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September 24, 2009  Volume 31, No. 5
Faculty development fund paragraphs of intent due Oct. 1

A generous donor has afforded Binghamton University the opportunity to establish a fund to advance its academic mission and to support its faculty who are so critical to excellence in scholarship, teaching and outreach.

Paragraphs of intent for the Academic Program and Faculty Development Fund are due Oct. 1 and should be sent via email to

Monies from the fund will be used in the following ways: for support or startup of strategic academic initiatives; for support of faculty needs in scholarship or instruction; for multi-disciplinary symposia that bring visitors, faculty and students into conversations on important topics; for enhancing the scholarly resources available to students and faculty.

For more information, visit

Flex spending account enrollment period begins

New York state employees who wish to participate in the Health Care Spending Account and/or the Dependent Care Advantage Account for 2010 must enroll during the annual open enrollment period (through Nov. 16).

State employees may obtain enrollment information or request an enrollment book online at or may call the FSA Hotline at (800) 358-7202. Employees can enroll online or by phone.

Confirmation of your enrollment will be provided. You must re-enroll each year if you wish to participate.

For more detailed information about these Flex Spending Accounts, go to or go to  and search “flex spending account.”

Professor to discuss learning in a ‘networked world’

Writing Studies in the New Humanities will present Richard E. Miller of Rutgers University discussing “The Center Cannot Hold: Living, Learning, and Leading in a Networked World” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in UU-120.

Miller is professor of English and executive director of the Plangere Writing Center at Rutgers. He is the author of As if Learning Mattered: Reforming Higher Education (1998) and Writing at the End of the World (2005). He is also the co-editor of The New Humanities Reader.

Miller’s discussion will focus on how new media technologies have redefined literacy in the 21st century and what the implications of this paradigm shift are for higher education. What does it mean to teach at a moment when students have access to limitless information 24/7?

A reception will follow Miller’s talk.

For more information, contact Kelly Kinney, assistant professor of English, general literature and rhetoric, at

Chancellor’s, provost’s award nominations sought

The University is seeking nominations for the 2009-10 Chancellor’s Awards and Provost’s Teaching Award.

The awards are: Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service; Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship; Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; University Award for Excellence in International Education; and Provost’s Teaching Award.

Visit for specific deadlines and procedures for all of the above.

John Arthur Cafe dedication celebration set for Oct. 3

Join with the campus community is celebration of the life of Professor John Arthur at the dedication of the John Arthur Café at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Fine Arts Building.

Arthur, who died in 2007, taught philosophy at Binghamton and was director of the Philosophy, Politics and Law Program from 1988 until 2006.

The John Arthur Café will offer students, faculty and staff the opportunity to meet indoors or out to share a cup of coffee, talk and debate.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08