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September 23, 2004  Volume 26, No. 4
EvoS to sponsor Friday workshop, talk, on humanties, evolution
EvoS, Binghamton University’s evolutionary studies program, will host a workshop titled “The Humanities and Evolution” from 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, September 24, in FA-258.

The workshop exploring the potential for the study of the humanities from an evolutionary perspective will feature two pioneers in the study of art from an evolutionary perspective: Ellen Dissanayake and Kathryn Coe. Dissanayake will speak on “The Deep Structure of the Arts” and Coe will speak on “Evolution and Visual Art: Are the Terms Compatible?”

Earlier in the day, Coe will also speak about “Public Health from an Evolutionary Perspective.”

Her talk will be from noon-1 p.m. in FA-258. Sponsors of the events include the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Provost and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Both events are free, but a reservation is required for the workshop by contact Linda Anastasia at lanastas@binghamton.edu or 777-6955.

Homecoming committee seeks campus community participation
The campus community is invited to participate in a number of activities scheduled for homecoming week, October 4-10.

Activities kick off at noon Monday, October 4, with a blood drive in the University Union. The drive will end at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Jack Causseaux at 777-2811.

This year, the homecoming committee will host the first-ever office decorating contest. Decorated offices will be judged on creativity, school spirit, best interpretation of the Mardi Gras Homecoming theme, originality and overall appearance. The winning office will be announced on Saturday, October 9, during Baxter’s Bayou barbecue. Top prize is coffee and doughnuts to be delivered at the winner’s convenience. The deadline to enter the Homecoming 2004 Office Decorating contest is Friday, October 1. Applications are available in the Office of Campus Activities and Orientation, UU-145,

The homecoming committee is also looking for campus community participation in the popular “Brain Train” parade. The parade will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 9, and make its way around the “Brain,” ending at the Peace Quad for Baxter’s Bayou Barbecue.

All campus departments, offices and groups are invited to create a float or march in the parade. Applications are available from Campus Activities and Orientation. For more information, contact Jack Causseaux at 777-2811 or Rose Frierman at 777-2431, or visit

Fall trip to Richmond, Virginia, to celebrate art, history Oct. 14-17
Richmond, Va., is the fall art/history trip destination presented by Continuing Education & Outreach, October 14-17.

Travelers will visit Stratford Hall Plantation, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the Confederate White House, Agecroft Hall, Virginia House, Wilton House, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and the Walters Museum in Baltimore. The price of $479 includes deluxe bus travel, entrances and tours at each site, driver tip, leader service, three nights double occupancy hotel (Comfort Inn) with breakfast and brunch in Baltimore on the return trip.

For more information or to register, visit or call 777-6857.

Vietnam vet to speak about service learning program
Ken Herrmann, faculty director of SUNY Brockport’s Service Learning Study Abroad Program in Danang, Vietnam, will speak about the semester program at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 29, in S2-145. Herrmann, a Vietnam war veteran, will also discuss his work to aid victims of agent orange.

His presentation is co-sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Studies Program and the Office of International Programs. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs, 777-2336, or AAAS at 777-4938.

PEC elects new officers, resumes regular schedule
The Professional Employees Council (PEC) has elected the following individuals as officers for the 2004-2005 year: David Stone, chair; Nuala Mabe, vice chairman; and Bonnie Jenson, secretary.

The PEC is the officially recognized organization of professional employees at Binghamton University and consists of 26 elected members who represent the concerns and needs of its constituents. Meetings are every other Wednesday from 3-4:30 p.m. in AD-148 and are open to all constituents. Additional information on PEC, is available Here

Tuition for in-state undergrads to remain unchanged for 2004-05
State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King last week announced that tuition for in-state undergraduate students will remain level for the 2004-05 academic year, but tuition adjustments will be made for professional school programs and non-resident undergraduate and graduate students.

“Now that the enacted budget has provided spending authority,” King said, “we are seeking approval from the Board of Trustees to increase tuition for out-of-state undergraduate student degrees and for resident and non-resident professional school students.”

Tuition increases for the professional schools are part of multi-year planned tuition increases which began in 2001, and will help to ensure continued high quality for SUNY academic programs, King said.

The cost of providing professional programs exceeds funding available from current tuition rates and state support. Even after the increases, tuition will remain competitive with public universities in other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. “Although tuition increases are never a welcome matter,” said King, “these increases are necessary to continue to provide the quality education that SUNY students deserve.”

Earlier this year, Binghamton sent letters to non-resident and professional school students alerting them to the possible changes in tuition.

Proposed changes in tuition vary depending upon the student’s status and program, from 3 percent to 5 percent. In-state undergraduate tuition will remain $4,350 for the academic year.

New faculty members at Binghamton University
Joining Binghamton University’s faculty this fall are:

Frederick Arnold, asst. professor, chemistry

Corrine Bertram, asst. professor, human development

Cassandra Bransford, asst. professor, social work

Zu-Yan Chen, assoc. professor, German, Russian, and East Asian languages

Kenneth Chiu, asst. professor, computer science

Scott Craver, asst. professor, electrical and computer engineering

Benjamin Fordham, assoc. professor, political science

Maneesha Lal, asst. professor, history and Asian and Asian-American studies

Sean Massey, asst. professor, human development

Alesia McManus, assoc. librarian

Mitchell Rosenwald, asst. professor, social work

Nadia Rubaii-Barrett, assoc. professor, public administration

Erin Rushton, asst. librarian

Jennifer Russo, asst. librarian

Olga Shvetsova, asst. professor, political science

S. Sriram, asst. professor, marketing

Marcy Strong, asst. librarian

Mohammad Younis, asst. professor, mechanical engineering

Yan (Jasmine) Zhang, assistant professor, accounting



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