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Excellence Celebrated at Annual University Awards Dinner

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President Stanley (center) with the University’s latest Distinguished Professors. From left to right: Vitaly Citovsky, Joseph Mitchell, Kenneth Kaushansky, President Stanley, Patricia Wright and Robert Harvey. Missing is Michael Schwartz, who could not attend this year’s dinner.
President Stanley (center) with the University’s latest Distinguished Professors. From left to right: Vitaly Citovsky, Joseph Mitchell, Kenneth Kaushansky, President Stanley, Patricia Wright and Robert Harvey. Missing is Michael Schwartz, who could not attend this year’s dinner.

Earlier this fall, President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD honored faculty and staff for their accomplishments at the annual University Awards Dinner. The event is held to recognize faculty appointments to Distinguished Professorships, State University of New York Chancellor’s Award Recipients and Presidential Mini-Grant Recipients.

Joining President Stanley in recognizing this year’s 31 honorees were New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright and Brookhaven Councilwoman Valerie Cartright.

President Stanley began the evening by calling to the stage recipients of Presidential Mini-Grants for Departmental Diversity Initiatives. “Encouraging diversity in the learning experience is a key component that contributes significantly to the quality of life on campus and inspires us to even greater accomplishments,” Stanley said. “Through these mini-grant awards, we help bring to fruition ideas and projects that will improve our research and our ability to work together with a greater understanding of one another.”

This year’s Mini-Grant Recipients:

Madeline Del Toro Cherney, New Latino Cinema

Jinyoung Jin, Explore History: Objects from Asia

Mary Jo Bona and E.K. Tan, Bridging the Gap: Inter-ethnic Vision in Asian American and European American Migratory Narratives

Mawii Ralte and Katherine Kaiser, Project Crossroads: Developing a Shared Space for Providing and Promoting Support

Izumi Ashizawa, for the play Mysterious Lake

Christine Szaraz, Seawolves Step Up program

Abena Asare, An Oral History Archive of Africana Studies at SUNY: A Political Education in the Empire State

Carolyn Peabody, Activism and Leadership Against the Oppression of Women

Mary Flanagan, Promoting Diversity in Health Professions through Awareness and Mentorship with Underserved High School Students

Lori Repetti, Colloquium Series on African American Vernacular English (AAVE)

Roger Thompson, Giving Voice to the Veteran Experience

Carlos Vidal, Increasing Diversity in Health Care through Community Engagement (HCARE) 

President Stanley with this year’s Presidential Mini-Grant recipients.
President Stanley with this year’s Presidential Mini-Grant recipients.

Next to be recognized were the recipients of SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

For Excellence in Professional Service: Bushra Butt, University Libraries; Kathleen Diehl, Accounting Services; and David McAvoy, Transportation and Parking

For Excellence in Faculty Service: Harvard Lyman, Biochemistry and Cell Biology; and John Robinson, Psychology

For Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities: Peter Carravetta, European Languages and Literatures; Chang Kee Jung, Physics and Astronomy; Alfred Scharff Goldhaber, C.N. Yang Institute; and John J. Shea, Anthropology

For Excellence in Teaching: Nancy Hollingsworth, Biochemistry and Cell Biology; and Jaymie Meliker, Preventive Medicine

The final honorees of the night were those recently awarded Distinguished Professorships:

Patricia C. Wright, Anthropology, Distinguished Service Professor

Michael Schwartz, Sociology, Distinguished Teaching Professor

And the five latest SUNY Distinguished Professors:

Vitaly Citovsky, Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Robert Harvey, Cultural Analysis and Theory

Kenneth Kaushansky, School of Medicine

Joseph S.B. Mitchell, Applied Mathematics and Statistics

“These awardees are outstanding individuals who have helped to raise the bar of excellence throughout the SUNY system. They are a testament to Stony Brook’s mission and their contributions inspire us all,” said President Stanley. “They epitomize the very best of who we are. We are privileged to know them as our colleagues, as our family, and as our friends.”

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