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February 14, 2008  Volume 19, No. 29
Lecture, displays focus on Ottoman Empire

Donald Quataert, professor of history, will present a lecture titled “The Ottoman Empire and Why it’s Important in Today’s World” from noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Reinhardt Room.

Materials from Quataert’s personal collection will be displayed in Special Collections on the second floor of the Bartle Library. The exhibit will also feature selected materials from Special Collections, including an 1844 map of the Ottoman Empire. On the Bartle Library mezzanine, there will be a display of the Libraries’ circulating materials relating to Turkey and Turkish history and culture.

Eating disorders to be topic March 4

Jenni Schaefer will present “Declaring Independence from Eating Disorders: A Personal Journey” from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Anderson Center Chamber Hall.

Schaefer is the author of the book Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too, about her personal experience recovering from an eating disorder. She is a regular guest on national radio and television.

Admission to the program, sponsored by the Eating Awareness Committee and Sodexho, is free and open to the public. For more details, call Randi Scheiner at 777-2772.

Graduate student receives grant

Racquel Goodison, a graduate student in creative writing, is the recipient of the Astraea 2007 Emerging Lesbian Writers Fund $10,000 grant.

Goodison writes “faction” — that is, non-fiction fiction. Almost everything she writes is true except for the fact that she is re-membering it all.

Goodison, who was born and raised in Jamaica, now lives and writes in Brooklyn. She received her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College.

Astraea, founded in 1977, is the only foundation in the world solely dedicated to supporting LGBTI organizations in the U.S. and internationally.

Volunteers sought for Commencement

Organizers are seeking Binghamton University employees and alumni to serve as ushers at the Spring Commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18.

Ceremonies will be held at 5 p.m. May 17 for the Graduate School, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 18 for Harpur College and at 12:30 p.m. May 18 for the professional schools. Volunteers should plan to arrive two hours before the ceremony. The total time commitment per ceremony would be 3½ to four hours. It is preferred that volunteers for Sunday are available to assist with multiple ceremonies.

Food is provided as appropriate, should you remain for more than one ceremony on Sunday. Volunteers will receive a gift certificate to the Oakdale Mall.

To volunteer, contact Darryl Wood or Casey Korchynsky at or 777-2908 by Friday, April 4.

Nominees sought for Foundation Awards

Nominations for a series of Foundation Awards are due to Sara Ballard in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs by Monday, March 3.

The following awards are available to graduating seniors: The Rishel-Searles Memorial Award; the Award for Outstanding Performance in Extra-Curricular Areas (outside athletics); the 1986 Senior Class Award; Nell Jackson Award; Mary Richardson Award; the Henrietta L. Pitler Award for Scholarship and Leadership; the Kent & Barbara Turner

Award for Volunteer Service; and the David L. Anderson Award for Student Excellence.
Nominations should include a typed statement citing specific accomplishments and activities, a résumé and completed nomination form. Forms and details are available at

Chabad to welcome scholar in residence

Rabbi Jacob Immanuel Schochet will be the scholar in residence at the Chabad House Jewish Student Center this weekend.

Schochet, the author of 36 books and rabbi of Toronto’s Congregation Beth Joseph, is professor of philosophy at Humber College in Toronto.

He will speak on “Making Sense of What Jews Believe” on Friday, Feb. 15. His talk will follow Shabbat services that begin at 6 p.m. and will take place during dinner starting at 7 p.m.

Schochet will also speak at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, addressing “Bible Criticism, the New Atheism, good ol’ fashioned skepticism vs. Divine Authorship. Will the author of the Bible please stand up?”

Schochet will speak once more on “Making Sense of What Jews Believe” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Refreshments will be served; there is a $4 fee for non-students.
All lectures will take place at Chabad House, 420 Murray Hill Road, Vestal. Services, meals and lectures are open to the campus community. To make reservations, call 797-0015.

New Hires

New hires in January included:
Nancy L. Baudendistel, accounting and financial analyst assistant; Jenny M. Buza, Web developer for Enrollment Management; Barbara Cotroneo, keyboard specialist 1 in Health Services; Brent Fuhrman, financial administrator for Information Technology Services; Mark A. Gialanella, fire safety systems coordinator for Environmental Health and Safety; Rebecca L. Hancock, secretary 2 in the Office of the Vice President for External Affairs.
Lisa A. Havtur, administrative compliance coordinator; Rebecca J. Kahn, copywriter/marketing coordinator for Enrollment Management; Thomas J. Lamphere, assistant director/business manager for Campus Recreational Services; Bret L. Pearsall, Environmental Specialist for Environmental Health and Safety; Tamara L. Regulski, technology training associate, University Center for Training and development; Brian T. Rose, vice president for student affairs; and Victoria A. Williams, coordinator of graduate recruiting for the Graduate School Dean’s Office.


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