(L-R) IACS Student Association Treasurer Tristan Delaney, President Aimilios Sofianopolous, and Secretary Joel Anderson stand outside the entrance to IACS
The IACS Student Association soon to receive official club status
By Taylor Ha
After completing just two more steps, the IACS Student Association will become an official club at Stony Brook University. “We’ve been operating as an unofficial club for a while,” said Secretary Joel Anderson. “It feels good – the promise of more funding.”
Although the association has already hosted several engaging events, including its December kickoff dinner at Stony Brook’s local The Bench Bar & Grill, it will be able to present more opportunities for the IACS student community: With official status comes potential funding from the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) and Faculty Student Association (FSA). Potential upcoming events include the following:
The club holds biweekly executive board meetings and hopes to soon implement subcommittees that will meet every month. Eventually, a full-time official club roster will be formed.
Sofianopoulos said he was surprised that the club worked as well as it did. He did not expect a large graduate student turnout for past IACS events, but quite a few people did show up, even students who were not associated with IACS. “I’ve re-bonded with many of my friends because of [these events],” Sofianopoulos said. The IACS Student Association also inadvertently became a matchmaking team. “Actually, two of my friends started dating because they met at one of our events,” he remarked.
Sofianopoulos, Anderson and Delaney widely attributed the IACS Student Association’s success to Lynn Allopenna, the Administrative Director for the Institute for Advanced Computational Science, who was ultimately the brainchild behind the club. “She comes up with a lot of the ideas, and she rejects the bad ideas, which is even better,” Sofianopoulos said to a chorus of laughter from his fellow executive board members.
More information about the IACS Student Association can be found on their website: http://you.stonybrook.edu/iacssa/contact/, their Facebook page called “IACS Student Association,” and on their upcoming Instagram and Twitter accounts.