A single mother of a 4½-year-old daughter, Casey VanKuren juggles responsibilities as a Discovery Adviser, founder of the Binghamton Gaming Group, SOS Children’s Shelter volunteer and mentor to a sixth-grader. This fall, add tour guide duties and an elementary school internship.
Casey VanKuren, junior, double major in English and human development
HARPUR COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
John Vernon, distinguished professor of English (pictured) was faced with a challenge when starting to write a historical novel about Old West icon Billy the Kid. “One problem I did have was that most people have a vague notion that Billy the Kid did die young and was shot by Pat Garrett,” said Vernon. “How do I write a novel in which the end is known?” The answer can be found in the title of the book released in November by Houghton-Mifflin: Lucky Billy. Read more in Inside BU.
Binghamton and German students are collaborating inside and outside of the classroom in the first course to take advantage of new videoconferencing equipment in Academic Building A. Ubermen and Underlings, a German, philosophy and comparative literature course taught by Visiting Assistant Professor Harald Zils, features class discussions and presentations in conjunction with the University of Freiburg in Germany. The class includes 32 mostly undergraduate Binghamton students and 11 philosophy graduate students from Freiburg. Read more in Inside BU.
Sean O'Hagen earned dual undergraduate degrees in psychology and classics at Montclair State University, but chose to pursue his doctorate in clinical psychology at Binghamton because he saw a close-knit program — a happy group of people “really working together.”
With Prof. Stephen Lisman as his adviser, O'Hagen was placed with the Keeping Youth Drug-free and Safe (KYDS) Coalition, a Broome County Youth Prevention Partnership program. Partners, including area school districts, police and the mental health department, are committed to reducing substance abuse among area youth. Read more in Inside BU.
THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
Because engineers are in high demand, many of the jobs of tomorrow will carry titles that don't even exist today. Watson's dean Seshu Desu discussed some of those opportunities with syndicated columnist Andrea Kay. He told Kay there is a need for a group loosely called "financial systems engineers". Desu said, in the nationally-published article, "We have heard from the financial sector that increased regulation will create opportunities on the technology side of the business [to] inevitably implement the system of checks and balances."
SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
Community service was important to Nadia Bovina in high school, so it’s only natural that she has remained active at Binghamton. The 21-year-old finance and global management major from Brooklyn joined Circle K as a freshman and is now the president as a senior. Circle K is an international volunteer group that is a college version of Kiwanis or Key Club. Binghamton group members help at local soup kitchens and animal shelters on weekends and hold three key events. Read more in Inside BU.
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
For Jenny Gordon, working in New Orleans is the perfect mix of teaching, research and service. Gordon, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education who coordinates the childhood education program, is spending the semester on research leave helping with the startup of the Langston Hughes Academy Charter School in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward.
“There’s so much need here,” Gordon said by phone from New Orleans, where she has been since July. “It took a while to find a school that would accommodate me, but I honestly could not be happier.” Read more in Inside BU.
COLLEGE OF COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
When Jennifer Marshall recounts the trip she and Master of Social Work students took to New Orleans in March, Third World conditions describe a city that was once the jewel of the South. Houses still without electricity. Multiple families living in two-room apartments. Elderly people carrying buckets of water and heating it on the stove in order to take a bath. “I think I can speak for all of us that what we saw was overwhelmingly sad and dire,” Marshall said. Read more in Inside BU.
Last Updated: 11/12/13