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October 16, 2008  Volume 30, No. 8
Alumna to speak Oct. 17 at Binghamton University Forum

Susan Clark-Johnson, ’67, will discuss “The Future of Newspapers” at a Binghamton University Forum breakfast program on Friday, Oct. 17.

Clark-Johnson was the first woman to serve as president of the newspaper division of Gannett Co., overseeing about 100 newspapers across the country. She served in the position from 2005-May 2008, when she retired after 41 years with the company.

She began her career as a reporter for the Niagara Gazette and was later named published of the newspaper. In 1983, she became publisher of the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton.

The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m.; the formal program starts at 8 a.m.
For more information, call 777-4390 or e-mail

Provost seeks proposals for Inter/Multidisciplinary Symposia

ls for proposals for the Provost’s Inter/Multidisciplinary Symposia 2009.

The objective is to promote discourse among departments and schools and to increase visibility of research, scholarship and creative endeavors across campus and externally.

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, Nov. 14. For an application form, visit

If you have any questions, contact Kelly Wemette at 777-4801 or

Employee flu clinic scheduled for Nov. 5-6

The 2008 Employee Flu Clinic for faculty, staff, retirees and adult family members has been scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5 and Thursday, Nov. 6, at the following locations:

Nov. 5: 8:30-10 a.m., ITC first-floor lounge; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., UUW-324; Nov. 6: 6:30-9 a.m., Physical Facilities break room; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., UUW-324.

Clinics are walk-in only.  Flu vaccine cost is $23 cash or check only, payable to service provider UHS Occupational Health.

The clinics are sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program.
For more information, contact EAP at 777-6655 or

Personal Safety Advisory Committee seeks input

The Personal Safety Advisory Committee is seeking suggestions from the campus community about specific areas that should be investigated for safety improvements before its fall “campus by night” tour of the University scheduled for Oct. 23.

Suggestions may be sent to Anthony Preus at or Tracey Debnar at or 777-2157.

Undergraduate speaker sought for Commencement

The Binghamton University Commencement Advisory Committee invites faculty, staff and students to nominate individuals for the role of Undergraduate Student Speaker for the fall Commencement.

A single undergraduate will be selected to present a three- to five-minute speech at this formal event. All nominees must be either a summer 2008 graduate or fall 2008 candidate as certified by the Registrar’s Office.

For more information, visit The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 31 by 5 p.m.

UUP statewide vice president to visit campus Oct. 21

John Marino, UUP’s statewide vice president for professionals, will visit the University from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 in UUW-324.

Marino will be letting visitors know how the new contract can help professional staff, answering questions about concerns regarding promotions, permanent appointments, salary increases and other issues.

For questions, contact Fran Goldman at or the UUP office.

University Art Museum features new exhibits

The University Art Museum will hold an opening reception for its new exhibits from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.

The 2008 Alumni Art Exhibition can be found in FA-213 and will be on display until
Dec. 6.

The 16th International Mini Print Juried Exhibition is in FA-179 and also on display until Dec. 6.

Josiah Wedgwood and His Circle is in FA-213 and is on display until June 1, 2009.
Museum hours are: noon-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon –7 p.m., Thursday.

Author to sign books at University Bookstore

Author and University alumnus Joshua Palmatier will promote his trilogy of fantasy books, “The Skewed Throne,” “The Cracked Throne” and “The Vacant Throne,” at the University Bookstore from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

Palmatier will be available for discussion and to sign copies of his books.


Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in U.S. News & World Report on April 30 regarding online blogs and recruitment.

Brown believes applicants turn to student blogs, which appear on the school’s website, because “they want the ‘real story,’ not market-generated canned materials. Today’s students believe blogs, IMs and other true-to-life contacts to be more believable.”

Lynn Gamwell, director of the Art Museum, was noted as a curator of the art exhibit “To Infinity and Beyond: Mathematics in Contemporary Art,” according to Newsday and The Village Times Record (Huntington) on April 22 and 26, respectively.

Gamwell, along with New York City art consultant Elizabeth Meryman, curated the exhibit, which includes paintings and sculptures inspired by numbers, geometry and patterns. The exhibit was displayed at Heckscher Museum of Art in Long Island.

The pair also collaborated on a 2003 Heckscher exhibit named “Genetic Expressions: Art After DNA.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08