Traditions of Celebration

(click on the plus sign (+) to see a description and contact information if provided)

+Academic Convocation

Campus: The College at Brockport,  State University of New York
Contact Information: Dr. Kathryn F. Wilson, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Phone number: 585-395-2137                                    Email Address: kwilson@brockport.edu
Description:  The fall Academic Convocation welcomes new students to the Brockport community in a way that only we can.  Each year, Sankofa and Akoma Ntoaso begin the program by leading faculty and staff in an impressive procession.  The program highlights the journey and successes of two current students and a notable alumnus.  Through a memorable candle lighting ceremony, the entire community shares a common flame of knowledge and exploration with its new members.  The program culminates with faculty and staff literally and figuratively surrounding our new students with congratulatory support and welcoming.  Members of the college community share in music and celebration by lining the long walk over the bridge between Tuttle and the residential side of campus, eagerly sending students on their way as they recess.

+Annual Festival of Lights Program

Campus: Stony Brook University
Contact Information: Cheryl Chambers
Phone number: (631) 632-9968                                  Email Address: Cheryl.Chambers@stonybrook.edu
Description:  In December, members of our community come together to participate in the Annual Festival of Lights Program which is a rich Stony Brook University tradition that celebrates the diversity of religions.  Now in its ninth year, the Festival of Lights is an intercultural program that celebrates the diversity of religions during the holiday season.  The program highlights various faiths including Christmas/Advent/Three Kings Day (Christian), Hanukah (Jewish), Ramadan/Eid-ul and Fitr/Eid-Adha (Muslim), Diwali (Hindu), Kwanzaa (African American), and Rohatsu/Day of Enlightenment (Buddhist).  The Festival begins with a pre-event reception with holiday displays and foods, during which participants also can make a variety of holiday crafts as part of the Festival’s "Make It, Take It" activity.  This is followed by the main part of the Festival program which consists of presentations and cultural performances in song, dance, music, and poetry.  The event ends with a reception where participants can interact and relax.  Over the years hundreds have attended this annual Stony Brook program. It is coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Interfaith Center in conjunction with eight student organizations and several campus department.   Admission is free and open to the University community and invited guests. After the Festival, the Holidays display are relocated to our Student Activities Center lobby where they can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season.  When they are lit at night, it makes for a beautiful setting.

+Bingo for Books

Campus: Stony Brook University
Contact Information: Sarah Young
Phone number: 631-632-7320                                    Email Address: sarah.young@stonybrook.edu
Description:  Bingo for Books happens each semester in the evening on the first day of classes. The students play Bingo and have the opportunity to win gifts donated from various departments on campus. Gifts range from academic supply baskets to gift cards for the book store in amounts from 25 to 250 dollars. Two hundred and fifty dollars is the grand prize which is given at the last game of the evening. The event occurs for about three hours.

+Black History Month

Campus: Stony Brook University                                      
Contact Information: Cheryl Chambers
Phone number: (631) 632-9968                                  Email Address: Cheryl.Chambers@stonybrook.edu
Description:  Black History Month is celebrated throughout the United States in the month of February.  Stony Brook University's annual observance of Black History Month, coordinated by the Black History Month Planning Committee, includes panels, symposia, and lectures, as well as cultural and social events.   Each year, Black History Month at Stony Brook consists of an average of 40 campus programs.  Hallmark events include the following activities:  - Black History Month Opening Ceremony, which features a guest speaker and cultural performances by student organizations, table displays student groups, and a reception.  Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department of Africana Studies, Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, and several cultural student groups. Attendance: 300.  - Annual Black History Month Essay and Speech Contest, which reflects the Black History Month theme and concept of "Sankofa!,"  and is based upon the West African belief that African people must go back to their roots in order to move forward. Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department of English, Department of Africana Studies, Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, and the EOP/AIM Program.  Participation: 6-8 contest finalists.  - Black History Month Closing Program, which is the culminating program that consists of an evening of program highlights, cultural performances, and ethnic dining.  Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and several cultural student organizations.  Attendance: 250-275.  The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of African Studies provide leadership in program development for Black History Month.  Stony Brook's Black History Month website includes  a calendar lsiting and related information:  http://ws.cc.stonybrook.edu/sb/bhm/

+Brookfest

Campus: Stony Brook University
Contact Information: Sarah Young
Phone number: 631-632-7320                                    Email Address: sarah.young@stonybrook.edu
Description:  Brookfest is a celebration of the end of the academic year. Student Activities collaborates with the Undergraduate Student Government and several clubs and organizations on campus to supply a large scale carnival, bbq, and music fest open to all students.

+Commuter Student Association (CSA)/Commuter Student Services (CSS) Drive In Movie

Campus: Stony Brook University
Contact Information: Emily Resnick, Senior Advisor, Commuter Student Services (CSS)
Phone number: 631.632.4345                                     Email Address: emily.resnick@stonybrook.edu
Description:  Each semester since spring 2008, CSA and CSS have collaborated on this popular movie viewing event in the South Parking Lot. Students, staff, and their families attend this event. This program encourages student involvement, evening programming for commuters, and an overall sense of community.

+Convocation

Campus: SUNY Delhi
Contact Information: Marty Greenfield, Director of Student Activities
Phone number: (607) 746-4568                                  Email Address: greenfmh@delhi.edu
Description:  Each year, fall convocation marks the official start of the academic year. It is held each year on move-in day in August, and is well attended by incoming students and their parents. Faculty and staff members wear their academic regalia, there is formal music, as well as a processional and recessional. Students are welcomed by the President and are officially inducted into the College by the Provost. Each year the faculty member who most recently received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is the featured speaker.

+Culture Shock

Campus: SUNY Purchase
Contact Information: Rebecca Roberts
Phone number: 914-251-6020                                    Email Address: rebecca.roberts@purchase.edu
Description:  Sponsored by the Purchase Student Government Association, Culture Shock is a two-day festival in mid-April where the campus is transformed into a carnival atmosphere.  Bands play throughout the event at an outdoor stage, students ride fair attractions, and vendors are on hand selling delicious treats.  Weather-permitting, all events take place outdoors and the concerts are free to students. Culture Shock is an opportunity for students to relax, enjoy spring weather, and celebrate the end of the semester.

+Diversity Day

Campus: Stony Brook University
Contact Information: Cheryl Chambers
Phone number: (631) 632-9968                                  Email Address: Cheryl.Chambers@stonybrook.edu
Description:  Diversity Day brings individuals of different backgrounds together for an annual day of celebration and togetherness.  Every Spring semester during Stony Brook Universtiy's Strawberry Festival*, members of the campus community share the many dimensions of our different heritages and lifestyles through music and dance performances, creative arts, lectures, and cultural offerings. The event is planned and organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in conjunction with 12-15 student representatives from campus clubs and organizations.   * Strawberry Festival Long Island is renowned for its succulent strawberries, so it's only appropriate that members of the Stony Brook community gather on the campus' Academic Mall every Spring to enjoy a mouthwatering menu of strawberry treats -- not to mention a fun-filled day of live music, dancing, and student cultural performances.  This event is traditionally held on the last Wednesday in April during Campus Life Time in conjunction with Diversity Day. Attendance: 4,000+

+Earth Day

Campus: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Description:  The entire campus comes together for information about how we all can live a 'greener' life and treat our earth better.  There are water bottle giveaways, apples and a bike raffle.  Representatives from various organizations set up information tables (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Metro Transit Authority, Department of Sanitation, etc.)

+Faculty and Staff Research and Creativity Fall Forum

Campus: Buffalo State College
Contact Information: Carolyn Martino, Assistant to the Provost
Phone number: 716-878-5903                                    Email Address: martinc@buffalostate.edu
Description:  Faculty and Staff Research and Creativity Fall Forum Celebration category A yearly tradition at Buffalo State, the Faculty and Staff Research and Creativity Fall Forum complements the Spring Student Research and Creativity Celebration. Presentations provide a glimpse of the wide-ranging Buffalo State research, education, creativity, and public service initiatives that span the globe. The mission is to develop, encourage, and support Buffalo State research and creativity, foster interdisciplinary work, and make grantsmanship more accessible. The forums are sponsored by the Academic Affairs Office, the Research and Creativity Council, and the Research Foundation of SUNY at Buffalo State College.

+Fall Ball

Campus: SUNY Purchase
Contact Information: Rebecca Roberts
Phone number: 914-251-6020                                    Email Address: rebecca.roberts@purchase.edu
Description:  Held every fall by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Union (GLBTU) at Purchase College, SUNY, the Fall Ball is a drag queen show featuring lip-sync and dance performances. A completely student-produced event, Fall Ball (with its extravagant props and sets) is easily one of the most anticipated programs of the year.

+Fall Weekend

Campus: SUNY Delhi
Contact Information: Marty Greenfield, Director of Student Activities
Phone number: (607) 746-4568                                  Email Address: greenfmh@delhi.edu
                                                
Description:  Fall Weekend  takes place on or around Halloween.  The Student Programming Board makes a special effort to bring in big name entertainment for this weekend.  Various special events take place and many students choose this weekend to invite their friends from home to visit in order to show off their College.  Younger alumni make a habit of returning to campus for the Fall Weekend entertainment that includes major concerts by national touring acts, dances, comedy shows, and special novelty attractions.  All of the organizational labor for Fall Weekend events is provided by student programmers, who choose the entertainment and theme for the year.

+Freshman Athlete Extravaganza

Campus: The College at Brockport,  State University of New York
Contact Information: Dr. Kathryn F. Wilson, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Phone number: 585-395-2137                                    Email Address: kwilson@brockport.edu
Description:  The first night of classes in August, all recruited freshman student-athletes are invited to the TN complex for games, food, prizes and for socialization with other new athletes, our Student Athlete Advisory Committee, all head coaches and administrative staff. Brockport Student Government, WBSU, the Newman Center, and the Health and Counseling Center all attend.  We do an educational component regarding NCAA Eligibility, health physicals, insurance, academic advisement etc.

+Freshmen Funnel and New Student Convocation and Campus Welcome

Campus: Potsdam
Contact Information: Carolyn Leathers
Phone number: (315) 267-3266                                  Email Address: avilaca@potsdam.edu
Description:  The Freshmen Funnel is a campus-wide opportunity to welcome all new freshmen on move-in day each fall semester.  The Funnel formed by Faculty and Staff travels from the Barrington Student Union to Hosmer Hall where the New Student Convocation is held.  During the Convocation, new students are welcomed further by the College President, the President of the Student Government Association and the President of the Alumni Association.  There is always a motivational guest speaker that presents at the convocation as well.

+Halloween Program

Campus: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Description:  The Residence Hall Council sponsors this great program to bring community children to the residence halls for an evening of fun including face painting, a haunted house and trick or treating.

+Homecoming Parade

Campus: Stony Brook University
Contact Information: Judy M. Jaquez
Phone number: 631-632-9956                                    Email Address: judy.jaquez@stonybrook.edu

Description:  The Homecoming Parade is the culmination of a week of activities including a Bulletin Board Contest and a Banner Competition leading up to Homecoming Weekend. Over the last several years, the Homecoming events, and especially the Homecoming Parade, have grown tremendously.  In fact, these days it is not uncommon to see faculty participating in creating the floats and walking in the parade.  While all of the campus community is encouraged to participate, the majority of participants are the resident students and staff.  The resident students work hard for weeks leading up to the parade to build bigger and better floats, banners, and bulletin boards.  In addition to the theme of defeating our football rivals, a special theme is chosen each year and the floats, banners, and bulletin boards incorporate that theme as well.  On Game Day, all Homecoming banners are hung in the stadium and Floats are put on display at the pre-game festivities.  At half-time, winners for top place in bulletin board, banner, and float are announced in conjunction with the other game day contests, presentation of the  Homecoming Court, and the Marching Band's performance.  As one of the first major events after Opening Weekend, the Homecoming Parade is really a significant marker to the start of the year. The Homecoming Parade brings together students, faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate much more than just a sporting event.This event serves as an opportunity to introduce new students to the culture of Stony Brook, as well as a reminder to our campus members of our strong community

+Love Your Library Week and Drawing Contest

Campus: Fashion Institute of Technology
Contact Information: Philip Milio
Phone number: 212-217-4133                                    Email Address: philip_milio@fitnyc.edu
Description:  One of the student Programming Board members runs exhibitions of student art and contests throughout the academic year.  Art contests feature various themes celebrating diversity months such as Women's History Month, Latino Americans, etc.    This program has now become a part of a campus tradition called "Love Your Library Week" which is held during Valentine's Week each year.  A campus-wide drawing contest is held each year.  Submissions must represent the physical space of the library and include a heart in the art work.  An exhibition is held during the week when the Library holds various events to promote the library.

+New International Students Welcome Dinner and Program

Campus: Stony Brook University
Contact Information: Ronnie Paschkes
Phone number: 631 632 - 7320                                   Email Address: rpaschkes@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
Description:  The program, held during the International Students Orientation Week, welcomes approximately 650 new international students.  Speakers include  the University President, the VP for Student Affairs, and various Deans,  a "Stony Brook Yearbook" video is shown, the Host Family Program is introduced, and entertainment by the University Band is enjoyed by all.  This is followed by a buffet dinner wherein the students can relax and enjoy the evening in a relaxed setting.

+New Student Convocation

Campus: Fredonia
Contact Information: David Herman
Phone number: 7166733271                                        Email Address: David.Herman@Fredonia.edu
Description:  On the Sunday afternoon of opening weekend, the resident assistants bring their freshman residents to the New Student Convocation.  The program includes a welcome from the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, a motivational presentation about academic and career success, an overview of the student association, a vocal performance, the teaching of the alma mater, and a formal presentation of the class.  Residents then return to their residence halls for dinner and their first floor meeting.  About 90% of the freshmen attend the program.

+Night in Tuttle

Campus: The College at Brockport,  State University of New York
Contact Information: Dr. Kathryn F. Wilson, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Phone number: 585-395-2137                                    Email Address: kwilson@brockport.edu
Description:  An opportunity for clubs and organizations recognized by the college and/or Brockport Student Government to recruit new members at this event! Held annually the first Thursday of the fall semester, the Tuttle North gyms are filled with inflatable games (such as The Joust, Laser Tag, etc), music, and representatives from clubs, Greek Organizations, Club Sports teams, and intramural teams showcasing information about their group and recruiting new members.

+Non-Traditional Student Week

Campus: Stony Brook University
Contact Information: Emily Resnick, Senior Advisor, Commuter Student Services (CSS)
Phone number: 631.632.4345                                     Email Address: emily.resnick@stonybrook.edu
Description:  During the first week in November (National Non-Traditional Student Recognition Week,  Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education) we hold a social event for non-traditional students as well as an effort throughout the week called Driving Force, where adult learners are given the opportunity to recognize those individuals who are the greatest support in their scholastic and personal successes. We then send a certificate of appreciation to those individuals on behalf of the non-traditional student.

+November Sweets

Campus: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Description:  Students form teams to compete and a dessert decorating contest.

+Pancake Madness

Campus: SUNY Purchase
Contact Information: Rebecca Roberts
Phone number: 914-251-6020                                    Email Address: rebecca.roberts@purchase.edu
Description:  Immediately before finals begin each semester, Student Life and the Purchase College Association host Pancake Madness at the dining hall.  Faculty and staff serve breakfast to students from 10pm to midnight.  A DJ plays music and students can enjoy their fill of healthy food and celebrate with friends before exam week.

+Passing of the Brick

Campus: SUNY Purchase
Contact Information: Rebecca Roberts
Phone number: 914-251-6020                                    Email Address: rebecca.roberts@purchase.edu
Description:  Each year during Orientation, one freshman is given a brick - symbolizing the brick architecture around campus and representing the "building" of his or her education.  When that student graduates, he or she gives the brick back to the president during Commencement.

+Purchase Wide Open

Campus: SUNY Purchase
Contact Information: Rebecca Roberts
Phone number: 914-251-6020                                    Email Address: rebecca.roberts@purchase.edu
Description:  Purchase Wide Open is a celebration of the extraordinary creativity of the Purchase community, featuring the work of students from the visual and performing arts and the liberal arts and sciences. Begun in 2006, the PWO Festival highlights a range of events including featured presentations of the conservatory programs, independent work of Purchase musicians, writers, scholars, actors, dancers, artists, and filmmakers, and lectures/demonstrations by faculty.  PWO is held in conjunction with alumni homecoming and family day, allowing these groups to come together to experience all that Purchase has to offer.

+Red Day

Campus: College at Oneonta
Contact Information: Bill Harcleroad
Phone number: 607-436-2550                                    Email Address: harclewg@oneonta.edu
Description:  Red Day is a celebration of the Founding of the Oneonta Normal School on September 4th 1898. Each year this day is marked by encouraging the wearing of red and white (our school colors) and giveaways of items to encourage school spirit. The bookstore offers a sale on all red items to promote them and the dining hall feature red desserts.

+Relaxation Program

Campus: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Description:  Twice a year we set up a 'relaxation suite' for students who sign up to receive a 10 minute massage.  They are treated to a relaxing environment with healthy food (fruits, nuts, granola, water), aromatherapy, soothing music and a relaxing massage.  This is coordinated just before or after major exams.  Students love this program!

+Roth Regatta

Campus: Stony Brook University
Contact Information: Alexandra Duggan
Phone number: 631 632 - 7320                                   Email Address: alduggan@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
Description:  The Roth Regatta tradition began in 1989.  It is held on the last Friday of April.  Teams representing clubs, organizations and various offices from around campus race across the pond in a makeshift boat constructed of only cardboard, duct tape and paint.  Students, faculty and staff are all invited to compete and the winners of the various races win a trophy.

+Scholar's Day

Campus: The College at Brockport,  State University of New York
Contact Information: Dr. Kathryn F. Wilson, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Phone number: 585-395-2137                                    Email Address: kwilson@brockport.edu
Description:  Scholars Day was instituted in 1984 through the efforts of the College Senate.  It has continued as a celebration each spring of scholarly pursuits by the campus community.  Scholar's Day has several purposes including: a)  to publicize research, including methodologies and conclusions b)  to share new ideas and concepts c)  to expand knowledge d)  to provide an opportunity to socialize with members of the campus community outside of one's own department.  When it was originally begun the majority of presenters were faculty members - today the vast majorities are students.  In 2008 a record number of 235 presentations/poster sessions were made over the course of the full day including 429 students and 27 faculty/staff with an additional  62 faculty/staff chairs of sessions.

+Senior Project Processional

Campus: SUNY Purchase
Contact Information: Rebecca Roberts
Phone number: 914-251-6020                                    Email Address: rebecca.roberts@purchase.edu
Description:  All Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) students at Purchase are required to complete a year-long, thesis-length Senior Project.  During the processional, the President, Provost, and LAS Deans don regalia and lead seniors in a march around campus to the library.  Each student's name and Senior Project title is read, and the documents are submitted to the library for inclusion in their collection.  At the conclusion of the processional, seniors, faculty, and staff attend a reception honoring these students' achievements.  The event is held the week of commencement.

+Senior Recognition Ceremonies in student’s residential communities

Campus: Binghamton University
Description:  Although at Binghamton there is only one formal graduation ceremony with cap and gown, each residential community organizes its own "graduation" ceremony for seniors who live (or have lived) in that residential community.  It’s a more personal and intimate celebration, as seniors say farewell to their collegiate home away from home. All graduates receive a gift, and each residential community has created its own set of distinctive awards and honors for its outstanding students, whose names are engraved on plaques prominently displayed in their communities.  In College-in-the-Woods, pictures of the students named to the Wall of Fame are posted prominently in the CIW office.  Each community has a guest speaker.  Some communities also have a senior speaker, while in others each graduate takes a moment at the microphone to share a memory or give a ‘shout out' to friends, family or staff members who have made a difference to that student. Followed by a reception for graduates and their families and guests.

+Senior Week

Campus: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Description:  This week long celebration for graduating students includes a trip to a baseball game, a student vs faculty softball game, a boat cruise and more.

+Shopping Cart Competition

Campus: Buffalo State College
Contact Information: Tom Koller, Senior Associate Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
Phone number: 716-878-6514                                    Email Address: kollertc@buffalostate.edu
Description:  As part of its annual Homecoming/Family Weekend celebration, students, faculty, and staff are invited to build a float "not atop a flatbed truck but instead with a shopping cart" and then march the float during the Homecoming/Family Weekend Parade.

+Spirit Night

Campus: Stony Brook University
Contact Information: David Scarzella
Phone number: 631-632-6790                                    Email Address: dscarzella@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
Description:  For the past fifteen years the Department of Residential Programs sponsors an event known as Spirit Night.  Resident students from residence halls across the campus demonstrate their pride by competing against each other in a banner and dance contests.  The event is attended by close to one thousand students all cheering for their respective quad.   The quad that demonstrates the most pride and spirit is presented with the ‘spirit Stick' as a symbol of their spirit.

+Stepping on the Coat

Campus: Binghamton University

Description:  A right of spring since 1962 when Harpur student Larry Kressel '66, defied an April snowfall by flinging his coat to the ground, stomping on it and vowing not to wear it again that spring. According to campus tradition, the snow stopped and the sun came out. The ritual has become a vital part of the campus’s transition from winter snows to spring sunshine.  Today, Binghamton University students officially bid adieu to cold weather during Spring Fling festivities in late April. Students usher in the spring with one of the University’s oldest traditions, the annual ‘stepping on the Coat' and a jam-packed schedule of music, food and fun. The events are open to the community.
+Student Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Campus: The College at Brockport,  State University of New York
Contact Information: Dr. Kathryn F. Wilson, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Phone number: 585-395-2137                                    Email Address: kwilson@brockport.edu
Description:  Brockport Auxiliary Service Corporation uses a large hall to host theme luncheons (Thanksgiving, Valentine's, etc.) and invite offices to come and reserve a table.  These have been popular with staff and faculty. They also host Student Employee Appreciation Luncheons and supervisors are encouraged to take their student employees to lunch as recognition for all of the work they do.  Price per person was set at the minimum hourly wage.  It's a good morale boost for the students as the spring semester is ending and has become very popular since its inception, with as many as 130 attending.

+Student Research and Creativity Celebration

Campus: Buffalo State College
Contact Information: Jill Singer, Director, Undergraduate Research Office
Phone number: 716-878-4724                                    Email Address: singerjk@buffalostate.edu
Description:  The 12th Annual Student Research and Creativity Celebration will be held in May 2010. This annual event complements the Faculty and Staff Research and Creativity Fall Forum, bringing students the unique opportunity to share their research and creative activities with fellow students and the campus community. Formats include posters, talks, performances, and visual arts by individual students and classes/project groups. A call for presentations is announced each January with a March application deadline.

+Student Senate Recognition Banquet

Campus: SUNY Delhi
Contact Information: Marty Greenfield, Director of Student Activities
Phone number: (607) 746-4568                                  Email Address: greenfmh@delhi.edu
Description:  This tradition is over forty years old  and takes place at the end of  each spring semester.  Representatives from all recognized clubs and organizations and their advisors gather together for a formal dinner to celebrate the many accomplishment of the past year, and give special recognition to clubs and individuals.  The coveted Student of the Year Awards, and the President’s Award for Community Service are announced at this meeting. The theme of the banquet changes every year, and the Student Senate Executive Board members serve as the hosts for this culminating annual event.

+SUNY Delhi's Family Day

Campus: SUNY Delhi
Contact Information: Marty Greenfield, Director of Student Activities
Phone number: (607) 746-4568                                  Email Address: greenfmh@delhi.edu
Description:  SUNY Delhi’s Family Day is an annual event that takes place in late September.  Family Day gives students and their families a chance to spend the day together on campus, and in the local community.  Parents can see how their students are doing, and students can reassure their families that they have made a successful adjustment to college life.  Various events take place throughout the day including student and professional entertainment, competitions, family pictures, and a giant family style barbeque. Attendance averages around 1200 for Family Day, and families have attended from as far away as Japan.

+UDE-Fest

Campus: SUNY Delhi
Contact Information: Marty Greenfield, Director of Student Activities
Phone number: (607) 746-4568                                  Email Address: greenfmh@delhi.edu
Description:  The annual Spring UDE Fest signifies the end of the College year is at hand as students spend the afternoon outside enjoying the end of the year. Conceived by Upsilon Delta Epsilon, a co-ed fraternity, this event features live music, entertainment, carnival games, food, inflatable attractions, and various competitions. A campus-wide barbeque is held in conjunction with this large event that resembles a neighborhood block party.

+Undergraduate Recognition Awards Ceremony and Reception

Campus: Stony Brook University
Contact Information: Ronnie Paschkes
Phone number: 631 632 - 7320                                   Email Address: rpaschkes@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
Description:  The ceremony recognizes approximately 100 undergraduate students for their outstanding achievements in the following out-of the classroom fields:  expanded learning (research), leadership, community service, athletics.  Students are nominated by faculty and staff, a faculty/staff selection committee process follows and the event is attended by students, families, faculty and staff members.  A dessert reception follows.

+Unity Celebration

Campus: SUNY Cortland
Contact Information: Noelle Chaddock Paley
Phone number: 607-753-2336                                    Email Address: noelle.paley@cortland.edu
Description:  The Unity Celebration has been held for the past 11 years at SUNY Cortland either at the beginning or end of Black History Month in February. The entire campus is invited to come together to celebrate Black History Month, create a forum of togetherness, and bring together multicultural organizations, SGA, friends, and allies of the diversity movement in the spirit of unity at SUNY Cortland.

+Welcome Back BBQ

Campus: SUNY Cortland
Contact Information: Noelle Chaddock Paley
Phone number: 607-753-2336                                    Email Address: noelle.paley@cortland.edu

Description:  The Welcome Back BBQ is an annual event started several years ago when the multicultural organizations on campus would informally get together for a BBQ or picnic to rekindle friendships and meet new students in a social atmosphere. It has evolved into a tradition which includes the entire campus community coming together to kick off the new fall semester.
+Welcome Candlelighting Ceremony

Campus: University at Albany
Contact Information: Jennifer Anderson
Phone number: 442-5566                                             Email Address: janderson@uamail.albany.edu
Description:  This annual ceremony is the formal University welcome to our new students at the beginning of each academic year.  Occurring on their first evening on-campus, the celebration includes welcoming remarks from the University President, members of the administration, a young alumnus, and the student government president.  The centerpiece of the ceremony is the lighting of the freshman class torch.  Faculty, staff and student leaders light candles from this torch and then help to light the candles of the 2200+ students in attendance.  The event concludes with a student group performance of the alma mater and a fireworks display.

+White Coat Ceremony for Nurses

Campus: Upstate
Contact Information: Elvira Szigeti
Phone number: (315)464-4277                                   Email Address: SzigetiE@Upstate.edu
Description:  Newly matriculated students are honored as they enter the University. Undergraduate students receive a professional satchel from the Nursing Alumni Association and graduate students receive a white coat to be worn during clinical experiences. It too is provided by the Nursing Alumni Association. Both gifts are in recognition of the change in nursing practice that these students are to undergo. A dinner is provided for students and families.

+Winterfest

Campus: SUNY Delhi
Contact Information: Marty Greenfield, Director of Student Activities
Phone number: (607) 746-4568                                  Email Address: greenfmh@delhi.edu
Description: This annual event is held in memory of former SUNY Delhi student Marcus Somerstein in February or March.  A day long schedule of competitions and events takes place, with winter themed events designed to show students how to have fun in the cold on campus. Some events require a lot of skill, and others just require a willingness to get a little silly.  The Cardboard Classic, where students race down the college hill on sleighs made of cardboard is the highlight of this annual event that features great prizes, and a high rate of student participation.

+White Coat Ceremony

Campus: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Description:  Parents and family friends are invited to this ceremony for entering medical students. Each student receives a white lab coat and the book, On Doctoring, and recites the Hippocratic Oath, to symbolize the student's entry into the medical profession.

+Winter Ball

Campus: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Description:  This is the annual dinner/dance for students.  It is an elegant evening, taking place at Stage 6 at Steiner Studios in the old Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Students attend in semi-formal attire, enjoy a delicious dinner and a dj dance party afterwards.  Former locations include the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the New York Aquarium.