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#29 Stony Brook Celebrates Completion of New Children’s Hospital

On Oct. 17, Stony Brook University commemorated the latest advancement in medical care for children with the completion of the new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

“Today we celebrate Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, where our youngest patients benefit from world-class healthcare,” said Michael Bernstein, PhD, Interim President for Stony Brook University, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on the Stony Brook Medicine campus. “This beautiful new, state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital will expand Stony Brook’s capabilities to meet the growing healthcare needs of children and their families across Long Island.”

The hospital’s design and amenities are supported by research that shows that a child-friendly environment contributes to better outcomes for children. Patient rooms include multi-colored wall lights controlled by patients, to give them a greater sense of control over their environment during what can be a frightening time for them and their families.

“We have enjoyed the support of Long Island’s artistic community in providing artwork for the facility with a Long Island nautical theme, complete with a lighthouse and a wall-sized live feed from the Long Island Aquarium,” said Dr. McGovern. “It is truly an outstanding art collection for the entire community, living in harmony with the building’s architecture and reflecting the healing mission of Stony Brook Children’s.”

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#28 SchoolNova Math and Science Festival for Kids

SchoolNova at Stony Brook hosted a Math and Science Festival in collaboration with the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University on Sunday, May 5, from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Students explored math while having fun with activities and puzzles.

The event, geared toward children in grades pre-K through 12 and their families, was free and open to the public.

Numerous stations and activities for children and adults — from math games, science experiments and puzzles to competitions and demonstrations —  offered at SchoolNova, covered the entire plaza-level of the Physics and Astronomy Building, and at the Simons Center.


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#23 Kelly Quad Entertains While Giving Back with Year-End Music Fest

This year at Kelly Quad, home of the Undergraduate College of Human Development, resident assistant Noah Montague ‘19 dreamed up the Kelly Music Festival, a musical bash with a charitable twist.

Earlier this year, Montague, a second-year resident assistant, suggested the quad put together a battle of the bands party. His supervisors told him that years ago, Kelly was known for an annual music festival. Montague thought it was a perfect fit.

“I wanted to take what was offered in the past, which was just musical performances, and expand it to include other activities, food and off-campus vendors,” he said.

“We wanted to offer an event that was more than just having fun. Ideally, we also wanted the ability to contribute to an organization that could benefit from our support,” Montague explained.

They began to research charities focused on music education, and selected the Save the Music Foundation, a nonprofit that provides public schools with funding, materials and professional development for music education programs. Proceeds from a Stony Brook apparel raffle at the fest will be donated to the foundation.

Kelly Music Fest featured performances from a variety of student and local musicians. They included singer-songwriters, pop artists, and R&B/hip hop groups, among others.

Sal Fratto ‘19, an English major and jazz studies minor, is no stranger to taking the stage. While Fratto performed solo at the fest, his indie-punk band Elephant Jake has toured half of the U.S. and parts of Canada.

“It’s so important to keep a sense of community thriving at the University, and live music is a great way to accomplish that,” Fratto said. “The camaraderie here at Stony Brook is unparalleled. Being a part of this festival has been really important to me, and I was honored to perform for everyone.”

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