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Think Binghamton Advocacy Update

Despite additional budget cuts and delays in the passage of a SUNY reform act (see stories below), we anticipate another year of scholarly and academic growth for Binghamton University. We continue to attract the best and brightest students in the state. Test scores of entering students continue to increase and are among the nation's highest for public universities. Our faculty continue to receive national and international recognition for their scholarly contributions and research as they also apply innovative approaches to student learning. Similarly, our staff is among the most creative and dedicated anywhere.

Binghamton University was again ranked among the best universities in the nation by The Fiske Guide to Colleges (2011) and The Princeton Review (2011). Be sure to read about all of the University's tremendous accolades included in this newsletter. We have a lot to be proud of.

Thanks again for your support. We look forward to working with you this year as we continue to embrace the opportunities that await us.

The Think Binghamton Advocacy Team

2010-2011 Budget Update

The New York State budget was finally passed Tuesday, Aug. 3, 125 days late and just shy of breaking the late budget record of Aug. 11, set in 2004. According to The New York Times, the budget is projected to be $136.5 billion, up 2.4 percent over the previous budget. Although the Legislature passed a spending plan several weeks ago, the revenue portion of the budget had not been finalized. Instead, legislators had been passing the budget in pieces for several months, during a standoff with Gov. David A. Paterson.

According to Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, the budget enacted "over $210 million in additional cuts to SUNY - bringing the three-year total to a 30 percent reduction of our operating budget."

Binghamton University continues to take steps to address this fiscal crisis including:

- implementing a series of reductions in the state portion of our operating budget, amounting to $16.5 million over a three-year period, with the expectation for an additional $6 million in reductions in the coming year.

- strategically limiting hiring, delaying or forgoing equipment purchases, slightly lowering new student enrollment, judiciously using one-time monies where possible to try to offset the decline in state funds, and identifying and developing all available revenue streams.

- establishing an innovative "voluntary separation program" that is providing individuals with 15 or more years of service the opportunity to leave the campus with a lump-sum payment based on their base salary and years of service.

For budget updates, visit Think Binghamton.

SUNY Legislation

The budget resolution reached by the New York State Assembly on Aug. 3 did not include the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act (PHEEIA). According to the media, Democratic leaders reached an agreement with the Assembly on the "framework" of a deal, but failed to pass the measure. "It would have been a big win for New York state and made it possible for us and the other three university centers to have greater discretion in how we work public/private partnerships, which is something extraordinarily important for us," said Binghamton Interim President C. Peter Magrath.

Although we are disappointed that PHEEIA was not enacted in this legislative session, we are heartened by its progress, thanks in large part to the efforts of you and our other advocates who sent thousands of messages to key legislators. "It's never gone this far before. It didn't cross the finish line, but it got awfully close, and I can take that as a very positive outcome because we are going to continue pushing for it," said Magrath.

We will continue to advocate for regulatory reforms to help us pursue our goal of becoming the premier public university in the nation, as well as for a rational tuition policy to help us contain the costs of a college education and avoid large tuition increases during economic downturns.

Parents and Students Sign Up to Help at Orientation

Over 900 parents and students registered to be a part of our Think Tank advocacy group during summer orientation sessions. Thanks to your support, we now have close to 8,000 registered members. Together we will be a powerful voice in support of Binghamton University. This year we will need your help as we focus our advocacy efforts on securing adequate state support and flexibility.

Building a Partnership with the Community

Binghamton University is working toward linking the intellectual and physical assets of the University with local, regional and state governments, economic development organizations, nonprofit organizations, private-sector companies and the general public. Take a look at a new video highlighting some of the services and programs offered to the community. The video can be viewed by visiting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBEurJdzuCI&feature=channel.

Advocacy - Your Story

Visit Think Binghamton to read stories shared by recent graduates, including 2008 alumnus Greg Reynolds, who credits his Binghamton University education with "propelling me to new heights." Do you have a Binghamton University story to tell? Take a minute and share it. Your story will help us make the case that investment in higher education has a real impact on people's lives.

Read more at http://www2.binghamton.edu/think/join-us/shared-stories/index.html

University News and Accomplishments

Binghamton University receives top recognition from The Princeton Review (2011)
Binghamton University was included once again among the top colleges in the nation in The Princeton Review's annual college rankings. Binghamton University was noted a "best value", ranking #6 among public colleges nationwide, and was again commended for its green initiatives


Binghamton University included in best colleges ranking according to The Fiske Guide to Colleges (2011)
Binghamton University again made the grade in The Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2011 edition. According to Fiske, Binghamton is one of the best public universities because of its "outstanding academics and commitment to undergraduates. It is writing the rules on how to integrate global awareness and international experiences into the curriculum." 


Hinchey seeks funding for Binghamton research
Binghamton University could receive $9 million in federal funds to support energy-efficiency research with defense applications, U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey announced Aug. 3.


Binghamton University tennis star is America East's Scholar-Athlete of Year
Binghamton University tennis player Sven Vloedgraven was named the America East Conference's Male 2009-2010 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


School of Management professor receives leadership award
Francis Yammarino, distinguished professor of management and director of the Center for Leadership Studies at Binghamton University, was named the 2010 recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Scholar Award by the Academy of Management's Leadership Network and The Leadership Quarterly.


Binghamton University wins National FAA Design Competition for second year in a row
A team of Binghamton University students, led by William Ziegler, associate professor of computer science in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, was recently selected as first-place award winner in the National Federal Aviation Administration's Design Competition for Universities.


Two faculty members win Guggenheim Fellowships
Two Binghamton faculty members have been selected as recipients of the Guggenheim Fellowship, a prestigious midcareer award given to support creative research and art projects.


Sammakia named interim VP for research
Bahgat Sammakia, director of the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center (S3IP), has been appointed interim vice president for research at Binghamton University.


Professor named fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry
Professor Omowunmi A. Sadik, director of the Center for Advanced Sensors and Environmental Systems at Binghamton University, has been admitted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in Britain.


Humanities Institute names fellows
Seventeen faculty members and students have been named as inaugural fellows for Binghamton's Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.


Lynn named distinguished professor
Psychology professor Steven Jay Lynn has been promoted to distinguished professor, a tenured University ranking conferred by the SUNY Board of Trustees and the highest academic rank within SUNY.


$1.4 million grant boosts interdisciplinary research at Binghamton University
Binghamton University has been awarded a four-year, $1.4 million grant by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to fund undergraduate interdisciplinary research opportunities around the theme of solving problems in the life sciences.



New book charts course for schizophrenia research
Binghamton University researcher Mark F. Lenzenweger's new book explores lessons from the laboratory while probing broader questions of how to think about and conduct psychopathology research.


New research may solve key problem in physics
Binghamton University physicist Michael Lawler and his colleagues have made a breakthrough that could lead to advances in superconductors. Their findings appear in the British journal Nature.


Psychologist takes aim at anxiety disorders
Binghamton's Meredith Coles has mapped out an ambitious plan to diagnose, treat and possibly even eliminate anxiety disorders.


Lab zeroes in on war of the sexes
Biologist Anthony Fiumera's large-scale experiments with fruit flies may lead to ways of controlling insects that spread disease or harm crops.


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

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- 2010-2011 Budget Update
- SUNY Legislation
- Parents and Students Sign Up to Help
- Building a Partnership with the Community
- Advocacy - Your Story


Binghamton University receives top recognition from The Princeton Review (2011)

Binghamton University included in best colleges ranking according to The Fiske Guide to Colleges (2011)

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New book charts course for schizophrenia research

New research may solve key problem in physics

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