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Think Binghamton Advocacy Update

The New York State Legislature was called back to Albany on Nov. 29 by Governor David Paterson for a special session to talk about the budget and other issues. The governor was unable to convince the Senate and Assembly to pass his package of budget cuts, including reductions to Medicaid services and across-the-board cuts in state aid to local governments. You can read about Governor Paterson's response at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/nyregion/30legis.html?_r=2&hp.

It looks like Republicans have regained control of the New York state Senate. On Saturday State-Supreme-Court Justice Ira B. Warshawsky rejected a hand recount of the Nassau County 7th District race between Republican Jack Martins and Democrat Senator Craig M. Johnson. If this decision holds against a likely Democrat appeal, the Republicans will have won the majority of seats -- 32 out of a total 62 seats. Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/nyregion/05elect.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion.

We will keep you informed as we learn more about the election results and other relevant issues.

The Think Binghamton Advocacy Team 

Advocacy News

Interim Binghamton University President C. Peter Magrath asked to join Cuomo's team

On Nov. 17, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo announced that Binghamton University's Interim President C. Peter Magrath was asked to join his 11-member education committee. According to the Press & Sun Bulletin, "the committee will recruit, review and recommend candidates for key positions in Cuomo's administration". Read more at http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=201011170312.

Budget Update

In October, a $23.2 million mid-year budget reduction was assigned to SUNY as part of an overall budget cut authorized in the state budget. Binghamton University's share of this adjustment is $1.5 million. SUNY's total reduction over three years exceeds $674 million. Despite these cuts, Interim President C. Peter Magrath recently announced that there will be no retrenchments in 2009/10 or 2011/12. Magrath attributes this in part leaving some non-academic positions vacant, to voluntary retirement or separation programs and to the University's strategic budget process. Read more at http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=201011190363.

"I Think Binghamton" Advocacy Campaign

This month the Think Binghamton team will launch a new advocacy campaign featuring University supporters sharing why they "Think Binghamton". Look for their stories on the Think Binghamton website, the Binghamton University homepage spotlight feature and Facebook. Take a minute and tell us why you Think Binghamton by visiting us at http://think.binghamton.edu.

Student Frost Fest Event

Amid a flurry of activities from the human snow globe to indoor ice skating, students signed up to help with the University's advocacy program, Think Binghamton. Over 75 people joined the Think Tank, bringing the total advocacy group to well over 8,000 members. View a slide show of the event on the Think Binghamton web site at http://www2.binghamton.edu/think/resources/advocacy-news.html.

University News and Accomplishments

Presidential Search Update: Campus Visits
On Nov.30, the Presidential Search Committee announced that five candidates for president of Binghamton University will be on campus to meet with various campus constituencies in the next two weeks. The first two candidates, Gary L. Miller, provost and vice president for academic affairs and research, Wichita State University, and Susan Jeffords, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Washington Bothell, recently visited the campus. Additional candidates will visit campus Dec. 8, Dec. 10 and Dec. 13.


Magrath, VPs, hold town hall meeting with students
Questions ran the gamut from construction to food to funding to academics during the Nov. 29 town hall meeting between Interim President Magrath, four University vice presidents, the interim athletic director and students. Co-sponsored by the Student Association, the session was moderated by SA President Jared Kirschenbaum. About 200 students attended, with more than a dozen asking questions of the administrators before time ran out. Kirschenbaum asked the first question to get the evening started: "What are the plans for the future of Dickinson?" For the students' perspective, go to Pipe Dream at http://www.bupipedream.com/Articles/Featured_Story/16705.


STOC and S3IP name region's technology leaders
The New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) at Binghamton University and the Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition (STOC) honored four individuals for promoting economic development in the Southern Tier. The honorees were William Fierle, president of Emerson Network Power Surge Protection, Inc.; J. Micheal Harris, director of Integration Technology, Corning, Inc.; Gay Canough, president of ETM Solar Works; and Merwyn Jones, IBM Fellow and director of the Linux Technology Center at Binghamton University.


New Magazine Issue Now Online
Binghamton University Magazine has a new issue and a fresh look, both in print and online. Articles in the fall issue include:
-- What is the future of the Nature Preserve?
-- A profile of Vincent Daniel '94, who dared to bet against Wall Street.
-- A new faculty feature called "The Other Side."

Read the issue by visiting http://binghamton.edu/magazine.

New 'Inside' Online
Read about faculty, discoveries, students, the arts, sports, research and what's happening on campus in the new, online-only Inside BU. Go to http://www.binghamton.edu/inside for the following stories and more:
-- Presidential candidates
-- Mechanical engineering professor earns national honor
-- Annual holiday drives to take place this month
-- University receives positive Middle States report

You can subscribe to receive new issues automatically by going to http://www.binghamton.edu/inside/index.php/subscribe.


Adult-child interaction boosts mental health
Learning a hobby or other complex task in childhood with assistance from a trusted adult may help guard against the emergence of a personality disorder (PD) later on in life, reports a study in the current issue of the journal, Development and Psychopathology. The authors, including lead author Mark F. Lenzenweger, distinguished professor of clinical science, neuroscience and cognitive psychology at Binghamton University, observe that spending time with children by reading with them, helping with homework or teaching them organizational skills helps to foster better psychological health in adulthood.


Buying junk food with plastic
When we pay with plastic, credit or debit cards, we're more likely to buy unhealthy food, according to a paper in the forthcoming Journal of Consumer Research by Kalpesh Desai, Binghamton University associate professor of management, and his colleagues. Read more about it in the Wall Street Journal blog Real Time Economics: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2010/10/26/buying-junk-food-with-plastic/.

Diane H. Greiwe
Advocacy Communications Specialist
University Communications and Marketing
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902

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- Interim Binghamton University President C. Peter Magrath asked to join Cuomo's team

- Budget Update

- "I Think Binghamton" Advocacy Campaign

- Student Frost Fest Event


Presidential Search Update: Campus Visits

Magrath, VPs, hold town hall meeting with students

STOC and S3IP name region's technology leaders

New Magazine Issue Now Online

New 'Inside' Online


Adult-child interaction boosts mental health

Buying junk food with plastic