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July 17, 2008  Volume 29, No. 34
Appreciation Day scheduled Aug. 7

President Lois B. DeFleur invites all Binghamton University faculty and staff to attend Appreciation Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in front of the Library Tower.

Lunch, music and prizes will be featured.  Once again, Binghamton’s own Dave Simek will serve as disc jockey.

Supervisors are asked to adjust employee schedules so that all clerical and support staff may attend for at least one hour.  Invitations will be sent next week and they must be presented at the event to be eligible for drawings of donated prizes and to receive a gift.

If you do not receive an invitation by July 25, call Peg Kelly in the Special Events Office at 777-4502.

In case of rain, the event will be held in the Appalachian
Collegiate Center, Mountainview College.

Banner System to be Temporarily Offline

The Banner Project is approaching several important milestones requiring the system to be temporarily unavailable from 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 until 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, to load student academic history.

One department becomes two

President Lois B. DeFleur has approved creation of two new academic departments in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences: the Asian and Asian American Studies Department and the German and Russian Department. The Faculty Senate endorsed the proposal last spring.

With the creation of the two new departments, the current German, Russian, and East Asian Languages Department will be dissolved and the Harpur College dean's office will initiate reassignment of faculty, staff and resources to these two new units.

Nation’s first doctorate in translation studies earned

Marella Feltrin-Morris completed the nation’s first PhD in translation studies at Binghamton University June 19, upon successful defense of her dissertation, “Into Forbidden Territory: The Audacity to Translate in a Second Language.”

Feltrin-Morris, who entered the Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP) as a doctoral candidate in 2004, included a substantial translation of a novel by leading Italian writer Paola Masino in her dissertation.

Feltrin-Morris’s achievement highlights the interdisciplinary strengths of Binghamton University’s program, said TRIP co-director Marilyn Gaddis-Rose, distinguished service professor. “TRIP’s interdisciplinary capabilities ... [allow] the program to remain complementary to the other existing and proposed doctorates in the United States,” she said.

Doctoral candidate awarded fellowship

Heather Schwartz, a doctoral candidate in history at Binghamton, has been awarded a research fellowship by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Schwartz will conduct research at the New York Public Library for her project, “Plans for Institutional Reform in British America, 1643-1788.”

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. It awards short-term fellowships to doctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars and independent scholars to conduct work in five archives in New York City — the Gilder Lehrman Collection at the New-York Historical Society, the library of the New-York Historical Society, the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the New York Public Library, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL). Schwartz is one of twenty Gilder Lehrman Fellows for the second half of 2008.

Upward Bound preps high-schoolers

Nearly 150 low-income and first-generation students from area school districts are experiencing college life and preparing for college education by spending six-weeks on the Binghamton University campus this summer. For over 40 years, Upward Bound, a federally funded college-prep program, has been helping local students develop the motivation and skills necessary to ensure high school graduation and success in college.

Students, from school districts such as Binghamton, Endicott and Johnson City enter the program in 9th or 10th grade and remain until graduation from high school. They live in the residence halls, take classes on campus and participate in trips and travel.

In addition to the intensive six-week summer residential program, students also participate in an after-school program during the year. Upward Bound counselors visit students weekly during the academic year, providing guidance, attention and support. They also meet with the student's guidance counselor and teachers to stay up-to-date on the students’ academic and personal progress. Upward Bound, which falls under the TRIO umbrella, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Other TRIO programs at Binghamton University include Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services and the McNair Scholars Program.


Lynn Gamwell, director of the University Art Museum, spoke on “Spiritual Art in the Age of Science” at the University of Texas at Dallas as noted in The Pegasus News (Tx.) and The New York Times on Feb. 12 and 15, respectively. Gamwell’s book, Exploring the Invisible, was hailed by scholar George Steiner as “a major contribution” to science and art. Science magazine stated that her book demonstrates that science, culture and art “move and change together.” Her lecture explored the creative influences art and science have on each other. The lecture gave “an illustrated tour of spiritual themes in early abstract art that emerged to express a scientific world view,” Gamwell said.

Binghamton University was mentioned in Printed Electronics World (UK) on Feb. 13 regarding flexible displays. The University’s active involvement in the research of barrier (oxygen and moisture) materials primarily for Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) was referenced. Representatives of the University presented this material at the IDTechEx Flexible Displays conference.

Michael Frame, director of federal relations, was featured in an interview on WENY, NY on Feb. 13 regarding an effort to retain upstate New York’s young professionals in the region. Frame, along with regional leaders, got together at the Corning Museum of Glass to discuss the “Pipeline 4 Progress” initiative, a think tank and public forum dedicated to creating, attracting and retaining talented individuals to the Southern Tier of Upstate New York. He suggested that the best way to keep young talent in the area is to create appealing communities.

Binghamton University was mentioned in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Feb. 17 regarding the institution’s efforts to reduce its energy consumption. A six-week contest monitored each dormitory community and its electricity consumption levels. Students were encouraged to reduce electricity consumption to win the contest. The winning community was awarded $20,000.

Tour guide coordinator stays involved

Matthew Hoffman, 21, is about to begin his senior year at Binghamton. A native of Vestal, he chose to live on campus from his first semester, but even more, he chose to immerse himself in campus life.

A tour guide for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions since his second semester at Binghamton, Hoffman currently serves as tour-guide student coordinator, overseeing the training and activities of 60 fellow students who represent the University to prospective students and their families. This summer’s training is underway, keeping Hoffman on the go.

“I was looking to get involved. I like Binghamton and, as a tour guide, I can share my favorite stories,” said Hoffman, who said one of the funnier stories he likes to tell visitors makes fun of himself — when he fell down during a bat-spinning race while participating in the Mountainview dorm wars a few years ago.

Hoffman moved to Champlain Hall in the Dickinson Community as a junior, to serve as a resident assistant. “I enjoy helping out and solving problems,” he said. He also enjoys developing programs for the residents on his floor. One that was particularly well attended – making stress balls to help ease the pressure of mid-terms and finals.

As a bioengineering major, he’s also excited about his involvement in research with Jacques Beaumont, associate professor of bioengineering. He’s learning while helping in the modeling of electric impulses in the heart. The research has “given me an idea of what to pursue in the future,” said Hoffman, who hasn’t yet decided whether to apply to graduate school or work in industry.

“Matt is a student with many talents. Not only does he love Binghamton, he wears it on his sleeve,” said Jeff Gates, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions. “Matt is a genuine young man and for this, parents and prospective students love to listen to him talk about the University. He is a role model for so many younger tour guides...there is a line of guides waiting to be the next Matt!”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08