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July 19, 2007  Volume 28, No. 34
Appreciation Day scheduled Aug. 7

President Lois B. DeFleur invites all Binghamton University faculty and staff to attend Appreciation Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, on the Peace Quad.

Lunch, music and prizes will be featured. Once again, Binghamton’s own Dave Simek will serve as disc jockey.

Supervisors are asked to adjust employee schedules so that all clerical and support staff may attend for at least one hour. Invitations have been sent and they must be presented at the event to be eligible for drawings of donated prizes and to receive a gift.

If you have not received an invitation, call Peg Kelly in the Special Events Office at 777-4502.

In case of rain, the event will be held in the UU-Mandela Room, Old Union Hall and Tillman Lobby.

Book giveaway returns to annual University Fest

For the first time in two years, the annual University Fest will include a free book giveaway as part of its festivities. University Fest, in its 14th year, is held on campus each fall to welcome visitors and the campus community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year.

The festival, to be held Saturday, Aug. 25, will include carnival rides, vendor booths, a  children’s play area, poster sales, food sales, student organization tables and live music from local bands. Included in this year’s lineup are The Swims from Scranton and The Morgan String Band.

University Fest is sponsored by the President’s Office, the Office of Campus Life and Sodexho Campus Services.

Alumni Association plans golf tournament

The Binghamton University Alumni Golf Classic will take place on Friday, Aug. 3, at Traditions at the Glen on Watson Boulevard in Johnson City.

This 18-hole, captain-and-crew tournament is open to the public. There will be prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive and hole-in-one. The afterparty will feature a Southern-style barbecue and live blues concert featuring The Parlor Cats.

Admission is $440 per foursome, which includes golf and the reception or $45 per person for the reception only. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Association.

For more information, visit or contact Dan Polhamus, associate director of alumni relations, or Steve Seepersaud, alumni communications specialist, at 777-2431.

Harpur’s Lisa Court receives promotion

Lisa Court has been named senior director of development for the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences in recognition of her tenure as an outstanding fundraising professional.

Court has been a member of the development staff since June 2004 and has been instrumental in developing relationships with alumni, including the identification, qualification, and solicitation of major gifts on behalf of the University and Harpur College.  Her fundraising efforts helped break the $1 million goal for gifts to the Harpur College Faculty Development Fund, a key initiative that supports the University’s strategic plan.

Court, who lives in Marathon, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the State University College at Oswego and an MBA from LeMoyne College.

Changes to 2007-2008 University Calendar

Some changes have been made to the University Calendar for the coming year, including changes that will affect the fall semester. The updated calendar can be found online at The specific changes are as follows:
• The fall 2007 semester will end one week before it was previously scheduled to end.
• The winter 2008 session will begin on Monday, Jan. 7, and end on Friday, Jan. 25.
• In the spring 2008 semester, classes will be in session until 1 p.m. Friday, April 18.
Minor changes have also been made to the 2008-2009 University Calendar, which can be viewed at the same Web address.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08