Murray Hill Road partial lane closures June 29-July 15
June 28, 2016
There will be partial lane closures on Murray Hill Road between the ITC access road and the intersection with Route 434 between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 through Friday, July 15. The partial closures are related to work to install sidewalks, curbs and ADA access ramps in the area. Use caution traveling through this area during this period. Contact project coordinator Lisa Sklener with any questions via e-mail
or at 607-759-8276.
Faculty applications invited for Analytical and Diagnostics Laboratory (ADL) Small Grants Program
June 27, 2016
ADL Small Grants are provided by the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center (S3IP) in support of a faculty member’s research program in the physical and biosciences and engineering. Up to $2,500 will be provided for periods of up to one year to cover user fees generated in the S3IP labs by a faculty member’s research group. Requests to support activities leading to a proposal for external funding are given highest priority. A faculty member may have only one active ADL small grant at a time. Recipients of support will be required to report on accomplishments as a consequence of funding.
Requests for ADL Small Grants will be accepted at any time and will be reviewed approximately monthly. Contact Maria Miller to request an application form
. Support for the ADL Small Grants Program is made possible by funding to S3IP from Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Research.
Parking Lot J1 temporary space re-locations June 28-July 1
June 27, 2016
A disability parking space will be temporarily relocated from parking lot J1 to J2 and some reserved spaces will be relocated within lot J1 from Tuesday, June 28 to Friday, July 1, due to installation of new light poles and bases. Signs will designate the temporarily relocated spaces. Contact project coordinator Lisa Sklener with any questions via e-mail
or at 607-759-8276.
Catering limited-time offers for this summer
June 27, 2016
Our talented catering culinarians have taken advantage of summer flavours by creating delightfully new dishes featuring the best of the season. These delicious dishes are available for a limited time only. Contact our Catering Department to schedule your next event with delicious food and impeccable service. To place an order or speak with the Catering Department, order online
or call 607-777-2925. To check out the delicious, limited-time menu, visit our website
Theatre Department announces 2016 –17 Mainstage Season
June 24, 2016
Binghamton University’s Theatre Department 2016–17 Mainstage season will deliver five shows:
• The Motherf**ker With The Hat
, by Stephen Adly Gurigis and directed by Carol Hanscom, will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 with additional performances at 8 p.m. Oct. 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 15, 22 and 23.
• Bells Are Ringing
, a musical directed by Tommy Iafrate with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green,and music by Jule Styne opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 with additional performances at 8 p.m. Nov. 12, 18 and 19, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 20.
• “Jazz Nutcracker
” an original production choreographed and directed by JoEllen Kuhlman opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 with additional performances at 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 3, and 2 p.m. Dec. 4.
• Sam Shepard's play, A Lie of the Mind
, directed by Anne Brady opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 with additional performances at 8 p.m. Feb. 25, March 10 and 11, and at 2 p.m. March 12.
• Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere’s Fan
, directed by Tom Kremer opens at 8 p.m. Friday, April 28 with additional performances at 8 p.m. April 29, May 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. May 7.
2016-17 Mainstage ticket prices are $18, general public; $16, alumni/faculty/senior/staff; and $10 students. Mainstage season subscriptions, including garage parking pass, are $76, general public; $68, alumni/faculty/senior/staff; and $42, students and children. For ticket information, contact the Anderson Center Box Office at 607-777-2787 or go online
June 23, 2016
Memorial gifts for George J. Klir - corrected link
June 22, 2016
Expressions of sympathy in memory of George Klir, distinguished professor emeritus of systems science who died Friday, May 27 at the age of 84, may be made to the George J. Klir Scholarship for Excellence in Systems Science, c/o Binghamton University Foundation, PO Box 6005, Binghamton, NY 13902-6005, or online
. When completing the form, note “Other” in the designation box and the name of the scholarship fund in the special instructions/comments section.
June 20, 2016
Fire hydrant flushing begins June 24
June 20, 2016
Physical Facilities and Environmental Health and Safety will be flushing fire hydrants on campus from Friday, June 24 through Thursday, June 30. Flushing fire hydrants can cause water discoloration in faucets and toilets. Let water run before use. If you have any questions, contact Environmental Health and Safety at 607-777-2211.
NYSHIP Dependent Eligibility Project
June 20, 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.
Pedestrian safety and circulation and Traffic Circle Project will now begin Monday
June 17, 2016
Work on the pedestrian safety and circulation upgrades project as well as the main entrance circle renovations will begin Monday, June 20. The pedestrian safety and circulation upgrades work is taking place on West Drive between the Academic Complex and Visitors Parking Lot. Initial activity will focus on drainage work, curbs and sidewalks. Portions of West Drive will be reduced to one-lane traffic during the next three weeks. Beginning around July 5, there will be a two-week period where West Drive will be closed between the Lecture Hall and the Visitors Parking Lot while speed tables are installed. Traffic will be rerouted using the Connector Road during this closure and this part of the project should be complete by the end of July.
Work at the entrance circle is not expected to significantly affect traffic patterns. However, there may be occasional delays as materials or equipment are delivered. The projects are anticipated to wrap by the middle of August. Contact project coordinator Gary Bendert with any questions via e-mail
or at 607-777-4715.
University Union/Engineering Building pedestrian circulation improvements
June 14, 2016
Work to improve pedestrian circulation and safety in the area between the University Union and the Engineering Building is underway with fencing of the project area. University Union doors exiting to this area will be for emergency exit only during the project to install new sidewalks and some landscaping. The UU dock will remain open during the work; however, access is only via the Library/TechnologyHub/Engineering Building loading dock area. Following completion of the project, access for the UU loading dock through this point will be restricted to large tractor trailers only. A gate will be installed to control access. All other vehicles will have access to the UU loading dock through the Library/Technology Hub/Engineering Building loading dock area. Work is expected to wrap up around Aug. 17.
BinghamtonU Blog: A look back at 2015-2016 in Daily Photos
June 10, 2016
The 2015-2016 school year was a busy one for Binghamton. The University came together to take on world issues and used supported everyone to get through finals week. Our research teams continued to excel, and our sports teams never failed to make us proud. Check out what made this year such a great time to be a Bearcat!
June 8, 2016
Now that barbecue season has arrived, here are some BBQ safety tips:
• Make sure your grill is in good working order and there are no leaks in your propane hoses and connections.
• Position your grill away from decks and siding and don’t place it under eaves.
• Do not grill indoors or under a tent due to potential for carbon monoxide build up.
• Keep children and pets away from the hot grill.
• If using charcoal, do not use lighter fluid on already hot or lit coals. This can cause a flash fire and serious burns. Light the charcoal using a long match or mechanical device used for lighting grills.
• When done using charcoal, let ash and remaining charcoal cool. Do not put ash or used charcoal into a garbage can or any combustible container.
• For gas grills, keep lid open when lighting. When done, turn off gas at the cylinder.
• Avoid storing gas cylinders indoors.
• Never leave a grill of any kind unattended.
• Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
For more safe BBQ practices, go online
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion takes on the Campus Pride Index
June 7, 2016
In 2007, the national nonprofit Campus Pride developed the Campus Pride Index, a benchmarking tool offered to colleges and universities to assess their efforts at creating LGBTQ-friendly campuses. Campuses can score up to five stars and have their scores published in the national online database that allows prospective students and families to search for campuses who have "come out" in support of LGBTQ student success.
Binghamton University’s assessment, which has 10 assessment areas including residence life, health and counseling services, human resources and personnel policies, and campus security, will be led over the summer by Kelly Clark, director of the new LGBTQ Center in the Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Clark will call on different campus departments over the summer to answer questions and supply evidence to support the assessment. “While it will be great to be listed in the database alongside other institutions like Cornell University, more importantly, the index will provide us with an important benchmark from which to assess the success of the Center’s efforts over the next few years,” she said.
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