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November 13, 2008  Volume 30, No. 13
University Wide Benefits Fair scheduled for Nov. 20

The University Wide Benefits Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-
2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Susquehanna Room and in the upstairs hallway outside the Susquehanna Room.

Participants will include health insurance providers, retirement and financial planners, state agencies, local banks and credit unions, several campus departments and retailers offering discounts to University employees.

Door prizes will be offered.  Sodexo will provide recipes and nutrition information from the campus dietitian.

The fair is co-sponsored by United University Professions and other unions on campus and the Human Resources Benefits Office.

For more information, contact Kathy Zentz at 777-4382 or

Harpur Ensemble to highlight a day of jazz

The Harpur Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mike Carbone and featuring guest artist Walter White, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Osterhout Concert Theater.

The day of jazz begins with a free mid-day concert at 1:20 p.m. with Jeremy Gold on tenor sax, Camille Thurman tenor sax, Gabe Luce on piano, Tyler Vallet on bass and Brad Koegel on drums. Following the afternoon concert will be a free jazz clinic at 2:30 p.m.; the day will conclude with the evening jazz concert.

For the evening Jazz Ensemble concert, tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for faculty, staff, and seniors and $2 for students.

Tickets are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon-5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling 777-ARTS, online at, or at the door. 

For more information, call the Music Department at
777-2592 or visit

Bell will be Kessler Distinguished Poetry Reader

Marvin Bell will serve as the Milton Kessler Distinguished Poetry Reader at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 in FA-Casadesus. The event is free and open to all.

Bell was for many years the Flannery O’Connor Professor of Letters at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and served two terms as the state of Iowa’s first poet laureate. He now teaches for the brief-residency MFA based in Oregon at Pacific University.

Bell is the recipient of awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Poetry Review and Poetry magazine, and has held senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia.

The event is named for Kessler, who was a poet of international acclaim, a professor of English in Harpur College for 35 years and the founder of the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University. When Kessler died in 2000, friends established a fund in his memory for a distinguished poet to be brought to campus for a special reading in honor of Kessler’s contributions to the University. 

A book signing and reception will follow. For more information, go to http://readers-

Nominations, applications sought for ‘Who’s Who’

Applications are now being accepted for membership in the 2008 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  This program recognizes students for outstanding contributions to their schools through campus leadership, scholarship and community achievements.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations for matriculated juniors, seniors and graduate students. Students can also nominate themselves. Nominees must include a résume or listing of achievements with their applications.

All candidates must have at least a 3.3 cumulative G.P.A. and be in good judicial standing. Names are forwarded to the national office from a selection committee made up of faculty, staff and students.

Applications are available online through the XCEL website:

Flex spending account open enrollment deadline is Nov. 14

The open enrollment deadline for the 2009 flex spending account is approaching.

You have until midnight Friday, Nov. 14, to enroll in either or both of the two benefits offered under the FSA, the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) and Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA). You may enroll either online at or by calling (800) 358-7202 (press 1).

Service-learning workshop to take place Nov. 20

Attention faculty: Find out how to integrate service-learning into your course. Attend a service-learning workshop from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in UDC-201.

Faculty who develop a service-learning course will receive a $250 stipend.

RSVP to Maria Carra at 777-3868 or by Nov. 17.

New Hires

New hires during September included: Seden Akcinaroglu, professor; Gregoire Berner, Division I coaching assistant; Sara Delmar, admissions counselor; Sebahattin Demirkan, assistant professor; Heather Fiumera, assistant professor; Lawrence
Hamilton Jr., University Police Officer 1; Siobhan Hart, lecturer; Kevin Hatch, visiting assistant professor; Kai Huang, assistant professor; Pong-Yu (Peter) Huang, assistant professor.

Also: Kathryn Kear, assistant professor; Huseyin Kirkizlar, assistant professor; David Klotzkin, associate professor; Onur
Koksoy, visiting assistant professor; Michael Lawler, assistant professor; Yu (David) Liu, assistant professor; Alan Lockard, visiting assistant professor; James
Lothian, visiting assistant professor; Kevin McKeown, assistant men’s lacrosse coach; Cynthia McNamara, calculations clerk 1; Mario Moroni, visiting assistant professor; David Orton, post-doctoral associate.

Also: Robert Palmer, assistant professor; Mario Pastore, lecturer; Rolf Quam, assistant professor; Reuben Rappe, assistant men’s and women’s diving coach; Joyce Rhodes-Keefe, clinical instructor; Edmund Ryder, visiting assistant professor; Stefan Sciaraffa, visiting assistant professor; Sarah Shectman, visiting assistant professor; Jason Sherman, University Police officer 1; Chenqing Song,

Also: Alan Temes, lecturer;
Diego Trelles-Paz, visiting assistant professor; Sandra Tuckowski, instructional support assistant; Ruth VanDyke, associate professor; Diane Vavrichek, visiting assistant professor; Stephanie Vlajic, academic advisement assistant; Julia Walker, lecturer; Leigh Ann Wheeler, associate professor; Jeffrey Yates, professor; Ali Yayla, assistant professor; Tinghui Yu, visiting assistant professor; Noel Zeh, associate athletic trainer.

In The News

President Lois B. DeFleur was featured in Aviation for Women magazine in May regarding the “catalyst for many of her successes,” a black and gold-striped single-engine Piper Comanche 260C airplane.

DeFleur explains how her aviation skills have helped her excel professionally and attain key posts in many prestigious institutions. She goes on to mention how flying airplanes has contributed to her own leadership abilities.

“I talk about decisive and courageous leadership. Flying forces you to make decisions, just like a good leader has to do,” DeFleur said.

Wendy Martinek, associate professor of political science, was quoted in U.S. News & World Report in May regarding federal judicial nominations. “What’s really key is the fact that the balance of the Supreme Court has changed pretty dramatically,” said Martinek, who has researched judicial nominations. “If you look at the Supreme Court, there’s a much bigger effect and a much bigger legacy.”

Findings of a new study by Elena Varlinskaya, research professor of psychology, were featured in Mental Health Weekly Digest, Science Letter and Biotech Week, among several other publications in May. The study, titled “Social interactions in adolescent and adult Sprague-Dawley rats: impact of social deprivation and test context familiarity,” concluded “these findings confirm that different forms of social behavior are differentially sensitive to social deprivation across ontogeny.”


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