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May 17, 2007  Volume 28, No. 31
Chancellor’s Awards announced

Chancellor John Ryan has announced the recipients of the 2006-2007 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in recognition of outstanding service in a number of areas:

Larry Cass, director of student accounts; Sharon Santobuono, associate director in the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science; and Heather Struck, pre-law advisor will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Chancellor’s Awards for Ex-cellence in Faculty Service will be given to Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer En-gineering Douglas Summerville, Associate Professor of English Alvin Vos and Associate Professor of English Lisa Yun.

Recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching are C. Beth Burch, professor of education; George Catalano, professor of mechanical engin-eering; Shelley Dionne, associate professor of management; Mark Fowler, associate professor of electrical and computer engin-eering; Wendy Martinek, assistant professor of political science; Florenz Plassmann, associate professor of economics; and Benita Roth, associate professor of sociology.

Chancellor’s Awards for Ex-cellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities will be awarded to Patricia DiLorenzo, professor of psychology; Jessica Fridrich, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; and M. Stanley Whittingham, pro-fessor of chemistry.

Presentation of the awards will be made at the fall Ex-cellence Dinner.

Binghamton University offers business startup training program

The Binghamton University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer a small business start-up training pro-gram in its classroom at 224 Water Street in downtown Binghamton.

Over three consecutive Wed-nesdays, June 6, 13 and 20, participants will learn the tricks of the trade from professionals on how to assess, plan and start-up a business. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Participants will discover how to predict business success, how to finance and market products and services, and how to comply with government regulations.

For more information and to enroll for the program, contact Ginny Thompson at the SBDC at 607-777-4323. Class size is limited.

Hillel hires new director

Shana Teig Kantor has been appointed executive director of Hillel at Binghamton, effective July 1. Kantor, originally from Long Island, holds master’s degrees from New York University in non-profit management and Jewish studies. She has worked for Hillel for six years—three in Hillel’s Schusterman International Center in Washington, D.C., one as the director of Hillel’s Collegiate Leadership Internship Program in Manhattan and, for the past two years, as the director of development at the University of Southern California Hillel.

Kantor has lived in Israel and studied for two years at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She is married to Rabbi Shalom Kantor and they are expecting their first child before moving to Binghamton this summer.

Catalysts for Intellectual Capital posts project reports

Catalysts for Intellectual Cap-ital (CIC2020), an independent student-led economic development think tank, conducts a leader-ship institute modeled after the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Broome Leadership Institute.

Final project reports on various economic development-related activities and initiatives in the area completed by nearly two dozen students involved in the institute are posted for viewing at

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