Stony Brook welcomed a record number of Seawolves fans and university alumni back to campus for our annual homecoming tradition, Wolfstock — a week full of great events capped off with one big football win at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
Seawolves Beat Rhode Island, 14-3
Saturday afternoon, the Seawolves took out the visiting Rhode Island Rams 14-3 in front of a record crowd of 12,221 for the homecoming matchup at LaValle Stadium.
The win helped Stony Brook snap a two-game homecoming losing streak, putting our season record at 3-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association for the first time since joining the league in 2013.
Running backs Stacey Bedell and Jordan Gowins each had more than 100 yards and each scored a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, leading Stony Brook to the win.
“It was a great defensive effort. They had one drive against us, and other than that, we shut them down,” said Stony Brook Head Coach Chuck Priore. “We gave the ball to our two horses in the backfield and we got it done.”
Read more about the game at Stony Brook Athletics.
Wolfstock Barbecue Feeds Fans and Alumni
Nearly 1,400 students, faculty, staff, alumni, fans, friends and family members got together before the big game for good food and fun activities at Wolfstock Barbecue.
Attendees enjoyed a full spread of backyard barbecue favorites, interactive demonstrations by several university clubs, a special performance by the Stony Brook Marching Band and plenty of carnival rides and games.
“The Stony Brook community of alumni, families and friends that come together at Wolfstock Barbecue always makes this one of the most exciting days of the year,” said Executive Director of Alumni Relations Matthew Colson. “Alumni came from as far as Florida, California and everywhere in between. Our new layout, menu options, fall festival activities and student organization demonstrations received unanimous praise. The Seawolves beating Rhode Island was the icing on the cake.”
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The Homecoming King and Queen Are Crowned
After a spirited competition during the Homecoming Court Creative Explosion on Thursday night, Stony Brook students voted and crowned our 2016 Homecoming King and Queen.
Congratulations to Casey Getzler ‘17 and Christina Penna ‘17 on becoming Stony Brook royalty!
In case you missed it, watch the Homecoming Court Creative Explosion.
Seawolves Showcase and Student Events Boost Campus Spirit
Homecoming Court Creative Explosion wasn’t the only student event to rock Wolfstock.
Thousands of students, faculty and staff got their Seawolves spirit in gear at the Homecoming Hoopla and Carnival, outside along the Academic Mall on Wednesday afternoon.
See video of the festival that kicked off Wolfstock.
Then on Friday night, the smash-hit Seawolves Showcase brought 20 student groups to the outdoor stage on the Staller Steps to pump up the crowd of about 3,000 students before the game on Saturday.
“Homecoming is special because it allows us the community to come together, connect with new and old friends alike, and celebrate pride in what it means to be a Seawolf,” said Interim Associate Dean of Students Jeffrey Barnett. “Tradition and spirit comes alive throughout the week. Yet again, we saw tremendous displays of student talent and support for one another. I hope others ended the week feeling what I did — tremendous gratitude to be at a place like Stony Brook among such a wonderful community.”
Alumni Events Draw Graduates Back to Campus
Several events organized by Alumni Relations encouraged Stony Brook grads of all generations to return to campus, reunite with classmates and faculty and celebrate being a Seawolf.
More than 300 alumni in total attended a variety of special events, including the Black and Latino Alumni Network’s Multicultural Brunch, Stony Brook University Crew’s Inaugural Alumni Reunion Breakfast and Row at the Port Jefferson Yacht Club, Professor Michael Barnhart’s Cuban Missile Crisis Simulation (based on his World War II Simulation course), and alumni breakfasts hosted by The Statesman and the College of Business.
Alumni also attended faculty lectures from Psychology Professor Nancy Franklin and Political Science Professor Helmut Norpoth, and a geological tour of Stony Brook campus’ glacial past with Professors Dan Davis and Gil Hanson.
Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2016
The Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame inducted its first class of new members since 2006 on Friday night at the Island Federal Credit Union Arena, including a current major league pitcher, a former NBA head coach, an Olympian and an All-American.
The class of seven inductees includes Herb Brown (former head coach, Men’s Basketball); Kevin Crowley ’11 (Men’s Lacrosse); Roger Gill ’94 (Men’s Track & Field); Tom Koehler ’08 (Baseball); Kaitlin Leggio ’09 (Women’s Lacrosse); Jessica Serrano-Plugues ’00 (Volleyball) and Emeka Smith ’94 (Men’s Basketball).
Learn more about the Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame.
More information about next year’s Wolfstock and homecoming events will be posted at stonybrook.edu/wolfstock. Be sure to share your Wolfstock photos using the hashtag #Wolfstock.