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March 17, 2005  Volume 26, No. 22
Commencement volunteers needed for May ceremonies
University employees are needed to volunteer to be ushers at the May 14 and 15 Commencement ceremonies. At least 80 volunteers are needed.

The total time commitment per ceremony would be three-and-a-half to four hours. Volunteers will need to arrive approximately two hours prior to a ceremony — 3:30 p.m. for the ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14; 7 a.m. for the ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 15; and 11 a.m. for the ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15. It is preferred that Sunday volunteers help with both ceremonies.

Additional volunteers are needed for the Harpur College recognition ceremonies at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Events Center. Volunteers will need to arrive approximately one hour prior to the recognition ceremonies.

All volunteers will receive a small token of appreciation. Those who volunteer at more than one ceremony on Saturday or at both ceremonies on Sunday will be provided with lunch between the ceremonies. Refreshments will be provided for all volunteers. To volunteer, contact Tammy Behonick at or 777-2143 by Friday, March 18.

Speech team members to compete nationally
Two members of the University’s speech team, junior Nancy Tang and freshman Dana Stecker, will compete at the Forensic National Championship April 14-18 in Ohio.

During the district qualifiers for the competition, Tang placed in the top three in both interpretation of prose literature and dramatic interpretation earning a spot at the national competition. As a team, Tang and Stecker placed third and qualified for the national competition in the duo dramatic interpretation category.

Other students competing at the district qualifiers also experi-enced success. Freshman Margaret Ambrose placed sixth, for impromptu speaking, composing and presenting a five-minute speech within a period of less than two minutes. Sophomore David Baril placed fourth in the after-dinner speaking event and Stecker placed fourth in dramatic interpretation. The team also had a chance to shine at the New York State Speech Championship held March 5-6 at Hofstra University.

Tang placed first in the dramatic interpretation category, which involves a 10-minute performance from a play. Tang, with teammate Stecker, also placed first in the duo dramatic interpretation event, a two-person 10-minute performance from a play. Stecker also earned second place for prose interpretation, a 10-minute presentation of prose literature.

Baril placed third in the after-dinner speaking event, which requires competitors to compose and present a comedic and poignant 10-minute speech.

The Binghamton team placed third overall in the competition, which included teams from universities across the state.

Homecoming 2005: Welcome back to the ’80s
A theme has been selected and dates are set for Homecoming 2005. The ’80s-themed weekend, set for Oct. 21-23, will offer a variety of events and activities, including a parade, performances and fireworks. Old favorites such as the barbecue and the “Greek God” contest are also on the schedule. “We are working hard again to make Homecoming even bigger and better than last year. Students and everyone else will have a blast,” said Adam Cohn, student activities coordinator.

Other activities will include recognition of the class of 1955, which will celebrate its golden anniversary; the announcement of the winner of the Exemplary Student of the Year award; the Black Student Union fashion show; and Late Nite Madness in the Events Center.

For more information about Homecoming 2005, contact the Alumni Office at 777-2431 or visit

SUNY Instructional Technologies Conference
Binghamton University will host the 2005 Conference on Instructional Technologies (CIT) from May 23-26. The 14th annual CIT will explore opportunities, challenges and issues involved in teaching methods, technology and learning. Themes to be addressed include:

Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers with Technology (PT3)
Learning Outcomes and Assessment: Raising the Bar with Technology
Emerging Technologies
Instructional Partnerships
Current Grant Projects and Funding Opportunities
Faculty Development:New Approaches and Opportunities
Issues in Technology and Education
Scholarly Communications, Information Literacy and Research

CIT, SUNY’s foremost event for sharing best practices and visions for using new technologies that support academics, is held annually on a SUNY campus.

Established in 1992 by the SUNY Faculty Access to Computing Technology (FACT) Advisory Committee, the conference allows faculty and instructional support professionals to share experiences and expertise. Sponsored by the University Faculty Senate and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, the conference has become a unique learning and net-working opportunity across all 64 SUNY campuses and beyond.

Registration for CIT 2005 runs through Friday, May 13. No walk-in registrations will be accepted. Visit for conference and registration information.

Effective organizational marketing topic of workshop
Effective Organizational Marketing will be offered by the Professional Development and Research Division in the School of Education and Human Development from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at 218-222 Water St., third floor, Binghamton. The fee is $135. This one-day course will help participants better understand why marketing is essential for nonprofit organizations.

Participants will explore current marketing plans, develop new ones and develop strategies to get the most out of their budget. The session will offer hands-on activities, self-assessment and successful, practical methods. Bring your organization’s logo, graphic designs, brochures, posters and other materials used for marketing. Diane Brown, executive director of the Southern Tier AIDS Program, and Anne Baron, program assistant in SEHD’s Division of Professional Development and Research, will instruct.

For more information or to register, call 777-4447 or e-mail

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