Stony Brook University 2018 State of the University Address

[ Music ] >> Please welcome the president of Stony Brook University, Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr [ Applause ] >> Thank you so much, everybody. I never get tired of that video. I have it on a loop at home essentially; it’s absolutely amazing Thank you so much for coming today to the State of the University Address, and thank you so much for coming in from outside on a beautiful day outside. It would be nice to figure out a way to actually do this in an outdoor environment when we have a wonderful day like this. But I really appreciate everyone taking the time to come in. I want to begin by welcoming some distinguished guests. I see in front of me, New York State Assemblyman and Stony Brook alum, Steve Englebright. Steve, welcome. New York State Assemblyman, Michael Fitzpatrick. Michael, welcome. The Majority Leader of the Suffolk County Legislature and a Stony Brook alum, Robert Calarca. Robert Suffolk County Legislature and Stony Brook alum, Robert Trotta. I don’t think it’s a prerequisite to get elected, but it sounds like a really good thing, actually. Brookhaven Town Councilwoman, Valerie Cartwright. Valerie Representing Governor Andrew Cuomo, Brian Sapp. Brian. And representing the United States Senator Chuck Schumer, Garrett Armwood. Garrett [ Applause ] I want to begin as I usually do by welcoming some new leaders to the University, and I want to start by Kathy Byington, our new senior vice president for finance and administration Kathy, where are you? There you are. Kathy came to us across Long Island Sound from Yale University. She has also done important work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, as well as at Georgetown University, where she was in charge of finance for the Medical Center. So, she brings a unique perspective She’s had an opportunity essentially to look at finance on both the university side, as well as the medical center side, and I think that unique perspective will be very important to us at Stony Brook, as we go forward. So, again, Kathy, thank you so much for joining the Stony Brook University team. I also want to acknowledge Ernest Baptiste, the new chief executive officer at Stony Brook University Hospital. Ernest couldn’t be here today. He’s been in the job about nine months but already making a very positive difference for our hospital, and we’re very pleased that Ernest has joined us. Paul Shepson serves as the new dean for School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Paul, welcome. Where is Paul? There he is. Paul came to us from Purdue and the National Science Foundation and, again, is energizing a very important part of Stony Brook University. I want to acknowledge some interim deans and vice presidents as well And first, Rick Gatteau, who’s serving as interim vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Rick [ Applause ] I was going to say I think Rick has been doing an outstanding job, just strike that. I don’t think I need to say it. Rick, thank you. Shafeek Fazal is serving as the interim dean for University Libraries. Richard Gerrig, as the interim dean for the Graduate School, interim vice provost for Graduate and Professional Education And Carlos Vidal, as interim dean for the School of Health Technology and Management Please rise and let us thank all of you [ Applause ] Thank you all so much. Very, very much appreciated And last, but certainly not least, Nicole Sampson, serving as interim dean of our largest college, the College of Arts and Sciences Nicole [ Applause ] And I want to extend my congratulations to the new president of the University Senate, Bancroft Scholar Award winner and history professor, Nancy Tomes [ Applause ] So, I want to begin our discussion today around diversity. This is a core value for Stony Brook University, it’s a core part of our mission. It’s important for students, faculty, and staff, and crosses so many endeavors at the university. We’re going to have a special day next Tuesday, October 9th – this will be a seminar on cultural competency, implicit

bias, and sexual misconduct. This seminar is going to provide practical tools to manage issues on hidden biases and expectations in the classroom and workplace, diversity awareness, and how to report concerns. And it’s extraordinarily important that we do this, and I think one thing I want to really emphasize — and I’ve heard a little grumbling because this is a required meeting — required seminar essentially, for all faculty and staff, and I’ve heard some concerns from people saying, you know, why do we have to attend this. But I want to emphasize, this wasn’t a top-down administrative decision, although obviously, we’re very much in favor of it. This actually came to us from requests from faculty, from requests from staff, and most importantly I think, from requests from students who had concerns about these issues and how the university deals with them. So, I’m looking forward to everybody being there. I’ll be there to introduce the first session and to participate in the first session. I’ll also be there to introduce the second session. And again, I hope we see all faculty and staff at this meeting because I think it’s extraordinarily important, and I look forward, as I said, to seeing each of you there [ Applause ] As I mentioned, diversity has been extraordinarily important under the leadership of Judy Greiman and Lee Bits√≥√≠, our chief diversity officers at Stony Brook. We’ve been working very hard, as we have in academic affairs as well, to deal with issues around diversity. We’ve narrowed the graduation gap between men and women from 16 to 11%; that’s important. We’ve worked to increase retention rates for women using our WISE Program. And this year, those retention rates have reached 88.6%, and that’s spectacular in STEM fields. And what that means is an additional 400 plus women are going to be in the engineering program over the next three years. Again, a spectacular finding, that’s a 27% increase overall. So, great work by our WISE Program and my hat’s off to them And then, of course, continued success of our EOP Program. This has been incredibly important for the university. We have the best EOP program in SUNY, obviously the best in the state. They’re celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. But what’s really important are the outcomes and our outcomes are spectacular And I’ll talk a little bit more about that in a second. But EOP and I think that halo effect it has on other students who benefit from the — benefit from the mentoring that comes from EOP students and their mentors, again, makes a major difference for us. And the key factor — or key figure we have from that is almost every university across the country, there’s a gap between Pell eligible students, who come from the most economically disadvantaged families, and non-Pell students in graduation rates. And that gap, on average, is about 8% between these groups. At Stony Brook University, we’ve eradicated that gap and in fact, Pell eligible students are graduating at about a 3% higher rate than non-Pell students So, again, that’s great work [ Applause ] I also want to say a thanks to the work that’s been going from Student Affairs and students in developing a number of programs to help prevent sexual violence on our campus. One of the newest programs they’ve developed is called, Know Before You Go, and I talked about this at a UN Women’s He for She event. What Know Before You Go does is essentially addresses a problem we had at Stony Brook University, where particularly early on in the year, parties were being held off-campus that involved serving liquor and cars would come to the circle around SAC and pick up groups of students and take them to these outside parties. And this, we felt, was high risk for, again, gender related violence, and other issues related to alcohol as well. So, what the students came up with and the Student Affairs came up with is Know Before You Go where students, peer to peer, go and meet these students who are standing and waiting for cars to pick them up. And they hand them some — they hand them, essentially, a business card. But on that business card are written a series of questions. Do you know what the address is of the place you’re going? Do you know who’s having the party? Do you know who’s in the car with you when you travel? Do you know who’s driving the car? Do you know what’s going to happen at this party? And you know how you’re going to get home from this party? Six questions that make sense, but people may not have thought about. So, we need — we need to do this kind of intervention. What’s on the other side of the card on the other side? On the other side of the card is phone numbers for reporting gender sexual based violence, university police number, and number for a rideshare as well if you need help getting home. So, this is the kind of intervention, again, that we’re making and trying ways in which we can try and prevent, and reduce sexual violence, and gender-based violence on our campus. Over the years — the next year, we’ll be doing other things, we’ll be expanding the WISE and STEM Leadership Mentoring Program, again, based on the success we’ve had with the WISE Program to allow us to expand it and add it to more students. We’ll be establishing a Pipeline Program at the School of Dental Medicine

to help us get more economically disadvantaged students in and underrepresented minorities We’ll be providing gender signage for restrooms across campus. We’re creating a leadership fund to encourage faculty and staff to attend professional develop activities, particularly those, again, related to diversity and inclusion And we’ll be holding a diversity celebration in November, time to get together and assess where we are in the work we’re trying to do to achieve a diversity and inclusion at Stony Brook University. We’ll celebrate something, our 2018 Higher Education Excellence and Diversity, or HEED Award, from Insight into Diversity magazine. But at the same time, it’s an opportunity to assess where we still need to go and what are the efforts we still need to take. So, again, my thanks to everybody who’s participating in this and I look forward as we continue to make progress in this area. I want to talk about students now, of course, the heart and soul of what we do at the university. This year, we said goodbye to the class of 2018; 7,272 individuals received degrees. We set an all-time record for the number of bachelor’s degrees, 4,435 bachelors; 1,962 masters; 584 doctoral degrees; 126 MDs; 42 DDS; and 291 graduate certificates. All of these students I think have bright futures to look forward to. We know from our studies that more than 90% of these students will either be employed — our bachelor graduates we either employed or in graduate school at this time of the year, so that’s fantastic, again, for the university. We set enrollment records for freshmen this year. We had the highest number of applicants we’ve ever had, 37,828. We had the biggest class and 3,383. We also had more than 1500 transfer students. But the impressive thing is, quality maintained with a larger number of students. And in fact, the quality actually improved, so I hate to say this to the class of 2022, or any other class, but this now is the best class coming in that we’ve entered — to 2021, this is the best class that we’ve entered [inaudible] Stony Brook University, mean SAT of 1323, mean high school GPA at 93.5. And again, this always sparks a little anxiety among the alums who say I’m not sure I could get into Stony Brook University nowadays. And I often say to them, yes, you’re right. But again, fantastic performance and fantastic numbers, and my congratulations to our enrollment team. It brings enrollment at Stony Brook University up to about 26,254 We saw modest growth in undergraduates, about 265, that was divided between increase in New York State residents, but also some significant increases in domestic out-of-state, as well as international students. And that took place in a very difficult recruiting environment for these students. So, again, I thank the admissions group for the work they did. I want to talk about some of the accomplishments of our students and I just picked three, and there’s so many I could talk about. But Lydia Senatus, we talked about her last year at commencement, was our first Rangel Fellow So, she has earned automatic entrance into the U.S. Foreign Service, which is spectacular And she also earned support for further studies, and so she will be studying at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, one of the premier schools in the nation. And you also have the chance to intern at U.S. — at a U.S. Embassy around the world So, Lydia was our first Rangel Fellow, hopefully not our last, but a great accomplishment Michele Olakkengil was our first Payne Fellow She was one of 12 Payne Fellows to get selected across the country. Again, the Payne Fellowship actually involves entrance into the U.S. Foreign Service, which is wonderful. She also receives money to support her education and she’ll be getting a Master of Science at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. So, it’s a little reassuring to me to think about if we think about relationships with other countries that we have to absolutely talented Stony Brook University who will be out there in the Foreign Service, in the diplomatic corps, hopefully making a good impression to the world on the U.S. And then I wanted to point out Rachel Corbman. Rachel has been both a Mellon Predoctoral Fellow, as well as a Mellon American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellow, which is a significant award. Rachel is doing her thesis in our Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and, again, I congratulate her on the recognition for the important work that she’s doing. We had four Fulbright Scholars this year, Yakov Landau, Jessica McKay, Ann Lin, Luis Tobon. Again, this is a mark of distinction for the university to have Fulbright Scholars and we have been on a steady pace to increase the numbers we have on a yearly basis. And we had our — one of our first AAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows, Lyl Tomlinson. And Ann Lin was also elected to the 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women List. Yeah. And for those of you who don’t know Ann, that — that’s the trifecta, so she actually was a Goldwater Scholar as an undergraduate as well, so she

has won three very prestigious awards. So, I wanted to talk quickly about Stony Brook athletics, just to say that we had a very good year last year, in terms of athletic prowess. Our football team finished 10 and 3, and made it to the NCAA Playoffs, which was — we’re very excited about, for the first time in several years. And we had America East Conference Championships, an opportunity to go to the NCAA Playoffs for our women’s lacrosse program, our women’s soccer program, our women’s volleyball program, and our men’s cross country program. So, again, all of this done with an overall GPA for our student athletes of 3.0. So, please join me in congratulating our student athletes on their accomplishments [ Applause ] Now there’s here we need to continue a number of important initiatives for students. I talked about some of the work we’ve been able to do to help in graduation rates and I’ll return to it again in a second. But this is — a lot of this has been based on the Finish in 4 Initiative and this has been a broad-based collaboration across the university, led by a number of members of the university and I thank them for all their efforts. It began as a pilot in the summer of 2015 for the 2,852 students in the class of ’18. We hired two Finish in 4 dedicated advisors who’d work with just to help this class get through We used the educational advisory board platform and institutional research data to create an outreach strategy. And we focused on students who missed important deadlines, and this was personal communication with them. This was a text from an advisor, for example, a phone call from an advisor, an email sometimes from an advisor, but personal communication when we saw students may be falling short. And we also had the Finish in 4 Grants Program, which we started in the spring of 2015. This is a program where if we see a student who’s about to complete but they run into financial difficulty, we provide a grant, not a loan, but a grant for them so they can complete their studies. And so, a problem with someone’s health in the family, or loss of a second job keeps someone from completing something, this allows them to complete. We’ve had served 54 students in financial need who received awards totaling more than $200,000. And through spring of 2018, nearly 100% graduated within four years after this help, so this program has worked extraordinarily well. And imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, SUNY will be adopting a similar plan SUNY wide, which we’re very excited about, and we hope we can leverage that for our students as well. So, I talked about graduation rates and this is the good news, and this is the roll — result I said of the tremendous amount of hard work across the board. Freshman graduation rates reached all-time high, were expected to and they did reach all time high levels for 2018, ’19, 62% for four years; 74% for six years, this is great performance. And as you’ll see, and I’ll talk about a little bit later, we outperformed the expected graduation rate from U.S. News and World Report. So, one of the ways in which U.S. News and World Report evaluate schools for banking is how well you do based on the class expect– the expected graduation rate for the class. And we exceeded that six year graduation rate by 5 percentage points, so this is great news. We want to continue to build on this momentum, but it’s going to be important that we work very hard and continue to find the resources to support this very important program. Thank you. We’ve also had a number of student life initiatives, which, again, are making a very important difference. We have three, what we used to call in the past, Bystander Programs, what we now prefer to call Up Stander Programs, because we’re asking people to stand up rather than stand by when an issue is taking place Our QPR Program for Suicide Prevention trained 250 students to help with this problem that exists on every campus. Red Watchband, which was started a number of years ago and has been an extraordinary successful program adopted by other universities to deal with issues around binge drinking, trained more than 1900 students last year. And the Green Dot Program to deal with violence and bullying trained more than 300 students last year. And we’ve also been working with Red Watchband and Green Dot to expand what they do and expand their training to bring in issues around gender violence and sexual violence as well, since that’s such an important issue. So, we really want people who are Up Standers, not just in narrow areas, but in broader areas as well We launched the Stony Brook Engaged app, which is a real-time source for all club events on campus, so a student can go on this app and find out what’s happening anytime across the university, what clubs are meeting, what events may be taking place. And we had a day-long training program for club and organization leaders on campus, talking to them a little bit about their clubs, what they do, but also their responsibilities as leaders on campus, and educating them about the values of our campus community and what we expect from them as leaders on campus. And we had more than 500 students participate in that. And then we established the Center for Civic Justice on campus, one that deals with issues — important issues, like voter demonstration, getting our students to participate in democracy We had great results last year with voter

registration drives and we continue to push that, but it’s very important, as everyone knows. And we also were involved in community dialogue programs. How do we get more engaged in the community and make a difference? We’re an important part, obviously, of this region, and our students are an incredible resource, and ways in which we can find to get them engaged with the community in positive ways I think are great for both sides. We opened our new LGBTQ* Center on campus, it’s already a great destination for students and I was proud to be at the ribbon-cutting for that And we also opened our new West J residence Hall in late September, which adds about 173 beds. And as you know, because of some of our increase in enrollment, as well as increased retention, we’ve had shortages of housing on campus and had about 800 students tripled And for those students who may have been tripled, sorry about that, but we really do want to get people un-tripled where we can, and I think this will help — 173 beds will help us with that. And we developed a new portal at our Career Center, which is designed to facilitate the access of both students and employee — employers to our Career Center And more than 13,000 individuals have participated in this. So, again, a step forward in helping with the Career Services, which are so important to our students, really from almost the day they set foot on campus. So, I wanted to talk about faculty. I want to begin with Esther Takeuchi. Esther has been present on this venue before. Esther was the winter of the European — the winner of the European Inventor Award. This is given by the European Patent Office on behalf of the European Union. It is our highest award for research. She is the first non-European to receive this award And I saw Esther in the audience, I know she’s here. There she is. Esther, congratulations [ Applause ] The 2018 Indianapolis Prize, the highest prize in conservation went to Russ Mittermeier of Stony Brook University. He is our second faculty member to win the Indianapolis Prize. Patricia Wright won it previously. I don’t know that there’s another institution of higher education that has had two winners of the Indianapolis Prize. We’re very proud of Russ, maybe an absentee, but please join me in congratulating Russ on this award. And Stephanie Dinkins became the Soros Equality Fellow. She was one of 12 individuals chosen nationwide for this very prestigious award. Soros Equality Fellows are advocates, they can be scientists, they can be journalists, they can be artists But they all have in common an emphasis on developing creativity or scholarship directed at racial disparities and racial discrimination Stephanie’s work, called N2, Not the Only One is a unique approach to taking a look at the history of a black family in the United States by using — narrated by, or just described by an entity that’s an artificial intelligence that evolves during the course of evolution, sounds amazing. I look forward to that project with my congratulations to Stephanie for doing this. Fantastic [ Applause ] I also wanted to congratulate Susan Brennan, Chang Kee Jung, Nancy C. Reich Marshall, all for their election to the very prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, AAAS, congratulations. Had three SUNY distinguished professors, Ira Cohen, Lina Obeid, and Arthur Samuel. Again, please join me in congratulating them. And we had a banner year last year for some of our early career faculty. We received nine career awards, from National Science Foundation, from the Department of Energy, and from the Department of Defense, that’s a spectacular number for any university to receive. There were six in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, two in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, one in the College of Arts and Sciences. They’re listed up here I congratulate each and every one of them [ Applause ] Many of them came as part of SUNY 2020 and it’s remarkable to see their careers blossoming and taking off, and we look forward to them making contributions to Stony Brook University for years to come. And if we’re going to achieve that, we have to work more and more on retaining our outstanding faculty, as well as continuing to recruit outstanding faculty to the university as well. And this is absolutely paramount to our core mission. So, how are we trying to do that? We develop other initiatives to help faculty in key areas, the Excellent Faculty, Excellent Teaching Initiative that comes from the Provost’s office is designed to focus on mentoring junior faculty in teaching effectiveness New colleagues can arrange for peer observation

from the Center for Excellence and learning and teaching senior faculty and staff. And mentees receive ongoing guidance. So, this is really important. I think one of the things we forget sometimes is some of us may of land on campus without having had extensive teaching experience, and there is much to learn about teaching an effective pedagogy, so therefore, we find this is a very important program and we want to continue these kinds of programs in support of faculty. The faculty Commons, I had the pleasure of being at the ribbon-cutting for the faculty Commons, it’s located in Melville Library. It’s created to support faculty in teaching technology, library research, and scholarship. It has some state-of-the-art technology to help teachers get involved in technology that may be helpful for online — developing online classes, for example, technology in virtual reality, if that can be incorporated into the curriculum. And it also represents a collaborative space for colleagues to engage in formal and informal interactions about teaching and about how to do it better. So, again, a space we hope that our faculty will utilize, our postdocs will utilize, as they work to improve their teaching and learning at Stony Brook. And the Story Brook Foundation was generous enough to create the Trustees Faculty Fellowship This is created for early stage faculty. It will provide five faculty to receive grants of $20,000. This money is available to do what they want with. It could support travel to conferences, it could support additional support for a postdoc or graduate student All of this is available through these funds, they’re unrestricted and — but they’re really designed to support research scholarship and creative arts, and we would look forward to the first five awardees and look forward to continuing this program, as the years go forward The research scholarship and economic development that Stony Brook does continues to have an impact across the globe. I want to talk one thing that I think is important is how we interact with the public and become part of the public discourse. Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote an op-ed that you’ve may have seen recently, where he criticized universities and scientists for not going forward enough and engaging the public in their work, not talking about why science is important, why the scholarship we do is important, and why it matters to individual — individuals. I’ve decided two examples of people at Stony Brook to doing this, but I think we have others. Of course, the epitome of this is the [inaudible] for communicating science, which is obviously a very important mechanism by which Stony Brook trains people to do this and do it better But I wanted to focus on these two faculty members, Jared Farmer, a professor in the Department of History. He’s really an expert on the overlapping historical dimensions, as it says here, of landscape, environment, technology, science, religion, and culture Really, is he looks at trees, and forests, and how they’ve survived within our civilization, and how they alter our civilization. He’s been called the Tree Whisperer for how he brings to life the issues around trees and how they affect all of us. And then Stephanie Kelton, who’s a professor, whose main base is our Center for the Study of Inequality, Social Justice and Policy, a world recognized economist. Professor Kelton is doing very thought-provoking work on the federal budget, on deficit, how government spends money, what’s involved in infrastructure. She was featured in The Huffington Post article called Stephanie Kelton Has the Biggest Idea in Washington and You Need to Hear It. And you will have a chance to hear it, so on October 15th, I’ll be having a discussion with Stephanie Kelton She’ll have a chance to talk a little bit about her ideas and you’ll have a chance to ask questions to her — of her about her very interesting, as I said, scholarship related to government federal spending, both the federal budget and economic inequality. We continue to increase — unearth incredible discoveries from the very scientifically fertile ground around Lake Turkana and the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya. Again, a great affiliation and collaboration for Stony Brook University This time, a team led by Stony Brook University’s Elisabeth Hildebrand, as well as other faculty members from Stony Brook Universities and members from the Max Planck Institute, uncovered a massive monumental cemetery in East Africa and Lake Turkana. What makes this interesting is it wasn’t built by people who had a village in that area. This predates villages or agriculture in that area. Instead, these were nomadic herders, but they built this monumental cemetery They built monuments for the dead and they came back. They came back to bury their dead there, telling us that there was an organization to the civilization that goes beyond what we might have expected from nomadic herders at this stage in human history. We had wonderful news from the Department of Energy this year The Department of Energy Frontier Research Center Awards are one of the most prestigious and valuable awards that the Department of Energy provides. Previously, Stony Brook University’s Esther Takeuchi had received a grant for her Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties It came time to compete all grants again for

this competition and Esther Takeuchi had her grant renewed for an increased amount, 12 million dollars this time, coming for her for this important work. And John Parise received an award for his center, the Creation of Next Generation Synthesis Center, or Genesis, for 9.75 million dollars. Please join me in congratulating each of them [ Applause ] Around the country, there are only two other universities that received two Frontier Energy Research Center Awards, that was Northwestern and Stanford were the other two, so we’re in very good company. But I would say we could go them one better because Brookhaven National Laboratory, which of course, Stony Brook manages, also received a Frontier Energy Research Award so today, let’s claim Brookhaven and say that we got three of these awards compared to anybody else. So, all of the hard work, by many of the people in this room, has led to a growth in research again this year. So, we had a 6.7% increase in sponsored research expenditures from ’17, ’18, that’s fantastic. And that’s on top of the 5.4% increase we had the year before, so that’s raised that sponsored research number by roughly 20 million dollars over the past couple of years. And why did this happen? There’s a number of reasons, I hope some of the things have to do with the efforts we made to facilitate research success, and I’ll talk about that in a second. But I think a lot of it, again, is due to the great faculty that we hired over SUNY 2020, so we’re seeing great contributions from the faculty who were here already, but faculty from — but great contributions from these new faculty as well And there was a 14% increase in the number of proposals last year compared to 2017. And of course, you can’t get an award if you don’t submit for an award, so again, that made a difference as well. And finally, that contributed about one and a half million dollar increase in facilities and administration costs for the university, again, a very welcome contribution to help us support research on the campus So, the facilitating research success continues, and I thank Rich Reeder and his team for really implementing this. Please join me in thanking Rich for leading this. But I know many of you have been very involved in it. The proposal — new proposal submission platform, which we’ve called My Research Streamlined Workflows and hopefully, it eliminates unnecessary approvals And I said, anything you can do to make it easier to submit a grant helps people get more grants. We created a more efficient hiring postdoc — procedure for postdocs, eliminating some of the red tape there. And we’re also working to create faculty research incentive programs for those faculty who obtain over and above what might be expected in their research submissions to provide ways to get money back to them to support them in their work. We have a funding opportunities notification service for faculty called PIVOT that can make you aware of opportunities in your area that may be coming. It can be very difficult to keep track of all the requests for proposals and opportunities that the many funding agencies have, and this can help. And a new seed grant program, again, available to our faculty, again, to help you provide — if you’re interested in putting in a grant but you may not have enough preliminary data, you may need more things, you want to collaborate across disciplines in a more risky way, these are the kind of things we want to support in this seed grant program. And they join seed grant programs we already have in effect, one from Brookhaven National Laboratory, for example, that we have. But these add and supplement them, and we look forward again to making a difference We’ve had training workshops for early career and mid-career faculty on the National Science Foundation, NIH, and NIHK, how to write award proposals, again, this is important knowing how to write grants is very important. And we’ve been working very hard to organize meetings with government relations for investigators to meet with program officers for federal funding agencies. There are people, particularly in the DoD, who solely make decisions about funding for projects. Some things are not peer reviewed, but a single individual can make decisions. So, getting to know those people and work with them is very important in helping us obtain research support. Coming up will be a task force on research computing I can’t tell you how important research computing I believe is for the university. It’s an infrastructure we need if we’re going to continue to grow our research. If we’re going to participate in all the exciting things that are happening with big data, we need to perform in this area. We’ll be streamlining processes to facilitate research involving human subjects, not to cut corners, but to make sure there’s not unnecessary duplication or red tape that is interfering, again, with people’s ability to do an important research. Staff training on the side of the research office to improve its communications with the key people it works with, the faculty, postdocs, students who are trying to do research. Those are the clients, essentially, for the research office, and improving our communication and our service is important. And finally, more advocacy, again, on using faculty and other VP areas to deal with the government around issues around funding, or even the state issues around funding that may be important for research So, this year, we took a look at Long Island — at our economic impact on login — on Long Island. We haven’t done that for a number of years. John Rizzo, who’s in our Economics Department performed this work for us, using

some very established parameters to calculate the impact of a university on a region. We ended up with a remarkable figure of 7.2 billion dollars coming to Long Island and New York State from all of the economic impact of Stony Brook University. That’s all of the work we do in Stony Brook Medicine, all of the research we do, the people hot — we hire, the people we contract with to provide goods and services to the university, the impact of our startup companies. All of these things come together, the purchases of our students, the purchase of our employees, all these things get calculated in. It’s an impressive number. It turns out to be exactly the same number, 7.2 billion, as University of California San Diego, see Mark Talamini in the audience, who came from there. University of California San Diego came in their calculation about two years ago, so it seems the number that might be reasonable for the kind of impact we have But we always take these things with little grain of salt, but I think it’s an important thing that we need to talk about because, again, the state puts a significant investment in Stony Brook University. We appreciate the investment we get from the state but it’s really nice to talk about the return on that investment from the state, and this is one of those markers of the return on investment for the investment that the state makes. One of the tangible things we’re doing for — to help economic development will be the Innovation and Discovery Center. This is going to open in October 2019, so this is what it looks like today. This is going to be what we call in the trade, a mezzanine building, a building designed to take companies that have outgrown our incubator, or companies that might want to come to Stony Brook University, and come to Long Island, but can’t fit in our current incubator, and give them a space where they can thrive, and grow, and develop. We already have a number of tenants from this. We’ll also have some faculty research space in — in here as well. We think that benefits the companies and it may benefit the faculty researchers as well for the chance to interface with them But again, look for this in October 2019 And we did receive 75 million dollars, we now have that in the — in the bank, if you will, to begin work on the design of what we call the I-Dimes building, a building devoted to discovery at the interface between medicine and engineering, which will be the fourth building to have on our R and D park, and we look forward to programming that and getting it going. So, I wanted to talk about healthcare This is the largest part of Stony Brook University’s budget. It now represents about 2.28 billion dollars of Stony Brook’s budget. We’re a little over 3 billion now and our annual budget is more than a little over 3 billion in our annual budget. Stony Brook Medicine has an extraordinary impact on the region with the assimilation of Southampton Hospital, so we now have Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. We now have 728 beds for the university, 38,027 out — inpatient visits, more than a million outpatient visits every year, and 120 plus now outpatient care sites. We are the destination, I believe, for quality care on Long Island. We are the only provider of a level one trauma center for Long Island. We have the only Children’s Hospital on — in Suffolk County to serve the 1.5 million individuals of Suffolk County And we offer so many services that differentiate us from others. And so, we’re very proud of where Stony Brook Medicine has gotten to and where it’s going, going forward. In terms of our educational component, just focusing on the School of Medicine for this slide, we have 500 plus medical students. It’s one of the most competitive schools in the country to get into. And the annual budget and research is about 86 million dollars, so this is a very important part — component of our overall research budget is now receiving 86 million for Stony Brook University for Stony Brook School of Medicine. And that has moved up significantly over the past few years. It has been a very good progression in that One of the things that an academic medical center does and one of the things that makes it special is the ability to introduce new technology to help people’s lives. And so, at Stony Brook Medicine, we’re among the first to implant the world’s smallest pacemaker This is the pacemaker right here. For those of you who know what a pacemaker normally looks like, it’s a box, it’s like a battery box that kind of fits to the outside of someone’s chest and then it has electrodes that goes into their heart, and then fires to allow it to depolarize. This is a very small capsule that’s inserted by a catheter into the heart It adheres to the side of the heart with prongs I’m not sure how it does that. I’ll have to look at that sometimes, but it does. And from there, it depolarizes the heart. Another miracle of battery technology, probably to develop a battery that small that continues to fire reproducibly. But again, it’s wonderful to be able to offer this to the patients where it may make a difference to them, and we do this kind of thing at Stony Brook University We’re so excited, coming this winter, will be the openings of Medical and Research Translation, or MART building, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, and our hospital bed tower will open. These are going to transform care on Long Island Within the MART building will be the Stony Brook University Cancer Center. This is going to be a spectacular facility to provide cancer care. There will be a cyclotron there for critical imaging studies in cancer, as well

as potentially therapeutics. And there will be advanced imaging for cancer and other diseases as well, all present in this building. And it’s going to be, again, one stop, in some sense, for cancer care because there will also be the ability to provide infusions and other therapy for cancer at that center as well. So, this is really going to make a difference The bed tower is going to expand our intensive care unit capability. As I mentioned before, we take care of the sickest patients in Suffolk County, we need more intensive care facilities, and this is going to help us handle that And as I said, we’ll have a standalone children’s hospital and that will make a tremendous difference to the children and parents of Long Island to have that. It really makes a difference to have a children’s hospital the dedicated to children and where children feel cared for, and we will have that in abundance. We’ll also open the Philips Family Cancer Center in South Hampton and we’re in the process of working to assimilate Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport to have it become part of the Stony Brook system as well. So, I want to talk about the capital campaign, the campaign for Stony Brook. This was the most successful fundraising campaign in SUNY history. Our goal with 600 million dollars. We raised 630.7 million dollars, so we surpassed that. Please join me in congratulating — yeah, thank you [ Applause ] Dexter Bailey, please stand. Yeah. Yeah [ Applause ] I appreciate his work too. Rick Gatteau and Dexter Bailey for public office, I think, is really fantastic. But we raised 630.7, so we really exceeded our goal, which is spectacular What does that mean? Well, first of all, my thanks to all faculty and staff and students in the audience who may have contributed to this. We had more than 5,000 faculty and staff contributed to this. Yeah, give yourself a hand. One of the biggest contributors, Frances Brisbane, please join me in thanking Frances right in the first row. Thank you. We had nearly 48,000 donors with $100 median gift amount, 53 million, nearly 53 million raised directly from undergraduate or graduate student financial aid, 44 gifts for new endowed faculty positions. As we’ve talked about, this helps us attract and retain the best faculty to Stony Brook University. 87 gifts of 1 million and more. You know, it’s not that common to get a gift of 1 million dollars and we had 87 of them during this campaign. And a 74% increase in dollars raised compared with funds raised in the last campaign, so that’s spectacular [ Applause ] So, I will talk about budget, and I’ll talk about budget in a second. But I’ll use this to remind everybody that this is fantastic what we’re able to do, but 98% of that money raised — and we’ve collected 80% of it already, but 98% of that money raised is directly allocated to specific goals that our donors have on campus. And that could be a scholarship, that could be an endowed professorship, that could be a research project by one of our scientists, that could be for a building, but they’re specifically allocated. So, sometimes people say to me, you know, why do you talk about if you have a deficit of 10 million dollars? Just get somebody to write you a check for 10 million or take 10 million out of the endowment and cover it. It really doesn’t work that way. People — it’s amazing people invest in Stony Brook. We appreciate so much their investment in Stony Brook but they give for very special reasons to them. They donate investments to Stony Brook for a very special reason and then they really expect us to take care of keeping the lights on, and the other things that allow us to do the work we do So, why do we — why are we going to keep fundraising? So, we had a great campaign, why don’t we stop and rest? We’re not going to stop and rest. We’re to continue to invest in fundraising. We made great progress. When I came to Stony Brook, we were raising around $27– 27 million dollars a year. In this campaign, we averaged about 80 million dollars a year, so that’s a big change. We want to get to 100 million dollars a year, that’s our goal, and that’s going to take a lot of work. So, we’re going to continue to invest in fundraising And the other reason is, if you look at our endowment is spectacular, it’s gone from about 90 million when we started to about 233 million now, so that’s great. We more than doubled it. But still, we rank 61 among 62 AAAU universities, okay? So, we have work to do and we’re going to continue to push in this area. We believe we can do it. I appreciate your help in us getting there, but it’s an important goal for the university. So, let me talk about budget and I know that’s been a major concern and it’s something that’s occupied much of our attention. So, first, let me thank everybody because with really remarkable efforts from multiple units all around the university, the university, for ’17, ’18 reduced its state purpose expenses, so these are the expenses we have on the state side, by about 26 million dollars from the prior year, ’16, ’17. So, that’s good news and bad news, right? It’s good news that we reached this goal, we reduced our expenditure, it helps us reduce deficits at the university, helps us balance our budget,

but it also means that for some people, the person sitting next to you, may have left the university and because of the hiring hold, there’s no one at that desk, and so your work has increased. You have more work to do, so it’s put stress on administration and faculty at the university because we haven’t hired back everybody who’s left the university We’ve worked very hard to do this through attrition, not through layoffs, and that’s been a goal of ours. But it’s been challenging So, I thank everyone, again, who’s had to work harder because of this, who’s had to take on extra duties, thank you on behalf of the university for your willingness to do this. And thank you for helping us reach and surpass the goal we originally set. So, what happens for ’18, ’19? Can we stop the hiring hold? The answer is no. We need to continue it for the time being. Nothing really changed externally in terms of state allocation, so what we got from the state to support us, which, as you know, hasn’t gone up since 2010, stayed flat. Our tuition increase of $200 is welcome, but it only generates around 3 million dollars a year in additional revenue for us. We did have a modest increase in fees approved. There was an increase in undergraduate enrollment, as I’ve told you, modest increase in domestic out-of-state and international students. The overall increase in revenue then from tuition fees, everything put together is about 8 million dollars, so that’s very helpful to have 8 million dollars more than we had last year from that area. But if you look at the next slide, if you look at everything we owe and new this year, so contractual salaries across all contracts across the university The cost, including the retroactive payments for the contracts that were signed, represents about 33 million dollars that we have to come up with, so that’s our new goal is to come up with money to meet that. We have some other potential increases that will help us with that but to maintain a balanced budget for next year, the units across the campus have committed to reducing expenditures by about 13 million dollars across the campus, so those are the blood — budget planning we did last year to prepare for this year. We’ve prepared as though there’s no additional money coming, so we’re ready for what we could potentially owe the maximum we could potentially owe We are hopeful though. We are hopeful we may get some release from the state — from relief from the state. We’re enacting con– active communications with the state right now on this issue to try and get an increase in state allocation, particularly to cover retroactive components of the salary increase, the CUNY system, when they went through their contract and settled their contracts, received some dollars from the state to help with retroactive components, so we’re pushing very hard for that. I can’t say that it’s done yet, but I know it’s a high priority for SUNY and I can assure it’s a very high priority for Stony Brook, as I said three times, we’re engaged in those discussions. We also have multiple approaches, including, as we talked about, the hiring hold, and increasing our investment in known revenue generating — generating activities, as well as finding new, creative, and effective ways to enhance revenue. And this is, again, where something I’m reaching out to you when I’ve been meeting with departments, I’ve been talking to departments about it What are your ideas on how we might enhance revenue at the university? What are your ideas on things we could do that might be innovative, that might help us improve in this area? We welcome those kinds of ideas. So, our budget initiatives this year, advocacy for a fiscal solution. The issue we have around state allocation and issues around potential increases in tuition that would help us deal with this are political issues. They require a political governmental state solution. We can’t solve those things on our own, but we need to advocate strongly for those solutions. As I said before, we need to invest. We’ll be investing in new initiatives to maintain — at minimum — maintain our domestic out of state and international student, and hopefully increase our domestic out of state enrollment and retention. But I’ve said maintain there very deliberately because it gets harder and harder to recruit The demographics of the eastern long — northeastern United States are very tough for us, so it’s very difficult to recruit. High school numbers are going down across the northeast and our neighboring states are where we recruit most of our out-of-state students. And then international students, the Visa challenges that have been present and you heard the discussion recently that there was consideration of banning all Chinese student Visas, for example. These color people’s impression of the U.S. and color their impression of whether they want to study in the U.S. as well, and that makes it harder to recruit. So, again, we will be working to invest to increase or at least maintain this. We want to do a completely review of online opportunities. We want to take a look at everything we can do and we’ve brought in a consultant to take a look at online at the university, someone who’s been expert in developing programs that can make a difference, and figuring out ways in which this can not only help enhance revenue, but also improve our teaching, again, and also deal with the issues around large classes that we face. And this is one approach to reducing the number of large classes on campus We have a SWAT team from multiple areas of the university to look at summer enrollment and maximize utilization of facilities year-round And we have software we’re working on to improve our alignment of hiring with budget. This will be an added gift we want to bring to Kathy as she comes to university to help make her job early — easier. And as I mentioned earlier, we’re going to continue to invest in fundraising and support research success,

among other things. I’m going to wrap up and finish up in the last 5 minutes with rankings and recognition. I don’t normally talk about those so much I think in this event. I often mention them in passing. But I wanted to talk about them today for a couple reasons. First of all, as you know, we had our highest rankings ever in U.S. News and World Report this year We went from 97 to 80 among national universities, a 17 spot increase. And we went to 32 among public universities in the country, so in the top 40 and top 80, but 32 among public universities. Both of those are the highest positions we’ve ever held, that’s fantastic news because — [ Applause ] As Braden Hosch reminded me to say today, no one number defines the quality of a university, so no one ranking defines the quality of a university, but people pay attention to these And we have good data that students we’re recruiting pay attention to where we are in the rankings, both domestic, out-of-state, New York State residents, and international students pay attention. Parents pay attention to the rankings, so they do matter, so it’s nice when this happens. But what’s really nice is when this happened because it aligns with the mission of the university. And the real reasons we went up in this ranking, all — the vast majority of the ranking increase comes from the fact that we did better in graduation rates, and also because we did better in graduation rates from Pell students and non-Pell students. That’s really where most of this gain comes from. That took us up. So, something that’s part of our mission, something that’s part of our core DNA, doing that better than we’ve done it before is what got us up in the rankings. And that I think is a great motivation for us to continue to do this very well. We also were top 20 value public college for Forbes magazine, so our value is recognized outside, top 25 in STEM colleges, number 21 with a list that was led by MIT and Caltech, so great company to be in. Top 30 public institution from Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education college rankings, 34 best U.S. college in the country by Money Magazine. And in in November, I’m going to travel to the Association of International Educators, along with [inaudible], and other members of the team to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization for the outstanding work that they perceive that we’re doing, again, to support international students on our campus. So, again, all of these rankings represent your work, so please join me in congratulating yourself on this [ Applause ] So, the reason I wrapped up with the rankings — and I’ll be very quick in wrapping up — is because I know we’ve had a number of challenges over the past year, and I know we continue to face challenges at the university, so things can sometimes seem difficult to get done That’s why sometimes it’s nice to take a look at how people view you from outside. How are you viewed from the outside world? And I think these rankings, the recognition, the things I hear from people I run into the university that stop and shop and others, all have a very similar message. When they look at Stony Brook University, they see a vital institution They see an impactful institution, they see an institution that’s doing things that other universities in the country aren’t doing, that’s graduating Pell students at a higher rate than non-Pell students, that’s graduating black and white students at the same identical rate, with both of them having gone up in the past few years, that’s providing health care, and advanced health care to this region and making a difference in people’s lives on an everyday basis, that’s generating scholarship and research that’s transforming people’s lives and changing their lives, and changing how they think about their lives as well, not just changing their lives. But our research scholarship changes how people view the world So, all of these things are happening at Stony Brook University and all of them, again, represent the effort that you’re putting in. So, again, I thank you for everything you do for the university and I look forward to working with you again in this coming year. Thank you so much [ Applause ]