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April 29, 2004  Volume 25, No. 29
Fight against Scleroderma during local walk
Binghamton University will have a team participating in the “Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma” walk-a-thon Sunday, June 6, in Otsiningo Park in Binghamton. The walk is one of six the Tri-State Chapter of the National Scleroderma Foundation will host in a three-state region to raise funds for the disease, which afflicts more than 300,000 people in the United States.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. There is a $10 registration fee per team member, and each member is asked to collect pledges. All participants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag. “This is a great cause,” said Carol McManamon, assistant to the chair of biological sciences. “We are trying to get the campus and local communities to think about scleroderma and how it compares to other autoimmune diseases like lupus and multiple sclerosis. It is very difficult to find a cure.”

Scleroderma is characterized by the swelling of hands and feet, skin tightness, joint stiffness, crushing fatigue and extreme sensitivity to cold. As skin hardens, the disease may begin to affect internal organs such as the kidneys, lungs and heart. Its symptoms range from mild to life threatening.

For more information, contact McManamon at 777-2258 or To register online, visit, and to make donations, visit /PFP/Carolscorner

GEAR UP accepting applications for fall
GEAR UP is accepting applications for college students to serve as mentors/tutors for students in grades 7-12 in the Binghamton City School District.

Participants can volunteer or intern for two credits, and must work at least one hour per week with students. Applications are available in UUW-204; deadline is Friday, May 7. Participants must attend an orientation session. Two have already taken place: the final session will be will offered from 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in UUW-324.

For more information, contact Monica Perry at 777-4039 or email

Students honored during National Student Employment week
BU honored student workers who were employed both on and off campus during National Student Employment Week earlier this month.

With a theme of “Paving Paths to Future Careers,” the week included an annual celebration, where awards were presented for student employees of the year. Recipients were freshman Alison Kincaid, sophomore Joanna Nangle, junior Tony Robinson, senior Michelle Henry, graduate student Erik Colon and junior Karene Dumas, an off-campus student.

An award for supervisor of the year was also presented to Undergraduate Admissions secretary Shelene Vankuren.

Workshops address efforts to sustain rural populations
A two-day program, “Conversations in the Discipline (CID): Sustaining Rural Populations,” will be held Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30, in the Public Service Programs Center.

Larry Gamm of the Southwest Rural Health Research Center, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M University System: Heath Science Center will be keynote speaker. He will discuss “Rural Healthy People 2010 and Sustaining Rural Populations” at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, April 29, in the PSPC-Dining Room.

Registration fee is $40 for both days, $30 for one day and $25 for full-time students. For a registration form and complete schedule of events, visit The event is sponsored by the Decker School of Nursing.

Peer: PRIDE 5k Adventure Walk/Run set for May 8
The second annual Peer: PRIDE 5k Adventure Walk/Run will be held Saturday, May 8, beginning at the East Gym. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; the race will start at 11 a.m.

Minimum entry is $5. However, participants are encouraged to raise pledges. The top finishers and the 10 individuals who raise the most money will receive a T-shirt. All donations will benefit GEAR UP’s Diversity Café program.

GEAR UP — Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — is a federally-funded partnership between Binghamton University and the Binghamton City School District. It aims at instructing disadvantaged middle and high school students that college education is within their reach.

The Diversity Café is a program within GEAR UP, which provides a place for middle school students to go after school where they can eat dinner, study with tutors and be exposed to a variety of multicultural activities.

For additional information, contact Justin Hoch at 624-5634 or email

Applications fo University and Community Projects available
Applications for the 2004 grant cycle of the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund are now available.

Ross, a BU faculty member, established a fund to support collaborative University-community projects that promote creative and innovative cooperation between the University and local nonprofit agencies. Previously funded projects include a mentoring program for adolescents, the restoration of a local bronze landmark, a curriculum on acceptance and respect for elementary school students and an orientation booklet for refugees translated into five languages.

Grant applications in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 are encouraged. In 2004, the fund will award $10,000 in grants to non-profit organizations in partnership with University units.

Application deadline is noon, Thursday, May 27. For details or to request an application, contact grant administrator, A. Lee Nesslage at 777-4278 or nesslage@ For more information about the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund, visit



In the April 22 edition of Inside BU, the page 4 Events Calendar should have reported that the general events listed were scheduled for April 22-29.

The Institute for Student-Centered Learning will host a conference, “Bridging Conceptual and Applied Learning,” May 18-19 in SL-212. The event will last from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19. All first-time ISCL participants will receive a $200 stipend for full attendance. Refreshments and meals will be provided. Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 11. For more information, contact Hilton Baxter at 777-6376 or email hbaxter@

The University of Pittsburgh’s John Markoff will discuss “Contention and the Troubled History of Democracy” at noon Friday, April 30, in AA-330. The event is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Tri-Campus Workshop on Contentious Politics and the Fernand Braudel Center.

Off Campus College is accepting applications for the Johnson City Mentor Program’s fall semester. BU students serve as mentors and tutors to middle school students. Students earn two credits by committing five hours per week to mentoring/tutoring and attending a one-hour weekly seminar. Deadline is Friday, May 7; applications are available in OCC (UUW-204) or online at For more information, contact the OCC at 777-4273.

Electrical and mechanical engineering students will hold their final senior project design presentations from 8:20 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Friday, May 7 in PSPC-E/F and PSPC-Dining Room. For more information, contact Robert Sterlacci at 777-5913 or Richard Culver at 777-2880.

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