A newsletter by Student Orientation and Family Programs         Volume 2, Issue 2
Family Connection, Volume 2 Launch

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Immigration Policy Under the New Administration
For international students, faculty, staff, and scholars seeking assistance or guidance regarding his or her immigration status, Visa and Immigration Services (VIS) is ready and willing to assist in every way possible. Read more here

Seawolves Name Janelle Atkinson as Head Women's Swimming & Diving Coach
On Monday, February 20th, Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron has named two-time Olympian Janelle Atkinson as the head women's swimming and diving coach.   Learn more here.  
*This excerpt originated from the Stony Brook University Athletics website .* 

Student Health Services Expands to New Location on Campus
Student Health Services and Campus Recreation have partnered to provide students with easier access to health services at a convenient new location. The Student Health Walk-In Clinic opened its doors on the second floor of the Walter J. Hawrys Recreation Center on Tuesday, February 21. Learn more here.  
*This excerpt originated from Stony Brook University's SBU Happenings newsletter.* 

The Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO)

The Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) provides resources and education about alcohol and other drugs, sexual and relationship violence. Through peer education, programming, events and presentations we seek to provide students information and tools they need to make healthy choices and to provide a network of care for those in need of support. CPO provides two comprehensive bystander intervention trainings to ensure Seawolves are ready to step in and help a peer in need. 

Red Watch Band bystander intervention program provide students with knowledge, awareness, and skills to prevent toxic drinking deaths and to promote a student culture of kindness, responsibility, compassion and respect. Green Dot bystander intervention training targets preventing forms of power-based personal violence by teaching bystanders to recognize risky or potentially violent situations, and practice skills and strategies for intervening to prevent or address what's happening.

Encourage your students to get involved and to take advantage of the wide range of services available through CPO!

Contact Information:

Student Activities Center- Suite 310
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4433 
Phone: (631) 632-2748


Navigating Your Student's Spring Recess Plans

Spring recess at Stony Brook University is from Monday, March 13th to Sunday, March 19th.  Similar to winter recess, your student may be utilizing this time to catch up on hobbies, apply for jobs/internships, reconnect with friends from home, sleep, or may even have plans to travel that do not include a visit back home! It is important to remember that this time is a vacation for your student from a semester filled with balancing curricular and co-curricular responsibilities and, regardless of their plans, expectations and open communication is highly encouraged to ensure a less difficult moment of “letting go” for you and a more stress-free break for your student!

Often times, a stigma is attached to the term “college spring break” and the idea of your student traveling may make you uncomfortable and concerned for your student’s safety. With this in mind, the following are helpful tips that could help initiate a proactive and productive conversation with your student:

  1. Be transparent. Talk to your student about your concerns, agree on expectations, and make suggestions for a safe traveling experience (going with friends they trust and being aware of their surroundings).

  2. Be realistic and direct about cost. Discuss with your student if they are able to afford the trip without compromising other pre-existing financial commitments.

  3. State the facts. While the concern may not be a matter of trusting your student while away, express the potential danger they may face and create a communication plan with your student prior to their trip.

  4. Be positive and trust your student! Due to the wealth of opportunities available at SBU, many students discover alternative and productive ways to use their time that are just as fun.

    A prime example of these efforts is Stony Brook University’s Alternative Spring Break Outreach (ASBO) organization. ASBO is a student-run community service organization that trains and immerses students in a purposeful service experience designed to connect students and community members while enhancing growth mutual awareness and life-long learning.

    Encourage your student to learn more and get involved by visiting their website


Important Dates

Wednesday, March 1
Monday, March 6
Thursday, March 9
Saturday, March 11
Monday, March 13 to Sunday, March 19
Spring Recess: No classes in session. Classes will resume, Monday, March 20th.
Tuesday, March 14
Friday, March 24
Last day students can select Grade/Pass/No Credit (GPNC) and/or process a withdrawal from individual courses.
Monday, March 27
Major/Minor changes begin. Students can begin to submit major/minor changes effective Summer/Fall 2017 semester.
Thursday, March 30

Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs
W-3519 Melvillle Library
Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 632-6710