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April 02, 2009  Volume 30, No. 26
Lecture Hall renovation planned for 2010

A major renovation of the circular corridor in the Lecture Hall is planned for summer 2010. A detailed scope of work and schedules are still being developed.

It is likely that the renovation will take place in stages as quadrants of space are taken off line. This will limit access to some rooms while work is under way.

Contact Karen Fennie,, if you have an event already scheduled in the Lecture Hall in summer 2010, and consider alternate spaces if you normally schedule events in the Lecture Hall during the summers.

Register for SUNY NY-Alert emergency messaging system

Binghamton University participates in the SUNY NY-Alert program to provide students, staff and faculty emergency messages during critical incidents.

Registration is voluntary and is done through the BU-Brain portal. You can register up to two e-mail addresses, three phone numbers to receive text messages, three phone numbers to receive voice messages and one phone number to receive fax messages. The system will only be used for essential communication during critical incidents and will not be used for other purposes.

If you are not currently registered for NY-Alert, you are strongly encouraged to do so to stay informed during urgent situations. Visit, log in with your PODS information and click on NY-Alert: Sign Up or Manage Your Account.

Researchers are invited to create video blogs

The Office of Research Advancement has two small Flip cameras available for faculty members and graduate students who would like to create video blogs related to their work.

The cameras will be loaned to researchers for periods of up to two weeks.

This is an opportunity to capture life in the lab and far beyond it. Blog entries will be featured in Discover-e, the University’s electronic research publication, and on the Binghamton YouTube page. A brief training session will enable researchers to get comfortable with the easy-to-use cameras, which can store up to 30 minutes of video at a time.

Contact Rachel Coker, interim director of Research Advancement, at 777-6135 or, to learn more.

Electrical shutdown to take place night of April 3

There will be a Computing Center electrical shutdown of all networking applications from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, April 3, to allow for necessary changes to the emergency power generation system for the campus data center.

This shutdown will affect e-mail, central applications including Banner, Blackboard, Oracle and campus web pages, except for a notification message. All buildings, including the ITC and UDC, will be affected with no access to working network connections. All services are expected to be restored by 9 p.m.

UUP vice president to discuss workload creep April 7

John Marino, UUP statewide vice president for professionals, will be on campus at noon, Tuesday, April 7, in UUW-325, to address workload creep.

Is workload creep becoming a part of your daily workload?  Are you unsure of what or how to address this with your supervisor? Come to UUP’s meeting to get answers to your questions and have tips provided on how to address this issue.

For more information, contact Kathy Zentz, or call 777-4382.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08