Certified Executive Chef joins Sodexo as residential dining executive chef| February 26, 2014
Kevin Spinner, a Certified Executive Chef, has joined the Sodexo dining team as executive chef of residential dining. Spinner brings with him over 20 years of progressive experience, starting with his career in the United States Air Force when he was classically trained in Germany and Italy. After serving in the military, Spinner worked at local restaurants in Millbrook and Syracuse, New York. He began his career on college campuses at Syracuse University, where he spent eight years, before moving on to Cornell University, where he managed the Kosher dining facility and then oversaw retail operations for Cornell Dining. During his time at Cornell, Spinner earned the American Culinary Federation’s Executive Chef Certification. His personal philosophy on food: Simple ingredients + talent = great food.
Reserve Chenango-Champlain Collegiate Center (C4) Multipurpose Room online| February 26, 2014
The Department of Residential Life recognizes the high demand for the Chenango-Champlain Collegiate Center (C4) Multipurpose Room. In order to reserve this space, we ask that you submit your request via our online reservation system
Student Affairs makes several staff changes| February 25, 2014
Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Rose has announced a number of staffing changes within the division that will fill some vacancies and better align current staff to provide optimum levels of student services. “These administrative changes are initial steps intended to strengthen our staffing in areas emphasized in the University’s strategic plan, with particular focus upon career programs and community engagement,” Rose said. “We also continue our long-standing efforts to better integrate student life and academic programs.”
Elizabeth Carter has been promoted to assistant vice president for student development. She will continue to oversee a wide variety of student support service areas, with direct oversight of the International Student and Scholar Services Office, the Career Development Center, the Center for Civic Engagement and Services for Students with Disabilities. Carter will also continue to serve as the Interim Director of Career Services until June 2014.
Marty Wygmans is now serving as the executive director of student services, reporting directly to Carter. In her new role, she will supervise New Student Programs, Transfer Student Services, Discovery and Leadership Programs in addition to continuing to oversee various TRIO programs.
David Husch has moved from his position as director of Off-Campus Programs within the Dean of Students Office to assume a new role within Auxiliary Services as University director of transportation. In his former capacity, he served as the administrative liaison to OCCT. He will continue with responsibility for that relationship, while adding responsibility for the University’s contract with Broome County Transit and the Hertz 24/7 Program. Husch will also chair a revitalized University Transportation Committee.
Milton Chester has assumed new duties within the Dean of Students Office and will now serve as the assistant dean for Off Campus Programs, focusing on developing stronger partnerships and mutually beneficial relationships with surrounding communities to promote more community-student dialogue and involvement. Chester will represent the University on various community boards and be at the forefront of town-gown matters that impact students.
Pam Misener has joined the Division of Student Affairs as community schools coordinator. She holds a master's of education with a specialization in social justice education, and comes to Binghamton from an administrative position at Dartmouth College.
For more information on the changes, go online
Nominations sought for Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring| February 25, 2014
Nominations are being sought for the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring. This award honors Binghamton University faculty who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment as mentors of undergraduate students in research, scholarship or creative activities outside of normal course assignments. Nominations will be made by program chairs and undergraduate directors. Nominators should indicate their intention to nominate a faculty colleague with a notice to the Provost's office by Friday, Feb. 28; final nomination packets are due by Friday, March 28. All materials should be submitted electronically or on paper to Allie Dugan
in the Provost's office.
For more information, go online
. Contact Don Loewen at 777-2142 or via e-mail
Call for abstracts: Student Research Poster Session at Innovation Day| February 25, 2014
The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, in conjunction with the Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging, is hosting the annual Innovation Day event on April 24, 2014 at the Innovative Technologies Complex. This year's topic is Big Data.
This is a call for abstracts for the Student Research Poster Session. This session will include posters from across campus to be displayed during the student poster session. Posters should illustrate results from research on Big Data and analytics, and enabling technologies from disciplines such as engineering, management, biological sciences, chemistry, physics, finance and marketing.
Deadline for submission of poster abstracts is March 21, 2014.
For more information, contact Brenda Gates
Writing by Degrees 2014| February 25, 2014
Writing by Degrees 2014, a graduate conference for creative writing and scholarship, will take place on March 14-15 at the Binghamton University Downtown Center. All events are free and open to the public.
for more information.
Volunteer automobile survey for student research| February 25, 2014
Take the time to take this online survey
to aid in obtaining a comprehensive view of your attitudes and perceptions about a number of different automobile offerings in the market, for a student project. This short survey will ask you to evaluate different vehicles that you currently own/use, are willing to own/use or have owned/used in the past. There is no right or wrong answer, and your honest opinions will be appreciated by the students conducting the research. Note that all responses will be kept confidential and will not reveal the identities of individuals at any outlet.
Entire campus has access to research on information technology| February 24, 2014
A recent upgrade to Binghamton University’s contract with IT research firm Gartner now allows access to information technology research to every student, faculty member and staff member on campus.
Gartner, a worldwide company and the oldest to focus on the IT industry, provides fact-based research and consulting services to help their clients use and manage IT for optimum performance.
For information on how Gartner research can help faculty, students and staff, read about it in Inside
. To access Gartner research, go online
We’ve made it to the Shorty Award finals!| February 24, 2014
In case you haven't already heard, we've made it to the Shorty Award finals for the "most social media-savvy school"! Thanks to everyone who helped get us there!
For more information, go online
Vehicles now prohibited between Union and Engineering Building| February 21, 2014
For pedestrian safety, beginning today, Feb. 21, the driveway between the University Union and the Engineering Building will be closed to vehicular traffic. Disability parking and loading dock deliveries next to the University Union may be accessed by following the driveway directly between the Engineering Building and the Library.
SPIR soliciting project proposals for academic year 2014-15| February 21, 2014
The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program was established in 1994 by the State University of New York’s engineering schools to help small and mid-sized businesses apply technology solutions to improve competitive position, and to retain and create jobs in New York State.
SPIR at Binghamton University is currently soliciting proposals for the academic year 2014-15 period of performance. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014.
For more information, go online
Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum deadline extended to March 15| February 21, 2014
The deadline for Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum has been extended to March 15, 2014. These $1,000 awards will be offered to faculty with continuing appointments to significantly revise an existing course to include an entrepreneurship-related component or to include a significant entrepreneurial component in a new course being developed. Additional information can be found online
Watson School to offer continuing education for professional engineers| February 20, 2014
The Watson School Office of Industrial Outreach will offer continuing education courses for professional engineers that comply with the requirements of the NYS Office of Professions for continuing education, including the requirement for immediate interaction with an instructor/presenter. Discounted fees are available for members of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE). The next course – Critical Thinking for Engineers − will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m Tuesday, March 25, at the ITC. This course is approved for six PDHs, and participants will be given a certificate of completion at its conclusion. For more information, and to register, go online
Professional vacancy| February 20, 2014
Feedback wanted for May 31 planned campus electrical shutdown| February 20, 2014
Physical Facilities is planning an electrical shutdown from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31. Most buildings on campus, except for the following, will have only emergency power. The following facilities will have full power:
• Anderson Center
• Bearcats Sports Complex
• Center of Excellence
• East Campus Housing, including C4
• Engineering and Science
• Events Center
• Fine Arts music wing
• Physical Facilities
• Science 5
• University Downtown Center
• West Gym
Physical Facilities would like to know if there are temporary power needs in affected buildings beyond what is typically provided by emergency generators (see below*), or event schedule conflicts on the planned May 31 date.
*During planned shutdowns, emergency generators will provide power for fire alarms, emergency lighting and equipment tied to red outlets (used in most buildings to denote outlets connected to emergency power). Check with your Building Administrator if you have questions about what equipment is tied to emergency power.
Contact Tom Seidel with any questions or feedback via e-mail
, or call 777-4468.
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