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January 20, 2005  Volume 26, No. 14
Revised strategic plan draft now available for comment
Using feedback obtained from the University community, the Strategic Planning Council, under the direction of Provost Mary Ann Swain, has revised the draft strategic plan.

The original plan is now two documents: the strategic plan — Excellence in a Climate of Change; and an implementation document — Implementing Our Strategies: A Roadmap to the Future. For the University to gain the fullest advantage from the plan and supporting document, it is important that members of the University provide feedback on the drafts to the Strategic Planning Council.

To view the two documents, visit http:/ provost.binghamton.edu/strategic_plan.htm. Your comments on the draft can be forwarded to provost@bingham-ton.edu, by hard copy to Tammara Behonick (AD-705), by phone at 607-777-2141 or in person to Mary Ann Swain by Feb. 4.

Navarro appointed to interim position
erations for Physical Facilities, is now serving as interim associate vice president for Campus Community Services. Her appointment, which started on Jan. 1, was announced by Anthony Ferrara, vice president for administration, at the end of 2004.

Navarro has been with the University for 11 years and has held the director of operations position since 1997, first as acting director, then as a permanent appointment in 1998. Navarro earned her bachelor of science degree from SEHD in 1993 and her MBA from the School of Management in 2002.

She is the president of the SUNY Physical Plant Administrators Association and president-elect of the Crime Victims Assistance Center in Binghamton.

Navarro replaces Carl Gilmore, who has retired. A national search to fill the position on a permanent basis will begin in the future.

Straight working with ACE on international initiatives
H. Stephen Straight, professor of anthropology and of linguistics and vice provost for undergraduate education and international affairs, has accepted a spring 2005 sabbatical position as senior associate in the Center for Institutional and International Initiatives at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C.

A member of the Binghamton faculty since 1970, Straight is co-originator, with Ellen Badger, director of international student and scholar services, of Binghamton’s Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) program. He served as campus team leader of the ACE Promising Practices Project for the assessment and enhancement of comprehensive internationalization from 2000-02 and as a key participant in the SUNY System initiative in the Republic of Turkey. Straight is also co-coordinator, with Katharine Krebs, director of international education, of the dual-diploma baccalaureate programs Binghamton inaugurated with four Turkish partner universities in 2003.

His first assignment at ACE will be to prepare a report on the recent history, current status and future prospects of international institutional partnerships in higher education.

During his absence, Straight’s duties as vice provost will be assigned to others.

Binghamton students excel in College Fed Challenge
An eight-member team of Binghamton University economics students placed first in its division and fourth overall in the 2004 College Fed Challenge sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The students share $1,500 in scholarship money from the Moody’s Foundation as a result of their performance, with an additional $2,500 to be used by the Department of Economics to enhance program initiatives.

The team, sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Harpur College Dean’s Office, included Jason Dilmanian, Sonya Pal, Keila Yamamoto-Felten, Kathy Lashko, Yuri Prokhorov, David Lee, Christopher Powell and Alice Li. Kenny Christianson, lecturer in economics, served as the team advisor.

The College Fed Challenge helps students become more knowledgeable about the Fed and the decision-making process of the Federal Open Market Committee — the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy-setting group.

Each team made a 20-minute presentation on current economic and financial conditions, including a near-term forecast of conditions that affect monetary policy, identification of risks that threaten the country’s economic well-being and recommendations on what the Fed should do concerning short-term interest rates. A 15-minute question and answer period followed.

Judges, including economics professionals, faculty and Fed officials, scored each team on its knowledge of the Federal Reserve’s role in developing and implementing monetary policy, responses to questions, presentation skills, quality of research and analysis and evidence of team work and cooperation.

The other teams in the competition were Pace, Boston College, NYU-Stern, Cornell, Northeastern, Fordham, Barnard/Columbia, St. Francis, Queensborough, SUNY Geneseo, Bloomfield, Centenary, Niagara, Fairfield, Sacred Heart, Nyack, Rutgers, Marist and Seton Hall. Rutgers took first place, followed by SUNY Geneseo, Boston College and Binghamton.

New infrastructure allows NYSERNet to improve service
The New York State Education and Research Network (NYSERNet) has acquired fiber that reaches from New York City to Buffalo along the New York State Thruway. The new infrastructure will provide improved network services to NYSERNet’s member institutions, including Binghamton and the other leading research universities in the state. Binghamton is a founding member and member of the board of directors of NYSERNet.

The infrastructure will provide NYSERNet institutions with access to 32 optical waves, each capable of simultaneously transferring up to 10 gigabits of data per second. According to Mark Reed, associate vice president for computing services, the fiber will quickly become the backbone for the University’s Internet2 connection, and potentially other services as well. Internet2 is a consortium led by 206 universities that works in partnership with the telecom industry and the government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies.

NYSERNet will use the newly acquired facilities to provide its members with gigabit access to its research and education network, as well as dedicated high-speed transport services, enabling them to develop and participate in a variety of national and international research initiatives.

Nursing school receives grant to recruit students
The Decker School of Nursing received grant funding to help increase the number of full-time students in the Gerontology Ad-vanced Practice Nursing Program.

The $24,700 grant from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the John A. Hartford Foundation will go toward student support, said Joyce Ferrario, associate dean of the Decker School. The funds will help to recruit and provide stipend and tuition assistance for full-time students in the program.

“The award is enough for three students over two years,” she said. The students tapped to receive assistance under the grant will start in the fall of 2005.

Resource program offered by University Libraries
The University Libraries and Computing Services are co-sponsoring a Scholarly Resources Fair for new graduate students at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Concurrent sessions will be held in LN-2300 and SL-102C.

Students will learn about the Libraries’ research collection, electronic resources and services available to graduate students; meet with departmental subject librarians, library and computing services staff; learn about computing resources and their computer accounts; and tour the libraries.

A half-hour Foreign Language Computing Workshop will follow at 11:30 in LN-1305. Xiuying Zou, Asian and Asian American Studies librarian, will give a demonstration on using non-Western languages on computers in the campus libraries. Topics to be covered include: word processing, e-mail, Internet use and database searching. All graduate students are invited to attend.

Choral auditions set for Jan. 25
Faculty, staff and community members are invited to audition for the Binghamton University Chorus, a town-gown group of approximately 150 students, faculty, staff and community members. Auditions will take place from 89 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 in FA-27. The University Chorus rehearses from 7:309:30 p.m. on Mondays during the academic year.

On April 16, the chorus will join with the University Orchestra for performances of Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorio “The Walpurgis Night” and the “Coronation Scene” from Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” with bass soloist Todd Robinson.

Audition appointments can be made by calling the Music Department during the day at 777-2589.

Vice President Ferrara to leave Binghamton
President Lois B. DeFleur announced today that Anthony A. Ferrara, vice president for administration, has informed her that he has an offer from another institution and will be leaving Binghamton University by the end of this academic year.

“I want to thank Vice President Ferrara, both for his accomplishments here at Binghamton, and for notifying me of his intentions so we can make plans for an orderly transition,” DeFleur said.

Ferrara reported that there are many initiatives underway in the Division of Administration that he intends to pursue energetically until his departure.

“There is a lot of work — a lot we need to get done. We’ve got a great team. I want to work with them to carry on with the initiatives we have started,” Ferrara said.

The president will be sending a letter to the Division of Administration and campus leaders soliciting their input and ideas on future directions for the University to take in selecting is next vice president for administration.

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