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April 30, 2009  Volume 30, No. 29
Kenneth Lindsay memorial scheduled for May 2

A memorial celebration to honor the life and contributions of Kenneth C. Lindsay, professor emeritus of art history and founder of the University Art Museum will be held Saturday, May 2, at the University Art Museum.

A reception will take place from 3-6 p.m. The program is scheduled for 3:30-5 p.m.

Respond to Diane Horvath, Harpur College Dean’s Office, at 777-6799 or dmhorv@

Fisher to discuss ‘The Drive to Love’ on May 5

Helen Fisher, an author and a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University, will discuss “The Drive to Love and Whom We Choose” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in FA-Watters. Dessert and dialogue will follow at the Anderson Center Reception Room.

Fisher is widely known through her books on the evolution of human sexuality, the chemistry of romantic love and why we fall in love with one person rather than another. She serves as scientific adviser to the dating site and has been a guest on television shows such as 20/20 and The View.

The talk is presented by EvoS, the University’s Evolutionary Studies Program. Other sponsors include the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Division of Research, Alumni Association and the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.

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Conference to examine mental health in rural areas

Binghamton University will host a conference, “Conversations in the Discipline: Mental Health Disparities in Rural New York and Surrounding Areas,” on Friday, May 1, at the University Downtown Center.

The conference will offer participants a broader understanding of mental health disparities in rural areas. Topics to be discussed will include strategies for managing dementia, innovative programs for accessing psychiatric services and meeting the needs of diverse populations.

In addition, Mary Muscari, psychiatric and forensic nurse specialist from the Decker School of Nursing and author of Not My Kid: 21 Steps for Raising a Non-Violent Child, will speak about youth violence and prevention. Muscari will also conduct a workshop “Big Shootings in Small Towns: Mass Murder and Mental Illness” where she will discuss differences/similarities between adult and juvenile shooters, as well as prevention strategies.

The keynote speaker is James Stone, former commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health and currently the director of Division of Behavioral Health at the Indian Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Volunteers sought for Commencement ceremonies

Commencement organizers invite faculty, staff and students to support the spring 2009 graduates by volunteering at one or more commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. Participation will ensure events run smoothly and the atmosphere is enjoyable for graduates and their guests.

Volunteers may choose from the following opportunities: ticket taking at the door; assisting families with photos; distributing programs; assisting guests with seating; assembling students for the processional; or assisting where most needed.

Volunteers may choose one or more ceremonies: Harpur College morning ceremony, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 17; professional schools (School of Management, Decker School of Nursing, College of Community and Public Affairs and Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science) ceremony, noon Sunday, May 17; Harpur College afternoon ceremony, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17; or The Graduate School ceremony, 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16.

To register, go to, and click on Volunteer.

Evaluation reminder for supervisors

Human Resources reminds supervisors of “permanent” UUP professionals that evaluations should be completed for May 2008 to May 2009 and a new performance program issued for May 2009 to May 2010.

Professionals with “term” or “temporary” appointments have individual evaluative cycles.  Have the evaluation and new performance program for “permanent” professionals to the Office of Human Resources in AD-244 by Friday, May 15.

The appropriate forms may be found on Human Resources web site Click on HR Tools for BU Departments, Manager Resources, then Professional Employees.

Contact Alison Gierlach at or Vicki Metritikas at if you have any questions.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08