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Winning Ways

SBU faculty, two alumni and our mascot have a victorious spring.

Wolfie Reigns Supreme

In a race that came down to only a 33-vote difference, Wolfie, our beloved Seawolf mascot, won the SUNY Mascot Madness championship for the second consecutive year this past March. Wolfie again edged out last year’s second place finisher, Oakie the Acorn of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Mascot Madness is the annual competition that brings SUNY mascots together in a competition to find out who the fans feel is the best in all of New York. Now in its 10th year, the tournament continues to grow in its size and reach. As is customary, and similar to the annual NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, Mascot Madness is broken down into five rounds of voting.

The support of the entire Stony Brook community through voting on social media helped to seal Wolfie’s win. Congratulations, Wolfie! 


Shattering Expectations

This past April, the 2023 Stars of Stony Brook Gala raised an impressive $2.1 million to provide vital scholarships to hundreds of Stony Brook University students. The event — held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City — honored Laurie Landeau, VMD, MBA, and Robert J. Maze, PhD. The 500+ attendees were shown this video to get them excited about the future of SBU:


Honoring a Mentor

Professor Chan with her husband, Philip, and children Byron and Bella

Professor Chan with her husband, Philip, and children Byron and Bella

Mei-Lin “Ete” Chan, research assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was recently honored at the 37th Annual Women’s Recognition Awards Ceremony at Brookhaven Town Hall with a “Special Commendation for Outstanding Service.” The event honored women who live or work in the Town of Brookhaven and have demonstrated excellence in a variety of areas. Nominations were considered by members of Brookhaven Women’s Advisory Board and selected based on resumes and letters of recommendation.

Professor Chan, nominated by Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich, received her award in recognition of the work she has done to encourage middle and high school students to pursue STEM careers.

Chan participates in many outreach events, including several recently held at Brentwood High School. She recently developed a new outreach program called“DIY Prosthetics” that introduces K-12 students in Long Island to the basics of engineering design. The project’s goal was to provide supplementary education to middle- and high school age students and to inspire the next generation of STEM workers. Chan recalled seeing people in STEM fields as role models when she was younger, and she wanted to give local students the same experience, as well as expose them to engineering and inspire them to pursue education and jobs in that field.

In 2022, Chan also received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

Please click here to read more about the amazing work of Professor Chan.