Students Danielle Levin and James Grippe wrap gifts in the Mandela Room of the University Union as part of Operation Santa. The Student Association's annual toy drive, Operation Santa works in conjunction with the Binghamton City School District to sponsor local families and students for the holidays.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Bronstein to lead College of Community and Public Affairs| December 19, 2013
Bronstein said she is excited about the opportunity because of the college’s excellent faculty, limitless potential and commitment to community engagement, diversity, social justice, and cutting edge scholarship. “I am thrilled to lead CCPA in its next stage of development and build on the work that Dean Patricia Ingraham began,” said Bronstein. “I very much look forward to supporting our students, staff, faculty and community partners in a range of exciting opportunities we have yet to discover as we move forward together.”
Nieman said that Bronstein’s strong record of scholarship and external funding, successful collaborations with community partners and academic leadership brought her to the top of a very competitive field.
“Laura has distinguished herself as a high-profile scholar who is successful in working closely with community partners on projects that address critical community needs,” Nieman said. “Her success as a scholar, collaborative approach to leadership and commitment to the community will make her an outstanding dean.”
President Harvey Stenger described Bronstein as a great fit for the college. “She is smart and collaborative,” Stenger said, “and understands CCPA’s enormous potential to raise Binghamton University’s profile in research, graduate education and community engagement.”
Bronstein joined the Binghamton University faculty in 1999, and was a founding member of the Department of Social Work, also serving as chair from 2006 until her appointment as interim dean in June 2013.
Her research focuses on interprofessional and interagency collaboration as well as social work practice with aging populations. She is not only a prolific scholar, but has published articles that are highly influential among her peers. Her 2003 article, “A Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration,” published in the journal Social Work, is the eighth most cited work in professional social work literature in the past decade.
Bronstein has also brought insights from her scholarship to a number of successful collaborations with community partners, including providing leadership for SHARE, a federally funded, $3.2 million collaboration among BOCES, Broome County schools and Binghamton University designed to develop safe school environments and improve mental health services in schools.
Final year-end reminders from Human Resources| December 19, 2013
Annual Option Transfer period
Option Transfer allows you the opportunity to change from one plan to another and also allows you to change from a family to an individual plan, or to cancel your insurance entirely without a qualifying event even if you are pre-taxing your health insurance premiums.
Choices books for 2014 are available and can be requested from the Employee Benefits office. This booklet will provide you with information regarding the plans, including any new co-payment information for 2014.
If you wish to make changes to your health plan for 2014, your form must be submitted to the HR office by Dec. 31. No action is required if you are keeping your current health plan in 2014.
Opt Out allows eligible employees who meet the requirements of having other employer-sponsored group health insurance to opt out of the NYSHIP coverage in exchange for an incentive payment of $1,000 for individual coverage or $3,000 for family coverage.
Contact an employee benefits representative at ext. 4850, ext. 6950 or ext. 6953 to determine if you qualify for the program. Enrollment in Opt Out must be submitted to HR by Dec. 31.
Young Adult Option Enrollment
During the Young Adult Option Open Enrollment Period, eligible young adult children of NYSHIP enrollees can enroll in the Young Adult Option and current Young Adult Option enrollees will be able to switch plans.
The option allows unmarried, young adult children up to age 30 to purchase their own NYSHIP coverage. The premium is the full cost for Individual coverage for the NYSHIP option.
To enroll, you or your adult child must complete and sign the Young Adult Option form and return it to the Department of Civil Service – Employee Benefits Division – to the address provided on the form by Dec. 31. For details, including the enrollment form, go online.
Blackboard upgrade scheduled for Dec. 27| December 19, 2013
Confirmation of enrollment required for winter 2014| December 19, 2013
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
Employee tax deferred savings options for 2014| December 19, 2013
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
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
Donate to Veterans’ Home by Friday| December 19, 2013
- 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
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
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
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
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