I went to LIU (Brooklyn) for Grad School and Just got the following email.
Dear LIU Community,
We are excited to announce the next step in Long Island Universityís vision to enhance its reputation regionally and nationally. Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, LIU will compete in all sports at the NCAA Division I level, with a unified athletics program that will join our campuses into One LIU.
To honor our history and launch us into the future, we are taking this critical step to build on our success and chart an exciting path forward with a unified identity. Our athletics program plays an important role in bringing people together and promoting educational values. As we elevate the LIU brand nationally through academic excellence and world-class research, our athletics program will unite our entire community and compete at the highest levels. We believe allowing our student-athletes to compete at the highest level will increase the universityís visibility and ultimately create a broader platform to tell the ďOne LIUĒ story.
Click here to watch today's announcement at the New York Athletic Club
In order to honor LIUís strong tradition of athletic excellence, the University announced the new program will combine the traditional colors of both campuses into a unified blue and gold. LIU also announced that students and alumni will help choose the new mascot for the unified program in the coming weeks.
In addition to elevating the brand and reputation of our University and the value of a Long Island University diploma, this new program will lead to expanded opportunities for student-athletes. We will now compete in womenís ice hockey, womenís rowing and womenís water polo, and will offer our growing student population an enhanced ability to take courses on either campus.
Our athletics program is just one part of the equation. We strive to continue to build on our identity as a leading national teaching and research institution. LIUís distinguished faculty offers a world-class education with a focus on experiential learning that prepares students for success.
We are expanding our elite partnerships. We are hosting the prestigious Polk Awards at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., collaborating with celebrated philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to provide early-childhood education to nearly quarter-of-a-million students in our region, and partnering with BSE Global to renovate the historic LIU Paramount Theatre. Additionally, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently supported LIU with $12 million in state transformative funding toward the New York metropolitan areaís first veterinary program, pending accreditation.
Today is indeed an exciting day for LIU and is another step forward in strengthening our position as an elite national teaching and research institution. Now, we will be brought even closer together to support a single, NCAA Division I program that will unite, inspire, and elevate our University to even greater heights.
You can learn even more about the future of LIU Athletics and stay up to date on the latest developments at one.liu.edu. If you have any questions, you can contact us at 516-299-1019 or 718-488-1019. We are also available to answer your questions via email at[email protected]
Kimberly R. Cline