Jul 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Support Facilities

The Campus Buildings

SUNY Old Westbury has a 604-acre campus with a variety of buildings and spaces to support the academic and personal growth of its students.

Academic & Administrative facilities:

  • Campus Center: Academically, the Campus Center is home to the Visual Arts Department, a host of classrooms used by multiple departments across campus, the campus’ television studios, and the Math Learning Center. Administratively, the building houses functions such as Admissions, Bursar, Educational Opportunity Program, Financial Aid, Information Technology, Registrar, the Student Services Center and the Panther Food Pantry. Along with the campus post office, the main Campus Dining Center is also located here, as is the Atrium Café.
  • Campus Library: The Library, which overlooks expansive lawns from the L wing of Campus Center, is a process as well as a place, with librarians engaging faculty and students throughout the campus and with the internet delivering library services far from the physical library. The Library has more than 150,000 volumes, as well as over 150,000 electronic books which can be used anywhere, anytime. Online, full-text periodicals now number in the tens of thousands. There are over 2,000 DVDs, streaming services and portable viewing equipment. Students have access to single and group study rooms. The library has strong collections in Women’s Studies and African American Studies. The Tamiment Library Radical Pamphlet Literature, Slavery Source Material, and Women’s History Research Center Library are rich collections of microfilm for American history. Important databases in all our fields of study are available to students and faculty wherever they may be. Databases for research in business and accounting are especially strong. The library has a rapidly expanding Curriculum Materials Center for Teacher Education. There are PC and MAC workstations, I pads and wireless internet throughout the building.
    Quality access to quality material is not enough, especially in the rapidly changing electronic world. Librarians help students with generous, one-on-one consultations, as well as with phone, email and instant messaging assistance, in order to enhance research and computer skills. The librarians also provide a formal instruction component to many courses in which professor, librarian and students work together.
  • Natural Science Building: Home to the Biological Sciences Department, Chemistry & Physics Department, and Public Health Department, the Natural Science building features a greenhouse, lecture hall, classrooms, and a multipurpose teaching laboratory. The building also houses several research laboratories used by faculty and student researchers. Available instrumentation includes GC, GC/MS, LC/MS, UV-VIS, FTIR, and NMR. The Natural Science Building is also home to the University’s green roof project, an experiment in sustainable energy management.
  • New Academic Building: When it opened in 2012, the NAB became the first college or university building in the local community to earn Gold status under the prestigious LEED program. The NAB serves as the main classroom building on campus, housing the School of Business, School of Education and a majority of the departments within the School of Arts and Sciences. Also located in the NAB are the Honors College and the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. The NAB also includes computer labs for both classroom and general purpose uses.
  • Visual Arts Studios: The Visual Arts Department is supported by the following class laboratory areas: drawing, sculpture and painting studio, electronic media: digital design studio and photography lab. The Amelie A. Wallace Gallery (described below) provides co-curricular support for the visual arts.

Arts & Athletic amenities:

  • Amelie A. Wallace Gallery: The Amelie A. Wallace Gallery in the University’s Campus Center exhibits paintings, sculpture, photographs, and mixed media by professional artists (including faculty) and students in the Visual Arts Department. Lectures and discussions with the exhibiting artists are scheduled in conjunction with the opening of shows in the Gallery.
    The Gallery’s three levels, connected by ramps, feature nearly three thousand square feet of exhibit space, plus track lighting that can be adjusted to highlight the displays. The center level opens onto an outdoor sculpture court that can be used to house outdoor displays. The entire facility is supported by two adjacent rooms for preparation and storage of exhibit materials.
  • Duane L. Jones Recital Hall: The 336-seat Duane L. Jones Recital Hall is equipped with theatrical lighting, a large podium, excellent acoustics, and four dressing rooms. The Jones Recital Hall is located in the Campus Center.
  • F. Ambrose Clark Physical Education and Recreation Center: The F. Ambrose Clark Physical Education and Recreation Center, named for industrialist and SUNY Old Westbury benefactor F. Ambrose Clark, is the headquarters for all athletic programs and activities at this institution. These include intercollegiate, intramural, and recreational athletics along with facilities needed to ensure that the college community is served accordingly.
    Old Westbury’s NCAA Division III athletic program competes in 13 intercollegiate sports including Men’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, Baseball, Softball and Women’s Lacrosse. Athletics is also the home of the O.W. cheerleaders. Our intramural program encompasses popular activities available during the year including basketball, volleyball, and dodgeball.
    Other Clark Athletic Center features include an Olympic-quality, six-lane swimming pool, a 2,500-seat arena for basketball, volleyball or other programs, a fully equipped cardio room (w/ treadmills, stationary cycles, stair climbers and rowing machines), a weight room, locker room, and shower facilities. Baseball and softball facilities, two soccer/lacrosse fields, tennis, outdoor basketball and handball courts and miles of trails and roadway suitable for jogging are also included.
    Schedules for facility use are available at the Clark Athletic Center or information is available by calling (516) 876-3241
  • Jackie Robinson Athletic Complex: Named with the permission of the Robinson family after the legendary baseball figure, the complex includes both baseball and softball facilities.
  • John & Lillian Maguire Theater: The Theater, which opened in fall 1983, is an intimate 400-seat proscenium house with a hydraulically operated orchestra lift, complete with a trapped stage, an associated 30-line fly house opening to 40‑feet wide, and a 28 foot‑high, curtained opening. The stage depth of 28 feet can be doubled by opening 30-foot-high doors to a 4,000 square foot backstage assembly area. Dressing rooms, offices, and shop and costume facilities surround the stage. There is also a black‑box rehearsal/studio theater. Sophisticated light and sound controls are housed above the rear of the auditorium. The Maguire Theater is in the J-wing of Campus Center.
  • Panther Park: Home to the Panther men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams, Panther Park is located in the center of campus, offering a natural grass field that puts student-athletes in the center of the action.

Campus Life & Residence Halls:

  • Student Union: The hub of extracurricular activities is the Student Union, which features large meeting spaces, the student lounges, and offices for student government, clubs and organizations. Among the services found in the Union are the First Year Experience Office, the Center for Student Leadership and Involvement, the Dean of Students Office, Office of Student Conduct, Orientation Office, and Student Union Building Manager’s Office. The Student Union is also home to our Women’s Center, Interfaith Center, and Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Campus media outlets The Catalyst and OWWR web radio are also housed here. Dining options include the Panther’s Den and Mondo’s Deli.
  • Residence Halls: The Woodlands and the Academic Village are the residential complexes on campus, each compromised of multiple buildings. The Woodlands is located just west of the NAB and Campus Center, and is a three-story structures offer oversized double-occupancy rooms that houses our underclassmen students. The Academic Village is a 4 floor cluster of buildings that offers large single rooms for upperclassmen students.  These buildings have study spaces, common rooms for socializing and kitchens for students to utilize.

Other Services and Facilities

Alumni Association of SUNY Old Westbury

The Alumni Association of SUNY Old Westbury is a service organization with more than 600 members. The Association is self‑governing, operating through an elected board of directors and officers. The president of the Association attends meetings of the Old Westbury College Council and the Old Westbury College Foundation, Inc.

To assist current students, the Association sponsors such activities and awards as career information panels, the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award to a graduating senior, four scholarships for undergraduate studies, and two student scholarships for graduate study. In addition, Association members lend their time and talents to many University‑wide committees, and participate in Homecoming activities, job fairs, open houses, international festivals, new student orientations, convocations, and commencements. The Association also holds an annual awards dinner, which honors alumni of the University and Long Island community.

Members of the Association are entitled to audit courses without charge, (with instructor permission) and use the University Library. For information, call the Alumni Association Office at (516) 876‑3140 or write the University at Old Westbury Alumni Association at SUNY Old Westbury, P.O. Box 210, Old Westbury, NY 11568‑0210.

Alumni Class Auditing Program

Graduates of the State University of New York at Old Westbury may observe (audit) courses with permission of the instructor without payment of tuition and fees other than the parking fee. Permission to audit courses should be arranged directly with the instructor prior to the first day of classes. Interested alumni should obtain a copy of the class schedule on the website at www.oldwestbury.edu or through the Office of the Registrar.

Information Technology Services (ITS)

Information Technology Services (ITS) is the centralized umbrella group for technology on campus. The division directly maintains the general access computer facilities and provides secondary support to the departmental labs. It also maintains the administrative systems that support day to day College operations including desktops, the network infrastructure that provides Inter/Intranet access and the telephones. The Web based student registration system, E-mail, the course management system, campus wide computer accounts, network shared file space, web servers, are all maintained by this division. A state of the art operations center permits the staff to oversee most of the campus systems from a single location facilitating quick trouble shooting and fault isolation.