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2017 End of  Year Highlights

It has been quite a year to be a Seawolf!  From national accolades to celebrating new and old campus traditions, 2017 has been a year to remember in Student Affairs. We look to reach even further in 2018, but first let’s take a look back at some 2017 highlights.


  • Ribbon Cutting Marks the Completion of Chávez and Tubman Residence Halls and East Side Dining:  With the capability of accomodating 759 upper-division students and 700 guests in the dining complex, Chávez and Tubman Halls and East Side Dining are part of a $168 million campus wide renovation project. Symbolizing Stony Brook’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the two new residence halls were named for civil rights heroes César Chávez and Harriet Tubman.
  • SBU Ranked Top 50 LGBT Friendly Campus:  For the second consecutive year SBU earned a spot among the Top 50 colleges and universities with strong histories of creating quality programming for the LGBTQ* community. Campuswide initiatives have included strengthening meaningful LGBTQ* programs and services, all-gender restrooms and gender-inclusive housing options.
  • SBU’s Student Affairs Listed as Promising Place to Work:  Stony Brook makes the list of the Most Promising Places to work for its supportive, diverse and inclusive Department of Student Affairs. The study, administered by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise, highlights the best programs nationally for their commitment to family friendly environments and professional development opportunities.
  • Red Watch Band Beats a Record:  It’s been a busy year for the Red Watch Band CARE Team.The nationally recognized program set a new training record, expanded their training to local high schools and won outstanding Peer Education Program at the NASPA Bacchus Peer National Ed Conference. The team has trained over 8,000 SBU community members since its inception with the goal of preventing alcohol overdose or death from toxic drinking.
  • 2nd Annual WolfieLand Carnival:  The Wolfieland carnival returned to the university in September with rides, games, food and fun. More than 6,000 students turned out for the festivities this year. The event was hosted by the  Undergraduate Student Government.
  • A Big Year for WUSB  Radio Station: Pump up the volume as Stony Brook radio celebrated 40 years on the airwaves. WUSB has remained a staple in the campus community thanks in large part to the commitment of over 2,000 volunteers throughout the decades. The student radio station was recently ranked 6th on BestColleges ’ list of the country’s top college radio stations.  
  • Enhancing Students' Leadership Experience:  The SUNY Global Leader Experience brought twenty-five SBU student leaders and students from other SUNY colleges to spent three days with global leaders enhancing their leadership skills this past July.
  • CHILL and SHAC Recognized for Their Advocacy Efforts:  Members of the student organizations CHILL and the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) were honored with awards from the American Lung Association and LiveOnNY for promoting organ donation and cancer awareness.
  • Roth Regatta Won Best Campus Tradition: Roth Regatta made a splash with the National Association for Campus Activities, winning their “school’s over 5,000” Your Best Campus Tradition contest. The annual Roth Quad boat races continue to be one of the biggest and most memorable days of the entire year on campus, reflecting an over 25 year long tradition.    
  • Veterans Day Ceremony Celebrated on Campus:  Stony Brook University paid tribute to our brave military men and women on Wednesday, November 8 at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The yearly honoration shows admiration and respect to those who so selflessly served our country.


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