Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis gave the annual State of the University speech at the Staller Center for Arts on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.
The auditorium was filled with nearly 1,000 attendees. Viewers could also watch the event from a livestream on Stony Brook’s website.
As the lights went dim, the stage light shot through the darkness to illuminate a figure in a gleaming floral gown with a silver flute winking in the light. On stage was Carol Wincenc, the Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed American flutist.
After months of virtual performances and viewings, the Staller Center is now opening its doors to patrons. When the venue initially closed in 2020, Staller Center staff worked quickly to ensure that patrons would still be able to enjoy the arts.
The plan follows the guidance of New York State and State University of New York Administration guidelines and aims to protect the health and safety of returning students and workers while creating a “transparent” process for a phased return.
COVID-19 is disrupting life as we know it and Inkles wanted people to know that The Staller Center for the Arts is committed to doing their part for the common goal, which is keeping everyone safe and healthy.