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April 16, 2009  Volume 30, No. 27
Time to request SOOT surveys for spring

It’s time for faculty to request Student Opinion of Teaching surveys for spring 2009.

To request on-line SOOT using Blackboard or paper SOOT survey forms go to Once there, enter your PODS username and password. From the list of Tools on the left side of the page, click on “SOOT Surveys.” Choose paper or online from the pull-down list for each course you want surveyed and hit “Request Surveys.”

Your students will use Blackboard to respond to the survey through May 8. If there are any other persons that you have enrolled in your Blackboard course and given the role of “Instructor,” they will also have opportunity to request a SOOT survey. You may also wish to inform your students that the survey is anonymous and that faculty members see only the aggregated results after they have submitted final course grades.

Results will be available May 24.

If you have any questions about using Blackboard, call the Help Desk at 777-6420.

For paper survey forms: Once you have requested your forms, print the confirmation and instruction sheet for use when administering the SOOT.  The forms will be delivered within three to four working days. Completed surveys must be returned to the Computing Services Help Desk.  (Note:  The new forms are orange; discard any remaining blank SOOT forms (green) you might have had left over; they will not work any longer.) Results will be available May 24.

If you have questions about using paper SOOT forms, call the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at 777-2365.

Also: If the instructor of the course you are teaching is listed as “TBA” in Banner, you will not be able to request a SOOT survey. Your department will need to contact the Registrar’s Office in order to update the information in Banner.

Wisconsin professor to speak April 24 at Couper Lecture

William J. Reese, the Carl F. Kaestle WARF Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present the 17th Annual Edgar W. Couper Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, in AB-347.

Reese will discuss “The Summer of ’45 and the First Big Tests.” A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. in AB-124.

Reese teaches courses on the history of American education and the history of childhood and adolescence.

His recent books include America’s Public Schools: From the Common School to ‘No Child Left Behind.’ Reese was named a Fellow by the American Educational Research Association in 2008.

The lecture is funded by the Edgar W. Couper Endowment Fund for Educational Excellence.

Women Business Owners Roundtable to meet April 29

“The Chaos Theory — Applying the Science of Change to Everyday Life and out Businesses” will be the topic of the Binghamton University Small Business Development Center’s Women Business Owners Roundtable from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Binghamton Regency, located on Water Street in Binghamton.

Julye Bush will explain how to find order in chaos and opportunity in crisis. She will discuss possibilities that can help increase chances of business success. Bush has been a training instructor for more than 20 years and has a master’s degree in adult education.

The roundtable costs $10 a person, payable at the door, and includes a continental breakfast. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards and brochures to share.

Advance registration is required. Call Binghamton University’s Small Business Development Center at 777-4024 or e-mail to register.

Campus Pre-School Weecycle Children’s Sale scheduled for April 24-25

The Weecycle Children’s Sale will be held at Campus Pre-School from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 24 (preview sale) and from 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday, April 25.

The sale will feature quality, gently used children’s clothing, toys, books, movies, furniture and gear, as well as maternity clothes.

Tickets for the preview sale are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. The sale continues with free admission on April 25, with a $3 bag sale from 10-11 a.m.

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