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October 23, 2008  Volume 30, No. 9
President will hold open hours on Nov. 24

The date of President Lois B. DeFleur’s open hours in November has changed. She will hold open hours from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in the Office of the President on the eighth floor of the Couper Administration Building.

Tour DeFleur 5K Run scheduled for Nov. 1

Lace up your sneakers for the third annual Tour DeFleur 5K Run to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Registration begins at 10 a.m. in lot E-1 located behind the East Gym tennis courts.

The race will follow the Binghamton Varsity Cross Country course, concluding with an awards presentation.  Prizes will be given to the top three male and female finishers, as well as the best in each age category.

New this year is a 100-yard dash Kids Fun Run, starting at 11:45 a.m. The Binghamton Zoo Mobile will be on hand. There also will be games, a costume contest, and free snacks.

Runners and walkers can sign up in the East Gym Membership Services Office, Room 139. The pre-registration fee is $7 and day of race registration is $10, which includes post-race refreshments. The first 100 registrants will receive a T-shirt.

Tour DeFleur is sponsored by Sodexo, Campus Recreation, and the Eating Awareness Committee. All proceeds will be donated to the Ross Park Zoo and the Binghamton University Eating Awareness Committee.

For more information,
contact or visit http://campus

Family Weekend Concert to be held Oct. 25

The Binghamton University Wind Symphony, conducted by Bob Smith, the Harpur Chorale, conducted by Peter Browne, and Women’s Chorus will perform a free Family Weekend Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in the Osterhout Concert Theater.

The program will consist of a variety of choral and band music. The event is sponsored by the Binghamton University Music Department.

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

Science V water main work will take two weeks

Work began Oct. 20 to install a water main that will feed the new Science V building. 

The water main will be installed across the top of parking lot C and past the greenhouse and will be tied into the Science III/IV mechanical room. Fencing has been installed that narrows the pathway from lot C to the Anderson Center.

The Anderson Center entrance and box office will remain open and no parking spaces in lot C are affected by the work. The water main installation will take about two weeks.

Contact Robert Langhans with any questions at or 777- 4321.

Administration Division blood drive Oct. 31

The Administration Division will hold a blood drive from 7:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 in UU-252. Contact Tracey Debnar at 777-2157 or to schedule a time to donate.


Andrew Morris, associate director of undergraduate admissions, was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 2 regarding alumni in student recruitment. He is in charge of coordinating 1,400 registered alumni volunteers.

According to Morris, these volunteers act as a “force multiplier,” populating booths at admissions fairs, writing letters to perspective students and welcoming accepted students on the campus in spring.

H. Stephen Straight, professor of anthropology, linguistics and vice provost for undergraduate education and international affairs, authored an article published in Inside Higher Ed on May 5 titled “But Where Does That Leave French?”

Straight stated he is “eager to understand the current Foreign Language trends in the U.S.” and that he is “puzzled by the decreasing enrollment in specifically French classes.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08