The annual Lighting of the Windmill event at Stony Brook Southampton will be extra special this year, as the college is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the campus.
Located in Shinnecock Hills, the campus was originally known as Southampton College before it was bought a few years ago by Stony Brook University. The windmill lighting tradition continued uninterrupted through the transition from Long Island University ownership to Stony Brook ownership.
The 2013 lighting reception will take place in Chancellors Hall on Friday, December 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. with music from the Stony Brook University Pep Band, an appearance by Seawolves mascot Wolfie, seasonal refreshments, a caricaturist, balloon artist, and crafts for children. The program also includes tours of the new Marine Sciences Center, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Labs, and the windmill itself, which United for Libraries named a Literary Landmark earlier this year.
After the lighting, in Duke Lecture Hall at 7:30 p.m., the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences will deliver a talk on the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies. The presentation will highlight the goals, objectives, and activities of NYS RISE and the role SoMAS will play in ensuring coastal communities and ecosystems are strengthened to protect their health and viability in the event of future storm devastation.