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  • 2017-05-03
  • Val Dimino

Brockport's Best

The 47 things our student bloggers feel all Brockport students should experience.

The Winging It bloggers, who write throughout the year about their lives here at the College, brainstormed the things they find to be integral to the Brockport student experience. Covering food (plenty of it!), local scenery, events, traditions, and more, this list — presented in no particular order — gives a snapshot of the many layers encompassed in Brockport student life.

What did we miss? Let us know by commenting, tweeting using #bportbest, or connecting with us on Facebook. We’d love for the list to continue to grow!

1.       Take a walk along the Erie Canal

Easily accessible both from campus and from within the Village, the wide pathways and grassy areas along this historic waterway (stretching 363 miles from the Hudson River in Albany to Lake Erie in Buffalo) are popular for runners, bicyclists, and study sessions, too.

Erie Canal path

2.       Take an Improv Theatre class

3.       Enjoy ice cream from Abbott’s on a hot day

4.       Join the Leadership Development Program

This nationally acclaimed program helps students grow as leaders through mentorship, workshops and seminars, community service and social action projects, and an annual conference.

5.       Go window shopping at all the boutiques on Main Street

From trendy secondhand and vintage clothing to antiques to room décor, the shops along Main Street offer a wide variety, prominently displayed in their large picture windows.

Main Street

6.       Eat a 5-Star Plate from Jimmy Z’s

7.       Take a Zumba class at the SERC

8.       Get a coffee from Java Junction

9.       Attend home sporting events

Brockport is a NCAA Division III college with 23 varsity sports, advancing to NCAA Tournament competition more than 50 times. Especially popular among our bloggers are football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, and gymnastics.

A Brockport sports fan

10.       See a movie at The Strand

Conveniently located on Main Street, The Strand offers $2 off evening showtimes with college ID.

The Strand

11.       Collect as many free T-shirts as you can

12.       Attend Eagle Day

This free event near the end of the academic year offers food trucks and a carnival atmosphere with games and activities like bounce houses, henna tattoos, and caricature drawings.

Eagle Day

13.       Attend Wing Fest

This annual tradition during the last week of classes provides free food and activities to de-stress, as local food vendors compete for the title of the best chicken wings in Brockport.

Wing Fest

14.       Study at Drake Memorial Library until closing time with friends — or pull an all-nighter

Drake Library

15.       Take a morning jog around campus on the weekend

Jogging on campus

16.       Try Stoneyard’s honey fried chicken

17.       See the Festival of Ten in the Tower Fine Arts Center

This biennial audience favorite includes 10 ten-minute plays culled from an international search, which run the gamut from emotional dramas to broad comedies. Yes, all that in just 10 minutes each.

Festival of Ten

18.       Try a White Heaven at Jitterbugs on campus

Composed of two shots of espresso, Ghirardelli white chocolate, Ghirardelli caramel, hazelnut, and milkshake mix, the White Heaven is available served hot, iced, or frozen — the latter being its most popular form, shown here.

White Heaven drink from Jitterbugs

19.       Attend a reading from a visiting author through the Writers Forum

Over 50 years, the series has brought more than 500 authors to campus to read from their work and chat with students and the community. The guests have collectively received 40 Pulitzer Prizes, 26 National Book Awards, and five Nobel Prizes for Literature.

20.       Try one of our 40+ intramural/club sports

Club rugby

21.       Attend a Brockport Student Government senate meeting

22.       Take a day trip to Holley Falls

This quiet spot to unwind is just a 10-minute drive from campus.

23.       Go to an art exhibit at the Tower Fine Arts Center

Art exhibit at Tower Fine Arts Center

24.       Have a conversation with an international student

25.       Hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra play at Tower during their annual fall visit

Students can also get discounted tickets to selected RPO performances at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in downtown Rochester.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

26.       Get involved with one of our 120+ student clubs

Whether based in hobbies, creative pursuits, academic interests, or causes close to your heart, you’re sure to find multiple clubs that feel like home — or you can start one of your own!

27.       Attend a presentation at the Diversity Conference

Diversity Conference

28.       Present a paper or project during Scholars Day

Student presenting at Scholars Day

29.       Get a job on campus

30.       Go to Wegmans

This regional supermarket chain, headquartered in Rochester, consistently ranks among the nation’s best supermarkets and employers. A popular shopping destination for our students, it’s open 24 hours, located less than two miles from campus, and a regular stop on the campus shuttle route.

31.       Pick up a good used book for cheap in the basement of Lift Bridge Book Shop

32.       Take part in the Homecoming parade

Homecoming parade

33.       Meet the president

Dr. Heidi Macpherson, who took office in July 2015 and is the College’s first female president, is actively involved in campus life and attends countless events each week, so you’re sure to cross paths with her.

President Macpherson and students at the Senior Toast

34.       Grab wings or pulled pork mac and cheese at 58 Main

35.       Eat breakfast at Stoneyard Breakfast Company

36.       Play a massive game of Risk with the History Forum

Each semester, this student club organizes a supersized version of the Hasbro board game, where military-themed attire is highly encouraged. Just one example of our students indulging proudly in their eclectic interests.

37.       Go to the Brockport Arts Festival in the summer

38.       Work out in the SERC at 6 am

Students working out at the SERC

39.       Meet alumni that come through during events — great networking!

40.       Meet Ellsworth, our campus mascot

Students with Ellsworth

41.       Eat at every pizza place in Brockport

Along with national chains like Pizza Hut and Domino’s, Brockport boasts many local pizza joints, including several right on Main Street. Compare and see which one suits your tastes. Most deliver to campus, and several accept payment through Easy Money, a debit account linked to your student ID card.

42.       Play with the laser cutter and 3D printer in Drake Library’s Makerspace

Student using 3D printer

43.       Meet famous celebrities during alumni events

A student with actor Bill Fichtner

44.       Play in a video game tournament

45.       Pie your RA

An occasional fundraiser held on campus allows students, for a small fee, to throw a pie in the face of their Resident Assistant. It’s stress relief for a good cause.

46.       Drink a milkshake from Seaward Candies

47.       Rent a bike from the campus bike-share program

Students on bikes

This list represents the opinions of our student bloggers, not of the College.


Last Updated 7/21/22