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April 15, 2004  Volume 25, No. 27
Campus invited to Events Center dedication
The campus is invited to the dedication of the $33.1 million Binghamton University Events Center at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29. The multi-purpose facility is expected to play host to hundreds of athletic, educational and community events each year.

Work will continue through the spring and summer on strength and conditioning rooms, the remainder of the locker rooms, coaches’ offices, the addition of portable north-end bleachers and some special Bearcat Box seating. The Events Center provided an estimated $65 million in economic impact and created 1,000 jobs for the Southern Tier during its construction.

Cooperation between Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering, PC; contractor Welliver McGuire, Inc. of Elmira; the State University of New York Construction Fund; and the University’s own Physical Facilities Department set a standard for other capital projects and allowed the Events Center to open early for basketball during the 2003-04 season.

BU students win Wasson leadership awards
Two Binghamton students have been awarded William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Awards by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).

Jessica McCarthy, a senior studying management with a concentration in leadership, and Stephen Bendt, a senior studying English literature, will be honored Saturday, April 17, at the NIRSA National Conference in Alberquerque, N.M. The students were selected from more than 100 candidates nationwide.

McCarthy was recognized for her efforts as a lifeguard for Campus Recreational Services, where she has been employed since her sophomore year. Bendt received recognition for three years of service to Campus Recreational Services, where he has been employed as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and student manager.

Named after NIRSA’s founder, William N. Wasson, the awards recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are active participants, employees or volunteers in collegiate recreational sports departments. Criteria for the awards include self-improvement through leadership, academic success, activities, volunteerism and promoting inclusion.

Hours announced for summer 2004
Summer hours will begin Monday, May 17 and will extend through Friday, August 20. Core office coverage hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Classified staff will need to complete their standard seven-hour workday with an hour for lunch. With supervisor approval, staff may work alternative hours as long as core hours are covered.

The summer hours do not apply to employees involved with trades and custodial work in Physical Facilities since they observe a different work schedule.

Since the holidays fall on Sundays, Memorial Day will be observed Monday, May 31 and Independence Day on Monday, July 5. All University departments and offices, excluding those providing essential services, will be closed on these days. For more information, call 777-2187.

Nominations accepted for PEC Distinguished Service Awards
The Professional Employees Council is seeking nominations for the PEC Distinguished Service Award, designed to recognize the exemplary service of University professionals, both full- and part-time. Two people will be recognized — a professional with less than five years of service and another with five or more years of service.

Recipients will receive a $100 Visa/Master Card gift card, as well as a framed certificate. A plaque honoring the recipients is displayed in the Couper Administration Building lobby.

Deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, June 11; materials must be sent to Kathy Bowman in the Faculty Senate Office. Materials can be accessed by visiting For more information, contact Marybeth Lennox at 777-6393 or email

Spend the day spinning for St. Jude’s
Campus Recreational Services/Wellness Services will host an indoor cycling (spinning) event to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in EG-5/6.

Free food and refreshments will be provided. Theme rides will include the Rainforest Trek, Tour Europe and Caribbean Cruise, among others. St. Jude’s will also provide prizes including T-shirts, sweatshirts, sports bags and water bottles for eligible participants. Each ride lasts one hour and there is a three-hour maximum per participant. Entry fee is $5 per hour per participant, payable the day of the event. Bike sign-ups will take place in EG-140.

Straight donations will also be accepted and tax donation receipts will be available. All funds collected will be donated to St. Jude’s. For more information or to register, contact Nuala Mabe at 777-2958 or email

State, Enterprise Rent-A-Car agree on new discounted rates
New York state and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have formed a new agreement for discounted rates on automobile rentals outside of the state.

Since the rates include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) insurance, travelers should decline additional CDW insurance when renting from Enterprise out of state. The current contract for all rentals within the state remains the same.

Anyone booking an Enterprise reservation should mention the following corporate discount numbers to receive the discount rates: rentals inside the state - JN0035; and rentals outside the state, including Canada - NA24NYS.

If booking on the Enterprise website, enter the discount number in the box titled “Corporate Account” and if prompted for the first three numbers of the company name or PIN, enter STA.

Further information on the out-of-state agreement, including rates, may be found by visiting the state Office of General Services website at



Richard C. Trexler, distinguished professor, History, will speak on “Scholarship Less than Michelangelesque: the Medici Chapel” during the 26th annual Ferber Lecture Thursday, April 15. The event will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. in the Library Tower Faculty Lounge, followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. in FA-258.

Joshua Smyth, associate professor of psychology and senior scientist for the Center for Health and Behavior at Syracuse University, will speak on “Scriptotherapy: the Health Benefits of Disclosing Through Personal Writing” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, in S4-224. Anyone interested in meeting Smyth should contact Matt Johnson at 777-6315 or email

Employee depend-ents 19 years or older who are graduating from high school or college and not returning to school in the fall as a full-time student are entitled to a three-month extension on their parent’s health insurance. To apply, employees need to visit the Employee Benefits Office before the last day of classes prior to graduation. For more information, call 777-4850.

Ohio University’s Mark Lebar will speak during a lecture titled “Eudaimonist Autonomy” at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 22, in AB-113. A reception will follow. The lecture is part of the Ethics in the History of Philosophy, a social, political, ethical and legal philosophy workshop and colloquium supported by Philosophy, Politics and Law.

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