University Union fire alarm system testing Dec. 12-13| December 12, 2013
Testing/programming of the University Union fire alarm system will take place from 7 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13. While testing involves primarily the system in the north part of the UU, the south and west UU may also be affected. Strobes and smoke heads will be tested, but alarms will likely not sound during this work. Contact project coordinator Mo Afify with any questions via e-mail
or at 777-2828.
Winter hours in effect Dec. 23| December 11, 2013
The Office of Human Resources reminds faculty and staff that the University will observe core campus business hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 and ending Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
Professional vacancy in Office of International Programs| December 11, 2013
Flex spending account enrollment for 2014| December 11, 2013
It has come to the attention of Human Resources that incorrect envelopes were inadvertently used for the mailing of the 2014 enrollment confirmation notices. If you have received mail in envelopes with the WageWorks name printed on the return address, open the envelope immediately, since its contents are time-sensitive.
Bookstore asks instructors to submit book orders for spring courses| December 11, 2013
The University Bookstore asks any instructor who has not yet submitted a book order for the spring semester to do so as soon as possible. The Bookstore has received orders for 65 percent of the spring courses.
Recreation Center end-of-semester and January hours| December 11, 2013
The Recreation Center, East Gym, will close at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 and will remain closed until Thursday, Jan. 2, at which time our winter intersession hours begin.
Between January 2-22, the Rec Center will be open from 5:45 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m Saturday-Sunday. During this time in January, current faculty, staff and students are invited to take part in all programming, including open rec, FitSpace and all fitness classes for free. A valid University ID will be required to access the building.
For more information regarding facility hours, and to stay up-to-date on Campus Recreation programs and activities, visit our website
and Facebook page
Remove vehicles from snow lots| December 11, 2013
This is just a reminder that vehicles should be removed from snow lots to aid in snow removal efforts.
A number of parking areas are designated as snow lots. These lots must be clear of cars between 1-6 a.m. Nov. 15 to March 30, seven days a week, to allow for snow removal. Vehicles parked in snow lots at these times and dates will be ticketed and/or towed. The snow lots are: all commuter lots, the Library Tower, Lot A, Lot F, Lot F1, Lot F2, Lot G, Lot J, Lot K, Lot M0, M-2, M-3, M-4, Lot Q2, Lot V, Lot W (the Visitor's Paid Lot), Lot Y2 and Lot Z.
Career coaching: In person or on the phone| December 11, 2013
Résumé. CV. Cover letter. Interviewing. Elevator speech. Workplace challenge. Retirement planning. You name it. Sign up now for a confidential job/career coaching conversation with John Wojcio.
Wojcio is a certified career coach who can be reached via e-mail
. Binghamton University provides this service for all its employees.
Correction to evaluation form links for all College of Community and Public Affairs dean candidates| December 10, 2013
The links to the evaluation form for College of Community and Public Affairs dean candidates published in Dateline are incorrect.
Refer to the following links to provide feedback on each CCPA dean finalist:
Candidate 1 – Mary Howard-Hamilton
Candidate 2 – Samuel Brown
Candidate 3 – Christopher Koliba
Candidate 4 – Laura Bronstein
Flexible Spending Account (FSA) deadline reminder| December 10, 2013
The Office of Human Resources would like to remind current participants in the health care and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) program of the Dec. 31 deadline.
Your 2013 FSA contributions must be exhausted by Dec. 31, 2013 to avoid forfeiture of remaining funds. Your receipts for expenses incurred during the 2013 calendar year may be submitted for reimbursement until March 31, 2014.
For a list of expenses eligible for reimbursement and claim submission information, go online
Reimbursement rate for use of personal vehicle when using Research Foundation funds| December 10, 2013
The reimbursement rate for use of personal vehicles when using Research Foundation administered accounts will increase to 56 cents per mile effective Jan. 1, 2014. Contact Sponsored Funds Administration at 777-6752 if you have questions on Research Foundation travel rates.
Men’s basketball to hold “Pack The House Day” Dec. 28| December 10, 2013
The men’s basketball team and Weis Markets will host “Pack the House Day” Dec. 28, when the Bearcats face Bryant at 2 p.m. Sponsored by Weis Markets, fans will be able to pick up free ticket coupons for the game.
Coupons are available now at all Binghamton area Weis Markets. The first 2,000 coupons redeemed at the Events Center box office will receive free tickets compliments of Weis.
“Pack the House Night" was also held in conjunction with the Binghamton men’s and women’s opening night basketball doubleheader on Nov. 8. A season-high crowd of 4,318 came out to the Events Center for those games.
Note: Coupons can be redeemed weekdays at the Events Center box office from noon-4:30 p.m. or online
Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging TAE Spring Conference call for proposals| December 10, 2013
The Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence is hosting a spring conference from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014. Organizers are seeking proposals for individual and/or panel conference presentations of research projects that align with the TAE, its research themes and suggested research questions. Proposals that identify other research themes and questions that fit under this TAE are also welcome. Panels will be scheduled for 1 ½ hours; presentations should be 15-20 minutes each.
For more information on the conference and how to submit a proposal, go online
and click on Spring 2014 Conference Call for Proposals. For questions, contact Bat-Ami Bar On
, chair of the Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging TAE.
Toys for Tots barrels located across campus| December 10, 2013
Donate a new toy and enter your name to win 5 free days of parking in the Garage or Paid Lot (your choice). Four prizes will be awarded on Dec. 20. Barrels are located at the Paid Lot, Parking Garage, University Downtown Center, Institute for Child Development, Pre-School, Admin Lobby and Parking Services Office. To enter the drawing, send an e-mail to Parking Services
or stop at the Parking Services Office, AD-G08.
Janet Brown, librarian emerita, dies at 93| December 9, 2013
Janet Brown, 93, longtime chief of acquisitions for Binghamton University’s Libraries, died Nov. 30 at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, she earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University at Buffalo. She also obtained a degree in library science from McGill University in Montreal, before joining the newly founded Harpur College as a librarian in 1952.
After her retirement in 1987, she continued to audit classes on campus. Brown is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, one nephew and three nieces, as well as by many residents of Endicott. Funeral arrangements are private.
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