June 16, 2005 Volume 26, No. 31
Alumni Association and Theatre Department host January London trip
Tom Kremer, professor of theatre, and Carol Hanscom, adjunct lecturer in theatre, will escort an Alumni Association and Department of Theatre trip to London in January 2006. Travelers on “The Art of the Actor – London” trip will enjoy two London theater performances, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon for a tour and a Shakespearean theater experience, tour the National Theatre, the Globe Theater and Southwark Playhouse and join in expertled group discussions with working British actors.
In addition to an escorted highlights tour of the city, participants will have time for sightseeing and exploration on their own. The tours are open to all members of the University community, their immediate families, relatives and friends. Space is limited and reservations are due by Sept. 10. For more information, contact Kremer at 777-2456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOOT surveys available through Blackboard
The Student Opinion of Teaching Survey will be available as an on-line survey in Blackboard for all summer 2005 courses, even those not using Blackboard this summer. For Term I, SOOT surveys are available from June 20 to July 1; for Term II they are available from Aug. 1-12. Faculty should visit to make your requests; students use the Blackboard site to respond to the SOOT survey.
Your username is your e-mail address minus @binghamton.edu. Your password is your normal Blackboard password. If you have never logged into Blackboard, your initial password is the first two letters of your last name and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Once you are logged in, you will see Tools on the left side of the page. Click on SOOT Surveys, then click on the courses you want surveyed and hit Submit. Once faculty have completed these steps, the survey will become available for the students enrolled in your course.
To maximize the number of responses, give your students several reminders to complete the on-line survey. You may also inform your students that the survey is anonymous and faculty will only see the aggregated results after the grades for the course have been submitted.
If the course you are teaching is still listed as Staff you will not be able to request a SOOT survey. Your department will need to contact the Registrar’s Office to update the course file. If there are any other persons that you enrolled in your Blackboard course and gave the role of “Instructor,” they will also have the opportunity to request a SOOT survey.
For questions about using Blackboard, call the Help Desk at 777-6420.
Beta Gamma Sigma inducts new members
The School of Management and the SUNY Binghamton Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma held its nineth annual induction ceremony in May. Subimal Chatterjee, associate professor of marketing and president of the local chapter, presided over the ceremony.
As an honor society for students from AACSB accredited business schools, membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest national honor for a management student. The Binghamton chapter inducted 39 new members, including the top 7 percent of juniors, the top 10 percent of seniors, and the top 20 percent of MBA students based on their GPAs. The SUNY Binghamton Chapter is recognized as an Exemplary Chapter by the governing board of Beta Gamma Sigma.
Gerald Sonnenfeld, vice president of research, was inducted as an honorary member. Ellen Fokas was named as the 2005 Beta Gamma Sigma scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the society. Fokas is entering her senior year at Binghamton.
Sodexho Campus Services named 2005 Corporate Humanitarian Award Winner
Sodexho Campus Services, Bing-hamton University’s on-campus food services contractor, was recently recognized with the 2005 Corporate Humanitarian award by the Broome County Council of Churches.
Sodexho has provided consistent and growing support of the Council’s CHOW program, which provides support to over 40 food and hunger relief agencies in the Southern Tier. That support comes in the form of food drives on campus, such as the one held in April, that generated over two tons of food for the CHOW distribution ware-house. In addition, Sodexho provided all of the food for the CHOW Hunger Walk held on campus in 2004, and contrib-uted an additional four tons of food over the course of the fall and spring semesters.
The April food drive was the most successful one-week drive ever held on campus. Students, faculty and staff purchased items of critical need at the registers in dining facilities across campus for donation to CHOW.
Sodexho believes that its corporate responsibility is to use its expertise and knowledge of food to help those who go without. Its annual STOP Hunger campaign — a month-long effort that provides donation opportunities, initiates food drives and educates customers and employees of the need to help those in need locally — is an affirmation of that commitment to ease the burden of the hungry in the areas that it serves.