Ben Rayburn, ’03 and Alex Borress, ’04 are breaking ground as two of the youngest people to become Fellows in the Society of Actuaries. Their mutual love of math brought them together as freshman and they have been close friends ever since.
These recent graduates still find time to give back to their alma mater, even though Ben lives a thousand miles away and Alex is busing preparing for his upcoming wedding.
Ben established the Organization of Actuarial Students, revved up the crowds at a few basketball games as Stony Brook’s mascot, served as the Applied Math Ambassador, and tutored students in calculus. Ben says that he tries to “emulate the generosity and support of the people I’ve been able to meet through Stony Brook.”
Since Ben’s graduation in 2003, he has volunteered to mentor students though the Career Center and created a $1,500 scholarship, the Mathematics in Business award, for students in the College of Business who are interested in a math-related business field.
Ben has continued his tradition of giving back to his own community because “providing support through education is very important to me.” He tutors calculus, contributes to the Education & Examination committee of the Society of Actuaries, and shares his career advice and experience with high school students.
Alex tutored students at the Math Learning Center, worked as a teaching assistant, and volunteered in the CEAS Exam Review Program. All of his activities gave him “excellent public speaking experience” which has proved invaluable in his professional life as an actuary for Guardian Life Insurance.
Alex now visits Stony Brook to give presentations on the actuarial profession and recruits for his company, which he wrote is “weird (in a good way) for me, because it wasn’t too long ago that I was the one in the audience!”
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