What Will a Return to Normalcy Look Like?
When the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind us and New York state’s pause is over, Binghamton University will need to return to a new normal — but what will a post-pandemic normal look like? A Public Health Advisory Group and six coordinators have been charged by President Harvey Stenger and Provost Donald Nieman to develop recommendations for the University’s “the new-normal” plans. Read more.
Watson School Teams Make Progress to Aid Covid-19 Fight.
A lot can happen in a week, especially in the middle of a pandemic. Just last Thursday (March 19), as Binghamton University students and faculty moved all classes online due to warnings about spreading COVID-19, a team of professors, graduate students and staff from the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science began to help regional healthcare providers with their fight against the virus. Four projects have made significant headway, working in partnership with local healthcare providers Lourdes and UHS. Read more
Answering the Call: Harpur College Aids in Covid-19 Response
With the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in New York state, healthcare facilities and governments put out a call for help — particularly for dwindling supplies, such as face masks. Faculty and staff at Binghamton University’s Harpur College of Arts and Sciences quickly mobilized in response.
So far, 39 individuals offered up the contents of their labs, eager to help, said Carl Lipo, Harpur’s associate dean for research and programs. They include faculty in biological sciences, psychology, anthropology, chemistry, physics, history, art and design, geography, geological sciences, integrative neuroscience, the First-Year Research Immersion, Classical and Near-Eastern Studies and more. Read more.
Binghamton University Prepares for Covid-19
Departments across Binghamton University are developing contingency plans in preparation for potential impacts resulting from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that continues to spread worldwide and is likely to affect our community. Read more.
Binghamton University Receives $60 Million Gift-Largest in University History
The University’s sports facilities in Vestal, N.Y., will be transformed with a $60 million anonymous gift that will create a new Baseball Stadium Complex. From admissions to athletics, this gift will have a positive impact across the entire campus. Read more.
Decker Foundation Grant Supports Equipment Upgrade, New Simulation Center at DeckerCollege
As Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares to move to 48 Corliss Ave. in Johnson City, in 2020, it looks forward to a 15,000-square-foot Innovative Simulation and Practice Center (ISPC) full of new, ultramodern patient simulators. A grant from the Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Foundation provided funding for the purchase of infant and adult simulation manikins as well as other high-performance equipment for the ISPC, which is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in the area of teaching/education. Read more.
Binghamton University Once Again Celebrates Nobel Prize Winner on Day He Receives his Prize in Sweden
Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry during a Dec. 10 ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall in Sweden. Whittingham was one of three scientists to receive the chemistry prize. The others were John B. Goodenough of the University of Texas at Austin, and Akira Yoshino, of Asahi Kasei Corporation in Tokyo, and Meijo University in Nagoya, Japan. Nobel Prizes were awarded in chemistry, physics, literature, physiology/medicine and economics during the 75-minute ceremony. A Binghamton crowd of students, faculty and staff watched the ceremony via a live-stream and applauded as Whittingham walked on stage — and anytime he was on camera. Read more.
Campus and Community Fete Nobel Laureate M. Stanley Whittingham
Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham, who has called Binghamton University his home since 1988, was introduced as the man of the hour, day, week, month, decade — and two centuries — at the Oct. 18 celebration of his winning the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. More than 1,200 turned out to congratulate Professor Whittingham on his pretigious award. Read more.
Binghamton University Professor Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to M. Stanley Whittingham, distinguished professor of chemistry and materials science at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Wittingham won the prize for pioneering research leading to the development of the lithium-ion battery along with John B. Goodenough, Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University in Japan. Read more.
Binghamton Continues to Rise in National College Rankings
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. In the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking for best value Binghamton moves up 10 slots. Read more.
Binghamton University Welcomes New and Returning Students
University receives over 46,670 freshmen, transfer and graduate applications. Following the admissions process, approximately 2,900 freshmen, 1,000 transfer students and 1,600 new graduate students will join the Binghamton University community this year. Classes for all of Binghamton’s approximately 17,900 students begin Wednesday, Aug. 21.
School of Pharmacy Signs Agreement with Cornell University
Students from the plant sciences program at Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will now be able to transition to Binghamton University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences after three years at Cornell and receive degrees from both schools.
Binghamton University School of Nursing Dean Appointed to New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council
Mario R. Ortiz, dean and professor at Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing, has been appointed to the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC), the advisory and decision-making council for New York’s public health and healthcare delivery system. The PHHPC consists of New York State Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker and 25 members, each nominated by the governor and confirmed by the New York State Senate.
Ning Zhou Receives NSF Career Award
The assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to provide a vision for power systems as fossil fuels wane and renewable energy sources take center stage.
Scott Schiffres Earns NSF Career Award
Anyone who has had a computer or cellphone overheat will appreciate the research that Scott Schiffres, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is conducting with support from a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
Nkiru Nzegwu Receives SUNY Distinguished Professorship
Nzegwu became one of 18 SUNY faculty members appointed to the distinguished rank on March 29. Nzegwu received a distinguished professorship, which is conferred upon faculty having achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within the individual's chosen field.
School of Management's Subimal Chatterjee earns SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professorship.
Since his arrival at Binghamton University School of Management a little over two decades ago, Professor Subimal Chatterjee has been consistently regarded as being a practical, relatable and inspiring instructor. This reputation has led the SUNY Board of Trustees to appoint Chatterjee with a Distinguished Teaching Professorship.
Good Bones: Renovations Underway for Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing
In less than two years, an old Endicott Johnson Shoe Corp. factory in downtown Johnson City, N.Y., will be the new home for hundreds of Decker School of Nursing students when the school relocates to Binghamton University's Health Sciences Campus.
SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson Speaks to University-wide Faculty Senate
SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson spoke to the University Faculty Senate during its fall 2018 plenary meeting held at Binghamton University Oct. 18-20. After answering questions from senators representing each sector of the system, she spoke about attracting new students, online education, shared governance, diversity of faculty and the overall sustainability of the SUNY system.
2018 State of the University Address Stresses Opportunity in Difficult Times
President Harvey Stenger came onto the stage to present his 2018 State of the University Sept. 25, but not until the audience heard two book passages read as the words appeared on the big screen.
Binghamton Designated as NextFlex New York Node for Flexible Hybrid Electronics Initiative
NextFlex has designated Binghamton University to be the New York "Node" for its flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) initiative. As the NextFlex New York Node, Binghamton will design, develop and manufacture tools; process materials and products for flexible hybrid electronics; and attract, train and employ an advanced manufacturing workforce, building on the region's existing electronics manufacturing base.
Binghamton University Moves Up in 'U.S. News & World Report' Rankings
Binghamton University rose from #87 to #80 in this year's U.S. News & World Report's ranking of national universities, also moving from #37 to #32 for public universities.The magazine publishes its rankings of all national universities each fall, and Binghamton has been in the high 80s for the past several years.
Binghamton University's School of Pharmacy Achieves Candidate Status
Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences' Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Achieving Candidate status from ACPE grants SOPPS graduates the same rights and privileges as graduates from a fully accredited program.
Bethann Shapiro Ord Introduced as Binghamton University's New Women's Basketball Head Coach
There was a lot of talk about the value of family and chemistry at the news conference introducing Binghamton University's new women's basketball head coach – Bethann Shapiro Ord – but the eggplant parmesan from Little Venice stole the show. Both Shapiro Ord and Director of Athletics Patrick Elliot joked about how the food at Little Venice helped in recruiting Shapiro Ord to Binghamton.
Eleven Student Speakers to make Remarks at Binghamton University's Commencement Ceremonies
Binghamton University will begin its Commencement weekend at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, with the first of its nine ceremonies to be held over three days. All but the Graduate School ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, May 18, will feature at least one student speaker. Here, read a bit about the 11 students selected by their various schools to speak on behalf of their fellow graduates.
Binghamton University's Strategic Plan Focuses on 4 Initiatives
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger and Executive Vice President and Provost Donald Nieman talk about the University's Road Map Renewal.
Revitalization Story Mapping Project Documents a Changing Johnson City, N.Y.
Faculty, staff and students in the Department of Geography are tracking the demographics of the neighborhood where the University's new Health Sciences Campus is taking shape. The Johnson City Revitalization Project – a story mapping project that organizes project information in a manner that tells the story of the revitalization process – aims to track those changes in a way that hasn't been done before.
With assistance from undergraduate and graduate students and Geography department faculty and staff, Distinguished Service Professor John Frazier is charting new territory by documenting the current status of the Johnson City neighborhood where the Health Sciences Campus is taking shape – with plans to continue the documentation well into the future.
Binghamton University and SUNY Broome Announce New Agreement for Pharmacy Students
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger joined with SUNY Broome Community College President Kevin Drumm on Tuesday to announce a new articulation agreement for students pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Under the agreement, eight qualified SUNY Broome students will be guaranteed acceptance into the University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS) each year, beginning in fall 2019.
New Master of Public Health to Admit Students for Fall 2018
Binghamton University announces a new graduate degree program, the Master of Public Health (MPH), which will begin to admit students for fall 2018. "The MPH is designed to prepare graduates to analyze complex public health issues and to work collaboratively to create healthier communities," said Yvonne Johnston, the founding director of the new MPH Program at Binghamton University.
Pharmacy School holds its first ever white white coat ceremony
Great opportunities, great responsibilities and great rewards come to those who choose a pharmacist's career. That was the message Binghamton University's first class of students in its new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS) heard at its White Coat Ceremony.
President Stenger unveils University initiatives
Developing a College of Nursing and Health Sciences, establishing postdoctoral diversity fellowships, starting a Health Sciences Core Facility and emphasizing data science are among Binghamton University's proposed 2017-18 initiatives. Stenger discussed the University's priorities and strategies during a 40-minute talk to administrators, faculty, staff, students and community officials at the Osterhout Concert Theater in the Anderson Center.
Binghamton opens $70 million Smart Energy Building
After five years of planning, design and construction, Binghamton University's Smart Energy Building celebrated its grand opening Thursday, Aug. 31, in a room packed with faculty, students, staff and partners.
New report details Binghamton University's increased economic impact
According to a new report, Binghamton University's overall economic impact on Broome and Tioga counties, as well as New York state, continues to increase. The report, which highlights how the University contributes to the overall economic health of the region and state economies, documented a $47 million increase on the Binghamton area for 2015-16, compared to the previous year.
Three Binghamton faculty named SUNY Empire Innovation Scholars
Binghamton University's new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS) has been awarded $1 million in funding to retain three world-class faculty who have proven track records of externally-funded research. Eric Hoffman, Kanneboyina Nagaraju and Yetrib Hathout have each been named SUNY Empire Innovation Scholars by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. The trio, all SOPPS faculty, conduct research that supports drug and biomarker development targeting chronic diseases.
Koffman Southern Tier Incubator celebrates grand opening
"It's a beautiful day, a beautiful crowd and a beautiful building," Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said June 1, as he joined with state Sen. Fred Akshar, Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo, SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm, faculty and staff, industry partners, community leaders and members of the public to celebrate the grand opening of the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator at 120 Hawley St., Binghamton.
New Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School named
Provost Donald Nieman announces that Aondover A. Tarhule, a professor of geography and executive associate dean in the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, will become vice provost and dean of the graduate college on Aug. 10, 2017.
Kornheiser leads distinguished speakers at Commencement 2017
Tony Kornheiser '70 admitted that he found it surprising to be awarded the Doctor of Letters at Binghamton University's 2017 Commencement. "It's odd because I don't know that I can go in order with all 22 letters of the alphabet," the sportswriter, radio host and television personality said to a laughing audience. "That's a joke. I know there are 24!"
The University conferred more than 3,700 degrees for bachelor's, master's and doctoral candidates at eight Commencement ceremonies, held May 19-21 at the Events Center.
Stenger updates faculty on University initiatives
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger covered a lot of ground in his semi-annual presentation to the full faculty on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
New dean to lead Harpur College
Provost Donald Nieman announces that Elizabeth S. Chilton, a noted scholar of New England archaeology and Native American Studies and associate vice chancellor for research and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will become the next dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences on July 15, 2017.
University receives $2.7M in reimbursement for flood repairs
In February, U.S. Sen. Charles "Chuck" Schumer made a stop at the University Downtown Center with good news for Binghamton University: $2.7 million in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse the University for repairs made to the Downtown Center after the 2011 flood.
Merger of two schools receives green light
The Faculty Senate on Tuesday gave its approval to the merger of the Graduate School of Education (GSE) and the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA), a step that had been under discussion by the two schools for nine months. During the fall 2016 semester, faculty and staff in each school voted in favor of the merger, which had the strong support of Laura Bronstein, dean of CCPA, and Susan Strehle, interim dean of GSE and vice provost and dean of the Graduate School. The two schools were created in 2006, with the split of the School of Education and Human Development.
Record alumni turnout for Binghamton in the City week
It was a busy week in the Big Apple for Binghamton students and alumni as they came together for “Binghamton in the City,” a week that offered opportunities for students to connect with alumni working in the Metro New York area. From Jan. 10-13, the Binghamton University Alumni Association provided various opportunities to strengthen and grow new connections through distinct events, with the intention that students and alumni would help one another improve and succeed professionally and personally.
Sustainability conference draws state leaders to campus
Binghamton University hosted Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Southern Tier Conference on Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governance on Dec. 21 in the Mandela Room. Kicked off with remarks from President Harvey Stenger, the conference brought Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul to campus for the third time in recent weeks, as well as state Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, state commissioners of labor and of agriculture and markets, and other high-ranking state officials. Read more.
Pharmacy school receives Board of Regents authorization to offer Doctor of Pharmacy degree
The New York State Board of Regents, which presides over the NYS Department of Education (SED), today approved authorization for Binghamton University to award the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The approval, coupled with the March 2015 approval by the SUNY Board of Trustees to confer the degree, continues to lay the groundwork for the University’s new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Road Map Renewal kicks off
Though he wasn’t able to be there in person, Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger kicked off the Road Map Renewal via video Thursday, Dec. 8, speaking to more than 300 volunteers in Old Union Hall. Stenger reviewed the history of the Road Map to Premier, a strategic planning process he launched upon his arrival as president in 2012. With the assistance of about 400 volunteers, the University “wrote and designed the plan and has been making ongoing minor modifications and clarifications since,” Stenger said. “Now, we don’t need to write or design a new plan. We have our five strategic priorities and our 23 goals.”
Governor announces $100 million plus for Health Sciences and Technology Innovation Park
Calling it a great day in the Southern Tier, Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger welcomed a crowd to the Firehouse Stage in Johnson City for a ceremonial beam signing for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a major announcement of funding for the Health Sciences and Technology Innovation Park.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that in addition to the $60 million allocated for the pharmacy school, there would be an additional $40 million+ investment to include retrofitting the nearby Endicott Johnson shoebox manufacturing building to become the home of the Decker School of Nursing in 2019.
Cuomo spoke of the economic transformation much of the country underwent, moving away from manufacturing and toward a high-tech, innovation economy.
The State of the University message: B-Collaborative
Binghamton University’s ability to collaborate will be vital to its future success, President Harvey Stenger said at his State of the University address on Sept. 8. Stenger discussed the University’s priorities and strategies for 2016-17 during a 28-minute talk to administrators, faculty, staff, students and community officials at the Osterhout Concert Theater in the Anderson Center. The address marked the second year that Stenger has delivered the State of the University in the fall semester.
University to welcome new and returning students
Binghamton University welcomes new and returning students and their families on Aug. 21 and 22, respectively, with move-in days signifying the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year. Approximately 2,620 freshmen, 1,060 transfer students and 1,196 new graduate students will join the Binghamton University community this year. Classes for all of Binghamton’s approximately 17,200 students begin Thursday, Aug. 25.
Binghamton University received a record-high 32,106 freshman applications for fall 2016 admission, surpassing the previous record of 30,615 set in 2015. The admitted class has an average high school GPA of 95 and SAT scores slightly above 1,300 for critical reading and mathematics.
CCPA celebrates 10th anniversary
Laura Bronstein, dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) told a story of resilience as she welcomed a crowd Thursday that filled the first floor of the University Downtown Center to celebrate the school’s 10th anniversary. After first explaining that it’s the school’s 10th anniversary – it was founded in 2006 – but not the building’s 10th anniversary – it was opened in 2007 – Bronstein joked that there could be another 10th anniversary celebration for the building next year.
NY Federal Reserve Pres. William Dudley visits campus
William C. Dudley, 10th president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, made the rounds in the Greater Binghamton area in early July, including a visit to campus where he met with President Harvey Stenger, co-chair of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC), as well as the REDC itself. The STREDC’s presentation followed the Southern Tier Soaring theme of the region’s award-winning Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) plan to build an advanced economy, and showcased the collaborative initiatives of the Binghamton, Corning and Ithaca areas.
Commencement 2016: Ceremonies salute graduates and supporters
A Hollywood director/screenwriter, a U.S. senator and the grandson of Binghamton University’s first president took the Class of 2016 on trips to the past before delivering advice for the future. The University conferred more than 3,400 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates at eight Commencement ceremonies, held May 20-22. President Harvey Stenger shook the hand of each graduate who walked across the Events Center stage.
Gov. Cuomo announces $20M to Binghamton University for hybrid flexible electronics facility
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that New York state is committing $20 million to Binghamton University, matching a federal National Manufacturing Innovation Institute award announced last fall, to support the University’s flexible electronics research initiative.
In a visit to the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) at the Huron Campus in Endicott, Cuomo said the funding will support the New York node in the NextFlex Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute by helping to retrofit space in the former IBM facility. Cuomo likened the initiative to the establishment of Albany as the center for nanotechnology.
Stenger addresses full faculty; Senate discusses TAEs
NYSUNY 2020 legislation, growth and what the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) means to Binghamton University and the Southern Tier were among the highlights of President Harvey Stenger’s semi-annual report to the faculty March 8 in Old Union Hall.
SUNY investment funds to support three projects
Binghamton University will receive nearly $1 million in SUNY funds to initiate projects that will promote educational access, diversity and student success.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher awarded $18 million to campuses across the state this semester through the SUNY Investment and Performance Fund. The fund was established by the legislature in the 2015-16 state budget.
Dean provides overview of School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
A research-intensive program that emphasizes interprofessional education, diversity and strong clinical placement will draw students to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Founding Dean Gloria Meredith said during a town-hall meeting on Feb. 17.
Meredith spoke to faculty, staff, students and community members during the talk in Old Union Hall. She also answered questions following her 25-minute presentation. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017 (pending precandidate status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) and will move to the Health Science and Technology Innovation Park in Johnson City in 2018.
Fall 2015 Commencement is final December ceremony
More than 840 students, including 51 doctoral candidates, have completed the requirements to receive their degrees this fall. Of those eligible, more than 450 – 34 of them doctoral candidates – will walk across the stage during Binghamton University’s final Fall Commencement ceremony at noon Sunday, Dec. 20, in the Events Center.
SUNY Chancellor, Board of Trustees ask New Yorkers to "Stand With SUNY"
State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, the SUNY Board of Trustees, and student and faculty governance leaders on Nov. 5 asked all New Yorkers to "Stand With SUNY," announcing the launch of a statewide advocacy campaign urging public support for the university system, its campuses, students, faculty and staff. SUNY will seek to secure increased state investment and the renewal of the landmark reform legislation, NYSUNY 2020, in order to keep tuition-setting authority with the SUNY Board for the next five years.
Branding Binghamton University
Who are we? We've been known by many names over the past nearly seven decades – Triple Cities College, Harpur College, SUNY-Binghamton, SUNY-B, University Center at Binghamton and Binghamton University to name a few. Trying to establish a brand and an identity isn't easy. Yet, with the competitive environment that is higher education, presenting a single, succinct and compelling story is essential for Binghamton University to move forward along its Road Map to Premier. The visual aspect of the brand and the consistency of its use are key, said President Harvey Stenger, and so the University is rolling out a new 'B' icon, as well as placing a stronger focus on the guidelines that address the use of the University's logos, colors, fonts and seal.
Provost stresses 'growth with quality'
Binghamton University is recruiting outstanding students during a period of growth, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Donald Nieman told the University Council during its Oct. 16 meeting. In a report on admissions and enrollment, Nieman said that the University has reached its goal a year ahead of schedule. Binghamton has 16,896 students (13,490 undergraduate and 3,406 graduate) in the fall of 2015, compared to 14,746 (11,861 undergraduate and 2,885 graduate) in the fall of 2011.
Homecoming 2015: Congressman/alumnus stresses teamwork, perseverance
U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries '92 returned to his undergraduate alma mater with a message of converting challenges into opportunity along the pursuit of a profession in public service. "The business of changing communities, countries, the world is not easy," Jeffries said. "There's not a straight line to success. You are going to encounter obstacles, adversity and failure. The key is if you are willing to persevere." Jeffries, serving his second term in the United States Congress, lost the New York state Assembly election twice at the beginning of his political career. But these hurdles didn't cause him to lose sight of his aspirations.
Binghamton one of nation's healthiest campuses
Binghamton University is among the nation's top 25 healthiest college campuses according to Greatist, an organization whose mission is to "help the world think of health in a healthier way" by publishing "award-winning, crazy-sharable articles" about being healthy, happy and empowered. When putting together its list of the healthiest colleges, Greatist looked for schools that go above and beyond to create an environment where students have access to an array of healthy food, top-notch fitness facilities, and robust medical and mental health services.
Binghamton again ranks among U.S. News elite
For the 18th consecutive year, Binghamton University has placed among the top 50 public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication's annual rankings this year place Binghamton as the 37th best public in the country, up from 38th last year, and 89th overall.
State of the University stresses graduate enrollment, economic development
Boosting graduate enrollment and the area economy are Binghamton University's primary goals for the year ahead, President Harvey Stenger said Sept. 3 at the State of the University address. Stenger discussed the University's priorities for 2015-16 and accomplishments from the past three years during a 30-minute talk to faculty, staff, administrators and students at the Anderson Center's Osterhout Concert Theater. It was the first time that the State of the University was held at the beginning of the academic year.
Binghamton welcomes new and returning students
Binghamton University welcomes new and returning students and their families on Aug. 27 and 28, respectively, with move-in days signifying the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year. Approximately 2,570 freshmen, 1,069 transfer students and 1,040 new graduate students will join the Binghamton University community this year. Classes for all of Binghamton's approximately 17,000 students begin Monday, Aug. 31.
Binghamton earns national designation as 'Innovation & Economic Prosperity University'
Binghamton University is one of only 18 universities nationwide to be named an Innovation & Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), in recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement.
'Flo' actress to Class of 2015: Dare to be imperfect
Stephanie Courtney '92 couldn't afford to get her transmission fixed, so she drove to acting auditions in a car that couldn't go in reverse − for three months. While she felt "utterly hopeless and afraid" at the time, she looks back at these times now as character-building. Courtney got her transmission fixed a long time ago, and she found her way to the Events Center to speak at the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences' Division of Fine Arts and Humanities Commencement. The University conferred more than 3,400 degrees for bachelor's, master's and doctoral candidates at eight Commencement ceremonies, held May 15-17.
President updates full faculty on University initiatives
Noting that the University is engaged on campus, in the community and across the globe, President Harvey Stenger on April 21 highlighted international partnerships and national rankings before moving to hiring and budget issues in his semi-annual remarks to the full faculty. Stenger told the faculty that the University will enroll 2,500 new undergraduate students in the fall down from last year's 2,650. Stenger added that NYSUNY 2020 was not extended, but there is one additional year in place, and the good news is that the University was given full funding for the pharmacy building.
Licensing, research expenditures increase
Licensing activity at Binghamton University reached a record of more than $1 million in 2014, Vice President for Research Bahgat Sammakia told the University Council during its April 17 meeting. The relationship with industry was one area Sammakia highlighted in a presentation called "Ten Things You Didn't Know About Binghamton University Research." Sammakia emphasized that 9.5 percent of sponsored research at Binghamton University in 2013-14 was funded by corporate partners. The national average is 5 percent, he said.
Stenger urges state to invest in SUNY
For Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger, it is imperative that SUNY 2020 funding be extended through the end of the decade. Stenger and SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm met March 3 to call on state legislative leaders to continue supporting New York higher education by extending SUNY 2020 and creating a new Investment Fund in the 2015-16 state budget. Corning Community College also supported the request.
Q & A with President Harvey Stenger
It's been three years since Harvey Stenger became president of Binghamton University. Since his arrival, the campus has launched the Road Map to Premier, grown to over 16,000 students, hired new faculty, held groundbreakings and opening celebrations, fostered collaborations across disciplines and divisions, added new programs and maintained its commitment to excellence at all levels. As we begin a new semester, the timing was right to ask Stenger for progress reports on major initiatives and for his thoughts on a number of topics Binghamton University will be dealing with over the coming year.
Founding dean for School of Pharmacy named
President Harvey Stenger announces that Gloria E. Meredith, dean of the College of Pharmacy and professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, will become the founding dean of Binghamton University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Endowment support reaches milestone, exceeds $116M
The Binghamton University Foundation is celebrating the achievement of a significant milestone: breaking the $110 million mark for assets under management in its endowment. But the Foundation is not stopping there. It is calling on Binghamton University alumni and the campus community to keep the positive momentum going.
Stenger praises parents, families of the Class of 2014
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger saluted the support and sacrifice of the Class of 2014's parents and family members gathered for the Fall Commencement ceremony. More than 400 students walked across the stage to receive bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the ceremony, held in the Events Center on Dec. 14.
Campus celebrates new Admissions Center
"We are the premier public university, and this building says it to people," Nieman said. "When they come to this building to visit campus, what they see — what they walk through — shouts 'Premier.'" Nieman and other University officials were on hand for the grand-opening celebration of the new Admissions Center, held on Nov. 13, on the site of the former Dickinson Dining Hall. The event was sponsored by the offices of Student Accounts, Financial Aid and Student Records, Course-Building and Space Management, Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Management.
Center of Excellence gains new home
Binghamton University now has a Center of Excellence building worthy of its title. The Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging center (S3IP) and its interdisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists recently moved into a new $30 million glass, metal and stone building. The facility joins the Engineering and Science Building and Biotechnology Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex on Murray Hill Road in Vestal. A fourth building, the Smart Energy Research and Development Facility, is under construction and expected to open in 2017.
Groundbreaking held for High Technology Incubator
Ground was broken Oct. 2 for the $19 million, 35,000-square-foot Southern Tier High Technology Incubator at the corner of Hawley and Carroll streets in downtown Binghamton, and collaboration was the word of the day. With so many partners – at the federal, state, county and city level – "everyone here has had a role in this in some way," Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said. "This is an extremely complicated project and we're thankful to all of our partners."
Pharmacy school site announced
The Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will be constructed at 96 Corliss Ave. in Johnson City, one block off of Main St. near UHS Wilson Medical Center, a short drive from Lourdes Hospital and only 2.3 miles from the University's main campus. The announcement was made Sept. 25, by Sen. Thomas W. Libous, accompanied by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger at a news conference at the Innovative Technologies Complex.
U.S. News rankings tell story of consistent quality and value
U.S. News & World Report is the most recent national publication to release its annual rankings, placing Binghamton University in its top 50 public universities for the 17th consecutive year. Binghamton continues to shine in the national universities category, moving up several spots from last year to 88th overall. The ranking places Binghamton as the 38th best public nationally, up from 44th last year.
University breaks ground on Smart Energy Facility
For Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger, the start of construction on the Smart Energy Research and Development Facility is a milestone in the University's history. "This building will serve as a home for remarkable research that our faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students will conduct in the area of clean-energy production, utilization and efficiencies," he said.
$8.2 million grant to support University's alcohol research
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year grant in the amount of $8.2 million to the SUNY Research Foundation in support of the Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center (DEARC), an alcohol research center led by Binghamton University. The grant, which started Sept. 1, is a renewal of a five-year, $8.5 million grant awarded to the center in 2010.
Binghamton to sponsor five new businesses under START-UP NY
Five businesses will expand or locate within tax-free zones at Binghamton University as a result of START-UP NY, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's initiative to offer new or expanding companies and business ventures the ability to operate completely tax-free in areas on or connected to SUNY campuses. The five businesses are projected to invest $2.3 million and create more than 83 new jobs.
Watson dean honored for internationalization
It came as a surprise to Krishnaswami "Hari" Srihari when he received notification that he would be recognized with the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award for outstanding contributions to further international education in public higher education. But the distinguished professor and dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science credits that same team of people with making the award possible. He said it takes everyone – faculty, students, staff and administrators – to create a culture of internationalization.
10 proposals receive Road Map funding
The Road Map Steering Committee recently completed its review of the proposals put forward for funding for the 2015-16 academic year, ranking the top 10 to receive a portion of the $1.8 million base, continuing funding available. These funds will be used primarily to add support staff in areas of priority and need. A separate budget of $3.2 million will be used to hire new faculty to start in the 2015-16 academic year. New faculty lines are determined by the Provost's Office in consultation with deans and department chairs.
Binghamton wins $1.2 million grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Binghamton University has won a highly competitive grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which challenged the nation's research universities to develop effective strategies to attract and retain students in science disciplines, including those from underrepresented groups. Of 170 institutions that applied, only 37 grants were awarded. Binghamton will use its $1.2 million, five-year grant to help launch and sustain its Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program.
International graduate student applications up sharply, buck national trends
Binghamton University's Graduate School has seen a healthy rise in applications for international students over the past year, in sharp contrast to slow growth nationally, according to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
University celebrates 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.