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February 24, 2005  Volume 26, No. 19
University celebrates Black History Month
Binghamton University’s Black Student Union will reflect on the progress, richness and diversity of African-American achievements with a series of events in recognition of Black History Month.

The events begin with a Unity March at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in front of the University Union. Activities continue at 7:30 p.m. with a discussion in LH-14 by Reuben Greenberg, Charleston, S.C. chief of police. Greenberg, who will speak about his experi-ences growing up both black and Jewish. The celebration continues at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, with a Harlem Renaissance in the UU-Mini Mall. This event, reflecting the 1920s and ’30s, will feature black artistry in the form of music, paint-ings, dance, literature and poetry.

At 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, distinguished political scientist Manning Marabel will present a Black History Month keynote address. Marabel, professor of public affairs, political science, history and African-American studies at Columbia University, is a national leader in the development of Web-based, educational resources on the African-American experience. He authors a political commentary series, “Along the Color Line,” which appears in more than 400 newspapers and journals worldwide.

Marabel will also take part in a Student Leaders roundtable discussion from 2-4 p.m., Feb. 26, in UU-200. The discussion will focus on political science, leadership and Marabel’s writings.

Events conclude on Sunday, Feb. 27, with a trip to the Black Wax Museum in Baltimore, Md. Sign ups will be held in UUW-317. All events are free and open to the public

SBDC introduces the “use of color in the workplace”
Binghamton University’s Small Business Development Center will host a “use of color in the workplace” workshop at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Link Room at the Bing-hamton Regency on Water Street.

The workshop will address how colors are the key to creating a successful atmosphere.

Carol Wright, owner of wrightOn Design, a designer specializing in creative interior and exterior environments for businesses, will present.

Call 777-4024 to register.

Ballroom Dance Revolution
The Binghamton Ballroom Dance Association will hold its fifth annual Inter-Collegiate Ball-room DanceSport Competition — Dance Revolution — Saturday, Feb. 26. Evening performances start at 8 p.m. and will include: Nervous Breakdown, IFD, BDR, the Vibes A Capella Group and World Class Latin Professionals, Roman Nabatov and Irina. More information is available at . To purchase tickets, e-mail

Program participants learn to plan, start-up business
The Binghamton University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer a small business start-up training program in its classroom at 224 Water St. in downtown Binghamton.

The class will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays, March 2, 9 and 16. Participants will learn the tricks of the trade from professionals on how to assess, plan and start-up a business. The course also will include information on how to predict business success, how to finance and market products and services, and how to comply with government regulations.

Registration is $60 and class size is limited. For more information and to enroll for the program, contact Ginny Thompson at 777-4323.

Memorial service to be held for Alan Haber
Although Alan Haber, Bartle professor of biological sciences who died Feb. 12, served the University in a number of roles over more than three decades, he may best be remem-bered for the connection he created with students.

His concern for students and the joy he found as a teacher and adviser prompted one former student to write, “what I remember of my time with Dr. Haber is a man who loves people, loves students, loves teaching, loves learning and loves life. He is an exceptional teacher on many levels and an exceptional person.”

A memorial service for Haber will be held on campus at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in FA-Casadesus. Refreshments will be served following the service. Haber, who served as a Bartle Professor of Biology after his retirement in 2000, was hired as the Department of Biology chair in 1973, following 17 years as a research fellow in the biology division of the Oak Ridge National Lab in Ten-nessee. In 1997, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and believed that “faculty should function at all points on the educational continuum — from subject-oriented courses to unscheduled human interaction.”

That belief was demonstrated in his work on campus as a para-professional counselor, principal undergraduate adviser for biological sciences and mentor for early acceptance pre-medical students.

August Mueller, emeritus professor of biological sciences, said that in 1984, when Hinman College had an opening for a faculty master, he con-vinced Haber to apply. “He did, and only a life-threatening medical problem caused him to leave the post five years later,” Mueller said. “He was an absolute natural for the position and enjoyed that job perhaps most of all.”

Mueller said he believes Haber would want to be remembered “as a true friend, as a good teacher, as someone students could talk to. I think his motto would have been ‘you’ve got to give back.’”

“He loved the academic world. He would spend hours in his office,” Mueller said. “There was nothing that meant more to him than Binghamton University.” Karl Wilson, professor and chair of biological sciences, remembers Haber as an upbeat person who connected with him when they were both teaching introductory courses in biology, despite their difference in age and the stage of their careers.

“You could just see he loved teaching and that continued after his retirement,” Wilson said.

Stuart Landry, emeritus professor of biological sciences, met Haber during the hiring process and remembers him as a man with a peculiar sense of humor, who enjoyed a good pun.

“The other thing particularly striking about him, is that he really did enjoy, almost preferred, the company of young people,” he said. If Haber was in his office talking with a faculty member and a student came in seeking his help, he would set aside his discussion to work with the student, Landry said.

“He went to the mat for them,” he said. “They thought the world of him.” While Haber will be remembered as a teacher and friend to Binghamton’s students, the role he played as an administrator was equally important, especially to his department.

Haber worked closely with the dean to shape the fledgling program. “Maybe in the long run, his relationship with students is more important, but he really was a good admin-istrator,” Landry said.

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