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August 28, 2008  Volume 30, No. 2
SBDC client receives state honor

Bill Ketcham, a Binghamton University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) client and owner of North Country Aviation Services Inc., was recently presented with the New York State Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The award, presented by the New York State SBDC, is given to a veteran-owned small business that exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit and displays self reliance and an exceptional work ethic.

Counseling Center provides resources to campus

ide faculty and staff who are approached by students facing difficulties has been developed by the University Counseling Center.

“Talking With Students About Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Abusive Relationships: A Faculty-Staff Guide” is available at

Copies are also available at the Counseling Center, LN-1202. Counselors are available as consultants and as guest speakers for classes or department meetings.
Contact the Counseling Center at 777-2272.

Engineering and science building work begins

Site work for the construction of Binghamton University’s Engineering and Science building at the Innovative Technologies Complex has begun with placement of trailers and fencing.

Temporary walls and doors will be constructed in the north end of the Biotechnology Building, where the glass lobby is located. This area and the north end of the parking lot will be closed.

More information about the project is available at

University to offer executive management workshops

The Office of Continuing Education and Outreach will offer a series of workshops designed for executive-level management, team leaders, human resources and mid-level managers.
The workshops, which can be taken consecutively or individually, will be held from
9 a.m.-4p.m. at the University Downtown Center at 67 Washington St.

The first workshop, “Problem Solving and Root Cause Analysis,” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23, and is designed to give attendees a basic foundation of problem-solving methodologies.  During “From Striving to Thriving: A New Look at Performance and Motivation,” to be held Tuesday, Oct. 14, supervisors and managers will have the chance to will learn about new directions being taken in encouraging motivation and performance. 

The third workshop, “Advanced Leadership,” scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6, is targeted toward current leaders and will challenge participants with case studies and simulations to test and enhance their leadership skills. The fourth and final course, “Performance Appraisals,” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18, and will offer participants ideas and resources that can be applied to their own businesses and organizations.

Enrollment is limited and early registration is encouraged. Online registration is available at or by mail or phone.  For more information or to register, call 777-6857 or visit http://continuinged.

Partell named associate dean at Watson

Peter J. Partell has been named associate dean for administration in the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Partell previously served as director of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. Partell, who joined the University in 1997, has led the campus’ implementation of Banner’s Operational Data Store (ODS) and also has served as a member of the University’s Strategic Planning Council.

He earned a doctorate in political science from Binghamton University in 1999 and did his undergraduate work at the State University of New York College at Buffalo.

Sean McKitrick will serve as interim director of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning.  He also will maintain his current title of assistant provost for curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Redesigned website to launch Sept. 2

A cross-divisional team of more than 60 people has been working throughout the summer to prepare for the launch of a redesigned Binghamton University website. The first phase of the launch, scheduled for Sept. 2, will include the University’s top-level pages, as well as several academic departments and programs.

In all, the team has created or migrated nearly 1,000 pages for this first phase.
The second phase, which will continue for the academic year, will involve expansion of page design variations, addition of more interactivity and work with additional departments and offices to update their pages.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08