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February 19, 2009  Volume 30, No. 20
2009 Homecoming and Family weekends scheduled

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations announces that Homecoming/Alumni Reunion Weekend will be held Oct. 2-4 and Family Weekend will be held Oct. 24-25, 2009.

Contact Rose Frierman (Homecoming) or Melinda Holicky (Family Weekend) if your department is interested in participating in either event or will be offering programming that is open to visiting alumni, parents and friends. Volunteers are needed to help direct visitors and answer questions.

Frierman may be reached at and Holicky at or contact the office at 777-2431.

Cincinnati president to become SUNY chancellor

Nancy L. Zimpher, the president of the University of Cincinnati, will become SUNY chancellor on June 1.

Zimpher, who spent six years at the University of Cincinnati, will be SUNY’s first female chancellor. She was elected to the post Feb. 10 by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Zimpher, 62, also will be the first permanent SUNY chancellor since John Ryan left the position in 2007. SUNY has since had two interim chancellors: John Clark and John O’Connor.

Before serving at Cincinnati, Zimpher was chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and executive dean of professional colleges at Ohio State University.

Survey to gauge leadership experiences

From Feb. 20 until mid-March, Binghamton University students have the opportunity to participate in an international study on leadership.

The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL),, sponsored by the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs and the Center for Student Studies, focuses on student leadership experiences in college. More than 100 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Mexico are participating.

A strong response rate will help Binghamton University learn more about our students’ experiences and enhance leadership efforts.

Students will be randomly selected to participate and will receive an e-mail requesting their involvement. Participation is easy (the survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and can be done in different increments). Respondents completing the survey will automatically be eligible for national prizes of gift cards ranging from $100-$500.
Contact the XCEL Center for Excellence in Student Leadership, Office of Campus Life, for more information: Debora Clinton Callaghan, senior associate director of Campus Life
( or Grace Fama, coordinator for leadership development and special programs (

‘A Russian Fantasy for Two Pianos’ concert Feb. 21

The concert “A Russian Fantasy for Two Pianos” will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall.

Ewa Mackiewicz-Wolfe and Michael Salmirs, two Binghamton University faculty artists, will offer a fantasy of Russian tales filled with passion, love and drama.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for faculty, staff and seniors; and $2 for students and are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon-5:30 p.m. weekdays by calling 607-777-ARTS, online at or at the door.

Service-learning workshop will be held Feb. 25

Attention Faculty: Find out from a panel of experts how to integrate service learning into your course from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Davis College Library.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Receive a $250 stipend to develop a service-learning course.

RSVP to Maria Carra, Service-Learning associate, 777-3868 or at mcarra@
by Feb. 23.

Residential hall energy contest begins Feb. 19

A contest to see which residential community can consume the least amount of electricity over a six-week period begins Thursday, Feb. 19 and ends April 23.

Community electricity consumption will be compared to the same time frame in 2007 (baseline). Overall percentage reduction will be used to determine the community winner.

For more information, visit

Mid-day concerts will kick off Feb. 26

The first mid-day concert of the spring semester with faculty and student performers will be held at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in FA-Casadesus.

The free show is the first of the series of mid-day concerts that will be held every Thursday through May 7 while classes are in session.

For more information, visit

In the News

Binghamton University graduate Sean Cunningham ’08 has been announced as the winner of the “I Love NY Short Film Competition,” according to the Associated Press, The Legislative Gazette, WTEN (Albany), WRNN (Rye Brook), WHAM (Rochester), WCAX-TV (Vt.) and numerous other publications in October. Films were judged by their ability to creatively portray the beauty of New York and its 11 tourism regions. The cinema major’s film, Discover a Different NY, starts off at a graduation party, then goes on to highlight regional attractions in the Finger Lakes and Ithaca area. Cunningham’s commercial made its debut during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In addition, Justin Hartough, a current senior cinema major at Binghamton University, won the Student Filmmaker Award for his film titled Crab Meadow.

Cheryl Brown, director of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in numerous publications in October including USA Today, the Honolulu Advertiser, The Daily Record (Pa.), The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.), about a significant increase in applications at Binghamton University. According to Brown, “The financial situation is leading more families to look at affordability.”

Theja DeSilva, assistant professor of physics, applied sciences and astronomy, was featured in Science Letter, Physics Week, Journal of Physics Research, and News of Science in November regarding a study he conducted on breathing mode frequencies.
John McNulty, assistant professor of political science, was featured in The Legislative Gazette on Nov. 10 regarding the loss of Republican seats both in the New York state and the U.S. Congress.  McNulty was also featured on The Richard Hoffman Show (WZAB) in Sweetwater, Fla., where he discussed the presidential election results as well as the results of state and regional races.

President Lois B. DeFleur wrote an article for The Presidency, a tri-annual publication focusing on critical issues that affect higher education leaders.  In the article, DeFleur discusses the internationalization and global awareness of the University. DeFleur states, “Our goal is to make internationalism a lived experience throughout the campus, with opportunities for students to gain familiarity with other students and cultures not only in the classroom, but also in the residential halls and in their social activities.”

Seshu Desu, dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, was featured in numerous publications in November including The Asbury Park Press (N.J.), The Spokesman Review (Wash.), The Courier-Post (N.J.), and the Shreveport Times (La.) about the demand for engineers in the workforce. Desu stated, “We have heard from the financial sector that increased regulation will create opportunities on the technology site of the business to inevitably implement the system of checks and balances.”

Ali A. Mazrui, professor and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, wrote an article titled “From Obote to Obama; Nilotic Embrace” for the Black Star News on Nov. 7. He compares Barak Obama to African political leaders and discusses the ascendancy of Obama into the presidency of the United States. Mazrui was also featured in The Zimbabwe Star, The Zambia News and The Malaysia Sun regarding his opening a seminar on India engaging with a resurgent Africa. He provided an African-American perspective on Obama’s historic election and what it means for race relations in the United States and for the world at large.

Herbert Bix, professor of sociology, was featured in the History News Network (Wash.) for an article he wrote about Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force chief of staff, who was recently dismissed from duty.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08