The Binghamton University Libraries took first place in the Materials Promoting Collections category of the PR Xchange Awards Competition for the Miniature Books Exhibit and Reception entry.
This annual contest recognizes “the very best public relations materials by produced by libraries” throughout the year and is sponsored by the Public Relations and Marketing Section (PRMS) of the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLMA).
Binghamton’s entry, along with the other winners, will be displayed at the PR Xchange program during this year’s American Library Association Conference, June 25-30, in San Francisco. Beth Kilmarx, curator of rare books and one of the primary organizers of the Miniature Books Exhibit and Reception, will accept the award on behalf of the Libraries.
The award-winning exhibit will remain on display through the end of July in the Libraries’ Special Collections, on the second floor of Bartle Library.
Robyn Cope, assistant professor of French, had an article titled “Gagging on Egalité: Culinary Imperialism on the Island of Reunion in Axel Gauvain’s Faims d’enfance” published in the May 2015 issue of French Cultural Studies. She also published “Writing Haiti Global: Food and Fascism in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones” in the May 2015 issue of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies.
Painting major William Dwiggins has won the Best of Show award at the SUNY Student Exhibition in the New York State Museum. His work Nude Study, from Blazo Kovacevic’s Life Drawing class, won the $1,000 award, which was presented at a special ceremony in Albany on Tuesday, June 9. The juried Best of SUNY exhibit features artworks chosen by individual art departments across SUNY’s 64 campuses.
This short video, produced in fall 2014 by Andrew Hatling from Binghamton University’s Communications and Marketing Department, features Dwiggins and the Life Drawing class. The video also received an award in its category at one of the SUNY-wide movie competitions.
Myra Sabir, assistant professor of human development, has been recognized with a Phoenix Award by Citizen Action of New York. Phoenix Awards honor “unsung heroes who go above and beyond the call of duty to make our community a better place. The Phoenix is a symbol of life and hope emerging from the ashes of despair. It speaks to a willful determination to rebound, rebuild and renew our commitment to pursuing a better quality of life for all.”
Sabir has partnered with the YMCA and Trinity AME Zion Church, who gave her access to African American parolees and homeless men, to assist them via her Life Writing Project. She facilitates their perceptions of their experiences in writing, which results in the men directing their narratives into a positive, action-oriented manner to reconnect with their communities.
Maria Roberts, associate director of auxiliary services, has been selected to participate in the 2015 NACUFS Leadership Institute, one of eight professional development institutes designed to develop successful food service professionals by the National Association of College & University Food Services. The conference will be held in June at the Nestlé Customer Innovation Campus in Ohio. The leadership institute focuses on analyzing personal leadership style and effectively getting things done through the help of others. Participants will learn to recognize and apply basic leadership principles, identify and analyze personal leadership style, demonstrate ethical decision-making and create a motivating work environment.
Pawel Nowacki, director of catering for Binghamton University Dining Services, recently saved the life of a woman who was choking at a local restaurant. When the woman was already turning blue from lack of oxygen, he used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge food caught in her throat. She quickly recovered and did not require transportation to a medical facility.