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March 19, 2009  Volume 30, No. 24
Libraries want feedback from faculty to improve services

The Binghamton University Libraries are seeking input from faculty to improve library services and to plan for the future. Faculty opinions and feedback is needed to gain a better understanding of expectations to tailor library services to meet faculty needs.

The online library survey, LibQUAL+, will be available until April 3 through the Libraries website at It takes about 12 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential and the results are aggregated to ensure anonymity.
LibQUAL+ is a national online survey developed by the Association of Research Libraries that measures the quality of library services.

For more information about the survey, visit

Poets Boss and Sirowitz to read March 24

Award-winning poets Laura Boss and Hal Sirowitz will each read from their works at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the auditorium of the Engineering Building (EB-110).

Albert Goldbarth, winner of the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, had been scheduled to read, but is unable to make it. The reading with Boss and Sirowitz is free and open to the public.

Boss’ books include  Arms: New and Selected Poems; Stripping; On the Edge of the Hudson; and Reports from the Front. In addition to her own prize-winning poetry, Boss is the founder and editor of the literary magazine Lips.

Sirowitz is the former poet laureate of Queens, and the author of four books of poetry: Mother Said; My Therapist SaidBefore, During & After; and Father Said.

This event is sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers.  For more information, visit, call 777-2713 or email

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations seeks nominations

If you know of a Binghamton University graduate who deserves recognition, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations would like to hear from you.

Each year, the Alumni Association presents awards to alumni who excel in service to their professions, the community and the University. Nominations are due by June 1.

To find out more about the awards program and make a nomination, visit the “About Us” section of and click on “Alumni Awards.”

Sodexo to sponsor health fair March 26

Sodexo Campus Services will host its third annual Health Fair from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the West Gym. Shuttle service will be provided from the Union to the West Gym.

Attendees can learn more about local healthy resources and wellness information, browse vendor products, sample healthy food and drink options and participate in exercise classes and information sessions.

The Lourdes Mission in Motion Van also will be on campus to conduct health screenings from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 26, outside the West Gym in parking lot G. Free services include glucose testing and skin screenings. Cholesterol testing is available for $12. Make a reservation by calling 798-5723.

Philanthropy Incubator Project seeks local applicants

The student-run Philanthropy Incubator Project is accepting applications from local nonprofit organizations. Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 31, and funding will be awarded in early May. Those who qualify will be eligible to receive individual grants of up to $4,000.

Organizations that wish to apply must be located in the Southern Tier/Central New York region and have been an internship or field placement site for Binghamton University social work or public administration students in the past year. 

The project is funded by Campus Compact and Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, as a mechanism to teach students in the Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work programs about philanthropy. Under the direction of MPA faculty member David Campbell, students design and implement the grant-making process, as well as raise funds.

For more information visit or contact David Campbell at

Professors to take part in human rights conference

Stephen David Ross, distinguished professor of philosophy, interpretation and culture, will be the keynote speaker at “The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights:Appraising the Past, Looking to the Future” conference to be held Saturday, March 28, at Broome Community College’s Titchner Hall.

Jean Quataert, professor of history, and George Catalano, professor of bioengineering, will take part in afternoon panels at the conference, which runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Register for the conference at

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Last Updated: 10/14/08