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Encyclopedia > State University of New York at Brockport
The State University of New York College at Brockport
SUNY Brockport Logo
Motto Expect the Extraordinary!
Established 1867
Type Public
President Dr. John R. Halstead
Faculty 586
Students 8,742
Undergraduates 6,962
Postgraduates 1,780
Location Brockport, NY, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Green & Gold
Nickname Golden Eagles
Mascot Ellsworth
Affiliations State University of New York
Website brockport.edu

The State University of New York at Brockport, also known as SUNY Brockport, Brockport State University or the State University of New York College at Brockport, is a four-year liberal arts college located in Brockport, Monroe County, New York, near Rochester. It is a constituent college of the State University of New York. This work is copyrighted. ... A motto is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... The term public school has different (and in some cases contradictory) meanings due to regional differences. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... John R. Halstead, PhD was inagurated on April 7, 2006 as SUNY Brockports sixth president. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Brockport is a village located in the Town of Sweden in Monroe County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 8,103. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... Mascots at the Mascot Olympics in Orlando, Florida. ... The State University of New York (acronym SUNY; usually pronounced SOO-nee) is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... Brockport is a village located in the Town of Sweden in Monroe County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 8,103. ... Location in the state of New York Formed 1821 Seat Rochester Area  - Total  - Water 3,537 km² (1,366 mi²) 15 km² (6 mi²) 51. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... There is also a Rochester in Ulster County, New York; for that town see Rochester, Ulster County, New York. ... The State University of New York (acronym SUNY; usually pronounced SOO-nee) is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. ...

Traditionally, the college was known for its programs in physical education, but currently it offers majors in many areas, including art, environmental science, and meteorology. Physical instruction at the U.S. Naval Training Station, Newport, RI, 1917 In most educational systems, physical education (PE), also called physical training (PT) or gym in less progressive settings, is a course in the curriculum which utilizes learning in the cognitive, affective and psycho motor domains in a play... ART is a three-letter acronym that can mean: Adaptive resonance theory Arlington Transit, a bus service that serves Arlington County, Virginia Advanced Rapid Transit metro technology assisted reproductive technology Anaheim Resort Transit Watertown International Airport (IATA airport code: ART) ISO 639 alpha-3 code for otherwise unassigned artificial languages... jecca is very beautiful!! Environmental science is the study of the interactions among the physical, chemical and biological components of the environment; with a focus on pollution and degradation of the environment related due to human activities; and the impact on biodiversity and sustainability from local and global development. ... Satellite image of Hurricane Hugo with a polar low visible at the top of the image. ...

The Brockport campus also played host to the International Special Olympics on August 8-13, 1979. Special Olympics is an international organization created to help people with intellectual disabilities develop self-confidence and social skills through sports training and competition. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ...



SUNY Brockport opened as the Brockport Collegiate Institute in 1841, and later became the Brockport State Normal School in 1866. 1841 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1866 (MDCCCLXVI) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ...

The last Normal School class graduated in 1942 after which the school officially became a college, meaning it could grant the bachelor's degree. (Normal School graduates received only a certificate of study when they finished, which entitled them to teach in the New York State schools.) This enhancement of status was due in good part to the efforts of President Ernest Hartwell, who, like Malcolm MacVicar and many other Brockport figures, played a leading role in the education movements of the time. Starting as Brockport State Teachers College, the new school was automatically included in the new SUNY system which was established in 1948. 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... Brockport is a village located in the Town of Sweden in Monroe County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 8,103. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ...

The years after World War II were a time of tremendous growth for higher education, as thousands of veterans went to college on the G.I. Bill. Brockport began a period of expansion in that time that was unprecedented in the school's history. Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... The University of Cambridge is an institute of higher learning. ... The G. I. Bill of Rights or Servicemens Readjustment Act of 1944 provided for college or vocational education for returning World War II veterans as well as one-year of unemployment compensation. ...

When Donald Tower became president of the school in 1944, the entire campus was what we now call Hartwell Hall. There were a few hundred students and the faculty and staff numbered under 50 people. The sole purpose of the school was to train elementary school teachers. By the time he (Tower) retired in 1964 there were several thousand students and several hundred faculty and staff members. The campus had expanded greatly, adding residence halls and a college union, and expanding across Kenyon Street and down Holley Street. The purpose and organization of the College had also grown, as it evolved into a liberal arts college with a number of master's degree programs. The first graduate degree was awarded in January of 1950. By 1981, there were 1,185 graduate students enrolled in 11 different programs. Today, SUNY Brockport has more than 1,800 graduate students enrolled in 26 programs.

In the early years of President Albert Brown (1965-1981), the school's growth rate built to a height of activity, seeing the high-rise residence halls, library and other buildings rise up to make the campus that one sees today. The school continued to evolve in the last years of the 20th century under the leadership of President John Van De Wetering (1981-1997), who launched the MetroCenter, SUNY Brockport's classroom complex in downtown Rochester. During his tenure, Brockport's international education program greatly expanded to become the largest in the SUNY system and among the 10 largest in the U.S.

From 1997 to 2004, under the leadership of Paul Yu—working closely with faculty, staff and students—SUNY Brockport achieved new levels of excellence and recognition, from acquiring the latest information technologies to improving campus communications to increasing admissions standards. Brockport became recognized throughout New York and within the SUNY system as an innovative and dynamic. Noteworthy achievements included: an increase in average SAT scores from 1002 in 1998 to 1071 in 2004, increase in first-year retention rate from 71 percent in 1998 to 83 percent in 2004, and an increase in funded faculty research grants from $3.5 million in 1999 to $5.7 million in 2004. The SAT Reasoning Test, formerly called the Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test, is a type of standardized test frequently used by colleges and universities in the United States to aid in the selection of incoming students. ...

In August 2005, Dr. John R. Halstead became the SUNY Brockport’s sixth president. Dr. Halstead brings a range of leadership experience to SUNY Brockport including a seven-year term as president of Mansfield College in Pennsylvania, several vice president positions and post-doctoral work at Harvard University's Institute of Educational Management. He has worked tirelessly since his arrival to get to know our campus and its challenges. He also has met and developed relationships with numerous government, corporate and community leaders to increase SUNY Brockport’s visibility in the region and formed partnerships to further promote student success. He was inaugurated on April 7, 2006. John R. Halstead, PhD was inagurated on April 7, 2006 as SUNY Brockports sixth president. ... Mansfield College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 160 miles (255 km)  - Length 280 miles (455 km)  - % water 2. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ...

There are two statues on the Brockport Campus, In 1978, Dr. Albert W. Brown presented Soviet artist Zurab Tsereteli with an honorary certificate in recognition of his efforts to foster peace and understanding between people of the Soviet Union and the United States. He then was invited to teach a painting course here at SUNY Brockport. After accepting the invitation, Tsereteli learned about the Fifth International Summer Special Olympics Games, to be held here at SUNY Brockport in August 1979. He soon decided that he wanted to do something for the Special Olympics and SUNY Brockport.

He returned to his native Republic of Georgia with work on his mind. Drawing inspiration from his interest in young people, his concern for Special Olympics and the realization that the United Nations had proclaimed 1979 as the International Year of the Child, Tsereteli began his work. Within a year, Tsereteli constructed two sculptures for the Soviet Government, which were then donated to SUNY Brockport in honor of the International Year of the Child and the International Special Olympics. One of the pieces is located in front of the Allen Administration Building, and is titled "Prometheus" (The Greek god who gave strength to man). The other, is located in front of the Drake Memorial Library, and is titled "Joy and Happiness to All the Children of the World". The five pillars represent the five continents that would be represented at the Special Olympics Games in 1979. This gift made history. Tsereteli waived his usual royalties which would have amounted to $250, 000 because the pieces were for children and students. The two bronze pieces, whose total weight is nearly 30 tons, were shipped overseas to the United States and then loaded into five trucks to be brought to SUNY Brockport.

Undergrad Majors and Programs

Program offers both BA and BS degrees unless otherwise noted.

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Clubs & Organizations


SUNY Brockport sponsors the Brockport Student Government (BSG). Every student must pay a mandatory fee each semester to help fund BSG. The BSG provides shuttle services, campus events and concerts, and more than 60 clubs are organized under the BSG charter.


In 1988, SUNY Brockport held the first simulation of the European Union, EuroSim, which today has become a transatlantic organization with participants from around the globe. EuroSim Logo The primary purpose of EuroSim is to provide a framework for a partial simulation of a major European Union issue. ...

Building on Campus

Allen Administration Building

The Allen Building was built in 1973 and named after Gordon F. Allen who was an education professor, dean and then acting president from 1964-65. Gordon F. Allen (1908-1973) was born in Gainesville, New York and received his bachelors degree from Houghton his masters degree from Cornell University and his doctorate from the University of Buffalo. ...

Allen Hall is affectionately referred to as the "power tower" and is used for both administrative and academic purposes. It is home to the Office of the President and the rest of the central administration, as well as some instructional classrooms.

Albert W. Brown Building (Formally the Faculty Office Building)

Albert W. Brown (1965-1981) presided over SUNY Brockport during a period of rapid change and expansion, as the college grew from 3,000 students to a record of 11,000 students. The Faculty Office Building was one of the major construction projects completed during Brown’s tenure that saw the campus grow with the addition of new library, office, academic, athletic and high-rise residence hall buildings.

The Albert W. Brown Building is connected by pedestrian bridge to the Drake Memorial Library and the Allen Administration building. It houses offices for the deans and associate deans of the School of Letters and Sciences, School of Professions and School of Arts and Performance, as well as faculty offices for 15 academic departments. The Albert W. Brown Building also is home to an extensive art collection of paintings, sculpture and photographs on display throughout the building within its 50,000 sq. feet.

Alumni House

This Victorian era home was built in the 1860s and bought by the state in 1898 for use as a residence by the principal. Before the house was bought, the principals had lived in an apartment in the school building. David Smith was the first principal to live in the house, and the last was Donald Tower who retired in 1964. In a collection of reminisences of the house published in the AlumNews in 1985 the following memories were shared. Mrs. Clyde Walters, class of 1918, recalled her friendship with Principal Thompsons daughter Miriam and attending Miriam's wedding which was held in the house. Mrs. Fletcher Garlock, granddaughter of Thompson, mentioned that she was born in the house and remembered rollerskating in the kitchen! Both Wilbur McCormick '37 and Bruce Schlageter '47 recalled as undergraduates visiting with Dr. Hartwell in the house to chat about school affairs. After 1964 the building was used for office space and other purposes until in 1976 the Alumni Association acquired the building. The house has been restored and is the site of many alumni and community functions. David Smith may be: Athlete: David Smith (wrestler) (1962–2002), aka The British Bulldog, professional wrestler David Smith (Australian cricketer) David Smith (footballer) David Smith (England and Gloucestershire cricketer) David Smith (England, Surrey, Sussex and Worcestershire cricketer) David Smith (curler), world champion curler Politician or jurist: David Paul Smith, (b. ...

Benedict Hall

Benedict Hall was built in 1965 and named after Edgar Benedict (1905-1990) who was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees (1945-1962). Benedict Hall, along with Gordon, Dobson, and Harmon Halls, is a dormitory complex that was designed to accommodate over 600 students. This three-story dormitory is styled in a suite manner, with two bedrooms connected by a living room, and a bathroom shared by four student residents. Benedict Hall currently houses freshmen students only.

Bramley Hall

Bramley Hall was built in 1968 and named after Herbert Bramley (1867-1945), a longtime member of the Board of Trustees from 1935-1945, and a prominent local business person. Bramley Hall, considered one of the high-rise dormitories along with Briggs, Perry, and Mortimer Halls, is home to upperclass students. This dorm was designed to have four suites of six students on each floor. The six students share three bedrooms, a living area, and a bathroom.

Briggs Hall

Briggs Hall was built in 1968 and named after Elizabeth Briggs (1885-1965) who was a Campus School teacher and taught history at Brockport from 1910-1943. Briggs Hall is part of the high-rise dormitory complex along with Bramley, Perry, and Mortimer Halls, located at the west end of campus. This upperclass student dorm was designed to have four suites of six students on each floor. The six students share three bedrooms, a living area, and a bathroom. Most students say the bathrooms are very spacious with nice showers, 2 sinks, and 2 mirors. There's something in the septic. There have been recent reports of strange creatures lurking in the toilets, described as "toilet monsters". Signs of these toilet monsters include gurgling sounds and air bubbles. There has been one report of the monster's voice being heard. He sounds like Skreach from Saved by the Bell. Students think that the toilet monster is especially angry this year because the boys of 704 wont stop dumping on him. But sadly the monster has no where else to go. And with all the fish being flushed down the toilets this year, at least he's eating well.

Brockway Hall

Brockway Hall was built in 1966 and named after Hiel Brockway, a co-founder of Brockport, New York who in 1836 donated the land on which Hartwell Hall now stands. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Brockport is a village located in the Town of Sweden in Monroe County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 8,103. ...

Today, the Brockway building serves as a dining hall for mostly freshmen students who live in the traditional styled dormitories. Brockway Hall also houses the parking offices and is where new students can receive their photo identification.

Cooper Hall

Cooper Hall was built in 1965 and named after Charles Cooper, the head of the "training" school at Brockport from 1911-1936. There are several people named Charles Cooper: Charles Tarzan Cooper, basketball player (New York Renaissance) Charles Chuck Cooper, basketball player (first African-American draftee) Sir Charles Cooper (1795-1887), first Chief Justice of South Australia, 1856 - 1861 This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might...

Cooper's background included Millersville State Normal in Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University, eventually supplemented by a master's from the Teacher's College at Columbia University. Cooper was intensely interested in the Training School and the athletic program of the Normal School. Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 160 miles (255 km)  - Length 280 miles (455 km)  - % water 2. ... Bucknell University is a highly competitive private university located along the Susquehanna River in the rolling countryside of Central Pennsylvania in the town of Lewisburg, 60 miles (97 km) north of Harrisburg. ... Columbia University is a private university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ...

Cooper Hall was the home to the Campus School, and was designed with elementary students in mind. However, the Campus School closed in 1981, and today the building serves many functions. The elementary classrooms are still filled with young children, as one wing of the building is home to the SUNY Brockport daycare center. Other classrooms and offices are utilized by the Anthropology and Education departments, and other wings belongs to the Delta College, Honors Program, McNair Program.

Dailey Hall

Dailey Hall was built in 1967 and named after Vincent Dailey, a Brockport native and the Chairman of the New York State Democratic Party who played a decisive role in obtaining funds for the construction of Hartwell Hall.

Dailey Hall was constructed as one of three dining halls during the building boom of the late 1960s. In 1992, it became the new home of Academic Computing Services and is the main computer lab on campus today. Its centralized location on campus made the building the logical choice for the primary computer facility, and smaller computer labs and staff in Cooper and Drake Library were consolidated into the new Dailey Hall facility.

Dobson Hall

Dobson Hall was built in 1965 and named after Thomas Dobson (1852-1930) who served on the Board of Trustees from the 1890s until 1930. Dobson was appointed Secretary for the Board of Trustees in 1892, as the successor to Daniel Holmes. He was a druggist by occupation, served as Mayor of the Village and was extremely active in church affairs of St. Luke's and the Masons. Mr. Dobson supported student activities like the lecture series and performances and allowed tickets for these events to be sold in his store.

Dobson Hall, along with Gordon, Benedict, and Harmon Halls, is a dormitory complex that was designed to accommodate over 600 students. This three story tall dormitory is styled in a suite manner, with two bedrooms connected by a living room, and a bathroom shared by four student residents. Dobson Hall currently houses new freshmen students only.

Drake Memorial Library

In the beginning the library was a little collection of books housed in a room open only a few hours per week, and was largely used by faculty for reference purposes. It also included a textbook collection and the school's laboratory equipment. As teacher training education became more sophisticated, so did the library.

In the last years of the 1890s, Jeanette Reynolds, who had been a secretary at the school, became the librarian. In 1899 she cataloged the collection according to the then new Dewey Decimal system. Affectionately remembered by alumni as "Jenny Wren," she laid the foundations of a modern library. The library she presided over was in the central part of the old Normal School building, and included such things as a "pen writing room," for writing with the fountain pens of that era - only pencils were allowed in the library proper!

In Fall 1939 construction began on the building we know as Hartwell Hall, replacing the old Normal School building. The library in Hartwell was on the second floor, in the center of the building. From the 1940s on the school began to expand, beginning with the winning of teacher's college status in 1942, which called for the expansion of library collections and staff. Hours were extended, and the tradition of library instruction which dated back to the era of "Jenny Wren" continued.

With the postwar expansion of the college, the library became terribly crowded and staff schedules actually had to be planned around the small number of available work areas.

Bernard Drake In 1961 the college opened the first building dedicated exclusively as a library, Drake Memorial Library. It was named after two unrelated college staff members, Bernard Drake and Ruth Drake. Bernard Drake was an administrator, Education professor and the dean of students from 1936-1957. He graduated from the Normal School at Fredonia and received his master's degree from Columbia. Drake worked in public schools as Supervising Principal or Superintendent of school in New York communities including Celeran, Silver Creek and Babylon. Prior to his arrival at Brockport, he had been working toward his doctorate at Columbia. Drake initiated a study on the existing structured curriculum of the college in 1948, which resulted in the offering of a greater selection of courses to students.

The name also played homage to Ruth Drake, who was a member of the faculty for 31 years. Ms. Drake was born in Evanston, Illinois and graduated from Wellesley College in 1926. She entered Brockport as a Kindergarten instructor in 1928, and later earned her master's degree from Columbia in 1946, and a degree in Library Science from Western Reserve University. After several years as the campus Kindergarten Critic, Ms. Drake became the Campus School Librarian until her retirement in 1959.

This new building would serve as the home of the library until 1974, when the library moved to its current location on the south side of campus next to Allen. The old building, now named Rakov, serves as home to many of the school's enrollment and business offices.

Edwards Hall

Edwards Hall was built in 1968 and named after Aletta Edwards and William Edwards, no relation. Aletta Edwards (?-1939) was an English professor and chair of the department from 1908-1934. She graduated from the former State Normal School at Brockport and received her Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Syracuse University. She received her master's degree at the University of Rochester and did advanced work toward her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, and at Cambridge University, England. William Edwards William W. Edwards (about 1790 – 14 August 1813) was an officer in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. ...

William Edwards (1902-1959) was chair of the Social Sciences Department from 1941-1959. He was born in Court House, Ohio and attended both the University of Chicago and Ohio State, where he received his bachelor's and master's of history in the same year. After doing graduate work at the University of Minnesota and Brookings Institute of Washington, DC, he returned to Ohio State for his Ph.D. During his term at Brockport, Edwards did an exchange professorship with the University of Madras in India, where he taught politics.

Edwards Hall is the main lecture hall on campus and holds the Blue Room, the largest instructional room at Brockport.

Faculty Office Building

See Albert W. Brown Building.

Gordon Hall

Gordon Hall was built in 1966 and named after the Ida and Luther Gordon. The Gordon family was prominent locally and Ida Gordon (1854-1946) was one of two women appointed to the Board of Trustees in 1917. Luther Gordon (1822-1881) was a successful business person who supported the school at a crucial financial point just after the Civil War.

Luther Gordon was a lumber dealer in the village, and a political force in the Republican Party. Mr. Gordon, along with other town members, refused to pay the Normal School taxes, and he instituted a suit in the Supreme Court against the village for seizing lumber. The court declared the village actions legal, and the tax was paid. Yet afterwards, Mr. Gordon bought half the bonds issued to construct the new Normal building.

Gordon Hall, along with Benedict, Dobson, and Harmon Halls, is a dormitory complex that was designed to accommodate over 600 students. This three story tall dormitory is styled in a suite manner, with two bedrooms connected by a living room, and a bathroom shared by four student residents. Gordon Hall currently offers a substance-free floor, 24 hour quiet floors, and a returning scholars' floor. It also houses ty the guitar hero, Williams the italian stallion, Mike era era fresh, and funk master Hutton.

Harmon Hall

Harmon Hall was built in 1966 and named after George Harmon Jr. (1880-?), a local business person who, as leader of the "Committee on One Hundred", headed the fight of the later 1930s to get a new building for Brockport.

George Harmon Jr. was in the marble business prior to becoming a local insurance agent. He served as Mayor, Secretary of the Agricultural Society, was an honorary member of the Board of Managers, and Secretary of the NYS Association of Town Fairs.

Harmon Hall, along with Benedict, Dobson, and Gordon Halls, is a dormitory complex that was designed to accommodate over 600 students. This three story tall dormitory is styled in a suite manner, with two bedrooms connected by a living room, and a bathroom shared by four student residents. Harmon Hall currently houses incoming transfer students.

Harrison Hall

Harrison hall was built in 1967 and named after Henry Harrison, a member of the Board of Trustees from 1891-1935 and an active and influential supporter of the school. Henry Harrison may refer to the following people: Henry Baldwin Harrison (b. ...

Henry Harrison was one of the villages most distinguished citizens. He served as President of the Local Board of Managers for 44 years. From 1896-1898, he represented the 45th district in the State Senate and later was Collector of Customs in Rochester. Harrison also served as the chairperson of the Monroe County Draft Board during World War I, and was active in the Red Cross, University Club, and the Chamber of Commerce in Rochester.

Harrison Hall serves as a dining center for the high-rise dorms. This building is located on the western end of the campus and offers traditional meals on the second floor, and a snack food eatery called Trax on the first floor.

Hartwell Hall

Construction on Hartwell Hall was inititated in 1938, and completed in 1941. This building is named after Ernest Hartwell (1884-1965). Hartwell Hall, a lovely Georgian Colonial style brick building, stands at the historic heart of the campus. It is the oldest building on campus after the Alumni House. When finished, it made up the entire school, including classrooms, offices, swimming pool, and library. As Hartwell Hall was being erected the old building was torn down in stages. At one point students in the old buildings training school wing reached the new building via a wooden gangplank one story up! During 1938-39, Ora Van Slyke's 4th grade class in the training school organized a "Sidewalk Superintendent's Club" which put together a book documenting the construction in word and picture. The book's depiction of stonemasons laying granite steps, roofers putting down copper sheeting and the like is a vivid reminder that the building really is something of which it can be said, "They don't make them like that anymore!"

Hartwell Hall and the surrounding area were recently restored to provide more modern facilities, but it still retains its aesthetically historical feel. As a folklore note, it is reported that the building is inhabited by several ghosts! Aside from housing ghosts, Hartwell currently provides space for the English, Dance, Philosophy, and Recreation and Leisure departments.

Hazen Health Center

Hazen Health Center was built in 1967 and named after Dr. John Hazen (?-1946), a local physician who served the college for many years up until 1946. This building remains today as the Health Center, and is located in between Holmes and Dailey Halls.

Holmes Hall

Holmes Hall was built in 1967 and named for Daniel and Mary Jane Holmes. Daniel Holmes (1828-?) was on the Board of Trustees form 1854 to 1919, and wrote the Quarter Centennial in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Brockport State Normal School. His wife Mary Jane was a very popular fiction writer who catered to her female readers by writing wholesome stories dwelling on domestic life in exotic surroundings. These backgrounds were inspired by the extensive world traveling done by Mary Jane and her husband. As Brockport's solitary literary celebrity and because of her own forceful personality, Mrs. Holmes held a very special niche in the heart of the village.

Holmes Hall is home to the Psychology and Communications departments, and was the former hub for the Stylus student paper publication. This three level building holds offices, classrooms, and labs and is an important academic building for Brockport students.

Lathrop Hall

Lathrop Hall was built in 1951 and served as the college union for eighteen years. It contained two large lounges, four meeting rooms of various sizes, two listening rooms, two guest rooms, a snack bar, a large dining room seating 250 people, a small dining room designed to seat 50, the offices for student publication, the alumni association office, and an apartment for the manager of the union. By the late sixties, the new Seymour Union facility was built to meet the growing enrollment of the student body. Lathrop has also served as the home to the Dance department, but today is the location of Public Safety.

Lathrop Hall was named after Henry Lathrop, a professor of mathematics at the college fom 1912-1935. He came to Brockport as a Mathematics teacher, and eventually rose to the Head of that department, a position he occupied until his retirement in 1935. Mr. Lathrop was also advisor to the yearbook Saga staff, was active in civic affairs, and was a charter member of the Brockport Kiwanis club. Lathrop was fondly referred to as "Daddy Lathrop" by his students, and it is in his memory that Lathrop Hall stands.

Lennon Hall

Lennon Hall was built in 1964 and although currently closed due to renovations, is the permanent home of the science departments and holds many large classrooms and laboratories.

The building was named after William Lennon, a Science professor and Vice Principal of the school from 1869-1911. He graduated from Genesee College in Lima in 1867, and arrived in Brockport two years later as a professor of science. He succeeded to Vice Principal in 1882, and maintained that position until his retirement in 1911.

MacVicar Hall

MacVicar Hall was built in 1961 and is set up in the traditional dorm style, with a single room shared by two students. This dorm houses freshman students only.

MacVicar Hall is named after Malcolm MacVicar, the head of the school from 1863-1868. Malcolm MacVicar was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1829. He became Vice-President of the college upon his arrival in Brockport in 1858. Ordained as a Baptist minister in 1856, he found his true interest to be in education rather than preaching. He became the first president and "Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy."

MacVicar became Principal of the Collegiate Institute in the spring of 1863, the last principal of the Collegiate Institute in 1866 and the first President of the successor Normal School. MacVicar lead the Brockport Collegiate Institute to victory in the fierce competition to become one of the four new state normal schools. The Normal Schools Act which established four Normal Schools was petitioned to the Legislature by Brockport under the activities of MacVicar. The Institute merged with the Normal School in 1866 because of the financial crisis that was threatening the institution's survival. The borrowing of money to upgrade the school to win state acceptance was a source of some local controversy, and he moved on the Principalship of Potsdam Normal School and other posts of academia.

McFarlane Hall

McFarlane Hall was built in 1963 and named after Charles McFarlane, the head of the school from 1901-1910.

Charles T. McFarlane came to Brockport from a professorship of Geography at Ypsilanti. He was born in New Berlin, New York and received his education from the College of the City of New York and the New York Normal College in Albany. He did additional graduate work at the University of Vienna and at Harvard University, later receiving both master's and doctor's degrees in Pedagogy from the Michigan State Normal College. His ideology reflected a statewide movement to convert the liberal coursework to more strictly professional classes.

McFarlane Hall serves as a freshman dormitory and was designed in the traditional dorm style, with two students sharing a single room.

McLean Hall

McLean Hall was built in 1959 and is a traditional styled dormitory that houses freshman students only. It was named after Charles McLean, a teacher and then principal of the school from 1865-1898.

Charles D. McLean was born in Ireland in 1834 of Scottish parentage. He was brought to New York in 1840 by his widowed mother and in 1856 he accepted a position as teacher at his old alma mater, and became vice principal two years later. In 1869, he became principal of the Normal School, a position he held for the next thirty years. In spite of his short stature and slight build, President McLean was an athlete and hero to most of the student athletes at the school. Professor McLean was generous in extending financial aid to students. He was both a rigid disciplinarian and a skillful teacher, especially in Mathematics and Pedagogy. Admired by his faculty and respected by his students, McLean was the dominant figure to the academic life of the school during his tenure as principal.

Morgan Hall

Morgan Hall was built in 1951 and served as a dormitory before undergoing recent renovations. Today it is home to International Education. Morgan Hall was named after a prominent local business person, Gifford Morgan, who was also the head of the Board of Trustees in the 1920s and 1930s.

Gifford Morgan succeeded Herbert Bramley as President of the Board. He endorsed Dr. Ernest C. Hartwell as the president of the Brockport State Normal School and enthusiastically supported the "Recommended Minimum Standards as a basis of Granting Degrees by the Normal Schools." This included eight minimum standards that continue to exist within the SUNY system. The State University of New York (acronym SUNY; usually pronounced SOO-nee) is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. ...

Mortimer Hall

Mortimer Hall was built in 1970 and is part of the high rise dorm complex that serves the upperclassmen. It is made up of two and three bedroom suites with study areas and kitchen facilities on each floor. There is also a student health club located in this dormitory.

Mortimer Hall was named after Mary Mortimer, an English immigrant and orphan who was the head of the "female department" of Brockport in the 1840s. She was born in England in 1816 and was brought to this country while still a young child. At age 13, she was orphaned by the sudden death of her parents. Miss Mortimer, along with her good friend Clarissa Thurston, served as the first preceptresses of the Female Department. Mortimer's deeply religious nature colored all of her teaching and her conviction that women were as educable as men was evidenced during her Brockport years. She later founded the Milwaukee Female Seminary.

Neff Hall

Neff Hall was built in 1951 and named after Grace Neff, a first grade teacher critic at the campus demonstration school form 1912-1943. Grace Neff was a graduate of the former State Normal School at Geneseo and also studied at Columbia University.

Perry Hall

Perry Hall was built in 1968 and is part of the highrise dormitory complex that also includes Mortimer, Briggs, and Bramley. Upperclassmen dwell in this suite-styled living environment, which has 207 spaces.

Perry Hall was named after Charles Perry, the head of the education and rural school department form 1910-1937. Charles F. Perry was born in 1878 and graduated from the former State Normal School at Brockport and later graduated Cum Laude from Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Rakov Center for Student Services

The Rakov Center was built in 1961 and named after Harold Rakov, a professor of Political Science and an administrator from 1949-1984. This building originally served as the campus library, but in 1973 began functioning as the hub for student services like Registration and Records, Academic Advisement, Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Bursar's Office.

Harold L. Rakov was born in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Rakov attended Oswego Normal School and received his baccalaureate and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University. Prior to beginning his career at Brockport, he taught at both the junior high and collegiate levels in New York State. During his 33 years at the college, Dr. Rakov's many administrative positions included Director of Admissions, Dean of Students, Director of Graduate Studies, Acting Dean of the College, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs. However, Dr. Rakov is best remembered for his love of teaching. As a professor, Chairman and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Dr. Rakov made a lasting difference in the lives of thousands of students, providing motivation, inspiration and challenges. In the words of Dr. Rakov, "If I could write my own epitaph, it would simply be...He was useful. He was useful to people, to the college and to the educational system."

Seymour College Union

The Seymour Union was built in 1969 at a cost of $4,000,000 and is the location of the college union. Seymour Union holds the Barnes and Nobles Bookstore, a commuter's cafeteria, study areas, the BSG (Brockport Student Government) Offices, the WBSU campus radio station, the ballroom, campus event box office, ATM machine, Women's Center and other clubs, and the Stylus newspaper. A typical Barnes & Noble bookstore. ... Student government at Brockport was established in the late 1920s. ... ...

The Seymour College Union was named after the Seymour brother, James and William. James was co-founder of Brockport and William was a well-known inventor of agricultural machinery and a member of the Board of Trustees. As a young man, James moved from Connecticut to Pompey, New York where he served an apprenticeship under his first cousin, Henry Seymour. James moved to Rochester when the newly organized county of Monroe appointed him Sheriff in 1820 and later moved to Michigan.

His brother William, who had been employed by James in Clarkson and Brockport, continued the family mercantile business until 1844. Thereafter, he became involved in an iron foundry and agricultural machine manufacturing until his retirement in 1877.

Smith Hall

Smith Hall was built in 1967 and is a science building, housing Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.

Smith Hall was named after David Smith, who headed the school from 1898-1901. Dr. David Eugene Smith succeeded McLean as President, having been selected from a long list of possible candidates. He was born and raised in Cortland, New York and received his Doctorate of Philosophy degree at Syracuse University in 1887. He wanted to establish a close working relationship between the alumni, faculty and students. Dr. Smith studied law in his father's office and was admitted to the bar in 1884. He chose to be a professor of mathematics at Ypsilanti instead. Dr. Smith produced 500 publications, including over 50 textbooks. He arrived in Brockport in 1898 and stayed until 1901. Smith pushed for the expansion of the practice school and fought many a battle with the state over what he saw as inadequate funding. Frustrated by the lack of state support, he left to take a position at Columbia.

Special Olympic stadium at Bob Boozer Field

The largest on-campus Division 3 football stadium in NCAA

Thompson Conference Center

Thompson Conference Center was built in 1958 and is home to freshmen, graduate, adult, and international students. The building also contains a conference center for the occasional meeting.

It was named after Alfred Thomspon, principal of the school from 1910-1936. Thompson was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1867 and was educated at Yale University. He was superintendent of schools in Auburn, NY before coming to the Brockport Normal School in 1910. Thompson was a well respected and highly honored member of the faculty and more than 2,000 graduates received their diplomas from his hands.

Tower Fine Arts

The Tower Fine Arts Center was built in 1968 and is the location for the Art, Art History, and Theater departments. The Tower has many art studios, galleries, classrooms, photography laboratories, and a theater for student productions.

It was named after Donald Tower, President of the college from 1944-1964. Dr. Tower was interested in drama, and wrote a series of drama workbooks.

Tuttle Complex

Tuttle was built in two stages, in 1962 and 1973 and named after Ernest Tuttle, the first director of the Physical Education and Health program, started here in 1945. The Tuttle Complex holds an ice hockey rink, several gymnasiums, classrooms, offices, pools, exercise facilities, and racquetball courts.

Ernest Tuttle was a graduate of Springfield College and had an M.A. from the University of Rochester. He originally taught at Brockport Central High School for four years, before coming to the Normal school in 1937. He taught Physical Education classes and eventually became the Director of the Department in 1945. Tuttle retained that position until his resignation due to health in 1964.

Temporary Buildings

The Quonset hut science laboratory in 1954. A typical Quonset hut A Quonset hut is a lightweight prefabricated structure of corrugated iron having a semicircular cross section. ...

The odd Quonset hut structure pictured above was located near Hartwell Hall, by the railroad tracks where now there is a parking lot. Many stories circulate about the poor heat in the building and, in those days when trains ran much more frequently, the deafening noise every time a train went by!

There was a group of temporary buildings placed on the campus during the 1940s to 1950s, which provided not only space for classes and other uses, but many memories as well for alumni and staff emeriti! They included West Hall, a dorm for women, veterans housing, the above Quonset huts and of course the field house (which is the last survivor - it was used for an indoor athletic practice area until 1970, when it was moved from its location where Allen is now to its current site across Redman Road.)

Notable faculty

  • Garth Fagan (emeritus), founder of Garth Fagan Dance
  • Judith Kitchen, poet
  • Dr. Rong Yang
  • Dr. Sachio Ashida (Judo instructor, eighth degree black belt in Judo, also a black belt in forms of karate, kendo, and Jujustsu, former Olympic Judo referee)
  • Dr. Arden Bucholz, Distinguished Teaching Professor, published works include Moltke and the German Wars, 1864-1871, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2001. Also attended high school with NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown

Garth Fagan (1940 -) Modern dance choreographer. ...

Notable alumni

  • Craig A. Conway, former President and CEO, PeopleSoft, Inc. (Mathematics and Computer Science)
  • Thom Jennings, columnist, (The Brockport Stylus, The Medina Journal-Register, Albion Advertiser ) B.S History (2006)
  • Nancy Kress, science fiction writer, Hugo Award winner (M.S. Education (1977), M.A., English (1979))
  • Terry Lehr, local history author (M.A., English (1990), M.A., History (1995))
  • Oliver North, Convicted Felon (Overturned July 20, 1990) Decorated Viet-Nam veteran, awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and 2 Purple Heart medals.
  • Gene Spafford, computer scientist (B.A., Mathematics and Computer Science, 1979)
  • Stan Van Gundy, former head coach of the NBA's Miami Heat (B.A., English/B.S., Physical Education, 1981)
  • William Fichtner, is an American actor, Fichtner's film credits include Contact, Heat, Armageddon, Go, Equilibrium, Black Hawk Down, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Crash. He is best known as a character actor, taking on supporting roles. (B.A. Criminal Justice, 1978)
  • John Faso, unsuccessfully ran for New York state governor on the Republican ballot in 2006

PeopleSoft, Inc. ... Nancy Kress (born Nancy Anne Koningisor in Buffalo, New York on January 20, 1948) is a science fiction writer. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... Lt-Col. ... Eugene H. Spafford (born 1956) (known colloquially as Spaf) is a professor of computer science at Purdue University and a leading computer security expert. ... Stan Van Gundy, the brother of Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, is an American basketball coach in the NBA. From 2003 to 2005, he was the head coach of the Miami Heat. ... The Miami Heat are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... Willaim Fichtner as Sully in The Perfect Storm William Fichtner (born November 27, 1956 in East Meadow, New York) is an American actor. ... Black Hawk Down is an Academy Award-winning 2001 film by Ridley Scott, based on the book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden. ... John Faso was the Republican nominee for Governor of New York, and was defeated by Democrat nominee Eliot Spitzer. ...

Special Olympics & Brockport

During the summers of 1975 and 1976, SUNY Brockport hosted the New York State Special Olympic Games. Soon after, the college was chosen to be the site of the 1979 fifth International Special Olympic Games.

Famous Supporters

It is estimated that between 45-50 celebreties participated in this Special Oympics. Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a former American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... James Earl Carter, Jr. ... Francis Newton Gifford (born August 16, 1930 in Santa Monica, California) was an American football player and one of the better-known American sports commentators in the latter part of the 20th century who made the transition from an athlete to broadcasting. ... Wilma Glodean Rudolph (June 23, 1940 – November 12, 1994) was an American athlete and three time Olympic champion. ...

Attendees included: Phil Donahue, Marlo Thomas, Sally Struthers, Susan St. James, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christopher Reeve and the Kennedy Family. Phil Donahue Phillip John Donahue (b. ... Marlo Thomas was born Margaret Julia Thomas on November 21, 1937 (although most sources indicate 1938) and is an American actress, first appearing on the TV series That Girl in the 1960s. ... Sally Ann Struthers (born July 28, 1948) is an American actress and spokesperson. ... Susan as Sally McMillan in The Man Without A Face, (ca?)1975 Susan St. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and Republican politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Christopher Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, director, producer and writer. ...

Famous athletes who participated included: Muhammad Ali, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Rafer Johnson, and Hank Aaron. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Robert Gordon Bobby Orr, OC (born March 20, 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenseman and is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player of all time. ... Philip Anthony Esposito, OC (born February 20, 1942 in Sault Ste. ... Rafer Lewis Johnson (born August 18, 1935) is a former American decathlete. ... Henry Louis Aaron (born February 5, 1934) is a retired American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ...

Post-Olympic Events

On October 8, 1982 SUNY Brockport held a dedication ceremony for the new Special Olympics Park. The Special Olympics Park contains a bronze sculpture and fountain created by Zurab Tsereteli for the purposes of celebrating the Special Olympics.

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