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November 19, 2009  Volume 31, No. 13
SEFA Campaign more than halfway to its 2009 goal

The campus is more than halfway to its $65,000 goal for the 2009 State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) Campaign.

Pledges and donations from 208 employees totaled $33,735 (51.9 percent of the campus goal) as of Friday, Nov. 6. Last year at this time, $39,526 had been donated to the campaign that benefits a variety of health, human services and environmental advocacy agencies. This year’s theme is “Together We Can!”

SEFA donations can be made by cash, check or payroll deduction.

For more information, contact Martha Gahring at or visit

Send donations to Cornelia Mead, Student Affairs, AD-411.

S3IP, STOC honor three technology leaders

The Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition (STOC) and the Center for Small Scale System Integration and Packaging (S3IP) at Binghamton University recognized three technology leaders at the center’s annual dinner Nov. 11.

Mark D. Poliks, director of research and development, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, received the Technology Leader of the Year Award. Poliks, who also is a research associate professor of chemistry in materials science and engineering at Binghamton, has helped advance EI from a fabricator of printed wiring board technology to a full-system integrator. He also is the founding technical director of the Center of Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM).

Zhihao Yang, chief technology officer at NanoMasTechnologies, received the Technology Entrepreneur of the Year award. Yang co-founded NanoMas in 2006; the company has developed more than 80 customers from more than 20 countries.

David Gdovin, president of Diamond Visionics, received the Technology Mentor of the Year award. Diamond Visionics works with local and national companies to develop collaborative state-of-the art solutions for visual training and simulation. Gdovin has provided internships to Watson School of Engineering and School of Management students, ultimately hiring 12 of them into his organization.

Music and mayhem are part of Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste

Tickets are now on sale for the festive and merry Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, in Old Union Hall.

It is an evening of socially savvy vignettes, startling spectacles and song, fabulous feasting and sundry surprises presented by the musicians and ne’er-do-wells of the Music Department including the Harpur Chorale, the Women’s Chorus, brass musicians and actors.

The menu includes bean soup, salad, roast beef, chicken with an orange glaze, green beans with mushrooms, rice pilaf, chocolate cake, wine and a wassail toast.

Tickets are $38, general public; $20, students with valid ID. Reservation deadline is Nov. 23. Tickets can be purchased at the Anderson Center Box Office weekdays from noon-5:30 p.m. or by calling 777-ARTS. Groups wishing to sit together should order tickets together.

Benefit concert by alumni scheduled for Nov. 21

Tenor Tony Villecco ’98 and pianist John Isenberg ’98 will present “An Afternoon of 17th & 18th Century Music” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.

This event will take place in FA-Casadesus. There will be a CHOW barrel for donated food items and partial proceeds will also go to benefit CHOW. Also performing will be Tamara Heiss, flute, Aric Phinney, piano, and Laurie Holdridge, recorder. Tickets at the door are $12, general public, and $6 for seniors and students with ID.

The concert is sponsored by the Africana Studies Department. For more information, call 727 3894 or e-mail

Free autism spectrum disorders screening Dec. 5

The Institute for Child Development will offer a free screening clinic for autism spectrum disorders from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, by appointment only.

This program is for children ages 1 to 5 and is not a diagnostic service. A representative will meet with parents to review important aspects of child development, interact with the child and provide advice.

Visit to learn more about autism. Call 877-788-4ASD or e-mail for more details.

‘Crossroads’ literary festival to take place Nov. 21

Crossroads, a Binghamton international literary festival, will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Bundy Museum and Annex, 127-129 Main St., Binghamton.

The day of poetry and narrative readings will feature 16 authors from eight countries, including Bolivia, Chile, Italy, Spain and Argentina. Binghamton University writers taking part include Diego Trelles Paz; Joe Weil; Leslie Heywood; Mario Moroni; and Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08