TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, OUTREACH
THE FIVE YEAR GOAL
Stony Brook will continue to expand its role as a leader in regional industrial development, health care, education and the arts, and in developing distance-learning and corporate-education programs. Collaboration with business organizations in the metropolitan area will provide opportunities to enhance campus programs and resources. Mechanisms will be developed to coordinate business outreach and provide the community with more “entry points” to campus activities. The University will also develop external fundraising and alumni involvement in University affairs.
Form partnerships with other educational institutions, such as high schools and two-year colleges, to share resources and expand the capabilities of the partners. (7.2, Provost)
A wide variety of programs and faculty initiatives promote interaction between the University and nearby educational institutions, including partnerships with local school districts to present college awareness programs and host campus visits for middle and high school students. Several special initiatives focus on high school science students, including partnerships with the Howard Hughes and Biotechnology Summer Institutes and the Science Technology Entry Program. The Long Island Group Advancing Science Education supports science education from the elementary grades through college with programs for students and teachers. The Young Scholars Program—which permits high school students to take University classes for a modest fee—brought 160 students to campus in 2003-04, and others attended the summer session. Partnership relationships are maintained with Suffolk Community College and Nassau Community College through joint admissions programs that include access to Stony Brook career and academic advising for students in their first two years, agreements to facilitate transfer in popular majors, and University support for community college BioPrep programs.
Expand the provision of business education programs to industry. (7.3, Provost)
The MBA program, which will admit its first students in fall 2004, will include part-time Executive programs on-campus and at Stony Brook Manhattan in addition to a curriculum for full-time students. The Center for Emerging Technologies, opened in fall 2002, provides short courses and business seminars in the Long Island Business and Technology Center in Great River. The Higher Education Advanced Technology (HEAT) Center was established in 2002 with Suffolk Community College and Nassau Community College to identify specific regional workforce needs and coordinate the development of education programs that train a technologically adept workforce to meet them. Projects to date have included training welders, preparing aerospace personnel for career advancement, a software engineering project, and a construction estimating certificate program. Several additional programs are in the planning stage, and the Center is expanding to include SUNY Farmingdale.
Strengthen collaboration with the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau to expand offerings to the community. Use other successful outreach programs, such as the Community Resource Center located in the Village of Stony Brook, to educate the community about events at Stony Brook. (7.4, President)
The four Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties are regularly supplied with promotional brochures and flyers for campus activities including lectures, concerts, sports events, and special programs. Electronic announcements are posted on the LICVB events calendar, and upcoming sports and entertainment events are advertised in the Long Island Travel Guide distributed to all area hotels. Stony Brook is listed in the LICVB membership publication LI's Guide to Successful Partnerships . The Community Resources Center in Stony Brook is regularly supplied with special event announcements, the Community Resource Guide, informational brochures, and Stony Brook website bookmarks for community members. The improved event calendar added to Stony Brook's website in winter 2004 provides extensive information about University events in a user-friendly format.
Improve linkages with community businesses and local Chambers of Commerce to create student employment opportunities in local stores and businesses. Address students' transportation needs. (7.4, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for Administration)
Career Center staff attend the monthly meetings of four Chambers of Commerce—Huntington, Port Jefferson, Smithtown and Three Villages—to network with local businesses and share information about Career Center employer services. Two job expos—each attracting 30-40 employers—are held each year to assist local businesses in recruiting part-time and summer employees, and special efforts are made in the fall to promote holiday hiring. Weekend buses provide students access to Smithhaven Mall, food stores and specialty groceries, but transportation for off-campus employment remains a problem.
Bring more businesses to campus in connection with student events, such as Home Depot's seminar on float building before Homecoming. (7.4, Vice President for Student Affairs)
Businesses sponsor a variety of events. For example in 2003-04, Target and Saturn sponsored an Opening Activities event. Estelle's Dressy Dresses and Rico's donated dresses and tuxedos for the Homecoming Royal Court. The U.S. Army and The Source Magazine sponsored a concert. Northrop Grumman hosted a Career Center barbecue. The Etiquette Dinner was co-sponsored by Vector, DDI, YAI, Enterprise, DDC, Northwestern Mutual, and Smithtown Public Schools. Target, Enterprise Rent A Car, Cablevision and IGHL hosted workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and networking. IBM and Guardian Life volunteered to conduct practice interview sessions, and MonsterTRAK brought the MonsterTRUCK to campus to help students register on-line and post resumes.
Expand the outreach programs offered by Stony Brook University Hospital, such as prostate screening and the eldercare initiative. (7.4, Vice President, Health Sciences Center; Director and CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital)
Stony Brook University Hospital 's outreach programs have expanded through the Health Initiative for Underserved Communities which plays a key role in improving access to medical and dental care in localities where people have been underserved. Its activities include a regular schedule of health education programs as well as screening for breast cancer, prostate cancer, cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and other conditions. In addition, the growth of partnerships with schools, public health departments, community leaders and volunteers has enabled the Hospital to address in a thoughtful way the complex, interrelated issues that influence the health of the community. The Long Island Geriatric Education Center was established to help address the healthcare needs of the aging population by providing educational opportunities to healthcare professionals and social service providers in the areas of geriatrics and gerontology. Several HSC academic programs include opportunities for students to volunteer their time in health-related programs for underserved communities.
Set up a Web page with a chat room for each alumni class, managed jointly by the Alumni Office and the class representative. (7.6, Vice President for Advancement)
The Alumni Association website, www.stonybrookalumni.com , has been upgraded and expanded to include chatrooms. In response to strong alumni interest, their first use will be for networking. A “networking” button has been added to the main menu bar, providing access to chatrooms that will, depending on demand, be organized by school, class year, profession, and/or affinity groups. Recruitment of class representatives is in progress.
Increase the number of newsletters and alumni reunions organized by departments, academic programs and student organizations. (7.6, Vice President for Advancement)
An Alumni Weekend held in June 2003 gave all schools and departments an opportunity to offer an alumni reception, and a grants program was created to support schools, departments, and campus organizations wishing to sponsor other alumni events. Several have used these grants for alumni receptions, and the program is being promoted to increase this activity. In 2003-04, a lecture series was initiated in Stony Brook Manhattan featuring Stony Brook faculty and designed to be of special interest to alumni from their departments. Planning for a newsletter program is in progress.
Build stronger relationships among the Undergraduate Student Government class representatives, the senior class and the Alumni Board. Alumni services could co-sponsor events such as the Senior Picnic. (7.6, Vice President for Advancement, Vice President for Student Affairs)
Steps toward stronger relationships include the Student Ambassador program—which is funded by the Alumni Association and brings students as staff to several large alumni events—involving students in planning Homecoming, asking student groups to involve their former members in Homecoming, and inviting Student Government representatives and other students to attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner at no charge. Current and former Student Government representatives met together at an Alumni of Color reception in March 2004. P lanning has begun for an event to introduce seniors to the Alumni Association and encourage their continued involvement with Stony Brook. The 2004 Senior Week program will feature a breakfast, pool party and a Senior Ball.
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