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What Is IT Recognition

The mission of IT Recognition is to help encourage the University to recognize both individual employees and team achievements.

Annual Awards


This award acknowledges employees who demonstrate innovation, who bring in new practices or ideas, and help with executing those ideas to enhance productivity.


Someone who takes it upon themselves to learn new things, develop new skills or master new technologies in order to advance IT's agenda.


Someone who goes above and beyond to communicate and share information with other members, both inside and outside of the organization, leading to greater transparency and accountability.


An individual who consistently performs at a level that yields high customer/end user satisfaction.


An individual who shows initiative in reaching out to others to work collaboratively whether internally or externally.

Watchdog Award

This award recognizes employees who promote, demonstrate, or influence secure computing behavior.

Customer Service

This award will acknowledge someone who demonstrated that they care about availability, reliability, accessibility, performance and satisfaction for support and services.

Team Award

This award will acknowledge a group of individuals who have demonstrated proficiency in any of the award categories.

MVP Award

This will be presented to the "Staff Member of the Year"; to someone who demonstrates outstanding contributions or makes a significant impact to meet or exceed University goals.

Share A Story

Recognition begins with you! Submit a recognition story for review. Learn more about how this process works below.

How Do I Submit A Nomination?

In order to submit a recognition nomination; familiarize yourself with the awards. Once you have decided which award you would like to recognize an employee or team for, proceed to the IT Recognition Form and complete the relevant fields.

We are accepting nominations for through October 4, 2018.

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Who Is Eligible for an Award?

The IT recognition program acknowledges employees who have gone beyond the expected. This program is inclusive to IT professionals and those who partner with IT professionals to fulfill the University’s mission.

Past Winners


MVP Award
Brian Heller, Infrastructure

Communicate Award
Woody Brown, Enterprise Applications & Integrations

Customer Service Award
Mary Kethman, Business Office

Grow Award
James Doyle, Infrastructure

Engage Award
Valerie Smith, Business Office
Rich Von Rauchhaupt, Enterprise Applications & Integrations

Innovate Award
Mufakkir Chowdhury, Enterprise Applications & Integrations

David Cyrille, Stony Brook Medicine Information Technology
Judith Sellitto, Enterprise Applications & Integrations

Team Award - STAWG
Mark Velazquez, Information Security
Nichole Gladky, Customer Engagement & Support
Jacob Levich, Communications and Marketing
Henry Joseph, Enterprise Applications & Integrations
Jennifer Jaiswal, Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching
Diana Voss, Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching
Cristina Striffler, Stony Brook Medicine Privacy Office
John Gianmugnai, Customer Engagement & Support

Watchdog Award
Ralph Molaro, SBS Electronics Lab


The recognition award was placed on hold. The program will resume in 2018 to be more inclusive of IT professionals and employees who partner with IT across Stony Brook University.


MVP Award - Staff Member of the Year
Gail Levy, Infrastucture

Fang Peng, Enterprise Applications & Integrations

IT Partner:
Mark Lang, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Watchdog Award:
Steven Galante, Infrastructure

Core Value Award: Engagement
Jennifer Adams, Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching

Core Value Award: Growth
Brian Heller, Infrastructure

Core Value Award: Satisfaction
Nick Capobianco, Customer Engagement & Support
Henry Joseph, Enterprise Applications & Integrations



MVP Award - Staff Member of the Year
Michael Basile, Client Support

Core Value Award: Engagement
Matthew Nappi, Information Security Office

Core Value Award: Satisfaction
Bill Cusick, Video Services

Core Value Award: Innovation
Lorraine Carroll, The Faculty Center 
Catherine Scott, The Faculty Center 
Rich von Rauchhaupt, Web Strategy