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August 24, 2006  Volume 28, No. 1
Graduates excel on teacher exams
Binghamton University graduates posted a 100 percent pass rate on the 2004-’05 state teacher certification exams. Statewide, the pass rate was 94 percent.

Would-be teachers graduating from the School of Education take three or four of the high stakes exams. The exams assess content knowledge as well as teaching skills. Portions are multiple choice and others are essay questions.

“It’s nice to be in this comfortable position,” said Robert Carpenter, interim dean. “We’re blessed with very strong students.”

Incomplete results from 2005-’06 indicate similar pass rates, said Tami Mann, coordinator of student field experience for the school, which prepares teachers for grades one through 12.

“This is one indicator of the quality of the program and the students, but we don’t rely just on test results,” Mann said.

She and Carpenter noted that interviews, portfolios, recommendations and student teaching performance are all important factors in gaining teaching jobs.

University Fest scheduled saturday
University Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. The event welcomes visitors and the campus community to the Binghamton University Peace Quad to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year.

University Fest will include free hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, children’s games, giant inflatables and free entertainment from local bands.

University Fest is sponsored by Binghamton University, the Student Association and the Division of Student Affairs and Sodexho Campus Services.

Spencer to chair human subjects committee
Gale A. Spencer, professor of nursing in the Decker School of Nursing, has been named chair of the Human Subjects Research Review Committee by Stephen A. Gilje, associate vice president of research.

Spencer, who received a doctorate from Syracuse University, is also director of the Roger L. and Mary F. Kresge Center for Nursing Research at the Decker School. She has extensive experience as a researcher and long-standing member of the Human Subjects Research Review Committee.

Spencer replaces Gary D. James, who held the position for six years. James will remain a professor of nursing and director of the Institute for Primary and Preventative Health Care.

The Human Subjects Research Review Office has changed its contact numbers. They are now 777-3818 (phone) and 777-5025 (fax).

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero to speak
Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of the Rwandan genocide immortalized by Don Cheadle in the film Hotel Rwanda, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Events Center.

Rusesabagina’s speech, titled “Hotel Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to be Learned,” will touch on the events of the 1994 acts of genocide, the political climate in Africa and the international response to the current crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

Tickets for the presentation will go on sale Monday, Aug. 28, at the University Union’s Tillman box office, the Events Center box office and at Advance tickets cost $3 for the general public and $5 if purchased the day of the event. Students pay $3, or nothing with advance tickets.

The speech is sponsored by Hillel at Binghamton, the Binghamton University Alumni Association, the Harpur College Dean’s Office, the University Convocations Committee, the Office of the Provost, the College of Community and Public Affairs and the Multicultural Resource Center.

Schaewe resigns from university counsil
Catherine Schaewe, a lawyer who was appointed by Gov. George E. Pataki to serve on the Binghamton University Council this year, has resigned her post. Pataki recently named Schaewe to a judgeship with the New York State Court of Claims and she is unable to continue on the council because of her new role.

Blood donors sought for Aug 30 drive
The Administration Division will sponsor a blood drive from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the UU-Mandela Room. Contact Rhonda Gordineer at 777-2157 or to schedule an appointment.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08