Faculty Senate Budget Review Committee

Annual Report, 2005-2006


The Committee’s purview includes the review of past all-funds budget expenditures and the discussion of future budget priorities.  The nature of the accounting and budget reconciliation process is such that the review of all-funds expenditures for a given fiscal year (which runs July 1-June 30) can begin only during the following fall.  In general, final budget reconciliation does not occur until the end of October, and the committee reviews the expenditures at the end of the fall semester.  The committee then reports to the Faculty Senate on the prior year’s budgetary expenditures during a Faculty Senate meeting in the Spring Semester.  This report therefore covers the committee’s activities during academic year 2005-06 excepting the report on the 2004-05 budget, which was presented in May 2005.  A later report will include budget information for the fiscal year 2005-2006.

            Principal activities for the year:

A meeting during Summer 2005 to discuss the implementation of the new budgeting process at Binghamton University.  Michael McGoff summarized the budgetary requests that had been submitted by the various divisions of the institution and the resulting funding recommendations for new expenditures that were being presented to the President.  Of a total of $12 million that the Vice Presidents identified as high priority funding needs, the University expected to be able to fund approximately $1.2 million in the 05-06 budget year.  The final list of incremental increases in funding, discussed in late October, was more aggressive, and included some $4 million in new expenditures, the bulk of which were in new faculty hiring, graduate student stipends, and utilities costs.  Budget requests and budgetary decisions were guided in particular by how the requests fit with the institution’s priorities as outlined in the Strategic Plan.

A meeting early in the Fall Semester to discuss a preliminary campus response to a request from then-acting Chancellor Ryan for expected critical budgetary needs.  The committee reviewed the preliminary document prepared by the Vice Provost in consultation with the Vice Presidents and made some suggestions for prioritizing Binghamton’s needs to the Chancellor, including both capital expenditures and the need for greater SUNY support of graduate students, faculty positions and salaries, and risk management.

Review of 2004-05 budget expenditures, with a report to the Faculty Senate in the Spring semester.

Discussion of the funding of increased graduate stipends that was announced in December 2005, including how funds were reallocated internally.

Discussion of planned 2006-07 incremental budgetary increases.  The process of soliciting budget requests for planning incremental increases for 2007-08 also was discussed; this has now gone directly to academic units, through their Deans, to provide Deans and, ultimately, the higher administration with the broadest base from which to evaluate campus needs and priorities.

Discussion of the impacts of the SUNY budget proposals (from Board of Trustees, from Governor) and SUNY’s latest iteration of its Budget Allocation Process (BAP II) on Binghamton University’s budget and budget planning.


Respectively Submitted,

Peter L.K. Knuepfer, Committee Chair


Committee members:  Serdar Atav, Howard Brown, Shelly Dionne, Robert Emerson, Nancy Henry, Peter Knuepfer, Sean Massey, George McKee, Gary Truce; Student members Michael Smyth (undergraduate); Ex-officio members James Van Voorst (Vice President for Administration), Mary Ann Swain (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs), Michael McGoff (Vice Provost for Strategic and Fiscal Planning)




Some bylaws changes were sent to the faculty in the fall, but these were really the work of the committee for the previous year.


This year's committee met regularly.  Its recommendations have been forwarded to the FSEC (Faculty Senate Executive Committee) and will, presumably be sent to the faculty.



Committee members:


David Hanson - Mathematical Sciences (Chair)
Gary James - DSON
Richard Pastore - Psychology
Dana Stewart – Romance Languages
Sarah Maximiek - Libraries
Wayne Jones
Nancy Stamp

Convocations Committee

Binghamton University




DATE: May 1, 2006


TO:                  Kathy Bowman, Faculty Senate Secretary


FROM:            Bruce Borton, Chair, Convocations Committee


RE:                   2005-06 Annual Report of Convocations Committee


In response to the committee’s charge to allocate funds for the purpose of bringing programs to campus that enhance and support the intellectual, cultural and artistic aspects of the academic curriculum, and to focus our efforts toward as diverse a university community as possible, the Convocations Committee awarded funds to support 26 separate events, 23 of which took place during the 2005-06 academic year, and 3 which will take place during the coming year.  Allocations ranged from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $2000.  Our available funds for the year, including carryover from 2004-05 and new allocations, totaled $16,223.  It has been the practice of the committee over the past years to try to maintain and grow a surplus for occasional more costly events.  Allocations this year totaled $14,410 leaving a balance remaining of $1813 to be carried forward into the 2006-07 academic year.


The organizations and events funded by the committee at its monthly meetings are listed below:



BU Creative Writing GSO (Poe)        Writing by Degrees 9/22/2005                                550

SEHD (Crowley)                               Critical Perspectives 11/4/2005                              450

MALIK Fraternity (Sainteus)             Muhammad Speech 9/26/2005                               130



Hdev (Family Diversity Proj)              Pride and Joy Families 11/7/2005                           500

CEMERS (Sticca)                             Conference 3/2006                                                 720

Romance Lang (Sobejano-Moran)     Humor in Lit and Art 3/2007                                   500

Creative Writing (Cohen)                   Writing the Holocaust                                             100



Red Cross Club (Mahmood)             Earthquake Memorial Service 12/2/2005                350

Black Student Union (Dozier)            Bobby Seale speech 2/25/2006                            1000

Music (Borton)                                  Crane Concert choir perf. 2/14/2006                      760



Sociology (Martin)                             Joy James Lecture                                                  900

Sociology (Martin)                             Dylan Rodriguez lecture 2/23/2006                         500



Center for Writing (Gelineau)             Ted Kooser reading 3/22/2006                               600

Hdev (Massey)                                  Antonio LaPastina lectures 4/2006                          250

Sociology (West)                               Peter Linebaugh lecture 3/9/2006                            400

Africana Studies (Nzegwu)                New African Diaspora 4/2006                                500

PIC (Allen)                                        Devynity: Tha Spoken Word Joynt 3/25/2006         300

LACAS (Wilton)                               Santiano-Valles lecture 3/27/2006                          300

Hdev (Chaudhry)                               Sangari lecture 4/18/2006                                       300

Bing Justice Proj (Santiago-Valles)     C Aguirre lecture 4/21/2006                                   250



Bing Pride/LGBTQ (Wiener)             Film series: Fall, 2006                                             250



Hillel (Coleman)                                 P. Rusesabagina speech 10/12/2006                     2000

Univ Counseling Center (Fleider)       Sex Signals 4/19/2006                                            800

Grad Student Assoc (Han)                 Trans-Boundary Experiences 4/2006                    1000



EOP (Hernandez)                              Cultural Explosion 2 4/27/2006                               500

Colleges Against Cancer (Krause)     Relay for Life                                                          500


                                                         TOTAL ALLOCATIONS 2005/06:                  14410


Committee Membership


Bruce Borton, Music (Chair)                                                          bborton@binghamton.edu

Serdar Atav, Nursing                                                                           atav@binghamton.edu

David Belsky, Student Rep                                                               evp@sa.binghamton.edu

Patrick Craig, Univ Program Board                                                 pcraig1@binghamton.edu

Brian Crawford, President’s Office                                                bcrawfd@binghamton.edu

Gladys Jimenez-Munoz, SEHD gjimenez@binghamton.edu

Jason Kennedy, Student Rep                                                        jkenned1@binghamton.edu

Bill Kroll, Campus Life             (beg. 3/2006)                                    bkroll@binghamton.edu

Kim Kroll, Campus Life            (thru 2/2006)                                      klieb@binghamton.edu

Laura O’Neil, Academic Affairs                                                         loneil@binghamton.edu

Michael Smyth, Student Rep                                                    president@sa.binghamton.edu  






Annual Report of the

Educational Policies and Priorities Committee

2005-2006 Academic Year


Committee Membership:

Fall 2005: Herbert Bix (History, on leave), Elizabeth Brown (Libraries), Frank Cardullo (Mechanical Engineering), Benjamin Fordham (Political Science), Hal Lewis (Systems Science, committee chair), Al Vos (English), M. Stanley Whittingham, Stephen Straight (ex-officio), Mary Ann Swain (ex-officio), 2 undergraduate student vacancies, 1 graduate student vacancy. 

Spring 2006: Same as Fall, except that Al Vos chaired, Herbert Bix had returned from leave, Patrick Madden (Computer Science) joined the committee, and Hal Lewis was on leave.


During the Fall 2005 semester, the major item of business related to the proposal by the Provost to form a School of Education and a College of Community and Public Affairs from the existing School of Education and Human Development and Public Administration Program (previously housed in the Graduate School).  Because there was considerable concern about how well the faculty members most directly impacted perceived the proposed organizational changes, we put considerable effort into meeting with representatives from SEHD and the Public Administration Program.  In the end, we concluded that the overall consensus was strongly in favor of plan for the new schools.  The EPPC also carefully reviewed the resource issues and the overall academic rationale for the proposed change in considerable detail.  On the basis of these analyses, we recommended to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee that the proposal be approved.


Other business discussed during the Fall included a review of plans proposed by the Provost for refinements in the plan for academic assessment.  We felt these plans were appropriate.  We also discussed the point that we were unable to move ahead with discussion of reviewing either the (existing, undergraduate) Bioengineering Program or the proposals for the (MS and PhD) Biomedical Engineering Programs until more documentation became available. 


Throughout the Spring 2006 semester the Committee focused on matters related to the Bioengineering Department within the Watson School.  


In March the Committee listened to concerns that graduate students who have come to Binghamton University to study Biomedical Engineering be kept well-informed about the current status of the program (it has not yet been formally approved).  In an effort to reduce the possibility that those students misunderstand the program’s status, the Committee sent a memo to Nancy Stamp, Dean of the Graduate School, asking her to send a clarifying letter to the graduate students affected by this issue.


During the latter part of the semester the Committee undertook a formal review of the undergraduate program in Bioengineering, drawing especially upon the reports of expert outside reviewers (Dr. Peter Katona and Dr. Raimond Winslow), who visited campus earlier in the semester.  The Committee’s review was in response to the mandate of the Faculty Senate, which approved a new undergraduate program in Bioengineering on February 25, 2003, with a proviso that our Committee re-examine the new program after two years. 


The Committee’s report on the Bioengineering review was formally transmitted to the Senate’s Executive Committee in July 2006.




Faculty Senate EOP Advisory Committee

Annual Report, 2005-2006 Academic Year



The Committee met four times during the academic year. We assisted Dr. Pogue’s efforts to provide his staff with the resources they need to serve EOP students. Dr. Pogue regularly updated the committee regarding his and EOP staff activities and initiatives, their recruitment of EOP students, and the Summer Enrichment Program. We continued our initiative of last year to study the problem of the retention of the University’s minority faculty because it impacts on the health of EOP. After reviewing the longitudinal data provided to us early in the semester by the Office of Institutional Research, we determined that we did not have enough information to make informed analyses and recommendations. We began consulting with the University’s Diversity Advisory Council since we appeared to have shared interests and goals.


Janet Hogan, Chair


Committee Members:


Donald Blake

Cheryl Brown

Annie Faya

Marilyn Gaddis Rose

Rose Hill

Janet Hogan

Jeannie Liu

Marshall McGill

Francine Montemurro

James Pogue

Kelvin Santiago

H. Stephen Straight

Nancy Um

Leo Wilton

Intercollegiate Athletics Committee

2005-2006 Annual Report to Faculty Senate




At the beginning of the Spring 2006 semester, a new Chair was appointed to the Faculty Senate Intercollegiate Athletic Committee (IAC).  Since the new chair had no previous affiliation with the IAC, initial activities involved individual meetings between the new Chair and some members of the committee, and the Chair getting caught up on material from the IAC and the campus Intercollegiate Athletic Board (IAB).   The IAC then met twice during the Spring semester.  The initial IAC meeting, and part of the second meeting, was devoted to discussion of the purpose and role of the IAC, with this having been one source of past contention among IAC members.  Briefly summarized, the core issues seem to reflect:

1.  Some committee members feeling that the IAC duplicates some of the activities of the IAB, and that the IAB, since the IAB includes faculty nominated by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the IAC is unnecessary. 

2. Other members felt that the concerns of many faculty over the changes associated with the move to Division 1 have not been addressed effectively and do need to be addressed.  If problems exist at BU that similar to those sometimes reported at other institutions, these need to be identified and understood so that steps can be taken to address them.  If such problems do not exist, with concerns expressed by some faculty based upon inadequate or incorrect information, it is important that that correct information is conveyed through a body seen as representing faculty interests,

3.  The “Self-Study Report and Plans for Improvement on NCAA Certification” cites the IAC as being “re-established by the Faculty Senate at Binghamton University in 2001 to serve as an independent faculty committee to review the academic impact of the intercollegiate athletics program.    Its charge is to make recommendations and suggest policies to the Faculty Senate regarding the impact of intercollegiate athletics on academic standards and practices.”  (p. 18).    The IAC, as well as the Budget Review Committee, “scrutinizes the intercollegiate athletics program independently of the SUNY-mandated Intercollegiate Athletics Board … These committees form part of a healthy formal and informal dialog between the faculty and the University administration on the broad scope of Binghamton’s participation in intercollegiate athletics.” (p. 17)

It seemed clear from discussions that some issues are common to both the IAC and IAB, and that both groups would benefit from open lines of communications.  Joel Thirer (Director of Athletics) and Dennis Lasser (who heads the IAB) are members of the IAC, and both suggested that Richard Pastore, the new chair of the IAC, attend meeting of the IAB, and possibly be added to the IAB membership.

The second meeting of the IAC also began to address some issues of concern:

1. Special Talent Admissions.  In campus documents to the NCAA, it is reported that nearly all student athletes are classified as “special talent” (AT=1).  A concern expressed by some is that academically unqualified students are being admitted, and being given scholarships, to bolster athletics.  Discussion focused on two issues.  The number of “special talent” classifications was reported in NCAA response documents to be an artifact of the existing classification system that did not differentiate the academic qualifications of students with special talents (talents in music, theater, athletics, etc.).  The classification system has been modified, with the new system being used for the first time this year.  In addition, the initial set of athletes admitted as Division 1 applicants are only now finishing their education.  Thus, data that will be available this fall should provide the first complete and accurate picture of the academic qualification and success of student athletes.  The IAC will return to this issue in the fall when the needed data become available.

2.  Student Behavior at Athletic Events.  

Joel Thirer brought up the concern over student behavior at the America East tournament held at the Events Center.  Many different facets of a complex set of problems were discussed.  Comments and observations included the following:

One wants our students to be enthusiastic.  Students were exhibiting behavior that is acceptable in their dormitories and among their peers.  Also, what passes for acceptable language at professional sports events (e.g., baseball, hockey) is, in the eyes of many students, is not that different than what students exhibited at our basketball events.

The University wants to have community support, but parents do not want their children, and maybe themselves, to be exposed to the language and behavior that was exhibited.

Although the home coach is supposed to be responsible for crowd control, these are practical limits on what a coach can do.  The referees could have, and maybe should have, called a technical, but that might have only made matters worse. 

Although there are officers of the student organization, it is not clear that these individual would be able to accomplish much with a large group of casually organized students. 

Action by the University Police has to be carefully thought through.  Rushing in and removing or arresting a few students has the potential of exacerbating a problem.  At the America East Tournament, there were some major problems with football players from Albany at one of the games.  A strategy was worked out with the University Police, allowing them to effectively handle the problem with these students at the next Albany game.

The IAC will return to this, and other, issues when it reconvenes in the fall.


3.  Other Questions and Issues to Address:

Having addressed the issue of whether the IAC should exist, the IAC still needs to spell out the questions to be address, then develop effective strategies to achieve meaningful answers in a constructive manner.

Committee Members:
Frank Cardullo - Mech Eng                                          1 male undergraduate student

Frank Newman - English (Fall 2005)                            1 female undergraduate student
1 faculty vacancy (Spring 2006)                                    1 graduate student teaching assistant
Richard Pastore - Psychology (Chair, Spring 2006)
Jim Stark - Art
Rob Van Buskirk - Biological Sciences
Joel Thirer
Terry Webb
Dennis Lasser

Annual Report of the

Faculty Senate Library Committee [6/16/06]


            The Committee met in the fall and spring terms to review library matters.

 “2006 Milestones” of the Binghamton University Libraries include:


a)      24 x 5 (Sunday-Thursday) access to Bartle Library.


b)      Staffing of the Library Annex@Conklin to support researchers on site.


c)      Wireless laptop computers for in-building use at Science & Bartle Libraries.


d)      March 20th opening of the “Information Commons” on the first floor area in the Bartle Library. In response to user requests, there has been the addition of over 20 more computers, more chairs for collaboration, and larger waste baskets.  To maximize assistance, the information desk is co-staffed by people with Libraries’ backgrounds and by other people with Computer-Center backgrounds.  In the Fall of 2006, the Science Library Information Commons” will open.   Software will be installed so that off-and-in-libraries users can easily see where free computers are available.   These “Information Commons” are located near check-out-desk and self-service-check-out-machines, and near Libraries’ Reserves so as to maximize “one-stop Libraries’ services”.


e)      March 20-21st Binghamton University’s Library Symposium, Funding Our Digital Future: Budgeting for Libraries & Scholarly Communication.  This symposium gathered an array of distinguished speakers to address the challenges of library resource allocation in the digital age.   Seventy-nine pre-registrants were joined by a number of drop-in faculty members.


f)        On February 24, BU’s Alumni Association partnered with the Libraries to host an evening with Molly Peacock (Harpur ’69) during one of her performances at the Urban Stages Theater in New York City.  


g)    Link to current and past issues of the Binghamton University Libraries’

 newsletter, “LibraryLinks” is http://library.lib.binghamton.edu/librarylinks/index.html.



At the April 7 meeting, there was a SPARC information session presented by Beth Brown of the Libraries “Scholarly Communications Committee.”  SPARC stands for the “Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition”.  It focuses on enhancing broad and cost-effective access to peer-reviewed scholarship.  It encourages authors to retain rights of copyright. 


Members of Faculty Senate Library Committee, Fall 2005-Spring 2006:

Carrol Coates; French and Comparative Literature, Romance Languages

Peter Gerhardstein, Psychology

Jennifer Gordon, SEHD Division of Education

Gerald Kadish, History

Michael Lewis, Computer Science; Watson School of Engineering

Sara Maximiek, Libraries

Chris Motley, Std. Assoc. Representative

Ryan Wilichinsky, Std. Assoc. Representative

Seokyung Han , Grad. Std. Org. Representative

Michael McGoff, Vice Provost, Academic Affairs

John Meador, Director of Libraries

Charles Nelson, Physics, Library Committee Chair






Date:               7 September, 2006      


To:                  Faculty Senate


From:              Sandra D. Michael

                        Chair, Professional Standards Committee


Subject:           05/06 Annual Report



No cases were referred to the Professional Standards Committee during the 05/06 academic year. 


CC  Committee Members: 


Professors Miguel Arcones (Mathematics), Masha Britten (Nursing), David Cingranelli (Political Sciences), Arieh Ullmann (Management)  


Report of the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2005-2006

During the 2005-06 academic year the UUCC continued its normal work of certifying courses that meet the Binghamton University General Education requirements.


In addition the Committee accomplished the following:


1. Proposed a revision to the General Education Mathematics/Reasoning requirement to the Faculty Senate. The proposal, which was passed by the Senate, eliminated the “math proficiency” aspect of the requirement and allows the requirement to be fulfilled by any designated “M” course.  Students who are not prepared to take a designated “M” course are expected to self-identify and take any lower-level courses necessary to enable them to succeed in a designated “M” course. This change was made retroactive so that it applies to all students subject to the M requirement from catalog year 2000 onwards who have not yet satisfied the M requirement. (See the text of the requirement at http://gened.binghamton.edu/faq.html#math) 


2. Held a discussion session on the Global Interdependencies requirement with faculty members from various departments, including History, Anthropology, Africana Studies, Art History, English, Geography, and GREAL. This meeting provided for frank and open discussion of the “G” requirement and allowed both the UUCC and faculty from interested departments to refine our understanding of what we mean by “global interdependencies.”


The Committee would like to express its gratitude to Liz Abate, the university's Coordinator of General Education and Assistant for Undergraduate Education, for the essential assistance she constantly provided to the committee over the course of the entire year.


The 2005-06 Report on University-Wide (UNIV) Course Offerings, required by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, is attached to this report.


2005-06 UUCC Committee Members:


Liz Abate                                

Linda Ballinger             

Don Blake                               
Richard R. Eckert, Chair          

Florina Getman            
Wayne Jones                           

Stanley Masters
Sara Reiter                                          
James Stark 

H. Stephen Straight

Anna Tan-Wilson      

Johannes von Hoff  

                  Report on University-Wide (UNIV) Course Offerings

2005-2006 Academic Year



A total of 15 courses were offered under the University-wide (UNIV) rubric during the 2005-2006 academic year.






Fall 2005

UNIV 127

Discovering the Scholar Within

G. Catalano, Watson School and Binghamton Scholars

79 total in 3 sections

UNIV 227

Leadership and Achieving Goals

F. Montemurro, Ombudsman

M. Chester, Judicial Affairs

E. Tucker, English

J. Horowitz, Residential Life

53 total in 4 sections



G. Catalano, Watson School and Binghamton Scholars



Peaceable Kingdom

F. Montemurro, Ombudsman



Energy and You

J. Fillo, Watson School



Great Ideas in Physics (also listed as PHYS 115)

R. Pompi, Physics



Modern Satire (also listed as ENG 380V)

M. Conlon, English



Plato and Aristotle (also listed as PHIL 280K)

A. Preus, Philosophy


UNIV 395

Scholars III: Worlds of Experience

G. Catalano, Watson School and Binghamton Scholars


Spring 2006

UNIV 227

Leadership and Achieving Goals

M. Chester, Judicial Affairs

G. Johansen, Alcohol and Other Drug Programs

J. Horowitz, Residential Life

G. Catalano, Watson School and Binghamton Scholars

57 total in 4 sections


Wolves: Science, Myth, Ethics, Nature

G. Catalano, Watson School and Binghamton Scholars



Peaceable Kingdom

F. Montemurro, Ombudsman



Great Ideas of Physics (also listed as PHYS 115)

R. Pompi, Physics



Medical Ethics (also listed as PHIL 148S)

A. Preus, Philosophy


UNIV 395

Scholars III: Worlds of Experience

G. Catalano, Watson School and Binghamton Scholars



Summer 2006

No courses offered.


It should be noted that because most of the UNIV courses at this point are Binghamton Scholars courses, the UUCC asked that the Scholars Program seek its own rubric for use beginning with the 2006-2007 academic year.  This has been done, and beginning with Fall 2006, the SCHL rubric will be used for these courses.  Based on precedent established by the Faculty Senate for the UUCC's oversight of GSIC courses (see below), the UUCC has adopted the following procedures for the use of the SCHL rubric:


  • Any new SCHL courses that are created would need to be approved by the UUCC, using the same mechanism and process used for UNIV courses.
  • Once courses are approved by the UUCC, the Binghamton Scholars Program needs to submit the following information prior to building courses in CICS each semester:
    1. For approved regular courses, each semester the program is required to send the UUCC a list of the courses they plan to offer.  No descriptions are necessary. (These would be the courses that would appear under the SCHL equivalent of UNIV 127, 227, 395, etc.)
    2. If the program plans to offer any topics courses, the UUCC will review a course description and approve it for offering.  (These would be the courses that would appear under the SCHL equivalent of UNIV 280.)
    3. Finally, once the courses have been approved by the UUCC, the Binghamton Scholars Program handles all course creation in the CICS Master and all course-building.



Courses offered under the GLST rubric


In February, 2003, the Faculty Senate approved an amendment to the guidelines for University-wide policies to allow the use of additional rubrics for University-wide courses.  Under this policy, the Global Studies Integrated Curriculum (GSIC) is allowed to use the rubric "GLST" to identify its cross-listed courses that have a home in an existing school or department. Any courses in the GSIC program taught as standalone courses will be submitted to the UUCC for approval as UNIV courses, subject to the provisions for approval of such courses. No GLST courses were offered during the 2005-2006 academic year.


Annual Report for AY 2005-6


Academic Computing & Educational Technology (ACET) Committee



During academic year 2005-6, the ACET committee organized itself into three working subcommittees to target planning for future services of value to faculty and students.  The subcommittees were:


  • “Futures”:  which was charged with reviewing those technologies which appear on the horizon and which we should consider adopting to our advantage at Binghamton. The goal is to identify a few, key future technologies which would enhance teaching and research and add to the reputation of the University.


The committee looked at the potential technological “futures” from three perspectives:

    • The identification of future, common technologies by Howard Strauss, Technology Futurist from Princeton University
    • The identification of emerging technologies identified and ranked by a joint project of the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative called the “New Horizons Report”.  The project annually identifies six emerging technologies, which it predicts will have significant impact on higher education within five years.
    • An exercise in speculation by the subcommittee, which attempted to identify technologies which are emerging or readily available to us already, that the University might benefit from.


The Futures subcommittee issued an “Interim Report” which is attached (Attachment I), and agreed to continue to meet through the summer.  It is apparent from the report that many new technologies are already taking hold at the University; the question for the ACET is whether there are certain technologies we should push or whether a better strategy is to let them all develop as they will. 


  • “Toys”:  There are many technologies currently available on the market that are not used heavily at Binghamton.  Are there technologies that are generally available and not “bleeding edge” that we should use or make more widely available to faculty and students?


The Toys committee ended its investigation by adopting a recommendation brought to the committee by the undergraduate student representative:  that the University work with the Student Association to develop a campus “portal”.  The SA presented the subcommittee with a design concept for the project.  The portal is envisioned as a software tool that helps students, faculty and staff manage their access to the internet and to campus technology resources, allowing single-sign-on, customization of the desktop, and rapid access to relevant resources.  This recommendation was adopted by the whole ACET and forwarded to the Administrative Information Systems Resources Committee (AISRC), which sets administrative computing priorities for the campus.


  • “Communications”:  There are many technology initiatives on campus coming from departments, the Libraries, Telecommunications, Computing Services, etc.  How does a faculty member or student find out about what’s available and how it can be used? 


The Communications subcommittee seeks to solve a problem that has been identified many times before:  resources abound on campus, but many faculty and students don’t hear about them or don’t know how to access them.   The subcommittee began by compiling a list of common, needed resources, and then worked to provide descriptions and FAQs (frequently asked questions) about how to access them.  The FAQ list is published at http://www.binghamton.edu/cms/wikis/mediawiki/index.php/Techfaq. It is also included as Attachment II to this report.  The report of the subcommittee passed the FAQ to the group that will be implementing the portal recommended by the Toys subcommittee.  is attached (Attachment II).  It also recommended that the FAQ be linked from several areas of the campus web presence.  These locations include Computing Services, Educational Communications, and the Library    



Other Initiatives of the ACET


While the subcommittee activities constituted the main work of the ACET for the year, the ACET dealt with, reviewed, and sponsored several other initiatives during the year to the benefit of faculty, students and staff.  These are listed below.


  • Network Security Changes:  At its final meeting, the ACET approved changes to the campus network proposed by the networking group within Computing Services.  The changes are intended to provide better protection from hacking, viruses and “bot” attacks.  Attachment III explains the changes in detail, and takes the form of a letter announcing the changes to the faculty and which was sent out to the community in May.  In brief, the following two changes were approved:
    • To block “telnet” at the campus edge firewall (while continuing to allow it within the campus) in favor of the use of secure shell (SSH) protocol.  This eliminates a vulnerability which allows hackers to use known exploits to log into campus machines.
    • To require that a PC using any public, hard-wired port on campus must register on its first use with the “Campus Manager” program, which will ensure that up-to-date antivirus software is installed on the machine and ensure that automatic updates are enabled (for Windows machines only).  This should result in fewer internal “infections” from on-campus machines, and secure the internal network to known machines. 
  • The Information Commons, a joint venture between the Libraries and Computing Services opened.  Contrary to reports in the “PipeDream”, the Information Commons does not represent a decrease in the number of computers available to students on campus.  The South Pod held approximately 175 computers; the IC opened with 160, to which 20 more were added in subsequent weeks and with 40 more still available in the South Pod, for a net increase of about 45 computers.  The IC is a “work in progress”, with continuing adjustments and improvements planned.
  • A new Email system (Mirapoint) is being tested, for possible installation in the Fall of ‘06.  Email traffic has reached 700,000 messages per day in some “bursts”.  If installed, the new program should bring better reliability, a much-improved web front-end, and several new features to Email.  Contact Tony Poole at Computing Services if you’d like to be part of the test.
  • The administration has asked Computing Services to develop a plan for the elimination of the SSN as the main identifier for students, faculty and staff.  That draft plan was widely distributed to departments in early April and this will likely be a major project over the coming year.
  • For the first time in three years, bandwidth usage from the residence halls is exceeding capacity, apparently caused by downloading.  Computing Services will consider options for rationing and/or increasing bandwidth over the summer.
  • In support of new technologies, Academic Computing brought up a new WIKI server and made it generally available to the campus community.  One WIKI area is available within Blackboard, another outside of BlackBoard.
  • Educational Communications (EdComm) and the School of Engineering reported a successful collaboration to acquire equipment and refine processes to make classroom video broadcasting more widely available.
  • 2 Members of the ACET (Jim Wolf/Academic Computing & Stephen Gilje/Research Foundation) sponsored a luncheon on 4/20, hosting about 30 faculty working on sponsored research  to talk about what IT support could facilitate their work.  Among the needs described at the meeting were more reliable email, high-speed networking, and the ability to transfer large datasets. 
  • The ACET continued to monitor the results of spam filtering on campus.  In general, the “Barracuda” spam filter acquired early in 2005 continues to work very well.  More than 80% of email received on a daily basis is rejected outright as spam, based upon its origination from known spam sites or by its similarity to hundreds of other messages received at the same time.  Of the 18% or so of messages not rejected outright as spam, fully half are assessed and tagged as “probable spam” by the program and sent on to the named recipient.  Less than 10% of email received on a typical day appears legitimate and is passed on without tagging.  The ACET affirmed its decision of the previous year not to filter any email based on content.
  • Finally, the ACET was kept abreast of the joint project by the School of Engineering, School of Management, Computing Services, IBM and Mainline, Inc. to develop and put in place a Linux Technology Center on campus.  The LTC was put in place formally during the early Spring and is currently operating out of the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC).



Committee members:

Jeffrey Barker - Geological Sciences
Sandra Card - Libraries

Kanad Ghose - Computer Science

Surinder Kahai - SOM

Kenneth Kurtz - Psychology

Karen Salvage - Geological Sciences

Mark Zhang - Computer Science

David Belsky

Deger Cenk Erdil

Mary Ann Swain (Chair)

t's appointments - Sungdai Cho, Stephen Gilje
Mark Reed
James VanVoorst

Attachment I:


Futures Subcommittee Interim Report to ACET


Below are three reviews of emerging or needed technologies applicable to education and research that we might consider for the University. 



Review I:  From the audio presentation "The Future of Teaching and Learning Technologies" by Howard Strauss (Technology Futurist, Princeton University)


Strauss’ main points:


  • "Everything in your wallet will disappear:  Authentication & Biometrics will replace them
  • The need for "Portable, Ubiquitous Portals"  (PUPs):  data presentation and access will (and should be) individualized to each user
  • General purpose computers will be obsolete
  • Software distribution models should change to more of a "cable TV" model
  • Moore's law continues and chips will be so cheap they will be embedded in everything, so everything will be “smart”.
  • Mobile computing is key; all these smart things will have to communicate
  • Smart classrooms are a Dumb Idea; learning should be distributed beyond the classroom


[Howard's presentation is available on audio CD from Computing Services; Contact Mark Reed]


We discussed some of the things we'd heard and agreed that some of the major topics we need to consider are: 


  • authentication and single sign-on,
  • a new email system,
  • classroom and course management,
  • the campus manager program for registering and "cleaning" machines that will be connected to the campus network.





Review II:  The "New Horizons Report", a joint production of the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative seeks to identify each year the six emerging technologies that will have the greatest impact on "teaching, learning or creative expression with higher education".  The

2006 report is freely distributable, and is located at <http://www.nmc.org/horizon/index.shtml>.  Below is a summary; everything below is either quoted or paraphrased: 


The "Executive Summary" identifies four major "trends affecting the practice of teaching, learning and creativity":  They are:


  • Dynamic knowledge creation and social computing tools and processes are becoming ... widespread and accepted.
  • Mobile computing and personal technology is increasingly… viewed as a delivery platform for services of all kinds.
  • Consumers are increasingly expecting individualized services, tools, and experiences, and open access to media knowledge, information, and learning.
  • Collaboration is increasingly seen as critical across the range of educational activities....


The six technologies identified in this year's report are:


--with an adoption horizon within the next year:

  • Social computing: computer technology which facilitates interaction and collaboration
  • Personal broadcasting:  text to audio to video & podcasting


--with an adoption horizon of 2-3 years:

  • The delivery of educational content and services to cell phones and other mobile devices
  • Educational Gaming:  finding out what games can really teach us


--with an adoption horizon of 4-5 years:

  • Augmented reality and enhanced visualization
  • Context-aware environments and devices





Review III:  Speculation


There are several developing technologies we can see being used or experimented with at Binghamton, and we should be keeping a close eye on. Some are:


--mobile, handheld devices: (Note:  The rollout of full wireless across the campus should be complete in the residence halls by late summer, and on the rest of the campus by this time next year.)

  • what are the options?  (Blackberries?  Treos?  Newly-released devices?)
  • are there standards we should be supporting?
  • is there a need for more targeted support for these?
  • is there an application set that we should assume for these devices?


--IP phones:   many of the devices above are cell phones; some have

options for IP phone use

  • Computing Services & Telecommunications organizations have just been merged (March ’06),
  • CS & Telecom have agreed to a VoIP (voice over IP) pilot project for the new Downtown Center (to open in Fall '07)
  • Should we be more aggressive (if so, what's a good pilot "target")


--Video Conferencing:  From the brainstorming sessions over the years, the most-named service people envision in the future is videoconferencing, though there have been few requests for videoconferencing services already available on campus:

  • what applications in this area would be "killer" applications
  • are the current general offerings adequate to the needs, or is there a "next level" that would make videoconferencing very desirable and useable?


--Classroom support services:

  • BlackBoard use has taken off on campus:  has this just made life a little easier for faculty and students or has it been a breakthrough application?
  • We have recently added BlackBoard's portfolio management module; is this of value?
  • We have recently added BlackBoard's WIKI and blog capabilities; is this of value?
  • Distance Learning:  A new service has been developed by EdComm & SOE for delivering lectures remotely.


--Security & Acceptable Use on campus

  • Two years ago, we implemented "Campus Manager" computer registration in the residence halls, and this has eliminated many of the problems with viruses and malicious "bots" in the res halls.  We have not done the same on the main campus, which allows anonymous use of the network, allows machines which do not have anti-virus protection to connect, and generally allows a less-safe computing environment.  Should this be reviewed?
  • Authentication of various systems has been consolidated somewhat, but will need to progress for real use of portals and interoperability of systems.


--Linux and the virtualization of machine resources

  • SOM, SOE and CSET have collaborated to establish and support a Linux Research Center on campus
  • Are there technologies associated with Linux that we should aggressively pursue?


Other technologies of interest:

  • WIKIS and blogs and Vlogs
  • RSS feeds
  • Portals
  • nationally distributed digital libraries
  • Virtualization

*           ...




We’ve had some discussion that we put ourselves in good technological position if we can use collaborative and “socializing” tools, which include wikis and blogs, RSS feeds, podcasting, and personal broadcasting, and deliver them to and from mobile devices, which capitalize on wireless networking, mobile devices, and information retrieval tools.  Enabling such devices also forces us to deal with issues of security and authentication.  This general approach allows us to take advantage of many emerging technologies.  How we organize ourselves to do that, and which projects are most effective at putting us there, of course, topics for discussion.


Many of these tools are in some use on campus, with wikis, for example, enabled within BlackBoard.  But the desire to move ahead more quickly, and outside of (especially) the BlackBoard format, has been expressed, along with the desire to include a wider group of participants than has traditionally been considered the campus community.


We should also consider breaking down our future efforts into something like the above dimension of adoption horizon, i.e.:

--those with an adoption horizon within the next year,

--those with an adoption horizon of 2-3 years,

--those with an adoption horizon of 4-5 years.


There are some things that we should consider doing asap: podcasting, rss, blogs, and wikis. The technology for these is available and we should create pilots to determine the reaction of faculty, staff, and students to these technologies.


Things like single signon, virtualization, VoIP, Campus Manager are useful and make life easier for us all. We need them but we also need to go beyond them -- these will not distinguish us from other universities.




======Attachment II:    Technical FAQ from Communications Subcommittee


Security and Privacy

Are you putting things on my machine that I don’t know about?

Is my data safe?

Is my social security number stored in my account?

What steps do I need to take to secure my data?

One step would be to set up a private password required upon startup in order to login and access the machine

Does BU provide anti-virus software to faculty, staff and students?

BU has a site license for McAfee Anti-Virus software for Windows and for Virex for Macintosh.  They are distributed on the BUICK CD (available at the Helpdesk) and at the BU ftp site Note that the ftp site is only available from an on-campus connection.

Does BU provide software to protect against spyware and malware?

BU doesn't distribute such software but Lavasoft's Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy are both available on the internet at Download.com.

Your can learn more about spyware by viewing Understanding Spyware

You can get some hints on using Ad-Aware by viewing Using Lavasoft's Ad-aware


What computer accounts do every faculty, staff and student have?

All the following accounts have login id and passwords. All have the same login id. Passwords differ and are reset using different mechanisms.

Pods domain account (used to log into computers in Pods, Information Commons, Multimedia classrooms, wireless network, and the Sun login server (bingsuns). Also used to authenticate for access to Library on-line materials, Pharos printing in the Pods, network storage in Pods domain ["H: drive"], access to personal web space on the bingweb server)

Binghamton E-mail password (also knows as your Kerberos password) (used to access your binghamton.edu e-mail account)

Blackboard account (used to log into the Blackboard Learning Management System)

I forgot my pods password, who can help me?

You can change your own Pods password at http://busi.binghamton.edu.

The Computer Center Help Desk can also reset your password when you come to the desk in person (bring a valid BU ID). Passwords cannot be reset when someone calls us.

I forgot my e-mail password, who can help me?

The Computer Center Help Desk can also reset your password (bring a valid BU ID).

I forgot my Blackboard password, who can help me?

Click on the "I forgot my password" prompt in Blackboard. Bb will mail a pass token to your Binghamton e-mail account. You will be able to reset you Bb password when you reenter Bb with the token.

What's a domain and am I part of one?

What are some other computer accounts that are provided to faculty and staff?

BGM or other domain accounts (used by some departments to log into the network domain that contains departmental servers, departmental storage devices, network storage for backup)

Exchange account (used by some staff and faculty to access email and calendaring services in the Exchange environment)

Oracle or Pegasus account (used by some staff and faculty to access Financial and Human Resources administrative systems. Users have access and update privileges based on their role on campus)

CICS account (used by faculty and staff to access student record, student account and course file administrative systems. Users have access and update privileges based on their role on campus.)

Resource 25 accounts

Kronos accounts

FAMIS accounts

StatMart accounts for large statistical computations, and computation accessing some financial databases (CRSP, COMPUSTAT, IBES). See Statistical Programming Services (Accounts).

I'm a student, when do my email and bingsuns accounts expire?

You're email and bingsuns accounts are deleted six months after your degree is conferred. An email notification will be sent to your BU email address to inform you when your accounts will be deleted.

When are faculty and staff accounts deleted?

All accounts should be deleted or suspended at the close of business on your last day worked. Employees who retire with at least ten years of service may keep their email userid active.

Hardware / Software / Printing


Where are the pods and when are they open? Oh and what does Pod mean?

The Pod map

The Pod Schedule

POD has nothing to do with computers. Evidently, POD is an engineering term for an area. The engineering building is divided into areas called PODs and denoted by a letter for example A POD. The original Binghamton computer room was in the G POD. Since the entire G area (POD) was used as the computer room it was referred to the Computer POD. Of course with modifications the "Computer POD" extended beyound the limits of the G POD. The name has been further extrapolated to other computer areas that are not organized in to "PODs"

Are there any special computer purchase plans for BU faculty, staff and students?

The University has relationships with several vendors. Faculty, staff and students are eligible for educational pricing for personal purchases from Lenovo (IBM), Dell, Apple and Red Barn.

Where can I borrow a laptop?

Educational Communications Center - http://www.ecc.binghamton.edu/av.html

The Library circulation desks lend them for use within the Libraries.

The Graduate School has laptops to loan for use at conferences and field work.

My hard drive crashed, can anyone help me?

If the computer is owned by the University, you may bring it to the Help Desk for repair. Personally-owned machines should be referred to the vendor.

What equipment is installed in my classroom?

Information on classroom technologies is available at Educational Communications Center's web site: http://www.ecc.binghamton.edu/classroom.html

Where can I learn to use classroom technologies?

There are short videos at the Educational Communications Center's web site: http://www.ecc.binghamton.edu/classroom.html . You may also call AV Services (777-5505) and request someone show you the technologies you are interested in.

I bought a new computer; can I recycle my old one?

There is at least one recycler in town.

The Computer Warehouse
6 Emma Street, Binghamton, NY 13905
607-231-7615; fax: 607-231-6450

For a larger list of NYS computer (and other electronic) recyclers try here: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dshm/hzwstman/dismantl.htm
Contact area church
es and primary schools. Often they will take 'newer' computers. Use the paper yellow pages or http://binghamton.areaconnect.com.

Links of interest regarding computer recycling (with a mention of Binghamton, NY).

This is provided as advice only and in no way does Binghamton University endorse or specifically direct to a favored recycler. Make an informed choice!


What software is available to use on campus?

Software information

Are there special prices available for software for BU faculty, staff and students?

Many software vendors have educational pricing for software. The University Bookstore has a relationship with Journey Ed that collects a number of these educational priced packages in a convenient location.

If someone must install the software for me, how long will this take? A day, a week, a month?

It usually depends on the software that is to be installed, but most installations will take no longer than an hour. Anti-spyware, anti-virus, and any firewall programs can be installed in a matter of minutes.

If the software is to take longer, it probably involves the reinstallation of your computer's operating system. This process varies as well. If you are running Windows XP, it should take no more than an hour. Other operating systems will differ on their install times.

Who do I talk to to get a definitive answer about whether I can get a free copy of some software or not?

I need adaptive software, which computers have what I need?

The list is at Services for Students with Disabilites

I like to work from home.

Can I get a CD to install software on my personal machine?

Some software can be installed on personally owned machines. Other software may be licensed in such a way that such installations are not allowed.

For Microsoft Office 2003 Professional faculty and staff may borrow a CD from the Help Desk upon presentation of a university ID card.

Watson School faculty and students can get a wide variety of Microsoft software through the Microsoft Software Alliance. Contact Donald Kunkel for more information, dkunkel@binghamton.edu.

The University has the right to distribute Maple, Mathematica, and Minitab to all faculty, staff and students. See http://computing.binghamton.edu/cgi/licsoft/request.pl for details.

All the software on the BUICK CD is able to be distributed to faculty, staff and students. The most notable software is McAfee Anti-virus software. Many of the programs available on the BUICK CD are also available online on the university FTP server.  The URL is ftp://ftp.binghamton.edu. Note: FTP site access is restricted to on-campus computers.

How can I access files stored on my network storage (H: drive) from home?

When do I need VPN software connecting from home?

You need to use the campus VPN when you need to connect to protected resources, which include domain shared storage, most campus ftp servers (including ftp.binghamton.edu), some of the business systems, and some of the licensed collections and reference material provided by the library. If you do substantial work at home that requires access to campus resources, installing the VPN client will help to avoid problems in many cases.


Where are printers located?

Black and white printers are in the Pods, Residence Hall computer labs and Information Commons areas.

How many free pages can I print?

Quota: 75 pages per week plus 100 pages per semester overflow. Refreshed early Wednesday morning.

What happens when I exhaust my quota?

You can charge printing to your BUC$ account. You can add funds via credit card at the BU dining web site.(http://dining.binghamton.edu)

What if the printing is bad?

Bring poor printouts to HelpDesk. They can add to your quota by the number of poor pages.

Where can I print in color?

Bartle Information Commons and Academic A G06

Cost for color printing?

40 cents per page, payable only via BUC$ account.

Where can I have a color poster printed?

Educational Communications Center's Graphics, in SW-B24, phone 777-3322. See http://www.ecc.binghamton.edu/gr/displays.html

Where can I print late at night?

Bartle Information Commons, Academic A Pods

Who sells printer cartridges? Printer paper?

Campus Network (Wired and Wireless) and E-Mail Issues


What is the Binghamton NetWork Manager (campus manager)?

Campus Manager is a system by which connections to the campus network are managed. It is used in the ResNet to verify that a system has all of its critical OS patches and valid antivirus software that is up to date. The system also has the ability to "scan" the network to determine if a host is infected, and it will quarantine the host if need be.

What Antivirus Software is Supported?

The following antivirus software is supported: McAfee, Symantec (Norton), F-Secure, F-Protect, eTrust, Panda, AVG Free Edition, Sophos, Trend, NOD32, Kaspersky, BitDefender, Bullguard, Antivir (Avast!), Command

How often will I need to register?

Once at the beginning of each semester. If a major security vulnerability is discovered or there is an outbreak of a virus and/or worm you may be required to check your PC in again.

Where can I find instructions for registering in campus manager?

Quick Guide to Binghamton Network Manager

What do I do if my computer has been quarantined?

You should receive a web page in your browser instructing you on what to do. If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk.

How do I register my xBox, PS2, GameCube or TiVO, or how do I delete a registration?

By visiting the ResNet Website and clicking on the link under "Network Manager."

Wireless Access

Coverage map and some connection details

You can visit The Binghamton University Wireless Page for more information, this includes a coverage map and information about connecting to the wireless network.

Can I access my network storage (H: drive) when connected to the wireless network?

Can I print to Pharos printers when connected to the wireless network?

What is restricted on the network?

In terms of network traffic, there are only a few restrictions. One of the restrictions is TCP ports 135,137,139 and 445 (Netbios TCP) going into the dorms. This helps keep some of the most common types of worms from spreading. We also have a firewall at the edge of the network that provides protection to the campus from the outside world, the most common service are allowed through, and anything is allowed on the outbound.

How do I connect to the wireless network?

Check out The Binghamton University Wireless Webpage for more information.

Where are the wireless hotspots?

This is the Coverage Map provided by the wireless team.


My e-mail box is full. How do I get rid of some messages?

There is an option in smail (Squirrel Mail) that needs to be reset to remediate this problem. Instructions are right on the log-in page for smail.

Using my computer at home my email messages will not be delivered to individuals outside of the Campus. How can get these messages to send?

Connect to the Campus using VPN Software available as part of BUICK. You will need to set up VPN access account/password with Computing Services.

You may also be able to configure your mail client at home to direct outgoing mail to the smtp server of your ISP.

I'm not getting some messages that were sent to me. What's wrong?

How can I forward messages sent to binghamton.edu e-mail to another address that I read more regularly?

You can configure your campus e-mail account to forward incoming mail to another address. You do this from http://busi.binghamton.edu.

I can't send a large photo or other file attachment to a message from my campus e-mail. How can I transfer these type of files?

Can I use something other than smail (Squirrel mail) to access my electronic mail on campus?

You can use any e-mail client that can handle e-mail using either the POP3 or IMAP mail protocols. These include Pine (from a UNIX or Linux-type system), Eudora, Outlook Express, Outlook, Thunderbird or any of a number of other packages.

Can I use something other than smail (Squirrel mail) to access my electronic mail from off campus?

You can use any e-mail client that can handle e-mail using either the POP3 or IMAP mail protocols. These include Pine (from a UNIX or Linux-type system), Eudora, Outlook Express, Outlook, Thunderbird or any of a number of other packages.

How can I send e-mail from my personal account (non-BU mail account like gmail) while at the Campus?

Media/Presentation/Recreation issues


Where can I scan some pictures?

  • Students & Faculty


Group rooms are small areas set in the South and Academic A Pods, are set up for small groups to work on projects together. Each room contains a computer, scanner and computer.


For additional scanning needs, West Pod also has a machine setup for scanning.


Educational Communications Center, Graphics:


LH-B24, 777-4724

Visual Resources Collection (FA 143) http://vrc.binghamton.edu/vrc/

  • Faculty

Contact Ina Brownridge (ibrownri@binghamton.edu)

Where can I burn a CD or DVD?

All Pod computers now have either CD burners or combination CD/DVD burners as part of the standard configuration. They also have basic software for creation of CD or DVD data or media formats. Pod computers do not have multiple CD or DVD drives.

The computers in the Group Rooms (South Pod, Academic A G06, Hinman Library) have more robust hardware and software for image, video and audio editing and CD DVD burning.

Educational Communications Center (http://www.ecc.binghamton.edu/av/avservices.html#editing)

Where can I borrow a computer projector and laptop?

AV Services (part of the Educational Communications Center) has them for loan. See http://www.ecc.binghamton.edu/av.html for additional information, or call AV at 777-5505.


Which classrooms have computer or video projection installed?

The Educational Communications Center's web site has lots of information about classroom equipment: http://www.ecc.binghamton.edu/classroom.html

I have to make a video for my class, where can I borrow the equipment?

 Educational Communications Center - http://www.ecc.binghamton.edu/av.html

Where can I make color copies of something?

 The Copy Center in the basement of the Library can make copies and prints of all kinds

 for a nominal charge.

I need to print a full size poster for a presentation. Where can I do that?

Educational Communications Center, Graphics:


LH-B24, 777-4724

Where can I borrow a data projector?

Educational Communications Center - http://www.ecc.binghamton.edu/av.html

Are slides of art available for my class?

The Art History department has a Visual Resources Collection available at http://vrc.binghamton.edu/vrc/ and in FA-143.

Is there help available to learn about effective teaching and learning practices?

The Center for Learning and Teaching is available to help: http://www.clt.binghamton.edu/


Is there a place on campus I can borrow videos or DVDs?

The Bartle Library has films and videos and the Educational Communications Center has a small collection, which can searched at http://www.ecc.binghamton.edu/media.html

To find the DVD's and VHS tapes available in the Bartle Library, use the "expert search" located on the "advanced search" page of InfoLink (the Library's online catalog)at http://catalog.binghamton.edu:4505/F

The search WCL=MRVID will let you browse all the VHS tapes available (currently over 1300) and the search WCL=MRDVD will let you browse through all the DVD's available (currently over 600). Of course, if you have a particular title in mind you can use a basic title search to see if they have it.


I have a large amount of data that I want to store and share with a few of my friends/colleagues. I don't want others to see it. Where should I put it?

I have some data files that I want to store and share with a few of my friends/colleagues. It contains some personal information.  I don't want others to see it. Where should I put it?

I need to run a large computation that will tie up a machine for several hours.  Can I use a University machine to do this?

I want to conduct a survey of the students/faculty at Binghamton University.  Can I send an email to the whole campus just to see how many people respond?  If I send it just to my department (on my own) will it be considered spam?

The Library doesn’t have the book/journal article I need. How can I get it?

If you are a faculty/staff/student on campus you can request a book or journal article from another school through the Libraries' InterLibrary Loan department. Please contact the ILL Office at (607) 777-4985 or visit the InterLibrary Loan Services in the Bartle Library.


Guests and resources for Guests

Is there guest access to the network?

Where can I have business cards made?

I need to use a typewriter, where are they on campus?

How can I access Oracle Financials or CICS from home?

Connect to the Campus using VPN Software available as part of BUICK. You will need to set up VPN access account/password with Computing Services.

I'd like to start a personal blog. Can I do this here on campus?

I'm a student. Is there a F.A.Q. just for me?

Yes! Student Computing FAQ - http://training.binghamton.edu/navdisplay.asp?navfilename=NAV-SFAQ

I'm a member of the faculty. Is there a F.A.Q. just for me?

Yes! Faculty Services - http://training.binghamton.edu/navdisplay.asp?navfilename=NAV-FACSV





Network Security Changes over the Summer


Computing Services is planning two changes this summer, on May 29th before Summer Session begins, that will require individuals to adjust some of their ways of using the network.  These changes are designed to protect computers connected to the campus network from virus infection, and/or from off-campus attempts at intrusion. They have been approved by the Academic Computing & Educational Technology committee (ACET).  The changes are as follows.


  1. The “telnet” utility, which allows remote log-on to a machine that runs telnet, is convenient but is also increasingly a security risk, as any hacker in the world who can “see” a machine with telnet enabled can try to break in with known exploits.  In order to provide protection to campus machines, telnet will be blocked at the campus edge firewall and will no longer allow telnetting directly to on-campus devices from off-campus.  telnet will still be enabled between on-campus devices.  If your department has machines set up running telnet, we suggest as an alternative to telnet using “secure shell” (SSH) software, which provides encryption and better security.  SSH is distributed on our BUICK CD and our ftp server (ftp.binghamton.edu) at no cost to users.  As a second alternative, VPN software allows one to connect from off-campus but be “seen” by the network as an on-campus user, so one can continue to connect to telnet from off-campus via VPN.


  1. All devices that connect to the campus wired network through general open Ethernet ports must be registered to Campus Manager.  For identification purposes and to prevent virus-infected or vulnerable machines from plugging into the campus network, Computing Services plans to extend the “Campus Manager” program to require that computers which plug into “open” (i.e. public, non-departmental) ports on campus (in lounges, the Library, classrooms, etc.) be registered on their first access, similar to the way student machines are registered in the residence halls at the beginning of the semester.   This will reduce the probability that a computer connected to the campus network will infect other computers on the network or be carrying other malware that could attack computers that house sensitive data on campus.


Campus Manager checks Windows computers to verify that both operating system and anti-virus software are current.  If Campus Manager detects a problem, the user is required to update either the OS or anti-virus software (the above process is bypassed for Mac and Linux machines).   The user then logs in to Campus Manager with a domain ID and password (i.e., BGM or Pods domains).  Campus Manager records the unique MAC address of the machine’s network interface card and associates that address with the particular user.  Once the machine has been successfully registered, it can be connected to any port on campus without further need to register.


Users can register computers well in advance of using an open port. Using the computer you want to register, connect to http://campus.verify.binghamton.edu  and go through the registration process.  (Windows-based computers can connect to this resource from either on- or off-campus.  Other systems (Mac or Linux) will have to pre-register from an on-campus network connection.)  We suggest you do this now before you forget about it and well before we implement the change.  Faculty who plan to use a laptop in a classroom should register early using the link above rather than wait until the last minute and find they can’t connect!.


This change does not apply to computers connecting to the wireless network, which already authenticate for access.  Off-campus library patrons, students who live off campus, conference attendees and casual visitors will need to register computers that they plan to use in these spaces.  A bypass registration method will be available on an emergency basis for guest speakers or others where time may not allow for the full registration process before some critical event.


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            The Committee held 6 meetings this year.  Active members included Herbert Bix, Don Brister, David Clark, Patrick Madden, Tom McDonough , Ralph Miller, Julian Shepherd (Chair), John Titus, Deanne Westerman (faculty members), James VanVoorst (Vice Chair),  Juliet Berling (environmental ombudsperson), Rene Coderre (Residential Life), Wayne Schneider (Physical Facilities), Lee Nesslage (professional staff), Jeff Bohner (graduate student), and Dylan Horvath (Natural Areas Steward).  Invited guests were: Kelly Donovan (Envi Health & Safety) and Katie Ellis (Univ Communications)


            Our major business this year included (1) review of alternative means of transportation to, on, and from Campus, (2) review of energy usage on Campus, (3) review of BU construction activities, (4) support and participation in Natural Areas developments, (5) review of recycling and pesticide use on Campus.


1.        Transportation to and on Campus.  The Committee reviewed in particular plans for use of shuttles and other transportation to and from the new ITC and downtown campuses.  In response to the increase in gas prices, the Committee worked on development of a website at the University to facilitate ride-sharing to and from Campus.  The Committee also developed a questionnaire on transportation to be circulated to faculty and staff through Dateline and the University website.


2.        Review of Energy Usage on Campus.  Peter Carney, Utilities Manager for the University, gave a presentation on energy usage, conservation strategies, and energy aspects of construction by the University.  The Committee will revisit this in subsequent years to track progress.


3.        Review of University Construction Activity.  Lou Roma (Physical Facilities) presented the plans for the new Downtown campus to the Committee.  In response, the Committee addressed to several members of the Administration some suggestions concerning energy conservation and alternative energy usage.  The Committee received no formal response to these suggestions.


4.        Natural Areas, Earth Day, and Campus Cleanup.  The Committee reviewed several plans for research and education (many schoolchildren as well as BU students) in the Nature Preserve and Natural Areas.  With the new Steward of the Natural Areas, Dylan Horvath, the Committee discussed a plan to identify and guide decision-making for the natural areas on Campus that are not part of the Preserve.


5.        Recycling Programs and Pesticide Use on Campus.  CUE reviewed recycling activities on Campus.  It also reviewed the annual pesticide report from the Physical Plant.



Submitted by Julian Shepherd, Chair


Report of the Faculty Senate Committee on Committees


The committee membership for 2005-06 was:

Beth Brown, Libraries

James carpenter, SEHD

Manas Chatterji, SOM

Pamela Stewart Fahs, DSON

Susannah Gal, Biological Sciences

Les Lander, Computer Science (chair)


The committee met in person twice, once on September 30 and once on February 10.  All further work of the committee was done by email.  Les Lander was elected chair of the committee at the first meeting.  Richard Lee, chair of the Executive committee was very helpful in reconstituting the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee.  One vacancy remained on each of two committees for 2005/06.  These were the Library Committee and the Human Development representative on the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. 

School of Management




Date:        May 9, 2006


To:            Faculty Senate


From:          Subimal Chatterjee, Chair

Faculty Senate Evaluation Coordinating Committee


Subject:     05/06 Annual Report



The FSECC met three times during the year (with other meeting conducted electronically).  The committee initiated and completed the evaluation of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mary Ann Swain, and submitted the report to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.


Committee Members:


Abigail Bordeaux (Libraries)

Subimal Chatterjee (SOM)

Theresa Grabo (Decker)

Kenneth McLeod (Watson)

Erik Pedersen (Harpur)

Max Pensky (Harpur)

Jean Schmittau (SEHD)

Pamela Smart (Harpur)

Joel Thirer (HPEA) 



2005 –2006 Annual Report


            The Intercollegiate Athletic Board met three times during the 2005-2006 academic year.  As is customary the athletic director and his staff kept the board abreast on the progress of the athletic teams, recruiting of athletes and coaches, on facilities management and improvements, the operating budget and team performances.  The committee discussed other issues as they pertained to recommendations for the IAB that were put forward by the various subcommittees of the NCCA certification self-study report.  Many of the recommendations were incorporated into revisions to the existing IAB by-laws. As to those by-laws three subcommittees were formed in the fall meeting. Reports were made in the spring. Enclosed are copies of minutes from all three meetings as well as the revised by-laws. 




IAB, 2005-2006

Matt Bassett, Associate Director of Athletics (ex officio without vote)

Kim King, Senior Woman’s Administrator (ex officio without vote)

Jen Haubrick, student female athlete (2005-2006)

Neil Rose, Alumnus (2004-2006)

President Student Association (ex officio) (2005-06)

Hasani Hampton, student male athlete (2005-2006)

Dennis Lasser, SOM, Faculty rep to the NCAA (Chair) (ex officio)

Steve Dickman, Geology (2004-06)

Leslie Haywood, English (2004-06)

Mike Lewis, Faculty (2005-2007)

Financial Vice President, Student Association (ex officio)

Norman Spear, Psychology (2004-06)

Terry Webb, Vice President of Administration (ex officio)

Joel Thirer, Director, PERA (ex officio without vote)

Sandra Michael, Biology (2004-2006)

Joseph El Chami, Student (2005-2006)



IAB Minutes 11-14-05


Present: J. Thirer, D. Lasser, K. King, H. Hampden, S. Dickman, S. Spear, T. Webb


The meeting was called to order at 9:07 A. M. 


The meeting began with a review of the NCAA Certification report. The certification was described as the Athletic departments equivalence to a Middle States review.  The report said that, in general, the athletic department has done an admirable job especially given its recent transition to Division I.  The reviewers did point out two areas in particular that needed some attention. Firstly, it was pointed out that there is a need for more minority representation with regard to students and coaches.  Joel Thirer pointed out that the department has been aware of the situation and is working hard to increase minority representation in all areas. Secondly, the reviewer pointed out that an abnormally high number of funded students have been designated as special talent admits. Furthermore, the reviewers noted that many of these admits were high quality students with SAT scores as high as 1280. It appears that the reason so many students have been labled as special talents is that coaches simply check the special talent box for all of their recruits so that the files do not get misplaced. The athletic department is in the process of working with admissions to come up with an alternative system so as to keep track of easily admissible students without having to designate them as special talent admits. 


Dennis Lasser passed out the latest Academic Performance Rating (APR) for each of the teams. None of the teams appear to be in danger of losing any athletic scholarships. The only teams that had multiyearAPRs that were under 92.5% were men’s tennis, women’s tennis and men’s indoor track. Joel Thirer pointed out that men’s tennis was at 90.7% only because two players transferred to Brown and Colombia over the past two years. He also mentioned that women’s tennis was at 91.7% because of some internal problems in which some team members were asked to leave the team. Finally, the men’s indoor track team was at 92.4% and showed improvement to 97.1% over the past year.


According to the newly revised by-laws three subcommittees were formed.

Academic Review Committee

Dennis Lasser

Norm Spear

Steve Dickman

Jen Haubrick


Gender Equity, Minority Issues and Student Welfare

Leslie Haywood

Terry Webb

Kim King

Hasani Hampton

President of Student Association



Budget Review

Dennis Lasser

Mike Lewis

Matt Bassett

Sandra Michael

Financial V.P. of Student Association


Kim King reported that there are several student welfare projects underway. A student Advisory Committee (SAC) has been formed as on organizing body for the projects. Kim listed several projects that the student athletes have participated in including a letter writing campaign for St. Judes Hospital, a fund-raiser by the womens basketball team for Breast Cancer research and some work for the Habitat for Humanity. There was also a speaker on the topic of hazing.


Finally, Joel Thirer gave updates on the fall and winter sport activity. Of the many successes mentioned a highlight was that the women’s volleyball team qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:05




2/23/06: Minutes of IAB meeting of 2/22/06

Present were: Matt Bassett, Steve Dickman, Tim Fenton, Jen Hanbrich, Kim King, Dennis Lasser, Sandra Michael, Neil Rose, Skip Spear, Joel Thirer,

Academic Integrity

            Reported were mean GPA for each team, potential problem areas and the few team members who were made ineligible due to grades or were retention losses for other reasons.  The mean GPA for all athletes was commendable, 2.96.  GPA was 4.0 for eight athletes and 3.50 or greater for 89.  Service provided by the Department of Athletics to facilitate academic performance by athletes was reviewed.  About 2/3 of all athletes receive academic assistance of some kind.  The approach is to allow all athletes to excel academically, not just to maintain acceptable performance for a few.     Finally, Kim King reported that there have been a substantial number of community projects contributed by athletes over the past few months. Some of the highlights were a fundraising campaign for the cancer society and a visit by the womans basketball team to a hospitalized high school girl suffering from terminal cancer. 


Compliance Program

            Tim Fenton provided an overview of his compliance office, including the large network of oversight components needed to ensure compliance and the educational initiatives employed to make the university community aware of the NCAA rules.

            Joel Thirer discussed maintenance of gender equity.  Funds allocated for scholarship to women’s teams are now greater than those for men, but it continues to be difficult to maintain equivalent numbers of participants due to a smaller pool of potential participants among women not supported by scholarships.

            Matt Bassett verified that the NCAA Certification report was submitted, limited questions were raised by NCAA and a revision submitted.  No difficulties are expected.  The next report is not due for 10 years.

Team Updates


Joel Thirer gave an update on the fall and winter teams. As a whole the University is having a very successful season and is in the running for the Commissioners Cup an award given the University that has the best overall performance in the America East Conference.


IAB minutes   4-26-06          3:30


1~ President DeFleur expressed concern to Dennis Lasser about the lack of  

           sportsmanship surrounding past athletic competitions. 

            Joel discussed the issues surfacing at the most recent basketball games.

           The group discussed getting peers involved and that Matt Bassett was heading up an    

           Athletic’s committee on sportsmanship.

            It was recommended that some groups to get involved or continue involvement 

            should be: SAAC, sports leaders, BU zoo leaders, and the SA.


2~ The budget was handed out.  Dr. Thirer broke down the budget by item.  He answered questions about development and projected increases.  Dennis asked about the budget because of potential increasing of fees in future.  There was group interest in future changes and expectations with regard to budgeting for these projected increases. 


3~ New business…

      Certification has been delayed, does not indicate a problem because there was a delay in the entire process.


4~ Sports update

      Groh first in the nation in ERA


The meeting concluded at 4:35.