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May 11, 2006  Volume 27, No. 29
Retirement planning available at night
Employee Benefits will hold a night-shift session on retirement planning from 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, May 25, in PSPC-E/F.

Staff members will offer an overview of state Employees’ Retirement System information, along with retirement health insurance options and the value of accrued sick leave. Refreshments will be available. All employees are welcome to attend.

Faculty Senate receives reports
The Faculty Senate approved a number of actions at its final meeting of the academic year on Tuesday and heard the spring semester report on Senate activities from Richard Lee, professor of sociology and chair of the executive committee.

In addition to approving degree candidates for Commencement, the Senate elected biologist Sandra Michael, distinguished service professor, as vice chair, and Saligrama Agnihothri, professor of management, as secretary, of its Procedures Committee.

Following discussion, the Senate also voted to receive the annual reports of its standing committees.

An amended resolution on grading policies was approved, noting that administrators may change grades only in accordance with college prescribed grievance procedures or another form of due process. A second resolution on campus-based assessment approved a portion of the provost’s proposal, which recommends use of the National Survey of Student Engagement for critical thinking, writing and assessing the campus environment, but sends the math element back to the Senate’s Educational Policy and Priorities Committee for further review.

Faculty annual reports are due June 1
Faculty members are reminded that their annual reports for June 1, 2005, to May 31, 2006, must be submitted to the Provost’s Office by June 1.

For more information, contact Kelly Wemette at 777-4801 or

Archaeological field school planned this summer
Binghamton University will sponsor an archaeological field school starting May 30 and ending July 7.

The class will focus on prehistoric and historic Native American villages near Vestal. This six-credit class will introduce students to the methods of professional field archaeology. Students will receive training in excavation and recording methods as well as instruction on the prehistory of eastern North America. Lab time will cover basic identifications of the newly recovered artifacts.

The field school will run for a total of six weeks, Monday through Friday. Enrollment is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, and individuals holding a college degree.

For information, call 777- 4786 or visit

Student a winner in entrepreneur contest
Binghamton undergraduate Bertrand Gervais was named a winner in the 2006 East Coast Student (Collegiate) Entrepreneur Awards competition last week.

He developed an online business called Placefinder that helps students find housing as well as connect with possible roommates. The company grew out of Gervais’ work in the School of Management’s business plan development course.

The contest is open to undergraduates who run businesses in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware.

Athletes help raise money for hospital
A check for more than $25,000 was presented to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at a May 1 dinner honoring more than 200 Binghamton University student-athletes.

A total of 284 athletes from all 21 of Binghamton’s intercollegiate teams took part in a student-led philanthropic campaign called Up ’til Dawn. Teams of eight composed fundraising letters to friends and family members. A total of 7,022 letters were generated, which was a regional record.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is known for its work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

Alumni author plans talk in Binghamton
Author Susan Campbell Bartoletti, who holds a doctorate in English from the University, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, May 15, at East Middle School in Binghamton.

Her books include Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow; Growing Up in Coal Country; Kids on Strike!; Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 and Nobody’s Diggier than a Dog. She has received the Newbery Honor, the Robert F. Sibert Medal and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.

For more details or to order an autographed copy of any of the books, contact Assistant Professor Kim Jaussi at

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