#299: Black History Month Opening Ceremony

Today, January 28th during Campus Lifetime, Stony Brook kicked off Black History Month with its opening ceremony. The keynote speaker was Frederick K. Brewington, ESQ, a respected lawyer and community advocate. He transformed the SAC Auditorium into a courtroom, addressing senior administrative members of the University as fellow council and judges. The audience became the jury, as Mr. Brewington made his case to them, presenting the evidence of past injustices, and his hopes for the future. He also tied into his statement Stony Brook Black History Month’s theme of “Sankofa”, which means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” Mr. Brewington urged the Stony Brook community to not forget the past and the lessons learned, as they are extremely important to our present and for the betterment of the future. Mr. Brewington was extremely engaging and a great individual to kick off Black History Month.

Shout out to the Co-Chairs of the Black History Month Committee: Dr. Jarvis Watson from EOP/AIM and Dr. Zebulon Miletsky a professor in the Africana Studies department, as well as the entire Black History Month Committee of students, faculty and staff for putting together a wonderful event.

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#298: Sea Pups in Seawolves Country!!

On Wednesday January 7th, three local elementary schools (Setauket Elementary, Tackan Elementary and Samoset Elementary) were invited to the Stony Brook Women’s Basketball game against the University of Vermont for the second annual Kids Day. 800 Sea Pups filled the arena to watch the Seawolves defeat the Catamounts 60-38. After the game, the Stony Brook University Trauma Center trained the Sea Pups on topics such as pool safety, pedestrian safety, fire safety and calling 911 in an emergency. Spending time in our brand new arena watching our talented athletes, as well as learning important life-saving tips? That’s awesome!kids day

 Photo from: http://www.stonybrookathletics.com/view.gal?id=172625

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#297: Warm Up This Semester at Chillfest!

Every year during the beginning months of the spring semester, Stony Brook University and Student Activities hosts Chillfest! Chillfest consists of fun, campus events from various departments, clubs and organizations on campus. This year there are over 70 events taking place during Chillfest. Check out the posters around campus, and pick up a schedule card to find something for you! Notable events include Cookies and Cocoa, on January 27th from 5PM-7PM in the Y-Lobby and Ballroom B in the Student Activities Center (where you can get a sweet mug like the one below and find out information about various offices and activities), RHA’s Super Bowl party, the LeadStrong Conference, as well as Involvement Fairs to help you make the most of your time at Stony Brook! There’s sure to be something for everyone, so be sure to check out Chillfest 2015!

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#296: Epic Basketball Win Over Washington Huskies

What a holiday treat for the Stony Brook Seawolves men’s basketball team! In case you haven’t heard by now, the Stony Brook Seawolves defeated the Washington Huskies (ranked 13th in the country) on their home court on December 28th, delivering their first loss of the year! It seemed Stony Brook would trail behind until the last minutes of the game where they battled for and kept a 62-57 lead! Awesome job Seawolves! Check out the article and video below from ESPN!

http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=400593234

Photo from: Washington’s News Tribune

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#295: Happy Holidays from the Community of Awesome and Friends!

It’s the holiday season, and there is no shortage of holiday cheer around Stony Brook University’s campus. Offices are decked out in their best trimmings, and the spirit of the season is felt by students, faculty and staff alike. We at the Community of Awesome wish you the happiest of holidays, whether you are going to an Ugly Sweater Party (see the cute ones from the SBU Bookstore and Seawolves Marketplace below!) or simply spending time with loved ones and friends. Enjoy the festivities and may you have a happy and healthy new year, and a great new semester! 

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#294: On and Off the Field Greatness

Stony Brook University is home to some pretty amazing students, and Martin Giordano is no exception. Martin is a Junior, who plays Midfield on the Stony Brook Men’s Soccer team. In 2013 he was named America East Player of the Week, and this year won the America East Co-Player of the Week. He not only works hard on the field, but off the field in his Mechanical Engineering major. And now, Martin is featured on the popular soccer site, Futbol Mundial! Check out the link below!

http://botb.futbolmundial.com/videos/martin-giordano-junior-stony-brook-university-ny-903303

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#293: FUNdraising: Jailhouse Rock Edition!

On Wednesday, November 19th during Campus Lifetime, the Alternative Spring Break Outreach club held a fundraiser for their upcoming trip to Fort Meyers, Florida to assist Habitat Humanity in building 28 houses! However, this was no ordinary fundraiser. It was a “Jail N’ Bail.” Undergraduates, graduate students,faculty and staff could nominate a friend or colleague by putting out a “warrant for their arrest.” The nominated parties then needed to remain in the “jail” in the Student Activities Center lobby until they raised enough money to pay their bail. Some notable prisoners included Jeffrey Barnett- Assistant Dean of Students, Hedieh Resciniti-Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations, Cathrine Duffy-Associate Director of Student Support and ASBO advisor and Vinny Justiniano- President of the Commuter Student Association. ASBO’s FUNdraiser raised over $1,000 for their upcoming trip! That’s amazing!

*Note: The author of this post may have had to spend 9 minutes in the clink, and raise $20 to be freed to write this post ;)

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Undergraduate students Tracy Wong, Cristina Ceballos and
Graduate Students Nicole Levy and Samantha Worriwillow in “jail.”

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Associate Director of Student Support, Cathrine Duffy, Hedieh Resciniti, Assistant Director for Facilities & Operations
and Jeffrey Barnett, Assistant Dean of Students, saddened by their “incarceration.”

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