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Smithtown's Shanna Brady Named Hofstra's Asst. Women's Lacrosse Coach

WLAX: Shanna Brady Added To Hofstra Coaching Staff

Hofstra: Named Shanna Brady assistant women’s lacrosse coach. 

Shanna Brady ( College photo)Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Shannon Smith announced the addition of Shanna Brady to the position of assistant coach with the Pride. 

“Shanna is a tremendous addition to our program,” commented Smith. “She has played and succeeded at the highest level of collegiate lacrosse and has strong experience coaching collegiately and on the club level. We are thrilled that she is joining us at Hofstra and will serve as our defensive and recruiting coordinator. Shanna has a pure passion for the game of lacrosse and we are eager for her to start working with our student-athletes.”

Brady, a native of Smithtown, New York, joins the Hofstra program after serving as an assistant coach at LIU Post this past season. Brady oversaw the defensive unit for the Pioneers, who compiled a 17-4 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Quarterfinals. She also assisted in in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes, organizing team travel and community outreach. 

Brady won a pair of national titles as a student-athlete at Maryland in 2014 and 2015 and reached championship weekend all four years of her highly-successful career. 

She totaled 75 ground balls, 46 caused turnovers and 30 draw controls during a career that spanned 92 games. Incredibly, Brady started 91 of the 92 games she played in during her career.  

Brady has also served as a coach with the Long Island Express Lacrosse Club from 2011 to 2014 and was a two-year member of Maryland’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during her undergraduate career. 

She is currently playing professionally for the Long Island Sound of the United Women’s Lacrosse League.

Brady earned her degree in family science from Maryland in 2015. 


Smithtown's Victoria Snak Named All-American Scholar By WGCA

NCAA Women’s Golf: Four Hofstra Student-Athletes Named WGCA All-American Scholars

Hempstead, NY - Four members of the Hofstra University Women’s Golf team - Victoria SnakJai GhumanAndrea Neilson and Amanda Bigger - have been named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. The four are part of 830 women’s golfers from around the country who earned the distinction, which requires a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point average.

Victoria Snak (photo courtesy Hofstra Pride)Snak, a junior majoring in international business, is making her third appearance on the WGCA All-America Scholar Team. The Smithtown, New York, native has been a multiple-time Provost’s List selection at Hofstra and owns a 3.97 overall GPA.

Ghuman, a Chandigarh, India, native, is now a two-time WGCA All-American Scholar after earning the honor in 2014-15 as well. A junior majoring in psychology with a minor in journalism, Ghuman has a 3.55 overall GPA.

Neilson, a junior from Oakley, California, is a three-time WGCA All-American Scholar. She possesses a 3.50 grade point average as a marketing major. 

Bigger, a sophomore, earned her second consecutive WGCA All-America Scholar Team selection in 2015-16. An Alexandria, Minnesota, native, Bigger owns a 3.76 grade point average while majoring in engineering science with a minor in mathematics.

In addition to the minimum grade point average requirement, WGCA All-American Scholars must play in at least 50 percent of their teams scheduled competitive rounds. 



With High Distinction And Dept. Honors Shannon P. Wetzler Graduates From Harvey Mudd College

Kings Park Student Graduates From Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, Calif. – Shannon P. Wetzler of Kings Park, received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and biology from Harvey Mudd College on May 15, 2016, graduating with high distinction and department honors in chemistry and humanities, social sciences and the arts. Wetzler attended Kings Park High School.
Harvey Mudd College is the premier liberal arts college specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The College’s mission is to prepare engineers, scientists and mathematicians to become leaders in their fields and understand the impact of their work on society. Students learn to problem-solve in a hands-on, collaborative environment; do research alongside outstanding faculty; and develop leadership skills to benefit an increasingly technological world. Located in Claremont, California, Harvey Mudd College is a member of The Claremont Colleges.


Smithtown Resident Samantha Pawluk Selected for Disney Dance Workshop

Smithtown Resident Selected for Disney Dance Workshop

Samantha PawlukJune 22, 2016 (New York, NY) — Samantha Pawluk, of Smithtown, New York, has been selected to travel with the LIM College Dance Team to Orlando, Florida to participate in a Disney Performing Arts Workshop from July 12-13, 2016.

At Disney, the LIM Dance Team will take classes in hip hop, ballet, and “Disney Dancin’.” They will also dance with students from other schools across the nation in a private performance.

 Samantha is a Senior at LIM College and is majoring in Management. A 2013 graduate of Smithtown High Scholl West, she is the daughter of Sherri Pawluk and Thomas Pawluk.

Samantha will also appear on a panel made up of Dance Team members and LIM alumni who will speak to prospective LIM students and their families. That event, which will be held at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, will also feature a performance by Samantha and the rest of the Dance Team. They will present a special lyrical dance piece that team advisor Joseph Saldorigachoreographed in tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub attack.

About LIM College

LIM College, founded in 1939, is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, offering an MBA program, MPS programs in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, Fashion Marketing, Visual Merchandising, and Global Fashion Supply Chain Management, a BS degree in International Business, bachelor’s degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management, and associate degrees in Fashion Merchandising. LIM College provides a well-rounded education through the combination of in-class instruction and required internships. Located in four buildings in Manhattan — the nation’s fashion and business capital — LIM College gives students vast opportunities for hands-on experience and professional development. Alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including The Jones Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Chanel, and Macy’s.


Smithtown Resident Kathy Albrecht Receives NYS Gift Of Life Medal Of Honor

Fitzpatrick, Assembly Republican Conference Award Albrecht With NYS Gift of Life Medal of Honor

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and Assemblymen Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) present Kathy Albrecht with the New York State Gift of Life Medal of Honor in the State Capitol on June 14. 

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) and the Assembly Republican Conference presented Kathy Albrecht with the New York State Gift of Life Medal of Honor in the State Capitol on June 14. Albrecht donated a kidney to save the life of a 28 year old woman with a rare disorder.

“Kathy Albrecht’s selfless act in donating her kidney to save the life of another human being is inspiring and should encourage us all to consider how precious every life is,” said Fitzpatrick. “Kathy has always been a great advocate for increasing organ donations and saving lives as a blood donor and registered bone marrow donor.” 

Albrecht was awarded the New York State Gift of Life Medal of Honor, an award established by former Gov. Pataki’s tenure. The medal was created to recognize those who give life-saving organ donations and to encourage others to consider becoming donors.


Left to right: Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua), Kathy Albrecht, Assemblymen Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning)

Earlier this year, Albrecht donated her kidney to Rachel Eisensen who suffered from familial dysautonomia. More information about organ donation and the New York State Gift of Life Medal of Honor can be found at: www.alliancefordonation.org.