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January 15, 2004  Volume 25, No. 16
Sorority bags offer
Sigma Gamma Rho last month helped at–risk school children get an educational boost courtesy of a project called Operation Big Book Bag.

The sorority raised funds to purchase 16 book bags and presented the bags to students involved in the Liberty Partnership program at a pizza party held in late December.

The book bag program is the first phase of what Sigma Gamma Rho hopes will be an ongoing commitment to Liberty Partnership, which provides programming for middle and high school at-risk youth in a partnership between BU’s School of Education and Human Development and area public school districts.

The sorority has pledged to assist as volunteers for upcoming events as well as possibly get involved in the mentoring/tutoring segment of the program. In addition to mentoring and tutoring, Liberty Partnership provides case management interpersonal and family counseling, conflict resolution training and summer enrichment.

Schum selected for NSCAA
Former longtime Binghamton men’s soccer coach Tim Schum has earned the highest honor in college soccer with his selection to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame.

Schum, along with friend, former president and executive John McKeon, will be inducted during the association’s annual Awards Banquet on Friday, January 16, in Charlotte, N.C. The pair will be enshrined in the NSCAA section of the National Soccer Hall of Fame during Big Three Weekend in Oneonta in August.

Schum coached at Binghamton for 29 seasons, compiling 259 victories and 16 post-season appearances. His teams advanced to NCAA tournament play eight times, highlighted by his 1975 and 1980 squads that progressed to the quarterfinals — still the furthest advancement of any team in school history.

Under his direction, Binghamton won six SUNYAC titles and two ECAC crowns, and was ranked among the nation’s top 10 three times. He coached six All-Americans and 41 all-region selections.

Schum, who was inducted into Binghamton’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999, was previously honored by the NSCAA with both the Honor Award for meritorious service and the Bill Jeffrey Award four outstanding service to collegiate soccer in 1995. He is the past-president of the association, and also served as editor of its national publication, Soccer Journal, for 20 years.

McLeod, bioengineering program focus of Harpur Forum
As employment in manufacturing fields continues to move overseas, America’s future engineers will have to focus on other outlets for their skills, Ken McLeod, professor and chair of bioengineering told the Harpur Forum last week.

“There will always be people employed in manufacturing but a majority of manufacturing and a majority of engineering will be employed overseas,” McLeod said. “We have to show them (the students) how to deal. That is our responsibility.”

Last fall, Binghamton University began admitting students to its new bioengineering program, which teaches the application of engineering concepts to the life sciences.

McLeod said Brazil, Russia, India and China continue as the United State’s largest competitors in the engineering and manufacturing fields.

However, the future will bring other changes for the workforce, McLeod said. Life expectancies will reach 80-100 years old, career lengths will reach 60 plus years, a person will have three to four careers in a working lifetime and a typical tenure will decrease to three to four years per job.

But the need for engineers will not decrease, McLeod said. “Society demands solutions to problems involving human values, attitudes and behavior involving relationships and dynamics of social, political, environmental and economic systems on a global basis,” he said. “People rise to challenge different problems.”

Applications accepted for spring employee tuition assistance
Applications are now available for employees interested in applying for tuition assistance for the spring semester.

Forms may be accessed from the Employee Benefits office at LSG-528, by calling 777-6952, or by Applications for all programs should be submitted to Employee Benefits no later than the end of the first week of classes, which begin January 20.

All academic rules regarding enrollments, prerequisites, grading, and degree requirements remain in effect.

The Space Available Program, for employees represented by UUP, covers tuition for one course during the semester taken at a SUNY campus. Applications are approved for those courses that are not filled with tuition-paying students.

An applicant must not register for the course through the usual student registration procedures. Employees should submit their space available forms only. This program can be used for classroom-based instruction — it does not cover individual instruction (independent study, thesis, dissertation, etc.).

The Tuition Waiver Program is available to University and Research Foundation employees. The percentage of tuition waived depends on the applicant’s full-time employment status, the degree to which the course is job related, and the amount of available funding.

Any course for which a waiver is received must be satisfactorily completed or the waiver is withdrawn and the individual is responsible for the full tuition cost.

Advertise student campus
Any offices seeking student employees for the spring semester can now submit job descriptions to be posted for available positions.

Job descriptions may be posted by the fee job position services offered by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Employment. Jobs can be posted by either filling out the electronic posting form available on the student employment Web page, faxing the posting to the office at 777-6897, or contacting 777-4704 for a paper copy of the job posting form.

BU offers strategic planning
Binghamton University is offering free strategic planning assistance to local nonprofit organizations interested in acquiring highly skilled management assistance. The assistance will be provided by graduate students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. The students, who are looking to gain practical experience, will evaluate each organization using the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) method. Teams of three and four students will tackle the analysis with the support and guidance of MPA faculty members. The analysis will be performed in February in one three-hour session with the nonprofit organization. Interested nonprofit organizations should contact Nora Martin at 777-2719 by Wednesday, January 28.

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