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May 08, 2003  Volume 24, No. 26
Schum to oversee Empire State Games
Tim Schum, who recently retired as a professor of physical education, will oversee Bing-hamton University’s planning for the return of the Empire State Games in 2004.

Binghamton will host an estimated 5,000 athletes and 10,000 visitors from July 28 to August 1, 2004, for the 27th celebration of one of the largest amateur state-sponsored athletic programs in the nation. Schum coordinated the campus effort in 2000, which brought together offices from around campus and hundreds of volunteers. He will be assisted by Charles Tarricone, a retired coach from the Union-Endicott schools.

The campus committee, which works closely with the local organizing committee of the Broome County Chamber, is responsible for all campus-based activities, including hosting athletes, preparing game venues, and managing parking and spectators.

CSTEP student places at conference
Four students in the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) — Chinyere Igboeli, Vladimir Leon, Verrad Nyame and Mirna Rodriguez accompanied Professor Sharon Bryant to the annual statewide CSTEP conference. Nyame won first place in the physical science category for research conducted with professor of chemistry, Wayne Jones, “Preparation and Characterization of Nanofibers and Tubes of Carbon.”

Kowalik cited for outstanding service
Thomas F. Kowalik, director of continuing education and outreach, was awarded the Walton S. Bittner citation for outstanding service to the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA). UCEA is the principal organization for continuing education in the United States, representing more than 440 higher education institutions.

Kowalik’s service to UCEA has spanned 15 years. He served as UCEA president-elect and then as president in 1999-2000. He chaired the Mid-Atlantic Region committee. In 1992, Kowalik received the Adelle Robertson Leadership Award and, in 1999, the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Floyd Fischer Leadership Award.

In addition to his national work, Kowalik serves on the Broome-Tioga Workforce Investment Act Board and has been active in the Continuing Education Association of New York for the past 15 years. He has also served on community boards of directors for the United Way, private industries, energy conservation and economic development councils.

EOP recognizes supportive faculty, staff
The Educational Opportunity Program has announced the recipients of this year’s Faculty-Staff Recognition Awards, which acknowledge the support for the EOP mission and students. This year’s recipients are:

Classified staff: Marjorie Pratt, secretary, mathematical sciences; Gina Daniels, secretary, psychology.
Faculty/administration: Kenneth Holmes, assistant vice president for student life; Luise-Charlotte Kappe, professor, mathematical sciences.

Graduate students: John R. Donnelly, mathematical sciences; Kim M. Allen Gleed, linguistics; Juan H. Rosario, graduate assistant, EOP; Daniel M. Shea, English.

Professional staff: Ramona Cornell, coordinator of student employment, financial aid and employment; Roxanne Mestre, assistant director, student accounts; Darryl Wood, house operations director; Anderson Center.

The Michael V. Boyd Excellence Awards honor those who have contributed to EOP and advocated for its students. This year’s recipients are: La Unidad Latina; Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity; Marie Sall, director of Kaplan Educational Center; and Rodger Summers, vice president for student affairs.

Award recipients will be honored at a recognition ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, in FA-Watters Theater.


FACULTY/STAFF ARTWORK : BU staff and faculty are invited to submit entries to the Staff and Faculty Art and Fine Craft Exhibit, to be held January 30-February 28, 2004. The juried exhibition, open to all employees, recognizes the creativity of campus staff and faculty. Eligible media for artwork include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, wood, jewelry, metal, textiles, pottery and glass. Entries must be postmarked by September 15. The exhibit is sponsored by the University Art Museum, CSEA, UUP and PEF. Copies of the prospectus and entry forms may be found at under “Faculty and Staff” or at under Local News.” For more, call 777-2634.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY : Installation of a gas line for Mountainview College will disrupt traffic on West Drive near Bartle Library May 8-9. The road will remain open and flag persons will assist with traffic. For more, contact project coordinator Hily Delancy at 777-5481 or

NEW UPS PICKUP POINT : Munchies, the grocery store on the second floor of University Union West, is now accepting UPS packages for students, faculty and staff. Hours are Monday through Friday, noon-11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.-1 a.m.

BOOK SALE : Friends of the Libraries Book Shop is holding a half-price sale through Tuesday, May 13. Shop hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-5 p.m. Fridays. The shop will be closed for the summer. For more, contact Holly Kinney at or 777-4921.

DINING SERVICES : Dining Services’ schedule for the end of the semester is now available at

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