Otto Ulc, emeritus professor of political science, published two books in 2016.
The first, titled Priscilla, is a memoir of life with his wife, for whom the book is named. Priscilla Ulc, of Chinese-Swiss heritage, and Otto Ulc, from the Czech Republic, traveled the world in pursuit of knowledge. “Binghamton was a great place from which to explore the universe,” he said.
The book, written in Czech, includes drawings and paintings by Priscilla Ulc.
Ulc’s second book is Communist Justice and Class Struggle, a translation into Czech of his dissertation from Columbia University.
Peggy O’Dea, Secretary 2 in the Office of the Dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, was surprised with a STAR Award presentation on Oct. 19. STAR Awards are given to those who demonstrate outstanding quality service. For her exemplary service, O’Dea received a letter from President Harvey Stenger, a STAR coffee mug, a check for $50 and a gold STAR pin.
Silvana Monaco, Wayne Schneider, Sacha Sigelman-Schwartz and Mark Whalen were recipients of the STAR Award in early October for their dedicated support to the University and their role in saving the life of a University employee who went into anaphylactic shock after being stung more than 20 times by bees while working on campus Aug. 19. If not for their quick action to administer an epi-pen, call and ambulance and keep the employee calm, the employee might have died.
John Tagg, distinguished professor of art history, recently co-organized an international conference on “Photography and Britishness” that was held Nov. 4-5, at the Yale Center for British Art, in conjunction with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London and the Huntingdon in California. Tagg opened the conference, which is one of the main focal points of his semester at Yale as the Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Visiting Scholar.
Tagg will also present the Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Lecture, titled “’Knocking around between money, sex, and boredom’: Walker Evans in Havana and New York” Nov. 30, at the Yale Center for British Art.
The new online refereed journal, British Art Studies, will publish a conversation about photography and crisis that Tagg curated, including responses by a dozen international scholars and photographers to his original provocation piece.
Holly Horn, assistant director of the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Work in Strategic Planning from the SUNY Career Development Organization. Horn chaired the Long-Range Planning Committee that rewrote the organization’s mission and vision statements.
Binghamton University’s Healthy Campus Initiative, chaired by Cindy Cowden, senior associate director of Campus Recreational Services, was recognized as the 2015 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program in the category of Student Health, Wellness, Counseling and Related in August and was honored with a 2015-16 NASPA Excellence Awards Bronze Certificate in the category of Student Health, Wellness and Related. The initiative also played a key role in Binghamton University making Greatist’s Top 25 Healthiest Colleges in the U.S. list for the second year in a row.