Message from the Dean April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020

Dear Students,

As we continue into week 5 of remote instruction at Stony Brook University, I’d like to say how proud I am of all of our SHTM students.  You’ve done an incredible job transitioning to a remote learning environment, and have demonstrated great tenacity and flexibility during these times.  The SHTM Dean’s office, faculty, and staff will continue to you support you as much as possible to ensure your academic success.

Here is some important information for you, as well as additional campus resources you can take advantage of.

Fall 2020 Semester

Stony Brook University is still planning for a timely start to the fall semester (on-campus), while continuing to evaluate conditions to make sure circumstances are safe for our students. We will provide updates as soon as possible related to any changes to the fall semester’s schedule or mode of instruction.  If you have questions, please feel free to email me, your Department Chairperson or Program Director, or your faculty.  You may also find useful information at the University’s Frequently Asked Question Link:

Do you need assistance?

1. The Student Emergency Support Fund assists Stony Brook University students by providing them with critical resources to overcome acute financial crises including:

  • Housing insecurity (homelessness or imminent risk of homelessness)
  • Food insecurity (lack of resources to sustain daily dietary and nutritional needs)
  • Unexpected financial distress of a short-term nature, adversely impacting the student’s ability to continue as a student at Stony Brook
  • Unmet need required to acquire educational materials and other resources necessary to be successful in the academic environment.

The application to the Student Emergency Support Fund can be found here.

2. Laptop Lending: With the help of SUNY, the University has made laptop computers available to students in need to enable them to continue coursework and research during this time of remote learning. Laptops can be requested by emailing

The Career Center

The Career Center is still offering all of their normal services for students and alumni to use virtually.  All of the information on how to access their services virtually is on their website. These resources are all available not only for the remainder of the semester but for the summer as well.  

1.  Meet with a Career Coach:

a. Meetups are small group appointments that can be used to talk about how to find and apply for jobs/internships during this time, how to handle losing an internship opportunity during this time, how to take this time to improve your skills and resume if you are unable to find an opportunity for the summer and countless other career-related conversations.  Each of the Career Field Experts hosts a meetup every week - those dates can be found on Handshake and our website.
b. Drop-Ins are 1:1 appointments that are not pre-scheduled, but rather a student can enter into a Zoom Video Call with a Career Coach during their open hours.  The drop-in hours for Career Coaches and how to enter their waiting rooms are listed on our website as well. 
c. Appointments can still be made ahead of time on Handshake

2.  Job Search Resources

a. They have put together a list of resources on our website for students and alumni to find companies that are hiring for jobs and internships, remote job opportunities, and other important job search information.
b. Handshake has also put together a list of companies still hiring: 500 Companies Hiring Students on Handshake Right Now

3. Upcoming Events

a. Career Center Events: The Career Center is still offering all workshops and events through the end of the semester virtually.  Students can find these events on Handshake and our website.
b. Employer Events: Employers are also adding events to Handshake every day sharing valuable information with students.  This is a great opportunity for students to connect with companies they may be interested in.

In the news…

Did you know that Stony Brook University is ranked number 2 among northeastern public universities?  Check out Stony Brook University News and the recent article published by the Wall Street Journal.

As always, best wishes for continued health and safety!


Stacy Jaffee Gropack, PT., Ph.D., FASAHP
Dean and Professor 

School of Health Technology and Management