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April 24, 2008  Volume 29, No. 28
Awards to support professional development

Funding for Individual Development Awards (IDA) is now available. The IDA program is part of the new United University Professions contract with the state, and provides up to $1,000 for UUP-represented employees to engage in activities that further professional development.

Part-time employees are particularly encouraged to apply, since 15 percent of the funds are set aside for these employees. Examples of activities contributing to professional development include travel to conferences, preparation of material for publication and artistic or creative endeavors.

For this round of IDA funding, there will be awards for two time periods: July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008, and July 1, 2008-Dec. 31, 2008. Future funding rounds will be in January-June and July-December cycles.

To apply, see For questions about the program, contact Jim Dix at or 777-2480 or Kelly Wemette at or 777-4801.

Wellness Approach to Weight Loss

Binghamton University will offer A Wellness Approach to Weight Loss, a three-hour workshop that addresses weight loss from a wellness perspective as opposed to the typical caloric restriction philosophy.

Presenters include Alexa Schmidt, Binghamton University’s registered dietitian; and Sarah Thompson and Jennifer Wegmann, both of whom teach nutrition in the Health and Physical Education Department.

Topics will include wellness factors and nourishing the body, metabolism and weight loss, healthy eating and weight management.

The session will run from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in UU-133. Registration costs $20. To sign up, contact Schmidt at Walk-in registration is available.

Kenneth Jackson to give Shriber Lecture


Award-winning author and historian Kenneth T. Jackson will deliver the first Harvey and Elizabeth Prior Shriber Lecture from 5:15-6:45 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Anderson Center Reception Room.

Jackson is the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University.

His latest book, written in collaboration with David Dunbar, is Empire City: New York Through the Centuries. Jackson’s best-known publication, Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States, was chosen by the New York Times as a notable book of the year. Jackson is also the editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of New York City, which was published in a single, 1,373-page volume in 1995 by Yale University Press.
His talk at Binghamton is titled “Empire City: Why New York is Different from the Rest of the United States.”

The Shribers were teachers in the Binghamton City School District. A donation from a charitable trust they founded supports this lecture, which is expected to be held annually.

ROTC to hold commissioning ceremony

Binghamton University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will have a commissioning ceremony from 1-2 p.m. May 18 in FA-Casadesus Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the FA-Green Room. Faculty and staff are invited to see four of Binghamton’s soon-to-be-graduates become commissioned officers in the United States Army.

PwC Scholars plan community service day

Participants in the School of Management honors program, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Scholars, will hold a community service day beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, May 2, at the Webster Street Park in Binghamton. PwC employees as well as about 100 student scholars will plant flowers, repair and repaint portions of the park and build and install picnic tables. A dedication ceremony is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. at the center of the park.

Weecycle Children’s Sale planned Friday, Saturday

The Campus Pre-School will hold a Weecycle Children’s Sale featuring gently used children’s clothing, toys, books, furniture and gear as well as maternity clothes.

It opens with a preview sale from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 25. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Advance tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Campus Pre-School. Preview Sale tickets will be sold at the door for $8. The sale continues with free admission from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, with a bag sale beginning at noon. Bags are $3 each and will be provided.

For more information or to donate items, contact Peg Smith at 777-2696 or

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