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April 17, 2008  Volume 29, No. 27
Accounting expert Lin Chiao dies at age 89

Lin S. Chiao, an associate professor emeritus of accounting, died April 4 at his home in Vestal. He was 89.

Chiao, a native of Shanghai, earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught at schools in Illinois and West Virginia before joining the Binghamton faculty in 1952.

Chiao, who enjoyed investing, stamp collecting, traveling and photography, retired in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, Lili, and his daughter, Monica. A funeral was held April 11 in Endicott.

Earth Day celebration planned Tuesday

Students, faculty and staff will celebrate Earth Day 2008 with a zero waste festival from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Dickinson Amphitheater.

Activities, which include food, music and environmental education, are free and open to the public.

During the celebration, attendees will have a chance to take part in discussions on the environment, a talk on backyard composting and other environmental displays. A hybrid vehicle will be on display, as well as “green” products, recycled retail items such as plastic T-shirts, license plate purses, water bottles and travel mugs. Used sneakers/shoes, which will later be recycled and used for other purposes, can also be dropped off during the event.

Events are sponsored by the Office of Recycling and Resource Management, NYPIRG, the Food Co-Op and Sodexho Campus Services.  For more information, or contact Juliet Berling at 777-3411 or

Making hope real to be discussed at Harpur Forum

Richard C. Harwood, founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, will address the Harpur Forum on Thursday, April 24, at the Binghamton Club.

Harwood will deliver a lecture titled “From Retreat to Authentic Hope: How We Can Make Hope Real in Our Communities.” Harwood, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Skidmore College, also holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University. His institute helps people imagine and act for the public good.

The program begins at 8 a.m., with a buffet breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required. For more details or to RSVP, call the Harpur Forum at 777-4390.

Drive seeks to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes

Students, faculty and staff of Seneca Hall in College-in-the-Woods are partnering with Soles4Souls Inc., a nonprofit organization from Nashville, Tenn., to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes to benefit victims of natural disasters and others in need.

Donation drop boxes have been placed in every residence hall across campus and the six-week drive will conclude May 9, the last day of classes. Soles4Souls has donated more than 3 million pairs of shoes to residents of nearly 60 countries since its 2004 inception, beginning with the original drive that collected 250,000 pairs of shoes for survivors of the Southeast Asia tsunami.

Soles4Souls collects shoes of every style, size and for any event, although sneakers are often the most needed. 

For more information about the Binghamton drive, contact Jessica Gahring at 777-5122 or e-mail

Trips planned to Asia, South America

As part of the Alumni Travel Program, the Alumni Association and Department of Theatre are offering a weeklong tour of Vietnam in January 2009. Associate Professor Don Boros will serve as a guide. For more information, contact Boros at or 777-2094.

Also in January, faculty members Tom Kremer and Carol Hanscom will lead a weeklong journey to South America, with stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile. To find out more, contact Kremer at or 777-2456. Both trips are open to alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University.

Read about the Alumni Travel Program at

Applicants sought for Exemplary Student Award

Students are invited to apply for the 2008 Homecoming Exemplary Student Award.

Pick up an application at the Student Information Desks, online at or in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations in AD-217. Prizes of $2,175, $750, $350, $200 and $100 will be awarded. Financial awards will be eligible for use for the spring 2009 semester.

The due date for applications is Friday, May 9.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08