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May 13, 2004  Volume 25, No. 31
Physical Facilities, Telecommunications revise practices
In a move to provide more seamless customer service, Physical Facilities and Telecommunications have collaborated to revise current practices regarding data wiring, cable television and card access installations and repairs.

Telecommunications is now the single point of contact for installation and repair and can be reached by calling 777-2524 or emailing phone@listerv.binghamton.edu. Requests for services that have already been submitted to Physical Facilities will be transferred to Telecommunications.

Telecommunications will honor any estimates provided on existing service requests. Requests for repair of computer problems should continue to be directed to the Computing Center Help Desk at 777-6420. For more information, contact Don Rauschmeier at drausch@bing-hamton.edu or JoAnn Navarro at jnavarro@binghamton.edu.

Center for Quality honors supporters during luncheon
Thirteen teams of faculty, staff and administrators were recognized at a recent luncheon for their dedication to Binghamton University’s continuous improvement efforts and work with the Center for Quality.

“We are known for our excellence and for being creative and innovative,” President Lois B. DeFleur told team members. “But we can’t rest on our laurels. We can’t just sit back and say we’ll go on into the future when there are always others trying to take our place. We have to keep moving ahead and that’s why we’re now celebrating the work of the Center for Quality.”

Since its inception, the center has been involved in 175 different initiatives that have affected every division in the University, with its cadre of facilitators growing to 12. “The entire campus has been impacted by our center, our teams and all of you,” DeFleur said.

Teams recognized include Best Practices in Student Affairs, Biology Graduate Committee, Building Access Team, Campus Recreational Services Retreat, Educational Opportunity Program Summer Program team, Global Academic Publishing Team, International Student and Scholar Services Retreat, Memorial Courtyard Phase II team, Sanctioning team, Services for Students with Disabilities Retreat, Volunteers Program Management Effort, Watson Student Services Retreat and the Watson Undergraduate Student Services team.



Electrical shutdown scheduled for May 23
An electrical shutdown will affect a number of Binghamton University buildings from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 23, allowing for Physical Facilities to perform preventive maintenance on electrical equipment in the Science buildings.

Without this mandatory preventive maintenance work, the campus would run the risk of service failures resulting in unanticipated, potentially lengthy and costly service disruptions.

Buildings include: commissary/warehouse; Hinman College (all buildings); Lecture Hall and Student Wing; Library Tower; S1, S2, S3 and S4; the Science Library; Physical Facilities; and Visitors Paid Parking. The old University Union will only be affected from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

To prepare for the electrical shutdowns, remember to turn off your computers. Remove items from refrigerators in case the shutdown lasts longer than planned. Emergency generators will provide power for fire alarms and emergency lighting during these outages, and elevators will not be in service.

Unlike past shutdowns, Science III and IV will not have full temporary power, with only equipment tied to emergency generators that will have power during this shutdown. For more information, contact Wayne Schneider at 777-3618 or email wschneid@binghamton.edu.

Faculty to speak during Innovation Summit May 18
Binghamton University’s Division of Research, the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research and the Greater Binghamton Coalition will co-sponsor the Innovation Summit from 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at the Regency Hotel in Binghamton.

The half-day event is designed to maximize opportunities for BU faculty to discuss their research interests and entrepreneurial ideas with key regional business and industry representatives.

Concurrent sessions will be held focusing on four thematic areas: small-scale systems; the environment including watershed and environmental sensors; information technology; and biomedical/biotechnical efforts.

BU grant and contract administrators will be available for consultation throughout the event, with technology transfer and economic development staff also on hand to address issues of intellectual property and commercialization.

INSIDE INFO

Inside Info :

GOOSE MANAGEMENT:
BU has contracted with Take Flight Goose Management to ensure that the athletic fields will be in good condition for summer events. The company uses specially trained dogs to chase geese from the fields. Take FlightÕs operations will continue through July for the short term. For more information, contact JoAnn Navarro, director of operations, at jnavarro@binghamton.edu and for more information on Take Flight Goose Management, visit www.takeflight-goosemgt.com.

CONFERENCE:
A one-day Conversation in the Disciplines conference on integrating Language and Culture Across the University Curriculum (LACxC), ÒLanguages And Cultures Across the Curriculum: A Post-9/11 Imperative,Ó will be held Saturday, October 23. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, July 15. For more information, visit continuinged.bing-hamton.edu/lacxc or email Suronda Gonzalez, acting Languages Across the Curriculum program director, at sgonzal@binghamton.edu. RECEPTION: Services for Students with Disabilities held its annual Faculty/Staff Recognition Reception April 15, with students honoring faculty and staff for their encouragement, inspiration and support. Faculty included James Pitarresi, Kevin Tanner, Carolyn Latham, Gary Smith and SEHD Dean Ernest Rose. Staff members were Lorna Wells, Jill Seymour, Janice Lee, Carol Hall, Marlene Buza and Jean Fairbairn, along with student assistants Stanley Zheng and Roxanne Tabar. The BU 504/ADA compliance officers presented the first annual Beyond Compliance Award to Wayne Schneider, assistant director for operations in Physical Facilities, for his initiative, creativity and perseverance in fostering meaningful access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE
Graduate ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 15, in the Events Center with assembly beginning at 4:15 p.m. and the ceremony at 5 p.m.
Recognition ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 15, as follows:

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences: Division of Humanities, 8:30 a.m., West Gym, graduates, families and guests

School of Education and Human Development: Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 9 a.m., East Gym, graduates, families and guests

Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science: Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 9:30 a.m., AC-Osterhout Concert Theater, graduates, families and guests

Harpur College: Division of Science and Mathematics, 11 a.m., West Gym, graduates, families and guests School of Management: Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 1 p.m. reception, 2 p.m. ceremony, East Gym, graduates, families and guests

Decker School of Nursing: Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 1:30 p.m., AC-Osterhout Concert Theater, graduates, families and guests

Harpur College: Division of Social Sciences, 1:30 p.m., West Gym, graduates, families and guests Educational Opportunity Program: Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Watters Theater, graduates, families and guests

College-in-the-Woods: Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., CIW-Dining Hall, graduates, families and guests

Dickinson Community: Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Dickinson Dining Hall, graduates, families and guests Hillside Community: Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Hillside Commons, graduates, families and guests

Hinman College: Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Hinman Dining Hall, graduates, families and guests

Mountainview Community: Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Marcy Great Room, graduates, families and guests

Newing College: Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Newing Dining Hall, graduates, families and guests

Susquehanna Community: Reception, 4 p.m., Susquehanna Coffeehouse, graduates, families and guests Commencement ceremonies for undergraduates will be held Sunday, May 16, in the Events Center:

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, 8 a.m. assembly and 9 a.m. ceremony

Professional schools, 12:30 p.m. assembly and 1:30 p.m. ceremony For more information, visitwww.binghamton.edu.



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