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May 06, 2004  Volume 25, No. 30
BU ranks among “most unwired” campuses
Binghamton University is ranked 41st among the “most unwired” campuses in the nation, according to a recently released list by Intel that ranked the top 100 academic institutions in the nation for wireless computing access.

“We are trying to be aggressive about having wireless technology in place as rapidly as possible,” said Mark Reed, associate vice president for computing services. “We are making good use of wireless technologies on campus and hope to gradually increase them.”

The survey revealed a growing number of schools nationwide where students have the freedom to wirelessly access the Internet on notebook PCs — without a traditional wired connection — and stay connected and informed whether they are in a residence hall, library or outdoors on the campus quad. Reed said about half of campus is wireless, with sites including the Engineering Building, all cafeterias, the computing center, Academic A and B, and the Lecture Hall. Work will be completed during the summer to add wireless capabilities to the residence hall common areas.

This is the second top ranking BU has received for its computing services during recent months. Earlier this semester, the University was ranked 70th among the “most connected” campuses in the nation in a Forbes Magazine survey of 351 U.S. schools.



Optional Retirement Program loans available
A resolution recently adopted by the SUNY Board of Trustees will permit loans to be taken in the Optional Retirement Program.

Employees will be allowed to take one loan per carrier per 12-month period. The total amount borrowed from any one carrier may not exceed 50 percent of the accumulated value of the employee’s contracts. Carriers may have their own regulations, which may result in a lesser amount of funds being available.

All loans are subject to IRS regulations; current regulations set a maximum loan balance of $50,000 and apply to all loans from an employer’s retirement and tax- deferred savings plans combined. It is the employee’s responsibility to see that this limit is not exceeded. Loan provisions also apply to tax-deferred annuities provided by TIAA-CREF.

For more information, contact TIAA-CREF at 1-800-842-2776, VALIC at 1-800-44-VALIC, Met Life at 1-800-560-5001 or ING at 1-800-677-4636. Employees may apply for a loan by visiting www.tiaa-cref.org/howto/get_loan.html

Nominations accepted for BU Alumni Association Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the Binghamton University Alumni Association Awards, honoring alumni or friends of the University. Applications are due by Tuesday, June 15, and nominations may be made by visiting alumni.binghamton.edu and clicking on the “E-Nominations” icon.

Awards include the Alumni Association Special Recognition Award, which recognizes and honors both graduates and friends of the University for their efforts to enhance the Alumni Association, and the Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award, honoring a graduate who has distinguished himself/herself since graduating from the University. The award serves as a memorial to Bartle, the first president of Harpur College. Criteria include distinguished service to the University community, including the Alumni Association and Binghamton Foundation.

Winners will be invited to campus in the fall for a special recognition ceremony and will receivea write-up in the Binghamton Alumni Journal.

EOP recognizes supportive faculty, staff with awards
The Educational Opportunity Program has announced the recipients of this year’s Faculty/Staff Recognition Awards, which acknowledge support for the EOP mission and students.

Recipients are Carol Nedlik, secretary, Mathematical Sciences; Nancy Garlach, calculations clerk, Business Office; Benjamin Brewster, chair, Mathematical Sciences; Cynthia Altmansberger, associate registrar; Steven Palmer, lead programmer, Computing Services; Yamiley Saintvil, assistant director, Undergraduate Admissions; and Ronald Sentz, financial aid counselor, Financial Aid and Student Employment.

Graduate student winners are Alex Arguello, EOP, graduate intern; Omar Bouqata, math instructor, EOP Summer Program; Paul Gleed, rhetoric instructor, EOP Summer Program; Wazir Mohammed, rhetoric instructor, EOP Summer Program; Omar Saldarriaga, math instructor, EOP Summer Program; and Yerie Yoon, rhetoric instructor, EOP Summer Program.

The Michael V. Boyd Excellence Awards will be presented, honoring those who have contributed to EOP and advocated for its students. Recipients are the Black Student Union, the Caribbean Student Association and the Latin American Student Union. Award recipients will be honored at the EOP Recognition Ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in FA-Watters Theater.

INSIDE INFO

: CORRECTIONS:
In the April 28 edition of Inside BU, the page 1 article titled “University announces Winter Session pilot” should have reported that students who need housing during the period have been asked to request a break housing hall. Also, in a page 5 Earth Day photo, the name of Julian Shepherd, associate professor of biological sciences, was incorrectly spelled.

LAWN APPLICATIONS:
Weed-and-feed applications to the lawn areas along Glenn G. Bartle Drive, the West Gym, the Bunn Hill Road entrance, the Peace Quad and areas around the Couper Administration Building are scheduled for Saturday, May 8. In the event of inclement weather, applications may occur Thursday, May 6 or Friday, May 7. Work will be conducted from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit facilities.binghamton.edu/pesticide_policy.htm, call Steve Gowe at 777-4638 or e-mail sgowe@binghamton.edu.

CLOSING HOURS:
To view spring semester closing hours for Sodexho Campus Services, visit dateline.binghamton.edu/summerbreak.html.

PROMOTIONS:
The following promotions have been announced in Physical Facilities: Fred Backlund, SG-6 maintenance helper; Joseph Plocinski, SG-9 maintenance assistant; Edward Westbrook, SG-7 janitor; Thomas E. Lindsay, SG-12 general mechanic; and Gary Morlando, SG-6 laborer.

RESEARCH SEMINAR:
The History Department Graduate Research Seminar Mini-Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 7, in PSPC-C. For more information, contact Nancy Appelbaum, assistant professor of history, by e-mailing nappel@binghamton.edu.

PARKING:
At this busy time of year, the campus plans and conducts special events, with many including guests from off campus. Anyone planning an event should notify Parking Services at 777-2279 to ensure their valued guests are not ticketed.

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