STONY BROOK, NY, November 19, 2012 – Stony Brook University student, Samuel Rosner (senior, biology major) was one of only 17 SUNY students to receive the inaugural SUNY Emerging Leader Award, which is designed to acknowledge students who have demonstrated significant leadership within their campus and/or community. The award, given by Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, recognizes current emerging leaders and provides an incentive for them to continue to develop their leadership skills throughout their college career and beyond. Rosner was recognized in the category Healthier New York.
“We are proud to offer this new award, which recognizes SUNY students who have proven to be leaders in the areas that SUNY has identified as the driving tenets of its own strategic plan,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Our first group of emerging leaders has set the bar high for future honorees, decreasing campus energy use, promoting a charitable blood drive, and even helping usher local students through the GED and community college enrollment processes. Congratulations to all of our emerging leaders.”
Rosner, who hopes to attend medical school after graduation, successfully balances a rigorous academic schedule with a high level of involvement in community and campus activities, including serving as president of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course in cancer biology. He has been instrumental in several large campus-wide programs focusing on public health, including “Sunrise Shaves,” an effort that raised more than $6,500 in support of the Stony Brook University Hospital Pediatric Oncology Unit; and co-coordinating a drive that registered more than 800 potential bone marrow donors at the University’s Bone Marrow Registry Drive.
As chair of the NRHH Civic Engagement Committee, Rosner is organizing this year’s ‘Tis the Season campaign, an annual effort that typically raises more than $20,000 to provide gifts for underprivileged children during the holiday season. He also serves on the Residence Hall Association executive board, is an active Stony Brook Community Pledge Leader and is among only 23 student ambassadors who represent the University at special events in an official capacity throughout the year.
“Sam possesses maturity and warmth that enable him to lead in a calm, confident manner,” said Jerrold L. Stein, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Stony Brook University. “He has a way of bringing people together that is unassuming and motivating. Students, faculty and staff look to Sam as a bright leader with tremendous potential.”