On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Stony Brook University celebrated its first CommUniversity Day. It was a day to share some of the exciting and innovative offerings available on campus. Members of the University Libraries volunteered their time for the event, highlighting some of the ways the University Libraries supports academics and research.
Kristen Nyitray, Director of Special Collections and University Archives, curated an exhibit that included posters from concerts held on campus and photos showing the transformation of the Stony Brook University campus over the years. Kristen also presented about the Culper Spy letters in Find out in 15, a series of 15 minute presentations given by various members of the Stony Brook University community about activities taking place on campus.
Claudia McGivney, Head of Academic Engagement, and Jennifer DeVito, Director of Access & User Services, held another Find out in 15 session. They talked about the services available at the University Library and then surprised attendees with a pop quiz about what they had learned. Those who answered correctly received a bag of University Libraries swag. The Head of the Music Library, Gisele Schierhorst, spoke about the history of the Suffolk Symphonic Orchestra and Society and its relationship with Stony Brook University.
Tours of the renovated reading rooms were provided by Laura Costello, Head of Research & Emerging Technologies, and Lisa Miller, Senior Assistant Head of Public Services. Library clerk Jay Levenson had a display of Native American artifacts as part of his work with the Native American Student Organization.
It was a fun-filled day, packed with activities, demonstrations, and food. The University Libraries was proud to be a part of the occasion.
Thanks to Edward Wang, Library IT student employee, who volunteered his time that day as photographer for the University Libraries.