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July 22, 2004  Volume 25, No. 34
Departmental restructuring
Chris Ritter, associate vice president for Communications and Marketing, has announced a restructuring of the department to meet the needs of the University’s ever more competitive environment. “We assessed our current staffing against the University’s changing marketing environment,” he said. “As a result, we’ve realigned existing and vacant positions into a new structure to meet the University’s current and future strategic communication needs.”

First, the department is merging internal and external news and public relations functions into one integrated operation to leverage its internal communications operation against the need to create higher visibility in regional and national media. Katie Ellis has been promoted to director of communications, and will oversee these merged functions, reporting to Ritter.

Gail Glover’s responsibilities increase with her promotion to manager of media relations. Glover will guide and implement the University’s national and regional public relations programs. She will report to Ellis. The department’s realignment will include a media relations assistant to report to Glover.

The department is also recruiting a senior writer, dedicated to developing concepts, messages and programs to build the reputation and support for Binghamton University. The senior writer, who will report to Ritter, will work closely with the Binghamton University Foundation and play a leading role in crafting messages for key communication projects.

Other changes in Communications and Marketing include reallocations of writing, editing and visual communications resources in Publications. A former writer/editor position has been restructured into two half-time positions one in writing and the second in proofreading and editing. A visual communications specialist will bring additional design, photography and image management skills to the department. Searches are currently underway for these positions.

Lisa Court appointed
Jean-Pierre Mileur, dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, has announced the appointment of Lisa Court as director of development for the school.

Court’s duties will include identifying and cultivating major gifts prospects for Harpur College, working with the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations to enhance programs for Harpur alumni and providing good stewardship of gifts received.

Court comes to Binghamton from SUNY Cortland where she had been executive director of the Cortland College Foundation. Prior to that she worked as corporate gifts officer for the Phillips Collection, Museum of Modern Art, in Washington, D.C and held a variety of development positions at the University of Maryland Dental School and Cortland Memorial Hospital Foundation. Court has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego and an MBA from LeMoyne College.

Her office is in Library North 2430. She can be reached at 777-4277.

The former director of development, Debby Scalet, will remain with Harpur College working on special projects for Mileur.

Athletes top academics list
Binghamton University had more student-athletes named to the America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll than any school in the conference. For earning a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, 155 Bearcat student-athletes (52.3 percent) were selected.

In addition, Binghamton student-athletes topped the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, acknowledging grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher, with 71 Institutional sport leaders included Binghamton’s women’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s golf and baseball teams.

Social work session July 29
Binghamton University’s Master of Social Work program will hold an information session for prospective graduate students at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, in room 229 of Academic Building B on the campus.

The session will offer details about the program, admissions and financial aid, opportunities for full-time or part-time study, transfer of credit requirements and the program’s student placement policy. The MSW program is currently accepting applications for fall 2004 enrollment.

For more information, call 777-5999 or visit the program website at

Grad School: on-line orientation
Beginning this fall, the Graduate School will use a new on-line orientation for new graduate students, replacing the two days of mini-lectures once used to acclimate new students. The on-line orientation will let them work through individual modules on their own schedule before arriving on campus.

The on-line orientation also offers advice on how to manage life in graduate school and how to take charge of their graduate education. With a greater emphasis on career planning and professional development; the goal is to help each new student create a personal strategy through self-assessment and reflection.

The Graduate School will also implement a new requirement for its incoming students this fall when they complete an on-line Professional Ethics Training. The 14-module training program covers academic honesty, plagiarism and sexual harassment.

The on-line Professional Ethics Training was suggested and approved by the Graduate Council, an elected Graduate School advisory board and legislative body comprised of faculty and graduate students. Such programs were recommended this spring by the Council of Graduate Schools, a national organization that represents 470 universities. The Council’s recommendation came in part as a response to federal government funding agencies.

In addition to these on-line introductions to Binghamton, the Graduate School is partnering with the Center for Learning and Teaching to conduct two required workshops for new teaching assistants, to introduce them to modern teaching methods for university-level instruction.

Computer Science ranked No. 17
Binghamton University’s Department of Computer Science has placed 17th in the nation for the number of bachelor degrees it granted during the 2002-03 academic year by programs offered by engineering schools.

The ranking was compiled by the American Society for Engineering Education and was published in the ASEE’s annual yearbook, Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges. This is the first year the publication has had a specific category for computer science.

“Binghamton continues to receive recognition of its outstanding academic programs. This ranking of our computer science program is a tribute both to our talented students as well as our faculty. Students are attracted to Binghamton because of our outstanding reputation as well as the opportunity to work closely with our faculty and they graduate and go on to stellar careers,” said President Lois B. DeFleur.

Charles R. Westgate, dean of the Watson School, said, “Among the SUNY centers, we have the only ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited program. Our program has a good reputation for its teaching excellence, and Binghamton University’s reputation helps us in recruiting talented students.”

The State University of New York at Stony Brook was ranked first with 297 degrees, followed by the University of Texas, Dallas with 238 and the North Carolina State University with 223. Binghamton granted 125 bachelor’s degrees in the discipline. SUNY Buffalo was ranked 20th with 116 degrees granted.

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