“Africa Bus” is Latest Addition to Stony Brook’s Wrapped Bus Fleet
A new wrapped bus celebrating Stony Brook University’s wide-ranging involvement in Africa was unveiled on April 23. Graphics feature Centre ValBio and the Ankizy Fund, both based in Madagascar, and the Turkana Basin Institute, headquartered in Kenya.
“It’s important for the campus community and surrounding communities to know that not only are we doing important research in Madagascar, Kenya and other African countries, but we are trying to give back as well,” said David Krause, Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences and founder and executive director of the Madagascar Ankizy Fund. “Centre ValBio, the Turkana Basin Institute and the Madagascar Ankizy Fund are all playing a vital role with education and healthcare in the areas in which we work.”
The Stony Brook University Office of Administration, which oversees Transportation Services, instituted the wraps in 2011 with two buses: One featured the Stony Brook Seawolves, the other showcased Stony Brook Motor Sports. With the addition of the Africa bus, there are now 13 in Stony Brook’s wrapped bus fleet.
“One of my favorite things at Stony Brook University is celebrating the remarkable achievements of our students, faculty and staff. We created the bus wrap program to showcase our students, highlight our world-class, hands-on field research opportunities, promote Stony Brook programs and activities, and encourage environmental conservation,” said Barbara Chernow, senior vice president for administration. “Who wouldn’t like riding a bus celebrating our students and our University? And the added payoff is that the wraps give us a cost-effective way to protect bus exteriors and extend their service life.”
In addition to highlighting Stony Brook programs and adding a splash of color to campus roadways, the high-definition adhesive vinyl wraps protect the buses from inclement weather, roadway dirt and general wear and tear.
“Our SBU Transit buses are used approximately 12 to 15 hours per weekday on average,” said James O’Connor, director of sustainability and transportation operations. “These new wraps help decrease the maintenance required in order to keep the buses operational and presentable.”
More than just convenient transportation and protection from environmental damage — the wrapped bus fleet is a Stony Brook celebration on wheels.
By Howard Gimple