Press Releases

September 9, 1996
Groundbreaking Set for $7.2 Million Academic Center at Southampton Graduate Campus

Contact: Jane Finalborgo and Joe Dionisio
(516) 287-8313

A new era in the history of Southampton Graduate Campus will begin at 5 p.m., Saturday, September 21, at the ceremonial groundbreaking for a $7.2 million academic center authorized by the trustees of Long Island University.

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Local and state officials, faculty, students, alumni and staff will attend the ceremony, which will take place adjacent to the Natural Science Building, northwest of the Tuckahoe Road parking lot. Members of the community are cordially invited to the event, which will be followed by refreshments and a barbecue. Those wishing to attend should call 283-4000.

A World Affairs Council lecture by economic journalist James S. Henry -- "Who Owns Russia?" -- will take place following the barbecue at 6:15 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.

The new 35,000-square-foot academic center will contain three laboratories, six classrooms, a technologically-equipped lecture hall, faculty offices, and state-of-the-art studios for WPBX 88.3 FM, Long Island's public radio station.

Six million dollars of a $20 million bond-offering approved by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York will be used to jump-start the new academic building, pending the generation of the necessary philanthropic funds. The balance of bond revenue will initially fund projects on LIU's C.W. Post campus.

Detailed planning for the structure has been presented to the Southampton Town Planning Board and other governmental agencies for review.

This will be the first major construction at the college since 1985, when a laboratory at its marine science station and an art studio were added.

Funding Sources. Efforts to raise the necessary capital are being spearheaded by Chancellor Robert F. X. Sillerman's pledge last summer of $1 million and his challenge to the university’s board to match it with an additional $2 million. A large number of matching gifts have been received or pledged, and additional prospective donors are considering others.

Naming opportunities are available to donors who wish to support the entire building and/or significant components of it, including classrooms, science laboratories, a lecture hall, computer laboratory, faculty offices, and the WPBX studios.

"The new academic center demonstrates that Southampton Graduate Campus is on the move," said Provost Timothy Bishop. "With the numerous improvements at the College, our momentum continues to build."

In recent years, classroom space has been at a premium as teaching space was converted into computer labs and other facilities. The new building will strengthen graduate and undergraduate offerings by relieving pressure on teaching facilities at the institution.

"Building" for the future

The new building is the first step in fulfilling a master plan to give the College a physical plant commensurate with the caliber of the institution's faculty and students, three more of whom won Fulbright Scholarships this past spring.

The plan was produced last year by the architectural firm of Mitchell/Giurgola. College administrators expect the academic building to be followed by a major new sports and recreation center, additional academic buildings and a new library.

Southampton Graduate Campus is one of the six campuses of Long Island University, which in the last decade has become one of the nation's ten largest private educational institutions.


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