Sea Wolves Roar at the PJ Village Dragon Boat Race Festival |

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Members of the 2022 Stony Brook Sea Wolves and Stony Brook Medication Dragon Boat workforce show their gold and bronze medals on the annual Dragon Boat Race in Port Jefferson Village on September 17. Picture by Joanne Dickinson.

Stony Brook Pleasure was proven in full on the eighth Annual Port Jefferson Village Dragon Boat Racing Pageant on Saturday, September seventeenth. The day-long occasion, held at Harbourfront Park, featured practically two dozen groups vying for bragging rights.

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The Stony Brook Seawolves take dwelling the gold in Part C. {Photograph} by Joanne Dickinson.

This yr’s race marked the primary time that Stony Brook had two groups – stone Brock College sea ​​wolves and Stony Brook Medication – Compete within the pageant. Greater than 40 undergraduate and graduate college students, medical and dental college students, college, in addition to physicians and healthcare professionals from Stony Brook College Hospital have served in groups and raced in three races in opposition to crews from throughout Lengthy Island and New York. The dragon boat is rowed by 20 folks plus a drummer.

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The Stony Brook Medication workforce took the Bronze Medal in Part B. {Photograph} by Joanne Dickinson.

For the primary time in seven years, the Seawolves earned a gold medal in Division C with a burst of vitality and spirit to win. Regardless of stiff competitors and being their first yr in rowing, the medical workforce took dwelling a bronze medal in Division B. Sheryl Chambers, Affiliate Dean of College students and Director of Multicultural Affairs, together with Judy Jackies, Affiliate Director of Multicultural Affairs, directed the Seawolves workforce. Erica Karp, a group relations consultant at Stony Brook College Hospital, directed the medical workforce.

“Our college students, college and employees benefit from the camaraderie with the competing race groups and the chance to find out about Asian tradition through the pageant,” Chambers mentioned. “We’re grateful to the Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce for making this occasion attainable.”

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The Stony Brook Medication workforce, left, prepares for a race.

Along with the race, Stony Brook individuals had ample alternatives to community and find out about one another’s work. Bands loved cultural leisure, together with performances by Stony Brook College’s Taiko Tides, a conventional Japanese drum troupe. Meals vans lined up on the entrance, and area people companies supplied info and presents at their tables.

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The Stony Brook Seawolves workforce.

“It is an excellent alternative to fulfill with different members of the SBU group,” mentioned Catherine Hackett, Faculty of Well being Professions Workers Assistant within the Occupational Remedy Program.

Hackett labored with Antoine Chiu, a first-year medical scholar on the Renaissance Medical Faculty, as co-leader of the Stony Brook Medication workforce. Whereas no paddling expertise is required, Hackett and Chiu are expert paddlers and have helped information their workforce members on the water. Chiu was even a member of the US nationwide workforce.

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Seawolves workforce members rejoice after a sweltering warmth.

Sam Tran, a sophomore psychology main for the Seawolves, mentioned she determined to take part as a result of she beforehand loved kayaking along with her household. Nevertheless, this was the primary time she had participated in such a contest.

“The entire pageant – it was a lot enjoyable,” Tran mentioned.

Laurent Crawford, an administrative assistant within the Workplace of Finance and Administration at Al-Nahda College Faculty of Medication on the medical workforce, echoed Tran’s sentiments.

“It is good to be exterior and benefit from the ambiance,” Crawford mentioned.

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2022 workforce members Stony Brook Seawolves and Stony Brook Medication Dragon Boat. Images by Joanne Dickinson.

Stony Brook participated within the Dragon Boat Race sponsored by the Workplace of the President, the College’s Workplace of Group Relations, the Hospital, and the Workplace of Intercultural Affairs. The pageant is hosted by Nice Port Jefferson Chamber of CommerceThese embrace Stony Brook College and Stony Brook College Hospital.

– Erica Karp