Today’s Union is named after James and William Seymour. These brothers were influential members of the village as well as the Normal School. James helped to cofound the Village of Brockport, and William helped to develop and manufacture agricultural machinery. William also had ties to the College as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Originally located in Lathrop, home today to University Police, the Union has always been a place for students to get together, have fun and relax. While in Lathrop, the Union consisted of TV lounges, meeting rooms, a snack bar and an office for the student newspaper, The Stylus.
Work began on the construction of the Seymour College Union, to accommodate a growing student body.
Promotional materials began to circulate highlighting new features in the Student Union. New features included an increase in the number of lounges, information on college policies, and even a bar, called the Rathskeller.
Imagine the College without Brockport Student Government or the Student Union and Activities office. In the 1970s, the Union was comprised of the Union Board of Managers (UBM.) The UBM was responsible for events like Homecoming, a fall event series and a summer activities list.
24 years later, the Seymour College Union went through renovations and updated many of its pre-existing features. The Union reopened April 3, 1994.
Today, the Union is home to many offices: Student Union and Activities, Community Development, the Space, the Institute for Engaged Learning, the Leadership Development Program, the Office for Students with Disabilities, Conferences and Events, Brockport Student Government, 89.1 the Point, and The Stylus. Jitterbugs Café, Union Square and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore are also located within the Union. Make sure U stop in to check out all the Union has to offer — and grab some popcorn!
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