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Schumer to graduates: 'Go for it!'

More than 3,200 doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degree candidates were honored at nine Commencement ceremonies held May 15-18 on campus.
Schumer, who spoke at the School of Management and Harpur College of Arts and Sciences' Division of Science and Mathematics ceremonies, told graduates that their Binghamton University education and technological proficiency have given them a great opportunity. Read more.

State budget lays foundation for new pharmacy school

The new state budget provides a $10 million boost to Binghamton University's plans for a new pharmacy school, but there is more to benefit the University in New York state's recently passed $140 billion budget. For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the state has budgeted nearly $40 million for Binghamton University operations, with an additional $872,333 earmarked for Binghamton's Center of Excellence. Read more.

Binghamton University approved for START-UP NY

Empire State Development (ESD), New York State's economic development agency, has approved Binghamton University's application to participate in START-UP NY, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's innovative initiative to offer new or expanding companies and business ventures the ability to operate completely tax free (state and local taxes) in areas on or connected to SUNY campuses. Read more.

Binghamton connects with new Advocacy Day format

Taking a new approach to the annual Binghamton University Advocacy Day in Albany this year, a much smaller-than-usual contingent traveled the two-plus hours to the state capitol in mini-vans on March 5. Read more.

'Tag Day' highlights significance of donor support on campus

The truth is, many of the bar-raising facilities and opportunities at Binghamton University wouldn't exist without the generosity of private donors, a fact which several campus groups hope to make abundantly clear with a new awareness-raising event. Read more.

Stenger touts growth at State of the University

From a "20 by 2020" enrollment initiative to a new venue for the State of the University address, growth served as the theme of President Harvey Stenger's annual talk. Read more.

Governor supports Binghamton University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy

Binghamton University is thanking Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Sen. Thomas Libous for including $10 million in the governor's budget proposal to begin site acquisition and design work for a School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy. Read more.

Binghamton University President and REDC Co-Chair Harvey Stenger hails $81.9 Top Performer Award

The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), which earned a "Best Program" designation in 2012, repeated as a top performer this year and has been awarded $81.9 million to pursue the more than 100 priority projects identified in its funding proposal. Read more.

Engineering and Science Building earns LEED© Platinum

The building, which connects to the Biotechnology Building at the University's Innovative Technologies Complex, is only the third in the SUNY system to achieve LEED Platinum status. In 2011, The Engineering News Record named the building its top "Green Project of the Year in the New York Region" in its annual competition.

McCall leads Harpur College into new era

For new Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Dean Anne McCall, liberal arts lay the foundation for understanding the world around us. Read more.

Binghamton University in top 100 in nation

Binghamton University is a top-100 elite university according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking of more than 1,375 schools in the country, placing 97th overall in the rankings. Read more.

Binghamton University hosts President Obama

President Barack Obama unveiled his "Making College More Affordable: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class" plan to the ticket-holders selected by lottery to attend a town-hall style meeting in Binghamton University's Mandela Room. Read more.

Stenger honored to have Obama visit

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said the fact that President Barack Obama is visiting Binghamton is unexpected, but not a surprise. Read more.

University celebrates East Campus Housing

Calling it "a new era for Binghamton University," President Harvey Stenger unveiled the East Campus Housing project during a ceremony Aug. 15 at the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center. Read more.

'Fiske Guide' names Binghamton a 'best buy'

Binghamton University has been rated a "Best Buy" by the Fiske Guide to Colleges, and recognized as one of the "premier public universities in the Northeast."
Binghamton is one of 41 institutions − 21 public and 20 private − to be recognized by the college guide. The "Best Buy" rating is based on the quality of academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance. Read more.

Gov. Cuomo makes second visit to Binghamton University to sign Start-Up NY legislation

For the second time in less than a month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Binghamton University – this time to sign the tax-free law that he was promoting on his first visit. Before a crowd of more than 150, Cuomo signed the law passed last week that will establish tax-free zones on and around SUNY campuses to encourage new business in New York state. Read more. Read more.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo touts tax-free initiative at Binghamton University

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his first visit to Binghamton University on Thursday to stump for his recently announced Tax-Free NY Initiative. In welcoming him to campus, President Harvey Stenger told the standing-room only crowd that the campus had prepared for the governor's visit as it would for any special guest: "We cleaned up and invited the neighbors." Read more.

Students walk across stage to become alumni

More than 2,650 students embarked on new journeys when they shook President Harvey Stenger's hand, crossed the Commencement stage at the Events Center, and officially became Binghamton University alumni. Read more.

Binghamton establishes Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence

Since 1965, when it joined the ranks of PhD-granting university centers in the SUNY system, Binghamton University has enjoyed a strong reputation for research and doctoral education. As Binghamton hires approximately 150 net new tenure-track faculty members in the years spanning 2012 to 2017, that reputation will only be strengthened, according to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Nieman. Read more.

Road Map Implementation Launch

The thank you gift to the hundreds of volunteers might have seemed a little corny to some, but the thank you was sincere as Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger opened the Road Map Implementation Launch to a crowd of about 350 Monday, in the Mandela Room of the University Union. Read more.

Binghamton University goes on the road to meet with state legislators

More than 60 Binghamton University faculty, staff, students and administrators took the Road Map to Albany on March 5 to meet with legislators and highlight the University's strategies for becoming the premier public of the 21st century. Read more.

University receives record number of freshman applications

Binghamton University received a record-high 29,089 freshman applications for fall 2013 admission, surpassing the previous record high of 28,963, set in 2009. The number is up from the 28,141 freshman applications received for fall 2012 admission. Read more. 

University Day at the Mall set for Saturday

The fourth-annual Binghamton University Day at the Oakdale Mall will feature performances by student groups, hands-on craft projects, science demonstrations, free health screenings and more. Read more.

Binghamton Ranked among most efficient universities

Binghamton University is ranked among the nation's most efficient universities, according to data released by U.S. News & World Report. Read more. 

Tier receives $91.1M in Regional Economic Development Council funding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the second annual Regional Economic Development Council Awards from the Hart Theatre in the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Dec. 19. The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council was awarded $91.1 million and will use the funding to pursue the projects it proposed. Read more. 

Stenger appointed co-chair of Regional Economic Development Council

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday appointed Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger as co-chair of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), making the announcement during a stop at the Greater Binghamton Airport. Stenger, who has served on the REDC since January, replaces Cornell University President David Skorton in the role, and will serve with co-chair Tom Tranter, president and CEO of Corning Enterprises. Read more. 

Regional council endorses projects that would lead to job creation

Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council endorsed 24 projects — a handful of which are in Broome County — vying for a portion of $762 million in state aid and tax breaks. Read more.

High-tech incubator proposal unveiled

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger joined with local, county and state representatives on Wednesday, August 15, near the intersection of Hawley and Carroll streets in Binghamton to unveil plans for a high-tech Job Creation Incubator at the site. The incubator will be home to tenants who will focus on smart energy, healthcare and electronic systems integration and packaging.
Read the Inside story.


Summer orientation 2012: hundreds of parents, students join University's advocacy effort

Binghamton University's 2012 summer orientation program provided about 3,400 incoming freshmen and transfer students the opportunity to become comfortable with the University, connect with fellow students and faculty members, and develop an academic plan while registering for fall classes. Over 750 parents and students joined the University's Think Binghamton advocacy program.


After Careful Analysis, Campus 'Vibe' Determined My Choice

New York Times, by Kyu Nakam, May 10, 2012
I received two consecutive rejections from the only private colleges I applied to (Wesleyan and Vassar). Surprisingly, I wasn't very disappointed. In fact, I was relieved that my choices were significantly narrowed down.

After an impasse between the two schools (Geneseo and Binghamton), I decided that my college of choice would be Binghamton University. What swayed my choice was the vibe I felt visiting each campus and the opportunities provided. Being from New York City, I definitely felt a lot more comfortable in the more populated Binghamton over the small town feel of Geneseo. Also, I felt that Binghamton would allow for more flexibility to explore different subjects and eventually figure myself out.
Read Kyu's full story.


University celebrates two lab openings

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, who both helped secure $8.5 million in federal funding for the CASP facility, were among the speakers at the opening of two new laboratories at the New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Integration and Packaging (S3IP). The May 3 ceremony at the Innovative Technologies Complex also featured comments from University President Harvey Stenger, Interim Vice President for Research Bahgat Sammakia and state Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo. Guests later received tours of the labs.

The ceremony celebrated the opening of the Center for Autonomous Solar Power's Solar Laboratory and the co-location of the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center's (IEEC) Reliability and Failure Analysis Laboratory. Both laboratories are housed in the Biotechnology Building at the ITC. Read the complete story.

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Binghamton University presents its NYSUNY 2020 plan to governor, legislative leaders

On Wednesday, April 25, Binghamton University and community leaders presented the University's NYSUNY 2020 challenge grant proposal to SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the governor's staff in Albany. The plan highlights increased student access, Southern Tier job creation and renewable energy research.

Read more.
Watch the video.
Read the plan.
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SUNY Leaders React to New York State Budget Agreement

State University of New York officials issued statements of support regarding the 2012-13 New York State budget agreement announced on March 27 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall said, "With their continued support of SUNY, especially our community colleges and academic medical centers, Governor Cuomo and the Legislature send a clear message that higher education is a priority in New York State and they ensure that all New Yorkers will continue to have access to an affordable college education of the highest quality. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and our legislative leaders for this unprecedented level of support." Read the SUNY news release.

Binghamton hosts regional SUNY showcase

The "power of SUNY" was on display in the Mandela Room on March 14, as Binghamton University played host to a regional showcase for State University of New York schools. The Southern Tier SUNY Showcase featured displays of programs and innovations from Binghamton University, Broome Community College, Cornell University's statutory campus, Corning Community College, SUNY Delhi and Empire State College.

"I'm very, very proud of Binghamton University, SUNY and the campuses that are here," President Harvey Stenger said. "We pulled together a great event with several hundred people in the room and dozens of displays." Read the Inside story.

Advocates meet with state legislators during annual Albany visit

About 60 faculty, staff, students and administrators made the annual trek to Albany on March 6, where they met with legislators to talk about Binghamton University’s successes, as well as its plans for the future. Their message: Binghamton University is all about excellence, access, economic impact and innovation – and has plans to grow. Read more; view photo album below.


University spends a day at the Oakdale Mall

Binghamton University held its third annual “Day at the Mall” event February 25 at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, sharing some of the University’s programs and talents with the Greater Binghamton community. More than 200 Binghamton University faculty, staff and students contributed through a wide variety of displays, hands-on demonstrations and performances. Watch WBNG's video taken at the event; view pictures in this slideshow.

Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Executive Budget

“Governor Cuomo has once again proven to be SUNY's champion. He has clearly made the improvement of our state’s education system a top priority for 2012-13, and I applaud him for doing so in what continues to be a difficult economic climate.

“By presenting an executive budget that, for the first time in recent memory, holds the line on state funding for SUNY, Governor Cuomo has kept his promise to position the state university as a world-class leader in higher education that will help to create jobs and move the dial on our state's economic revitalization." Read the SUNY news release.

University presents economic development plan for New York state

Addressing the Executive Committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees, Binghamton University Vice President of Administration James Van Voorst presented a proposal to the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program, outlining a plan to increase enrollment and add jobs to the local community and New York state. Read the Inside story.

More NYSUNY 2020 information and news coverage:
-- "SUNY says higher tuition, more grants will create jobs",
-- "SUNY centers project 16,000 jobs as aid payoff"
-- Inside article, "University presents economic development plan for New York state"
-- Binghamton University 8/1/2011 press release
-- Inside article, "Governor, chancellor announce “NYSUNY 2020” program"
-- Gov. Cuomo's NYSUNY 2020 plan
-- SUNY's support for NYSUNY 2020

Magrath named to Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council

Binghamton University President C. Peter Magrath will serve as a member of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, one of 10 groups designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs in the state. Read the Inside story; read the SUNY news release.

Summer Orientation 2011 -- New University Advocates

Hundreds of students and parents signed up to help with the University’s advocacy program at this summer's orientation session, bringing the total number of Think Tank advocates to over 9,000. View orientation photos below.

Legislature passes NYSUNY 2020 bill

The New York State Legislature passed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NYSUNY 2020 legislation late on Friday, June 24. This bill will enact a rational tuition plan for Binghamton University, SUNY and CUNY. Read more about NYSUNY 2020:

The right way for SUNY to go

The Times Union's June 12th editorial, "A rational plan this is not," unfairly characterizes Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NYSUNY 2020 legislation. The governor's proposal offers a smart, thoughtful, and reasonable solution for strengthening SUNY campuses across New York state, while protecting access and affordability for all New York students in pursuit of a SUNY education. Read the full story.

Cuomo Releases SUNY Tuition Increase Bill

WXXI Capitol Bureau Report, Karen DeWitt, June 9, 2011
Governor Cuomo has introduced a bill to raise tuition at State colleges by up to 5% per year and university centers by 8%. Governor Cuomo has made clear for some time that he recommends raising tuition at SUNY schools, backing a plan called "rational tuition" that he says will take the increases out of the political arena. Listen to Karen DeWitt's report.

Binghamton University commends Governor Cuomo for his commitment to the SUNY System

Binghamton University President C. Peter Magrath, along with business and community leaders from across Southern Tier, applauded New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for introducing visionary legislation which calls for a comprehensive, fair and predictable tuition policy for the State University of New York's (SUNY) state-operated campuses. This initiative is an integral part of the NYSUNY2020 Challenge Grant Program. Read the Binghamton University press release

Read the bill.
Read the bill memo.

Binghamton University ranks high for return on investment

A recent ranking by Investor's Business Daily places Binghamton in a tie for ninth in the nation for return on investment – the earnings per dollar spent to get an education. Read the full Inside story.

Push for tuition increases at SUNY gains steam

Press & Sun Bulletin, Cara Mathews, June 3, 2011
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Trustee H. Carl McCall, dozens of SUNY presidents and other university officials backed legislation that would boost tuition up to 5.5 percent annually for each of five years. Read the full story.

Report: SUNY System the Key to New York's Economic Future

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today heralded the findings of an economic impact study that points to SUNY as a key contributor to New York State's economic future. The report, How SUNY Matters: Economic Impacts of the State University of New York, is the most comprehensive and detailed analysis ever undertaken of the economic impact SUNY has on New York State. Read the SUNY press release.

SUNY Chancellor Commends 16 Campuses on National Community Service Recognition

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher congratulated 16 SUNY campuses, including Binghamton University, for a recent recognition by President Barack Obama for their community service. The campuses were named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which has, since 2006, annually recognized institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. Read the SUNY press release.

President discusses NYSUNY 2020 with Faculty Senate

President C. Peter Magrath provided the Faculty Senate with an overview of the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program during its May 17 meeting. "NYSUNY2020," unveiled earlier this month by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, would provide $35 million in capital funding to the four university centers. The campuses will submit long-term economic and academic plans to receive the Phase 1 funding. Other possibilities, Magrath said, include a five-year rational tuition plan and differential tuition. Read the full Inside story.

SUNY Launches First-In-The-Nation Report Card to Publicly Measure Success

Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and the State University of New York launched the SUNY Report Card on May 17, an exclusive evaluation tool that will publicly track the university's system-wide work as an educator, job creator, community partner, and generator of boundary-breaking research. Read the full story; read media coverage:

Regarding the SUNY Report Card, Binghamton University President C. Peter Magrath said: "SUNY has a unique mission and responsibility to ensure that New Yorkers have access to high-quality, affordable education. Not only is this commitment vital to keeping the state's best and brightest in New York but also in ensuring that the state succeeds in the knowledge based economy of the future. The Report Card holds all of the SUNY campuses to this promise and provides Binghamton University with tools to enhance our strengths and ensure that we continue to deliver on our pledge to all New Yorkers."

A Chance to Rebuild SUNY

The New York Times, The Opinion Pages, May 4, 2011
Even before the fiscal crisis, the New York State Legislature was doing a terrible job of managing the State University of New York System. Lawmakers who voted to cut financing to the 64-campus system also starved it by forbidding reasonable tuition increases and then hijacked tuition revenue for use in the general state budget. In recent years, administrators have had to cut class offerings, limit enrollment and rely far too much on part-time faculty. Read the full story.

Cuomo Backs Higher Tuition at Top SUNY Campuses

The New York Times, Thomas Kaplan, May 2, 2011
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that he would support allowing the flagship campuses of the State University of New York to charge higher tuition than the rest of the system, a stance that could pit him against fellow Democrats who worry that lower-income students could be priced out of the top schools. Read more.

Binghamton University Day at the Mall

The University hosted the second annual Binghamton University Day at the Oakdale Mall on Saturday, April 30. The program included a diverse set of day-long exhibits including cutting-edge research projects; science and art projects for children; dancing and music performances by University groups; and information on courses, admission, employment and business resources. Read more.

Governor, Chancellor announce "NYSUNY 2020" program

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Monday, May 2, unveiled the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program to make SUNY a leading catalyst for job growth throughout the state, strengthen the academic programs of the four University Centers and demonstrate that New York is open for business. Read more.

N.Y. Budget Takes Another Bite Out of SUNY and Omits Most Regulatory Freedoms

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Eric Kelderman, March 31, 2011
New York's Legislature on Wednesday passed a budget on time for the first time in five years, but lawmakers got little appreciation for their promptness from higher education. Read the full story.

Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Reach "Definitive Framework" for Budget

WXXI, Karen DeWitt, March 27, 2011 
Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a conceptual budget agreement late Sunday afternoon, that will cut aid to schools and health care, and will not raise any taxes or borrow money to close the state's $10 billion dollar deficit. Read more.

SUNY Board unanimously passes resolution calling for rational tuition plan

On March 22 the State University of New York Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution that authorizes Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher to pursue negotiations with the governor's office and Legislature to craft a rational tuition plan for resident undergraduate students. The plan would provide a stable revenue source for SUNY in the face of reduced state support, while protecting students by maintaining modest and affordable tuition. Read more.

SUNY head seeks tuition autonomy

Crain's New York, March 10, 2011
The chancellor of the State University of New York said a four-year, $1.5 billion decline in state higher education funding has made it harder for students to graduate, but that passing legislation in the governor's proposed budget could reverse the decline. Read more.

Advocates ask for tuition plan; Lt. Gov. talks economic development

A busload of Binghamton University advocates made the rounds in Albany Tuesday, March 1, meeting with legislators, aides and the lieutenant governor to talk about a rational tuition plan, support for SUNY and economic development. Read more at Inside. View pictures from Advocacy Day in this slide show.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher's Testimony at the Joint Legislative Hearing of the Senate Finance & Assembly Ways & Means Committees

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher provided the following testimony at a Joint Legislative Hearing of the New York State Senate Finance and Assembly Ways & Means Committees on the 2011-12 Executive Budget. Read more.

Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Executive Budget

"The health and well-being of New York's economy, and more importantly its residents, is of paramount concern to the State University of New York, our Board of Trustees, and all campus presidents. Indeed, New York's fiscal health sits squarely on every page of SUNY's strategic plan." Read more.

Governor Cuomo's Proposed 2011-2012 Executive Budget

On Feb. 1, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo shared his proposed 2011-2012 Executive Budget. The proposal eliminates the state's estimated $10 billion state deficit by making large reductions in state spending, including reductions in state support for higher education.

The governor's proposal calls for a 10 percent reduction in SUNY operating aid. It also includes legislation that would make SUNY more efficient by streamlining its procurement processes and providing greater flexibility to engage in public-private partnerships. Read more.

Magrath stresses tuition flexibility

SUNY tuition policy is the "key issue" facing Binghamton University in 2011, Interim President C. Peter Magrath and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean-Pierre (Peter) Mileur told faculty and staff members at the University Forum on Jan. 18. Read more.

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's State of the University Address

Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher promised to lead the State University of New York's 64-campus system into a new era of transparency and accountability while outlining policies that will help create and retain approximately 40,000 jobs in New York. Read more. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address

In his Jan. 5 State of the State address, Gov. Cuomo laid out his agenda to put New York on a path to recovery, and gave a nod to SUNY : "Higher education will be the key economic driver. We look to partner with our great SUNY system, especially across upstate New York, in making this a reality." Read more.

Holiday Drives

Binghamton University students, faculty and staff brought joy to the lives of needy families through a number of holiday drives during the 2010 holiday season. View pictures from a few of these events in this slideshow.

Frost Fest 2010

Amid a flurry of activities, 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. Check out one of the most popular events, the human snowglobe, in this Frost Fest slide show.

Parents and students sign up to help at Family Weekend 2010

In a weekend packed with activities from touring the Nature Preserve to listening to music at the Jazz Brunch, over 100 parents and students found the time to sign up to be part of the University's Think Tank advocacy group. See if you can find yourself in the crowd in this Family Weekend photo album.

Governor Paterson Announces Construction Underway on Binghamton University Center of Excellence Facility

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that Binghamton University, State University of New York, has begun construction of its New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) building in a ceremony attended by elected officials, local leaders and University representatives. The facility will connect with the Biotechnology and the Engineering and Science buildings, which are both part of the University's Innovative Technologies Complex. Read the governor's press release; read the Binghamton University news release

NANCY ZIMPHER: Chancellor believes change is key to state university system's future success

Albany Times Union, Sunday, September 26, 2010
During a recent conversation, Zimpher said she was ready to continue pushing for change to keep the SUNY system competitive and help fulfill its mission of offering an affordable education. Read more.

SUNY BEST presents "Business Incubation: A Statewide and National Perspective"

The SUNY Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern Tier (SUNY BEST) will host David Hochman, who will present "Business incubation: A Statewide and National Perspective" at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 7, at the Binghamton University Downtown Center. Read more. 

Communiversity Block Party

Friday's Communiversity Block Party brought together more than 100 organizations from the City of Binghamton and Binghamton University. View the slideshow to see highlights of the event.

Tremendous support for advocacy at University Fest 2010

More than 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members signed up to help with the University's Think Binghamton advocacy program at University Fest 2010. Check out this slideshow for highlights of the day, including some amazing break-dancing.

Hinchey highlights federal student loan improvements

U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey visited the University on Aug. 30 to tout the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA). The law, which Hinchey helped pass in March, saves taxpayers $61 billion and improves education access. Read more. 

Binghamton University again features prominently in rankings, college guides

Binghamton University's quality and value have once again been recognized by some of the country's leading publications during this season's unveiling of annual college rankings and guidebooks. Read more.

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. Watch video.

Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on U.S. News & World Report 2011 Best Colleges Rankings

"SUNY campuses across New York State continue to be ranked favorably by nationwide publications and recognized for their outstanding quality, accessibility, and unsurpassed value." Read more.

SUNY Strategic Plan Falls in Step with President Obama's Higher Education Initiatives

President Barack Obama spoke at the University of Texas at Austin, expressing his vision for the future of higher education in the United States. Issuing a call for 8 million additional college graduates by the year 2020, Obama spoke of higher education as the engine for economic revitalization in the U.S. Read more.

Zimpher Takes Responsibility For SUNY Empowerment Setback

Capital Tonight, August 10, 2010
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher is leading the charge to improve the SUNY's standing among higher education systems in the nation. She's only been on the job for 15 months and already she's visited all 64 campuses. View Chancellor Zimpher's interview.

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. Read more.

SUNY Chancellor Shows Her Mettle, Even as Universities Lose a Key Legislative Battle

The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Eric Kelderman, August 5, 2010
One year into her tenure as chancellor of the State University of New York, the State Legislature handed Nancy L. Zimpher her first major political defeat, rejecting a package of regulatory changes meant to allow public universities to earn more money outside of state appropriations and operate more efficiently. Read more.

Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Future of the Empowerment Act

"Through the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act, SUNY brought forward positive, zero-cost solutions during a time of serious fiscal problems. This legislation would strengthen the entire SUNY system while improving our economy and the quality of life for New Yorkers." Read more.

Money for Nothing: SUNY & CUNY Need to be Set Free from Albany Meddling

Editorial, Daily News, August 2, 2010
Reforms crucial to the future of the State and City Universities of New York have been sucked into the meat grinder of budget negotiations in Albany. Reports from the sausage factory indicate the Legislature is set to okay tuition hikes for SUNY and CUNY students - while denying the universities powers of self-governing that are critical to fully successful institutions. Read more.

First, SUNY; then a budget

Op-Ed, Albany Times Union, August 2, 2010
It's showdown time in a state Legislature that's oblivious to both the urgency of deadlines and public impatience, or worse, with its inability to meet them. Passage of the budget that was due four months ago has become a casualty of a failure to reach final agreement over tuition rates at the state's public universities and colleges. Read more.

Stop Raiding the Ivory Tower

Op-Ed, New York Times, by Peter D. Salins, July 27, 2010
It is not a disagreement about expenditures or taxes that is preventing the New York State Legislature from passing a 2011 budget. No, it is a piece of legislation called the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act, which has the enthusiastic backing of Gov. David Paterson and grudging approval from the State Senate, but is bitterly opposed by the Assembly and its speaker, Sheldon Silver. Read more.

The Accidental Giant of Higher Education

The New York Times, by Peter Applebome, July 25, 2010
Nancy Zimpher, the new chancellor of the State University of New York, is a woman with a plan. From 1998 to 2003, when she was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, it was "The Milwaukee Idea." From 2003 to May 2009, when she was president of the University of Cincinnati, it was "UC/21." Read more.

SUNY Chancellor Explains Push to Raise Tuition

WNYC, by Beth Fertig, July 22, 2010
The state's budget is now more than 3.5 months late and there's no new progress to report this week. One major obstacle is the Senate and Assembly's inability to agree on Gov. David Paterson's Higher Education Empowerment Act. The bill would allow the state and city university systems to raise their tuitions without legislative approval. Read more.

Interim President Magrath Addresses the Community

Interim President C. Peter Magrath spoke to the Binghamton University Forum on July 22. He emphasized the high quality of education provided at Binghamton, his wish for the University to grow and the need for strong partnerships with the community. View video and remarks.

Siena Poll Findings Regarding Empowerment Act

The Siena Research Institute college poll shows that voters support Governor Paterson and the Senate on providing increased flexibility for SUNY and CUNY.
Read the poll results and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's statement.

SUNY Chancellor interview on The Capitol Pressroom

Listen to SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher speak with Susan Arbetter from The Capitol Pressroom about the importance of flexibility legislation for SUNY and CUNY.
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SUNY Chancellor optimistic regarding PHEEIA

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher continues to be optimistic about the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act. In a recent press release, she stressed SUNY's commitment to access and affordability and emphasized the economic impact this legislation can have on New York state.
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$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. Only 50 research-focused universities from a potential field of 197 institutions across the country were awarded grants and Binghamton University joins a list of recipients that includes Harvard, Yale, Cornell and the College of William and Mary. Binghamton and Stony Brook were the only two SUNY schools to be recognized.

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Governor Paterson urges passage of SUNY reform act

Governor David A. Paterson today was joined by Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, students and university, business and labor leaders in urging the Legislature to pass the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act.

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NYS Leaders Urge Legislature to Pass Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act

On Tuesday, April 27, New York businesses, local government and industry associations issued a letter to New York State legislators applauding SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on the launch of a new strategic plan for SUNY and urging legislators to support the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act (PHEEIA).
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SUNY Strategic Plan

On April 15 Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher introduced the new strategic plan for SUNY – The Power of SUNY – to the Binghamton University and Southern Tier community. The plan was developed over the past 10 months through statewide conversations and symposia. The SUNY plan can be viewed online at

Advocacy Day in Albany

Think Green. Think Global. Think Binghamton went on the road to Albany on Tuesday, March 2, as about 120 Binghamton University advocates, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and business partners, met with legislators and other leaders.  Read more and view photo album.

Binghamton University goes to the mall

Binghamton University faculty, staff and students offered the community an opportunity to learn more about the campus at the "Think Green. Think Global. Think Binghamton" event at the Oakdale Mall on March 6, 2010. View the photo album.

Binghamton unveils Climate Action Plan

On Nov. 30, President Lois B. DeFleur and University officials released Binghamton University's new Climate Action Plan which outlines the University's long-term goal to reduce its carbon footprint and enhance overall sustainability. The plan will help move the University toward a goal of climate neutrality by 2050.
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The event generated significant broadcast, print and online media coverage including News 10 Now:Binghamton University outlines plan for carbon neutrality. Read more about the University's commitment to create a sustainable community.

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Last Updated: 5/28/14