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June 19, 2003  Volume 24, No. 32
Excellence Award winners to be honored this fall
The annual excellence awards for University service have been announced. Winners will be recognized at a special event in the fall. Winners of Chancellor’s and University Awards for Excellence for specified categories are: Professional service: Mary Woolson, senior director, development; and Anita Knopp Doll, interim associate vice president, communications and marketing Teaching: Melissa Zinkin, assistant professor, philosophy; Jane M. Connor, associate professor, psychology; Deanne L. Westerman, assistant professor, psychology; Joshua M. Price, assistant professor, School of Education and Human Development; Surinder S. Kahai, associate professor, School of Management; and A. Serdar Atav, associate professor, Decker School of Nursing Scholarship and creative activities: Christopher Fynsk, professor, comparative literature; David Sloan Wilson, professor, biological sciences; and Steven J. Lynn, professor, psychology Winners of University Excellence Awards in specified categories are: Classified service: Roberta Brundege, secretary 1, Decker School of Nursing; and Thomas McCabe, electrician, Physical Facilities International education: Marilyn Gaddis Rose, distinguished service professor, comparative literature

New director of residential Life and University housing named
Terrence Webb, the director of residence services at Kent State University since 1998, has been tapped as the University’s new director of residential life and University housing. The announcement was made by Rodger Summers, vice president for student affairs.

Webb will assume the position on August 1.

Prior to his post at Kent State, Webb had served at the University of North Dakota where he was director of housing and director of residence services. He received his bachelor of philosophy in history and his MA in counseling from the University of North Dakota.

Webb replaces Kenneth Holmes, current assistant vice president for student life in Student Affairs. Holmes has served as the interim director of housing since September 2002.

Medical director urges West Nile precautions
With the return of summer and the mosquitoes it brings, Dr. Michael Leonard, medical director of University Health Service, is urging members of the campus community, particularly those who work outdoors, to take appropriate precautions to prevent infection with the West Nile virus.

The West Nile virus, which causes a flu-like sickness, is carried by mosquitoes. Although the risk of being infected is low, Leonard warns that the virus could cause health problems for those over 50 or whose immune system is compromised. Symptoms include headache, fever, body ache, rash muscle pain and swollen lymph nodes. More severe cases result in vision changes, seizures, coma and, eventually, death by encephalitis (swelling of the brain). In 2002, 284 deaths were caused by the virus.

Individuals should protect themselves by wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent containing DEET. In addition, cleaning out possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes, such as abandoned water pots, birdbaths, swimming pools, tire piles or other objects that collect standing water outdoors, is encouraged.

For more information on the West Nile virus, visit the web or call the Broome County Health Department at 778-2839.

Interactive sculpture wins Rose/Ross project grants
An interactive sculpture project was given the go-ahead during this year’s round of funding from the Marilyn Gaddis Rose and Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund.

After review of this year’s applications, the coordinating committee comprised of University and community representatives, selected one project to receive a $25,000 award.

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier and the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science will partner to create an original outdoor interactive sculpture to be placed at the entrance to the Discovery Center. The sculpture will be an introduction to the hands-on experiences offered in the center.

Watson engineering students will provide technical expertise to the project while a BU art student will work with the sculptor Yvonne Robare Hobb.

The fund, established in 1998 through a $2.1 million endowment by faculty members Marilyn Gaddis Rose and Stephen David Ross, provides support for creative and innovative cooperative efforts between the University and local non-profit organizations.

Applications for funding are reviewed annually. Applications must include a University partner and a community partner. Grant requests between $10,000 and $25,000 are encouraged though smaller requests will be entertained. For general information, visit the web..

Specific questions should be directed to Lee Nesslage, grants administrator at 777-4278 or via email.

GIS core facility plans workshops
The GIS Campus Core Facility will offer three workshops in late June at JW-206A. Off-campus registration is $50 per class or $100 for all three. Contact Kevin Heard at 777-3536 or to register for the following: Introduction to ArcView GIS 3.2, Wednesday, June 25, 9 a.m.-noon. Participants learn how to navigate ArcView’s documents, menus and toolbars, customize the interface, add files, and create thematic maps and layouts. Prerequisite for intermediate ArcView. Participants should have basic knowledge of GIS. Intermediate ArcView, Thursday, June 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. In-depth look at ArcView GIS 3.2 covering table manipulation, geocoding, and GIS queries and analysis. Introduction to GPS, Friday, June 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Hands-on workshop introducing the theory behind GPS and showing participants how to use GPS in the field, from satellite constellations to plotting GPS data. Users learn to set up a data dictionary, collect data, post process data and map it.

Galumpha to headline at Central Park
Theatre Department artists-in-residence Galumpha (formerly The Second Hand) will headline at New York City’s Central Park Summerstage Family Dance Program at Rumsey Field at 72nd Street (mid-park, at Fifth Ave entrance) Saturday, June 21. The free program begins at 3 p.m., with Galumpha performing at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Community Foundation gift benefits Anderson Center
The Community Foundation for South Central New York has awarded $3,000 to help the Anderson Center for the Arts replace the main curtain in the 1,200-seat Concert Theater. The curtain is one of a number of items that need to be replaced or refurbished at the center, which opened in 1986, said center director Floyd Herzog. “I am most thankful for the Community Foundation’s support,” Herzog said. “The Anderson Center is a world-class cultural and artistic resource, but it’s time to upgrade and replace the center’s technical equipment and stage furnishings. Lighting and sound systems, stage curtains and other equipment are nearly 20 years old and are in need of replacement — for safety as well as artistic reasons.” The Anderson Center hosts approximately 175 performances, concerts and other events each year, drawing more than 100,000 visitors to the University campus. Since its inception in 1997, the Binghamton-based Community Foundation for South Central New York has awarded more than $1 million in grants to non-profit agencies that support the arts, youth, the elderly and other persons in need throughout Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware and Tioga counties.

Community Archaeology Program set for July 14-17
The Public Archaeology Facility will sponsor the Community Archaeology Program (CAP) July 14-17. CAP offers a professionally supervised opportunity for non-archaeologists ages 14 and older to participate in excavations at local sites. CAP 2003 will include one day of lectures, lab tours and hands-on activities. The class will spend three days in the field at the prehistoric Castle Gardens Site on the Susquehanna River in Vestal. Prehistoric groups occupied this area around 2500-2000 B.C. Previous excavations uncovered layers of stone artifacts, refuse areas and cooking hearths. The site also produced a unique small projectile point (arrowhead) that has been named the “Vestal Point.” The CAP excavations should contribute important information about this time in Southern Tier prehistory. The registration fee is $129 per person, with discounts for two or more family members. For more, contact Nina Versaggi at 777-4786 or visit Registration deadline is July 2.


TRIP/CRIT BROWN-BAG EVENT : The Translation Research and Instruction Program/Center for Research in Translation (TRIP/CRIT) will sponsor a conversation with Lillian DePaula, visiting CRIT research associate from Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo Brazil, “How R. S. Neves Reinvented an Original through Translation,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, LT-G faculty lounge. Open to the public.

PEC AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT : The BU Professional Employees Council (PEC) is seeking nominations for the Professional Employees Council Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes exemplary service of Binghamton University professionals. Awards will be made in two categories: professionals with less than five years of service and professionals with five or more years of service. Nominations from colleagues, supervisors and students will be accepted. Nominators must complete the nomination form and submit a letter addressing the selection criteria. Up to four supporting documents (i.e., letters of support, résumé, job description) may be included in the package. Award recipients will receive a $100 gift certificate from the Oakdale Mall and a framed certificate. A plaque honoring the award recipients is displayed in the lobby of the Couper Administration Building. Nominations should be sent to Kathy Bowman, Faculty Senate Office, by August 29. Nomination materials may be found on the PEC website at For more, contact Marybeth Lennox, at 7-6393 or Recipients will be notified in the fall, prior to the PEC fall constituency meeting/luncheon at which the awards will be presented.

AIRFARE TICKET VOIDING : Effective with the transactions of June 2, ARC (Airlines Reporting Corporation) procedures with respect to voiding airline tickets will change, and the time frame for all travel agents to void a ticket is limited to midnight one business day after the date of issue. Once this new voiding deadline has passed, the ticket can no longer be voided. In general, an airline customer has 24 hours after purchasing a ticket to decide if he or she wants the ticket. The ticket may be voided up to 24 hours after the reservation has been made with the airline; however, after that time, the ticket may no longer be voided. All airline travelers must have a BU Airfare Authorization number prior to purchasing airline tickets from the state-authorized travel agent, Plaza Travel. Ticket prices cannot be locked in without the BU airfare authorization number.

CLEANING SCHEDULE CHANGES : In accommodation of the revised cleaning schedule, Physical Facilities has advised that perishables be disposed of in waste containers located in areas that are cleaned more frequently than offices, such as lounges and restrooms. Perishable waste may also be disposed of in building dumpsters. The new office cleaning schedule implemented as of May 27 is available at For concerns about the cleaning schedule of specific rooms, contact Mary Ellen Koncak at or 7-2497.

SOOT SURVEYS : Student Opinion of Teaching (SOOT) survey requests are available online at through August 8. Faculty must provide their Social Security number to access this secured site. After requesting SOOT forms, faculty are asked to print the confirmation and instruction sheet for use when administering the SOOT. SOOT forms will be delivered within three to four working days of requests. Watson School faculty should not use this site, as their SOOT forms are handled through the Watson School Dean’s Office. If you need further information or don’t have Internet access, call 777-2365.

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