Red-Letter Days

studentsCampus Life Time
Between 1:00 and 2:30 pm every Wednesday during the academic year, no classes are scheduled, giving students a chance to come together for some of Stony Brook's most exciting events. We call it Campus Life Time, a weekly tradition dating back to 1991. A great time for residents and commuters alike to get involved with student life, Campus Life Time features carnivals, concerts, student expo fairs, live entertainment, celebrity speakers, free food, and giveaways–plus a chance for informal face-to-face encounters in the midst of hectic academic schedules.

students talkingCareer & Internship Week
You have to try hard not to get hired during this annual week-long program for student job-seekers, sponsored by the Career Center. In a series of varied and informative programs, SB alums talk to students about their work and offer advice for students who wish to follow in their footsteps. Opportunities are available in Business, IT/Engineering, Healthcare, Communications, Counseling, and Science fields. Check out our Calendar of Events for more details and descriptions. Then, meet us at the foot of the Zebra Path to begin your career path to success.

Diversity Day
Diversity Day brings individuals of different backgrounds together for an annual day of celebration and togetherness. Every spring semester during Strawberry Fest, we share the many dimensions of our different heritages and lifestyles through music and dance performances, creative arts, lectures, and cultural offerings. The event is planned and organized by the President's Committee on Diversity, which includes student representatives from campus clubs and organizations.

earthstock girlEarthstock
In mid April on Earth Day, Stony Brook’s Earthstock celebration features exhibits, displays, lectures, and concerts to promote and support environment-friendly living. Events include dance and drumming performances; the Ashley Schiff Preserve Guided Walk; live musical performances; an ice cream social; lectures on conservation; rubber duck races; the URECA Environmental Exhibition of Student Research; local farmers market on the Academic Mall; and Pride Patrol campus beautification projects.

Opening Activities/Chillfest
At the opening of fall and spring semesters, students are welcomed back to campus with a month-long festival of social, athletic, and academic events. The winter edition is known as "Chillfest"; September's opening activities are collectively branded "Opening Activities."

Events include new student orientation, barbeques, comedy shows, shopping excursions, performances, films, student basketball tournaments, and a craft fair, as well as seasonal activities like ice skating and ski trips.

SB ringRing of Fellowship
Inspired by Stony Brook students and designed by artist Milton Glaser, the official class ring is a stunning symbol of Stony Brook spirit that connects you with your fellow alums.

Created in a classic signet style, the rings are available in your choice of 10k, 14k, or Elysium (an affordable metal and gold alloy), white or yellow gold. In addition, the ring can be embellished with a diamond or ruby on top. Your ring can be custom inscribed on the inside with up to 18 characters.

roth regattaRoth Pond Regatta
Here's a genuinely unique Stony Brook tradition dating from 1987: On the last Friday of April, teams representing clubs, organizations, and adminstrative offices race across bucolic Roth Pond in makeshift craft constructed only of cardboard, duct tape, and paint.

The Roth Yachting Club names an admiral, a vice-admiral, and an honorary commodore to preside over the event. Students, faculty, and staff are all invited to compete and trophies are awarded to the winners. Nobody stays dry.

Shirley Strum Kenny Student Arts Festival
Each April, this annual arts fest showcases the diversity of our students through their creative endeavors. Experience the many talents of Stony Brook students in an entertaining week of artistic exposition. Events include theater performances, street fair, exhibitions, films, opera, musical performances, seminars, concerts, recitals, master classes, and more. Students, faculty, staff, and the community are all invited.

strawberriesStrawberry Fest
We gather on the Academic Mall every spring to enjoy a mouthwatering menu of strawberry treats and a fun-filled day of live music, dancing, and student performances.

This event is traditionally held on the last Wednesday in April during Campus Lifetime in conjunction with Diversity Day when we share the many dimensions of our different heritages and lifestyles through creative arts, lectures, and cultural offerings.

urecaURECA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities)
Stony Brook University was one of the first research universities in the country to establish an office for the specific purpose of promoting undergraduate research and creative activities. Since 1997, the URECA Celebration, which takes place every spring, is a university-wide event that showcases the accomplishments of Stony Brook students working with faculty mentors in virtually every discipline. Students display their work through research posters, art exhibits, talks, and performances. Many undergraduates are published for the first time in the URECA-sponsored Collection of Undergraduate Research Abstracts and Creative Project Descriptions.