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Again Ranked Among Top 50 Schools by U.S. News & World Report
University has again remained among the Top 50 public universities
in the nation in the ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
The magazine's 14th annual "America's Best Colleges" issue
and guidebook ranks Binghamton 28th in its list of
top public universities. U.S. News also listed Binghamton
14th among the schools whose students graduate with the least
amount of debt.
"Binghamton's commitment to excellence continues to garner
positive public recognition through national rankings, including
this most recent one from U.S. News & World Report," said
President Lois B. DeFleur.
Complete ranking information is available on the magazine's
website at http://www.usnews.com.
The magazine's "America's Best College" issue and guidebook
and its "Best College Values" magazine special issue will
be available on newsstands on Monday, September 10.
academic year is underway at Harpur College. Campus is alive
with the largest, most diverse class in history.
"We couldn't be more pleased with the new freshmen and
transfer students. They were selected from the largest applicant
pool in the history of the college; they continue our trend
toward greater geographical, racial and ethnic diversity;
and they participated in the July summer orientation events
in the greatest numbers ever," said a very proud Don
Blake, Harpur College's associate dean for academic affairs.
"The academic year opened smoothly which is an indication
that this new class has set high academic and extracurricular
goals. Faculty and administrators alike are most encouraged
by the promise we see in this next cohort of students."
We invite you to take a trip down memory lane
and enjoy some photos of your alma mater in the first few
days of the 2001 - 2002 academic year.
Dr. Rosmarie Morewedge, Award of Excellence Winner
Harpur Colleges student body has grown more multicultural,
so has its curriculum. Dr. Rosmarie Morewedge has seen to
that personally. As associate professor and chair of German,
Russian, and East Asian Languages, she has succeeded at
offering students a more global education and been recognized
for her efforts with an award of excellence for International
Morewedge was an easy choice for the the newest category,
International Education. She has taught German in Harpur College
since 1968, chaired GREAL since 1988, directed the Graz and
Leipzig study abroad programs for over 10 years, and led the
Fullbright committee since 1984. She has been active in several
foreign language teaching organizations and published extensively.
Under her direction, GREAL offers not only 5 languages and
their literature, but also instruction for future teachers
Her zeal is in spreading a global perspective. Morewedge
works hard to bring international students to Binghamtons
campus and send our students to other countries. She believes
learning other languages and studying other cultures creates
a better understanding of ones own. "Ive
told every one of my students they should learn at least two
languages," she said.
Her persuasion has paid off: interest in foreign languages
and study abroad has increased steadily. Morewedge credits
her colleagues, the administration, and students for the success.
"This is really one of the culturally richest campuses
and Im delighted to see my department as an example
of that." Morewedge wom SUNY's Chancellor's Award in
Morewedge is also interested in medieval studies and serves
on the editorial board of Mediaevalia,
the journal of Harpur Colleges Center for Medieval and
Renaissance Studies (CEMERS). She is currently writing a book
about fairy tales and their function in societies. When away
from the classroom, she travels frequently.
"I love teaching. I love our students. They are so curious
and inquisitive. I love the interaction. We deal with many
different topics." Morewedge describes Harpur College
students as "cream of the crop" and believes the
alumni remember how special Harpur College has been in their
College Remembers Professor Paul Smith as Classroom Innovator
by Marty Doorey
When David Cingranelli thinks of Paul A. L.
Smith, he recalls him as an innovator in the classroom and
as a passionate advocate for improved undergraduate teaching.
Smith, professor emeritus of political science, died Wednesday,
August 8, at James G. Johnston nursing home in Johnson City.
He was 73.
Cingranelli, a professor of political science and colleague
of Smiths for 20 years, said, "Paul was always experimenting
with educational techniques in his class." He credited
Smith as being the first in the department, and perhaps the
first on the campus to use student role-playing techniques in
class during the 1970s.
Paul Smith, 1928 - 2001
Cingranelli also credited Smith with the practice
of sending his students out into the community, to municipal
government and agency meetings, so they could observe proceedings
and write about them.
A passionate environmentalist, Smith developed
the environmental policy curriculum and added it to the department,
and was one of the leaders in developing the inter-departmental
environmental studies course, Cingranelli said.
Smith was also instrumental in the creation
of the Public Administration program. He also directed the
departments legislative internship program in Albany
and Washington, D.C.
Smith was predeceased by his wife Joyce. He
is survived by his children, Schyler and Mary Smith of Naperville,
Ill., Stacy Smith of Denver Colo., Todd Smith of Westport,
CT., and Conant and Nancy Adams Smith of Binghamton.
Smith was a member and past chair of the political
science department from 1965 until his retirement in 1997.
He was Master of Dickinson College.
During his years at the University, Smith
was active in the American Association of University Professors
and served as president of the organizations New York
Conference. He was a founding member of the Environmental
Management Council, and served as its chair from 1974-76.
He was active in the Democratic Party and the League of Women
Smith, born in Chicago, earned his bachelors
degree from the University of Wisconsin and his masters
and doctoral degrees from Princeton University. He taught
at Columbia University before coming to Binghamton.
A memorial service was held Sunday, August
19, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Binghamton. 13902-1766.
Fest Features Harpur College
You mean these books are free?" has always been heard
around campus each fall when the new semester begins and students
come back to Binghamton. University Fest, which took place
August 25, 2001, is an annual party to which the entire community
is invited. A big tent full of free books is always the main
event, but Harpur College's table of information, photos,
and giveaways was also a big draw to the estimated 6,000 attendees.
Please take a moment and enjoy some photos
from the 2001 University Fest.
A Memory On-Line
sure to visit the
Harpur College Memory Book - and leave your mark. Share
a favorite memory of your Harpur experience, whether as a
student or as a faculty or staff member. Or, maybe you just
want to wish Harpur a Happy Anniversary. Memories will be
listed and updated on a regular basis. Put those thinking
caps on and tell us about your favorite Harpur moment.
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