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May 18, 2006  Volume 27, No. 30
Poetry event planned
More than 400 students from 11 school districts will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, in the Osterhout Concert Theater for the 29th annual Poetry and the Children Day.

The program, which brings students together for a day of poetry readings, was established as a memorial to Robert Pawlikowski. A published poet, creative writing instructor and campus administrative assistant, Pawlikowski died in 1975. The event is a tribute to Pawlikowski’s efforts to nurture the expressive and intellectual powers of his students as well as those of his own children.

This year’s guest poet is Lydia Melvin, a doctoral candidate in English at the University. Melvin has taught creative writing and literature courses at a variety of colleges and universities. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications and her first poetry collection, South of Here, was published by New Issues Press (2005).

After the opening presentation, students will present their poems in the Lecture Hall. Partially underwritten by the Oakdale Mall and Susan Clark-Johnson ’67, an anthology is prepared by the Office of the Dean of Harpur College and distributed to teachers and local libraries.

Provost seeks input on report
Binghamton’s Progress Review Report (PRR) is due soon to Middle States, our university accrediting body. The Provost’s Office requests that faculty and staff review the draft document and provide feedback. In particular, what are your views about 1) how the document represents the current status of the University and 2) whether anything should be added? A link to the document is available at Comments should be sent to provost@, a confidential e-mail address, by Tuesday, May 23.

Difficult customers workshop planned
The Office of Human Resources announces a special two-part workshop on coping with difficult customers.

Co-sponsored by CSEA and UUP, this two-part workshop will address learning what to say and what not to say, gaining confidence from using your coping skills, preventing a problem from escalating, when to ask for help and fostering collaboration for solutions. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Mondays, June 5 and 12, or Tuesdays, June 20 and 27, in PSPC-C.

Contact Alison Gierlach at 777-6625 or agierlac@ for more information or to sign up.

Volleyball tournament scheduled May 23
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a spike-free volleyball tournament from 4:15-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, in the East Gym. There is no charge for this event and refreshments will be served.

If you’re interested in playing, e-mail Kelly Wemette at

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