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

Foster a greater sense of community among students, faculty, and staff, and meet needs for shared space

Action Taken

  • Provided additional resources to the Office of Student Activities to better support student groups and to develop new leadership programs for students
  • Hired architecture and planning firm Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates (VSBA) to facilitate the campus life planning effort leading to February 2004 recommendations
  • Assessed and developed recommendations regarding community and social spaces, fitness facilities, and dining facilities
  • Received endorsement in February 2004 from the Corporation for initial planning for a campus center, fitness center, and the renovation of the Sharpe Refectory
  • Conducted a study with VSBA to identify potential sites for a campus center; presented results to the Corporation in May 2004
  • Received leadership gifts for a new fitness center, including a $10 million commitment from trustee Jonathan Nelson ’77, $5 million from trustee Fredric Garonzik ’64, and $5 million from an anonymous trustee and alumnus; these gifts and others will create the Nelson Fitness Center
  • Chose site for the Nelson Fitness Center in the Erickson Athletic Complex
  • Launched service to allow advertising of campus events through the campus cable network; event promotion slides appear on campus cable TV and on large viewing screens installed in two campus dining locations
  • Completed major review of social events policies
  • Initiated study to improve athletic and recreation facilities beyond fitness center
  • Revised fitness center program to ensure the project will meet the future needs of the University
  • Received $15 million gift and began program planning for renovations to create the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center in Faunce House
  • Undertook renovation of J. Walter Wilson Laboratory into offices and meeting spaces to bring together a variety of student resources in one place; building includes eleven new seminar rooms for classes and for student group use after hours
  • Launched “Today at Brown,” an online daily newspaper to better communicate to staff, students, faculty, donors, and the general public about key messages and progress at Brown
  • Undertook a review of the nonacademic Code of Student Conduct
  • Created and furnished a television/lounge area in Sharpe Refectory
  • Created a new Campus Blue Room in the Robert Campus Center
  • Implemented “Beyond the Bottle” campaign and “Real Food” program in Dining to support sustainability goals
  • Completed review of the Code of Student Conduct and implemented changes to improve handling of separable offenses
  • Implemented in the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center social, educational, and health programs open to all community members
  • Joined the Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking, sponsored by the National College Health Improvement Project


  • Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services
  • Senior Vice President for University Advancement

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