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February 10, 2005  Volume 26, No. 17
President DeFleur seeks honorary degree nominations
Individuals to be considered for honorary degrees should be nominated now for the next academic year. Deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, Mar. 18. Nominations are con-sidered by President Lois B. DeFleur’s Honorary Degree Advisory Committee and forwarded to the SUNY Chancellor, reviewed by a SUNY committee and, finally, reviewed and approved by the Trustees of the State University of New York.

Honorary degrees are awarded “to recognize excellence in the fields of public affairs, the sciences, humanities and the arts, scholarship and education, business and philanthropy and social services which exemplify the mission and purpose of the State University of New York.” The nominee’s achievements must be relevant and appropriate to the nominating campus.

The guidelines for making recommendations are:

Submit a letter of nomination to the president through the appropriate dean if associated with one of the University’s five schools, or directly to the president if you are not in a school. Describe why the nominee’s distinction or eminence in his or her field justifies the degree and state how the nominee’s achievements are relevant to Binghamton. Include any detailed information about the nominee’s accomplishments.

Maintain complete confidentiality regarding the nomination. The nominee especially should not know that his or her name has been submitted.

Remember that, according to the Board of Trustees policies, no one already holding an honorary degree from any SUNY institution is eligible to receive another one. To check on an individual’s eligibility, contact Wayne Jones at 777-2131 or

Debate team earns second win over U.S. Military Academy
Sophomores Dan Weiser and Jeremy Levine won their second tournament in a row at Cornell in January, scoring a victory over the U.S. Military Academy, a team they had beaten at a competition at NYU in the fall.

After a heated debate concerning reduction in fossil fuel consump-tion, Weiser and Levine won on a 2-1 decision with the argument that unless we move away from fossil fuels before peak production capacity in 2007, it will be too late for the successful development of alternative energy.

“Winning back-to-back tourna-ments is something that’s never been done before,” Weiser said. “We just have to make sure we remain focused for the upcoming national tournaments at the end of the season to keep our ranking up.”

“I’m just happy I can make such a big contribution to the team in both the region and the nation in my first year of competition,” said Levine.

The victory brings a much needed win to the start of the semester, because over the break Binghamton’s national ranking fell out of the top 10 due to the team’s inability to attend some tournaments, said Joseph Schatz, team coach. “Making a big showing at those tournaments we do attend is essential for Binghamton to remain competitive,” Schatz said.

Summer research grants available to fund fieldwork
Graduate students interested in conducting fieldwork in Latin America or the Iberian Peninsula can apply for grant support from the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program. Applicants should submit their application by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1 to Carmen Ferradás, director, LT-1308. For information, contact Erin Stanley at 777-4868 or LACAS-, or Carmen Ferradás at 777-4864 or

Employee Assitance Program sets spring schedule
The Employee Assistance Pro-gram will sponsor a variety of wellness programs during the spring semester. Programs include:

Anxiety and Depression Screening Day for Faculty and Staff on Feb. 14. Confidential services will be provided by UHS Family Ties and the EAP staff. This is an opportunity for a free, private screening and evaluation for University employees and their families. By appointment only. Contact Diane or Katy at 777-6655.

“Mirror, Mirror: Body Image in Today’s Society” will be held at noon Tuesday, Feb. 22, in UUW-325. Jen Wegmann, HPEA, will discuss recent trends and issues that body image has on one’s health. Co-sponsored with the Eating Awareness Committee.

“How to Help Someone with an Eating Disorder” will be held at noon Wednesday, Mar. 9, in UUW-325. Randi Scheiner, University Counseling Center, will offer suggestions and strategies on how best to help someone with disordered eating issues. Co-sponsored with the Eating Awareness Committee.

“Optimal Living,” a two-part program to help identify and break out of frustrating routines through transformative practices, will be held on consecutive Tuesdays, April 5 and 12. Donald Glauber, University Counseling Center will share yoga, meditation, and a framework for optimal living. Class size is limited and registration for both sessions is required. Co-sponsored with the University Counseling Center.

Ross Fund accepts proposals for 2005-06 grants until Feb. 28
The coordinating committee of the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund is accepting applications for the 2005 grant cycle. Grant appli-cations in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 are encouraged.

In 2005, the fund will award $10,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in partnership with University units. For details on grant guidelines, how to obtain a grant application form and how to apply, call 777-2011, send an e-mail to or visit. The deadline for proposals is noon Friday, Apr. 22.

University to host March research symposium
Registration information for Destination Discovery ‘05, Binghamton’s statewide research symposium, is now available here Faculty are also invited to apply for parti-cipation in the Synervations Expo, which will be held in conjunction with the symposium to showcase new technologies, prototypes, ideas or practices across the disciplines. Participants from the arts and humanities are especially encouraged to apply for exhibit space. Destination Discovery and related events will be held Mar. 23–24 in the Lecture Hall facility. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is scheduled to deliver the keynote address. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York and the State University of New York Provost’s Office. The Synervations Expo is co-sponsored by the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Advanced Research. For more information, call 777-4791.

Chair massages available Feb. 16
Campus Recreational Services and Wellness Services will be hosting a therapist from Aria on the Avenue to do chair massages from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in EG-128. Massages are $10 for 10 minutes, $15 for 15 minutes, payable at time of service. Call 777-3125 by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, to schedule an appointment.

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