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May 01, 2008  Volume 29, No. 29
Conferences to focus

Binghamton University’s Korean Studies Program will play host to the 13th Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK) and the 16th International Conference of Korean Linguistics (ICKL).

The four-day event, scheduled June 26-29, is to disseminate Korean studies not only in the United States, but also in Korea and Europe.

The conference chair, Sungdai Cho, associate professor of Korean and linguistics in GREAL, expects 200 scholars from around the world to attend.

The AATK conference consists of an annual conference, professional development workshop and sessions for exchanging teaching materials and ideas. Two scholars are invited for the conference, Heidi Byrnes at Georgetown University and Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku at the University of California, San Diego.

The ICKL conference consists of an annual conference and four invited speakers, Gregory Iverson at the University of Maryland at College Park (phonology), Yoonjung Kang at the University of Toronto (phonology), William O’Grady at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (language acquisition) and James Yoon at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (syntax). 

The conferences are supported by the Provost’s Office, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Research Foundation, Office of International Programs, the Asian and Asian American Studies Program, Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages, Korea Foundation and The Academy of Korean Studies. 

For details or to register, contact Cho at or 777-3950.

Alumni author plans book signing

Alumnus and author Joshua Palmatier will return to campus for a book signing from noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the University Bookstore. He is the author of The Skewed Throne trilogy and will be featuring the last book in the series, The Vacant Throne.

His work can be viewed at:

Hillel plans celebration of Israel at 60 on May 8

Hillel at Binghamton will mark the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel with a celebration from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Dickinson Amphitheater.

There will be a Bedouin tent with an opportunity to make your own pita and drink traditional Bedouin tea, a Tel Aviv artist experience to make and buy art, a Masada climbing wall, as well as a Jerusalem Western Wall and Jewish experience station. In addition, there will be all-you-can eat traditional Israeli food for $3 per person, informative displays, music performances and a ceremony at 6 p.m. A capella group Kaskeset will perform at 6:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Hillel at 777-3424 or

Participants sought for YMCA Corporate Challenge

Binghamton University employees will have an opportunity to come out and support the University by participating in friendly competition with other area employers. The YMCA Corporate Challenge will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Broome Community College. Early registration ends on Thursday, May 22. The event offers a social, team-building and healthy activity. Athletic ability is not a requirement, just a desire to enjoy a good time.

For details, contact Helen Borruso at 777-2606 or

Blood drive scheduled May 5

The Administration Division will co-sponsor a blood drive with Chi Phi fraternity from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, May 5, in the UU-Mandela Room. Several times are available for donations, as well as for double red cell donations if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Contact Tracey Debnar at or 777-2157 for an appointment.

Sunday session to focus on wolves

Binghamton University will welcome the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) of South Salem, N.Y., and its Arctic gray wolf, Atka, at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in LH-1.

Besides an up-close encounter with Atka, participants will learn about the history of wolves in the United States, their importance to the ecosystem and efforts to save future generations of wolves.

This program is sponsored by the Binghamton University Scholars Program. A $2 donation is requested; proceeds go to the WCC. For details, contact Tom Basson at (914) 224-3889 or

New York City bus trip planned May 10

The Alumni Office is offering round-trip chartered bus transportation to midtown Manhattan on Saturday, May 10. The bus departs at 7 a.m. from the East Gym and will return to campus around 11 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. Limited seating is available.  Call 777-2424 to reserve a place.


Binghamton University was featured in U.S. News & World Report on Jan. 3 regarding the University’s use of text messaging to alert students when power went out last December. Colleges have launched text message alert systems for emergencies, and now the systems are being used for a variety of notifications.

Patrick Dikirr, post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was a guest on the Roy Green Show, CKNW (Canada) on Jan. 6. Dikirr, who discussed the recent upheaval in Kenya, has conducted research in environmental ethics and policy, African and African diasporic philosophies, social and political philosophy, cross-cultural health-care ethics and international justice.

Sylvia Hall, former assistant vice president for human resources, was featured in University Business Magazine on Jan. 8, regarding financial education for employees.

The Binghamton University Art Museum organized an exhibition at the UBS Art Gallery in New York City. According to the Jan. 8 edition of The NYC Official City Guide, the exhibit traces the career and legacy of Josiah Wedgwood. Works from the University’s collection were shown from Jan. 24-April 18. The event was mentioned in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the New York Sun.

Ali Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, authored an article, “Kenya; Causes And Solutions,” in on Jan. 9. The article discusses Kenya’s “deep political crisis.”

Mazrui was also quoted in The Guardian Unlimited (UK) on Jan. 10 regarding the Obama-Kennedy connection. In reference to Sen. Barack Obama, Mazrui said, “Before the Kenya elections occurred … there was a popular question circulating among Kenyan intellectuals: ‘Which country will be the first to have a Luo president, Kenya or the United States?’”

The announcement that Binghamton University was named a best value was featured in Newsday, The Staten Island Advance, amNewYork and other publications in January. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Binghamton one of the top 10 values for public education in the country.

Dylan Horvath, steward of natural areas, was featured in Northern Woodlands (Vermont) on Jan. 13 regarding his work in the Nature Preserve. As the caretaker of the University’s 190-acre preserve, Horvath is responsible for trail management, habitat enhancement and preservation, invasive species management and education programs. “This is my hobby. I get to do it every day, all day,” he said. “Some people complain that work interferes with their lives. I spend my days doing exactly what I would do if I didn’t have work to do.” Stephanie Specchio, former senior writer for Communications and Marketing, wrote the article.

Sylvia Hall, former assistant vice president for human resources, was featured in The Christian Science Monitor on Jan. 14 and The Gulf News (Dubai), KOAM (KS) and WIS 10 (S.C.) on Jan. 18, regarding employment following retirement. The University created a program that invites retired employees to return for projects or part-time work.

“We help people think about how to be productive after retirement. This is something organizations are going to have to pay a lot more attention to as we try to help people through this transition,” Hall said. Julianna Quinn, retired keyboard specialist for the School of Education, stated, “I still need that structure, I want to be helpful to people.”


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