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Business Hours Change on Monday

The Office of Human Resources reminds faculty and staff that the campus will return to the original core business hours of 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21.

Furlough Program Payroll Deductions

The Deficit Reduction Program (aka furlough) and corresponding payroll deductions are scheduled to end in the check of March 27, 2013, which pays for work performed through March 13, 2013. Note that some classified employees may see a deduction in the check of April 10, 2013, for certain earnings paid through March 13, 2013. This is a reminder to affected employees that the deadline to use all Deficit Reduction Leave (DRL) accruals is March 31, 2013. Remember that similar to using vacation time, when using DRL accruals, supervisor approval is required. DRL accruals may not be used for unscheduled absences, such as calling in sick. More information regarding other details of the end of the program will be forthcoming. Contact Tom Petersen at petersen@binghamton.edu or Cheryl Robinson-Boyett at clrobin@binghamton.edu with any questions.

New Graduate Online Application Process Information Sessions

The Graduate School recently launched a new online admissions application system for Fall 2013 applicants.  If you have questions regarding the new system, would like to know more about how it works, and would like ideas for helping prospective students/applicants through the new process, attend an informational session in UU-206 at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, or 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Choose a date that works best for you and bring your questions!

State of University Address on Jan. 22

President Harvey Stenger invites faculty and staff to his annual State of Binghamton University address on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in LH-1, when he and the vice presidents will update the campus on University initiatives and challenges. Light refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m.; the program will begin at 9 a.m.

Security Vulnerability with Java 7

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert regarding a security problem with Java 7. All versions of Java 7 through update 10 (1.7.0_xx where xx is the update version) are affected. A vulnerability has been identified that is now being exploited. The risk comes primarily from visiting malicious web sites. Java is used to create interactive applications running over the Internet.  A Java update is available that partially addresses the problem. Users of Java 7 should apply this update as soon as possible. Go to http://its.binghamton.edu/security/java7 for more information on how to check the version of Java running on your computer and Information Technology Services' recommendation to address the Java 7 issues.

Dateline to Launch New Look

Beginning Monday, Jan. 21, Dateline will have a new look. You'll still receive a daily e-mail with need-to-know information, calendar items and a link to dining info, but now you'll also get the Daily Photo and links to social media. The submission process will remain the same — submit items to Dateline via e-mail at dateline@binghamton.edu — but the deadline will change. To ensure your messages get posted in a timely manner, send them in by noon the day before you want them to run.

It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects this year's flu season to be one of the worst in a decade. Flu is a serious, contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, 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. There are currently several variations of the flu in our area, with symptoms lasting from 12 hours to several weeks and everything in between, so you are encouraged to take the following precautions:

  • Get a flu shot -- 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.
  • 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.

If you get the flu:

  • Antiviral drugs can make your illness milder, shorten the time you are sick and prevent serious flu complications. They are different from antibiotics but are prescription medicines, not available over-the-counter.
  • Antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful. Follow your doctor's instructions for taking this drug.

Visit CDC's website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/whattodo.htm to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu and how to care for someone at home who is sick with the flu.

Team-taught Inter/transdisciplinary Course Proposals Welcomed

The Provost's Office announces a new program to create team-taught inter/transdisciplinary undergraduate courses. Two faculty members from different disciplines will collaborate to propose a new course that brings together each of their intellectual strengths and interests to address a particular problem or topic. Deadline for proposals is  Jan. 25. Full details available at http://www2.binghamton.edu/academics/provost/documents/interdisciplinary-course-rfp-101012.doc. For more information, contact Donald Loewen, vice provost for undergraduate education, at djloewen@binghamton.edu.

Manhole Inspections on East Drive Postponed

Due to equipment problems, the manhole inspections that were to take place this week along East Drive near Newing have been postponed until the week of Jan. 21. The work will take two to three days and is expected to be complete before the end of next week. Some sidewalks will be closed and detours will be posted. Flag persons will be used to assist with any traffic control. Contact Sandy DeJohn with any questions at sdejohn@binghamton.edu or 777-4017.

Central Receiving/Customer Service Closed Monday

The Central Receiving/Warehouse staff will observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. All operations will cease at the close of business on Friday, Jan. 18, and resume on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The Physical Facilities Customer Service Center (CSC) staff also will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. All operations will cease at the close of business on Friday, Jan. 18, and resume on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Emergency Customer Service Center staff will handle telephone calls during this time.

EAP Workshop: Identifying the Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

Have you ever thought about your drinking, prescription drug use or over-the-counter medications you use on a regular basis? Ever worried about someone else in your life and their substance abuse? Often people don't think about their own alcohol or medication consumption, yet research shows that over time certain substances at different levels may have harmful effects on our overall health and well-being. Maybe you have concerns about the alcohol or medication use of a co-worker, loved one or acquaintance, but do not know how to approach this sensitive topic. Join us from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in UUW-324, as EAP presents Alan J. Wilmarth, administrative director of behavioral health at UHS, to discuss this important issue. To register, call 777-6362 or click on the "register for workshops" link at http://uctd.binghamton.edu.

Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiments of Scotland, Scots Guards to Perform

Witness the pageantry as the Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiments of Scotland and the Band of the Scots Guards join forces to bring the traditional folk music of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, along with stirring military tunes, to the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Tickets are: general public, $45; faculty/staff, $40; and students, $22. For tickets, contact the Anderson Center box office at 607-777-ARTS or visit http://anderson.binghamton.edu.

Fire Alarm Testing Thursday

There will be fire alarm testing in the Science 3/4 basement construction area from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17. Fire alarm bells may sound and strobe lights may flash in the construction area only during this time. Contact project coordinator Robert Langhans with any questions at langhans@binghamton.edu or 777-4321.

Learn to Develop a Swim Workout Thursday

At noon Thursday, Jan. 17, join Chris Griffin, aquatics coordinator, to learn how to make those boring laps more effective and more interesting. Learn how to write a swimming workout, use the different aquatic equipment and some basic drills that will have you swimming longer, faster, and more effective yards. Also scheduled at noon Thursday is yoga class, as well as Spinning class and an Instructors Corner about proper warm-up techniques at 4:30 p.m.  For more information, go to http://play.binghamton.edu or call 777-PLAY.

Dateline to Launch New Look

Beginning Monday, Jan. 21, Dateline will have a new look. You'll still receive a daily e-mail with need-to-know information, calendar items and a link to dining info, but now you'll also get the Daily Photo and links to social media. The submission process will remain the same — submit items to Dateline via e-mail at dateline@binghamton.edu — but the deadline will change. To ensure your messages get posted in a timely manner, send them in by noon the day before you want them to run.

Einstein Bros. Bagels Open Mid-days Through Jan. 25

Einstein Bros. Bagels is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday through Jan. 25. Regular hours of 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. will resume Monday, Jan. 28. For details, visit www.budining.com.

University Composer Paul Goldstaub's Work Featured in Philharmonic Performance

The Binghamton Philharmonic, with conductor Jose-Luis Novo, will perform Brahms' "Symphony No. 3" and other works, including one by Binghamton University composer Paul Goldstaub, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in the Anderson Center's Osterhout Concert Theater. Brahms inscribed in musical code his motto "Free but happy" throughout his "Symphony No. 3," which reflects his deep respect for compose Robert Schumann. Weber's virtuosic "Clarinet Concerto No. 2", performed by the New York Philharmonic's Pascual Martinez Forteza, and Goldstaub's "I Am Prospero", inspired by Shakespeare's "The Tempest", round out this delightful concert. For more information, call 607-723-3931 or visit http://www.binghamtonphilharmonic.org.

Are You a Perfectionist? Paid Research Participants Needed!

Do you do routine activities until they feel 'just right' or things are 'just so'? Do you have to do things in a certain way? Does "tHis' bother you? Call about the "Just So Study" at Binghamton University that will study how individuals who spend a lot of time getting things perfect or just right think, feel and behave. Earn $10/hour for about 1½ hours of interviewing, questionnaires and completing simple tasks. Participants must be 18 or older to participate. Call 607-777-5006 and ask for the Just So Study for more information. For more information regarding your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Human Subjects Research Review office at 607-777-3818.

The Retirement Planning Done Right Workshop

It's a fact: Many retirees are unhappy in their first few retirement years because they haven't yet figured out what they want to do with their newfound freedom. Want to avoid that trap? Join us from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in AD-148, to learn the key (non-financial)retirement success factors, the elements of a good retirement planning process and strategies to reduce retirement "surprises." Presenter: John Wojcio. For staff and faculty.Register at http://www.binghamton.edu/uctd.

Cell Phone Tower Upgrades on Library Tower Work Through Jan. 25

T-Mobile will be upgrading equipment on the Library Tower through Friday, Jan. 25. At times workers may be repelling off the tower to replace antennas. Some areas below the tower will be roped off during this work. There may be minor disruption to elevator service though most will be early in the morning or later in the day. Contact Wayne Schneider with any questions at wschneid@binghamton.edu or 777-3618.

Applications for Ross University and Community Projects Fund Now Available

The Binghamton University Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund grant cycle. The Ross Fund is administered through the Foundation with the hope of fostering working partnerships between the University and the community. In 2013, the Ross Fund will award approximately $10,000 in grants to non-profit organizations in partnership with University units. Examples of University partners include academic units, program units, administrative offices or faculty members.

Grants are awarded based on the following priorities:

  • promotion of collaboration and cooperation between University and community groups
  • innovative use of the talents and resources of project partners
  • demonstrated commitment to the use of existing funds or to obtaining matching funds
  • significant, enduring and positive difference in the quality of life in the community

All projects must benefit and enhance the greater Broome County area and contiguous New York counties, and must include residents of Broome County. Grant funds are available beginning July 1, 2013. Applications are due Friday, March 29, 2013. Full guidelines, requirements and application forms are available at http://www2.binghamton.edu/giving/ross-fund. For more information, contact grant administrator Cindy Lupo at 777-6927 or clupo@binghamton.edu.

Professional Vacancies

Assistant Director of Residential Life: https://www.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=37068

Community Director: https://www.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=37064.

Save the Date for State of University Address on Jan. 22

President Harvey Stenger invites faculty and staff to his annual State of Binghamton University address on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in LH-1, when he and the vice presidents will update the campus on University initiatives and challenges. Light refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m.; the program will begin at 9 a.m.

It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects this year's flu season to be one of the worst in a decade. Flu is a serious, contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, 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.

There are currently several variations of the flu in our area, with symptoms lasting from 12 hours to several weeks and everything in between, so you are encouraged to take the following precautions:

  • Get a flu shot -- 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.
  • 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.

If you get the flu:

  • Antiviral drugs can make your illness milder, shorten the time you are sick and prevent serious flu complications. They are different from antibiotics but are prescription medicines, not available over-the-counter.
  • Antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful. Follow your doctor's instructions for taking this drug.

Visit CDC's website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/whattodo.htm to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu and how to care for someone at home who is sick with the flu.

Professor Emerita of Music Roberta Schlosser Dies

Roberta Schlosser, 94, associate professor emerita of music, died Jan. 6, at Lourdes Hospital. She earned her bachelor's degree in voice pedagogy, her master's degree in music literature and her PhD in theory and interdisciplinary music education from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. She joined the Binghamton faculty in 1963 and was a founder of Binghamton's vocal program, teaching voice, vocal literature, theory and opera until her retirement in 1987. Family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. today, Jan. 10, at the Ernest H. Parsons Funeral Home, 71 Main St., Binghamton. There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. Jan. 10, also at the funeral home.

Moving Expense Policy Update

Administration Management Procedure 223 regarding Payment of Moving Expenses for New Employees has been revised. The restriction that expenses greater than $3,000 need Human Resources approval has been removed.  All other requirements remain the same. In addition, it is strongly encouraged that moving expenses for state employees be paid with State/IFR funds. If Foundation funds are used, an IRS 1099-MISC form for the full amount will be issued since the Foundation is not the employer of the employee. This will result in a taxable transaction to the employee and the employee will be responsible for filing forms with and dealing with the IRS regarding the taxability of any moving expenses reimbursed through the Binghamton Foundation. The full moving policy procedure can be found at: http://bingdev.binghamton.edu/administration/procedures/200series/223.htm.

Additional Consultation Times for NYS Employees Retirement System Scheduled

The New York State Employees Retirement System announces additional consultation times available to members at the Binghamton office location. Beginning January 2013, consultations will be offered every Tuesday at the downtown Binghamton office in the State Office Building, 44 Hawley St., Room 606. These additional meeting times will continue through June 2013. To schedule an appointment, call 866-805-0990.

Manhole Work

Crews will be raising manholes from today through Friday, Jan. 25. Locations include parking Lot X adjacent to the Susquehanna Community, a grass area adjacent to Hillside Commons, parking Lot M2, and an area adjacent the entrance to Academic A. Contact Sandy DeJohn with any questions at sdejohn@binghamton.edu or 777-4017.

Lois B. DeFleur Academic Prize Announced, Nominations Sought

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 for the prize. These achievements should rise above our general expectations for a high level of faculty performance. Faculty members at any stage of their career are eligible. 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. While nominations may be submitted at any time, the final deadline for nominations for this academic year is March 15. Submit nominations to Michael F. McGoff, vice provost for strategic and fiscal planning, Office of the Provost.

What Are You Doing for International Women's Day?

International Women's Day will be observed around the world on March 8. The Binghamton University Globalistas (BUGs) and other campus groups are beginning to make plans for the occasion. Learn more about International Women's Day at http://www.internationalwomensday.com. Student groups and departments are encouraged to plan additional programs. E-mail rcoker@binghamton.edu to coordinate your event with the BUGs.

Professional Vacancy

Staff Assistant -- Watson Career and Alumni Services: https://www.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=36968.

Binghamton University Research Days Set for April 17-19

This year's Binghamton University Research Days will be held from April 17-19, with student poster presentations scheduled for April 19 in two sessions (one late morning, and a second mid-afternoon) and a campus keynote at 1 p.m. April 19. Think about ways in which your department, school/college, or research center could be involved. This could include special lectures or research presentations, including departmental research fairs or other events; it could include brown bag interdisciplinary conversations about research and research initiatives; it could involve some "open facilities" opportunities, and more. To plan an event and include it on the Research Days master calendar, go to http://research.binghamton.edu/events/researchdays/. For more information, contact Donald Loewen at djloewen@binghamton.edu or Rachel Coker at rcoker@binghamton.edu.

Reserve Request Reminder

The Library's reserves staff reminds those who have yet to submit their Course Reserve Request for winter or spring 2013, to simply go to http://library.binghamton.edu/services/eres/index.html to download forms and read more about their service. Reserve requests are processed in the order in which they are received. If you submitted any personal materials for reserves in the fall 2012 semester, they are available to be picked up at any time. For main reserves, e-mail mainresv@binghamton.edu or call 777-3940. For UDC reserves, e-mail udcresv@binghamton.edu or call 777-9225. January office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday- Friday.

Team-taught Inter/transdisciplinary Course Proposals Welcomed

The Provost's Office announces a new program to create team-taught inter/transdisciplinary undergraduate courses. Two faculty members from different disciplines will collaborate to propose a new course that brings together each of their intellectual strengths and interests to address a particular problem or topic. Deadline for proposals: Jan. 25, 2013. Full details available at http://www2.binghamton.edu/academics/provost/documents/interdisciplinary-course-rfp-101012.doc. For more information, contact Donald Loewen, vice provost for undergraduate education at djloewen@binghamton.edu.

Road Map Proposals are Available Online

Feedback is sought on the proposals that have been developed by the nine Road Map teams – 176 in all – which are now available on the Road Map website at http://www2.binghamton.edu/president/road-map/index.html. Just click on a team name on the left and then click on team proposals to see each team's proposals. To provide feedback on individual proposals, send an e-mail to the co-chairs of the team that put forth the proposal. The vice presidents and the Road Map Steering Committee are reviewing and ranking the proposals during the winter break. Beginning in February, President Harvey Stenger and Provost Donald Nieman will review their recommendations, looking for the most promising proposals as they begin preparing the University's budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

President's Quarterly Report Released

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger has released his quarterly report for the months of October through December 2012. Learn about Binghamton University's activities and initiatives in his report and those of the vice presidents for academic affairs, administration, external affairs, student affairs, research and the director of athletics. The complete report can be found at http://www.binghamton.edu/presidents-report/.

Director of International Student and Scholar Services Hired

The University welcomes Patricia (Trisha) Marrapese as the director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), effective Jan. 17. Marrapese was formerly the assistant director for International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that position, she worked as international scholar and student advisor and study abroad advisor at The College of William and Mary. Marrapese is a native of Rochester with degrees from LeMoyne College and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She steps into the director role upon the retirement of Ellen Badger, who has worked at the University for 39 years. Badger will serve in a supportive role for Marrapese until her retirement date of Feb. 28.

The Retirement Planning Done Right Workshop

It's a fact: Many retirees are unhappy in their first few retirement years because they haven't yet figured out what they want to do with their newfound freedom. Want to avoid that trap? Join us from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in AD-148, to learn the key (non-financial)retirement success factors, the elements of a good retirement planning process and strategies to reduce retirement "surprises." Presenter: John Wojcio. For staff and faculty.Register at http://www.binghamton.edu/uctd.

Faculty/Student Stipends Available for Summer Undergraduate Research/Creative Activities through the Summer Scholars and Artists Program

The Undergraduate Research Center offers awards to support Binghamton University undergraduates who will graduate in spring 2014 or later to conduct special research, scholarship or creative activities during the summer with faculty mentors. The $3,000 fellowships support a student's original research or creative projects, not research assistance for a faculty member's research project. Faculty mentors will receive $1,000. Proposals from all academic disciplines are welcome. The deadline for fellowship applications is Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Awards will be announced no later than mid-March. For criteria and application information, visit the Undergraduate Research Center website at http://www2.binghamton.edu/undergraduate-research-center/summer-scholars-and-artists-program/index.html.

Wellness Classes, Lessons and Certifications on Sale

Campus Recreation is offering a variety of wellness classes, lessons and certifications for the spring semester, including aqua aerobics, triathlon training, yoga, pickleball, and a lunchtime express workout classes. There are also many different swim lessons for all ages and skill levels along with a many different Red Cross certifications. Register for any of these classes at the front desk of the Recreation Center. For a detailed listing of classes, days and times, go to http://play.binghamton.edu or call 777-PLAY.

Career Coaching One on One! In Person or on the Phone

Résumé. CV. Cover letter. Interviewing. Elevator speech. Workplace challenge. Retirement planning. You name it. Sign up now for a confidential job/career coaching conversation with John Wojcio, certified career coach, at jwojcio@binghamton.edu. Binghamton University provides this service for all its employees.

Professional Vacancy

Watson Assistant for Instructional Resources: https://www.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=36961.

UCTD Spring Workshop Brochure

The University Center for Training and Development's Spring 2013 Workshops brochure is available to view at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/uctd/brochures/spg13.pdf. Take a look and see what informative workshops are being offered this semester. To register for these workshops, contact the UCTD at 777-6362 or http://uctd.binghamton.edu.

Girls Take Charge

Calling all middle- and high-school girls! Come join us from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the University Downtown Center for an action-packed day focused on you and how females are taking charge, creating success and making a difference! Spend this fun filled day with friends or make new ones as you meet girls from all over the Southern Tier area for this energizing day and build key skills for success. Topics covered include defining your personal leadership style, life map for future success and risk taking. Fee of $50 includes program materials and lunch. To register and for more information, call 607-777-6857, toll free at 1-877-313-2508, e-mail us at conted@binghamton.edu or visit http://ceo.binghamton.edu/continuing-education/non-credit-programs/youth-programs.php.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training

A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) training will be offered Jan. 23-25 by the Watson School's Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) Department and the University's IIE student chapter. This short course is designed for students or industry professionals who have some coursework background in probability and statistics and/or quality control.* (*prerequisite statistics day of instruction offered on Jan. 22, for those who do not have current knowledge/education.)This course is open to all current Binghamton University students as well as alumni, non-Binghamton students, and members of industry, non-profit and government agencies. Save money by registering by Wednesday, Jan. 9. For details, visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/watson/professional-development/programs/leansixsigma/greenbelt.html.

Engineering Building Restroom Closures

The following restrooms, located at the southern end of the Engineering Building will be temporarily closed from today, Jan. 4 until Monday, Jan. 28. The restrooms affected will be 102, 104, 202, 204, 302 and 304. Third-floor rest rooms will remain closed throughout renovations due to be complete in March. Contact Jennifer Bourassa with any questions at jbourassa@binghamton.edu or 777-5047.

Annual Online Compliance Training

Binghamton University is committed to providing a safe workplace and assuring that its workforce is prepared to deal with a multitude of issues. Mandatory, annual training of faculty and staff is one way that the University shares information and proactively addresses employee safety. Mandatory "Compliance Training" is offered online through four required training modules:

  • Right to Know (federal- and state-mandated)
  • Workplace Violence Prevention and Domestic Violence in the Workplace (state-mandated)
  • Internal Controls (state-mandated)
  • Preventing Discrimination and Harassment (University-mandated)

Each module should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The deadline for completion is March 1. The University Center for Training and Development will send an e-mail in the near future that will give you additional information on how to access the training, your user ID and your password. If you (or your employees) have specific issues that would preclude you from taking the training online, contact uctd@binghamton.edu to make alternative arrangements. Additional information can be found at http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/hr-news/HR%20News%20Docs/Annual%20On%20Line%20Compliance%20Training%202013.pdf.

Reports of Phishing Scams

There are reports of increased phishing attacks in recent days that request personal information such as date of birth or security questions/answers, or that request you to login to check the status of your ticket. These are phishing scams and recipients should delete the messages without replying or clicking on any links included in the messages. Phishing scams such as these can allow unscrupulous persons to gain access to personal or computer account information and launch spam or hacking attacks on others in the Internet community. Account owners are usually not aware of this improper use. If you have doubts about requests to send sensitive information via e-mail or web page, DO NOT REPLY and delete the message. Consult the University policy on Internet privacy at http://its.binghamton.edu/policies/privacy for details or contact the Help Desk at 777-6420 if you have specific questions.

Chenango Room to Serving Breakfast During Winter Session

Beginning today, you can start your day with a hot breakfast at the Chenango Room, which will be serving breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday during the Winter Session. The new menu features a variety of breakfast items, pastries, breads and fresh fruits. Visit http://www.budining.com for more details.

Engineering Building: Third-Floor Renovations Through March

Renovations to the third floor of the Engineering Building are underway and will continue through March. Beginning the week of Dec. 24, major demolition of a large interior concrete wall will take place for two to three weeks. This will include the use of jackhammers and large concrete saws that will create very loud sounds and vibrations within the building. The disruption may be severe for several hours a day through the month of January especially in the southern portion of the building. When students return in late January, less disruptive work will be underway, including some mild sawing, hammering and scrapping. These sounds should be contained to the proximity of the work area. Several dumpsters placed at the south entrance of the building may occasionally disrupt traffic flow throughout the project. The dumpsters will not be there continuously and there will be further notice when they are scheduled. This project will provide new office, lab, classroom and conference space for the Watson School. New restrooms and mechanical systems are included in the project. Contact project coordinator Heath Weeks with any questions at hweeks@binghamton.edu or 777-3793.

Come Play While the Students Are Away

Now until Jan. 23, faculty, staff, retirees and students can enjoy FitSpace, group fitness classes, open recreation activities and special programs for free. Throughout the January intercession there will be free classes and programs especially designed for adult learners. There will be Spinning, Yoga, Zumba, Piloxing, Turbo Kick, and Bootcamp classes along with many special programs, such as Hula for Beginners, Massage, Blood Pressure Screenings, a variety of FitSpace equipment orientations, fitness tips at our Instructor's Corner sessions and opportunities to develop a swim workout with professionals. All programs are free for current faculty, staff, retirees and students with a valid University ID card. A detailed listing of Rec Center hours and special classes and programs are available at http://play.binghamton.edu.

Parking Services Reopens in Old Location

Parking Services has returned to its permanent location in the rear hallway of the ground floor of the Couper Administration Building. When getting off the elevator on the ground floor, bear left to access Parking Services.

Faculty Volunteers Needed to Test New Course Management System, Canvas

Faculty volunteers are being sought to participate in a pilot test of Canvas, a Web-based course management system. Since the pilot is limited to 400 total users, courses in the 25-40 student range will allow a good range of courses for this pilot. You can get an initial look at Canvas at http://www.instructure.com/try-canvas. If you're interested in participating or would like to learn more, contact Donald Loewen at djloewen@binghamton.edu.

RF Mileage Rate Update

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. For the Research Foundation (RF) for SUNY: Beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 56.5 cents per mile for business miles driven; and 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes. If you have any travel RF travel questions, contact Melissa Spencer at 777-6752.

Over 40 Comp Time Memo for 2013

The Office of Human Resources has released the Over 40 Comp Time memo for the 2013 calendar year for all classified employees. Click on the following link to review the memo: http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/hr-news/index.html#2012-12-20.

Parking Prohibited at Center of Excellence and All Construction Sites

This is a reminder that University faculty, staff and students are not permitted to park within construction fencing set up by contractors. This is true at the Center of Excellence site and any other construction site on campus. Parking within the fence is for contractor use only and prohibited for all others due to safety concerns.

Commencement Videos Online

Visit http://www.youtube.com/binghamtonuniversity to watch videos from the Fall Commencement ceremony.

EAP Offers Webinars on Stress Reduction, Healthy Communication

Binghamton University's Employee Assistance Program announces two NYS Balance webinars focusing on stress reduction in the workplace and strengthening healthy forms of communication during the holidays and beyond. These workshops, offered by certified professionals, are available on your computer at any time! To learn how to quickly access one of these webinars, click on the EAP Health and Wellness Programs page at http://www2.binghamton.edu/eap/programs.html. EAP on-campus workshops scheduled for spring 2013 are also available and include "Beginning Hula" presented in collaboration with Campus Recreation, "Identifying the Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse," "The Happiness Experiment 2.0," a three-part "Nutrition Series" presented in collaboration with Health and Wellness Studies, and lots more. For more information on these and other EAP services, go to http://www2.binghamton.edu/eap/.

Winter Session Dining Schedule

Sodexo Campus Services: Chenango Room

Will reopen for Winter Session hours of 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday on Thursday, Jan. 3. Will resume regular hours of 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

Jazzman's Café Library Tower

Will reopen for Winter Session hours of 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Will resume regular hours of 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.  Monday, Jan.28.

Jazzman's Coffee Kiosk Academic B

Will reopen for regular hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

ITC Coffee Kiosk

Will reopen for Winter Session hours of 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Will resume regular hours of 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

Events Center Snack Bar

Will resume regular hours of 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

Einstein's

Will resume regular hours of 7:30 a.m.-1 pm. Monday, Jan. 28.

Café Tillman

Will reopen for Winter Session hours of 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. Will resume regular hours of 7:30 a.m-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

Jazzman's Downtown

Will resume regular hours of 8:30 a.m-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

Writers Sought for 'Ask a Scientist'

The Binghamton University "Ask a Scientist" program is seeking contributors. In partnership with the Press & Sun Bulletin, faculty and staff are invited to answer questions submitted by area school children. Your 250- 400-word answer will be published in print, as well as online. Deadlines are flexible. For more information or to participate, e-mail science@binghamton.edu.

Feb. 22 Application Deadline for Faculty-Student Scholarship Program

Faculty and staff are asked to remind students that the deadline to apply for the 2013-2014 Faculty-Student Scholarship Program is 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Applicants must be juniors, seniors or graduate students during the 2013-14 academic year and have a 3.2 cumulative GPA. Recipients will earn $3,200 working 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters in one of the following on-campus sites/positions: Anthropology Department (Interdisciplinary Tick-Borne Disease Research Assistant); Career Development Center (Marketing and Social Media Specialist); Center for Civic Engagement (Community Issues Assistant); Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (Research Videographer and Media Assistant); Office of International Student and Scholar Services (International Student Success Assistant); Media and Public Relations (Video and Multimedia Specialist); School of Management Advising Office (Advising Assistant); Services for Students with Disabilities (Student Manager of Adaptive and Assistive Technology); Student Affairs Assessment and Strategic Initiatives (Research and Assessment Assistant); Undergraduate Research Center/Office of External Scholarships (Communications Assistant). Details and application can be found at http://www2.binghamton.edu/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/faculty-student-scholarships.html.

Harpur College Winter 2012 Newsletter Online

The Harpur Perspective electronic quarterly newsletter is now available! The Perspective includes the latest news from Harpur College and stories about its students, faculty and alumni. Go to http://binghamton.edu/harpur/perspective/.

What Makes a Great Teacher?

What are some qualities, skills, techniques and practices that make a teacher memorable and a particular course stand out? This workshop from noon-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in AP-111, will help identify things you can do that make a lasting difference. Binghamton University students will facilitate discussions and will offer their perspectives on what actually works for them. Come find out what engages and motivates students, and how to help them truly learn in a long-lasting way. Lunch and mid-afternoon refreshments will be provided. Registration deadline is Jan. 14, but you're encouraged to sign up before the year-end break. To register, e-mail Hilton Baxter at hbaxter@binghamton.edu

Proposals Sought for Interdisciplinary Grants

The Division of Research seeks proposals for the 2013 Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants Program.  This program is for investigators who seek to enhance their research opportunities through collaboration with others at Binghamton and may include projects that represent a new research agenda. Proposals from all areas of scholarship are encouraged; requests may be for a maximum of $10,000. All projects must lead to the development of a proposal for external support. Questions about proposal preparation or budgeting should be directed to the staff at the Office of Sponsored Programs. Full guidelines are posted at http://research.binghamton.edu/ICG. Questions about eligibility or scope of the program should be addressed to Stephen Gilje, associate vice president for research, at sgilje@binghamton.edu or 777-6137. Completed application packages must be submitted electronically to Gilje by March 29. It is anticipated that awards will be made by May 1.

Keep Information Booth Informed

The campus is reminded to send details of campus events to the Information Booth so staff there can direct visitors easily and appropriately to your events. Send information to Linda Birdsall at birdsall@binghamton.edu.

Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Nominations due March 15, 2013

Nominations are being sought for the Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. This award honors undergraduate students graduating during the 2012-2013 academic year who have excelled in research, scholarship and creative activities that extend beyond traditional course work. Nominations must be made by the unit's undergraduate director or chair. All nomination materials should be submitted electronically by March 15, 2013, to Diane Greiwe at dgreiwe@binghatmon.edu. For more information, go to http://www2.binghamton.edu/undergraduate-research-center/provosts-award.html. Contact Janice McDonald at 777-4324 or jmcdona@binghatmon.edu with questions.

The Ombudsman is Here to Help

The Office of the University Ombudsman provides a unique and safe place on campus to voice concerns, evaluate a situation, organize your thoughts and identify options for resolution. The office provides a confidential, impartial and informal resource for anyone with a University-related concern or problem. Reporting directly to the president of Binghamton University, the ombudsman is impartial, unaligned and independent of all administrative divisions and academic units. Interested in learning more about the Office of the University Ombudsman? Contact the Ombudsman at 607-777-2388 or find us online at http://www2.binghamton.edu/ombudsman/.

Spring Membership Sales

Campus Recreation will begin spring semester membership sales today online and at the Rec Center Front Desk. All fitness memberships purchased by Jan. 23 will be discounted by $5. In addition, spring memberships will be active immediately, so buy today and get the last two weeks of the fall at no charge! For more information, call 777-PLAY or go to http://play.binghamton.edu.

After-School Tutoring Program has Openings for Spring Semester

The after-school CULD Tutoring Program for school-aged children has openings for the spring 2013 semester. As part of the Institute for Child Development at Binghamton University, the CULD Tutoring Program serves children between the ages of 6 and 11 who have difficulty with reading, math, spelling, homework completion, attention and/or study skills. The CULD Tutoring Program is an after-school program that provides one-to-one and small-group instruction to develop important academic skills and foster positive attitudes toward school-based activities. The program begins in early February with sessions available from Monday through Thursday between the hours of 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. To find out more about the opportunities available for your child, call 607-777-3313 or e-mail icdread@binghamton.edu to set up an appointment.

Balance Your Life with Help from Work-Life Services

Work-Life Services offers six programs that help thousands of state employees better balance their daily lives; programs that connect employees with needed resources or save them money and time. The newsletter for December has been posted. Find information about these programs at http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/work-life-events/index.html.

Inclement Weather Memo Released

The Office of Human Resources has posted the annual Inclement Weather Memo to its website at http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/hr-news/HR%20News%20Docs/Inclement%20Weather%20Memo%202012%20on%20HR%20Letterhead.pdf.

Summer Scholars and Artists Program Applications due Feb. 8, 2013

The Undergraduate Research Center offers awards to support undergraduates who will graduate in spring 2014 or later to conduct special research, scholarship or creative activities during the summer with faculty mentors. The $3,000 fellowships support a student's original research or creative projects, not research assistance for a faculty member's research project. Faculty mentors will receive $1,000. Proposals from all academic disciplines are welcome. The deadline for fellowship applications is Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Awards will be announced no later than mid-March. For criteria and application information, visit the Undergraduate Research Center website at http://www2.binghamton.edu/undergraduate-research-center/summer-scholars-and-artists-program/index.html.

Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Nominations are being sought for the Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring. This award honors Binghamton University faculty who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment as mentors of Binghamton's undergraduate students in research, scholarship or creative activities outside of normal course assignments. Nominations will be made by program chairs and undergraduate directors. Nominators should indicate their intention to nominate a faculty colleague with a notice to the Provost's office by March 1, 2013; the final nomination packets are due by March 29, 2013. All materials should be submitted electronically or on paper to Allie Dugan in the Provost's office at pdugan@binghamton.edu. For more information, go to http://www2.binghamton.edu/undergraduate-research-center/provosts-award-faculty.html. Contact Don Loewen at 777-2142 or djloewen@binghamton.edu with questions.

2013 Employee Health Insurance Rates

For more information, go to: http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/hr-news/HR%20News%20Docs/2013%20Rates_BU%20Web.pdf

Faculty and Staff Welcome in Campus Dining Halls

Faculty and staff are reminded that they can eat at any resident dining hall (Appalachian, Chenango Champlain, CIW or Hinman) at reasonable retail prices. For a complete listing of hours of operation for all campus dining facilities, visit http://BUDining.com. Click on "Dining", then "Resident Dining" for dining hall locations and hours of operation.

Binghamton University Magazine Fall Issue

The fall issue of Binghamton University Magazine is in the mail. Can't wait? Check it out at binghamton.edu/magazine.

Car-Pooling Anyone?

If you are interested in saving money on gas, helping improve air quality and decreasing traffic congestion, take a look at Broome-Tioga Greenride, a free Internet-based ride-share service sponsored by the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study and the Broome-Tioga Mobility Management Project. Broome-Tioga Greenride helps people throughout the Southern Tier and Central New York find carpool partners by searching for others who live nearby and have similar schedules, destinations and lifestyle preferences. The service may be used for any transportation need, be it a one-time trip or everyday commute. Information taken upon registration is private and there are no obligations or contracts. For more information, visit http://www.broometioga.greenride.com or call 1-855-373-4040 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lost or Misplaced Property?

If you have lost or misplaced property, University Police may be able to help. Property is turned in to them on a regular basis, and is logged in and secured in the University Police station on the ground floor of the Couper Administration Building. Call 777-2393 or e-mail lfbupd@binghamton.edu with lost-property inquiries.

NYS Teachers' Retirement System Consultations

Current members of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System can schedule an individual meeting with a NYSTRS representative. The 2012-2103 Benefits Consultation Schedule is now available on the NYSTRS website at http://www.nystrs.org under Retirement Planning > Benefits Consultations.  The schedule will list dates, locations and information on scheduling individual meetings with a representative.

TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions

TIAA-CREF offers one-on-one counseling sessions open to all employees by appointment. Multiple dates are available in December. To schedule an appointment, call 800-732-8353.

Combined Memo from HR

The combined memo regarding the Clery Act, Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace, Policy on Domestic Violence in the Workplace, and training reminders has been posted to the Human Resources' website. Click on the following link to view the memo: http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/hr-news/index.html#2012-9-27.

Join LinkedIn Group for International Interests

The Binghamton University Globalistas (BUGS), a volunteer group of faculty, staff and students devoted to internationalization, has created a LinkedIn group for students, alumni, faculty and staff to discuss international topics. It's a place to talk about international travel, study, work and more. The group, which has nearly 300 participants, is also a great way to learn about globally oriented events on campus. To join the group, named B Global, visit http://go.binghamton.edu/bglobal.

Renovation of Fine Arts Restrooms Aug. 27-March 2013

Beginning the week of Aug. 27, renovation of the public restrooms in Fine Arts will begin with completion scheduled for March 2013. To alleviate inconvenience caused by the phased restroom closures, many of the restrooms previously closed in Fine Arts (ground floor rooms- 23 and 25, second floor-rooms 234A and 234D, third floor-rooms 303A and 329B) will be re-opened the week of Aug. 20, and will remain open until the completion of all renovation work. Signs will be posted to direct people to open facilities within the building. As each restroom is renovated, it will be opened for use. Contact Bob Markes with any questions at rmarkes@binghamton.edu or 777-7087.

Inside Welcomes 'Kudos'

Inside, the online publication for faculty and staff, wants to publicize your achievements. Have you received an award, published a paper, attended a conference or been elected to a position with a professional organization? E-mail inside@binghamton.edu with the news so it can appear in the Kudos section.

A Message from Binghamton University Emergency Management

Binghamton University Emergency Management reminds the campus community to register for the RaveAlert Emergency Alerting System. RaveAlert is the Emergency Alerting System used to quickly and efficiently alert the campus community about dangerous situations through text messages, e-mails, electronic message boards and voicemail. If you are not already signed up for this system or if you would like more information about it, go to http://www.binghamton.edu/emergency/emergency-notification/text-alerts.html. Signing up takes only a few seconds and could save your life in an emergency. Also find us on Facebook! "Like" our new Binghamton University Emergency Management Facebook page to receive up-to-date emergency preparedness information and alerts posted by the National Weather Service: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Binghamton-University-Emergency-Management/272770133475.

Spring 2013 Commencement Schedule Changes

Binghamton University is adopting a new schedule and model for spring commencement ceremonies, beginning in May 2013. The University will consolidate school and college recognition ceremonies into individual commencement ceremonies for each school, college and Harpur division. A convocation including a keynote address, doctoral hooding ceremony and awarding of an honorary degree will be held Friday, May 17; individual ceremonies for the Harpur College divisions of Science and Mathematics and Fine Arts and Humanities, the College of Community and Public Affairs and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science will be held Saturday, May 18; and individual ceremonies for the Harpur College Division of Social Sciences, the School of Management and the Decker School of Nursing will be held Sunday, May 19. The Graduate School of Education will hold its commencement on Friday, May 10, at Traditions at the Glen. Fall 2012 Commencement will proceed as scheduled. For complete details, visit the Commencement website at http://www2.binghamton.edu/commencement/.

STAR Program Reminder

The STAR program (Service Tradition Awards Recognition) honors employees who exhibit outstanding quality service within the University community. Those recognized receive a STAR pin, a check for $50 and a letter from the president. Anyone can nominate an individual for a STAR award, and self-nomination is encouraged. Any employee of the University including faculty, staff, graduate/teaching assistants, Research Foundation, Binghamton Foundation, Sodexo Campus Services, Barnes & Noble, Campus Pre-School & Early Childhood Center, FineHost and M&T Bank personnel is eligible. Visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/star-award.html for nomination forms. For more information, contact Sue Crane at scrane@binghamton.edu.

Are You on Pinterest? Binghamton University Is!

The new pin-board style social network allows users to create theme-based photo collections (or pins) such as hobbies, events, or personal interests. Users can browse other pin-boards, "like" pins, and re-pin images to their own boards. Binghamton's pin-boards include athletics, daily photos, student life and more. Check out Binghamton's collections at http://pinterest.com/BinghamtonU.

MY BINGHAMTON Web Portal Available

Students have a new way to access services and information with only a single sign-on to my.binghamton.edu. By signing in just once, students can access Self-Service Banner, Blackboard, library searches, their financial summary, grades, class schedule, social networking tools and more. Faculty and staff can also access the portal for single sign-on to Self-Service Banner, library databases, the calendar and other content. Additional content functions will be added during the year. To sign on:
     Click on the MY BINGHAMTON link at the top of the Binghamton University homepage. PODS ID to sign in with your PODS ID.Surf the left navigation and the tabs at the top to access information.
     Be sure to tell us what you think about MyBinghamton by clicking on the "Feedback" links. And smart phone users can enjoy a customized, phone-friendly view when surfing to my.binghamton.edu. For help logging in, contact help@binghamton.edu or check this link: https://password.binghamton.edu/instructions/help.html#dontknowpods.

University Magazines on iPad App

Binghamton University's first iPad app, B-Reader, is available for free in Apple's App Store, features Binghamton Research, Watson Review and the School of Management's Reaching Higher. The app, developed by the Office of Research Advancement and Communications and Marketing with help from Nxtbook Media, will enable the publications to reach new readers and highlight multimedia offerings including tours and interviews. It supplements rich digital editions of the three publications, which are available at http://go.binghamton.edu/fall11 (research magazine), http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/binghamton/watsonreview_2011summer (Watson Review) and http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/binghamton/reachinghigher_2011fall (SOM).

Flexible Dining Accounts for Faculty/Staff

Sodexo announces that faculty and staff may now purchase Flexible Dining accounts for dining on campus through its new online system.  Accounts may be opened for as little as $25, and may be used at any dining location on campus. In addition, account holders receive an additional 10 percent on their account with every deposit.  Details on the new accounts are available at http://www.BUdining.com.

Check Out bMobi

The bMobi upgrade is live. What's new?
·  Updated map graphic to include newest campus buildings.
·  Updated building data so you can find those new buildings.
·  New "Places" feature within maps that includes details on dining, residential communities, and ATM and banking locations.
·  New athletics feeds for latest scores, schedule and results.
For information on how to download the Binghamton University mobile app, visit http://binghamton.edu/mobi/.

Escort/Safe Ride Program Available

University Police remind the campus that safety escorts are available 24/7 for students, faculty and staff through its Escort/Safe Ride Program. On-campus escorts are available to all members of the University community each night between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. during the academic year. If you don't wish to walk across campus alone at night, call University Police at 777-2393, and request an escort. An escort will come to your location and walk with you to your car or other destination on campus. The escorts, easily identified by their fluorescent orange jackets, are students trained by University Police; they are in constant radio contact with the University Police Department for your protection. Officers will provide escort service at other times.

Faculty/Staff Discounts Available

Human Resources announces a newly updated "Employee Discounts" webpage at http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/new-employees/discounts.html. Binghamton University faculty and staff are eligible for group discounts and offers from a variety of vendors, merchants, and providers.

Recycle Cell Phones at Telecommunications Office

Do you have old cell phones lying around your office or home? During your spring cleaning, get rid of those cell phones you are no longer using by recycling them through the Telecommunications Office. Drop off phones during regular business office hours of 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday in LNG-216. Telecommunications’ recycler will clear the phones memory but its is recommended that any sensitive information be deleted from the phone prior to dropping it off to be safe.

TIAA-CREF Help Line

TIAA-CREF has a dedicated SUNY phone center and help line staffed by TIAA-CREF representatives who have been trained to assist SUNY employees and retirees with questions specifically related to the SUNY programs. The number is 1-800-842-2252 and will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Last Updated: 11/12/14