As we approach Thanksgiving and the end-of-year holiday season, please read about your colleagues' successes and stories, share yours, see what's new around campus and more. Happy (almost)  holidays! As always, we welcome your input and feedback at

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'Tis the season for traditions. What traditions do you have here at Stony Brook?

Submit your story here. And remember, it may be featured in an upcoming speech by President McInnis and/or in SBU communications. You could also receive SBU merchandise just for submitting!

Allison ('Allie') Seal
Senior Director, Digital Strategy
Allie and Ying
Office of Marketing & Communications
Ying Zong
Lead Programmer/Analyst


SBU's annual giving campaign – Stony Brook Cares/SEFA – has begun. Find out how you can help deliver vital services and critical aid to community members in need.
Women. Life. Freedom. Thanks to all who attended last night's Colvin Center panel discussion about Women Uprising in Iran, promoted in Monday's Stronger Together Update. If you didn't get to go, here is the recording for this eye-opening event

Come meet SBU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Coordinator Alexis Rodgers next Monday, 11/21, 11am - 1pm in the Student Union First Floor Lobby as she talks about the support and assistance EAP can provide
"Media Justice in the Digital Age," featuring Maria Agui Carter, Emerson College, happens Monday, 11/28, 4:30pm as part of the College of Arts and Sciences' (CAS) Sir Run Run Shaw Lecture Series

Show your Seawolves spirit as part of our annual University holiday video. Please join us between 12pm and 2pm Wednesday, 11/30, on the Life Sciences Plaza as we celebrate the spirit of Stony Brook for our annual end of year message. Stop by for hot chocolate and cookies after you pose for the cameras. Wear your best SBU, red or festive clothes. Students, staff, faculty and friends are all welcome! (The Life Sciences Plaza is located outside the Life Sciences building, in sight of Circle Road and the tunnel leading to the Health Sciences towers. Weather permitting ... heavy rain would postpone.)

CAS hosts the fourth annual Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition finals Thursday, December 1, at 1pm
SBU's Beta Alpha Psi Petitioning Chapter (Finance/Accounting honors organization) is participating with the NYS Society of CPAs Suffolk Chapter in the 28th Annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Program. Find out about donating here 


SBU's December Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, 12/16, at 11am. All registered candidates are eligible for two guest tickets. Tickets will be available on the Commencement website – where you will find other important information as well – starting Tuesday, 12/6. For ceremony-related questions please email us at


Update to Mask Guidelines

As of Monday, November 14, the indoor mask requirement was lifted within nonpatient-care areas only, including the Health Sciences and Basic Sciences Towers, as well as off-site locations that do not provide patient care (i.e., Flowerfield, Ronkonkoma, Tech Park locations that do not offer care to patients), allowing Stony Brook Medicine employees to not wear masks indoors within these areas if they choose. This change does not apply to all areas of the hospital and any other patient-care areas: masking is still required in these locations.

This means that all employees, patients, visitors, students and vendors must still wear well-fitting masks when physically present in all levels of the hospital, hospital lobby, the eating establishments within the hospital (hospital cafeteria and Starbucks) and/or any other patient-care settings, including all off-site clinic locations, regardless of Hospital Article 28 affiliation. 

Even though the mask mandate is no longer in effect within nonpatient-care areas, we ask that you respect others who may decide to continue to wear masks in these areas.
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