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September 25, 2008  Volume 30, No. 6
President’s open hours to be held Oct. 2, Nov. 19

President Lois B. DeFleur will hold open hours from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, and from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Office of the President on the eighth floor of the Couper Administration Building.

Provost seeks proposals for symposia

Provost Mary Ann Swain calls 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

SEFA Campaign kicks off next week

The 2008 State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) Campaign kicks off next week, when faculty and staff receive information packets on the campaign, along with pledge cards. SEFA donations benefit a variety of health, human services and environmental advocacy agencies. This year’s theme is “Your Donation Makes a World of Difference.” The campus goal is $65,000.

Donations can be directed to specific agencies, and individuals who donate a minimum of $75, or just $3 per paycheck, before Dec. 1 will have their names entered into a drawing for $50 gift certificates donated by the President’s Office.

SEFA donations can be made by cash, check or payroll deduction. For more information, contact Martha Gahring at or visit Send donations to Katie Ellis, Communications and Marketing, AD-141.

Research Foundation employees have received information on the United Way of Broome County 2008 campaign. During the last several years, Research Foundation employees have increased their participation and level of contribution.

For more information on the United Way Campaign, contact Paul Parker at

Open enrollment begins for flex spending accounts

The annual open enrollment for flex spending accounts began Sept. 22 and will continue through Nov. 14. This enrollment will be effective for expenses incurred during the 2009 calendar year.

The Flex Spending Account is a state employee benefit that saves you money by allowing you to pay for certain expenses with pre-tax dollars. Under this program, you can choose from two benefits:  The Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account.

For more information on these programs, go to and select HR News, or to enroll go directly to

Forum to address challenges faced by nonprofit groups

Binghamton University will host an Organizational Lifecycles and Nonprofit Strategy Forum from 11a.m.-3p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the University Downtown Center.

The forum, which is open to the public, will bring together researchers, funders and practitioners to discuss the challenges faced by nonprofit organizations at various stages of development.

Nationally known researcher Susan Chambré will kick off the program with a presentation about her research on the evolution of New York City AIDS organizations.

During lunch, Karen Wright, the executive director of Stillwater, located in Broome County, will discuss her experience leading the organization during the early stages of its existence.  Representatives from a group of charitable foundations will lead a panel discussion on how lifecycle issues affect their work with nonprofit organizations. Members of the panel include Joanne Florino of the Triad Foundation, Dan O’Connell of the New York State AIDS Institute and Richard Iannello of the Albany Guardian Society.

The $25 fee for the forum includes lunch. Registration information is available at the Center for Applied Community Research and Development (CACRD) website home page:

To register or for more information, contact Steve Jackson at 777-9155 or

Mid-Day Concert series will begin Oct. 2

The  first Mid-Day Concert of the season with faculty and student performers will be held at 1:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2 in FA-Casadesus Recital Hall.

The concert is free and the first in a series of Mid-Day Concerts that will be held every Thursday through Dec. 4 while classes are in session.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 777-2592 or

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Last Updated: 10/14/08