2008–2011 Best of Brown Events

Best of Brown Series 2011

The President's Staff Advisory Council is pleased to introduce Best of Brown 2011 - a series of events that will inform, entertain, and engage the university community by highlighting all things uniquely Brown. Please check back for information on upcoming events.

Fall Stroll 2011Fall Stroll 2011First Annual Fall Stroll - SAC Best of Brown Event on Oct 13th.

The tours began at 12pm and 1:00pm at the Van Wickles Gates on Prospect and College Streets. They focused on the history and architecture of select Brown buildings around campus.  A reception followed at the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts where autumn treats were served. It was a great opportunity to learn about the history and architecture of Brown buildings from Brown students trained by Rob Emlen, University Curator, and Jane Lancaster, University Historian. To view a slideshow, click here.  View the pdf file below for more detailed information.


SAC Summer Stroll 2011

Brown Bear StatueBrown Bear StatueOur event consisted of a lunch time Summer Stroll around Campus on the first day of Summer! Guided tours of statues, sculptures and memorials were scheduled on Tuesday, June 21st 12:00 and 1:00. Followed by a reception with light refreshments at the Faculty Club with a raffle and gifts for everyone! For more information, please view the pdf attached below. To view pictures of this great fun event, please click here.

Guided Tours of the Annmary Brown Memorial and the Garibaldi Panorama 2011

Staff gathered on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at 21 Brown Street, where curator Peter Harrington guided them through the many treasures displayed (and entombed!) behind the Annmary Brown Memorial's austere facade.


They learned of the history of this remarkable and often overlooked
building, designed by Civil War general Rush Hawkins as a library, art gallery, and mausoleum for his beloved wife Annmary Brown. Selections of General Hawkins's collection of European and American paintings were on display, as well as the Cyril and Harriet Mazansky British sword collection, toy soldiers, and prints and watercolors associated with the upcoming Risorgimento Conference.

The event poster lives here.


John Hay Library TourJohn Hay Library Treasures Tour

A whole host of staff members joined us for the John Hay Library Treasures Tour on Wednesday, March 23rd.  We viewed items such as, The Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection including Images, figurines and over 5000 Toy Soldiers, The John J Audubon Birds of America Double Elephantfolio, and so much more.

To view the slide show of the event, please click here.

For more detailed information on all John Hay library artifacts, please visit the library's website.

Best of Brown 2010

Tour of Brown Athletics

SAC hosted the Fall 2010 Best of Brown Series events at the Athletics center.


Tour of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Manning Hall

Haffenreffer MusuemHaffenreffer MusuemSAC hosted the summer 2010 Best of Brown Series event at The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Manning Hall - Reimagining the Americas, the Museum's newest exhibit. Artifacts from the Amazon to the Arctic were on display which highlighted the cultural diversity of the America’s before the Europeans arrival. Attendess learned about these forgotten indigenous people and their history.



Tour of Sharpe Refectory

Sharpe RefectorySharpe RefectorySAC presented our Spring 2010 Best of Brown event on Thursday, March 25th at The Sharpe Refectory with a tour led by Joe Barboza, The Refectory has been an integral part of Brown Community life since it opened its doors in 1951. Staff experienced first-hand what goes on behind the scenes in the Refectory's huge kitchen, its Butcher Shop and in the Bakery. In support of Women's History Month, we collected donations of travel-size items for Crossroads Rhode Island.



Best of Brown 2009


Fall 2009: NASA/Brown Northeast Planetary Data Center

Brown Northeast Planetary Data CenterBrown Northeast Planetary Data CenterSAC presented our Fall Best of Brown event on December 9th at the NASA/Brown Northeast Planetary Data Center. Featured were spectacular new images and videos from the Moon and Mars from missions that are currently operating around both these planets. In addition, SAC collected winter hats, scarves, and mittens to keep our neighbors in need, warm and cozy this winter. 



Summer 2009: John Hay Library

SAC presented our Summer Best of Brown event when we showcased some of the treasures of the John Hay Library on Wednesday, August 26, 2009. This tour was of the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection with its 6,000 miniature toy soldiers, the Hoffman Napoleon Collection which includes the death mask of the emperor, and the McLellan Lincoln Collection devoted to the 16th President of the United States. See photos of some of the collections.


Spring 2009: Plant Environmental Center

SAC presented our next Best of Brown event when we showcased The Plant Environmental Center on May 15, 2009. They provided tours to show off their collection of beautiful and unusual plants, including many plant families and a diverse collection of Cycads, Orchids, Aroids, and many plants from the Amazon region.


Winter 2009: Ladd Observatory

Many attended this "Best of Brown" event to star gaze at the Ladd Observatory on January 29, 2009. to experience the "Crescent Moon is Closest to Venus". Several stations were set up around the observatory, including the Main telescope, several roof-top telescopes, also the projection room with "Starry Night" software was available.


Best of Brown 2008


Fall 2008: Spooky Skate

SAC held its second family skate event on Sunday, October 26, 2008, from 2-4 at Meehan Auditorium. There was a "safe skate" area for the little ones and refreshments for all. In the spirit of the season, participants were invited to wear costumes.

SAC sends a warm "Thank You!" to the Office of the President for their support.

You can view pictures from the event.


Summer 2008: August 27th Garden Party

This "Best of Brown" event marked the President's Staff Advisory Committee's 10th anniversary. The Garden Party was held August 27, 2008 on the beautiful grounds of the historic Nightingale-Brown House located at 357 Benefit Street. There were tours, refreshments and a reception honoring Bert Gordon, founding SAC member and long-term advisor.


More information about the Nightingale-Brown House can be found on their website.


Spring 2008: Sounds of Spring

Our inaugural event, Sounds of Spring, was an organ concert on March 27, 2008. This brown-bag lunch concert which featured Geoffrey Greene from Computing & Information Services, was held in Sayles Hall.