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Stronger Together Event Has Minimum Risk, But Maximum Fun

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Checking out the fire marshal's tableHundreds of faculty, students and staff members got to find out more about critical university services at August 12’s Stronger Together event.

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) — which encompasses the areas of emergency management and business continuity, environmental health and safety, risk management, and public safety — sponsored the event, which featured fire marshals, Environmental Health and Safety representatives, and University Police.

Community members also got the opportunity to tour the Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center and athletic facilities; learn more about Healthier U, Stony Brook Medicine Community Medical Group, and the Faculty Student Association (FSA); and enjoy each other’s company over healthy snacks and, of course, ice cream.

Giveaways ran the gamut from shirts, cups, pens, notebooks, small footballs and frisbees, to the popular fire extinguisher-shaped stress relievers.

“The Division of Enterprise Risk Management was proud to sponsor and partner with Marketing and Communication, Athletics, Student Affairs, FSA, Healthier U and Stony Brook Medicine to host the most recent Stronger Together event,” said ERM Vice President and Chief Security Officer Larry Zacarese. “It was well attended and a fantastic opportunity for returning students, faculty and staff to interact, share some snacks and, most importantly, a few laughs and smiles.”

Information and demonstrations included fire and overall safety guides, a CPR practice mannequin and an AED unit. There was a fire truck to explore and the all-student Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corp (SBVAC) vehicle, with two students available to describe their services.

Student Affairs ran nearly a dozen tours of the Rec Center, with about 70 people coming through the doors. Director of Recreation and Wellness Marie Turchiano called it a great way to welcome faculty and staff back to campus, and kick off the upcoming fall semester for those who have been here all along.

“The overall impression we got from the tour participants was how nice the Rec Center was and that it was their first time inside,” said Turchiano. “Others had no idea it existed, so it was a great opportunity to show them all we have to offer.” Tour participants also received a free seven-visit pass to the Rec Center that’s good for all of fall semester.

Event participants also got to tour Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium (home of Stony Brook Seawolves football, and the men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams), and other athletic facilities. Along the way, they got to hear about sports history, triumphs and expansion at SBU from Adam McLeod, associate athletic director for Facilities, Operations, and Capital Planning.

Said McLeod, “It was an amazing experience being part of the Stronger Together event and being able to showcase our facilities to the campus community, including our brand new Indoor Training Center. Seeing their reaction to our venues gave me a great sense of pride and momentum as we welcome back students, community and fans for the fall semester.”

Jessica Nelson, marketing assistant for the Stony Brook Medicine Community Medical Group, was also happy to “spread awareness of the local practices and physicians with specialities that may be beneficial for students and others to know.”

All in all, another highly successful Stronger Together event! Please watch for more on our continuously updated calendar of events on the Stronger Together website.

— Ellen Cooke

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