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.
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.
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
Library group study room reservations| February 4, 2014
The University Libraries are pleased to introduce a new service for students, faculty and staff. You can now reserve one of the group study rooms on the fourth floor of the Bartle Library via our online reservation system. Group study rooms may be reserved by patrons in groups of two or more people, for up to two hours, twice a day. Reservations may be made up to two weeks in advance.
This service is being introduced to maximize opportunities for collaboration, classwork and research among patrons. Making a reservation is as easy as signing into the reservation system using your PODS username and password, clicking on “bookings” and scheduling the desired block of time for your group. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to assist you when arriving to claim the room. Reservations may be shared with other group members via the reservation system as well.
To view the rooms available for reservation, review room reservation policies or create a reservation, visit the Binghamton University Libraries Online Room Reservation System
Call for New Organized Research Centers deadline extended| February 4, 2014
The deadline for the Call for New Organized Research Centers has been extended to April 1, 2014.
Further information is available online
Video of State of the University address is online| February 3, 2014
Learn about President Harvey Stenger’s plans to grow enrollment to 20,000 by 2020 in his State of the University 2014 address
Call for proposals for Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants Program| February 3, 2014
The Division of Research seeks proposals for the 2014 Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants (ICG) Program for investigators who seek to enhance their research opportunities through collaboration with others at Binghamton. Proposals may include projects that represent a new research agenda. All projects are expected to lead to the development of a proposal for external support.
In 2014, the ICG Program will include the usual, open topic call for proposals, and will also be expanded to include proposals each dedicated toward one of the five Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (TAE): Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging; Health Sciences; Material and Visual Worlds; Smart Energy; and Sustainable Communities. Each of the five TAEs were provided funding from the Binghamton University Road Map through the Provost’s Office and the Division of Research with the goal of encouraging faculty to develop collaborative projects that stimulate the advancement of new ideas that can build the University’s expertise in each of the TAE areas of excellence. More information about the TAE research themes is available online
. Proposers may choose to direct their proposal to one of the TAEs or to the regular ICG competition.
Guidelines are attached and are also posted online
. Questions about proposal preparation or budgeting should be directed to the staff at the Office of Sponsored Programs. Questions about eligibility or scope of the program should be addressed to Mary Beth Curtin
, assistant vice president for research, via e-mail or at 777-2931. Completed application packages must be submitted electronically
by March 14, 2014.
Participate in RecycleMania| February 3, 2014
Help Binghamton University compete against other schools in RecycleMania, an eight-week international competition that kicks off this week. Show your support by properly disposing of recyclable material. To learn more about proper procedures to dispose of waste on campus, visit the Physical Facilities recycling website
For more information about RecycleMania, go to their website
Audio teleconferencing service available through Telecommunications Office| January 30, 2014
The Telecommunications Office announces the availability of an audio teleconferencing service for use by the Binghamton University campus community which can accommodate up to 50 simultaneous participants. This service is free of charge, though optional use of a toll-free number will incur a fee of 5 cents per participant per minute. For more information, or to make a reservation, go online
Visiting alumni speaker/panelist/volunteer notification| January 29, 2014
Is your campus area coordinating a visit with a Binghamton University alumni speaker or panelist? If so, the Binghamton University Alumni Association wants to know. With advance notice, the Alumni Relations office can provide a gift for the visiting alumnus, and help to promote the event or provide event coverage when appropriate. Most importantly, we will ensure that the volunteer’s visit is noted on his/her alumni record. In addition, we will ensure that these volunteers are recognized for their efforts.
To notify the office of a pending visit, e-mail Associate Director of Alumni Volunteer Engagement Melinda Holicky
with the name(s) of the visiting alumnus/alumni, the purpose of the campus visit (program name, date, time and location) and the name and contact information for the campus faculty or staff member coordinating the visit.
Thank you in advance for your help to ensure that the Office of Alumni Relations is aware of visiting alumni volunteers.
Professional Development Grant| January 28, 2014
The Professional Development Committee of PEC is pleased to announce the availability of the Professional Development Grant, and is now accepting application for expenses incurred during the 2013 calendar year. The Professional Development Grant offers financial reimbursement opportunities for the efforts of campus professionals in the areas of development, growth and/or advancement. Eligible applicants include PEC represented employees from the areas of Research Foundation, M/C and UUP. Eligibility period is Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013. Hard copy deadline for applications is April 30, 2014, which should be sent to Erik M. Colon, Chair PDC, EOP.
To download an application and for more information, go online
. For questions, contact Erik Colon
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