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February 05, 2004  Volume 25, No. 19
Chabad celebrates Tu Bíshvat with scholar, seders
The Chabad House Jewish Student Center will host a scholar in residence, Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe of West Hartford, Conn., from Friday, February 6 until Saturday, February 7.

Yaffe will speak Friday in a lecture titled “Astrology, Dreams and Coincidences: a Jewish View.” His presentation will take place at Chabad, at 420 Murray Hill Road and will follow services and Shabbat dinner, which will begin at 6 p.m. The weekend coincides with the holiday of Tu Bíshvat. Chabad will host a seder at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, in the Chabad great room; Yaffe will lead the seder. The Friday and Saturday sessions are open to the campus community free of charge.

An additional seder led by Yaffe will be open to the entire community and will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chabad. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the house or e-mailing. Cost is $8.

Campus invited to meet candidate for vp for research
The University community is invited to meet a candidate for vice president for research. Two other candidates for the position were on campus last week and took part in open sessions.

Gerald Sonnenfeld, professor and chair of microbiology, biochemistry and immunology, Morehouse School of Medicine, will be part of an open session from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Monday, February 9, in Science Library-212.

Candidates have been asked to speak on “Emerging Research Opportunities for Binghamton University.” Candidate resume and supporting materials may be viewed on the web.

OCC internships available for fall semester
Off Campus College will conduct advising sessions next week for undergraduate students interested in attaining a fall internship.

Sessions will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, February 8; Tuesday, February 10; and Wednesday, February 11. All sessions will be held in UU-133.

Internships are credit-bearing and are available in more than 30 categories, including law, education, social work, medical, advertising, and politics, among others. To apply for an OCC internship, students must attend an advising session.

For more information, contact the OCC at 777-4273, via e-mail or visit us on the web.

Annual Bernardo Lecture set for Thursday, March 4
Rachel Jacoff, professor of Italian Studies at Wellesley College, will be keynote speaker during the annual Bernardo Lecture Thursday, March 4. Jacoff will speak on “Dante and the Jewish Question” during the lecture, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., following a reception at 4:30 p.m. in the LN-faculty lounge. The location of the lecture is yet to be announced. This annual lecture is funded by Reta and Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages Aldo Bernardo. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call Ann DiStefano at 777-2730 or via email.

Update anti-virus software on computers
Students, faculty and staff are reminded that many new computers include anti-virus protection that is good for only 90 days and are encouraged to use the University’s free anti-virus products available on the campus.

The software is available on the web or at the Computer Center Help Desk. These programs do not expire and will stay up to date automatically.

Windows users should run a “Windows Update” on their start menu at least once a month to check for critical updates from Microsoft. These updates will fix security holes or bugs and help protect software from viruses. Macintosh OS X computers are already set to automatically obtain and install updates from Apple. Computing Services is seeing an increase in e-mail messages that appear to be from legitimate companies that prompt users to visit an authentic-looking Web site to update account information. For more information on these kinds of scams or what to do if you think you may be a victim of one, see the Federal Trade Commission Web site.

Breakfasts held to honor employee service levels
The University will sponsor its seventh annual Service Recognition Program during February.

Faculty and staff who have completed specific service levels of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service to the University by December 31, will be recognized at divisional breakfasts.

Due to the difficulty in tracking employment records with breaks in service or change in status, those individuals who have not received an invitation but believe they qualify at one of the indicated levels should contact Human Resources at 777-4185 or via email by Friday, February 6.

Brown bag series to discuss technology licensing
As part of the Spring 2004 Research Brown Bag Series, the Division of Research and United University Professions will present Technology Licensing and Intellectual Property from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, in PSPC-C.

The session will explore the basic concepts of intellectual property and licensing. The process for disclosing technology developed at the University will also be discussed. The lecture will be presented by Donald Colbert, assistant vice president for technology transfer. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to pre-register, call Teri Bower at 777-6136 or via email.

Two sessions set for certificate in administration program
Sessions have been announced for the certificate in administration program for the spring semester. Each lecture will be held at 218-222 Water St., third floor, Binghamton.

Upcoming lectures include “Strategic Planning,” which will be presented from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 4. The instructor will be Teri Goodall-Komar.

During the lecture, participants will use their mission statements, goals and visions to create a living blueprint consistent with the culture and issues pertinent to their business and/or agency initiatives. Topics will include policy development and systems theory.

“Assessing Program Outcomes” will be presented from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 25. The instructor will be June Mead.

Participants will receive a set of practical tools for demonstrating and reporting progress along the way to successful accomplishment of program outcomes. It will focus on how to design and conduct evaluations tailored to the organization’s information needs and program objectives.


Inside Info: Bowling, Open Hours, Workshop, Past Volunteers, Job Openings, Ceremony, Massage, Fitness Series, Taxes : BOWLING: Academic Affairs will host a morning of bowling for faculty, staff and their families at Mid-Way Lanes in Vestal from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 8. Cost is $8 per person, including shoe rental. A reservation must be made by Tuesday, February 10 to reserve the alley. To register, email Kelly Wemette at

OPEN HOURS: President Lois B. DeFleur will hold spring open hours from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in her office on the eighth floor of the administration building. For more information, call 777-2131 or e-mail

WORKSHOP: A Tri-Campus Workshop on Contentious Politics has been rescheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, February 6, in AA-330. Lecturer will be Javier Auyero of SUNY-Stony Brook, who will speak on “Food Riots in Argentina: The Dynamics of Collective Violence.” Admission is free and open to the public.

PAST VOLUNTEERS: A list is being completed of any University faculty/staff who have participated in various Empire State Games competitions throughout the years. Anyone who has participated or knows of others who have, contact BU ESG chairman Tim Schum at 777-4263 or email

JOB OPENINGS: Physical Facilities has begun accepting applications for potential job openings for its Summer Student Hiring Program. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, June 30. Follow the instructions and fill out the applications available at For more information, email Maria Roberts, human resource management coordinator, at

CEREMONY: The Educational Opportunity Program will hold its first Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) National Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 7, in UU-133. Students inducted must have a minimum 3.0 gpa for two consecutive semesters. XAE founder Elbert Saddler will speak. Honorary inductees will be Rodger Summers, vice president for student affairs, and Robert James, associate vice provost for the Opportunity Programs, Office of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, SUNY.

MASSAGE: Campus Recreational Services/Wellness Services will offer chair massages with a therapist from Aria on the Avenue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, in EG-128. Cost is $10 for 10 minutes or $15 for 15 minutes, payable at the time of service. To set up an appointment, call 777-3125. Appointments must be made by Tuesday, February 10.

FITNESS SERIES: Campus Recreational Services/Wellness Services will offer an 8-week seminar series titled “Get Real!” from Wednesday, February 11, to Wednesday, March 31. Classes meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in EG-8. Cost is $40 per participant and includes a manual, personal fitness and nutritional analysis. Register by Wednesday, February 11, in the Membership Services Office, EG-139. For more information, call 777-3125 or email

TAXES: Information is available for explaining the breakdown of wages and deductions reported in the blocks of the 2003 W-2 for tax purposes. Visit For more information, contact Cheryl Robinson at 777-2129 or email

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