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August 27, 2009  Volume 31, No. 1
University Fest will be held Saturday

The return of students to campus kicks off this year with the 16th annual University Fest, to be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. The event welcomes visitors and the campus community to the Binghamton University Peace Quad to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year.

The festival will include carnival rides, vendor booths, a children’s play area, poster sales, food, student organization tables, as well as music from local bands. Also, members of the community can enjoy a free book giveaway and refreshments as part of the festivities.

University Fest is sponsored by the Binghamton University President’s Office, the Office of Campus Life, Sodexho Campus Services, the Student Association, WHRW and Visions Federal Credit Union.

For more information, contact Jennifer Keegin at

‘Binghamton University Magazine’ can be read online

Binghamton University Magazine, published three times per year, is now available online.

The same stories and class notes that appear in the print magazine will be online, plus extra features such as photo galleries, videos and discussion forums.

To view the magazine online, go to

Country star Chuck Wicks to perform at Anderson Center

Country singer Chuck Wicks will perform at the Anderson Center’s Osterhout Concert Theater at 8 p.m Thursday, Sept. 3.

Wicks first took the country music world by storm with his Top 5 debut single, Stealing Cinderella and his Top 15 follow-up hit, All I Ever Wanted. He earned a new audience of fans earlier this year when he appeared as a celebrity contestant paired with real-life girlfriend Julianne Hough on the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars.

Opening for Wicks will be Republic Records’ debut artist Fast Ryde.

Tickets are: Inside reserved general public, $25;  students $15; lawn general public, $12.50;  students $7.50.

For tickets and information, call 777-ARTS or visit The performance is sponsored, in part, by 98.1 FM The Hawk and NewsChannel 34.

Greece tour planned for next March, April

The Alumni Association and Department of Theatre are offering a tour of Greece, March 27-April 5, 2010. The tour is open to the public.

Theatre professors Tom Kremer and Carol Hanscom will serve as hosts. Guests will meet with actors and authors in Greece, and learn about various art forms. Travelers will also explore the Canal of Corinth, and visit the “Flea Market” in Plaka. Guests will also have a chance to visit the actual Olympic Stadium and learn about games played during ancient times.

The cost is $2,499 per person, which includes airfare, accommodations, admission fees and some meals. Any person interested must make a  $500 deposit as soon as possible.

For more information, call Tom Kremer at 777-2456; Steve Seepersaud, alumni communications specialist, at 777-2431; or Travel with the Experts at (732) 292-0034. A complete itinerary can be found in the “Alumni Events & Networks” section of

Blackboard moves to Version 9; workshops set

Blackboard has been upgraded to Version 9. The new release features “social learning” tools, such as blogs and journals, enhanced notification capabilities and a redesigned, customizable user interface.

Documentation and videos will be posted on the UCTD website at

Workshops previewing Version 9 are scheduled for 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in LN-G112; 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 2, in LN-G112; and noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in LN-G112.

If you have any questions regarding the upgrade, contact the Bb Support Team at

Alumni Association names three directors to board

The Alumni Association has selected Margaret Lamphere Bellville, James Stehli and Arlene Michele Barnard to serve on its board of directors. Directors serve two-year terms with a maximum of three consecutive terms.

Bellville, a Binghamton-area native and Class of 1976 graduate, is a partner at Carter Baldwin Executive Search Services in Roswell, Ga.  

Stehli, a Manhattan resident and Class of 1988 graduate, is managing partner of Sirona Advisors in Manhattan. He is a mentor to students in the University’s School of Management.

Barnard, a Bronx resident and Class of 1990 graduate, helps recruit students for the University. As a student, she was the founder and charter member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.-Lambda Zeta chapter. 

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Last Updated: 10/14/08