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October 19, 2006  Volume 28, No. 9
Family Weekend features variety of tours, performances
Family Weekend, to be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22, will offer a wide array of activities for students and their families to enjoy.

Highlights include a student research conference; performances by a capella groups; a free concert given by the Wind Ensemble, Harpur Chorale and Women’s Chorus; tours of the Nature Preserve, Greenhouse and Innovative Technologies Complex; a multicultural dinner and an opportunity to meet the deans.

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Faculty Senate OKs new SOOT survey
The Faculty Senate approved a new Student Opinion of Teaching (SOOT) survey instrument and the proposed Educational Leadership Certificate Program at its first meeting of the academic year.

The new SOOT survey will be available to administer in class as well as via Blackboard. Four new questions have been added that will allow faculty to better analyze their individual results based on information including respondent class year and what requirements the course is fulfilling for the respondent.

The Educational Leadership Certificate Program, slated to begin in fall 2007, will prepare educational leaders to serve in preK-12 schools and districts as curriculum coordinators, staff developers, program directors, assistant principals, assistant superintendents and superintendents. Graduates will be eligible to earn two kinds of certifications awarded by New York state — School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL).

The senate meeting followed President Lois B. DeFleur’s full faculty meeting in which she updated the audience on construction projects, faculty hiring initiatives and budget expectations. “The bottom line for Binghamton,” she said, “is that we’ve been conservative in our budget allocations this year and it positions us much better for next year.”

Holocaust lecture scheduled Oct. 24
Robert Melson will read from False Papers: Deception and Survival in the Holocaust at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in FA-258 for the 2006 Unger Lecture in Holocaust Literature.

His book tells the story of a Jewish family that survived the Holocaust by living in the open, pretending they were Polish-Catholic aristocrats. Melson is the Cathy-Cohen Lasry Distinguished Professor in the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, as well as emeritus professor at Purdue University.

The lecture is sponsored by Howard and Mindy Unger, Binghamton Alumni and the Judaic Studies Program.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08