Inauguration Week Events



Monday-Thursday, 2:40 p.m., Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, Campus Center

Throughout the week of Dr. Timothy Sams’s inauguration as the 6th President of SUNY Old Westbury, the Gallery will offer thirty-minute student-docent-led exhibition tours. 

Monday, April 10, 2023

Relational Organizing - Building Power in Our Communities 

2:30 -3:50 p.m., Natural Science Building Lobby

"Relational Organizing - Building Power in Our Communities" showcases the power of Old Westbury students to influence environmental democracy and the equity in land and natural resource decisions that impact citizens' interests. During this program, students will showcase their solutions surfaced through an Environmental Hack-a-Thon to illustrate their commitment and perseverance to building resilience and sustainability in communities through collaborative processes. The programming provides a space for Old Westbury students to engage participants in this programming through relationship building, not mass communication to address democratic legitimacy in the practice of environmental politics. 

Cultivating Environmental Justice Gardening and Workshop

2:30 -3:50 p.m.
Tabling and Discussion, Natural Science Building Lobby
Gardening Workshop, Old Westbury Garden (rear of Natural Science Building)

SUNY Old Westbury recognizes that food justice requires participation from the entire community.  Cultivating Environmental Justice Gardening and Workshop showcases the College's commitment to promote nutrition, health, and sustainability through hands-on community-based farming.  It will illustrate the impact of education, mentorship, and partnership needed to create sustainable change and to advance food justice. The programming provides a space for Old Westbury students to engage participants in the process of cultivation - planting, tilling, sowing, watering, weeding, and harvesting. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Examining Black Studies: “Black on Black: On Our Resilience and Brilliance in America” with Dr. Daniel Black

1-2p.m., Maguire Theater, Campus Center

The Black Studies Center (BSC) welcomes the esteemed and renowned Dr. Daniel Black at SUNY Old Westbury for a discussion of his newly released book; (see link)  "Black on Black: On Our Resilience And Brilliance in America" (2023) as part of the BSC's Examining Black Studies series. 

Fresh Check Day

1 -3:30 p.m., Campus Center Atrium

 SUNY Old Westbury will host Fresh Check Day— a concept created by The Jordan Porco Foundation and designed to bring the whole campus community together to "check-in" on the mental health and wellness of college students. The event is free and has been organized by the Division of Student Affairs with collaborating campus departments at SUNY Old Westbury, student volunteers, and representatives of The Jordan Porco Foundation.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Career Fair

2 - 4 p.m., Campus Center Atrium

Join Career Planning and Development for the annual Career Fair! For a list of all employers, please visit Handshake to see who will be in attendance.

 Janet Taylor Pickett: Necessary Memories - Reception and Exhibition Walkthrough

1 - 2:30 p.m., Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, Campus Center

A special Reception and Exhibition Walkthrough with students will showcase the gallery's ongoing exhibit. "Necessary Memories" is a solo a solo show by celebrated African-American woman artist Janet Taylor Pickett that explores Blackness through painting, works on paper, sculpture, and quilting.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Community Reading - Social Justice Writing Awards

2:40 - 3:50 p.m., Campus Library

Come Celebrate the SUNY Old Westbury  Student Social Justice Writing Award and National Poetry Month. The finalists and winners of this inauguration-inspired competition will be featured. All are welcome to read their work, share a favorite poem, or listen.

OW Panther Citizen Science - A Day in the Life of Water 

Off-campus trip; registration closed.

OW Panther Citizen Science - A Day in the Life of a Water is a college- and community-wide collaborative that links community needs to the expertise of our distinguished faculty and diverse student body for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders. Through this programming, OW showcases its community engaged learning is dedicated to stewardship of the environment and preservation of the fragile ecosystems and shared resources upon which a high quality of life and vibrant economy on Long Island depend. Old Westbury students engaged in this off-campus conservation and citizen science programming will work alongside environmental experts from Brookhaven National Laboratories, Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center, Nassau County Soil and Conservation District, and Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways to engage in water quality monitoring, sediment analysis, marine invertebrates, environmental chemistry, ecology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, cell culture, and microbiology. Participants engaged in this programming will experience and gain knowledge by experiencing and studying estuaries on Long Island. In doing so, they also develop greater respect and appreciation for them, and they become stewards for the conservation of these ecosystems. 

Friday, April 14, 2023

"Meet the Leaders" Luncheon

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Student Union Multipurpose Rooms

This special session will include an active discussion about the strategies and tools needed to develop successful partnerships between businesses and institutions of higher education for immediate and long-term economic growth, and stability. SUNY Old Westbury President, Dr. Timothy Sams will facilitate this session with nationally renowned college and university presidents, and Long Island’s top business leaders. This event is by invitation only and pre-registration is required.

Installation Ceremony

2 - 3:30 p.m., John & Lillian Maguire Theater, Campus Center 

The installation of Dr. Timothy E. Sams will include salutations from various dignitaries, musical performances celebrating the occasion, and a presidential address outlining his vision as the university’s 6th president. Our Installation Ceremony is a limited-seating event. Learn more about responding to attend this event.  

Celebration Reception

3:30 - 6 p.m., Meadow Terrace (Outside Campus Center)

Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the Campus Center Atrium, outside the John & Lillian Maguire Theater. Light refreshments will be provided and this event is free to all attendees of the ceremony and to all members of the campus community. Registration is not required for this event.