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Alumni Leaders Conference
The Alumni Association sponsored the inaugural Alumni Leaders Conference April 26-27. More than 200 alumni volunteers returned to campus for a set of programs intended to strengthen their relationships with the University. Hear some of our attendees talk about why they've stayed connected to Binghamton. See photos from the conference at our Shutterfly site.


Rep. Hakeem Jeffries '92 speaks to alumni
The first Binghamton University graduate elected to U.S. Congress was the featured speaker at the Alumni Association Special Recognition Awards Ceremony, held April 27. The ceremony was the culmination of the Alumni Leaders Conference.


HOMECOMING 2013 - OCT. 11-13
Make plans to return to Binghamton and enjoy a wonderful fall weekend. Homecoming is a great time to see your friends, relive treasured memories and make new ones. Visit the Homecoming website today to add your name to our attendee list, and to see who else is planning to be here.


The Anderson Center for the Performing Arts has released its schedule for the 2013-14 season. Among the performers set to take the stage are the Doobie Brothers, Sherrie Maricle '84, and Galumpha (featuring the talents of David Friedheim '82; Andy Horowitz '89; Vivake Khamsingsavath '09; Howard Klein '02; Will Matos '10; Greg O'Brien '86, MA '05; Emiko Okamoto '13; Erin Stanley '09; and Marlon Torres '02).


Binghamton University seeks a bold visionary to fulfill the role of Director of University Career Services. This key staff member will oversee a talented staff of 14 and a comprehensive program including four core service areas: counseling, career development programs, experiential education, and employer services. See the job description and apply today.


Binghamton University's CODESMART™ Program provides dynamic online training that enables new and current medical coding professionals to be proficient with the new ICD-10 coding system. With successful completion of this program, you will gain new knowledge and enhance your skill sets to be well prepared to pass the American Coding Quality Association certification exams. Learn more and register today.


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New dean to lead Harpur College
From staff reports

Anne McCall will be the next dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. A scholar of 19th-century French literature and, for the past five years, dean of arts, humanities and social sciences at the University of Denver, McCall will assume her duties on Aug. 1.

McCall said that she enjoyed her interaction with faculty and students when she visited Binghamton's campus in mid-March and is thrilled to be joining Harpur College because of its commitment to excellence in undergraduate education as well as graduate studies and research. "Students in Harpur College learn from renowned experts who care deeply about them. Together they are developing important knowledge about human culture, understanding and our natural world. It's an honor to join this dynamic academic environment."

Provost Donald Nieman said that he is impressed by McCall's breadth of experience at several outstanding institutions, as well as her passion for the liberal arts, broad understanding of the needs of the wide range of disciplines that are part of Harpur College and her ability to think strategically.

"Anne impressed the campus community during her visit," he said, "and I am confident that her understanding of the liberal arts and sciences, commitment to excellence, international experience and strong intellect will enable her lead Harpur and build on its long tradition of excellence."

President Harvey Stenger, who met with McCall during her visit to campus, described her as a good fit for Binghamton. "She is smart and very articulate," he said, "and has the experience and leadership skills that will allow her to work with faculty and students to make a great college even better."

McCall was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Cincinnati and considers herself a New Orleanian. She earned her bachelor of arts, with "highest distinction," from the University of Virginia and her doctorate from the University of Strasbourg. An authority on the work of the 19th-century French novelist, playwright and memoirist George Sand, McCall is the author of one book and 26 scholarly articles and book chapters, and has edited one book and several scholarly journals. She is completing a book exploring law and literature in 19th-century France.

Before becoming dean at the University of Denver, McCall taught at Vassar College and Tulane University. She is the recipient of Tulane's Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and is a past president of the George Sand Association.

McCall, who lived in France and Spain for 10 years before beginning her professional career in American universities, values international experiences and perspectives. Experiences during and after Hurricane Katrina were important in shaping her understanding of resiliency, solidarity and change. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her adult children, watching foreign movies and learning new athletic activities, such as cross-country skiing.

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SOM networking event connects alumni to school and their peers
By Steve Seepersaud

As a young attorney, Terry Bienstock '75 lucked into having Ted Williams as a client, and was star-struck at the prospect of working with the legendary baseball player. Unsure if asking for an autograph was a good move, he consulted a senior partner at his law firm, which led to a teaching moment that stayed with him through his career.

Bienstock shared that story and others with fellow alumni on April 4, when he was the featured speaker at the School of Management's annual networking event at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. Bienstock is CEO of the Miami-based software firm World Extend Holdings, LLC. He was previously executive vice president and general counsel for cable giant Comcast. He told the group of nearly 150 alumni that the senior partner talked him out of asking for the autograph.

"There has to be a distance between a professional and a client," Bienstock said. "Once you break that distance by asking for an autograph, you can never go back."

Bienstock said he was later surprised to see a colleague with a case full of baseballs bearing Williams' signature. The autograph-seeking lawyer, not wanting to be discouraged, didn't seek the advice of an elder professional as Bienstock did.

"[I also learned] never ask a question you don't want to know the answer to. And as a trial lawyer, it was an important lesson," Bienstock said.

In his remarks, University President Harvey Stenger said the School of Management is in high demand and alumni should feel very proud as a result.

"Binghamton University is an extraordinarily competitive place these days," said Stenger. "For our undergraduate class, we have more than 11 applications for every position. And, it's even more competitive for the School of Management. Applications were up 15 percent this year. We had 4,900 applicants for about 400 positions."

"Because of the support of our alumni, we are able to offer a high-quality education to our students and be a premier business school," said Upinder Dhillon, School of Management dean and Koffman Scholar.

Gary Kibel '90, MBA '92, a partner at the New York law firm Davis & Gilbert, LLP and member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, encouraged alumni to be involved with the University as volunteers.

"I hope to see everyone here at future alumni events. Making connections is what we're all about – connecting alumni to the University and to each other," Kibel said.

The event was sponsored by Robert Eicher '81, the School of Management and the Binghamton University Alumni Association.

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Center of Excellence names new associate director
From staff reports

Steve Czarnecki, a Princeton-educated systems engineer, will serve as the new associate director of Binghamton University's Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center (S3IP).

Czarnecki, a resident of Apalachin, N.Y., brings three decades of experience at Lockheed Martin and IBM to his new role. He most recently served as advanced technology director for new ventures in Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training business area, which includes the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego.

"I'm excited to be joining Binghamton University," Czarnecki said. "The possibilities are endless. While I'm sad to be leaving Lockheed Martin, at the same time I'm honored to become part of a team that's shaping a world-class university. Great things are happening right here in our backyard."

Czarnecki did his undergraduate work at General Motors Institute, now named Kettering University, before earning two master's degrees and a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University. He holds several U.S. patents and has twice received Lockheed Martin's Nova Award for teamwork.

His previous connections with Binghamton University include 15 years as an adjunct lecturer in electrical engineering as well as a role on the industrial advisory board for the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering.

S3IP, a New York State Center of Excellence, has four research thrusts: electronics packaging, flexible electronics, solar energy and "green" data centers. For more information about the center and its work with industry, visit

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Grant helps Decker introduce new curriculum
By Anika Michel

The Decker School of Nursing (DSON) has received a grant of $82,194 to develop a new curriculum for nurse practitioner students.

"Dean Joyce Ferrario applied for this grant to develop a curriculum that increases the nurse practitioner students' awareness of the challenges faced by individuals with developmental disabilities when accessing the healthcare system," said Kathleen Fitzgerald, clinical assistant professor and the project instructor for this grant. Fitzgerald is also the faculty member spearheading the new curriculum.

The funding for the curriculum came from the New York State Developmental Disability Planning Council and Partners in Health Education for People with Disabilities.

"(Decker) has also partnered with the Broome Developmental Center to enhance the experience of the students participating in the curriculum," Fitzgerald said.

The new curriculum was integrated into the nurse practitioner program last fall with 50 students participating. The program has expanded this semester to include 70 more students.

Fitzgerald said that the program has long been needed.

"The DSON wants to improve its students' knowledge and ability to provide healthcare to individuals with developmental disabilities who will be present in their clinical setting," she said. "It is important for healthcare providers to be well-informed when caring for these individuals and families, and to understand the barriers faced by these individuals in accessing health care."

According to Fitzgerald, there are 70 million people in the U.S. who have an intellectual disability or a developmental disability.

"This group has lower rates of preventative healthcare and higher rates of pro-morbid chronic conditions and secondary conditions. So in other words, individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension do not fair as well statistically as individuals without disabilities," Fitzgerald said.

Paul Miller, who graduated from the Decker School of Nursing as a primary care nurse practitioner in 2010 and is currently enrolled in the doctorate in nurse practice program, said that the grant is extremely valuable for the institution.

"The educational experience provided by this grant will allow the students to have some exposure to disabled citizens and the challenges they face in the healthcare arena so that they are better equipped to offer personalized care that is effective and considerate of their needs," Miller said.

Miller, who now works as a nurse practitioner in community health at the Broome Developmental Center, said there will be an increase in the number of people seeking primary care providers.

"As the healthcare landscape in this country continues to change, you will see more and more persons with disabilities relying on community services rather than government-provided services," Miller said.

As the need for healthcare providers is expected to increase, Fitzgerald said Decker is attempting to prepare nurse practitioner students for this change. Students in the Role 3 course are working on comprehensive case studies that are inclusive of a patient with a developmental disability.

"For example, a person comes into their office with hypertension, but also has a developmental disability. What [the students] are doing is a normal case study that extensively researches the medical presentation of this patient as well as his or her developmental disability," Fitzgerald said.

The curriculum also teaches the students about which community agencies they will be able to refer their patients to, as well as the legal issues regarding the care of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Fitzgerald said that she hopes the students in the program will gain a newfound awareness in dealing with patients with developmental disabilities.

"I think the most important thing is the increased awareness of the difficulties that individuals and families face when accessing the healthcare system, and that they have the same preventative and medical needs as every individual who comes into their practice."

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CCPA founding dean to retire
From staff reports

Patricia Wallace Ingraham, founding dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs, has announced she will retire from her position, effective June 12.

A public policy expert and formerly distinguished professor of public administration at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Ingraham has been dean of CCPA since August 2006. She received her doctorate in political science/policy science from Binghamton University in 1979 and taught in the University's political science department. She also holds a master's degree from Michigan State University and a bachelor's degree from Macalester College.

"Academia has been a critical part of most of my life and I have loved the students, the learning, the colleagues and the opportunities," Ingraham said. "Creating and growing CCPA has been one of the most remarkable of those opportunities and I have enjoyed it more than I can tell you."

Under Ingraham's leadership, CCPA has strengthened its departments in human development, public administration and social work, and added a department in student affairs administration. CCPA has also developed a number of international partnerships, gained recent approval to offer a PhD in community and public affairs, developed a program in sustainable communities, collaborated with the Public Service Learning Community in Hinman College, move into the University Downtown Center (twice!) and created a new "community" for its students.

"As founding dean of CCPA, Pat has transformed a promising idea into reality by working with her faculty colleagues to build a very strong school in a short time" said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Nieman. "Her fellow deans and I will miss working with her, even as we wish her the best for a happy, fulfilling and well-deserved retirement."

Nieman has named Laura Bronstein interim dean of the college. A professor of social work and chair of the Department of Social Work, Bronstein is also associate dean of CCPA and director of the Institute for Intergenerational Studies.

"Dr. Bronstein is an outstanding teacher and scholar and a collaborative academic leader," Nieman said. "She will work well with faculty, staff, students and alumni to help the college build on the momentum it has achieved during the past six years."

A founding member of Binghamton University's Department of Social Work, Bronstein focuses her scholarship on interprofessional and interagency collaboration as well as social work practice with aging populations. A prolific author, Bronstein has published articles that are highly influential among her peers. Her 2003 article, "A Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration," published in the journal Social Work, is the eighth most cited work in professional social work literature in the past decade.

Bronstein has brought insights to a number of successful collaborations with community partners including by providing leadership for SHARE, a federally funded $3.2 million collaboration among BOCES, Broome County Schools and Binghamton University designed to develop safe school environments and improve mental health services in schools.

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Liberty Partnership Program receives recognition

From staff reports

The 9th Annual Empire Promise Summit honored one student and one professional associated with Binghamton University's Liberty Partnership Program (LPP). Autumn Loke, a coordinator for the LPP program at Binghamton High School and Junior Time, a student at Binghamton High School, received awards this year. Loke was recognized for her exemplary service and Time received the All-Star Student award.

"Autumn does an outstanding job connecting with her students and is passionate and determined to help her students succeed," said Amy Humphrey, LPP director. "Junior has shown tremendous growth and is always looking beyond himself to improve himself and his community."

Binghamton University's Liberty Partnership Program is a collaborative effort involving the University, area schools and community agencies that provide support services for 280 students each year. The program was originally established to address the significant dropout rate being experienced in our state's schools.

In our region, the University's LPP works directly with Binghamton, Windsor, Susquehanna Valley and Owego-Apalachin school districts. Binghamton University LPP places full-time staff members directly in the schools to work with at-risk youth. In addition to the full-time staff members, Binghamton University graduate and undergraduate students serve as tutors and mentors for the students.

The summit, which took place April 19-21, in Latham, N.Y., brought together students who have benefited from this the program. The LPP students from all 40 funded programs were able to network with other LPP students, showcase their talents, and participate in workshops and other activities that cover topics that are important to today's youth.

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Last Updated: 11/12/13