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2024 SBUH Volunteer of the Year

Eleanor Lollo

Eleanor Lollo

Stony Brook University Hospital has named Eleanor Lollo from Stony Brook as its 2024 Volunteer of the Year. Since 2015, Lollo has contributed more than 700 hours of service to patients and their families, exemplifying the spirit of compassion and selflessness that defines the hospital volunteer program.

Lollo first joined the volunteer team to assist with patients undergoing treatment in the Stony Brook Cancer Center. She would visit patients to offer snacks or beverages or to have a conversation. Her mission was to make patients as comfortable as possible.

“The hospital is grateful for Eleanor’s dedication and invaluable contributions as our Volunteer of the Year,” said Kathy Kress, Director of Volunteer & Concierge Services at Stony Brook University Hospital. “We extend our sincere appreciation to Eleanor and to all the remarkable volunteers who tirelessly serve our hospital during Volunteer Week and beyond.”

After a pause in service due to the pandemic, Lollo eagerly returned to Stony Brook University Hospital to serve patients who are seeking treatment in the Inpatient Pediatric Unit.

“Eleanor always has a welcoming smile and puts patients at ease, especially those who frequent the hospital,” said Sarah Schoepp, Certified Child Life Specialist. “Eleanor is a valued member of the Child Life team. In addition to working with patients, Eleanor also mentors new volunteers.”

Throughout the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system, volunteers touch patient lives — whether by offering a comforting presence, lending a helping hand or simply sharing a smile.

To learn more about Stony Brook University Hospital’s Volunteer Program and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve, visit the web page by clicking here.


Where Art and Greenery Intersect

On Monday, April 22 (Earth Day), the Campus Beautification Committee (CBC) and student, staff and faculty volunteers initiated work on a new mural painting collaboration on the retaining wall outside of the Life Sciences building, near where the “Peace, Love and SBU mural” was painted in 2022. The mural is an abstract greenhouse/plant life design created by Sophomore Trinity Hausch, a biology major/art minor who is also on the SBU Greenhouse Club Executive Board. Students, faculty, staff, Greenhouse Club and CBC members were out painting the colorful design on the wall in front of the actual greenhouse (which is behind the wall and obscured from view) for several days, finishing it by April 26. It’s along a major thoroughfare, right across from the tunnel that leads to the Stony Brook University Hospital and will act as a reminder of all the eco-friendly work we do here and the results when our campus community comes together to showcase it and educate others.

Watch the mural come to life in our video story.

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Record-Breaking Donation

group of volunteers at food pantryStony Brook University’s Division of Finance & Administration recently broke the largest single-week record for food donated to the University’s on-campus Food Pantry. Previously set at 269 pounds, the Division participated in the ‘Adopt a Week’ program during the spring semester, and was able to collect an astonishing 700 pounds. 

“There are members of our Stony Brook community experiencing real food insecurity,” stated Jed Shivers, Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration. “This isn’t surprising given that just over 1 in 10 New York households experience food insecurity, so we were delighted to partner with the Food Pantry to benefit students, faculty and staff here on campus.” 

The Stony Brook University Food Pantry is located in the Stony Brook Union and serves community members (students, staff and faculty) who are food insecure, or who are at risk of food insecurity. The Food Pantry is committed to being a reliable and stable supplemental food source while providing resources to overcome food insecurity.

Special thanks to the following F&A teammates who helped make the drive a success: Karla Morrison, Lauren Candela, Christine O’Neill, Carolyn Osiecki, Joseph Caponegro, Jennifer Coggin, Jhovanna Erazo, Kassidy Berke, Diane Brady, Kristine Kondrick, Heather McLaughlin, Jeanmarie Ricciardi, Veronica Brown and of course our Divisional leaders who lent their support Lyle Gomes, Heather Montague, Simeon Ananou, Bill Herrmann, Larry Zacarese and Jen Donnelly.