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September 03, 2009  Volume 31, No. 2
Sept. 11 remembrance will take place in front of Couper

The University will observe the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with a brief ceremony at the flagpole in front of the Couper Administration Building.

The assembly begins at 8:40 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11. The Library Tower will chime at 8:46 a.m. to indicate the moment when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. A flag ceremony will follow and a moment of silence will be observed.

H1N1 (swine flu) updates available on Web

A number of initiatives to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus are in place this semester, and the practice of good health habits will be key.

Posters reminding people to wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizers have been placed around campus, and hand sanitizers are available in all kitchens and dining halls on campus.

The University Health Service will begin its seasonal flu vaccinations as soon as the vaccine is available, and awaits information on when the H1N1 vaccine will be available.

For updates on campus initiatives, frequently asked questions and a quick link to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates, visit

University adds Rave Wireless as alert system provider

Effective immediately, Binghamton University will use Rave Wireless as its provider for emergency text and e-mail messages when a situation arises that warrants immediate communication to the campus community.

Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to register and manage their account information at

You may sign in using your current Binghamton University e-mail address and be prompted to complete the registration process. Additional information may be found at There is no additional expense to you to participate except for any per-text message fee your cellular phone provider may charge.

The University will continue to maintain NY Alert as a backup system to provide redundancy for this essential service. If you have questions, contact the University’s Help Desk at 777-6420 or Call Center at 777-2000. 

Inter/Multidisciplinary Symposia proposals sought

Provost Mary Ann Swain calls for proposals for the Provost’s Inter/Multidisciplinary Symposia 2010.

The objective is to promote discourse among departments and schools and to increase visibility of research, scholarship and creative endeavors across campus and externally. The deadline for submission of applications is Nov. 13.

For an application form, visit If you have any questions, contact Kelly Wemette at 777-4801 or

Downtown Center earns LEED Silver certification

The University Downtown Center has been certified at the LEED Silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This is the first “green building” in downtown Binghamton.

In addition to the LEED Silver certification, the UDC has been honored for its design by the American Institute of Architects Southern New York Chapter.

Opened in August 2007, the UDC has met requirements under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system designed by the USGBC to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings.

“We’re proud of this recognition and will continue our commitment to protect our environment and conserve natural resources in future building projects,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “All new building or major renovation projects will be built to at least LEED Silver standards or the equivalent, including our current construction projects for Science 5, the Engineering and Science Building and the East Campus Housing project.”

As a result of efforts to use recycled materials and divert debris from the landfill, 11 percent of the building materials used for the UDC came from recycled sources, 16.5 percent of materials were sourced from the region and 262 tons of waste were kept out of the landfill.

Student requirement to remain in courses

The Registar’s Office asks all faculty and academic departments to remind students to confirm their enrollment — a requirement for all undergraduate and graduate students the first week of each semester.

If students do not confirm enrollment via BU BRAIN by Friday, Sept. 4, all of their courses will be canceled whether or not their semester bill is paid.

Relaying this information to students will help prevent additional changes to student rosters and reduce the number of students who visit the academic advising departments and dean’s offices to petition for re-entry to a course.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08