Appointment Opens Up Opportunities for Students and Local Businesses
Diana Walker Kubik is the first woman to be appointed executive director of the Faculty Student Association (FSA) at Stony Brook University, and has already had a profound impact on the lives of the organization team by boosting morale, accelerating career growth, expanding professional networks, and increasing company loyalty.
In this role, Kubik is responsible for auxiliary operations at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Stony Brook Southampton campus, Long Island State Veterans Home and the Stony Brook Food Business Incubator at Calverton.
Richard J. Gatteau, vice president for Student Affairs and president of the FSA Board, announced her appointment and stated, “Diana brings a wealth of experience to this role and needed stability to our organization. She is passionate, student-centered, innovative, and dedicated to serving our many constituents. I am confident that Diana will continue to strengthen FSA and move our organization forward with energy, enthusiasm, integrity, and a commitment to service.”
Kubik continues to build effective partnerships and expand the services of the organization. The FSA now operates the Stony Brook Food Business Incubator at Calverton, and by working collaboratively with local start-up businesses, she has opened up enormous opportunities for internships and mentoring programs for students to gain hands-on work experience, build their resumes and network with business professionals.
Since she began working for the Faculty Student Association, Kubik has had a transformative impact to serve and support students by creating memorable experiences and quickly making positive changes from student feedback. Kubik works around the clock to ensure that the services offered give students what they need to succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Recently, she has been building community through food with new service options at the School of Dental Medicine and at Stony Brook Southampton as well as hosting fireside chats on West Campus for students to enjoy roasting marshmallows and making s’mores with friends and the dining team to give feedback on dining improvements.
One of her newest endeavors is providing affordable merchandise and apparel options for Stony Brook students. Through a collaboration with University Gear Shop, Stony Brook Southampton students were able to purchase apparel through an onsite pop-up shop. Students now have the ability to show their pride and can purchase Stony Brook Southampton merchandise through an online store.
Next on the horizon for Kubik is rolling out the new food trailer, which accepts meal plan dining dollars, offering more diverse food options and cultural programs, implementing new sustainability initiatives including offering more local seafood meals, launching a new birthday cake ordering service, and administering a new FSA scholarship program.