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Stronger Together Update (Nov. 12, 2021)

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Stronger togetherIn this Stronger Together Update, you’ll find:

  • Face Coverings Still Required Indoors
  • Testing Updates and Reminders Including Holiday Schedule
  • COVID and Flu Clinic Webinar Next Tuesday, November 16 
  • 2021 HRS Holiday Season Info
  • Zuccaire Gallery and Staller Center Happenings
  • Picture-Perfect Night for Monday’s Light the Brook Celebrations
  • Donating Blood How, Why and Where

Continue to Mask-Up Indoors

With colder weather right around the corner and more events, from basketball to Winter commencement taking place indoors, please remember our indoor mask mandate. 

Specifically …

All faculty, staff, students and visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear face coverings while inside University and Hospital buildings. This includes classrooms, hallways, libraries and other common spaces, as well as SBU buses and shuttles. It also includes the Health Sciences and Basic Sciences Towers, offices in Flowerfield, Tech Park, Ronkonkoma and Commack, and administrative areas within outpatient facilities and physician practices. Find more on mask mandates here.

Volunteer face mask champions continue to help us keep our environment safe by providing mask-wearing information, guidance and reminders. And individuals who’ve forgotten their masks can get one from the library, as well as information desks in Student Life central spaces at the SAC and Student Union. You can help by making sure you mask-up and if you see something (like someone not properly masked indoors), say something.

Masking Up at Winter Commencement …

We look forward to celebrating commencement with you in person on Friday, December 17. To ensure your health and safety, Stony Brook University is requiring that all candidates and their guests wear a mask at all times when inside the IFCU Arena. The University continues to closely monitor the guidance provided by the CDC and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for large event gatherings. Please visit our Commencement website for the latest ceremony details, COVID entry requirements and guest ticket information as they are subject to change.

… and to Cheer on our Seawolves Basketball Teams 

Come help cheer on our Seawolves to victory this basketball season. And when you do, please make sure you’re fully masked when you enter the Arena. Consistent with the University guidelines for the fall semester, masks are required indoors except when eating or drinking. See more on the exciting start to the season, and how to get tickets, here. Basketball is back … Go Seawolves!

Testing Updates/Reminders

This week, fully vaccinated West Campus employees with last names F-L test. If you haven’t tested this week yet, there’s still time today at the SAC (HSC is closed). Next week (week of November 15) it’s employees with last names M-R. See the full testing schedule here, including adjusted hours for the holidays.

Employees who are not vaccinated, or haven’t shared their vaccination status, must continue testing weekly.

The Flu and COVID: A Conversation with Your County Health Commissioner

Ask questions and get important updates on both the COVID and flu vaccines at a free Zoom webinar Tuesday, November 16, at 7 pm featuring Nassau and Suffolk County Health Commissioners. Click on the link to find out more and register. And speaking of flu shots, there are still opportunities to schedule your appointment for a flu vaccine this season here.

In Case You Missed It …

Find information on this year’s holiday season schedule from a recent notice from HRS: 2021 Holiday Season.

The Arts Are Alive and Well at Zuccaire and Staller

Visit this site to view the lineup of exciting new exhibits, shows and more! 

Light the Brook Ceremony Celebrates Campus Diversity

As a crescent moon rose above the campus on November 8, Stony Brook’s Undergraduate Student Government hosted its fourth annual Light the Brook event, continuing a tradition of lighting the Academic Mall as the fall semester winds down. Read more about this year’s Light the Brook gathering here.

Your SBUH Blood Donation Helps Save Lives in Our Neighborhoods

Demand for blood is great, but supply is not. You can help our neighbors in need by donating blood with the Stony Brook University Hospital Blood Bank. Your donations help local individuals and, while supplies last, we’ll provide donors with an ‘I’m Keepin’ It Local’ long-sleeve T-shirt. 

For appointments to make your blood donation to help save lives this holiday season, please call (631) 444-DONATE (3662) or go to 

Visit our new Stronger Together website for the latest updates and information.

Contact us at with any questions/comments/ideas.

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