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March 05, 2009  Volume 30, No. 22
President to hold spring open hours March 11

President Lois B. DeFleur will hold open hours from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Office of the President on the eighth floor of the Couper Administration Building.

Foundation Award nominations due March 12

Nominations for a series of Foundation Awards are due to Sara Ballard in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs by March 12. Nominations should include a typed statement citing specific accomplishments and activities, a résumé and completed nomination form.

Forms and additional information are available at

Romano Lecture to focus on ‘Financial Crisis Management’

The Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecture Series will feature Richard Sylla discussing “Financial Crisis Management: Hamilton, the Panic of 1792 and the Lessons for Our Time” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, in AC-Chamber Hall.

Sylla is the Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets and professor of economics at New York University. Among his books are The American Capital Market, 1846-1914 (1975); The State, the Financial System and Economic Modernization (1999); and A History of Interest Rates (2005).

The Romano Lecture series was endowed in 1984 to sponsor lectures given by noted speakers in history, economics, art history and medicine.

A reception will follow in the Anderson Center Reception Room. RSVP by March 9 to Diane Horvath at or 777-6799.

IEEE conference will be held March 6

Faculty, students and young professionals are invited to attend “Technical Leadership for a Changing Economy,” which will take place from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the BI-2221 (Innovative Technology Complex).

The conference is free for IEEE members; $5 for nonmembers.

Talks include: “Reaching Higher: Challenges for Future Leaders” by Upinder Dhillon, dean of the School of Management; “Successful Career in Science and Engineering” by Naresh Chand, BAE Systems, Wayne, N.J.; “The Art of Entrepreneurship” by Vincent Socci, On Target Technology Development, Endicott; “Career and Life Management Skills” by Bala Prasanna, IBM, Middletown, N.J.; “Starting the Start-Up” by Charles Schwerin, CEO, Sonostics, Inc., Vestal; “Engineering Ambassadors for the New Economy” by Guru Madhavan, chair, IEEE Binghamton section and PhD candidate, Binghamton University; “The Changing Role of Engineering and IEEE” by Howard Michel, director, IEEE Region 1 director and associate professor, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

The agenda can be found at: For questions and more information, contact Alda Mizaku at

Gurian to address Binghamton University Forum

The Binghamton University Forum will present Michael Gurian, founder of the Gurian Institute, on Friday, March 20, at the Binghamton Regency.

Gurian, an educator, therapist, corporate consultant and best-selling author, will discuss “The Minds of Boys and Girls: How to Help Our Sons and Daughters Do Their Best in School and Life.”

The program, open to Forum members, will begin with a luncheon buffet at 12:30 p.m. The formal program begins at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Elena Backlund at

McLeod to speak March 18 at PEC meeting/luncheon

The PEC Spring Mentor/Mentee Constituency Meeting and Luncheon will present guest speaker Kenneth McLeod from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the TAU Bearcat Room of the Events Center.

McLeod, professor and chair of the Bioengineering Department, will discuss “The Effect of Technology and Climate Warming on Weight Gain.”

The meeting/luncheon, open to PEC members, costs $5. To register, or for more information, contact Theresa Partell at by Wednesday, March 11.

Brown bag session to highlight Scotland trip

The Alumni Association and Department of Theatre are offering a tour of Scotland this summer. Learn more at a brown bag session scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in UUW-B08.

Theatre professors Tom Kremer and Carol Hanscom will be the faculty hosts for the Aug. 7-16 trip.

The cost of the trip is $2,599 per person for a shared accommodation. That price includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, entrance and admission fees, and some meals.

View an itinerary at RSVP for the brown bag session by contacting Barb Kachmar in the Alumni Office at

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Last Updated: 10/14/08