ITS CREATES ENTERPRISES SYSTEMS GROUP, CONSTRUCTION MOVES FORWARD
In recent months, Information Technology Services reorganized, forming the Enterprise Systems group to increase agility and improve services associated with database administration, systems-developed integration and system administration functions. While that has happened, major construction projects have continued to move forward, including the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Smart Energy Research and Design Facility. Read about these initiatives in this report.
In a division as large as the Division of Academic Affairs, a lot happens each quarter. In the past three months, grants have been awarded, promotions have occurred, students have been recognized with prestigious scholarships and our faculty have been featured extensively in major publications. Though it's just scratching the surface, read about some of recent highlights in this report.
The Division of Advancement celebrated Homecoming with record numbers of alumni in attendance. Events included the dedication of a new Nelson Mandela portrait in the Mandela Room, 30 years after the original was dedicated; presentation of the University Medal to Bill T. Jones prior to a performance by his dance company; and TIER Talks. Read more about the activities, as well as a first-ever challenge for athletics donors, in this quarter's news.
Binghamton closed the books on another year of research activity as the fiscal year concluded. Committed funds, considered a leading indicator of research activity, rose about 17 percent to $43.47 million in 2015-16. Campus researchers filed 34 new technology disclosures last year — a new record. Bahgat Sammakia, vice president for research, says the division’s goal remains $50 million in expenditures and committed funds by 2020.
By all accounts, the University's first-ever Sunday Move-in Day was a success, even with the rain. The Division of Student Affairs coordinated more than 100 individual activities during Welcome Week to help new and returning students settle into campus. Read about some of the activities as well as changes in our Services for Students with Disabilities Office and more in this quarter's report.
Though there are no competitions over the summer, the Department of Athletics remains very active, preparing schedules and hiring new staff and coaches as needed. This quarterly report is full of information on season schedules for basketball and wrestling as well as soccer and lacrosse updates. You can also read about the many academic honors our teams and individual student-athletes have achieved.
INAUGURAL MULTICULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA, LGBTQ CENTER WELCOME HELD
The beginning of the semester was filled with activities as the Multicultural Resource Center held its inaugural Multicultural Extravanganza, attended by hundreds of students who enjoyed presentations and performances from student groups, and the LGBTQ Center also held its first-ever welcome orientation. Read more about diversity initiatives in this issue of the report.