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N o v e m b e r / D e c e m b e r 2013

NEWSLETTER

Table of Contents News for Students

News for Faculty & Staff

News Everyone Can Use

• Student Spotlight • Book Review: “The Longest Ride” • Upcoming Movie: “The Hunger Games - Catching Fire” • Holiday Gift Guide 2013

• Faculty Spotlight - Angela Agnello • Annual Faculty & Staff Holiday Party

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Diwali Festival at Jasmine Campus Lifetime Events Complimentary Desk Copy Program Textbook Buyback

News for Students • Student Spotlight • Book Review “The Longest Ride” • Upcoming Movie “The Hunger Games Catching Fire” • Holiday Gift Guide 2013

University Bookstore News for Students • November/December 2013

Student Staff Spotlight: Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams has always had a passion for writing, but it wasn’t until her senior year of high school when she also discovered how much she loved photography. After taking an advanced photography class, Jessica realized that she was able to combine her love of writing with an eye for taking photographs and turn her skills towards a career in journalism.

“I’ve always enjoyed reading the news and writing. I also have an interest in photography and all of those things just seemed to add up to journalism,” Jessica said. “My dad taught me that you don’t need something expensive or super high tech to take a good picture. It’s all about composition and what you see.”

“My dad taught me that you don’t

need something expensive or super high tech to take a good picture. It’s all about composition and what you see.”

A Port Jefferson Station native, Jessica is a commuter student and has been attending Stony Brook for a little over a month, although she has been working in the Provost’s Liaison’s office since August. While currently undeclared, Jessica aspires to pursue a major in journalism or creative writing.

“I chose to attend Stony Brook because it was affordable and they have a great

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University Bookstore News for Students • November/December 2013

Student Staff Spotlight

journalism program,” said Jessica. “I really liked all of the opportunities that were offered at Stony Brook and the variety of classes that I could take. I also love that there are so many students.”

When not writing or taking pictures, Jessica enjoys playing the piano. She also hopes to join the University newspaper, The Statesman, next semester.

Jessica says that she began working for FSA because she wanted a job that would give her skills for the future, not solely financial support. “What I thought I would gain as far as skills was participating in special projects, working with the people on campus, networking, and understanding what it’s like to work in an office.” says Jessica. “I also learned about working as part of a team and hearing other people’s perspectives.”

Aside from the experience she has gained, Jessica feels that she has gotten so much more from working in the Provost’s Liaison’s office besides a paycheck. “I understand a lot more about how the Bookstore works on campus. I can use this information for my benefit because I now know what is smart as far as buying books is concerned. I’ve also made some really cool friends.”

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University Bookstore News for Students • November/December 2013

Book Review: “The Longest Ride”

If you can’t get enough of romance novels and are looking for the next instant classic, be sure to pick up a copy of The Longest Ride for a story of hope in the face of disaster and loneliness. The Longest Ride is the latest novel from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, who also penned favorites like The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. The book follows 91-year-old Ira Levinson as he clings to life after a deadly car crash, and also chronicles the romance between college student Sophia Danko and a young cowboy named Luke. Sparks says on his website that the book is proof “that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.” Like Sparks’ other novels, The Longest Ride does an excellent job of juggling both love stories and ultimately tying their journeys together. While the concept itself is reminiscent of some of his other novels, the message behind it remains as powerful as ever. The Longest Ride is now available at the University Bookstore. Get yourself a copy today and don’t miss out on this endearing and heartbreaking tale of romance.

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University Bookstore News for Students • November/December 2013

Upcoming Movie Release: “The Hunger Games - Catching Fire”

Before you see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this November, you can read the New York Times bestselling novel right here at the University Bookstore! The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Picking up several months after the events of the first book, Katniss returns to her home in District 11 as a hero after winning the deadly Hunger Games competition with fellow competitor Peeta Mellark. But now that Katniss has become a symbol of hope for the other citizens of Panem, the sinister President Snow plots to make an example of Katniss by thrusting her into an even deadlier arena. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stars Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and is estimated to be one of the holiday season’s biggest blockbusters. Pick up a copy of Catching Fire at the University Bookstore so you don’t miss out on a second of this explosive trilogy!

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University Bookstore News for Students • November/December 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide 2013 Holiday Gift Guide The holiday season is almost here, so don’t forget to get a gift for your friends and loved ones! You can do all of your holiday shopping without having to leave campus at the University Bookstore. We have gift ideas for all budgets so you can be sure that you find something special for everyone on your shopping list. Check out our top 10 gift picks here! 1. Gift Cards - Everyone has someone on their holiday gift list who is almost impossible to shop for - why not make life easy for everyone and get them one of our many gift cards? 2. Bargain Books - Bargain books are a great gift idea for everyone on your shopping list. From history books to pop culture classics, cookbooks, crafts and more! 3. Nook e-Readers and Nook Tablets - For the ultimate gift, pick out one of the sleek and stylish Nook eReaders or Tablets! These lightweight devices can store hundreds of books in addition to streaming movies and television shows from Netflix, as well as your favorite games and apps! With so many varieties of Nook available, it’s easy to find the right model for your budget. 4. Spirit Merchandise - What could be better for the holidays then a new Stony Brook hoodie or a pair of comfy Seawolves sweatpants? The University Bookstore carries the widest selection of logo merchandise on campus, so make sure you check out everything the bookstore has to offer! 5. Holiday chocolates and hot sauces - Do you have friends and family with a sweet tooth? What about that one person on your list who loves spices? The bookstore has a giant selection of gourmet holiday chocolates from Ghirardelli as well as holiday hot sauces that will be sure to satisfy even the most heat-tolerant people you know. 5

University Bookstore News for Students • November/December 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide 6. Classic children’s books for $10 - What do The Wizard of Oz, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and The Jungle Book have in common? They’re all available for just $10 at the University Bookstore! These leatherbound classics will make an excellent addition to your bookshelf or coffee table and serve as great discussion pieces. 7. Stony Brook Plush - Show your Stony Brook spirit with an adorable Wolfie plush or cuddly stuffed bear for your best friend or roommate. 8. Gift boxes and novelty gift sets - For the crafty people on your shopping list, check out our selection of novelty gifts and gift sets based on some of the most popular television, movies, and trends! From a Make Your Own Yo-Yo kit to wisdom from Yoda, gift sets are a fun and comical way to make someone’s holiday special. 9. Winter gear - Now that winter is almost here, it’s a great time to pick up some logo hats, scarves, and fuzzy socks so you can stay warm while you study.

Vera Bradley wristlets and bags are a practical

and stylish way to show your loved ones you care this holiday season

10. Vera Bradley - Vera Bradley wristlets and bags are a practical and stylish way to show your loved ones you care this holiday season.

20% OFF

ANY STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY LOGO ITEM Located in the lower level of the Melville Library. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Coupon expires on 12/21/2013.

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News for Faculty & Staff • Faculty Spotlight on FSA Director of Marketing and Communications, Angela Agnello • Annual Faculty & Staff Holiday Party

University Bookstore News for Faculty & Staff • November/December 2013

Faculty Spotlight on Angela Agnello Angela Agnello has a job that keeps her on her toes. From working with students to holding meetings with campus managers and promoting events around campus, Angela seems to be the go-to person for students and faculty alike. During her 13 years at FSA, Angela has done everything from teaching freshman seminar classes to helping the University Bookstore teach students about the many textbook buying options available. “My job is a juggling act,” said Angela. “I’ve always worn many hats.” As FSA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Angela is constantly working with members of the University Bookstore and the Provost’s Liaison’s Office to keep students informed on new products, services and opportunities available to them. A large part of her work with the bookstore

“I just get satisfaction out of seeing students grow. I love having that connection...I’m as proud of them as if they were my own kids.”

involves communicating to students the many options to buy textbooks on campus, including new, used, rental, and e-books. “I love working with the staff at the bookstore,” says Angela. “The bookstore is always looking to give a better experience to their customers.” In addition to her position with the Faculty Student Association, Angela has also been teaching freshman seminar classes for 12 years. She is currently 7

University Bookstore News for Faculty & Staff • November/December 2013

Faculty Spotlight Continued teaching a technology course for freshmen in the ITS undergraduate college, where she hopes to help students understand the importance of integrating technology into their studies. Besides the amazing projects that her students produce each semester, teaching gives Angela the opportunity to connect with Stony Brook students and with the university as a whole. “I just get satisfaction out of seeing students grow. I love having that connection,” says Angela. “I’m as proud of them as if they were my own kids.” Teaching has also helped Angela become a mentor to students working with the FSA. During her tenure at FSA, she has worked with more than a half-dozen students who eventually took on roles as full time management trainees. Angela says that working with student employees helps them to acquire new skills outside the classroom and get professional experience for a world outside of Stony Brook. “It’s about giving students the opportunities to connect with the university but it’s also a way to teach them about academic success,” she said. When she isn’t working at Stony Brook, Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and children, reading books, cooking and watching movies. “I like it here because I work with really good people,” said Angela. “We have a great relationship and we are able to accomplish a lot under very tight deadlines.”

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University Bookstore News for Faculty & Staff • November/December 2013 University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • Spring 2013

Annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Party Article Headline Goes Here

In appreciation of the dedicated faculty and staff who work at Stony Brook, The University Bookstore is hosting its ANNUAL FACULTY & STAFF HOLIDAY PARTY during campus lifetime Wednesday, December 4th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm 20% Discount on All Merchandise (excluding laptops and textbooks) 10% off Nook Purchases Free Gift Wrapping on all Purchases RSVP to Boon by November 15 632-6543 or boon.teo@stonybrook.edu

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News Everyone Can Use • • • •

Diwali Festival at Jasmine Campus Lifetime Events Complimentary Desk Copy Program Textbook Buyback

University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • November/December 2013

Diwali Festival at Jasmine On November 4th, celebrate Diwali at Jasmine and be a part of the Festival of Lights. Diwali is one of the most important festivals of India, celebrated all over the country with great pomp and fervor. It is a celebration of victory of good over evil, whose mythological origins tie to the two incarnations of Hindu Gods Rama and Krishna. Light is an important part of the tradition and Diwali is called the "Festival of Lights." The festival includes Indian homes being lit with clay lamps,bursting firecrackers and a traditional worship ceremony (called "Pooja") for the Goddess of Wealth. The Diwali event will feature a Pooja Ceremony in the Wang Center Chapel at 6:30pm, a Light Procession at 7:00pm and then a Traditional Vegetarian Dinner at 7:15pm which includes two appetizers, six entrees, salad, two desserts and beverages. Presale dinner tickets are available for $10.99 at Jasmine, the Union Commons, SAC, Roth Cafe and West Side Dining and can be purchased with Wolfie Wallet, meal plan, cash or credit card. The event is sponsored by The Center for India Studies, FSA and Campus Dining Services. Please arrive for the Pooja Ceremony between 6:00pm-6:30pm. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT INCLUDING THE FULL MENU, VISIT ________________________________________________________________________ stonybrook.edu/jasmine

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University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • November/December Spring 2013 2013

Article Headline Campus Lifetime Goes EventsHere International Students Organization (ISO) - Nov. 6th Join us during Diversity Week on for an event with the International Students Organization! Learn new words and phrases from ISO members and play language learning games for a chance to win great prizes! Stony Brook Pipettes - Nov. 13th Stony Brook’s own all-female a cappella group will perform at the University Bookstore and dazzle the audience with their diverse repertoire and dynamic voices! Thanksgiving Cooking Demo - Nov. 20th Executive Chef John Hutchison, teamed up with campus nutritionist, Tina Tiernan, will be cooking up some tasty and nutritious treats for the holiday season! Don’t miss out! Join us at the University Bookstore from for some healthy ways to prepare Thanksgiving favorites. All campus lifetime events will take place from 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

All campus lifetime events are free and anyone from the campus

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Complimentary Desk Copy Program

Complimentary Desk Copies In 2009, the Provost’s Liaison’s Office with the cooperation of the University Bookstore introduced a new courtesy service for faculty and staff members to obtain free copies of textbooks for their classes by providing their course material information for the upcoming semester. This has helped the University Bookstore to obtain the necessary course materials for students to ensure that they are prepared for each new semester. We conducted a survey to measure the success of the program in the Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 terms. Of the instructors who responded after they received their complimentary desk copies, a majority of them were completely satisfied and claimed that this was one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get desk copies for their classes. The desk copy success story continued this semester with more than 240 course instructors ordering over 650 copies.

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University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • November/December Spring 2013 2013

Article Headline Textbook BuybackGoes Here

Textbook Buyback at The University Bookstore Although The University Bookstore will buy back textbooks all year long, students will receive the best value from December 10th - December 19th. The University Bookstore will buy books back from anyone with a valid Stony Brook student ID, even if the textbooks are from another semester! Remember, books with a Guaranteed Buyback Sticker indicate that a faculty member has promised to reuse their textbook for future semesters. This means students will receive more money for their books during buyback! All rented textbooks should be returned to the bookstore in good condition by December 18th.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE T E X T B O O K B U Y B A C K P R O G R A M , V I S I T ________________________________________________________________________ stonybrook.edu/provostliasn/bookstore/buybackfaq.html 13

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