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.
Expand Stony Brook's leadership role in incubator programs, and develop campus policies that support and encourage the success of on-campus tenant companies. (7.1, Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President for Research)
Stony Brook's Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program supports incubator companies at the Long Island High Technology Incubator (LIHTI), Stony Brook's Software Incubator, and the Farmingdale University Incubator. SPIR provides technical support and brokers partnerships, supports grant applications, assists in the coordination of multi-company initiatives, establishes internships, and encourages faculty to collaborate with industrial partners; it is currently leading a regional effort to increase tenant access to new financial resources and management expertise. LIHTI was rated among the top ten incubators nationally by the National Business Incubation Association in 2002. To support the continued development of campus policies that encourage entrepreneurial activity, a faculty committee will be convened in fall 2003 to review Federal, State and campus policies governing conflict of interest.
Expand programs that increase the interaction between University faculty and students and local high schools, including an ambassador program in which undergraduates visit high schools. (7.2, Provost)
Stony Brook faculty and graduate students offer a variety of programs to high school students ranging from the Pre-College Music Program to an Earth Physics Project to the Latin Bowl Quiz. The Admissions Office held meetings with faculty during the fall 2002 to explore ways to increase faculty and student involvement in recruitment in local high schools, which led to increased contact with high school guidance counselors and college placement advisors.
Expand faculty involvement in working with regional high schools in national competitions and summer programs. Provide an organized framework and incentives for faculty involvement, such as money to cover supply costs and expenses. Coordinate this activity with Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and promote the results. Develop support from local businesses and school districts. (7.2, Provost; Vice President, Health Sciences Center)
Faculty provide an increasing number of research opportunities for regional high school students including mentoring for the Intel Science Talent competition. Central coordination has been added, by a faculty member who won a national Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2002. Stony Brook also offers research workshops and a Summer Research Institute for High School Students, and hosts regional and national high school competitions, such as the 2002 National Ocean Science Bowl.
Create a professional seminar series and short courses for the business community. Assist employers to retain employees by providing technical and management training. Enhance Stony Brook's role as a regional resource for business and technology development initiatives. (7.3, Provost, Vice President for Economic Development)
A business seminar and information session program was initiated at the Center for Emerging Technologies in Great River in fall 2002 to complement the ongoing programs in the School of Professional Development. Over 250 individuals from 48 companies attended seminars and short courses on topics including performance excellence, strategic planning, human resources management, and New York State's E-learning Pilot Programs for Business. Stony Brook's Advanced Graduate Certificate in Industrial Management was added to the curriculum in Spring 2003. Stony Brook has also assisted companies to obtain funds for management training, such as an Aerospace and Defense Association grant currently serving 500 employees in 10 companies.
Integrate distance learning and teleconferencing across the Health Sciences Center disciplines to reach geographically dispersed populations. (7.3, Vice President, Health Sciences Center)
New equipment was installed in the Atkins Learning Center in 2001 to provide all HSC schools with teleconferencing facilities including satellite communications. In addition, one of the Health Sciences lecture halls is equipped with teleconferencing equipment, and mobile equipment is available for the other lecture halls. The School of Nursing offers masters programs in seven areas to about 400 students in 40 states and 10 countries. The other schools are investigating opportunities.
Develop a comprehensive directory of existing community outreach programs and special events sponsored by the University, colleges, departments, and programs. Place it on the Stony Brook Web site and in print publications. (7.4, President)
The Community Resource Guide: Programs, Services, Events, and Lectures at Stony Brook University, SBU Health Sciences Center and SBU Hospital was first published in September 2001, for distribution to all faculty, staff and students, and to local community organizations such as chambers of commerce, libraries, newspapers, and visitors bureaus. An on-line version-accessed from the Stony Brook homepage under "In The Greater Community" link-was launched in February 2002.
Sell tickets to the Staller Center and athletics events at such places as Stony Brook Village, University Hospital, the Student Activities Center, and the Three Village Soccer Fields by P Lot. (7.4, President, Provost)
The Staller Center and Athletics have focused on online sales to promote community access rather than satellite ticket office locations. An experimental project to encourage and facilitate online ticket sales at sites such as the Welcome Office in Stony Brook Village is under consideration.
Involve local and regional groups in halftime shows at sporting events. (7.4, President)
In 2002-03, youth league teams played at halftime at 25 basketball games and seven men's lacrosse games. Other community events in the basketball season included a halftime talent show and a Girl Scout Day clinic for girl scouts, who also sang the national anthem and played during halftime. Youth clinics in men and women's basketball, football and men's lacrosse complement these events.
Develop strategies to promote the Asian-American Cultural Center to the media, highlighting it as a community resource and arts venue. (7.4, President)
The director of public relations and director of the Wang Center developed a comprehensive plan to promote the Center as an arts and events venue and community resource to local, national, and international print and broadcast media including the Asian press. Event listings, event coverage, and post-event stories will be promoted, along with feature stories highlighting the Center as community resource. A Wang Center website serves the media as well as the campus community and the general public.
Create an effective and visible Alumni Office program to engage alumni in campus affairs. Establish links between the Alumni Office and individual departments to enable departments to keep better track of their graduates. (7.6, Vice President for Advancement)
The Alumni Relations Office has been expanded to support large events, such as fall 2002 Homecoming which attracted 3,000 alumni, a 1000% increase in two years. Other highly-visible events included the first off-campus, black-tie Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner honoring seven Stony Brook alumni, and an Alumni Golf Classic. The inaugural Alumni Weekend in June 2003 will provide an annual platform for all Stony Brook schools, colleges and departments to reconnect with their alumni through individual as well as university-wide events. The new National Alumni Council involves alumni in campus activities including student recruitment and career advising; a new online alumni community draws alumni into campus and departmental affairs, and a newly centralized database will facilitate accurate and timely alumni record-keeping.
Create an organizational structure to support alumni activities in all the Health Sciences Center schools. (7.6, Vice President, Health Sciences Center)
An assistant director of alumni relations for the Health Sciences Center was hired in fall 2002 to further alumni outreach efforts and support alumni activities in all five schools including a professional development series. An alumni chapter recruitment mailing was sent to the 4,000 graduates of the School of Nursing in March 2003, and a similar mailing is planned in Dental Medicine.
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