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November 11, 2004  Volume 26, No. 11
Innovative philantropist to speak at Harpur Forum
William Strickland never gets tired of relating his story. The creator of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild an innovative institution in the Manchester neighborhood of Pittsburgh that uses the arts, jazz performance and recording to inspire inner-city kids will tell his story to the Harpur Forum at its breakfast meeting on Nov. 18, at the Binghamton Regency in downtown Binghamton.

Strickland was a lost and frustrated 16-year-old in 1963 when he wandered into a high school ceramics classroom. Captivated by the feel of the clay in his hands, and by the jazz music playing in the room, he began hanging out in school instead of on the streets. He later enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and started giving pottery lessons to kids in an abandoned Manchester row house.

Today, Strickland is president and CEO of Manchester’s Bidwell Corporation, Bidwell Training Center and the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. The guild alone boasts a $5.1 million annual budget and is a multi-discipline, minority-directed center for arts and learning, which employs the visual and performing arts to foster a sense of accomplishment and hope in an urban community.

The guild’s mission is to educate and inspire urban youth through the arts and mentoring in life skills; preserve, present and promote jazz and visual arts to stimulate intercultural understanding, appreciation and enhancement of the quality of life; and equip and educate leaders to further demonstrate entrepreneurial potential.

Strickland has also established the Heinz culinary program, the chemistry lab and the Denali Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs.

“I believe you can improve society by focusing on the opportunities, not just the needs and problems,” he said.

The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 8 a.m. The Harpur Forum serves business, professional and community leaders by bringing nationally known authorities to speak at forum functions throughout the year. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of $10 for faculty and staff and $5 for students. Call Elena Backlund at 777-4390 for reservations.

“Animal House” fundraiser will benefit the Ross Park Zoo
The Binghamton University Scholar’s forum will hold an “Animal House” fundraiser to benefit the Ross Park Zoo at 8 p.m., Nov. 18, in LH-1. Jarod Miller, the zoo’s executive director and a regular guest on Good Morning America and The Tonight Show, will offer an interactive opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with a variety of endangered animals including exotic birds and reptiles. The event is open to the public and advanced tickets can be purchased for $2 at the new Union on Nov. 16, or $3 at the door. For more information, e-mail

Writers’ Harvest draws attention to global problem of hunger
The Department of English will host Writers’ Harvest, a national event held to draw attention to the global problem of hunger, at 8 p.m., Nov. 16, in FA-Casadesus Recital Hall. The annual event showcases student and faculty authors and poets who have raised their voices in the fight against hunger and poverty. Refreshments will be served after the reading. Participants, readers and audience members are asked to donate either money or non-perishable food items on the night of the event for CHOW and the University’s on-campus food bank.

Responsible Research Conduct focus of Brown Bag Program
As part of the Fall 2004 Research Brown Bag Series, the Division of Research and United University Professions will present “Responsible Conduct of Research” with Stephen Gilje, associate vice president for research, from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in PSPC-C. This session will provide guidance on the responsibilities of institutions and investigators under current regulations when misconduct affects the design, conduct or reporting of research. For more information or to pre-register, call or e-mail Teri Bower at 777-6136 or Refreshments will be provided.

Harpur Jazz Ensemble performs
An “Evening of Hot Latin Jazz” will be performed by the Harpur Jazz Ensemble with guest artists Jeff Lederer, saxophone; Chris Washburne, trombone; and Eric Velez, conga at 8 p.m., Nov. 18, in the Osterhout Concert Theater in the Anderson Center. Presented by the music department with Michael Carbone conducting. A free Latin Mid-Day Concert takes place with the same artists and local performers at 1:20 p.m., Nov. 18, in the same location. From 2:30-3:30 p.m., there will also be a free jazz clinic by the guest artists. And at 7:30 p.m. hear a performance by the Jazz Improvisation Class. Tickets $10 for the public, $7 for faculty/staff and seniors, and free for students are available at the Anderson Center Box Office, noon-5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling 777-ARTS, or on the Web at, or at the door.

Concert Celebrates Singing
The Department of Music presents “How Can I Keep From Singing?” featuring the University Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, at 3 p.m., Nov. 14, in the Osterhout Concert Theater, Anderson Center. Conducted by Bruce Borton, and assisted by Emily Burr, the concert features the Bach “Magnificat,” along with shorter works celebrating the joy of singing. Soloists include Julia Ebner, Erin Lahm, Ida Jones, Amber Alarcon, Mark Kratz and Andrew Sudduth. For tickets, call 777-ARTS or online at The concert is free to students.

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