A message from President Harvey Stenger
We're approaching that time of year when you might feel pressure to stay up all night to cram in more studying or to put those finishing touches on an assignment.
Well, this week, I, along with Meredith Coles, psychology professor and director of the Binghamton Anxiety Clinic, want to share with you why it is so important to get a full and good night’s sleep, especially during this busy season!
The tips below will help you build beneficial sleep patterns to maintain your health, improve your mood and help you perform your best!
1. Aim for 8 hours of sleep per night. Inadequate sleep has been linked to poor academic performance. Sleeping one hour less has been shown to be associated with performing two grade levels lower (e.g., someone in grade 9 performing as if they were in grade 7).
2. Aim to go to bed “early." Staying up late may reduce your ability to control your thoughts and behaviors. Research suggests that going to sleep at a late hour (such as 3 a.m.) may have negative consequences on your body and mind.
3. Turn off your phone and computer at least 30 minutes before bed! The light from these devices can trick your body into thinking it is still daytime and cause it to stop preparing for sleep.
4. Try to stick to a regular schedule. For most college students, going to sleep between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. and waking between 7 and 9 a.m. works well.
5. Be sure to sleep! Studies have shown that sleep is important for retaining information and that getting more sleep is associated with a higher GPA.
Don’t wait to start a good habit. Try out some of these tips tonight; your body will thank you tomorrow.
Here’s to a strong and successful rest of the semester!
Harvey G. Stenger
Contact Harvey Stenger or visit https://www.binghamton.edu/president/statements.html
ITS annual satisfaction survey
ITS is conducting an annual satisfaction survey and is looking for your participation. The survey information and link will be emailed to you in the next day or two with the title ITS Annual Satisfaction Survey. All respondents who complete the survey prior to Tuesday, April 30, will be entered into a drawing for one of three Amazon gift cards.
ITS employees are not eligible to participate in the drawing.
Contact ITS Help Desk
ITS is conducting an annual satisfaction survey
Information Technology Services (ITS) is conducting an annual satisfaction survey and is looking for your participation. The survey information and link will be emailed to you in the next day or two with the title ITS Annual Satisfaction Survey. All respondents who complete the survey prior to Tuesday, April 30, will be entered into a drawing for one of three Amazon gift cards.
ITS employees are not eligible to participate in the drawing.
Contact ITS Help Desk
2018-19 Code of Student Conduct available
Welcome! Fall semester is around the corner and we remind you to review the Code of Student Conduct, which applies to all Binghamton University students and becomes effective Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. The code, in accessible pdf format, can be found linked off of the Student Handbook page at https://www.binghamton.edu/student-handbook/ or off the Office of Student Conduct page.
Participate in CSS to be eligible to win a MacBook Air
Attention seniors: If you have received the HERI College Senior Survey (CSS), complete the survey at your earliest convenience for a chance to win a MacBook Air.
HERI (Higher Education Research Institute) is regarded as the most comprehensive research institute that informs educational policy and promotes institutional improvement through an increased understanding of higher education and its impact on college students. HERI, in collaboration with Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), is administering the HERI College Senior Survey (CSS) to a group of selected Binghamton University seniors. Survey invitations arrived from Donald G. Nieman, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost via your BMail account on Tuesday, March 12. You will receive reminder emails on March 26, April 9, and April 17. The survey will close on May 31.
If you receive this email invitation, we ask that you complete the survey ASAP. The survey results will allow us to evaluate and compare the experiences you and other students at Binghamton University are reporting with those of students at other schools throughout the country.
As a thank you for your participation in this effort, each respondent who completes and submits a survey will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a MacBook Air.
If you have any questions about how we will use the results, contact Nasrin Fatima at 607-777-2365 or via email.
Contact Nasrin Fatima
Volunteer photographers needed
The Binghamton Athletics Media Relations Office seeks volunteers to take action photos of sporting events during the 2019-20 academic year. There is no minimum hourly requirement. Having a high-speed camera (i.e - Canon, Nikon, etc..) is a plus but not required. For more information, email David O'Brian.
Contact David M O'Brian
Take the Senior Survey today!
Did you know that six months after graduation 90 percent of Binghamton University undergraduate students who intended to go to graduate school or additional education were enrolled in the program of their choice? If you’re graduating in May, let us know your plans after graduation by completing the very short Senior Survey at the link below.
Check out last year’s results at https://www.binghamton.edu/ccpd/student-outcomes.html
On-campus job: Harpur Academic Advising Peer Advisor
Harpur Academic Advising is currently hiring for our Undergraduate Peer Advising Program! We are looking for highly motivated, friendly undergraduate students who are interested in helping their fellow Harpur College students navigate their undergraduate experience. The job description and application is available on HireBing by Handshake. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 26. If you have any questions, contact Julia Lucia.
Contact Julia M. Lucia
Southern Tier Startup Summit 2019
Binghamton University’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships will host the second annual Southern Tier Startup Summit from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, 120 Hawley St., Binghamton.
The summit is a day-long celebration of entrepreneurial success in the region, uniting entrepreneurs, business professionals, founders, investors and economic catalysts from the area to participate in various networking and business sessions.
Attendees will be immersed in informative business workshops, and promising startups will pitch for funding in front of hand-picked judges. Attendees will learn about significant local developments, as well as the progress of companies within the Koffman Incubator and in the Southern Tier. There will also be networking opportunities with business innovators from diverse backgrounds and a talk from a keynote speaker.
The event will also feature the Chloe Capital National Tour highlighting Chloe Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in women-led innovation companies. After the summit, five female founders will pitch for a $100,000 investment.
Students receive a special discount, purchased online at the link below.
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt online training starting May 20
This course is offered by the Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) Department at Binghamton University. "Lean" is a process improvement methodology used to enable the delivery of products and services better, faster and at a lower cost. "Six Sigma" is a data-driven process improvement methodology used to achieve stable and predictable process results, reducing process variation and defects. This course includes continuous process improvement (CPI), Lean concepts and their application, DMAIC, basic statistical analysis methods and the integration of both lean and six sigma for achieving data-driven process improvement results.
A six-week course will be offered from May 20-June 30.
Find details and registration information at the link below.
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Online training: May 27-June 30
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt online training starts May 27, and ends June 30. Lean Six Sigma is a process-improvement methodology that accelerates processes, increases efficiency and reduces or eliminates variation. The Yellow Belt training serves to emphasize why the implementation of Lean Six Sigma is vital to the continuous improvement of a wide variety of industries. The course is designed for people who are new to Lean and Six Sigma and it teaches the foundational Lean Six Sigma concepts. This five-week course is intended for engineers as well as non-engineers, professionals and students and is appropriate for both technical and non-technical audiences. It is not a prerequisite for the Green Belt course, but is a good first step for those who would like to pursue their Green Belt certification.
For complete details and registration, go to the link below.
Introduction to Probability and Statistics online training: May 27-June 30
Introduction to Probability and Statistics, an online course from May 27 to June 30, will teach the foundational concepts of data analytics that is the fundamentals of probability and statistics. Data science is a growing field of study and practice as data is quickly becoming the world most abundant and untapped resource. Social, mobile and the proliferation of inter-connectivity via the internet has led to vast amounts of data; however, we all require the ability to transform these raw data into meaningful information to help make better and faster decisions. Introduction to Probability and Statistics provides the class participant with the means to convert several forms of data into usable information.
For complete details and registration information, go to the link below.
Introduction to Finite Element Method online training starting April 1 or May 27
Introduction to Finite Element Method is a non-credit course. A certificate and a FEM Foundations Digital Badge will be issued to students who pass the exam. This course, to be offered beginning Monday, April 1, and again Monday, May 27, will cover the fundamentals of Finite Element Method through typical mechanical engineering examples. Stiffness method will be introduced for the solution procedure. Application of stiffness method to solve truss, beam, frame and 1-D fluid flow problems will be taught in this course.
For complete details and to register, visit the link below.
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt online training: June 10- Aug. 29, 2020
The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt online course, from June 10 through Aug. 29, 2020, expands upon the skill set taught in the Green Belt certification. This course gives valuable business tools to organize, coordinate and lead your organization in achieving process and operational excellence. It emphasizes the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) methodology through analytical and quantitative tools as well as project management, leadership and organizational methods.
Find complete details and registration information at the link below.
Free course: Lean Six Sigma White Belt online training: open enrollment
The Lean Six Sigma White Belt is a two-hour, self-paced online course with video lectures and self-assessment quizzes to enhance your learning experience. This course is intended for all engineers as well as non-engineers, professionals and students and is appropriate for both technical and non-technical audiences. The White Belt course is not a prerequisite for the Yellow Belt course, but is a good first step for those who would like to pursue their Yellow Belt or Green Belt certification. A certification and a micro-credential (digital badge) will be available to students who complete the coursework and pass the final exam for a fee of $29 (Binghamton University students) and $49 (non-Binghamton University students). Digital badges are easily displayed on social media (Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter).
Find details at the link below.
Assisting English-language learners
If you are interested in teaching and getting to know students from all over the world, then you might be a good fit as an English Speaking Assistant in an ELI course next fall. Apply until Thursday, April 25. For more information, visit our website or come into the English Language Institute.
Participate in the Global Leaders Experience (GLE) in NYC!
Applications are now available for Binghamton University undergraduate students to participate in the 2019 Common Purpose Global Leaders Experience (GLE) from Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20, in New York City! Review the details below and share with students who may be interested in this opportunity.
Common Purpose is an international leadership development organization that sponsors local GLE programs in a variety of countries. For this summer, SUNY has partnered with Common Purpose to provide the program for students from SUNY Albany, SUNY Maritime and Binghamton University. Students representing Binghamton University will collaborate with students from other universities to identify potential solutions for a complex issue facing communities around the world, exploring the global challenge, “How do we ensure technological innovation delivers societal as well as economic value in cities?” from a local perspective. You will meet visionary leaders from global businesses, governments and international not-for-profit organizations to examine the challenge from a variety of perspectives and to cultivate ideas for innovative solutions. Past Binghamton GLE participants have interacted with leaders from organizations such as Microsoft, American Express, NYPD, General Electric and Generation Citizen and more. While building new connections, you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with participants from other GLE programs around the world and become part of the Common Purpose 360 network, joining more than 70,000 GLE alumni. Binghamton University students selected for the GLE will receive housing and meals throughout the duration of the June program.
You should participate to:
• identify fresh solutions to complex problems
• explore different perspectives and develop your cultural intelligence
• develop a global network
• put leadership into action
For more information about the Common Purpose GLE program, visit http://commonpurpose.org/leadership-programmes/global-leader-experiences-home/
For more information about the SUNY SAIL and the GLE, listen to GLE alumni speak about their personal experiences from participating in the program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsZiOQ6q60o
How are students selected to participate in the Global Leaders Experience?
All students interested in participating in the GLE must complete the application at https://goo.gl/forms/z9tcwv1egk56DWJ43 by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 25.
Contact Binghamton University Common Purpose GLE Graduate Coordinator Julianne Foster with any questions.
Contact Julianne Foster or visit https://sunysail.org/about-sail/student-leadership/
Hiring Pipe Dream newspaper deliverer for fall 2019
Looking to hire a newspaper deliverer to work for Pipe Dream to start in the fall semester. You would deliver Monday or Thursday morning every week, and cannot have class before 10:05 a.m. either day to apply. You should also have a car that you are willing to drive to deliver. If interested, send your resume along with a short letter about why you would like the job/your qualifications to the email address below.
Contact Laura Staff
Nominations Open for Cultural Recognition Ceremony Awards
The Multicultural Resource Center, Student Association and members of the planning committee will host the second annual Cultural Recognition Ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, in the AC-Watters Theater. The theme of the ceremony is "Shattering the Ceiling; Achieving Beyond Expectation" and the purpose is to recognize, honor and celebrate the holistic success and impact of graduating students in the multicultural community. We invite faculty, staff, administration, community leaders and students to nominate graduating students and faculty/staff who are eligible for any of the awards. Graduating students can self-nominate. Cast your nomination at the link below by Sunday, April 28.
We also invite graduating students in the multicultural community, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to RSVP to at http://bit.ly/CRCNom19 to attend the ceremony. The first 250 graduating cultural students to RSVP will receive recognition along with a free multicultural community honor cord to wear during this year’s Commencement ceremonies.
For questions, contact Zachary M. Lomas, cultural recognition ceremony student chair, or Tanyah Barnes, MRC associate director, at email@example.com.
Sustainability Festival April 30
Students, faculty and staff will celebrate sustainability and Earth Day 2019 with a zero waste festival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Peace Quad. The event is free and open to the public.
A host of activities will be offered throughout the day, including recycling races and exhibits from the Binghamton Zoo. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities at student group tables and demonstrations. Food will also be offered.
Limited parking will be available in lot B. Metered parking is available in front of the Peace Quad or at the campus parking garage.
Events are sponsored by Binghamton University’s Physical Facilities Department and Binghamton University Dining Services. For more information, contact Martin Larocca.
Contact Martin Lacocca
BingPing: Student health
86 percent of students reported that their health is good, very good or excellent! That's 4 percent higher than the national average! (from NCHA survey 2018)
Remember: choose well, be well. Learn more about BingPings and the Healthy Campus Initiative online at https://www.binghamton.edu/bhealthy/
Bookstore hiring for summer and fall
The University Bookstore is now reviewing applications for temporary positions beginning in the summer and fall terms. Apply at the link below.
Tobacco Ambassador Internship
We are looking for passionate and dedicated undergraduate
students to represent Binghamton University’s Tobacco-Free
Initiative. Student Ambassadors will increase awareness of the
policy to campus constituents, increase compliance and
support non-use of all forms of tobacco. Applications are still being accepted. If interested, submit a resume to Health Promotion and Prevention Services.
Free menstrual care products available on campus for students
A cooperative endeavor between Binghamton University’s administration and the Student Association at Binghamton University will launch a pilot program to provide free menstrual care products to students who might not otherwise be able to afford them. The project will occur in phases. Phase One, beginning in spring 2019, will include distribution of products by the REACH Peers through an online order program. Products will also be available at the Bear Necessities Food Pantry in Room 168 of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and the Decker Student Health Services Center.
Order free menstrual products through the REACH Peers online form at the link below. Products will be delivered to on-campus students at their Binghamton University mailbox, or available for pickup by off-campus students at a specified location.
Phase Two of the pilot will begin in fall 2019, allowing the campus time to install free product-dispensing machines in designated public restrooms on campus.
Virtual Counseling -
Through BetterHelp, a national virtual counseling service, students with United Healthcare insurance can get the help they want, the way they want it. Professional, licensed counselors, psychologists (PhD/PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW) and licensed professional counselors (LPC) are available via ongoing text communications, live chat and phone.
For more information go to the link below.
Contact noel or visit https://www.binghamton.edu/counseling/services/tele-counseling.html
Tele-Counseling Services - United Health Care BENEFIT
Students with United Health Care (UHC) -- all international students have this plan -- insurance have access to tele-counseling services free online counseling. UHC makes professional counseling accessible, affordable and convenient so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help anytime, anywhere. For more information, go online.
You are needed! Take the 2019 Binghamton University Plastic Pollution survey now!
The purpose of this survey is to better understand Binghamton University's attitudes toward plastic pollution. Findings of this survey will used to identify campus strengths and challenges to move campus sustainability forward.
This survey is anonymous and should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. No personal identification information will be collected. If you have any questions or comments, contact Ricky Lee Phillips.
Request for Proposals: Kaschak Institute Student Fellows
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for support for research on the lived experiences of women and girls, with an emphasis on work designed to promote equality for women and girls. In this initial phase, four student fellows will receive a stipend of $2,000 each to support their research.
The Ellyn Kaschak Institute supports scholarship, teaching and engagement dedicated to advancing equality for women and girls of all races, classes, ethnicities and nationalities. Recognizing that girls and women experience complex forms of sexism and inequality, the institute is dedicated to identifying and addressing these disparities and the factors that contribute to them. The range of issues explored by supported research may include but are not limited to:
• Socio-cultural sources of empowerment, marginalization or oppression, including politics, religion, family structures, education, employment, etc.
• Differential experiences of women and girls based on race, class, ethnicity and nationality, etc.
• Sources of legal and economic vulnerability of women and girls
• Reproduction and health issues of women and girls
• Education and mentoring to enable access to fields in which girls and women are underrepresented
• Violence against and abuse of women and girls
• Sexual orientation and desire
Both theoretical and evidence-based scholarship are eligible for support. Projects that engage other students, are designed to reach a broader public and with a potential impact on active practices are especially encouraged to apply.
For more information about the Kaschak Institute, see the link below.
Applications ate due by 5 p.m. Friday, May 10 and must include in one pdf file:
• A short abstract (100 words) summarizing the project and its significance for women and girls
• A longer proposal (limited to 4 pages or 1,000 words) detailing
o the goal of the project and its importance;
o work done on it to this point, if any
o expected findings and their significance for women and girls, and
o anticipated potential for public impact.
• A resume or CV, limited to two pages, for each student working on the project.
Awards will be announced on June 10, 2019 for the fall and spring semesters, 2019-20.
Proposals will be evaluated by the Executive Committee of the Kaschak Institute and should be written to make the project clear to non-specialists in the field.
Kaschak Institute funded Student Fellows will attend Institute events, including the opening festivities in September 2019 and share their results at the end of the fellowship year. Student Fellows will present their research results in the Institute’s speaker series.
Questions about proposal preparation and eligibility may be addressed to Susan Strehle, director.
Speaking Center to host Speaking Competition
The Speaking Center (formerly Public Speaking Lab) will host a Speaking Competition for students fro 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in AM-189. All students are welcome to attend.
Register to participate in a Genocide Intervention Simulation
Binghamton University’s Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) will host an atrocity intervention simulation Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, at Binghamton University’s Downtown Center, 67 Washington St., Binghamton.
The simulation is a multi-player event that allows participants to experience a highly realistic situation of an impending mass atrocity, and how different state and non-state actors must decide how to respond. Players are divided into teams, each representing a real-world actor. Over the course of six rounds, each team receives new and different forms of information and must decide how to assess the risk of atrocity violence, how to adapt its response, and whether and how to share new information with other teams. The simulation unfolds in real time.
Each team will be assigned an expert in international conflict response who will assist its decision making and offer advice and guidance if needed. The simulation concludes on Sunday evening with an informal discussion over dinner.
If you are interested in participating as a player in the atrocity intervention simulation, the event is free but space is limited and advanced registration is required before Friday, April 12.
For full information, including a link for free, advanced registration, visit the event’s website at the link below.
Contact Max Pensky or visit https://www.binghamton.edu/i-gmap/events/simulation.html
Joao Souza Memorial Event
In memory of Joao Souza, Zeta Psi Fraternity is raising money through a soccer penalty shot tournament which will be held from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 on the grass field by the East Gym. Funds raised will be spent on a soccer game being held in memory of Souza in his hometown in Brazil. Funds will also be donated to children in Brazil who aspire to play soccer, but cannot afford any form of equipment. Souza's family and all those who were near and dear to him will be extremely grateful for all who spectate the event, as well as for any donations received.
Contact Joseph Catuogno or visit https://www.gofundme.com/joao-souza-memorial-event
Are you ready for some stress-free events, fun, food and giveaways? The Dean of Students Office is coordinating a Google calendar of events aimed at helping students de-stress before finals. Check out the Res Life Pet-a-Pooch, Bookstore BearcatWalk Fashion Show, Bubbles@Bing, Late Nite De-stress and much more! Our calendar updates daily with new events.
Need on-campus summer housing?
Summer housing is available for students engaged in coursework, local internships, research or work for the University. We offer on-campus housing in the Apartments Community from May 27–Aug. 10. Students needing summer housing for Summer Session I must apply by May 3; those needing housing for summer Session II must apply by June 21. Space is limited and no applications after these dates will be accepted. For more info, visit the link below.
Contact Cindy Blackman or visit Summer housing is available for students engaged in coursework, local internships, research or work for the University. We offer on-campus housing in the Apartments Community from May 27 – August 10. Students needing summer housing for summer session 1 mu
BBRC workshop on “Biofilm Research Methods
The Binghamton Biofilm Research Center (BBRC) will offer a four-day workshop on “Biofilm Research Methods” in room COE-B401, within suite B300) on April 25, 26, 29 and 30, from from 1-5 p.m. each day. The workshop will provide basic training in biofilm research methods. Participants will learn to set up biofilm culture systems and evaluate bacterial attachment and biofilm accumulation under static and flowing culture conditions. Participants will analyze biofilms by spectroscopy, microscopy and viability assays. Prior microbiology knowledge (e.g. having taken the “Working with microorganisms” workshop or equivalent) is required. Seats are limited. This service is provided at no cost to the participants. To register, contact Courtney Kleeschulte.
Contact Courtney Kleeschulte
Free Creative Problem-Solving Workshop on Thursday, April 25
Join us for a free Creative Problem-Solving Workshop by Kenneth J. Kurtz, associate professor of psychology at Binghamton University, from 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday April 25, in the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton. Across personal and professional pursuits, we face many problems that lack a clear solution approach and leave us feeling stuck. In this workshop, you will learn an easy-to-use, research-informed technique of "encoding connections" to enhance your creative problem-solving ability. This will be an active and interactive workshop to enhance learning outcomes. Participants will gain an understanding of the approach of "encoding connections" to improve creative problem-solving, learn a specific technique for enhancing the creative process and explore how "encoding connections" can be applied in real-world domains.
Registration and details are available at the link below.
Contact Astrid Stromhaug with questions.
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