Professional vacancy in Residential Life| February 19, 2014
Website active for 2015-16 funding requests to support Road Map projects| February 17, 2014
Provost Donald Nieman earlier this month announced a call for proposals for funding to support projects to begin in the 2015-16 academic year that will advance one or more of the five strategic priorities identified in the Road Map. A proposal submission form is now available online
The total amount of available funding is not yet known, but the call for proposals is an opportunity for deans, departments, Road Map Steering Committee teams and individuals to suggest investments that will help the campus achieve the ambitious objectives outlined in the Road Map.
Proposals will be accepted until Monday, April 7, 2014, for projects that require one-time or continuing support, including non-faculty personnel, graduate students, equipment and OTPS (other than personal services). Faculty lines will not be considered through this process because there is a separate process for requesting faculty positions.
Final decisions on funding will be announced in July 2014, with funding for successful projects available for use on July 1, 2015.
Faculty/Staff advisor needed for Binghamton Chapter of National Society of Collegiate Scholars| February 17, 2014
The NSCS is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service, and its selective membership is based on academic performance. It provides many opportunities for high-achieving students, such as career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities, and offers nearly half a million dollars in scholarships annually. The NSCS is well established on 300 colleges and universities across the country. For more information about NSCS, visit the national website
. The Binghamton chapter of NSCS was established in 2011-12 and is poised for growth and action. The student leaders need a supportive faculty or staff member to help guide them. If interested in serving as faculty/staff advisor or if you have questions, contact Shanise Kent
Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund call for proposals| February 17, 2014
The Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund provides one-time seed funding for faculty and staff leadership in the development of projects that enable students, faculty and staff to obtain unique and creative international experiences either on campus or in another country.
The major focus of the fund is to provide support for initiatives that prompt increased global awareness, global respect and global competence. The request for proposals may be viewed and downloaded online
. Submit proposals to Cheryl Nestlerode
by March 14.
Financial representatives available for one-on-one counseling sessions| February 17, 2014
Representatives from TIAA-CREF, ING, MetLife and VALIC are on campus several times each month throughout the year and are available for one-on-one counseling sessions. All plans are Alternate Funding Vehicles for those employees represented by UUP or MC and who participate in the Optional Retirement Plan and are also available for supplemental retirement accounts for all New York State employees. Appointments are required.
To schedule an appointment:
TIAA-CREF – Call 866-843-5640
ING – Call 315-446-0100 or send an e-mail
METLIFE – Call 798-1624 Ext. 3009 or send an e-mail
VALIC – Call 908-470-4359 or send an e-mail
Professional vacancy| February 14, 2014
Flu cases on the rise, tips to protect yourself| February 14, 2014
The Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) has seen an increase in influenza-like illness in the last week. Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
The flu can be very contagious. You are encouraged to take the following precautions to mitigate risk of getting the flu:
• Get a flu shot. Although it takes two weeks to provide protection, flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. The shots are safe, and it’s not too late to get one for this season. There is a limited supply of free flu vaccine available for students at the DSHSC.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; germs spread this way.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
Visit the CDC website
to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu and how to care for family members and/or friends who may be dealing with the flu.
Professional vacancy| February 13, 2014
Conference postponed until fall| February 13, 2014
The Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging conference, originally scheduled for March 8, 2014, is being rescheduled to the fall 2014 semester.
Given the tremendous amount of time faculty across all schools and departments are devoting to the 55 faculty searches under way, the Steering Committee believes postponing the conference until the fall will provide appropriate time for faculty to participate in and attend the conference and contribute to and learn about the TAE and its three research themes: movement, place and conflict; human rights; and citizenship and belonging.
More information will be forthcoming and distributed as it becomes available.
When watching the weather, watch the Campus Recreation website for cancellations| February 13, 2014
Campus Recreation makes every effort to keep the Recreation Center, East Gym open and activities scheduled during regular hours in difficult weather conditions. Note that although the building is open, decisions are made on an individual basis regarding classes, intramural games, practices and special events. Check the Campus Recreation website
and Facebook page
for specific updates as weather issues unfold.
Professional vacancy| February 12, 2014
Volunteers needed for Johnson City Middle School visit| February 12, 2014
The Center for Civic Engagement is currently seeking faculty, staff and student volunteers from campus science and art departments to host experiments, demonstrations and exhibits for Johnson City Middle School students on a weekday in mid-to-late March (date TBD). The campus visit is intended to teach local middle school students about potential disciplines for advanced study and to inspire them to pursue a college degree after graduating from high school. For more information, or to get involved, contact Pat Madej
A taste of the Binghamton University MarketPlace| February 11, 2014
If you haven't visited the brand new MarketPlace yet, check out this video
for a taste of everything we have to offer!
New racquetball court access and policy changes| February 11, 2014
Beginning today, Tuesday, Feb. 11, racquetball courts will be locked at all times, and those wishing to use the courts will be required to show identification (University or recreation ID card) at the East Gym to obtain a key. Access to the courts is limited to University students, faculty/staff and paid all-inclusive fitness members during posted open recreation hours. Keys can only be checked out for a maximum of two hours, and users will be responsible for locking the court after play and returning the key to the East Gym. Note that current University faculty and staff have free access to open recreation activities in the Recreation Center or West Gym racquetball courts from 5:45 a.m-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. All other access requires a membership. Full details are available on the Campus Recreation “Access and Policies” page
Office of Institutional Research & Assessment (OIRA) website updated with official Fall 2013 data| February 10, 2014
The Office of Institutional Research & Assessment (OIRA) has updated its website with official data for fall 2013. All webpages and data workbooks within the “BU Data” area of the website
have been updated.
Data on student headcount, declared majors, degrees granted, retention and graduation rates, student credit hours, degree programs, admissions and faculty are included. All “Department Summary” workbooks containing data for each academic unit have also been updated for fall 2013.
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