Greg Knapp is one of 75 students who now has a job, thanks to the new Special Events Recreation Center, or SERC. The extended hours allow him to easily fit work around school, "we're open Monday through Thursday 6 am to midnight. So there's an 18 hour day for me to work and have the availability to work. So, it definitely helps to have work study and have this new building open where I can work."
The new hours also make it easier for students like Alec Elam to stay healthy, "now the gym's hours are basically shaped around our schedule. We can come whenever we want, basically," says Elam.
The SERC has an indoor track, and cafe. Plus, with 55-hundred seats it has the capacity to host major sporting events, concerts, and more, explains University President John Halstead, PhD., "convocations, which we had our opening academic convocation, things like commencements which we will now have inside."
The 44 million dollar project was made possible thanks, in part, to state government officials who pushed for funding, "our delegation, our entire delegation our colleagues in assembly all really fought to make sure the money for this project and several others has stayed here on the Brockport campus," explained Republican New York State Senator Joe Robach.
With so many opportunities now available at the SERC, SUNY officials say it's the, "crown jewel," of the campus, "all the events all the experiences that will be held here reassure to me that at the center of the power of SUNY is the college at Brockport," explained SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, PhD.