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March 26, 2009  Volume 30, No. 25
Electrical shutdown scheduled for May 23

After receiving feedback from campus, Saturday, May 23, has been selected for the electrical shutdown. Physical Facilities will send out reminders as the shutdown nears.

The shutdown is necessary to perform annual preventive maintenance to the high voltage system and to make power connections for some of the capital projects that are underway.

The duration of the shutdown will be about 12 hours, beginning at 7 a.m. May 23.
The following buildings are affected: Mountainview (Marcy Hall, Hunter Hall, Cascade Hall, Windham Hall); Library south and north (Library Tower and the old north wing will have power); Computer Center; Engineering; Hillside Community including Rockland and Saratoga; Academic Building A and B; and University Union West.

New federal tax withholding rates in paychecks

If you notice an increase in your net biweekly salary in your March 18, 2009 or March 26, 2009 paychecks, it’s the result of new federal tax withholding rates that comply with the “Making Work Pay Tax Credit” provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The New York state comptroller has issued a message explaining the change, and who it affects, that can be found at

International Innovation Fund proposals due April 1

The Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund has launched its second annual round of competition for grants, in the amount of $2,000-$5,000, to be awarded to any member of the University community (faculty, staff or students) before the end of the spring 2009 semester.

Created from President Lois B. DeFleur’s contribution of the Harold R. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education she received in September 2007, plus additional contributions from her and from prominent Binghamton University alumni, the fund supports projects in line with the “comprehensive internationalization” to which Binghamton has been committed throughout President DeFleur’s tenure.

Project dates: Begin as early as June 1, 2009 and end no later than Aug. 31, 2010. Due date for proposals: April 1, 2009.

For award criteria and application details, see the call for proposals at

Register for CEMERS wine conference by April 1

Join the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, for “In Vino Veritas:  A Symposium on Wine and the Influence of Bacchus from Classical Antiquity through the Eighteenth Century.”

The conference is open to the public and free for all Binghamton University faculty, staff, and students. Seats, however, must be reserved; meals and wine tastings are extra.

For the full conference program and for registration forms to reserve seats and to pay for the meals and/or tastings, visit or call 777-2730.  Register by April 1.

Transfer student visit day will be held March 30

The University will hold an information event for transfer students at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 30. Students, both prospective applicants and those admitted for fall 2009, are invited to attend.

About 1,000 of all entering students at Binghamton are transfers, with more than half coming from SUNY and CUNY two-year schools.

The event will feature an information session, student-led campus tours, discussion about successfully transferring coursework and attaining a bachelor’s degree, and application requirements. Registration is required. Check-in begins at 10:15 a.m. in the Undergraduate Admissions lobby located in Academic Building A. Free parking is available in the campus visitors lot.


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Last Updated: 10/14/08