Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Improve support for extracurricular and co-curricular programs and activities, and strengthen the connections between those programs and the academic lives of students. Improve facilities and program support for athletics and physical education, student performances, and other student activities to enhance the experience of students involved in those activities and in the greater Brown community

Action Taken

  • Opened new Student Resources and Services Center in J. Walter Wilson Hall in fall 2008, bringing together many student resource offices in one place
  • Initiated the Campus Center Programming Fund to realize some programmatic goals for the Robert Campus Center; piloted First Friday as a monthly series of alcohol-free, student-led social events promoting Faunce House as a center of student life
  • Completed temporary swimming pool and opened facility for aquatics program and recreational swimming in January 2008
  • Made targeted improvements in Pizzitola Memorial Sports Center and Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, including lighting, flooring, bleachers, and equipment
  • Made improvements to student practice and performance spaces in T.F. Green Hall, Alumnae Hall, and Salomon Center
  • Tested and implemented a “trayless” approach in student dining halls to decrease food waste
  • Sponsored a year-long Artist in Residence at Hillel
  • Finalized program specifications and schematic design for the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center in Faunce House; construction began May 2009
  • In May 2009, broke ground on Creative Arts Center that will provide academic, administration, and performance space
  • Installed filtered water coolers in dining halls to reduce use of bottled water
  • Completed construction and opened the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center in Faunce House, August 2010
  • Created a television/soft-furniture lounge area in Sharpe Refectory
  • Implemented “Beyond the Bottle” campaign and “Real Food” program in Dining to support sustainability goals
  • Created a new Campus Blue Room in the Robert Campus Center
  • Made targeted improvements in the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center including renewal of recreational locker rooms, 2 team locker rooms, new recreational fitness equipment, and repairs to the roof-top playing surface
  • Conducted structural repairs to the Marston boathouse bulkhead and the Brown Stadium
  • Finalized program specifications and schematic design for the Aquatics and Fitness Center, construction beginning summer 2010
  • Increased support for campus programming addressing diversity topics by adding an Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives position to the Third World Center
  • Developed a diversity resources brochure for incoming students
  • Sponsored a professional development series on diversity topics for staff in the Division of Campus Life
  • Expanded Disability Support Services including additional staff and resources to improve services for students, faculty, and staff. A testing center will open in J. Walter Wilson this fall to better accommodate learning needs
  • Added weekend and evening appointment hours at University Health Services to better serve students better
  • Developed FluWeb system to manage H1N1 pandemic and provide improved support for students managing illness and academic responsibilities
  • Hosted “Theories in Action” – a new academic conference that gives Brown seniors the opportunity to showcase their capstone projects campus wide
  • Co-located the Curricular Resource Center and the Student Activities Office in the new Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, strengthening the connection between curricular and co-curricular student initiatives
  • Created and Staffed a Campus Center information and welcome desk for community members and visitors
  • Continued to advance local/sustainable food initiatives in Dining Services and the Faculty Club with additional local products, hiring of Real Food student interns, and expanded business relationships with local farmers
  • Continued Beyond the Bottle initiative, on track to meet or surpass established goal of 65% reduction since FY09 in bottled water purchase
  • Received an “A” rating on the College Sustainability Report Card given by the Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Conducted a review of the Varsity Sports Program by the Athletics Review Committee, recommendations submitted to President Simmons
  • Implemented nurse response system to provide 24/7 availability of medical advice
  • Hosted second annual Theories in Action conference, which featured 70 seniors reporting on their capstone projects, 14 panel discussions, and 10 poster presentations
  • Hosted third annual Brown Degree Days, which brings Brown alums to campus to talk with current students about their concentrations and careers. Twenty-four departments sponsored events featuring a total of 88 Brown alums
  • Hired new internship coordinator and developed enhanced database of internship opportunities on campus, in the Providence area, nationally, and world-wide
  • Signed agreements with study abroad partners to increase student access to non-credit bearing internships

Action Needed

  • Complete construction of Aquatics and Fitness Center


  • Dean of the College
  • Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

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