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Presidential Inaugural Celebration: October 21 to October 28

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Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.In honor of the inauguration of Samuel L. Stanley Jr. M.D., as its fifth president, Stony Brook is hosting an eight-day celebration on both the Stony Brook and Southampton campuses. All are invited to attend the inauguration ceremony on Friday, October 23, at 2:00 pm in the Sports Complex, with a reception to follow from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Pritchard Gym. The festivities surrounding the investiture of Dr. Stanley begin on Wednesday, October 21, and continue through Wednesday, October 28.

Dr. Stanley’s intent is for the inaugural events to inspire students, faculty, staff, and the local community to come together in the spirit of the inaugural theme, “The Power of Stony Brook: Research, Education, Discovery.”

Among the many planned activities is the Inauguration Musical Showcase featuring members of The Emerson String Quartet, which takes place from 4:00 pm to 5:20 pm at Staller Center Recital Hall on Wednesday, October 21.

The Inauguration Faculty Lecture Series kicks off October 21 at the Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2, with Ellen Pikitch, Director, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, at 5:30 pm. For a complete schedule of lectures visit

The first-ever “Communiversity” Day features a gridiron contest between the Seawolves and Coastal Carolina University at 3:30 pm on Saturday, October 24. The eighth annual Downey Heroes Classic, Parent/Family Day, and halftime show featuring kids’ events and honoring Dr. Stanley round out the day.

On Monday, October 26, the Inauguration Health Symposium will take place, featuring the Health Sciences Center Student Global Health Initiatives Poster Session at the HSC Galleria from 8:30 am to 9:30am. The panel discussion, “Global Health, America’s Health: Moral Imperative, Strategic Necessity,” at the HSC Lecture Hall 1 will follow, keynoted by Dr. Stanley. The symposium will focus on the role of universities, government agencies, and industry in raising public awareness and improve health worldwide.

A sampling of graduate student research highlights the Provost’s Graduate Student Mini-Symposium on Tuesday, October 27, at the Wang Center Theater from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

Dr. Stanley has a clear focus of what he hopes to achieve at Stony Brook—advance the Stony Brook mission of research, education, and discovery as it applies to all disciplines at the University. Within that objective, he plans to elevate Stony Brook’s reputation as a top research institution.

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