New Film: “Stony Brook’s First Alumni: Reunion and Reflections”

A reunion weekend was held at Stony Brook University and at Planting Fields at Oyster Bay (first campus), in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Classes of 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964, and reuniting the Founders Group, classes of 1961-1966, from June 6 to June 8, 2014. At Planting Fields, alumni were interviewed about their experiences and reflections of their time at the Oyster Bay campus and transitioning to the new campus in Stony Brook. Photographs from the archives are featured in the 16 minute film, a joint effort of the Alumni Association and Special Collections and University Archives.

A full weekend of activities was planned and included: viewing an exhibition of archival materials in Special Collections and University Archives; campus tours; visiting Planting Fields at Oyster Bay; and inductions into the newly-established Brook Heritage Society, for alumni who had celebrated their classes’ 50th anniversary year.

Watch here the film “Stony Brook’s First Alumni: Reunion and Reflections.”

The State University College on Long Island held its first classes on September 17, 1957, on the grounds of Planting Fields, the majestic 350-acre former estate of benefactor William Robertson Coe. Classes were held in Oyster Bay while a new campus was prepared in the quaint community of Stony Brook, on acres of woodlands donated by philanthropist Ward Melville. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on April 8, 1960. The fall of 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of Stony Brook University. Read more…

Kristen Nyitray

Kristen Nyitray

Associate Librarian; Director, Special Collections and University Archives; and University Archivist at Stony Brook University Libraries
Contact her for research assistance with rare books, manuscript collections, historical maps, and SBU history. E-mail:
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