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March 13, 2008  Volume 29, No. 23
Applicants sought for faculty master opening

With the impending resignation of Professor Burrell Montz as faculty master in the Dickinson Community to become chair of the Department of Geography, the University invites all members of the University community to submit nominations, and all tenured members of the faculty to consider applying, for this important, exciting and rewarding leadership position.

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Decker graduate’s paper wins national prize


A paper by Margaret Wells based on her dissertation, Resilience in Rural Community Dwelling Older Adults, has been selected as the LaVonne Straub Memorial Student Research Paper Award winner by the National Rural Health Association.

Wells, who received her doctorate from the Decker School of Nursing in December, will be honored at the National Rural Health Association’s 31st Annual Conference, to be held May 7-10 in New Orleans.

Tallon to address Harpur Forum

James Talon will deliver a talk titled “Healthcare Reform: Setting up the Next Debate” on Friday, March 28, at the Harpur Forum’s meeting at The Binghamton Club.

Tallon, who represented Binghamton and parts of Broome County in the state Assembly, is now president of the United Hospital Fund of New York and chair of The Commonwealth Fund. Tallon also chairs the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and is secretary/treasurer of the Alliance for Health Reform.

The program will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and continue with Tallon’s speech at 8 a.m. For more information or to reserve a place, call 777-4390.

Student paper receives national recognition

Pipe Dream, Binghamton University’s independent, student-run newspaper, came in fourth place at the recent Associated Collegiate Press National College Newspaper Convention held in San Francisco.

The paper was recognized as fourth at the convention in the four-year weekly tabloid category, and competed against about 35 papers from colleges and universities across the country. The selection considered the paper’s editorial, graphic design, photography and overall content.

Pipe Dream is celebrating 61 years as Binghamton’s twice-weekly student-run newspaper this year.

Junior honored as student leader


Nallely Estevez, a junior financial economics and Spanish double major, was recently awarded the National Orientation Directors Association’s Student Leadership Award for Region IX.

The award recognizes student leadership in the area of orientation, retention and transition services. It’s given to one individual from a four-year college from the Northeast each year.

Estevez is a past orientation advisor and is a resident assistant in Hinman Community this year.

Crew Club plans annual memorial run

The Binghamton University Crew Club will hold the second-annual John McKenna Memorial 5K run on Saturday, March 15, at Recreation Park in Binghamton.

McKenna, a Binghamton graduate and member of the Crew Club from 1994-1998, was killed in combat during his third tour in Iraq with the U.S. Marines. All proceeds will benefit the John McKenna Memorial Fund and assist the Crew Club in its plans to purchase a boat to be named after McKenna.

A children’s fun run is scheduled for 9 a.m., a 5K at 9:30 and an awards ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Race-day registration, which costs $15, runs from 7:30 a.m. until race time. Forms and other details are online at

Casino-in-the-Woods planned Saturday

The College-in-the-Woods Dining Hall will be transformed into a casino on Saturday, March 15, complete with roulette, blackjack and more.

The fundraiser, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., is known as Casino-in-the-Woods. Each year, the event benefits a different local organization. This year, proceeds will go to the Room to Heal Foundation. The organization’s mission is to redecorate kids’ rooms, play spaces or hospitals to foster a healing space where they can rest and recover.

A cover charge of $2 includes refreshments and music from student a cappella groups. Participants purchase chips to play games of chance.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08