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March 06, 2008  Volume 29, No. 22
Binghamton climbs in BusinessWeek rankings

Binghamton leaped from 74th to 40th place in BusinessWeek’s annual rankings of the country’s best undergraduate business schools. The School of Management ranked 15th among public institutions.

BusinessWeek uses nine measures, including surveys of some 80,000 business majors and more than 600 corporate recruiters, the median starting salaries for graduates, and the number of graduates each program sends on to the preeminent MBA programs. BusinessWeek also calculated an academic quality score for the undergraduate schools by combining SAT scores, faculty-student ratios, class size, the percentage of students with internships and the number of hours students spend on class work each week.

The complete rankings appear in the magazine’s March 10 issue, now on newsstands. Visit for more details.

Proposals sought for "Conversations" program

The Conversations in the Disciplines Program is acclaimed for its success in fostering scholarly discourse in and outside of SUNY and has brought visibility and recognition for the system from the public and the educational community.

The program supports intercampus conferences that bring together SUNY faculty and visiting scholars to examine new trends, review promising findings and better acquaint them with professional developments in their fields.  The emphasis of the program is upon scholarly development rather than administrative, curricular or instructional matters. Approved conferences will normally occur between Sept. 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009. A maximum award of $5,000 will support each conference.

Any academic department or equivalent organizational unit, such as a center or a library, may develop a proposal. Multidisciplinary and collaborative efforts are encouraged. Chairs who receive more than one proposal for signature will be responsible for screening them.

Proposals are due to the Research Development Services office by Tuesday, April 1. Guidelines and forms are available at Call 777-6136 for more information.

Faculty author to give reading

Jaimee Wriston Colbert, associate professor of creative writing, will give a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Barnes and Noble in Vestal.

Her latest book, Dream Lives of Butterflies, was a finalist in fiction for USA Book News’ Best Books of 2007 Awards and it was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of the Top Best One Hundred Books of 2007.

Junior recognized as student leader

Junior Jade Gardner was recently chosen as one of four undergraduates in the Northeast to receive the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association’s William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award for 2008. 

Gardener, a sociology major from the Bronx, is a student manager in FitSpace. She’s also a resident assistant, tour guide supervisor for Admissions, vice president of the  Binghamton Association of Mixed Students, vice president of the McNair Scholars program, a leadership consultant for the XCEL Center and a diversity leadership ambassador for

The award recognizes top students who are participants of and/or employed by the Department of Recreational Sports.

EAP to hold open house for new lending library

The Employee Assistance Program will hold an open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in its new library in LSG-672. A wide variety of books and resources are available to be borrowed. (For a complete list, visit Stop by to browse and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

For more information, contact Katy Bailey at or 777-6655.

University to play host to annual chili contest

Cooks from all over the Northeast will flock to campus May 3 for the seventh-annual Great New York State Chili Championship. At the event, cooks will compete for the 2008 title, as well as the right to represent New York at November’s Terlingua International Chili Championship in Texas. All proceeds will benefit the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW).

The cook-off, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Anyone with a chili recipe may participate. Cooks will be expected to bring their own supplies, as well as a team of friends to help provide samples to the public. Samples will be available for tasting starting at 11 a.m.

For a guide to cooking competition chili and more details, visit Contest entries are due April 30.

The Chili Championship is sponsored by Sodexho.

In The News

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological studies, was featured in Science Magazine on Nov. 9 regarding his latest book, Evolution for Everyone.
Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in publications such as Mental Health Weekly Digest, Fitness & Wellness Week and Law Weekly on Nov. 5 with tips for maintaining family sanity during the holiday season. The tips include participation in religious, cultural and family traditions, as well as eating well, exercising and getting lots of sleep to reduce stress.

Mark F. Lenzenweger, distinguished professor of psychology, was featured on on Nov. 5 for his involvement in a study regarding improvements of borderline personality disorder with intensive psychotherapy. The evidence suggests that transference-focused psychotherapy, a form of talk therapy, and supportive psychotherapy are alternatives to dialectical behavior therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08