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November 15, 2007  Volume 29, No. 12
Banner project reaches milestone

Undergraduate and graduate applications are coming to campus through Banner, marking an important achievement in the launch of the new student information system.

“This is just one significant milestone in bringing Banner up at Binghamton,” said Jennifer Schorr, project manager. “This is huge. It represents an enormous effort.”

Undergraduate Admissions and the Graduate School are accepting applications and importing test scores through the new system.

Major tests of the system are planned in January and February, Schorr said. And in March, students will register for fall classes using Banner.

Visit for more details about the project.

Annual benefits fair scheduled Nov. 29

The University Wide Benefits Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the UU-Mandela Room.

Participants will include health insurance providers, retirement and financial planners and campus offices, along with the Decker School of Nursing and retailers that offer discounts for University employees. Door prizes will be offered. Sodexho will provide refreshments, recipes and nutrition information from the campus dietitian.

The fair is co-sponsored by United University Professions, other unions on campus and the Human Resources Benefits Office. For more information, contact Kathy Zentz, UUP chapter assistant, at 777-4382 or


East Campus housing meeting is Monday

The University community will have an opportunity to see the plans for East Campus housing at an information meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in the PSPC Dining Room.

Representatives from the divisions of Students Affairs and Administration will present the plans that outline the phases and configuration for replacing the buildings in Newing College and Dickinson Community.

The entire project, which will begin with construction of a new building in the Newing community next spring, will take several years to complete.


Evolutionary Studies seminar is Friday

Author Peter Turchin, professor  of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut, will deliver an Evolutionary Studies seminar at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in LH-8. His talk is titled “The Rise and Fall of Empires: why do large states tend to arise on the nomadic pastoralist/settled agriculturalist frontiers?”.

Turchin, author of War and Peace and War: The Life Cycles of Imperial Nations, studied at Moscow State University and New York University before earning a doctorate in zoology from Duke University.

During the last decade, his research interests shifted from the study of population dynamics to the investigation of the dynamics of historical societies. Turchin now works in the nascent field of mathematical history.


Student essay receives national recognition

Thomas Ian Campbell, a senior majoring in art history and comparative literature, was one of four runners-up for the annual Norton Scholar’s Prize.

His essay, titled “Contestation, Disruption and the Problem of Framing in Kafka’s Before the Law,” was judged one of the best in the country and earned him a $1,000 prize. The award is given annually for an outstanding undergraduate essay of 1,750-3,000 words on a literary topic.

Campbell, 21, of East Moriches, worked with Neil Christian Pages, associate professor in German, Russian and East Asian Languages, to develop his essay.

Campbell, who will study French literature and language in Paris in the spring, hopes to go to graduate school for visual studies/art history.


New brochure promotes safety procedures

Environmental Health and Safety has a revised emergency evacuation brochure available   at that contains information, including emergency phone numbers, about how to safely evacuate a building during a fire or other emergency.


Register now for SA holiday drive

The annual Student Association “Hooray! for Holidays” gift-giving celebration will take place on Friday, Dec. 7.

Departments, offices and student organizations interested in sponsoring a family for the drive should register at by Monday, Nov. 19.

For more information, contact Dave Belsky at


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Last Updated: 10/14/08