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September 10, 2009  Volume 31, No. 3
Pulitzer Prize winner to discuss Obama

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Garrow of the University of Cambridge will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in the AC-Chamber Hall.

Garrow is writing a biography of President Obama. This will be the first scholarly biography of President Obama and is based on extensive research on three continents. In his talk, Garrow will discuss Obama’s formative years, his rise to political power and how biographical analysis can help us understand Obama, the president.

Garrow has written or edited several books, including Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade (1994) and Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1986), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the Robert Kennedy Book Award.

He regularly contributes to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Atlantic Monthly, the New York Journal of Books, The Nation and The New Republic.

Garrow has taught at Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, City University of New York, The Cooper Union, the College of William and Mary and Emory University. He is currently a senior research fellow at Homerton College at the University of Cambridge.

A reception in the Anderson Center Reception Room will follow the lecture.

For more information, contact Lee Nesslage at 777-4278 or

The lecture is sponsored by the Harpur College Dean’s Office, Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Binghamton University Alumni Association.

Piaker Memorial Lecture will be held Sept. 15

The 14th annual Pauline and Philip Piaker Memorial Lecture will be held at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Chabad Center at 420 Murray Hill Road in Vestal.

The Chabad Center holds a lecture each year in memory of Philip Piaker, who was a distinguished professor of accounting at Binghamton University, and his wife, Pauline.

This year’s lecture will feature Zvi Bielski, son of Zus Bielski, whose life story, along with his brothers Tuvia and Asael, was recently the subject of the movie Defiance (starring Daniel Craig), a dramatization of their heroic life’s work. The Bielskis saved 1,250 men, women and children, whose offspring today number close to 20,000. It was the largest rescue of Jews by Jews during World War II.

Zvi Bielski will speak on “Freedom Begins With an Act of Defiance: The Inside Story” and will screen the History Channel version of the story along with rarely seen footage of his father and uncle. A dessert buffet will follow the question-and-answer session.

There is no charge for this program but reservations are necessary and can be made by writing or calling Chabad at 797-0015.

University joins sustainability organization

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Binghamton University has joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), a membership-based organization of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education.

Membership includes benefits available to individual faculty, staff and students.

To take advantage of discounts on events, an online resource center, networking opportunities, professional development and news updates on sustainability issues, log onto the member website at with your campus e-mail address and follow the prompts.

For information on the University’s green initiatives, visit

Kent appointed to Binghamton Success Program Post

Shanise Kent has been appointed coordinator of the Binghamton Success Program (BSP), a National Science Foundation program that supports underrepresented, minority undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math.

BSP helps students learn together, acquire study skills, develop time management expertise, gain leadership experience and network with their peers from a variety of undergraduate majors. The program also prepares students for internships and graduate study.

Kent holds bachelor’s, juris doctor and MBA degrees from the University at Buffalo, and will retain her position as associate director of the McNair Scholars Program on campus. She has also taught courses in Law and the Political Process, Race and Law, Law’s Order, and Introduction to American Politics for the Political Science Department.

CDC is transitioning credentials file service

Binghamton University is joining hundreds of other career centers nationwide that have moved away from operating a credentials service. As of July 1, 2010, the Career Development Center will cease operation of its Credentials File service.

Students and alumni will be directed to Interfolio, the premier online reference/credentials management service for candidates applying for graduate school, academic positions or other areas of employment.

For anyone who currently has a Credentials File with the CDC, services will remain unchanged until July 1, 2010. Until that date, faculty and staff may continue to submit confidential and non-confidential reference letters to CDC for individuals who have opened a file prior to Aug. 24, 2009.

Faculty and staff may create a free Interfolio writer’s account and upload documents electronically into Interfolio’s safe and secure system.

Effective immediately, the CDC will no longer be accepting new student or alumni registrants for this service.

For more information, contact Nancy Paul, CDC director, at

EAP workshops to address personal safety, stress

The Employee Assistance Program is sponsoring the following workshops this month:

“Mini RAD: Personal Safety and Self-Defense,” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in UUW-324. Instructors Lt. Mady Bay and Officer Bonnie Hanna will teach basic risk reduction and physical self-defense techniques to reduce your chances of becoming a crime victim. Wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes, as participants will practice some basic moves and physical strategies.

“Stress and Longevity: Striking a Balance,” noon Thursday, Sept. 24, in UUW-324. Lina Begdache-Marhaba will discuss the biology of stressors and their role in heart disease, dementia, cancer and overall health.

Both workshops are free for faculty, staff and students. For more, information contact Diane Campbell at 777-6655. Register at

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