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Stony Brook Creates ‘Spring Brook Staycation’


Thanks to the efforts of the campus community, Stony Brook has once again managed a successful beginning of the semester, with low infection rates and increased testing. However, one must recognize that the stresses and ongoing challenges remain constant, so as the midpoint of the semester approaches, the campus community is invited to consider taking a bit of a break the week of March 29 to April 2. 

Spring staycationFor faculty and staff, it could mean fewer meetings, or taking some extra time to go for a walk or enjoy a hobby. This is also a good time to check in with colleagues and students. Many are in challenging circumstances during the pandemic and just need to know that someone cares about their well-being. 

To help students unwind and relax safely during this time, Student Affairs has planned Spring Brook Staycation from March 29 to April 2, a week of fun activities and events sponsored by several campus departments to help students destress, recharge and connect with others. Students can choose from many in-person, virtual and hybrid activities, such as a hike at Cedar Beach or horseback riding at Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Students can also engage in Foodie Fun featuring “Sweet Treats with Sam,” the Center for Prevention and Outreach’s “baker-in-residence,” and the Teaching Kitchen, a comfort food makeover in collaboration with the Faculty Student Association and Campus Dining. Games include bowling at the Walter J. Hawrys Recreation Center and a campus-wide scavenger hunt, among many others.   

“Instead of leaving campus or your home for spring break, this year we’re bringing spring break to you,” said Rick Gatteau, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “My thanks to the many Student Affairs colleagues who have worked hard to put together a spectacular line-up of creative and fun activities.”

Also, to make Spring Brook Staycation a campuswide event, faculty and staff shared their hidden, or not so hidden, talents in the Faculty/Staff Spotlight. In addition, faculty and staff can choose to use the Spring Brook Staycation Zoom backgrounds to further promote this initiative.

Students can plan their “staycation” and explore the full list of events at

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