Blackboard upgrade scheduled for Dec. 27| December 19, 2013
A Blackboard upgrade will take place during the winter break. The upgrade process will start early on Dec. 27 and is anticipated to last 48-72 hours. Blackboard will not be available during this time, so faculty are encouraged to take this into account when planning their grading or course-building. All courses currently in Blackboard will be carried forward with the upgrade. For more information about new features in the upgraded version, go online
. Contact Tami Regulski
or Donald Loewen
for more information.
Confirmation of enrollment required for winter 2014| December 19, 2013
Student Records asks all faculty and academic departments to remind their students to confirm their enrollment for winter 2014 – a requirement for all undergraduate and graduate students.
If students do not confirm enrollment for winter 2014 via BU BRAIN by 3:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, they will be dropped from their courses.
Relaying this information to your students will help prevent additional changes to your student roster and reduce the number of students who visit the academic advising departments and dean’s offices to petition re-entry to a course.
CSEA members/families invited to reception and basketball game| December 19, 2013
CSEA members and their families are invited to join President Harvey Stenger and CSEA in cheering on the Binghamton Bearcats at the CSEA Family Reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, on the court behind the bleachers! Enjoy light refreshments and then sit in Section 116 to watch the men’s basketball team take on New Hampshire at 7 p.m. Entry into the reception and the game is free for CSEA members and their families. RSVP by Friday, Dec. 20 at 777-4377 or to David Lee
. Tickets will be available at the Events Center Will Call window. And remember to wear green!
Employee tax deferred savings options for 2014| December 19, 2013
The State University of New York (SUNY) provides all employees with the opportunity to save for their retirement through the SUNY Voluntary Savings Plan. Participation in the SUNY Voluntary Savings Plan is a great way to build your retirement savings and reduce current taxes.
The 2014 maximum contribution level remains the same as 2013. For more information, go online
Application deadline for Faculty-Student Scholarship Program is Feb. 18| December 19, 2013
Faculty and staff are asked to remind students that the deadline to apply for the 2014-2015 Faculty-Student Scholarship Program is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Applicants must be juniors, seniors or graduate students during the 2014-15 academic year and have a 3.2 cumulative GPA. Recipients will earn $3,200 working 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters in one of the following on-campus sites/positions:
Athletics Communications (Digital Media Assistant); Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS Research Videographer and Media Specialist); GIS Campus Core Facility (Regional Demographic Analyst); Harpur Advising Office (Pre-Law Advising Assistant); Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships (Student Entrepreneurship Liaison); Office of International Student and Scholar Services (International Education Assessment Assistant); Student Affairs Assessment and Strategic Initiatives (Research and Assessment Assistant); Provost Office, Freshmen Immersion Program (Research Videographer and Multi-media Assistant); Undergraduate Research Center/Office of External Scholarships (Communications Assistant); Career Development Center/The Graduate School (Graduate Student Services Assistant)
Details and application can be found on the Financial Aid website
Join us for Research Days| December 19, 2013
Binghamton University will celebrate research with a series of events on March 26-28, 2014. Faculty members, academic departments and programs, and student groups are invited to plan events related to research. This year, organizers have chosen to focus on ethics as a theme. Jonathan D. Moreno, the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a keynote address on Wednesday, March 26. Also a professor of medical ethics and health policy, of history and sociology of science, and of philosophy, he specializes in the intersection of bioethics, culture, science and national security. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century. The schedule will include open labs, seminars, poster sessions, tours, speakers and more. Faculty members are encouraged to take several minutes during class on one of those days to introduce themselves as scholars. For additional information, go online
Donate to Veterans’ Home by Friday| December 19, 2013
CSEA will collect items for veterans that reside at the New York State Veterans' Home in Oxford. The following is an updated list of suggested items that they would like, which now includes women’s needs as well (there are 48 women and 184 men living there):
- Electric shavers (Norelco preferred)
- Large or XL cardigan sweaters with buttons
- Movie DVDs
- Music: CDs or DVDs
- Baseball caps
- Pillow pets
- Stuffed animals
- Any craft kits (AC Moore/Michaels - unfinished wooden bird houses, acrylic paints, stickers, etc.)
- Any Red Hat Society items
- Ladies trimmers (rather than razors)
All items should be new or in pristine condition and can be dropped off at the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies office, LN-1129, or at the Union Office, LN-G256, by Friday, Dec. 20.
If you have questions, call Barb Knighton at 621-6079 or 777-2730.
Flag at half-staff in honor of trooper| December 19, 2013
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff today, Thursday, Dec. 19, in honor of New York State Police Trooper David W. Cunniff.
Cunniff, 35, from Duanesburg, N.Y., died Tuesday from injuries sustained during a traffic accident that occurred on the New York State Thruway. He was a 9-year veteran of the New York State Police and is survived by his wife and two sons.
Former assistant vice president for facilities, Gene Gilliand, dies| December 18, 2013
Eugene A. Gilliand, 77, died Monday, Dec. 16, at Bridgewater Nursing Home, Binghamton. A 27-year employee of Binghamton University, he joined the staff in 1965, and progressed through several facilities planning positions to become the assistant vice president for Physical Facilities. He retired from Binghamton in 1992, following a severe stroke. He was a recipient of the New York State Chancellor's Award for Excellence Professional Service.
Active in the community, he served on boards for the Volunteers of America, the American Red Cross and the Colesville Rotary. He was also very active in the Association of Physical Plant Administrators, serving as president of the New York State chapter.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, three grandchildren, a sister and brother-in-law, two nephews, and their families and several cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Vestal United Methodist Church, 328 Main St., Vestal. Burial will be in Vestal Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 9 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Gene may be made to Vestal United Methodist Church, 328 Main St. Vestal, N.Y. 13850 or to Meals on Wheels of Western Broome, 705 Main St. Endicott, N.Y. 13760.
Recreation Center end-of-semester and January hours| December 18, 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
End of year payroll and tax information issued| December 18, 2013
The Office of Human Resources has released important end of the year payroll and tax information and leave accrual balance reminders. The document can be viewed online
Increasing community support for economic development topic of SUNY BEST presentation| December 18, 2013
The SUNY Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern Tier (SUNY BEST) will host a presentation titled "Increasing Community Support for Economic Development and Well-Being of the Greater Binghamton Area and the Southern Tier,” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in room 220 at the University Downtown Center, 67 Washington St., Binghamton. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Pre-registration for this discussion is required through the SUNY BEST website
. For additional information, e-mail SUNY BEST
Directional signage to the meeting room will be visible for those entering the main entrance of the Downtown Center from Washington St. Parking is available in the Collier Street Ramp, the Water Street Ramp, (both within two blocks of the Downtown Center) or, if available, at any of the metered parking spots in front of the building on Washington St.
Toys for Tots barrels located across campus| December 18, 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.
Retirement Planning — Done Right!| December 18, 2013
Are you really ready to retire? Unfortunately, too many who do are unhappy in their first few retirement years because they haven’t yet figured out what to do with their newfound freedom. Want to avoid the trap? Join us from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in AD-148 to learn the key (non-financial) elements of a good retirement planning process and strategies to reduce retirement “surprises.” Presenter: John Wojcio. For staff and faculty. To register, e-mail Wojcio
Featured in ‘Inside’| December 17, 2013
* Coverage of Fall Commencement: The Class of 2013 and 'The Maker Movement.' Story
* Marketplace to open at start of spring semester. Story
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