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December 04, 2003  Volume 25, No. 14
Harpur to hold winter recognition ceremony
Harpur College will hold its winter recognition ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 7, in the Watters Theater. The event will be followed by a reception in the Susquehanna Room.

Gregg Salka ’04, a philosophy, politics and law major and theatre minor from Fair Lawn, N.J., will be the student speaker. Michael Conlon, associate professor of English, will be the faculty speaker. The Sendel Quartet also will perform.

The ceremony will honor students who have or will have completed the requirements for bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and bachelor of music degrees in August or January. Students are also allowed to participate in the spring recognition ceremonies and commencement.

For more information, contact Janice McDonald, Harpur assistant dean, at or call 777-4935.

Doll to lead new undergraduate enrollment marketing initiative
Anita Knopp Doll, director of communications, has been tapped to lead a new campus initiative in undergraduate enrollment marketing. Doll, who is being promoted to executive director for enrollment marketing, will have a dual reporting structure with the Office of Enrollment Management and the Office of Communications and Marketing.

“We are thrilled to have Anita aboard, working with us to lead and manage our enrollment marketing strategies and programs,” said Sandra Starke, vice provost for enrollment management. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to solidify the partnership between Enrollment Management and the Office of Communications and Marketing. Anita has a proven track record for creative leadership and effective management and knows how to get things done. She will be a tremendous asset as we continue to attract high caliber students to Binghamton and reach out to more distant geographies to market the University.”

Chris Ritter, associate vice president for marketing and communications, agreed. “This is a bold new experiment to have one individual focusing exclusively on enrollment marketing, and managing through two departments. It takes a unique set of abilities to manage effectively and coordinate seamlessly in this environment. Anita has proven she has the skills to succeed in this strategic role.”

Doll will continue to fulfill the duties of director of communications through the end of the semester and will transition to her new responsibilities at the start of the spring semester. “I look forward to this new leadership opportunity,” she said. “Binghamton University has a wonderful record of success in recruiting high quality students. We have a wonderful story to tell, and I am enthused about the opportunity to help grow our enrollment marketing in this increasingly competitive environment.”

With the transition in duties, Doll will vacate her responsibilities as the director of communications. The Office of Communications and Marketing will be examining its structure to determine the best way to fill the University’s needs in the future.

University-wide benefits fair set for today
A University-wide benefits fair will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, December 4, in UU-Mandela. A breakout session “How to Choose Your Health Insurance Plan” will be held at 11 a.m. and a session on retirement investment will be held at 1 p.m., both in UU-133.

Health insurance providers can be changed until the end of next week. Campus offices and local community businesses will be on hand to answer questions. Door prizes have been provided by participating vendors. For more information, call Kathy Zentz at 777-4382 or e-mail The event is co-sponsored by UUP, CSEA, Human Resources, NYSCOPBA, Council 82, GSU and PES.

SLEP and HOP programs discontinued
The Employee Benefits Division of the New York state Department of Civil Service has announced that the Sick Leave Exchange Program (SLEP) and the Health Option Program (HOP) will not be continued in 2004. The programs allowed employees to forfeit accrued sick leave credits in exchange for reduced health insurance premiums.

Team wins blood drive with donation of 60 pints
A team of participants from the Computing Center, Auxiliary Services and general administration won a challenge during a recent American Red Cross blood drive by donating 60 pints of blood.

The drive, coordinated by the Division of Administration, had the team facing off against participants from Physical Facilities, Security and Safety during the Halloween event.

The drive collected more than 81 pints of blood, exceeding a previous campus record of 64 pints. “The blood drive exceeded all expectations,’ said Anthony Ferrara, vice president for administration. “Over 105 people signed up, yielding the record-breaking 81 pints. It is this type of response that shows the high level of commitment we have in supporting our community.”

Tim Woods, account manager for recruitment and donor service for the Red Cross, said that the BU drive would help pad the blood supply during shortages. “Over 18,000 pints of blood were used in our communities last year,” he said. “And it is expected that more will be needed next year. In most cases, one blood donation can help three different patients. This drive alone saved 243 lives.”

Administration plans to coordinate a Valentine’s Day drive, which will have the current winning team pitted against other divisions as well as students.



Hours at the Bartle Library have been extended from midnight until 2 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday. This will be in effect until Reading/Exam Week hours begin Friday, December 12.

The Friends of the Libraries are sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, December 6. Primary destination will be the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The bus will leave the East Gym lot at 7 a.m. and will return at 11:30 p.m. Bus fare is $25 for Friends members and $30 for nonmembers. Add $10 to payment for entrance to the museum. Make checks payable to Library Friends Bus Trip and send to Slava Mrozowski, LS-2504. For more information, e-mail or call 777-2346.

During the option transfer period, employees (not GSEU) may choose their health insurance plan until Friday, December 12. Choices booklets will not be mailed to homes but are available at Human Resources (AD-411) and Employee Benefits (LSG-528). For more information, call 777-4884, email or visit .

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