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October 09, 2003  Volume 25, No. 7
Lasting impressions focus of SEFA annual appeal
"Make Your Mark"and Make a Lasting Impression in Your Community" is the theme of the 2003 State Employees Federated Appeal, which begins this week. Faculty and staff will receive information packets for the campaign to support a broad array of local human service agencies.

SEFA supports agencies, which provide services ranging from medical and social programs to physical rehabilitation and foreign relief.

The University's goal this year is $58,000, up from last year?s $57,000 goal, which was exceeded by about $3,000. Individuals who donate a minimum of $50 or $2 per paycheck, by November 30 will have their names entered into a drawing. Prizes include a weekend getaway at the Chestnut Inn and three Mets 50-game gift packs donated by the Broome-Chenango SEFA Committee, as well as 10 gift certificates valued at $50 each from local stores and restaurants donated by President Lois B. DeFleur. The drawing will be held the week of December 1.

Contributions may be made by check, with a donation or through payroll deduction. For more information, contact Ann Glossl at 777-4787 or

Neural activity topic of workshop
Joshua Greene, a Princeton University cognitive neuroscientist and philosopher, will address "Kant vs. Mill in the Brain: Neural Activity Correlated with Outcome(s) of Moral Decisions" at 4 p.m. Friday, October 10, S1-149.

Greene, whose experimental research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to study the neural bases of moral judgment, received his PhD in philosophy from Princeton last year for work examining the foundations of ethics in light of recent advances in psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary theory.

Greene is a postdoctoral fellow in Princeton's department of psychology and Center for the Study of Brain, Mind, and Behavior.

University offers compassionate communication workshop
The Southern Tier Center for Compassionate Communication is offering a workshop on the basic principles of conflict resolution. The session, "An Introduction to Compassionate Communication," will be offered from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at the Main Street Baptist Church, 117 Main St., Binghamton.

Trainers Kit and Dave Miller will demonstrate how nonviolent communication can be used to foster better relationships between people through peaceful conflict resolution. Kit is the chair of the board of the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international nonprofit organization whose vision is a world where conflict between individuals and groups is resolved peacefully.

A contribution of between $40 and $60 is requested. However, no one will be denied admission because of a lack of funds. Coupons for this workshop allow entrance for two. Prices are available by calling 777-2416.

The STCCC was founded this year to provide affordable training in non-violent communication by Jane Connor, associate profrofessor of psychology, to residents of the Southern Tier to resolve conflict. The ccenter offeres workshops on communication for couples, teachers, teenagers, senior citizens, employers, workers and family members.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Verne de Bourg, executive director, at 760-6673, or Connor at 777-2416.

Families needed for Decker nursing project
The Decker School of Nursing is seeking an additional 20 families to take part in a junior nursing project where students visit homes and conduct health assessments.

Students visit families as part of one of their projects for Nursing 322. Due to our increased enrollment, additional families are needed. All types of households are eligible.

The students arrange three one-hour visits at the family?s convenience.During the home visits, students will conduct an assessment of family health, which includes wellness, safety, health, development and disease prevention.

For more information, contact Judy Quaranta at 777-6170 or email

$682,000 grant to support teacher education assessment
Chancellor Robert L. King announced earlier this week that a newly awarded federal grant would help SUNY enhance the preparation of future classroom teachers through the use of program assessment.

The three-year $682,769 grant from the federal Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education will support collaboration between the 15 SUNY institutions, including Binghamton, which prepare teachers and SUNY System Administration to develop and implement a new system to assess the ability of prospective teachers to help K-12 students learn.

The grant will be to be managed by Suzanne Weber of SUNY Oswego and John Porter of SUNY System Administration. The goal is to enhance beginning teacher competency and SUNY teacher education programs across the state, said Weber, associate dean of SUNY Oswego's School of Education. SUNY prepares about 25 percent of the more than 20,000 new teachers recommended by colleges and universities for certification in New York state each year.

Along with BU, the other participating campuses are the universities at Albany, Buffalo and Stony Brook and the colleges at Brockport, Buffalo, Cortland, Fredonia, Geneseo, New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh and Potsdam.

The federal FIPSE grant will finance 41 percent of the State University's initiative in teacher education assessment. The 15 campuses are sharing the remaining 59 percent of the project costs, or $984,016.



The Personal Safety Advisory Committee is seeking suggestions from the campus community about specific areas that should be investigated for safety improvements before its fall Campus By Night tour. Suggestions may be emailed to Anthony Preus at or Rhonda Gordineer at or by calling 777-2157 before October 14.

A limited number of seats are still available for the Pre-retirement Education Program, sponsored by human resources, which will be held from 9-11 a.m. October 15, 22 and 29 in PSPC-E/F. The four-part series covers lifestyle considerations, retirement system benefits, medical insurance, legal considerations, social security and financial management. Enrollment priority is for those who are at least age 45 and also able to attend all four sessions. To register, contact Alison Gierlach at 777-4885 or email

Computing Services will offer a free workshop on how to use your laptop or PDA with BU?s wireless network from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, October 9, in CC-102. Participants are encouraged to bring their fully charged wireless device, their operating system disk and any wireless driver disks they may have. Information on setting up your wireless client with hotspots is available at

Beginning Monday, October 27, the Membership Services Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in EG-139. For registration information, call 777-3072.


The Employee Assistance Program will host Fitness Facts, Fads, and Phobias from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, in UU West-324. It will be presented by Cindy Cowden, director of Campus Recreational Services. Contact Diane Fitchette, director of EAP, at 777-6655 for information.

Career counselors have begun new semester hours for the review of resumes at the Career Development Center, LSG 500. Counselors are available: Mondays from 2-3:15 p.m.; Tuesdays from 10:30-11:45 a.m.; Wednesdays from 1:30-2:45 p.m. and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Students, faculty and University and community members who want to practice their French are invited to participate in La Table Franšaise from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays in CIW-Dining Hall. All levels of proficiency are welcome. For more information, call Dora Polachek 777-6507 or e-mail

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