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August 30, 2007  Volume 29, No. 2
University plans fall Commencement

The University will begin a new tradition at the end of the fall 2007 semester as it holds its first University-wide Fall Commencement ceremony to honor graduates at noon on Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Events Center.

Retaining all of the formality of the spring commencement ceremonies, the cap-and-gown Fall Commencement will honor graduate and undergraduate students, and will have one graduate student and one undergraduate student speaker.

A number of logistical procedures are being established to prepare for the ceremony, including moving the Declaration of Candidacy deadline from October to September. Petitions to Walk will also be accepted, but only for four or fewer credits.

In addition, the deadline for faculty participation will be Sept. 21, to allow enough time for regalia orders.

Schools will not hold recognition ceremonies for the fall semester, so undergraduates will be recognized by name at the Fall Commencement. As in the spring, master’s candidates will walk across the stage as their names are read, and doctoral candidates will be hooded by their faculty advisers.

Barbara Ehrenreich to speak Sept. 7

Author and social activist Barbara Ehrenreich will speak at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in FA-Watters Theater.

Her talk, titled “Dancing in the Streets: The Human Need to Party,” is free and open to the public.
Since prehistoric times, people all over the world have engaged in rituals and festivities involving music, dancing, face-painting, feasting and often drinking. But during the last few centuries, that joyous tradition has been suppressed, leaving us with few opportunities for public celebration. Ehrenreich, whose most recent book is titled Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy, explores the human need for public celebration.

Ehrenreich, author of books such as Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch, will speak as part of the Evolutionary Studies program.

Student Affairs staffing changes

Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Lloyd “Skip” Howe has announced some temporary changes in staffing for the division. Howe has asked Kenneth Holmes, assistant vice president for student life, to serve as second in command. Holmes will continue to provide leadership to the student life cluster, but will also assume some of the dean of students’ functions, such as taking summary actions relating to students and student groups. He will also take the lead on campus safety issues for the division.

Elizabeth “Liz” Carter, director of the Discovery Program, will serve as interim assistant vice president for student services and will oversee the Career Development Center, International Student and Scholar Services, Discovery’s interim director, the TRIO/Veterans programs, Services for Students with Disabilities, the University Counseling Center and University Health Services.

In addition, to advance assessment initiatives and efforts relative to internship and volunteer programs, Cynthia Sedgwick, former dean of the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, will serve as the associate dean of students for assessment and special programs.

Howard takes post as assistant vice president

Mathwon Howard has joined the University as assistant vice president for development.

He oversees all school- and unit-based directors of development, planned giving and prospect management and research. Howard is also a member of the External Affairs senior management team and the campaign cabinet.

Howard previously served as senior director of major gifts and campaign director for the Eastern Michigan University Foundation. He has more than 10 years of advancement, major gifts and alumni experience at various nonprofits.

Howard holds a bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in Michigan and did graduate work at Bowling Green State University.

He and his wife, Bethany, live in Vestal with their son, Demani Kade.

Student jobs listed on eRecruiting

Student employment openings are being listed on eRecruiting and can be found at:

All matriculated students have eRecruiting accounts. Campus offices wishing to post their student job openings need to submit details via a form at If you have questions, contact the Financial Aid Office at 777-2470.

Listings are being posted on a rolling basis.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08