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November 06, 2003  Volume 25, No. 11
New insurance rates announced for 2004
Open health insurance enrollment for 2004 has begun and new rates have been announced. This year the annual option transfer period began November 1 and will continue until Friday, December12, with an effective date of Thursday, January 1.

New biweekly rates are $17.74 individual and $72.79 family for Empire Plan; $18.68 individual and $104.67 family for CDPHP; $35.52 individual and $161.76 family for HMO-Blue; and $30.98 individual and $131.53 family for MVP.

University opens Center City Coordination program
Binghamton University enhanced its presence in downtown Binghamton last week with the opening of a new community center.

The community center, located on the third floor of 222 Water Street, will house the Center City Coordination (C3) program, which partners BU with more than 25 community agencies and organizations in a neighborhood revitalization program. The program will target residents in a high priority section of the city that incorporates District 7 and the southern two-thirds of District 9.

Headed by Allison Alden through the School of Education and Human Development, the C3 program will coordinate efforts to help residents of the area improve their overall quality of life. Initially, C3 will focus on five areas of concern including community organization and planning, housing issues, training and job placement, education and health and well-being.

“There was a tremendous turnout at the grand opening which I think truly demonstrates the great need and support for the C3 initiative,” Alden said. “Our next major step is to locate people who really care about their neighborhoods and are willing to help gather the information needed to address resident concerns. The priorities identified through the community assessment will be summarized by neighborhood sections and shared with service providers, city and county departments, and others who can use it to better direct resources and efforts.”

BU students, faculty and staff from a wide variety of departments and disciplines will assist the program through internships, mentoring and tutoring services, service learning projects and volunteer opportunities.

The center features an information area and staff to help residents explore community services and resources available to them. Community organizations are welcome to use the facilities at the center to host programs and special events. The center also includes a health center, which will provide free health care screenings and referrals as well as general checkups and health education.

For more information about the C3 program, contact Alden at 777-4447, Karen Wenzel, C3 coordinator, at 777-4862 or visit

Discovery assistants coordinate blanket drive for refugee families
The Refugee Resettlement Office is requesting more than 100 blankets for families new to the area. The office expects to resettle Ukrainian, Sudanese, Armenian Baku and Somali Bantu refugees. Groups or individuals can donate the blankets before Friday, November 14.

Requested items include blankets that are preferably new, individually wrapped in clear plastic bags, marked twin, double, full, queen or kingsize. No quilts or bedspreads are needed.

Discovery assistants are collecting the blankets in the area Discovery Centers in the College-in-the-Woods library, Dickinson O’Connor-17, Hinman library, Newing first level of the dining hall (lobby area), Marcy G-23A and Hunter G-23A.

For more information, call Maria Carra 777-3868 or email

SEFA campaign receives $33,000 in pledges
Binghamton University’s State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) has received donations and pledges of over $33,300 from 213 donors and is at 57 percent of this year’s $58,000 campaign goal.

At the same time last year, the campus was at 64 percent of its goal, having received donations of more than $36,600 from 237 people.

Those who have yet to pledge or donate may do so by contacting Ann Glossl at 777-4787 or email

BU to participate in America Recycles Day
Activities and events aimed at encouraging recycling will take place from Monday, November 10 through Friday, November 14, as the University participates in America Recycles Day.

A deposit bottle/can drive will take place with collection points in every residential hall as well as main entrances at the University Union, Lecture Hall and the Library. The proceeds from the bottle/can drive will be donated to CHOW.

Also during the week, donations of winter clothing can be made at the CIW, Hinman and Dickinson dining halls as well as Lecture Hall entrances and the UU-Food Court. These items will be donated to local charities.

On Friday, November 14, from 1-5 p.m. the second floor of University Union West will be the site of educational activities including a waste stream analysis and reusable project displays.

The campus community will also have the opportunity to sign a pledge card to commit to recycle. The New York Public Interest Research Group will feature bottle bill petition activities on the first floor of the Union near the Food Court.

The Student Environmental Action Coalition, as well as staff and faculty, was involved in planning the events. For more information, contact Juliet Berling at 777-3411 or email

Louisiana literature editor to read at BU
As part of the University Creative Writing Program’s Fall Readers’ Series, poet Jack Bedell will read at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, in S1-149.

Winner of the 1997 Texas Review Poetry Prize for his volume At the Bonehouse, Bedell’s new collection of poetry, What Passes for Love, was released by the Texas A & M Press Consortium last spring.

The following day, Wednesday, November 19, Bedell will participate in the Writing Life Seminar Series, a series of conversations with writer/editors on the topics of craft, publishing and the writing life. This event, which will run from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in PSPC-C, is free and open to the public.

For more information on either event, contact the Creative Writing office at 777-2713 or visit to view biographies, photos, and samples of work from all the readers in our series.

BU hosts ethics panel discussion
The Alumni Association and Harpur College will host a panel discussion titled “Ethics and the Court: A Judicial Perspective,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, in UU-325. The discussion is free and open to the public.

The discussion will focus on ethical issues faced by judges at the federal, state and local levels. The panel will also discuss issues such as mandatory sentencing; the protection of victim’s rights and information versus the public’s right to know; and the election of judges and judicial appointments.

Panelists are all BU alumni and include Nora N. Freeman, family court judge in Kings County; Ferris D. Lebous, from the state Court of Claims in the Binghamton district and acting supreme court justice for the 6th judicial district; and Frank Maas, U.S. magistrate judge, Southern District of New York.

For more information, contact the Alumni Office at 777-2431.



President Lois B. DeFleur will hold open hours from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, November 20, in her office on the eighth floor of the administration building. For more information, call 777-2131 or email

The deadline for news items for InsideBU is noon on the Friday preceding publication, which occurs each Thursday. For more information, contact Sarah Lifshin, InsideBU editor, at 777-6626 or email

The Office of Human Resources reminds all professional (non-faculty) and support staff that Friday, November 14, is the deadline date for requests to work during this year’s holiday period. Questions should be directed to Bonnie Jenson at 777-2187 or Joe Schultz at 777-2374.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08