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May 15, 2003  Volume 24, No. 30
Faculty Senate approves Turkish partnership
At its last meeting of the semester, Binghamton’s Faculty Senate Tuesday approved a proposal establishing a dual-diploma joint-degree program with the Turkish Council of Higher Education. Last week’s issue of Inside BU incorrectly stated that the program was fully approved.

Under the program, students are eligible to apply for admission in eight dual-diploma programs in four subject areas at several of Turkey’s top universities and several SUNY campuses. Binghamton will offer joint degrees in global and international affairs and information systems.

The program will begin enrolling students this fall in universities in Turkey. The first wave of students from Turkey is not expected to arrive at Binghamton until fall 2004. Binghamton currently enrolls 56 students from Turkey. The new program is expected to enroll 250 additional students.

The senate tabled action on a proposed change in the drop deadline and will take up discussion again in the fall.

Management society inducts 60 new members
The Binghamton chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma inducted 60 new members May 5. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest national honor that a student of management can attain in an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Student inductees this year needed at least a 3.70 GPA to be considered for membership.

The local chapter also inducted two honorary members: Charles Westgate, dean of the Watson School, and Kristian Rydqvist, Zurack Professor of Finance and Economics, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the University.

Subimal Chatterjee, SOM associate professor and president and faculty adviser, said BU’s chapter will be recognized by AACSB as an exemplary chapter for 2002-03, a distinction granted to chapters that exceed 85 percent in acceptance level.

New MSW degree receives final approval for Regents
The School of Education and Human Development’s proposal for a master of social work degree program received approval May 1 from the Regents of the University of the State of New York. The program is now registered with the New York State Education Department. The independent program replaces the joint program begun in conjunction with SUNY Albany in fall 1997 and will enroll 22 full-time and 44 part-time students beginning this fall.

UUP newsletter receives award
The Connection, United University Professions’ Binghamton chapter newsletter, edited by George McKee, received the “Best in Class/General Excellence” Award in this year’s UUP newsletter competition. The competition included newsletters from across the state, with Binghamton competing in the Class II division, including chapters with membership above 500.

Publications, websites win awards for best of SUNY
A number of Binghamton University publications will be recognized as the best of SUNY at this year’s SUNY-CUAD awards presentation in June in Saratoga Springs.

The 2001-02 annual report by the Binghamton University Foundation took Best of Category honors. The report is written and edited by Susanne Thiel in the Office of Communications and Marketing, with design by David Skyrca, copy editing by Trudi Marrapodi and photography by Evangelos Dousmanis.

The newly designed Foundation website also took top honors in its category. Thiel is the writer and content manager of the website, which was designed by webmaster Elivia Graves. Photography was provided by Dousmanis.

A diecut note card using the outline of the clock tower on the University Union won top honors in its category. The card was designed by Karen Burr of the Publications Office and is for sale in the University Bookstore.

The University received judges’ citations for Discover-e, an electronic newsletter written and managed by Susan Barker of the Division of Research, and for InsideBU, the weekly campus newspaper. Sandra Paniccia serves as design editor of the newspaper, with writing and editing provided by a number of campus writers.

Poetry and Children Day scheduled for May 21
More than 415 students from 33 schools and 11 school districts will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, in the Anderson Center Concert Theater for the 26th annual Poetry and the Children Day.

Poetry and the Children Day, which brings students together for a day of poetry readings, was established as a memorial to Robert Pawlikowski. A published poet, creative writing instructor and campus administrative assistant, Pawlikowski drowned in 1975 while on vacation with his family.

This year’s guest poet is Jan Quackenbush, an editor, director, poet, teacher and playwright whose work has been performed nationally and internationally. Quackenbush, who has conducted writers’ workshops across the United States as well as in England, Germany and Canada, is an adjunct professor at Broome Community College and leads a writers’ workshop at Barnes & Noble in Vestal.

After the opening presentation, students will present their poems in the Lecture Hall. Each student will receive a copy of an anthology created from the original works. Partially underwritten by the Oakdale Mall and Susan Clark-Johnson, the anthology is prepared by the Office of the Dean of Harpur College and distributed to teachers and local libraries. Clark-Johnson is a 1967 Binghamton University graduate and former publisher of the Binghamton Evening Press, the predecessor of the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.


AIR CONDITIONING : Physical Facilities reminds the campus that, regardless of the funding source, a service request must be submitted for installation of air-conditioning units. The request should be submitted as far in advance as possible (three months minimum). Also, per Executive Order 111, new equipment must be Energy Star-rated.

POWER OUTAGES : As part of a PCB transformer-replacement project, several power outages are planned for the Fine Arts Building from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 19-23. The outages will generally affect the south portions of Fine Arts (the area to the left of the main entrance). They will not affect the western portion of the building, including Watters Theater, Casadesus Recital Hall or the Anderson Center. For more, contact Joe Batchelder at 777-2513 or

TIAA-CREF MEETINGS : Openings are available to meet with a TIAA-CREF consultant for one-on-one counseling Wednesday, May 21. To schedule an appointment, call Marta Thomas at 1-800-842-8412.

CANOE/KAYAK COURSES : “Paddling Professors and Professionals Canoeing” and “Paddling Professors and Professionals Kayaking” will be offered this summer. Instruction begins on flat water, progressing to white water. No previous experience is required, but strong swimming ability is essential. Students should come to class with a change of clothes, towel, sunglasses and shoes that can get wet. All other equipment is provided. Canoeing classes meet in front of the East Gym Wednesdays/Fridays, June 18-27, 5:30-8 p.m., with river trips Sundays, June 22 and 29, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Kayaking classes meet in front of the East Gym Tuesdays/Thursdays, July 8-17, 5:30-8 p.m., with river trips Saturdays, July 12 and 19, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Fee for each course is $150; register in the Binghamton Outdoor Pursuits Office, 13 East Gym by June 6 (canoeing) or June 27 (kayaking). For more, call Birdie High at 777-6414.

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS : The GIS Campus Core Facility has acquired Broome County digital aerial photographs. The 1-foot resolution photographs, made in 1998 and including full county coverage, are available to campus members for non-commercial research only. The facility is also planning a summer workshop on the photographs. For more, call Kevin Heard at 777-3536.

FLEET OFFICE : The campus fleet reservation office has been relocated to the Physical Facilities Addition. Customers should use the entrance door off West Drive and follow the signs. For more, call 777-3927 or e-mail

FITNESS DAY : Campus Recreational Services celebrates National Employee Health and Fitness Day Wednesday, May 21. All recreational opportunities, including FitSpace, will be free to faculty and staff. FitSpace will be open 6-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Group exercise classes include 6:30 a.m. spinning, noon dance aerobics, 3:30 p.m. kickboxing and 4:30 p.m. Butts ’n’ Guts. Outdoor Pursuits will lead a hike and bird watch through the Nature Preserve from noon to 1 pm. Interested parties should meet in front of Mohawk Hall. The pool will be open for lap swimming 7-9 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. The main gym will be available 11 a.m.-6 p.m. for basketball. All participating faculty and staff will be eligible for a prize raffle, including a free summer membership to FitSpace. For more, call Cindy Cowden at 777-3125.

WEIGHT WATCHERS : A new 16-week Weight Watchers at Work session, sponsored by EAP, will begin June 4. Classes meet noon Wednesdays in UUW-324. Program fee is $159. Pre-registration is required and payment due by May 21. For more, contact Diane Fitchette at 777-6655 or

SCIENCE CAMP : SEHD’s Division of Professional Development and Research, in collaboration with the Vestal School Foundation, will offer Kids Explore!, a two-week summer science camp for children. The program for children in grades 1-8 will provide hands-on experiential learning. For more, contact 777-4447, or visit sehd/

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