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March 6, 2023

To: Faculty and Staff

Subject: It's Spring Break Time!

Dear Seawolves,

As we approach the mid-semester point, we hope you have been making lots of strong connections here at Stony Brook and are accessing the many resources available to support your success. We also hope you are looking forward to some time to relax and recharge! As noted on the academic calendar, Spring Break is scheduled from Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17, so classes will not be in session. This is a good time to destress, travel, have fun, and spend time with friends and family. If you are traveling by car, please get a good night’s sleep before getting behind the wheel. 

If you currently reside on campus, you are welcome to remain on campus during any or all of the break. Campus offices will continue to operate during regular business hours. You can also access the Recreation Center, Union, SAC, Library, and other campus buildings. Campus dining will also be available in the Student Activities Center Food Court as noted in this schedule.

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 12. Before you go to bed on Saturday, March 11, move your clocks forward 1 hour. We’ll lose an hour of sleep, but we’ll gain an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

A Small Thing We Can Do to Stay Healthy

While we have heard so much about the importance of washing our hands frequently over the past 3 years, this best personal hygiene practice is a vital preventative measure for many viral and bacterial illnesses. Currently, we are still seeing flu and COVID in our greater community, and we are hearing about local outbreaks of norovirus (a highly contagious virus causing stomach and intestinal problems). Proper handwashing is a key way to stop the spread and protect yourself and others. And while hand sanitizer is a good second choice for some viruses and bacterias, hand washing is still superior especially in the case of norovirus. For more information and to check that your handwashing practice is the best it can be, visit this CDC webpage, which offers great advice on keeping your hands clean.  

TimelyCare Is Here for You: Anywhere, Anytime! 

Hundreds of your fellow Seawolves have already used this telehealth and telecounseling platform since its launch in the fall and given it rave reviews. You can access TimelyCare’s free 24/7 virtual medical, mental health care, and health coaching services from anywhere in the US. If you’re away for Spring Break and need to connect with a counselor or medical provider, just go to or download the TimelyCare app (iOS or Android) to use the service. 

Free Meet-Up Dinner and a Show at Staller Center on Saturday, March 18

If you’ll be on campus or local to Stony Brook during Spring Break, join me on Saturday, March 18 at 8pm for a free dinner and a free show at Staller Center! This is a meet-up event, so come and meet some new Seawolves and enjoy the performance of artist Storm Large. This invitation is open to the first 30 students who sign up using this Google form

Fun Upcoming Traditions & Events

We look forward to celebrating lots of Seawolves traditions with you when you return from Spring Break. Here’s a preview of what’s to come …

For undergraduates, stay tuned for more information about the BrookFest concert on Friday, April 14.

For all students, we will be hosting our annual Earthstock celebration during the week of April 17! Stay tuned for more information about this week-long celebration of Earth Day, sustainability, and environmental conservation.  

If you are graduating this year, join us on Wednesday, April 19 for Grad Day at the Shop Red West Outdoor Patio, Melville Library, from 12-2:30pm. 

Mark you calendars for the LGBTQ* Pride Fest on Wednesday, April 26 from 12-4pm on the SAC Plaza.  

And save the date for everyone’s favorite campus tradition, the 34th Annual Roth Regatta, happening on Friday, April 28 (May 5 rain date) starting at 12 noon. This year's theme is A Fairy Tale Regatta, so get your cardboard, paint, and duct tape ready!  

Wishing you a safe and relaxing Spring Break! 

Rick Gatteau, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs