On the morning and afternoon of December 1, Bayport-Blue Point and Comsewogue high school students travelled to Stony Brook University for a day of learning.
Arriving at the campus around 8:30 am, the students had breakfast and listened to speaker Brian McAuliff, President and CEO of Bri-Tech in the Wang Center’s Zodiac Lounge. The students then participated in round table career discussions.
Around 30 professionals from a diverse set of fields sat down at the round tables to discuss their careers and give advice to the students. For three 20-minute sessions, students got to choose different career tables, which included healthcare, marketing, law enforcement and many others.
Following the career discussions, students headed to the Wang Center Theater where they listened to two speakers from Stony Brook University. The first talk was “Fake News” by Jonathan Anzalone, lecturer from the School of Journalism. The second talk was “Preparing for College Admissions: A Pathway to Success” by Rob Pertusati, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions.
Both talks provided quality and necessary information for these high-school students. The students, led by SBU tour guides, then left the Wang Center and toured a portion of the University that included the Campus Recreation Center.
Michael Plugues, an alum of Stony Brook and teacher at Bayport-Blue Point High School, has been spearheading this event for years, making this the sixth year of the visit. With help from Joan Dickinson, Director of Community Relations as well as all other program coordinators and the career professionals, this event was a success.
— Cohen Miles-Rath