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January 24, 2008  Volume 29, No. 16
University creates YouTube page
The University has established its own YouTube page, offering the campus community a place to highlight videos.

The page debuted with "The Binghamton Advantage," a 30-second commercial featuring student-athlete and All-American pole vaulter Rory Quiller. The spot, which was produced and directed by BAZAAR Films Inc., will air locally and nationally during televised America East NCAA basketball games. Visit the YouTube page at to watch the commercial.

SEFA campaign surpasses goal

The 2007 State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) on campus ended on a high note, surpassing its $65,000 goal by more than $8,000. The campaign garnered contributions from 312 donors pledging $73,252.

The annual campaign provides assistance to health and human service agencies in the region, state and nation. Last year, 314 donors contributed $68,281.

Scott Hancock, who works in Binghamton University’s Technology Transfer office, won a 50-pack of Binghamton Mets tickets for the 2008 season through the Broome-Chenango-Tioga campaign. Additional drawings were won by employees of other state agencies.

Campus prizes — $50 gift certificates to area businesses and restaurants donated by the President’s Office — were won by Manas Chatterji, SOM; Doris Seidel, Undergraduate Admissions; Jill Yaples, Library; Carol McManamon, Biological Sciences; Kelly Wemette, Provost’s Office; Mary Ann Martin, Information Technology Services; and Donald Loewen, GREAL.

Proposals sought for interdisciplinary grants

The Division of Research seeks proposals for the 2008 Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants Program. This program is for investigators who seek to enhance their research opportunities through collaboration with others at Binghamton and may include projects that represent a new research agenda. Proposals from all areas of scholarship are encouraged; requests may be for a maximum of $10,000. All projects must lead to the development of a proposal for external support. Questions about proposal preparation or budgeting should be directed to the staff at Research Development Services.

Full guidelines are posted at

Questions about eligibility or scope of the program should be addressed to Stephen Gilje, associate vice president for research, at or 777-6136.

Applications are due March 17.

Nominees sought for Council/Foundation Award

Nominations for the Council/Foundation Award are now being accepted. Complete information may be found at Nominations will remain confidential and are due by March 14 to Laura O’Neil in the President’s Office at

University Chorus to hold auditions

Community members are invited to audition for the Binghamton University Chorus, a town-gown group of about 150 students, faculty, staff and community members.

Auditions will take place from 5:30-7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in FA-27. The University Chorus rehearses from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays during the academic year. The group, conducted by Bruce Borton, will join the University Symphony Orchestra for an April 13 performance of Haydn’s Creation.

For an audition appointment, call the Music Department at 777-2589.

Writing workshops planned in February

Continuing Education and Outreach will present weekend writing workshops in collaboration with The Art School.

Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir will meet Feb. 2 and 3; Creating a Picture Book, Feb. 9 and 10; Flash Fiction, Feb. 16 and 17; and Poetry, Feb. 23 and 24. Professional writers as well as aspiring authors are welcome. Classes will meet from 9 a.m.-noon at the University Downtown Center.

The fee is $65 per workshop or $220 for all four. Register at http://continuinged.
or call 777-6857 for details.

Leadership program offered for girls

Continuing Education and Outreach will sponsor a one-day leadership conference for girls in grades 7-12 on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the University Downtown Center.

The program will feature interactive workshops, local female leaders sharing their experiences and insights on creating success and making a difference as well as leadership activities.

Enrollment is limited. Registration costs $50. Sign up at or call 777-6857 for more details.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08