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Stronger Together Update (Oct. 7, 2021)

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In this Stronger Together Update, you’ll find:

  • Staller Center Discounts and Upcoming Stronger Together Event

  • Culture and Food

  • Return of Face Mask Champions

  • Vaccines, Flu Shots and Testing

We’re Stronger Together with the Arts

Stronger togetherThe Staller Center is thrilled to be back and offering LIVE performances. As part of the Stronger Together initiative, the Center is also proud to offer Stony Brook University faculty and staff discounted tickets for upcoming performances this fall. Visit to see the full fall schedule, and to redeem your $10 discounted ticket using the code STRONGER at checkout.* Look forward to seeing you at Staller!

*PLEASE NOTE: This offer is only valid on adult tickets and cannot be used on previous purchases or combined with other discounts.

Please also SAVE THE DATE – Wednesday, October 27 – for a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at Staller, backstage, along with tours of the Zuccaire Gallery and Wang Center, all followed by a meet-and-greet gathering with friends and refreshments. Details to come in the next Stronger Together Update.

A Taste of Culture this Hispanic Heritage Month

Check out these cultural happenings, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (see the full calendar of HHM events here), all providing more great (and tasty!) reasons to be on campus this fall, courtesy of the Faculty Student Association (FSA):

Tuesday, October 12, East Side Dine-In (4 to 7 pm)
Dominican and Puerto Rican cuisine from Culinart Chef Evelyn Reyes

Chef Reyes’ menu includes pollo horneado, garbanzo guisadas, arroz amarillo, plantanos fritos and ensalada de aguacate y tomate.

Wednesday, October 13, East and West Side Dine-In (4 to 7 pm for East and 5 to 8 pm for West)
Partake in an Authentic Peruvian Dinner

Enjoy delicious cuisine including Peruvian Roasted Chicken with fresh lime, Latin spices and spicy green herb sauce, Vegetable Paella with short grain saffron rice, cremini mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and mixed peppers, Papa a la Huancaina layered with cotija cheese, cream and fresh cilantro.

Return of the Champions

The Face Mask Champion Program continues to help us ensure we keep our campus community safe by complying with critical mask-wearing protocols. Stony Brook Medicine champions are reminding employees to wear their masks over their noses (not just covering their mouths), and to continue to socially distance while in public spaces such as the cafeteria, Hospital Starbucks and in break rooms.

West Campus face mask champions are trained volunteers who receive special masks and cards to gently remind campus community members of mask-wearing guidance. Director of Healthier U Cathrine Duffy – – will provide an optional Zoom call for champions with post-training questions, and continues to welcome more volunteers to ‘champion’ the cause on West Campus.

Where to Get Those First (and Second) Shots in the Arm

We’re continuing to make vaccine PODs available across campus. That includes first and second vaccines, as well as boosters for eligible employees. We sent a Coronavirus Update out on Tuesday, October 5, explaining second shot requirements/deadlines for employees covered by the New York State Department of Health vaccine mandate. If you have any questions about the mandate, please contact Human Resources at 631-444-4770 or send an email to Thanks to all who are helping keep our campus safe and open for in-person learning by following these and other SBU protocols, such as testing and mask wearing.

Vaccine PODs

Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 8 am to noon

R&D Park, 1500 Stony Brook Road

Walk-ins welcome. To make an appointment:

Hospital PODs

NOTE: The following information applies to both dates:

Pfizer second doses and boosters
2nd doses:  Must be at least 21 days from 1st dose

Boosters:  Must be at least 6 months from 2nd dose and primary vaccine series of Pfizer
Staff only. Must bring your ID Badge and vaccination card.  No appointment necessary.

Thursday, October 14
12 noon to 4 pm
Level 4 of the Hospital, Room 4-654C (near the main elevators and just before making the turn to enter into the main Radiology area and the Hospital Pavilion)

Those who received their first dose on 9/22 and 9/23 are eligible for this POD.

Tuesday, October 19
9 am to 2 pm
Level 4 of the hospital, Room 4-654C (near the main elevators and just before making the turn to enter into the main Radiology area and the Hospital Pavilion)

Those who received their first dose on 9/27 are eligible for this POD.

How to Protect Yourself Against the Flu this Fall

Find the full fall flu shot schedule here,

Who Tests This Week and Next?

West Campus Employees: Please remember to test for COVID-19 weekly if you haven’t been vaccinated (or haven’t shared your vaccination status) and monthly if you have.

NEXT WEEK (week of October 11) EMPLOYEES WITH LAST NAMES F-L but please note the SAC testing center will be closed Monday and Tuesday, October 11 and 12, for fall break. See the full testing schedule here.


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

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