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March 15, 2007  Volume 28, No. 23
Conference proposals sought for ‘Conversations’ program
The Conversations in the Disciplines Program funded by the State University of New York supports intercampus conferences that bring together SUNY faculty and visiting scholars to examine new trends, review promising findings and better acquaint them with professional developments.

The emphasis of the program is upon scholarly development rather than administrative, curricular or instructional matters. Any academic department or equivalent organizational unit, such as a center or a library, may develop a proposal. Multidisciplinary and collaborative efforts are encouraged.

As each department may submit one application, chairs who receive more than one proposal will be responsible for screening them to determine which will be forwarded to their dean.

Approved conferences will normally occur between Sept. 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008. A maximum of $5,000 will support each one.

Proposals are due to Research Development Services by April 2. Application forms are available at Contact Research Development Services at 777-6136 for more details.

Graduate research to be highlighted
The Graduate Student Organization, in conjunction with the Graduate School, will hold its first Graduate Student Research Day on Wednesday, March 28, in the Mandela Room and East and West Lounges of the old Union.

This event will include multidisciplinary poster and paper presentation sessions by graduate students from noon-1:30 p.m. Jorge Cham, creator of the “Piled Higher and Deeper” comic strip, will deliver a keynote address at 1:30 p.m. followed by a book signing.

For more information, contact Aneesa N. Thomas at or 777-6955.

ESL classes available to campus community
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services offers free English as a second language classes through the generosity of a donor.

These classes are intended for spouses of international students, research scholars and their spouses, faculty spouses and anyone connected with Binghamton University who is not a registered student. These classes are non-credit bearing. No course grades are given. Enrollment is ongoing so participants may join at any time until the end of the semester. Three class levels are offered during the day, twice per week. The classes focus on listening and speaking skills but practice is given for reading, writing and grammar. Small classes allow for individualized attention and practice. Lesson plans reflect the language needs of students and participation is expected.

For more details, contact Amelia Shafer, international student adviser, at

SOM to present awards on Friday
The School of Management will present the Corning Award for Excellence in Research and the SOM Excellence in Teaching award at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the SOM Student Lounge (AA-144). The campus is invited to attend.

Volunteers sought for Commencement
University employees and alumni are needed to be ushers at Commencement ceremonies. At least 80 volunteers will augment the regular group of ushers for the ceremonies in the Events Center.

The Graduate School ceremony begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19; the professional schools ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 20; the Harpur College ceremony starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Volunteers must arrive about two hours before the ceremony and stay for 31?2 to four hours. Sunday volunteers are asked to help at both ceremonies. In addition, volunteers are needed for Harpur College recognition ceremonies on May 19 in the Events Center. The fine arts and humanities ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m.; the science and math ceremony starts at 11 a.m. and the social sciences ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive one hour before the ceremony.

Volunteers who volunteer for more than one recognition ceremony on Saturday or at both ceremonies on Sunday will be provided lunch.

Contact Darryl Wood or Casey Korchynsky at or 777-2908 by March 23, to get involved.

Family Weekend planning under way
Family Weekend will be held Oct. 19-21. Contact Melinda Holicky, parent relations coordinator, at 777-6206 or if your area will be holding a program or event that is open to parents/families so that it can be added to the schedule of activities that parents will receive.

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