy, and geology for an up-to-date factual context.

Stanimir Metchev has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Stony Brook University since 2008. Prior to his arrival at Stony Brook, Professor Metchev earned a BA and a PhD in Astrophysics from Harvard and the California Institute of Technology and was a Spitzer Space Telescope Post-doctoral Fellow at UCLA between 2005-2008.

Professor Metchev’s research interests include extrasolar planets, brown dwarfs, and novel astronomical instrumentation techniques that enable new studies of these fascinating objects. He has served as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and agencies, including Science, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Hubble, and the Spitzer space telescopes among others. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the New York Astronomy Consortium.

RSVP online or e-mail

Defensive Driver Training Course 11/28 & 11/29


Lower your auto insurance premium and remove up to 4 points off your driving record.

Liberty Mutual is hosting four Defensive Driver Training Courses for Stony Brook University Alumni, family & friends, for $22 a person. These 6-hour programs are approved by the NY State Dept. of Motor Vehicles and offer a 10% savings off your Liability and Collision Insurance for 3 years from the day you take the course. In addition, it can remove up to 4 points off your driving record!

Session Time:  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Location:  Stony Brook University, Charles B. Wang Center, Brook Alumni Room Cost:  $22.00 per person – Check/Money order made payable to NTSI

Course Dates:

Session II: Wednesday, November 28th & Thursday, November 29th (must attend both)

Session III: Monday, February 25th & Wednesday, February 27th (must attend both)

Session IV:  Tuesday, April 23rd & Thursday, April 25th (must attend both)

 There will be a maximum of 40 seats per session.  Reserve your seat now! RSVP: Edward Beekman, Executive Sales Representative, via e-mail: 

Please note that you must hold a valid NY drivers license to participate in this course. You do not need to be a Liberty Mutual policyholder to attend.

Sponsored by:


               Auto – Home – Life

Location: Stony Brook University, Charles B. Wang Center, Brook Alumni
Fees: $22.00 per person
Contact: Edward Beekman, Executive Sales Representative, via 

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