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November 08, 2007  Volume 29, No. 11
Navarro named associate vice president

Vice President for Administration James Van Voorst announced this week that JoAnn Navarro has accepted the associate vice president of Administrative Services position. “Her breadth of experience and knowledge of the campus will serve her well in her new capacity as she oversees Human Resources, Auxiliary Services, Conference and Events Management and Compliance and Risk Management,” he said.

Navarro, who holds a bachelor of science in leadership and organizational studies and an MBA in leadership studies from Binghamton, came to the University in 1997 as acting director of operations for Physical Facilities. She rose through the ranks to her most recent position as senior director of operations there. She also served as interim associate vice president for Campus Community Services for a year.

Navarro hopes to continue her focus on service in her new role. “All of the areas this position oversees focus on people and service to students, faculty and staff. We already do an excellent job providing many of these services, and I’m hoping to enhance and support those efforts,” she said. “I’m also thrilled that the University is emphasizing staff development, which is a vital component of the University’s strategic plan. Our employees are the key to the University’s success.”

It’s time to request Student Opinion of Teaching

To request SOOT online using Blackboard, go to and enter your username and password.

If you have never logged into Blackboard, your Blackboard ID and password are your Pods ID and password. From the list of Tools on the left side of the page, click on SOOT Surveys, then click on the courses you want surveyed and hit Request Surveys. Students will then use Blackboard to respond during the surveying period from Nov. 23-Dec. 14.
Anyone else enrolled in your Blackboard course who has the role of “Instructor” will also be able to request a SOOT survey.

Results will be available Dec. 28. You will go into Blackboard to access and print your SOOT results. If you have questions about Blackboard, call the Help Desk at 777-6420.
To request paper survey forms, go to

You will need your Social Security Number for this secure site. Once you have requested forms, print the confirmation and instruction sheet. Forms will be delivered in three or four work days. This site will be available to your request until Dec. 14. Completed surveys must be returned to the Computing Services Help Desk. It will take about six weeks after the end of classes to receive results if you choose the paper method. If you have questions about paper SOOT forms, call the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at 777-2365.

Alumni Association has new board members

The Binghamton University Alumni Association has selected four new members for its board of directors.

Paul Aversano of Manhasset Hills received a bachelor’s in accounting in 1993. He is a managing director and national practice leader of the Transaction Advisory Group at Alvarez & Marsal.

Carol S. Dean of Oneonta earned a master’s in comparative literature in 1983, and a doctoral degree in educational theory and practice in 2003. Dean, who was awarded a Couper Fellowship, is now the curriculum coordinator for the Sidney Central School District.

Dennis C. Garcia of Chicago received a bachelor’s in political science in 1989 and earned a juris doctorate from Columbia University in 1992. He is the central region counsel/senior attorney at the Microsoft Corp.

Samir B. Shah, also of Chicago, received a bachelor’s in management in 2000. He is an engagement manager in the financial services practice at McKinsey & Co.

Nominations sought for Who’s Who

Applications are being accepted for membership in the 2007 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

This national program recognizes students for contributions to their schools. Faculty and staff may submit nominations for juniors, seniors and graduate students. Students may also nominate themselves.

Nominees must include a résumé or list of achievements with their applications. Candidates must have at least a 3.3 GPA and be in good judicial standing. Participation is free.

Applications are available online only through the XCEL site, Click on “Recognizing Leaders” to access the forms.

For details, contact Debora Clinton Callaghan at or Grace Fama at Applications are due Nov. 27.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08