Recreation Center and Field Fee
The Recreation Center and Field fee funds the daily operation of the Campus Recreation Center and Recreation Field Space. The fee covers all costs associated with staffing salaries and fringe benefits; maintenance and custodial services; student employment; equipment and supplies. For the 2012-2013 academic year, the fee is $75 per semester for all undergraduate students. Graduate students, faculty and staff may purchase membership.
Recreation Center Facilities
Stony Brook University celebrated the opening of the Campus Recreation Center, a state-of-the-art 85,000 square-foot facility, on October 19, 2012. Located between the Stony Brook Student Union and the Indoor Sports Complex, the new facility is devoted to the health and wellness of Stony Brook students, faculty and staff. It has become the center of activity on campus, averaging more than 2,000 users daily.
The $37.5 million facility features more than 100 pieces of cardiovascular equipment, three floors for intramural programs, and practice and competition spaces for sport clubs and open recreation. Features include a three-court gymnasium; a multi-activity court for basketball, soccer, roller hockey, volleyball, and badminton; three wellness studios; nearly 17,000 square-feet of combined free-weights; fitness, cardio and stretching space; a 1/10th mile track; locker rooms and showers; sport club storage rooms and wireless Internet service. The facility hosts more than 60 fitness classes per week and provides employment opportunities for more than 250 students.
Campus Recreation Advisory Board
Since its creation in 1999, the Campus Recreation Advisory Board has reviewed facility and field concerns and provides consultation regarding student recreational needs. The board makes recommendations to the Associate Dean/Director of Student Life and the Director of Recreation. The Advisory Board meets monthly and is comprised of student representatives from recognized student organizations on campus, including:
• Undergraduate Student Government
• Graduate Student Organization
• Residence Hall Association
• Commuter Student Association
• Sports Club Council
• Student Health Advisory Committee
• Student Athletic Advisory Board
• Student Representative from the Group Fitness programs
• Student Representative from Intramurals
• Student Representative from Open Recreation
• Student Representative from Health Science Center
• Student Representative from Disability Support Services
The advisory board also includes faculty and staff representatives from the University Senate, the Campus Environmental Committee, the Athletics Department, SAC/SBU Facilities Operations, and the Department of Campus Recreation.
Stony Brook prides itself on the transparency of the budget process, which includes direct student involvement throughout the development of the Recreation Center and Fields Budget. Throughout the year, the Associate Dean keeps the advisory board apprised of operational expenses associated with indoor and outdoor recreation and partners in the process to determine whether fees should be modified. Each spring semester, the Campus Recreation Advisory Board reviews fee proposals and makes recommendations for the following year. Following a consultation with the Advisory Board, the Associate Dean will make budget recommendations to the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students who will review the proposal and make a recommendation to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Future Plans for Outdoor Field Space
Future plans for the Department of Campus Recreation include the development of three new outdoor fields dedicated to sport clubs and open recreation for rugby, soccer, lacrosse, quidditch, field hockey, and Ultimate Frisbee. These fields will be located on South Campus and will include one multipurpose turf field and two grass fields. Plans also include lighting on two of the outdoor fields and the installation of scoreboards, bleachers, team benches and a facility to house bathrooms, changing rooms, and equipment storage.
Proposed Fee for 2013-2014
The Campus Recreation Center is devoted to the health and wellness of Stony Brook students, faculty and staff and has become the center of activity on campus, averaging more than 2,000 users daily. For the 2013-2014 year, a $2.25 fee increase is proposed to continue funding the daily operation of the center including support for 250+ student employees, and help underwrite the costs of upgrading dedicated field space near South P Lot for student clubs, making additional room in other areas on campus for intramurals and other recreation programs. Ultimately, one turf field and two grass fields will be dedicated for student use and all three will be lit, thereby extending the hours the fields can be used.
Students who have questions regarding the Recreation Center and Field Fee Review process should contact Dr. Susan DiMonda, Associate Dean and Director of Student Life (631) 632-7320.