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July/August 2013


Table of Contents

News for Students

News for Faculty & Staff

News Everyone Can Use

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• Staff Spotlight - Jay Ahgharian

• Summer Picnic with Executive Chef John Hutchison • Dr. Who • Explore New York Books • Reggae/R&B Event • Quirky Merchandise • Champion BOGO Sale • Save 10% with Wolfie Wallet

Student Spotlight The Great Gatsby Top 5 Things to Do at Stony Brook National Campus Bestseller

News for Students • • • •

Student Spotlight The Great Gatsby Top 5 Things to Do at Stony Brook National Campus Bestseller

University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2013

Student Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth Sobalvarro Elizabeth Sobalvarro has travelled across the United States and even lived in Germany, yet she still thinks of Stony Brook as her home. The daughter of a military family, Elizabeth was born in Miami and has lived in Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, New York and in Hamburg and Kitzingen, Germany. “Since my dad is in the military we got to travel to all these cool places, and I hope to continue to travel when I start my career,” Elizabeth said. “Germany was the best because for a class trip we went to Italy and that's where I went cliff diving for the first time!” When she’s not studying, Elizabeth spends her free time hiking, snowboarding, and biking. She also enjoys musical theatre and took part in several performances throughout her community college days.

“I love all of my classes at Stony Brook, especially my lab courses that I feel prepare me for working in a real lab someday.”

Elizabeth came to Stony Brook University for the fall 2012 semester after attending Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY. Sobalvarro is a Senior studying Chemistry and plans to attend graduate school for Forensic Science. “Stony Brook University has a lot of opportunities for science majors,” Elizabeth said. “I love all of my classes at Stony Brook, especially my lab courses that I feel prepare me for working in a real lab someday.”


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2013

Student Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth Sobalvarro Working at the Provost’s Liaison’s Office has allowed Elizabeth to meet more people from all around campus including professors, staff and her fellow student coworkers. Since starting in April, Elizabeth has played a lead role in providing professors with complimentary copies of their textbooks when their course material requisitions are submitted before the deadline. She frequently communicates with professors regarding their course material requisitions and does her best to provide faculty and staff with the utmost in customer service. “My ultimate dream is to go to Australia, even though it can be dangerous because of the amount of wild animals,” Elizabeth said. “Although I am sad that this is going to be my last year at Stony Brook, I feel that my time here has prepared me for the transition that will take me from school to work, and someday maybe even surfing on the beaches of Australia.”

“I feel that my time here has prepared me for the transition that will take me from school to work.”


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2013

Top Five Things to Do at Stony Brook If you’re new to Stony Brook or just looking for something to do between your summer classes, check out our list of the Top 5 things to Do on campus this summer! 5). Take one of the new bike share bikes for a spin around campus! Enjoy the scenery and feel the wind in your hair. Don’t forget the sunscreen! And remember - the first hour is free with your student ID card! Visit for more information. 4). Grab a few snacks from the University Bookstore and have a mini picnic in the garden by the Simon’s Center. 3). Head out to the athletic fields with a Seawolves football or frisbee and toss it around with some friends. 2). Get a sketchpad and some art supplies and draw some of the campus’ best scenery like the Wang Center or the HSC building. 1). Grab a good book from the University Bookstore and head to the Staller Steps to enjoy the sunshine!


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2013

National Campus Bestseller - Beautiful Ruins If you can’t find the time to get away this summer, why not escape into a thrilling novel? Go back in time to 1962 and travel to the coast of gorgeous Genoa to follow the mysterious, beautiful American actress Dee Moray through every page of Beautiful Ruins. In the book, Moray is fresh off the set of the $300 million dollar movie “Cleopatra” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, when she catches the attention of Pasquale Tursi, an innkeeper in town who falls in love with her at first sight. The New York Times raved about Beautiful Ruins, saying that this book “opens like a movie; you can almost hear the swelling soundtrack, promising a good old-fashioned, escapist story, even as it is imbued with a knowing - and often hilarious - satirical edge.”

Now Available at the University Bookstore for 20% off the original price!

Jess Walter’s 2012 novel is packed with mystery, guilt-ridden characters, and incredible storytelling. The book has become a National Campus Bestseller and won several awards including Esquire’s Best Book of 2012, NPR-Fresh Air Best Novel of 2012, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Now available at the University Bookstore for 20% off the original price!


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2013

From the Page to the Big Screen - The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic 1925 novel The Great Gatsby is making a big comeback this summer with a brand new movie. The fictional tale of millionaires living on Long Island in the Jazz Age of the early 1920’s tackles themes of decadence, idealism and more that still ring true today. The classic book is hitting the big screen in 3D with Leonardo DiCaprio starring as the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. The film was released in May and has already raked in over $203 million worldwide. If you’re looking to show your love for all things Gatsby, the University Bookstore is the place to go. If you want to get your hands on a copy of the book, the University Bookstore has paperback copies with the original cover and a cover adapted to the new movie for 20% off! For fans that want to incorporate their favorite titles into their wardrobe, you can wear the iconic cover of The Great Gatsby on a tee shirt from Made in the USA, which sells tee shirts, accessories, long sleeves and other items featuring classic stories. For each item sold, Made in the USA pledges to donate books to a charity in need. Whether you’re a huge DiCaprio fan or you’re just looking to catch up on an American classic, there’s a lot of reasons to be excited about The Great Gatsby.


News for Faculty & Staff • Staff Spotlight on Jay Ahgharian

University Bookstore News for Faculty & Staff • Summer 2013

Staff Spotlight on Jay Ahgharian Whether you’re a freshman looking for your textbooks, a sophomore looking for school supplies, or a senior getting your cap and gown for graduation, Jay Ahgharian is more than happy to lend a helping hand to all of his customers. As Assistant Manager at the University Bookstore, Jay’s job is to help Stony Brook students find everything they need for classes. Since he began working at the University Bookstore eight years ago, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest students that Stony Brook has to offer. “There’s so much youth, energy, and diversity,” he said. “It’s very impressive to see people of all different ethnic backgrounds coexisting peacefully.”

Ahgharian says his student staff are the reason for keeping him passionate about his job.

Ahgharian says his student staff are the reason for keeping him passionate about his job. He’s become known by his students for being approachable and for his caring personality. He is also known for his sense of humor and how he can find the perfect nickname for his staff, from Little Miss Sunshine to Mr. Bacon. Ahgharian makes it a point to get to know everyone that works in the University Bookstore, from management to temporary staff hired for the back-to-school rush. “Making nicknames up is an easy way to keep things fun,” Ahgharian said. “Once you get a nickname from me, I’ll always remember you.”


University Bookstore News for Faculty & Staff • Summer 2013

Staff Spotlight Continued Ahgharian was born and raised in Tehran, Iran but came to the United States to study cinematography in 1976. He attended the City University of New York and earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, with a specification in cinema and filmmaking. He won multiple awards for his work in the film industry, including New York City’s Mayor Award and an award from Warner Brother’s Studio. According to Ahgharian, the United States has always been a land of opportunity to many people seeking to live better lives. Jay says that he was thrilled to join his brother and sister in the United States and to seek an education in a country with “more opportunity than any other place in the world.” His passion for cinema is still present in his life as he spends a lot of free time watching movies or shooting photography. He also enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and listening to music. Before working at Stony Brook, Ahgharian has worked at many other Barnes and Noble University bookstores on the east coast. During his career with Barnes and Noble, he has worked to increase sales and foster better public relations with several campuses. Ahgharian says that he prides himself in his ability to continue that work here at Stony Brook. Mr. Ahgharian made the decision to work at the Stony Brook University Bookstore in order to be closer to his sister and her family. One of his nieces was attending Stony Brook when he first started, bringing them even closer together. Ahgharian repeatedly mentioned how much he loves his family, and how he enjoys spending time with them. Even though his day to day schedule is busy, he still finds time to connect with everyone who enters the University Bookstore and has certainly made a lasting impression on those that have had the chance to meet him.


News Everyone Can Use • Summer Picnic with Executive Chef John Hutchison • Dr. Who Books • Explore New York Books • Reggae/R&B Event • Quirky Items at the Bookstore • Champion BOGO Sale • Save 10% with Wolfie Wallet

University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • Summer 2013

Summer Picnic with Executive Chef John Hutchison In case you missed the last campus lifetime event at the University Bookstore featuring Campus Dining Service’s Executive Chef John Hutchison, click the photo to the left to view a short video recap. On Wednesday, July 17th, Executive Chef John Hutchison will teach students, faculty and staff how to prepare Thai Curry Mussels with grilled baguette slices for the perfect summer meal. Campus Dining Services offers free cooking demonstrations throughout the week at various locations on campus. Visit the Campus Dining website to view this month’s schedule

Click on the image above to view a video clip of the previous cooking demonstration

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University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • Summer Spring 2013 2013

Article Who Doctor Headline at theGoes University Here Bookstore! The British sci-fi television program Doctor Who turns 50 this year, but luckily the 11th doctor doesn’t look a day over 30. The show, which is the longest-running science fiction television series of all time, has become a significant part of British pop culture and gained a huge following in the United States and across the world. If you still don’t know the difference between a dalek and a sonic screwdriver, Doctor Who: The Dalek Handbook is a great place to start. It’s the perfect way to get all the ins and outs, literally, on the Doctor’s most dangerous villains. The University Bookstore carries several graphic novels published by BBC Books and Random House UK. Doctor Who: The Dalek Project and Doctor Who: The Only Good Dalek are just two of the action-packed adventures through “Time and Relative Dimensions in Space.”

Travel the universe with Dr. Who!

Whether you’re just starting to watch this BBC series for the very first time or catching up on the last 50 years’ worth of adventures, you’ll find The Doctor Who: Character Encyclopedia especially handy. Read detailed profiles on all eleven incarnations of the Doctor and the many characters that make up the Doctor Who universe. So instead of waiting around for the next episode, join the Doctor in an all new series of adventures right here on campus at the University Bookstore! 9

University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • Summer 2013

Explore New York with These Great Books! One of the summer’s best destination spots is just an LIRR train ride away from campus. Whether you’re new to the city or a seasoned New Yorker, the University Bookstore has several titles that are sure to teach you to something new about the Big Apple. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat in Manhattan or the Five Boroughs, New York a la Cart has got you covered. This book spotlights some of the best food trucks that New York City has to offer. by highlighting 50 vendors and their success stories, including more than 60 of their most popular recipes you’ll find only in New York. If you’re unable to make it to Manhattan this summer check out All the Buildings in New York: That I've Drawn So Far by James Sulliver Hancock. The book is broken up by neighborhood and features well known skyscrapers like the Empire State Building and the Flatiron Building, in addition to little-known marvels like Brooklyn brownstones and fashionable SoHo boutiques.

Explore NY with these great titles at the University Bookstore!

For long-time New Yorkers, you owe it to yourself to read New York Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. This colorful book will transport you across the Empire state to read about America’s one-and-only Kazoo factory and museum, meet Panda the Seeing Eye Horse, and learn about a Rochester restaurant famous for being the “Home of the Garbage Plate.” 10

University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • Summer Spring 2013 2013

Article Headline Reggae/R&B Event Goes Here Join us at the University Bookstore on Wednesday, July 24th at 1:00pm for a special live performance from singer/songwriter Alinda Askew from the Department of Cultural Analysis & Theory and her daughter Julee. This event is free and open to all faculty, staff and students.

Click on the poster above to see a video of the R&B Spring 2013 performance


University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • Summer 2013

Quirky Items at the University Bookstore If you’ve ever wanted to create your own product, Quirky is the company for you. For more than four years, Quirky has helped everyday inventors to sell original products ranging from bendable surge protectors to stackable milk crate bookshelves and more. Every Quirky product is built with the help of the inventor, and all of their products feature the original inventor’s name and picture on the packaging. And now, you can get these awesome items at the University Bookstore! If you want to keep all your cords organized, check out the Quirky Cordies Executive, which has slots for all your smart devices and wires so you can find your favorite device quickly and easily.

Try one of these great products and bring some flair to your desk or dorm room!

And if you’re looking to brush your teeth perfectly every time, pick up the Bobble Brush Timer, which helps you keep time while you brush with a two minute mechanical timer and alarm to get the perfect cleaning. And if you’re always dropping your earbuds, pick up a pair of props so you’ll never lose your headphones while jogging. Quirky merchandise is available at the University Bookstore. To learn more about Quirky, visit their website at


University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • Summer Spring 2013 2013

Article Headline Champion Buy One Goes GetHere One 50% Off! Its always a good time for new logo apparel! That’s why for a limited time, when you buy one Champion logo item at the University Bookstore, you’ll get the second one for 50% off! Choose from tee shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, pants, and more and Get Your Red on for less! Sale valid from 9/9-9/22. Available in store only. BOGO item must be of equal or lesser value.

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Buy one regularly priced

Champion logo item and get a second one for 50% off! 13

University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • Summer 2013

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University Bookstore Boon Teo, Store Manager 631.632.6551 Jay Ahgharian, Assistant Store Manager 631.632.4890 Kristin Dischley, Textbook Manager 631.632.6614 Sue Jones, Merchandise Manager 631.632.4500 Kate Baroni, Trade Books Supervisor 631.632.9747

Provost Liaison’s Office Pictured top left to right: Kate Baroni, Thomas Dietz, Kristin Dischley, Carleen Rodriguez and Sue Jones. Pictured bottom left to right: Boon Teo, Jay Ahgharian

Deborah DiFranco, Provost’s Liaison 631.632.9828 Alyssa Carroll, Bookstore Newsletter Managing Editor 631.632.1150 Michael Cusanelli, Bookstore Newsletter Assistant Editor

Summer Hours Monday - Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

Saturday - Sunday Closed SBUbookstore

July/August 2013 Bookstore Newsletter  

July/August 2013 Bookstore Newsletter

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