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
Enjoy a free month of January wellness| December 20, 2013
From January 2-22, all current faculty, staff and students will have full access to the fitness center (FitSpace), group fitness classes, special programs and open rec, including basketball, badminton and swim — for free!
Since the students are away, we’re also offering programming designed especially for adults and those new to the Recreation Center, such as an equipment orientation, fearless spin (first timers, this is for you!) and blood pressure screenings. Did we mention it’s free? So get motivated, get educated and be fearless!
Stay up-to-date on Recreation Center programs and activities — including our free month of January wellness — and visit the Campus Recreation website and Facebook page.
John Oleski, senior mail clerk, dies| December 20, 2013
Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund call for proposals| December 20, 2013
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, 2014.
Blackboard upgrade scheduled for Dec. 27| December 20, 2013
Libraries holiday hours| December 20, 2013
Bartle Library will be open to the public from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 23-24, 26-27 and 30-31 (North Reading Room/Fine Arts Collections is open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.) and closed on the weekends, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Special Collections and University Archives is available by appointment only on Dec. 23-24, 26-27 and 30-31.
The Science Library, University Downtown Center Library and Library Annex are closed to the public from Dec. 21, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014.
For more information, visit Library Hours. All online resources will remain available via the Libraries’ website.
Winter hours in effect Monday| December 20, 2013
Deficit Reduction Leave (DRL) memo online| December 20, 2013
Join us at Binghamton University Day at the Oakdale Mall| December 20, 2013
If you would like to participate, consider an interactive display to engage members of the community in an entertaining and/or educational manner. If you are interested, contact Darcy Fauci.
Reminder: Operation Clean Up Jan. 10| December 20, 2013
Physical Facilities services over the holiday period| December 20, 2013
Administration Building electrical shutdown Dec. 21| December 20, 2013
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.
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