October 28, 2004 Volume 26, No. 9
University’s Flu Clinic Canceled This Year
Due to the shortage of available flu vaccine, this year’s Binghamton University Employee Flu Clinic has been cancelled. The New York State Health Commissioner has recommended that New Yorkers take an active role in preventing the flu by:
• Checking with their health care provider to determine if the intra-nasal vaccine, or FluMist is appropriate for them. There are an additional 1.1 million doses of FluMist available.
• Practicing good respiratory hygiene and hand washing to help reduce the risk of getting colds and flu.
• Remaining home from work, school and public places when sick to greatly reduce the spread of the flu virus and help control outbreaks.
• Contacting your health care provider to obtain proper treatment if you get the flu.
• Understanding flu symptoms – a fever and achy feeling, along with upper respiratory symptoms.
It is recommended that those in the following high risk/priority groups contact their primary care physician for the influenza vaccination:
• All children aged 6-23 months;
• Adults aged 65 and older;
• Persons aged 2-64 with underlying chronic medical conditions;
• All women who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
• Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
• Children aged 6 months to 18 years on chronic aspirin therapy;
• Health care workers providing direct patient care; and
• Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children under six months old.
Anyone who is not included in one of the above priority groups should consider forgoing or deferring vaccination.
Freedeman Memorial Lecture Nov. 5
The 13th annual Charles E. Freedeman Memorial Lecture in History will be held at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 5, in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts building. Carole Frick, professor at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, will present “Circulating the Goods: Second-hand Clothes, Gender, and Class in the Economy of Early Modern Florence.”
Frick, who is the author of Dressing Renaissance Florence: Families, Fortunes and Fine Clothing (Johns Hopkins University Press), has focused on the importance of clothing production and display among elite men and women, and the sumptuary laws that limited such conspicuous consumption in early modern Florence. Her work is acclaimed for breaking down traditional barriers between gender, visual and economic history, and for providing readers with a fuller understanding of the politics of the clothed body. Her talk is based on her current research investigating the role of women from widely disparate backgrounds in the clothing trade and the ways in which the life of individual pieces of clothing did not end following their often brief public appearances in weddings and bridal trousseaus.
The Freedeman lecture series was established by the Department of History in memory of Professor Freedeman, who taught French history, modern European history and economic history at Binghamton from 1968 until his retirement in 1991.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Open Enrollment Deadline Nears
The NYS Flex Spending Account enables participants to save on eligible dependent care and unreimbursed health care expenses. The enrollment deadline is midnight Wednesday, Nov. 10. The paperless enrollment process is quick and easy. To apply for enrollment for the 2005 calendar year, visit
Managing Change Workshop Offered through SEHD
SEHD’s Division of Professional Development and Research will hold a day-long Certificate in Administration workshop titled Managing Change from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4, at 218-222 Water St., Binghamton, third floor.
Diane Brown, executive director of the Southern Tier AIDS Program, will help participants better understand why people resist change, how to motivate change, the difference between change and transition and how to gain commitment to change from supervisors and those supervised. Brown has a master’s in social sciences from Binghamton University and a certificate in not-for-profit management from Columbia Business School.
Course fee is $129 by check or $139 by credit card/purchase order. For more information, visit, call 777-4447 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.