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May 10, 2007  Volume 28, No. 30
Anderson Center performance to be broadcast nationally

American Public Media’s Performance Today will air Piano Concerto No 3 by Bela Bartok, recorded during the February concert by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, on Thursday, May 10. Pianist Llyr Williams is featured.

The nationally aired broadcast can be heard locally at 2 p.m. on WSKG Radio.

Campus reception to honor Summers

President Lois B. DeFleur invites the campus community to a reception honoring Vice President Rodger Summers for his service and dedication to the University. The event will be held from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, May 31, in the Anderson Center Reception Room.

Summers joined the administration as vice president for student affairs 16 years ago. He is stepping down to teach and to help develop the University’s new Student Affairs Administration Program.

In lieu of gifts, the Rodger Summers Endowment for the Division of Student Affairs has been created. Contributions may be made by check, made payable to Binghamton University Foundation, Account #20368 and mailed to Binghamton University Foundation, P.O. Box 6005, Binghamton, N.Y. 13902-6005 or delivered to the Binghamton University Foundation, AD-254. Indicate Rodger Summers Endowment in the memo section of the check. Credit card gifts may be made at Click on the Give Now icon, and indicate Rodger Summers Endowment Account #20368 in the Other designation section.

If your gift is received by May 16, your name will be listed on a donor recognition board at the May 31 reception.

Campus to begin summer hours May 21

Summer hours will begin Monday, May 21, and run through Friday, Aug. 17. Core office coverage hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Classified staff will still need to complete a 7 1⁄2-hour workday. Following this schedule, they would take half an hour for lunch. With the approval of their supervisor, staff may work alternative hours as long as the core office hours are covered.

These hours do not apply to employees involved with trades and custodial work in the physical facilities department since they observe another schedule.

Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 28, and Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4.

Student awarded Schepp Scholarship

Eralda Mema, a junior biology major, is the recipient of a scholarship from the Leopold Schepp Foundation. The Schepp Foundation is a private foundation established in 1925 to encourage young people to develop good character and to help them complete their education. Awards are based on character, ability and demonstration of financial need.

Mema will receive a maximum of $8,500 annually next year and throughout her graduate years.

Schepp Scholars are also teamed with a mentor. Mema, who hopes to attend medical school, will be teamed with a neurosurgeon.

Mema, a recent immigrant from Albania, transferred to Binghamton from the College of Staten Island in 2006.

Same-sex spouses now benefits eligible

Effective May 1, same-sex spouses of enrollees will be recognized as benefits eligible when there has been a formal marriage that is legal in the jurisdiction in which it occurred and the couple possesses a legal marriage certificate from that jurisdiction.

This recognition includes the following programs: the NYS Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), Management Confidential Life Insurance Program, Long Term Care Insurance (NYPERL); the NYS dental and vision programs provided to MC employees, and those represented by Council 82, NYSCOPBA and PEF.

There will be a special enrollment period from May 1-31, when enrollees may enroll same-sex spouses in NYSHIP.

For more information or forms, call Employee Benefits at 777-4850 or 777-6953 or e-mail, or

Student ties for first in Russian competition

Four Binghamton students participated last month at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the New York Undergraduate Russian Language Competition. Senior psychology major Jason Clive tied for first place overall.

Freshmen Danielle Hamilton, Christian Juergens and Nicole Mertzel also competed against students from Hamilton, Hobart and William Smith, Union and the U.S. Military Academy.

Lecturer Nancy Tittler and Assistant Professor Donald Loewen of the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages served as advisers to the students.

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