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January 29, 2009  Volume 30, No. 17
SEFA surpasses goal; winners of drawing announced

The 2008 State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) surpassed its $65,000 campus goal, with pledges and donations totaling $69,821.00 — 107% of the goal — from more than 300 employees.

The campaign annually supports a variety of health, human services and environmental advocacy agencies. This year’s theme was “Your Donation Makes a World of Difference.”
The SEFA Committee also announces the following winners of gift certificates sponsored by the Office of the President and awarded in a drawing from all those who pledged or donated a minimum of $75 prior to Dec. 1, 2008:

Darlene Farrell, Tully’s; Marie Giordano, AMC Theaters; Michael Little, Target; Megan Kennerknect, Barnes & Noble; Linda Lassari, Pizzeria Uno; Dennis McGee, Applebee’s; Terry Kelly-Wallace, Little Venice; Rose Bell, Olive Garden; Sally Oaks, Oakdale Mall; and Judy Kitchin, TGI Friday’s.

Luncheon to celebrate women’s athletics

Binghamton University Athletics and Lourdes Hospital will host the 4th Annual Lourdes/ Bearcats Celebrating Women’s Athletics Luncheon at noon Monday, Feb. 2, at the Events Center.

Held each year to recognize the achievements of the University’s female student-athletes, the luncheon also raises awareness of the benefits of collegiate athletic competition. The event, which attracted 300 campus and community leaders and supporters last year, raised more than $20,000 to support the BUAC Women’s Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was established in 2007 and is awarded annually to a deserving female student-athlete.

This year, Jessica Mendoza, Olympian and president-elect of the Women’s Sports Foundation, will be the guest speaker. Mendoza is an All-American softball player who won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Mendoza also represented the United States as an Athlete Ambassador for Team Darfur, helping to create awareness for the ongoing crisis in this region of Sudan.

Contact Erin Moore at 777-3741 for more information.

Alumnus killed while serving as surgeon in Iraq war

Dr. John Pryor, a 1988 Binghamton University graduate and former member of the Harpur’s Ferry student volunteer ambulance service, was killed Christmas Day while serving in Iraq.

Pryor, 42, of Morristown, N.J., was serving as an Army Reserve surgeon when a mortar round struck near his living quarters in Mosul. It was the second tour of duty in Iraq for

Pryor, who was head of the trauma center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Meddaugh, Harpur’s Ferry chief, said members of the group had listened to Pryor’s lectures at National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation conferences and had great admiration for him.

“He was a genuinely kind and good-hearted man and he will be missed,” Meddaugh said.

Pryor is survived by wife Carmelo Calvo and three children ages 10, 8 and 4.

Winter Madness to be held Jan. 31

The Binghamton University Alumni Association and athletics department are sponsoring Winter Madness on Saturday, Jan. 31. An indoor tailgate party will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the West Gym lobby. A men’s basketball game vs. the Maine Black Bears will follow at 2 p.m. at the Events Center.

This event will be a gathering for students, faculty, staff, alumni and Bearcats season ticket holders, and will mark the fifth anniversary of the first game played at the Events Center in 2004.  Admission to the tailgate party is free; however, pre-registration is required. All pre-registrants are eligible to win one of two GPS units donated by State Farm agents Jim Rollo, ’84, and John Paulin, ’92.

The party will include music, food and giveaways. Alumni and their guests can purchase bench seats at a discounted price of $4, and chair-back seats at a reduced price of $10.

To RSVP, call 777-2424 or visit

Delete e-mail scams; do not respond

More phishing scams that request your personal information, including your user ID, password and date of birth, have been sent to University accounts.

Like many of these requests, these messages look official, but are not. Delete the message immediately without responding.

Information Technology Services reminds everyone that no business or government entity would ever require you to send it sensitive information it already possesses and you should never send any passwords via e-mail for any reason.

If you’re unsure of the validity of any message, call a contact number for the organization for verification or the Help Desk at 777-6420.

In the News

Gary James, director of the Institute for Primary and Preventative Health Care, was featured in numerous publications in August about his study of breast cancer, which has provided new insights into the disease. “We recently reported that healthy women at familial risk for breast cancer have higher urinary cortisol levels at work than women without familial risk,” James said.

David Hacker, associate professor of history, was featured in USA Today and The Pacific Daily News on Aug. 19 and Aug. 23. He discussed a study by the U.S. Census that showed that more women are staying childless or are bearing children later in life. Hacker said, “A lot of it is delayed marriage and women getting started a little bit later in life.”

Cheryl Fabrizi, director of enrollment marketing management, was featured in the August edition of University Business magazine. In an article about marketing institutions of higher education, Fabrizi discusses Binghamton University’s use of the Google analytics tool on its website. This feature was added to the website to detect where applicants are located so resources can be targeted appropriately. “This tool offers us a way to be stealthy in reverse,” she said.

Brian Hazlett, director of undergraduate admissions, was quoted in an article titled “The SUNY Surge” in the Syracuse New Times on Aug. 28. “SUNY rivals Ivy League schools, but at one-third of the cost for an Ivy League education. Students are getting top jobs and into graduate schools and there’s less debt on them,” he said. “Binghamton has been witnessing students choosing state over private for years.”

Scott Hanson, visiting assistant professor of history, participated in an Ask America webchat on Aug. 29 on the U.S. State Department website where he discussed religious diversity in America. “Pluralism is perhaps the best word to describe the state of living in a diverse society. … The conditions for diversity seem to stem from a democratic government that permits immigration and protects religious freedom by law,” Hanson said.

Dorel Homentcovschi, research professor of mechanical engineering, was featured in Science Letter on Sept. 2 regarding his data on mathematics. Homentcovschi’s latest study, “Influence of viscosity on the scattering of an air pressure wave by a rigid body: a regular boundary integral formulation,” was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society.

Martin J. Murray, professor of sociology, was featured on (Australia), a site providing materials information and data for manufacturers and engineers, on Sept. 16 about his new book, Taming the Disorderly City: The Spatial Landscape of Johannesburg after Apartheid. In the book he examines the struggle between urban poor, urban planning, and real estate capitalism. “The enormous differentiation between rich and poor was still there. Those who lived well continued their lives as if nothing had changed,” Murray said.

Seshu Desu, dean of the Watson School, was featured in Innovations Report (Germany) and Intech Magazine on Sept. 22 and Sept. 26 for his research on the design and restructuring of solar cells. Desu is working on creating autonomous power systems based on flexible thin-film solar cells. “We’re attacking both sides of the problem: We want an integrated system that can generate power with solar cells and store that power more efficiently at a lower cost,” he said.

Nina Versaggi, director of the Public Archaeology Facility, was featured in the (Elmira) Star-Gazette on Sept. 23 in an article discussing the addition of Newton Battlefield to the national park system. “We hope to make a richer interpretation of the battle itself based on the Native American perspective, the British perspective and also enhance the American forces’ perspective,” Versaggi said.

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