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February 04, 2010  Volume 31, No. 19
Ziegler to take over Binghamton Scholars Program

William Ziegler, associate professor of computer science, has been named faculty director of the Binghamton Scholars Program.

The position was previously held on an interim basis by Elizabeth Carter. Janice McDonald, director of Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards, will act as administrative director.

The Binghamton Scholars Program is a selective four-year honors program for students of exceptional merit. These students take small classes together with an emphasis on communication skills and leadership.

Ziegler, who will continue his duties in the Watson School and as faculty master of Newing College, said he is “truly honored” to direct the program.

“My first goal is to meet with all of the stakeholders, including the 350 student scholars currently in the program, to learn what they think it takes to be a first-rate Scholars Program,” he said.

“Additionally, I want the Scholars Program to be a voice to the rest of BU, our community and beyond, of all the wonderful academic accomplishments that occur at BU every day.  … Everyone sees how well we rank because of the students we attract, but I would like to see more written about the accomplishments of our students while they are here and after they graduate.”

Share your ideas for Homecoming 2010

The Office of Alumni Relations is organizing Homecoming 2010, which will take place on campus Friday-Sunday, Oct. 8-10.

Alumni Relations welcomes ideas regarding programming for the weekend for students, alumni and their families. In addition to celebrating class-year reunions, Homecoming 2010 will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Harpur College, and the 40th anniversary of the School of Management.

To contribute ideas, contact Rose Frierman, senior director of alumni relations, at or 777-2431.

Ross Fund applications are now available

Applications for the 2010 grant cycle of the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund are now available. Ross, a Binghamton University faculty member, established the fund with the hope of fostering working partnerships between the University and the community.

In 2010, the fund will award approximately $5,500 in grants to nonprofit organizations in partnership with University units. Grant funds are available beginning July 1. The application deadline is Friday, April 2. Grant applications, full guidelines and further information are available at

For more information, contact Cindy Lupo at 777-6927 or at

Proposals sought for interdisciplinary grants

The Division of Research seeks proposals for the 2010 Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants Program.  This program is for investigators who seek to enhance their research opportunities through collaboration with others at Binghamton and may include projects that represent a new research agenda.

Proposals from all areas of scholarship are encouraged; requests may be for a maximum of $10,000. All projects must lead to the development of a proposal for external support.  Questions about proposal preparation or budgeting should be directed to the staff at the Office of Sponsored Programs. Full guidelines are posted at

Questions about eligibility or scope of the program should be addressed to Stephen Gilje, associate vice president for Research, at or 777-6136.  Applications must be delivered to Gilje by March 31.  It is anticipated that awards will be made by May 1.

Undergraduate student excellence nominations due

Nominations are sought for the President’s Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence. The deadline to nominate juniors is Feb. 12; the deadline to nominate seniors has passed.

The student will have enriched the University community through a record of accomplishment and leadership in such areas as scholarship, student life and community life, all of which reflect the University’s purposes and priorities. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Visit, for more information. Contact Janice McDonald, 777-4324 or, with questions.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08