The Stony Brook University Career Center hosted its annual Partnership Celebration on May 10 to honor the incredible partners from on and off campus who support the mission to prepare, educate and connect Stony Brook students and alumni with career opportunities and networks. This event was the first in-person celebration since 2019, and more than 200 employers, faculty and staff, alumni, and student group partners networked, and shared memories of collaboration and accomplishments over the past year.
The Career Center also hosted a pre-event to celebrate the opening of their newly renovated space on the garden level of the Melville Library, rebranded as The Career Studio. This sleek space now better accommodates the career development needs of students and includes collaborative areas for job search preparation, networking with employers, and career conversations between coaches, students, and alumni.
“This is a space designed for action, that’s why we are calling it a ‘studio,’ so students can expect to be actively engaged in making their futures happen, with the help of our professional and paraprofessional staff,” said Associate Vice President for Career Readiness and Experiential Education Marianna Savoca.
The Career Studio also includes conference spaces to accommodate meetings with internal and external stakeholders as well as five state-of-the-art interview rooms equipped with virtual interviewing technology for companies and students to reserve.
Nearly 30 awards were presented to a variety of individual and group partners.
2023 Award Winners:
The Legacy Award (Inaugural)
Manny London, College of Business
Leo Fridley, North Atlantic Industries
Malissa Lewis, Société Générale
Jennifer Young, Program in Writing and Rhetoric
Michele Rindos, Procurement
Regina Lento, CPDC
Staff Partner of the Year
Frank Casale, CPDC
Cindy Zuniga Sanchez, Zero-Based Budget Coaching
Franck Joseph II, MTA
Hayden DeBoer, North Atlantic Industries
Community Partners of the Year
Hope for Youth
Long Island State Veterans Home
Faculty Partners of the Year
Donna Crapanzano, School of Health Professions
Norm Prusslin, Theatre Arts
Administrative Partner of the Year
Undergraduate Colleges, Mariana Torres
Student Group Partners of the Year
IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
SWE (Society for Women Engineers)
Student Leader of the Year
Sammi Lin, WiCS
Rookie of the Year
Employer Partner of the Year
Scott Froehlich, Zebra Technologies
DPLN Professional Buddies
Raymond Ko, Société Générale
Liz Perry, Options for Community Living
DPLN Rising Stars
DPLN Perseverance Award
DPLN Students of the Year
For information about becoming a Career Center Partner, contact Marianna.Savoca@stonybrook.edu