Brockport Innovation Builds Student Achievement

Brockport Innovation Builds Student Achievement

James Mignano—Last week, Brockport’s student-run newspaper, The Stylus, reported some great news: The capital project update was released by the college.

The article is all about the school getting the “financial go-ahead for SUNY to commence construction on previously planned facilities.” One of the new projects is a courtyard type of outdoor area between the Drake Library and the Allen Administrative Building. The other is an update to Lathrop Hall, which will be the eventual home of Brockport’s nursing program.

A rendering of the courtyard to be built between the Drake Library and the Allen Administrative Building
A rendering of the courtyard to be built between the Drake Library and the Allen Administrative Building

Unfortunately, this is my final semester as a student here at The College at Brockport. It’s super exciting to be so close to being done with school and entering the “real world” that everyone always talks about, but I can’t help but be disappointed that I won’t be a student to see these new improvements to the campus.

But I can’t complain, either. In my time as a student here, the Special Events Recreation Center (SERC) was constructed. The SERC is absolutely beautiful. If anything could persuade me to work out more, this building would probably be it. If you’ve never seen it, check out this YouTube video.

And that’s not all. Construction is also underway on the new Liberal Arts Building.

Brockport Liberal Arts Building
Brockport’s Liberal Arts Building

New buildings are cool. They’re big and shiny and look nice and modern.

But it’s way more than that. These construction projects represent a complete way of thinking that exists at Brockport. It’s an environment of innovation and always striving for bigger, better things. It’s a commitment to putting our best foot forward at all times. And when college administration makes it such a priority to be as great as possible, it has a trickle down effect. I really think that it makes every student care a little bit more about their own performance as students, and makes them put in even more effort in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.

At the end of the day, it looks great in newspapers when Brockport’s campus looks new and modern. But the real prize is when Brockport students achieve greater things and go further.

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