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September 04, 2008  Volume 30, No. 3
Observances to mark anniversary of 9/11

The University will observe the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with a brief ceremony at the flagpole in front of the Couper Administration Building.
The assembly begins at 8:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. The Library Tower bell will chime at 8:46 a.m. to indicate the moment when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. A flag ceremony will follow, with a moment of silence as well as the singing of America the Beautiful.

Flowers will be placed at the monument in the Memorial Courtyard. 
Also on Sept. 11, the Chabad House Jewish Student Center, along with Hillel at Binghamton and  The Jewish Heritage Program, will hold its sixth annual Mitzvah Marathon Fair.

The Mitzvah Marathon will run from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and is designed to present members of the campus community with opportunities to do a good deed in memory of the 9/11 victims. A pavilion will be set up between the new Union and the library tower where participants will be able to choose from many opportunities to do a Mitzvah.

Participants also will fill out a form documenting their good deed that will be attached to a picture of a 9/11 victim and strung along a memory wall.

Downtown Center to host Neighborhood Project event

The Binghamton University Center for Applied Community Research and Development (CACRD) will host The Binghamton Neighborhood Project Symposium from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the University Downtown Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will give attendees a chance to learn more about research being conducted in and around Binghamton.

The keynote speaker will be Robert J. Sampson, chair of the Sociology Department at Harvard University and a noted researcher on crime, neighborhoods and social organization.  Sampson’s talk, titled “The Social Order of the City: Insights from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods,” will examine neighborhood effects and the social order of the contemporary city.

Throughout the day, participants will share research conducted with and about Binghamton and discuss how this research might improve the lives of community members. Attendees will also have the opportunity to offer suggestions on the type of research projects they would like to see.

The CACRD connects the University and individuals and organizations seeking community-based research partnerships. The goal is to create relationships where community organizations benefit from the University’s resource, while providing fertile ground for publishable research.

For more information or to register, contact Pam Mischen at 777-9155 or Justin Garcia at 777-9239 or

South American trip planned for January

The Binghamton University Alumni Association and Department of Theatre will offer a tour of South America in January. The tour is open to the public.

This trip, which runs from Jan. 12–23, will include tours of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile. Faculty members Tom Kremer and Carol Hanscom will serve as guides.
Travelers will visit sites and attractions in Buenos Aires, including café life, shopping and fine dining. In Santiago, travelers will find boutiques, restaurants and a bustling nightlife, as well as a wide range of city parks, museums, monuments and live performers.

The cost of the trip is $2,950 per person, which includes airfare, shared accommodations, itinerary activities and some meals. A $500 deposit is required by Oct. 15 to reserve a spot on this trip.

For details, contact Tom Kremer at 777-2456 or Travel with the Experts at 732-292-0034.

Music faculty to perform at Phelps Mansion Museum

Three members of the Music Department faculty will perform at Phelps Mansion Museum at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14.  Tickets are $10 and available at the door. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception with the artists follows the concert and is included in the ticket price.

Faculty members Georgetta Maiolo, flutist; Jonathan Biggers, playing the harpischord; and soloist Mary Burgess will be joined by Tomoko Kanamaru on the piano and Ursula Kwasnicka on the harp.  Paul Goldstaub, also a Music Department faculty member, has arranged the program selections. Kanamaru is a professor of music at The College of New Jersey, and Kwasnicka teaches at Hamilton College.

Selections include “Sonata in  E-flat Major for Flute and Harpsichord” by Bach; “Andante und Allegro fur Flote und Klavier” by Rossini; “Entr’acte pour Flute et Harpe” by Ibert; and “Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Taktakishvili, among other selections.

Phelps Mansion Museum, an 1870 Victorian mansion, is located at 191 Court St., Binghamton. The concert will be held in the ballroom.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08