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December 08, 2005  Volume 27, No. 14
Health insurance changes due Dec. 16
The Employee Benefits Office reminds workers that the dead-line for making option changes on health insurance is Dec. 16. The effective date of any new insurance will be Dec. 29. Change forms are available in the Employee Benefits Office, LSG-528. Employees may also call 777-4850 or e-mail to request forms.

Decker names
Cynthia Altmansberger has been named assistant dean of the Decker School of Nursing.

Altmansberger has worked at Binghamton since March 2000. She began as assistant registrar and then served as associate registrar.

Altmansberger, who is from Michigan, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology. She has worked in a variety of fields in several regions of the country, including stints as a cancer researcher, a college biology instructor and the director of finances for a women’s shelter. Altmansberger also worked at UCLA in contract and grant administration.

She’s therefore accustomed to new challenges and new people, which will be helpful as she moves into the newly created Decker job.

“I’m looking forward to creating something out of it,” said Altmansberger, who expects her primary focus will be on administrative and budget concerns. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the nursing profession.”

Division of Research plans to move ITC
Plans are in place for the Division of Research to complete its move to the Innovative Technologies Complex. Offices involved in the move will shut down at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 5. Most offices should be back up and running in their new location at the ITC by late morning or early afternoon Jan. 6. Offices included in the move will be the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Funds Administration, Research Advancement, Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships, Eco-nomic Outreach, Government Relations, Research Compliance and Research Development Services. Anyone considering a grant proposal submission for deadlines on Jan. 5 or Jan. 6 should ensure that the proposal is delivered to Research Development Services before Jan. 4.

Shuttle service to the ITC is available every 15 minutes, leaving from the bus stop outside the University Union, and parking at the site is available for visi-tors or those with campus parking permits. Research Development Services and the Office of the Vice President will also retain satellite offices in the Administration Building. Until further notice and as appropriate, scheduled appointments at those locations will be available to ease the transition.

Rosefsky memorial planned Dec.11
The family of Dr. Israel J. Rosefsky will hold a “Celebration of Life” event in his memory from 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Binghamton University’s Watters Theater. A reception will follow in the Grand Corridor of the Fine Arts building.

Rosefsky died Oct. 21 of heart failure at the age of 95. He gave back to the community during and after his 58-year career as a local pediatrician, and at Binghamton University established the Elsie B. Rosefsky Visiting Artist Series following his wife’s death in 1987. The student art gallery is also named in her honor and, in 1988, Rosefsky endowed the Language and Culture Scholarship Fund to help students participate in study abroad programs. Students, faculty and staff members and area residents are invited to the event, which will feature speakers, music and art work from the Rosefsky Studio Art Gallery.

For more information, contact Ellen Badger at 777-2510 or

Debate Team ranked seventh in nation
The Cross-Examination Debate Association ranks Binghamton’s Debate Team as the seventh best overall in the nation, trailing Dartmouth and Berkeley.

Binghamton’s team had victories in back-to-back tournaments and its three final round appearances throughout the fall. Each of the team’s triumphs were hard fought, as students had to participate in no fewer than eight two-hour rounds throughout a weekend to qualify to debate in finals.

The team will compete at the University of Southern California and the University of California Fullerton early next year and return to host its own tournament the second weekend in February.

Nominees sought for Chancellors Award
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities recognizes excellence in research or creative activity conducted at Binghamton University. Departments, schools and individuals are asked to consider making a nomination. Guidelines are available from the Division of Research. Full-time tenured faculty members of any rank are eligible, although individuals holding distinguished faculty rank may not be nominated for an Excellence Award in the category for which distinguished rank was conferred. Recipients of an Excellence Award may not be nominated again for an award in the same category within 10 years of selection.

Up to three nominees for the Excellence Award in Scholarship and Creative Activities may be selected. When possible, at least one will be drawn from the Division of Science and Mathematics in Harpur College or the Watson School of Engineering and one from the other areas of scholarship at Binghamton. Each successful candidate will receive a certificate and a $1,000 award. Nominations should be submitted to Stephen A. Gilje, associate vice president for research, by Jan. 20.

CDC sets deadline for credentials files
The Career Development Center urges faculty and staff who have been asked to prepare a letter of recommendation for a student to check on deadlines.

Students wishing to have Credentials File materials mailed before the University closes for the holiday break at the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 23, must submit requests to CDC by 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. All letters that a student intends to send must have arrived in CDC when the request is submitted.

For more information, contact Terri Kilcy, credentials coordinator, at 777-2400.

Programmers earn trip to world finals
Binghamton students Nick Maliwacki, Andrew Paroski and Natan Zohar got word last week that they’ll be able to compete in the world finals of the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest.

The team, which took second place in the regional contest, will match wits with about 40 others from around the world from April 9-12 at Baylor University in Texas. The students are coached by Associate Professor Patrick Madden and Alyssa Ogawa, who recently earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Binghamton.

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