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SBU: History and Timeline

Information and Resources about the History of Stony Brook University.

Timeline: 1985-1989

The hospital suffers slight damage; however, the stucco covering of the HSC, under repair at the time, is seriously damaged, leaving the building vulnerable to the elements.
Independent Commission on the Future of SUNY finds SUNY to be most over-regulated university in the nation."
Faculty Student Association (FSA) strengthens by-laws.
First campus observance of Martin Luther King Day held.
Hospital ambulatory care space deemed inadequate.
Visitor parking spaces designated in Administration and ESS lots.
Denise Coleman becomes Assistant Vice President for Development.

New alcoholic beverage policy approved
Ceremony held to note fifth anniversary of opening of University Hospital
Plans developed to renovate Stony Brook Union Ballroom

SBF Dinner-Roland Schmitt and College of Engineering and Applied Sciences honored.
President takes first trip to Korea and Hong Kong; presents University Medal to Sir Bun Run Shaw for his support of USB
Campus identified as possible site for veterans home.
Campus to cooperate with UDC to build incubator.

Margaret Mitchell appointed Assistant Vice President for Human Resources.
Health Sciences Center parking problems increase; overflow lot to be available by late summer.

Center for Assessment of Health Services established.
USB and SCCC sign admissions agreement.
SUNY honors one-millionth graduate.
Student demonstration calls for divestiture of South African investments First Annual.
Student Faculty Staff Forum held.
Time capsule interred on Academic Mall in honor of USB's 25th graduating class.

Flexibility legislation approved; effective April 1, 1986 USB and NCCC sign admissions agreement.
Campus imposes freeze on overtime.
President Marburger makes official visit to Germany.

Plan for new telephone system approved..
Urban Development Corporation approves plan for campus incubator Employee Assistance Program established.
Athletic fields upgraded.
Campus Currents has a new format.
New parking facility for University Hospital approved.
New apartment-style residence hall set for West Campus.
SUNY Trustees vote not to invest in South African funds.
Gerrit Wolf named Dean of Harriman.
Don lhde appointed Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts.
Deane Peterson named Acting Dean for Physical Sciences and Mathematics.
Lester G. Paldy becomes Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education.
Egon Neuberger reappointed Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences.
George Hechtel to serve as Acting Dean of CED.
Hurricane Gloria hits Long Island.

Chancellor Wharton begins three-month leave.
Conference held to mark availability of Javits papers to scholars.
IFR accounts gain new flexibility.

SUNY begins plans for implementation of flexibility.
New fund-raising policies announced.
Statesman reduces publication schedule because of financial difficulties.
Ad hoc Committee on AIDS established.
SUNY graduate students begin talks on unionization.
Computer transition (Sperry to IBM) plans announced.
Provost Neal sponsors workshop on Teaching Large Classes.
SUNY Trustees call for annual report from each campus on personal safety Chancellor Wharton keynotes at Black Faculty Staff Association Conference.

Temporary parking lot created on East Campus.
David Glass resigns as Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies; J. R. Schubel assumes Acting position during search.
Minimum drinking age increased to 21.

Marburger teaches Physics 123 for the Spring semester
Ronald Douglas becomes Dean for Physical Sciences and Mathematics

USB chosen as site for veterans home.
Old Physics renamed Harriman Hall.
Proposal to have travel agency on campus endorsed.
Commissary restored after fire.
Plans under way to add a warehouse to the Service Complex.
SUNY Trustees Victor Marrero and Rosemary Salomone visit campus.

Sunwood, the University’s guest facility and faculty retreat, is destroyed by fire on March 1st (Newsday, 2 March 86).
Homer Neal resigns as Provost effective August 31.
Senator Javits dies.
Fire levels Sunwood mansion.
Francis Bonner resigns as Dean of International Programs.

Flexibility legislation takes effect.
USB acquires alma mater.
Jerry Schubel agrees to serve as Provost in September.
Ceil Cleveland appointed head of news and publications.
John Buckhoff joins President's staff on temporary assignment as Deputy.
Residence Halls begin transition to self-sufficiency.

University Hospital reaccredited.
Memorial ceremony for Senator Javits held on campus.
SBF hosts first Donor Recognition Dinner.
Curriculum revision completed; new program to begin in Fall.

Public Safety officers get new gray uniforms.

Frank Myers becomes Dean of International Programs.

Governor cites higher education as a priority.
Robert Lichter becomes Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.
Paul Edelson becomes Dean of Continuing Education.
Jurgen Krause named Assistant Vice President for Human Resources for one year.
Graham Spanier resigns as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies; Aldona Jonaitis named to acting position.
Andrew Ullmann chairs Stony Brook Council, succeeding R.C. Anderson.
New bicycle paths and walkways created during summer.
Stage XII cafeteria opens as food mall.
International College established in Keller.
Plans for Conference Center begin.
Fire in Javits Center.
Plans for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) program unveiled.

SUNY begins planning for Graduate and Research Initiative Coopers & Lybrand assist with support services study.
Campus has Affirmative Action Town Hall Meetings.
Stony Brook Council holds open meeting on student issues.

Chancellor Wharton resigns effective February 1, 1987.
Reorganization of Computing and Communications; Robert Schneider is Acting Vice Provost.
Dedication of Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Task Force on Planning, Budgeting and Management issues recommendations.
New policy for space allocation issued and space advisory committee appointed.
Surgeons perform more than 100 open-heart surgeries.
A birthing room is opened and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is expanded.
453 beds are open; 2,096 babies are born.

Health Sciences Center refacing project begins.
President's Awards for Excellence in Affirmative Action set up.
Contract awarded for construction of Service Building.
Campus seek more flexibility for University Hospital.

Paul Chase becomes Acting Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

Chancellor denies tenure for Ernest Dube.
Plans under way for 30th anniversary of USB.
John Reeves appointed Director of Physical Education Pilot project to collect recyclable paper initiated.
Committee to Celebrate Diversity appointed.
Sculpture hung in Administration Building second floor lobby.

Graduate Student Organization announces work stoppage.
Stage XII becomes Eleanor Roosevelt Quad.
Aldona Jonaitis appointed Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.
Graduate students set up Tent City on campus.

Stony Brook Foundation acquires Pollock-Krasner house.
AAUP to look into Dube tenure case.
Construction of third tier of University Hospital garage to begin.

Javits Lecture Center to remain closed for the summer.
Tent City II emerges.
USB announces Honors College.
Residence Hall management consolidated under Student Affairs.

Marvin Kuschner resigns as Dean of the School of Medicine; awarded University Medal for his service to Stony Brook.
Tent City II dismantled.

USB's policy manual to be revised.
Provost Schubel plans University Convocation tenet.
Vice President Fred Preston to spend fall semester on special SUNY project.
Cruise on Marine Sciences Research Center's research vessel ONRUST includes Long Island legislators.

Faculty advising pilot program begins.
Jerry Schubel agrees to remain as Provost until July 1989.
Most of Javits Center reopened.
Carnegie Foundation classifies USB as Research Institution Presidential Task Force on Housing created.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Building named for Ward Melville.
E. Ann Kaplan becomes first Director of Humanities Institute.
First University Convocation held.

SUNY authorizes capital facilities master plan.
Stan Altman appointed first Presidential Fellow (Housing).
Robert Francis resigns as Vice President for Campus Operations Carl Hares oversees area.
Advisory committee to review human resources appointed.
Advisory committee on administrative reorganization appointed.
Provost Schubel to appoint administrative planning and budgeting committee.
Undergraduate Admissions unveils fuel video of campus.

Veterans’ home ground breaking held.
Professional Staff reclassification completed.
Student Health Services task Force submits report.
School of Social Welfare relocates within Health Sciences Center.
Construction contract for Field house awarded.
Edward Beltrami named Presidential Fellow for Master Planning.
Ceil Cleveland announces resignation as Assistant Vice President for University Affairs.
Priorities Committee holds first meeting.
Omega Travel opens campus agency.
Theresa LaRocca-Meyer appointed first Dean of Enrollment Planning.

Preliminary report on efforts to address shortage of affordable housing submitted.
Humanities Institute holds formal opening ceremony.
University honors its first 30-year employees.
Women's Soccer team named State Champions.
Continued expansion includes the opening of the Hand Surgery Center, Allergy Disease Center, two Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Shock-trauma Unit, Lyme Disease Center and designation as a regional Cancer Center, AIDS treatment center (one of only two in the state at the time). In addition expanded services include Gynecologic Oncology, Metabolic Diseases, and Child Psychiatry.
Urology staff performs its first lithotripsy, a non-invasive treatment for kidney stones through the application of high intensity sound waves.
480 beds are open; 2,477 babies are born.


The Burn Center opens the only living skin bank on Long Island.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services and a second Cardiac Catheterization Lab opened.
The medical staff grows to more than 500 physicians.
[HSC]: Dr. Marvin Kuschner, dean of school of medicine, announces his retirement effective the end of the academic year.
2,606 babies are born.

Entire Javits Center reopened.
School of Social Welfare moves to South Campus.
Name of Center for Continuing Education changed to School of Continuing Education.
President proposes guidelines that limit smoking on campus.
Administrative reorganization committee submits report.
Ethics and Government Act takes effect.
Faculty committee on athletics recommends NCAA Division I status for Women's Soccer and Men's Lacrosse.

Stan Altman appointed Deputy to the President.
University Club opens.

Renovation of Chapin to begin.
D. Bruce Johnstone appointed SUNY Chancellor President announces administrative reorganization.
Carl Hanes named Deputy to the President for Special Projects.
Dick Brown named Acting Vice President for Finance and Management.
Employee Relations programming enhanced.
Campus Clean-up Day launched as annual event.

Campus celebrates 30th anniversary.
President Marburger elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Universities Research Association.

SBF opens Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs, NY.

Louis Rose named Director of Human Resources for West Campus.
Perkins & W' II named Master Plan architects.
Peter Kahn named Presidential Fellow for Energy Conservation.
[HSC]: Dr. Jordan Cohen, from University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine, is named Dean of medical school.

SUNY receives S9 million mid-year budget cut.

September 19: Senior searches in progress (Provost. Vice President for Campus Services Vice President for Finance and Management and Vice Provost for Computing and Communications)

Andrew Policano named Dean of Social & Behavioral Sciences.
Dan Forbush named Associate Vice President for Public Relations.
Eugene Katz serves as Acting Dean for Biological Sciences.
" USB 101," an orientation course for freshmen, offered for first time.
Howard Hughes Laboratory in Neuroscience officially opens.
John Fleagle receives MacArthur Award.
Field House Cornerstone ceremony held.
Three-year plan for development of physical education and athletics announced.
PETA complains about 1984 research experiment.
Three Fitness Centers open in residence halls.

The Fine Arts Center is renamed “Staller Center for the Arts” in honor of the late real estate mogul Max Staller, who gave the University its largest private donation to date (Statesman 24 Oct 1988).
Chancellor Johnstone visits campus.
Fine Arts Center renamed for Staller family.
Office of Research Administration and Grants Management merged to form Office of Research Services.
Roger Pijacki named Acting Vice Provost for Computing and Communications.
Samuel Taube resigns to become Vice President for Student Affairs at Farmingdale.
Center for Regional Policy Studies opens.
Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education opens.
President Marburger named President of ACUSNY.
James McKenna to bead steering committee for 5-year accreditation review.
Students hold voter registration rally.

Ad hoc committee on safety recommends tighter controls.
Grumman donates Mobile Intensive Care Unit to University Hospital.

President Marburger makes development trip to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Robert Lichter resigns as Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.
Ruth Brandwine becomes County Commissioner of Social Services; Frances Brisbane to be Dean of Social Welfare.
Celebration of Melville Library's 25th anniversary as Government Federal Depository.

Alex King becomes Acting Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Tilden Edelstein appointed Provost effective July 1.
Glenn Watts appointed Vice President for Finance and Management.
Andrew Collver becomes Presidential Fellow for Parking.
Intercollegiate Athletics Board formed to provide oversight for athletics programs.
First annual freshman supper held at Shorewood.
USB honors Senator Ken LaValle on his 10th anniversary as Chair of Senate Higher Education Committee.
First SUNY Day held in State Legislature.

Harry Snoreck appointed Vice President for Campus Services effective June 1.
First Annual Faculty-Staff Photography Exhibition held.
Citizens Advisory Council on Master Planning created by Stony Brook Council.
Paul Chase appointed Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

Campus Ombudsman office proposed.
Grand Opening of the New York State Small Business Development Center held on campus.
Campus holds first Open House.
SBF hosts first annual Golf Outing.
USB holds Open Forum on Campus Safety.
SUNY Trustee Chair Donald Blinken visits campus.
First Faculty and Staff Spring Dance held in Union Ballroom.

Staller Center for the Arts dedicated.
Jerry Schubel receives University Medal for his service as Provost.

Dr. Myung Oh appointed Stony Brook Professor.
Construction to begin on new graduate residence hall.
Aldona Jonaitis resigns as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies; Egon Neuberger appointed to fill vacancy for one year.
Richard Brown resigns as Assistant Vice President for Finance and Management.
All-funds budgeting initiative announced.

Marion Metivier resigns; Monica Roth becomes Acting Affirmative Action Officer.
Roger Pijacki becomes first Vice Provost for Computing and Communications.
Kelly Quad flooded during torrential rains.
Human Resources moves from Campus Services to Finance and Management.
Search for Ombudsman begins.
Honors College enrolls its first students.
Faculty Instruction Support Office begins operation.

Andrew Ullmann resigns as Chair of Stony Brook Council.
Fire in basement of Melville Library.
Denise Coleman resigns as Associate Vice President for Development.
Staller Center for the Arts marks 10th anniversary.
Chancellor Johnstone gives keynote address at 8th Annual Student Affairs Convocation.

First Trading Places Day held.
Aaron Donner appointed Chair of Stony Brook Council.
Patricia Teed announces resignation as Vice President for University Affairs effective December 31.
Incubator corporation formed.
Regional Development Task Force appointed.
Department of Parking and Transportation set up.

University honors SUNY Trustees Donald Blinken and Judith Moyers.

Hospital Review:
The first Suffolk County Police Helicopter touches down on the hospital's helipad, a result of an agreement between the hospital and the police to provide helicopter transport of the critically ill or injured to Stony Brook University Hospital from throughout Suffolk County.
Diabetes Unit opens in the hospital with 14 beds.
Hospital outpatient offices expand to Technology Park in East Setauket, one mile east of the hospital.
2,626 babies are born. 
By end of decade: Research funding tops $35m.; 2,300 people employed; operating budget is over $200m.
480 of 504 beds are open and occupied at the hospital.