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February 08, 2007  Volume 28, No. 19
SEFA campaign surpasses goal
Binghamton University’s State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) surpassed its $63,500 goal, with 314 donors pledging a total of $68,281 this year. Last year, 312 donors pledged $65,195.

The annual campaign provides resources to local, national and international human service agencies, with donors able to direct their contributions to particular agencies.

Those who donated were eligible to win gift certificates to area restaurants provided by the Office of the President. Winners were: Donna DiStefano, Annette Burnett, Charles Nelson, Antoinette Shannon, Michael Lewis, Cindy Williams, Alisa Martin, James Norris, Patricia Kresse and Carl Darling.

Doctoral students win fellowships from EPA
Two doctoral students from Binghamton University’s Center for Integrated Watershed Studies were awarded selective fellowships from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support their graduate research. Rebecca Urban, biological sciences, and Glendon Hunsinger, geological sciences, have received three-year fellowships from the EPA’s Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Program for Graduate Environmental Studies.

Urban was awarded a fellowship from the National Center For Environmental Research for her work titled “Accumulation of an Invasive Plant and Its Impact on Adirondack Lake Ecosystems.” Urban, who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Binghamton in 2001 and 2004, is in the third year of her doctoral program under the supervision of Associate Professor John Titus.

Hunsinger received an EPA-GRO fellowship for his research dealing with how organic contaminants are released by rainfall-driven scouring in coastal systems. Hunsinger, who received a master’s degree from Binghamton in 2004, is in the second year of his doctoral program under the supervision of Assistant Professor Siddhartha Mitra. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University.

CHOW drive planned Sunday
Sodexho Campus Services and the women’s soccer team will conduct a CHOW drive on Sunday, Feb. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. and leading up to the men’s basketball game at 1 p.m. at the Events Center. Bring a non-perishable food item for CHOW and receive a coupon for a free popcorn at the game, compliments of Sodexho.

Professional development programs available
The Professional Development Committee will offer a spring program in partnership with Human Resources, the Center for Quality, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Employee Assistance Program, Technology Training Center, University Communications and Marketing, CSEA, UUP and Campus Preschool.

Workshops will include “Work-Life: Achieving Balance” sessions, designed to help employees cope with time-management challenges ranging from desktop technologies to juggling priorities. Resources for family needs, including elder care, child care and college preparation, are offered by experts in these areas. “Leadership Binghamton Style” programs are being offered as the beginning of a long-term initiative to support and develop leaders on campus. And the “Night Shift” program will feature a series of workshops for second- and third-shift employees and supervisors.

Supervisors are asked to support staff members in their professional development by scheduling time for appropriate workshops. There is no charge to leave credits for staff to attend these workshops.

For more details, and to enroll, visit the “workforce development” area of the Human Resources Web site at Questions? Contact Alison Gierlach in Human Resources at 777-6625.

Four-day tour planned to R.I., Mass.
Continuing Education and Outreach will offer a four-day tour of Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass., history, art, architecture and mystery.

The tour, which runs from May 17-20, includes stops at author Edith Wharton’s architectural dream home “The Mount” Estate and Gardens in Lenox, Mass.; Rosecliff Mansion, the Museum of Newport History, St. Mary’s Church, Bowen’s Wharf and Astor’s Beechwood Mansion in Newport, R.I.; the New Bedford Whaling Museum; the Lizzie Borden Museum; Battleship Cove; the Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson Wales University in Providence, R.I.; and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, which houses more than 80,000 works of art.

Participants will also visit Fort Adams and take a one-hour private harbor tour.

To register for the trip, which costs $499, contact Jennifer Lawson at 777-6857 or 877-313-2508, or visit A more detailed description of the trip is available online.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08