A message from alumni association president robert j. debrauwere, esq '87
I am pleased to present you with the Stony Brook Alumni Association Annual Report for the academic year 2019-2020. While this year has presented us with many challenges, I am filled with immense pride in the knowledge that we as a community have come together to support one another, fortifying the Seawolves bond.
This year has been one of great transformation. Although we have not been able to connect in person as much as we would have liked, alumni and friends like you have continued to go far beyond to stay connected. This was especially evident as we pivoted our programming to meet the needs of a now-entirely virtual alumni community. Our virtual programs saw record-high participation. For that, I must thank our entire community of Seawolves, as well as our campus partners who have joined us to continue to encourage engaging and informative conversations.
As you read through this year’s annual report, I hope you, too, are filled with pride in what we have all achieved together.
Wishing you all peace and good health,
Robert J. deBrauwere, Esq. ‘87, President Stony Brook Alumni Association
STONY BROOK HONORS 40 UNDER FORTY ALUMNI
On January 15, Stony Brook University celebrated the remarkable early-career accomplishments of an esteemed group of alumni at its fifth 40 Under Forty celebration. This year’s honorees represent the very best of the University’s recent graduates — alumni who have leveraged their talents and education to excel in their professional and personal lives.
“Your accomplishments in your professions and your impact in your communities embody the best of our University,” Interim President Michael A. Bernstein, PhD, told the honorees. “You have shown us that you are courageous, visionary, principled and unbound by tradition.”
Over 200 alumni, former honorees, and friends joined Interim President Bernstein and Alumni Board President Robert J. deBrauwere, Esq. ’87 at Current at Chelsea Piers in New York City to celebrate this year’s honorees.
“Since its inception, the 40 Under Forty program has honored the University’s most creative and bold young professionals,” said deBrauwere. “Each of you has had your path to success, but what connects us is Stony Brook.”
This year’s alumni honorees include world-class athletes; dedicated humanitarians; artists and leaders in science, healthcare, engineering, finance and government.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this award from my alma mater,” said Kapil Kanugo ’07, head of artificial intelligence for Accenture. “This award underscores my achievements and, at the same time, motivates me to reach further heights and serve society for a positive and inspiring impact.”
In addition to Kanugo, the 40 Under Forty Class of 2019 includes Franck D. Joseph III ’12, deputy commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights; Renee DiResta ’04, co-founder of Vaccinate California; Jennifer Eng-Kulawy, MD ’06, Lieutenant Commander – head of pediatrics, U.S. Navy; Lora Webster ’17, Paralympic gold medalist and Christopher am Ende, PhD, ’08, ’13, senior principal scientist, Pfizer Inc.
“Stony Brook’s recognition of my Paralympic accomplishments proves how much the university cares about its students, past and present, and their commitment to supporting those students,” said Webster. “I am proud to be a Seawolf and will continue to work to make Stony Brook proud.”
For more information on this year’s honorees, photos and more about Stony Brook’s 40 Under Forty program, please visit stonybrook.edu/40underforty.
The Alumni Association’s mission to engage and connect alumni begins with our students. That’s why we’ve joined forces with student leadership to form Alumni Leaders of the Future. Students selected as Alumni Leaders of the Future serve as official representatives for the Alumni Association and foster interaction among students, alumni, administrators, parents and friends by providing support at alumni events, activities and other opportunities.
These student leaders play a vital role in bringing together students and alumni, creating a culture of engaged alumni and strengthening our University.
In this role, they act as student champions at our occasions, help us create a culture of engaged alumni and play a vital role in strengthening our University.
The group’s exceptional leadership, resilience and strength were on display during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the students worked alongside the alumni relations team to support students and alumni through an exceptionally challenging time. They also have been highly engaged with the alumni community, despite the remote learning environment and social distancing restraints, by staying actively involved in the Alumni Association’s many virtual events.
THE CLASSES OF 1970 AND 1971 ARE CELEBRATING 50 YEARS!
SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 4-5, 2021
Special Thanks to our Class of 1970 Reunion Committee:
Marsha Cohen, Philip Farber, Mary Beth Medley (Olbrych), Ronee Nassi, Rajiv Roy, Richard Sacks, Daniela Sciaky, Miles St. Jaques, William Stellwagen, and Allen Tsao
Stay up to date with the latest updates and learn more about joining your reunion committee.
MINDS & VINES: STONY BROOK EXPERTS AT HARMONY VINEYARDS
This year, the Stony Brook Alumni Association introduced a new faculty lecture series, hosted at Harmony Vineyards on Stony Brook Harbor. Featuring a new faculty expert each month, the Minds & Vines series has successfully engaged alumni, faculty, staff and community members, many of whom had not engaged with the University before this program. Lecture topics have included relevant and timely subjects such as the measles outbreak, Long Island’s great white shark research and the science and the romance of wine.
The intimate nature of the lecture series has allowed Stony Brook faculty to share cutting-edge research in a way that is organic and unassuming, creating a dialogue between speaker and guests and forging important relationships along the way.
BLACK AND LATINO ALUMNI NETWORK ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
With social justice always at the forefront of our efforts, the Stony Brook University Black and Latino Alumni Network has played an invaluable role in educating and informing alumni. The group, which provides a forum where members can develop and strengthen ties, promotes values that reflect their community interests and investments as members of the Alumni Association.
Following the death of George Floyd, the alumni network quickly came together to create a system of support with a forum designed to encourage critical conversations among students and alumni.
The group has held two sessions with the alumni and student communities: A Virtual Community Conversation on Racism and Social Justice in America and A Student-Led Conversation on Race.
The efforts of the Black and Latino Alumni Network have not gone unnoticed, garnishing the attention of the Stony Brook administration and newly appointed President Maurie McInnis, PhD.
“I am grateful to the Black and Latino Alumni Network for expanding access to our world-class education for future generations,” said President McInnis.
Academic Year 2019-2020 started off strong, with each of the five Health Science schools welcoming their incoming classes and alumni providing increased scholarship funding as well as in-person career support and guidance. Nine reunions took place, and two others were postponed due to COVID-19, making 2020 the most successful year ever for class reunions. The School of Health Technology and Management’s Respiratory Care’s 50th Anniversary Reunion were postponed, as was the School of Dental Medicine Class of 1980’s 40th Anniversary Reunion scheduled for June 2021. In support of Black Lives Matter, Black and Latinx Alumni came together recently to form a Black and Latinx School of Medicine Alumni/Students Network for mentoring and dialogue.
Renaissance School of Medicine
School of Dental Medicine
School of Nursing
School of Social Welfare
Our long-term “Career Communities” mentoring program for undergraduate and graduate students grew in its second year from 90 to 140 mentorship pairs.
On Sunday, October 5, 2019, mentors and mentees met at our kickoff to learn more about the program and begin building relationships. This year, participants were given the option to select affinity groups — such as LGBTQ*, DPLN, EOP/AIM, SAAS/SAAB and clubs and organizations — so we may more purposefully identify pairs.
In 2019/2020, we are proud to say that we helped facilitate 62 one-time student/alumni mentoring matches through our Micro-Mentoring program.
We are very grateful to all of our mentors! Thank you for helping our students experience the power of building professional relationships! Our programs were a success because of you.