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July 24, 2003  Volume 24, No. 33
Sammakia named to interim research post

Bahgat Sammakia, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center, has been named interim vice president for research effective August 1. President Lois B. DeFleur made the announcement.

Sammakia, who will continue to devote a portion of his time to the IEEC, will serve while the University conducts a national search to replace Frances Carr, who is leaving to become vice president for research and dean of the graduate college at the University of Vermont.

Sammakia holds seven U.S. patents and 12 IBM technical disclosures and is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on cross-disciplinary sponsored research totaling in the multi-millions.

Sammakia has led the IEEC since it was established in 1991. The center annually contributes $30 million to the region’s economic base while providing important assistance to more than 50 member companies, including IBM, Universal Instruments and BAE Systems Controls.

He received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Alexandria in Egypt and his master’s and doctorate degrees from SUNY Buffalo. Sammakia worked in various management positions for IBM from 1984 to 1988. His last position was as manager of development for organic packaging in microelectronics.

Health Service can provide SARS information
University Health Service is available to provide information and assistance to all members of the campus community who have had a possible exposure to SARS based on travel or contact with others.

According to a recently approved campus protocol, University members who have had exposure to a person with SARS or who have traveled through areas identified as having community transmission of SARS within 10 days of arriving on campus are encouraged to call University Health Service at 777-2221. The Health Service will provide information on how to monitor their health condition.

The World Health Organization periodically issues travel alerts and advisories for areas of the world where there has been community transmission of SARS. For more, visit

Hispanic Outlook rates BU high
he Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine for awarding doctoral degrees to Hispanic students, according to a list compiled for its May 5 issue. Binghamton ranked 81st on the list, granting five doctorates to students of Hispanic descent. The top 100 institutions are spread over 29 states.

University communications, marketing,publications bring home awards
Binghamton University captured a number of awards in the 13th annual Genesis Awards by the Communications Association of the Southern Tier in May: Special Event Promotion, Individual, second place for Advocacy Day collector cards; Special Event Promotion Series, first place for Memorial Courtyard and Dedication Ceremony; Fundraising Brochures, General Solicitation, second place for “Strive to Achieve. Dare to Believe” brochure; Fundraising Brochures, Targeted Audiences, third place for Leadership Society brochure; Annual Reports, second place, Foundation Annual Report 2001-02; Improvement, Periodical/Newsletter, first place: “From the President” newsletter; Self-Promotion, Print, first place: “Binghamton Bearcat” Peer Mailing Cards; Photography, Individual, first place: “Standing Stone Winery;” World Wide Web, first place: Foundation website; Potpourri, first place: BU 2002 Holiday Card and University Union Card.

Political science grad students win award
Paul M. Collins Jr. and Lisa A. Solowiej, political science graduate students, received the CQ Press Award for their paper “Participation, Competition, and Conflict: Interest Groups in the U.S. Supreme Court” from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association for the best paper written by a graduate student on law and courts. Collins received the same award in 2002 for an article of which he was sole author.

Admissions takes prizes at SUNYCAP conference
Binghamton’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions brought home a record number of awards from the State University of New York College Admissions Professionals (SUNYCAP) Conference in Lake Placid May 28-30. The awards recognize exemplary performance and achievement in multiple categories.

Senior assistant director Brian Hazlett received an Exceptional Service to the Transfer Community award. Leah Dixon, assistant director, and Paul Levine, assistant director, each received Excellence in the Design and Implementation of a Program to Meet the Needs of a Special Applicant Group awards for the coordination of Educational Opportunity Program admissions and work with Jewish schools, respectively. Yamiley Saintvil, assistant director, won an Excellence and Innovation in the Design and Implementation of an On-Campus Program award for her coordination of the Binghamton Multicultural Weekend (BMW) for academically talented students of color. Kim Stratton, assistant director, received an award for Excellence in the Design of an Electronic E-mail Campaign for her work as the Watson School liaison.


CORPORATE CHALLENGE: : BU employees are invited to participate in the Manley’s Mighty Mart/YMCA Corporate Challenge races at 5:30 p.m.Thursday, August 7, at Broome Community College. Events include a 5K road race, a three-on-a-team relay race (1 mile each) and an Executive Mile. Registration fees are $12 per participant for first event and $7 each additional. An additional $5 per entry will be charged after July 24. Participants must be full-time or part-time BU employees. Checks payable to the YMCA. Call Joe Walker at 777-6752, Bob Snyder at 777-4905 or Sharon Sickles at 777-4170.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: : Volunteers are needed to staff the book giveaway, run children’s games and help out at the beverage tent during University Fest from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, August 30, on the Peace Quad. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of two hours. A sign-up form is available at campusactivities. For more information, e-mail Debora Clinton Callaghan at dclinton@ or call 777-2811.

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