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Enhancements to Campus Life

September 10, 2009

Dear students,

On behalf of the staff of the Division of Campus Life and Student Services, welcome (back) to campus.  As you begin classes and settle in, please note the following changes and improvements to your campus experience.

Also, be sure to check out some of these improvements at tomorrow’s building-wide open houses for J. Walter Wilson and Partridge Hall/TWC (Friday, Sept. 11 from 12-3 PM).  Snacks, refreshments, and lots of good information will be available.


The Faculty Advising Fellows (FAF) program, introduced last year by Campus Life in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of the College, strengthens the availability of faculty advising and opportunities to interact with members of the faculty in a variety of venues and settings.  New this year:

  • The opening of Advising Central and available faculty, dean, and peer advising open hours on the 2nd floor of J. Walter Wilson,
  • New FAF lunches and dinners at the Sharpe Refectory, and
  • The addition of four new FAFs bringing the total to twenty – Robert Self (History), John Stein (Neuroscience), Sharon Swartz (Biology), and Corey Walker (Africana Studies); please take a moment to review the full list of FAFs.


The renovation of Faunce House to create the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center continues with the closing of most of the building (except Stuart Theater and the new multipurpose room).  Given the centrality of this facility to the campus and its importance to realizing the goals of the Plan for Academic Enrichment, as announced at yesterday’s Convocation, the University is taking steps to accelerate the construction schedule to ensure project completion as early as fall 2010. Visit the Facebook group to keep up on the latest images and information about the renovation.

Over the summer the new multipurpose room was completed, and the space is now open.  The room will host campus events and, while the remainder of Faunce House is closed, is the home of the temporary Blue Room Café (Monday-Friday 7 AM-4 PM).

During the construction on Faunce, the Student Activities Office has relocated to the first floor of the Third World Center (68 Brown Street) and the LGBTQ Resource Center has relocated to the 3rd floor of Brown/RISD Hillel (80 Brown Street).  A full listing of renovation-related relocations is available.

While we look forward to what the Campus Center will offer to the campus, we recognize the importance of the availability of community spaces during renovation:

  • A new soft seating and television lounge has been added to the east alcove in the Sharpe Refectory,
  • The Sarah Doyle Women’s Center and the Third World Center are now wireless (take advantage of these student-friendly facilities),
  • The Postal Café, a mini-campus market, has opened in the lobby of J. Walter Wilson (open Monday-Friday 8 AM-9 PM), and
  • For residents of Pembroke Campus, a new recreational lounge has opened in Morriss Room 104, featuring pool tables, table tennis, and a TV.  As a reminder, the gameroom in the Bear’s Lair (in Grad Center) remains available for residents living elsewhere on campus.


Brown continues to invest in enhancing residence halls.  Over the summer, the following was completed:

  • Slater:  renovation of existing bathrooms, creation of new single-user bathrooms, and new bedroom furniture,
  • Hope College, Littlefield, and Barbour Halls:  new bedroom furniture,
  • Caswell:  renovation of existing bathrooms and expansion/renovation of the lounge,
  • Young Orchard 2, 4, and 10: new living room furniture,
  • Barbour Hall and Barbour Hall Apartments:   new bedroom furniture with apartments also receiving new kitchen furniture.

For seniors, there is now a new dining option available – the Faculty Club “Club Plan” Dining Program.

In addition, this summer the general use locker rooms in the OMAC were renovated.


This summer, the Division also welcomed new staff.  We are pleased to add these valuable resources to our efforts to support your experience at Brown:

We are particularly pleased to be able to announce these enhancements to the student experience as they reflect the University’s ongoing commitment to students and advancing the Plan for Academic Enrichment even as we face challenges resulting from the world financial climate.  If you have suggestions or ideas, I encourage you to get involved in campus life.  Communicate your thoughts to your representatives on the Undergraduate Council of Students (UCS) or, even better, become a member of UCS.

The staff of the Division is ready to help make this year a great one for you at Brown.  Please visit the Division’s Web site for contact information for us.  We look forward to seeing you.

Best wishes for a great year!

Margaret Klawunn, Ph.D.

Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services