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October 07, 2004  Volume 26, No. 6
Governor appoints Rayan Aguam to Binghamton University Council
Rayan S. Aguam, district director for Sen. Thomas W. Libous, has been appointed by Gov. George E. Pataki to serve on the Binghamton University Council.

Aguam was appointed August 6 to succeed James G. Heath. Aguam’s term will expire June 30, 2009. The council makes regulations for student conduct and reviews budget requests and plans for improving faculty, staff and the physical plant.

A Binghamton University graduate, Aguam has served in several capacities for the senator, including director of Albany operations, human resources director and economic development liaison. As district director, he is the senator’s surrogate/liaison, coordinates hiring and training, processes and develops support letters and works on political fundraising.

A member of the National Society of Human Resource Managers and the Broome & Tioga County Workforce Development Board, he has served on the board of directors of the Regional Development Partnership for Greater Binghamton and the Broome County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council.

Alvin H. Rosenfeld to speak at lecture on holocaust studies
The 2004 Unger Lecture in Holocaust Studies will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 12, in Lecture Hall 10 on campus.

Alvin H. Rosenfeld, professor of English and director of the Institute for Jewish Culture and the Arts at Indiana University, will speak on “Primo Levi and the Germans: Is Forgiveness Possible?”

In spring 2002, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, which oversees the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

The lecture is free and open to the public. There will be a book signing and reception to follow in Academic B Commons, second floor. The lecture is sponsored by Howard and Mindy Unger and the Judaic Studies Program.

For more information, contact Paul William or Beth Burch at 427-9653 or

CDC sponsors program on creating the best career for you
If you dream of being your own boss and starting your own business, then attend the Career Development Center’s program “Entrepreneur: The Best Career You’ll Ever Create” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 7, in UU-221B. John D’Aquila, SOM ’86, a financial and strategic adviser, as well as founder and chairman of, will speak.

Writers to read from their works during University’s fall series
Piaker Visiting Professor of Creative Writing and Judaic Studies, and Isidore Okpewho, distinguished professor of Africana Studies, will each read on campus this month as part of the Binghamton University Creative Writing Program’s Fall Readers’ Series.

Singer’s debut collection Discography won both the 2001 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, two of the nation’s most prestigious first book awards. Singer will read at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 19, in FA-258.

Okpewho will read from his new novel, Call Me By My Rightful Name, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 26, in S1-149.

Okpewho has published numerous books on Africa’s oral and modern literatures and, more recently, studies of the African diaspora. His three previous novels - The Victims (1970), The Last Duty (1976) and Tides (1993, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa) - were all set in his native Nigeria. Call Me By My Rightful Name (2004), is set in both the United States and Nigeria and is the story of an African American college student who rediscovers his African roots under the impulse of a family chant more than a century old.

Both readings are free. For more information, contact the Creative Writing office at 777-2712 or visit

SCSC invites community to multicultural dinner October 23
The Students of Color Support Center (SCSC) invites the campus community to join them in their 14th annual Multicultural Dinner during Family Weekend.

Kaleidoscope: Celebrating Diversity will be held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, October 23, in the Mandela Room.

The buffet-style dinner features a variety of ethnic dishes representing regions from around the world including the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Entertainment will include performances by cultural and other groups on campus. There will also be guest speakers. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for parents, staff and other guests. Purchase tickets in advance by calling 777-4195 or sending an e-mail to To volunteer or perform, contact SCSC

Bearcat girls volleyball clinic open to players in grades 7-12
All skill levels are welcome to register for the Bearcat girls volleyball clinic on Sunday, October 17, in the West Gym.

Session one, for girls in grades 9-12, runs from 9-11:45 a.m. and session two, for girls in grades 7-8, runs from noon-2:45 p.m.

The cost is $20 per session. For registration forms and more information, contact the volleyball office at 777-5807 or

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