CEMERS bus trip scheduled| March 6, 2014
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) is offering a bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters on Friday, March 14. The bus, admission fees to the museums and guided tours at each are included in the price. The cost is $30 for students and $40 for faculty, staff and others. If interested, visit Barbara Knighton at the CEMERS office (LN-1129), call her at 777-2730 or send an e-mail
Sirju-Johnson assumes additional responsibilities| March 5, 2014
Along with the recently announced changes in her reporting structure as director of the Multicultural Resource Center from the Division of Student Affairs to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Nicole Sirju-Johnson will assume the additional responsibilities and title of associate chief diversity officer. As associate CDO, Sirju-Johnson will assist in the development of policy initiatives and strategic planning in recruitment and retention, research and assessment, community outreach and alumni engagement.
2013 Flex Spending claims deadline approaching| March 5, 2014
Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account (FSA) for the 2013 plan year have until March 31, 2014 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible expenses incurred under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account.
Claims may be submitted online, via fax or by mail. Go online
for claim submission information.
Nominations sought for $10,000 Lois B. DeFleur Academic Prize| March 5, 2014
The Lois B. DeFleur Academic Prize is given to a faculty member or a group of faculty for an achievement that increases Binghamton University’s reputation for excellence, innovation and collaborative endeavors. Achievements in teaching, scholarship and public service are all eligible. Faculty members at any stage of their career are eligible and achievements should rise above general expectations for a high level of faculty performance.
The $10,000 prize is awarded annually for a specific contribution, as opposed to a career of accomplishments, distinguishing the criteria for this prize from those used in tenure and promotion decisions. To qualify, the contribution must not only be recognized on campus, but it must also have received acclaim beyond the campus from peers or an organization. Nominations should include a description of the achievement and its demonstrable recognition.
These flexible funds are intended to enhance the awardees’ teaching, research and/or service activities and, thereby, further the University’s mission. The final deadline for nominations for this academic year is April 11, 2014. Submit nominations to Michael F. McGoff, senior vice provost, Office of the Provost.
Research Division to host Principal Investigators meeting| March 5, 2014
The Research Division will host a Principal Investigators meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in ES-2008. Mark your calendars; more details to come. Contact Paul Parker
with any topics for discussion.
Conversations in the Disciplines conference to focus on hydrofracking implications| March 5, 2014
The Sustainabile Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence is sponsoring a SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines (CID) conference on “The Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing for Creating Sustainable Communities” April 10-11, at the University Downtown Center.
The goal of the CID is to provide a forum for clarifying what is currently known about the impacts of the hydraulic fracturing industry on local communities, and to develop interdisciplinary research agendas that address the most pressing questions that remain. An outcome of the conference will be an edited volume and/or online materials that will disseminate the participants’ essential findings to a wider audience.
For complete information on the conference, and to register, visit the Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence website
The Conversations in the Disciplines (CID) grant program is designed to bring together State University of New York (SUNY) faculty and visiting scholars from non-SUNY institutions to examine new trends, address changes and challenges, review promising research findings and become acquainted with professional developments in their fields and on other campuses.
Sign up for Relay for Life and help fight cancer| March 5, 2014
Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser, held on campus, that unites people who are passionate about cancer. One of this year’s goals is to have many faculty members attend. Relay for Life enhances student-faculty relationships beyond the classroom. Having leaders and professors attend influences more students to participate and reflects campus culture.
Come join us at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the West Gym. To sign up, go online
Cancer has affected us all in some way. By participating, you will have the opportunity to honor a survivor, remember a loved one and raise awareness. If you are a caregiver or a survivor yourself, contact us
so we can honor you at the event. It is what we can do to fuel the world’s largest fight for more birthdays.
Participants wanted for hypertension study| March 5, 2014
Have you been told that you have hypertension, but are you reluctant to take medications or only take a diuretic? We are looking for persons who are in the early stages of hypertension and are willing to use a non-pharmacologic intervention to attempt to manage the disease. We will run a research program to test the use of a foot vibration device to decrease blood pressure. Call Carolyn Pierce at 777-5201 to learn more about this study.
New Watson School overview video now available online| March 4, 2014
Students come to the Watson School from all over the world and represent a wide range of backgrounds and interests. For this new video
, we asked them how the school prepares them to embrace new challenges and create the future.
Latest phishing scam| March 4, 2014
Many people on campus have received an e-mail message pretending to be from binghamton.edu with the subject "Alert: User Account compromised.” The message indicates your account has been hacked and accessed from China, and then asks you to fill out and submit information, including e-mail address and password. This is a phishing scam, and if you received it, you should just ignore it and delete the message. If you replied and sent your password, you should change your BMail password online
. Contact the Help Desk at 777-6420 if you need assistance changing your password. There is more about phishing scams on the ITS website
University Tutoring Services and librarians join forces| March 4, 2014
Beginning this semester University Tutoring Services' online tutoring system
, Tutortrac, is now providing the option of scheduling research help with a research librarian. Librarians can help navigate students toward relevant resources and guide them through their research approach. The Tutortrac system provides an additional channel of access that students can use to schedule one-on-one research assistance. By logging into Tutortrac, students can find out which times -- Monday through Friday -- librarians are available to meet with them in the CIW Library. For additional times and meeting options, contact the library directly.
Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program seeking interns| March 4, 2014
Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program (IVP) is looking for energetic, passionate and hard-working change agents to join the movement at Binghamton University to reduce the traumatic impact of violence. The IVP team is currently recruiting 10 undergraduate internship vacancies for fall 2014. We have five vacancies on the Prevention Education team and five on the Outreach and Awareness team. The internship is one semester long and is for four credits.
Students can send cover letters and resumes to IVP
. Go online
for more details.
Financial representatives available for one-on-one counseling sessions| March 4, 2014
Financial representatives from TIAA-CREF, ING, MetLife, VALIC and Fidelity are on campus each month throughout the year and are available for one-on-one counseling sessions. TIAA-CREF, ING, MetLife and Valic are Alternate Funding Vehicles for those employees represented by UUP or MC, and who participate in the Optional Retirement Plan and all of these plans, and Fidelity are available for supplemental retirement accounts for all 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
FIDELITY – Call 800-642-7131 or register online
Dining Services introduces Flavours of Spring menu| March 4, 2014
It may not feel like it, but spring is right around the corner. Our catering office is offering a limited time menu for the spring. Check out the Flavours of Spring menu online
. For more information, follow us on Twitter
or like us on Facebook
VIDEO: Fighting for first-responders | March 3, 2014
Watch this new video
to find out how William H. Groner '77 helped 10,000 people made ill by the 9/11 cleanup.
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