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September 18, 2008  Volume 30, No. 5
McNulty to speak at Forum breakfast

John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, will discuss “Topics in Political Science Research on American Elections” on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Binghamton University Forum (formerly the Harpur Forum) to be held at the Binghamton Club at 83 Front St. in Binghamton.

The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and McNulty’s discussion will start at 8 a.m.
McNulty, who teaches courses on political psychology, voting behavior and other issues dealing with voter turnout, will share his findings on American elections. He will address how voters respond when election officials make it more or less convenient to get to the polls and will ask the question, are U.S. citizens willing to make the extra effort to vote?

McNulty’s work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, American Politics Quarterly and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

To RSVP, or for more information, call 777-4390 or e-mail

Human-rights activist Morones to speak Sept. 24

Internationally acclaimed human rights activist Enrique Morones will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in FA-Watters Theater.

Morones’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of a discussion titled “Dialogues on Diversity and Social Justice.”  Attendees will be invited to join a discussion on the challenges of protecting both national borders and heritage as a nation of immigrants.

Morones is the founder of Border Angels, a group that places food, water and other provisions near desert border areas to try to save the lives of migrant workers.  He is also a founder of Gente Unida, a coalition of 65 human rights groups dedicated to stopping the efforts of the vigilante group The Minuteman Project, Inc.

The program is sponsored by Binghamton University’s Multicultural Resource Center, and the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program.

For more information, contact the Multicultural Resource Center at 777-4472.

University selected for philanthropy program

Binghamton University has been selected to develop a student-run philanthropy incubator aimed at recommending grants for nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Binghamton community.

The program, known as “Students4Giving,” is sponsored by The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and Campus Compact and is aimed at encouraging community-based learning and partnerships between colleges and universities and local non-profit organizations. 

“Binghamton students are deeply involved with numerous community organizations and this program will enable them to enhance these relationships and their educational experiences,” Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur said.

One of only 10 institutions in the nation selected to run the incubator, the program will provide Binghamton University with oversight of a $15,000 Giving Account. Under the direction of David Campbell, assistant professor, the fund will be managed over two semesters by students enrolled in the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program’s nonprofit management sequence.

“The project gives students the chance to become philanthropists: they will raise money to add to the Fidelity account and give it away to local charities,” Campbell said. “It is a critical part of the training we provide to develop students potential to become future leaders.”

Marshall Society dinner to feature former judge

The Thurgood Marshall Society will present its annual conference and dinner at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, in conjunction with Law Day.

The conference, which will be held in the Susquehanna Room in the University Union, has a theme of “social responsibility” and will feature George Bundy Smith, a former associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals; Judge Laura Safer Espinoza of drug court in Bronx Criminal Court; and Shareema Gadson Shaw, a University alumna and now an assistant district attorney in Bronx District Attorney’s Office.

Smith, now a partner at Chadbourne and Parke LLP in New York, served on the state’s highest court until his retirement in 2006. His judicial service began in 1975 and he also was a justice on the Supreme Court of New York. Smith worked to advance the cause of civil rights in the early 1960s as a Freedom Rider in Alabama.

For ticket information about the  dinner/conference, e-mail

Also on Sept. 24, a Law Fair will be held from 11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. in the Susquehanna Room. Representatives from 68 law schools will talk to students. A panel discussion on the law admissions process will follow from 3-4 p.m. in UU-252.

For questions about Law Day and the Law Fair, e-mail

New Hires

New hires during August included: Rodger Eugene Bellinger, cleaner; Susan Bragg, visiting assistant professor; Valerie Carnegie, athletics student services program assistant; Kathleen Clark, sports medicine office intern; Eric Coker, news editor; Renee Cornelius, administrative assistant; Sarah DeEsch, residence hall director; Kristen Duff, secretary; Bethany Feldman, residence hall director; Heather Horton, reader services assistant; Rebecca Howard, dean’s professor; Marc Hsu, men’s assistant basketball coach; Denise Huebner, lecturer; Mark Layton, cleaner; Joann Lindstrom, research assistant.

Also: Ashley Marcin, library reserves coordinator; Robert Markes, director of construction; Suzanne McMahon, keyboard specialist; Elizabeth Naumovski, women’s assistant basketball coach; Joseph Pienta, assistant track and cross country coach; Rory Quiller, assistant track coach; Jennifer Ann Robertson, sports medicine intern; Michael Blayney Robinson, visiting assistant professor; Kirsten Rowe, instructional support assistant; Edward Scott, associate athletic director; Shambhu Shastry, visiting assistant professor; Andrea Snyder, learning disabilities specialist; Charles Weeks, supply assistant; Melodie Wright, residence hall director.

In The News

Mary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing, was featured in the April edition of New York Nurses Network magazine. Muscari contributed to an article on balancing childcare with working nights and weekends.

According to Muscari, the constancy of other family members or friends is crucial for the well-being of children. “You need to make sure that the faces they are seeing all the time are the same,” Muscari said.

Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was interviewed by WSAV-TV (Ga.) on April 10 regarding Advanced Placement high school courses.

“Some schools don’t offer the same number of courses or the same courses with rigor that others do so the secret for us is to learn about the district,” she said. Although AP courses may seem like another challenge in the college admissions process, “life is not made by what college you attend. Life is made by what you make of the college experience,” Brown said.


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