10. CREATE AN INCREASINGLY VIBRANT AND INCLUSIVE CAMPUS COMMUNITY.
Expanding the student body and enhancing the student experience will require the further development of campus programs and facilities, including residential facilities, classrooms, and laboratories. Key to this effort will be addressing the absence of a college town by creating a campus center with shops and services that serve the campus community and provide a focal point for social life. The center will be designed to meet students’ practical needs and leisure choices, and benefit the entire University community. The Recreation Center in design in 2008 will complement these facilities as a center of campus life.
The second focus for developing campus life will be further development of intercollegiate athletics to promote school spirit, provide exciting weekend and evening activities for students, and improve community relations. Stony Brook will elevate football to a fully funded NCAA Division I (FCS) scholarship program and build winning teams, while maintaining an absolute commitment to student-athletes’ academic success.
A third focus will be further embracing as members of the extended campus community Stony Brook’s growing alumni population, 129,000 members strong in 2007. Key to this effort will be creating an Alumni Center to maintain alumni contacts; coordinate alumni activities on and off campus; and provide a location for current students, faculty, and staff to meet with alumni.
In addition to these primary initiatives, Stony Brook will continue efforts to enhance campus life and the integration of students, faculty, and staff into an inclusive and caring campus community, and ensure their safety. Programs will accelerate the socialization of new students during student recruitment, summer orientation and registration, the opening of school, and the early weeks of the semester to teach newcomers about campus traditions, rituals, and ways of doing things. Communication among all members of the campus will be enhanced through the use of information technology and other means. A campus hotel will provide convenient and welcoming accommodations for campus events and visitors.