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April 01, 2004  Volume 25, No. 26
Reports of virus-infected emails continue
Computing Services continues to receive reports of virus infected e-mails attempting to masquerade as official communication from the University or Microsoft. The e-mail may include links or attachments.

As a rule, never open an attachment that is unexpected, and avoid clicking on links that you are unsure of. Be particularly suspicious of e-mail purporting to contain a “patch” or an “update.” When in doubt, contact the sender first or simply delete the e-mail.

Computing Services will only communicate using Dateline, B-Line and the Computing Services News Brief, and will never send file attachments, nor will Microsoft or other companies.

Annual faculty and staff campaign begins
The 2004 Faculty and Staff Campaign began last week with more than 87 faculty and staff members volunteering to help raise awareness and funds for the University.

A special drawing will be held for both first time donors and those who renew or increase their gifts by Friday, April 30. Gifts may be designated to any campus area or department, and may be made online by visiting select the “give now” button. For more information, call 777-6209.

Noted criminal justice activists to visit BU
Criminal justice activists and death penalty opponents Jon Scott Rice and David Kaczynski will discuss restorative justice and the use of capital punishment at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in LH-10. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Rice is a certified social worker with more than 18 years of experience serving in youth, adult and family agencies. He currently works with victims of sexual victimization as a primary clinician with the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance program for Rensselaer County. He also co-facilitates therapy groups at Forensic Mental Health Associates in Albany, working with those who have committed sexual offenses.

The Kaczynski family came to national attention in April 1996 with the arrest and subsequent conviction of Theodore Kaczynski, the so-called Unabomber. David Kaczynski played a significant role in apprehending his brother and lobbied for almost two years to prevent his execution. In July 2001, David Kaczynski was selected as the executive director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, a statewide organization that unconditionally opposes capital punishment. The presentation is sponsored by the School of Education and Human Development. For more information, contact 777-6297.

Debate team ranks second at nationals
Binghamton University’s Debate Team ranked second in the East region at national competitions earlier this month.

The debate team beat schools including New York, Dartmouth, Columbia and Cornell universities, Boston College, West Point and the University of Massachusetts. BU also ranked fifteenth nationally out of 139 programs.

Team member Ravi Gupta was presented an Academic All-American Debate Award for his high level of participation in debate, commitment to community service and academic achievements, giving a solid end to the debate season.



The Epsilon Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host a scholarship ball Saturday, May 1 in honor of late alumnus Henrold “Fuerza” Gil. Two $500 scholarships will be presented to students who have not only exemplified excellent leadership capabilities but also strong academic skills. Latin-American food will be served. Time and location to be announced.

Daniel R. Fridline will address “Finite Element Based Design Optimization of Biomedical Stents” at noon Friday, April 2, in SL-206. Lecture is sponsored by the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, along with the Mechanical Engineering Department. Fridline, who received his BS in mechanical engineering from BU, now works for Computer Aided Engineering Associates Inc.


Academic Affairs is organizing a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, May 22. Bus will depart Lot M at 7:30 a.m. and New York City at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $27 per person, excluding driver’s gratuity. Payment is due by Friday, April 30; make checks payable to Account 50571 University Events and mail to Kelly Wemette, AD-713. Seats available on a first come, first served basis.

Student Opinion of Teaching Survey requests are available online at until Friday, May 7. Faculty members must provide their social security number for access. After requesting forms, faculty must print the confirmation and instruction sheet for use during administration. Forms will be delivered within three to four working days. Watson School faculty should not use this site; forms are handled through the Watson Dean’s office. For more information, call 777-2365.

The Research Foundation project directors and the Division of Research update meeting will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in UU-133. Project directors will be updated on procedures and policies as they relate to their sponsored programs. Refresh-ments will be served. For more information, contact Research Development Services at 777-6136 or Sponsored Funds Administration at 777-6752. RSVP by emailing

The Run For Autism Support and Treatment (RUN FAST) three-mile run/walk will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at the East Gym. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt and food at the post-race barbeque. From March 29 to April 2, students and faculty are encouraged to register for the race from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the University Union West and from 5-7 p.m. at the CIW-Dining Hall. Registration is $5 per runner. For more information, e-mail

The Personal Safety Advisory Committee is seeking suggestions from the campus community about specific areas that should be investigated for safety improve-ments before its spring “Campus By Night” tour of the University. Suggestions may be e-mailed to Anthony Preus at or Rhonda Gordineer at, or by calling 777-2157 before Tuesday, March 30.

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