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W. Allen Austill, a former colleague of Leonard Olson at the University of Chicago, was appointed as Dean of Students in May of 1957. Dean Austill was a beloved figure at the Oyster Bay campus, for he was a strong advocate for students' rights. (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

The State University of New York awarded one-quarter of the Oyster Bay faculty research grants in 1958. Newly hired professor Dr. Joseph Silverman of the Chemistry Department is pictured here in a laboratory with two Natural Science I students. (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

The college did not initially assemble sports teams or organize extracurricular activities. Consequently, Coe Hall's "Coffee Shop" became the center of the social activity. (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)