Information for UUP bargaining unit members
May 17, 2016
If you were employed as a UUP bargaining unit member at SUNY between September 1, 2013, and June 30, 2015, and are still on the payroll, the repayment of Deficit Reduction Program withholding deducted during that period will begin on June 30, 2016, and continue in equal amounts for 39 pay periods. Because of the lag payroll, the first repayment will be noticed in the July 27 paycheck. If you are on a 21-pay period cycle you will begin seeing the repayment in September. If you separate from state service before the end of the repayment period, you will receive the remaining amount owed in one lump. The Deficit Reduction Program repayment is pensionable but is not included in the calculation of overtime. These monies are taxable income and are subject to all employment taxes and income taxes. Under the state's Deficit Reduction Program for UUP, employees will be repaid the money owed to them, up to a total of seven days' pay.
If you have any questions about the Deficit Reduction Program, contact statewide UUP at 800-342-4206. Do not contact the Binghamton UUP office, as it does not have more information on this issue.
Wellness, productivity and you!
May 17, 2016
In May’s EAP Newsletter https://www.binghamton.edu/eap/news.html you’ll find helpful tips on:
• Pool safety for the summer
• Apps for health and recovery
• Standing up for millennials
Develop internship opportunities in your office
May 17, 2016
Interested in creating internships in your office, but not sure how to start? Attend an info session at the Fleishman Center from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, to learn about best practices in creating an engaging and educational internship program, and how to work with the CDCI Program to provide academic credit. Register online for one of the sessions below. Lunch will be provided. RSVP one week prior to the program you'd like to attend
. If you have questions, contact Dara Riegel
, internship and career consultant.
Research Foundation vacancies
May 16, 2016
A message about the Tobacco-Free Campus policy
May 13, 2016
One of Binghamton University’s goals is to be a healthy campus that fosters health/wellness, safety and sustainability, and provides a productive environment for all students, faculty and staff, as well as vendors, volunteers and visitors to campus.
To help encourage this culture, two broad-based committees have been working to develop a tobacco-free policy to be implemented for Binghamton University. A draft policy was released to the campus in April for comment. Many students, faculty and staff provided comments which reflected both sides of the issue. The committees have reviewed and considered all the comments and have made a recommendation to the senior officers group to implement the policy. On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the senior officers group approved this policy, which will be effective August 1, 2017
We understand that our move to become tobacco-free is a sensitive and difficult one for some. Know that, as Binghamton University becomes a tobacco-free campus, we will do all we can to support those who use tobacco products to eliminate their dependence on them, if they so desire. This includes making smoking cessation programming and non-prescription smoking cessation devices (patches, gum, lozenges, etc.) available to faculty, staff, students and our auxiliary services partners’ employees.
Over the next year, as we all prepare for the transition to a tobacco-free campus, we will continue to provide information and educate the campus and visitors about the policy and its impact. Visit our Tobacco-Free Campus webpage
that includes the new policy, FAQ’s and other resource material. Continue to check this website over the next year as it will be updated with new resources as they become available. Questions or issues can be addressed via e-mail
and we will respond to you in a timely manner.
Senior Officers Group:
James Broschart, vice president for advancement
Gregory Delviscio, associate vice president, Communications and Marketing
Sheila Doyle, executive director of the Binghamton Foundation
Patrick Elliott, athletic director
Valerie Hampton, chief diversity officer
Terry Kane, chief of staff, President’s Office
Michael McGoff, senior vice provost and CFO
Pamela Mischen, faculty advisor to the president
JoAnn Navarro, vice president for operations
Donald Nieman, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost
Brian Rose, vice president for student affairs
Bahgat Sammakia, vice president for research
Barbara Scarlett, University counsel
Harvey Stenger, president
NYSHIP Dependent Eligibility Project
May 13, 2016
Employees must read this if you are enrolled in a family NYSHIP health insurance plan (including GSEU-SEHP) through Binghamton University.
The New York State Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division is conducting a Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit (DEVA). The contracted company that will contact enrollees is Health Management Systems, Inc. (HMS).
Family health plan enrollees will receive dependent audit instructions directly from HMS. During the period of July 5 to Aug. 19, 2016, you will be required to submit documentation verifying the eligibility of each of your dependents covered under the NYSHIP plan as of Jan. 1, 2016. Failure to provide sufficient proof of eligibility in a timely manner will result in the retroactive removal of the dependent back to Jan. 1, 2016.
If you successfully verified your dependent CHILD during the 2009 audit, you will not be required to provide proof for them again.
Initial notices were mailed to enrollees’ homes in December 2015. Additional notices with detailed instructions will be mailed directly to your home in early summer. Watch for these notices and be prepared to respond in a timely fashion.
Samples of enrollee communications and detailed information can be found on the NYSHIP website
under the “Current Topics” section.
The Australian Bee Gees Show at the Anderson Center
May 12, 2016
Come celebrate four decades of infectious Bee Gees music written by the Gibb brothers, with “The Australian Bee Gees Show-A Tribute to the Bee Gees” at 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts.
The Australian Bee Gees Show has captivated audiences for nearly 20 years with an uncanny Bee Gee resemblance in sound and mannerisms.
You’ll relive your favorite Bee Gees moments with a multimedia theatrical concert experience that will have you on your feet, singing and dancing along with hits like “To Love Somebody,” “You Should Be Dancin’” and “Stayin’ Alive.”
Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, April 15, and are $35, inside reserved, and $20, lawn.
For tickets or information, call 607-777-ARTS (2787) or go online
Campus water tests show no issues with lead
May 12, 2016
Microbac Labs has completed the water testing for lead that Binghamton University contracted for during the week of March 28, 2016, and found that all sampled locations are below the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act levels and below the Lead Contamination Control Act levels. This proactive testing was completed due to the national and local attention on lead in water.
For additional information on the sampling and results, go to the Environmental Health and Safety website
Title IX Investigator training to be offered May 26
May 12, 2016
Join us for Title IX Investigator Training from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in UU-Mandela Room and Old Union Hall. This training is ideal for Title IX Investigators, those seeking to become Title IX investigators and/or those who want a better understanding of what a Title IX investigation entails. Chantelle Cleary, Title IX coordinator, Office of the President at SUNY Albany and Joseph Storch, associate counsel, SUNY Office of General Counsel Topics, will cover law and policy, effects of trauma, investigation intake and strategy, interviewing the complainant, interviewing the respondent, evidence collection and assessment of evidence, and report writing.
Registration is $10 per person and includes light morning refreshments, beverages, lunch and an afternoon snack. Questions can be directed to the Dean of Students Office
Archaeology Summer Camps
May 12, 2016
Registration is now open for Binghamton University’s Community Archaeology Program (CAP). CAP includes three archaeology summer camps: Kids (grades 5-6), Teens (grades 7-10) and Adults (16 years and older). Dates are July 18-22, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Participants will learn about Susquehanna Valley archaeology and assist archaeologists with their excavations at a local research site. Archaeologists from the Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton University will provide instruction in basic archaeological and lab techniques.
Cost is $185 for each program. Two scholarships are available for the Kids or Teens program (teacher recommendation required).
For more information, contact Cap at 607-777-4786, via e-mail or online
Follow manufacturer guidelines when using household chemicals
May 12, 2016
Spring cleaning may be tough but it doesn't have to be dangerous. Never mix chemicals unless the directions specify to, and always dilute chemicals in appropriate ratios according to directions. For chemicals like bleach and laundry detergent, adding more than necessary is not only wasteful, it could cause damage to surfaces or appliances.
Need more information? Contact Environmental Health and Safety at 607-777-2211.
Exploring faculty demands for dedicated library space
May 11, 2016
The Faculty Senate Library Committee is interested in exploring the demand for dedicated library space for faculty. The committee welcomes any faculty members to provide feedback through this quick one-minute survey
Sidewalk removal/relocation May 12-27
May 11, 2016
The sidewalk from Murray Hill Road to the pedestrian foot bridge to the main campus will be removed and relocated from Thursday, May 12 through Friday, May 27. An alternate pedestrian route with fencing and barricades will be in place during this time. Contact project coordinator Lisa Sklener with any questions via e-mail
or at 607-759-8276.
Commit to be active this summer — we can help
May 10, 2016
Summer at the Rec Center is the perfect time to re-up your commitment to an active lifestyle. Take advantage of our state-of-the-art fitness center and our variety of group fitness classes offered before work, at lunch and right after work. Current students, faculty and staff can purchase a fitness membership online
or at the at the Rec Center East Gym front desk, for unlimited access.
If you know college students home for the summer, share this deal with them because they too, can purchase a summer membership at the Rec Center! They must be currently matriculated at another college or university and present a valid ID card from their institution at the time of purchase.
Go online to see rates
for a single summer session or the full summer. Early bird discounts are in effect through Friday, July 15.
Pair your fitness membership with our weekly free activities and classes to Find your Fit
! This summer we'll bring you aqua jogging, TRX circuit training, laughing yoga, a mindful hike and so much more. Our Find your Fit classes
are open to all current students, faculty and staff. Faculty and staff must register through the University Center for Training and Development
while students should send an e-mail to Campus Rec
For more information, visit our website or contact us at 607-777-PLAY or via e-mail. Then follow us on Facebook and Instagram
for photos, updates, and health and wellness tips.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training - register by June 6
May 10, 2016
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) training provided by the Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) Department at the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science is being re-offered via online learning starting Monday, June 13. This training is designed for students or industry professionals seeking to lead projects and expands upon the Green Belt training. This certificate program is open to all current Binghamton University students as well as alumni, non-Binghamton University students and members of industry, non-profit and government agencies and is designed for all those interested in understanding and applying Lean Six Sigma concepts to the workplace. Save money! Register online by Monday, June 6
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