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April 29, 2010  Volume 31, No. 30
Chef to showcase flavors of Southeast Asia

Mai Pham, a world-renowned Thai and Vietnamese Chef, restaurant owner and author, will present a cooking demonstration and book signing from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 6, at Hinman Dining Hall.  This event is open to the public.

Pham, chef and owner of the nationally acclaimed Lemon Grass restaurant in California, has authored cookbooks such as Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table and The Best of Vietnamese and Thai Cooking. She is also a guest instructor for the Culinary Institute of America, and has led culinary tours to Vietnam to study its cuisine with the help of local village cooks, wok chefs and spice merchants.

Pham’s work has been featured on NPR and CNN.

For the cooking demonstration, Pham will be joined by Sodexo Chef John Enright, Lemoyne College Executive Chef Drew D’Angelo and SUNY Oneonta Executive Chef Bill O’Donnell. Meat and vegetarian foods to be prepared include lemongrass chicken, jasmine rice, Bangkok beef, ginger tofu and vegetable stir-fry, and fresh mango with sweet rice.

The event is sponsored by Sodexo Campus Services.

For more information, call Campus Dining Services at 777-6451.

More than 200 students take part in SOM competition

Student groups from the School of Management’s Global Strategic Management classes presented their analyses and recommendations for Suzlon, a leading wind-power company, in the 15th annual Reeves-Ellington Case Competition, held April 19 at the Anderson Center.

More than 200 SOM students took part in the competition. Carrie Abbott, Colin McGovern, Jennifer Reno, Zachary Straus, Jennifer Viens  and Joseph Yassen — all from the Class of 2010 — were on the winning team. Danielle Dunne, assistant professor in SOM, prepared the team for the competition.

Judged by a panel of executives from the Binghamton community, the final round of competition showcased three groups; each delivered a presentation for approximately 15 minutes then answered 15 minutes of questions. About 200 people were in the audience.

Harpur honors students for creative writing

The Harpur College Dean’s Office announces the winners of the Andrew Bergman Award in Creative Writing 2010-11.  First place goes to Kevin Koval for his collection of poems; Carson McKenna wins second place for her short story, “Application for a Friend”; and Chelsea Horne takes third place for her short story “Meeting at the Skyline.”

Bergman graduated from Harpur College in 1965 with a degree in history.  He is a renowned author, screenwriter and producer of such works as Blazing Saddles, Fletch and Honeymoon in Vegas.

Bergman established the award to encourage young artists to nurture their talent.

Harpur Chorale, Women’s Chorus to perform May 6

The Harpur Chorale, directed by Peter Browne, and Women’s Chorus, directed by Danielle Sission, will perform a flower-themed concert titled “Choral Florals” at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in the AC-Chamber Hall.

The program will include the Harpur Chorale performing Chansons des Roses  (Songs of Roses) by Morten Lauridson. Set to French poems of the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the five-song cycle for a cappella mixed chorus is a unified study in elegance, as are its poems and the roses they describe. The Women’s Chorus will perform songs by Brahms, Debussy, Faure and more.

This concert is free and is sponsored by the Department of Music. For more information, visit

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Last Updated: 10/14/08