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April 10, 2008  Volume 29, No. 26
Schultz named director of Human Resources

Joseph Schultz has been appointed director of Human Resources.

Schultz, who holds a bachelor of science from Binghamton University and a master of arts in human resources administration from the University of Scranton, came to the University in 1998 as a personnel assistant. He rose through the ranks to his most recent position as interim director of Human Resources.

“Joe’s technical expertise and knowledge of the campus and the SUNY system will serve the University community well,” said JoAnn Navarro, associate vice president for administrative services.

Dickinson Community wins energy contest

Dickinson Community was the winner of the second-annual Energy Conservation Contest, a six-week competition among the residential communities on campus.

Dickinson posted a 13.5 percent reduction in energy usage during the contest. The community’s resident assistants offered one-hour “blackout” programs, and Faculty Master Burrell Montz even bought low-energy nightlights for the residence hall bathrooms.

The competition was sponsored by the University, the Student Association and the New York Public Interest Research Group. Dickinson will receive the $20,000 prize.

President Lois B. DeFleur noted that the University’s energy costs top $10 million annually. The contest, she said, is good for students, the University and the planet.

During the contest, the campus’ electricity usage was reduced by 113,000 kilowatt hours, for a savings of 620,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Students honored with Chancellor's Award

Thirteen Binghamton students were among 275 honored April 7 with the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Natalie Berlin of Livingston, N.J.; Paul Gandolfo of Whitehouse Station, N.J.; Jared Gilman of Staten Island; Stephanie Goldberg of Pomona; Jacqueline Kane of Centennial, Colo.; Eralda Mema of Staten Island; Christina Muscatello of Binghamton; Christopher Powell of Hicksville; Carly Robinson of Briarcliff Manor; Sebastian Rodriguez of New City; Matthew Scheer of Oceanside; Brooke Schneider of Commack; and Bernard Sonenberg of Schenectady received a framed certificate and a medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

The award was created 11 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

Groups invited to celebrate Earth Day

Binghamton University's Earth Day celebration will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Dickinson Amphitheater. If your group or organization is interested in participating in the event, contact Juliet Berling at or 777-3411.

Bus trip planned to New York City

The Alumni Association will offer a Binghamton/NYC Alumni Mixer and Theater Event on Saturday, May 10. The $160 package includes round-trip chartered bus transportation to Manhattan, free time in the city, tickets for Rent and a reception at Heartland Brewery.

Contact Felicia Malarkey at or 777-2424 for details. RSVP with payment by April 18.

Luncheon program scheduled for retirees

University retirees are invited to an event from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Club Room at the Events Center. The program will open with a talk on wellness, followed by highlights about health insurance in retirement. Lunch will be served afterward. RSVP to Corinna Kruman at 777-5959 or by April 13.

Weight Watchers meets on campus

Weight Watchers meets at noon every Thursday on campus. Members receive group support and weekly instruction from a trained leader. You don’t need to be an employee or student to join. A new session is starting soon. For more information and to sign up, contact Marnie Wrighter at 777-3004 or

Deadline approaching for Scotland tour

The Alumni Association and Department of Theatre will offer a weeklong tour of Scotland in August as part of the Alumni Travel Program. Faculty members Tom Kremer and Carol Hanscom will serve as guides. The trip is open to alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University. The deadline to make a deposit is May 2. Contact Kremer at or 777-2456. For more on the Alumni Travel Program, visit


President Lois DeFleur was quoted in Newsday, Inside Higher Ed, The Ithaca Journal and The Poughkeepsie Journal on Dec. 18, as well as The Times Herald Record on Dec. 20 regarding a possible higher education research fund.

Thomas Dublin, professor of history, was quoted in The Times Tribune (Pa.) on Dec. 18 in reference to a proposed ethanol plant. Northeast Ethanol, which proposed plans to open an ethanol plant in Mayfield, Pa., is facing skepticism and opposition from community members. Dublin, author of two books on Pennsylvania’s coal region, suggests that the coal industry’s decline left ambivalence in its wake. Coal brought pride and success to places like Mayfield. “On the other hand, there’s also a sense that we’ve been let down, and that we’ve been taken advantage of, and that a lot of people got rich, but we didn’t,” Dublin said.

Findings of a new study by Mark Lenzenweger, distinguished professor of psychology, were released in The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and were also featured in Mental Health Weekly Digest, Health & Medicine Week, Life Science Weekly and many other publications throughout December. The study was titled “Predicting individual change in personality disorder (PD) features by simultaneous individual change in personality dimensions linked to neurobehavioral systems: the longitudinal study of personality disorders.” The study states, “personality disorders, long thought to be immutable over time, show considerable evidence of individual change and malleability in modern prospective longitudinal studies. The factors responsible for the evident individual change in PDs over time, however, remain essentially unknown.”

Susan Bane, director of biochemistry, was named in US Fed News on Jan. 2 as a developer of anticancer and anti-Alzheimer’s agents. Bane worked with Virginia Tech and Emory University researchers to create newly patented Alzheimer’s- and cancer-fighting agents.

Sally Dear, adjunct lecturer of human development, commented on relationships in (Fla.) on Jan. 3. Dear said learning about what makes relationships successful and understanding one’s own needs in relationships creates meaningful, successful relationships. “With the proper awareness and education, I really think that we could significantly decrease that trend of if you come from a divorced family, you are likely to get divorced,” Dear said.

Binghamton University was noted in The Daily Freeman, Alternative Energy Retailer and MidHudson News on Jan. 3 as one of five universities to partner with the Solar Energy Consortium.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, professor of English and director of the creative writing program, was featured in The Writer’s Almanac on Jan. 3 for her poem Donna Laura. The selection was from her latest book, All That Lies Between Us.

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