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University rings in holidays with festivities

The holiday season is not only known as a time of giving but also for fun and festivities. During the next few weeks, several Binghamton University departments, offices and organizations will host a variety of events to honor the season.

Holiday Giving Drives

Alpha Gamma Drive

The Alpha Gamma Chapter of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha sorority is accepting gifts for the YMCA’s Christmas Treasure Chest project. The items will then be made available at the YMCA so that women, children and low-income families can purchase gifts for their friends and families this holiday season. All unwrapped donations will be accepted on Wednesdays at the sorority’s table stationed in the University Union. Luz Pichardo, chapter president, can also be contacted for additional pick-up times. The YMCA store will be open December 10 and 11. For more information, contact Pichardo at pichardo_luz@

CHOW Donations

Computing Services and Educational Technologies have set up a CHOW barrel in the lobby of the Computer Center throughout December to collect donations of non-perishable food items. The CHOW Warehouse stores are seriously depleted and in need of replenishing.

SEHD holds Wyoming Conference drive

The School of Education and Human Development and its Division of Professional Development and Research are accepting gifts for children served by the Wyoming Conference Children’s Home. Names along with wish lists can be found at AB-119, AB-130, AB-230, AB-G18, AA-142 and AD-242. Unwrapped gifts should be delivered by Thursday, December 4. For more information, call 777-4447 or email

SOM gathers gifts for YMCA

Children and their mothers will be the recipients of a gift drive organized by the School of Management and the YMCA of Broome County and sponsored by the Graduate Management Association and Delta Sigma Pi. Children range in age from two months to 3 years old. Approximately 21 high-risk families are enrolled in the program. Deliver gifts to Debbie Bundy in A-142 or John Barden in A-128 by Tuesday, December 16. The drive is open to faculty, staff and students.

Res Life teams up with Salvation Army

The Office of Residential Life is teaming with the Salvation Army for Hand to Heart in hopes of making the holiday season a little brighter for needy children in the area. Each department and faculty member will receive information. For more information, contact Darcy Johnson at or call 777-2830.

Toys for Tots

Parking Services is sponsoring a campus collection for Toys for Tots. Anyone bringing a new toy while the barrel locations are staffed can register for a chance to win five days of free parking. Barrels are placed at the visitors’ paid lot, the parking garage, the Information Booth, the Parking Services office, Decker School of Nursing office, Admissions, the Campus Preschool and in the administration building lobby. On Monday, December 22, four names will be drawn, each winning five days of free parking to be used in the paid lot or parking garage before the end of the academic year. For more information, contact Parking Services at 777-2279.

Holiday Party

A University-wide holiday party hosted by President Lois B. DeFleur will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, in UU-Mandela. The event was previously held in the AC-Concert Theater and lobby.

Holiday Music Walk Into a “Winter Wonderland” at Family Holiday Concert The Music Department will ring in the holiday season with a performance of “A Winter Wonderland: A Family Concert” at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 6, in the AC-Concert Theater. The family-oriented concert will include a variety of performances from such groups as the University Orchestra, University Wind Ensemble, Harpur Chorale and Women’s Chorus. Timothy Perry, professor of music, will conduct the instrumental groups. The Harpur Chorale will be directed by Peter Browne and the Women’s Chorus will be conducted by Corry Shimer. The program will include performances of holiday favorites including “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, “Russian Christmas Music” by Alfred Reed, traditional English carols, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Deck the Halls” and “Winter Wonderland.” Hanukkah songs and an African Noel will also be performed. Prior to the concert at 2:15 p.m., the Binghamton Brass Quintet, directed by Ben Aldridge, will perform seasonal music in the Concert Theater lobby. The event is free to students. Adult general admission is $8 and $6 for seniors and faculty and staff. For more information, visit

Wind Ensemble offers a ‘Ho, Ho Holiday’

The University Wind Ensemble will present the annual performance of “Ho, Ho Holidays,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 7, in the center court of the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be conducted by Timothy Perry and will offer a musical salute to Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday season celebrations.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08