Joan Dickinson, assistant vice president of community relations at Stony Brook University, received several awards recently from the Three Village Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County and New York State for her service to the local community.
The Three Village Chamber of Commerce presented Dickinson with the Harold Pryor Award at its annual dinner and awards ceremony June 15 at the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook. Dickinson was honored for demonstrating “a commitment to the Three Village Community and beyond through her faithful service.”
But that wasn’t all.
On that same eventing, the Town of Brookhaven declared June 15, 2022 “Joan Dickinson Day in the Town of Brookhaven,” she received a citation from the New York State Assembly presented by Assemblyman Steven Englebright, and Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn presented Dickinson with a proclamation from the county — all recognizing her work in community relations for the university.
“It is quite an honor but just as importantly, it speaks to the great relationship between the campus and the community,” Dickinson said.
“Joan Dickinson is a talented, insightful, dedicated leader who works tirelessly within our community representing Stony Brook University,” said Chief Deputy to the President and Senior Vice President for Government and Community Relations Judith B. Greiman. “Joan’s ongoing work highlighting Stony Brook’s strong community connections with programs like CommUniversity Day, the SBU/Long Island Latino Teachers Association summer programs for high schoolers, and the Port Jefferson Shuttle Initiative, demonstrate her collegial and innovative focus on representing the very best Stony Brook has to offer to the community.”
University and Hospital Community Relations has implemented a variety of campus and community partnership programs, including Brookology, where activities on campus and in the community are shared with employees and students, and CommUniversity Day, where the campus showcases and shares its expertise with families, employees, students and neighbors. On the hospital side, the office is actively reinventing and running community programs such as the Mall Walkers at Smith Haven Mall, and the HOPE program for students interested in careers in medicine.