Alan S. Epstein '71 donates $25,000 back to men's hoops
Jan. 29, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Former Stony Brook men's basketball student-athlete Alan S. Epstein '71 has generously donated a gift of $25,000 back to Stony Brook men's basketball. The announcement came during Stony Brook Men's Basketball Alumni Day, held in the Goldstein Family Student-Athlete Development Center prior to last Saturday's Seawolves home game against Maine.
"We are fortunate to have a dedicated supporter of Stony Brook Men's Basketball in Alan Epstein," Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore said. "His gift is just the latest on a growing list of Seawolves alumni investing in our student-athletes and Seawolves Athletics. We are humbled and appreciative of his generosity and his continued emotional and fiscal support of Stony Brook Basketball."
"We are proud to have Alan as our friend and supporter of Stony Brook Basketball," Stony Brook Head Men's Basketball Coach Steve Pikiell said. "It's engaged and supportive alumni like Alan who help us with our goal of building an annual championship contender. We are thankful for Alan's generous gift and look forward to his continued involvement with our program."
"I feel fortunate to be in a position to give a gift back to Stony Brook," Epstein said. "The university put me in a positive direction and contributed to me being able to own and operate a business and achieve success. I hope this gift can help others move along in the same direction. I hope I can help others who were in a similar position to mine."
While Epstein was working towards his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, he was a member of the Stony Brook basketball team, playing for legendary head coach Herb Brown, whom Epstein considers a friend and mentor to this day. In addition to balancing his studies and basketball commitments, Epstein formed lifelong friendships with his teammates, including Mark Kirschner, David Schiffer, Larry Hirschenbaum, Ted Eppenstein and Pat Garahan.
Epstein graduated from Stony Brook in 1971 and went on to earn his Master of Civil Engineering at Brooklyn Polytechnic and his law degree from St. John's.
"Basketball provided important lessons that I have used throughout my life. These are things that I have been able to apply not only in sports but also in business and even family life. The time and dedication to basketball was parallel to running a business in New York City.
"I am very proud that I went to Stony Brook, which provided a well-rounded education for me. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything else."
Today, Epstein is president of Epstein Engineering, P.C., a consulting engineering firm based in Midtown Manhattan. He has more than 30 years of experience designing and managing multi-million dollar construction projects from inception through completion. His prominent clients include Macy's Department Stores, Cornell Weill Medical College and the Museum of Modern Art. In addition, he has served as a member of New York City's Building Industry Advisory Council and as a special consultant to the New York City Department of Buildings on matters related to the drafting of the facade inspection law, Local Law 11/98.
Epstein is also a licensed attorney and has been published in numerous publications for his expertise on local building laws.