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December 01, 2005  Volume 27, No. 13
UUP schedules Dec. 1 benefits fair
An expanded University Wide Benefits Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the UU-Mandela Room.

The fair, co-sponsored by United University Professions, the other unions on campus and the Human Resources Benefits Office, will include new vendors, door prizes and charity efforts.

Participants will include health insurance providers, retirement and financial planners, campus offices and retailers that offer discounts for University employees. There will be health screenings, including free osteoporosis/bone density tests by the Decker School of Nursing. In addition, non-perishable food will be collected for the Community Hunger Out reach Warehouse and toys will be collected for the families of area veterans. Sodexho will provide refreshments, recipes and nutrition infor-mation from the campus dietician.

For more information, contact Kathy Zentz, chapter assistant, at 777-4382 or

Harpur Forum to meet Dec . 7
Alan November will give a talk titled “Building Learning Communities” when the Harpur Forum meets on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Binghamton Regency.

November, senior partner of November Learning Inc. and author of Empowering Students with Technology, is a leader in education technology. He has been a dormitory counselor for atrisk students, a teacher, a city planner and a new school designer. His ideas about global communication, collaboration, assessment and critical thinking have inspired schools, governments and corporations to rethink their approach to education and technology.

The breakfast meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the formal program will start at 8 a.m. The talk will be followed by a workshop titled “Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning” from 9:30-11:30 a.m., also at the Regency.

For more information, call the Harpur Forum office at 777-4390.

Libraries to use PODS accounts
In order to simplify login procedures, the Libraries will start using PODS accounts for authentication next semester.

The passwords will be used for ILLiad (the Interlibrary Loan program), off-campus access and metaLINK (a “federated searching” option introduced this fall).

A task force decided to switch over to PODS accounts when it became clear that metaLINK would require users to create yet another password. The new searching option gives a quick snapshot of the Libraries’ catalog as well as three academic databases.

“It’s a scholarly attempt at Google,” explained Susan Currie, associate director for public services.

Eventually likely by the end of 2006 the PODS passwords will be used for all library services.

All Binghamton faculty, staff and students have a PODS ac-count. If you don’t know your PODS username and/or pass-word, visit for instructions on how to find it or call the Computing Services Help Desk at 777-6420.

For more information or to set up an individual meeting with a librarian for an introduction to these resources and more, call the Libraries at 777-2345 or 777-2166.

New painting unveiled at School of Management
Artist Susan Kerr visited cam-pus Nov. 21 for the unveiling of a painting she donated to the School of Management.

The bright, modern work features the word bold in red letters. It will be displayed in the school’s lobby near the stock ticker.

“I love your school and by that I mean your students,” said Kerr, a Virginia resident who visited the school last year to speak with students in Assistant Professor Kimberly Jaussi’s classes.

Kerr holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and once worked for Ernst & Young. In addition to being an artist, she’s now a business owner who runs a foundation that focuses on children.

Dean Upinder Dhillon said the painting will help students and faculty members focus on the school’s mission. “It expresses the strategy that we’re going to use to get to be among the best in the country,” he said. “You have to be bold.”

Thornton to focus on noncredit programs
Jocelyn Thornton joined the Office of Continuing Education and Outreach on Oct. 24 as assistant director for noncredit programs. Thornton brings experience in economic development, government and education to her new role. She will focus on developing training and continuing education programs for regional businesses, community organizations and government agencies.

Thornton was previously adult education and youth services supervisor at Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services, director of economic dev elopment for the City of Binghamton and coordinator for the Broome County and Triple Cities Empire Zones.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and is pursuing a master’s degree.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08