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St. Joseph’s College Breaks Ground for New State-of-the-Art Student Center on its Patchogue Campus

St. Joseph’s College (SJC) today broke ground for a new $17 million Student Center to be constructed at SJC Long Island located in Patchogue, New York. Dr. Donald R. Boomgaarden, President of St. Joseph’s College was joined by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, State Assemblymen Doug Smith and Jarret Gandolfo, County Legislator Rob Calarco and members of the SJC Board of Trustees for the special occasion.

The Student Center, which is being built to serve the institution’s growing student population, will be financed by the College’s bond issue and is the first new building to be constructed on the campus in 18 years.

“This project is something that unites us,” said Dr. Donald R. Boomgaarden, President of St. Joseph’s College. “This building is a door through which we can walk into new relationships with our neighbors and with each other. This building will not just contain classrooms, but it will contain spaces and technology that will serve to connect our students to each other and to the outside world.”

The two-story 32,000 square-foot Student Center will feature indoor and outdoor spaces including a dining area, art gallery, chapel and office for campus ministry, veterans lounge, spirit gift shop, E-sports unit, computer and lounge spaces, conference and meeting rooms and offices for faculty, staff and student clubs. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2021 and anticipated to be completed by spring 2023. In collaboration with the Town of Brookhaven and Village of Patchogue, this capital project also includes a major sewer project that is currently underway.

A virtual tour of the new student center is located here:

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Attached: Dr. Donald R. Boomgaarden, President of St. Joseph’s College, (fifth from left) leads a groundbreaking ceremony for the new $17m Student Center to be built on the SJC campus in Patchogue.


St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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