March 29, 2007 Volume 28, No. 25
Faculty Senate approves new engineering degrees
The Faculty Senate’s first meeting of the semester followed President Lois B. DeFleur’s remarks to the full faculty on Tuesday, March 27. DeFleur spoke of record applications and the ever-higher quality of incoming students, advocacy efforts in Albany that indicate a good budget for the upcoming year, construction projects on campus and the on-track completion of the Downtown Education Center.
Following her remarks, the Faculty Senate approved M.S./Ph.D. programs in biomedical engineering, approved resolutions in support of improved library funding for SUNY and continued support of SUNY hospitals and elected Richard Naslund as vice chair.
Construction work to resume in April
Work on the Plaza Deck project will resume Monday, April 2. The work will be centered primarily outside the upper level of the University Union and Fine Arts buildings. The contractor will remove asphalt April 2-6 while classes are in recess. Work will continue through the spring and summer. Access to the Union and Fine Arts buildings will be maintained, although individual doors will be taken off line periodically. Access to the Plaza Deck loading dock will be from West Drive only; access from the University Union dock will be closed.
Other projects will also start in April. In the Peace Quad, tree planting, landscaping and installation of benches and sun shades will begin as weather permits. The goal is to complete the work before Commencement. On Monday, April 9, roofing projects will begin at Science 1 and the Rockefeller Center. Work to install an emergency generator for Iroquois Commons in CIW will begin April 2. The work involves excavation near the basketball court.
Several other projects, including improvements to the central walkway and replacing a portion of the University Union’s roof and a section of the Library’s roof, will begin after Commencement.
For more information, visit http://facilities.binghamton.edu/consnews.htm.
School of Management wins national ranking
Binghamton’s School of Management ranked 40th among public universities in Business Week’s second-annual ranking of undergraduate business programs, which was published last week. The school was ranked 74th among all business schools.
The magazine based its rankings on five measures, including a survey of nearly 80,000 business majors and a poll of undergraduate recruiters. Starting salaries for graduates, how many each school sent to top MBA programs and an academic quality score rounded out the criteria.
SOM came in 21st as an MBA feeder school and ranked 58th for academic quality.
Other publications also consistently cite the University as a whole for its outstanding education. Binghamton has been among the top 50 public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s list for 10 years and is among the best values in the country, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The 2007 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges recognizes Binghamton as the “premier public university in the Northeast.”
Dousmanis memorial planned April 15
Relatives and friends of Evangelos J. Dousmanis, former Binghamton University photographer, will hold a “Celebration of Life” event in his memory from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in FA-Casadesus Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the FA-Grand Corridor.
Dousmanis, 54, died Jan. 18 following a courageous battle with cancer.
A bronze plaque engraved with his name will be adhered to the memorial boulder in the Memorial Courtyard. Donations toward the purchase of the plaque may be made to the Binghamton University Foundation — Account 10660, and noting Van Dousmanis Memorial in the check’s memo section.
The event is open to the public. A gallery of Dousmanis’ work is also available online at http://www.binghamton.edu/home/evangelos.
For more information, contact Cindy Lupo at 777-6927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting set Thursday on University Union
Two information sessions about plans to renovate the University Union have been scheduled and the campus community is invited to attend. General plans will be presented and discussed. The sessions will be held from 4-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in UU-133.
Kindergarten open house scheduled April 17
There will be an open house for children and parents interested in the Campus Pre-School’s kindergarten from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. The school is behind the East Gym.
For more information, call the school at 777-2695.