For some alumni, the biggest lessons learned during college have little to do with academics.
Herbert Bix, professor of history, was quoted in numerous publications regarding the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Japan’s surrender to Allied Forces. Bix was interviewed by Xinhua News Agency, U.N. Bureau, and the article was picked up by newspapers throughout mainland China. He was also interviewed by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) headquartered in Seoul and Nippon Hoso Kyoku (NHK), with an airdate of September 2005. Bix was also interviewed by the Japan Times, in an article scheduled for publication on August 6, 2005, and featured in an opinion piece in Japan Focus.
The International Herald Tribune used a quote from Hirohito and the Making Of Modern Japan by Herbert Bix, professor of history, in a July 22 article which highlighted North Korea’s slavish devotion to the Kim leadership, both father and son. The reporter notes that this indoctrination recalls the emperor-worship of Japan in the 1930s and 1940s, illustrated by a quote from Bix’s book.
Herbert Bix, professor of history, authored an article titled “Japanese and American perspectives on the Emperor and World War II in Asia,” that was posted on the July 30 issue of ZNet Japan. The article notes that peace groups everywhere need to understand the politics of the Northeast Asian nations. Bix notes that never has the need for historical reflection on World War II in Asia been greater.
Binghamton University was mentioned in the July 5 issue of the Washington Post in an article focusing on the effect community colleges are having on American lives. The article highlighted a selection of students who had chosen to attend a community college before transferring to a four-year institution. One of these students has since enrolled as a sophomore at Binghamton University.
Ali Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer professor of the humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, was featured in the July 6 issue of the Daily Telegraph of London, UK, which highlighted suggestions as to how the general public can support the African continent. Mazrui encouraged African professionals living outside the continent to look at ways of giving back. “We should try to turn the ‘brain drain’ into a ‘brain gain’ by encouraging Africans abroad to make their skills available to Africa,” he said.
Sally Dear, visiting assistant professor of human development, was featured in a July 6 article in the Bellingham Herald about how society is taking the institution of marriage lightly. “We’re ill-prepared for the realities of marriage and we’re much too quick to call it quits,” she said. Dear’s course on marriage and divorce was also mentioned.
Kann Tayla ’08 was mentioned in the July 8 Turkish Daily News as a bright spot in the world of Turkish swimming. Tayla, who hails from Turkey, missed the 2005 Mediterranean Games because he was taking exams but, according to the article, earned 10 first places in collegiate championships and a nomination as Binghamton’s athlete of the year.
Binghamton University was mentioned in a July 11 issue of Buffalo Business First as one of a handful of schools, which offer a paralegal certificate course. The article noted that as the number of lawsuits increase, the need for paralegals will increase. To meet the demand, many colleges and universities are offering or seeking to offer appropriate course. Binghamton University’s program was mentioned as being “well-received.”
Binghamton University was mentioned in a July 12 issue of The Journal News in an article related to homeownership in Rockland County, NY. The issue of college debt and the length of time many students are taking to graduate were mentioned as having an impact on the ability for young people to own their own homes. “Stay in New York and attend SUNY’s Binghamton University (69.9 percent) or Geneseo (64.2 percent) and the chance of getting a degree in four years is pretty good.”
Michael McGoff, vice provost for strategic planning, was quoted in a July 12 article on Inside Higher Ed about the gimmicks that some businesses make available in order to make an impression at scholarly meetings or other academic meetings. As the article notes, ‘gimmicks abound’ but for McGoff, the exhibit freebies are not huge value. “I focus on the companies that are going to do me some good. I’m not a give-away guy.”
Ann Campbell, ‘05, was mentioned in the summer issue of College Bound magazine in an article focusing on ways students are trekking across borders to figure out how to make a difference in the world. Campbell’s project to set up a traveling clinic in various villages along the Amazon River was featured. She notes that the project has solidified her motivation to become a nurse and help make a difference in the world.
Liz Rosenberg, professor of English, interviewed author-illustrator Uri Shulevitz for the July 17 Boston Globe. Rosenberg’s own newest book for young readers, “I Just Hope It’s Lethal: Poems of Madness, Sadness and Joy” was also mentioned in the article. Rosenberg also reviewed “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” for the Boston Globe on July 18. She notes that in J.K. Rowlings sixth book of the seven intended, the smooth surface of the pages belies a new charge of gloom and darkness. “I felt depressed by the time I was two-thirds of the way through, and thoroughly so by the book’s end, despite its clarion charge against despair.” Rosenberg adds that as usual, Rowling’s powers are startling, beautiful, original, and wholly inimitable. “The book bears the mark of genius on every page.”
Jean Fairbairn, director of services for students with disabilities, was quoted in a lengthy article in the July issue of New Mobility magazine. The article highlighted public colleges that excel in supporting students with disabilities. Fairbairn was quoted as saying “The philosophy of the university has always been one of integration and mainstreaming.”
Binghamton University was mentioned in the July 31 New York Times in an article that offered tips to parents of college freshmen in how to help their student adjust to college life. Binghamton University’s course “The Freshman Year; from Transition to Transformation,” was highlighted as a source for questions developed by students for parents to ask their children about their college experience. Some of these questions were subsequently used in orientation sessions for parents of incoming students. Questions include: Can you do laundry?; do you know what do to if you get sick?; and Binghamton students also encourage parents to share their own college experiences.
Last Updated: 6/22/10