Friday October 17th, the SoMAS community gathered in the boathouse to celebrate at the seventh annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser. SoMAS students, faculty, staff, and their family and friends socialized, listened to live music, and raised money by buying food, beverages, and raffle tickets. In the course of the evening, SoMAS consumed 100 bratwursts, 100 potato pancakes, 5 lbs. of spaetzle, 2 gallons of cider and 10 cases of beer! More importantly, the event raised more than $1,000 for the Petra M. Udelhofen Memorial! Scholarship Fund.
The Udelhofen Memorial Scholarship is a $500 scholarship awarded annually to an undergraduate entering his/ her senior year of study in the Environmental Studies, Atmospheric Sciences/ Meteorology, and/or Marine Sciences programs at Stony Brook University. The award is named in memory of the late Dr. Petra Udelhofen, an Assistant Research Professor in the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres (ITPA) at SoMAS.
“This event gets bigger and better every year,” said Gina Gartin, part of the planning committee, “Petra’s family is grateful that she has not been forgotten and that her memory lives on here at SoMAS.”