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March 11, 2010  Volume 31, No. 24
Crew Club to present McKenna Memorial 5K Run

The Binghamton University Crew Club will host the fourth annual John McKenna Memorial 5K Run on Saturday, March 20, at Recreation Park in Binghamton.
McKenna, a Binghamton graduate and member of the Crew Club from 1994-1998, was killed in combat during his third tour with the U.S. Marines in Iraq.

All proceeds will benefit the John McKenna Memorial Fund, which supports the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the NYS Trooper Scholarship Fund. Proceeds from the event will also assist the Crew Club in paying for a boat purchased in John McKenna’s name.

The deadline to pre-register is Saturday, March 13. The cost is $10 for Binghamton University students and $12 for community members and includes a T-shirt.

Registration forms can be found online at Race day registration costs $15 and begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at race time. A children’s fun run is scheduled for 9 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

For more information visit, e-mail, or call the Binghamton University Club Sports office at 777-4259.

Faculty, staff, students invited to task force open forums

The Task Force for Undergraduate Education for the Digital Generation invites all faculty, staff and students to participate in open forums from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, in UDC-329 and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in UU-168.

Share your ideas for strengthening and improving Binghamton’s undergraduate education. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Donald Loewen, task force chair, at

Toronto professor to discuss ‘1948 as a Jewish World War’

Derek Penslar, Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History at the University of Toronto, will present this year’s Lasky Family Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15, in the Anderson Center Reception Room.

Penslarm, who will discuss “1948 as a Jewish World War,” is the author of numerous books, including Shylock’s Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe and Zionism and Technocracy: The Engineering of Jewish Settlement in Palestine, 1870-1918.

The lecture is open to the general public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Judaic Studies Department at 777-3070.

John Gardner Book Award reading set for March 16

The Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award reading with Julia Glass will be held at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, in EB-110.

Glass’ second novel, I See You Everywhere, received the Gardner award. Her first novel, Three Junes, was honored with the National Book Award.

The event is sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers with support from the English Department and the Dean of Harpur College.

For more information, visit, call 607-777-2713 or e-mail  

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