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Summer 2014


Table of Contents News for Students

News for Faculty & Staff

News Everyone Can Use

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• Faculty Spotlight - Will Giler

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Student Spotlight Summer Sports Books on Screen Back to School Tips

BBQ Cooking Demo Tunnel Version Performance Alinda Askew Live R&B Stony Brook Film Festival Summer Reads Wolfie Wallet Special Events

News for Students • • • •

Student Spotlight Summer Sports Books on Screen Back to School Tips

University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

Student Spotlight

Name: Chelsea Moccio Major: Social Welfare Academic Year: Graduate Student Hometown: Massapequa, NY

Name: Pouria Hamidi Major: Computer Science Academic Year: Junior Hometown: Stony Brook, NY

Chelsea Moccio Chelsea has been working at the University Bookstore for three years. From assisting customers with finding textbooks to receiving orders and spending time behind the register, Chelsea has done it all. She has seen first-hand all the hard work that goes into running a successful textbook distribution service. Her coworkers have become some of her closest friends, and working together with them is one of her favorite aspects of the job. When not at work, she enjoys reading, hiking, and going on adventures. Kaitlyn O’Halloran Kaitlyn has been working for Barnes & Noble for five years now. Her last two years have been at the Stony Brook University Bookstore. Kaitlyn is responsible for processing textbook orders, aiding customers, and stocking textbook shelves. She has always enjoyed helping customers and learning about new, advanced technology developed by Barnes & Noble, such as the Yuzu system. She is a fan of running, playing the piano, and hiking.

Pouria Hamidi As an employee for over six months at the University Bookstore, Pouria has always enjoyed his time working there. He finds the University Bookstore to have a very positive atmosphere, and his friendly coworkers make the job enjoyable. He has been given a number of responsibilities including processing online orders, general textbook management, and assisting customers. His favorite duty at work is sorting and organizing the books. He also likes reading, programming, video producing, swimming, soccer, and basketball.

Name: Kaitlyn O’Halloran Major: Political Science Minor: International Studies & Environmental Sciences Academic Year: Senior Hometown: Ronkonkoma, NY


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

Summer Sports Summer Sports Whether you enjoy watching sports or participating in them, Long Island has enough to make your summer a home run! You can catch a great game of baseball at Bethpage Ballpark, home of the Long Island Ducks. If you prefer to swing a golf club, Long Island can offer that too! If you are interested in staying closer to campus or being the star of your own big game, you can find a wide range of sporting goods at the University Bookstore. Play a game of tag football on Staller steps with a Wolfie logo football. Stop by one of the sports fields on campus with a new wiffle ball bat set and start a pick-up game with some friends. If you’re not looking for an organized game, try tossing around an SBU frisbee in one of the grassy spaces on campus! Don’t be afraid to sweat in some new tech apparel found at the University Bookstore. Brands like Under Armour, Champion, and Nike are all sporting the Stony Brook Seawolves logo. Sports bras, shorts, hoodies, shirts, and more can be found in a variety of styles and colors.


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

Books on Screen Books on Screen When the weather gets too hot, a lot of people like to retreat to the air-conditioned comfort of a movie theatre and see a good flick. If recent blockbusters have piqued your interest or you are simply looking for an adventure that lasts longer than two hours, look no further than the University Bookstore to take your mind on a wild ride! A lot of amazing movies and TV series come from even better books. The hit series Orange is the New Black released its second season on June 6th, and has continued to be a smash hit. The show is based off the book, “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” published in 2011. The book tells the real-life story of author Piper Kerman, who spends 15 months in a Connecticut women’s prison. Piper leaves behind a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family to serve time for delivering a suitcase of drug money ten years prior. During her time locked up, she meets a cast of characters from all walks of life and shares their stories with readers.

Can’t get enough of Orange is the New Black? Check out the book from which the story is based.

Another hit series that has had over 13 million viewers over the course of its run on television, House of Cards, also pulls its storyline from a book. The series’ main character is a U.S. Congressman, but in the original book, written by Michael Dobbs, Francis Urquhart is a British politician who will stop at nothing to become the prime minister. This dark tale of greed and corruption is sure to thrill readers and viewers alike.


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

Books on Screen (Continued) Movie titles that have hit the big screen recently include Divergent, a nearly 500 page dystopian novel written by Veronica Roth, published in 2012. Sixteen-yearold Beatrice Prior must decide to which faction of society she will devote the rest of her life. The book is packed with adventure, important choices, and dangerous secrets in which readers are sure to become immersed. A new summer movie release, The Fault in Our Stars, comes from a wildly popular book written by young-adult author John Green. According to the New York Post, the book has sold more than 10.7 million copies in print worldwide and has been on the New York Times best seller list for more than 130 consecutive weeks. The young adult scene has been dominated by trends of vampires, dystopian realities, and magic for about a decade now, but this title brings something new to the table. Hazel, the main character, is a 16-year-old terminal cancer patient who meets a charming young man named Augustus. The book goes far beyond a typical whirlwind teenage romance and explores some major themes that you won’t find on the big screen.

Everyone is buzzing about TFIOS; get the unabridged story by reading the book

All of these books and more can be purchased at the University Bookstore. Pop in and check them out to discover stories that are much deeper than the the ones on a screen.


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

Back to School Tips While you’re relaxing this summer, you can plan ahead and make the back to school rush a whole lot simpler! Check out these three simple tips! 1. Order your Fall 2014 textbooks online and they will be ready for pick-up when you return to school! Instead of searching through crowded aisles for the books you need, let the University Bookstore do the work for you! Provide them with your schedule and the textbook options you’d like to use and they put it all in one convenient package for you to pick up. 2. If you’re a returning residential student, you can move into your residence hall early by joining Campus Residence’s Welcome Wagon team. Make new friends and help new students get acclimated to the residence halls. Volunteers also get a great t-shirt!

With Campus Residence’s Welcome Wagon team, selected volunteers move in early!

3. If you’re taking the train to campus or have a limited amount of trunk space, pick up all your housing essentials right on campus. The bookstore has toiletries, bedding, storage needs, and a whole lot more!


News for Faculty & Staff • Faculty Spotlight: New Bookstore Manager: Will Giler

University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

New University Bookstore Manager : Will Giler New University Bookstore Manager : Will Giler Will Giler may be a new face at the Stony Brook University Bookstore, but he already has over ten years of experience working at other Barnes & Noble University Bookstores. Will got his foot in the door working at the Suffolk Community College at Brentwood Bookstore, where he worked as a part-time bookseller between semesters. After graduating, he returned to the Brentwood Campus to continue in his position as a full-time employee. Through achievements and promotions, Will became an important figure for Barnes & Nobles’ bookstores. He has worked at five other Barnes & Noble college campuses on Long Island including SUNY Farmingdale, Suffolk Community College Selden Campus, NYIT and Adelphi.

“I’m excited to meet new people and build relationships”

Will now brings his years of hard work and experience to his biggest school yet, Stony Brook University. “Every school I’ve worked at, I take with me a little bit of everything,” he said about having to leave a university after building such strong bonds.


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

New University Bookstore Manager (Continued)

Stony Brook University’s Bookstore is known for setting the standards of what a campus bookstore should be like across the region. Will is looking forward to maintaining that standard and working with the Seawolves community to lift it even higher. This summer, Will and the University Bookstore have been welcoming new students to campus at New Student Orientation and spreading the message that the University Bookstore is an easy and convenient place to shop. The University Bookstore offers a great textbook rental program, which allows students to borrow textbooks for a semester at a reduced cost. As he acclimates to the Seawolves community, Will is grateful to have such a knowledgeable bookstore team working like a well-oiled machine at his side. “It’s wonderful working with them,” he said. “Everyone is an integral part.” Will is the father of two twin 9-year-old boys and enjoys spending time with them. He also enjoys watching TV and spending time with his wife of 12-years, Desiree. “I’m excited to meet new people and build relationships,” Will said about the coming semesters.


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BBQ Cooking Demo Tunnel Version Performance Alinda Askew Live R&B Stony Brook Film Festival Summer Reads Wolfie Wallet Special Events 12

University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

Campus Lifetime Events The University Bookstore is excited to continue Campus Lifetime Events this summer! Join us on select Wednesdays at 1pm for exciting cooking demonstrations and live music performances! BBQ Grilled Fish Cooking Demonstration with Executive Chef John Hutchison Watch as Campus Dining Services’ Executive Chef John Hutchison shows how to properly barbecue fish at the University Bookstore on Wednesday, July 16th at 1pm. Great for any barbecue lover, Chef John will be grilling up salmon with fresh herbs, a dish that’s easy to make and tastes delicious. This outdoor demonstration will be followed by a tasty sampling of the grilled fish and accomanied by an arugula salad. Join us during this Campus Lifetime Event for a Special University Bookstore Sidewalk Sale! (Weather Permitting) For more news on Campus Lifetime Events, be sure to follow us on Facebook Stony Brook Bookstore Liaison


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

Campus Lifetime Events The University Bookstore Proudly Presents Tunnel Version Tunnel Version, whose members are also University Staff, offers a soothing eclectic version of many older rock hits. Join us outside the bookstore for a relaxing escape of classic rock on Wednesday, July 30th at 1pm at the University Bookstore.

R&B Singer Alinda Askew returns to the University Bookstore On Wednesday, August 6th at 1pm, join the University Bookstore in welcoming back Alinda Askew, Cultural Analysis and Theory staff member, for another spectacular R&B performance. Alinda has delighted us every time she has performed in the past, so you’ll want to see what she has in store this time. The performance will be held outdoors and accompanied by a special University Bookstore Sidewalk Sale, weather permitting.


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

Stony Brook Film Festival The Stony Brook Film Festival is Back! The excitement building for the 19th annual Stony Brook Film Festival, presented by the Staller Center for the Arts, reaches far beyond the bounds of campus and along the rolling shorelines of Long Island. This year, the tenday festival will begin on Thursday, July 17th and give dozens of features and shorts their turn in the spotlight. The independent film festival draws crowds of over 15,000 viewers each year. In the past, famous faces such as Stephen Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, and Jena Malone have taken seats in the theatre to enjoy the unique experience the Stony Brook Film festival creates. The Staller Center’s Main Stage will be host to three World Premieres and four U.S. Premieres. Directors will take the stage for a series of Q&As to bring you right into the creative minds that have made these incredible films possible. A New York Premiere you can look forward to is The Identical directed by Dustin Marcellino. This film tells the rock and roll tale about identical twins separated at birth. On a larger scale, Back on Track directed by Kilian Riedhof, is making its U.S. Premiere at the Stony Brook Film Festival. This bittersweet drama from Germany follows a man well over 70 years old training for the Berlin marathon. Opening Night will be hosted by Ralph Macchio. The native Long Islander and “Karate Kid” has taken on a new role as the writer and director of the film Across Grace Alley. Cast members, including Macchio’s Dancing with the Stars partner Karina Smirnoff, who makes her acting debut in the film, are also expected to attend. All festival screening passes are now on sale for $85 and they can be purchased online. Single tickets to individual films also available.


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

Summer Reads Summer Reads Summer is the perfect time to swap that textbook for a good story. Check out our five must-reads of the summer! If you’re looking for a fiction book, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer is a novel about a group of friends that meet in camp and the experiences they share as they grow older. In the novel, Wolitzer focuses on the different directions that their lives have taken and how their ambitions and efforts have diverged. With skillful prose and a keen understanding of humanity, Wolitzer examines how personal interests change and develop as life progresses. If you’re looking for a non-fiction title, In The Future of the Mind, Michio Kaku studies the human mind like never before. Our understanding of the mind has increased considerably over time as advancements in brain imaging have become more detailed. Kaku explains, in terms of our current capabilities, how future advancements may someday allow for a more efficient use of our mind. If you’re looking for an autobiography, Mindy Kaling, the Emmy-nominated writer and actress on NBC’s The Office, discloses some persistent difficulties she has encountered in her life in her 2012 book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without


University Bookstore News Everyone Can Use • Summer 2014

Summer Reads (Continued) Me? (And Other Concerns). According to Kaling, she has experienced self-esteem problems and compulsive shopping issues, along with having a fixation on snack foods. In the novel, Kaling addresses these and other issues in an attempt to offer guidance, in any way possible. If you’re looking for a book by a well known author, Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, tells the story of Madison, a young girl who dies of an apparent drug overdose and wakes up to find herself in hell in his novel, Damned. Once there, Madison meets up with a group of other sinners, whom she befriends. Together they make their way across hell while encountering everything from Wifi blackout locations to used diapers.

Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, offers up another twisted story in his novel Damned.

If you’re looking for a science-fiction/thriller, Carrie is a novel by Stephen King that details the life of protagonist Carrie White, who maintains telekinetic powers and a strong desire for revenge. Both a well-known and highly-acclaimed horror novel, Carrie has consistently been a popular choice among horror fans.

All these titles and more are available at the University Bookstore for an amazing 20% off! 17

University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

Wolfie Wallet Wolfie Wallet When you arrive on campus one of the most important items you’ll receive is your campus ID card. Wolfie Wallet is a campus-administered, prepaid, decliningbalance debit account encoded on your campus ID. It is a safe and convenient way for students, faculty and staff to make food purchases from off campus merchants, wash and dry your laundry, make purchases from vending machines, mail packages in the residential mailroom, purchase tickets through the USG ticket office, and shop at campus dining and retail locations. Wolfie Wallet is not part of the meal plan or Bookstore Campus Account. If you have money left over in your Wolfie Wallet account at the end of the semester, you won’t lose it! Wolfie Wallet rolls over from semester to semester. The money will remain in your account until you spend it, graduate, or withdraw from the University.

For more information on Wolfie Wallet, please visit : Add funds to Wolfie Wallet at


University Bookstore News for Students • Summer 2014

Sales and Special Events Upcoming Events Heads up Seawolves! University Bookstore has a couple of exciting things coming up! VIP New Student Shopping Event : August 22nd

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During our annual Farewell BBQ for parents and families, University Bookstore is having a special sale! 25% Off Tees SALE : Sept 1-5 Want to stock up on Stony Brook Tees? Visit the University Bookstore the first week in September for 25% off our entire stock of Tee Shirts (exclusions apply)! Champion BOGO 50% Off SALE : Oct 6-10 For one very special week in October, all Champion gear will be Buy One, Get One 50% off. Don’t miss this great deal!

Saturday, January 25

2- 4 pm

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University Bookstore Will Giler, Store Manager 631.632.6551 Jay Ahgharian, Assistant Store Manager 631.632.4890 Kristin Dischley, Textbook Manager 631.632.6614 Visit us in the Lower Level of Melville Library

Sue Jones, Merchandise Manager 631.632.4500

Provost Liaison’s Office Deborah DiFranco, Provost’s Liaison 631.632.9828 Sean Comstock, Newsletter Editor Alyssa Carroll, Newsletter Editor Jessica Williams, Staff Assistant

Provost Liaison Staff : Summer 2014

Regular Hours Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday 8:30am-6:00pm 8:30am-4:00pm 12:00pm-4:00pm

Sunday Closed


Summer 2014 Bookstore Newsletter  

Summer 2014 Bookstore Newsletter

Summer 2014 Bookstore Newsletter  

Summer 2014 Bookstore Newsletter