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November 29, 2007  Volume 29, No. 13
Health insurance rate information for 2008

Health insurance rates for 2008 are as follows: Empire Plan, $22.19 individual, $95.10 family; CDPHP, $18.78 individual, $106.96 family; HMOBlue, $28.69 individual, $114.67 family; MVP, $39.33 individual, $166.31 family.

The annual Option Transfer Period for 2008 is Nov. 14-Dec. 14. The effective date of any changes made during this time will be Dec. 27. New Choices books are available in the Benefits Office.

Contact or or call 777-4850 for assistance. The open period for changing your pre-tax status will remain in effect through Nov. 30.


SEFA campaign nears 70 percent of goal

The 2007 State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) stands at 68 percent of its $65,000 goal. As of Nov. 20, $44,157 had been pledged to the campaign by 250 donors. At the same time last year, 272 donors had pledged $57,433.

Along with the United Way, SEFA provides support for national and international service agencies, state, national and international environmental organizations and dozens of community health and human service agencies in Broome County.

Donations may be directed to specific agencies, and individuals who donate a minimum of $75, or just $3 per paycheck, before Dec. 7 will have their names entered into a drawing for $50 gift certificates donated by the President’s Office.

SEFA donations can be made by cash, check or payroll deduction. For more information, contact Katie Ellis at Send donations to her in Communications and Marketing, AD-141.

Research Division announces personnel changes

The Division of Research recently announced the following personnel changes:

Terrance Kane has been appointed director of state relations. Kane will be responsible for all interactions of Binghamton University with New York State government officials.

Scott Bowen has been appointed director of special programs for economic development. Bowen will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive effort to build long-term relationships with industrial partners, especially regarding the Center  of Excellence for Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging.

Eugene Krentsel has been promoted to assistant vice president for technology transfer and innovation partnerships. Krentsel will continue to lead efforts for technology transfer of University-based inventions to the marketplace.

Nominees sought for Chancellor’s Award

Nominees are sought for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, which recognizes excellence in research or creative activity conducted at Binghamton University.

Guidelines for preparing nominations are available at Up to three nominees may be selected. When possible, at least one will be drawn from the Division of Science and Mathematics in Harpur College or the Watson School of Engineering and one from the other areas of scholarship at Binghamton. Each successful candidate will receive a certificate and a $1,000 award.

Nominations should be submitted to Stephen A. Gilje, associate vice president for research, by Jan. 14.


Student-curated art show focuses on feminist activism

A student-curated exhibit titled “eFEMera: The Art of Feminist Activism” will open at the University Art Museum with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

The show, which features 30 pieces by artists and artists’ collectives engaged in feminist politics since the early 1970s, includes a variety of posters, journals, advertisements and other ephemeral items. Artists in the exhibition include Adrian Piper, Lynda Benglis, Victor Burgin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, LTTR (Lesbians to the Rescue), K8 Hardy, the Guerilla Girls, Eau de Cologne, Gran Fury and Hannah Wilke. The show includes works by artists from South Korea, Taiwan, Israel and elsewhere.

The student directors will give a gallery talk at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. The show is on exhibit through Feb. 2, 2008.


Career center issues deadline reminder

Have you been asked to prepare a letter of recommendation for a student who has a Jan.  1 or 15 application deadline?

The Career Development Center reminds faculty and staff that students wishing to have credentials mailed before the holiday curtailment from Dec. 24-Jan. 2 must submit requests to CDC by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. All letters that a student intends to send must have arrived in CDC when the request is submitted.

Questions? Call Terri Kilcy, credentials coordinator, at 777-2400.


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Last Updated: 10/14/08