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Stony Brook University Creates Campus Feel Virtually Through Strategic Fall Events

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STONY BROOK, NY, AUGUST 5, 2020— While college students prepare to return to campus life that looks a bit different this year, Stony Brook University is setting out to make sure that campus life isn’t lost in the shuffle. The University is putting together an array of virtual events to help new and returning students feel the embrace of the campus community amidst the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re planning lots of large virtual and small in-person events to keep our campus community connected and engaged,” said Rick Gatteau, Vice President of Student Affairs, Stony Brook University.

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The annual involvement fair (shown here in 2019) will be held virtually this year. 

One of the most important events that is designed to wrap students in Stony Brook pride — even from afar — is the Virtual Involvement Fair. The Virtual Involvement Fair will help students both on and off campus to partake in club activities and meet other students, even if not in-person. The clubs and organizations are given video time to pitch their case and create meetings and events, while students can browse the profiles of each. And, if students aren’t sure what club to join, the University posted a quiz on BuzzFeed to help give the undecided crowd a bit of a nudge.

Stony Brook University will also be hosting a virtual job and internship fair as well, to prepare University students at all levels for their next step in life.

In-person events are planning to be held throughout the semester, however, the University will take all measures for health and safety into account when planning and executing these events.

About Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, over 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@stonybrooku).

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