The Division of Operations provides the infrastructure and emergency services necessary to support a growing campus. Whether for the campus network, buildings and grounds or human resources initiatives, the division touches every individual on campus. In this report, you'll read about construction and Information Technology Services activities, a new Stop the Bleed program that goes hand-in-hand with automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) seen across campus and more.
Whether its international experiences for theatre students or providing a means for faculty and students to store and share their research and scholarly works, the Division of Academic Affairs works to ensure the campus remains a quality institution able to educate students and make discoveries. In this quarter's report, these efforts are apparent as you read about a new distinguished professor, our new open repository, a collaboration to bring musical theater to China, a gift of windows to our Judaic Studies Department and more.
Not surprisingly, the Division of Advancement had a busy last quarter of 2016. Donors supported academics with two major gifts, and athletics saw its largest gift ever from an anonymous donor with a passion for baseball. In addition, the Binghamton University Foundation developed a new mission and donors were celebrated by the campus and students. Read about the many advancement initiatives in this report.
Binghamton University is already home to four federally designated research centers. Now the Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence in Smart Energy will fund a $50,000 planning grant in support of a faculty team that wants to establish a national center. The planning grant represents a significant push by the University to ensure that there’s a pipeline of research center proposals in the works, said Mary Beth Curtin, assistant vice president of strategic research initiatives. This is the provost and vice president for research investing in a team to do this, she said.
NYS Sen. Fred Akshar and others joined with President Harvey Stenger to recognize Harpur's Ferry student-run ambulance members who dedicate themselves to the campus and surrounding community. This fall alone, Harpur's Ferry student responders began CPR on two separate cardiac arrest incidents, saving their lives. Read more about this life-saving service and other student affairs initiatives in this report.
The campus and community joined with the Department of Athletics and the women's tennis team in mourning the death of 20-year-old Stefani Lineva, as the result of a hit-and-run accident. One week after her death, hundreds of student-athletes joined together in a tribute to Lineva at a basketball game at the Events Center. Learn more about the tragedy, as well as major donations to the Athletics Department and accomplishments of its student-athletes in this quarter's report.
The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is the newest division on campus, but is extremely active in bringing people together to discuss and debate sensitive issues, including the ramifications of the presidential election. This quarter, the division hosted Pride Month including its first annual LGBTQ International Human Rights Lecture, held a series of deliberative dialogues,sponsored a debate on Police and Community Relations and supported the campus community after election day. Read about it in this report.