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January 25, 2007  Volume 28, No. 17
King’s legacy to be focus of Monday talk
Binghamton University will honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. with a lecture by former Civil Rights Commissioner Mary Frances Berry. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, in the UU-Mandela Room. Berry, who will deliver a lecture titled “Social Justice Today: Making King’s Dream a Reality,” will discuss King’s legacy, as well as her contributions in the advancement of human rights. Berry teaches history of American law and advises graduate students in legal history and African American history at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1980 she was appointed by President Carter and confirmed by the Senate as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. After President Reagan fired her for criticizing his civil rights policies, she sued him and won reinstatement in federal district court. In 1993, President Clinton designated her chairperson of the Civil Rights Commission. She was reappointed to a six-year term in 1999 and resigned from the commission in 2004. Berry has received 32 honorary doctoral degrees, including one from Binghamton University in 1999. For more information, contact the Multicultural Resource Center at 777-4472.

Proposals sought for interdisciplinary grants
The Division of Research seeks proposals for the Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants Program, which facilitates the development of collaborations at Binghamton.

This program is for investigators who seek to enhance their research opportunities through collaboration and may include projects that represent a new research agenda. Proposals from all areas of scholarship are encouraged. As much as $10,000 may be requested for a range of interdisciplinary collaborative activities such as creative and artistic projects appropriate to the fine arts, traditional scholarly endeavors in the humanities and social sciences and science and engineering experiments. All projects must lead to the development of a proposal for external support.

Completed application packages must be delivered to Research Development Services by March 15. It is anticipated that awards will be made by May 1.

Full proposal guidelines are posted at http://research.binghamton.edu/OVP/Grants.html. Questions about proposal preparation or budgeting should be directed to the staff at RDS. Questions about eligibility or scope of the program should be addressed to Stephen Gilje, associate vice president for research, at sgilje@binghamton.edu or 777-6136.

Undergraduates win yearlong fellowship
Three Binghamton undergraduates have been named recipients of the 2007 Young People For fellowship.

Senior Imran Battla, junior David Bittner and senior Rebecca Young are among 180 fellows from 60 campuses chosen for the program.

The students were invited to a national summit in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 11-15. There, they learned organizing skills and heard from national progressive movement leaders.

Young People For is an initiative of People For the American Way Foundation.

Soccer team’s grades among best in nation
The Binghamton men’s soccer team, which has won two of the past four America East Conference championships, posted the third-highest combined GPA among more than 300 NCAA Division I programs during 2005-06.

The Bearcats finished the 2005-06 year with a GPA of 3.30, trailing only Adelphi and Gonzaga. On the field, last year’s squad was nationally ranked early in the season and earned a runner-up finish in the America East Tournament.

“This honor is a testament to all of the hard work our players have put into our program,” head coach Paul Marco said. “They have set a standard of excellence and been successful in every way.”

The 2006-07 squad has been just as successful. While winning the America East Conference championship, the team posted a 3.24 cumulative GPA.

Financial aid workshop scheduled for Feb. 10
Binghamton University and Broome Community College will hold a financial aid workshop at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in EB-110 at the University.

The free workshop is being held in support of SUNY Statewide Financial Aid Day. Experts from Binghamton University and BCC will answer questions and provide assistance with applications, types of aid available and the award process. Counselors will also offer tips on completing the 2007-2008 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Register online at www.suny.edu/studentevents or call 1-800-342-3811. For more information, call the Binghamton University Financial Aid Services Office at 777-2428.

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