A festive atmosphere prevailed at the recent Service Awards celebration for employees marking 25 years or more of service to the University. More than 150 of the 305 honorees and their guests filled the Student Activities Center auditorium and ballroom with laughter and conversation as they reconnected with colleagues and shared memories of their years at Stony Brook.
The banquet and award ceremony for those celebrating 25-, 30-, 35-, 40-, 45- and 50-year milestones began with a recognition ceremony in the auditorium followed by an elegant dinner in the ballroom, and featured music selections by a quartet of graduate students from the Department of Music.
Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, expressed his gratitude at the dedication, unique talents and contributions of everyone who helped shape Stony Brook throughout the years. With historical references and humor, he added sparkle to the evening and put everyone in a festive spirit.
“Over the past 50 years the University has made extraordinary strides in healthcare, research, education, scholarship and economic impact on the region. You’ve all been part of this amazing journey. Every day that you’re on the job, you’re part of history. So be proud of yourselves and your accomplishments — I know I am,” said President Stanley as he began the recognition ceremony.
He asked the 25-, 30- and 35-year honorees to stand first so they could be recognized and applauded for their service. Then he individually recognized 14 of the 24 senior honorees who were in attendance, praising their 40-, 45- and 50-years of service. Each senior honoree was introduced and brought up to the podium to say a few words about their remarkable accomplishments.
A total of 305 people achieved recognized levels of service in 2013: 167 reached 25 years, 83 reached 30 years, 31 reached 35 years, 14 reached 40 years, nine reached 45 years, and one is at 50 years and still going strong. Attendees at the event wore ribbons displaying their years of service.
“The evening was a beautiful celebration honoring our dedicated employees who make the University and Hospital such great places to work,” said Director of Conferences and Special Events Diana Hannan.