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April 08, 2010  Volume 31, No. 27
Comments requested on draft of new strategic plan

With the Middle States reaccreditation visit coming in October, the Strategic Planning Council invites your review of a draft of the University’s next strategic plan. The plan is intended to guide University decision-making and resource allocations through 2015.

More information and a link to the document are available at

Two open sessions have been scheduled for members of the campus community to discuss the draft document with members of the SPC: Monday, April 12, from 3:30-5 p.m. in UU-120, and Tuesday, April 13, from 4:30-6 p.m. in UU-120.

Submit comments via e-mail to by the end of the day on May 3.

Voluntary separation program deadline is April 15

The date for receipt of the final commitment for participation in the Binghamton University Voluntary Separation Program is Thursday, April 15.

Details on the program, including a program timeline, link to the application of interest and a list of frequently asked questions can be found at

Harvard professor to speak at 2010 Romano Lecture

Charles E. Rosenberg, professor of the history of science and Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences at Harvard University, will be the guest speaker at the 2010 Romano Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall. A reception will follow in the Anderson Center Reception Room.

Rosenberg’s topic will be “Managed Fear: Disease Identities in Contemporary Medicine.” He has written widely on the history of medicine and science, and his works include Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849 and 1866 and The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America’s Hospital System.

The Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecture Series was endowed in 1984 by the Romanos to sponsor lectures by noted speakers in history, economics, art history and medicine.

For more information, call 777-6799.

Filley, professor emeritus of political science, dies

Walter Owen Filley, Jr., 89, professor emeritus of political science, died March 23 in Manchester Center, Vt. where he had lived for several years.

Filley received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1942, before joining the U.S. Army for three years, serving in the Counter-Intelligence Corps with the Second Armored Division in Western Europe. Upon his return, he completed his master’s degree and PhD at Yale, and taught at the University of Michigan and Wesleyan College before joining the faculty at Binghamton in 1958. He was active in various civic and professional organizations, and served as president of both the New York State and New England political science associations.

Filley retired in 1983, and helped organize Lyceum, teaching and enjoying courses until health conditions prompted his move from the area.

He is survived by his daughter, Anne Filley, a grandson, a granddaughter and her husband, a sister and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first and second wives and a brother.

Contributions in his memory may be made to a non-profit organization of one’s choice.

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